KIYA Dee continued her amazing start to the new cross country season with a marvellous fourth successive triumph.

The Highworth Running Club teenager romped to victory in the U15 girls’ race at the second British Cross Challenge event in Milton Keynes to make it two out of two having also won in Cardiff last month.

With further wins in the Gloucestershire and Oxford League races, plus success in the Great South Junior Run, Dee is enjoying an autumn to remember.

“The race in Milton Keynes went off very fast with myself, Elsie (Robinson of Saffron AC) and Scarlett (Livingstone of Exeter Harriers) breaking away early on,” said Dee.

“As we headed up the steep hill I could only see Elsie close behind. I pushed on down the hill and gained a good lead.

“It was hard work to keep pushing when no one was close but I was enjoying the hill and muddy parts. I ran though the finish tape and couldn’t believe I had now won both British Cross Challenges.”

Dee will be looking to make it three out of three in the next Challenge race, in Liverpool, a week on Saturday (November 23) but traditionally the course there hasn’t suited her strengths.

Nonetheless, in her current form and with her confidence high, Dee will certainly be contesting for honours again.

Twin sister Taya has also enjoyed a terrific start to the new season and produced her best performance to date in Milton Keynes as she finished sixth in the U15 girls’ race.

“I really enjoyed the steep hill and mud at Milton Keynes,” said Taya.

“I was pleased with my position as it was my best place in a British Cross Challenge so far. At the start I was nervous as there were so many good athletes in our race, but as the race went on I was really happy to find myself in sixth place.”

Fletcher Hart was the sole Swindon Harrier at Milton Keynes, but the 13-year-old made the trip worthwhile with a battling 19th place in his first year as an under 15 boy.

Coming a week after a solid third place in the opening Oxford League match at Bicester, that represents a good start for the youngster from Lechlade.

“Moving up into the U15 boys’ age group is a big jump from the U13s for Fletcher but he has trained hard and is getting the rewards,” said Harriers’ coach John Dill.

“When you are bottom of the age group it is difficult because that extra year can make such a big difference and Fletcher is still a small lad, but a rising star.”

Hart was delighted with his run in Milton Keynes and will be looking to build on that in Liverpool at the end of the month.

In addition, he will expect to do well in the schools’ events in which he will be top of the junior boys’ age group so should be prominent in the county and regional championships.