Barton-on-Humber Open CC Meeting 1999
Report by: Martin Cunnane
There was a good turnout of young Wakefield athletes in the 19th NatWest-sponsored Barton-on-Humber Open Cross Country meeting at Baysgarth Park.
Best individual result on the day was provided by Aine Hoban who once again found herself up against Skyrac's Emily Spencer. Hoban set off in determined fashion and cut out the early running along with Spencer, Hull Springhead's S. Oliver, and T. Illsley of Chesterfield and District.
Hoban continued to set a quick pace which took her and Spencer clear of the chasing pack and at the three-quarter marker another injection of pace saw her open up a winning gap over her West Yorkshire rival. Disaster almost struck the Wakefield youngster when she was attacked by a loose dog entering the final 200m, but Hoban managed to fend off the animal and went on to win by six seconds in 11 mins 20 secs.
Team-mate Samantha Colley supported well to finish a creditable ninth in 12 mins 08 secs and at last looks capable of recapturing her fine form of two years ago when she secured bronze in the Yorkshire 800m track final.
Lucy Martin also ran well. Finishing with a flourish, she sprinted home by three athletes over the last 50 metres to claim 14th place in 12 rnins 23 secs, ensuring the trio also took team silver with 24 points just a solitary point in front of third-placed Cleethorpes and four points behind winners Hull Springhead.
In the U13 girls' race, Wakefield duo Carly Wright and Zoe Gowland were always in the leading pack along with Rotherham's L. Muscroft. The leading trio broke away after the first 1,000 metres and it came down to a sprint finish with Muscroft just getting the better of Wright close home, winning by a second in 7 mins 58 secs. Gowland, who is just returning to form after illness, ran well to finish third in 8 mins 05 secs and L Hall's 16th place overall in 8 mins 45 secs gave Wakefield team bronze behind Nestle Rowntrees and Hull Springhead.
In the U 15 boys' race, Wakefield's solitary performer Steve Faulkner ran well to finish ninth while S. Wright stayed on well in the U11 boys' race to claim 11 th overall.