Saturday 5 November 2016
Despite the cold conditions, the Mansfield course was again in immaculate condition and perfect for fast running. The Men’s A team produced the best performance at the Nationals for many years finishing 8th in a very competitive competition.
Andy Heye’s got the team off to the perfect start, winning the opening leg in 14:47.85, the fastest time of the day. Bernie Houghton dealt well with the pressure of leading the field for most of the following lap, finishing 6th in 16:05.90. Dave Archer had an excellent run to come home 9th in 16:22.55. Tom Horton finished off an excellent all round performance, bringing the team home in 8th in 16:10.80.
Joe Gratton, making a welcome return, ran strongly on the opening leg for the B team to finish 74th in 17:10.80. Adam Dyson was 77th in 18:08.35. John Birch ran 17:20:45 to move to 62nd and Neil Northrop brought the team home in 60th in 18:04.35.
The C team were led out by Paul Faulkner who was 112th in 18:18.65. Gareth Phoenix moved to 99th with a time of 18:45.45. Neil Barber gained a further 21 places, recording 17:25.35. Dean Furness ran 19:21.25 to move to 75th on the final leg.
The Senior Women’s team finished a very creditable 12th. Hatti Dean got the team off to a good start, finishing 11th in 10:05.30 on the opening leg. Zanthe Wray ran 10:39:05 to finish 13th and Nicky Squires gained one place on the final leg with at time of 10:44.50.
Connor Milnes lead of the U20M on a very fast opening leg, running 9:09.55 for 20th. Josh Walton, despite forgetting his reading material, was 37th in 10:07.10. Cameron Bell brought the team home in 29th in 9:26.15.
Imani Wilson ran a strong opening leg for the U20W A team to finish 12th in 8:58.50. Lilly Fletcher maintained the position with 9:57.45. Mary McCarthy gained 2 places on the final leg to finish 10th in 9:28.70.
Charlotte Slack, despite breathing difficulties, was 36th on the first leg for the B team in 9:50.80. Caitlin Tevendale finished strongly in 33rd with 10:49.80. Ellie Crownshaw moved through to 24th on the final leg with a time of 9:49.95.
Jack Wells and Billy Hincliff helped the U17M A team 42nd with Jack 49th in 10:24.75 and Billy 42nd in 10:04.30. David Lewis ran the fastest time for HHS with 9:52.60 in 48th for the B team.
Taylor Hill was 41st in 6:58.00 on the first leg for the U15B A team, despite losing a shoe at the start of the race. Ben Shaw ran well to finish 29th on the final leg in 7:31.20. Tom Atkinson led of the B team and finished 76th in 7:28.55.
The U15G A team finished an excellent 6th place. Jodie Hill was with the leading group throughout the opening leg, finishing 10th in 7:11.10. Eve Cronshaw ran 7:29.45 to move into 4th and Laura Trask finished well to take 6th in 7:46.25.
Holly Booker opened for the B team, finishing 72nd in8:14.40. May Quinn produced a strong performance to move to 56th with 8:04.75 and Tati Wilson brought the team home in 52nd in 8:16.45.
Dylan Stevens, despite a heavy fall at the start of the U13B race, finished 58th in 7:43.90.
Zena Hartley helped the U13G A team to a fine bronze medal, running the fastest time for HHS, with 7:34.20 for 20th on the opening leg.
Photos available here.