National Event is a Great Opportunity For Young Runners

National Event is a Great Opportunity For Young Runners

National Event is a Great Opportunity For Young Runners

Almost three thousand runners took part in the 2015 Northern Cross-Country Championships at Pontefract Racecourse last Saturday.

The event attracted the best XC runners in the North of England, among them a small contingent from Beverley Junior Athletic Club.

The course was all on grass and although it was a cold and dry day some parts of the course were still very wet with lots of surface water and plenty of ankle deep muddy sections to test the stamina of the young athletes.

There were some championship debuts for the club’s Under-13 athletes. In the under-13 boys’ race, Aidan Glover led the boys across the line in 158th place. Guy Harbidge ran consistently finishing in 187th position. Both boys said they were pleased with their performance against such strong competition.

In the under-13 girls’ race Isabella Horrocks ran well finishing in 150th place in a very competitive field. Emily Peacock crossed the line in 195th position. Unfortunately Beverley could not field a full team in the Under-13 competition but all ran skillfully and gained valuable experience on a challenging course.

The under-15 boys’ team ran 1 large lap to cover the 4 km distance and finished in 22nd place. Oliver Douglas was the first Beverley runner to finish. He had a great run with no fear of the more experienced runners. He completed the course in 16:38 in 132nd position, Jacob Chastney, Jonathan Dennison and Taylor Arnott made up the team finishing in 135th, 152nd and 159th place respectively.

In the under-15 girls’ race Beverley fielded 5 runners. Becky Briggs was the first of them to finish the 4 km course in a very impressive 16:50 in 31st place out of 151 runners. Laura Duncan displayed her improving performance in 70th place. Morgan Dennis, Chloe Broadbent and Jordan Peacock made up the team finishing in 106th 147th and 150th place respectively.

In the under-17 men’s 6.2km race Edward Prew was the sole runner representing Beverley in a strong field of 120 runners. Not daunted by the task ahead of him he finished in a commendable time of 26:32.

The under -17 women ran 2 laps to cover the 5 km distance. Eleanor Boyd was the first Beverley runner to complete the course in 22:59 in 88th place. Francesca Brittain and Dayna Arnott put in valiant performances crossing the line in 96th and 97th position.

Overall the day was a great opportunity to gauge performance and sample the brilliant atmosphere of a top national event.

Beverley Athletic Club finishing times:

Under-17 men 6.2 km
Edward Prew 26:32.

Under-17 women 5km
Eleanor Boyd 22:59; Francesca Brittain 26:19; Dayna Arnott 29:30.

Under-15 boys 4 km
Oliver Douglas 16:38; Jacob Chastney16:42; Jonathan Dennison 17:19; Taylor Arnott 17:58.

Under-15 girls 4 km
Beck Briggs 16:50; Laura Duncan 17:46 Morgan Dennis 18:46; Chloe Broadbent 21:51; Jordan Peacock 23:00.

Under-13 boys 3.1 km
Aidan Glover 13:27; Guy Harbidge 15:20

Under-13 girls 3.1 km
Isabella Horrocks 14:10; Emily Peacock 17:22.

Report & Photos by Alan Glover

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RUGBY UNION : Colts Come Out On Top In The Derby

RUGBY UNION : Colts Come Out On Top In The Derby

RUGBY UNION : Colts Come Out On Top In The Derby

Beverley RUFC Colts were celebrating after they beat their local rivals Hull Ionians 25-24 at Beaver Park.

Ionians who top the league went into the game knowing a win would put an end to any hopes Beverley have of winning the league but found themselves 8 points behind early on thanks to a Ben Smith try that was soon followed by a Jacob Holmes Penalty.

The visitors however showed why they are atop of the table battling back turning the game on its head and going into the break in the lead.

When Beverley’s Alfie Hart-Fisher bust two tackles to score from 10 meters out the momentum was with certainly starting to swing Beverley’s way.

However the game was brought to halt after a Hull player suffered a bad injury caused by a collision with one of his own team mates.

In order to complete the game it was moved to back pitch as Beverley edged the victory with further try from Luke Hazell with Holmes slotting home a penalty to complete the scoring.

