LIAM HAIGH stole the show on his debut for Longwood Harriers in the Northern Cross Country Relays.
In his first event for the club Haigh, looked assured over a tricky course at Groves Park, Sheffield.
His strong running helped the Under 15 boys team, including Lewis Crank and Nathaniel Stock, to finish in 22nd place – only a second behind local rivals Halifax Harriers.
The Under 15 girls team of Rebecca Morris, Chloe Hever and Billie-Jo Ward carried on from their good team effort at Warrington the week before by finishing in 23rd place.
The Cross Country Relays also saw two Under 11 boys, Aran Thomas and Luke White, compete for the first time.
Both produced impressive runs and finished with times to be proud of.
The Under 17 team saw the return to action for Sam Hever and Robert Morris, both who have enjoyed a break after the track season.
Hever and Morris successfully negotiated the course, and will hope to take this early-season form into the West Yorkshire Cross country league.
Harriers athlete Rebecca Morris showed she is a class act after running superbly at the Northern Road Relay Championships.
On a flat course in Birchfield Park, Warrington, the Under 15 girls athlete used her dynamic style to record one of her fastest ever times.
She was supported by Chloe Hever and Billie-Jo Ward and the Under 15 girls finished the race in a creditable 31st position.
After a season of slow improvements and mixed results for Morris, this outcome should be the foundation for a successful winter season.
At the same event, the Under 13 boys duo of Callum Hamilton and Elliot Thompson both ran identical times, with completely different tactics.
Thompson used his small frame to get out with the fast pack, but as the bigger runners pulled away, he hit the wall.
Hamilton, on the other hand, started off at a slower pace, and ran an almost even tempo throughout his relay leg.
Both will be hoping to improve as the West Yorkshire Cross Country season draws closer.