Another outstanding display by AFD at the SEAA Cross Country Championship
The senior women’s competition at Saturday’s South of England cross country championships featured a duel between two runners from Aldershot Farnham & District. Emily Hosker-Thornhill held the upper hand during most of the eight kilometres around London’s Parliament Hill Fields but within sight of the finish Louise Small attacked. In the home straight, Hosker-Thornhill managed to push away and cross the line with a second to spare.
Their closest pursuers included Lauren Hall, fifth, and Philippa Bowden, ninth, who contributed to one of AFD’s four team triumphs in the ten races.
The junior men’s cause was hel
ped by having all three individual medallists. Ellis Cross took gold ahead of the athlete he beat to the national title last season, Gus Cockle, while Dane Blomquist finished third.
Rian McCawley, 31st, closed the scoring team.
Niamh Brown, last year’s under-17s’ winner, claimed silver behind the u20 age group’s defending champion, Gemma Holloway of Thurrock Harriers, who was eleventh in the junior race at December’s European championships. Gabi Eglen, fifth, Daisy D’Santos, seventh, and Nancy Scott, ninth, completed another rout for AFD.
The club’s u13 boys had all their scorers in the top dozen. Harry Hyde was fourth, Sam Bodoano fifth, Ed Henderson eighth and Rudi Morrell twelfth. Luke van Oudtshoorn was runner-up in the u15 boys’ event and gained another silver medal when Elliott Pocock came 38th, Charlie Kershaw 39th and Joe Blacknell 53rd for AFD.
Both of the club’s u17 sides also took silvers: Marcus Shantry, eighth, Robbie Coupland, seventeenth, Lewis Reid, twentieth, and Max Heyden, 22nd, for the men and Tilly Horton, ninth, Maisie Grice, fourteenth, Lizzie Squibbs, 21st, and Katriona Brown, 33rd, for the women.