Cross Country Section
Harriers in Action in Yorkshire Championships
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Despite of the absence of several of the clubs leading runners through injury and illness and the after effects of flu, Tinker Cup injuries and too many mince pies for many of those who ran, there were some great performances from Holmfirth athletes on Sunday in the County championships in Doncaster although medals proved hard to come by in this festival of running in Yorkshire. There were few complaints about the course held at the Northern Racing College in Doncaster, rolling hills, good going, with a few ditches and brooks thrown in for good measure.
The club’s best results came in the youngest age group. Aaron Kettlewell running a brilliant well timed race to finish in bronze medal position in the U13 boys race finishing in a time of 12.04 over the 3km course, only a few seconds down on race winner Josh Schofield of York City AC. Aaron was followed home by Seth Waterman also running really well for 5th place in 12.17 and with Andrew Farquhar finishing off the team places in 18th (13.15) the boys also picked up team bronze medals, the icing on the cake for Aaron, “I have run every day over Christmas” he said and the this hard training had clearly paid off. Also running well in this u13 race were Lewis Bartholomew in 35th (14.06) and Joe Williams 47th (14.58) both good strong runs in this large field.
Other medal winner came in the U17 men’s race. Max Kaye ran with great commitment as usual, always at or near the front of the race until the final last climb up the hill. Max finished in 5th place in 21.46 behind race winner Gordon Benson of Leeds City (21.00). Max Lawton running well in 25th place (24.41) and Jake Richardson in only his 2nd cross country race, in 27th place (24.56) completed the team and clinched bronze medals; an excellent hard run from all 3 boys.
Both of the clubs Junior girls teams just missed out on team medals, U13 girls finishing 5th team (out of 15) and U15 girls 4th agonisingly close to the medal position just one point separating them from 3rd in the biggest age group race (15 teams). The u15 girl’s race was won by Bronwen Owen of Scarborough in a runaway time of 15.15, minutes ahead of most of the field. Harmonie Waterman ran her usual determined race and finished in 12th (18.00) in spite of having spent most of the week in bed with a virus. Ruby Sykes continued her good run of form running strongly to finish just 2 places down on Harmonie in 14th (18.05), the team places were completed by Sophie Spencer with a a gritty run in 27th (19.02). Also running well were Lucy Farquhar in 39th and Sophie Wiliams in 62nd.
Olivia Sykes was first home for the U13 girls 10th in 13.39 behind race winner Ella Eadon of York in 12.39. Lucy Byram ran strongly in 15th and Erica Byram, still suffering the effects of ‘flu completed the team in 32nd. Daisy Hinchcliffe and Genevieve Durrans both had really strong runs in 39th and 48th position. The U15 boys also completed a team and ran well in this tough age group. Eddie Hinchliffe first home for the club in 42nd (19.44), followed by Aaron Arthur 44th ( 19.56) and Robert Hinchliffe 46th in 20.13. The boys finished 9th team.
With the leading Holmfirth senior women all recovering from illness or injury it wasn't expected that they would be able to take advantage of the new team scoring system, with 4 to count instead of just 3 in previous years. Despite the members of 'A' team running below form, they still managed a very impressive 4th place behind Leeds City, Bingley and Hallamshire. A further 4 Holmfirth ladies turned out and all ran well, and if 'B' teams were recognised they would have finished 8th team. A total of 122 runners completed the course of which 31 were competing in the combined Humberside Championships. (See ladies results below). The Senior men managed to finish a team despite many of the clubs faster men chosing to miss this championship. First home for the club was triathlete Richard Anderson in 29th position in a time of 40.58. The race was won by Jonathan Brownlee of Bingley Harriers, more famous for his exploits as an international triathlete, in 37.05. (see men’s results below)
Full senior results:
11th Katie Walshaw, 24:10
16th Helen Berry, 24:36
30th Kath Farquhar, 25:55
39th Claire Leaver, 26:31
47th Margaret Sykes, 27:13
51st Lucy Griffiths, 27:26
55th Cara Penfold, 28:09
60th Debbie Hall, 28:36
29th Richard Anderson 40.58
47th Richard Smith 42.44
109 Nathan Martin 46.52
129 David Williams 47.57
167 Brandon Holroyd 50.47
186 Chris Beadle 52.25