One of my favourite cross country races of the year. A great course for watching and this year unlike many in the past conditions were good underfoot. This was our best ever championships with 2 Gold medals, 2 Silver medals and 1 Bronze medal with a further two athletes making the top 8 and selection for the Yorkshire Team at the Inter Counties.
Under 13 Girls : Issy Waugh (Sheffield Tri Club) has had a good 3 weeks training after her operation. A very strong field but we knew Issy would be in with a chance of a medal. Our only worry was how short this course is compared to the South Yorkshire League races she has done this cross country season. The target was to go of hard and hold on. Issy did just this but couldn’t live with the pace of the first two athletes who went of at a crazy pace. Settling into third place Issy ran most of the race alone and although she got stronger as the race went on and closed the gap on the leading two she couldn’t quite get to them. An excellent Bronze medal and first Yorkshire vest with still next year in this age group. Heather Berry (Rotherham Harriers) who had a freak accident and missed a good chunk of training over the last few months. Heather has worked hard this last two weeks to get into shape and wanted to give it a go. An excellent run to come home in 27th place out of the 68 finishes and like Issy still has next year in this age group. Watch out for this girl over the next few years as he work ethic is amazing.
Under 13 Boys : Will Platts (City of Sheffield & Dearne) had one thing in mind today and that was to make the top 8 and the Yorkshire Team. We knew it would be tough as this was just like the girls a very strong field. Will had to go of today harder than he ever has and he did just that. The top two had opened up a gap but then there was a group of 5 working hard together. Will hung onto that group and finished an excellent 7th place and only 4 seconds away from the Bronze Medal. Will still has another year in this age group. George Wallace (City of Sheffield & Dearne) set of a little more conservative than Will and worked his way through the field very well but just ran out of course and finished in 9th place just 6 seconds away from making that Yorkshire team. Non the less an excellent run to make the top 10 in this very strong field. The boys were backed up by training partners Elliot Reed (City of Sheffield & Dearne) who finished an excellent 19th and again still has next year in this age group and Elliot English (City of Sheffield & Dearne) in 44th place out of the 86 runners. Again Elliot still has another year in this age group.
Well done everyone .. Keep working hard