MACCL Wythenshawe 2012
MACCL LEAGUE (MATCH 3)
It was a busy weekend for the club hosting three events. At Sportcity, we hosted our first Indoor T & F promotion of the winter; at Wythenshawe Park, we hosted the third match of the Manchester Area Cross-Country League and at Crossford Bridge a successful Primary Schools Cross-Country league had a turnout of 200 runners. The first words of this report therefore, should applaud the indispensible organisers and officials, all of them volunteers who made these events happen. They spent long hours before, during and after the events for our pleasure.
With the acclaimed stream on each lap of the Wythenshawe Park course, the indoors and outdoors had at least the common element of lots of leaping and jumping as well as running! From the ten age-group races, we finished three team victories, four runners-up places and three individual age-group winners, - an excellent result.
Our U11 boys and girls were the first off and were competing in the second of their four matches with Connor Keys finishing a great second place for the boys and Beth Thornton in the same position for the girls.
In the U13 age-group, thanks to Aine Cunningham who's won all her three matches so far, Olivia Green who was again the runner-up, Ellie Twite in fourth place and Frankie Hacker-Davies who had an incredible run to finish 6th , this squad of girls are dominating the leader board. Our U13 boys again finished fourth with Luke Chesters again the leading man. This is particularly good in that many of these youngsters are a year young and developing strongly. They also turned out three teams that finished all in the top ten.
Our U15 girls had their first victory of the winter with Zara Thompson also finishing her best ever position of second place. Special commendation should go to Amy Pratt whose sixth place was a much improved run. This was a great achievement from the girls considering several were competing at the English Schools Cup final at Bolton. The 'A' team now rank second in the League behind Stockport AC. Come on, girls, you can win it! With three runners-up positions now under their belt, our U15 boys consolidated their runners-up position thanks to good running from Euan Gilchrist, Adam Roden and Adam Kinghorn, who are part of a great and promising squad. They're just behind Manchester AC who have won all their matches.
Our U17 women also produced their best result of the league so far with second place. Megan Davies notched up her first victory with a superb run and with Irmani Modahl and Hannah Christy not far behind, these girls can celebrate. Our U17 men also produced their best result with second place. Matthew Metcalf was the first home in all the matches with consistent fifth places in each one. It'll be hard for them to beat Liverpool AC but with another similar performance they could snatch second place from Stockport AC.
Our U20 squad are as dominant and promising as the club has had for a very long time! The trio of Callum Rowlinson, Matt Holmes and Kyle Conway on this occasion secured their third consecutive victory and being the only club to complete a team in two of the three matches so far, victory is already theirs. Misha Nayak-Oliver was our sole representative for the U20 women who also made an impressive contribution to the senior women's team by finishing second counter. Few are more committed than Misha and her vastly improved third U20 place is a tribute to her gutsy determination and talent.
Finally, our Senior and veteran men and women! Our senior women are having a hard time of it at present at the sharp end but what they lack in quality they certainly make up in numbers, completing four teams. The 'A' team finished sixth with L40 Jan Nichols in 18th place and the first L40 again proving her excellent form. Hayley Cavill would have liked to be faster; Jackie Cordingley again was third L50 to be also a team counter and Zoe Gmerek is much improved and running consistently well. Well done also to evergreen Margaret Tricky who made a rare appearance and was the first L60 to cross the line. The women also fielded a complete 'B' team of Louise Robbins, Lynne Yates and Carla Ousey and a 'C' team of Margaret Trickey, Karen Sheen and Cat Jones so an excellent turnout! Well done also to Cat Jones for competing only 6 weeks after the birth of her second baby!
Our senior men dominated the front end of their race as they'd done in the first match at Heaton Park. It was impressive to witness the procession of Niall Brooks (3rd just returned from Kenya), Gaz Raven (4th), M40 Paul Green (5th) and James Bailey (7th) with M45 Ian Weatherall (who became a father just three days earlier - congratulations!) and with Gareth Matthews and Callum Rowlinson we secured a massive victory over Salford AC. The section also finished a record six teams! Beat that!
Among the veteran men, not only was Paul Green fifth but he notched up his second M40 victory and with M45 Ian Weatherall returned to the squad and finishing second in the M45 age-group, the vets team are reasonably secure in third place of Division 1 with strong runs also from Carl Barber (16th) and Andy Yates (62nd) who brought the 'A' team home in 4th place, the vets are now well positioned in 3rd place. It was also pleasing to have taking part a complete 'B' team of Steve Gavin, Chris Cook, Gaurav Batra and Jerry Smith and a' C' team comprising Nigel Fielden, Tim Rainey, Miran Aprahamian and Michael Wymer.
The show next moves onto Boggart Hole Clough for Sunday, January 13th. If you're interested in a run, contact your team managers
(Written by Fechin Mc Cormick. Photographs courtesy of Mark Haworth, Vincente Modah, Frank Cordingley and Chris Green)
Videos courtesy of Terry Lonergan
Posted 05/12/2012 09:12