Sheffield Indoor Festival of Athletics

Hallamshire again had a great turn out in the Sheffield Indoor Festival of Athletics, across all the events in each age group.

In the 60m, Joseph Jefferies (SenM) came first in his race with a time of 8:08. For the Under 20 Women, Jessica Smith won her race in 8:37, Helena Felle came 3rd in her race in a time of 8:96 and Charlotte Mather finished 4th in her race in a time of 8:99. For the Under 20 Men, Keenan Smith again had a good run finishing 2nd, being the youngest in his race and only just missing out on first place in a time of 7:47.

For the Under 17 Women, Gabby Craft finished 6th in her race in 8:30, Alicia Littlejohn came 5th in her race running a seasons best in 8:71. Millie Glossop also ran a personal best finishing 6th in a time of 9:51. The Under 17 Men also kept up the great performances, with Morgan Francis-Lewis winning his race with a personal best of 7:56, Ben Kelly finished 3rd in the same race as Morgan in a time of 7:68. Ryan Selman also produced a personal best finishing 6th in 8:46.

In the Under 15 Girls, Acacia Williams-Hewitt got them off to a good start by winning her race and getting a personal best with 8:30. Lucy Revitt came 2nd behind Acacia with a seasons best on 8:39. Freya Sedgewick came 5th in her race in 8:96 and Lauren Foletti finished 3rd in her race in 9:08.

In the Under 13s, Aimee Asaba finished 5th in 9:41 and Isobel Tupholme came 6th in 9:75. For the Boys, Nathanial Dyas came 1st in his race in a time of 9:18, Sam Kelly came 2nd in 9:48 and Luke Baxter came 4th in 9:70.

In the 200m, Charlotte Mather finished 2nd in her race with a seasons best of 30:39 and Helena Felle came 4th also with a seasons best of 31:43. For the Under 20 men, Keenen Smith came 5th in his race with a time of 24:25. Harriet Simpson got the Under 17s off to a good start, finishing 1st with a personal best of 27:62. Ayman El-Amrani finished 2nd also with a personal best of 24:49 and Morgan Francis-Lewis came 6th in his race with a seasons best of 24:65. Ryan Selman finished 3rd in 27:55 which is also another personal best. In the Under 15 girls, Acacia Williams-Hewitt got a personal best coming 1st in 26:43. Lucy Revitt finished 4th with a seasons best of 27:02, Elle Koziupa also got a personal best coming 2nd with a time of 28:30 and Freya Sedgewick finished 3rd in 30:04. Some good performances from the Under 13s aswell, with Erin Lobley coming 2nd with a personal best of 28:55, Aimee Asaba finished 5th in 30:69 and Isobel Tupholme came 3rd with a personal best of 32:04. Nathaniel Dyas came 2nd in 29:79, Dulcie Bristow (U11G) came 1st in 32:02 and Cosmo Johnson (U11B) finished 1st in 31:44, both running personal bests.

In the 400m, Stephan Fleming finished 3rd with a personal best of 62:67.

In the 800m, Joseph Hutchesson finished 6th in 2:06:78, Tilly Simpson came 1st in 2:08:68 and Leo Cossham finished 1st with a personal best of 2:13:67.  Stephan Fleming finished 4th also with a personal best of 2:29:91. Alex Durant came 2nd in 2:26:44. Ruby Simpson finished 2nd in her race with a personal best of 2:29:46, Emma Shipley and Claudia Turnell also ran a personal bests coming 3rd and 4th in 2:33:91 and 2:40:96. Summer Ludlam finished 5th with a seasons best of 2:45:13, Megan Weaver came 6th with a personal best of 2:49:89. Luke Baxter came 4th in his race also with PB of 2:49:59, Kiera Eales-Smith finished 2nd with a seasons best of 2:46:49. Bobbie Waugh came 5th in 3:02:15, Maddie Cundy finished 6th with a PB of 3:03:87 and Cosmo Johnson came 1st with a PB of 2:41:22.

In the 1500m, Tom Bains ran a seasons best finishing 3rd in 4:03:78 and Morgan Grayson (U13B) finished 2nd with a PB of 5:44:98.

Oscar Bryce (U20M) had a seasons best in the Long Jump coming 3rd with 5.36m. Ryan Selman (U17M) came 2nd with a PB of 4.63m, Lucy Revitt (U15G) came 2nd with 4.54m and Nicole Hague came 5th with a PB of 4.48m. Erin Lobley came 3rd with a jump of 4.21m, Aimee Asaba came 7th with a PB of 3.97m and Isobel Tupholme came 17th with 3.25m. Cosmo Johnson came 1st with a jump of 3.35m.

