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A Walk in the Park ... for Holmfirth Athletes in action in Leeds

A trip to Bramley Park, Leeds was the treat in store for Holmfirth’s athletes intent on continuing their run of good form in the West Yorkshire League. The course was a shock for some- tough, with an interesting start, straight up the hill.
Undaunted by the course’s challenges Holmfirth athletes were individual winners in 3 of the 10 races , with 4 other podium placers and 9 other top 10 finishers the strength of the club was evident and this on a day when several of the club’s teams were depleted by injury and illness.

Lewis Byram U13 and Katie Walshaw (senior ) continued their winning streak and were joined on the top of the podium this week by Olivia Sykes in the U13 race, this her first victory in this age group. Other excellent performances came in the U17 men’s race. Max Kaye and Thomas Travis-Pollard in the mix right to the line finishing line after a nail biting sprint Max taking 2nd place and Thomas 3rd behind Gordon Benson of Leeds City. Helen Berry also ran extremely well in the senior women’s to finish 3rd.

The course proved a real test for the U11 boys in the first race. Jimmy Burke was first home for the boys in 6th, followed by Finn Kerry in 19th, Nicky Farquhar 21st and Bailey Bedford 30th completing the team places. Close on Bailey’s heels were Daniel Howatson, Tiras Waterman and Owen Dawson sprinting for the line and finishing in 33rd, 34th and 35th respectively, George Hobbs was just behind in 37th place.

The U11 girl’s race was a really exciting affair. The Holmfirth girls were lead home by Libby Shepherd in 4th place – her best performance so far in the league. Charlotte Eastwood and Amy Kettlewell completed the team placings in 11th and 12th positions both also thrilled with their runs although in real pain at the finish. Just behind these two in 15th and 16 places were Sunnivah Waterman and Talia Johnson, this Talia’s first ever cross country race. Holly Bailey-Taylor also ran well in 27th place. The girls assured team victory in the league by finishing once again in 1st place.

With several athletes missing the U13 girls were glad to finish a team. After Erica Byram had to retire with stomach cramps it was left to her sister Lucy and Daisy Hinchliffe to finish the Holmfirth team behind Olivia (1st). With Lucy finishing in an excellent 10th position and Daisy 31st the team finished in 3rd position.

There was no shortage of Holmfirth athletes in the U13 boy’s race. With 12 Holmfirth athletes in the race and 4 to count for a team the club could have finished 3 teams. As it was the first four boys from the club were all home in the top 10, Lewis (1st) was well supported by Aaron Kettlewell back to his best in this race in 5th, Seth Waterman 7th and Bradley Bedford 9th to secure the team 1st spot. Ben Dickinson, Andrew Farquhar, Thomas Dickens and Lewis Bartholomew were the next 4 boys home in 20th, 22nd 25th and 26th, had these been able to count as a B team they would have finished 3rd. Daniel Levitt in 28th, Isaac Shepherd 32nd Shea Kerry 45th and Joe Williams completed the Holmfirth runners, these boys would have finished in 5th place in the team positions.

In the U15 age group races the girls were lead home once again by Harmonie Waterman, running strongly as ever for 4th place. Ruby Sykes was next home for the team also achieving a top 10 finish in 9th position. The team was completed by Lucy Farquhar in 18th place with Sophie Spencer not far behind in 22nd and Sophie Williams in 47th. The girl’s team finished third. Aaron Arthur was first Harrier back for the U15 boys in 24th position, followed by Eddie Hinchliffe 34th and Robert Hinchliffe 43rd.

Rebecca Addy was a lone Holmfirth representative in the U17 women’s race and finished in 20th spot.

Holmfirth Senior’s in Action

The senior ladies raced over 2 large laps and once again demonstrated their strength by winning the team event by just 3 points from Leeds City. Katie Walshaw had an excellent run with her third successive victory, securing her the league title. She was not alone out front however and spent the first lap in an exciting tussle with Spenborough junior, Jennifer Walsh, and a guest runner from Morpeth. Into the second lap she regained and extended her lead to the finish. Meanwhile, in-form Helen Berry had moved up from 5th to 4th and with the Morpeth athlete pulling out after the first lap, found herself in 3rd and worked hard to make some ground on Walsh. Kath Farquhar and Claire Leaver both had a strong second lap, each taking 4 or 5 athletes to finish 12th and 16th respectively, which proved crucial for the team points and position. Lucy Griffiths ran very well in 20th place and with Cara Penfold in 42nd, Debbie Hall in 50th and Lesley Ewart in 52nd, the 'B' team would have been placed 6th team. Yvette Arthur also ran well in 61st.

