Northern Cross Country Championships, Witton Park, Blackburn

Saturday 30 January 2016

The Northern Cross Country Championships at Witton Park, Blackburn was another memorable day for the group. The demanding course was made even more challenging by clawing mud, driving sleet, snow, hail and strong winds. It proved to be a real test of running ability, character and courage.

The Senior Women provided one of the performances of the day to regain the Northern title. Hatti Archer led the team brilliantly on her return with a fine 6th place in 31:24. Lizzie Adams, also making a welcome return after a long lay off, battled her way to 18th in 32:57. Zanthe Wray made another set forward to finish  a fine 20th in 33:08 with Hannah Fletcher also having her best ever run at the Northerns finishing 26th in 33:36. Hannah Whitelam continued her improvement taking 74th in 37:29 with Rachel Poole battling through to 184th in 42:44.

The Senior Men also produced a fine performance to claim the bronze medal in the team competition and within 4 points of denying Leeds the silver medal. Steve Bayton followed his fine run at the Yorkshires with an excellent 9th place in 45:02. Bertie Houghton worked his way through the field for a fine 17th in 45:33. Rob Little looked very strong in taking 19th in 45:38 with Dave Archer showing great strength to finish 28th in 46:32. Andy Challenger overcame his dislike of cross country to make a crucial contribution in 45th in 47:54 and Pete Hodges continued his fine form to take 65th in 49:05 to clinch the bronze medal. Nic Barber and Neil Northrop used their felling running experience to finish 87th (50:21) and 93rd (50:31) respectively. Ben Beattie was 104th in 50:53 with Mike Sprot 203rd in 55:21 and Paul Faulkner 373rd in 1:02:01.

Connor Milnes, despite a cold, health with the testing conditions well in the U20M race to finish 14th in 28:47 with Josh Walton also running well to take 42nd in 31:12.

In the U20W race, Charlotte Slack ran well to finish 24;44 with Ellie Crownshaw using her fell running strength to take 27th in 26:22.

Cameron Bell produced one of the outstanding individual performances in the U17M race to claim the bronze medal. In a breakaway group of 3 on the opening lap, Cameron held on well to take 3rd in 19:42. Jack Crownshaw ran well to finish 55th in 22:34 and Jack Wells had his best run of the winter in 64th in 23:00.

In the U17W race, Mary McCarthy ran very well to take 7th in 19:29. Imani Wilson continued her return to fitness with a good run to finish 25th in 20:30. Caitlin Tevendale, despite being unwell, dealt well with the difficult conditions to finish 58th in 22:07.

David Lewis produced a strong run to lead home the HHS athletes in finishing 76th in 16;40.

In the U15G race, Eve Crownshaw showed her strength on the fells to finish 15th in 17:53. Saskia Huxham and Laura Trask both ran very well to finish 21st (18:07) and 23rd (18:09) respectively.

Jodie Hill produced another outstanding performance to claim the individual bronze medal and lead the team home to gold and the Northern Athletics title. Jodie was 2nd coming off the top of the hill only to be caught in the thick mud on the run in, finishing 3rd in 13:51. Zena Hartley had another impressive run to finish 17th in 14:36. May Quinn continued her fine form finishing 47th in 15:20. Holly Booker had an excellent run taking 49th in 15:21. Tati Wilson, despite difficultly breathing in the difficult conditions, battled through to 73rd in 15:44 with Lois Blake showing great courage to finish 95th in 16:07.

In a high quality U13B race, Taylor Hill produced another of the outstanding individual performances of the day to finish 4th in 12:49, narrowly failing to close the gap on 2nd and 3rd on the final run in. Tom Atkinson gained valuable experience in his first Northern championships and showed great character to finish 188th in 16:34.

Many thanks to Tina Wilson, Hannah Whitelam and Dave Archer for their work as team managers to get out so many athletes and help produce such a memorable day.

Photos available here.

South Yorkshire Schools Selections

Monday 25 January 2016

Congratulations to those who have been selected to represent South Yorkshire Schools at the English Schools cross country championships on 5 March at Wollaston Park, Nottingham.

Senior Boys
Cameron Bell
Jack Crownshaw (reserve)

Senior Girls
Mary McCarthy
Lilly Fletcher
Imani Wilson
Caitlin Tevendale

Intermediate Boys
Billy Hinchliff

Intermediate Girls
Saskia Huxham

Junior Boys
Taylor Hill
Ben Shaw

Junior Girls
Jodie Hill
Eve Crownshaw
Laura Trask
Tatjana Wilson
May Quinn
Holly Booker (reserve)

South Yorkshire Cross Country Championships, Campsall

Saturday 23 January 2016

The younger athletes have faced a testing period with four races in consecutive weeks culminating in the Northern Cross Country Championships next week. The group provided winners in six of the eight races with many others qualify to represent South Yorkshire at the English Schools Championships.

Cameron Bell controlled the senior boys’ race opening a winning lead on the final long lap, covering the course in 24:35. Jack Crownshaw was 9th in 27:40 with Tom Yarrow closing quickly in 10th (27:54). Tom Slack, determined to run his final school’s race despite illness, was 14th in 32:23. IMG_9856


IMG_9428The group dominated the senior girl’s race and were able to race conservatively in advance of the Northerns. Mary McCarthy won comfortably in 15:45. Lilly Fletcher, despite feeling unwell, was 2nd in 16:23. Imani Wilson, continuing her return from injury, was 3rd in 16:29 with a controlled run by Caitlin Tevendale to finish 4th in 18:59.

