ALTON Runners had a great turn out at Queen Elizabeth Country Park near Petersfield, with 29 club members lining up at the start of the second race of the Southern Cross Country season.

Runners were lucky enough to see the sun come out, making for perfect cross-country race conditions.

After a two-minute silence to mark Remembrance Day, the race started along a chalky path, followed by a steep hill, which became increasingly muddy and slippery for those racing toward the middle and back of the pack.

Runner Philip Scrase said: “Following that hill it flattened out for a while and then we went downhill through the woods. We then zig-zagged our way round the park coming to our next hill, which wasn’t so steep but went on for what seemed like ages. But at least we had a nice downhill to the finish.

“I really enjoyed the run and it was great to see such a great club turnout.”

Congratulations go to to Rob Day and Kat Barratt, who were the first male and female Alton Runners across the line, helping to place their respective teams in 11th and fifth place respectively and securing the club an impressive eighth place overall.