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Roger Bradley
Cross Country Secretary

23rd January North of England Cross Country Championships Whitton Park

Saturday 27th February English Nationals Cross Country Championships
Roundhay Park Leeds

To enter or talk about any of the above events, apart from Vets, see Roger Bradley or put your name down on the form on the CC Noticeboard.

For the Vets event see Rob on the desk in the club entrance or put your name on the list on the vets Noticeboard.

Note: All Championship entries are paid by the club PROVIDED YOU ACTUALLY RUN! AND YOU ARE A PAID UP MEMBER.

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Race 1- A great day at the Races -Harriers take on the best in the West

Race 2 -
Holmfirth Harriers in action in the West Yorks Cross Country League

Race 3 - Happy Hunting for Harriers

Race 4 - Thrilling Finale- Harriers Best in the West




Welcome to Holmfirth Harriers

Cross Country

Welcome to the Cross Country pages of Holmfirth Harriers AC. If you’re new to cross country or just thinking about having ago then Holmfirth competes in the WYCC league. This is a series of 4 races, usually in October, November and December (see Race Calendar on Website) and these races are suitable for runners of all abilities. Races start in the morning for juniors, with the senior women usually running at about 1.00pm and the senior men at about 2.00pm. Races are usually in parkland settings but in wet weather can be very muddy when studded shoes or ideally cross country spikes should be worn. In very dry conditions trail shoes can sometimes be used. If you are interested in having ago then talk to Roger Bradley, John Ewart or Helen Berry a.s.a.p. The entry sheet is on the Cross Country notice board and the cost is £7 for all 4 races.

Holmfirth Harriers also compete in the Yorkshire, Northern and English National CC Championships plus the YVAA CC Championships (see Vets Pages) which usually take place in January / February.

In order to get a Cross Country Page up and running on the website I (Rob K) am putting this together but really have more than enough to do with the Vets so if anyone would like to take over and put info., photos, race reports or whatever you like onto the page, then please contact me (contact on Vets page). It is only a short season with one or at the most two events in a month from October to February.




Thrilling Finale- Harriers Best in the West

The West Yorkshire Cross Country League for 2009 raced to a thrilling finale at Nunroyd Park in Guisley Sunday 6 th December. The venue, notorious for muddy conditions, was true to form and the athletes were faced with waterlogged ground from the start which deteriorated as the day proceeded. Holmfirth athletes continued their run of fantastic form and confirmed themselves as one of the leading clubs for Cross Country in West Yorkshire with their largest trophy haul for many years.

Four teams struck gold, one silver, two junior individual age group winners and four senior, six additional individual medal winners the final trophy tally for Holmfirth.

U11s take silver and gold

In the first race of the day it was business as usual for Bradley Bedford as he stamped his authority on the U11 boy’s race. Over a longer course than in the previous 3 races Bradley lead from the first corner and won the race in style with a 10 seconds winning margin. With ten harriers in the field the team victory never seemed in doubt Thomas Dickens, with his best placing of the league so far returned second for the team in 5 th place, Ben Dickinson in a sprint for the line in 8 th, Aaron Gill finishing of the team in 12 th. Also running well but missing out on the team this time were Andrew and Nicky Farquhar in 14 th and 19 th, Finn and Shea Kerry in 20 th and 27 th and Tiras Waterman in 26 th. in the league overall Bradley was presented with the trophy for first place and the team won overall gold.

The girls, who in the last race had just managed to snatch first place from Ilkley gave it their best shot but had to be content with second place and silver medals in the league overall. Lucy Byram, finding the conditions heavy going was first home in 10 th position which was enough to win her a medal in the league for 5 th place overall. Lucy was followed home by sister Erica in 12 th, and Jessica Hirst in 21 st who ran well to complete the team. Daisy-Mae Hinchcliffe just missed out on the team placing this time in 25 th.

