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Julie Steele's handicap victory is welcomed
Julie Steele was a popular victor of a Handicap Race on January 6 at Golden Acre Park in Bramhope.
Steele (Eccleshill Road Runners) is widely known for her charity fund-raising in her marathon appearances.
Her first race victory came in a special event organised by the Peco League, comprising 19 local clubs.
Runners were matched by performances in early league races and set off in reverse order by group.
The third Peco League Cross-Country of the season took place on Sunday at Bramley Fall Park.
Saltaire Striders’ men finished second on the day, so confirming their third spot in the Premier League. Simon Pass (fifth) and Will Kerr (tenth) top scored.
In the First Division, Pudsey & Bramley entered a strong men’s team and easily won their division.
Queensbury RC are the surprise package in the West Yorkshire Winter League. Entering the nine-strong league for the first year, at halfway they lie sixth in the men’s table.
Chris Williams has starred, coming fifth in the third race at Temple Newsam on January 6.
He has been well supported throughout by Darren Midgley (17th on the day) and by vet stalwarts Martin Firth (16th) and Pete Hughes.
The Leeds race was marked by the third different winner of the series.
Falls, illness and injury have made for close racing so far and this time Rob Bridges (Leeds-Bradford Triathlon) proved strongest, holding off Ben Mounsey (Stainland).
Gav Mulholland trailed the leading pair throughout the new 5.6 mile course, the longest in the series, featuring plenty of open running over undulating ground, interspersed with some trickily cambered muddy sections. Baildon’s Quentin Lewis was next home.
Stainland stay top of the league (5041 points), with Pudsey Pacers (4876) and Leeds-Bradford Triathlon (4777) fighting for runners-up. Baildon (4314) continue their upward progress with a tight fight for fourth with Dewsbury (4325).
Emma Stoney and Anna Smith prove solid counters for Baildon’s ladies, while Chris Burke and Gareth Hey support Lewis for their men.
Donna Edmondson-Booker, Idle AC’s second-claimer (competing in this league for Leeds-Bradford Triathlon) has a clear lead in the women’s rankings.