ATHLETICS: It’s a stroll in the Park for Hunts AC talents as they strengthen claims for a Frostbite Friendly League double

Joey Croft (left) was the leading Hunts AC finisher in the senior race at the latest round of the Fr

Joey Croft (left) was the leading Hunts AC finisher in the senior race at the latest round of the Frostbite Friendly League. - Credit: Archant

Hunts AC kept their challenge for a Frostbite Friendly League double on track by dominating the latest round of the series.

The local club’s senior and junior squads both triumphed at Nene Park, in Peterborough, last Sunday.

The successes leave both Hunts AC squads in possession of five-point cushions at the top of their respective standings with two races remaining.

Sixteen-year-old Joey Croft led the adults home by taking fourth place over a five-mile course. He crossed the line in a time of 28:54 while Dave Connell continued his return from long-term injury by finishing ninth in 30:04.

Team captain Ty Farrer was one place and four seconds further back while Mark Barry (14th, 30:29), Tom Walker (18th, 31:07), Ian Gallagher (22nd, 31:59) and Simon Margot (32:25) were the other points-scoring males.


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Karen Cameron (161st, 38:29), Caroline Archer (181st, 39:10) and Caroline King (188th, 39:28) provided solid support to complete another impressive overall team effort as Hunts AC triumphed for the third time in four races.

The Hunts AC juniors are going one better than their older clubmates after winning every round to date.

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Their fine streak continued with a conclusive success in Peterborough led by Shannon Flockhart.

She took third place – only 11 seconds behind the male winner – while the club’s strength in depth was evident thanks to Angus Lawrence taking seventh, Seb Darnell finishing ninth, Issy Wilkins grabbing 10th and Jason Hart crossing the line in 11th spot.

Fellow local clubs BRJ and Riverside Runners took second and third places respectively on the day and occupy the same positions in the overall standings.

The penultimate round of the series is at Bourne Woods, in Lincolnshire, on February 5.

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