U13s top of team in West Yorkshire

With both the boys and girls finishing in first place in all 4 fixtures of the league the league title were never in doubt. Both teams have real strength in depth and this was demonstrated in the girl’s race on Sunday where the girl’s team of Lucy Farquhar, Sophie Spencer and Olivia Sykes took first place even with 3 members of the squad missing. The boy’s race was a thrilling duel between Holmfirth Lewis Byram and Michael Adlard of Hull. Adlard who had missed the first 2 league fixtures had just beaten Lewis in the third race. Lewis bided his time running on the shoulder of Adlard for much of the 2 lap course. In the final lap Lewis managed to get the better of the Hull runner and stormed to a 12 second victory Adlard actually fading to third place. In a battle for the other Holmfirth team placings Aaron Arthur in 6 th got the better of Aaron Kettlewell 8 th, Seth Waterman 9 th and William England 10 th the later 3 separated by only 6 seconds. Cousins Eddie Hinchcliffe and Joe Williams ran well in 25 th and 38 th place. In the girl’s race Lucy Farquhar, with her best run so far in the league, ran strongly in the mud for 7 th place. Sophie Spencer has steadily improved throughout the league from 35 th place in the first race, 21 st and 20 th in the 2 nd and 3 rd and finished an excellent 9 th position in this, showing her potential for the future. Olivia Sykes finished off the team for the girls in 17 th place with Sophie Williams not enjoying the mud at all in 50 th. Both boys and girls teams were presented with gold medals for winning the league outright. Lewis received the trophy for individual winner of the league, Aaron Arthur a trophy for third and Aaron Kettlewell for fourth place.


Great junior performances

Ruby Sykes, always a mudlark, actually enjoyed the conditions once again ran well in the U15 race to secure 7 th place which was also her final league placing, just missing out on a medal. Only 8 seconds behind Ruby, Rebecca Addy ran well in her first league race of the season to finish an excellent 10 th. The U15 boys battled hard in the mud and finished a very respectable 29 th and 35 th respectively for Robert Hinchcliffe and Michael Booth. U17 Max Kaye third in the last race ran well to finish 4 th which was enough to win 2 nd place in the league overall, Thomas Travis-Pollard just behind Max in Sunday’s race in 5 th place both excellent performances.


A golden day for Seniors

Holmfirth’s good fortune continued into the senior races. The women’s race, the 9 th of the day, on a course that was rapidly becoming a mud bath was another Holmfirth success story. Katie Walshaw another self-confessed mud fan achieved her best run of the league finishing a close 2 nd to winner Rebecca Lambson of Skipton. Helen Berry was next home in 8 th, Claire Leaver 12 th and Joanna Seymour 14 th finishing off the team and leaving the league victory in no doubt with this the third win out of four. Later the team received gold medals for winning the league; Katie was presented with the trophy for first senior woman, Helen for first female over 35 and Joanna for 2 nd over 35. Other ladies who also achieved podium positions in their age categories were Lesley Ewart first over 55 (46 th in Sunday’s race) and Rachael Mellor third over 45 (45 th). Other ladies who raced on Sunday and who deserve a mention for braving the swamp like conditions were Kath Farquhar 24 th, Julia Johnson 36 th, Jean Shotter 55 th Yvette Arthur 63 rd Margaret Sykes 66 th, Debbie Hall 67 th and Zoe Charlesworth 73 rd.


With Andrew Pearson, winner of the first 3 league fixtures missing from Sunday’s line-up the men’s race, last of the day was wide open. Mark Buckingham 3 rd in the last race and Matthew Pierson in his final cross country race before leaving for a spell of training in Kenya shared the pace for the first 2 laps of the 4 lap race. By the third lap Pierson was off the pace and Buckingham only had Martin Hilton of Leeds to trouble him. The race was finally resolved in the final straight Buckingham taking the victory and Pierson comfortably holding on to third. The Men’s team who had dropped to 9 th in the third race redeemed themselves and finished a creditable 4 th. Alistair Langron ran well in 33 rd, Richard Smith 44 th, Gary Graham 70 th and Steve Rimmer 84 th. For his overall league performance Mark Buckingham received the trophy for 1 st senior man and Matthew Pierson the trophy for third. The men’s team finished 5 th in the league overall.

In all over 70 athletes from Holmfirth Harriers have taken part in the league this year braving every imaginable weather condition and wearing the amber vest with pride!

With the West Yorkshire League concluded for another year the cross country season is far from over with the Yorkshire, Northern and National Championships taking place in the new year and the trials for the Kirklees Schools Cross country teams this Saturday we look forward to many more Harriers victories.

