ATHLETICS: Hunts AC are hot stuff thanks to an historic Frostbite title double
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Hunts AC are celebrating an historic double success after dominating the Frostbite Friendly League this winter.
While the local club enjoying success in this competition is certainly nothing new, their senior and junior squads both ruling supreme in the same campaign is a first.
Both overall titles were clinched in the final round of the series, at Jubilee Park, in Huntingdon, last Sunday, with the senior outfit successfully defending the crown for the first time.
And there was another slice of history as Dave Connell became the oldest athlete to ever win a league race.
The 42-year-old powered to victory in a time of 28:24 over the five-mile course – his first Frostbite League success for 13 years, and all the more impressive as it arrived after an 18-month injury battle.
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Team captain Ty Farrer (6th, 29:43), Nick Osborn (13th, 29:53), Tom Walker (14th, 29:59), Ian Gallagher (24th, 31:13), Darren Matthews (26th, 31:18) and Rod McKee (29th, 31:34) also contributed to a fine male showing.
Female athletes Georgia Hine (104th, 35:02), Caroline Archer (146th, 37:12), and Polly Smith (159th, 37:55) completed the scoring effort as Hunts AC took top spot in the team standings for the fifth time in six races.
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The juniors, expertly managed by Derek Darnell, finished second on the day – behind hosts Huntingdon BRJ Run & Tri. But that was more than enough to secure the overall crown.
Angus Lawrence (9th, 9:39), Seb Darnell (11th, 9:42), Issy Wilkins (12th, 9:43), Ciaran Burke (23rd, 10:06) and Lexi Flockhart (32nd, 10:23) were their quintet of scorers. Wilkins was actually the first female finisher in the race despite having raced in the Inter-Counties Cross-Country Championships the previous day.
BRJ provided four top-10 finishers as they triumphed in the junior event.
William Dales (4th, 9:25), Liam Conway (6th, 9:32), Keelan Duffy (7th, 9:37), James Orrell (8th, 9:38) were joined in the scoring positions by Cecilia Hime (28th, 10:20).
BRJ finished as runners-up to Hunts AC in the overall junior standings, with Riverside Runners completing an all-local top three.
Riverside were fourth and BRJ ninth in the senior section.