With the XC season rapidly coming to a close, the only races left are big ones, so it was with some concern that we headed up to Birmingham with Robbie just getting over a cold.
The Inter-Counties is a huge event, televised by Sky Sports with hundreds of runners. Robbie raced in his white and green Hampshire vest, selected as the eighth U15 runner. In these major events, the starts are always penned so the lower your selection place, the further back on the grid you start. With Robbie being selected 8th, he started on the back row (4th) of runners. It was never going to be a special result for Robbie, he went in to the race with a target place of top 60 and an aim to try for top 50. Unfortunately the day didn’t pan out as he hoped, ultimately finishing 71st, and limping away from the line at that.
A Cold, a bad start position and a pulled Glute muscle all contributing to the final place and a disappointing race.
Hampshire Results: (Team Pos. 6th)
8: Jake Cvetkovic 16:29
38: Sam Costley 17:12
53: Ted Yeates 17:22
60: Sam Maher 17:26
71: Robbie Coupland 17:33
127: James Beeks 18:08
172: Edward Mason 18:36
NS: Luke Powell N/A