Double county delight for the super Hunts AC sisters

Successful Hunts AC sisters Lexi (left) and Shannon Flockhart. Picture: HELEN DRAKE

Successful Hunts AC sisters Lexi (left) and Shannon Flockhart. Picture: HELEN DRAKE - Credit: Archant

Speedy sisters Shannon and Lexi Flockhart left their rivals trailing in their wake to claim a memorable Cambridgeshire Cross-Country Championships double.

The Hunts AC starlets both powered to victory in their age groups at Priory Park in St Neots last Saturday.

Younger sister Lexi was the star performer in the Under 11 Girls category as she blazed to victory by almost 30 seconds in a time of 7:06.

And there was further cause for celebration with team-mates Daisy Coulson-Bascombe (8th) and Honey Lyden (17th) doing enough to ensure Hunts AC also took the team honours in that age bracket.

Older sibling Shannon came home more than a minute clear of her closest challengers to take Under 15 Girls glory in a time of 18:42.

Shannon also gained a bronze medal as Hunts AC finished third in the team event at that age group. She was backed up by Katie Wright, who finished 14th, and Nicole Covell in 16th position.

The Flockhart sisters weren’t the only Hunts AC runners to enjoy success on the county stage.

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More budding female talents performed well in the Under 17 Women’s race where Amy Chalmers (6th), Amelia Darnell (8th) and Jodi Vuylsteke (9th) earned a team silver medal.

Dave Connell claimed silver in the M40 catgeory while Shane Hunt took bronze in the M50 section.

Their efforts, combined with that of Sean Barker, were enough to also earn a team bronze in the men’s veterans competition.

There were also team honours in the Senior Women’s event as Rachel Sweatt, Siobhan Skinner and Polly Smith took third in the team standings.

Further individual medals were won by Jason Hart, who took bronze in the Under 11 Boys race when finishing just six seconds behind the winner, and Karen Cameron, in the Women’s 45 category.

Ian Turner led home the Hunts AC contingent in the end-of-year Ely 10k event.

Turner took sixth overall in a field of 566 athletes while Hunt (M55) and Cameron (W50) both collected age-group triumphs.

Hunt was more than seven minutes clear of the next finisher in his age bracket while Cameron shattered her personal best for the distance by more than three minutes.