Hallamshire runner leads Yorkshire home in inter-counties cross country

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Andy Heyes (Hallamshire) finished seventh, the leading Yorkshire runner in the men’s race at The Inter Counties Cross Country at Birmingham but a below strength Yorkshire team finished a modest sixth. Hallamshire’s Steve Bayton was the fifth Yorkshire counter in 96th place.

Yorkshire women did much better retaining their title by over Hampshire. Rotherham’s Sam Johnson was Yorkshire’s their third counter in 29th. Nicola Squires (Hallamshire) was 87th and Helen Mort (Sheffield RC) 100th.

In the under 20 women’s race Anina Atkinson (City of Sheffield) helped Yorkshire to silver in 27th place. Eleanor Curran (City of Sheffield), 42nd, Mary Jenkinson (Rotherham), 43rd and Charlotte Slack (Hallamshire), 54th, also ran well. In the under 20 men’s race Connor Milnes (Hallamshire) was the top Yorkshire runner in 41st.

In the under 17 men’s Yorkshire were beaten into second place by Kent by six points. Yorkshire would have won but for an early fall by Yorkshire champion James Gormley (City of Sheffield) which put him out of the race. Jonathon Shields (City of Sheffield), 11th and Cameron Bell (Hallamshire), 19th played a big part.

There were no medals for the Yorkshire under 17 women’s team but Hallamshire’s Mary McCarthy finished 28th.

There were medals for both the boys and girls at under 15. The boys were second to the North East with Alfie Manthorpe the second Yorkshire runner in 24th place. The girls took the bronze medals with Tilly Simpson (Hallamshire) taking another individual medal in third. Not Amelia Lancaster (City of Sheffield) was fifth while Mya Taylor (Rotherham) was 39th..

The youngest age group for under 13’s was a team and individual triumph for Yorkshire in the boys race. Leeds City’s Tommy Dawson, already the winner of the English title, scored an impressive win . Taylor Hill (Hallamshire), 20th and Scott Nutter (Barnsley AC), 31st, were vital to the Yorkshire success.

Top Yorkshire runner in the under 13 girls race was Elizabeth Wilkinson (City of Sheffield) in 26th position.