Rotherham win Yorkshire championship as Hallamshire are runners up

Dave Archer helped Hallamshire into second place in the Yorkshire championship
Dave Archer helped Hallamshire into second place in the Yorkshire championship
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Hallamshire were eighth in the men’s race and Rotherham were tenth in the women’s race at the Northern Road Relays Championships at Blackpool on Saturday.

Rotherham were winners and Hallamshire runners-up in the Yorkshire championships held in conjunction.

Dave Archer (21:45) was 37th for Hallamshire on the very competitive first stage before Andy Heyes stormed through to seventh, clocking 19:32, the second fastest time of the race. Connor Milnes (21:11), Ben Beattie (21:57), Tom Bains (21:22) and Andy Challenger (20:50) all ran solidly.

Sheffield Running Club were 17th in a field of over 100 and that was good enough to give them bronze medals in the Yorkshire Championship. The lead runner, Will Beauchamp was their fastest runner with 20:53.

Rotherham’s women were weakened through injury and never threatened the leaders in the four stage race won decisively by Lincoln Wellington. The Rotherham quartet were Fiona Davies (18:51), Sam Johnson (18:41), Mary Jenkinson (22:19) and Natasha Hatswell (19:03).

Rotherham won the under 17 men’s race with Joe Massingham (11:57), Declan Walker-Smith (12:08) and Kane Smith (12:08). City of Sheffield also put up a good performance finishing fifth.

In the Under 13 Boys race Hallamshire were runners up to Keighley. They were led off by Taylor Hill who led the field on the first stage, his time of 10:46 being the overall fastest. He was well supported by Dylan Stevens (11:38) and Tom Valentine (11:57).

Rotherham took bronze in the Under 15 Girls race through Keiva Rennocks (11:53), Mya Taylor (12:04) and Grace Harris (11:38), Harris being sixth fastest overall.

City of Sheffield just missed medals in the Under 15 Boys race finishing fourth.

Hallamshire were fifth in the Under 13 Girls race. There fastest runner Jodie Hill was second fastest of the race, equal with Mollyanne Welton from City of Sheffield.