Twin Powered Engines Drive Sale In MACCL
At the weekend, the twenty-one of the regions running clubs assembled on the home territory Wythenshawe Park for the third of the five Manchester Area Cross-Country League matches (MACCL). Squally showers and chilly winds, that almost saw some of the tents take off, did little to discourage the goodly number of spectators, runners, coaches and family. The fast, flat course enticed large numbers especially in the senior men and women's matches. The course, designed and managed by hard-working director Dave Rodgers with the indispensible army of club volunteer marshals and officials, ensured an excellent afternoon of sport. The result is that most of the club's teams now have consolidated their positions at the top of the league.
In the U11 events, Beth Thornton had her best ever run in finishing 3rd with Lizzie Twite fourth and, with Fay Malloy making her debut for Sale in seventh place, the team finished second. Twin brother James Malloy was eight in the boy's event and with Luke Chesters eleventh and Bailey Hulse fifteenth, the team finished third.
Twin power gave Sale victory in the U13 boys race with Jake Spilsbury fourth and Adam Spilsbury fifth. Andrea Yiasuomi was final counter in eleventh. There was another set of twins in action in the girl's events where we finished runners-up to Stockport. Ellie Twite had a great run in second place with Frankie Hacker-Davies in seventeenth in her first race for the club with twins Frankie and Charley Reid in twentieth and twenty-second.
The U15 boys won their event with Sam Mayon fourth, Euan Gilchrest fifth and Dillon Stanway tenth. Flora Whyte had her best run of the season to finish fourth and with Hannah Christy thirteenth and Eve Gibson twenty-first, the team finished third. This was a commendable result since a dozen Sale girls had been selected to represent their schools in the English Schools Cup Final at Rugby on the same day. Our congratulations go to Loreto Grammar on becoming National Champions.
In the U17 event Megan Davies gave an impressive performance to finish second and led the team to runners up spot with Imani Modahl seventh and Misha NayakOliver eleventh. The boy's team were also in second place with Alex Bradford fourth, Dillon Bezzina eight and Khalid Absiyeh ninth.
Largely because James Wignall and Callum Rowlinson, returned from their University in North Wales stronger than ever from their participation in the North Wales League, the lads with Matt Holmes notched their second victory over Stockport AC. James was also the race winner by over thirty seconds. Thanks to David Rich, Josh Oguntayo and Adam Dooley unusually the section finished a 'B' team and had it not for josh being so disappointed with his race, these lads would have made it a one-two. Again, there was no complete U20 women's team but Tyra Watson, the club's sole representative, again displayed her ability with a great race to finish second.
Our senior women also had a great day. Lucy Gorman, despite her disappointment in the Euro selection Championships in Liverpool, blighted the field with a thirty second victory in a display of elegant, effortless flowing movement that was 'poetry' to observe. Likewise Emily Beedham (Happy birthday, Em!) who had her best run this winter for sixth place as did Hannah Griffiths in fourteenth. With Jo Street, continuing to run strong, this quarter notched their second place of the winter and put themselves well in contention to win the league. Further good news is the section's depth with three teams finishing in eight, fourteenth and twentieth. Especially noteworthy in the 'B' team is U20 youngster and first counter Tyra Watson and L50 Jackie Cordingley who secured her second individual age-group victory whilst also the fourth 'b' team counter. In the 'C' team, welcome to Kimberley Wilson who made her debut with a fine performance and Jennifer Simmonds whose speciality is sprinting and had a massively improved performance. If Carla Ousey, Lauren Davies and Jenny Cordingley (perhaps because she was wearing her dad's shoes!) continue to improve their positions they'll eventually win the race!
The men's race was another great turn-out with three hundred and twenty four finishers and again with more great results. Having won the last match, we finished second to Trafford AC but secured top position in the league. It was great to see Gaz Raven back at the sharp end finishing third. There were superb runs from Daniel Bradford and Ian Weatherall who was second in the M40 category and twelfth overall. Fantastic also was the depth with no less than six teams finished with the first four among the top fifteen from over forty teams.
Interestingly, almost 50% of the men and women who finished were veterans so competition is very strong indeed. The men's 'A' team finished third - thanks to the talent of Ian Weatherall, Chris Cook, Gary Rowlinson and Andy Yates. We also had 'B' and 'C' teams that finished eighteenth and twenty-seventh resulting in the men's 'B' team now placing second overall with the 'C' team in third place. Should they maintain these positions, both will compete in Division one of the league next year. Individual performances can be studied on www.race-results.co.uk. As ever thanks to club photographer Harry Skakeshaft. His photographs can be viewed and purchased cheaply on www.hsphotos.co.uk
The penultimate match is at Woodbank Park Stockport on SUNDAY January 15th 2012 the weekend following the Gtr.Manchester Championships at the same venue. Let's see the same strong turn-out in every age-group, further important as we sharpen up for the all-important cross-country championships. (Compiled by Fechin Mc Cormick & Peter Shaw)
Posted 15/01/2012 20:01