Saturday 18 October 2014
There were some outstanding team and individual performances at the Northern Cross Country relay championships in Graves Park. The V40 team won gold, the U17G and U13B bronze and many of our teams won medals in the South Yorkshire championships.
Dave Archer led off the men’s A team and, after a very fast start, Dave worked through the field over the 2k course to finish 10th in 10:46. Ben Beattie ran a solid leg for 13th in 11:40 and Tom Bains gained 5 places with his run of 11:06. Andy Heyes ran the fastest leg of the day in 10:04, moving the team into 4th and within 2 seconds of the bronze and silver medals. The team won gold in the South Yorkshire championships.
Connor Milnes had probably his best ever run for the club, leading off the B team and finishing 8th in 10:43 (13th fastest time of the day). Adam Dyson maintained the good start with a strong run to take 9th in 11:34. Gavin Keight, feeling unwell on the day, was 13th in 12:08 and Matt Hobbs brought the team home in 11th on 11:01. The B team were also bronze medallists in the South Yorkshire championships.
Craig Fishwick was on the opening leg for the C team, finishing 30th in 12:17. Sam Peters gained 2 places with a time of 12:05. Josh Walton put in a strong run to move up to 25th with 11:42 and Ewan South brought the team home in 22nd with 11:49.
The M40 team clinched the Northern and South Yorkshire titles with strong, consistent runs. Carl Edgell was 2nd on the opening leg in 12:09. Darren Newbould maintained the position but made significant inroads into the Holmfirth lead with 11:45. Dean Furniss moved HHS into a winning position on the final lead with 12:08. Darren had the 2nd fastest time of the day, Dean 3rd fastest and Carl 4th fastest.
Zanthe Wray got the women’s A team off to a good start on a competitive opening leg, finishing 8th in 12:52. Charlotte Slack, making her debut for the senior team, ran well to maintain the position with 13:25. Nicola Squires brought the team home in 6th place in 13:00 and 3rd place in the South Yorkshire championships.
Ellie Crownshaw, also making her debut in the senior team, handled the difficult opening leg well to finish 17th in 13:41. Nicola Birch held the position with 14:33 and Kim Baxter gained two places to finish 15th in 14:04.
Hatti Dean made a welcome return to racing, showing a typical competitive instinct finishing 9th on the opening leg in 12:56. Hannah Whitelam ran strongly to finish 12th in 14:07.
Cameron Bell led off the U17M team, having allowed a gap to open to the leading group in mid-race, he finished strongly to take 6th in 7:24 (10th fastest time of the day). Jack Crownshaw and Tom Slack both worked hard on their legs finishing 13th in 8:15 and 15th in 8:37th respectively.
The U17W produced an outstanding performance to win the bronze medal in the Northern championships and the gold in the the South Yorkshires. Mary McCarthy ran a typically strong leg to put the team in 6th on the opening leg in 8:40 (8th fastest time of the day). Lilly Fletcher finished strongly over the 2nd half of the course to move into 3rd with 9:01. Imani Wilson showed good experience to run a controlled leg, bringing the team home in 3rd in 8:59.
Ruby Knight had a good run on the opening leg for the B team, coming home in 13th in 9:25. Caitlin Tevendale coped well with having to change position in the team, finishing 9th in 9:22.
David Lewis was on the opening leg for the U15B, finishing 22nd in 8:32. Reece Horsfall held the position, with a time of 9:11. Jack Wells worked hard to bring the team home in 19th in 8:25.
Saskia Huxham continued her fine form with 6th place in 8:09 (8th fastest time of the day) on the opening leg for the U15G. Caitlin Harriss was 21st in 10:08 and Aimee Hill produced a good run on the final leg to finish 18th in 9:09.
The U13B A team produced an excellent performance to win bronze in the Northern championships. Taylor Hill had an outstanding run on the opening leg for the U13B, coming home 1st in 5:37, the 4th fastest time of the day. Victor Bancroft ran well to take 2nd in 6:06 and Charlie Goacher brought the team home in 3rd in 6:05 to clinch the bronze medal in the Northern championships and gold in the South Yorkshires.
Benjamin Shaw led off the B team, finishing 24th in 6:24. Jacob Ryan was 23rd in 6:25 and John Lowe brought the team home in 22nd inn 6:51.
Luke Thompson was 35th on the opening leg for the C team in 7:32. Freddie Wilson maintained the position with a time of 6:39.
The U13G team narrowly missed out on a medal in the Northern championships but clinched the South Yorkshire gold with a fine all round performance. Eve Crownshaw led the team off, coming in 8th in 6:12. Tati Wilson moved the team in 3rd and medal contention with a fine run in 6:08 (10th fastest time of the day) and Jodie Hill handled the pressure very well, coming home 4th in 6:14 with a typical gutsy run.
Kira Round was on the opening leg for the B team, finishing 20th in 6:33. Ellie Rogers was 23rd in 6:51 and Holly Booker. on the final leg, was 21st in 6:52.
In the U11B race, Harrison Cundy got the team off to 12th in 6:04. Jack Thompson was 15th in 6:58 and Dylan Stevens completed the final leg in 5:57 for 13th.
Louise Blake led off the U11G A team, finishing 12th in 6:11. Izzy Fletcher was 12th in 6:55 and Mo Martin gained one place to bring the team home 11th in 6:18.
The U11G B team were close behind in 13th with Mandeleine Anders 17th on the opening leg in 6:44. Isobel Nerdy moved up to 14th with 6:57 and Gabrielle Anders gained a further place to finish 13th in 6:45.
Many thanks to our team managers, Louise Slack, Hannah Whitelam and Matt Hobbs, for organising and submitting entries for the teams. It is a difficult and time consuming job and without their work, athletes would not get to participate in such events.
The report in the Star can be found here.