Oliver Cockerill was crowned York and District Road Race League men’s champion after finishing second in the final round at Wistow. The 17-year-old City of York runner had to secure a top-two spot to take the spoils in the 10k league after title rival Ben Jones (University of York) missed the race. This meant Jones’ best four results in the series remained two wins, a second and a third. Cockerill had an identical record going into the Wistow round, but crucially improved his best four positions to two wins and two second places to edge out Jones
On a very humid night, it was Phil Elliott (York Knavesmire Harriers) who pulled away to a comprehensive victory, clocking 34mins 11secs for his best result of the series. Behind him, Cockerill (35.09) held off York Acorn’s Paul Whitaker, who was third in 35.20. Elliott had already secured the vet 40 men’s title at Bishop Wilton in round five, but his Wistow victory also earned him third place overall.
Charlotte Mason (City of York) enjoyed a second successive victory in the women’s race, finishing 14th overall in 36.43. Although Helen Cross (York Triathlon Club) had already secured the title, Mason proved a worthy runner-up with her best four performances comprising two wins and two second places. City of York’s Emma Ballantyne was second on the night in 38.23 and in so doing secured third place in the series. Knavesmire’s Emily Baines was third at Wistow in 40.50.
The remaining individual titles to be decided saw Tadcaster Harriers’ Glen Johnson take the vet 50 men’s spoils and Jane Nodder (Knavesmire) the women’s vet 55 honours. Johnson was second behind Michael Carricker (York Acorn) on the night as they clocked 37.22 and 36.44 respectively. Carricker finished with three wins, but did not compete in a fourth race, which might have earned him the title. Nodder was the first vet 55 woman home in 44.33, matching her finish in round five. The other leading ladies on the night were Knavesmire’s Lucy Pinder (vet 35), who clocked 41.02, Acorn’s Julie Lawn (vet 45 – 44.03) and Knavesmire’s Mary Farmery (vet 65 – 53.56). For the men, David Lancaster (York Acorn) took the vet 60 honours in 39.41 and his clubmate Michael Tasker (50.34), who made it six vet 70 wins from six races.
Knavesmire A had already retained their men’s team title in round five and were again top dogs at Wistow, while City of York took second place overall. In the women’s team competition, Knavesmire comfortably won the title.
Full results from Wistow can be found here: https://www.stuweb.co.uk/race/1zt
More information on the league can be found at http://www.roadraceleague.org.uk/