John Thewlis (Notts AC) was a convincing winner of the men’s race and Alex Bell (Pudsey and Bramley) won a close women’s race at the Yorkshire Cross Country Championships on a windswept course at Lightwater Valley. South Yorkshire teams and individuals won several medals.
Yorkshire teams and individuals won several medals.
Although Thewlis, a former Rotherham runner, lives in the Midlands and runs for Notts AC, he has kept his allegiance to Yorkshire and will lead the White Rose challenge in the Inter Counties Championships later in the season. Runner up was Alan Buckley (Leeds City) and third was Steve Bayton, a recent Hallamshire recruit from Sheffield University. He took over the mantle of leading Hallamshire runner from Andy Heyes, last year’s champion, who was running in the Edinburgh International where he finished 25th.
Even though well below strength, Hallamshire did well to take silver medals behind Leeds City. Supporting Bayton were Matthew Hobbs, 24th, Aidan Smith, 37th, Darren Newbould, 40th , Peter Hodges, 46th and Phil Cooper, 51st.
Hallamshire’s Connor Milnes was an easy winner of the under 20 race and, backed up by Sam Peters, seventh and Ewan South, ninth, led Hallamshire to a team win.
James Gormley gave an accomplished performance in winning the under 17 race with his City of Sheffield team mate Jonathon Shields finishing third. The third Sheffield runner was Cameron Cass, 28th, securing silver medals for the team behind a strong York team. Cameron Bell (Hallamshire), fifth, and Joe Massingham (Rotherham), eighth, ran well in this age group.
City of Sheffield went one better in the under 15 Boys race, turning the tables on York. Their top runner Alfie Manthorpe produced a strong finish to forge ahead of a good field for a well deserved victory. Joe Newman-Billington, fifth, and Julian Slater, seventh, backed him up superbly to clinch team golds.
In the under 13 age group, Scott Nutter, fourth, and Joshua Ward, seventh, gave Barnsley AC a good start and Rowan Briscoe, 24th, completed the counting trio to ensure third place for Barnsley. Taylor Hill, fifth, did well for Hallamshire who narrowly missed out on team medals.
Rotherham retained their women’s team title by a comfortable margin over Hallamshire. They were headed by Sam Johnson, fifth, and Robyn Lanceley, seventh and they had the vital support of Jess Fawcett, 16th, and Jenny Blizard, 24th. For Blizard it marked the return to competition following a lengthy spell on the injured list.
Hallamshire took the runner up medals with Nicola Squires, ninth and Hannah Fletcher, 10th leading the way and Charlotte Slack, 20th and Ellie Crownshaw, 46th, playing their part. The rapidly improving Helen Mort (Sheffield Running Club) was a superb sixth to gain a place in the Yorkshire team for the Inter Counties Championship.
The junior race was held together with the seniors and Eleanor Curran (City of Sheffield), took the bronze medal.
In the under 17 women’s race there was a fine run from Hallamshire’s Mary McCarthy in third place with her team mates Lily Fletcher, 14th and Caitlin Tevendale, 17th, combining well to take silver medals.
Tilly Simpson (Hallamshire), last year’s under 13 winner made a seamless transition to under 15 with a superb win from Emily Simpson (City of Sheffield), With Amelia Lancaster third and Ana Garcia 12th, the Sheffield team were easy team winners. Mya Taylor, seventh, led Rotherham to bronze medals backed up by Ellis Jackson, 15th and Annabel Johnson, 36th.
In the under 13 girls race Elizabeth Wilkinson (City of Sheffield) finished third and Hallamshire, with Eve Crownshaw, sixth, Jodie Hill, 12th and Laura Trask, 15th, were third team. Rotherham’s Grace Harris finished seventh.