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County Championships

County Championships
Mike Neighbour

When Aldershot Farnham & District runner Louise Small crossed the line at the end of the senior women’s race in the Hampshire cross country championships on Saturday she maintained her record of being the only winner of the title since the event was first staged at Fairthorne Manor near Curdridge in 2016. The British international, with club mate Lauren Hall and Southampton’s Laura Brenton, went away from the rest of the field early during their 8400 metre race. Small then split the trio and came home with more than half a minute to spare over Hall as the latter, the reigning Army champion, beat Brenton by a similar margin to reverse last year’s placings.

AFD also had the first two home in the under-15 boys’ competition as Woody Jerome prevailed by five seconds over Ryan Martin. In the senior men’s contest, AFD’s Phil Sewell caught Andy Greenleaf after the Serpentine athlete had built an early lead and went on to triumph by 21 seconds. Dan Shattock took the u13 boys’ title ahead of Winchester & District’s James Lewis who had won all three Hampshire League races this season.

Meanwhile, AFD claimed half of the team titles on offer in the Surrey championships at Croydon’s Lloyd Park. Max Heyden, James Walker and Marcus Shantry managed a clean sweep of the individual medals in the u20 men’s category but they were headed by Will Barnicoat and Luke van Oudtshoorn who were first and second u17s. Individual silver medallists Jack Rowe (senior men) and Charlie Wagstaff (u15 boys) and bronze medallist Laura Gent (senior women) led their sides to the club’s other team victories.