Hill hits the heights in McCain Cross Challenge series race
By Kevin Fahey
Alex Hill finally found his best form with a top-six finish in the under-20s men’s race in the penultimate fixture of the McCain Cross Challenge series in Cardiff.
The 18-year-old Team Bath AC runner has not been happy with his winter results and was becoming increasingly frustrated that his performances did not reflect his training.
“I felt it was boom or bust and fortunately it was boom,” said Hill. “I cannot complain with fifth place and I am very happy with the way I ran. I beat one of the guys who was running for England and nearly caught another one so that was satisfying.
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“I have not raced well all season, to be honest, but this time it clicked.”
Hill certainly showed good strength and nimble feet over the icy, snow-bound course around Blackweir Fields and his fifth placing was his best result in a McCain race since he finished third in Bristol two years ago.
But that was when Hill was focusing exclusively on running. Now the triathlon is his main sport, so he divides his time between running, swimming and cycling.
“I still enjoy the cross-season but I will be concentrating on triathlons once the spring arrives,” added Hill.
The only other Team Bath athlete racing in Cardiff was 13-year-old Will Stockley, who finished 15th in the under-15 boys’ race.
Dan Jones will lead a strong Team Bath AC senior men’s squad heading to Stafford Common on Saturday for the Midland Counties Cross-Championships.
Jones will have support from Steve Rose, Nick Bower, Vaudin and Andy Maggs.
The club should also have a strong presence in the young athletes’ races but the postponement of the Wiltshire Schools’ Championships from last weekend to this coming Saturday presents a conflict to several leading contenders.
Other club runners will be tackling the Slaughterford 9 multi-terrain race from Rudloe on Sunday. Entries are now closed and none will be taken on the day.
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