Full Harriers results

U11 Boys

1 Bradley Bedford 7.28
5 Thomas Dickens 7.59
8 Ben Dickinson 8.05
12 Aaron Gill 8.13
14 Andrew Farquhar 8.17
19 Nicky Farquhar 8.33
26 Tiras Waterman 9.11
27 Shea Kerry 9.17

1 st team


U11 Girls
10 Lucy Byram 8.51
12 Erica Byram 9.09
21 Jessica Hirst 9.51
25 Daisy-Mae Hinchcliffe 10.08

2 nd team


U13 Boys

1 Lewis Byram 14.34
6 Aaron Arthur 15.13
8 Aaron Kettlewell 15.24
9 Seth Waterman 15.27
10 William England 15.30
25 Eddie Hinchcliffe 16.38
38 Joe Williams 18.47

1 st team


U13 Girls
7 Lucy Farquhar 11.08
9 Sophie Spencer 11.21
17 Olivia Sykes 11.43
50 Sophie Williams 31.51

1 st team

U15 Boys
29 Robert Hinchcliffe 20.06
35 Michael Booth 21.35


U15 Girls

7 Ruby Sykes 15.59
10 Rebecca Addy 16.07


U17 men

4 Max Kaye 18.04
5 Thomas Travis-Pollard 18.29

Senior Women

2 Katie Walshaw 19.52
8 Helen Berry 21.10
12 Claire Leaver 21.20
14 Joanna Seymour 21.25
24 Kath Farquhar 21.51
36 Julia Johnson 22.48
45 Rachael Mellor 23.12
46 Lesley Ewart 23.15
55 Jean Shotter 24.10
63 Yvette Arthur 24.33
66 Margaret Sykes 24.57
67 Debbie Hall 24.58
73 Zoe Charlesworth 25.38

1 st team


Senior Men

1 st Mark Buckingham 34.13
3 Matthew Pierson 35.26
33 Alistair Langron 38.36
44 Richard Smith 39.29
70 Gary Graham 41.26
81 Steve Rimmer 42.04
84 Jonathan Sykes 42.12
107 Matthew Dewhirst 44.04
111 Damien Wilde 44.24
115 Wayne Byram 45.04
139 Andrei Vais 48.36
148 Jason Kaushal 50.03

4th team




A great day at the Races -Harriers take on the best in the West


Lewis and Aaron

Holmfirth Harriers kicked the cross country season off in style at the first meeting of the West Yorkshire Cross Country League, held last Sunday 11 th October at Halifax’s Roils Head playing fields. Holmfirth athletes opened the scoring for the season with an array of great individual and team performances across the age groups.

Top performance of the day goes to U13 Lewis Byram who ran away from the field in the U13 boys race to finish comfortably first with team mate Aaron Arthur fast finishing in second place. Also taking second place win a sprint for the line was Bradley Bedford in the U11 boy’s race just 2 seconds off first place. In the U17 age group Max Kaye equalled his younger club mates performances and also finished second he too only a few seconds off first place.

Megan and Olivia in U13 girls race

Other top 10 juniors performances came from Thomas Travis-Pollard a fantastic 5 th in the U17 boys race, sister act Lucy Byram 5 th and Erica Byram 10 th in the U11 girls, Amira Mellor an excellent 8 th in the U13 girls, George Orton, Andrew Farquhar and Ben Dickinson 9 th, 10 th and 11 th (not quite top 10 but excellent nonetheless!) in the U11 boys and Aaron Kettlewell 9 th in the U13 boys. Come back kid Mark Buckingham finished 5 th in the Senior men’s race and Helen Berry 9 th in the women’s (in spite of a 3 hour epic in the Lake District the previous day!) and Matthew Pierson hot off the plane from Spain was 10 th in the men’s.

Golden team performances also came in both U13 races. In the boys Lewis and 2 Aarons were backed up by Eddie Hinchcliffe fighting hard in 35 th and in the girls with Olivia Sykes 14 th and Megan Lamb 15 th following Amira home ( Olivia who has only just turned 11 and with 2 more years in the age group). The U11 boys were confident of victory in their race having scored 4 home in the first 11 but were pipped to first place by Wharfedale Harriers with 4 home in 7 – better luck next time boys! The U11 girls also achieved an excellent 2 nd place the twins backed up by Jessica Hirst in 21 st place as did the U17 boys Max and Thomas backed up by Max Lawton in 21 st . the Senior women were relieved to finish second place on the day as the team was weakened by a confusion with entries ( Katie Walshaw was lying in 4 th place but was unable to officially cross the line and so did not count towards the team scores) Helen was followed home by Claire Leaver 14 th, Lucy Griffiths 17 th and Joanna Seymour 25 th.

