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AFD scoop Half team titles at Souther CC Champs

Mike Neighbour

Aldershot Farnham & District claimed half of the ten team titles at Saturday’s South of England Cross Country Championships. Three of the club’s runners were contending for individual honours in the senior women’s race but ultimately Emily Hosker Thornhill was thwarted in the defence of her crown by Kingston & Polytechnic’s Phoebe Law, who was tenth in the under-23s’ race at December’s European championships, while Philippa Bowden finished fourth and Katie Bingle fifth with Lauren Hall closing the victorious quartet in 22nd.

AFD’s u15 boys were also led home by the individual silver medallist. Will Barnicoat was five seconds behind Mohamed Ali of Ealing Southall & Middlesex, the age group’s England Athletics 3000 metres champion. Dylan Spencer came seventh, Ryan Martin fourteenth and Ed Henderson seventeenth.

Luke Prior took the bronze medal when leading home the junior men’s team of Rian McCawley, eighth, Jack Boswell fourteenth, and Jake Cvetkovic, sixteenth. The other winning sides were the u13 boys (Ethan Scott, fourth, Rudi Morrell, eleventh, Daniel Shattock, 32nd, and Oliie Pickup, 40th) and the u17 men (Marcus Shantry, sixth, Max Heyden, thirteenth, Elliot Pocock, nineteenth, and Charlie Kershaw, 22nd). Niamh Brown, runner-up to Bracknell’s Amelia Quirk (fourth over 15000 metres in last summer’s European Junior Championships), picked up another silver medal when AFD team mates Eugenie Cockle finished ninth, Maisie Grice twelfth and Lizzie Squibbs fifteenth in the junior women’s competition.