Southern Area T&F Champs 3/5km, Crystal Palace 19th Aug 17
The positive side of this report is the Senior menís Silver medal won by SWCís Peter Hannell in this important Championship. Ollie Hopkins (U20) and Jack Childs (U15), both coached by Peter Selby did even better and achieved Gold. However, unfortunately, this masks the big negative that only 10 turned out across all of the age groups. With the A race denomination of the races most seniors were put off even attempting to survive the strict judging. Hannellís 2nd place was achieved at a very slow pace to successfully avoid the 3rd red card and, with the only other starter in the senior menís event withdrawing after two very early cards, Hannell was also last. While Jack Childsí win (out of two) was at a reasonable speed having chased Ollie early on the latterís time was over two minutes down with no opposition in the Under 20s. All ages and both distances were run together and this might help to save the event but the outlook is not encouraging.

Results:
Men Senior 5km
1. M.Culshaw (Ilf M50) 28 min 30.98 sec; 2. P.Hannell (Sy WC M70) 34 min 26.44 sec.

Men Under 20 5km
1. O.Hopkins (Lewes U20 M) 27 min 23.75 sec.

Men Under 15 3km
1. J.Childs (M&M U15B) 15 min 55.1 sec; 2. N.Hart (AFD U15B) 17 min 19.13 sec.

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