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Northern Cross Country Relays 18th October 2014 Graves Park Sheffield
Last edited: Monday October 20th 2014
The North of England Cross Country Relays took place on Saturday 18th October at Graves Park Sheffield with Warrington Athletic Club being represented in 5 of the 10 races and coming home with three sets of medals which made the second equal in the medals table with City of Sheffield and only beaten by Liverpool both much larger clubs.
The day started with the under 11 girls with Ashley Nemits running an excellent opening stage to hand over in the lead by 10 seconds with the second fastest time of the race recording 5 minutes 31 seconds.Maya Evans took over for the second stage and also ran superbly to extend the lead to 21 seconds before handing over to the youngest member of the team Molly Wormald for the final stage recording 5 minutes 50 seconds.Molly ran her heart out to record 6 minutes 09 seconds for her stage to give the team a final time of 17 minutes 30 seconds but had to settle for the Silver Medals being caught by the Sale Harriers runner who recorded the fastest time of the race in the final 400 metres
In the under 13 Boys race the team continued their great form to take the Gold Medals.Lucas Hayes took the first stage running excellently to hand over in 8th place in 6 minutes 04 seconds.Jordan Jones took over for the second stage for a change and ran the 6th fastest time in the race with 5 minutes 47 seconds as he moved up to 3rd place.Sam Evans took over for the final stage and moved through to win comfortably recording the second fastest time in the race with 5 minutes 27 seconds for a total time of 17 minutes 18 seconds.
The under 15 boys were next up with Luke Gamble who has been below par returning to better form handing over after the first stage in 12th place with 7 minutes 38 seconds to be the fastest in the team.Sam Rostron took over for the second stage and ran to form to move the team up to 7th place recording 7 minutes 41seconds.Daniel Fox took over for the final stage and ran well to hold onto 7th place as he recorded 7 minutes 48 seconds for a total time of 23 minutes 07 seconds.
In the under 17 Menís race Daniel Evans ran well on the first stage to hand over in third place in 7 minutes 14 seconds only 2 seconds behind the leader.Owen Lee took over for the second stage and ran well to hold on to third place with a time of 7 minutes 41 seconds.On the final stage Leighton Sharman also ran well recording 7 minutes 47 seconds for a final time of 22 minutes 42 seconds but dropped back to 5th place.
The day was brought to and end by the Senior Menís race where the club produced probably the biggest surprise of the day.On the first stage under 20 Cameron Field ran excellently to hand over in 7th place recording the 11th fastest time of the day with 10 minutes 42 seconds.Liam Burthem another under 20 took over for the second stage and ran excellently to move the team up to 5th place with 10 minutes 59 seconds before handing over to the oldest member of the team.Former UK International Nick Jones now 40 years old took over for the third stage and ran excellently to move the team into the Silver Medal position recording 10 minutes 56 seconds.Matt Wigelsworth another under 20 took over for the final stage and ran excellently to duplicate Nickís time and hold onto the Silver Medals behind Liverpool Harriers in a final time of 43 minutes 33 seconds.This is the first time in over 20 years that a senior team has won medals in Area or National Championships.


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