Rotherham women land Northern Cross Country championship

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A top class performance from Rotherham Harriers gave them the women’s title at the Northern Cross Country Relay Championships at Graves Park, Sheffield, on Saturday.

Following an opening leg of 12:07 from Natasha Hatswell in fourth place, Steph Burns (11:53) took them into a commanding lead which Sam Johnson (12:01) comfortably held on the final stage. This was despite a sterling effort by Holmfirth’s mountain running international Katie Walshaw who clinched silver medals for her team.

Hallamshire finished fifth. Julia Jagger (12:04) started them off in third place, Hannah Fletcher (12:41) took them to second before Ruth Ross (12:54) was pushed into fifth place by some of the “big guns” on the last stage. Underlining their depth, Rotherham were the first B team finishing eighth with Mary Jenkinson (12:50) their fastest runner.

Rotherham men were fourth, just outside the medals with Luke Cotter their fastest with 10:25. Hallamshire were sixth with Tom Bains having a fine run on the opening stage where he finished fourth with 10:05.

City of Sheffield were in top form in the under 13 boys race finishing runners up to City of York. David Byrne was first on the opening stage and his time, 5:25, was the fastest of the race. Luke Newel (5:59) dropped to third before Matthew Fuller (5:49) brought them back to second. Hallamshire finished ninth.

There were also silver medals for the Sheffield club in the under 15 girls race. They were given a superb lead by Amelia Lancaster who was second on the opening stage, her time of 7:34 being third fastest of the race. Mariella DeLara dropped to third before Emily Simpson regained the runner up spot. Hallamshire finished seventh.

There were bronze medals for Hallamshire in the under 13 girls race. Tilly Simpson led them home with a time of 5:37 which remained the fastest of the race. Eve Crownshaw held the lead before Saskia Huxham was passed by Manchester and Liverpool on the final lap. Rotherham were fourth and City of Sheffield seventh.

City of Sheffield narrowly missed medals in the under 17 men’s race finishing fourth.