Clare Stansfield showed that an extended spell out of the forest hasn't affected her quality with a massive 16 minute winning margin to take the gold medal in W20S at the Jan Kjellstrom Festival in the West Midlands.
Having spent the last seven months focusing on her studies, Clare could have been forgiven for an element of ring-rustiness, but a race time of 21.44 brought the win, the first at a major championship for the athlete. This was the highlight of another fine day for FVO, with eight athletes taking medals in the Middle distance stage of the 51st JK.
Marie-Clare Shankland had her best-ever day at the JK, taking the silver medal in the M50S event, in 38.14, while Kris Jones demonstrated there is more in his repertoire than just flat-track speed with the silver medal in M21E, a time of 34.19 was 46 seconds down on the lead.
Peter Molloy had his second silver of the weekend in M16A (28.26) and Kirsty Bryan-Jones won the silver in W45L (39.44). There was a trio of bronze medals too, for Ben Stansfield (M50L - 39.15), Lizzie Stansfield (W16A - 29.00) and Katie Hensman (W12B - 29.22).
Outside the podium places, there were fine performances to take top ten places for Jamie Goddard (4th in M14A), Grace Molloy (4th in W18E), Chris Smithard (7th in M21E), Will Hensman (4th in M35L), Roger Goddard (7th in M40L), Jason Inman (4th in M45L), Beccy Osborn (7th in W45L), Matthew Inman (7th in Yellow) and Lindsey Hensman (5th in W70L, in another Personal Best performance).
The individual competition concludes tomorrow with the Long distance races at Baudesert, with the prospect of several titles heading back to the Forth valley.
Marie-Clare Shankland, Scottish Six Days 4, Creag Choinnich (c) Wendy Carlyle
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