In the High Jump, Thomas Hughes (U20M) jumped 1.85m, Ayman El-Amrani (U17M) came 2nd with a seasons best of 1.80m and Jack Holland (U17M) came 3rd with a PB of 1.65m. Leo Cossham (U17M) came 4th also with a PB with a Jump of 1.55m and Erin Lobley came 3rd with a PB of 1.30m.

Thomas Hughes came 3rd in the Shot Putt with a PB of 8.35m. Alicia Littlejohn (U17W) came 7th with a seasons best of 7.41m, Harriet Simpson came 8th with a PB of 6.39m and Millie Glossop came 9th also with a seasons best of 5.75m. Acacia Williams-Hewitt came 3rd with a throw of 8.36m and Nicole Hague came 8th with 7.37m.

Northern Cross Country Championships, Witton Park, Blackburn 2016

Saturday 30 January 2016

The Northern Cross Country Championships at Witton Park, Blackburn was another memorable day for Hallamshire. The demanding course was made even more challenging by clawing mud, driving sleet, snow, hail and strong winds. It proved to be a real test of running ability, character and courage.

The Senior Women provided one of the performances of the day to regain the Northern title. Hatti Archer led the team brilliantly on her return with a fine 6th place in 31:24. Lizzie Adams, also making a welcome return after a long lay off, battled her way to 18th in 32:57. Zanthe Wray made another set forward to finish a fine 20th in 33:08 with Hannah Fletcher also having her best ever run at the Northerns finishing 26th in 33:36. Hannah Whitelam continued her improvement taking 74th in 37:29 with Rachel Poole battling through to 184th in 42:44.

The Senior Men also produced a fine performance to claim the bronze medal in the team competition and within 4 points of denying Leeds the silver medal. Steve Bayton followed his fine run at the Yorkshires with an excellent 9th place in 45:02. Bertie Houghton worked his way through the field for a fine 17th in 45:33. Rob Little looked very strong in taking 19th in 45:38 with Dave Archer showing great strength to finish 28th in 46:32. Andy Challenger overcame his dislike of cross country to make a crucial contribution in 45th in 47:54 and Pete Hodges continued his fine form to take 65th in 49:05 to clinch the bronze medal. Nic Barber and Neil Northrop used their felling running experience to finish 87th (50:21) and 93rd (50:31) respectively. Ben Beattie was 104th in 50:53 with Mike Sprot 203rd in 55:21 and Paul Faulkner 373rd in 1:02:01.

Connor Milnes, despite a cold and with the testing conditions ran well in the U20M race to finish 14th in 28:47 with Josh Walton also running well to take 42nd in 31:12.

In the U20W race, Charlotte Slack had her best run ever in the Northerns to finish 17th in 24:44 with Ellie Crownshaw using her fell running strength to take 27th in 26:22.

Cameron Bell produced one of the outstanding individual performances in the U17M race to claim the bronze medal. In a breakaway group of 3 on the opening lap, Cameron held on well to take 3rd in 19:42. Jack Crownshaw ran well to finish 55th in 22:34 and Jack Wells had his best run of the winter in 64th in 23:00.

In the U17W race, Mary McCarthy ran very well to take 7th in 19:29. Imani Wilson continued her return to fitness with a good run to finish 25th in 20:30. Caitlin Tevendale, despite being unwell, dealt well with the difficult conditions to finish 58th in 22:07.

David Lewis produced a strong run to lead home the HHS athletes in finishing 76th in 16:40. Victor Baycroft battled through finishing 89th in 16:53.

In the U15G race, Eve Crownshaw showed her strength on the fells to finish 15th in 17:53. Saskia Huxham and Laura Trask both ran very well to finish 21st (18:07) and 23rd (18:09) respectively.

Jodie Hill produced another outstanding performance to claim the individual bronze medal and lead the team home to gold and the Northern Athletics title. Jodie was 2nd coming off the top of the hill only to be caught in the thick mud on the run in, finishing 3rd in 13:51. Zena Hartley had another impressive run to finish 17th in 14:36. Maggie Naylor came 40th in 15:08 and May Quinn continued her fine form finishing 47th in 15:20, all helping the team to Gold. Holly Booker had an excellent run taking 49th in 15:21. Mo Martin had a strong run to finish 56th in 15:27 and Katie Adams was 71st in a time of 15:41. Tati Wilson, despite difficultly breathing in the difficult conditions, battled through to 73rd in 15:44 with Lois Blake showing great courage to finish 95th in 16:07. Lauren Chambers finished 152nd in her first ever Northern Championships in 17:09 and Jenna Hazard came 174th in 17:58.

