West Yorkshire Cross-Country League. Race 1 

Thornes Park, Wakefield. Sunday 20 October 

 

11 intrepid members of Settle Harriers travelled to Wakefield yesterday to take on the top cross-country runners in Yorkshire on their home terrain.  

 

This is a new venture which we hope will provide some wider experience, particularly for our juniors, and help develop their speed against strong competition.  Whilst still being enjoyable of course ! 

 

We left Settle in the morning in torrential rain so were pleased and surprised that Thornes Park, Wakefield, the venue for round one of the West Yorkshire Cross Country League, was dry, the sun was shining with blue skies all around.  

 

We had representatives in 8 of the 10 races which was really encouraging.  The League secretary came over to us during the races to introduce himself and congratulate the club for taking part in the League again after a gap of many years !

 

The course for the races was parkland, fast going but with a short climb and descent on the first half of the lap. Unlike most fell races, there was no long descent to get your breath back, so 100% effort was required all the way round.   The number of laps ran increased according to the age-group.  

 

Our results were as follows (full results at  http://www.westyorkshireathletics.org.uk/:)

 

Under 11 Girls (1.45k)

49th. Erin Cummins    6:56

 

Under 11 Boys (1.45k)

7th Sebastian Segger-Staveley    5:25 

 

Under 13 Girls (2.9k)

40th  Emily Carpenter   14:13

53rd  Honor Jeffrey    14:40

 

Under 13 Boys (2.9k)

57th  Bob Evans  13:12

 

Under 17 Girls (4.3k)

21st Grace Jeffrey  19:00

 

Under 17 Boys (5.75k)

19th Mark Mahoney  22:26

 

Ladies (5.75k)

15th Carol Evans         23:27 (2nd W50)

40th Debbie Mahoney  26:21 (8th W45)   

 

Men (10k)

85th    Andy Evans     43:02  (M50)

114th  Tony Thornton  46:16  (M40)

 

Very well done to everyone that took part !  Hope you all enjoyed it and will be back for the next round on Saturday 2 November in Bramley, near Leeds. Now you have one race under your belt, the target is to try and improve by a few places in the next one.  The final league positions are worked out by taking your best 3 results out of the 4 fixtures. 

 

Thanks to all the parents for their support around the course and to our juniors for cheering on their clubmates when not competing themselves. 

 

Andy