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County Cross Country Championships

Mike Neighbour

Louise Small notched up her third consecutive victory in the senior women’s race at the Hampshire cross country championships on Saturday. Injury had prevented her from running in last month’s European championships where she would have been a contender for a high placing since she was third European at the World championships in March. At Fairthorne Manor, near Botley, Small crossed the line nearly a minute ahead of the field and led Aldershot Farnham & District to the team title. Lauren Hall, the inter services champion, came third, Carolyne Baxter fifth and Sofie Kent 24th.

AFD were the only club to finish a team in the under-20 women’s event as Maisie Grice took the individual silver medal ahead of Lizzie Squibbs, who claimed bronze, and Tilly Horton in fourth. AFD also had the individual silver and bronze medallists in their winning u15 girls’ team, Ruby Horton and Lydia Carter. Alice Garner, fifth, and Charlie Parsons, sixth, were the other scorers. Runner-up Woody Jerome led Ryan Martin, seventh, Oliver Harris, thirteenth, and Elliot Allin, fifteenth, to victory in the u15 boys’ event.

AFD secured two team titles in the Surrey championships, which were held in Dorking on Sunday. The u17 men achieved a perfect score with Luke van Oudtshoorn, gold, Max Heyden, silver, and Marcus Shantry, bronze. Silver and bronze medallists Rudi Morrell and Ethan Scott were joined by Ollie Pickup, ninth, and Leon Lafreniere, tenth, for AFD’s victory in the u13 boys’ competition. George Gathercole won the senior men’s race and Will Barnicoat triumphed in the u15 boys’.