Georgia Rothwell and Angus McMillan completed an impressive double for City of York Athletic Club in round three of the West Yorkshire Cross Country League. The pair, both aged 17, won their respective women’s and men’s races at Cleckheaton to lead another strong display from the club.
Rothwell made a bold start in her debut senior race in the league, immediately taking the lead as she felt comfortable with the early pace.
She gradually pulled away during the race and was never in danger of being caught even though the two chasing runners closed the gap slightly on the last lap as they raced each other for the minor placings. Rothwell clocked 19mins 50secs for victory and helped City of York top the women’s standings on the day – another club first. Charlotte Mason (20-58), Olivia Mann (21-30) and Helen Wilkinson (21-58) finished ninth, 13th and 19th respectively to give York in the spoils by three points from Holmfirth. With one race to go, City of York are second in the overall team standings and one place ahead of Knavesmire.
McMillan followed up his win in round two with another mature performance to take the senior men’s race. He took the lead on the third lap of five, but determined veteran Andrew Grant, from Harrogate, stubbornly held on just behind.The last mile saw McMillan eventually pull clear to win by nine seconds in 29-32. City of York’s George Cook (31-59) defeated teammate Jack Egginton (32-02) and Knavesmire’s Phil Elliott (32.05) in a sprint finish as they finished 18th, 19th and 20th respectively. In the team race City of York finished third, one place ahead of Knavesmire. This puts them joint second In the series standings with Holmfirth, but York would need to beat Wakefield Harriers by three places in the last race to have a chance of taking the title.
There was more good news in the junior races where York’s Finnian Hutchinson was crowned under 15 boys’ champion. Hutchinson held onto a narrow lead from Wharfedale’s Sam Smith to win by three seconds in 11-52. Having finished first and second in the previous two races, this means that Hutchinson’s points tally cannot be beaten. Hutchinson’s teammates Thomas Hayes (12-18) and Herbert Antcliff (12-24) gave their usual good support in fourth and sixth place as the club won the team race.
York also came third in the under 11 boys’ team race due to good packing from Benjamin Scurrah-Smith, Miles Watson and Sam Dickinson in 11th, 12th and 14th places.
There were top-10 finishes from Holly Moss (sixth) in the under 15 girls, Lottie Langan (10th) in the under 13 girls and Edward Hanley (eighth) in the under 13 boys.
CITY of York Athletic Club’s under 20 men finished eighth in the Saucony English Cross Country Relay Championships at Berry Hill Park, Mansfield.
York’s trio of Angus McMillan Oskar Fraser-Krauss and Josh Schofield produced the club’s best display of the day, coming home just 35 seconds behind winners Loughborough Students. There were also top-20 finishes from York’s under 20 women, under 17 boys and under 15 boys.
McMillan clocked 9mins 4secs for the opening 3km leg, placing York ninth. Fraser-Krauss’ 9-59 effort saw them 20th ahead of the final leg where Schofield (9-02) came home strongly to secure eighth place.
Finnian Hutchinson got York’s under 15 boys off to a strong start, recording 6-34 for the opening 2km leg to place eight.
Thomas Hayes (6-58) took York up to fourth, with Andrew Lawrence (7-10) bringing them home in 12th.
The club’s under 20 women finished 13th, with opening leg runner Georgia Rothwell (9-00) their leading performer over the 2.5km circuit.
Ella Eadon (10-01) and Lara Sterritt (10-21) completed the team.
The under 17 men’s race over 3km saw Josh Dickinson (9-13) get York off to a flier in fifth place.
He was supported by Kyle McLeay (10-35) and Luca Parker (9-57) to secure 20th place overall.
York’s senior women’s A team finished 27th on their 3km course thanks to Katy Wood (10-58), Helen Wilkinson (12-01) and Charlotte Mason (11-08). The club also entered a B team, with Karen Wood (12-45), Jane Power (15-35) and Lauren Eadon (13-10) taking 82nd place.
