Hampshire Cross Country Championships – Botley 06/01/18
Fairthorne Manor near Botley was the parkland setting for a muddy running course on Saturday. Runners from several Island teams took part – including Ryde Harriers (who have a new County Champion) and the Isle of Wight Athletic Club.
For Ryde Harriers Les Cupis was the first home for the team in 49:15 and was 1st Vet 55, then Paul Muffett 51:48, with Trevor McAlister 53:43. Graham Gardner finished in 56:09, closely followed by Nigel Eldridge in 57:40, Ken Beak finished in 59:37.
In the senior women’s race Elaine Parry was first home for the team in 45:03 with Julie King hot on her heels in 45:16, closely followed by Samantha Fancourt in 45:46 and Rosie Eldridge in 49:23.
Isle of Wight Athletic Club had three seniors competing – with Sam Metcalf leading the way with an excellent 13th overall and Rob Holdsworth 179th (29th in age category). Justine Bacon sprinted well for 59th in the women’s event (5th in age category).
In the junior U11 girls race Freya Taylor was first home (32nd) then Charlotte Jenkins (45), Isabella Matthias (51) & Abigail Fancourt (59). Four frequent competitors finished the U13 Boys race: Noah Patey (39), Jacob Patey (49), Jackson Hill (73) & Billy Williams (74). U13 Girls first IWAC runner was Jessica Heng (16th) followed by Maisey Kent (19), Naomi Holdsworth (24), Mia Stilwell (46), Evie Taylor (50) and Charlotte Fancourt (56). U15’s saw Dylan Holdsworth (23rd) in the Boys race and Millie Bacon (18th), Mabel Lewis (23) & Eden Canning (35) in the Girls Race. U17 boys Flynn Powell (21st), Ben Holdsworth (24) & Thomas Timmons (34) all ran strongly and U17 girl Millie Williams was 18th for the Isle of Wight Athletic Club. All competitors were a credit to the team and the Island.