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AFD Women 6 Stage Champions for 7 year was the highlight of a fantastic weekend

AFD Women 6 Stage Champions for 7 year was the highlight of a fantastic weekend
Mike Neighbour
Aldershot, Farnham & District's senior women won the English 6-stage Road Relay  title for the seventh consecutive year on Saturday at Sutton Coldfield.  Steph Twell, on leg four, was quickest overall for the two long stages of 5.38 miles. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Second quickest overall was Louise Small when, on the opener, she led home Emma Clayton of Leeds City and Worcester's Jenny Nesbitt who was thirteenth in the under-23s' race at December's European cross country championships.
Quickest overall for the four short stages of 3.16 miles was Susan Partridge when she passed AFD's Katie Bingle on the second leg.  This was to be the only spell Leeds had at the front because AFD provided the fastest athletes on the rest of the legs. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Lily Partridge soon reversed the positions on the third leg and brought AFD to halfway with an advantage of nearly one and a half minutes.  This was more than doubled by Twell despite the North of England champions fielding Claire Duck, runner-up in the National cross country.  Bryony Proctor and Tasha Vernon increased the gap to almost five minutes over Leeds at the finish.
AFD were second in the men's 12-stage event, three quarters of a minute behind Highgate Harriers after more than four and a quarter hours of running.  Following legs by Josh Grace and George Gathercole, Jack Rowe promoted AFD to fourth with the best time on leg three.  Matt Arnold then hit the front and the club was still in the medal positions at the halfway point after legs by Joe Wade and Jamie Ashton.
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAFD had another turn at the front with Gus Cockle, Joe Morwood, Ellis Cross (fastest on the ninth stage) and Ian Bailey.  Fastest on the eleventh stage was Andy Maud as he passed Elliot Robinson to take the eventual winners ahead.  AFD's anchorman Adam Clarke set off 29 seconds before third-placed Bristol & West and came home 53 seconds before the Midland champions.
Meanwhile AFD Senior Men and women had their first fixture of the season at Basingstoke which they won convincingly.
On Suday AFD Vets travelled to the Lakeside Complex, Portsmouth for the Hampshire Road Relays today. We enjoyed almost perfect running conditions on a two lap 4.8km technical course that had a bit of everything: mud, gravel and the odd bit of tarmac! The V60 squad led from start to finish with another strong run from Austin supported by Barny and Tony: Mark brought our V40 open team  in 2nd overall on leg 1  then Paul led the whole field on lap 2, James was passed early on by Tom Stevens from Eastleigh and got outsprinted by Tad towards the end for 3rd overall and 1st V40 open team; another excellent run from Scott secured 3rd overall on leg 1 for the V50 team with Chris handing to Tad in 5th who crossed the line as 1st V50 team and 2nd overall beating James by 1 second! Our 3rd V40 team claimed Gold too with Darren, Nick and Matt (Matt winning his first Championship medal). V60 Hampshire - 1st 57.45Austin Soane 17.23; Barny 20.12; Tony Davies  20.10 Fastest ovIMG_0261erall individual: Austin V50  Hampshire - 1st 49.12 Scott Smith-Bannister 15.53; Chris Try 17.02; Tad Dicker 16.17 Fastest overall individual: Scott, Tad 2nd IMG_0260V40 Open Team - 1st 49.13 Mark Symes 15.49; Paul Gaylor 16.15; James Ratcliffe 17.09 Fastest overall individual: Mark, Paul 3rd V40 Hampshire - 1st 51.03 Darren Symes 16.16; IMG_0259Nick Jacobs 16.37; Matt Norman 18.10