Brilliant Bronwen lands county title

Bronwen Owen won the Yorkshire cross country title for the fourth successive year
Bronwen Owen won the Yorkshire cross country title for the fourth successive year

Bronwen Owen wrapped up her fourth consecutive Yorkshire Cross Country Championship title at the weekend.

After grabbing the under-15s title twice, Bronwen stormed to the under-17 honour for the second year in a row, finishing 41 seconds clear of second-placed Christiana Pain in the event at Lightwater Valley.

Bronwen contested the lead with a large group, which was reduced to two just before the mile mark.

She then managed to pull clear of the group and then City of York runner Pain to make sure of the victory.

She will now gain selection for Yorkshire to compete at the Inter-Counties Championship, which is shown live on Sky Sports.

Bronwen said: “I really enjoyed the Yorkshires. It was good to get back racing again after injury and illness.

“I’m looking to build on that for a successful cross country season, especially in the nationals, inter counties and English schools.

“I’m also hoping for a good summer of racing because there are so many opportunities of getting to represent GB.

“I’d really like to get to the Youth Olympic Games in China for triathlon and to the World Junior Track Championships in America.”

In addition to her selection for Yorkshire at the Inter County Championships, Bronwen has now been selected to represent Great Britain at an international cross country fixture in Seville Spain on Sunday January 19.

In the girls under-15 race, Emma Clapton battled her way to the front of the pack at the end of the first mile and was stretching a lead when she unfortunately lost a shoe in a section of sticky mud.

While trying very hard to maintain her lead, the loss of traction meant that she was gradually pegged back.

She had to settle for fourth place, but with the consolation of automatic selection for the Inter-Counties Championship for a third consecutive year.