Credit: Dougie Musson

Former Nottingham Trent and current Notts AC runner Dougie Musson had a weekend to remember as he took the crown in the Midland cross country men’s race for 2022.

In preparation for the Granollers Half Marathon in Spain, where he will represent England, Musson crossed the line in an impressive time of 37:48.

The 11.4km course, situated at Berry Hill Park in the middle Mansfield, presented tough conditions for the athletes on Saturday (29th January).

Musson said: “The course was a right mixed bag.

“The biggest aspect of the day was the wind and after the first 400m I knew it was going to be a tactical affair, so in my mind the aim of the game was preservation of energy.

“In the end, the form came together nicely and it’s a great feeling to add the Senior title to my Junior title from a few years ago.

“It puts me in a really good position ahead representing England in the half marathon in Spain next week and a marathon later this spring”.

Credit: Dougie Musson

It was a strong showing in the senior men’s category from Notts AC, with Musson finishing in first place and Alistair Watson placing fifth in a time of 38:37. Cameron Smith was Notts’ third top-ten finisher, coming ninth in 39:09.

In the senior women’s race, Catherine Charlton (24th- 32:34) and Naomi Elliot (30th- 33:09) were Notts’ top two athletes around the 8km loop.

There were categories in U13, U15, U17, U20 and senior age groups for men and women as some of the region’s most exciting athletic talent went up against each other.

Nottinghamshire was well represented throughout the age groups. As well as Notts AC, Mansfield Harriers, Holme Pierrepont RC, Beeston AC, Newark AC, Sutton-in-Ashfield Harriers, Redhill Roadrunners, Kimberly and district Striders and Retford AC had athletes competing for them, which shows how healthy athletics is in the county.