Hallamshire’s Heyes helps himself to bronze medal

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A fantastic run by Andy Heyes (Hallamshire) saw him take the bronze medal at the National Cross Country Championships held at Wollaton Park, Nottingham, on Saturday.

Heyes, 23, finishedbehind Steve Vernon (Stockport) and Richard Goodman (Shaftsbury Barnet) after taking the lead on the second lap.

He then dropped off the pace, slipping out of the top three before coming back strongly on the fast course.

Heyes won the Yorkshire Cross Country title by a big margin in early January. Since then he has had a short course cross country in Edinburgh and a couple of indoor 3000 metre races one of which was the UK Championships where he fell when well placed.

The last Hallamshire medallist in the men’s national was Trevor Wright back in the early seventies.

The women’s race was won as expected by Gemma Steel (Charnwood) with well-deserved team medals going to Rotherham, splendidly led by Sam Johnson in 23th place.

Laura Spence was 29th, Steph Burns 31st, with Robyn Lanceley completing the count in 44th place. They also had Annabelle Grady finishing 49th and Jess Fawcett 70th in a field of over 700. Julia Jagger (30th) and Nicola Squires (39th) ran well for Hallamshire who finished 14th.

Other performances included:

Junior Men: 42nd B Houghton (Doncaster)

Under 17 men: 13th J Gormley (City of Sheffield, 29th J Naisbitt (City of Sheffield), 35th J Shields (City of Sheffield). Team: 5th City of Sheffield.

Under 15 Boys: 15th C Bell (Hallamshire), 27th A Manthorpe (City of Sheffield), 50th O Dane (City of Sheffield)

Under 13 Boys: 17th S Nutter (Barnsley AC)

Junior Women: 32nd N Hatswell (Rotherham). Team: 8th Rotherham

Under 15 Girls: 25th A Moore (Barnsley AC), 36th A Lancaster (City of Sheffield)

Under 13 Girls: 7th T Simpson (Hallamshire), 32 A Garcia (City of Sheffield), 35 M Taylor (Rotherham)