Andy Wins Home Countries Cross Country International, Wollaton Park, Nottingham

Saturday 22 March 2013

IMG_1565Andy Heyes led England to the team title in winning the Home Countries cross country at Wollaton Park. Andy led the 10k race, run over a very tough and hilly 2k lap, from the start alongside Dan Garbutt. On the 3rd lap, Andy managed to open up a small gap and then increased the lead to 10 seconds on the final lap, winning in 31:33.

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Julia Jagger produced a strong run to help the North of England to 2nd team place ahead of Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the South of England. Julia covered the 8k course in 31:06 to finish 19th.

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Woodbourn Road: Message from Mike Theobald

Sheffield Hallam University City Athletics Stadium

Many of you will now have had the opportunity to use the above (Woodbourn Road, to you and me) and form your opinions of the ongoing developments. Personally, I feel at home there as I always preferred the running surface, and I am sure the field athletes will appreciate the opportunity to have their facilities back.

Sheffield City Council have committed funds to fulfil the equipment list and I am sure from a competitive and training point of view we will have everything we need.

Another exciting development is the funding of a ‘digital/outreach’ project. Sheffield Hallam University have obtained a grant ( with some matched funds from SCC). Briefly, it is hoped that this technology will aid track training giving athletes the opportunity to download their training times onto their smartphones/iPads, etc. Also there will be digital technology to help coaches to capture and analyse their athletes performance in the field disciplines. Don’t ask me how this works!

I would add that in my dealings with SCC and SHU at all times they have kept their word, and some of the accusations bandied around are the result of confusing the “actual” plan for the development of the stadium and the “vision” of the plans put forward by Richard Caborn.

As a last point, as we do not want a repeat of the Don Valley scenario, please ‘use it or lose it’.

Mike Theobald (Chair)

South Yorkshire Road League 2014

The venues for this year’s South Yorkshire Road League are:

Wednesday 9th April      Wagon & Horses Oxpring, Penistone

Wednesday 23rd April    3 Merry Lads, Lodge Moor, Sheffield

Wednesday 30th April    Low Bradfield, Sheffield

Wednesday 14th May    Worsboro Mill, Barnsley

All races start at 7.00 pm prompt. Club vests must be worn!

The cost is £7 for the series.

Numbers can be collected from Darren Newbould at the club house on Tuesday & Thursday evenings or on race night. Email Darren for more information.

English Schools Cross Country Championships, Donnington Park

Saturday 15 March 2014

A significant number of HHS athletes represented South Yorks and Derbyshire schools at the English Schools cross country championships.

The highlight of the day was Tilly Simpson’s excellent run in the junior girls race. Tilly finished in10:25, just 10 seconds behind the leader. Saskia Huxham (SYorks) was 277th in 12:12.

In the junior boys race, Billy Hinchliff was 325th in 17:28.

Mary McCarthy led home the intermediate girls team in 116th in 14:28 with Rebecca Dancer 161st in 14:47, Lily Fletcher 176th in 14:54, Imani Wilson 196th in 15:03, Caitlin Tevendale 228th in 15:14 and Charlotte Trueman-Marsden 287th in 15:47.

Cameron Bell was 50th in the the intermediate boys race in 20:30 with Jacob Shaw 153rd in 21:26.

Charlotte Slack came home in 64th in 16:53 in the senior girls race with Ellie Crownshaw 140th in 17:53.

Connor Milnes ran very well to finish 61st in 25:27 in the senior boys race having come out of the pen last. Sam Peters was 189th in 27:17 with Josh Walton 216th in 27:40 and Ewan South 247th in 28:15.

Northern Road Relay Championships, Heaton Park, Manchester

Saturday 15 March 2014

The senior men’s and women’s teams performed very well to finish 10th and 7th respectively on a challenging course in Heaton Park.

IMG_1209Julia Jagger got the women’s team off to an excellent start with a 3rd place finish on the opening leg in 17:44. Zanthe Wray did well to hold on to the position and finished strongly in 18:37. Hannah Whitelam had to step in on the morning of the race to complete the team, not having raced for over 18 months, and came home in 10th in 20:45. Claire Robson, making a welcome return to the team, moved up to 9th with a time of 19:32. Ruth Ross ran a strong leg to move into 8th in 17:41 before Nicky Squires brought the team home in 7th with the fastest leg for the team in 17:41.

IMG_1262Andy Challenger set up the men’s team with a very good opening long leg, finishing 12th in 28:59. Andy Heyes produced the second fastest short leg of the day to move up to 4th with 14:27. Rob Little maintained a strong pace on the next long leg, finishing 6th in 30:26. Tom Bains showed a return to form, running 15:46 on the short leg to move back into 4th. Ben Beattie held onto 7th, covering the long leg in 30:44. Matt ‘Biscuit’ Hobbs (16:08) gained one place on the short leg to move back into 6th. Zak Mellard had a good run on the long leg, finishing 6th in 30:26. Craig Fishwick paced his short leg well to maintain the position with 17:06. Darren Newbould showed his experience on the long leg, holding onto the Balckburn athlete on the climbs and finishing 6th in 30:43. Adam Dyson continued his return to fitness with another good short leg in 16:46. Phil Cooper ran strongly on the final long leg to finish 10th in 32:41 with Pete Hodges maintaining the position on the short leg with a time of 17:07. Phil and Pete, who had waited all day to run their legs for the team, were rewarded with an empty biscuit tin when they returned to the tent!

It was great to see two full senior teams performing very well at the Northern championships. Many thanks to Andy Challenger and Hannah Whitelam, the team managers, for all their hard work in getting out full teams.

Both teams have qualified for the National Road Relay Championships at Sutton Park, Sutton Coldfield on Saturday 5 April.