Alice Moore (Barnsley) won a close verdict over Amelia Lancaster (Sheffield) in the junior girls race (years 8 and 9) at the South Yorkshire Cross Country Championships at Winterhill, Rotherham, last weekend.
In the closest race of the day, only a second separated them.
It was hardly surprising as the pair have been close rivals all winter. Alice won the Yorkshire title early in January but Amelia turned the tables on her rival in the Northern Championships. The two will clash again at the National Cross Country later this month whilst they are team mates for Yorkshire in the Inter Counties and for South Yorkshire in the English Schools Championships.
The South Yorkshire junior girls team looks a strong one with Mariella De Lara, Amy Garcia and Emily Simpson, all from Sheffield, and Doncaster’s Molly Butterworth not too far behind the leaders in last week’s race at Winterhill.
Alice Moore’s brother Harry gets a place in the South Yorkshire intermediate team. This also looks strong with James Gormley, Jonathon Shields, and Cameron Bell, all from Sheffield, and Joe Massingham (Rotherham) spearheading their challenge.
High Storrs student Eleanor Curran and Charlotte Slack from Tapton lead the senior girls team whilst last week’s winner Josh Naisbitt (Sheffield) along with Luke Cotter (Rotherham) lead the senior boys challenge. Cotter did not run last week but established his credentials when he finished runner-up in the Yorkshire Under 20 Championships earlier in the year.
The consistent Hallamshire runner Rebecca Dancer leads the South Yorkshire intermediate girls team and Alfie Manthorpe, who runs for City of Sheffield, heads the junior boys squad.