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Hardworking Juniors in National Championships

Our Juniors Team at the National Road RelaysOn Sunday 5 teams of runners from Holmfirth Harriers journeyed to Sutton Park in Birmingham to contest the National Road relay championships. In Road running terms for Junior athletes this is the premier event of the season and over 300 teams of athletes from around the country had gathered for this real festival of road running. For many of the Holmfirth athletes this was their first experience on the road of this standard of competition and the results the club achieved really speak for the themselves with fine individual performance and solid team results demonstrating once again the talent and potential of our local athletes.

In the U13 age groups the girls team was lead off by Olivia Sykes who copied well with longer distance of 3.8km the hills of the Sutton course, and handed over to Lucy Byram in 27th position out of a field of 68 in a time of 16.11. Lucy ran well to maintain the team’s position and handed on to her sister Erica in 26th in 16.59. Erica moved through the field also having a great run in 16.08 and brought the team home in 22nd place. In the U13 boys Seth Waterman was 1st off. As is the girl’s race the boys set off at a furious pace, Seth ran strongly and handed over to Andrew Farquhar in 22nd position in 14.41. Andrew ran well returning in 28th in 16.07. Lewis Byram, took over on leg 3 and ran a solid race in 13.55, 5th fastest on leg 3 and brought the team home in 15th place. His time of was enough for 11th fastest U13 on the day.

The U15 girl’s team of Ruby Sykes, Lucy Farquhar and Harmonie Waterman also ran well with team finishing in 23rd position. Ruby handing on to Lucy in 46th out of 72 teams on leg 1 in 16.00, Lucy returning in 37th in 16.08 and Harmonie running a storming leg returning in 23rd place in 14.57 the 5th fastest time on leg 3. The U15 boys team of Robert and Eddie Hinchliffe and Aaron Arthur finished a creditable 49th place, Robert 62nd out of 72 runners on leg 1 in 15.19, Eddie 59th in 16.20 and Aaron 49th in 14.41, great running against the countries best athletes.

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U17 men Max Kaye, Max Lawton and Thomas Travis-Pollard contested the final race of the day. Max Kaye suffering with a heavy cold set off on leg one coming home in 8th position out of 82, in 12.09, Thomas on 2nd leg had an excellent run in 12.12 5th fastest on his leg handing on to Max Lawton who ran a solid race bringing the team home in 26th position.

After the race the juniors were inspired by the completion “ it was really fast” was the general consensus, they are already planning their teams for next year’s race.





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