The Northern Cross Country Championships were held in relatively mild conditions at Pontefract Park. The fast but deceptively tough course and the depth of competition made it a real test particularly for those new to this standard of racing.
We didn’t field any full teams in the junior age groups but with valuable experience to be gained, and some inter counties places to go for, there was still plenty of incentive to run well.
In the under 13 boys Noah Curran and Ben Asquith were 53rd and 98th, both encouraging runs in a big field. Jessica Milburn was our first under 13 girl in 53rd closely followed by Annabel Milburn in 59th with Lucy Oliver doing well to finish 144th.
A few seconds covered the first 10 finishers in the under 15 girls. Ines Curran was 8th, the club’s highest finisher on the day, followed by Rosie Hughes, 82nd, and Jessica Ord in 148th. In the under 15 boys, David Race had his best run for some time to finish 15th, despite losing his shoe with 300 metres to go. He was followed in by Theo Barron, 79th, and Will Seager Rooke, 137th, both in their first year in this age group.
Chloe Wellings ran strongly in the under 17 women to finish in 28th position. Amy Baker also had an encouraging run in an estimated (her chip had come off) 61st position. After a cautious start, Charlie McMillan had another promising run getting through to 11th in the under 17 men, beating several of his local rivals.
The senior women maintained their recent good form to finish 10th. Brigid Dennehy was first finisher in 56th, followed by Jane Giles 64th, Aife McSheffrey 89th, Elizabeth Raven 129th, Lucie Wilkinson 133rd, Charlotte Perkins 141st, and Maggie Loraine 222nd. As third club from the north east to finish, it was another encouraging performance form our womens team.
Led by Conrad Franks in 42nd, the senior mens team were 11th, with James Cripwell 105th , Ross Christie 106th, Matthew Linsley 136th, , Daniel Alexander 138th , Steven Medd 176th , Steven Asquith 196th , Kevin Connoly 228th and Peter Grimoldy 420th . With some runners clearly below par and Matthew twisting his ankle on the 2nd lap, the men did well to finish as second north east team.
Well done to everybody who competed and thanks to everybody who assisted with transport , the tent and supporting the runners. Thanks also go the race organisers, host clubs and officlals.