Richmond and Zetland Harriers

IT WAS ANOTHER WEEK of not always battling the elements for the athletes of Richmond and Zetland Harriers, whether that was at the mud bath, which was the National Cross Country Championships, the gales at Snake Lane, the wind swept Town Moor, the hardship of running in Melbourne or the North East indoor throws meeting.

Dan Upton continues his fine form into 2020 with another title, but this time at the North East Indoor Championships, taking the title in the shot with another huge throw (11:91). Ian Hepworth tackled the rather open and unsheltered Town Moor Valentine 10K, with another fine run in 250th (55:06).

The National Cross Country Championships were held this year at the Deer Park, Wollaton Park in Nottingham and a number of our athletes took to the course to do battle with the best of the country, over a rather sodden and mud covered course. Charlie Stephenson just gets better and better as the season progresses, with an absolutely outstanding run in the U17 Men's race coming 14th. In the Senior Ladies race, the three intrepid runners of Pauline Whittaker, Michelle Sprent-Broadwith in 792nd (58:07) and Nicki Buckett in 804th (58:39) had great runs over the course. The U13 Boy's squad had some excellent performances too, with Ollie Middleton in 232nd, Oliver Rogerson just behind in 249th, Jack Vasey in 253rd, Rhys Robinson in 317th and Riley Deighton-Harrison in 330th. Shannon Robinson also has an extremely good run in 161st (22:39) in the U15 Girl's race.

At the more local Snake Lane 10 miler at Pocklington, Rob Scott battled the gales finishing in 5th overall (55:02) and Elly Robertson smashing her PB by over 5 minutes (1:23:41)! Over in Melbourne (not Pocklington) but Australia, Steve Sadler takes the battle to the Ozzies with another great run in the Sunset Series race 2 held at Princess Park. where he stormed round to finish in 33rd and the 1st V50.

At Catterick parkrun Garry Malton was 17th (22:54) and Ian Hepworth was 59th (26:29). John Gray was 2nd at Northallerton parkrun (19:38), Anthony Jefford was 4th (22:07), Alastair Wilkin was 9th (24:26) and Kiki Fletcher was 22nd and the 2nd lady.

Still the prize for the longest distance travelled for a parkrun this week goes to Steve and Ann Sadler, who travelled to Australia for Newport Lakes parkrun in Melbourne! Steve improved on his last run, finishing in 2nd overall (21:09). At Northallerton junior parkrun Jim Wilkin was 2nd (09:27), Charlotte Jackson-Bowers was 5th and the 1st girl (09:57) and Kiki Fletcher was 8th and the 2nd girl (10:38).

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Image 0062: The U13 boys team at the National Cross Country Championships.