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World University Gold for Fullerton

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World University XC 2008
Stacey Johnson, Sarah Tunstall, Faye Fullerton, Felicity Milton, Andrea Woodvine

 

 

 

8 April 2008

 

 

 

An individual gold medal by Faye Fullerton, hot on the heels of her World Cross Country appearance led the British Women’s team to victory in the 16th World University Cross Country Championships on Sunday 6 April, in Mauqeunchy, France.

 

In the men’s race, Andy Vernon’s 6th position helped secure a silver medal for the Men’s team. 

 

In challenging underfoot conditions, Fullerton (St Mary’s) overtook Fionnula Briton of Ireland in the final 200 metres of the 6.3 km course, to secure the World title.  She was followed home by Stacey Johnston (Birmingham) (7th place), Felicity Milton (Durham) (12th), Sarah Tunstall (York St John) (13th) and Andrea Woodvine (Birmingham) (18th).  The girls beat Australia and Ireland to ensure that the British Women retained the World team title for the third year in a row.

 

It bought Fullerton’s medal tally for the World University Cross to three medals, having also formed part of the victorious women’s team in 2004.

 

Andy Vernon (St Mary’s) finished strongly to take 6th place in the men’s race.  He was followed home by Keith Gerrard (St Mary’s) (14th place), Rob Bugden (17th) (UWIC), Rory Fraser (Leeds Met) (24th), John Heneghan (34th) and Adam Grice (43rd).

 

Despite driving snow on the final lap of the 10.8 km course, the men’s team packed well to take silver behind hosts France.

 

Women

1. Faye Fullerton       GB      22.36

2. Fionnula Briton      Ire        22.39

3. Ikram Zougiali        Mar     22.41

 

Other GB places

7. Stacey Johnson    23.19

12. Sarah Tunstall     23.25

13. Felicity Milton      23.36

18. Andrea Woodvine          23.46

 

Team

1. GB (20 points = 1, 7 & 12 places)

2. Aus (30 points = 4, 6 & 20 places)

3. Ire (33 points = 2, 8 & 23 places

 

 

Men

1. Najim Elqady         Mar     36.14

2. Liam Adams          Aus     36.19

3. Stephan Hohl         Ger      36.24

 

GB places

6. Andy Vernon          36.38

14. Keith Gerrard      37.19

17. Rob Bugden        37.24

24. Rory Fraser         37.45

34. John Heneghan   38.24

43. Adam Grice         38.48

 

78 ran

 

Team

1. Fra (38 points = 4, 7, 8 & 19 places)

2. GB (61 points = 6, 14, 17 & 24 places)

3. Aus (66 points = 2, 13, 22 & 29 places)

 

 

Stacey Johnson, Sarah Tunstall, Faye Fullerton, Felicity Milton, Andrea Woodvine