West Yorkshire Cross Country LeagueReport by: Bryan Murray
Promising results were gained from the recent Leeds AC-hosted West Yorkshire Cross Country League meeting, the last in the four race series.
County athlete Jasmine Kerry, backed up by Abi Gowland, Jan Faulkner and Katie Shepherd, impressed in the U13s girls' competition.
Kerry was placed at the back of the leading group of eight runners at the uphill start followed by Gowland and Faulkner in the chasing bunch.
As the athletes moved through the woods Kerry eased into fourth and held her position throughout. Shepherd also did well to produce her best run of the season and complete the 3000m course. Other placings were: Faulkner 16th, Gowland 18th, Lockwood 22nd .
Looking for a confidence boosting run, Carly Wright and Zoe Gowland attacked their U15s race from the outset.
Gowland moved strongly through the leading bunch with Wright hot on her heels. The pair continued to pass athletes going into the last hill section. And at the end of the long sprint Gowland finished sixth with Wright a good eighth.
Having raced the weekend before indoors in Birmingham and claiming a pb of 2.21 for the 800m, Helen Singleton changed codes to team up with Aine Hoban in the 4500m U17 cross country.
Hoban, having qualified to represent Yorkshire the previous weekend, started comfortably and positioned herself well behind Singleton, who was in seventh. By the halfway stage, Hoban had moved into fourth, taking Singleton with her.
As both athletes came to the final uphill push, and the long sprint home, Hoban opened up a gap of 30m on Singleton for respective fourth and fifth place finishes.
With a shortage of male athletes in the club, Sam Handforth and Alex Senior were the only representatives in the U15 and U17 events. Both athletes ran well with Handforth taking 16th position in 17 mins 21 secs in the U15s, and Senior finishing eighth in 17 mins 25 secs in the Ul7s. Keith Singleton, senior men's, finished the course in 38 mins 26 secs.
In the senior women's race, Alice Butler, Laura Sheard, Linda Walker and Eileen Twigg carried the Wakefield colours.
Wakefield packed well to win the team competition. Butler was sixth in 22 mins 05 secs, Sheard 12th in 2 mins 17 secs, Twigg 14th in 23 mins 26 secs, and Walker 22nd in 25 mins 01 sec.
Overall placings: junior women, Laura Sheard, second; U17 women, Aine Hoban, fourth; U13 girls, Jasmine Kerry, sixth.