Ni­cholls storms to vic­tory

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Sport -

Max Ni­cholls raced to vic­tory in the South of Eng­land CrossCoun­try Cham­pi­onships un­der-20 race at Par­lia­ment Hill Fields in north Lon­don on Satur­day.

The 19-year-old den­tal stu­dent from Newchurch on Rom­ney Marsh led his club Ton­bridge AC to team sil­ver, fin­ish­ing nearly 30 sec­onds ahead of highly-rated ri­val and pre-race favourite Ma­hamed Ma­hamed from Southamp­ton.

The race over 8k took the 100-run­ner field up steep banks, through wood­land with an­kle-deep mud in places and along­side Ken­wood House.

Ni­cholls led from the gun and built up a com­fort­able lead by the end.

He races in the Univer­sity Cham­pi­onships in Glouces­ter this week­end and the English Na­tional event at the end of the month. Younger brother Euan, at 17, one of the youngest in the race, was de­lighted to fin­ish 17th in 28.43.

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