ATHLETICS: Double Frostbite delight for Hunts AC on their home turf at Hinchingbrooke
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Hunts AC completed a home double when staging the latest round of the Frostbite Friendly League last Sunday.
Their senior and junior sides powered to victories at Hinchingbrooke Country Park which left them leading the way in both sets of overall standings.
It was a relatively straightforward triumph at senior level as fourth-placed Joey Croft led in their seven scoring males.
Ty Farrer (17th), Andy Stowe (22nd), Ian Gallagher (32nd), Rod McKee (35th), Simon Margot (36th) and Darren Matthews (45th), all completing a solid effort.
Rachel Sweatt was the first of the club’s three required female scorers as she was the third lady to finish – in 91st overall.
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Polly Smith (117th) and Georgia Hine (125th) also contributed well as Hunts AC dominated on their own turf, beating runners-up Werrington by almost to 200 race points.
They lead the same club by three league points in the overall standings. It was considerably more dramatic in the junior section as the Hunts AC youngsters pipped St Neots outfit Riverside Runners by a single race point. Conall McGinness led the way for Hunts AC with second place while Shannon Flockhart was the first female finisher in 13th overall.
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Issy Wilkins was the second girl home in 20th while Seb Darnell and Markus Downhill (23rd and 24th respectively) completed the scoring quintet. And those exploits proved enough to take victory by the narrowest of margins from Riverside, who provided four of the top-10 finishers - Dan Ridley (3rd), Callum Nicholson (4th), Maxwell Sandever (8th) and Keenan Hosking (9th) - but crucially had to wait until Hannah Williams crossed the line in 57th for their final scoring runner.
Another local outfit – Huntingdon BRJ Run & Tri – were back in third on the day.
Hunts AC now lead the way from BRJ in the overall standings with Riverside sitting third.
There are three more rounds to go in the series. The first of those is at March on January 15.
* It was a hectic weekend for five Hunts AC youngsters who had also competed in the South of England Inter-Counties Cross-Country Championships last Saturday.
Shannon Flockhart was their highest-placed finisher at Horspath, in Oxfordfordshire, when taking fourth place in the Under 15 Girls race over 4km in a time of 15:23.
Conall McGinness was 19th (14;21) in the Under 15 Boys race over the same distance, but did enough to help Cambridgeshire to bronze medals in the team event.
Joey Croft took 22nd place in the Under 17 Men’s category. He completed the 5km course in 16:36.
Issy Wilkins finished 25th at Under 13 Girls level with a time of 12:43 for the 3km distance, while Jason Hart was 84th in the Under 13 Boys section in 12:37.