By Mark Fletcher
It was a big week for Richmond and Zetland Harriers with junior athletes in competition at the inter counties cross country, the Northern Indoors and also at the home cross country at Richmond! Seniors were everywhere from Dewsbury, Muddy Boots and also competing in the cross country.
At the northern indoors Eliza Withers was in good form to produce a pb in the 200m in 29:64, she also ran the 60m in 9:26 and the 60m hurdles in 10:71. At the end of season cross country held on home turf at Richmond there were some outstanding performances all round.
Josh Hammett got the ball rolling with another fantastic run and was 2nd in the U11 boys race. He was well supported by the rest of the Richmond team with Dominic Wilford in 7th, Thomas Smith in 11th, Daniel Knowles (12th), Lucas Holmes (13th), Thomas Greer (14th) and Tom Coldwell (16th). Alana Teasdale again ran an excellent race for 2nd in the U11 girls. Kyle Rabjohn was the pick of our athletes in the U13 boys in 6th, closely followed by Charlie Stephenson (7th), Ralph Chisholm (11th), Ewan Baxter (12th) and Ali Chisholm (14th) for an excellent 2nd in the team race. In the U15 boys race Jake Stephenson continued his fine form to take 1st, with the ever improving Will Smith in 3rd, James Davidson was 7th and Lewis Moore in 12th completed the squad who also were the 1st team. Chloe Dalton was well placed in 2nd and Anna Harrison in 5th in the U15 girls. Reece Dalton was 2nd in the U17 boys with Harry Robson in 3rd, James Greer in 4th, Luke Hack in 5th, Aaron Auton in 7th and Ryan Canizo in 10th to also give them the team prize.
Jo Adams seems to peak at Richmond every year and again added to the 1st place she won last year with a comfortable victory. She was ably assisted by sister Rosie Adams in 9th, Jacqui Keavney in 18th, Shona Fletcher in 19th, Rebecca Simpson in 23rd, Laura Kirkham in 37th (5th U17), Fiona Wilson (50th), Pauline Whittaker (55th), Michelle Sprent (59th), Sally Harrison (82nd) and Natalie Wood (91st). These results ensured that the squad finished 2nd in the ladies team.
The senior mens race was also very competitive with Scott Wardman in 3rd just ahead of Rob Scott (4th), Ken Harker was 7th, Alan Ashcroft in 8th, Carl Jones (11th), Mark Crawford (16th), Steve Middleton (17th), Ronnie Corbett (23rd), Anthony Jefford (29th), Dave Hack (30th), Julian Simpson (41st) and Shaun Purkiss (49th). The mens squad returned to the top of the tree in the team race.
At the Dewsbury 10k, Michelle Nolan continues her return to full fitness with an excellent run in 75th and 7th lady in 37:00, Steve Sadler was next in 225th (40:41) and Donna Riddler in 240th (41:25). Nicki Billows took in the Muddy Boots 10k at Ripon and was 312th in 1:03:17.
The North East inter county schools cross championships had plenty of interest from a Richmond perspective with Luke Hack 28th and the 2nd North Yorkshire athlete to guarantee his place for the national schools finals in the U20 race. Jake Stephenson was also 28th in the U17 and the 2nd finisher from North Yorkshire schools. In the U15 race Will Smith was also 28th and the 2nd North Yorkshire schools representative! Ben Lambert was 25th in the U13 race to also guarantee him a place at the nationals for North Yorkshire. Holly Flannery ran well for 20th in the U20W race and the 2nd finisher for North Yorkshire to also go to the nationals. In the U17W race Chloe Dalton was 7th and the 2nd North Yorkshire finisher.
Anna Harrison was an excellent 63rd in the U15 girls race and the 7th finisher from Cleveland to guarantee herself a place at the nationals! Over at Darlington parkrun Mike Jeffries was the 2nd finisher this week (17:10), with Dave Hack just behind in 3rd and a big new pb (17:15), Ken Harker was 6th (17:50), Mark Crawford in 10th and another huge pb by over 9 minutes (18:30). Jeremy Pattison was 16th (19:21), Shona Fletcher 18th (19:35), Shaun Purkiss in 29th (20:08) and a seasons best and a return for Laura Dunphy in 291st (34:17). Dan Holdsworth was testing himself at Fountains Abbey with an excellent 2nd (17:18). Simon Withers was also in pb form (21:09) in 15th and Andy Everard was 35th (22:49) at Sedgefield parkrun.
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