Yorkshire Cross Country Championships and Yorkshire News

Message from Fiona Lancaster

“Hi everyone,

I’ve a few important  notes regarding the Yorkshire Cross Country Championships and other events that have been held over the summer.

Yorkshire Cross Country Championships 2014

The Championships will be held on Saturday 4th January 2014 at Lightwater Valley once again. With the combination of the superb members of staff from Lightwater Valley and the beautiful but practical setting, it provided a fabulous location for the championships in 2013 so we are delighted to return  for the championships in 2014.

The closing date for entries will be Friday 6th December 2013. There can be no late entries accepted beyond this date I’m afraid as I am tied to deadlines with printers etc., many of our suppliers will not be opening between Christmas and  Monday 6th January so everything has to be completed early.

The prospectus and entry forms for the Cross Country Championships will be released in a couple of weeks.  I’m in the final stages of moving home at the moment and the completion date is imminent, so as soon as I have that I will release the forms for circulation.

Please endeavour to gather information for your entry forms now, to enable you to fill your forms in correctly and swiftly. You will need first and last name, date of birth, England Athletics registration number, address and  telephone numbers for each athlete plus whether they qualify to compete because of birth or residency. The cost will be £6 per athlete.

Marshalling  is often a problem at the Cross Country Championships, particularly when we have no host club. We really need your help with this please, if every competing club could provide at least one marshal then that would be the problem solved. Please get in touch with me with the contact details of anyone who will be available. It’s just one day.

I will  only be available on a limited basis for the next couple of weeks, so apologies in advance.

Yorkshire Combined Events Championships and Race Walk Championships 2013

I’ve written previously about the success of these championships, however it has since come to light that a British Best Performance was achieved by Ana Garcia in the U13 walk. She achieved the British Best Performance with a time of   9.31… no other girl has ever broken 10 minutes! Many congratulations to Ana, we are delighted that she was able to break the British Record while competing in the Yorkshire Championships.

UKCAU Intercounty Championships 24th/25th August 2013

The timing of this event  continues to be problematic. I can only hope that the people in charge of making the decisions regarding the fixture dates, see sense and move it to a more appropriate time of year. One that would be beneficial for  the athletes.

We took a small team to Bedford, but they all were brilliant. I’ve come to expect all of our athletes who wear the White Rose of Yorkshire to perform with pride and to a high standard and they certainly didn’t disappoint. We finished 4th in the Achilles competition, (Men)  and 2nd in the Bedford competition (Ladies), overall we finished 3rd.  Please click on the link below for the full results


There was gold For Richard Buck in the 400m and Greg Beard in the Shot. Scott Lincoln made a fine senior debut with bronze in the Shot. Jordan Carter threw well in the  Javelin and finished with a bronze medal. Apart from Scott, we had  several male athletes making their Senior Yorkshire debuts with Demetric Nelson, Jordan Toth and Aiden Davies putting in superb performances.

Rachael Bamford retained her UK CAU title with an impressive and well executed race in the 1500m. Alex Bell ran a super race to finish with Silver in the 800m, Claire Duck also finished with silver medal in her first 5000m on the track, it was a great race and Claire ran really well. Mikaela Harrison rounded off the weekend with a gutsy, hard fought for bronze medal in the 400m. As with the men’s team we had several female athletes making their Senior Yorkshire debuts…….. Ciara Flannery, Georgia Yearby, Charlotte Wignall and Faye Calvert were all fantastic and were great new additions to the squad.

While we would like to thank our fantastic Yorkshire athletes, we are fully aware that all the athletes need to have a great support network with coaches, parents, family and friends and we’d like to thank you for all you do too.

Yorkshire Road Relay Championships 2013

This was held at Don Valley Stadium…..

It was back on the calendar this year  after an absence last year, the problem with holding a Road Relay is always going to be the venue. Finding suitable safe venues is becoming ever more difficult as roads become busier. We really would like it to become a permanent fixture in the calendar, so if anyone has any venue ideas please get in touch with me. We can hold them in North, West or South Yorkshire.

The Championships went really well I think, there were fine performances in all age groups and Don Valley and the surrounding area provided a suitably challenging Championship course.

Dave Woodhead, the Yorkshire Fell Team Manager took some great shots and they can be accessed via the link below. Please read the copyright notes on the Woodentops website and ensure that full credit is given if you use the photographs.


Adam Kerfoot-Roberts, who has taken superb pictures of the Yorkshire team over the years has kindly supplied a time lapsed video of the senior men’s race, please click on the link below


Many thanks to all the clubs, team managers and athletes for making it such a great event, particular thanks to all of the officials and volunteers who gave their time freely and willingly.

Personally, it was the first Road Relay Championships I’d ever organised and I would have been lost without the support and advice of Steve Gaines and Keith Binney.

Best wishes,