League Results 2018

1st Event - 20th March 2018 - Millhouses Park

The weekend snow cleared fairly quickly on the Monday and Tuesday, just in time for our first South Yorkshire League event.
Simon Pugh led all the way with Lucy Walker just a few seconds off the pace. But, a last 500m lap of 3:01, compared to Simon's 3:10, saw her snatch victory by 2 seconds. Lucy was back on her expected form with 19:17 after a slightly disappointing 19:56 in Coventry.
 
Position Competitor Club Time on Clock Start Time Actual Time Distance
1 Lucy Walker U15G Meadowhead School 31:59 (12:42) 19:17 3km
2 Simon Pugh M55 Rotherham Harriers 32:01 (00:00) 32:01 5km
3

Toby Chaplin U13B

City of Sheffield & Dearne 32:24 (19:23) 13:01 2km
4

Lara MacColl U15G

City of Sheffield & Dearne 32:28 (13:20) 19:08 3km

2nd Event - 20th April 2018 - Millhouses Park

A tough 51 seconds handicap between first man off, Simon Pugh, and Lancashire WC's Tony Bell was just too much for Tony to get involved in any battles as they both tackled 5km. Lara MacColl and Lucy Walker joined in seconds behind Simon as he completed his first 2km at the front. They had caught him 500m later but Simon took advantage of Lucy's presence to motivate him to a rare sub-32 minute clocking.
Once in the lead, Lara was never headed to take victory and get down to a 3km time in the mid-18 minutes. Opening up a half-minute gap over Lucy made her look slow but Lucy actually came away with a 14-second PB.
Natalie Myers came through fast in the closing stages to move from 4th to 2nd in the last 300m.
After 2 races, it is close with Lucy on 37, Lara on 36 and Simon on 34.

Position Competitor Club Time on Clock Start Time Actual Time Distance
1 Lara MacColl (U15G) City of Sheffield & Dearne 31:25 (12:45) 18:40 3km
2 Natalie Myers (SW) City of Sheffield & Dearne 31:44 (05:00) 26:44 5km
3 Lucy Walker (U15G) 2Dash 31:51 (12:48) 19:03 3km
4 Simon Pugh (M55) Rotherham Harriers 31:58 (00:00) 31:58 5km
5 Tony Bell (M50) Lancashire WC 32:54 (00:51) 32:03 5km

3rd Event - 16th May 2018 - Millhouses Park

A slightly disappointing turn out of 4, each walking a different distance! Simon Pugh had a comfortable victory. Imogen Walker held off the challenge of Tony Bell until the last 150m.

Simon Pugh leads the series with a Win, a 2nd and a 4th.

Position Competitor Club Time on Clock Start Time Actual Time Distance
1 Simon Pugh (M55) Rotherham Harriers 31:25 (13:05) 18:20 3km
2 Tony Bell (M50) Lancs WC 31:37 (00:00) 31:37 5km
3 Imogen Walker Greenhill School 31:45 (24:57) 06:48 1km
4 Toby Chaplin(U13B) City of Sheffield & Dearne 32:10 (18:43) 13:27 2km

4th Event - 8th June 2018 - SHU City Stadium, Woodbourn Road

We used the coaching session aimed at the qualifiers for the Primary Schools Championships to introduce some new walkers to the South Yorkshire League, all racing over 1,000m.
Of the new walkers, four walked with very good technique and determination. Emily Morgan built up a small advantage over Lauren Robertson for fourth position but was caught and passed in the last 200m. These two filled the first two places on handicap.
Around 30 seconds ahead of the girls, two boys, Ethan Morgan and Ellis Simmonds, had a race long battle to cross the line together in 6:21 to lead the new walkers home behind regular Simon Pugh.
Simon now leads the series on 71 points having competed in all 4 races.

