The last race in the League took place at Nun Royd Park on December 7th. The course was extremely muddy and the temperature was much lower than it had been for the three previous races, but that did not dampen the spirits of our Junior members.
We had representatives in all the races bar the Junior Men, and, although the numbers were down a little, we did manage four scoring teams: the U11 Boys were 5th, the U11 Girls 5th, the U13 Boys 8th, and our U15 Girls 1st once again, thereby clinching the overall title.
Individually, there were some outstanding performances: Alex Flaherty clinched the overall U11 with as decisive a piece of front running as I have seen for a long time; Vicki Merrick showed great grit to hang on to 4th place and 2nd overall in the U15 Girls; Reuben Mantle produced what was surely his best-ever League run in 5th place; Ruby Firth continued her excellent form in 6th place; Lucy Miller, though feeling unwell, battled through to 12th place; Katie Smith saved her best till the last, in a wonderful 14th place; Sarah Dewhirst, in her first year as a Junior Woman, ran splendidly in 9th place, and 4th counter for the Senior Women.
Team-wise, I simply must mention our U15 Girls, who have all been brilliant throughout the series and an inspiration to all the others: fantastic!
Full results below:
U11 Girls: 18th Grace Dawson; 19th Emma Cowley; 39th Riannon Appleyard
U11 Boys: 1st Alex Flaherty; 15th Harry Miller; 27th Oliver Peace;
34th Callum Watson; 41st Ben Rees
U13 Girls: 6th Ruby Firth.
U13 Boys: 15th Joseph Carnelley; 38th Jack Bradley; 45th Dylan Thornton
U15 Girls: 4th Vicki Merrick; 12th Lucy Miller; 14th Katie Smith;
18th Eliza Findlay; 24th Anna Whitehead
U15 Boys: 5th Reuben Mantle; 32nd Adam Thompson.
U17 Women: 17th Abi White.
U17 Men: 23rd Tommy Thorp; 32nd Ryan Bradley
U20Women: 9th Sarah Dewhirst (48th in overall Senior/Junior race)