In a high quality U13B race, Taylor Hill produced another of the outstanding individual performances of the day to finish 4th in 12:49, narrowly failing to close the gap on 2nd and 3rd on the final run in. Tom Atkinson gained valuable experience in his first Northern championships and showed great character to finish 188th in 16:34.

Many thanks to Tina Wilson, Hannah Whitelam and Dave Archer for their work as team managers to get out so many athletes and help produce such a memorable day.

Northern Athletics U17, U20, Senior Indoor Championships 2016

A good turn out of U17 and U20 Hallamshires over a range of events at the weekend. In the Under 17 Men, Reece Allen finished 6th in the 1500m final in a time of 4:40:10. Ryan Selman was in Heat 1 of the 200m and finished 5th in 28:03. In the Under 17 Men’s 60m race, Ben Kelly finished 3rd in Heat 3 in a time of 7.70, qualifying for the semi-finals, where he finished 8th in a time of 7.68. Ryan Selman finished 6th in Heat 1 of the 60m in 8.59. In the U17 men High Jump, Jack Holland came 6th jumping 1.60m. In the Long Jump, Ryan Selman finished 9th with a jump of 4.19m.

In the Under 17 Woman, Amelia Finn finished 8th in her heat in 9.53. Harriot Simpson finished 6th in her heat in a time of 8.67 and Gabby Craft finished 3rd in her heat in 8.24, qualifying for the semi-final where she finished 5th in 8.31. In the 60m Hurdles, Gabby Craft made the final after finishing 3rd in Heat 2 in 9.61 and she finished 9th in the final in a time of 9.63. In the U17 Women’s 800m, Tilly Simpson finished 1st in Heat 1 in a time of 2.13.90. In the final, Tilly had a great race to finish 1st with a Championship Record of 2.06.67. In the Under 17 women Shot Putt, Mollie Crump finished 7th with a throw of 9.91.

In the Under 20 Men 200m, Keenen Smith finished 4th in 24.08, qualifying for the semi-finals where he finished 5th in Heat 1 in 24.37. In the 60m, Keenen Smith finished 6th in heat 5 in a time of 7.51. In the High Jump, James Lee finished 4th jumping 1.85m and Thomas Hughes finished 6th also with a jump pf 1.85m. In the Long Jump, Thomas Hughes finished 4th with a jump of 6.04m. Oscar Bryce finished 4th in the U20 Men’s Shot Putt throwing a distance of 11.54m.

Yorkshire Cross Country Championships 2016, Lightwater Valley

The senior men showed strength in depth taking the silver medal in the team competition and also providing the highest finishing B team in 5th place. Steve Bayton produced an outstanding run to take the individual bronze medal in 37:27. DaveDave Archer, having started conservatively, worked his way through the field for an excellent 5th place in 38:13. Connor Milnes, in his first senior race, made a very fast start to avoid the narrow turn at the start, and then showed great strength and courage to take 6th place in 38:27. Andy Challenger looked strong in finishing 14th in 39:04 with Aidan Smith also running very well for 18th in 39:28. Pete Hodges helped clinch the silver team medal with a fine run in 35th in 41:00. Ben Beattie came through strongly on the final lap for 37th in 41:05 with Gavin Keight in close attendance in 38th in 41:14. John Birch was 50th in 41:50 with Dave Sprot 55th in 42:13, Neil Northrop 75th in 43:22 and Mike Sprot 89th in 44:29 to clinch a fine 5th place finish for the B team.

It was pleasing to see a full senior women’s team performing very well to win the bronze medal. Hannah Fletcher continued her fine form with an excellent 8th place in 34:15. Zanthe Wray ran a strong final lap to finish 11th in 34:45. Senior womenCharlotte Slack, in her first senior race, ran very well to finish 22nd in 36:37 and Hannah Whitelam running strongly throughout finished 37th in 38:25 to clinch the bronze team medal. Ellie Crownshaw, also in her first senior race, was 56th in 41:00 and Rachel Poole finished was 75th in 43:48.

Josh Walton ran well in the U20M race to finish 10th in 32:55 and Joseph Hutchesson finished 17th in 34:49.

In the U17M race, CamU17 Beron Bell made a fine start to the year. Having led the race for most of the way, he was rewarded with the silver medal in a time of 21:30. Jack Crownshaw also ran well to finish 22nd in 24:02.

Mary McCarthy repeated her performance of the previous year to win the bronze medal in the U17W race finishing 3rd in 17:35. Lilly Fletcher produced one of her best performances at the Yorkshire championships, finishing 9th in 18:36.

