Senior Harriers Results Round-up, 14/3/12

The final event of a busy cross-country season was the Inter-County Championships at Cofton Park, Birmingham on Saturday, an event which saw several Leeds City athletes competing, mostly for the Yorkshire team. In the junior men’s race, Gordon Benson was much improved on his National run, finishing 13th, and helping Yorkshire to a comfortable victory. Rob Torch looked to have a good run in 132nd in a strong field. In the senior men’s race, Carl Smith (running for the North East) just pipped Alan Buckley, with both finishing inside the top 50 (48th and 49th). Meanwhile, Oliver Ziff finished 139th on his senior Yorkshire debut as the team missed out on a medal by just 4 points.


Leeds City women continued to impress, with Katie Parry enjoying her run of the season to finish 18th in what looked like a very strong field. In 36th Claire Duck was second counter for Yorkshire, whilst close behind Emily Birchall improved on her National run to finish 48th and 4th counter for the team, who went on to secure bronze medals! Both Claire and Emily finished ahead of runners who had beaten them at the county championships and seem to have got stronger as the season has progressed.


Meanwhile, on the 4th March, Matthew Clough headed to Ireland for the Ballycotton 10 mile race, where he enjoyed an excellent run to finish 4th in 51:25, enjoying the massed support along the route. At the rescheduled and ice-free Dewsbury 10k, Aidan Adams finished 12th in 33:14, whilst Aaron Lowery ran a PB of 35:59 for 46th. Jenny Yates made a return to racing with 51:29 in 372nd. Leon Foster took 3rd place in the Norton 9, finishing in 51:40. Mike Burrett enjoyed a marathon-pace workout at the Trimpell 20, finishing 3rd in 1:49:34, which bodes well for the London Marathon. Also aiming for London is Susan Partridge and, after a stint of altitude training in Colorado, she ran the Bath Half Marathon and came away with a PB by a minute, running an excellent 71:34 to finish 2nd woman, not far behind the leading Kenyan athlete and ahead of several of her British rivals. This puts her top of the British rankings for the year so far.


On the 11th Karen Hallas continued her build-up for the 3 Peaks race by running the notoriously hilly Spen 20 and finishing as 3rd woman (and 30th overall) in a very symmetrical 2:22:22. On the same day, Dan Fisher ran a pb of 33.18 to finish 53rd in the Trafford 10k, Aaron Lowery showed his consistency, being just short of his PB from the previous week, running 36:32. Meanwhile, Danny Jones, in Ironman build-up mode, ran the Blackpool Marathon, finishing 72nd in 3:25:03.