Hatti Dean just failed to regain her title in the English National Cross Country Championships at Alton Towers.
The highly talented Hallamshire Harrier had to settle for silver in the senior women’s race when she finished an agonising four seconds behind the winner Louise Damon.
It completed a full set of medals for Hatti who won the championship in 2009 and bagged bronze last year.
Lizzie Adams also produced another fine run, despite illness, to take 16 place and with Michelle Jenkins 82 - her best ever performance at the Nationals- and Nicola Squires close behind (94) in a field of 552 finishers, the team ended a highly creditable fourth. Hallamshire were seventh in the men’s team race with Andy Heyes the first home in 38th while Rob Little, John Rocke and Rob Baker were all in the top 100 in a massive field of 1300.
Exciting future prospect Natalia Hackett was eighth in the Under-15 Girls event with only 16 seconds between herself and a medal placing. She was joined by Georgia Hird, Charlotte Slack and Alice Hague as the team finished 14.
Fiona Bell and Joe Gratton were the sole Hallamshire athletes in the Under-17 women’s and Junior Men’s races in which they took 16 and 21 places respectively.
Mary McGrathy, who won individual and team silver at last month’s Yorkshire Cross Country Championships, was 15 in the Under-13 Girls event, with the team 19.
Hallamshire Harriers results:
Senior Women: 2 Hatti Dean, 16 Lizzie Adams, 84 Michelle Jenkins, 94 Nicola Squires, 165 Rachael Elder, 206 Suzanne Sharman. Team event: fourth, 552 finishers.
Senior Men: 38 Andy Heyes, 72 Rob Little, 82 John Rocke, 90 Rob Baker, 117 Dave Archer, 129 Tom Jenkins, 137 Oli Johnson, 231 Pete Hodges, 240 Mike Sprot. Team: seventh, 1,302 finishers
Junior Men: Joe Gratton 21, 183 finishers; Under-17 Women: Fiona Bell 17, 210 finishers; Under-17 Men: Tom Bains 82, 270 finishers.
Under 15 Girls: 8 Natalia Hackett, 64 Charlotte Slack, 90 Georgia Hird, 299 Alice Hague, 300 Flora McNeil, 306 Hannah Yarrow. Team: 14, 322 finishers.
Under 15 Boys: 225 Josh Walton, 251 Josh Dyball, 301 Thomas Slater; no fourth counter for team result, 323 finishers.
Under 13 Girls: 15 Mary McGrathy, 74 Imani Wilson, 127 Maddie Pearce, 264 Caitlin Tevendale. Team 19, 366 finishers.
Under 13 Boys: 88 Joseph Hutchesson, 128 Thomas Yarrow, 142 Jake Steade; no fourth counter for team result, 327 finishers.