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Millgate swaps brass for bronze at half marathon


Brass Monkey Half Marathon, 17 January

Fourteen Wetherby Runners took to the start line of the 34th Brass Monkey Half Marathon in York, joining nearly 1500 others to see how far up the field they could finish, aim for a new personal best, or just complete the distance in one piece. Race winners Dan Kestral of Barnsley AC and Sharon Barlow of Ripon Runners stopped the clock at 1:08:53 and 1:18:33 on the crisp January morning. While a successful six Wetherby Runners achieved personal best times, led home once again by Paul Millgate. Millgate ran 1:14:09 which unsurprisingly put him in the top three of the male veteran 40 category and top 20 overall (17th). Mark Holt, Rob Whitaker and Paul Windle were next to collect their personal best times of 1:22:25, 1:22:26 and 1:22:38 respectively for 103rd, 104th and 109th places. Chris Martin (1:39:46) and Paul Dennison (1:50:44) also ran faster than ever before for the distance. A trio of Wetherby women were also representing the club in York and Jo Derry, Claire Robinson and Debbie Dennison recorded times of 1:34:57, 1:44:00 and 1:46:34 respectively.


North Yorkshire Schools Cross Country, 17 January

In the North Yorkshire Schools Cross Country Championships, Stella Moore was Wetherby’s highest placed athlete, finishing an excellent 3rd in the Inter Girls race, competing in the same race, which was won by Anna Beever, Wetherby teammate Laura Jeal was 27th. Freddie Moore also had an excellent race to finish 5th in the Junior Girls race, which was won by Katie Atkinson. While in the Year 7 Girls race, won by Alice Jones, Wetherby Runner Katie Brenna came 24th. In the Senior Boys race, won by Liam Rabjohn, Wetherby’s Joe Atkinson came 20th. In the Junior Boys race, won by Josh Dickinson, James Jeal from Wetherby was 21st, well inside the top half of a large field of runners.


PECO League Cross Country, 24 January

Round 4 of the PECO Cross Country League took place at Golden Acre Park. The Senior Mens race was won by Terry Forrest of Ackworth RR in 25:53. First Wetherby man home was once again Paul Millgate in a brilliant 9th position (27:16) and 2nd Male Veteran 40, just 2 seconds adrift of the first MV40. Milgate was followed by Richard Bewell who also had a brilliant race to finish in 34th position and first MV50 (29:17) and Joseph Kwallah who came home in 49th place and 6th MV45 (29:59).

In the Senior Womens race, Brownen Jenkinson of Leeds University CCC took the win in 30:21. Representing Wetherby Runners, the first three women home for the club were; Claire Robinson, 62nd (37:45); Helen Buglass, 74th (38:26); and Lara Johnson, 109th (40:23). Helen was also 6th FV45.

In the School Years 7-12 (2 mile) race, Dominic Coy of Ilkley Harriers had the honour of crossing the line first while Jessica Jones of Harrogate Harriers was first girl. Wetherby’s Frederica Moore was 3rd girl and 2nd in her category (Girls years 7-9).

In the team results, in the Men’s Premier Division, Wetherby Runners are lying in 3rd position and in the Ladies First Division, Wetherby Runners are currently in 7th position.