Jonny Hay became South of England cross country champion on Saturday. The Aldershot, Farnham & District runner was almost a minute ahead of Chichester’s Chris Zablocki, the American who was also second at the previous weekend’s British Athletics Cross Challenge meeting in Cardiff. Portugal’s Antonio Silva, now competing for Thames Valley Harriers, was third.
Niamh Brown won the under-17 women’s race by nine seconds from AFD club mate Lucy Pygott. Nineteen seconds further back, in the bronze medal position, was the South West counties champion, Serena O’Connor of Poole Runners. The gold and silver medallists were joined by Stacey Burrows, who was thirteenth, and Eugenie Cockle, seventeenth, in one of five team titles claimed by AFD around London’s Parliament Hill Fields.
Georgie Bruinvels led Bryony Proctor, twelfth, Katie Bingle, fourteenth, and Lauren Hall, 27th, with third in the senior women’s event behind Naomi Taschimowitz of Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers, who regained a title she had won in the year (2011) that she represented Great Britain at the World Championships, and Svenja Abel, winner at the South East inter-counties meeting in December.
AFD’s u20 men were also led to victory by an individual bronze medallist. Jack Rowe finished behind Max Nicholls of Tonbridge, who competed in both the European and World Mountain Running Championships last year, and Southampton’s Mahamed Mahamed, 22nd in this season’s European Cross Country Championships. Ellis Cross was fifth, Gus Cockle sixth and Matt Arnold eleventh.
The victorious u20 women’s team comprised Grace Baker, fourth, Rebecca Howard, sixth, Katie Shiel-Rankin, eleventh, and Gabi Eglen, 23rd. Luke van Oudtshoorn, thirteenth, Max Heyden, 24th, Marcus Shantry, 25th, and Eoin Canning, 39th, formed the club’s scoring quartet that won the u15 boys’ competition.
The u13 boys took the silver medals with Sam Bodoano, fourteenth, Ryan Martin, 21st, Ed Henderson, 24th, and Harry Hyde, 26th. Jack Boswell was the individual bronze medallist in an u17 men’s contest won by Rob Huckle (Cambridge & Coleridge) who had also triumphed at Cardiff.