Successful Start to the South Yorkshire Cross Country League, Clifton Park, Rotherham

Sunday 21 October 2013

HHS had a very successful start to the new South Yorkshire cross country league with some very promising performances across all the age groups.

Matt Hobbs was the leading HHS runner in the senior men’s race covering the 8k course in 27:25 to finish 7th. Tom Bains, after leading for half the race, finished 8th (3rd U20M) in 27:27. Carl Edgell ran very strongly to finish 14th (2nd V40) in 28:40. Phil Cooper worked through the field for 19th in 29:11 with Adam Dyson 35th in 30:38.

Hannah Fletcher produced a fine run to finish 2nd overall (1st U20W) in the senior women’s 5k in 19:12. Zanthe Wray, despite the lack of training, did very well to finish 3rd in 19:21. Rachel Poole was 2nd L45 and 23rd overall in 22:14. Nicola Birch made a welcome return to racing, working hard to take 39th in 23:59.

Connor Milnes had a convincing win in the U17M race covering the 6k in 20:41. Josh Walton and Euan South continued their good start to the season, finishing 4th in 21:40 and 5th in 21:47 respectively. Sam ‘Pexery’ Peters, returning from injury, ran strongly to finish 8th in 22:50. Tom Slack was running well in the early stages of the race, eventually finishing 14th in 24:39 despite breathing difficulties.

Charlotte Slack looked controlled in winning the U17W race. Her time of 15:58 for the 4k course was 20 seconds ahead of the nearest runner. Ellie Crownshaw had a fine race to finish 3rd in 16:34. Charlotte Trueman-Marsden also ran very well to finish 7th in 18:04. Ella Robb was 13th in 19:17 with Lexie Wilson 16th in 21:06 and Flora McNeil one place behind in 17th in 21:06.

Mary McCarthy battled hard to take 4th place 11:39 in the U15G race over 3k. Lilly Fletcher ran very positively to take 7th in 12:02 just ahead of Imani Wilson in 8th in 12:25. Grace Lucas was 11th in 13:07, Carmine Levine 18th in 14:32 and Imogen Liversidge 25th in 16:17.

Cameron Bell ran very well to take 2nd place in a very competitive U15B race. Having sat off the pace in the early stages, Cameron finished strongly covering 4k in 14:10. Jack Wells was positive from the start and ran strongly to finish 10th in 15:48. Jacob Trueman-Marsden, Jack Crownshaw and Reece Horsfall al ran well to finish 13th in 16:17, 15th in 17:06 and 16th in 18:14 respectively .

Tilly Simpson started quickly in the U13G race and managed to maintain the lead to win in 11:40. Eve Crownshaw ran well to take 6th place in 12:05 with Saskia Huxham one place behind in 7th in 12:29. Ellie Rogers was 16th in 14:15 with Milly Woodcock 25th in 16:35 and Isobel Snowdon 26th in 16:46

David Lewis and Victor Baycroft had very positive runs for the U13B. Always with the leading group, David finished a fine 4th in 13:53 with Victor given the same time in 5th. Jakob Ryan placed well in 9th in 14:23 with Tristan Gale 11th in 14:40 and Thomas Clarke 14th in 15:11.

Tatjana Wlilson ran very well to win the U11G race in 5:53 with Jodie Hill also showing great promise to finish 2nd in 6:00. Lois Blake was a fine 7th in 6:30 with Charlotte Birch 21st in 7:03, Katie Stowers 25th in 7:08, Naomi Thortnon 31st in 7:26, Ffion Patton 32nd in 7:29, Monica King 35th in 7:38, Ellie Wood 40th in 7:53 and Poppy Dunn 45th in 8:09.

Jake Seymour was the leading HHS runner in the U11B race finishing 6th in 6:08. Dylon Stevens was close behind, taking 7th in 6:10. Charlie Goacher was 9th in 6:12 with Sam Payne 11th in 6:16, Mark Barnett 14th in 6:20 and Jonah Patton 31st in 6:44.

Seb Coe on Cross-Country Running

At the start of the cross-country season, when you are battling round a tough course against the elements, it is good to be reminded of how important cross-country was to the development of Seb Coe, Britain’s greatest ever middle distance athlete:

Cross-country running was literally the making of me, and it saddens me that it’s now so overlooked. You are using every part of your body. It’s hard and it’s tough. You’ve got to maintain balance, you’ve got to be able to navigate and to think ahead, you’ve got to watch your feet. You may be running on a track that’s the width of a table, or across terrain that is little more than peat bog, making split second decisions every step of the way. Your brain never switches off. It’s both physical and mental. It’s the supreme all-round conditioner and if you can deal with what’s thrown at you on a tough cross-country course, you can deal with anything.

(Seb Coe, Running My Life—The Autobiography, chapter 2 Apprentice; Hodder and Stoughton, 2012)

HHS History: Harold Wilson, Ernest Glover and William Cottrill

A further series of photos supplied by Matt Bell who is writing a book on the Olympians of HHS.

Harold Wilson was the world record holder for the 1500m in 1908 and won the silver medal in the 1500m at the London Olympics of 1908. He was the first person to run sub-4 minutes for the 1500m.

William Cottrill and Ernest Glover both competed at the Stockholm Olympics of 1912. Cottrill in the 1500m and the 3 x 3k and Glover in the cross country. Glover won the team bronze in the cross country with Cottrill also winning bronze in the 3 x 3k.

The photos can be found under the menu option ‘History’, ‘1896-1945’, ‘Harold Wilson, Ernest Glover and William Cottrill’.

There is also a link here.

HHS History: Ernest Harper

Matt Bell, who is writing a book on Hallamshire Harriers’ Olympians, has kindly supplied a series of photos of Ernest Harper, including photos of the 1924, 1928 and 1936 Olympics.


Ernest Harper, on his way to the bronze medal in the marathon at the 1936 Berlin Olympics, running alongside Sohn.

The photos have been added to history pages and can be accessed under the menu ‘History’, ‘1896-1945’, ‘Ernest Harper’.

The photos are also available here.