South Yorkshire Cross Country League 2, Graves Park

Sunday 25 October 2015

The senior men’s race saw the best turn out for some time. Andy Challenger and Connor Milnes were in the leading group from the start and gradually moved away from the rest of the field with two other runners. Andy made a determined move at the start of the final lap and was narrowly beaten into 2nd place (34:05). Connor did well to come home 3rd (2nd U20M) in 34:19, having fallen on the final lap. Wyatt Hill, making his debut for HHS, ran very well to take 5th (3rd U20M) in 34:56. Ben Beattie moved through on the final lap for 6th in 35:10 with Zak Mellard also running strongly close behind in 7th in 35:19. John Birch continued his good form finishing 13th in 36:11. Gareth Phoenix was 6th V40 (29th overall) in 37:57 with  Josh Walton and Jon Slate crossing the line together in 39th and 40th in 38:55.

Hannah Fletcher showed good maturity to sit off the early pace in the senior women’s race to come through to win in 23:30. Ellie Crownshaw was 3rd U20W in 13th in 26:17 with Charlotte Slack battling through, despite breathing difficulties, to 18th 5th U20) in 27:06.

In the U17M race, Billy Hinchcliff ran well to take 3rd in 24:04 with Jack Crownshaw, the early leader, 5th in 24:47 and Jack Wells 9th in 27:52.

Mary McCarthy was 2nd in the U17W race in 16:13 with Lilly Fletcher 5th in 17:01, Caitlin Tevendale 6th in 18:37 and Aimee Hill 9th in 19:41.

Eve Crownshaw was involved in a hard race at the front of the U15W race, finishing 2nd in 11:50. Laura Trask again ran well to take 6th in 12:36.

Ben Shaw was a fine 3rd in the U13B race in 13:48.

Jodie Hill was again a clear winner in the U13G race in 12:03. Zena Hartley ran strongly for 2nd place in 12:40 with May Quinn also running well for 6th in 13:21.

Many thanks to all the members of our group that came out at early to help set up the course and to those who marshalled the course. It helped make it a very successful and enjoyable day.

Photos available here.

Northern Cross Country Relay Championships: Analysis

An analysis of the medals won by HHS, shows an impressive performance by our group.

The first figure is medals won by HHS athletes. The figure in parentheses is medals won by athletes in our group.

Note: I have not included U11s because it is not a championship event. It was great to see both U11 teams (all the athletes are from other groups) winning both their races.

Age GroupNorthern South Yorks
U13G3 gold (3)3 gold (3)
U13B3 gold (2)3 gold (2)
U15G3 silver (2)3 gold (2)
U17B3 bronze (2)
U17G3 silver (3)
SM4 silver (4)
SW3 silver (2)
V40 3 gold (3) 3 silver (2) 3 gold (3) 3 silver (2)
Total15 (12)28 (23)

Northern Cross Country Relays, Graves Park, Sheffield

Saturday 17 October 2015

There were a number of very encouraging performances at the Northern cross country relays, including an impressive haul of medals.

The senior men’s race proved to be eventful with the B team leading the A team going into the final leg. Connor Milnes set the early pace on the opening leg and gave the A team a fine start, finishing 6th in 10:26th (the 10th fastest time of the day). Steve Baynton dropped to 22nd with a time of 12:20. Ben Beattie gained 2 places, recording 11:16. Tom Bains set off strongly and maintained good pace to bring the team through to 12th in 10:22 (the 7th fastest time of the day).

Andy Thake made a welcome appearance, putting the B team in 20th on the opening leg with a time of 11:07. Zak Mellard maintained position, recording 11:2. Josh Walton produced a very good run to take the team into 14th with 11:09 before Phil Cooper brought the team home in 19th with a time of 11:34.

Our M40 teams dominated their race taking both the gold and silver in the Northern and South Yorkshire championships. Darren Newbould got the A team of a fine start, winning the opening leg in 11:19. Paul Faulkner maintained the lead with at time of 12:31 and Stuart Haycock ran 11:50 to clinch the Northern and South Yorkshire titles.

Carl Edgell lead the B team off, finishing 2nd in 11:47. Gareth Phoenix held the position with a time of 12:20 and Dean Furniss brought the team home in 2nd in 12:24. The two teams had the fastest 6 times of the day.

