IT was a golden day for Holmfirth Harriers on the opening day of the West Yorkshire League at Nunroyd Park, Guiseley.
The unparalleled successes of runners in 2009 league were surpassed in a superb show as the club teams won five of the 10 races.
Individual winners were Lewis Byram, and Katie Walshaw – Lewis continuing his domination of the Under 13 boys’ event and Katie Walshaw winning the senior ladies. Jimmy Burke, in his first race in a Holmfirth vest finished second in the Under 11s; Helen Berry and Matthew Pierson were second in women and men’s races respectively; Olivia Sykes was second and Erica Byram third in the Under 13 girls and Harmonie Waterman third the Under 15 girls.
The Under 11 boys’ brought Holmfirth’s first victory as Jimmy’s second place was backed up by Arron Gill (seventh), Finn Kerry (10th) and Nicky Farquhar (12th). Also running superbly – and all on league debuts – were Bailey Bedford (18th), Daniel Howatson (22nd) and George and Harry Hobbs (30th and 34th).
There was another win in the Under 11 girls, where the team was led home by Libby Shepherd and Sunnivah Waterman in eighth and ninth, with Amy Kettlewell 13th. Charlotte Eastwood in her club debut ran superbly for 18th place and other first timers Holly Bailey-Taylor, Emily Gabbitas and Emmy Bailey-Taylor also did well.
The U13 boys’ race was a treat for supporters with 10 Holmfirth athletes competing. Lewis ran with great composure to finish in first, with Bradley Bedford next home in a superb fourth. Consistent Aaron Kettlewell was eighth and Thomas Dickens ran his socks off for 16th to just pip City of York for first team.
In their first league outings Daniel Levitt and Lewis Bartholemew showed great potential, finishing in 22nd and 24th positions and Shea Kerry continued his recent improvement in 29th. Sam Gabbitass also ran well in his first League race for 38th and Joe Williams and Isaac Shepherd completed the Holmfirth contingent in 42nd and 46th – this being Isaac’s first cross country race.
Together with Lewis Byram and Aaron Kettlewell in the boys’ race, the winning Holmfirth girls team in the Under 13 race had all raced the previous day in the Northern Cross Country relays (finishing 6th team), but Olivia and Erica stormed through the field in the last section of the race to finish second and third. Lucy Byram completed the winning trio in 23rd. Daisy-Mae Hinchliffe also moved well through the field in the later stages to finish 30th and Genevieve Durrans in her first cross country race, ran really strongly in 35th.
The Under 15 girls’ race was an open race until the final quarter of the race with five still in the leading pack. Harmonie Waterman hung on to eventual winner, Annabel Mason of Wakefield when she made a break for home and finished a fantastic third. Ruby Sykes and Sophie Spencer, both running strongly, completed the team in 10th and 17th place as the team finished third.
Aaron Arthur was first home for the Under 15 boys, running strongly in 28th place in this his first league race as an under 15. Also new in this age group, Eddie Hinchliffe finished really strongly in 34th. The boys’ team was completed by Michael Booth in 43rd place and Robert Hinchliffe 47th for seventh place.
Sole Holmfirth representative in the Under 17 girls’ race Rebecca Addy ran well to finish in 15th place as did Max Lawton, the only club runner in the boys in 19th place.
Senior ladies were looking to make a good start to the league to retain their team title, which they’ve held for three out of the last four seasons – and didn’t disappoint.
Katie Walshaw led the field from the gun to finish in first place, though the positions behind her were more fiercely contested. Ladies Captain, Helen Berry, ran a well-paced race, moving through the field from fourth to second in the last few minutes of the race. Kath Farquhar, who had been busy coaching the juniors to success in the hours before the senior race, had an excellent run to finish eighth and first V40. Claire Leaver made up the A team with another strong run in 12th place to ensure a first place for the team – 21 points clear of Keighley & Craven.
Next Harrier home was Lucy Griffiths in 19th. Yvette Arthur, Cara Penfold (who only just made the start) and Debbie Hall all continue to improve, finishing 39th, 44th and 53rd respectively. Zoe Storr made a welcome return to the cross country scene, having favoured the 400m on the track in recent years, and finished well in 65th place. The B team finished sixth, ahead a several A teams as 90 runners completed the women’s race.
Full Holmfirth results
U11 Boys (1st): 2 Jimmy Burke 7.29, 7 Arron Gill 7.48, 10 Fionn Kerry 7.51, 12 Nicky Farquhar 7.53, 18 Bailey Bedford 8.27, 22 Daniel Howatson 8.43, 30 George Hobbs 9.34, 34 Harry Hobbs 9.55.
U11 Girls (1st): 8 Libby Shepherd 8.58, 9 Sunnivah Waterman 9.02, 13 Amy Kettlewell 9.20, 18 Charlotte Eastwood 9.30, 28 Holly Bailey-Taylor 10.09, 32 Emily Gabbitas 10.41, 33 Emmy Bailey-Taylor 10.47
U13 Boys (1st): 1 Lewis Byram 13.45, 4 Bradley Bedford 14.42, 8 Aaron Kettlewell 14.53,16 Thomas Dickens 15.56, 22 Daniel Levitt 16.30, 24 Lewis Bartholemew 16.37, 29 Shea Kerry 17.03, 38 Sam Gabbitas 17.59, 42 Joe Williams 18.27, 46 Isaac Shepherd 19.24.
U13 Girls (1st): 2 Olivia Sykes 9.51, 3 Erica Byram 9.58, 23 Lucy Byram 10.59, 30 Daisy-Mae Hinchliffe 11.30, 35 Genieve Durrans 11.36.
U15 Boys (7th): 28 Aaron Arthur, 34 Eddie Hinchliffe, 43 Robert Booth, 47 Robert Hinchliffe.
U15 Girls (3rd): 3 Harmonie Waterman 15.08, 10 Ruby Sykes 16.04, 17 Sophie Spencer 16.41.
U17 Men and Women: 19 Max Lawton 19.22, 15 Rebecca Addy 21.15.
Senior Ladies (1st): 1 Katie Walshaw 23.08, 2 Helen Berry 23.49 (1st V35), 8 Kath Farquhar 25.13 (1st V40), 12 Claire Leaver 25.27, 19 Lucy Griffiths 26.26, 39 Yvette Arthur 28.13, 44 Cara Penfold 28.34, 53 Debbie Hall 29.01, 65 Zoe Storr 30.39.
Senior Men (9th): 2 Matthew Pierson 31.45, 13 Richard Smith 33.47, 41 Alistair Langron 36.25, 80 Nathan Martin 38.29, 92 David Williams 39.33, 100 Chris Beadle 40.16, 105 Gavin Pilkington 40.39, 130 Matthew Dewhirst 42.53, 135 Andrew Kerry 43.46