York 10km League Report – Easingwold

Josh Schofield enjoyed a dominant debut victory in round three of the York and District Road Race League, while Helen Cross completed a hat-trick.
City of York Athletic Club’s Josh Schofield came home 50 seconds clear of second-placed Ben Jones (University of York) over the undulating Easingwold course.

Helen Cross (York Triathlon Club) made it three straight wins in the 10k series, with a 43-second victory margin over Charlotte Mason (City of York), who was runner-up for a third race in a row.

Run in warm conditions and with the tough Crayke hill to climb towards halfway, the Easingwold race offered runners a different sort of test to the opening rounds at Pocklington and Tadcaster. Josh Schofield went at it straight away and was well clear by the time he reached Crayke, eventually crossing the line in 34mins 4secs. Ben Jones, who won the first two rounds, clocked 34.54, while George Cook (University of York) edged out Jack Eggington (City of York) for third, recording 35.11 to the latter’s 35.13.

Helen Cross produced her best run of the series to finish 11th overall in 37.02, with Mason (37.45) also breaking the top-20 in 19th.
Jessica Troy (University of York) earned her first podium place in third, clocking 40.03.

The consistent David Smithers (York Knavesmire Harriers) took the vet 40 men’s honours, finishing fifth overall in 36.08. Ian Martin (York Triathlon) was the leading vet 50 man in 38.51, just two seconds ahead of Tadcaster Harriers’ Glen Johnson. Steve Boynton (York Acorn) took his second vet 60 win of the series in 39.47, with clubmate Michael Tasker completing a vet 70 treble in 53.08.

Cross was the leading vet 35 lady, with Caroline Warrington (Knavesmire) second in the category with 42.12. Julie Lawn (York Acorn) took the vet 45 honours for a second race running in 43.47, while clubmate Gill Boynton was the first vet 55 home in 47.24. Pocklington Runners’ Kathryn Taylor made it three straight vet 65 women’s wins, clocking 56.17.

Knavesmire’s women finished top of the team standings for a third race running, with four athletes in the top seven. City of York also had four of the leading seven men, which helped them to top the male standings on the night, although Knavesmire still lead the series.

York 10km League Report – Tadcaster

Ben Jones and Helen Cross maintained their dominant starts to the York and District Road Race League with victories at Tadcaster.
Jones and Cross made it two wins from two in the 10km series, while there was only one change to the podium places from the opening round at Pocklington.

Cross (York Triathlon Club) again had a comfortable victory in the women’s race, leading home City of York pair Charlotte Mason and Emma Ballantyne in second and third respectively.

Jones (University of York) finished nine seconds clear at the end of a competitive men’s race. But this time it was Oliver Cockerill (City of York), who took second from Phil Elliott-Dick (York Knavesmire Harriers) after the latter had pushed him into third at Pocklington. The trio had been locked together at the halfway point, but Jones’ greater strength told in the closing stages as he crossed the line in 33mins 56secs.

Having battled wind and rain in round one, sunny conditions made for faster times over the undulating course. Cockerill clocked 34.05 to Elliott Dick’s 34.14, with George Cook (University of York) a distant fourth place in 35.00. Cross, who is bidding for a third league title, finished 17th overall in 36.46, with Mason (37.36) seeing off Ballantyne (38.00).

Senior League Report (York) – A creditable 3rd place!

The club finished in a creditable third place on their return to North of England Track and Field League Division 1. Promoted from Division 2 last year, the club are now competing at their highest level since 2010, so it was vital they started well in this home fixture. And it was the women who led the way in the in blustery conditions, picking up 10 individual victories.

A well-contested fixture saw 2016 champions Wakefield Harriers take the spoils on 385 points, 17 ahead of West Cheshire. York finished on 363, 22 points ahead of fellow promoted club Wigan and District Harriers.

A consistent team display saw a good spread of podium finishes, but field eventer Christina Nick was York’s leading individual with three victories.
Christina won the A-String discus with a throw of 44.64m and took the shot putt honours in 13.13. She added a B-String hammer victory with 37.22.
Charlotte Stamp won a competitive women’s A-String women’s 400m race in 58.6secs and also finished first in the B-String 400m hurdles, recording 68.4.
Charlotte’s latter effort followed GB junior international Chelsea Walker’s dominant victory in the A-string race with a 61.0 clocking.
The 3,000m proved an equally strong event for York, with Charlotte Mason taking the main honours in 10mins 25.1secs and Emma Ballantyne (10.40.7) adding the B-String spoils. Ruth Brandon (62.4) and Lara Sterritt (5.24.2) completed York’s female winners tally with B-String success in the 400m and 1,500m respectively.

English Schools under 17 800m champion Alex Botterill produced the best performance for York’s men, taking the main 400m race by a full second in 49.5. Andrew England was the host club’s only other A-String victor, claiming the high jump in 1.70m. Tom Flatters made it a double by adding the B-String win in 1.65. Ben Schofield bagged York’s fourth and final men’s success in the B-String 400m hurdles where he clocked 68.7.

Match result: 1 Wakefield 6 league points (385 match points); 2 W Cheshire 5 (368); 3 York 4 (363); 4 Wigan 3 (341); 5 City of Sheffield 2 (315); 6 Preston 1 (288).

BUCS Athletics – 400m success

COYAC had 2 finalists in the BUCS 400 metre event:

Thomas Somers finished 2nd in a PB of 46.91 secs (Now Loughborough Uni).
Rob Shipley Finished 6th, with 2 runs under 48.00 secs, in a PB of 47.62 secs. (Now Durham Uni).

The event was won by Cameron Chalmers from Guernsey (Bath Uni), in a record time of 45.71 secs.

London Marathon and Mini Marathon – superb performances!

Josh Dickinson added another national title to his collection by winning the under 15 race in the London Mini Marathon in an event that also incorporates the British Athletics Junior Road Running Championships. Held over the last 3 miles of the London marathon course Josh soon took command of the race to win by nearly 100 metres from the South East’s Charlie Brisley in a time of 14.47. Josh said on the BBC after the race that he was overwhelmed by his win because he had trained so hard for it over the winter.

The club had four other runners taking part in the Mini Marathon as Angus McMillan and Georgia Rothwell came 13th and 22nd respectively in the under 17 races with Martha Carlton-Seal and Finnian Hutchinson coming 33rd and 36th in the under 15 race.

In the marathon itself Stephen Kirk was the first runner home from the club in a superb time of 2.40 with Mark Fitzpatrick also breaking the 3 hours mark with 2.49. Nick Elliott also ran a PB with 3.09 with James Richardson running 4.10.

Karen Williams was the first female runner from the club with 3.37 with Miyako Shimoji being close behind with 3.40. Cath Flatley ran 4.25, Charlotte Hancock 4.35 and Sally Rawlins 4.47.

Active York Sports Awards – Club success!

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.