5th/8th Best in Europe
AFD Womens and Mens teams contested the European Champion Clubs Cup Cross Country in Albufeira, Portrugal on the 2nd of Feb.
Both teams put up a fantastic performance against larger better financed eyropean clubs. The Ladies came 5th just 10 points behind 3rd place and the men 8th.
The weather was warm and sunny, a stark contrast to the English weather AFD had left behind.
The Senior Women’s race over 6175m over a short loop and 3 long loops at the end of the short loop a group of 8 had taken the lead which included Steph Twell and Lily Partridge, with Georgie Bruinvels and Emily Wicks Amy Griffiths and Louise Small in a chasing group, With 1500m to go Steph was 3rd and Lily 5th and Georgie and Amy inside the Top 20 and Emily just out side the top 20. While Louise due to injury and lack of traing was struggling.
In the last 1000m a group of 4 Russians made a group move, which looked more like track cycling style move. The Russians pasted both Lily and Steph to secure the team prize. AFD runners finished 7th Seph, 9th Lily, a fast finishing Amy 20th and Georgie 24th, Emily 26th and Louise 42nd. Despite the impressive results AFD were 5th in a tight competition, behind , Russian, Italian, Spanish, and Turkish.
In the men’s race as with the Women’s the pace was very fast with Ethiopian Mohamed Moustaoui running for Ales Cevennes of France winning from Ayed Lamdassem for Spain and Daniel De Silva of Holland. The AFD team were 8th with Tom Wade 30th, Ian Bailey 37th Jo Wade 41st, Adam Clarke 46th, Chris Rooke 70th and Steven Connor a late replacement and recovering from injury in 82nd
The club is great full for the grant from the ECCA and the kit from Ronhill, thanks it made difference