Several club athletes were in action in the McCain Cross-Challenge in Cardiff on Sunday 15th January 2012. A bright and sunny (but still cold) day with conditions underfoot that were unusually dry for Blackweir Park plus the addition of England Teams in the Senior and Junior races meant that there was some quick running.
In the Under-20 Men Aldershot, Farnham and District’s Harvey Dixon was a clear winner in 25:16 behind him Rhys Park started brightly and was hanging on to the back of the lead group early on and did well to hold on to a top 10 finish coming in ninth in 26:07. Behind him Matt Deacon finished thirty-ninth in 29:23.
In the Under-17 Men’s Race eventual winner Jonathan Davies of Reading AC and Hobie Martin were running neck and neck before the Reading man pulled away to win in 18:50 behind him Hobie was a clear second in 19:07. Zak Tobias dropped back slightly in mid-race to finish tenth in 20:16 with Luke Jacobs not too far behind in fourteenth position in 20:37.
The Senior Men’s race saw Frank Tickner (Wells City Harriers) take an early lead which he maintained to the finish as he won in 32:10, behind him Johny Hay (Aldershot, Farnham and District) finished 6 seconds behind with his usual fast finish. Tom Russell – returning from injury – finished well to come home in eleventh place in 33:21, while Rob Bugden was a little disappointed with his seventeenth place in 34:03 having been a lot closer to Tom with a lap to go. In thirtieth place Nathan Young stuck to the task well finishing in 35:18. Chris Dodd showed that his endurance is improving finishing thirty-sixth in 36:09. Mike Jacobs finished forty-sixth overall and took the prize for second veteran in 37:38 and Rob Whitham completed the club’s representatives in sixtieth in 40:54.
The Senior Women’s Race saw Leigh’s Lauren Howarth a clear winner in 24:18 with Hannah Alderson running very well after a long lay off from racing to finish fourteenth in 26:03.
In the Under-17 women’s race Annasley Park made a strong start but could do nothing about runaway winner Becky Straw from Cannock & Stafford. Annasley finished seventh just in front of a fast finishing Victoria Kenny (eighth).
Best performance of the day from a Bristol & West athlete was Annabel Gummow’s win in the under-20 race. Annabel’s time of 16:35 brought her home 11 seconds clear of Englan’s Jenny Walsh (16:46). Olivia Sadler was fourteenth in 18:41.
Full individual results are available at