The senior women’s team finished a very creditable 5th and won the silver medal in the South Yorkshire championships. Hannah Fletcher continued her good form, finishing 10th on the opening leg in 12:16. Charlotte Slack looked strong, moving through to 6th in 13:17. Nicky Squires gained a further place to finish 5th in 12:12.

The U17M finished 8th and 3rd South Yorkshire team. Cameron Bell opened his season with a fine run to take 2nd on the opening leg in 7:01, the third fastest time of the day. Jack Wells ran well to finished 7th in 7:57 with Billy Hinchcliff bringing the team home in 8th in 7:36.

Mary McCarthy ran very well to finish 2nd on the opening leg of the U17W race in 8:21, the 6th fastest time of the day. Caitlin Tevendale continued her return to form and fitness finishing 8th in 9:22. Lilly Fletcher ran strongly to bring the team home in 6th and the silver medal in the South Yorkshire championships with a time of 8:53.

The U15G team took the Northern silver medal and South Yorkshire gold with a fine team performance. Eve Crownshaw battled for the lead throughout the opening leg, finishing 3rd in 7:52. Laura Trask continued her improvement with 5th place in 8:27. Tilly Simpson (from an HHS group) set off quickly and came through to 3rd overall with the fastest time of the day (7:33).

The U13B dominated their race. Taylor Hill gave them a perfect start, winning the opening leg in 5:20, the fastest time of the day. Gabriel Gisbourne (from another group) maintained the lead with 5:40. Tom Valentine clinched the double gold medals with a time of 5:54.

The U13G also won double gold in an exciting race. Emily Hunter set off very quickly and led the field for a long time, eventually finishing 9th in 6:09. Tatti Wilson showed good control, gradually moving through the field to finish 5th in 6:11. Jodie Hill showed relentless pace and determination to run down the leaders with 5:55, the third fastest time of the day. May Quinn led off the B team, finishing 23rd in 6:36.

Photos available here.

South Yorkshire Cross Country League 1, Clifton Park, Rotherham

Sunday 11 October 2015

The opening cross country league fixture saw some outstanding performances across all age groups.

Our group of U13G dominated their race. Jodie Hill and Zena Hartley set a fast early pace. Jodie eventually pulled away to win in 12:15 with Zena a fine 2nd in 12:31. Holly Booker (12:42) and May Quinn (12:47) also ran strongly to take 3rd and 4th, well clear of the rest of the field.

In the U15G race, Eve Crownshaw was always in contention in the leading group of three, eventually finishing 3rd in 11:34. Laura Trask moved through strongly to take 5th in 12:30 and Ellie Rogers also ran well, finishing 7th in 12:46.

David Lewis looked comfortable with the leading group  of U15B at the end of the first lap, eventually finishing 8th in 15:23.

Mary McCarthy dominated the U17G race. Running with the leading women throughout the race, Mary covered the 4k course in 15:28. Ellie Crownshaw ran strongly in the senior women’s race to take 6th in 19:10 (3rd U20W) in the senior women’s race over 5k, with Rachel Poole 33rd in 22:15.

Jack Wells showed his improvement in finishing 8th in 22:32 the U17B race.

Bertie Houghton and Connor Milnes were in a chasing group of three for much of the senior men’s race over 8k. Bertie came through strongly over the final lap to close down the long-time leader and win in 25:54 Connor closed very quickly over the last section of the course to take 3rd (2nd U20M) in 26:14. Zak Mellard worked his way through the field to finish 12th in 28:23. Neil Northrop was 18th in 28:43 with Josh Walton 15th (6th U20M) in 28:48, John Birch 20th in 28:55, John Slate 35th in 30:23 and Matt Payne 40th in 30:36.

Photos available here.

English Schools Cross Country Cup, Loughborough

Wednesday 7 October

Taylor Hill won the junior boys’ race by a significant margin with a time of 10:23. Tom Atkinson was 7th in 11:52.

Jodie Hill also won the junior girls’ race with a time of 8:50.  Tatti Wilson was 3rd in 9:16 with Holly Booker 6th in 9:34 and Lois Blake 11th in 9:53.

David Lewis was 9th in the intermediate boys’ race in 17:12.