Rotherham in fine showing

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ROTHERHAM Harriers finished 13th in the women’s race at the National Cross Country Relays Championship at Mansfield on Saturday.

Steph Burns was their fastest runner with 10:49 which put her 20th on the highly competitive opening stage. Annabelle Grady was three seconds slower but moved up to 12th with Jessica Fawcett dropping a place on the final stage. Birchfield Harriers took first prize.

Rotherham’s B team also did well to finish 17th out of over 100 teams with Samantha Johnson (10:47) running faster than all the A team runners. Hallamshire were 19th.

Hallamshire finished 15th in the junior women’s race with Calli Thackery particularly impressive finishing third on the opening stage.

City of Sheffield narrowly missed out on medals in the under 13 girls race, finishing a close fourth. Amelia Lancaster set the tone with runner up spot on the opening stage, her time of 7:32 being third fastest of the race. Emily Simpson (8:12) dropped to fourth before Mariella DeLara took over on the final stage. Although she moved into third place, she could not hold off the challenge from the final Manchester runner and finished a tantalising four seconds behind at the finish.

Hallamshire, City of Sheffield and Rotherham were close together in the early thirties in the men’s race in a field of over 160. Winners were Belgrave with Leeds second.

City of Sheffield did well in the younger age groups, 16th at under 17 level, 9th in the under 15s and 10th at under 13 level where Alfie Manthorpe was their fastest runner.

David Lewis of Hallamshire had the fastest time in the under 13 race with 6:52.