ATHLETICS: Overall Frostbite Friendly League double looking likely for Hunts AC while fellow locals Huntingdon BRJ claim junior race glory
PUBLISHED: 10:45 09 February 2017
Hunts AC remain on course for a whole set of Frostbite Friendly League firsts after the penultimate round of the series last Sunday.
Their senior squad claimed victory on the day at Bourne Woods, in Lincolnshire, to strengthen their grip on top spot in the overall standings.
They now require just an eighth-placed finish in the final round, at Jubilee Park, in Huntingdon, next month, to retain the title for the first time.
The Hunts AC junior squad tasted defeat for the first time in the current series, but their third place on the day did keep them on course for the title.
And, if both squads can finish the job, it will be the club’s first-ever honours double in this competition.
Team captain Ty Farrer was the first Hunts AC finisher in the senior race at Bourne Woods, covering the five-mile course in 30:23 for 11th position.
Nick Osborn (13th, 30:33), Ian Gallagher (17th, 31:11), Rod McKee (24th, 31:42), Simon Margot (26th, 31:51), Darren Matthews (28th, 32:02) and Ian Marshall (34th, 32:26) closed out the male scorers with Georgia Hine (87th, 34:58), Polly Smith (132nd, 36:56) and Caroline Archer (160th, 38:19) filling the female points-scoring positions.
In the junior race, Angus Lawrence led the way by taking fourth place (10:19). Markus Downhill (14th, 10:55), Issy Wilkins (22nd, 11:05), Matthew Rose (23rd, 11:07) and Ciaran Burke (32nd, 11:24) closed out the scoring spots.
Junior honours on the day went to another local club - Huntingdon BRJ.
They had five boys finish in the top 20 with William Dales the pick of the bunch in third place (10:13) despite losing a shoe while negotiating the muddy course.
James Orrell (10th, 10:37), Keelan Duffy (11th, 10:38), Morgan Gallimore (13th, 10:46) and Liam Conway (20th, 11:03) also impressed.
Ellie Loosley, took 30th in 11:22 to be the club’s one required female points-scorer.
BRJ now sit second in the overall standings behind Hunts AC.
BRJ’s seniors didn’t fare as well. They were eighth on the day and now sit ninth in the overall placings.
n A record number of BRJ members took part in the Anglian Schools’ Cross-Country Championships last Saturday.
They helped Cambridgeshire to take second place overall in an event held at Abington Park, in Northampton.
Minor Girls: Lucia Mosca 10th.
Minor Boys: Jeff Newham 33rd, Layton Duffy 62nd
Junior Girls: Lauren Elliott 49th, Beatrice Pauley 56th.
Junior Boys: Keelan Duffy 58th.
Intermediate Girls: Cecilia Hime 34th, Chloe Loosley 43rd.
Senior Boys: Daniel Mitton 31st.