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County and Northern Status Clear from National Results

Storm Ciara and Storm Dennis may have left a number of sporting casualties in their wake but cross country runners are made of sturdy stuff and were not to be put off by the extra muddy conditions created for the English National Cross Country Championships at the weekend.

Organisers nearly called off the event a few days before due to the atrocious parking conditions at the venue at Woollaton Park, Nottingham. With over 2,500 cars expected moving the parking and finding spaces away from the park was a big ask but the English Cross Country Association and Nottinghamshire County Council managed to secure alternative parking with minimum disruption.

The heavy rain over the previous week provided one of the muddiest cross country courses of the season, which athletes running through knee deep stretches of thick mud and water as they battled over the various length courses. Conditions got progressively worse and more testing as the day progressed and many athletes came home minus a shoe or two!

Nearly 5,000 athletes took part over courses ranging from three to eight kilometres.

Rotherham Harriers had athletes in all but one of the ten categories, with strong turnout in the young athlete events. There were excellent individual and team performances across the day.

The young athletes once again showed their strength with three of the four age categories (U13Gs, U15Gs and U15Bs) all coming in as top Yorkshire team. The U13Bs were second Yorkshire team. The U13Gs were also first Northern team.

The top individual performances of the day went to Cyanne Robinson (Junior Women) who came 18th and Lilia Harris (U13Gs) who was 20th.

In the Senior Men’s event there was controversy when Richard Harris (Young Athlete Coach), who was taking part in his first race since undergoing surgery in October, had a collision in the mud and lost his timing chip. Fortunately the club had photographers on course and he could be seen wearing his chip during the early part of the race. Photo finish technology enabled his time to be recorded and his score count for the team placing, which moved the team up from 48th place to 37th overall.

U13 Girls

Team Position: 10th (307 points)

2nd Northern club, 1st Yorkshire club

20th Lilia Harris (00:16:21), 42nd Layla Roden (00:16:49), 115th Heather Berry (00:17:40), 130th Katie Battle (00:17:49), 135th Emily Bott (00:17:58), 223rd Harper Tompkin (00:19:11,

234th Keira Branagan (00:19:23)

U15 Girls

Team Position: 13th (521 points)

3rd Northern club, 1st Yorkshire club

94th Hayley Butcher (00:21:46), 115th Amelia Topliss (00:22:04), 118th Olivia Bell (00:22:07), 194th Evie Thomson (00:23:14), 222nd Miya Lambert (00:23:41), 234th Cadence Taylor (00:23:55)

Junior Women

Team Position: 6th (183 points)

1st Northern club

18th Cyane Robinson (00:27:50), 64th Keiva Rennocks (00:30:42), 101st Emily Holden (00:33:20)

Senior Women

62nd Sophie Cowper (00:37:51), 79th Natasha Hatswell (00:38:16), 227th Robyn Lanceley (00:42:31)

U13 boys

Team Position: 21st (681points)

6th Northern club, 2nd Yorkshire club

100th George Ellis (00:16:22), 117th Owen Haffner (00:16:31) 201st Jake Parker (00:17:22), 263rd Joshua Wade (00:18:04), 267th Jack Williams (00:18:06), 298th Reece Levitt (00:18:46), 349th Oliver Picton (00:20:15 )

U15 Boys

Team Position: 26th (741 points)

4th Northern club, 1st Yorkshire

125th Luke Parker (00:19:08), 147th Joshua Gilbert (00:19:24), 156th Thomas Bowman (00:19:28), 313th Alexander Brand (00:22:20)

U17 Men

113th Samuel Gilson (00:26:07)

Senior Men

Team Position: 37th (2630 points)

37th Joseph Massingham (00:46:27), 322nd Aidan Johnson (00:52:08), 426th Richard Harris (00:53:41), 577th Ben Burton (00:55:53), 615th Philip Hoole (00:56:34), 643rd Chris Griffiths (00:57:00), 1474th John Comrie (01:13:00)

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