The sun keeps on shining and Race 2 of the West Yorkshire League was another fast one. With a shortened lap than previous years there was the added challenge of counting the laps. Even for the Marshalls this was a challenge and the leading U17 girls were sent off on an extra lap!
Pudsey and Bramley AC turned out in numbers and there were some fantastic results topped off by Joe Baxter and Andrew Smith finishing 1st and 2nd in the Senior Men’s race.
In the U-11 girls Eve Muirhead and Esther Umora were battling hard with Eve finishing in 51 and Esther in 63.
Thomas Martin led home the U-11 Boys team to a 9th place team finish. Thomas finished in 13th place, up 5 places from Race 1. Completing the team were Uzair Khalid (60th) and Lucas Jamieson (61st) with only a second separating them.
Charley Fennell and Emelia Jamieson were working together in the U-13 Girls race finishing 72nd and 74th, respectively.
In the U-13 Boys, Oscar Muirhead was in action for the first time this season and led the team home in 42nd place. Ben Simenton was only 3 places back in 45th with an overall improvement of 12 places from race one. Rueben Shamin ran strongly to finish in 53rd place, 9 places higher than Race 1. The team placed 8th overall.
In the U-15 Girls Natasha Robinson ran well to finish in 41st Place.
Jacob Roberts flew the P&B colours in the U-15 Boys race and finished in 32nd position.
Next out for P&B were the Senior Ladies. Claire Green started conservatively and worked her way through the field to finish in 14th place, well up on her 21st position in Cleckheaton. Rachel Pilling ran strongly and finished 2 places back in 16th place. Michelle Tenwick dusted off her spikes to race to 39th place. Suzie Sharman worked her way through the field and finished in 70th before deciding that wasn’t enough and ran home to get some extra miles in. Next up was our most prolific P&B racer, Caroline Harding in 89th place. Overall the Ladies finished in 5th Place.
Last to run were the Senior Men. Joe Baxter was still buzzing from his recent trip to race in Italy and brought home the Gold after having a fantastic race to take the win. Andrew Smith pushed him all the way to claim 2nd. Next across the line was Graham Pearce in 21st position looking a little more relaxed than at the FRA relays. John Navis showed that he has the legs from his marathon training and finished in 24th. Neil ‘the steam train’ Armitage started at the back of the race and gradually pulled through the field to a 42nd place finish, up 7 places. Scott Alder raced solidly throughout to finish in 71st place, and 14 positions higher. Graham Pilling finished in 79th after starting fast and hanging on. Meanwhile at the back I was taking in the views after a self-inflicted injury to finish in 92nd (I’ll learn eventually). With the fast lads at the front the Men’s team finished in 4th place.
Next on the cards is Wakefield on the 18th November. Keep the training up.