Shannon enjoys a golden mile with record-breaking success in county championship race

Hunts AC medal-winners are, from the left, Amelia Darnell, Shannon Flockhart and Issy Wilkins.

Hunts AC medal-winners are, from the left, Amelia Darnell, Shannon Flockhart and Issy Wilkins. - Credit: Archant

Hunts AC talents made the most of home advantage to star in the Cambridgeshire County Mile and Steeplechase Championships.

The host club collected four gold medals and one silver as their St Ives base provided the stage for the action – with three new club records and a county best being set in the process.

Shannon Flockhart produced a gun-to-line success in the Under 17 Women’s mile in a terrific time of 5.03.89, which shaved seven seconds off the Cambridgeshire record, and also lowered her existing club marks in the Under 17, Under 20 and senior women’s brackets.

The sparkling effort also lifted Flockhart to fourth in the Under 17 Women’s national rankings and her time ranks as one of the top 50 performances for the event ever in the UK.

Issy Wilkins followed Flockhart home to collect the silver medal in the county race.

Siblings Amelia and Seb Darnell both struck gold at the event.

Amelia was first in the Under 20 Women’s mile in 5.45.87, while brother Seb clocked 5.25.28 when making an excellent debut over the 1500m steeplechase distance in the Under 17 Men’s category.

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Joey Croft also climbed onto the top step of the podium with a 4.29.86 effort to triumph in the Under 20 Men’s mile.

The mile and steeplechase races formed part of the Cambridgeshire AAA Open Meet and another Hunts AC prospect, Hannah Bridges, excelled in the triple jump.

She produced a leap of 9.87m to rise to 19th in the national rankings for the Under 15 Girls age group.

Dave Connell finished fourth out of 164 competitors in the Bedfordshire 10k last Friday – thanks to his best time over the distance for 13 years.

He crossed the line in 33.53 to earn victory in the veteran men’s section and has now set his sights on lowering the club’s 10,000m track record, which has belonged to Hugh Barnfather at 34.04.06 for 35 years.

Connell’s exploits in Bedford helped Hunts AC collect a team silver medal.

Their other contributors were Tom Walker (24th, 36.49), Rod McKee (25th, 36.50), Darren Matthews (27th, 37.19), Ian Gallagher (31st, 37.41) and Sean Barker (34th, 37.44).