ATHLETICS: Thorp is crowned southern champ

Oxford Mail: Oxford City's (from left): Stewart Thorp, Roy Treadwell, Richard Grant and John Exley Oxford City's (from left): Stewart Thorp, Roy Treadwell, Richard Grant and John Exley

SEAA MASTERS CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS

Oxford City’s Stewart Thorp retained his South of England title after a strong run at Shuttleworth College, Biggleswade.

Thorp won the vet 60 race in style and led his club to victory in the 60-69 team category.

The 61-year-old completed the challenging three-lap 10.5km course in 41mins 27secs to finish more than a minute clear of second-placed Steve Dodd (Trent Park).

City’s Richard Grant was fourth in 43.03 – missing out on a medal by four seconds.

But he had the consolation of team gold alongside Thorp and John Exley (44.40).

The trio finished 24 points ahead of runners-up Trent Park.

Exley was also second in the vet 65 category, with Oxford’s Roy Treadwell third in 45.27.

Headington Road Runners also bagged two top-ten finishes in the ladies’ competitions.

Jude Craft (26.27) and Adrienne Hopkins (26.30) came fifth and sixth respectively in the vet 40-44 category over 6km.

OTHER RESULTS

Headington Road Runners

Men

Vet 50: 17 A Phelps 40.25, 33 I Meadowcroft 43.30. Vet 55: 14 L Hurman 44.21. Vet 50-59 team: 8 Headington. Vet 60: K Byrne 49.02.

Ladies 

Vet 50: 30 M Russell 41.39.

Woodstock

Men

Vet 50: C Gray 45.22.

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