Saturday, 18th November 2017
Another safe and slick BUH&AC event was ensured by the volunteers who came forward to set-up, marshal and take down the course – Event Organiser Dean Johnson extends his thanks to all who helped, even the person in charge of the mild and clear weather!
It was also another day of great runs from athletes.
A two-horse race unfolded from start to finish between Blackburn’s Ben Fish and home star Jonny Kay. They broke clear early in the first lap and raced cat-and-mouse right to the finish, with Blue Vest Kay coming in just a second behind but almost 2.5 minutes ahead of third. In doing so, Kay secured the senior men’s title with a race to spare – superb!!
Other notable runs came from junior Declan Toomey (sixth), Frazer Jardine (21st) and Chris Povey (45th) – all making their first appearance in the 2017 series. Evergreen vet John Knowles (13) performed his customary negative splits, whilst Scott Bracey and Derek Smith had good placings again for the squad.
For the third consecutive race, U20 women Katie Oakley and Rachel Bailey improved their overall standings, with Oakley running brilliantly to claim silver. Dropping to fourth at one point, she dug in deep to power round the final mile and finish a relatively comfortable second.
U17 Lewis Aldred’s fifth was the top placed junior, whilst the U11 teams both showed the team ethic with 10 boys and 7 girls competing.
U11 Boys Team 4th – 41 pts
Harvey Kenny 7:03; Sam Hazelwood 7:26; Connor Gettinby 7:28; Samuel Liptrott 7:37; Alfie Dodds 8:22; Marcus Valentine 8:25; Charlie Aldred 9:11; Joseph Rossington 9:26; Zackariyya Aftab 9:45; Oscar Bentley 9:49
U11 Girls Team 7th – 68 pts
Scarlett Thompson 8:03; Mia Makin 8:16; Isobel Hall 8:22; Cloe Bentley-Hughes 8:49; Poppy Dunne 8:50; Kirsten Scaife 10:34; Jessica Swales 10:36
U13 Boys Team 5th – 46 pts
Laurence Britton 12:29; Jason Scaife 12:47; Harry Aldred 13:31; Oisin Behan 13:52; Josh Bentley-Hughes 15:16
U15 Boys Team 7th – 95 pts
Ben Pickford 16:14; Sam Aldred 18:39; Ruairi Behan 20:35
Roisin Riley 22:31
Lewis Aldred 20:27
Molly Philbin 26:06
Men’s Team 2nd – 128 pts
Jonathon Kay 34:42; Declan Toomey 37:38; John Knowles 38:22; Frazer Jardine 40:31; Chris Povey 43:10; Mark Wolstencroft 43:22; Ste Bonney 43:22; Craig Kenny 43:47; Andrew Doyle 47:33; Lee Petch 51:18; Scott Bracey 51:54; Derek Smith 54:26