If the Colts can carry on this form into their final three fixtures and win each of their games they will end the season as champions.

Final Score : Beverley RUFC Colts 25 Hull Ionians 24

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Beverley Town Fight Back But Fall Just Short Against Rangers

Beverley Town Fight Back But Fall Just Short Against Rangers

Beverley Town Fight Back But Fall Just Short Against Rangers

Beverley Town Football Club have slipped to ninth place in the Humber Premier League after they were beaten 3-2 by Hessle Rangers.

The Champions got off to a slow start at the Norwood Recreation Ground and as a result were two goals down by half time.

A spirited second half fight back by town saw them get a goal back early in the second half when Ryder Smith nodded home from close range.

Rangers, however, quickly restored their two-goal lead after a keeping error gifted the visitors a goal.

Again, Town pushed and were on the front foot taking the game to Rangers. They got a break when they were awarded a penalty after Shaun Gibson was pulled down inside the box.

Ryan Hirst made no mistake from twelve yards slotting the ball low and into the corner giving the home side a lifeline.
Lady luck had other ideas. Towns were to have two further penalty claims waved away by the referee.

First when Jamie Cording was taken down with a tackle but nothing was given and shortly after when skipper Jonny Ricardo also felt he was fouled while going for a header.

Final Score: Beverley Town FC 2 Hessle Rangers 3

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Beverley RUFC Pay Tribute To Frank Ankrett But Go Down Heavily

Beverley RUFC Pay Tribute To Frank Ankrett But Go Down Heavily

Beverley RUFC Pay Tribute To Frank Ankrett But Go Down Heavily

Another heavy defeat for Beverley but plenty of enjoyable rugby for all that. Sale are a fine side, sitting top of the league with an average score of forty points a match and on this showing clearly destined for promotion. They gave an outstanding display of running rugby here. Their backline is probably the best in this division – fast, well organised, and thrilling to watch. In the end they romped away with it. Yet the day was by no means all doom and gloom for Beverley. Up front there was really not much in it. The Beverley forwards gave as good as they got all afternoon and several times drove the big Sale pack backwards. The difference was largely behind the scrum where Beverley were relatively lightweight in one or two positions.

Prior to the kick-off both sides lined up for a minutes silence in memory of longstanding Beverley member Frank Ankrett who had died the previous week. Once the game got underway Sale quickly went into a 17-3 lead through tries by flanker Adam Aigbokhae, lock Tom Bell, wing Jack Moorhouse and one conversion by Liam McGovern to a Phil Duboulay penalty. But Beverley did not altogether have a bad first quarter. They played with plenty of ambition when they had the ball and several times Duboulay, Junior Tupai and Richard Bussey threatened with some clever interplay in midfield.

On twenty minutes they were back to within a converted try after a remarkable score by lock Stuart Nel. Having disrupted a Sale lineout on the right he burst away down the touchline from halfway and despite numerous Sale efforts to stop him went powering on to the line. Duboulay converted from the touchline. Sadly it was the end for the unlucky Nel who had made a decent impact on his return from injury. This was his second comeback of the season and it was again cut short.

As the half wore on Beverley found themselves with increasingly less possession. Their pack were performing strongly but too much turnover ball was being lost at the breakdown and Sale capitalised by moving the ball quickly around their speedy backline. Full back Matthew Simpson, Aigbokhae and Bell all added converted tries to take them into a 38-10 interval lead.

In the second half Beverley were reduced to living off scraps and could make little impact while Sale continued to give a masterclass in running rugby. The vastly experienced Chris Mayor in the centre was a dominant figure while both Sale wings, Moorhouse and Claran Connolly showed devastating pace against some flimsy defending.

Flanker Jack Bunn had a good game for Beverley and five minutes into the half crossed for their second try after Beverley had driven Sale backwards to the line and then moved the ball right. At 15-38 it was the nearest Beverley were to get. They battled hard but Sale by now were rampant and piled on the points with ease as Beverley’s resistance faded. The score steadily mounted with Connolly (2), Moorhouse (4), Shaun Strudwick, and Aigbokhae all touching down and McGovern and Greg Jacob (2) adding conversions.

