Young runner Daniel seeks national glory

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After a greulling cross country season young Eastbourne runner Daniel Stidder has finally reaped the rewards for hours of hard work

Stidder, 14, has qualified for the Sky Sports televised McCann’s UK National Cross Country Championship in Birmingham on March 9 and also the 53rd English Schools Championship in Derbyshire a week later.

The two events are the biggest cross country events for any young runner in the UK.

He qualified for the event by finishing in the top eight of the Sussex County event and in March he will proudly line-up alongside the best young middle and long distance runners in the country.

Daniel who has just turned 14, is tipped as one of Eastbourne’s brightest young middle and long distance runners and a member of Eastbourne Rovers Athletic Club.

Coached by Andrew Payne, hestarted competing at the age of 11.

He also runs regularly at the Eastbourne 5k Parkrun on Saturday mornings where he has just achieved a personal best time for 5K of 18min.22sec.

Also in March Daniel will defend his Eastbourne title in the Junior 2k race which runs alongside the Eastbourne Half marathon.

His father, Sean said, “It will be a great experience for Daniel . He loves his running and he has fantastic endurance. “He has received excellent coaching at the Rovers and he continues to go from strength to strength.”