National 6 & 4 Stage Road Relay Championships, Sutton Park, Sutton Coldfield

Saturday 3 October 2015

The National road relay championships were run in near perfect conditions.

The men’s team, without a number of senior athletes, finished 46th. Tom Bain’s made a good start in 37th in 18:31. Gavin Keight came in 51st in 19:25 with Richard Hayes, making his debut for the team, 60th in 21:34. Connor Milnes gained 10 places with a determined run, finishing 50th in 18:31. Phil Cooper gained 4 places with a time of  20:01 and Zak Mellard brought the team home in 46th in 20:18.

Lizzie Adams made a great return to racing for HHS with a fine time of 14:35, the 9th fastest time of the day, finishing 6th on the opening leg of the women’s race. Hannah Fletcher ran well to finish 11th in 15:52. It is a pity that once again the lack of a full team deprived the team of a very high finish and the possibility of challenging for a medal.

Photos available here

Berlin Marathon

Sunday 27 September 2015

Dave Archer and Andy Challenger produced fine runs at the Berlin marathon. Dave ran 2:25:40 for an excellent debut over the distance, with Andy very close behind improving his pb to 2:26:07.

South Yorkshire Cross Country League: Purchase of Numbers

The numbers for the South Yorkshire Cross Country League will shortly be available from Helena Brown.  If you wish to purchase a number, please email Helena at giving the date of birth, age group, athlete’s England Athletics affiliation number and whether they are male or female.  A number will then be reserved for all four events.  You will need to pay the £7 before receiving the number.  
Further details of the four races are available on the South Yorkshire website:

Northern Road Relay Championships, Stanley Park, Blackpool

Saturday 19 September 2015

The winter season got off to a very promising start with some very good individual and team performances from athletes in our group.

The men’s team qualified comfortably for the National championships finishing 8th overall and taking the silver medal in the Yorkshire championships. Dave Archer, having been ill earlier in the week, battled through the opening leg to finish37th in 21:45. Andy Heyes then ran 19:32, the second fastest time of the day, to move the team into 7th. Connor Milnes ran very well to record 21:11 and maintain position. Ben Beattie worked hard under pressure from runners behind to finish 9th in 21:57. Tom Bains set off very quickly and maintained the team position with a time of 21:22. Andy Challenger brought the team home in 8th place running very well to record 20:50.

Our women’s team was depleted by international call ups for two runners and injury. Hannah Fletcher made a very positive start and finished 21st in 19:14. Charlotte Slack gained a place to finish 19th in 20:35.

The U17W A team finished a very creditable 7th overall and won the gold medal in the Yorkshire championships. Mary McCarthy produced a typical battling performance to lead the opening leg for much of the race and eventually finish 7th in 14:08, the 8th fastest time of the day. Caitlin Tevendale made good start to the winter campaign with a good run to come home 9th in 16:03. Lilly Fletcher gained two places to finish 7th in 14:49 and clinch the Yorkshire title.

Aimee Hill got the B team off to a good start, finishing 23rd in 16:53. Ruby Knight worked very hard to move up to 20th in 17:09. Imani Wilson, making a welcome return after prolonged injury, gained a further four places to bring the team home in 16th with a time of 15:18.

David Lewis led off the U15B team, working hard to finish 33rd in 11:46. The other two runners, from different HHS groups, were Ryan Selman who was 39th in 15:16 and Tristan Gale who brought the team home in 32nd in 13:19.

Sakia Huxham ran well on the opening leg of the U15G race to finish 5th in 11:51, the 9th fastest time of the day. Laura Trask showed her improvement with another very good run to maintain 5th place in 12:44. Unfortunately the team did not have a 3rd runner.

Taylor Hill produced a dominant performance to win the opening leg of the U13B race by a significant margin. His time of 10:46 was the fastest time of the day. He was aided in winning the Northern and Yorkshire silver medals by fine runs by Dylan Stevens who finished 1st in 11:38 and Tom Valentine who ran well to bring the team home in 2nd in 11:57. Both Dylan and Tom train in other HHS groups.

The U13G A team finished 5th overall and 2nd in the Yorkshire championships. Tati Wilson led the team off, coming home in 22nd in 13:06. Holly Booker gained five places to move the team to 17th in 13:19. Jodie Hill produced an outstanding run to record 11:58, the second fastest time of the day, and bring the team through to 5th and clinch the Yorkshire silver.

The B team, made up of runner from other HHS groups, performed very well to finish 11th. Emily Hunter ran very well to finish 8th on the opening leg in 12:30, only just outside the fastest 10 times of the day. Lois Blake was 15th in 13:45 and Zena Hartley gained four places to finish 11th in 13:00.


Photos by Margaret Lewis, Tina Wilson and Helena Brown are available here.

Cameron 4th at National Championships, Bedford

30 August 2015

Cameron Bell produced another fine performance to finish 4th in 1:54.34 in the final of the U17M 800m on day two of the England Athletics U15/U17 Championships. In a fast race with all the competitors very evenly matched, Cameron was boxed coming round the top bend into the finishing straight. Despite an impressive kick and finishing faster than anyone in the field, he failed narrowly to run down 2nd and 3rd place.

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Bronze for Katie at National Championships, Bedford

Saturday 29 August 2015

Katie Palfreeman produced a brilliant performance to take the bronze medal and run a new pb in the final of the U17W 3k on the opening day of the England Athletics championships.

Katie sat on the back of the leading group as the field split on the second lap. She then gradually moved through the field, moving into 3rd with 200m to go. Katie was then locked in a sprint and was denied the silver by a dip on the line.

Katie was rewarded with the bronze and a new pb of 9:54.44 with Niamh Brown (Aldershot) taking the silver in 9:54.39.

Cameron Bell successfully negotiated the heats of the U17M 800m. Having led his heat through most of the race, Cameron took the third automatic qualifying spot with a time of 1:57.62 for a place in the final on day 2.

Photos available here.