Athlete of The Month January – Nominations

Thanks to those who sent in nominations. The 7 Young Athletes and 6 Senior/Juniors nominated are listed below. I have asked 5 people linked with the club to give me their first 3 in each category and used a simple points system to decide the winner. The Winners will be announced at the weekend.    

Young Athlete Nominations

Laura Benson – She has almost single handedly represented Leeds City in the U15G in this seasons cross country. She has a lot to live up to with having such a successful brother in Gordon yet she is always smiling and having a great time. In the Northern Cross Country she was delighted to beat a couple of the girls who had previously beaten her in the West Yorkshire league.

Caoimhe Crampton – She has had PB’s in 60m, 200m, 60m hurdles and shot in the current indoor season.She reduced her indoor 60m pb from 8.9 last winter to 8.27 this season, 200m from 29.3 last season to 27.18 this season (27.89 outdoor in the summer).60mh from 9.8 to 9.47 and shot from 8.08 to 8.25. At the recent Northern Championship at Sheffield she was a bronze medalist in the 60mh and silver in the 200m. She was also the only U15 from Leeds City AC who competed in this.

Billy Dawson – Billy has had a fantastic season starting with team and individual medal wins in the road and cross country relays right through to his individual achievement of gaining himself a place in the Yorkshire Cross country team. Billy always works hard in every race and encourages his team mates. He is a pleasure to be around .

Jacob Fincham-Dukes – Jacob won three medals at the Northern Indoors in U17 category. – In the Long Jump  a massive leap of 6.72m, adding 63cm’s to his personal best, shooting up the all time club rankings to =7th place and moving to number 1 in the country on the fledgling Power of 10 rankings. In the final event of the championships Jacob took a silver in the triple jump with a new personal best of 12.40m, having previously taken a fine bronze medal in an extremely competitive 60m hurdles.

 Elliott Hurley – Was like greased lightning putting together a series of fine times to win the 60m gold medal, moving seamlessly through winning the heats and semi-final, with his best time in the semi of 7.11s, moving him to number three ranking in the Power of 10 and just 4/100ths of a second off Tom Mosley’s club record. Elliot had led the Long jump with a another PB by over 20cm’s missing out on Gold by Jacob Fincham-Dukes awesome last round jump.

 Dominic Peterson – Dominic has gone from  strength to strength this season also playing his part in the team medal haul in the relays. His latest achievement of being placed 10th in the Northern Cross country championships this month shows you just how well he is doing. An asset to the team.

Keiran Savage – Keiran led the U15 boys to string of Medals over the last few months in the Cross Country & road relays and in January finished 7th in the Yorkshire Country Championships as the boys took 3rd in the team in atrocious conditions. Sadly for Keiran he  was unable to accept his invite to run for Yorkshire in the Inter Counties due to other commitments. Kairan then finished 16th in the Northens to in another outstanding performance.

Seniors & Juniors (Under 20’s) –

Claire Duck – After a long spell out through injury Claire came back in great style and lead the ladies team to a medal in the West Yorkshire league. In January Claire finished 8th in the Yorkshires Cross Country Championships as the ladies took 3rd tea place, this earned Claire a place in Yorkshire Inter Counties team. This was followed by 14th place in Northern Cross Country Championships with ladies taking a hard fought Gold medal.  

Katy Marchant  Won the England & Northern U20 Pentathlon titles with a remarkable performance. Her score of 3935 added almost 400 points to her best, breaking the club Senior and U20 records and places her 4th on the UK all time list, one place behind Jessica Ennis. She recorded PB’s the 60m hurdles, high jump twice, with a first attempt clearance at 1.71m and then 1.74m on the second try and a big pb in the shot and a fourth pb in a row followed in the long jump with 5.47m. The only event in which Katy didn’t register an absolute pb was the last event, the 800m, even then, she still ran an indoor best with 2.29.89, to wrap up an incredible day.

James Walsh – James got another GB vest in BUPA Great Cross Challenge in Edinburgh. He then ran for England in the Antrim Cross Challenge finishing 9th behind a group of Kenyans & Ethiopians and finished off the month winning the Midlands Championships for a 6th time.

James Wilkinson – James also competed for GB in the BUPA Great Cross Challenge in Edinburgh and then finished 2nd in the Northern Cross Country Championships just missing out to current National Cross country Champion Steve Vernon.

Charlotte Willis – Despite a really busy schedule as a junior doctor she has managed to fit enough training in to be the fourth member of the winning womens XC team in the northern championships. She moved up to Leeds over a year ago from Bristol and it has been a difficult transition. New house, new job, new athletics club. Whilst she may not qualify for “athlete of the month” based on personal athletic achievement I believe her self-discipline, dedication and pure determination to make life work for her in Leeds deserves some merit because in order to achieve in athletics these are the things an athlete needs.


Oliver Ziff – Oliver made his a break through to finishin 13th place and  4th counter in the Yorkshire Cross Country champs winning team, beating a number of senior harrier stalwarts in a storming performance. He followed this with 60th in Northern Cross Country Champs just missing out a place in the counting 6.