Wells City Harrier Frank Tickner boosts GB cross country hopes
Wells City Harrier Frank Tickner boosted his hopes of selection for Great Britain's World Cross-County Championship squad when he won the prestigious South of England Championships at Parliament Hill.
The win means Tickner collected the trophy for a second time and followed in the footsteps of older brother Ben, who won the event 12 months ago.
The senior men's event was contested over 15k, with Frank coming home in 48mins 10secs to match his first-placed finish on the same course in 2008.
Veteran 40 runner Adrian Marriott was next home for the Harriers in 12th (52:04), followed by under-23 Nathan Young in 43rd (54:14).
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Andy Hennessy finished 112th (58:52), V50 Steve Masters 179th (62:08), Paul Allen 237th (65:07), Tom Dukes 253rd (65:41), V60 Ed Tickner 362nd (71:29) and Rex Whitcombe 435th (76:41).
There were also good performances from a host of junior Harriers, despite the club's entry being less than half of the normal number due to a clash with the Somerset Schools' Championships.
In the under-13 boys' race, Luke Baker was 146th (12:49), with Luke Macpherson 168th (13:13).
Charlotte Baker was 36th (15:31) in the under-15 girls' race, while under-17 Isobel Glaisher (19:18) and Emily Smith (20:15) were sixth and 15th respectively.