Gloucestershire XC Champs, 4/1/14

There were county gold medals for both Cheltenham Harriers Men’s and Ladies teams at the Gloucestershire Cross Country Championships in Gloucester. Ben Price led the men home in third place to claim his first county medal whilst James Bingham also found the muddy conditions to his liking in sixth. Marc Fallows followed in ninth before Andy Gore finished as first veteran home in eleventh. Mike Gray and Will New completed the gold winning team in fourteenth and fifteenth respectively as the Harriers dominated the team contest, despite losing Dave Roper to a calf injury whilst he was contesting the lead on the final lap. The Harriers B team packed remarkably well to finish third overall, just seven points behind Stroud, with Miguel Mundinano leading them home in sixteenth to finish as second veteran. Dave Aubrey followed in seventeenth, two places ahead of third veteran Dave Rantell. Matt Evans (20th), third under 20 runner Chris Perrett (21st) and Darren Jones (22nd) completed the bronze medal team.

In the ladies race Jane Thomas ran well to finish fourth place, one place ahead of Vickie Wilkinson who was also the second veteran home. The winning team was completed by Rachel See in seventh as she took the under 20 gold with an impressive performance. The most emphatic team victory of the day was by the Harriers under 13 boys team with Luke Kearns, Oliver Powell and George Hawthorne claiming all three individual medals. There was also a team gold for the under 11 girls team with Olivia Rook finishing second, Freya Coul fourth and Gemma Veal seventh. The under 15 girls earned silver medals with Ellie Hathaway (5th), Agata Giles (6th) and Isabel Ovens (7th) packing well, whilst Ben Williams (4th), Jasper Greenleaf (5th) and Casey Fallows (10th) earned the under 15 boys team silver. The under 11 boys team finished fourth through Jamie Lythgoe (4th), Joseph Cook (13th) and Alex Veal (14th) as did the under 13 girls with Jessica Smith (10th), Ellen Hordern (12th) and Gemma Veal (13th). In the under 17 age group Dmitry Nazarenko took individual bronze.

For further Harriers performances see the full results.