SYCAA XC League 2021 – Race 1

Race date: Sunday 17 October 2021

Longley Park, Sheffield

This was the first since XC league fixture since Striders claimed the South Yorkshire Champions title way back in the carefree days of December 2019. Quite a few things have changed since then, including quite a few runners moving on to pastures new, but we still managed a fantastic turnout on a surprisingly warm, sunny day in north Sheffield. The course consisted of a big climb to the top of the park, a long steady descent through the woods and an undulating loop back round to the playground to complete the lap.

Being the first fixture, the courses were (slightly) shorter than usual. The women ran 2 long and one short lap; men ran 4 long laps.

The women’s race was won by Samantha Hughes (Rotherham Harriers) in 23:30. There were 109 runners. The men’s race was won by Chris Law (Hallamshire Harriers) in 29:59 and there were 183 runners.

Notable performances from Striders included Caroline Brock and Abbie Pearse battling it out throughout the race, to take 4th and 5th places, with Caroline just pipping Abbie in the final straight. This was despite them both having run the brutal fell relays in Tebay just 24 hours earlier. Kudos also to Dot Kesterton, miles ahead of her age category competitors and plenty of younger runners too. Another person who ran the fell relays, Paul Middlemas, led home the Striders men. Given Paul could barely walk after his run the day before this was a fantastic achievement. Congratulations to Clive Downing too, who competed the men’s list of finishers and proved XC is for everybody, regardless of speed. There are also more club mates to cheer you home the later you finish!

Next fixture: 31 Oct, Penistone Showground.

Striders results


Pos Name Cat Time
4 Caroline Brock FV35 24:28
5 Abbie Pearse FS 24:31
31 Fiona Jeffries FV45 28:32
32 Jacqui Herring FV45 28:42
43 Charlotte Civico FV35 30:20
45 Caroline Greenough FV45 30:21
46 Dot Kesterton FV65 30:21
57 Lucy Berry FS 32:30


Pos Name Cat Time
28 Paul Middlemas MV40 35:06
33 Robert Cook MS 35:33
36 Sam Brown MS 36:00
38 Stephen Schubeler MV40 36:13
55 Malcolm Baggaley MS 37:28
58 Louis Wood MV40 37:41
70 Tom Bassindale MV40 38:49
71 Tim Holt MV40 38:49
79 Simeoon Cotterell MS 39:26
83 Alex Shepherd MV50 39:40
94 Neil Schofield MV50 40:36
97 Keith Bell MV40 40:44
100 Ian Stinson MV50 40:55
112 James Grinham MV40 42:40
114 Adam McAuley MV50 42:50
117 Martin Greenough MV50 43:01
137 Neil Pates MV50 44:54
140 Richard Pegg MV60 45:00
141 Mike Wu MS 45:05
152 Paddy Treehowes MV50 46:27
168 Anthony Bell MV50 50:26
178 Jim Eberlin MV50 56:26
182 Clive Downing MV50 58:32

Full results available on the SYCAA website.

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