National cross-country titles for North Herts Road Runners and Fairlands Valley Spartans athletes

Jonathan Parr of Fairlands Valley Spartans (third from right) with the rest of the Hertfordshire team.

Jonathan Parr of Fairlands Valley Spartans (third from right) with the rest of the Hertfordshire team. - Credit: FVS

The cross-country season may be in its final moments but there were still plenty of good results for north Herts athletes.

Andrew Leach of North Herts Road Runners and Fairlands Valley Spartans' Yuko Gordon were both crowned victors in the British Masters Championship.

Held at Tonbridge in Kent, Leach took the win in the M55 category while Gordon's triumph came in the W70 group.

FVS also had a runner in the National Inter-County Championships with Jonathan Parr the sixth scorer for Hertfordshire in the senior event, placing 211th overall

There was races across the age spectrum in Loughborough and Stevenage & North Herts Athletics Club were heavily involved with the younger ones.

The best placed finisher of the five to travel was Aubrey Murray who came 82nd in the U13 boys' race, a little more than a minute ahead of club-mate Casey Wyatt as Hertfordshire placed sixth.

Esme Searle was part of the U13 squad that came 25th in the girls' race while U15 Abigail Manson finished 137th with the team 29th.

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William Galliford completed the quintet with an individual finish of 182nd and 14th for the team.

Adrian Busolini of Fairlands Valley Spartans who ran seven marathons in seven days.

Adrian Busolini of Fairlands Valley Spartans who ran seven marathons in seven days. - Credit: FVS

For individual feats of endurance, nobody could beat Adrian Busolini of FVS who ran seven marathons in seven days to win the Enigma Running Weak at the Knees challenge in Milton Keynes.

That tied in with the Milton Keynes Festival of Running where there were PBs and good results galore.

For FVS Stuart Archer posted a 20-mile PB, clocking two hours 20 minutes 13 seconds, while John Harris was 37th out of 576 finishers in the 10k race with a time of 42:45.

Among the North Herts Road Runners contingent to tackle the various distances was John Auld who scorched round the 5k course to finish fourth in 18:24.

Bobby Pitman and Jamie Timms (right) of Stevenage & North Herts Athletics Club at the Combined Events Championships.

Bobby Pitman and Jamie Timms (right) of Stevenage & North Herts Athletics Club at the England Athletics Combined Events Championships. - Credit: SNHAC

Away from the mud and the roads, SNHAC also had a couple of PBs and season best efforts in track and field.

The U17 pair of Bobby Pitman and Jamie Timms were in action at the England Athletics Combined Events Championships in Sheffield finishing in 20th and 21st places.

They faced seven separate events , with Pitman securing PBs in the shot-put, the pole vault and the 1000m.

Timms. in his first indoor heptathlon, recorded PBs in all seven events, the 60m and 60m hurdles plus long jump and high jump the others.

Shannon Rapacchi meanwhile got a pole vault season's best of 3.41 metres at Vault Cardiff.