The weather over the weekend suggested that summer is finally here as City of York’s runners made a good impression in local road races.
The Vale of York 10 mile race took place at Sunday from Rufforth with Stephen Kirk breaking the 1 hour mark for the first time as he lead home 8 runners from the club in 59.39. Ed Dunn was next home from the club in 64.40. Karen Wood and Joan Brown showed the benefits of training on the track on Thursday night with Karen being the first female in the over 45 category and Joan being 4th in the over 50 category.
The club had 11 runners doing parkruns on Saturday with new member Mark Fitzpatrick being fastest at York with 17.39 for 7th place. Helen Wilkinson broke off from her holiday in Penrith to come 2nd in the parkrun there to place 2nd female.
The club’s under 11s continue to make their presence felt at York junior parkrun with three of the four fastest runners in both the boys and girls categories. Connal Wilson followed last week’s first place with second this week whilst Nancy Marshall was first female runner.
Congratulations to Alex Botterill on being awarded the Young Sportsman of the Year in the annual Active York Sports Awards. Alex has achieved a unique feat in ending 2016 as Yorkshire Youths 800 metre champion, North Yorkshire Schools Intermediate 400m champion, English Schools Intermediate 800m champion, Great Britain Home International Schools 800m champion, North of England Youths 800m champion, England Youths 800m champion and UK Schools Games 800m champion.
Recognition should also go to Lucy Hadaway who was nominated in the female section. Lucy won the English Schools long jump title before going on to represent England at the SIAB Home Internationals , winning gold with a 6m jump. Earning a call-up for the North East at the School Games in Loughborough, she scooped a bronze medal. She defended her long jump title at the Yorkshire Championships, setting a new record of 5.89m, beating the previous record that had stood since 1977.
JOSH Dickinson produced the performance of his young career to win gold at the UK Inter-Counties Cross Country Championships. Representing Yorkshire, the City of York athlete won the under 15 boys’ title by 50 metres after a strong finish at Prestwold Hall, Loughborough. Dickinson completed the 4.5km course in 15mins 26secs, with runner-up Harris Mier (Cornwall) clocking 15.35, to take his first British title.
City of York clubmate Finnian Hutchinson ran 16.33 for 31st place to help Yorkshire to a team silver medal.
Angus McMillan’s fine season continued with an eighth-place finish in the under 17 men’s race. The ever-improving City of York runner, who like Dickinson was North of England champion, clocked 20.21 for the 6km course to finish just 21 seconds behind winner Zakariya Mahamed (Hampshire).
McMillan was Yorkshire’s second runner home, helping them to team gold.
Clubmate Maurice Calton-Seal finished 49th in 21.22.
City of York pair Josh Schofield and Tyler Hutchinson won a team silver medal for Yorkshire in the under 20 men’s race.Schofield and Hutchinson completed the 8km course in 28.29 and 29.53 for 19th and 56th place overall respectively.
City of York’s Georgia Rothwell finished a creditable 21st in the under 17 women’s race, clocking 21.20 for the 5km course and helped Yorkshire to fourth in the team standings.