Victor Baycroft had a strong run finishing 22nd in a time of 17:24. David Lewis made a very fast start in the U15B race and held on well to take 30th in 17:50, with Kieran Loombe close behind in 31st in 17:52, helping the team to 6th place.

TillyThe U15 girls produced a series of fine performances to win the team gold with the B team taking 8th place. After a bad fall Tilly Simpson finished 7th in a time of 15:03, Eve Crownshaw moved through the field on the final lap to take 8th place in 15:04. Saskia Huxham signalled her continuing return to fitness finishing 9th in 15:13 and helping to clinch the team gold. Laura Trask ran very well to finish 12th in 15:24, Kira Round had a good run coming 32nd in 16:44 with Ellie Rogers running strongly for 42nd in 17:31.

u13The U13B claimed the Yorkshire title led by Taylor Hill who produced a very confident run to win the individual bronze medal with a time of 8:37 and only just beaten for the silver in the last few strides. Alex Durant had one of his best performances in the Yorkshires coming 8th in 9:11. Dylan Stevens battled strongly to take 22nd in 9:46 and helped clinch the team gold medal. Tom Atkinson, in his first Yorkshire championships, ran well to finish 42nd in 10:21 and Jacob Hartley came 70th in a time of 11:10.

The U13G also won the Yorkshire championships and showed great strength in depth to also take 5th, 9th and 18th places in the team competition. Jodie Hill produced another fine run to finish 2nd in 9:28 and win the silver medal. Zena U13 GHartley showed her potential with a fine 6th place in 10:05. Tati Wilson continued her return to form, finishing 9th in 10:18 to help clinch the team gold. Packing well together, Maggie Naylor finished 20th in 10:37, Holly Booker showed good strength in finishing 21st in 10:38 and Mo Martin came 23rd in 10:45. May Quinn continued her good form to take 25th in 10:47 and Katie Adams had a strong run to 29th in 10:52. Lois Blake battled throughout to finish 44th in 11:18. Lauren Chambers finished 70th in 12:11. Jenna Hazzard came 75th in 12:40 and Maddison Mills finished 77th in a time of 14:49.

It was encouraging to see so many excellent performances and also the strong representation across the age groups. Many thanks to the team managers—Dave Archer (Men), Hannah Whitelam (Women), Tina Wilson (Juniors)—for all their hard work in getting so many runners out.

Sheffield Open Cross Country 2016

Some good runs at the Sheffield Open this weekend, with the Under 11 girls having a large turn out and winning the team medal. Ruby Simpson had a good start for the girls finishing 1st in 5:40, with Emma Shipley not far behind coming 2nd in 5:45. Summer Ludlam finished 4th in 6:04. Megan Weaver came 8th in a time of 6:31, Bobbie Waugh came 10th close behind in 6:40 and Sophie Booker finished 15th in 7:29.

In the Under 13 Girls race, Holly Booker had a good race to finish 5th in a time of 11:27.

In the Under 13 Boys race, Morgan Grayson finished 6th in 12:37.

Hallamshire also won the team medal in the Under 15 girls race with Tilly Simpson leading the race in 1st with a time of 10:57. Kira Round finished 4th in 12:44 and Ellie Rogers came 6th in a time of 14:01.

In the Under 15 Boys race, Reece Allen came 2nd in 15:36.

Joseph Hutchesson finished 1st in the Under 20 Mens race in a time of 30:52.

In the Senior/Vet Men race Hallamshire won the team gold medal with Aidan Smith finishing 2nd in 37:26. Nicholas Barber came 6th in a time of 39:01 and Ben Beattie finished 9th in 39:53. Mike Sprot also counting in the team results came 11th in 40:58. Carl Egdell finished 14th in a time of 41:26.

South Yorkshire Cross Country Championships 2015, Campsall, Doncaster

Some great performances at the South Yorkshire Championships this weekend with Hallamshire winning many individual and team medals.

The Senior, U20 and  U17 men had a excellent start to the day with Bertie Houghton winning the race in 33:11 with Connor Milnes finishing 4th (1st Under 20) in 34:05. Zak Mellard was 21st in 36:16 with John  Birch close behind finishing 22nd in 36:22. Ben Beattie also had a good race coming 25th in 36:33, with Josh Walton finishing 26th (7th Under 20) in a time of 36:41. Carl Egdell was 37th in 37:45 and Craig Fishwick came 66th in 40:31. Cameron Bell had a great race finishing 1st in 20:14. Jack Crownshaw battled all the way to the line to get 6th in 21:49.

