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English National Cross Country Championships

The 2020 English National Cross Country Championships, Wollaton Park, Nottingham

On Saturday 22 February 2020 The English National Cross Country Championships took place at Wollaton Park, Nottingham. The ground was completely saturated and conditions ranged from running in deep water, thick mud to some areas of good running, but conditions were certainly not for the faint-hearted.

Holmfirth Harriers AC had over thirty athletes in action with more than 6,000 athletes taking part in the annual spectacle. The U17 Ladies were first in action at 11am racing over a distance of 5km. Olivia Dyson led the Holmfirth challenge and finished just outside the top 100, in 108th 25.33, well supported by Lydia Throssell 168th 27.14 and Mollie Scaramuzza 216th 29.11. The Under 13 Boys raced over  two laps a distance of 3km. Alden Collier of Chiltern Harriers won the race in 14.21, followed by Gianleo Stubbs (Shaftesbury Barnet) 14.22 and James Lewis (Winchester) 3rd 14.29. Holmfirth’s first counter was Declan Levay in 120th (16.32), followed by teammates Jamie Stewart 182nd (17.16), Callum Noble 235th (17.44), Harry Gilligan 247th (17.52), Luke Hirst 366th (21.08) and Alexander Gilligan 385th (25.44). The team finished 28th out of 44 complete teams.

The Under 15 Girls raced over 4kms and saw Imogen Wolf and Isabel Richardson not far behind the leaders on the first lap, but unfortunately Isabel had to retire. Imogen was first counter in a very good 41st place 20.51; with another good run by Annie McLean 130th 22.14 and Elena Inch who suffered on the final lap was 182nd 22.58. The final counter for the team was Elizabeth Gilligan in 393rd place (34.33) to bring the team home in a respectable 25th The race winner was Kiya Dee of Highworth RC, 2nd Grace Roberts of Vale Royal and 3rd Jessica Bailey of Leven Valley.

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From left: Lucy Byram, Ruby Sykes,
Erica Byram, Katie Walshaw

The Senior Women raced over 8kms and after a very competitive race, Leeds based athlete Anna Moller of Aldershot Farnham and District won in 32.59, with Jessica Judd of Blackburn 2nd in 33.20 and triathlete Bronwen Owen representing Leeds City taking the bronze medal in 33.45. Holmfirth had a superb result with Katie Walshaw enjoying the muddy conditions finishing 32nd in 36.31. Twins Lucy and Erica Byram packed well for 40th (36.55) and 63rd (37.53) respectively, followed closely by Ruby Sykes in 67th (38.02) to clinch a superb 5th place behind Aldershot Farnham & District, Leeds City, Highgate Harriers and Ribble Valley Harriers. This was a superb result by Holmfirth with great support from Helen Berry 92nd (38.48) and Julia Jagger 112th (39.24), both returning from injury and solid performances from Claire Leaver-Hewitt 176th (41.17), Liz Woodfield in her first cross country race 279th (43.50), Lucy and Mum, Kath Farquhar 350th (45.37) and 485th (48.34) respectively in a field of almost one thousand.

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A superb performance by Mark Buckingham

The final race of the day at 3pm was for Senior Men who raced over four laps a distance of 12kms, where nearly 1,800 athletes toed the start line. Holmfirth’s Elite Triathlete, Mark Buckingham led the men and moved into the top 10 on the first lap, but fell back to around 25th on the second lap. He regained his position on the first large lap and featured in the top 10 on the final extra-large lap sprinting to a superb 9th place (44.54) ahead of Jack Millar of Bristol and West AC 10th (44.56). This was arguably Mark’s best ever cross country performance, particularly given the poor running conditions and possibly the best performance by any Holmfirth Senior Man at the National. Chris Law had another super run to finish 97th (47.48), with Kai Sunman a solid performance in 184th (49.43), the improving Joe Law 266th (51.12), triathlete Jonny McLean in his first cross country for a few years 515th (54.57) and Clark Hind 541st (55.20) completed the team for 24th place overall out of 115 complete teams. Chris Beadle was 917th (1.01.10), Jonny Sykes 947th (1.01.37) and Damian McQueen 1082nd (1.03.54) to score the 9 Man Team 22nd out of 59 complete teams. The winner of the Men’s race was the Northern Champion and British Elite Triathlon Champion in 2013 and World Junior Duathlon Champion the same year, Callum Johnson of Gateshead in 43.36. Joe Steward of East Cheshire Harriers and Tameside AC took the silver medal in 43.59 and Linton Taylor of Leeds City won the bronze medal in 44.13. Tonbridge AC won the team event (6 to count) followed by Leeds City AC and Bristol and West AC

Results: https://results.sporthive.com/events/6636909432352045056

On Saturday 22 February 2020 The English National Cross Country Championships took place at Wollaton Park, Nottingham. The ground was completely saturated and conditions ranged from running in deep water, thick mud to some areas of good running, but conditions were certainly not for the faint-hearted.

