South Yorkshire Cross Country Championships, Campsall Park

Saturday 13 December 2015

The group won a string of medals and individual and team league and championship titles at the final race of the South Yorkshire cross country league. The race at Campsall Park over a tough course with deep lying water also doubled as the South Yorkshire championships.

The SM’s race had a dramatic start with Sheffield University runners turning up just as the race was about to start. The lack of warm up did not prevent Bertie Houghton  from winning the race in 33:11. Connor Milnes, despite a couple falls in the mud, finished 4th in 34:05 to win the U20M gold. Zak Mellard was 21st in 36:16 with John Birch close behind in 22nd in 36:22. Ben Beattie did not enjoy the conditions, finishing 25th in 36:33. Josh Walton, after a spell of under water swimming, finished 26th (7th U20) in 36:41. Carl Egdell was 37th in 37:45 and Craig Fishwick 66th in 40:31.

Cameron Bell set off with the leading men, winning the U17M race comfortably in 20:14. Jack Crownshaw ran strongly to finish 6th in 21:49.

Hannah Fletcher completed a fine first half to the winter season, finishing 2nd in 23:00 (to guest Julie Briscoe) to claim triple gold by winning the Championship, League and leading the HHS SW team to the South Yorkshire title. Zanthe Wray was 4th in 23:56 with Charlotte Slack 10th (2nd U20) in 24:40. Hannah Whitelam improved again from the previous race to finish 14th in 25:37. Ellie Crownshaw was 22nd (5th U20) in a time of 26:27. Rachel Poole finished 37th in 29:10 to take the bronze medal in the V45 race. Maggie Quinn was 76th in 34:50 and Flora McNeil 95th in 39:05.

Mary McCarthy, have set off at the head of the senior women’s field and claimed the silver medal in the U17W race with a time of 17:21. Lily Fletcher again ran well to take 4th in 17:45 with Caitlin Tevendale having her best run of the season to finish 6th in a time of 19:14. Aimee Hill finished 9th in 20:55 to help clinch the U17W team title.

Eve Crownshaw looked very strong in finishing 3rd in 12:39 in the U15G race. Laura Trask crucially over took two runners on the final lap to finish 5th in 12:57 and Saskia Huxham came 8th in 13:21 to help win the team gold.

Taylor Hill took silver in a high quality U13B race, finishing 2nd in 14:14. Ben Shaw ran well to take.

Jodie Hill again dominated the U13G race to win the League and the Championship title and lead the HHS team to the team gold. Jodie covered the course in 12:45. May Quinn produced a strong finish to take 4th in 13:34. Emily Hunter made a good return from injury and illness finishing 6th in 13:40.

Photos are available here.

Calli Selected to Represent GB at European Cross Country Championships

Thursday 10 December 2015

Congratulations to Calli Thackery on her selection for the GB U23W team to compete at the European Cross Country Championships in Hyères, France on Sunday 13 December 2015.

The races will be televised live on the BBC Red Button from 9:25-14:10. Highlights are on BBC2 from 16:15-17:20.

Calli’s selection follows her impressive performance in finishing 15th in the NCAA Cross Country Championships and helping University of New Mexico to a historic win with the lowest points score by a women’s team in the history of the competition. Calli was also awarded All-American honours (given to the top 40 finishers).

Percy Pud 10k, Sheffield

Sunday 6 December

Gavin Keight was 6th in 33:41 in the Percy Pud with Matt Hobbs one place behind in 33:53. Phil Cooper was 14th in 34:31 and Zak Mellard 32nd in 35:35. Jack Crownshaw was 2nd U17M (36th overall) with a pb of 35:46. Mike Sprot was 40th in 35:49, Scott Wilson 50th in 36:24 and Matt Payne, with a new pb, 60th in 36:45.

Nicky Squires won the women’s race (54th overall in 36:25 with Ellie Crownshaw the leading U20W (256th overall) with a time of 42:24. IMG_6639