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Weekend 25/26 March 2017

Mike Neighbour

Louise Small led Great Britain’s runners home in the senior women’s event at the World Cross Country Championships on Sunday. The Aldershot Farnham & District athlete moved through the field to finish 38th, the highest position achieved by a Briton at the meeting in Uganda. Small and club mate Emily Hosker-Thornhill formed half of the national team.

Five other members of AFD were on international duty at the weekend, in the home countries meeting hosted by Wales. Ellis Cross won the junior men’s race from club colleague Gus Cockle as Enfield & Haringey’s Petros Surafel finished third to compile a perfect score for England. For England’s senior women, Philippa Bowden completed the scoring trio in fourth place and Lauren Hall was eighteenth. The nation’s junior women were all in the top five, including Niamh Brown who came third.

AFD’s women still managed to claim the bronze medals in the South of England senior road relays on Saturday. The team at Gravesend comprised Rebecca Howard, Jo Harvey, Daisy D’Santos, Amy Griffiths, Gabi Eglen and Katie Bingle. The men placed fourth in their twelve-stage contest.