York’s under 15 girls came home 63rd over a 2km course, thanks to Millie Anderson (8-19), Holly Moss (8-01) and Ella Foster (9-02).
Meanwhile, Stephen Kirk was York’s leading man in the Guy Fawkes 10 race at Ripley. Kirk clocked 1-04-24 for the 10-mile course to finish 15th.
Miyako Shimoji (1-26-25) was the first City of York lady home in 341st. Elsewhere, Mason backed up her efforts at Berry Hill Park to finish 43rd in the women’s event at the Leeds Abbey Dash 10K with a 37-10 clocking. Second-claim member Toby Fletcher was City of York’s first man home, recording a personal best 32-59 for 137th.
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.
The club had a fine day at last Saturday’s Northern Cross Country Relays at Sheffield with all our completed teams finishing inside the top 13 places.
The senior men’s team came 7th which is the club’s best performance in a northern event since 2001. Josh Schofield led the team off covering the 2 mile route in 10 minutes 44 seconds to place 7th on the first leg. Angus McMillan was only three seconds slower as he improved the team to 5th with Tyler Hutchinson taking the team to its highest position of 4th after three legs. James Tucker then ran a good anchor leg as the team came 7th overall.
The club’s senior women’s team narrowly missed out on a top ten finish by coming 11th. Helen won a close battle of the Wilkinsons as she finished ahead of Becky on the first leg. Georgia Rothwell then improved the A team 16 places on the second leg with the team’s fastest leg time of 12 minutes 44 seconds. Katy Wood then improved the team to its final finishing position of 11th on the last leg. The club’s B team finished 31st in the same race.
Both the under 17 and under 15 boys teams came 5th. Josh Dickinson ran his usual strong leg to place second on the opening shoot out in a time of 7 minutes 11 seconds which turned out to be the third fastest of the day. Kyle McLeay and Luca Parker then completed the team on the last two legs. The under 15 boys team emulated their older teammates by matching their 5th place in their event with Finnian Hutchinson running the fastest leg. The club had one other completed team as the under 13 girls team came 13th whilst the under 15 girls team were one runner short of completing a team.
The Club made a good start to the cross country season in the first race in the West Yorkshire Cross Country League at an unseasonally warm Thornes Park in Wakefield last Saturday.
In the senior women’s race Rebekah Ward led a determined charge up the first hill before Knavesmire’s Nik Tarrega swept past and took an early lead on the first lap. Leeds City’s Emma Clayton took a grip on the race going up the climb for the second lap that she was never to loose with a close battle ensuing between the two York runners on the last lap with Rebekah narrowly prevailing to come 4th. A fine debut performance from Jessica Troy to come 10th helped the City of York team to come third in the team race one place ahead of York Knavesmire Harriers.
Josh Schofield had a fine season opener to place 4th in the senior men’s race. Josh stuck with the leaders until the 4th lap of 5 before finally giving way. He then engaged in a tough last lap duel with Holmfirth’s Aaron Kettlewell for third place and 1st under 20 with the Holmfirth runner prevailing by ten seconds. Josh’s fine run helped the City of York team come 4th in the team race as they again finished one place ahead of York Knavesmire Harriers.
In the junior races there was one individual win from the club as Finnian Hutchinson had his first win in the League, winning the under 15 boys race in style. Pulling away at the end of the first of two laps Finnian finished more than 100 metres clear of the second placed runner, Sam Smith from Wharfedale Harriers. Tom Hayes came 7th in the same race as the club came 2nd in the team event. It might have been two individual winners from the club had Josh Dickinson not been running in the Cross Challenge at Cardiff on the same day but his team mates ran well in his absence with Toby Antcliff (6th), Kyle MacLeay (7th) and Elliott Hutchinson (8th) helping the under 17 men come second in the team event. Other juniors from the club with top ten finishes were Millie Anderson, 5th in the under 15 girls, Edward Honley, 7th in the under 13 boys, Lottie Langan 10th in the under 13 girls and Georgia Neary 10th in the under 17 women.