Golden start to the New Year for St Albans Striders at county championship

St Albans Striders' Stacey Ward won gold in the senior women's race at the Herts Cross Country Champ

St Albans Striders' Stacey Ward won gold in the senior women's race at the Herts Cross Country Championship. Picture: HOWARD BULL - Credit: Archant

The Herts Cross Country Championship dominated matters for St Albans Striders – with the club not only hosts but also to the fore on the results sheets too.

St Albans Striders' Paul Adams (905) won gold in the senior men's race at the Herts Cross Country Ch

St Albans Striders' Paul Adams (905) won gold in the senior men's race at the Herts Cross Country Championship. Picture: HOWARD BULL - Credit: Archant

Held at Verulamium Park, Stacey Ward and Paul Adams ensured a clean sweep of individual gold medals in the senior races while Lily Tse, Phoebe Gill and Alexander McDonald were victorious in three of the junior categories.

St Albans Striders' senior women team won silver at the Herts Cross Country Championship. Picture: M

St Albans Striders' senior women team won silver at the Herts Cross Country Championship. Picture: MIKE JUBB - Credit: Archant

Ward’s success, coupled with a sixth place for Jen Conway and backed up by solid runs from Wendy Walsh and Helen Cartlidge brought the women’s A team a silver.

St Albans Athletics Club's U11 boys team at the Herts Cross Country Championships in Verulamium Park

St Albans Athletics Club's U11 boys team at the Herts Cross Country Championships in Verulamium Park. - Credit: Archant

In the U15 girls’ race Tse was joined on the podium by Antonia Jubb and Sarah McGrath, giving the club the team win, a feat repeated in the U13 girls where Gill’s victory was backed up by Annabel Hedge (5th) and Poppy Fisher (6th).

The start of the U15 race at the Herts Cross Country Championships in Verulamium Park had St Albans

The start of the U15 race at the Herts Cross Country Championships in Verulamium Park had St Albans Athletics Club and St Albans Striders well to the fore. - Credit: Archant

Matthew Nicholls was third and Oscar Loveday fourth behind McDonald as the U13 boys’ also won team gold.

St Albans Athletics Club's Caitlin Eckley at the Herts Cross Country Championships in Verulamium Par

St Albans Athletics Club's Caitlin Eckley at the Herts Cross Country Championships in Verulamium Park. Picture: MICHELLE GALLAGHER - Credit: Archant

St Albans Athletics Club's Alex McDonald, winner of the U13 race, with Oscar Loveday at the Herts Cr

St Albans Athletics Club's Alex McDonald, winner of the U13 race, with Oscar Loveday at the Herts Cross Country Championships in Verulamium Park. - Credit: Archant

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