Spen runners shins in cross country event

Spenborough AC runners made a good start in the first West Yorkshire Cross Country League races of the season at Thornes Park.

Spen’s senior men finished fifth as Kevin Ogden led them in 11th place and was followed by Simon Bolland (19th), Paul Davis (28th), Martin Peck (53rd), Gerard Skipping (56th) and Martin Hall (67th).

Other finishers were Ian Ogden (80th), Ian Wilson (87th), Dave Butler (114th), Rob Moon (130th) and Lee Dolman (134th) in a race won by Simon Deakin, who led Leeds City to team victory.

The women’s team also finished fifth with Natasha Greere (36th), Emma McGuire (46th), Kirsty Moon (50th) and Stephanie McKintosh (59th), Sarah Barker (67th) and Jackie Carter (71st) making up the team in a race won by Claire Duck from Leeds with Holmfirth taking team victory.

Tobin Rhodes finished eighth and Henry Carter 32nd in the Under-17s men’s race, Georgia Calvert-Smith was 16th in the Under-17s women’s race while Courtney Benson was 14th in the U15 girls where Lydia Hall (39th) and Alice Cooper (41st) helped Spen to a ninth place finish.

Nickolas Brackenridge (37th) and Ben Moon (53rd) ran in the Under-15s boys race and Harry Brackenridge was the only Spen runner in the U13 boys finishing 45th.

Olivia Reah (47th) and Mia Butler (72nd) ran in the U13 Girls race. Esa Azam finish fifth in the U11 Boys race, leading Jack Quinn (32nd) and Jack Barraclough (61st) to ninth tea, while Natalie Groves was fourth in U11 girls.