ATHLETICS - Hampshire go close
at hilly Stowe
Hampshire sent a
large contingent of runners to the annual South of England Cross-Country
Championships, run on a tough, hilly course at Stowe School in
A strong under-17
women's team failed to win their group by just one point from Essex
despite Aldershot's Stephanie Twell
recording a fine win.
Two other Aldershot
girls, Emma Pallant and Hannah Jones, were fourth and sixth, followed by
Sasha Mucci (Southampton) 16th, Polly Keen (Havant) 20th, Hayley
Pointer (New Forest) 25th, India Lee (Aldershot) 26th and Lucy Bowers
Charlotte Purdue leading the way in second place, Hampshire were third in
the under-15 girls' race.
Webb had a good run for fourth and behind here were Sarah Burgin in
tenth, Michelle Hallett (Southampton) 35th, Rebecca Jones (Aldershot)
45th, Rio Brookes-Gibbs (Southampton) 51st and Georgina Gair (Portsmouth)
senior women's squad finished last despite a great run from Winchester's
Rachel Townend for fourth.
Next came Natalie
Coveney (Winchester) 27th, Heather Buckingham (Southampton) 30th, Rachel
Kinchington (Overton) 40th, Emily Lowndes (Winchester) 52nd, Tahli Gill
(Aldershot) 53rd, Sam Stewart (Southampton) 57th and Sarah Bolton
under-20 women's runner was Jade Davies (New Forest) in 15th. Pick of the
county's under-13 girls was Winchester's Nicola Ferris in 11th.
Aldershot pair Andrea
McCarthy and Claire Arnold were 30th and 31st respectively. They were
followed by Alice Cole (New Forest) 37th, Hannah Vosser (Winchester) 38th,
Brogan Percy (Isle of Wight) 45th, Ollie Berry (Winchester) 47th and
Catriona McGill (Aldershot) 56th. The county placed seventh.