Champion Shane earns call-up to seniors’ relay

Shane Hicks with his North Yorkshire and South Durham cross country shield for overall champion'submitted
Shane Hicks with his North Yorkshire and South Durham cross country shield for overall champion'submitted
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WHITBY teenager Shane Hicks had a weekend to remember when his consistency over the cross country season was rewarded by a call-up to the adults relay race.

Shane (15) was the overall winner of the North Yorkshire and South Durham League for his under 17s age group after finishing 4th in the final fixture at Acklam.

He was called up to the 4x4 men’s relay race at Thirsk on Sunday and ran the first two-mile leg, followed by experienced international athlete Steven Hepples, John Hunter and Steve Muscroft.

Being tested against senior runners, Whitby Community College student Shane ran well, finishing his leg in fourth place befoer Hepples made up the difference and helped his side to an overall win on the day.

Shane’s proud mum Karen posted photos of him on to the Whitby Gazette Facebook page - and Maureen Harvey commented: “Well done Shane, just so proud of you.

“Whenever you get into the Olympics, we will be there to see you no matter were they are in the world.”

The last meeting of the NYSD 2012/2013 season was held at Acklam, this being re-arranged after snow and ice caused the original fixture to be cancelled.

The Loftus and Whitby Athletics’ Club’s ladies’ team had already sealed the championship for the fifth consecutive year and even though they were a little depleted they had sufficient depth to once again finish top team.

Nicola Kent led the team, finishing in 4th place, with Julia Jackson having her best ever season, finishing 8th.

Sue Dick, also having a great season, finished in 12th place with Charlene Albinson being the fourth counter in 24th place.

She was closely followed by Carol Palin 27th.

The men’s team finished the season well with a good second place, which was sufficient to see them end the season also in second place.

James Wilson was first counter in 7th, Rob Williamson in 16th, Steve Hardy 25th, Tom Herbert 31st, Neil Duffield 32nd and Paul Smith 43rd being the sixth counter.

Jasmine Kent maintained her 100% record in the girl’s U11 race with another convincing win.

Natasha Kent finished in 11th place in the U13 girls and Shane Hicks finished in 4th place in the U17 race.

Because Loftus and Whitby Athletics Club had the first ladies team and second men’s team overall there were a number of trophy winners in the individual cumulative results.

Shane Hicks, Nicola Kent and Chris Ellis all won their respective categories.

In silver medal positions were Angharad Owen, Julia Jackson and Neil Duffield and in 3rd place were Rob Williamson, Sue Dick and Alan Howard.

The ladies also fielded a full team at the National Championships at a very muddy, cold Herrington Park, Sunderland, finishing in 26th place with Megan Ellis 85th, Julia Jackson 165th, Sue Dick 233rd, Carol Palin 312th and Charlene Albinson 313th.

This is the biggest cross country event of the season with 427 finishers.