Sian back to winning Cross Country ways

Sian Edwards put firmly behind her any injury doubts to run superbly in the second North Midland League race on a pleasantly mild and dry West Glebe Park in Corby. Sian, clearly back to fitness, ran a controlled race to take the senior ladies race over the 6km course in 19.46, dominating the race by leading from the start to beat Sarah Harris from Long Eaton and Sarah Gaunt from Charnwood. This was Sian’s first outing on cross country this season so she was delighted to last the distance and finish strongly.

The Kettering Town Harriers U17 men's team also continued their excellent form by winning the second race by 10 points and surging into an overall league lead ahead of local rivals Nene Valley Harriers. Josh Coles followed on from his opening win in round 1 to finish an impressive second in a time of 18.39 with a battling run over the 6km course. There was excellent support from Matt Stewart running well for 13th (20.03) and Liam Kirk 16th (20.14). Edward Cherry in his first outing on cross country this season finished a respectable 30th in 22.19. The race was won by Dylan Love from Lincoln Wellington in 18.23.

In the U15 boys race Jack Hope continued his good form by finishing 7th in 16.45 over the 5km course finishing strongly and rapidly closing down the 2 Leicester Coritanians, Cam Heart and George Bell, at the finish. Ben Tierney also ran well to finish 19th in 19.17.

Ethan Mehmet was the first Harrier to finish in the U13 boy' race over the 3km course, finishing 12th in 10.33. He was supported by Gabrial Smith 16th in 11.12 and Travis Bowley 21st in 11.59. The U13 boys team finished 6th overall.

Kayli Walford was the sole runner in the U17 Girls race and ran very well to finish 8th over the 5km course with 19.23.

The U15 girls also ran superbly in the team event to finish 3rd overall behind Lincoln Wellington and Derby. Fran Ashworth, steadily improving over the longer distances, ran an excellent race to finish 5th over the 3km course in 10.51 agonisingly just 1 second behind 3rd/4th places. Fran was supported by Maisie Green making her first appearance on the country this season and running well to finish 18th in 11.37, with Gemma Vaughan also running a good race to finish in 21st position (11.55), and Lauren Mehmet completing the Harriers' line up in 24th position (12.25)

The U13 Girls went one better in the team event to finish in an impressive second position behind Amber Valley and ahead of local rivals Corby. Tabatha Walford was the first U13 Harrier to finish in a fine race for 5th position with 11.19 for the 5km course. She was supported with excellent performances from Danielle Gaskell (9th position in11.56) and Hannah Winstone in 12th (12.19) completing the scoring. Also running well were Rebecca Hughes (12.39) and Emily Manson 28th (13.45)

The U11 completed the Harriers performances with Lauren Hughes finishing in 31st in 9.52 for the 2km course, and Teegan Bowley finishing 33rd in 10.08.

Some excellent team and individual performances, well done to all