RISING Stratford Athletic Club star Alex Adams produced a marvellous performance to see off almost 250 rivals and win the National Primary Schools Cross Country Final at Prestwold Hall near Loughborough.
Competitors were fortunate to be greeted by warm but windy weather on the undulating parkland course, where Alex was racing for Gloucestershire Schools in his final cross country race of the season.
Alex, who topped a 249-strong field, started fairly conservatively as usual but then moved up the field, exiting the first corner in about 12th then leaving the first field in third place where he stayed but slowly closed the gap on the two leaders.
Alex had about 20m to make up during the final 500m, but the gap was visibly closing up the long slight hill around the edge of the middle field.
As they entered the final section with 75m to go, Alex was on the shoulder of first place and sprinted past, finishing five metres ahead to clinch the national championship.
Report by Paul Hawkins.