Illness blow to Heyes hopes of GB Euro spot

Hallamshire Harriers' Andy Hayes
Hallamshire Harriers' Andy Hayes

Illness, which struck on Thursday, ruled Hallamshire’s Andy Heyes out of the Cross Challenge at Liverpool on Saturday.

This was a blow to Heyes as the race was a trial for British teams to run in the European Championships in Bulgaria later this month.

With two discretionary places, Heyes still has an outside chance of a place when the team is announced today.

There was a superb run by James Gormley (City of Sheffield) in the under 15 race. He had a close race with Bingley’s Emile Cairess but the Sheffield runner proved too strong, going away to win by six seconds reversing the result of the Yorkshire Championship. There was also a fine run in this age group by Jonathon Shields who finished seventh, whilst Hallamshire’s Cameron Bell finished 26th.

In the junior (under 20) age group Bertie Houghton (Doncaster) was 30th.

In the under 15 girls race Mya Taylor (Rotherham) led the South Yorkshire contingent in 10th place with Amelia Lancaster (City of Sheffield), 12th and Alice Moore (Barnsley AC), 18th, not far behind.

In the under 15 boys Alfie Manthorpe (City of Sheffield), 27th, Declan Walker-Smith (Rotherham), 28th, and Matthew Shaw (City of Sheffield), 38th, all ran well in a big field.

At under 13 level Grace Harris (Rotherham) placed 12th with Molly Anne Welton (City of Sheffield) 16th whilst in the boys race Sam Roberts (City of Sheffield) was 16th.