By Rosie Adams
The Signals relays at Hetton-le-hole on the 18th of February saw some strong performances over the 2.2 mile course. The men had 3 teams out the first team coming home in 8th position included Liam Rabjohn, Rob Scott, Reece Dalton, Michael Major, Luke Hack and Josh Lincoln in a combined time of 70.26.
The next team in 16th position in a time of 75.32 consisted of Harry Robson, Jake Stephenson, Lee Davis, Alan Ashcroft, Steve Sadler and Simon Withers. The third team were 22nd in a time of 76.32 this team consisted of Carl Jones, Andrew Pearson, Jeremy Patterson, Mark Crawford, Greg Macdonald and Ken Harker. The Women had a strong team of Jo Adams, Rosie Adams, Shona Fletcher and Donna Riddler completing the course in 54.22 with Jo Adams running the 4th fastest leg in the competition. The Vet men were 7th in their category with Steve Sadler, Graham Ewart, Tony Ditchburn, Shaun Purkiss running a time of 57.44.
On the 19th February Richmond and Zetland hosted the final cross country in the NYSD league. The under 11 boys saw Dominic Wilford in 6th, Charlie Spene in 10th and Thomas Greer in 16th position. The under 11 girls had one runner Holly McCowie in a great 6th Postion. In the U13 Boys the team were victorious with Kyle Rabjohn in 1st and making him the U13 boys season champion, Josh Hammett 5th, George McCowie 9th, Daniel Francis 12th, Matty Cole 18th, Liam Clement 19th and Ally Chisholm 20th. This Victory made them the U13 boys Champions of the season.
The U13 girls had 2 runners Maisy Squires 6th and Emily Francis in 7th. The U15 boys dominated their race with Will Smith 2nd,Matthew Lambert 3rd, Sam Kettlewell 4th, Lewis Moore 5th and Ralph Chisholm 10th. The U15 boys are also league champions of the season. The U15 girls were represented by Anna Harrison in 5th. The U17 boys were well represented with Jake Stephenson in 2nd securing the season overall U17 champion, Harry Robson 3rd, Adam Walker 6th and Josh Smith 12th. The U17 Boys are also league Champions.
The Senior Women continued their winning form with Jo Adams 1st making her senior ladies champion. In 2nd Michelle Nolan making her V35 champion for the season. Rebecca Simpson was 7th, Jackie Keavney 10th giving her the V50 championship. Stephanie Stephenson 14th, Chloe Dalton 15th, Laura Kirkham 18th, Fiona Wilson 49th, Michelle Sprent 55th, Katey Purkiss-Mcendoo 58th and Nicki Bucket 70th. These great results made the senior ladies league champions.
The Senior Men have also been in great form this season and took the league championship. Rob Scott 5th, Reece Dalton 6th giving him the U20 championship, Tony Lambert 10th giving him the V45 championship, Mike Major 11th, Scott Wardman 10th, Luke Hack 21st, Alan Ashcroft 22nd, Ken Harker 24th, James Greer 38th and Lee Davies 40th, Mark Crawford 44th, Julian Simpson 46th, Steve Sadler 58th, Simon Withers 75th, Shaun Purkiss-Mcendoo 82nd and Mark Fletcher 105th. Crowning this fantastic season Richmond and Zetland took the aggregate trophy.
On the 25th of February R&Z travelled down to the National Cross-County Championships at Nottingham. In the U13 Boys Kyle Rabjohn was 31st, Charlie Stephenson 214th , Daniel Francis 228th, Josh Hament 256th, George McCowie 305th, Tom O’Mahoney 342nd and Thomas Greer 456th. In the U13 girls Alana Teasdale 291st, Emily Francis 297th, Holly McCowie 315th and Maisy Squires 358th. In the U15 boys Will Smith was 108thand Sam Kettlewell 300th. In the U15 girls Anna Harrison was 347th. In the Junior Men Luke Hack 163rd, James Greer 169th. In the Senior Women Jackie Keavney 289th Fiona Wilson 553rd and Michelle Sprent was 604th. In the Senior Men Rob Scott was 285th. Mark Crawford raced in the Scottish National cross-country championships and finished 244th.
Eliza Withers ran as a guest at the North East Counties indoor track and field on Sunday the 19th of Feb where she ran 9.77 at the U17 60m Hurdles.