ATHLETICS: Sisters enjoy a gold-rush as Hunts AC star on the county stage

Sisters Shannon (left) and Lexi Flockhart.

Sisters Shannon (left) and Lexi Flockhart. - Credit: Archant

Three sisters all struck gold as Hunts AC enjoyed great success at the Cambridgeshire County Cross-Country Championships.

The Hunts AC trio of Caitlan Burke (left), Lexi Flockart (right) and Evie Flockart (right) won Under

The Hunts AC trio of Caitlan Burke (left), Lexi Flockart (right) and Evie Flockart (right) won Under 11 Girls team gold at the Cambridgeshire County Cross-Country Championships. - Credit: Archant

Shannon and Lexi Flockhart both retained their titles at Under 15 Girls and Under 11 Girls respectively with dominant displays at Priory Park, in St Neots, last Sunday.

Elder sister Shannon stormed to glory by a whopping 45 seconds, while Lexi came home 21 seconds clear of her closest rival.

And a full set of family medals was completed by nine-year-old Evie Flockhart, who took fifth place in the Under 11 Girls event to help Hunts AC collect team gold. Caitlan Burke, who finished ninth, was the other member of that successful trio.

Issy Wilkins is another hot Hunts AC prospect making a name for herself. She powered to victory in the Under 13 Girls race and that success inspired a team triumph along with clubmates Daisy Coulson-Bascombe (sixth) and Angel Lyden (17th).

The Hunts AC trio of Chloe Wilson (left), Ella Blake (centre) and Amelia Darnell (right) won Under 2

The Hunts AC trio of Chloe Wilson (left), Ella Blake (centre) and Amelia Darnell (right) won Under 20 Women team gold at the Cambridgeshire County Cross-Country Championships. - Credit: Archant


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And there was also team honours in the Under 20 Women bracket courtesy of Amelia Darnell, Ella Blake and Chloe Wilson’s exploits.

Joey Croft, the sole Hunts AC runner in the Under 17 Men’s race, captured a silver medal while the trio of Jason Hart, Ciaran Byrke and Howard Croft earned team bronze at Under 13 Boys level.

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But it wasn’t just the blossoming young stars in medal-winning form last Sunday – Hunts AC’s older generation also grabbed gongs.

Karen Cameron was a decisive winner in the Women’s Veteran 45 section, coming home more than two minutes clear of her rivals.

She also helped to earn a Women’s Veteran team silver along with Jo Muspratt and Caroline King.

There was also a runners-up finish in the team standings for the Veteran Men thanks to Ty Farrer, Rod McKee and Steve Church, and a further individual bronze from Pauline Stocker in the Women’s Veteran 55 category as Hunts AC doubled their medal tally gained in the 2016 staging of the event.

Wilkins, Shannon Flockhart, Coulson-Basomcbe, Croft, Wilson, Darnell, Conall McGinness and Katie Lawrence will represent Cambridgeshire at the Inter-Counties Championships in March.

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