JUNIORS from Harrogate Harriers competed in the first of the West Yorkshire Cross-County series of four races this autumn.
The competition involves around a dozen running clubs from West Yorkshire and North Yorkshire competing in various age groups.
Mild weather and reasonably dry underfoot conditions led to some fast racing on the undulating parkland course.
The club’s new recruits kicked off proceedings. Seb Christie led the U-11s boys to fourth place, placing fifth just 13 seconds behind the winner.
He was followed home by Kian Robinson 12th, Jake Crawley 26th and Oliver Earl in 32nd place.
This was followed up by great runs from Ashely Farrar 33rd, Amy Warrington 35th and Heidi Goddard in 39th to secure seventh team for the U-11s girls.
Owen Martin flew the flag for the U-13 boys and fought valiantly for his 41st place.
The U-13s girls were led home by Samantha Baker-Jones in 14th, with Millie Gray 28th, Helen Bowes 52nd and Fiona Boulton in 69th all helping to place the team in sixth position.
Unfortunately, there were no boys taking part in the U-15s category, but a strong cohort of U-15s girls secured third team place.
They were led home by Molly Webster in 6th place, with Claire Jones 13th, Lucy Ireland 17th. Ciara Martin ran strongly to finish 22nd.
Rhiannon Lyon followed in 31st, with Alex Tetley 39th and Lauryn Brogatzki in 41st helping to cement the team’s result.
Alex Gillies put in a sound performance for his 10th place in the U-17s men and Ruth Jones did likewise to achieve 12th place in her first U-17s ladies race.
Ellie Middlemass was running well until a surprise nose bleed unfortunately got the better of her.
The next race will be held in York on Saturday October 29 when Harriers will look to improve upon its team standings.