Charlie & Simon To Represent GB & NI
Next weekend, the club's T & F athletes will 'strut their stuff' in the first of the indoors meetings at Sportcity that the Club promotes every year. Meanwhile, our outdoor specialists continue to excel and foremost among this weekend events was the Mc Cain Cross Country Challenge at Sefton Park, Liverpool that incorporated the European Trials. Two of the club's up-and-coming athletes achieved new pinnacles in their running careers by being selected to represent GB & NI at the European Cross-Country Championships in Hungry on December 9th.
In the U20 race, Welsh international Charlie Hulson displayed magnificent youthful power and combined with the tactical prowess and maturity of a senior, he finished third and just missed out on being the U20 winner by five seconds. Charlie has already won numerous Welsh titles over the cross country and track throughout the age-groups.Special commendation also to Ryan Moore who heroically finished a superb 21st (with an excellent second lap) and would have been very much higher had he not been laid low by 'a bug' the previous evening. Talented Luke Betts, a track specialist, finished 66th over the energy-sapping course that wasn't for track runners.
Our second athlete who'll represent GB in Hungry is Simon Horsfield. He also finished a superb 3rd in the U23 category again running the race of his life and mixing it not far off the leading group of the country's top seniors seniors also vying for European places. Simon's already got an impressive record of Commonwealth & European accolades and has ranked top five over 1500m in the UK through the age-groups.
Had there been European places available for the U13 girls, then Aine Cunningham would have been a winner. She ran an amazing race to finish fourth though awarded the same time as the third finisher and was only nine seconds off Chelmsford Khalisa Mhlanga who's won everything available nationally this year. The club's little startlet has had an amazing year and continues to improve and grow in confidence. So far, she's set an 800m club record; ran the fastest leg in the Northern Relays and was part of the winning team in the Northern Relays and the silver medallists in the National XC relays. Others who finished were Lucy O'Gorman in the senior race who had a fine run for 44th place whilst returning from injury and Gavin Hill who finished 77th in the senior race. We wish Lucy well as she leaves Loughborough and begins a new career in sport based at Bath.
Still on the international front, Antony Ford, the Club's 2:17.16 Marathoner based in Blackpool, received his latest National call-up and represented England at the European Athletics Cross-Country permit meeting in the Netherlands. He had a fine run despite being caught out by the lightening fast start of Europe's elite, beating his team colleague Andi Jones (Salford AC) by over 30 seconds to finish twentieth.
On the home front, it was the Salford Women's 5.25k race and our fairer sex had it all to themselves in miserable conditions. Making her course debut, in-form Helen Armitage was first home in 35.33 taking the L35 title to boot. Sian Holland was running it for the third time and her 36.05 was her second best performance. Jo Street, just finished her MA, cast aside her bike and recorded 36.54 that was almost ninety seconds faster than in 2008. L50 Jackie Cordingley has been the club's 'golden thread' in this race for a decade never out of the top three in her age-category. This year was her best taking the L50 title in 38.20. Belinda Hammond also made her debut and she recorded 39.13. Jenny Clink is bound to be pleased with a PB of 39.43 against 40.37 in 2009. Likewise Carla Ousey's 41:35 was three minutes faster than 2009 and surely the reason for another fancy-dress shin-dig! Heather Brint's current overseas travelling is not the best preparation for faster times but her 45.45 time is commendable in the circumstances. Finally, relative newcomer Rosa Elliott easily dipped under 50 minutes and will further improve with her current commitment to running.
Finally, evergreen M60 Terry Lonergan is back under 43 minutes for10k for the first time this year with a 42.43 at the flat and fast WINDMILL 10K on the coast at Lytham St Annes finishing an impressive 46th out of 553. He returned to the Fylde a fortnight later for the WESHAM 10K and on a slightly more undulating course on quiet country lanes he clocked 43.11. In both he was 2nd M60 (Researched and compiled by Fechin Mc Cormick).
Posted 05/06/2013 08:21