Examiner Community Awards Sports Team of the Year 2017 Holmfirth Harriers U20 Ladies

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Lucy, Olivia and Erica - Sports team of the year U20

These three girls, 17-year-old twins Erica and Lucy Byram and 18-year-old Olivia Sykes, joined Holmfirth Harriers nearly 10 years ago. They have grown up together and enjoyed much success both as a team and individually.

The trio have been a formidable team since they joined Holmfirth Harriers, winning numerous team titles including both the West Yorkshire Cross Country Championships and the Yorkshire Cross Country Championships five times and the Northern Cross Country Relays.

This year they make up the Under 20s Holmfirth Harriers women’s team and they had great success. Winning the Yorkshire Cross Country Championships, Northern Cross Country Championship and, as Greenhead College students, were part of the Greenhead College Cross Country Team representing Yorkshire & Humberside winning gold at the National Colleges Championships where Olivia also won individual bronze.

All three girls are also successful fell runners having represented England both at home international and European mountain running championships where they have won team and individual medals for their country. Most recently Lucy won the Yorkshire Fell Championships with Erica in third. The girls have also previously qualified to represent Yorkshire at the Inter Counties Cross Country Championships and the London Mini Marathon on the iconic marathon course on several occasions.

As well as running Lucy and Erica are also successful triathletes and are part of the Yorkshire Triathlon Academy. Lucy and Erica train every day, sometimes twice a day, because of the work needed for the standard they are racing at in triathlon with the three disciplines of swimming, biking and running.

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Olivia has won many individual titles at cross country and road running for the club and is also a successful track athlete. Recently gaining a bronze medal at the Yorkshire County Championships.

Their success is down to their hard work, dedication and the fantastic support they receive from the club and coaches Alwyn Dewhirst and Kath Farquhar.

All three girls are very proud to represent their club, county and country at different disciplines and being part of Holmfirth Harriers has given them great racing opportunities and experiences around the country and further afield.

The girls were thrilled to have won the award from the Huddersfield Examiner and to have been recognised for their achievements away from the sporting community.

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