Young Dacorum & Tring talent shines through at National Cross Country Championships

Jessica Benveniste finished 25th in the Year 7 girls race

Jessica Benveniste finished 25th in the Year 7 girls race

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Two young stars from Dacorum & Tring’s young Middle Distance squad showed their mettle at the inaugural Primary and Year 7 National Cross Country Championships, held at Belvoir Castle in Leicestershire.

Jessica Benveniste, coming off her superb third placed finish at the Hertfordshire Schools County Championships in February, finished 25th in the Year 7 girls’ race, crossing the line second for the Herts team.

Her team-mate Thomas Ashton, who had a strong seventh at the Herts Schools event, finished a respectable 53rd in the Year 7 boys’ race – a brave performance after a long bout of flu.

The middle distance squad now have their sights on the spring and summer track circuit, and began the season in style, with U20 athlete Rhys Rowlands and U17 runners Joshua van Heiningen and Grace Birdseye all taking the county title in the 1,500m at the Herts Indoor Championships.

Rhys topped the table in a time of 4.33.00, while Joshua won his race in a speedy 4.28.00 and Grace took the title in 5.23.00.