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European under 20 & Inter Counties Cross Country Championships
Representing Ireland, Brendan O’Connor finished 85th in the European under 20 Cross Country Championships held in Bulgaria. On a snow covered course which gradually turned to slush, the pace was hot from the start but Brendan stuck to it to finish in 22m 34s.
Back Home running in the South of England Inter Counties Championships at Oxford a number of the Clubs athletes notched up some great performances for Hampshire. Best individual placing came from Maddie Deadman who won the bronze medal in the 4K under 15 girls race. Run over an extremely muddy course Maddie had another great run to help Hampshire finish 3rd Team of the 14 Counties taking part. In a field of 88 runners, Rebecca Poole also ran finishing 45th.
Ben Pattison led the Hampshire runners home in the Under 13 Boys race over 3K not a lover of the mud he performed well to finish 4th just 12 secs down on the winner, his best ever performance at cross country running. In the Under 17 Women’s race Lucy Wildash continued her good sequence of races finishing 10th. In another large field, Lucy ran the first part of the course hard and hung on well enough to lead Hampshire to 3rd Team. In the Men’s Under 17 race James Beeks was a representative from the Club and he finished 23rd and helped Hampshire to 2nd team place. There was two Club representatives in the Under 20 Women's age group over 6K, lead runner turned out to be Charlotte Chalwin in 23rd place, Charlotte who has battled against injury for several years now, put in a gutsy effort to be Hampshire’s 3rd scorer, in 29th finished Gemma Bigg who continues to improve.
Report by Ian Byett
Hampshire Cross Country League
A total of 696 athletes took part and finished when the 3rd of this year’s Hampshire Cross Country League fixtures was staged at Popham Airfield last Saturday. After a heavy frost the day turned into a bright sunny one with the going mostly good.
Basingstoke had a big contingent of athletes in action and they notched up several good Team performances. Best individual effort of the day came from Maddie Deadman in the under 15 Girls race over 4000 m. In a classy field, Maddie shared the lead with Josie Czura of Portsmouth and Grace Copeland of Wimbourne before with devastating turn of speed, Josie took off to win easily from Grace with Maddie just behind 3rd, These 3 probably are among the top 6 in the Country in this age group at present and there are sure to be more battles to come. For Basingstoke, Rebecca Poole had her best performance of the season to finish 7th while Rebecca Bullock was 17th and team placed third.
In the Senior Women's race Freya Davis had an outstanding run to finish 5th of the 115 runners, the 17 year old was towards the front from the off and kept running strongly to the end of the 6K race and post her best ever performance. This placing also gave her 3rd in the under 20 category. Behind Basingstoke’s 8 other runners also competed well with Angela Goodwin 19th and Jenny Helyar 22nd to make up the scoring trio to place the team 4th.
Dave Ragan led the Basingstoke Senior Men home in 9th place, while Tom Sycklemore had his best ever run over the 10K distance in 11th, to make up the scoring 5 Basingstoke had Alex Hamilton 26th, Stephen Reed 31st and Martin Broderick 53rd of the field of 256 runners. In other races 10 year old Richard Sutton was 14th in the under 13 Boys race, James Beeks was 13th in the under 17 Men's event and Harry richardson placed 20th in the under 15s. The Club had a big turn out in the under 13 girls and first home from the clubs representation of 11 runners was Megan French in 33rd place.
Full results can be found at http://www.hampshireathletics.org.uk/events/hxcl.html
The Border League Match 1 XC event held at Basingstoke on 9th November was a great success. Thanks to all those who volunteered to help and make this run so seamlessly on the day.
The U9’s did us proud with both girls and boys teams winning this age category overall. The other
All of our athletes did amazingly well however a special mention should go to the following runners:
In the U9 girls category, Grace Kirby came in a fantastic 2nd with Harriet Duncombe coming in
In the U11 age group we also had some good placings, with Isabel Pinder, Olivia Rugman and
The U13 girls were also out in force at this match, with 7 BMHA Club athletes making the top 20.
A 2nd Team placing for the U15 girls and U15 boys with Molly Goffin, Jessica Sutton, Emily Cornwall
nervous perhaps. However it is only with your support that we achieve such great results. Thanks
and well done to all our runners that took part!
Sports Minister views Down Grange Facilities
Sports Minister Helen Grant and Local MP Maria Miller take a look at the Down Grange sports
The Club welcomes all participants both
young and old and is always on the lookout for the new
The competetion last year was tough but the senior men's
team find themselves back in Division 1
The club has a well established coaching
team and boasts some international athletes competing