to finish a well-earned seventh in the Senior Men’s event at the Yorkshire
Cross Country Championships on Saturday 7th January 2017, at Lightwater Valley, near Ripon.
Whitwam, who was also the Veteran Man, was in the top ten in the field after the first mile,
and eventually progressed to eighth, and eventually got into seventh place,
and was closely chasing down fifth and sixth places throughout the final mile.
At the finish, he was only a mere twenty-three seconds adrift of the minor medals.
In this form, Whitwam is optimistic, barring any injury worries, that he will compete well
in the forthcoming Army Cross Country Championships at Sandhurst on February 1st,
and the English National Cross Country Championships at the end of February.
He is now also on the fringe of possible selection for the Inter Counties Cross Country for Yorkshire,
having last been selected for that competition seventeen years ago, when running in the colours of Kent.