The women continued the great performances, with Hannah Fletcher running a strong race to finish 2nd and winning the League in 23:00. Zanthe Wray was 4th in 23:56.  Charlotte Slack finished 10th (2nd Under 20) in a time of 24:40. Hannah Whitelam has continued her improvement throughout the season by finishing 14th in 25:37. Ellie Crownshaw came 22nd (5th Under 20) in a time of 26:27. Rachel Poole finished 37th in 29:10, Maggie Quinn was 76th in 34:50 and Flora McNeil came 95th in 39:05.

In the Under 17 Women’s race Mary McCarthy came 2nd in 17:21, with Lily Fletcher finishing 4th in 17:45. Caitlin Tevendale was 6th in a time of 19:14 and Aimee Hill finished 9th in 20:55.

Reece Allen finished 4th in the Under 15 boy’s race in a time of 16:19. Victor Baycroft came 7th in 16:39 and Kieran Loombe finished 14th in 18:24.

In the Under 15 Girls race Hallamshire won the Team Gold Medal, with Tilly Simpson who won in a time of 11:47. Eve Crownshaw had a strong race to finish 3rd in 12:39. Laura Trask also helped the team by finishing 5th in 12:57 and Saskia Huxham came 8th in 13:21. Kira Round was 11th in 13:59.

Taylor Hill Performed well in the Under 13 Boys race to finish 2nd in 14:14 and Alex Durant came 4th in 14:44. Benjamin Shaw came 6th in 15:25 and James Hartley was 8th in 15:41. Morgan Grayson came 11th in 16:21 with Jonah Patton not far behind finishing 13th in 16:29.

Jodie Hill produced another great run finishing 1st in 12:45 in the Under 13 Girls race. Maggie Naylor came 2nd in 13:23 and May Quinn finished 4th in a time of 13:34. Mo Martin was 5th in 13:34. Emily Hunter finished 6th in 13:40 with Katie Adams close behind in 7th with a time of 13:46. Katie Stowers finished 14th in 14:56 and Maddison Mills came 15th in 15:24. Jenna Hazard was 18th in 15:40 and Sophie Oliver finished 24th in 19:13.

Cosmo Johnson finished 5th in the Under 11 Boys race in a time of 06:34. Harry James was 9th in 06:52.

Ruby Simpson lead home an impressive pack of Hallamshire runners in the Under 11 Girls race, finishing in a time of 06:12, with Emma Shipley not far behind in 2nd in 06:14. Isobel Causer finished 3rd in 06:27. Summer Ludlam came 5th in 06:29. Kiera Eales-Smith battled to keep 6th place in 06:44 against fellow team mate Annie Naylor in 7th in 06:48. Polly Platts finished 10th in 07:07, with Bobbie Waugh was 11th also in 07:07. Ffion Patton came 19th in 07:27. Sophie Booker remained positive throughout her race to finish 21st in 07:32. Isabelle Loombe finished 24th in 07:39 and Kassidy Alexander was 32nd in 08:14. Grace proud came 35th in a time of 08:17.

Calli Selected to Represent GB at European Cross Country Championships

Congratulations to Calli Thackery on her selection for the GB U23W team to compete at the European Cross Country Championships in Hyères, France on Sunday 13 December 2015.

The races will be televised live on the BBC Red Button from 9:25-14:10. Highlights are on BBC2 from 16:15-17:20.

Calli’s selection follows her impressive performance in finishing 15th in the NCAA Cross Country Championships and helping University of New Mexico to a historic win with the lowest points score by a women’s team in the history of the competition. Calli was also awarded All-American honours (given to the top 40 finishers).

Percy Pud 10k, Sheffield

photoGavin Keight was 6th in 33:41 in the Percy Pud with Matt Hobbs one place behind in 33:53. Phil Cooper was 14th in 34:31 and Thomas Beautyman 30th in 35:27. Zak Mellard 32nd in 35:35. Jack Crownshaw was 2nd U17M (36th overall) with a pb of 35:46. Mike Sprot was 40th in 35:49, Scott Wilson 50th in 36:24 and Matt Payne, with a new pb, 60th in 36:45. Leo Cossham was 124th in 38:51. Chris Guy finished 140th in 39:21 and Richard Tompkins was 173rd in 40:09. Richard Hardy was 324th in 43:36.

Nic Squires won the women’s race (54th overall in 36:25 with Ellie Crownshaw the leading U20W (256th overall) with a time of 42:24. Alison Shepherd finished 545th in 47:01. Flora McNeil was 1584th in 59:57 and Nicole Shenton 1405th in 57:34. Alice Hague was 1720th in 1:02:42 with Rebecca Shenton finishing close behind in 1730th in 1:02:51.