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SEAA Women's Cross Country Championships (January 2012)

CeriI Mitchell and Lauren Deadman were running side by side for much of the second half of the race till Mitchell moved ahead and Ex-International Lucy Elliott, the National Veterans cross-country champion, now 45, moved past Sylvie Lloyd in the second half of the race to get third place.
   The first six were Ceri Mitchell (Southampton AC) 29:44; 2 Lauren Deadman (Havering Maysbrook AC) 29:49; 3 Lucy Elliott (Winchester & Distinct) 30:20; 4 Sylvie Lloyd (Serpentine RC) 30:35; 5 Emma Macready (Midhurst Milers) 30:44; 6 Leigh Lattimore (Harrow AC) 30:49. First three teams 1 Aldershot Farnham & District AC 159;
2 Serpentine RC 203; 3 Belgrave Harriers 239.
   Ceri Mitchell " It was going into the wind on the second lap that I went into the lead. I won the SCAA 1500 Indoors last week at Lee Valley (4:29.98 on 22/1/12)"
   Lauren Deadman " It was a good race and we ran together. I started to tire half way round the second lap.
Coming down the final hill I picked it up a bit.I have only had three or four races after being injured. My coach Bill Foster would have been here today but he is on crutches after an operation on his knee."
   Lucy Elliott ' She never entered veterans athletics till she was over 40 " I sort of disagree with it being 35 and I knew I was still running well at the time.'
   About the race " I was really shocked running with all the younger women I could do that'
However she said " I started off quite steady and suddenly realised I could get third."
   She added " At Winchester we have a great vets team."

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