Runners secure first place finish

PUBLISHED: 09:11 12 November 2009 | UPDATED: 14:39 06 May 2010

Laura Farrar. Photo: Gary Mitchell

Laura Farrar. Photo: Gary Mitchell

CROSS COUNTRY: St Albans AC cross country team continues to grow and excel, finishing the second fixture in the Chiltern Cross Country League in first place. It was the 14 strong U11 team who started proceedings at Wigmore Valley in Luton on Saturday. Aga

CROSS COUNTRY: St Albans AC cross country team continues to grow and excel, finishing the second fixture in the Chiltern Cross Country League in first place.

It was the 14 strong U11 team who started proceedings at Wigmore Valley in Luton on Saturday.

Against teams from all over the North West Home Counties they ran superbly to finish second in the boys event and fourth in the girls.

Top 10 finishes went to Eleanor Hobbs (fourth), Tabitha Weddell (seventh) and Adam Wilmshurst (sixth).

The club had a number of runners making their debuts, all of whom seemed to enjoy their first appearance of cross country racing.

One of those debutants was 13-year-old James Down from Sandringham School. He ran a creditable race and dug in deep over the last 800 metres to finish third in Division Two.

James McMurray continued his first class form to finish in first place followed by Chris Hilton in second and Sam Jamieson-West in fourth making the U15 boys team the clear favourites at this stage to take the league title.

The girls also had a great day.

Megan Steer took her first win in cross country in the U15 girls, Laura Farrar finished third in the U17 women's race and Victoria Pritchard came home second in the U13 girls event.

St Albans AC were also joined by St Albans Striders who have recently joined the Chiltern Cross Country league in addition to the Met and Sunday cross country leagues.

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