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GB team gold for birthday girl Elle

- 13th Dec 2011
GB team gold for birthday girl Elle

Elle Baker (centre) capped a great comeback year with a team gold

Diamonds are a girls best freind but in Elle Baker's case a GB team gold capped a great comeback year for birthday girl Elle.

Celebrating her 28th birthday in style at the European Cross Country Championships in Velenje, Slovenia Elle finished well up in the field to come home in 14th place.

Elle was the GB teams fourth counter in a close run race for the team title against holders Portugal.The victorious British team were Gemma Steele 3rd, Freya Murray 12th, Julia Bleasdale 13th, Elle Baker 14th and Hattie Dean 18th.

Closer to home Patrick Martin and Jack Martin ran well at the North Eastern Cross Country Championships held at East Cramlington.

The pair will be racing for the Harriers at the European Clubs Cup in Castellion Spain in February finished second and third in a tight race with New Marske international Ricky Stevenson.

This weekend Steve Vernon will represent the England team at the IAAF Brussels Cross Country International Steve will face stiff opposition from Kenyan and Ethiopia. Also Andy Nixon will also make the trip.