Nat shows she can Hackett

Hallamshire's Natalia Hackett
Hallamshire's Natalia Hackett

Hatti Dean qualified to take on the World but it was her young Hallamshire Harriers team-mate Natalia Hackett who stole the show at the Inter Counties Cross Country Championships.

She produced an excellent individual performance to win the Under-15 girls race and lead Yorkshire to silver in the team event at Crofton Park, Birmingham.

Having already won silver and bronze medals at the Yorkshire and Northern Cross Country Championships respectively, Natalia edged out race favourite Bronwen Owen from Scarborough AC, by some 10 seconds despite suffering from a cold.

Meanwhile international steeplechaser Hatti had to settle for silver in the senior women’s race but it was enough to earn herself a place in the World Cross Country Championships in Spain later this month.

Nicola Squires finished 115th while Hallamshire also had representation for Derbyshire in Liz Such as she continued her return to fitness in 123rd place.

Twelve Hallamshire athletes - nine Yorkshire and three Derbyshire - took part at the Championships which also incorporated the McCain Cross Challenge final. Calli Thackery was 31st and third counter in the Under-20 women’s event to help the Yorkshire team take bronze while in the Senior Men’s race Andy Heyes was top Hallamshire finisher (42) in the Yorkshire team who finished fourth, just seven points behind Kent. Rob Little was 121st.

Fiona Bell was first counter in 29th place for Yorkshire who were eighth in the Under-17 women’s event while Hannah Walker represented Derbyshire whose team finished 33rd. Tom Baines continued his promising development to finish 43rd and first runner home for Derbyshire in the Under-17 men’s race.

In the Under-13 girl’s race Mary McCarthy (31) and Imani Wilson (43) were the top two finishers for the eighth-placed Yorkshire team.