The Ladies teams had a very enjoyable event at the Golden Acre Park Relay. A very scenic and popular course in a North Leeds park, which attracted an entry of 150 teams of 3.
The Senior team of Helen Wilkinson (17.46), Georgia Rothwell (17.17) and Charlotte Mason (16.24) were the winning ladies team, and 16th overall. Charlotte ran the fastest female lap of the day, and second on the club’s All Time list there (since it started in 2005) – the club record still with Helen Wilkinson’s run in 2011.
The Girls team of Millie Anderson (17.53), Ella Foster (18.59) and Hollie Moss (17.58) were first girls team, and 3rd Ladies, 36th overall of 150 teams. A great run for them in their first adult race, and their first relay.
City of York Athletic Club closed in on second place in North of England Track and Field League Division 1 after another consistent display at Wigan.
York matched their third-place finishes from the opening two rounds, but are now within six match points of second-placed West Cheshire.
The club’s women led the way with a total of nine victories, while the men contributed five. Christina Nick bagged an A-String double, with wins in the discus (45.52m) and shot put (13.44). Sarah Parsons showed her versatility with a hat-trick of B-String successes in the hammer (36.71), discus (40.82) and shot (11.50). Charlotte Stamp demonstrated her one-lap prowess by winning the A-String 400m (58.9secs) and 400m hurdles (63.9) in style. York also claimed a 100m hurdles double, thanks to Chelsea Walker (14.0) and Josie Parry (17.3) in their respective A and B races. Women’s team manager Becky Wilkinson completed a demanding A-String triple bill of the 800m (2mins 18.5secs) 1,500m (5.07.4) and 3,000m (11.52.0), finishing third, fourth and second respectively. The women’s 4x400m relay team of Stamp, Ruth Brandon, Wilkinson and Walker finished just 0.6secs off the club record when finishing second in 4.05.7.
British shot put champion Scott Lincoln eased to victory in the men’s A-String contest, where his 18.25m effort was further than the 17.82m distance he needed to win the national title. City’s men also won both the 400m hurdles races, with Ben Schofield (62.3) and Jack Spence (63.9) taking the A and B spoils. Ben Schofield clocked 11.39.2 to win the B-String 3,000m steeplechase, while his brother Josh went second in the club’s under 20 5,000m rankings when finishing runner-up in 15.38.9.
Round 3 results: 1 Wigan 6 (411 match pts); 2 City of Sheffield 5 (383); 3 York 4 (364); 4 Preston 3 (353); 5 Wakefield 2 (332); 6 West Cheshire 1 (332).
Standings: 1 Wigan 15 (1,159.5); 2 West Cheshire 12 (1,097); 3 York 12 (1,091); 4 Wakefield 10 (1,051); 5 City of Sheffield 8 (923.5); 6 Preston 6 (963).
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/
Nearly 50 City of York AC athletes competed in the County Championships at Dorothy Hyman Stadium in Cudworth for Yorkshire athletes and Costello Stadium in Hull for those resident in Humberside. A fantastic showing of green and black vests in all age groups resulting in 43 individual medals for our Team members – a tremendous haul!