The Pride Of Britain
It wasn't just in the Wilmslow half-marathon and Crossford Bridge's "Over the Bales" promotion that were the weekend's success. The club had several athletes compete nationally and internationally.
World Junior Triathlon Champion, Georgia Taylor-Brown represented GB & NI in the junior race at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland. In below freezing conditions and on a challenging course, Georgia did more than her bit to win GB's first ever medals of any kind at a World XC Championships since 2004, as well as help win the first medal in junior women's history for GB & NI. She ran an astonishing race from half-way finishing 2nd Brit just seven seconds behind Emelia Gorecka, the former European Cross Junior Champion who has won every domestic race this year. The team bronze medal is directly attributable to her magnificent run which opened up a safe gap from threatening Japan. She was the revelation of the day, applauded on TV! Our North of England Cross champion is coached by Paul Roden at Wythenshawe Park.
Lee Whitley made his disability GB debut at the 5th Fazza international in Dubai by winning the sprint double and breaking the 100m world record in 11.60 sec and the 200m World and European record in 24.79 sec. His classification was a T35 athlete and was selected through Talent ID as a result of his performances at the Cerebral Palsy National Championships in which he ran 11.52 sec for 100m that sent him to top of the UK rankings and the 200m running 23.1 also topping the 200m UK rankings. Lee was a talented, able bodied club athlete until he was disabled by Cerebral Palsy. Since then, he's been an inspiration to all who know him through his positive attitude and this achievement is a worthy tribute to his determination and work rate. Said one of his training mates, "He moved from being told he can never walk again; to throwing his wheelchair away and breaking records for fun. Lee is an example that the limits are only in your head...what a boss!"
Megan Davies had a fantastic race to win her first national title to become British Colleges Sport National Cross Country Champion. Representing the North-West, the event took place at Bath University. She beat girls that had been in front of her in the previous weekends English Schools Championships and led the team to team silver. Delighted coach Paul Roden, said, "There's a lot more to come from Megan". This is just Megan's latest pinnacle of achievements this winter. She won the U17silver medal in the Scottish National XC Championships and became the Greater Manchester School's Champion and had further fine runs in the Northern XC Championships and inter-county championships.
Three more of Paul Roden's athletes also had great runs at the weekend. In the Home International held in Wales, Charlie Hulson, representing Wales, was 3rd in the U20 race; Ryan Moore was 13th running for the North and Luke Betts, also running for the North, was 17th. Charlie made his GB debut earlier this winter when he represented GB & NI at the European XC Championships at Budapest; Ryan Moore was 3rd in Spain competing for England in February and this was Luke's international debut. (Written by Fechin Mc Cormick)
Posted 26/03/2013 11:35