27 January 2108
Harewood House provided a tough test of cross country running over undulating terrain, rough grass and mud. The group had another excellent day at a major championships with individual and team medals, fine individual performances and a valuable experience for the development of our juniors who all performed well.
Steve Bayton improved on his fine run at the Yorkshire championships to claim the SM bronze medal. Always in the leading group, Steve moved well clear of the following pack to take third in 40:10. Rob Little continued his good winter form, finishing 25th in 41:54. Connor Milnes continued his return to form, running much more relaxed throughout, to finish 35 in 42:40. Bertie Houghton made a welcome return, finishing 68th in 44:03 with John Birch running strongly in 73rd in 44:14 and Pete Hodges moving through the field to take 95th in 45:11 to bring the team home in 6th. Nic Barber was 100th in 46:26, Craig Fishwick 144th in 46:56, Mike Sprot 156th in 47:19, Matt Payne 264th in 50:16 and Rob Cook 370th in 52:56.
Charlotte Ward led out the SW team, finishing 33rd in 33:48. Hannah Fletcher ran hard throughout to finish 46th in 34:25 with Zanthe Wray close behind in 48th in 34:30 and Aislinn Prendergast running well in 63rd in 35:48 to bring the team home in 7th. Charlotte Slack ran strongly to finish 82nd in 36:50 with Hannah Whitelam close behind in 89th (37:26), Ellie Crownshaw 152nd in 40:09 and Rachel Poole 220th in 42:29. Evie Brailsford ran well to finish around 35th but has not been recorded in the results because her chip was missing.
Cameron Bell had his best run of the winter, finishing very quickly over the 8k course to take 5th in 28:14 in the U20M race.
Imani Wilson continued her return from injury with a good run to finish 13th in 24:56 in the U20W race. Lexie Wilson continued her improvement, finishing 52nd in 29:27.
David Lewis made a fast start in the U17M race and worked hard to finish 90th in 24:43.
Laura Trask produced another strong run to take 17th in 22:53 in the U17W race with Eve Crownshaw also running well to finish 25th in 23:36.
Joe McDadd continued his impressive winter season, looking strong and finish quickly over 6k to take 8th in the U15B race with a time of 14:26. Taylor Hill worked hard to take 26h in 14:55 with James Hartley 38th in 15:08. Dylan Stevens, one of the youngest in the race, finished 113th in 16:19 and was rewarded for racing hard throughout to bring the team home in first place and claim the team gold. Sam Tierney (SheffTriClub) ran well to finish 118th in 16:25 and Jonah Patton gave a typical gutsy performance to finish 144th in 17:05.
Jodie Hill was in a leading breakaway group from the start of the U15G race and ran very well to claim the bronze medal in 15:47. Holly Booker was much more relaxed, finishing 53rd in 17:45 to bring the team home to the silver medal. Zena Hartley looked strong in 80th in 18:23 and Emily Hunter continued her improvement over the country to finish 89th in 18:34.
FFion Patton ran well in the U13G race to finish 77th in 13:01.
Photos available here.