Twelve year old cross country specialist Tom Brownsill is hoping for a hat trick after capturing his place in three high calibre starting line-ups.
Tom, from Stone, will challenge the country’s top runners on three consecutive weekends in March. The Stafford Grammar School Pupil begine his campaign in Warwickshire where he will represent the Midlands at the Independent Schools’ Association (ISA) national finals. He finished third in the regional qualifying event in Shropshire and plans to step up the pace during the 2.85K event at Princethorpe College.
“I’ve competed there before so I know the course. I know what to expect in the race and I’m pretty confident I can do well. I generally like to have a good start so I can get towards the front of the pack. I then try to hold my ground, improve as the race goes on and end with a good sprint finish,” he said.
For the Inter-Counties Championships in Loughborough on March 11 the Cannock and Stafford AC member will pull on a Staffordshire vest, where he will compete in the under-13 boys’ race over a 3K course, and then his cross country season culminates with a 4K junior boys’ event at the ESAA English Schools’ Championships in Norfolk. The event attracts the best athletes from 45 English counties. Tom is one of eight boys selected to represent the Staffordshire schools’ Year 8/9 team after he secured a top five finish in the county qualifier.
“I go training twice a week with my club and I feel pretty fit at the moment, but the inter-counties will be very tough. I haven’t been to the English Schools’ championships before, but I’m expecting that to be another difficult race,” he added.