Trio strike cross-country team gold

Friday, February 22, 2013


ATHLETICS THREE of the Island’s top junior endurance athletes picked up team medals running for their mainland club Aldershot, Farnham and District at the South of England Cross Country Championships in London last weekend.

On a quagmire of a course at Parliament Hill Fields, Jess Andrews, Harrison Curling and Carla Plowden-Roberts all made the podium.

In the junior women’s race, over 6km, Jess just missed out on an individual medal finishing fourth in 22.43, but being the second Aldershot runner — team-mate Emelia Gorecka won — she helped the club to team gold.

In the under-20s men’s race, over 8km, Harrison, 17, continued his excellent form by securing 14th place in 27.09. Finishing as Aldershot’s third scorer, they also won team gold.

Running in her first major championships for Aldershot, Carla was delighted to collect a team silver medal, being their fourth athlete home. In a large field, containing many internationals, Carla finished 22nd in 20.53.

All three will now make the long journey to Sunderland next weekend to compete in the National Championships.

Competing for the IW Athletics Club, Eden Crumplin finished a fine 122nd in the 3km under-13s girls’ event, in 13.37.

Running for Havant, Kaya Simpson recorded 26.03 for 96th place in the under-17s women’s race, and Grace Crumplin was 50th in the junior women’s race, in 29.35.

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