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AFD Produce a Historic Performance at National Cross Country Relays

AFD Produce a Historic Performance at National Cross Country Relays
Mike Neighbour


AFD put on a dominant display of strength in the National Cross Country Relays at Mansfield on Saturday 2nd November, to put in a historic performance. The under 20 women’s relay started the day, with 3 of the 33 teams on the start line being AFD we dominated not just in number but in quality. The A team of Grace Baker, Amy Griffiths and Emilia Gorecka, produced the 5th, 2nd and fastest legs of the day to win convincingly from the AFD B team in 2nd, with the C team in 5th, an incredible demonstration of strength in depth. The first time a one two has been achieved in the history of the event. untitled shoot-8952 The next race was the under 17 Women, AFD A team were 6th and the B team 16th Junior men were 7th and B team 12th The under 17 men were 3rd and 42nd Under 13 girls were 8th Under 13 boys were 5th and 31st Under 15 girls were 2nd, 12th and 42nd Under 15 boys were 3rd and 28th The Senior ladies have never won the National Cross Country Relays and this year came to Mansfield in a mood of quite determination in all 3 teams.




The A team was lead of by Lilly Partridge who went from the gun and while Stevie Stockton went with her she could not stay with Lilly who came come first in what was the fastest time of the day.

Start of Senior Ladies

Start of Senior Ladies

 Lilly handed over to Steph Twell who set of with a 
determination which resulted in the lead extending and produced 
the 3rd fastest time of the day.untitled shoot-9575  Louise Small was never troubled 
and finished with the biggest smile of the day with a lead 
of 90 seconds over the fast finishing Jess Andrews for AFD B team 
completing the first ever one, two in the senior event.  
The C team finished in a creditable 19th place.  The dominance of AFD 
Ladies continues.
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The Senior men the last race of the day had Josh Grace on the lead 
off leg for AFD A team.  Andy Vernon took over from Josh and proceded 
to carve his way through the field to hand over the lead in the 
fastest time of the day. Adam Clarke held the lead to hand over to 
Jonny Hay, great to Jonny fully recovered and coming home first.  
This is the first time AFD senior men have won this event and the 
first time any club has won both men and women on the same day. 
AFD B team were 14th and C team 110th.

A fantastic performance a day to be proud to be in an AFD squad.
Full results are on the Power of 10, sorry I could not name check 
all those who wore the AFD vest on the day.  Well done to all a fantastic day.

Photographs curtesy of Tom Smeeth more can be found on