Target Position Competitor Club Actual Time Target Time Variance Handicap Position
1 Simon Pugh (M55) Rotherham 05:49 05:37 +12 seconds 3
2 Ethan Morgan (U13) Silverdale 06:21 06:06 +15 seconds 4
3 Ellis Simmonds (U13) Dobcroft 06:21 06:06 +15 seconds 5
4 Lauren Robertson (U11) Abbey Lane 06:55 06:51 +04 seconds

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5 Emily Morgan (U11) Dobcroft 06;58 06:54 +04 seconds

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6 Daniel Wellings (U11) Abbey Lane 08:39 07:11 +01:28

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7 Leo Platt (U11) Dobcroft 10:06 06:47 +03:19

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8 Isaac Rosson (U11) Dobcroft 10:06 06:53 +03:13

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9 Peter Bilson (M35) City of Sheffield & Dearne 13:06 09:58 +03:08

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5th Event - 26th June 2018 - Millhouses Park

As usual, Tony Bell and Simon Pugh were the first onto the course, both racing over 5km and starting 11 seconds apart. Tony took the lead just before they had completed 1km. As he reached 2km to go and 1km to go, fresh walkers joined the race just ahead of him. He had no trouble getting past Lara MacColl who was struggling in the high temperature. In the penultimate 500m lap, he caught Toby Chaplin then in the final lap he caught newcomer Alex Welling. It was good to see 3 newcomers to the Millhouses Park races, all recruited from schools competitions. 

Position Competitor Club Time on Clock Start Time Actual Time Distance
1 Tony Bell M55 Lancashire Walking Club 31:22 (00:11) 31:11 5km
2 Alex Wellings U13G Meadowhead School 31:34 (24:42) 06:52 1km
3 Toby Chaplain U13B City of Sheffield & Dearne AC 31:42 (18:41) 13:01 2km
4 Daniel Wellings U11B Abby Lane School 32:11 (27:58) 04:13 600m
5 Simon Pugh M55 Rotherham Harriers 32:21 (00:00) 32:21 5km
6 Ethan Morgan U13B Silverdale School 32:29 (25:35) 06:54 1km
7 Lara MacColl U15G City of Sheffield & Dearne AC 33:08 (19:16) 13:52 2km

6th Event - 18th July 2018 - Millhouses Park

Our race started in the usual way with Simon Pugh and Tony Bell on the road first as they were tackling 5km but Tony was unable to eat into Simon's lead. Lucy Walker started her 3km just after Simon had completed his first 2km, with Lara MacColl (3km) a further 13 seconds back. As Simon and Lucy had a great battle, Lara was dropping back and looked to be struggling but she was actually walking at her normal pace, or perhaps a little faster, just overshadowed by Lucy's pace, who moved a further 13 seconds clear of Lara. 
Lucy was able to raise her pace more easily than Simon and eased away for victory in a big PB. Simon was exactly 1 minute faster than last time. Ellis Simmonds entered the fray with 1km to go and walked well to pass 3 walkers and take 3rd place for a great PB.

Position Competitor Club Time on Clock Start Time Actual Time Distance
1 Lucy Walker U15G 2Dash 31:12 (12:37) 18:35 3km
2 Simon Pugh M565 Rotherham Harriers 31:21 (00:00) 31:21 5km
3 Ellis Simmonds Dobcroft School 31:25 (25:57) 05:28 1km
4 Lara MacColl U15G City of Sheffield & Dearne AC 31:38 (12:50) 18:48 3km
5 Ethan Morgan U13B Silverdale School 31:44 (18:45) 12:59 2km
6 Alex Wellings U13G Meadowhead School 32:35 (25:14) 07:21 1km
7 Tony Bell M55 Lancashire WC 31:22 (00:11) 31:10 5km

7th Event -10th August 2018 - Millhouses Park

Chris Bent returned to our competition after a knee replacement followed by 3 further operations to sort out infections. Starting out first with a target time of just outside 40 minutes, Chris comfortably beat this and just hung on for a 7 second victory over Imogen Walker. Imogen walked a solid race to produce a great PB, dipping under 14 minutes for the 1st time.
A 3km race long battle ensued between Lara MacColl and Lucy Walker starting just 13 seconds apart. A determined effort by Lucy saw her close the gap to about 3 seconds but perhaps she had worked too hard as at this point Lara managed to open up the gap again. They finished with great times of Lucy 18:30 and Lara 18:33. 

