Traviss to the fore as Harriers claim prizes

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Halifax Harriers hogged the podium places in the latest West Yorkshire Cross County League meeting at Nunroyd Park.

Brad Traviss finished a brilliant ninth in a fiercely competitive senior men’s race won by Leeds City’s international James Walsh on a quagmire of a course.

Seventeen year old Traviss took the junior men’s prize in the process while Ben Crowther (21st), Joe Crossfield (58th), Andy Thorpe (60th), Ryan Barker (67th) and Ian Whitehouse (76th) ensured a fourth team spot.

Lucie Hall and Isabel Castelow took first and second in the under 11 girls race with Phoebe Hook running a brilliant first ever race to finish 10th as Halifax won the team prize.

The under 17 boys also won their event with Max Wharton (2nd) and Jerome Castelow (3rd) chasing home Wharfedale’s James Hall.

Third counter Eden Whitelaw ran a great race to take 12th.

In the under 15 girls race, Louise Redmond pushed Homfirth’s Olivia Sykes hard to take second with Molly Traviss fourth and Izzy Wharton 19th, ensuring Halifax finished as second team.

For the under 13 girls, Megan Berriman (8th), Lucy Mills (11th) and Annie Stone (14th) claimed the third team spot while Sarah Cumber was third in the W40 age group.

Katrina Oddy won the W45 class and Heather Gardner finished an excellent 46th.

Under 11 boys Ayden Slater (22nd), Daniel Smith (23rd), James Strange (33rd) brought the team home in sixth while the under 13 boys comprising Joel Hook (18th), Joe Potter (25th) and Tom Wildsmith (34th) also finished sixth.

Under 15 boys Thomas Hinchcliffe (18th), Charlie Birro (28th), Benjamin McGee (45th) counted to the teams 8th position with Dominic McGee (46th) while Caroline Johnson (20th) and Mollie Jagger (24th) ran in the under 17 girls race.

Stainland Lions were well represented at the final Spenborough t10 race.

Stainland’s success has been largely due to the effort and enthusiasm of their Vets’ captain Paul Patrick who was delighted as the ladies team came second with the first four finishers counting, and third place with all finishers counting. It was a similar story for the men who came in third place overall with all finishers.

In the individual age categories there was glory for Aileen Baldwin, who claimed the first F60 prize by a massive margin.

Julie Field and Amanda Zito finished second and third respectively in their F40 category.

In the men’s league, Jon Collins took second place in M35 and Mark Pigford was third place among the M40s with many other well-placed Lions just outside the top three.

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