Spen's Sagar takes third

THE SECOND West Yorkshire cross country races of the season took place at Guiseley on Sunday, with Spenborough AC’s Joe Sagar earning third place.

After missing the first race, Sagar made a determined attempt to begin with a win but, after a valiant race around the muddy fields of Nunroyd Park, he had to be satisfied with third behind former Spen runner, now a member of Leeds Athletics Club, Josh Woodcock-Shaw. 

The senior men repeated their ninth-place team finish of the first race with the help of other runners Neil Barker (39th), Scott Alder (71st), Paul Toher (79th), Gerard Skippins (92nd) and Craig Thompson (114th). 

Spen’s senior women were led in by Sara Wallace, who was 36th, followed by Natasha Geere (44th) and Angela Hall (66th).

A delighted Poppy Henson repeated her victory of the first race in the series with another win in the under-11 girls’ race. 

This time the girls won the team race as well with other Spen runners Imogen Atkinson (8th), Ruby Lucas (20th) and Millie Rhodes (29th) all helping the team to victory. 

The under-11 boys’ team of Miles Sharp (14th), Ben Whitaker (21st), William McIntosh (40th) and Christopher Hayhurst (50th) placed fourth in their race. 

Other young Spenborough runners enduring the muddy under foot conditions after two days of rain were Daniel Smith, who was 19th in the under-17 men’s race, and the under-15 girls Isobel Toher (20th), Sophia Fougler (37st), Estelle Williams (44th) and Emily Sharp (45th).

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