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AFD 3rd at European Clubs Cross Country Championships

AFD 3rd at European Clubs Cross Country Championships
Mike Neighbour

Steph Twell led Aldershot, Farnham & District’s runners to third place in the senior women’s race at the European Clubs Cross Country championships on Sunday and was in contention for an individual medal for much of the six-kilometre race in Portugal. Twell had broken away from the leading group with Kenya’s Irene Cheptai, who was competing for Turkish club Uskudar Belediye, but while Cheptai, a top-ten finisher in the last two World championships, carried on to victory, the AFD athlete was passed by Bilbao’s Trihas Gebre, who represented Spain in the 10000 metres at last year’s Olympics, and Esma Aydemir, who contested the marathon for Turkey in Rio. Twell’s fourth place was backed up by seventh for Louise Small, fourteenth for Jess Martin and eighteenth for Amy Griffiths.

It is interesting to note that AFD were the first club who did not bring in a foreign athlete (allowed within the rule but not the spirit of the competion) we did it with girls who have been with us for years.

In the mens race Jonny Hay finnished 20,Alex Pointon 60, Jack Boswell 92 and Joe Morwood 93 to place the team 17th while Ali Smith 99 unfortunatly Joe Wade did not finish