A small number of British elite runners raced cross-country in the north-west of England on Saturday

Amelia Quirk and Ross Millington emerged as winners at the Podium XC in Lancashire on Saturday (Dec 12) as a number of leading British endurance runners enjoyed a rare chance to stretch their legs competitively on the mud.

In a week that saw this winter’s English National and UK Inter-Counties events on the country called off due to the coronavirus pandemic, a few dozen top domestic runners travelled to the Podium XC event in the north-west of England to compete.

Ross Millington leads from Emile Cairess

Some of the athletes may have been racing in the European Cross Country Championships this weekend in Dublin if it hadn’t been cancelled. One of these was Quirk, who won the women’s race at the Podium XC event comfortably.

Bracknell and Birmingham University runner Quirk clocked 26:16 over the testing course to beat Eleanor Bolton (26:42), Bronwen Owen (26:50), Kate Avery (26:53) and Megan Keith (27:13), while a strong field featured internationals like Lily Partridge further down the field.

Millington, meanwhile, who lives and trains nearby, ran 31:48 to beat BUCS champion Emile Cairess of Leeds City (31:57) with reigning English National champion Calum Johnson third (32:04) followed by Ben Connor (32:45), who lost a shoe early in the race and struggled to recover.

Amelia Quirk with Eleanor Bolton (left) and Bronwen Owen (right) at Podium XC

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