Millar is chasing glory in Midlands showdown

JACK Millar is determined to ensure that an excellent opening month of the new year ends on a high note at the Midland Counties Cross Country Championships today.

The Bristol & West AC runner heads a strong senior men’s challenge at Mansfield and on form he is among the contenders to feature on the podium. Victory at the South West Championships at the start of the month was a great start to 2022 and last weekend he achieved his highest position yet at the British Athletics Cross Challenge in Belfast.

Travelling under his own steam to Northern Ireland Millar beat two of the official England representatives to give the selectors a reminder that maybe he should be considered for a vest next time.

But for now Millar has other priorities.

“I was fourth at the Midland a few years back which is my best but I am running well and I’m definitely going there to try and win an individual medal,” said Millar.

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“If the course is a mudbath I’d be very confident but there are some very good runners in the Midlands. I guess we’ll find out after a lap on the day who will be the contenders and what is realistic.”

Millar heads a strong squad with Ben Robinson, Felix McGrath, Andy Watt, Owain Jones, Josh Moody and improving newcomer Will Parkin all in support as the club seeks to create history.

“The club has never won the Midland Counties senior men`s team cross-country championship,” said team manager Mike Down.

“The championship was first contested in 1879 – three years in fact before our club was officially founded – and it almost defies belief that we have never captured the men`s team title in the intervening 123 years!”

The senior women will also have a strong presence with a squad comprising Ellie Armstrong, Elaina Gard, Annabel Granger, Kate Maltby, Catie O’Donoghue and Rebecca Pierce.