Richmond and Zetland Harriers
THIS WEEK SAW THE final cross country held at the old racecourse at Richmond, with a large number of Richmond's finest athletes on display, on the hunt for both individual prizes, but also the coveted team cross country champions for North Yorkshire and South Durham. If Richmond pull it off, then this would be the 5th year in a row they have won the championship with probably one of the smallest memberships in the area, which shows what quality and depth the club has.

First out on the course was young Jake Wills in the U11 boys and he had a good run in 16th. In the U11 girls there were a first outings for the impressive Ellie Rabjohn in 9th and Cassie Clarke in 17th. Josh Hammett took the win in the U13 boys, with good support from Thomas Carter in 11th, Sam Archer in 13th, Riley Deighton-Harrison in 14th, Dominic Wilford in 21st and Oliver Rogerson in 22nd. This gave the squad the 2nd team prize. In the U13 girls Holly McCowie was an excellent 4th, with Olivia Jackson-Bowers in 17th and Alayna Irvin in 21st. The team was 4th overall.

Charlie Stephenson took the victory in the U15 boys race from Kyle Rabjohn in 2nd and Daniel Francis completing the Richmond 1, 2, 3. Joe Reeve was 8th and Tom O’Mahoney was 9th, these results completing the win for the U15 squad. Alana Teasdale was 5th in the U15 girls race. It was another Richmond clean sweep in the U17 boys, with Matthew Lambert taking the win ahead of Dylan Soley in 2nd, Sam Kettlewell in 3rd and Lewis Moore in 8th. These results gave them the team victory.

In the senior ladies race Rachel Ross-Russell was our top finisher in 5th and the 2nd V45, Rebecca Simpson was 11th and the 3rd V40, Rosie Adams was 18th, Nicola Simpson was 19th, Rachel Smith in 23rd and the 2nd U20, Pauline Whittaker in 43rd, Elly Robertson in 45th and Nicki Buckett in 59th. This gave the ladies team 3rd place. Rob Scott led the men's team home in 3rd, Jake Stephenson was 5th and the 1st U20, Reece Dalton was 6th, Carl Jones was 8th and the 1st V40, Scott Wardman followed in 10th, Robin Wilkins was 22nd, Ken Harker in 31st, David Hack was 46th, Leon Reeve in 59th, Lee Davies in 61st, Anthony Jefford in 67th and Paul Simpson in 84th. These fantastic results gave the men's the team victory.

Dan Upton produced another great result in the Scottish Masters shot put, taking the title in the M40 with a throw of 12m. At Catterick parkrun Holly McCowie was 19th and the 1st lady (21:13), Garry Malton was 26th (22:09), Carl Loughney was 32nd (22:55), Ian Hepworth was 62nd (25:45) and Nicki Buckett in 79th (27:23). Ken Harker was 17th at Riverside parkrun (17:57).

Deb Jefferies ran with son Caleb in his buggy at Darlington parkrun and finished 319th (36:05). At Northallerton parkrun, Steve Middleton was the 1st finisher (18:36), Ian Christon was 2nd (18:53), Anthony Jefford was 6th (20:53, pb), Alastair Wilkin was in 8th (22:26), Kiki Fletcher in 49th and a massive pb (28:53, pb) and Shona Fletcher in 50th (28:54).

At Northallerton junior parkrun Jim Wilkin was the 1st finisher and a new pb (08:21, pb), Kiki Fletcher was 24th (10:40, pb), Rebecca Wilkin in 25th (10:53) and Sofia Wardman in 29th (11:13, pb).

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Images: Dan Upton (r), Scottish Masters shot champion (V40),