The Inter counties cross country championships was my last planned XC race for the season so I was hoping to have a really good run!
I travelled up to Birmingham on the morning of the race and relaxed at my cousins uni flat for a few hours before I had to make my way over to the course, luckily the weather the last few days leading up the race was good which made the ground firm on the course.
I had an open mind on the start line believing that I could finish high up in the field as long as I ran at my best. I decided to run hard the first 1km to get myself into the leading group and try to relax as much as possible. I found myself in the top 3 for the majority of the race and I thought a top 10 finish was definitely on, with 2km to go I started to fade (that’s what I thought but the leader just picked the pace up considerably) and I tried my best to keep pushing on hard into the finishing straight realising that despite a few people passing me the 13th place finish was a good resultJ
Next year’s race is the trial for the world cross country championships so I need to finish in the top 6!