It’s Hotting Up In MACCL League
How time flies and the weekend saw the penultimate of the Manchester Area Cross-Country league's five matches hosted at an extremely boggy Boggart Hole Clough. Again, as in most of this winter's matches, it was our younger age groups, especially the girls, who excelled.
Beginning with the U11 girls, they turned out an incredible three teams in the freezing conditions with the tough little trio of Tess Mc Hugh, Bethany Thornton and Lizzie Twite finished a great second team just behind a very strong Liverpool team. The 'B' team also finished a commendable 4th and the 'C' team 8th.The U11 boys finished two team in 3rd and 8th with Bailey Hulse, Oliver Clark and Sam Heyworth the leading trio home. As is always the case, detailed results can be studied at www.race-results.co.uk.
By far the most successful of the club's squads this winter have been our U13 girls and they just keep on getting better. This time they placed 1st and 2nd with a further 'C', 'D' and 'E' teams also finishing 5th, 10th and 12th. They packed six finishers into the top
nine with the now familiar procession of Aine Cunningham winning her fourth consecutive match with Olivia Green, Ellie Twite, Frankie Hacker-Davis, Niamh Nugent and Claudia Cowan all packed together in ther first ten for the first two teams. These girls have already clinched the league title with Aine, Olivia the top two individual positions. The U13 boys weren't quite as dominant but finished 4th with Oliver Hole, Harry Boyd and Cameron Buchan the leading trio.
The U15 girls are also an exciting squad with similar potential and again they dominated among the eight finishing teams by finishing 2nd, 3rd and 5th. However, Stockport have already secured the League title. The leading trio of Zara Thompson, who again finished a great 2nd, Amber Towns (5th) and Alice Bruce (12th) all have a great running future ahead. Amber is well placed to take 3rd overall in the league. In the U15 boy's age-group, well done to Euan Gilchrist who's also set to take the 3rd overall league place and to Saeed Absiyeh who were the only two to fly the club flag in their race. The section must ensure to complete a team in the final match if they're to be in with a chance of a top three place.
With less than twenty finishers in both the U17 girls and boy's races, it not surprising that Sale finishers also were sparse in the line-up. However, Hannah Christy (9th) and Rachel Hibberd (13th) ought to be congratulated for toeing the line; braving the elements and leading by example. The U17 lads finished 4th thanks to Matthew Metcalfe; Sam Mayon returning from long-time injury and newcomer Denis Powell. Currently 2nd in the league and just two points behind Stockport AC, top places are all to fight for in the final match.
Another girl who deserves a hearty clap on the back for singularly turning out and again producing a good, solid run is Misha Nayak-Oliver who was 2nd in the U20 category and also 3rd counter for the women's 'A' team. As a result, Misha is likely to take 3rd overall place in the league. As described in previous reports, our U20 lads are as dominant as the club's has had for many a year and on this occasion it was the youthful powerhouses of Callum Rowlinson (2nd), Alex Bradford (4th) and Ben Fox (8th) who were the first three to cross the line. The squad have already secured the top two league title places as well as made an important contribution the senior men's 'A' team . Callum ranks second overall in the league.
The dominance of our senior men, so admirably displayed in other matches this winter, was sadly missing on this occasion which meant the club has slipped to 2rd place in the League and consequently have a battle on their hands in the final match to wrench the title from leaders Salford AC just one point ahead. For whatever the reason (could it have been the weather or that it was a Sunday race), only three Sale teams finished compared to five and six in previous matches. The leading six were Pete Crawford, Callum Rowlinson, Rob Flannery, Steve Mc Carron, Dave Marsh and Alex Bradford. The veteran men were also missing some of the top performers and Ian Wetherall had to drop out so well done to Chris Cook, Francis Sweeney, Tim Rainey and Jerry Smith for bringing the A team home in 17th place. The men have had variable results through the league depending on who has been available and the A team currently lie 7th, and it would be great to see a strong turnout for the last match.
Our senior women also had a smaller turn-out and finished two teams with the A team in fourth position, led yet again by another great run from Jan Nicholls (9th and 2nd F40), Cara O' Brien and very well supported by Helen Armitage (16th) and Zoe Gmerek (19th). The B team did well too in 13th place (Jackie Cordingley, Helen Reagan and Lynda Rowlinson).The 'A' team currently lie 4th in Division 1 but with a strong team in the final match and some good luck they could finish in the top three. The final match is at Woodbank Park on 10 February.
(Written by Fechin Mc Cormick; photos courtesy Frank Cordingley; full results at www.race-results.co.uk)
Posted 15/01/2013 14:05