Spenborough Open Cross Country

posted 19 Jan 2015, 13:29 by Spen A.C.   [ updated 17 Mar 2015, 12:16 ]
Thank you officials and cross country runners who came on Saturday (17/01/15)  to help and/or compete in the sleet, rain and very cold conditions at our Open Cross Country races. This is the first time for many years that we have held theses races and the first time at this venue. While we expected and hoped for more entries in the end there were reasonable numbers in some of the events particularly the under 11's and senior men. The event will be discussed at the next committee meeting on 6th February when a decision will be made whether to hold the races again next year. My initial thoughts are that we should hold the event again and look at improving the pre event publicity, marking the course and shortening the timetable among other matters.

As regards to the races a small but keen field of runners contested the final race of the day, the senior men's race. Nick Hooker from Leeds City Athletics Club and Spenborough's Kevin Ogden took the lead in the early stages with Nick eventually pulling away from Kevin to win by over a minute. Kevin had the satisfaction of leading Spenborough to a team victory with Tom Dart (4th), and our European Veteran 800 metre champion Keith McGhie (7th), making up the team. Other Spenborough runners were John Turpin (9th), Paul Bolland (10th), Darren Wake (11th), Dave Butler (13th), Lee Dolman (14th) and Grant Cooper (16th). 

Spenborough's Sarah Barker, Jackie Carter and Sharon Cooper took the women's team prize in a race won by Jaqui Khoueiry from Holmfirth. Some of the senior runners provided help before and after their event and my special thanks to them. 

In the younger age races there were wins for Tobin Rhodes in a good quality 17 men's race and Courtney Benson who had a strong finish to lead in the under 15 girls.  Courtney led Molly Waring and Alice Cooper to the girl's team prize. All credit to Olivia Reah, Alicia Rose and Mia Butler who were the only runners in the under 13 girl's race. Other young Spenborough runners were Nicholas Brackenridge who finished 4th in the under 15 boy's race, Jack Quinn (6th), James Bell (8th) and Jack Barraclough (12th) in the under 11 boy's race and Molly Briggs (12th) in the under 11 girl's race.


Spen A.C.,
19 Jan 2015, 13:29