European Veterans and British Masters cross-country championships, Fleet Half Marathon, Reading Half Marathon and Cranleigh 15 mile

European Veterans and British Masters cross-country championships

Jane Georghiou running in the 2011 European Veterans Cross Country Championship Jane Georghiou running in the 2011 European Veterans Cross Country Championship Jane Georghiou running in the 2011 European Veterans Cross Country Championship GB team on podium with their gold medals for the 2011 European Veterans Cross Country Championship, Jane Georghiou far right

Jane Georghiou travelled to Ghent in Belgium to represent Great Britain at the European Veteran cross-country championship. On a flat very twisty course of only 5km she lay second in her age group for some of the way but was beaten by two other British ladies in a fast finish. Finishing 4th she was pleased to take her place on the podium, with the national anthem playing, as part of the gold medal-winning team.

She represented Farnham Runners in the British Masters cross-country championships at Birmingham the previous weekend placing 5th in the W55 category over the 6km three lap course round Perry Park.

Fleet Half Marathon

Farnham Runners were out in force at the Fleet Half Marathon with thirty-one taking part in ideal conditions, many using it as training for the Brighton and London marathons in April.

Sarah Hill was the star finishing as 7th lady and first in the veteran category with an excellent time of 1hour 22 minutes 27seconds, ahead of Charles Ashby in 1-22-52. (Results are chip times.) Julian Mann returned to racing with a fine 1-23-02 while newcomer Jason East was well under 1 hour 30 minutes with 1-27-08. Sean Smith was also under this target in 1-29-16 and, though Mike Ashworth (1-30-09) and Martin Billett (1-30-24) were just over, they were pleased with new personal bests.

Other Farnham results: Tim Cummins 1-35-05, Terry Copeland 1-37-53, Paul Beesley 1-40-18, Leslie Boxall 1-41-55, Angela Epps 1-44-04, Christian Vaughan 1-44-04, Simon Clyde 1-44-47, Sue Boxall 1-46-51, Suzanne Munton 1-48-01 (PB by 5 mins), Howard Inns 1-54-01, Steve Gillingham 1-56-02, Kay Copeland 1-58-36, Colin Pirie 1-57-52, Peter Strange 1-59-56, Nick King 2-03-09, Helen Cathie 2-05-02, Anna Reay 2-07-40, Andrew Perrin 2-10-11, Richard Sheppard 2-10-46, Helen Scullard 2-17-39, Elaine Ashby 2-24-18 (PB) Jenny Andrews 2-24-19, John Applebee 2-25-00.

Reading Half Marathon

On the same day at the Reading half marathon Wendy Carley and Stefan Klincewicz gained new personal bests of 1-45-16, and 1-46-57 respectively, with Diane Cox in 2-20-41.

Cranleigh 15 mile

Choosing the Cranleigh 15 miler Michael Rix came a fine 5th and first M40 in 1-33-57, with Emma Drinkwater in 2-24-31. Tackling the Cranleigh 21 miler were Chris Cramp (2-48-10, PB), Ian Exton (2-56-11), Emma Doven (3-13-16, PB by 6 minutes), Tim Withers (3-13-17), Shirley Perrett (3-19-49), and Tori Shaw (3-24-47).