British Championships Day 2: The Power of Ten

by Steven Scott — 6th May 2019.

Roger Goddard, Scottish Six Days 6, Glen Feardar West (c) Andy Johnson Roger Goddard, Scottish Six Days 6, Glen Feardar West (c) Andy Johnson

FVO athletes scored a perfect ten medals in the British Long Distance Championships at Arncliffe, North Yorkshire, with some new names on the podium this time.

Roger Goddard was FVO's only British Champion this year, after we were spoiled with nine champions in 2018, coming home in 51.23, just three seconds ahead of the pack in M45.

The Molloy family is no stranger to the British Champs podium, but this time it was Rona in the spotlight, as she claimed her first championship medal in 10 years, a Silver in W50L (45.57). Pete was up there too in his class, with silver in M18E (73.04). despite turning an ankle en-route.

Jon Cross had his best British Champs performance in years, with Silver in M50L, in a time of 54.57. I hope the England selectors were watching. Meanwhile, Hazel Dean added yet another championship medal to an already-bulging trophy cabinet, as she was 2nd in W55L (43.41).

Will Hensman's bumper season continued with another major medal, Bronze this time in M40L, in 76.06, while James Hammond got his hands on the Silver in M14A after taking JK gold, in 35.12.

It was an 8th British Champs medal in eight years for Lizzie Stansfield, as she won the Silver medal in W18E in 52.07, and Rebecca Hammond was back on the big stage with bronze in W12A (29.04). Finally, Matthew Inman continued the family tradition of success at major championships, with his first ever medal, a Bronze in M10A (19.55).

Off the podium positions, there were fine runs from a string of athletes, including Pierre Lardet, Lindsey Hensman and Pascal Lardet. all of whom produced British Champs PBs.

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