Athletics: Challenger leads the way for Hallamshire

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Solid performances saw Hallamshire finish 10th in the men’s Northern Twelve Stage Road Relay Championship at Heaton Park, Manchester, on Saturday whilst their women’s team finished seventh in their six stage relay.

The men’s race was won easily by Leeds City with Hallamshire beating all the other Yorkshire clubs in a field of 64 teams. They started well through Andrew Challenger who finished 12th in 28:59. He was the fastest Hallamshire man on the long stage which alternated with the shorter stage.

Andy Heyes stormed through to fourth on the second stage, his time of 14:27 being the second fastest of the day. Rotherham finished 14th.

Hallamshire times: A Challenger 28:59, A Heyes 14:27, R Little 30:26, T Bains 15:46, B Beattie 30:44, M Hobbs 16:06, Z Mellard 30:26, C Fishwick 17:06, D Newbould 30:43, A Dyson 16:46, P Cooper 32:41, P Hodges 17:07

Julia Jagger put Hallamshire in third place on the opening stage of the women’s race with a time of 17:44, beaten by three seconds by Nicola Squires who brought them home seventh on the anchor stage.

Hallamshire times: J Jagger 17:44 Wray 18:31, H Whitelam 20:45, C Robson 19:32, R Ross 19:28, N Squires 17:41.

*There were no medals for South Yorkshire athletes at the English Schools Cross Country Championships at Castle Donington on Saturday but there were some encouraging performances.

James Gormley had a fine run to finish seventh in the Intermediate Boys race. Jonathon Shields also did well to finish 26th and Cameron Bell made the top 50. The team finished seventh, the best result for South Yorkshire although the Junior Girls team were just one place behind, placing eighth in their race.

Alice Moore, 22nd, and Amelia Lancaster, 27th, led the way for South Yorkshire and Amy Garcia was 42nd. Running for Derbyshire, Hallamshire’s Tilly Simpson had a fine run to finish seventh, only 10 seconds behind the winner.

The best of the South Yorkshire senior runners were Eleanor Curran, 40th, and Anina Atkinson, 48th.