Weekend update (British Indoor Championships) – 17/18 Feb

Lucy Hadaway produced the performance of her young life to win a bronze medal at the British Indoor Championships in Birmingham.
The 17-year-old City of York AC member finished third in the women’s long jump, with only Olympian Katarina Johnson-Thompson and established international Jazmin Sawyer ahead of her.

Hadaway’s medal-winning leap of 6.06m came in round three and was just 2cm off Sawyer in silver. Johnson-Thompson took victory in 6.71m.
City of York’s Scott Lincoln, meanwhile, was far more expectedly on the podium.
Lincoln secured his sixth British men’s shot put title and third indoors by almost a metre with a third-round effort of 18.40m.
City of York’s Becky Campsall came close to a medal in the women’s 200m, finishing fourth in 24.09secs. She also came sixth in her 60m semi-final in 7.54secs.

Also in action were Tom Somers, who finished fifth in his 400m semi-final and Alice Linaker, who came sixth in her women’s 60m hurdles heat.
There was more success for City of York’s throws coach Paul Wilson, with Christina Nick picking up bronze in the women’s shot at the BUCS Championships in Sheffield following a 12.97m effort.

On the roads, Josh Schofield set a new City of York record when clocking 14mins 42secs at the Armagh International 5K.
Schofield finished 63rd in a very high calibre race, which saw 94 runners break the 15-minute barrier.

York’s Tyler Hutchinson won a silver medal in the under 23 category of the Yorkshire Fell Running championships, which were held within the Ilkley Moor race.

Hutchinson completed the 8km course in 40-35 to finish second in the under 23 category behind Nathan Lawson of Dark Peak Fell Runners.
Elsewhere, City of York’s Jack Eggington came third in the Liversedge Half Marathon, clocking 1hr 16mins 19secs. Clubmate Seren Hughes was the eighth lady home in 1-39-34.

Finally, the club also had three first-place finishes in Saturday’s parkruns, with Luca Parker recording 16-01 at York’s Knavesmire course.
Kyle McLeay and Rebecca Wilkinson both ran 19-09 to be the first man and first lady at Wetherby and Hull respectively.

North of England X-Country Championships Report

Angus McMillan and Josh Schofield led City of York Athletic Club to the under 20 men’s team title at the North of England Cross Country Championships.
McMillan edged out Schofield for individual silver at Harewood House, but with strong support from teammates Maurice Carlton-Seal (13th) and Tyler Hutchinson (26th) York dominated the team race.

A large group ran together on the first lap of two in the under 20 men’s race until Leeds’ Emile Cairess made a decisive break early on the second circuit of the 8km course. McMillan and Schofield were together for most of the second lap until the former pulled clear on the uphill section with just over a mile to go. McMillan came home in 27-44 to Schofield’s 27-53, while Carlton-Seal clocked 29-06 and Hutchinson 29-54. James Tucker (32-25) and Harry Topham (33-27) came 50th and 58th respectively.

Following his win in the Yorkshire championships, City of York’s Josh Dickinson came second in the under 17 boys’ race. Dickinson made several attempts to pull away from Morpeth’s Rory Leonard, but all were unsuccessful. Leonard made a decisive move with half a mile to go to win by around 50 metres, completing the 6km course in 20-05 to Dickinson’s 20-17. Luca Parker (21-31) finished 15th, Kyle McLeay (23-27) 68th and Toby Antcliff (24-20) 83rd as York came fourth in the team event.

York’s Georgia Rothwell (24-05) came fifth in the under 20 women’s event over 6km. Finnian Hutchinson finished seventh in the under 15 boys race where he clocked 14-25 for the 4km course.

Edinburgh & North Yorkshire Schools Cross Country / Road report (13th & 14th Jan)

City of York AC’s Alex Botterill made his senior England debut in the BBC-televised Great Edinburgh Cross Country meeting. The 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games 800m champion ran leg three for England in the mixed relay event, which was won by a Great Britain side featuring Laura Muir. Botterill’s England team finished eighth as he clocked 2mins 54secs for his 1km leg. Meanwhile, his City of York colleagues Angus McMillan and Josh Schofield competed for the North of England in the Senior and Junior Men’s Inter District race at the same meeting. McMillan (26-59) finished eighth and Schofield (27-11) 11th in the 6km event, helping the North to third place in the team standings.

