Lara makes it a hat-trick

Macclesfield Express - - SEARCH - CROSS COUN­TRY RUN­NING

FAL­LI­B­ROOME Cross Coun­try run­ner, Lara Craw­ford, com­pleted the Cheshire Cham­pi­onship triple in grand style.

Hav­ing won the un­der 11 girls in 2014 and un­der 12 girls in 2015, last Satur­day saw her re­peat the per­for­mance, again in the un­der 13-year cat­e­gory.

In a close fin­ish she showed why she’s a win­ner, dig­ging deep to hang on to the lead she’d held for most of the race around a very muddy and wet 2.5km course, set in the fields around Rease­heath Col­lege near Nantwich.

Lara’s Sale Har­ri­ers’ coach Richard Goddard had pre­dicted be­fore the race that Lara would be a ‘tough cookie to beat’ fol­low­ing her three vic­to­ries so far this sea­son in the Manch­ester Area Cross Coun­try League.

The Fal­li­b­roome year 8 pupil will now go on to run in the North of Eng­land Cross Coun­try Cham­pi­onships at the end of Jan­uary, hop­ing to gain a top three po­si­tion be­fore pro­gress­ing to the na­tional cham­pi­onships in Fe­bru­ary.

Lara is a com­pet­i­tive swim­mer with Satel­lites Swim­ming club in Mac­cles­field and hopes to progress into triathlon com­pe­ti­tions later this year af­ter a lit­tle more prac­tice on the bike in the hills around Rainow, where she lives.

●● Lara Craw­ford

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