Junior Harriers in Cross Country League action

West Park Leeds, Sunday 2nd November 2014

Sun Shines on Junior  Harriers in West Yorkshire League in Leeds

Holmfirth athletes were back in action once more over the country in the second meeting of the West Yorkshire Cross Country League on Sunday at West Park Leeds.  The gently undulating course and the recent dry weather coupled with larger fields of athletes in most races than in the first meeting made for some great racing.  The sun was out  as were the deck chairs and with large numbers of  families enjoying the racing and the good weather it was a perfect setting for a superb day of racing for the club.

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Lavell Pierre and Chris Law
sealing team victory
in U17 mens race

After the clubs excellent performance at the first meeting two weeks ago expectations were high and  athletes and teams certainly proved equal to the challenge with something for the travelling supporters to shout about, with at least one  full team of athletes from the club   in all ten  races, including every junior age group, Holmfirth the only club to achieve this. The junior teams did not let their senior club mates down and certainly lived up to expectations with 2 winning their races , 3 finishing in third spot and a further 2 in fourth.  There were some great individual performances too, second place for  Lewis Byram, 3rd for Erica Byram, 4th Olivia Sykes  and many other top ten placings.

The days racing began with the U11 races. The boy’s races was a fast and furious affair featuring 9 Holmfirth athletes.  Frank Johnson was first back for the club in 9th place an improvement of 12 places on the first race, with Sam Crawshaw and William Pickering hot on his heels in 11th and 12th, all 3 boys separated by only 3 seconds, Just yards behind Marshall Wilkinson  in 15th. Next home were Billy Browne and Ralph Johnson 26th and 30th, with Louis Pain 43rd, Thomas James 48th and Callum McFarlane 57th completing the Holmfirth contingent.  The team race was close with only 2 points separating 2nd and the Holmfirth boys in 4th, very encouraging results for the club as many of these boys have another year in this age group.

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Amy Kettlewell and Ellie Sunman U15
battle it out in the U15 girls race.

The U11 girl’s race was no less exciting also featuring 9 Holmfirth athletes. Lucy Lindley improved on her 17th place in the first race to finish an excellent 11th followed home by Elena Inch in 19th and Amelie Stewart in 23rd. Elena like Lucy improving by over 10 places on her first race performance as did Ruby Yates in 37th. Molly Scaramuzza in her first race for the club finished in 40th with Libby Pringle our youngest athlete in 48th. Edie Lindley 51st, Olivia Evans 56th and Alex Crawshaw 57th rounded off the Holmfirth contingent. The girl’s team like the boys finished in 4th position just 2 points off 3rd place.

There were equally strong performances in the U13 girls race and a superb turnout with 11 Holmfirth athletes. Sunnivah Waterman was first back in 7th position with Francis Keddie hot on her heels in   10th. Mia Greene finished strongly in 19th with Millie Yates in 23rd and Emily Travis 27th. Also with great runs in this the largest junior field of the day Laila Horn 52nd, Megan Ison 55th, Alice Shelbourne 59th, Emilie Pickering 65th, Sophie Kettlewell 72nd and Jessica Billington 73rd. The girls team improved on their result in the previous league meeting to finish in 3rd. The boy’s race in this same age group featured 3 Holmfirth boys, Ned Johnson and Sam Bedingfield closely matched as usual in 28th and 30th position and Joel Stirling in 52nd. The boys team finished 10th.

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Will Johnson super sprint
in U15 boys race

The U15 races saw strong performances for both the boys and girls both teams finishing in third place. In the girls race Annie Stone had another strong run to finish in 9th place. Amy Kettlewell had a superb run finishing in 16th with teammate Ellie Sunman hot on her heels in 17th. Lizzie Deacon and Jennifer Melia both ran very strongly and finished in 27th and 36th places respectively. The boys race saw a great run from Ollie Rees back on form after a summer on his bike finishing in 6th place with Harry Shelbourne hard on his heels in 9th, with the sprint of his life William Johnson finished an excellent 12th passing 3 boys in the home straight and clinching 3rd place for the team. Nicky Farquhar improved on his position in the last race to finish in 21st an excellent result as the boys had raced the previous day in the National Cross Country Relays.

Both u17 races were a highlight for the club with Holmfirth teams winning both the boys and the girls. The later saw a return to racing of the trio Erica and Lucy Byram and Olivia Sykes. The girls ran strongly Erica finishing in 3rd, Olivia 4th and Lucy 6th with Daisy Smith 24th the team were easily 1st. In the boys Lewis Byram, Lavell Pierre and Chris Law were the first 3 counter for the team and all in the top 10. Lewis 2nd, and Lavell and Chris 6th and 7th after a sprint for the line these boys also having raced hard the previous day. Also with great runs Seth Waterman 12th and George Green 13th. Lewis Bartholomew 27th and Andrew Farquhar 29th completed the line up.

The next league fixture takes place on Saturday 22nd November in Keighley. 

Photos available on Harriers Flikr account, set WYCCL Race 2.

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