West Yorkshire Cross Country Report – Thornes Park

The Club made a good start to the cross country season in the first race in the West Yorkshire Cross Country League at an unseasonally warm Thornes Park in Wakefield last Saturday.

In the senior women’s race Rebekah Ward led a determined charge up the first hill before Knavesmire’s Nik Tarrega swept past and took an early lead on the first lap. Leeds City’s Emma Clayton took a grip on the race going up the climb for the second lap that she was never to loose with a close battle ensuing between the two York runners on the last lap with Rebekah narrowly prevailing to come 4th. A fine debut performance from Jessica Troy to come 10th helped the City of York team to come third in the team race one place ahead of York Knavesmire Harriers.

Josh Schofield had a fine season opener to place 4th in the senior men’s race. Josh stuck with the leaders until the 4th lap of 5 before finally giving way. He then engaged in a tough last lap duel with Holmfirth’s Aaron Kettlewell for third place and 1st under 20 with the Holmfirth runner prevailing by ten seconds. Josh’s fine run helped the City of York team come 4th in the team race as they again finished one place ahead of York Knavesmire Harriers.

In the junior races there was one individual win from the club as Finnian Hutchinson had his first win in the League, winning the under 15 boys race in style. Pulling away at the end of the first of two laps Finnian finished more than 100 metres clear of the second placed runner, Sam Smith from Wharfedale Harriers. Tom Hayes came 7th in the same race as the club came 2nd in the team event. It might have been two individual winners from the club had Josh Dickinson not been running in the Cross Challenge at Cardiff on the same day but his team mates ran well in his absence with Toby Antcliff (6th), Kyle MacLeay (7th) and Elliott Hutchinson (8th) helping the under 17 men come second in the team event. Other juniors from the club with top ten finishes were Millie Anderson, 5th in the under 15 girls, Edward Honley, 7th in the under 13 boys, Lottie Langan 10th in the under 13 girls and Georgia Neary 10th in the under 17 women.

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