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|JUNIOR : Cross Country Fixtures 2015-16|
|October||18||WY League I||Thornes Park, Wakefield|
|October||31||WY League ll||Fartown, Huddersfield|
|November||14||WY League III||Cliffe Castle, Keighley|
|22||PECO 1||Temple Newsam|
|December||6||WY League IV||Nunroyd Park, Guiseley|
|13||PECO 2||West Park,Leeds|
|January 2016||3||PECO 3||Middleton Park|
|9||Yorkshire Clubs||Lightwater Valley|
|24||PECO 4||Golden Acre Park|
|30||Northern Clubs||Witton Park, Blackburn|
|February||6||West Y Schools||Northcliffe, Shipley|
|14||PECO 5||Venue TBC|
|28||PECO Relays||Venue TBC|
Junior Cross Country Report 2013-14
Once again the list of awards which follows this report, (a list based on race performances), gives a clear indication of how things are going with our Junior Section: the number of those competing has continued to increase, with many new names appearing. What’s more, there were plenty of others who were in contention, but whose names do not feature.
36 different youngsters took part in either the West Yorkshire League or the PECO League, with 21 of them securing an overall position in the former, in which Emile Cairess dominated the U17s, Vicki Merrick was 3rd in the U15s, Joseph Carnelley 5th in the U11s, and Sarah Dewhirst 9th in the U17s.
In the PECO League, we saw a good number of our youngest runners competing for the first time, and there was much promise shown, particularly by Ruby Firth, Harry Miller, and Oliver Peace. Amongst our more experienced runners there were excellent efforts from Matthew and Vicki Merrick, both winning their overall titles, and from Katie Smith, Lucy Miller, Joseph Childs and Dylan Thornton, all of whom are improving rapidly. I should also mention Jack and Ryan Bradley, who travelled up from Nottingham so often to make a fine contribution in both of the Leagues.
On a Championship level our numbers have been smaller, but we have seen some quality performances. Emile Cairess has, of course, been outstanding, winning the Yorkshire Championships and finishing 18th in the Inter-Counties, 19th in the National and 16th in the English Schools, results which do great credit to him and to Coach Dave Benson.
We had three more representatives at the English Schools: Reuben Mantle, Vicki Merrick and Matthew Merrick, all of whom performed well, though I must make special mention of Matthew, who produced a superb run in 30th place, not forgetting that Vicki also represented Yorkshire and Humberside in the London Mini-Marathon.
Many of those I have mentioned have also been very successful on the fells since our season ended, and I have been delighted to see so many regular participants in the Bradford Parkrun. Most pleasing of all, however, has been the huge numbers who have taken part in the Judith and Keith Firm Memorial 5K Series of races: to date, after the first four races, 91 different juniors have taken part and there have been some wonderful performances, notably by Matthew Merrick and Lilly Smith, though I could mention many more. We hope that the confidence gained in these runs will encourage many more to take their first competitive step.
The first real opportunity to compete will be at our Schools races on September 24, when we are hoping for a huge turnout, but before then we shall be collecting entries for the West Yorkshire League, the first race of which will be in latish October.
Our aim this year must be to achieve some improved team positions, and for this we will need as many entries as possible: make sure one of them is you!
On the training front we have been absolutely delighted with the way things have gone: the older group, under the watchful eyes of Martin Peace and John Merrick, continues to make huge strides, and we now have a nucleus of real racers with an enviable team spirit, to which newcomers such as the highly- motivated and talented Max Duckett have only added.
As for the younger group, numbers at our Tuesday training sessions have been consistently high, and Graham, Dave and I are constantly encouraged by the enthusiasm shown and by the progress made, even if it means that we have to run that bit harder to keep up!
The Thursday evening session has seen a rise in numbers, and the standard and commitment shown by a regular group of talented young athletes has been very pleasing: however, we shall be hoping for a few additions to this group from September onwards.
The support and encouragement we and all our runners have received from parents has been tremendous throughout the season, contributing in no small way to the overall spirit, and a feature of our Tuesday sessions has been the large number of parents who turn out regularly, encouraging not only their children, but all the others as well. We are most grateful to them for all their help and enthusiasm, and we congratulate some of them (notably Lesley Watson and Julie Thornton) on the fantastic progress they have made.
I am convinced that we are working on the right lines, and cannot end this report without saying a big thank you, on behalf of all our runners, to Martin Peace, John Merrick, David Potter, Graham Smith and Andy Nicoll for all their enthusiasm, wisdom and wholehearted commitment. It’s a pleasure working with them!
Under 11 Girls 1st Ruby Firth 2nd Grace Dawson 3rd Lilly Smith
Under 11 Boys 1st Joseph Carnelley 2nd Joseph Childs 3rd Dylan Thornton
Under 13 Girls 1st Katie Smith 2nd Lucy Miller 3rd Lucy Shutt
Under 13 Boys 1st Reuben Mantle 2nd Joseph Treasure-Jones
3rd= Jonathan Sutcliffe 3rd= Jack Bradley
Under 15 Girls 1st Vicki Merrick 2nd Abi White 3rd Anna Whitehead
Under 15 Boys 1st Matthew Merrick 2nd Max Duckett 3rd Adam Thompson
Under 17 Women 1st Sarah Dewhirst 2nd Katy Boden
Under 17 Men 1st Emile Cairess 2nd Daniel Smithurst
Under 20 Men 1st Thomas Potter
Top Male Competitor Emile Cairess
Top Female Competitor Victoria Merrick
Best Team Player Victoria Merrick
Most Improved Athlete Katie Smith
Wednesday 25 September Schools Races at Bradford and Bingley Years 5-13
West Yorkshire League U11s, U13s, U15s, U17s, U20s
Race ONE Sunday October 20 ThornesPark, Wakefield
Race TWO Saturday November 2 Bramley
Race THREE Sunday November 17 Leeds (venue tbc)
Race FOUR Sunday December 1 NunroydPark, Guiseley
PECO League (for 8 to 16 year olds)
This series of five races is a great introduction to competitive running : you do not need to register beforehand, just turn up on the day, register, pay your £1 entry fee and run.
Age categories are U9, U11, U13, and Under 17
Race times : 1 Mile Race (8-10 yrs old) 10.00 a.m.
2 Mile Race (11-16 yrs old) 10.20 a.m.
Race ONE Sunday November 24 TempleNewsam
Race TWO Sunday December 15 GoldenAcrePark
Race THREE Sunday January 12 MiddletonPark
Race FOUR Sunday February 16 DanefieldCountryPark
Race FIVE Sunday March 2 Northcliffe Park
Full race details are to be found on www.pecoxc.co.uk a minimum of two weeks before each event.
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