Dominant Czura leads the City charge

Josie Czura, left, with City coach Gerry North
Josie Czura, left, with City coach Gerry North
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Josie Czura is blazing a trail towards her target of national Inter-Counties Cross Country glory.

The City of Portsmouth star once again led the way in the latest round of the Hampshire League.

She spearheaded another fine performance from City’s young guns at King’s Park in Bournemouth.

Czura comfortably finished first in the under-13 girls’ race in 12min 24sec – 29 seconds clear of her nearest rival.

She led home another storming performance from the all-conquering City team as they took top spot ahead of Basingstoke, with four runners in the top 10.

Anya Pigden (13.47) finished seventh, Cheyenne James (13.52) came home ninth, and Bo Sansom (14.00) took 10th place.

To make the success all the more impressive, the squad were without the injured Olivia Wiseman.

There are big things ahead for the group. They will be looking to continue their fine form in the southerns and nationals coming up.

Then it’s on to Birmingham for the inter-counties.

Coach Vince Stamp said: ‘Josie’s main target is the inter-counties in Birmingham at the beginning of March.

‘Before that she has the South of England Championships and the nationals.

‘The under-13 girls are quite a squad!

‘Olivia Wiseman twisted her ankle so it was best for her not to run.

‘She will be back for the southerns.

‘We are looking for a big performance from the team up there.’

Czura’s fine victory will put a smile on the face of City coach Gerry North, who has been suffering with illness recently and could not travel to Bournemouth. He will be very proud of the way Czura & Co performed.

Stamp said: ‘For Gerry, it’s really nice that Josie has been able to carry on as she has been recently.

‘Josie hasn’t changed in the last two years. She’s just learning a few new tricks.’

City under-15 girls finished second to Aldershot in Bournemouth.

Elizabeth Hedley (15.50) secured eighth spot and Elizabeth Rose, who dashed from netball in Petersfield to make the start line, finished in ninth in 16.09. Bobbie Davis (16.36) was the third City scorer in 17th.

City under-13 boys also finished in second. Lachlan Wellington (12.13) took second place and Harry Moore (12.39) came home in 10th.

Lauren McCarthy (10th, 16.48) and Ellie Czura (11th, 16.57) performed well in the under-17 girls event.