Lizzie dominates women's event

PUBLISHED: 10:50 19 January 2006 | UPDATED: 09:27 06 May 2010

Lizzie in action

Lizzie in action

THERE was strong local interest in the Herts county cross-country championships at Westminster Lodge, St Albans, on Sunday. The senior women s race was won by Lizzie Hall, who used to attend Knights Templar School in Baldock and is currently studying at S

Lizzie in action

THERE was strong local interest in the Herts county cross-country championships at Westminster Lodge, St Albans, on Sunday.

The senior women's race was won by Lizzie Hall, who used to attend Knights Templar School in Baldock and is currently studying at St Mary's College, Twickenham.

Grant Ramsey, who lives in Great Ashby in Stevenage, finished a respectable 14th in the senior men's race in a time of 43:06. This was over a distance of seven and a half miles.

* There were 21 athletes from Stevenage and North Herts AC who competed on the muddy, undulating course.

The club had one winning team, two second placed teams, three individual second places, and one individual third.

Pride of place went to the under-20 women's team of Sara Bailey, Lauren Cunningham and Sarah Downs, who won the event.

Sara was second in 24:24, Lauren third in 25:16 and Sarah sixth in 27:32.

Lewis Keeble (under-13 boys) and Joanne Mansell (under-15 girls) both won the silver medals in their races and led their teams to the silvers in the team event.

Lewis' time for the 3k was 13:30, followed by Matthew Leach (fourth in 13:43), David O'Connell (11th in 15:03) and David Pickett (12th in 15:06).

Joanne and her team competed over 5k and she finished in 20:41, followed by Sam McCormick (sixth in 22:33), Louise McConnell (14th in 24:19) and Helen Bailey (19th in 26:17).

The club's other medal winner was Josh Saydraouten with third place in the under-17 men's category, clocking 23:08 for the 6k course with Sam Poulton in 12th place in 26:23.

Their other members competing were Georgia Makin (17th in under-11 girls with 6:51); the under-15 girls, placed fourth team, running 3k with Chloe Vernon-Hamilton seventh (15:18), Amy Pring 16th (16:48), Sarah Pike 17th (16:49) and Kerry McCormick 29th (20:10); under-15 boy Callum McKechnie was eighth with 19:30 for his 5k; and Becky Newstead (ninth in 22:23) and Tilly Scheuber (14th in 23:44) completed the line-up running 5k.

* Seven Fairlands Valley Spartans also tackled the county championships.

In the senior men's race over about 12k, Graham Blackburn was 72nd in 51:24, Mark Collins 74th in 51:59, Phil Eaton 78th in 52:13, Steve Smithson 81st in 52:36 and Tony Osborne 120th in 58:00.

Sharon Crowley waved the Spartans flag in the senior women's event. She finished her 8k race in 42:07.

Nicholas Crowley put in a good performance in the under-17s race over about 6k. He took 26:32 to come 13th in a competitive field.

* Nine North Herts Road Runners also journeyed to St Albans.

Steve McKeown was the first home for the club in 46:23.

Although not featuring in the challenge for medals, the team mostly comprising of veterans, gave a good account of themselves in a high quality field.

Also finishing were Gary Cook (46:40), Stewart Bryant (52:12), Norman Leslie (52:58), Duncan Hooker (53:08), Chris Priestley (53:10), Gerald Rolfe (61:12) and Paul Bowal (61:14).

Lindsay Cook was the club's sole entry in the ladies' race and she finished in 46:39.

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