Manchester League Cross Country - Woodbank Park
Peter Shaw and Dave Rodgers
After the fourth and penultimate match at Woodbank Park, Sale looks likely to medal in six of the eight young athlete age groups. It was particularly encouraging that 23 members of the Primary section represented the club in the U11 races. In the girl’s race SARA CLOUGH finished runner up whilst twin sister AVA finished 4th and teamed up with BETH TITTENSOR to finish 2nd team. Our B team also finished 2nd whilst we won the C, D and E categories. Well done to OPHELIA JONES, ELLIE GILDART, POPPY SCHNEIDER, TIA GROVER, ELIZABETH SINCLAIR, HOLLY NOLAN, ELEANOR BOYD, AMY SEDDON, VERITY McNEILL-JONES, twins OLIVIA & NIAMH GRANGE and EMMA BURNS. Our boy’s team of FINLAY McLAUGHLIN, TOM HOBSON and MATTHEW GARDNER finished in 2nd place as did our B team of FRASER SINCLAIR, FIN DAY and DAN HARRISON.
Greater Manchester School’s Champion JACK SPARK had a great run to finish runner-up in the U13 boy’s race, teaming up with ARCHIE Mc CARRON (5TH) and CHARLIE TITTENSOR (7TH) to finish 2ND team. We also finished 1st B and C teams. Well done to HARRY EDMUNDSON, LUKE CHINOY, WILL PARKER, JOSH COLQUHOUN-LYNN, GEORGE NOBLE, JACK BATTEN and ALEX PATTEN.
OLIVIA BROWN had her best ever cross-country race to finish 6th in the U13 girl’s race and with AKIRA EDGSON and LIBBY HILL, finished runners-up in the team race. We are current leaders in the team championship and look set to retain our title from last year.
Laura Hole and Aimee Roberts.
In the U15 age group, our girl’s finished 5th team and the boy’s finished 6th. Well done to LAURA HOLE, AIMEE ROBERTS, LUCY ARMITAGE, GEORGE SAFRANAUSKAS, BEN DARGAN and ROBBIE RIGBY.
The most impressive result for the club came from HASSAN NAJIB ALI who made his club debut with a clear victory in the U17 men’s race. An impressive young athlete!
Our U17 women’s team won the first three matches but missed this match to concentrate on retaining their Northern title in two weeks time in Leeds. They can still win the league title by finishing a team in the final match in Wythenshawe Park on February 10th.
Thank you to everyone who took on a testing Woodbank Park course. Loads of people missing through illness, niggling injuries, some who raced County XC last week, some raced on the road and some doing a HM next week. New under 17 man Najib Ali Hassan, won his race well despite a stitch, he will be 17 in July, so fine for the 6 stage Road Relays in September. A little matter of the Northern's, National and a track season in between.
The Senior Men consolidated with another win, despite depleted numbers as did the B, C & D teams. The Vet's Men had Salford Harriers peg back two points and technically could out dip us for the title on the last meeting in February, as last year. A good third place for Matt Barnes, 1st V40, with Callum Rowlinson at the sharp end once again in 7th.
Alex Bradford moved up into the A Team with 18th, and Ken Hunt continuing his great progression just missing the top 20 in 22nd. With his training going well, many more levels of improvements are to come. Making up the A Team for the first time this season Matt Oldham (4th V40) and Chris Donnelly, still on an upward trajectory racing wise, after kicking a rock a few weeks back, another 5 months to the big 40.
Good runs behind from Andy Carlin, Ben McIntyre, Nick Tynan, Duncan Hill, Steve Henderson and Craig Bradbury making up the 1st B Team in 7th Overall. Duncan and Craig making up the Vet's A Team in 2nd place. Making up the C team and some the Vet's B Team just behind Salford, were Andy Mooney, Mike Ashby, Matt Spragg, Mark Fox, Jon Terry and Aiden Raftery. Aiden was 3rd V55 and Mike Curley 4th V65. Well done to those behind in the Vet's C & D teams.
The Women were much depleted, so only the minimum team points, but a good win or top two at Wythenshawe would keep them in the top three in the league title and pushing for the top. The same applies to Vet's team. Clare McCarron (6th L40) led the team, with Jane Thomas just behind and making big improvements on her journey back to fitness. Making up the A team was Lydia Briggs not far behind, and who's coming on great training and racing wise, with much more to come I am sure, and Sinead Ferguson (8th L40).
The B Team only had Trafford pass them in the league title race, but good racing performances from Sarah Goulden, Franciska De Vries, Bea Cordingley and Helen Carter. And the C team retain their lead at the top of the table, with Julia Reynolds, Jo Street, Cat Jones and Caroline Colquhoun-Lynn. The Lady Vet's A team slipped a place to Wilmslow and Wirral, with Clare, Sinead and Fran, but that can be clawed back at Wythenshawe Pk. Likewise the Vet's B Team trail Trafford but on a par with Wilmslow and all places to play for in the final race, but good runs from Helen, Julia and Jo.
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Results at race-results.co.uk
Posted 15/01/2018 14:45