IMG_9756The Intermediate boys’ race was marred by the athletes being sent on a route different from the published course. Billy Hinchliffe coped well the confusion caused by the change of course to take 6th in 18:31. David Lewis made a confident start, eventually finishing 11th in 19:05. Jack Wells was 14th in 19:25 with Clinton Din Hoo 20th in 20:53.

Saskia Huxham ran a controlled race to finish 4th in 16:20 in the Intermediate girls’ race.

Taylor Hill led the junior boys’ race from the start to win by nearly a minute in 16;56. Ben Shaw ran well to take 7th in 18:23. Tom Valentine ran strongly to finish 13th in 19:18 with Tom Atkinson also running well for 17th of 20:18.

Jodie Hill worked her way to the front of the junior girls’ race after a fast opening and then controlled the race to win in 11:57. Eve Crownshaw came through strongly to take 2nd in 12:02. Laura Trask finished quickly over the final lap to take 4th in 12:30. Tati Wilson ran a controlled race for 7th in 12:59 with May Quinn running very well for 8th in 13:02. Holly Booker recovered well from a fall at the start to finish 9th in 13:12. Ellie Rogers, recovering from injury, was 21st in 14:38.

FullSizeRenderDylan Stevens produced a fine run to win the Y7 boys’ race in 9:28.

Zena Hartley led from the gun, running strongly to win in 9:51. Emily Hunter, continuing her return from illness, finished a fine 6th in 10:32. Lois Blake ran strongly to finish 8th in 10:39.

Photos available here.


Yorkshire Cross Country Championships 2016, Lightwater Valley

Saturday 9 January 2016

The group enjoyed one its most successful days ever at the Yorkshire cross country championships, beginning the New Year with some excellent individual and team performances. Despite the heavy rain, the course held up well and provided a real test of cross country running.

IMG_8699The senior men showed strength in depth taking the silver medal in the team competition and also providing the highest finishing B team in 5th place. Steve Bayton produced an outstanding run to take the individual bronze medal in 37:27. Dave Archer, having started conservatively, worked his way through the field for an excellent 5th place in 38:13. Connor Milnes, in his first senior race, made a very fast start to avoid the narrow turn at the start, and then showed great strength and courage to take 6th place in 38:27. Andy Challenger looked strong in finishing 14th in 39:04 with Aidan Smith also running very well for 18th in 39:28. Pete Hodges helped clinch the silver team medal with a fine run in 35th in 41:00. Ben Beattie came through strongly on the final lap for 37th in 41:05 with Gavin Keight in close attendance in 38th in 41:14. John Birch was 50th in 41:50 with Dave Sprot 55th in 42:13, Neil Northrop 75th in 43:22 and Mike Sprot 89th in 44:29 to clinch a fine 5th place finish for the B team.IMG_8704

IMG_8356It was pleasing to see a full senior women’s team performing very well to win the bronze medal. Hannah Fletcher continued her fine form with an excellent 8th place in 34:15. Zanthe Wray ran a strong final lap to finish 11th in 34:45. Charlotte Slack, in her first senior race, ran very well to finish 22nd in 36:37 and Hannah Whitelam running strongly throughout finished 37th in 38:25 to clinch the bronze team medal. Ellie Cronshaw, also in her first senior race, was 56th in 41:00 and Rachel Poole finished was 75th in 43:48. IMG_8694

Josh Walton ran well in the U20M race to finish 10th in 32:55.

In the U17M race, Cameron Bell made a fine start to the year. Having led the race for most of the way, he was rewarded with the silver medal in a time of 21:30. Jack Crownshaw also ran well to finish 22nd in 24:02.

Mary McCarthy repeated her performance of the previous year to win the bronze medal in the U17W race finishing 3rd in 17:35. Lilly Fletcher produced one of her best performances at the Yorkshire championships, finishing 9th in 18:36.

David Lewis made a very fast start in the U15B race and held on well to take  30th in 17:50, helping the team to 6th place.

The U15 girls produced a series of fine performances to win the team gold with the B team taking 8th place. Eve Crownshaw moved through the field on the final lap to take 8th place in 15:04. Saskia Huxham signalled her continuing return to fitness finishing 9th in 15:13 and helping to clinch the team gold. Laura Trask ran very well to finish 12th in 15:24 with Ellie Rogers running strongly for 42nd in 17:31.

IMG_8055The U13B claimed the Yorkshire title led by Taylor Hill who produced a very confident run to win the individual bronze medal with a time of 8:37 and only just beaten for the silver in the last few strides. Dylan Stevens battled strongly to take 22nd in 9:46 and helped clinch the team gold medal. Tom Atkinson, in his first Yorkshire championships, ran well to finish 42nd in 10:21. IMG_8062

The U13G also won the Yorkshire championships and showed great strength in depth to also take 5th, 9th and 18th places in the team competition. Jodie Hill produced another fine run to finish 2nd in 9:28 and win the silver medal. Zena Hartley showed her potential with a fine 6th place in 10:05. Tatti Wilson continued her return to form, finishing 9th in 10:18 to help clinch the team gold. Holly Booker showed good strength in finishing 21st in 10:38. May Quinn continued her good form to take 25th in 10:47 and Lois Blake battled throughout to finish 44th in 11:18.

It was encouraging to see so many excellent performances and also the strong representation across the age groups. Many thanks to the team managers—Dave Archer (Men), Hannah Whitelam (Women), Tina Wilson (Juniors)—for all their hard work in getting so many runners out.

Photos for the U13-U17 races can be found here.

Photos for the U20s and Seniors can be found here.