Thake well clear at Wentworth

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Andy Thake (Hallamshire) was a convincing winner of the second race in the Up and Running South Yorkshire Cross Country League series at Wentworth Castle, near Barnsley yesterday.

Thake got well clear of the field and finished a minute clear of former Yorkshire steeplechase champion Richard Harris (Rotherham) who improved from fourth in the opening race. Harris was the first veteran to finish. A good run by Hallamshire’s Tom Jenkins gave him third place ahead of Doncaster veteran Simon Wright.

Thake did not run in the opening race whilst winner last time, Rob Baker (Hallamshire) was an absentee this time. Runners have to compete in three of the four races, with the final one compulsory, to qualify for the league title.

The first three in the women’s event were identical to the first race, Poppy Blake (Sheffield University) scoring her second victory ahead of Rotherham duo Jade Allen and Samantha Johnson. His time Allen was a lot closer to the winner.

In the younger age groups the outstanding winner was Hallamshire’s Fiona Bell.

Results - Men: 1 A Thake (Hallamshire) 32:56; 2 R Harris (Rotherham) 33:55; 3 T Jenkins (Hallamshire) 34:10; 4 S Wright (Doncaster) 34:20; 5 D Claus (Steel City) 34:28; 6 P Cooper (Hallamshire) 34:30; 7 D Thompson (Barnsley AC) 34:38; 8 R Teare (Sheffield Tri) 34:46.

Under 17 Men: 1 N Myers (Rotherham) 19:09; 2 C Ryan (Rotherham) 20:25; 3 D Morton (City of Sheffield) 21:12.

Under 15 Boys: 1 J Shields (City of Sheffield) 15:24; 2 C Mills (Penistone FPR) 15:34; 3 J Walton (Hallamshire) 16:02.

Under 13 Boys: 1 A Manthorpe (City of Sheffield) 14:19; 2 O Dane (City of Sheffield) 14:30; 3 K Smith (Rotherham) 14:38.

Under 11 Boys: 1 K Walker (City of Sheffield) 6:11; 2 S Nutter (Barnsley AC) 6:20; 3 D Lewis (Hallamshire) 6:34.

Women: 1 P Blake (Sheffield University) 21:26; 2 J Allen (Rotherham) 21:37; 3 S Johnson (Rotherham) 22:11; 4 S Burns (Rotherham, junior) 22:30; 5 C Patton (Hallamshire) 22:50; 6 C Robson (Hallamshire) 22:58

Under 17 Women: 1 F Bell (Hallamshire) 14:51; 2 B Ansell (City of Sheffield) 15:59; 3 C Thompson (City of Sheffield) 16:19.

Under 15 Girls: 1 C Slack (Hallamshire) 13:23; 2 A Atkinson (City of Sheffield) 13:25; 3 C Dodds (Rotherham).

Under 13 Girls: 1 I Wilson (Hallamshire) 12:24; 2 M Pearce (Hallamshire) 12:42; 3 A Lancaster (City of Sheffield) 12:45.

Under 11 Girls: 1 E Crownshaw (Hallamshire) 6:30; 2 E Wilson (Hallamshire) 6:36; 3 A Johnson (Rotherham) 6:42.