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A CLOSE race saw Lough­bor­ough Stu­dents edge Ton­bridge but the gold medal went to the Kent team af­ter Lough­bor­ough were de­clared in­el­i­gi­ble for a medal as univer­sity teams are no longer al­lowed medals un­less all their run­ners are first-claim mem­bers of the team.

This left Ton­bridge as the cham­pi­ons cour­tesy of strong run­ning from Alas­dair Kin­loch, Jamie Goodge and James Puxty.

“It’s the first big event of the year and sets you up quite well for what’s yet to come,” the Ton­bridge boys chimed, adding that their goal now will be to work hard to get into their suc­cess­ful se­nior team.

Triath­lete Ben Di­jk­stra led the first stage for Le­ices­ter Cori­ta­nian but other teams showed more strength in depth as Lough­bor­ough and Ton­bridge as­serted them­selves.

The Lough­bor­ough team saw strong run­ning from Joe Arthur, Terry Faw­den and Archie Wal­ton, but the most im­pres­sive in­di­vid­ual of the day in the event was prob­a­bly Ma­hamad Ma­hamad, who made up 12 places for fourth­placed (and bronze medal­win­ning) Southamp­ton with a swift fi­nal stage.

Also worth a men­tion are the Mil­ton Keynes Dis­tance Project, a new club which was men­tioned in Athletics Weekly’s news pages re­cently, who were de­lighted to be on the podium in third place (for sil­ver).

Ma­hamad Ma­hamad:

strong stage for Southamp­ton

Ben Di­jk­stra (429) led the first stage for Le­ices­ter Cori­ta­nian

Archie Wal­ton: brings the Lough­bor­ough stu­dents home

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