Nearer to home, City of York picked up three medals in the North Yorkshire Schools Cross Country Championships, which took place on the same day at Knaresborough. Maurice Calton-Seal took home the silver medal in the senior boys race as he was narrowly beaten by Euan Brennan by just three seconds. Luca Parker continued his fine cross country season with fifth place in the same race.

Finnian Hutchinson again found Ethan Hussey too tough to beat in the intermediate boys race as he finished in second place about 100 metres behind Hussey. There were four other runners from the club in the top 10 in this race as Herbert Antcliff came fifth, Kyle McLeay seventh, Archie Lawson eighth and Toby Antcliff ninth.

City of York’s two leading runners in the other two boys events were Xavier Martin who came ninth in the junior boys’ race and Louis How who was seventh in the Year 7 event. Martha Carlton-Seal emulated her older brother by winning a medal in the intermediate girls race as she came third, around 50 metres behind the winner Mena Scatchard. Holly Moss and Abi Smith came seventh and ninth respectively in the same race. City of York’s Lara Sterritt finished sixth in the senior girls’ race whilst Frances Hogg came fourth in the Year 7 girls’ event.

Completing a great day for the club, Stephen Kirk won the Wuthering Heights Winter Wander 20-mile off-road race at Haworth in a time of 3hrs 21mins.
The irrepressible Kirk was then City of York’s first man home in Sunday’s Temple Newsam 10-mile event. He came 21st in 69-19, while Karen Williams was the club’s leading lady, clocking 91-01 for 327th. In Sunday’s Brass Monkey Half Marathon, Mark Fitzpatrick led the way for York with a time of 79-17.

Yorkshire X-Country Championships – Lightwater Valley

Angus McMillan and Josh Dickinson claimed individual titles as City of York AC’s juniors impressed in the Yorkshire Cross Country Championships at Lightwater Valley. McMillan won the under 20 men’s title, while Dickinson added the under 17 boys’ crown to the under 15 championship he secured in 2017.Georgia Rothwell was the club’s leading female performer, finishing second in the under 20 women’s race. Having won the West Yorkshire League title last month, McMillan maintained his excellent form with a well-timed victory. He pulled away from City of Sheffield & Dearne’s Alfie Manthorpe on the penultimate lap to finish over 100 metres clear in a time of 27mins 31secs for the 8.24km course. With Maurice Carlton-Seal (28-43) coming home fourth and James Tucker (32-52) 12th, City of York added the under 20 men’s team title for good measure.

Dickinson had a similarly emphatic win in the under 17 boys’ race as he pulled away from Ilkley Harriers’ Euan Brennan just after the halfway mark to win by around 100 metres, covering the 6.35km course in 20-30. Clubmate Luca Parker (21-18) had a fine run in fifth and with Archie Lawson (23-10) coming 15th, City of York took silver medals in the team event behind Ilkley.

Rothwell led for much of her race over 6.35km, but was overtaken by Alice Moore (Barnsley) with a mile to go to finish in second place.
Moore clocked 24-01, with Rothwell 22 seconds behind. Their top-eight finishes meant McMillan, Carlton-Seal, Dickinson, Parker and Rothwell all earned Yorkshire vests to represent the White Rose team at the Inter-counties Championships in March. Joining them in the prestigious event will be City of York clubmates Finnian Hutchinson and Martha Carlton-Seal.Hutchinson finished fifth in the under 15 boys’ race, recording 14-54 for the 4.35km course, while Carlton Seal (15-44) was seventh in the girls’ equivalent over 3.9km.

City of York’s Edward Hanley (9-11) came ninth in the 2.55km under 13 boys’ event. The club also secured top-10 team finishes in the under 15 boys (fourth), under 13 girls (sixth) and under 13 girls (seventh) races. Meanwhile, City of York’s Andrew Lawrence (20-02) and Kieran Dowzer (22-08) came fourth and 10th respectively in the 5km under 15 boys’ race in the Humberside Championships at Costello Park, Hull.