Richmond's Juniors Some Of The Best In the Country

This week some of our juniors were on the hunt for glory at the eagerly awaited English Schools cross country championships held at Temple Newsam Park in Leeds. The club had 4 athletes selected for North Yorkshire with three in the junior boys race (Kyle Rabjohn, Charlie Stephenson and Daniel Francis) and one in the senior girls (Chloe Dalton). Also on the cross country circuit, but decidedly further away was Fiona Wilson, who travelled all the way to Inverness for the British Masters Cross Country Championships.

Our junior boys have been in outstanding form all season and have just got better and better as the competitions moved through the year. In fact the three of Kyle Rabjohn, Charlie Stephenson and Daniel Francis took all before them in the local cross country events and as a team. With these results in mind, it boded well for another set of outstanding performances and they didn’t disappoint. Kyle Rabjohn (10th) added to his burgeoning reputation, with a superb run to finish inside the top 10 runners in the country in a very close race and not only that, but was only 23 seconds behind the winner and 14 seconds behind 3rd. Charlie Stephenson has improved all year and also produced another high class performance finishing in 24th and less than a minute behind 1st place. Daniel Francis was unfortunately involved in a pile up at the first corner, which hampered his prospects, but picked himself up and finished extremely well in 58th place. These three performances contributed to North Yorkshire finishing as the 3rd team in the country, a truly outstanding result with Richmond and Zetland Harriers contributing 3 out of the 6 counters for the team.

Chloe Dalton also had a very good performance in the senior girls race finishing in a very decent 252nd. Fiona Wilson our junior distance head coach was also on the cross country trail, but slightly further north at Grant Park in Forres, Inverness for the British Masters Cross Country. Fiona showed her athletes that she still is a highly talented runner, covering the testing and hilly course to finish 66th overall but 9th in her age group (V45).

David Hack took the top honours at Catterick parkrun (18:03). Ken Harker took the win at a very wet and snowy Northallerton parkrun (20:28) and was followed by the hard chasing Tom O’Mahoney in 3rd (22:06). Over at Darlington parkrun Nicki Buckett was 184th (34:04). Michelle Sprent-Boradwith travelled to Tilgate park in Sussex for her parkrun and finished in 365th (39:24).

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