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Strong All Round at 2017 Northerns

RHAC was impressive all-round at the 2017 Northern Autumn Road Relay Championships (Sportcity Manchester)

The Northern championships for senior Men (Teams of 6) senior women (teams of 4) and all young athlete ages (U13, U15 & U17 - teams of 3) took place on Saturday the 16th on a traffic free course around the Etihad stadium campus.

Rotherham Harriers strength across all age groups was impressive - the club had 14 scoring teams and was the only Yorkshire club with finishing teams in every age category race.

Not only was the coverage the best we have managed for many years, but the level of club team and individual performances was tremendous. This is a tribute to i) the excellent work done by club coaches and team managers - Nigel Brookes, Richard Harris & Pete Shaw, ii) The dedication and commitment of the athletes & iii) the help & support of athletes parents & families.

We had two bronze medal winning teams - the U15 boys team and the senior women's A team; The U17 women's team were 4th, the B team were 9th (and 2nd B team) and the C team finished 15th, making these the 1st three teams from South Yorkshire clubs. The senior men's A team qualified for the National championships for the 11th successive year by finishing 16th. (The first 25 clubs qualify). The senior women's B team were 7th (1st B team, and 3rd Yorkshire team).The U13 boys team were 9th, after some very consistent times by the 3 team athletes, and the U13 girls were 11th - a really good result for that trio.

At an Individual level there were some excellent performances - Elliot Morton ran the 3rd fastest time of the day in the U15 boy's group.Mya Taylor ran the 3rd fastest time in the U17 women's race, with team mate Cyane Robinson recording the 10th fastest time. In the senior ladies teams, Jenny Blizard had a brilliant run to record the clubs fastest leg which made her the 4th= fastest of the day. Club mate Sophie Cowper was just 2 seconds slower than Jenny, and recorded the 6th fastest time.

The Taylor family had a busy day with Mya, her sister Cadence and dad Carl all running in club teams

Results

U13 Girls

'A' Team 11th 40:27

Hayley Butcher (16) 13:19, Marci Walsh (8) 13:27, Olivia Bell (11) 13:41

'B' Team 34th 44:34

Amelia Topliss (30) 14:14, Cadence Taylor (40) 15:44, Miya Lambert (35) 14:36

U13 Boys

9th 37:17

Joshua Gilbert (8) 12:02, Daniel Hutson (8) 12:31, Luke Parker (9) 12:44

U15 Girls

'A' Team 42:59

Abby Stroughair (27) 13:42, Romany Tune (21) 13:40, Keira Sampson (29) 15:37

'B' Team (Incomplete)

Ciara Mullane (40) 15:33, Elina Hine,(38) 16:51.

U15 Boys

'A' Team 3rd 33:53

Elliott Morton (3) 10:45, William Beaton (2) 11:33, Joshua Wragg (3) 11:35

'B' Team 29th 36:59

Jack Steele (42) 12:29, Jay Jessop (32) 12:09, Samuel Gilson (31) 12:21.

U17 women

'A' Team 4th 39:58

Mya Taylor (1) 12:44, Cyane Robinson, (1) 13:14, Emma Ball (4) 14:00

'B' Team 9th 43:50

Grace Harris (13) 14:31, Keiva Rennocks (11) 14:37, Bethany Mount (9) 14:42

'C' Team 46:38

M Platts (15) 14:36, Catherine Kebell (17) 15:48, Ellis Jackson (15) 16:14

U17 Men

32nd 40:57

Matthew Pagdin (37) 13:33, Oliver Jervis (32) 12:50, Howard Kniveton (32) 14:34

Senior Women

'A' Team 3rd 1:25:18

1 Zara Knappy (18) 22:04, 2 Jenny Blizard (6) 20:42, 3 Samantha Hughes (4) 21:48, 4 Sophie Cowper (3) 20:44

'B' Team 7th 1:28:56

1 Natasha Hatswell, (11) 21:36, 2 Stephanie Burns (10) 21:51, 3 Jenny Reed (11) 23:34, 4 Fiona Davies (7) 21:55

Senior Men

'A' team 16th 2:07:59

1 Richard Harris (50) 21:57, 2 David Tune (50) 22:16, 3 Aidan Johnson (37) 21:01

4 Arron Larkin (28) 21:01, 5 Joseph Massingham (23) 20:40, 6 Gareth Sampson (16) 21:04

'B' team 53rd 2:20:36

1 Steven Marshall (81) 23:06, 2 Rhian Hastey (69) 22:39, 3 Ian Whyman (64) 22:45,

4 Chris Griffiths (66) 24:41, 5 Carl Taylor (64) 24:55, 6 Philip Hoole (53) 22:30.

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