In the increasing bitter cold the referee mercifully brought proceedings to a close several minutes early which was welcome to all on the touchline and may have saved Beverley further punishment. Despite the gulf in class and the final score there was much to enjoy here. The game was played in a good spirit and there was plenty of exciting running rugby. Sale unquestionably deserved their big win but Beverley again commendably stuck at it till the end. One thing about this side is that they do not lack for spirit or effort, for which they deserve much credit especially with several members of the side having been coaxed out of retirement to stand in for injured absentees. They will not particularly relish next week’s visit to high flying Sandal but a repeat of the spirit shown today will stand them in good stead.

FINAL SCORE : Beverley RUFC 15  Sale 84 | Reported by John Nursey

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Blues & Golds Take Another Step Closer To Clinching League Title

Blues & Golds Take Another Step Closer To Clinching League Title

Blues & Golds Take Another Step Closer To Clinching League Title

The blue and golds secured two more league points towards their title aspirations despite a number of absentees last Saturday at Cottingham.

Ryan Watkin, Glen Anfield, Ben Calvert, Louis Hubbard and Lee Falcus were all missing with a combination of holiday and work commitments, which handed opportunities to a number of squad members who have thus far been on the fringes a little this season.

Billy Riby was drafted into the half backs, Joe Wileman and Paul Atkinson were drafted into the pack. There was also a return for Sam Coleman after a long spell away in the Army and a debut for ex-Beverley Brave Harry Bulleyment.

Beverley ARLC started very slowly. Their timing looked a little out with passes going to ground and silly penalties conceded for offsides and interferance at the play the ball.

It took until the 20th minute for Sam Coleman to break away and score and break the deadlock. The conversion was missed but Steve Connolly was on hand to send Coleman away for his second shortly after. Jack Howdle this time converted. With half time fast approaching Harry Bulleyment’s strong surge set up good field position.

After a quick play the ball, quick hands to the right sent Paul Atkinson over too wide out for the score to be improved. The two sides turned around with Beverley 14-0 up. Early in the second half Jack Howdle’s strong burst and slipped pass sent Craig Morfitt away for an unconverted try wide out.

They then followed a passing movement deep inside the Beverley 20 meter zone which saw Jake Hart-Fisher break away and go 70 meters upfield to score depite a determined chase by Cottingham. Howdle converted. There was more woe for the home side when some over-ambitious handling in their own half of the field proved to be their undoing. The ball went to ground and was scooped up by Lewis Poskitt who sprinted away to score and convert his own try.

Cottingham then enjoyed some improved possession and territory aided by a string of penalties, which resulted in an unconverted try in the corner. This proved to be brief respite as soon after Jack Howdle broke through to send the imprressive full back Alex Nightingale over beside the posts for Poskitt to convert.

The momentum continued when a good break out of defence from Jake Hart-Fisher set things up. Quick hands to the left then sent Josh Pooley away to beat the chasing cover defence to score wide out. Poskitt added the difficult conversion on a windy afternoon.

There was a consolation score to the hosts before Josh Pooley added his second try after some more deft handling out to the left flank. This was the final score of the afternoon of which Billy Riby was the man of the match in a close vote.

With the climax to the season is now approaching, and one of those vital four-pointers will take place this Saturday. Beverley will take on Myton Academy away.

The two sides previous meetings this season have seen Beverley defeat Myton 20-14 at Myton in the Tom Beautiman Cup and Myton defeat Beverley at the Leisure Centre 22-17 courtesy of a try just three minutes from time in the league.

Beverley hope to welcome back all of last weeks absent players in a game they know they must be at their ruthless best with no time for any concentration lapses, especially late in the game. Kick-off is 2pm at the Marist Sporting
Club,Cranbrook Avenue.

Final Score : Cottingham Tigers 10 Beverley Arlc 46 | Reported By Nick Robinson

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RUGBY UNION : Beavers Eye Up Big Scalp

RUGBY UNION : Beavers Eye Up Big Scalp

RUGBY UNION : Beavers Eye Up Big Scalp

Beverley RUFC continue their National North 3 campaign with a postponed fixture against Sale FC Rugby Club.

