NYSD Cross Country – Meet 1 Acklam (Juniors)

Race Reports
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For many, the Thirsk Relays a few weeks ago heralded the start of the new cross country season, but today it was down to business with the first of the individual NYSD races.

Acklam hosted the first meeting in the six race series and it was great to see so many familiar faces back again for another action packed season. As usual, our juniors were out in force with a typically high turnout; all the regulars you’ll be familiar with, but also a couple of new faces making their debut today.

Under 11 Boys – First up, one of those young athletes making their NYSD debut today, a big welcome to Harry Glenton… And what a great start to his cross country running, finishing in 7th place in a time of 7:02. Nice one Harry, hope you enjoyed your first NYSD XC and we’ll see you back again next time.
It was nice to see Matthew Foster back again after an excellent run at Thirsk. He put in another great effort this time, finishing just a few seconds behind Harry in 9th place in a time of 7:05. Well done Matthew.
Our third Under 11 boy was someone else new to the joys of NYSD – another DHAC welcome please for James I’Anson. James had an excellent run finishing just outside the top 10 in 11th place, in a time of 7:13. Well done James, a great debut. It’s nice to have a few boys in our U11 group again. Keep an eye on these three lads, all showing great potential.

Under 11 Girls – There were two girls running for the Under 11’s this week. Back again and as keen as ever was Lottie Graves. A tough little cookie this one, who is developing into a quality endurance runner, and today she produced another impressive run finishing in 7th place in a time of 6:48. A tremendous effort, Lottie, well done.
Next up, our third debutant of the day, and another big welcome to Olivia Guy. It was a fantastic effort in her first NYSD race finishing in 27th place in a time of 8:41. Well done Olivia, we hope you enjoyed the run and look forward to seeing you at the next meeting.

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Under 13 Boys – As usual, it was a terrific turnout from our U13 Boys, with six of them taking part today. Alex Boyer had a fantastic start to his cross country season a couple of weeks ago at Sunderland, and he continued in the same vein today. Another impressive performance lead him to another clear victory, 15 seconds ahead of 2nd place, in a time of 8:33.
Next up, two of our juniors who crossed the line within a few seconds of each other. The first of them was Harry Lyons, who’s shown us he’s always a strong contender for any race; today he crossed the line in 4th place in a time of 9:01. Just behind him in 5th place was Louis Brett; he’s already shown us what he’s capable of a few weeks ago at the Northern Road Relays (with Harry) and today he put in another tremendous run, crossing the line in 9:11.
Our next blue and white vest to finish was Josh Scott. This was his second time out this season after the Thirsk Relays a few weeks ago and today was another good run from Josh finishing in 15th place in 9:49. Just a few seconds later in 17th place was our all-rounder, Ashton Harrison; another one of our regulars who can turn his hand to pretty much anything, including cross country! A great time too, crossing the line in exactly 10.00.
And finally, it was fantastic to see Josh Taylor back for more after his debut at the Thirsk Relays. He put in a great effort, finishing in 24th place in a time of 12:19. Well done to all our U13 boys, a tremendous team effort… Talking of which, with the first 3 athletes counting towards the team placing, Alex, Harry and Louis took 1st place for DHAC boys. Outstanding performance, well done lads!

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Under 13 Girls – It was a strong turnout from our U13 girls as well, with four of them competing today. Starting off where she ended last season, Zara Jones was impressive as always and definitely on top form. She finished in 2nd place in an excellent time of 9:18.
Next up was Savannah Tarn who just seems to get better and better. She wasn’t too far behind Zara in 4th place, crossing the line in 10:09.
Our third blue & white vest to finish was Tori Buckley. It hadn’t been an easy run though, as she’d been experiencing real pain in her legs for most of the race. She probably should’ve pulled out but in true Tori fashion she found it in herself to get to the finish, amazingly in 8th place in a time of 10:19! What a trooper!
And just a few seconds later, Freya Talman crossed the line after a great effort to take 9th place in an excellent time of 10:24. More top performances from our girls with all four finishing in the top 10, well done to all… And the team event? With our top 3 counters being Zara, Savannah and Tori, it was 1st place again for DHAC! What an U13 squad we have!

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Fabulous Under 15’s: L-R, Dylan, Macy, Mia and Marissa

Under 17 Men – Some top performances from U17 lads today. Daniel Boyer and Adam Russell ran the race virtually together, but in the end it was Dan who just had the edge and pulled away to take an impressive 2nd place. An excellent time too, crossing the line in 18:46. Adam, who’s still in his first year at the age group wasn’t far behind in 3rd place, finishing in 18:59. Top running from the deadly duo!
After missing most of the T&F season through injury, it’s nice to see Liam Brittle back again doing what he does best. He put in a tremendous effort today finishing in 9th place in a time of 21:14.
And finally, not far behind in 10th place was Harry Wilson. A very solid performance crossing the line in 22:06… And the boys managed to take 2nd place in the team event, just missing out on 1st by 1 point! A great effort lads, well done!

Under 17 Women – As usual the U17’s ran alongside the senior women. Megan Noble put in a very strong run and was the 4th U17 to cross the line (31st overall) in a time of 25:54. Likewise, Amelia Grayson showed the seniors a thing or two with an excellent run. She was the 5th U17 to finish, 49th overall from a huge field of 123 athletes! An excellent time too of 27:52. Well done girls, a fantastic effort from both.

Overall an excellent team effort today, including plenty of impressive individual performances from our juniors. We look forward to seeing you all next time.

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Sensational Under 17’s: clockwise from top left, Dan, Adam, Liam, Harry, Amelia and Megan
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Acklam NYSD Cross Country 2019 Full Results