Hat-Trick at Markfield XC

Local running club Hermitage Harriers kicked off the cross country season in style on Sunday in Markfield. The Harriers scooped first place for the combined team with a total of 229 points, first place for the men’s team with 211 points and third place for the ladies team with 91 points.

For the ladies, Mia Weston was the first Harrier over the finish line in 16th place followed by teammates Joanne Matthews in 21st place and Zoe Sewter in 22nd. The ladies team have got their XC season off to a flying start. Club Captain Darren Wilson said "this is a fantastic result for our ladies team, who are going from strength to strength. Last year the ladies were placing around 12th in the cross country, so to see such rapid progress is just fantastic!"

The Hermitage Harriers men’s team are the reigning XC champions, and it looks like another promising season for them. Tony Woodward was the first Harrier home in 4th place preceding Gavin McDermott in 12th place and Jason Williams in 13th. A total of 23 men took on the muddy course in their silver vests, with half of them finishing inside the top 100.

The Harriers hat-trick is just one in a line of recent successes for the club and, with the XC season now underway and the Leicestershire Road Racing League fixtures just around the corner, it seems that the silver vest might be the one to watch!