Angus McMillan belied his age to win the men’s race in round two of the West Yorkshire Cross Country League at Nunroyd Road, Guiseley. The 17-year-old City of York AC showed great maturity to take victory after breaking clear on the penultimate lap. In so doing, McMillan helped City of York finish first in the men’s team competition on a highly successful day for the club. Josh Dickinson won the under 17 boys’ race, with York also taking the team honours in that category as well the under 15 boys.
McMillan, last year’s under 17 champion, was making his debut in the senior ranks and soon settled into a leading group of five runners. He let Leeds City’s Josh Woodcock-Shaw build up a small lead on the second lap of four before making a decisive move on the penultimate circuit to finish 12 seconds ahead of Woodcock-Shaw. McMillan clocked 27mins 1sec for the 8km course, while teammate and fellow under 20 athlete Josh Schofield (27-18) enjoyed his best finish yet in third. With two more senior debutants, Maurice Carlton-Seal (28-03) and Tyler Hutchinson, (28-29) finishing eighth and 12th respectively, City of York took the team honours by more than 40 points.
In the senior women’s race, Helen Cross (21-18) in fourth place led home a trio of Knavesmire runners behind the race winner Georgia Malir (20-25) from Leeds City. Katy Wood (22-11) in 11th place led home City of York, who came fourth in the team event.
Dickinson took the lead on the first lap of three in the under 17 boys’ race to comfortably beat Matthew Hill from Wakefield in a time of 18-44 for the 5.5k course. Luca Parker (19-53) and Toby Antcliff (20-51) finished fifth and 10th respectively to earn the team honours for York.
Finnian Hutchinson (14-06) couldn’t emulate his win in the first round of the under 15 boys competition as he was comfortably beaten into second place by Ethan Hussey (13-36) from Leeds City who didn’t run in the first meeting. However, good runs from Herbert Antliff (14.20) and Thomas Hayes (14.35) in fourth and eighth meant City of York won another team event.
In the other junior races, City of York’s under 11 boys team came second, whilst Lottie Langan, in ninth place, helped the under 13 girls team come eighth.