Triath­lete Bax­ter earns Guise­ley win

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - SPORT -

ATH­LET­ICS: Pud­sey and Bram­ley’s Joe Bax­ter won the sec­ond race in the West York­shire Cross Coun­try League at Nun­royd Park, Guise­ley yes­ter­day.

Four run­ners broke away early in the race with Pud­sey and Bram­ley vests prom­i­nent cour­tesy of Bax­ter and An­drew Smith.

Those two, along with Will Smith (Hal­i­fax) fought out a tight fin­ish. An­drew Smith, with a fine record at 800m and 1500m, might have been ex­pected to pre­vail in a sprint fin­ish but Bax­ter, a triath­lete, proved the stronger to come home by a cou­ple of sec­onds with Will Smith (Hal­i­fax) in third place.

Fourth, lead­ing City of York to a team win, was Mau­rice Cal­tonSeal.

The women’s race was won im­pres­sively by Bron­wen Owen who was mak­ing her de­but in the Leeds City colours fol­low­ing her move from Scar­bor­ough AC.

A stu­dent at Leeds Beck­ett Uni­ver­sity, Owen has trained with Leeds ath­letes for some time and is also an elite triath­lete.

In yes­ter­day’s race she broke away from her Leeds team-mate Jenny Walsh, win­ner of the first league race, fi­nally fin­ish­ing 150 me­tres ahead. Third was He­len Cross who led York Knavesmire to a team vic­tory.

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