Having comfortably been beaten by a rampant Billingham, Beverley will hopefully pose a different threat being in the comforts of Beaver Park and the opportunity to field a more experienced team than that that travelled away to the North East last week.

Sale from Manchester, sit second on the table below Sandal and have invested heavily again this season having gone close to promotion last season only to have a mid season slump which thwarted their momentum. Beverley were part of that last season and Sale will be looking to avenge that loss to continue their push for promotion.

Director of Rugby, Junior Tupai commented;

“They are a pretty classy outfit. They were when they came here last year and at their place. We played well here at home but this is a totally different circumstance we find ourselves in this year.”

Beverley have struggled away from home this season but a different story at home where they pushed Sheffield Tigers close 2 weeks ago & could’ve won that game.

Tupai continued;

“We seem to be rolling out two teams this season. A “Home” team & an “Away” team. We’ve just not had that consistent selection to be able to build some momentum & establish some progress with the team, so in that regard, it’s been difficult.”

“But the spirit is still good, the lads are still learning & hopefully we can take a big scalp starting this week & surprise a few teams.”

Beverley selected from: Alex Ogilvie, Kris Renwick, Alex McPeake, Lewis Starbuck, Matty Adams, Craig Hancock, Jack Bunn, Rob Vaux, David Worrall, Dale Hodgson, Chris Brant, Martin Shaw, Ben Jennison, Ian Archibald, Phil Duboulay, Sam Atiola, Junior Tupai, Richard Bussey, Mike Kilgannon, Jamie Gill, Jake Marrin, Alex Smith

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Minster Way 5k Run: Athletic Club To Host Unique Running Experience

Minster Way 5k Run: Athletic Club To Host Unique Running Experience

Minster Way 5k Run: Athletic Club To Host Unique Running Experience

Beverley Athletic Club are organising a ‘one off’ event to celebrate the forthcoming opening of Beverley’s new Southern Relief Road – the Minster Way 5k Run.

In conjunction with main partner, East Riding of Yorkshire Council and main sponsor Balfour Beatty, Beverley AC are seizing on the opportunity to stage a run for the whole community over this very popular distance of 5 kilometres, on a traffic free, relatively flat road.

Sunday, 1st March at 10am will see hundreds of runners on the start line with the first chance to see the new road ahead of its official opening. The route will take runners from the western end of Minster Way, along the whole stretch of the new road, over Long Lane and the railway line, towards the A1174 at the eastern end. Runners will then return on the other side of the road to the finish line near to where they started.

Race Director, Andy Tate, is delighted that the three parties have been able to agree this unique run and is keen to urge as many local people as possible to participate. ’5 kilometres is an achievable target for many people to run and it doesn’t matter if you need to walk for a while. The main point is that you are taking part, whether it takes you 15 minutes or 45 minutes’

Race secretary, Jayne Dale said;

“We are expecting a really good response and are currently finalising our plans to ensure the day is a big success. Risk assessments will be completed and medical back up will be available to meet the requirements of the race permit issued by UK Athletics.”

The entry fee is just £5, which includes electronic timing, refreshments and a commemorative memento for all finishers. The number of entries will be limited to 500 runners and registration will be available online from 23rd January 2015 on

David Lowther, Contracts Manager, Balfour Beatty said;

“Balfour Beatty actively looks to engage with the local community on all its projects. Our involvement in the Minister Way 5k run has given us a great opportunity to open up this fantastic new development to the community.”


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Adrian Messingham Fastest For Beverley In Brass Monkey Half Marathon

Adrian Messingham Fastest For Beverley In Brass Monkey Half Marathon

Adrian Messingham Fastest For Beverley In Brass Monkey Half Marathon

With over 1400 other runners, seven Beverley AC members braved icy but windless conditions to complete the Brass Monkey half marathon last Sunday.

