Athletics: Wath winner Robyn is reliant for Harriers

Rotherham Harriers' Robyn Lanceley, of Wath, on her way to victory in the women's 1500m event at the Keepmoat Stadium. Photo: Steve Gaines.
Rotherham Harriers' Robyn Lanceley, of Wath, on her way to victory in the women's 1500m event at the Keepmoat Stadium. Photo: Steve Gaines.

Wath’s Robyn Laceley raced to glory in the 1500m to help Rotherham Harriers on their way to a fine club win.

Lanceley fended off Harriers team-mate Steph Burns to scoop the long distance honours in the Northern Track & Field league meeting at Doncaster’s Keepmoat Stadium.

Rotherham had made an excellent start in the field with wins in the hammer throw, however, the early track events saw them lying in fifth after good starts from City of Sheffield, Doncaster, Chesterfield and Leeds.

The Harriers’ new-found strength in the men’s sprints and traditionally powerful middle distance squad, kept the side in touching distance as Lanceley’s 1500m win boosted their stance further.

The lead continued to change hands before the Harriers slowly closed in on the leaders, going into the last hour in second.

With only the final relay events to count, there was less than 20 points between the top five teams.

Rotherham won one and scored two second places in the last three relays, leaving the team managers on tenterhooks as they agonisingly awaited the final scores.

And the announcement came that Rotherham had clinched first, beating City of Sheffield into second place to join them at the top of the league - establishing a four-point gap over third-placed Leeds City AC.