Meles and Steph on top form

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MELES Okbazghi and Steph Burns strengthened their grip on the South Yorkshire Cross Country League when the second meeting took place at Wentworth Castle, Barnsley, yesterday.

Okbazghi, winner of the first race in the colours of Hallamshire, was listed this time for the Sheffield Running Club. He never looked in danger, running away from the field of over 150 to win by over a minute. Burns also impressed, opening up a big lead over her Rotherham Harriers team mate Samantha Johnson.

Results - Men: 1 M Okbazghi (Sheffield RC) 31:50; 2 AN Other (Sheff Hallam Un) 32:53; 3 S Evison (City of Sheffield) 33:02; 4 D Middleton (Barnsley AC) 33:29; 5 B Houghton (Doncaster) 33:44; 6 Walker (Guest) 33:58.

Under 17 men: 1 L Cotter (Rotherham) 22:11; 2 J Lancaster (City of Sheffield) 22;36; 3 M Chaib (City of Sheffield) 23:44.

Under 15 Boys: 1 R Beale (Rotherham) 14:47; 2 C Wilson (Doncaster) 14:56; 3 D Stead (Rotherham) 14:58.

Under 13 Boys: 1 J Morton (City of Sheffield) 13:54; 2 D Walker-Smith (Rotherham) 14:29; 3 H Shelbourne (Penistone FR) 14:51.

Under 11 Boys: 1 S Nutter (Barnsley AC) 5:26; 2 S Roberts (Guest) 5:45; 3 V Baycroft (Hallamshire) 5:50.

Women: 1 S Burns (Rotherham) 24:16; 2 S Johnson (Rotherham) 24:54; 3 R Lundgren (Sheff Univ) 25:15; 4 N Grant (Rotherham) 25:18; 5 R Ross (Hallamshire) 25:21; 6 C Patton (Hallamshire) 25:42.

Under 17 Women: 1 E Curran (City of Sheffield) 16:45; 2 B Smith (Rotherham) 17:37; 3 C Slack (Hallamshire) 17:59.

Under 15 Girls: 1 I Wilson (Hallamshire) 12:03; 2 M McCarthy (Hallamshire) 12:11; 3 L Fletcher (Hallamshire) 12:50.

Under 13 Girls: 1 A Lancaster (City of Sheffield) 12:12; 2 A Moore (Barnsley AC) 5:26; 3 S Huxham (Hallamshire) 13:03

Under 11 Girls: 1 E Wilkinson (Hallamshire) 5:41; 2 G Harris (Rotherham) 6:55; 3 E Crownshaw (Hallamshire) 5:56.