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ATHLETICS: West Norfolk Athletic Club hosted their annual cross country at Houghton Hall on Sunday.

It is part of the newly formed Athletics Norfolk Team Cross Country League and brought out 250 athletes from throughout the county. 

Close racing in all age groups saw several course records broken with athletes from West Norfolk featuring prominently.

Arabella Gingall finished second for the host club in the u17 girls category, beaten to the gold medal by Rose Booth, of Ryston Runners.

Overall winner was u20 entry Harry Allcock, of Bungay Black Dog Running Club.

Top three finishers (unattached unless noted) – u9, boys: 1 Samual Hall, 2 Aidan Howard (RRAC), 3 Jude Parsley; girls: 1 Olivia Mukuya (GYDAC), 2 Leah Beagles, 3 Florence Abbott.

U11, boys: 1 Jude Linstead (CONAC), 2 Archie Rowe (RRAC), 3 Bobby Goldsmith; girls: 1 Eva Barton (CONAC), 2 Lola Kidman (KLTC), 3 Amber Goddard (CONAC).

U13, boys: 1 Max Parsley (NNHAC),2 Matthew Benson (NNHAC), 3 Billy Eccles (BVH); girls: 1 Allyna Mukuya (GYDAC), 2 Billie-Jordan Butler (TA), 3 Esmie Kidman (KLTC).

U15, boys: 1 James Peck (TAC), 2 Ben Peck (TAC); girls: 1 Esma Abbott (CONAC), 2 Isabella Williams (CONAC), 3 Alice Wallance.

U17, boys: 1 Daniel Harrison (GYDAC), 2 Ryan Harrison (DRAC), 3 Bailey Took (RRAC); girls: 1 Rosie Booth (RRAC), 2 Arabella Gingall (WNAC).

U20, men: 1 Harry Allcock (BBDRC), 2 Cameron Raven (WNTSR); women: 1 Hannah Stone, 2 Nina Koulman (RRAC).

Seniors, men: 1 Callum Simpson (WAC), 2 John Hudson (NRR), 3 Rob Simmonds (RRAC); women: 1 Emma Wood (RR), 2 Georgia Williams (WAC), 3 Sophie McLaren (WAC).

Veteran men: 1 Neil Adams (NNBR), 2 Nic Bensley (RRAC), 3 Chris Merrylees (NNBR).

Club key: BBDRC Bungay Black Dog Running Club, BVH Bure Valley Harriers, CONAC City of Norwich AC, DRAC Dereham Runners AC, GYDAC Great Yarmouth & District AC, KLTC King’s Lynn Tri Club, NNBR North Norfolk Beach Runners, NNHAC North Norfolk Harriers AC, NRR Norwich Road Runners, RR Renegade Runners, RRAC Ryston Runners AC, TA Thetford AC, WAC Wymondham AC, WNAC West Norfolk AC, WNTSR Wells-next-the -Sea Runners.

Thanks were expressed to the Houghton Hall Estate for its continued support.

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