Saturday 28 January 2017
The outstanding individual performance of the day came from Hatti Archer in winning the silver medal in the SW race. There were also good team performances with the U13G winning the Northern title and the U15G taking silver.
Hatti Archer increased the pressure on the leading pack on the second lap of the SW race to move clear and take 2nd in 31:30. Zanthe Wray continued her fine season, finishing 13th in 32:57. Nicky Squires ran strongly to finish 35th in 34:41 and Hannah Whitelam, in her first cross country race in a year, finished 91st in 38:23 to bring the team home in 6th.
Steve Bayton led home the SM with a fine run in 7th in 42:30. Dave Archer had another fine run to finish 15th in 43:16. Rob Little was also well to the fore, finishing 22nd in 43:58. Matt Hobbs was 70th in 46:48 with Zal Mellard 114th in 48:56 and Nick Barber in 128th in 48:30. Dave Sprot continued his return to fitness in 131st in 49:40 with Gareth Phoenix 227th in 52:59 and Joe Gratton, making a welcome return to racing, 233rd in 53:14. The SM finished 7th overall.
Imani Wilson had another strong run to finish 12th in the U20W race in 23.50. Mary McCarthy continued her return to finish with a good run in 35th in 25.45. Charlotte Slack ran strongly to finish 44th in 26.57 with Ellie Crownshaw 47th on 27.28. The U20W were 5th in the team competition.
Wyatt Hill had a fine run to take 18th in 29:12 in the U20M race. Josh Taylor Brown, on his return to racing, was 45th in 30:46 with Josh Walton 64th in 37:21.
In the U17M race, David Lewis was 99th in 23:39 and Christian Snelgrove 129th in 25:14.
The U15G squad produced another very strong performance to finish 2nd in the team competition. Jodie Hill led home the team in 11th in 16:41. Eve Crownshaw was 19th in 17:13 with Laura Trask close behind in 21st in 17:19. Holly Booker ran strongly to take 54th in 18:04 and help clinch the silver medal. May Quinn worked hard to finish 84th in 18:39.
Taylor Hill was our only representative in the U15B race, finishing 28th in 15:09.
Zena Hartley gained vital places in the final stages of the U13G race, finishing 32nd in 13:02 and helping the team take the Northern title. Emily Hunter worked hard to finish 115th in 14:14.
Dylan Stevens gained valuable racing experience in the U13B race, finishing 61st in 12:33.
Photos available here.