Aldershot, Farnham & District took two titles and three sets of bronze medals from the South of England road relay championships which they hosted at Rushmoor Arena over the weekend. The under-13 boys were in the frame from the first leg which Alfie Spear completed in third place. He handed over to Sam Bodoano who promoted their team to second. The two AFD runners were equal fourth fastest of the race, sharing their time with Reece Sharman-Newell who had taken Basingstoke & Mid Hants into the lead at the halfway point. On the third leg Ryan Martin gained the lead that Ed Henderson maintained to the end.
Taking over from Eugenie Cockle in tenth place, Lucy Pygott finished the second leg of the u17 women’s event in third for AFD as she recorded the fifth fastest time overall. On the last leg Niamh Brown, England Athletics 3000 metres silver medallist, set off 28 seconds after Hope Goddard, English Schools 3000 metres silver medallist, who had gone out in the lead for Bracknell. The AFD athlete came home 12 seconds ahead by running faster than anyone.
The club’s u17 men were put into their bronze medal position by Jack Boswell who began the penultimate leg in fifth following runs from Oliie Percival and Robbie Coupland. Boswell was equal eighth fastest and Jake Cvetkovic equal fifth fastest when he anchored the quartet. The senior teams were the other bronze medallists. Katie Shiel-Rankin, Daisy D’Santos and Grace Baker, all juniors, were anchored by Louise Small in the women’s four-stage competitio
n. Josh Grace, George Gathercole, Gus Cockle, Jack Rowe, Ian Bailey and Elliot Palmer comprised the men’s six-stage team.