PBs at Cardiff Half Marathon

Saturday 26 March 2016

There were a number of fine performances by HHS athletes at the Cardiff half marathon despite  the poor weather conditions. The senior men continued their fine form from the cross country season with three men in the top twenty.

Steve Bayton, using the race as preparation for the Manchester marathon, was 15th with a new pb of 1:08:27. Andy Challenger improved his pb to 1:08:35 in 18th. Rob Little improved his pb by a minute to finish 19th in 1:08:45.

Dave Archer was 44th in 1:12:06 with Ben Beattie 46th in 1:12:40 and Zak Mellard 82nd in 1:14:24.

Nicky Squires was 6th in the women’s race and 210th overall in 1:19:10.



British Schools and Home Countries International Cross Country, Callendar park, Falkirk

Saturday 19 March 2016

2016 Home Int-British Schools 19 March - 13 of 182Jodie Hill finished her fine cross country season with another mature performance at the British Schools International cross country in Falkirk. Representing England in the junior girls’ race, Jodie coped well with the fast start, working her way through the field to finish 9th overall, despite being one of the youngest competitors. Jodie helped the England team to a comprehensive team victory. 2016 Home Int-British Schools 19 March - 40 of 182



2016 Home Int-British Schools 19 March - 169 of 182Steve Bayton and Bertie Houghton represented the North in the senior Home Countries race. Steve finished 10th in 32:28 with Bertie 12th in 32:50. Steve and Bertie claimed bronze team medals as the North finished third in the team competition. 2016 Home Int-British Schools 19 March - 131 of 182

Joe Wilkinson also helped the North U20 team to the bronze medal with a strong run to finish 10th in 26:26.

Photos can be found here.


Silver for Jodie and Team Gold for Hannah and Taylor at Intercounties Cross Country Championships, Coften Park, Birmingham

12 March 2016

A significant number of athletes from our group represented Yorkshire at the Intercounties Cross Country Championships.

Despite being behind at the start of the U13G race, Jodie Hill showed great composure to move through the field and take the individual silver medal in 12:39. Jodie also led Yorkshire to the team silver medal. Pena Hartley capped an impressive cross country season winning a Yorkshire vest and finishing 99th in 13:51.

Taylor Hill had another excellent run to take 7th in 11:47 and help Yorkshire to the team gold in the U13B race.

In the U15G race, Eve Crownshaw was 81st in 18:42 with Saskia Huxham 147th in 19:20.

Cameron Bell rounded off his cross country season to finish 10th in the U17M race in 19:41 and lead the Yorkshire team home to 4th place.

Our men made up 3/5ths of a depleted senior men’s team with fine performances again from Steve Bayton in 17th in 39:44, Dave Archer 55th in 41:21 and Connor Milnes 93rd in 42:14.

Hannah Fletcher completed her most successful cross country season by adding the senior women’s team gold to her collection for the season. Hannah finished a fine 37th in 3227.

PBs for Bertie, Andy, Tom and Ben at Trafford 10k

Sunday 13 March 2016

The Trafford 10k produced a host of fast times and members of our group took advantage to run some impressive new pbs.

Bertie Houghton improved his pb to 30:36 in taking 41st with Andy Challenger 51st with a new pb of 30:51. Tom Horton continued the trend with a pb of 31:16 in 65th. Ben Beattie in 113th moved his pb on to 32:35 and Matt Hobbs improved his time to 33:25 in 134th.

Michelle Jenkins made a welcome return to racing finishing 386th overall in 42:04.

Senior 6/12 Stage Relay Championships: Contact Team Managers

After such a successful winter on the country—both on an individual and team basis—we need to keep the momentum going with the Spring road relays.
If you have not already done so, please contact your team manager to confirm your availability for the Northern and National 6/12 Stage Road Relay Championships.
Senior Women: Hannah Whitelam (h.whitelam@gmail.com)
Senior Men: Andy Challenger (as.challenger@yahoo.co.uk). Andy also needs to know your preference at the Northerns for either a short leg (2.2 miles) or long leg (4 miles).
If we can get all our senior runners out, we have an opportunity to build on our success over the winter. Please make every effort to build both events into your running schedule. 
Team managers have to finalise/confirm numbers for the Northerns by 15 March. Please contact them immediately in order to make their job easier. It takes a considerable amount of time to enter the details of each athlete.
Northern 6/12 Stage – Saturday 2nd April Silksworth Sports Complex, SunderlandThe prospectus can be found here.
National 6/12 Stage will be held at the usual venue of Sutton Park, Birmingham on Saturday 16th April.

English Schools Cross Country Championships, Wollaton Park, Nottingham

Saturday 5 March 2016

image1A significant number of our junior athletes represented South Yorkshire Schools at the English Schools Cross Country Championships at Wollaton Park, Nottingham.

