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Aldershot, Farnham and District AC

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From Portland USA to Southern Road relays via Master indoor champs

Mike Neighbour
Aldershot, Farnham & District's senior men were second in the South of England 12 Stage Road Relay championship at Gravesend on Sunday.  Jamie Ashton, George Gathercole, Steve Connor, Macgregor Cox, Matt Arnold, Ian Bailey, Josh Grace, William Davies, Jack Rowe, Ellis Cross, Elliot Robinson and Gus Cockle gradually moved up the field during the three hours plus, finishing fourteen seconds down on Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers who had led since halfway.  Their anchorman, Robbie Lightowler, lost nearly two minutes to Cockle as the AFD man clocked the second fastest short stage.  The club was third in the women's six-stage event.  They too improved from the first leg with Claire Arnold, Bryony Proctor, Sofie Kent, Katie Bingle, Gabi Eglen and Amy Griffiths.
Allan Leiper won the pole vault and shot put titles in the over-55s' age-group at the British Masters indoor championships.  Fellow AFD members picked up medals in the 3000 metres races.  Darren Symes took gold and Paul Gaylor bronze in the over-45s' event while Nick Jacobs was the over-40s' bronze medallist.  There was a bronze medal for Austin Soane in the over-60s' category of the veterans' British cross country championships on the same weekend in Bath where AFD also gained a set of bronze medals in the team competition for men aged 45 to 54: Scott Smith- Bannister was fourth, Tad Dicker seventh and Chris Try sixteenth. While in Portland USA Steph Twell and Isobel Pooley were on international duty.  Steph in the 3000m was in a race which was extremly slow over the first few laps at which time Steph took up the pace a few laps latter Dibaba went into a comanding lead, leaving the rest of the field to scrap for silver and bronze medals.  Steph finished in a credatable 6th place in a time of 9min 00.38seconds another fantastic run on her road to Rio.  In the high jump Isobel was unable to capture her recent form finishing 10th having cleared 1.89m.