West Yorkshire XC league - final standings
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Success for Holmfirth Harriers at West Yorkshire Cross country League
The final meeting of the West Yorkshire cross country 4-race league held Last Sunday at Cliffe Castle Keighley concluded a successful campaign for the Holmfirth contingent. Despite the cold conditions the clubs athletes were out in force and secured league medals and trophies in junior and senior categories.
Individual league medals were awarded to Isabel Richardson in the U13 Girls race who finished 3rd overall. Isabel won the first race of the league and secured the bronze medal after two 4th places finishes in the 2nd and final race and 6th in the third. The U13 girls team of Isabel, Elena Inch (15th in the league overall) and Mollie Scaramuzza (39th) just missed out on team bronze finishing in 4th place overall. In the U13 boys race Kristian Green won a medal for 6th place in the league, his form improving as the league progressed with 9th and 11th in the first two races and 5th and 4th in the final 2.
The U15 girls also just missed out on team medals, like the U13s finishing in 4th place Zara Tyas was the highest placed in 20th with Sophie Kettlewell 23rd and Olivia Dyson 25th hot on her heels.
Star performers for the juniors were the U17 women. Juliette Branford won a much deserved medal for her first place in the league after winning 3 of the 4 fixtures and the girls won the team award also with Amy Kettewell in 8th in the league and Annie Stone in 17th.
In the youngest age group U11s there were fantastic performances on the day in both the girls and boys races. In the boys race Matthew Burke took up the early pace and lead the race for the first part of the course, as the muddy underfoot conditions took their toll. Kristian Green came through the field to finish in second place with Matthew in an excellent fifth. Both boys won individual trophies for the league, Kristian finishing second and Matthew 4th. On the day the boys were supported by Calum McFarlane who run strongly for 40th, the team finished 5th in this very competitive field and finished the league in fifth position.
The Senior Women didn’t disappoint and have demonstrated their strength in depth across all of the four league races. The amber vests dominated at Keighley, with 9 athletes finishing in the top 30 and the team won with their four scorers all crossing the line ahead of second placed Bingley Harriers’ first athlete.
Katie Walshaw led from the start, her position never under threat, helping her win the overall league. Helen Berry worked her way through the front of the field, running strongly to finish 2nd and taking the V40 League title comfortably. Lucy Byram had her best run of the league in an excellent 6th place. Ruby Sykes completed the team in 10th and took Bronze in the League Open age group. The best was also saved for last for Erica Bryam (12th) and Helena Croft (17th)
Margaret Sykes and Kath Farquhar’s performances helped secure the V45 Gold and Silver league medals respectively.
Other Holmfirth Senior Women’s placings were:
23rd Margaret Sykes, 27th Kath Farquhar, 27th Harmonie Waterman, 61st Dinah Coggan, 80th Sophie Fodden
Holmfirth’s Senior Men remained consistent in the final race finishing in 4th place as they had in the previous three races of the series. Aaron Kettlewell continued to show good form with a gutsy run leaving him in 11th place (27.07). Unfortunately, he was denied a series bronze medal in the U20’s after a tie break with Halifax Harriers athlete James Habergham who won the countback by 12 seconds. Another U20 athlete, Alex Robinson, ran strongly to finish in 21st (27.50). Having a tussle in 27th & 28th place were Dave Watson (28.08 & 2nd M45) and Stu Sharp (28.11) with Dave just breaking clear at the end. Niall O’Connell worked hard for his 53rd place (29.34) while making the team up was Jonny Sykes who finished in 74th (31.26).
Other Holmfirth Senior Men’s placings were:
104th Mark Law (32.53), 119th Wayne Byram (33.41), 127th Sam Hudson (35.22), 128th Simon Barrans (35.30), 135th Rob Kersey (35.56 & 3rd M65), 137th Kev Yewlett (36.23), 138th Shaun Coggon (36.36), 141st Robert Robinson (37.03), 146th Jason Haigh (37.54) & 148th Juan Biurrun (38.11).
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