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Silver lining for Harriers in Yorkshire Road Races

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The junior Holmfirth representatives set the silver tone for the Yorkshire Road races and relays held Saturday last ( 10th ) at Leeds Metropoitan University Campus. The event ,which for the u13 and U15 age groups are straights races rather than relays, saw Holmfirth teams winning medals in all 4 races.

Erica Byram battled all the way over the 2150m distance and came away with silver in the hard fought race in a time of 7.46. Sister Lucy also up with the leaders for most of the race missed out on an individual medal but ran strongly for 5th place with a time of 8.00, the Holmfirth A team was completed by Daisy Hinchliffe in 12th place 8.50 pushed all the way by Genevieve Durrans 13th in 8.51. The B team was completed by Amy Kettlewell in 17th 9.34 and Isabelle Haley-Porteous in her first race for the club in 19th 9.46. The Girls won Silver team medals and Erica individual Silver.

The U13s boys managed to match the girls and also came away with silver team medals. Andrew Farquhar hanging on to 6th place 7.49 and Lewis Bartholomew on his heels in 7th 7.52., Shea Kerry   completed the boys team in 16th place 9.14.
Holmfirth’s U15 girls also clinched team silver medals in the race won by Bronwen Owen of Scarborough AC. Bronwen, national cross country champion, recorded 14.26 for the 4300m course the fastest female time of the day. Holmfirth’s Harmonie Waterman ran strongly and finished in bronze medal position in a time of 16.51, Sophie Spencer was next home in 8th position 17.26 and Lucy Farquhar completed the team in 13th place with a time of 18.13.

The U15 boys bucked the trend. Lewis Byram ran a conservative first lap of the 2 lap (4300m) course moving in to the lead at the end of the lap and drawing away from the other contenders. Lewis took the gold medal in a time of 14.23, team mates Aaron Arthur and Eddie Hinchcliffe ran well to finish in  12th and 18th places, 16.00 and 16.51 respectively. The team finished 3rd Yorkshire team and came away with bronze medals.

Ruby Sykes and Georgia and Alannah Booth competed in the U17 girls event, which like the senior races which followed were a team relay. Ruby ran well on 1st leg with a time of 18.42 for the 4300m course she handed over to Georgia who completed the course in 20.31 with Alannah on the last leg in a time of 20.17. The girls finished 4th team just missing out on bronze medals. The U17 boys relay had only one participant from Holmfirth. Robert Hinchcliffe ran well on leg one and came home in 8th position in a time of 16.31.

The Junior Harriers will next be in action on home turf on Sunday 18th in the clubs own summer cross country championship a great warm up for the Northern Road Relays which take place on 24th September.

Ladies Also take Silver

Holmfirth’s ladies were confident of a medal in their event, having won the Championship in 2010 and with seven of the club’s best runners available the ‘A’ team and incomplete ‘B’ team were sure to feature strongly . The 4 stage race was run over a 2 lap, 4.3km course.  First off for the ‘A’ team was Katie Walshaw who, whilst quickly taking the lead out of the stadium, found herself amongst tough competition.  Jenny Blizzard of Rotherham soon overtook Katie and extended her lead throughout the race finishing 54 seconds clear.  For a while Katie had another athlete on her shoulder but managed to shake her off on the second lap, clocking the 3rd fastest time of the day in 15:30 and giving her team mates a comfortable gap on the handover.   Ladies’ Captain, Helen Berry, took over on leg 2 and managed to close the gap on Rotherham down to 15 seconds in a time of 16:18.  Aware that the chasing teams of Bingley and Wakefield had strong final leg runners, third leg runner, Jacqui Khouiery ran a strong race in 16:40 to close the gap further on the leader to just 10 seconds.  Kath Farquhar ran well on the final leg, keeping the chasing teams at bay and bringing the team home comfortably in silver medal position in a time of 16:43 (65:11 overall). 

A last minute withdrawal meant that Holmfirth’s  ladies ‘B’ team was not complete and did not therefore get a final placing in the race.  Nevertheless the three athletes ran very well and recorded some pleasing times.  Claire Leaver took on the challenge of the first leg, handing over in 8th position in 16:58.  Maggie Sykes brought the team up to 5th place in 16:59 on leg 2 and Cara Penfold held that position clocking 18:47.

The ladies’ event was won by Rotherham Harriers in 64:28.  The fastest time recorded was 14:36 Jenny Blizzard of the same club.

With many of the A team regulars missing Holmfirth’s men’s team were happy with their 5th place. U20 Max Kaye got the team off to a blistering start running the 5th fastest time of the day and returning in 2nd place. The men also fielded a B team that like the ladies was one runner short due to a last minute withdrawal club newcomer Paul Smith running on 5th leg ran the fastest time for the Bs 22.39 showing his potential for future team events.

Mens results 


Holmfirth A


Max  Kaye



Julian  Rose



Rob Savin



Gary  Graham



Jonathon Sykes



John  Ewart




Holmfirth B


Wayne  Byram



Max  Lawton



Marwan  Khoueiry



Andrei Vais



Paul Smith






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