Alex Rowe moved upwards from the middle distances to post his first major local cross-country win in the annual Boxing Day cross country raced on a single windswept loop taking in the perimeter of L’Ancresse common. (image Alex Rowe(257) leads from Sam Lesley(5) – Credit Rob Elliott).
The windy conditions and wet surface did not make for fast times and Rowe’s 27 minutes 28 seconds will not rank amongst the bests for the course but non-the-less marked a solid run for the Bath University based athlete.
Behind Rowe in the large field of 160 starters improving middle-distance athlete Sam Lesley was also below 28 minutes for second whilst Dan Galpin and Pete Amy were third and fourth respectively.
Continuing the theme Nicole Petit posted her first major senior cross country win with a relatively comfortable margin, finishing in 47th overall in 34 minutes 17 seconds to lead the women home from Mel Nicolle’s 35:57(59th) and Vanessa Rodrigues 36:13 (62nd)
Summer Woodhead continued her cross country form in the lead-in to next week’s Hampshire county championships with a convincing win in the junior 2.8 miles event. Woodhead was battling in the top portion of the senior field for the first 2 mile section of the course before peeling off to head for the finish line which she crossed in 16 minutes 44 seconds, over a minute clear of Jack Le Tissier and Ryan Moroney.
A big thank you to the many volunteers that stepped forward to ensure that the event ran smoothly.