young Burnham runners selected to represent the South West
young Burnham-On-Sea runners are celebrating after clinching top
places at the South West of England Cross Country Running Championships
Prior, 15, and Matthew Dickinson, 17, from King Alfred school
represented Somerset at the event.
finished third in their age groups with Matthew in the Under 20s
men and Luke in the Under 17s.
have now been selected to represent the South West later in the
year in follow-on competition.
who ran over a hilly, muddy 5.6km course, said: "I believed
I could do well but not pick up a medal. The aim was top six,
so I could qualify for selection to represent the South West at
the London Mini Marathon in April. I am over the moon about this."
His next target for the season is Somerset Schools then National
Schools in March.
Dickinson, who ran over 9km and went into this race off a limited
amount of training due to injury, says he was not expecting to
be in contention, said: "This is my first cross country race
of the season due to injury and my come back race so to run so
well off only five weeks of training is great. I can now look
forward to the rest of my season."
has been selected for the South West to run in the British Challenge
International meeting in Cardiff on the 19th January but, as with
Luke, his sights are on the schools competition in March were
they both are at the top end of their age groups.
Top, Luke Prior and, above, Matthew Dickinson in action