Holmfirth Harriers AC had over thirty athletes in action with more than 6,000 athletes taking part in the annual spectacle. The U17 Ladies were first in action at 11am racing over a distance of 5km. Olivia Dyson led the Holmfirth challenge and finished just outside the top 100, in 108th 25.33, well supported by Lydia Throssell 168th 27.14 and Mollie Scaramuzza 216th 29.11. The Under 13 Boys raced over  two laps a distance of 3km. Alden Collier of Chiltern Harriers won the race in 14.21, followed by Gianleo Stubbs (Shaftesbury Barnet) 14.22 and James Lewis (Winchester) 3rd 14.29. Holmfirth’s first counter was Declan Levay in 120th (16.32), followed by teammates Jamie Stewart 182nd (17.16), Callum Noble 235th (17.44), Harry Gilligan 247th (17.52), Luke Hirst 366th (21.08) and Alexander Gilligan 385th (25.44). The team finished 28th out of 44 complete teams.

The Under 15 Girls raced over 4kms and saw Imogen Wolf and Isabel Richardson not far behind the leaders on the first lap, but unfortunately Isabel had to retire. Imogen was first counter in a very good 41st place 20.51; with another good run by Annie McLean 130th 22.14 and Elena Inch who suffered on the final lap was 182nd 22.58. The final counter for the team was Elizabeth Gilligan in 393rd place (34.33) to bring the team home in a respectable 25th The race winner was Kiya Dee of Highworth RC, 2nd Grace Roberts of Vale Royal and 3rd Jessica Bailey of Leven Valley.

The Senior Women raced over 8kms and after a very competitive race, Leeds based athlete Anna Moller of Aldershot Farnham and District won in 32.59, with Jessica Judd of Blackburn 2nd in 33.20 and triathlete Bronwen Owen representing Leeds City taking the bronze medal in 33.45. Holmfirth had a superb result with Katie Walshaw enjoying the muddy conditions finishing 32nd in 36.31. Twins Lucy and Erica Byram packed well for 40th (36.55) and 63rd (37.53) respectively, followed closely by Ruby Sykes in 67th (38.02) to clinch a superb 5th place behind Aldershot Farnham & District, Leeds City, Highgate Harriers and Ribble Valley Harriers. This was a superb result by Holmfirth with great support from Helen Berry 92nd (38.48) and Julia Jagger 112th (39.24), both returning from injury and solid performances from Claire Leaver-Hewitt 176th (41.17), Liz Woodfield in her first cross country race 279th (43.50), Lucy and Mum, Kath Farquhar 350th (45.37) and 485th (48.34) respectively in a field of almost one thousand.

The final race of the day at 3pm was for Senior Men who raced over four laps a distance of 12kms, where nearly 1,800 athletes toed the start line. Holmfirth’s Elite Triathlete, Mark Buckingham led the men and moved into the top 10 on the first lap, but fell back to around 25th on the second lap. He regained his position on the first large lap and featured in the top 10 on the final extra-large lap sprinting to a superb 9th place (44.54) ahead of Jack Millar of Bristol and West AC 10th (44.56). This was arguably Mark’s best ever cross country performance, particularly given the poor running conditions and possibly the best performance by any Holmfirth Senior Man at the National. Chris Law had another super run to finish 97th (47.48), with Kai Sunman a solid performance in 184th (49.43), the improving Joe Law 266th (51.12), triathlete Jonny McLean in his first cross country for a few years 515th (54.57) and Clark Hind 541st (55.20) completed the team for 24th place overall out of 115 complete teams. Chris Beadle was 917th (1.01.10), Jonny Sykes 947th (1.01.37) and Damian McQueen 1082nd (1.03.54) to score the 9 Man Team 22nd out of 59 complete teams. The winner of the Men’s race was the Northern Champion and British Elite Triathlon Champion in 2013 and World Junior Duathlon Champion the same year, Callum Johnson of Gateshead in 43.36. Joe Steward of East Cheshire Harriers and Tameside AC took the silver medal in 43.59 and Linton Taylor of Leeds City won the bronze medal in 44.13. Tonbridge AC won the team event (6 to count) followed by Leeds City AC and Bristol and West AC

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