Slideshow: National recognition at Cross-Country Championships

There was national recognition for Stevenage and North Herts AC at the end of their cross-country season. The club had five of their youngsters representing Herts in the National Inter-Counties Cross-Country Championships at Wollaton Park, Nottingham, on

There was national recognition for Stevenage and North Herts AC at the end of their cross-country season.

The club had five of their youngsters representing Herts in the National Inter-Counties Cross-Country Championships at Wollaton Park, Nottingham, on Saturday.

Highest placed was Becky Newstead, 36th in the under-20 women's race, followed by Tilly Scheuber in 124th place.

Josh Moss was 125th in the under-17 men's race, and under-15 boys Matthew Leach and Luke Langley were 175th and 260th respectively.


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Other ones from Comet country again showed they can perform with the best athletes in the UK at Nottingham,

Chelsea McKenzie from Samuel Whitbread Community College in Clifton had a good run with the team and was 113th in the under-15 girls.

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Kenneth Mason, who goes to Robert Bloomfield Middle School in Shefford, was in the under-13 boys. Southern champ Mason again showed his class in a strong field to finish in 11th place.

Molly McKenzie, also from Robert Bloomfield Middle School, was 49th in the under-13 girls 49th.

She was the first of the Bedfordshire girls to cross the line.

James Burton from Samuel Whitbread was 44th in the under-15 boys.

His competent run meant he was the second Beds runner to complete the course.

Samuel Whitbread student Ryan Parker actually stopped on the course but decided to go on and still came 47th in the under-17 men.

Another youngster from Samuel Whitbread, Sam Cutler, was 188th in the under-17 women.

Abi MacKinnon-Austin from Hitchin Girls' School produced a highly creditable finish in the Herts team. She was 25th in the under-15 girls.

Biggleswade AC members represented the counties of Beds and Cambs at Nottingham in the inter-counties cross-country championships on Saturday.

Senior ladies Zoe Dawson and Fiona Hunter ran well to finish in 237th and 251st places respectively at the televised event.

Club juniors did exceptionally well. Ryan Thomas was 194th in the under-13 boys, while ex-member Tom Stead was 257th.

Hannah Hutchinson was 154th in the under-17 girls, being Cambs' second scorer.

Another ex-member running extremely well was Mollie McKenzie who was 49th in the under-13 girls.

Mollie has another year in this age group and must be looking forward to next year. Sophie Jones was 181st in the same race.

Mollie's sister, Chelsea, was 115th in the under-15 girls' race.

n Biggleswade runners also attacked the very wet course of the Oakley 20-mile race.

Rob Morgan and Ian Skerratt led the Biggleswade AC runners home in some style.

Times: Rob Morgan 2-21:28, Ian Skerratt 2-25:28, Michael Adams 2-29:49, Ray Dowse 2-38:16, Gavin Elliott 2-42:59, Natalie Darlow 3-03:55, Paula Dawson 3-18:30, Elaine Stead 3-36:11.

# Sandy Sports Centre was the venue on Sunday for the popular annual sportshall challenge.

It is for juniors from under-nines to under-13 age ranges and gives them the opportunity to compete in a variety of athletic events.

Teams from athletic clubs at Biggleswade and Bedford were joined by teams from local schools and Biggleswade just scored enough points to be overall winners.

Biggleswade AC hold weekly sessions of junior sportshall along with conditioning for all ages on Mondays at Biggleswade Recreation Centre from 6-7pm.

For more details, you can visit www.biggleswadeac.org.uk

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