Hen­der­son twins show sis­terly strength at muddy meet­ing

Twins take first and se­cond places in their age cat­e­gory in round three of the cross coun­try se­ries

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won team gold in the race too.

It was one of two team vic­to­ries for Ger­rards Cross on the day, the other be­ing in the year three boy’s race, where Alex Thomas came se­cond and was backed up by the other scor­ers.

Alex Hughes, of St Mary’s, was the ac­tual race win­ner, while Gay­hurst’s Gabriel Strut­ton-Smith was third.

The Bea­con were also dou­ble team win­ners, land­ing the medals in both the year five boys and year six boys races.

They grabbed both first place, through Char­lie Berens, and third place, through Thomas Red­mond, in the year five race, the duo sand­wich­ing Gate­way’s Oak­ley Deni­son in se­cond. But in the year six race, even the team win­ners had to bow to the bril­liance of in­di­vid­ual win­ner Matt Al­dred, of Chal­font St Peter, who landed his third straight gold.

He was fol­lowed in by Gate­way’s Cormac Nis­bet and the Bea­con’s Bai­ley Cameron.

There was also a third straight gold for St Mary’s Maddie Hughes in the year five girls’ race, fin­ish­ing ahead of Han­nah Ashby, from team win­ners Heather­ton House, and Rosa Wil­liams of Ger­rards Cross.

An­other pro­lific win­ner is St Mary’s Frankie Bax­ter, who was vic­to­ri­ous again in the year four girls’ race, fol­lowed by God­stowe’s Lucy Baker and Char­tridge’s Lesedi Nkoane, while Gate­way took the team prize. The year three girls’ race was won by Lily Jes­sop, of Lit­tle King­shill, with Chal­font St Peter’s Lily Webb se­cond and Gay­hurst’s Isabel Dighe third, and God­stowe tak­ing team gold.

More than 80 boys com­peted in the year four boy’s race and first home was team win­ners Gay­hurst’s Ge­orge Bed­doe, with Max Bax­ter of St Mary’s se­cond and Al­fie Clifford of Char­tridge third.

The event took place in the heavy mud and mist of Hervines Park on Satur­day, and the next meet­ing is at Lown­des Park, Che­sham, on March 12.

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