Hoey and Simons triumph at Astwood Park
Rose Anna Hoey and Trey Simons were the men's and women's winners while Kyrah Scraders and Daniel Oatley won under-17 titles during the third race of the cross country series on Saturday at Astwood Park.
Hoey finished the four lap course in 27.52 to win the women's category ahead of Kim McIvor (29.56) and Angela Brangman (32.05), while Simons, returning to running after an absence, was first among the men over the six laps, finishing almost six minutes ahead of Gideon Kigotho in 30.54, with Kigotho second in 36.49 and Jashun Thomas third in 38.38.
Dion Breary won the masters women race in 25.20 while Vivienne Lockhead was second in 26.53 and Mairi Redmond third in 30.11. Darren Dowling won the men's masters race over four laps in 25.03 while Robert Thomas was second in 26.55 and Scott Neil third in 27.26.
Under-17 titles were won by Scraders and Oatley with Scraders leading home the girls in 25.44 while Quasshie Douglas was second in 26.14 and Jordan Bascome third in 27.24. Oatley won the boys race in 22.48, with David Darrell second in 23.16 and Michaiah Robinson third in 24.59.
Aaron Jacobs and One Hart were the under-14 boys and girls winners while Ryan Outerbridge and Selah Tuzo won under 12 races. Kahzi Sealey Jade Johnston were the boys and girls under-10 age group winners.
A large number of athletes competed in the races, especially in the U10 and U14 divisions where there were 75 children, including a big group from TN Tatem school. The numbers continue to grow with each race.
The fourth race of the series will take place at the Arboretum on Saturday, with a fifth race on November 16 at Botanical Gardens ahead of the National Championships on December 7.