The outstanding performance of the day again came from Jodie Hill who was a fine 6th in 12:59 in the JG race. Jodie was rewarded for her run with selection for the England Schools team at the British Schools championships in Falkirk. Eve Crownshaw had a fine run to finish 30th in 13:22 with Laura Trask running well to take 138th in 14:06. Tati Wilson, despite some dog hurdling, was 216th in 14:30 and May Quinn after a fine winter season 242nd in 14:39.

Taylor Hill, despite being one of the youngest in his age group, was an excellent 18th in 15:54 in the JB race. Ben Shaw capped a good cross country season with 175th in 17:13.

Saskia Huxham was our only representative in the IG race, finishing 96th in 14:30 and helping South Yorkshire to 8th in the team competition.

Likewise, Billy Hinchcliff was the only member of the group in the IB race. Billy, whose focus recently has been on his thespian talents at the Crucible, was 295th in 21:16.

Imani Wilson had a fine run in the SG race to finish 67th in 18:13. Lilly Fletcher and Caitlin Tevendale both worked hard in finishing 104th in 18:39 and 174th in 19:34 respectively.

Cameron Bell, again in the lower tier of the SB age group, had another good run to finish 21st in 21;59.

Silver for Senior Women at National Cross Country Championships, Donnington Park

Saturday 27 April

Our senior women produced an outstanding team performance to take the silver medal and with the men’s team finishing an excellent sixth place, it meant that HHS were the most successful senior team at the National cross country championships. This was backed up once again by some excellent performances by the juniors.

Hatti Archer again proved her class battling at the front of the race on a course that proved a true test of cross country running. Hatti was in contention all the way to the line, finishing 5th in 31:09. Lizzie Adams improved again on her performance at the Northerns to finish 25th in 32:36. Hannah Fletcher continued her fine form with her best ever performance at the National, taking 45th in 33:33. Zanthe Wray then brought home the team to the silver medal in finishing 65th in 34:11.

It was great to see so many senior men then start the final race and witness another fine team performance. Steve Bayton had another excellent run to take 21st in 44:07. Bertie Houghton provided great support with a fine run to finish 34th in 44:54. Rob Little continued his good form with a strong run in 63rd in 45:51 with Dave Archer running really well, despite losing a shoe on the opening lap, to give the team a great start in 76th in 46:05. Andy Challenger produced a strong run for 117th in 46:59 and Aidan Smith came through the field on the final lap for 141st in 47:32 to bring the team home in 6th, the highest finish at the Nationals for many years.

Matt Hobbs ran well to take 173s in 48:12 with Tom Bains also running strongly in 189th in 48:38. Pete Hodges brought the 9-man team home with a fine run in 212th in 48:55. The scores for the 9-man team have still not been finalised.

Andy Thake and Tom Jenkins turned back the years with excellent runs for 227th in 49:11 and 243rd in 49:33 respectively. Ben Beattie, thankful it was not a flat course, battled through to 271st in 50:00 with Zak Mellard 297th in 50:21. John Birch ran well for 321st in 50:43 with Gavin Keight 371st in 51:23, Matt Payne 655th in 55:51 and Paul Faulkner 728th in 56:49.

Connor Milnes, after leading the field on the opening mile of the U20M race, finished 23rd in 39:00. Wyatt Hill, making his debut in the National, ran well for 56th in 40:54 with Josh Walton working hard to finish 78th in 42:27.

In the U20W race, Ellie Crownshaw ran well for 49th in 25:15 and Flora McNeill battled round to 129th in 39:03.

Cameron Bell produced a fine run in the U17M race to finish an excellent 7th in 20:04 with Jack Crownshaw running well for 137th in 23:06.

In the U17W race, Imani Wilson continued her return to fitness with a good run to take 72nd in 22:42 and Caitlin Tevendale worked hard to finish 140th in 24:31.

David Lewis also worked hard in difficult conditions to finish 180th in 19:05 in the U15B race.

Eve Crownshaw ran well to take 73rd in 18:13 in the U15G race with Laura Trask continuing her improvement to finish 77th in 18:18. Saskia Huxham battled hard to finish 117th in 18:48.

Taylor Hill produced another fine run to finish 7th in 13:02 in the U13B race. Dylan Stevens made an excellent debut at the National running very strongly throughout to finish 148th in 14:42.

Jodie Hill produced the outstanding individual performance of the day to finish 4th in 14:09.Jodie was in the leading group throughout the race, pushed the pace on in the middle of the race, and was narrowly run out of the medals in the final straight. Zena Hartley continued her excellent season with a fine debut at the National finishing 58th in 15:01. Tati Wilson showed good strength to take 126th in 15:35 with May Quinn again finishing strongly in 163rd in 15:55. Holly Booker and Emily Hunter both ran well to finish 220th and 267th in 16:20 and 16:39 respectively.

Many thanks to our team managers Tina Wilson, Hannah Whitelam and Dave Archer who have helped to make this one of the most successful cross country seasons in many years for HHS.

Photos available here.