Ellis Cross, the National junior cross country title holder, defeated Southampton's Alex Teuten, senior silver medallist in Nottingham, as he led Aldershot Farnham & District's runners to victory in the men's team event at the opening fixture of this season's Hampshire League. Ben Bradley was third, Liam Burthem fifth, Alex Pointon seventh and Callum Charleston completed the scoring quintet in eleventh.
Ethan Scott beat last season's South of England bronze medallist, Ben Brown of Southampton, for his win in the under 13 boys' event on Saturday. Leon Lafreniere, fifth, and Tom Henderson, sixteenth, were the other members of AFD's victorious side. Marcus Shantry was another AFD athlete to lead his club to the team spoils with an individual win as he led home Max Heyden, fourth, and Elliott Pocock, fifth, in the u17 men's competition.
Sean Harnet of New Forest Runners won the u15 boys' race but the next three comprised AFD's winning team: Dylan Spencer, Michael Gar and Ryan Martin. Both the u15 and u13 girls' events featured an AFD winning team led by the individual runner-up, Pippa Roessler was supported by Ruby Horton, fifth, and Lydia Carter, seventh, in the former and Kiki Webb by Charlotte Borgars, fourth, and Rosie Kelly, fifth, in the latter.
In the senior women's contest it was the team that came second while providing the individual winner. Katie Bingle, who was third fastest at last month's South of England road relays, finished nearly half a minute ahead of Louise Damen, a former national champion, who led Winchester & District to the team honours. Eugenie Cockle, seventeenth overall, was the first u20 and led AFD to victory in that department.
The meeting also included the presentation of the Popplewell trophy to Tim Eglen, manager of many successful AFD teams, for his contribution to the sport in Hampshire, which is one of the strongest counties in the UK.