RUNNING: LEAMINGTON athlete Monica Williamson made the trip to Derry in Northern Ireland for the 30th running of the British and Irish Masters Cross Country International.
The race is the pinnacle of any Masters athlete’s career as it is the only international race where selection has to be gained for entry.
Hosted in the grounds of Gransha Park, the course proved boggy in places with rain from the days building up to Saturday’s race proving wet.
Williamson, of Leamington C&AC, was selected to compete for the eighth successive year in the W55 category.
Though England traditionally enjoys success at this event, the W55 team did not have it easy with just two points separating the top three sides.
But, despite the challenge, Williamson led home the England team for the gold medal – just one point clear of the Irish ladies.
The Leamington ace finished fourth in her category in 25:25 while Scotland’s Fiona Matheson won in a time two minutes quicker.
Conditions tested the athletes as the race – ran over three laps of two kilometres – saw the course cut up for the closing stage.
Williamson’s appearance rounded off a successful year following her gold medal at the British Masters (BMAF) National Cross Country championships earlier this year.
She also gained silver in the BMAF 5000m champs at Alexander Stadium.
Her attention will now focus on the British Masters Cross Country Championships in Scotland next March.