Hallamshire flier Heyes in relay stage win

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Hallamshire’s Andy Heyes was again in spectacular form in the National Cross Country Relays Championship at Mansfield. He finished first on the opening stage, his time of 14:51 for the 5K course remaining the fastest of the day for the four-stage race which was won by Stockport.

Hallamshire gave a creditable performance to finish 17th out of 143 with Matt Hobbs, Dave Archer and Adam Dyson also running solidly.

A fine effort by Rotherham gave them a well deserved seventh place in the women’s race won, as expected, by Aldershot and Farnham, Sam Johnson being their quickest runner with 10:16 on the first stage of 3K. Annabelle Grady (10:28) and Laura Spence (10:27) were both placed. Showing remarkable depth, the Rotherham B team were 13th, beating the majority of the A teams in a field of 98 finishers. Jess Fawcett (10:46), Steph Burns (10:47) and Robyn Lanceley (10:37) were the consistent trio of Rotherham B runners who were first B team. Hallamshire, led by Nicola Squires (10:25) were 21st.

City of Sheffield just missed out on the medals in the Under-17 men’s three-stage race, finishing fourth. Following legs by Jonathon Shield’s (9:25) and Evan Webb (9:55), James Gormley stormed through from 12th to fourth with a time of 9:02. Rotherham were 17th.

City were also fourth in the U15 girls race. Ana Garcia (7:31) handed over to Amelia Lancaster (7:29) before Emily Simpson took over in eighth place. She ran a superb 7:15 to pull through to fourth.

City of Sheffield U15 boys were 12th with a team of Matthew Shaw (6:12), Julian Slater (6:49) and Alfie Manthorpe (6:35).

The best Hallamshire position was in the U17 girls with Mary McCarthy (9:15), Lily Fletcher (9:36) and Caitlin Tevendale (10:06). They were 16th in the U13 boys, being superbly led by Taylor Hill who was third on the opening stage. His time of 6:46 was the third fastest of the race.