Encouraging team performance also came in the senior men’s race where the team finished 5 th, an improvement of 6 th places on the first race of last season. With 6 to count Mark and Matthew were backed up by Richard Smith 30 th, Alistair Langron 53 rd , Steve Rimmer 74 th and Gary Graham 95 th. The U15 girls also ran well to finish 7 th team , Ruby Sykes 13 th and the twins Georgia and Alannah Booth 34 th and 38 th respectively.

All in the club had a great day out (in spite of the howling gale and intermittent horizontal rain) with 65 Holmfirth Athletes competing in the various different age group races. For many both young and not so young this was their first experience of cross country racing. Special mention should therefore go to all the first timers; juniors Thomas Dickens 14 th, Aaron Gill 16 th and Fionn Kerry 20 th in the U11 boys. Amy Kettlewell 23 rd and Daisy-Mae Hinchcliffe 24 th in U11 girls, Sophie Spencer 35 th in U13 girls, Robert Hinchcliffe 29 th and Michael Booth 33 rd in U15 boys and seniors Margaret Sykes 73 rd senior woman, Jonathan Sykes 97 th and David Williams 149 th senior man – this David’s first running race since he left school more than 30 years ago!

Holmfirth Harriers senior athletes will next be in action this Saturday 17 th October in the National Road Relays at Sutton Park in Birmingham. The next cross country fixtures are on the weekend of 31 st Oct and 1 st November with the National Cross country Relays on the Saturday in Mansfield and the second meeting of the West Yorkshire Cross Country League on the Sunday in Leeds. Do you fancy having a go at cross country? See the Holmfirth Harriers website: www.holmfirthharriers.co.uk for details on how you can get involved.


Full Holmfirth Harriers results:

U11 boys :

2nd Bradley Bedford
9 th George Orton
10 th Andrew Farquhar
11 th Ben Dickinson
14 th Thomas Dickens
16 th Aaron Gill
18 th Nicky Farquhar
20 th Fionn Kerry

U11 Girls

5 th Lucy Byram
10 th Erica Byram
21 st Jessica Hirst
23 rd Amy Kettlewell
24 th Daisy-Mai Hinchcliffe

U13 boys

1 st Lewis Byram
2 nd Aaron Arthur
9 th Aaron Kettlewell
35 th Eddie Hinchcliffe
51 st Joe Williams

U13 Girls

8 th Amira Mellor
14 th Olivia Sykes
15 th Megan Lamb
18 th Lucy Farquhar
35 th Sophie Spencer
59 th Sophie Williams

U15 Girls

13 th Ruby Sykes
34 th Georgia Booth
38 th Alannah Booth  

U15 Boys

29 th Robert Hinchcliffe
33 rd Michael Booth  

U17 Boys

2 nd Max Kaye
5 th Thomas Travis- Pollard

Senior Women

9 th Helen Berry
14 th Claire Leaver
17 th Lucy Griffiths
25 th Joanna Seymour
31 st Rachael Mellor
43 rd Julia Johnson
46 th Cara Penfold
59 th Yvette Arthur
65 th Helen Pettit
73 rd Margaret Sykes
81 st Zoe Charlesworth  

Senior Men

5 th Mark Buckingham
10 th Matthew Pierson
30 th Richard Smith
53 rd Alistair Langron
74 th Steve Rimmer
95 th Gary Graham
97 th Jonathan Sykes
122 nd Chris Beadle
124 Damien Wilde
125 Matthew Dewhirst
128 Rob Kersey
139 Kevin Yewlett
140 Andrei Vais
144 Ian Moore
145 Brandon Holroyd
149 David Williams
170 Andy Smithson
187 Dayn Wilkins
190 Steve White
192 Tim Cock


Race 2 - Holmfirth Harriers in action in the West Yorks Cross Country League

U11 team

Torrential rain and howling gales greeted athletes arriving at Leeds University’s Boddington Hall campus on Sunday for the second fixture of the West Yorkshire Cross Country League. This Perfect cross country weather set the stage for some excellent performances from Holmfirth’s athletes.

