West Yorkshire Cross Country League
Report by: Bryan Murray
The first West Yorkshire Cross Country League meeting took place at Royds Head in Halifax, with Wakefield Harriers fielding a strong contingent in some of the races. The undulating course staged several races for the various male and female age groups.
In the U13 girls, Jaydene Wright made an impressive start in her debut at cross-country. Staying with the leading group of ten athletes through the course, she finished in-tenth place behind winner S Bloor, of Hull.
The Harriers team had five athletes in the U15 girls race, with a team result expected, with the first three athletes having to finish in the total count.
Zoe Gowland and Carly Wright went off from the gun straight into the leading frontrunners, with-Lisa Hall, Elaine Hardcastle and Jan Faulkner in the middle area of the race. As the race progressed, three athletes broke from the pack, with Gowland holding second spot.
At the halfway stage, Hall moved up to tenth place, while Hardcastle was holding her own in her first-ever competitive race, with Faulkner trying hard to catch the leaders.
Coming into the latter stages of the race, Gowland held onto third place, with Hall backing up with tenth position, while Wright was 14th, with the three athletes from Wakefield taking the second team prize. Hardcastle finished strongly in 18th place and Faulkner in 26th spot.
Aine Hoban was the club's only competitor in the main event and she showed good early season form, with all the league runners - each Yorkshire county representatives - ensuring a high standard of competition. A hard race followed over the course, with the athletes giving their best.
Nearing the halfway mark, Glover and Spencer, then Hoban, broke from the leading five athletes - and with 400m left, Hoban was in third place, and she held on to secure league points.
In the U15 boys race, Andrew Hall and Sam Handforth took centre stage, with the race hall's baptism to the crosscountry competition.
In the first race, predictions as to who challenge for certain races, is uncertain, but both Harriers acquitted themselves in the field of over 40 runners.