British Athletics Cross Challenge and European Trial, Sefton Park, Liverpool

Saturday 28 November 2015

Cameron Bell produced the outstanding performance of the day, running a controlled race and finishing strongly to take 8th place in the U17M race in 17:57.

Mary McCarthy also ran very well in the U17W race to finish 14th in 16:26.

Connor Milnes and Wyatt Hill faced the most difficult conditions of the day with rain, strong winds and an increasingly muddy course. Connor was 67th in in 22:47 and Wyatt, in his debut at Sefton Park, 85th in 23:18.

David Lewis gained valuable experience in running in a large field, finishing 105th in 11:47 in the U15B race.

Bertie Houghton was the leading HHS runner in the SM/U23M race, coming home 107th in 33:29. Rob Little was just behind in 114th in 33:44. Craig Fishwick was 208th in 37:22.

Photos available here.

Hatti to be Awarded European Bronze Medal

Wednesday 25 November 2015

Hatti Archer is to be awarded the bronze medal for the steeple chase at the European Championships in Barcelona in 2010.

Hatti finished 4th in the race but it was clear that she was the first clean athlete over the line. Rather than being crowned European champion and receiving the recognition and rewards that would have brought for her talent and hard work, Hatti finished behind three athletes who have all failed drugs tests.

Marta Dominguez, who finished second, has now been stripped of her silver medal in that race, and Hatti promoted to third place. Unfortunately, the two Russian athletes, Yulia Zaripova and Lyubov Kharlamova, who finished first and third and have been convicted of drugs offences have not been stripped of their medals.

See the Athletics Weekly report here and an interview with Hatti on SKY Sports here.

Sheffield Schools Cross Country 3, Norfolk Park

Saturday 7 November

Mary McCarthy won the SG girls race with Caitlin Tevendale 2nd.

Cameron Bell came home 1st in the SB race with Jack Crownshaw 3rd, Tom Yarrow 4th, Tom Slack 5th and Alex Walsh 7th.

Aimee Hill was 3rd in the IG race

Billy Hinchcliffe was 5th in the IB race and Jack Wells 6th.

In the JG, Eve Crownshaw won with Laura Trask 2nd, Ellie Rogers 6th and May Quinn 7th.

Taylor Hill won the JB race.

Zena Hartley won the Y7G race with Emily Hunter 4th.

In the Y7B race, Dylan Stevens was 5th.

Results from the earlier races can be found here.

South Yorkshire XC League 3, Cannon Hall, Barnsley

Sunday 15 November 2015

It was a very successful day at the third meeting of the South Yorkshire cross country league at Cannon Hall with a number of individual wins and some very good performances.

Connor Milnes led home the senior men in 3rd place (2nd U20) in 37:59. Josh Walton was 22nd (6th U20) in 41:53 with Nick Barber 37th in 43:34.

Hannah Fletcher followed up her win at the last meeting with a fine 2nd place in 26:25 in the SW race. Zanthe Wray was 5th in 27:51 with Ellie Crownshaw 11th (3rd U20) in 11th in 29:07, just holding of Charlotte Slack in 12th (4th U20) who was given the same time. Hannah Whitelam made a welcome return to racing, finishing 16th in 30:02. Rachel Poole was 39th in 33:16.

Cameron Bell was 2nd in the U17M race in 24:18 with Jack Crownshaw 8th in 26:27.

Mary McCarthy won the U17W race in 18:38, despite feeling unwell. Lilly Fletcher was closing quickly over the final lap, finishing 2nd in 18:59. Caitlin Tevendale was 5th in 20:39 with Aimee Hill 7th in 22:41.

In the U15B race, David Lewis was 13th in 18:54.

Eve Crownshaw timed her effort perfectly to take the lead on the second lap of the U15G race and win in 12:25. Laura Trask ran strongly to finish 5th in 13:37. Ellie Rogers was 9th in 14:32.

Benjamin Shaw ran well to take 3rd place in 15:37 in the U13B race. Dylan Stevens came through strongly to finish 4th in 15:43.

Jodie Hill produced another impressive performance to win the U13G race in 12:47. Zena Hartley was also impressive in 2nd place in 13:26. Emily Hunter had a fine run to finish 4th in 13:42 with May Quinn also running strongly for 5th in 13:46. Holly Booker completed a very impressive team performance in finishing 7th in 14:14.

Photos are available here.

Leeds Abbey Dash 10k

Sunday 15 November 2015

Despite the difficult weather conditions, there were a number of good performances at the Leeds Abbey Dash.

Dave Archer led home the HHS runners in 73rd in 31:52. Tom Bains ran a new pb of 31:53 for 75th with Andy Challenger in close attendance, 77th in 31:49. Steve Worthington was 117th in 32:28. Bertie Houghton improved his pb to 32:43 in finishing 132nd. Ben Beattie was 167th in 33:17 with Zak Mallard 213th in 33:57. Phil Cooper was 225th in 34:09 and Pete Hodges finished 323rd in 35:31.

English Schools Cross Country Cup, Chesterfield

Saturday 7 November 2015

Athletes from the group helped Tapton School reach the final of the English Schools cross country cup.

David Lewis was 16th in 16:49 in the IB race.

Jodie Hill was 2nd in the JG race in 9:19. Tattoo Wilson finished 14th in 10:29 with Holly Booker 17th in 10:37 and Lois Blake 26th in 11:03.