Northern Athletics Cross Country Championships, Knowsley Safari Park

Saturday 25 January 2014

The Northern Athletics xc championships returned for the second successive year to Knowsley Safari Park. Last year proved to be a very tough race in deep snow and mud. This year was equally challenging with a very muddy course and, for some races, driving sleet.

IMG_0441  Our senior women performed very well in the difficult conditions with Nicky Squires running well to finish 9th in 32:26. Julia Jagger was close behind in 12th in 32:42 with Zanthe Wray also running very well to take 16th in 33:26. It was frustrating that given the excellent performances, we did not have a 4th runner to complete the team and challenge for the medals.

The men’s team was also depleted. Matt Hobbs dealt with the challenging conditions well to finish 50th in 45:35. Phil Cooper continued his good form in the New Year taking 108 in 48:38. Craig Fishwick made a return to the xc running with 216th in 52:22.

Tom Bains, recovering from illness, was our only representative in the U20 men’s race, finishing 23rd in 29:35.

Hannah Fletcher, again our only representative in the U20 women’s race, produced a positive run after illness to take 31st in 26:31.

IMG_0375Our U17 men finished 8th team with Connor Milnes leading the team home in 23rd in 21:26. Josh Walton produced a very strong run to finish 30th in 21:42 with Ewan South 56th in 22:34 and Sam Peters completing the scoring in 69th in 22:57. Tom Yarrow was 111th in 25;38 with Tom Slack 115th in 25:58.

Charlotte Slack showed incredible courage in the U17W race to finish 35th in 22:52 despite severe breathing difficulties and having to be treated by the paramedics after the race. Rebecca Dancer battled through to 40th in 23:02 with Ellie Crownshaw 68th in 24:43 and Flora McNeil 94th in 31:17. The team finished 8th.

IMG_1461crop - lowresCameron Bell continued his fine season by winning the bronze medal in the U15B. In 4th place coming to the top of the final climb, Cameron closed the gap with another very strong finish to take 3rd in 14;23. Jack Crownshaw worked hard to come home 103rd in 16:39.

The U15 girls faced the toughest conditions of the day with the course already cut up very badly and driving sleet throughout the race. Imani Wilson, after a very positive start, was 54th in 17:22 with Caitlin Tevendale coming through strongly in the latter part of the race to finish 57th in 17;27. Grace Lucas ran well to finish 83rd with Megan Loombe 89th in 18:30 and Aimee Hill 115th in 19:39. The team finished 10th.

Kieran Loombe led home the U13 boys in 97th in 13;24 with David Lewis 99th in 13:25 and Charlie Goacher 126th in 14:09.

IMG_0293Tilly Simpson gave another a fine performance to take the silver medal in the U13G race. Tilly led from the start, was leading on the final climb only to be overhauled on the run in. Eve Crownshaw produced a typically dogged run to finish 45th in 13:19 with Saskia Huxham 59th in 13:38, Holly Booker 113th in 14:16 and Ellie Rogers 140th in 14:36 completing the scoring to bring the team home in 6th place.


Survey on the Future of Northern Athletics

Tuesday 21 January 2014

Northern Athletics have published an online survey in which athletes, coaches, officials and general club members can express their opinions on the future of Northern Athletics prior to consultation meetings which will be held in February/March. Conclusions will be used as evidence in presentations to England Athletics.

It is likely that Northern Athletics will cease operations in the next two to three years if additional funding is not forthcoming. If that was to happen, we would lose the Northern Indoor, Track and Field, Road Relays and Cross Country Championships as well as the representative teams that are sent to various competitions and provide an important stepping stone to national and international competition

Please take part in their shortsurvey and give your opinion on the future of Northern competition.

Please submit your replies by 14th February. Thank you for your assistance.

Northern Indoor Championships, EIS Sheffield

Saturday 18-Sunday 19 January 2014

There were some excellent performances by HHS athletes across the age groups at the Northern Athletics U17/U20/Senior Indoor Championships, including 2 gold medals (James Lee U17M HJ; Essa Ahmed U17M 800m) 1 silver (Oscar Bryce U17M SP) and 2 bronze (Andy Heyes SM 3k; Essa Ahmed U17M 400m) and a number of pbs.


Adeel Khaliq was 3rd in the U20M semi-final with a pb of 7.29, after finishing 2nd in his heat with a then pb of 7.32.

Sam Lawford was 5th in the U17M his semi-final in 7.67, having recorded  7.70  in the earlier heat for 4th=. Keenen Smith was 3rd in his semi final with 7.57, after running  7.60  in his heat for 3rd.

Chloe Keeton was 6th in her heat of the U20W event in 8.57. In the U17W event, Hermione Archer ran a pb of 8.73 to finish 7th in heat 1.


Adeel Klaliq was 6th in the U2M final in 23.55, having set a new pb in the semi-final to take 3rd in 23.17, a marginal improvement on his pb in the heat of 23.18 (2nd).

Sam Lawford was 5th in the semi-final of the U17M event in 24.57, having finished 3rd in his heat in 24.04. Keenan Smith ran 24.37 in his heat for 4th place.

Chloe Keeton was 4th in her heat of the U20W event in 27.73. Evelyn Williams ran a new pb of 29.17 to finish 4th in her heat of the U17W event.


Essa Ahmed was third in the final of the U17M 400m in 52.45, having won his heat in 52.91. Keenan Smith ran 56.75 to finish 4th in his heat with Oscar Bryce running a pb in his heat to take 4th in 56.62.


Essa Ahmed made his customary late surge to win the U17M title in 1:58.64, having earlier been 2nd in his heat in 2;05.71. Joe Hutcheson was 5th in his heat with a new pb of 2:04.97.


Andy Heyes was 3rd in the SM 3k in 8:12.76.

