Harriers enjoying the cross country season

Start of the senior ladies and U17 mens race

Start of the senior ladies and U17 mens race

By Mark Fletcher

Acklam was the setting for this weeks round of the North Yorkshire and South Durham cross country league. Up first were the U11 boys with a great run for Dominic Wilford in 3 rd and another solid run from Thomas Greer in 14th. Holly McCowie had an excellent race for 3rd in the U11 girls race. Kyle Rabjohn was well placed in 2 nd in the U13 boys, with Charlie Stephenson, Josh Hammett and Daniel Francis were all tightly bunched for 7th, 8th and 9 th the same positions as last week. Morgan Soley was also a good 12 th , George McCowie in 16th and a good first run for Liam Clement in 22nd.

The team was 2 nd overall. In the U13 girls race Alana Teasdale was a very good 4 th and the ever consistent Emily Francis in 9th. Will Smith led the U15 boys team home in a very good 2nd, with Dylan Soley just behind in 4 th and Lewis Moore with a good run in 7 th , to give the squad 1 st in the team competition. In the U15 girls the improving Anna Harrison was 7th. In the U17 men Jake Stephenson and Harry Robson took 2nd and 3rd positions, with the ever consistent Adam Walker in 5th and Josh Smith in a good 9th, giving the squad the team win. In the senior ladies race Michelle Nolan took the honours in 1st (1st V35) for the 2 nd week in a row, with an excellent run from Rosie Adams in 3rd, Rebecca Simpson in a very good 5th (2nd V35), Jacqui Keavney in 19th (2nd V50), Chloe Dalton with another good run in 20 th , the ever present Stephanie Stephenson in 24th (3rd V40), Laura Kirkham in a very decent 25th, Willow Andrew in her first outing in 42nd, Michelle Sprent in a very consistent 63rd, Fiona Wilson with a good run in 73rd and another good finish from Nicki Buckett in 82nd.

These results gave the ladies squad 1 st in the team competition. The men's race had Rob ‘the very consistent’ Scott in 7 th , Reece Dalton ran well in 9th (1st U20), Scott Wardman with another good run in 10th, the ever improving Mike Major in 11 th , Ken Harker enjoyed the conditions in 18th (1st V45), another good performance from Lee Davies in 26 th (3 rd V40), Luke Hack ran well for 30 th (2 nd U20), Julian Simpson had a good run in 39 th , an excellent run from Simon Withers in 60 th and Steve Sadler running well for 76 th . This tremendous set of results gave the senior men the team victory.

Michelle Nolan was 2nd and the 1st lady at Gateshead parkrun (18:18). At Fountains Abbey Rob Scott was 2nd (17:23). Darlington parkrun had Jeremy Pattison in 4th and took a big chunk of his previous best in a new pb (17:23), Jo Adams was 13th (2nd lady, 19:19), just behind in 14th was Rosie Adams smashing her pb by over 30 seconds (19:26, 3rd lady) and Kevin Bond also disposed of his pb in 28th and broke the 21 minute barrier (20:50).

Tony Ditchburn was 35th (21:09), Tom Osorio was 121st (24:48), Nicki Buckett was 187th (27:36) and Jane Bond was 189th (27:37).

Further information on the club and training nights can be found on the website www.richmondzetlandharriers.co.uk.

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