Team-wise, the season began with a real bang, but unfortunately we were unable to keep up to that standard, due principally to a lack of numbers. Nevertheless we did achieve some impressive team results: our U11 Boys were 4th, our U13 Girls 3rd and our U15 Boys a superb 1st. 13 of our runners achieved an overall position by running in at least 3 races, and 8 ran in all four.
In the U11 Boys Logan Walker and Charlie Robinson were consistently up with the leaders, and showing real aggression, while Robbie Temple proved to be a reliable third counter. With a couple more counters, this could be a very successful team.
In the U11 Girls we had only two counters, which is a real pity, since Mia Naylor and Abby Clay performed splendidly throughout, improving with each run.
At U13 level, for various reasons, none of our boys were available for most of the series, whereas the girls performed magnificently. Martha Jackson and Rebecca Flaherty were always placed in the first three, whilst third counter Holly Walters, as reliable as ever, continued to improve.
Good as the girls were, our U15 Boys were even better, winning 3 of the 4 races, and thereby finishing as West Yorkshire champions. They were brilliantly led by Alex Flaherty, with Ben Rees and ever-improving Theo Clay providing first-class support.
Our only representative in the U15 Girls was Elinor Gorrell who ran very bravely – I hope we can find some support for her next year.
In the U17 Women, Emily Field and Ruby Firth ran superbly, finishing 1st and 2nd overall, but once again we were unable to find a third counter.
We now look forward to the various championships, at both Club and School level, in the New Year, which many of our runners can do so with real optimism. And if we field our strongest teams, we can make a big impression at team level as well.
Overall positions (* indicates those finishing in all 4 races)
|Girls / Women||Boys / Men|
|Under 11||10th||Mia Naylor*||5th||Logan Walker*|
|14th||Abby Clay*||6th||Charlie Robinson|
|Under 13||2nd||Martha Jackson|
|Under 15||2nd||Alex Flaherty*|
|Under 17||1st||Emily Field|
U11 Boys 4th
U13 Girls 3rd
U15 Boys 1st
Junior Cross Country Team Manager