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National Cross Country Championships

National Cross Country Championships
Mike Neighbour

Aldershot Farnham & District’s runners won the under-15 boys’ title at the English National Cross Country Championships in London on Saturday. They were led by the individual silver medallist, Will Barnicoat, who was four seconds behind Mohamed Ali of Ealing Southall & Middlesex. Barnicoat’s team mates were Ryan Martin (eighteenth), Woody Jerome (nineteenth) and Dylan Spencer (22nd). The closest AFD came to more gold medals was in the junior men’s race. When the positions of Jake Cvetkovic (tenth), Luke Prior (thirteenth), Rian McCawley (40th) and Lewis Reid (45th) were aggregated, the club was two points down on Milton Keynes Distance Project.

There were both team and individual silver medals in the junior women’s race. Niamh Brown was beaten by only the European junior champion, Warrington’s Harriet Knowles-Jones, while her AFD colleagues were Nancy Scott, fourteenth, and Maisie Grice, 43rd. Another set of silver medals was obtained by the u13 boys’ team of Ethan Scott (seventh), Rudi Morrell (twelfth), Ollie Pickup (64th), Joseph Feeney (79th).

There were bronze medals for the u17 men (Luke van Oudtshoorn, sixth, Marcus Shantry, twelfth, Max Heyden, 48th, Jack Johnson, 66th) and senior men (Richard Allen, thirteenth, Ellis Cross, fifteenth, George Gathercole, twentieth, MacGregor Cox, 44th, Sam Eglen, 90th, Alex Pointon, 132nd). The senior women were fourth but there was an individual medal for Louise Small, her third silver in four years. She was unable to break Phoebe Law (Kingston & Polytechnic) who competed for Great Britain in December’s European Championships, an event Small was unable to contest because of injury.