British Athletics Cross Challenge and European Trials, Sefton Park, Liverpool

Saturday 23 November 2013

A number of athletes took the opportunity to test themselves against quality fields at the British Cross Challenge in Liverpool.

Tom Bains was always in contention in the U20M race, and trial for the European Junior team, and ran very well in finishing 19th in 21:14.

Fiona Bell moved consistently through the U20W field to finish strongly in 24th in 16:08. Hannah Fletcher took a rare opportunity to race against a national field, running strongly to finish 37th in 17:03.

Connor Milnes coped well with a fast-paced U17M race, finishing 28th in 18:25.

Cameron Bell, despite feeling unwell before the race, produced a determined run for  a fine 18th in 10:05.

Imani Wilson coped well with a very fast start in the U15W race, eventually coming home in 48th in 12:11.

Photos available here.

NCAA Cross Country Championships, Terre Haute, Indiana, USA

Saturday 23 November 2013

The course for the NCAA finals was affected by 3 days of constant rain with the races taking place in sub-zero temperatures.

Andy Heyes found the conditions difficult finishing  a disappointing 106th in 31:23 in his final race for the University of Tulsa.

Calli Thackery, making her debut at the championships, finished 67th and 4th British runner in 21:04.0.

PBs at Abbey Dash 10k, Leeds

Sunday 17 November 2013

It was a day of 10k PBs for Andy Challenger, Ben Beattie and Zak Mellard at the Leeds Abbey Dash. Andy was 47th in 31:17, Ben 115th in 32:47 and Zak 149th in 33:18. Chris Guy was 753rd in 39:39 and Eric Latham, also running a new pb, in 39:41.

Nicky Squires was 15th (340th overall) in the women’s race in 35:58. Alex Firth continued the pbs with 43:26.

South Yorkshire Cross Country League 2, Graves Park

Sunday 10 November 2013

HHS hosted the most recent meeting of the South Yorkshire cross country league at Graves Park on Sunday in glorious sunshine and athletes in all age groups took advantage of the conditions to produce some fine performances.

IMG_8693Tom Bains won an exciting senior men’s race. Philip Sesemann, running as a guest, made an attempt to get away on the climb on the final lap. Tom responded well and managed to sprint away to win in 33:15. Matt Hobbs produced a strong final lap to come through for a fine 3rd place in 33;52. Pete Hodges overtook Carl Egdell (2nd V40) in the finish straight to finish 20th in 36:52 with Carl 21st in 36:53. Neil Northrop was 29th in 37:30.

Julia Jagger produced a fine run to finish 2nd in the senior women’s race in 25:29, only beaten by Olympian Laura Weightman running as a guest. Hannah Fletcher continued her good start to the season, finishing 4th (1st U20) in 26:56. Nicola Birch continued her return to fitness with strong final lap to finish 18th in 30:00. Rachel Poole was 2nd L45 (31st overall) in 31:55. Sue Bains, running as a guest, was 38th (2nd L55) in 33:11.

Connor Milnes continued his domination of the U17 men’s race to win in 22:37. Josh Walton continued his improvement with 4th place in 24:02. Euan South worked hard to take 6th in 24:46 with Tom Slack 13th in 29:11.

Rebecca Dancer achieved her best performance over the country to win the U17L race in 18:16. Charlotte Slack, having led the race in the early stages, showed incredible determination to finish 3rd in 18:41 despite severe breathing difficulties. Ellie Crownshaw came through strongly to take 4th in 19:46. Charlotte Trueman-Marsh was 6th in 20:13  with Ella Robb 13th in 22:14 and Flora McNeill 16th in 26:08.

Cameron Bell was involved in a close struggle throughout the U15B race, running very well to finish 2nd in 16:03. Jack Wells had another good run to take 10th in 18:07 with Jack Crownshaw running well for 12th in 19:02 and Jacob Trueman-Marsh 13th in 19:27.

Mary McCarthy was in the leading group throughout the U15G race, eventually finishing 4th in 13:29. Lilly Fletcher had another strong run to take 6th in 14:04 with Caitlin Tevendale also running strongly to finish 7th in 14:17. Aimee Hill ran well for 10th in 15:08 with Megan Loombe 12th in 15:19, Grace Lucas 13th in 15:30, Carmen Levine 23rd in 18:30 and Imogen Liversidge 25th in 19:25.

Jakob Ryan was 7th in the U13B race in 16:28 with Kieran Loombe 10th in 16:51, Tristan Gale 12th in 16:56, Thomas Clarke 16th in 18:01, Alastair Holland 20th in 18:24 and Victor  Baycroft 24th in 21:54.

Tilly Simpson had a fine run to win the U13G race in 13:17 with Eve Crownshaw running well to take 3rd in 13:44. Saskia Huxham was 6th in 14:35 with Ava Jones 14th in 16:07 and Laura Trask 17th in 16:40.

Charlie Goacher was a fine third in the U11B race in 6:47. Dylon Stevens ran well to finish 5th in 6:57 with Euan Patton 8th in 7:06, James May 11th in 7:17, Mark Barnett 12th in 7:20, Jake Seymour 17th in 7:29 and Jonah Patton 18th in 7:32.

Jodie Hill made light work of the muddy conditions to win the U11G race convincingly in 6:58. She was ably backed up by Holly Booker who was 3rd in 7:19, ~Lois Blake 8th in 7:42, Katie Stowers 17th in 8:13, Charlotte Birch 18th in 8:15, Ffion Patton 27th in 8:40, Ellie Woos 33rd in 9:04, Monica King 37th in 9:14, Naomi Thornton 38th in 9:16 and Poppy Dunn 50th in 11:07.

Many thanks to Steve Moran and Darren Newbould for coordinating the organisation and to all those who helped in setting up the course,  marshalling on the day and making it a successful event for the club.

Pete McCloud, the secretary to SYCAA XC, has sent the following letter to Mike Theobald in appreciation of the organisation of the meeting:

Many thanks for hosting yesterday’s SYCAA League XC at Graves Park and extend this to everyone from the club who helped in preparation or on the day. As far as I am aware, the whole event went like clockwork. On the basis of this success, you realise I will be approaching the club in 2015 to host another league fixture there. Can’t give you a date yet!!!
I think many people had forgotten what good courses Graves Park provides for cross country, particularly when the rain is not pouring and the wind is not scything off the hills to the west. Lots of complimentary comments about both the organisation and the courses.
All the best.
Pete McLeod
SYCAA XC Secretary