Racing For Glory At The Army Cross Country Championships

There was no catching the winning Under-23 Male runner; but the Women's competition was a closer-fought affair.

A sunny but very cold day greeted the runners in the Army Cross Country Team and Individual Championships 2019, which was hosted at Gibraltar Barracks, Minley.

The first race was the Women and Under-23 Male competition. The runners set off on a good pace over the 6.5 km course.

First home was the winning U23 male, Sapper Steve Simpson of 1RSME, in 24mins 9secs.

Steve finished a full minute ahead of Officer Cadet Carson.

"Always nice to come away with a win."  

Two of the leading Army Athletes led the way in the Women’s competition, with Cpl Dani Hodgkinson of JHG winning in 24mins 31secs.

"It was quite hard, and had some good competition."

Dani finished 20 seconds ahead of Captain Lauren Hill of 4 Bn REME.

Private Lutwyche finished third and lifted the Under-23 female title, coming home in 28mins 18secs.

WO1 Kelly Haniver of HQ London District was the Women’s Master Champion.  

Almost 300 runners lined up for the start of the second race of the day - Major & Minor Units plus Masters over 10.3km.  

The runners set off at a fast pace, stretching out the field early on with Captain Ed Knudson of 8 Bn REME and Major Ade Whitwam of RMAS out in first and second; which is how they finished.

Knudsen crossed the line in 33mins 36secs.

"Tough race, really, really strong opposition - but nice not to be caught."  


Whitwam, who was 39 seconds behind in second place, took the Masters Men’s Title.

Third, and Masters runner-up, was WO1 Kev Shepard of Commando Log Regt - just 9 seconds behind Whitwam.  

The team champions were:

  • Womens JHG
  • Women’s Masters HQ London District
  • Men’s U23 1 RSME
  • Men’s Masters 3RSME
  • Minor Unit 7 Para Workshop
  • Major Unit 7 Para RHA

The next Cross Country Race is the Inter Services Championships on 14th February, hosted by the RAF at RAF Halton.