Strong running at South of England Championships

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West Suffolk Athletics Club sent a team of 32 athletes to the South of England Cross Country Championships at Parliament Hill Fields, Hampstead Heath, London.

Mac Delo continues to make a return to full fitness after his recent lay-off and was an encouraging 21st in the under-20 men’s race over 8k.

Matt Le Poidevin was 96th in the under-17 men’s race over 6k.

Niall Ackroyd led home the West Suffolk quartet in the under-15 boys’ race with 90th, while Adam Crawford was 115th, Jacob Freeborough 188th and new member Josh Walker 223rd, handing the team a respectable 23rd.

In the under-13 boys’ event, Thomas McCarthy was 91st, Tommy Martin 144th, Cameron Ackroyd 156th, Hayden Lawrance 202nd and Adam Newton 210th, with the team placed 28th.

The veteran women’s team excelled with Maureen McCarthy 118th overall and third over-50 in the senior women’s race.

She was followed by Christine Anthony in 202nd (sixth V50) and Celia Duncan in 253rd (first V60).

Justine Anthony was ninth in the under-20 women’s race, the joint best individual finish of the day.

Charlotte Murphy matched that with ninth in the under-17 women’s race from 151 finishers, while Emily Moyes was 81st and Bronwyn Jacobs 104th.

There was drama in the under-15 girls’ race, with Sophie Tooley in contention for a medal until a hard fall cost her dearly and she finished exhausted in 17th.

Meanwhile, Lauren Murphy managed to lose both her shoes on an eventful first lap before splashing through the mud in her socks to a commendable 47th.

Megan Newton was 53rd, Holly Davies 113th and Mikayela Sealby 185th.

Emma Jobbins completed the under-15 girls’ side as they finished ninth in the team standings.

The under-13 girls’ team also managed a superb ninth place, led home by a gutsy run from Rebecca Daniel in 16th.