England debut for Georgia Malir in Brussels

Wharfedale Observer: Georgia malir will compete for England in Sunday's Lotto Cross Cup Georgia malir will compete for England in Sunday's Lotto Cross Cup

Ilkley Harrier Georgia Malir has won her first England cross-country vest.

She been selected to run in The Lotto Cross Cup in Brussels on Sunday, following her great run in the Liverpool Cross Challenge.

Meanwhile, Tom Adams won the second race in the PECO Cross-Country League at Golden Acre Park in Leeds, helping Harriers to the second team place in the Premier Division.

Matt Newell, 16, beat all of the other senior Ilkley Harriers to finish 20th overall out of 371 runners, showing that his continued hard work in training is paying off.

Martin Archer, Gavin Lamb and Rob Cunningham also performed well to finish inside the top 50.

In the ladies’ race, Helen Horton and Adela Reperecki finished 48th and 49th respectively out of a field of 227 to help Ilkley to the third women’s team place in the First Division.

ResultsMen: 1 Tom Adams, 20 Matt Newell, 36 Martin Archer, 42 Gavin Lamb, 45 Rob Cunningham, 60 Steve Turland, 66 Steve Coy, 75 Jim Ryder, 112 Henry Heavisides, 140 Steve Newell, 169 Adrian Bastow, 237 Andrew Jackson, 300 Nick Mellor, 326 Eric Morley, 329 Peter Lewis, 362 Andrew Kitchen, 371 finished. Women (1 Heather Sellars, Abbey Runners), 48 Helen Horton, 49 Adela Reperecki, 83 Anna Barlow, 84 Janet Grace, 87 Hilda Coulsey, 91 Gaynor Coy, 141 Julie Elmes, 150 Sue Morley, 156 Sue Williamson, 171 Sally Wright, 191 Kate Lofthouse, 227 finished.

Junior Ilkley Harrier Tilly Melechi finished sixth out of 45 runners at Run Sunday, and set a new women’s course record of 20:38 (beating Emma Barclay’s 20:58) for the three-mile timed run at Danefield.

Two Harriers made the trip to Kirkby Stephen for the AS Really Wild Boar Rell Race.

The eight-kilometre route climbs the Pennine Bridleway to the shoulder of Boar Fell, with a loop to the summit and a steep descent back to the Bridleway.

Dave Wilby battled the wild weather and ran well to finish 17th in his first race since October, while Will Buckton ran through the high wind and hailstones to take 44th.

* Skyrac’s Adam Brooks set a new 600 metres personal best of 91 seconds on Saturday.

The 400m hurdles specialist stepped up a distance at the indoor Northern Athletics Open at the EIS in Sheffield.

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