Emelia Gorecka, Lily Partridge, Steph Twell and Louise Small ran the 'A' team into first place
Dominant Aldershot, Farnham & District led throughout to claim a seventh consecutive women’s national four-stage road relay title at Sutton Coldfield at the weekend.
World junior bronze medallist at 3,000m, Emelia Gorecka, guided the AFD 'A' team to another storming victory, while the 'B' team came home in fourth.
Lily Partridge got the team off to a flier by finishing the first leg two seconds ahead of Charnwood’s Juliet Potter with what turned out to be the fourth fastest time overall.
Steph Twell then clocked the third fastest time when bringing AFD to the halfway point 29 seconds ahead before Louise Small extended the lead even further to more than a minute-and-a-half from team-mate Jess Andrews, running for the Bs.
And there was no stopping Gorecka, who posted the second quickest time overall, ensuring a victory of nearly two minutes in a time that beat AFD’s own course record by 27 seconds.
Birchfield Harriers and Charnwood came through for silver and bronze, just pipping AFD B to the medals.
At the same time, AFD’s senior men finished seventh in the six-stage championship after Josh Grace ran the equal 12th best lap for fifth on the opener, a position held by Jonny Hay on the fourth leg with the equal ninth best time.
AFD had to wait until the last event of Sunday’s young athletes’ relays at Sutton Park for another set of medals.
Jack Crabtree was second fastest overall when improving the under-17 men from 13th to the silver medal spot during the second of three legs.
George Gathercole held off Elliot Bowker, third fastest overall, who anchored Vale Royal to the bronze medals.
Jack Boswell was another AFD athlete to record the second fastest time for his event when he anchored the under-15 boys to fourth, an achievement matched by the club’s U17 women.
The U15 girls came fifth with Niamh Brown recording the equal sixth best performance. Marcus Shantry was fifth best when helping the U13 boys to 12th. AFD also completed the top dozen in the U13 girls’ race.