Race 5 Hants XC Popham Airfield 8th Feb 2020

The final race of the Hampshire XC League was held at Popham Airfield near Basingstoke. This race is perhaps the most cherished by both participants and spectators alike the former contesting whilst on a strength sapping course regardless of conditions underfoot and the latter as much of the race can be seen unfolding through loop backs and a vast expanse of grass.
The day was primarily about one athlete Johny Roberts. In fantastic form after smashing his 10k P.B at Chichester could he go one better than at the previous seasons event after finishing second? Only Mahamed Mahamed has achieved victory at a Hants XC League Senior Mens race in recent times.
Virtually as soon as the race started there was a breakaway of Johny , Alex Pointon (Aldershot) & Daniel Thorne (Reading AC). It soon became clear that any injection of pace would dislodge Daniel so that realistically it would boil down to a shoot out between Alex and Johny. As the race unfolded it looked like Alex was marginally the stronger going uphill but that was negated by Johnys downhill speed. Towards the end of the second lap Johny injected pace to instantly open a gap over Alex and there was to be no coming back from that .The gap increased over the duration of the third lap allowing JR to record his maiden Hants XC League victory in sensational style.

S.A.C Finishers (Top 10 only)
Senor Men
1 Johny Roberts
7 Max Costley
9 Ben Brewster
240 Finishers

Senior Women
5 Lilly Hawkins
7 Sarah Kingston
145 Finishers

U17 Men
20 Finishers

U17 Women
Isabelle Hinkley
15 Finishers

U15 Boys
1 Ben Brown
9 Lars-Feyeraband-Powell
53 Finishers

U15 Girls
1 Robyn Fossa
2 Annie Mann
3 Lucy Phillips
43 Finishers

U13 Boys
1 Jon Pepin
8 Thomas Hicks
9 Niclas Olley
56 Finishers

U13 Girls
1 Eve Bailey
10 Emerson Churcher
55 Finishers