The Dads Save the Day

The final race of the day saw an under strength senior men’s team take to the gruelling course in cold and damp conditions. First back for the team was Dave Turnbull in 10th place closely followed by an excellent run from Richard Smith in 11th place, with several of the senior men racing else where it was left to the Dads to finish the team. David Williams was the third Holmfirth finisher (and 1st Dad) in 71st place followed by Wayne Byram in 78th position Phil Hobbs in 95th place and Andrew Kerry in 98th to leave the team in 6th place overall. The race was won by Andrew Pearson of Longwood taking his second victory in as many races.

Full results;

U11 boys
6 Jimmy Burke 5.51
19 Finn Kerry 6.18
21 Nicky Farquhar 6.22
30 Bailey Bedford 6.45
33 Daniel Howatson 6.54
34 Tiras Waterman 6.55
35 Owen Dawson 6.58
37 George Hobbs 7.06


U11 Girls
4 Libby Shepherd 6.45
11 Charlotte Eastwood 6.56
12 Amy Kettlewell 6.58
15 Sunnivah Waterman 7.09
16 Talia Johnson 7.09
27 Holly Bailey-Taylor 7.41


U13 Girls
1 Olivia Sykes 12.18
10 Lucy Byram 13.10
31 Daisy-Mae Hinchliffe 14.51


U13 boys
1 Lewis Byram 12.30
5 Aaron Kettlewell 13.28
7 Seth Waterman 13.39
9 Bradley Bedford 13.50
20 Ben Dickinson 14.35
22 Andrew Farquhar 14.42
25 Thomas Dickens 14.52
26 Lewis Bartholomew 14.52
28 Daniel Levitt 14.58
32 Isaac Shepherd 15.13
45 Shea Kerry 16.02
47 Joe Williams 16.07


U15 Girls
4 Harmonie Waterman 14.01
9 Ruby Sykes 14.39
17 Lucy Farquhar 15.32
22 Sophie Spencer 15.49
47 Sophie Williams 18.43


U17 men
2 Max Kaye 17.18
3 Thomas Travis-Pollard 17.28


U17 women
20 Rebecca Addy 22.38


Senior Women
1st Katie Walshaw, 18:58;
3rd Helen Berry, 19:37;
12th Kath Farquhar, 20:59;
16th Claire Leaver, 21:13;
20th Lucy Griffiths, 21:25;
42nd Cara Penfold, 22:45;
50th Debbie Hall, 23:10;
52nd Lesley Ewart, 23:16;
61st Yvette Arthur, 24:07.


Senior Men
10 Dave Turnball 33.25
11 Richard Smith 33.26
71 David Williams 38.37
78 Wayne Byram 39.26
95 Phil Hobbs 41.17
98 Andrew Kerry 41.44






About Us

Roger BradleyX-C secretary

Roger Bradley







Welcome to the Cross Country pages of Holmfirth Harriers AC. If you’re new to cross country or just thinking about having ago then Holmfirth competes in the WYCC league. This is a series of 4 races, usually in October, November and December (see Race Calendar on Website) and these races are suitable for runners of all abilities. Races start in the morning for juniors, with the senior women usually running at about 1.00pm and the senior men at about 2.00pm. Races are usually in parkland settings but in wet weather can be very muddy when studded shoes or ideally cross country spikes should be worn. In very dry conditions trail shoes can sometimes be used. If you are interested in having ago then talk to Roger Bradley, John Ewart or Helen Berry a.s.a.p. The entry sheet is on the Cross Country notice board and the cost is £7 for all 4 races.


Holmfirth Harriers also compete in the Yorkshire, Northern and English National CC Championships plus the YVAA CC Championships (see Vets Pages) which usually take place in January / February.


In order to get a Cross Country Page up and running on the website I (Rob K) am putting this together but really have more than enough to do with the Vets so if anyone would like to take over and put info., photos, race reports or whatever you like onto the page, then please contact me (contact on Vets page). It is only a short season with one or at the most two events in a month from October to February.


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