The last race of the day the senior’s men’s completed a good day for Holmfirth. On the come back trail after a year plagued with injury former GB junior athlete Mark Buckingham finished a comfortable second in the men’s race in a field of 220 runners. Mark went with early pace set by Huddersfield’s Andrew Pearson of Longwood Harriers and by the end of the first lap of 3 the 2 runners had a clear lead over the rest of the field. Pearson broke away during the second and held on for the victory but Buckingham, 5 th in the first race of the league was pleased with his run and the progress he has made. He confessed to having “gone off a bit too fast” and agreed that he “died” in the closing stages, we all look forward to the next fixture. Mark was followed home in the men’s race by another international athlete also returning to form. Matthew Pierson who has been battling injury since running for England in the Toronto Marathon improved from 10 th position in the last race to 6 th in this. The men’s team equaled their performance from the last race finishing 5 th. Mark and Matthew were followed home by Alistair Langron 35 th, Jared Croft 77 th, Jonathan Sykes 88 th and Steve Rimmer 97 th as the six counters for the team. In addition a further 9 Holmfirth men competed. (see results below)

The bad weather and waterlogged conditions proved to be a good hunting ground for Holmfirth’s female athletes too. With Katie Walshaw officially counting in this race (after an entry mishap at the first), Holmfirth were comfortable victors in the team event.  Katie who seemed to relish the wet ground had a great race sharing the pace with the leader for the first half mile and holding on to finish in an excellent 3rd place.  She was backed up by Helen Berry (7th), Claire Leaver (15th) and Lucy Griffiths (18th) excellent performances considering all 4 had raced the previous day. In addition 6 other Holmfirth athletes completed the course. A special mention to Debbie Hall who finished in 81 st in her first cross country race. In total 95 runners finished the race, which was won by Rebecca Lambson of Skipton in 21:11. (see results below;)

The junior races proved to be equally exciting for Holmfirth supporters. In the very first race of the day Bradley Bedford, ran away from the rest of the field finishing in first position. Bradley was backed up for team honours by George Orton consistent in 9th, Aaron Gill climbing to 11 th and Andrew Farquhar 12 th. This time the boys clinched first place over rivals Wharfedale Harriers. The 4 team counters were backed up by Thomas Dickens 14 th, Tiras Waterman 20 th and Nicky Farquhar 21 st. The U11 girls too saw some great Holmfirth performances and once again claimed second team place. Lucy Byram improved to 4 th, sister Erica to 9th place and Daisy Hinchcliffe a determined 18 th for the team placings. The girls were followed home by Roisin Millet in her debut race in 20 th, Amy Kettlewell in a sprint for 21 st and Jessica Hirst in 27 th.

With 4 runners in thirteen places the outcome of the U13 boy’s team competition was never really in doubt and the Holmfirth boys clinched this with 40 points to spare. Lewis Byram showing consistency and strength once again lead out the field and finished with a comfortable lead over Sam Convery of Wakefield Harriers in second. Aaron Kettlewell showed great commitment going with the early pace and making good use of his finishing speed for third. Aaron Arthur ran strongly for fifth, a great performance from all 3 considering the boys had competed the day before in the National Cross Country Relays in Mansfield. Seth Waterman in his first race as an U13 was not fazed by the longer distance and ran well to finish in 13 th place and completing the team. William England 20 th, Eddie Hinchcliffe 35 th and Joe Williams 44 th also had strong performances.

Not to be outdone by the boys the U13 girls were also comfortable team victors. Harmonie Waterman lead home a cavalcade of Holmfirth girls, running strongly for 5 th, Lucy Farquhar improving to 10 th, Olivia Sykes an excellent 12 th completing the team backed up by Megan Lamb 14 thand Amira Mellor still recovering from flu in 16th.
Sophie Spencer showed great potential improving from 35 th in the first race to 21st in this and Sophie Williams also improving 12 places to 49 th.

The U15 races saw just 3 Holmfirth representatives. Ruby Sykes finished an excellent 9 th in the girls race and Robert Hinchcliffe and Michael Booth finished 32 nd and 41 st in the boys.

