Two runners from Aldershot, Farnham & District set Surrey championship best performances at the weekend, both in the 1500 metres. Eugenie Cockle, defending champion in the under-17 women’s race, clocked 4 mins 31.23 and Luke van Oudtshoorn posted new figures of 4 mins 14.86 in the u15 boys’ event. Other winners for the club at Kingston were Ed Henderson (u13 boys’ 800), Megan Aitchison (senior women’s 800), Niamh Brown (u20 women’s 1500) and Nancy Scott (u20 women’s 3000).
In the Hampshire championships at Portsmouth, two of AFD’s athletes achieved doubles. Maisie Grice took the u17 women’s steeplechase before defending her 800 metres title the following day and Harry Hyde won the u13 boys’ 800 a day after his victory in the 200. Four other club members also retained titles: Tim Snook (u20 men’s walk), Chris Snook (u17 men’s walk), Evie Grice (u20 women’s 400) and Sue Davies with her fourth consecutive gold medal in the walk.
Joe Wade regained the senior men’s steeplechase crown, Jack Boswell, last year’s u17s’ champion, won the u20 men’s 3000 and Alex Knight, the u13s’ champion two seasons ago, secured the u15 boys’ 200. There were also victories for Danny Davis (senior men’s 1500), Joe Parker (u20 men’s javelin), Nicholas Hart (u15 boys’ walk), Ryan Martin (u13 boys’ 1500), Sofie Kent (senior women’s 1500), Tilly Horton (u17 women’s 1500), Stacey Burrows (u17 women’s 3000) and Ava Ritchie (u13 girls’ javelin).