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THE 2017 event wasn’t quite as suc­cess­ful as 2016 for Alder­shot, Farn­ham & District. Last year they won five of the 10 ti­tles but this year “only” two – and one of the vic­to­ries came in the un­der-17 men’s event.

Mar­cus Shantry got AFD off to a promis­ing start in third place at the end of the first stage be­fore hand­ing to Luke Van Oudtshoorn, who put them into the lead with a strong sec­ond leg.

Then Max Hey­den held pole po­si­tion on the third of the 3km stages to give the Hamp­shire team gold with a buf­fer of 17 sec­onds from the run­ners up.

Be­hind, Tom Keen an­chored Cam­bridge & Co­leridge to sil­ver medals ahead of Mor­peth Har­ri­ers, Shaftes­bury Bar­net, Charn­wood, Ton­bridge and Read­ing. The Cam­bridge & Co­leridge fi­nal stage man cer­tainly ran a scorch­ing leg, too, as he brought his team up from 11th to sec­ond.

Many of the run­ners in Mans­field will now head to­ward Bri­tish Cross Chal­lenge events in Mil­ton Keynes and Liver­pool but the AFD win­ners said they would pre­fer to tar­get Hamp­shire League races and the big­ger na­tional events in Fe­bru­ary and March. “It was a three-hour jour­ney just to get here,” they said.

The un­der-17 men blast out of the start area

Max Hey­den: gold for Alder­shot, Farn­ham & District

Tom Keen: sil­ver for Cam­bridge & Co­leridge

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