The next league meeting takes place on Saturday 21 st November at Thornes Park in Wakefield.


Full Holmfirth Results:

U11 Boys

1 Bradley Bedford 6.04
9 George Orton 6.36
11 Aaron Gill 6.40
12 Andrew Farquhar 6.45
14 Thomas Dickens 6.52
20 Tiras Waterman 7.24
21 Nicky Farquhar 7.34


U11 Girls

4 Lucy Byram 6.59
9 Erica Byram 7.18
18 Daisy Hinchcliffe 7.44
20 Roisin Millet 7.56
21 Amy Kettlewell 8.05
27 Jessica Hirst 8.25


U13 boys

1 Lewis Byram 10.31
3 Aaron Kettlewell 10.42
5 Aaron Arthur 10.47
13 Seth Waterman 11.08
20 William England 11.25
35 Eddie Hinchcliffe 12.20
44 Joe Williams 13.27


U13 Girls

5 Harmonie Waterman 11.12
10 Lucy Farquhar 11.32
12 Olivia Sykes 11.35
14 Megan Lamb 11.38
16 Amira Mellor 11.41
21 Sophie Spencer 11.52
49 Sophie Williams 13.34


U15 Boys

32 Robert Hinchcliffe 18.37
41 Michael Booth 21.46


U15 Girls

9 Ruby Sykes 11.11


Senior Women
3 Katie Walshaw, 21:48
7 Helen Berry, 22:41
15 Claire Leaver, 23:39
18 Lucy Griffiths, 23:52
38 Lesley Ewart, 24:53
41 Rachael Mellor, 25:00
49 Jean Shotter, 26:02
59 Yvette Arthur, 26:37
70 Margaret Sykes, 27:18
81 Debbie Hall, 28:33


Senior Men

2 Mark Buckingham 28.17
6 Matthew Pierson 29.17
35 Alistair Langron 31.30
77 Jared Croft 33.41
88 Jonathan Sykes 33.59
97 Steve Rimmer 34.22
110 Gary Graham 35.05
115 Damian Wilde 35.20
125 Matthew Dewhirst 35.46
139 Wayne Byram 36.17
140 Rob Kersey 36.19
147 Brandon Holroyd 36.43
207 Jason Kaushal 42.41
220 Tim Cock 46.23


Happy Hunting for Harriers

The third meeting of the West Yorkshire Cross Country League held at Thornes Park in Wakefield on Saturday proved to be a happy hunting ground for Holmfirth Athletes. The results- five team victories, 16 athletes finishing in the top 10, including one individual win confirmed the club’s growing strength over the country this season.

The weather was for once kind to the athletes and allowed for some exciting close fought races over the challenging Wakefield course none more so than in the senior men’s race the last race of the day. Huddersfield’s Andrew Pearson of Longwood Harriers – easy victor in the first 2 races was involved in a sprint for the line with junior international triathlete Jonathan Brownlee of Bingley Harriers, Pearson just getting the better of Brownlee and edging the victory. Holmfirth’s Mark Buckingham, who held on to the 2 leaders until the end of the second lap of four, ran well for a comfortable third place a minute ahead of Martin Hilton of Leeds in 4 th.

Top team performances came in the first 4 races of the day. Bradley Bedford was first again in the U11 boys race, growing in confidence with every race Bradley this time stormed away from the gun to win by nearly 20 seconds over Josh Newbold of Wharfedale Harriers: with Andrew Farquhar, winning a sprint for the line with his club mates in 7 th, Aaron Gill 8 th, Thomas Dickens 9 th the team finished a clear first. Also running well in this age group but missing out on the team spots this time were Ben Dickinson in 10 th and George Orton 12 th.

The U11 girls finally got the better of Halifax Harriers and took first place with Erica Byram in 4 th outsprinting her sister Lucy in 5 th and Daisy-Mae Hinchcliffe third counter for the team in 16 th. Daisy followed closely home by Roisin Millet in 17 th,Jessica Hirst 18 th and Amy Kettlewell 24 th .

