Runners get muddy

More than 40 Stevenage and North Herts AC members took part in the Hertfordshire cross-country championships which the club hosted. The courses were quite challenging, very wet and muddy in places, with ditches to cross in the wooded areas. Two members sh

More than 40 Stevenage and North Herts AC members took part in the Hertfordshire cross-country championships which the club hosted.

The courses were quite challenging, very wet and muddy in places, with ditches to cross in the wooded areas.

Two members shone, winning their races and becoming county champions.

Hannah Dewhurst won her first county title in the under-13 girls' race over 2,875m.

Backed up by Sarah Pike (13th) and Alex Gates (16th), she gained another medal by the team finishing in third place.

Sara Bailey continued to impress - winning the under-20 women's race.

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This was run at the same time as the under-17 men's race and she beat all but nine of the men, including her fellow club members! With Lauren Cunningham (fourth) and Becky Newstead (fifth), they won the gold team medal for the 5,750m race.

Two further team golds were won. The under-15 girls excelled themselves for first place with Vicky Little (fifth), Chloe Hamilton (sixth) and Natasha Little (seventh) packing really well in the 3,940m event.

The under-20 men's race over 7,500m saw another good team effort rewarded by winning the team gold.

They were led by Danny Poulton in third place for the bronze medal, Sam Poulton placed fifth and Marcus McKechnie sixth.

Jo Mansell, the lone club runner in the under-17 women's race of 4,625m, ran really well to clinch the silver medal.

The other female club competitors were: under-11 girl - Sarah Eames (21st); under-13 girls - Nicola Yates (28th), Temi Fajobi (30th), Charlotte Baird (32nd) and Kathryn Sweetlove (34th); under-15 girls - Amy Pring (11th), and Louise O'Connell (16th); under-20 women - Tilly Scheuber (ninth); and senior women - Hayley Beard (sixth).

Their other male club competitors were: under-11 boys - Andrew Kinsella (21st); under-13 boys - Matthew Leach (fifth), Paul Spicer (14th), Tom Kinsella (25th), and Peter De'Ath (26th); under-15 boys - Lewis Keeble (11th), Luke Langley (16th), David Pickett (23rd), Warren Herridge (24th), and David O'Connell (25th); under-17 men - Callum McKechnie (13th), Josh Moss (14th), and Louis Naylor (18th); plus senior men - Adam Searle (24th) and Peter Eames (87th).

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