The race is organised by York Knavesmire Harriers and has a long history, starting over 30 years ago. Starting and finishing to the South of York, the course is fast and flat, heading southwards through Bishopthorpe, Acaster Selby, Appleton Roebuck and back through Bishopthorpe to finish behind the Racecourse grandstands.

Fastest Beverley runner on the day was Adrian Messingham, who completed the route in 1:27:58, and in 226th place. Next in were Andrew Johnson and Peter Watkinson, in 1:30:14 and 1:45:30 respectively.

Four of Beverley’s female runners completed the route. They were Rebecca Burge (1:46:16), Tanwen Gray (1:47:37), Allison Stabler (1:55:36) and Kate Mitchell (1:56:35). Mitchell reported that the route was still icy in parts, despite enjoyably bright and sunny running conditions.

The winner of the men’s race was Daniel Jenkin (Durham City Harriers), who crossed the line on 1:08:58. The fastest women was Shona Mcintosh (Hunters Bog Trotters); she finished in 1:16:13

Beverley AC finishing times: Adrian Messingham 1:27:58; Andrew Johnson 1:30:14; Peter Watkinson 1:45:30; Rebecca Burge 1:46:16; Tanwen Gray 1:47:37; Allison Stabler 1:55:36; Kate Mitchell 1:56:35

Report by Lewis Holloway of Beverley AC

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Poor First Half By Town Gifts Ferriby Three Points

Poor First Half By Town Gifts Ferriby Three Points

Poor First Half By Town Gifts Ferriby Three Points

An entertaining game for the neutral but one that left Beverley Town paying the price for some bad decision making, which saw them trail 0-3 by half time at the Norwood Recreation Ground.

Town started well enough and could have been in front when the visitor’s keeper was forced to save from Alex Stark but on 12 minutes, Matthew Withall was caught in possession in his own penalty area. The ball was played square, and Ferriby scored.

Beverley Town continued to look dangerous on the attack but again shot themselves in the foot when Ferriby pounced upon an error by Matt Trowill to double their lead, and they looked to have wrapped up the points by half time when they took a 0-3 lead after taking advantage of careless play in midfield by Town.

Manager Ed Grady brought on Adam Foster at half time, and he had an immediate impact as he crossed for Stark to score from close range.

Town’s belief was raised, and they had Ferriby on the back foot as Danny Cattle continually caused problems as he pulled all the strings on the right.

The home side thought they had reduced the arrears further when Stark netted, but the striker was ruled to have been offside.

Ferriby found it difficult to get any meaningful possession as Town sought to reduce the deficit which they eventually did when Foster fired in from a narrow angle.

At this stage, it looked like Town may pull it off but Ferriby’s youngsters dug in and secured the win when they scored their fourth goal with 10 minutes left.

This week Beverley Town Football Club first, eleven entertain Hessle Rangers at Norwood in the Humber Premier League whilst the reserves travel to Goole United Reserves. The Academy are at home to Leven as they look to build on their fine win away to Hull United AFC Reserves.

Final Score: Beverley Town Reserves 2 North Ferriby Reserves 4

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Hull United Defeat Champions At Dene Park

Hull United Defeat Champions At Dene Park

Hull United Defeat Champions At Dene Park

Beverley Town FC lost their sixth game of the season as they went down 4-1 to Hull United AFC at Dene Park.

Town got off to the worst possible start and found themselves four goals behind by half time with goals from Brett Agnew (2), Ben Kinsley and former town player Asa Pardoe.

Despite a spirited second half performance from the Champions led by their skipper Jonny Ricardo, Town were unable to overturn the score line. They did grab a consolation goal late on when Shaun Gibson headed home from a Sam Tucker free kick.

Speaking after the game Cording said;

“The first twenty minutes of the game went well. We were very much in the game and had a couple of half chances. Then they have steamrollered us till half time.”

“Our second half display very pleasing as it was a performance worthy of champions, that we still are.”

Hull United remain in the fourth place in the Humber Premier League, five points behind the leaders Reckitts AFC while Town stay in eighth spot.

Town will look to get back on track next Saturday when they host Hedon Rangers at the Norwood Recreation Ground.

Final Score: Hull United AFC 4 Beverley Town FC 1

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