Manchester Cross Country League
Sale had another successful day in the fourth match of the MACCL league at Woodbank Park. In the U11 age-group Tia Blissett had a great run and finished 3rd and with Lizzie Twite 4th and Beth Thornton 10th, the team finished 2nd to Manchester Harriers. In 3rd team place were the Sale 'B' team of Fay Malloy, Jemma Vickers, and Verity Garnes. The boy's team of James Malloy 8th, Luke Chesters 12th and Harry Boyd 17th finished in 3rd place.
In the U13 races, Sale won the girl's and boy's team races but the girls had five of the first six finishers with Ciara Lydon 2nd, Olivia Green 3rd, and Claudia Cowan 4th. Sale now need to win the last match at Clayton Vale to draw level on points with League leaders Stockport AC. The Sale 'B' team of Francesca Brint, Alice Bruce and Franki Reid finished 3rd for the team. What is even more remarkable is that the team were without Ellie Twite who is resting from her exertions the day before when she won the Cheshire Schools title with fellow Sale Harrier Aine Cunningham in 2nd place, both girls gaining Cheshire selection. Team wise, the boys went one better than the girls with the club gaining the first two team slots with Jake Spilsbury, Adam Spilsbury, Michael Quinn, Saeed Absiyeh, Joe Hammond and Dillon Burchill. Having won every match Sale are already the U15 boy's champions.
Sale had further team victories in both the girl's and boy's team events. Catherine Podmore led the girl's team home in 5th place followed by Hannah Simeen 6th and Flora Whyte 8th. At present, they lie 2nd overall to Stockport and need to win the last match to pull level. The boys that won every match so far and have already won the league. The winning team this time was Euan Gilchrist 3rd, Sam Mayon 5th and Dillon Stanway 8th.
The U17 men's team are another team who have already done enough to win the league but on this occasion had to be content with runner's-up spot with Kyle Conway 5th, Alex Bradford 8th and Khalid Absiyeh 11th. County Champion Megan Davis won the U17 women's race with Chloe Yates 8th. Provided they finish a team in the last match Sale will finish a team overall.
With just over one hundred starters, it was the smallest senior women's field of the winter and with most of our leaders who'd put the club into contention to win the title absent, they slipped to seventh. On this occasion, Hayley Cavill was the first counter in 18th place; Jan Nicholls was 4th in the L40 category, and produced her best position so far; Alison Pye, Helen Reagan, Zoe Gmerek and Belinda Hammond retained admirable consistency in tough conditions and congratulations to Jackie Cordingly 2nd L50 and Jenny Miles 3rd in L60 category. Both are in contention to win their age-groups categories. With four of the five matches to count, they can still pull it back in the final match. The 'B' team finished a much improved 12th
The senior men consolidated their position on top of the league with 3rd place and are likely to take the title. It's been great to have Gaz Raven return from injury and improve from 35th in the first match to 2nd place. The other significant thing of this match was that our first ten finishers - Gaz, Pete Crawford, Phil Scowcroft, Gary Rowlinson, Mike Kilmartin, Elton Davies, Paul Barrett, Andy Mooney, Steve Gavin and Bill Fox all substantially improved their finishing position and this bodes well for the Northern Cross country championships in Pontefract next week end. (Fechin Mc Cormick & Peter Shaw)
Posted 18/01/2012 07:57