Race Report: Venta de Banos 2017

The visit to Venta de Banos in Northern Spain for the International Cross Country Event saw several of the England Athletes in good form. Most of the Athletes selected had narrowly missed out on the European Championships the week before. Best performance of the day came from Nick Goolab with fine 3rd behind Selemon Bareja Shirtage of Ethiopia and Jacob Kiplimo of Kenya while Graham Rush was 11th and Daniel Jarvis failed to finish.
In the Women race another Ethiopian was the winner with Ruth Jepet taking the honours. For England Verity Ockenden finished 5th, Katie Bingle 6th, Charlotte Christensen 8th and Naomi Tashimowitz 11th. In the Under 20 Women’s race there was a clean sweep of the top 3 places by the England Women, with Chloe Sharp 1st, just in front of Scarlet Dale 2nd and Kirsty Walker 3rd.
Another good run came in the Under 20 Men’s race with the consistent Sam Stevens 2nd, Luke Prior 5th and Ricky Lutakome 6th while Archie Davis did not finish.