Position Competitor Club Time on Clock Start Time Actual Time Distance
1 Chris Bent M70 Buxton AC 39:13 (00:00) 39:13 5km
2 Imogen Walker U13G Greenhill School 39:20 (25:35) 13:45 2km
3 Lara MacColl U15G City of Sheffield & Dearne AC 39:35 (21:02) 18:33 3km
4 Lucy Walker U15G 2Dash 39:45 (21:15) 18:30 3km
5 Ellis Simmonds U13B Dobcroft School 40:16 (28:20) 11:56 2km
6 Tony Bell M55 Lancashire WC 40:46 (08:52) 31:54 5km

8th Event - 5th September 2018 - Millhouses Park

A really tight race with the leading 4 walkers covered by just 4 seconds. Imogen Walker (U13) spent most of the last 300m trying to hold off Tony Bell and was just 3 seconds adrift at the line. Next, Lara MacColl challenged Tony with 150m to go but her sprint came too early and Tony re-passed her befor the end for a 1 second victory.
Lucy Walker chased down her younger sister but had to settle for 4th place, 1 second behind Imogen. They both produced PB times. Lucy started 2 seconds behind Lara and finished 2 seconds behind her to be given the same time.
With 1 race to go, today's winner Tony joins Simon and Lucy at the top on 73 points, 4th Lara 71 points, 5th Toby 65 points, 6th Ellis Simmonds 61 points and 7th Imogen Walker 52 points.

Position Competitor Club Time on Clock Start Time Actual Time Distance
1 Tony Bell M55 Lancashire WC 31:03 (00:16) 30:47 5km
2 Lara MacColl U15G City of Sheffield & Dearne AC 31:04 (19:20) 11:44 2km
3 Imogen Walker U13G Meadowhead School 31:06 (24:39) 06:27 1km
4 Lucy Walker 2Dash 31:06 (19:22) 11:44 2km
5 Toby Chaplin U13B City of Sheffield & Dearne AC 31:38 (18:33) 13:05 2km
6 Simon Pugh M55 Rotherham Harriers 31:39 (00:00) 31:39 5km
7 Ellis Simmonds U13B Silverdale School 31:48 (22:38) 09:10 1.5km

9th Event - 2nd October 2018 - Millhouses Park

Going into the final race of the series, Tony Bell, Simon Pugh and Lucy Walker shared the lead on 73 points, using their 4 top races of the season.
Chris Bent was dirst away and was never headed, improving by 1 minute over his Jeff Ford time, which itself was almost 90 seconds faster than his first post knee operation time at the 7th SYL. This improvement gave him a 80 second victory.
Simon took second place 3 seconds inside his target time to add 1 point to his score, break the deadlock and retain his South Yorkshire County AA title from last year.
Lucy, who was not present to add to her score, took the silver medal on a count back rule leaving Tony with the bronze medal.

Position Competitor Club Time on Clock Start Time Actual Time Distance
1 Chris Bent M70 Leicester WC 36:48 (00:00) 36:48 5km
2 Simon Pugh M50 Rotherham Harriers 38:08 (06:27) 31:41 5km
3 Imogen Walker U13G Meadowhead School 38:25 (24:19) 14:06 2km
4 Ben Heley U13B Notre Dame School 38:28 (31:51) 06:35 1km
5 Tony Bell M55 Lancashire WC 39:59 (07:31) 32:28 5km
6 Lara MacColl U15G City of Sheffield & Dearne AC 40:21 (27:11) 13:10 2km

 

Final Positions - S.Y. Race Walking League - 2018

Position Name Points Position Name Points Position Name Points
1 Simon Pugh 74 7 Ellis Simmonds 61 =13 Natalie Myers 18
2 Lucy Walker 73 8 Ethan Morgan 46 =13 Emily Morgan 18
3 Tony Bell 73 9 Chris Bent 40 15 Ben Heley 16
4 Lara MacColl 71 10 Alex Wellings 32 16 Peter Bilson 14
5 Imogen Walker 69 11 Daniel Wellings 31 17 Isaac Rosson 13
6 Toby Chaplin 65 12 Lauren Robertson 20 18 Leo Platt 12