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5 in a row – Southern 6 stage title

5 in a row – Southern 6 stage title
Mike Neighbour

Emelia Gorecka ran the fastest time of the day when she anchored Aldershot, Farnham & District to a successful defence of the women’s six-stage title in the South of England road-relay championships at Milton Keynes on Sunday.  AFD were third at the halfway point after legs by Olivia Lucas, Gabi Eglen and Katie Bingle but the opposition was powerless to resist the club’s second-half onslaught.

Bryony Proctor handed an eight-second lead to Georgie Bruinvels who increased the margin to 2 minutes 15 with the fastest time on the penultimate stage and the fourth fastest overall.  Gorecka came home with 3 minutes 55 seconds to spare over Belgrave Harriers (silver medallists again) and was 35 seconds quicker than the day’s next best, posted by Windsor, Slough, Eton & Hounslow’s Maryse Haynes, a fellow member of Great Britain’s under-23 team at December’s European cross country championships.

AFD’s men were unable to retain the twelve-stage title but a team that included eight junior athletes managed to finish eighth.  One of their senior runners, Adam Clarke, recorded the third quickest short stage of the day when he put his side into third (the club’s highest position) on the second leg.