Katy Wood turns the tables on Georgia Malir

Georgia Malir won a junior women's international in Seville but was then beaten by Katy Wood in the Northern Cross-Country Championships

Georgia Malir won a junior women's international in Seville but was then beaten by Katy Wood in the Northern Cross-Country Championships

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Georgia Malir, representing her nation at cross-country for the second time, won the junior women's international at Seville as England claimed the top four positions.

The 17-year-old Ilkley Harrier had a two-second gap over Bronwen Owen (Scarborough).

Katy Wood (City of York) and Cheshire's Tessa McCormick were 30 seconds clear of the first Spanish runner.

However, Wood got revenge on Malir at the Northern Cross-Country Championships in gluepot conditions the following Saturday.

She turned an 11-second defeat into a 40-second victory at Knowsley Safari Park on Merseyside.

Unsurprisingly, Malir was named under-23 female runner of the year at Ilkley Harriers' presentation evening on Friday. Bradley Chapman was her male counterpart.

Among the seniors, Sally Morley and Tom Adams received awards as best runners for 2013. Jane McCarthy and Rob Cunningham were the most improved runners.

Hilda Coulsey broke Ilkley's 10K club record for ladies over-60 with a time of 49min 11sec at Sunday's Dewsbury 10K, and clubmate Sally Malir equalled Alison Bennett's club record for over-45s in 39:55.

Otley's Scott Harrington destroyed his lifetime best by over 90 seconds in finishing 12th in 32min 37sec, while Saltaire's Gareth Ward smashed his best by half that amount in 35:58 in coming 63rd of the 1,063 finishers.

Spenborough's Kevin Ogden was first over-40 in 17th (33:28) and Bingley's John Convery first over-50 (42nd, 35:16).

The front of the race was the closest finish in years, with a breakaway group of four crossing the line within a second of each other.

Bradford-based Tesfaye Debele was outsprinted in fourth (30:25), but Altrincham's Mohammed Abu-Rezeq beat last year's winner Dan Garbutt (Durham) and Holmfirth's Mark Buckingham.

The Bradford 10K, meanwhile has over 800 sign-ups with over a month to go before it takes place on Sunday, March 16.

Organiser Katie Stocks, from Epilepsy Action, said: "Fingers crossed we will have the most entrants yet".

She puts the large numbers down to flyers at local races and the fastest-ever course.

 

 

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