Steph Twell finished second in the Antrim international cross country meeting on Saturday, between two Ethiopians: Birtukan Fente Alemu and Birtukan Adamu. Her Aldershot, Farnham & District club mate Louise Small was eighth. Another AFD runner, Jack Rowe, came fourth in the junior men’s race.
On the same day, in Blackburn, Niamh Brown and Daisy D’Santos gained individual medals at the English Schools championships as several of their AFD colleagues featured in medal-winning teams. Surrey’s Brown was runner-up in the intermediate girls’ event where Lucy Pygott, 18th, Stacey Burrows, 54th, and Maisie Grice, 57th, helped Hampshire to third.
D’Santos came away with two bronze medals after leading her Hampshire side (that also included Beth Heddle, 50th, and Rebekah Pantony, 95th) to third in the senior girls’ competition. Surrey took the silver medals with a sextet led by Katie Shiel-Rankin in eighth and completed by Gabi Eglen in 82nd.
Gus Cockle, fourth, and George Gathercole, 13th, were the first two home for Surrey, third in the senior boys’ contest (one behind Hampshire whose cause was aided by Nathan Gibson in 48th). AFD also provided Hampshire’s first two in the intermediate boys’ event. Jack Boswell was tenth, one ahead of Jake Cvetkovic, as their county took the bronze medals.
Katriona Brown was part of Surrey’s gold-medal performance in the junior girls’ competition when placing 60th and, in the junior boys’ competition, Billy Smith’s 105th place helped Hampshire to silver.