Aldershot, Farnham and District Athletic Club runners won the men’s and women’s senior races at the South of England Road Relay Championships
Aldershot, Farnham & District’s youngsters kept the home crowd happy after continuing their regional dominance in the South of England Road Relay Championships at the weekend.
The home club rallied to claim victory in both the men’s and women’s senior races with another impressive all-round team performance at Rushmoor Arena.
For the women, it was their eighth consecutive victory in the four-stage event, while the club’s B team were runners-up for the third consecutive year.
Every member of the A team was among the nine quickest runners of the day, but faster than all four of them was the B team’s Louise Small, who was third fastest overall.
AFD’s Montana Jones came in second on the opening stage and Emily Hosker-Thornhill, of the B’s, in fourth, but the local sides soon edged ahead with Lily Partridge reaching the halfway point 28 seconds ahead of Jess Andrews.
Steph Twell extended the A team’s lead over Georgie Bruinvels, who handed over to Small.
The 2009 European junior 3,000 metres bronze medallist was chasing this year’s champion, Emelia Gorecka, and managed to run two seconds faster than her club mate but AFD A still had three quarters of a minute to spare at the finish.
AFD’s senior men also won their six-stage event by three quarters of a minute. Ian Bailey took them into the frame on the second leg after taking over from Neil Phillips and Josh Grace improved to second by halfway, reaching 36 seconds after Belgrave Harriers who had been leading since the start.
Tom Wade gave AFD a lead of 40 seconds on the fourth leg with the day’s seventh fastest time and they never relented, Elliot Palmer and then anchorman Joe Morwood seeing them home.
The young athletes’ also yielded one set of bronze medals for AFD.
After runs from Robbie Coupland, Tom Fitch and Jake Cvetkovic, Jack Boswell promoted the team from sixth on the final leg for the under-15 boys as he clocked a time beaten by only Alasdair Kinloch when anchoring Tonbridge to a course record – 50 seconds ahead of Bedford & County, who also beat the old mark.