Athletics: Mason and Brownlee end 2012 in style

Annabel Mason
Annabel Mason

WAKEFIELD Harrier Annabel Mason produced a fitting end to a memorable year with a brilliant run in the 19th Daleside Auld Lang Syne fell race, in Howarth, on New Year’s Eve.

The 16 year-old faced driving rain and wind in her debut senior outing on the six-mile course but once again produced a display that belied her age, finishing as the first female finisher and a superb 11th overall.

Mason ran 47 minutes 58 seconds to beat nearest female rival and three-time winner Olivia Walwyn-Bush in a quality field that was headed by London Olympics bronze medal-winning triathlete Jonathan Brownlee.

The Wakefield starlet crossed the line almost a minute ahead of Britain’s senior mountain running champion Victoria Wilkinson.

Harriers’ Matthew O’Connor was another impressive performer, taking 15th overall and second in the male U18s rankings with a time of 48:56.

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