Leamington C&AC’s Monica Williamson ran a superbly judged race to earn a silver medal in the W55 category at the British and Irish Masters cross-country international race at Santry Demesne Park in Dublin.
The 6k course was sodden due to heavy rain, providing the athletes with a stamina-sapping test.
Williamson, representing Britain for the sixth year in succession, started the first of three laps in conservative fashion, dropping in behind three of her England team- mates.
Then, having gained a feel for the course and trusting her recent period of hard training, she stepped up the pace, working her way through the field.
The final lap proved particularly testing as the course had started to cut up, but Williamson held on to her position to finish strongly in 24min 21sec, helping England to overall victory in the process.
The individual winner was Ann Marie McGlynn (W35) of Ireland in 20:57.
Leamington C&AC and Kenilworth Runners’ athlete Phil Gould travelled to Dublin after being selected as a reserve for highly competitive M35 category and competed in the reserves’ open race.
Heavy rain and the three preceding races had turned the course into a bog, causing officials to reduce the distance to 6k.
Gould covered the distance in an impressive 21:26 to finish just 11 seconds behind race winner Steven McMahon of England.
Kenilworth Runners’ Dave Pettifer (V65) was also selected as an England reserve but did not travel to Dublin due to a chest infection.