Game Andy fails to get European spot

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Hallamshire’s Andy Heyes was the leading Yorkshire runner in the UK Cross Challenge at Liverpool, finishing 17th.

The race was a trial for the British team to run in the European Championships in Italy next month.

The 26-year-old Heyes was expected to be a contender but on this occasion, it was just not to be.

The race was won by Dunblane’s Olympic 5000 metre finalist Andy Butchart from fellow Scot Callum Hawkins.

Gemma Steel (Charnwood) won the women’s race for the fourth time and leads a strong British team which looks to have a great chance of European success.

Hallamshire’s Lizzie Browne was 31st and Rotherham duo Sam Johnson (51st) and Zara Knappy (53rd) did well against top class opposition.

In the under 20 age group Jonathan Shields (City of Sheffield and Dearne) ran well for 13th whilst Joe Massingham (Rotherham) finished 42nd.

At under 17 level there was a superb performance from Rotherham’s Mya Taylor who excelled to finish eighth whilst Alfie Manthorpe City of Sheffield was 53rd in his race.

In the under 15 age group Jodie Hill was 20th and her brother Taylor was 24th in his race.

There was a fine run by Chesterfield’s Joseph Currie who finished runner up in the under 13 race.

n Hallamshire will be among several clubs featuring in the Northern Athletics Indoor Open tournament at Sheffield’s English Institute of Sport on Saturday.