Athletics

RAF Dominate Inter Services Cross Country Championships

They won three titles at the event in Minley including the Under 23 and Veterans race.

The Royal Air Force cross country team have won three titles at the Inter Services Championships in Minley.

They won the under 23, veteran’s and men’s titles on the Hampshire track.

The Army won the women’s event with Lauren Hall and Katrina Matthews (née Rye) leading from the front.

The men’s race was a close battle, but the RAF managed to come out on top by just a point.

Mike Kallenberg walked away with the individual title after crossing the finish line first in his RAF jersey.

The women’s race was won by a strong Army team.

The individual women’s title battle was between recent England international Hall and Army Sports Award winner Matthews.

It was the more experienced Army team member Hall won took first place and managed to retain the title she won last year.

She said: "It's a relief to do the bare minimum to win because I've just come back from Belgium.

"I raced on Sunday so my legs are tired.

"It was a long weekend of travelling so I really wanted to do the bare minimum."

"I think it is about experience as well. When I was running, I had some strategies in my head.

"For the first part of the race, I didn't do any work. I just sat behind Kat.

"Three quarters in, I found that I was moving away so I just pushed on through."

Matthews was also pleased with her performance despite not winning.

She said: "I was only hoping to be second to Lauren so for me, that gives me the confidence in my form at the moment,

"It was a really great race for me."