The U13 boys and girls sealed their league victories with three consecutive wins. In the boys race Lewis Byram was pipped to first place by Michael Adlard of Hull, Aaron Kettlewell finished 7 th this time, Aaron Arthur 9 th and Seth Waterman 13 th the team counters. Also running well were William England in 23 rd, Eddie Hinchcliffe 29 th and Joe Williams 48 th. In the girls race Harmonie Waterman lead home the Holmfirth girls finishing 5 th followed by Amira Mellor in 11 th and Olivia Sykes in 14 th for the team places. Just missing out on team places but were Lucy Farquhar 15 th, Megan Lamb 17 th and Sophie Spencer 20 th and Sophie Williams 55 th.

Team success also came in the senior women’s race. Katie Walshaw continued her run of good form finishing 6 th in a strong field. Other team counters for the harriers were Joanna Seymour 9 th, Claire Leaver 12 th and Kath Farquhar 14 th.

There were also great individual performances in the other junior and senior age groups. Max Kaye ran very strongly to finish 3 rd place in the U17 boys race. Ruby Sykes had a great race to finish 9 th in the U15 girls race with Alannah Booth in 22 nd. In the U15 boys race Robert Hinchcliffe ran consistently finishing in 37 th and Michael Booth improved to 38 th. Lesley Ewart finished first Vet55 in the women’s race and Kath Farquhar first vet40. With many of the faster men missing from the Holmfirth line up the men’s team slipped to 9 th however there were some great individual milestones achieved within the race Damian Wilde and Wayne Byram inside the top 100 for the first time, Jonathan Sykes improving to 69 th, David Williams improving to 111 th.

A great turnout by athletes of all ages lies at the root of Holmfirth’s success. Well over 60 Harriers have competed so far this season in the West Yorkshire league with ages ranging from 9 years to 66 years. Saturday really was a great day out for the whole club and thanks go to the many supporters who cheered on all the athletes in the 10 races. The final league fixture takes place on Sunday 6 th December at Nunroyd Park in Guisley.

Full Holmfirth Results:

U11 Boys

1 Bradley Bedford 5.58
7 Andrew Farquhar 6.35
8 Aaron Gill 6.36
9 Thomas Dickens 6.37
10 Ben Dickinson 6.39
12George Orton 6.45
19 Tiras Waterman 7.06
21 Nicky Farquhar 7.14
30 Shea Kerry 7.49 

1st Team


U11 Girls

4 Erica Byram 6.55
5 Lucy Byram 6.56
16 Daisy Hinchcliffe 7.52
17 Roisin Millet 7.54
18 Jessica Hirst 8.06
24 Amy Kettlewell 8.31

1st team


U13 boys

2 Lewis Byram 12.29
7 Aaron Kettlewell 12.49
9 Aaron Arthur 12.54
13 Seth Waterman 12.58
23 William England 13.42
29 Eddie Hinchcliffe 14.08
48 Joe Williams 16.10

1st Team


U13 Girls

5 Harmonie Waterman 10.1
11 Amira Mellor 10.43
14 Olivia Sykes 10.48
15 Lucy Farquhar 10.53
17 Megan Lamb 10.58
20 Sophie Spencer 11.05
55 Sophie Williams 13.02

1st team

U15 Boys

37 Robert Hinchcliffe 17.05
38 Michael Booth 17.25


U15 Girls

9 Ruby Sykes 13.14
22 Alannah Booth 14.27


U17 men
3 Max Kaye 17.17


Senior Women
6 Katie Walshaw, 19.33
9 Joanna Seymour 20.13
12 Claire Leaver, 20.29
14 Kath Farquhar 20.43
33 Lucy Griffiths, 21.50
40 Rachael Mellor, 22:16
42 Lesley Ewart, 22.42
45 Jean Shotter, 23.00
48 Cara Penfold 23.12
56 Yvette Arthur, 23.47
58 Helen Pettit 23.49
63\Zoe Charlesworth 24.14
67 Debbie Hall, 24.51

1st team

Senior Men

3 Mark Buckingham 30.24
64 Gary Graham 36.24
69 Jonathan Sykes 36.41
75 Steve Rimmer 37.05
92 Chris Beadle 38.29
94 Damian Wilde 38.34
98 Wayne Byram 38.48
111 David Williams 40.04
119 Andrei Vais 40.54
130 Brandon Holroyd 42.20
136 Andrew Kerry 43.37
164 Tim Cock 51.31

9th team