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DAC runners scoop individual and team wins at County Cross Country

Derby Athletic Club runners scooped a marvellous series of results at the Derbyshire Cross Country Championships at the weekend (Saturday 4 January).

The event, on a very muddy Shipley Park course, saw DAC dominant with individual wins for U13 Boys, U15 Boys, U15 Girls and Senior Women. There was also a team gold for the U13 Boys, a team silver for the U13 Girls, a team silver and bronze for the U15 Girls, a team silver for the U17 Men and a clean sweep of gold, silver and bronze team medals for the U15 Boys.

In total an impressive 45 DAC athletes completed the course, and the top eight athletes overall now have county selection to compete in the UK cross country championships in March.

Individual wins came for Lisa Palmer-Blount (Senior Women), Sarah Bourne (U15 Girls), Paddy Welsh (U15 Boys) and William Wright (U13 Boys).

Derby’s senior women

·        Derby Athletic Club runner Jack Davies won the North Wales U17 cross country championships on the same day.

·        And DAC runners were also competing in the Leicestershire championships, with Chrissie Dover coming second Senior Woman and first Masters Woman. In the Seniors race she was second only to legendary British long distance runner and European gold medallist Gemma Steel. Her children Jess and Sophie came fifth and sixth respectively in their races at the same event.

And they’re off!

Full DAC results from Shipley Park:

U11 Girls:
4th Emily Whitehead
6th Tilly Thompson

U13 Girls:
5th Elsie Jackson
7th Isobel Shipley
9th Maggie Welsh
20th Kira West
Team Silver

Sarah Bourne on her way to victory in the U15 girls

U15 Girls:
1st Sarah Bourne
5th Poppy Mead
9th Amy Rouse
10th Annabelle Ita
11th Imogen Moorland 
13th Olivia Allen 
15th Betty Cresswell 
18th Phoebe Harrison
Team Silver and Bronze

U17 Women:
8th Evie Jones

Under 20 Women
1st Jasmine Cooper

U11 Boys:
4th William Rouse

U13 Boys:
1st William Wright
2nd Stanley Lowe
10th George Stock
12th Oliver Shipley
Team Gold

Victorious U13 boys team plus Club stalwart Alan Domleo.
Winner of the U15 boys race Paddy Welsh

U15 Boys:
1st Paddy Welsh
3rd Corey Rose
5th Drew Birkett
7th Charlie Haste
8th Ben Stevenson
10th James Rouse
11th Ashley Bellamy 
14th Adam Huddleston 
15th Samuel Sawczuk Wood 
19th Matt Huddleston
Team Gold, Silver and Bronze

Fantastic effort from U15 boys at the event with a clean sweep of medals.

U17 Men:
5th Ernie Cresswell
6th Sonny Jamieson
14th Jack Surgay 
17th Cameron Nightingale
Team Silver

Senior Women:
1st Lisa Palmer Blount
3rd Polly Edwards
6th Rebecca Miller
9th Bethan Hudson
26th Jill Burke
28th Amanda Young

Senior men
Alex and Ian Kiltie

Senior Men:
18th Martin Kerr
31st George Kirkman 
35th Chris Jordan 
69th Ian Kiltie