High Jump 

James Lee produced a fine pb of 1.83 to win the U17M event with Thomas Hughes clearing 1.70 for 5th place. Hermione Archer was 6th in the U17W final with a clearance of 1.45.

 Long Jump

Thomas Hughes was 5th in the U17M event with a leap of 5.74. Hermione Archer was 23rd in the U17W event with 4.05.

Triple Jump

In the U17M final, Thomas Hughes jumped 12.05 for 5th.

Shot Putt

Oscar Bryce threw 12.65 to take 2nd place and the silver medal in the U17M event. In the U17W final, Evelyn Williams threw 7.73 for 10th.


Leeds Varsity Cross Country, Boddington Fields

Saturday 18 January 2014

Matt Hobbs was 5th in the Varsity race (8th overall) in 30:42 with Tom Bains 10th Varsity (12th overall) in 31:54 running for Leeds Met University against the University of Leeds. Both made the team for the A race at the British Universities cross country championships in Stirling next month.

Andy to Race Edinburgh International 4k

Wednesday 8 January 2014

Andy Heyes has been invited to race at the Edinburgh International 4k on Saturday 11 January 2014 at Holyrood Park. The lineup includes double olympic and world cross country champion Kenenisa Bekele, his younger brother and Olympic 10k bronze medalist Tariku Bekele (Ethiopia), Absel Kiprop (Kenya), the current world 1500m champion, European 10k silver medallist Chris Thompson (GB) and other leading British athletes.

The event will be televised live on BBC 1 at 1.21pm.

Fiona Selected to Represent Yorkshire

Monday 6 January 2013

Fiona Bell, who was unable to race at the Yorkshire cross country championships due to injury, has been selected to represent Yorkshire at the Intercounties. This brings the number of HHS athletes in the Yorkshire team to 10.

Yorkshire Cross Country Championships, Lightwater Valley

Saturday 4 January 2014

HHS enjoyed a very successful day at the Yorkshire Cross Country Championships with two individual gold medals (Andy Heyes SM; Tilly Simpson U13G), two bronze medals (Charlotte Slack U17W; Cameron Bell U15B), two team gold medals (U17W; U13G) and two team bronze medals (SM; SW). In addition, nine HHS athletes were selected to represent Yorkshire at the Intercounties Championships (Andy Heyes SM; Julia Jagger SW;  Tom Bains U20M; Charlotte Slack and Rebecca Dancer U17W; Connor Milnes U17M; Cameron Bell U15B; Tilly Simpson and Eve Crownshaw U13G).

Andy Heyes won the Yorkshire senior men’s cross country in convincing style and helped HHS secure the bronze medal in the team competition. Over a twisting 7.7 mile course that had drained well, Andy went into the lead at the start and had built up a 30 second lead by halfway. He eventually came home 44 second ahead to take the Yorkshire title in 40:48.

Rob Little ran very strongly to finish 11th in 43:26. Dave Archer made a welcome return to racing (minus wheels) and moved through the field on each lap to take 21st in 44:28. Matt Hobbs, after a fast start, ran well to finish 24th in 44:38. Phil Cooper had another good run, finishing 35th in 46:07 with Neil Northrop coming home in 75th in 48:42 to complete the team and take the bronze team medal. Adam Dyson, returning from injury, was 95th in 50:02.

The senior women emulated the men in finishing third in the team competition. Julia Jagger led home the team, finishing very quickly over the last lap, to take 13th place in 27:18 and gain selection for the Yorkshire team at the Intercounties. Nicola Squires ran well after injury lay off to finish 16th in 27:36 with Zanthe Wray 32nd in 29:11. Hannah Fletcher, 46th (9th U20W) in 30:36, completed the team and helped clinch the bronze medal.

Tom Bains set off well in defence of his U20M title, eventually finishing 6th in 35:45 and gaining selection for Yorkshire.

Connor Milnes ran very well in the U17M race to finish 6th in 25:01 and gain selection for the Yorkshire team. Josh Walton had a good run, finishing 15th in 26:17, with Sam Peters 31st in 27:53 helping the team to 5th place. Tom Slack was 41st in 29:36 with Tom Yarrow 43rd in 29:49.

Charlotte Slack produced her best performance of the winter to win the bronze medal in the U17W race. Charlotte managed to open a decisive gap on the final descent to finish 3rd in 20:09. Rebecca Dancer produced another fine run to take 8th in 20:42 and gain Yorkshire selection. Ellie Crownshaw had a fine run to take 14th in 21:20 and help the team to clinch the team gold. Flora McNeil battled away to finish 39th.

Cameron Bell was involved in a close race throughout the U15B race, eventually pulling clear to take 3rd place and the bronze medal in 17:32. Jack Price was 22nd in 19:01 with Jack Crownshaw 49th in 21:07 and the team in 9th place.

The U15G finished 5th team with Lilly Fletcher 19th in 13:58, Caitlin Tevendale 22nd in 14:01, Imani Wilson 24th in 14:02 all packing well. Aimee Hill was 44th in 15:41 and Imogen Liversidge 65th in 19:16.

In the U13B race, David Lewis led home the team in 29th in 11:03 with Jakob Ryan 39th in 11:29 and Charlie Goacher 58th in 11:58.

Tilly Simpson won the U13G gold medal with a determined piece of front running. Having set off very quickly, she did well to hold off the fast finishing Skyrac runner to win by 2 seconds in 10:32. Eve Crownshaw also ran very well to finish 7th in 11:14 and gain selection for Yorkshire. Saskia Huxham finished 21st in 12:06 and help the U13G to the team gold. Ellie Rogers was 34th in 12:30 with Holly Booker 36th in 12:32,  and Kira Round 46th in 13:00 with the B team finishing a fine 10th.

The report from the Sheffield Star can be found here.