Fechin Mc Cormick
There were ten ‘greats’ to Sale Harriers performances in the first of the Manchester Area Cross-Country League matches at Heaton Park on Saturday. As is often the case for this first match, the afternoon was autumnally sunny, the perfect setting for a great afternoon of sport that brought together lots of spectators who encouraged, cheered and admired the large turn-out of runners on the undulating course. So! What were the 10 ‘greats?’
1 The very large number of U13 girls with 17 teams must be a league record. Whilst Liverpool H & AC dominated, Sale finished a magnificent three teams with all of them well to the front. That, too, must be a near record. Great!
2 In the U13 boy’s race, Luke Chester’s run was ‘great’ for 5th place in a very competitive field
3 In the U15 girl’s race, Sale turned out a record four teams. This was almost 1/3 of the total runners in the race with the ‘A’ and ‘B’ teams finishing second and third and the ‘B’ team beating many of the day’s ’A’ teams. Great, too, was that Claudia Cowan was a first counter for the club for the first time and Olivia Green is back strong in the ‘A’ team after her illness.
4 Whilst most clubs struggle to field an U17 teams, it was ‘great’ that Sale’s U17 women turned out an ‘A’ and ‘B’ team.....and you won’t get a more solid and promising group of girls.
5 Euan Gilchrist had a ‘great’ run for 7th in the U17 men’s race.
6 Ryan Moore and Megan Davies were superb 2nd in their U20 races and contributed massively to their senior team successes. Up the road in the Red Rose League, Luke Betts was similarly ‘great’to win his U20 race and 4th in the senior race.
7 Our senior women surprised maybe even themselves by finishing as high as 2nd.....a ‘great’ result. They finished a record five teams with the ‘B’ and ‘C’ teams so strong they beat many of the day’s ‘A’ and ‘B’ teams. Lucy O’Gorman gave the ‘A’ team a fantastic fillip with an impressive third place on her return from injury. Great, too, was young Megan Davies as the 2nd team counter. Great, too, to have talented Julie Price back from injury again making a big difference and L35 Helen Armitage among the counters
8 Sale’s veteran ladies teams were ‘great’. They were the day’s only veteran squad to field four teams. The ‘A’ team finished 2nd ; the other teams were tops ‘B’ and ‘C’ and ‘D’ who beat many of the other club’s ‘A’ and ‘B’ teams. L35 Helen Armitage is faster than ever; L40 Anne Chinoy was the surprise of the day on her debut; L50’s Jackie Cordingley & Lynda Rowlinson are always ‘great’ and L55 Lynne Yates was also in front in her category.
9 Our senior men weren’t just‘ great’....they were fantastic. Like the women, they fielded a record five teams. Their ‘A’ team’ of Hulson, Worland, Brooks, Bailey, Moore and Green were so dominant, they won by a massive 75 points from Trafford AC with all their six counters across the line in nine. Winner Charlie Hulson was supreme – poetry in motion, as he powered to a 25 second lead....and where does evergreen Paul Green get it from? The Ryan Giggs of cross-country, he was so out in front that he was a full 2 ½ minutes ahead of his nearest M40 rival. The ‘B and ‘C’ teams also were so strong they beat most of the regions ‘A’ and ‘B’ teams.
10 `Our veteran men fielded four strong teams with the ‘A’ quartet of Paul Green, Carl Barber, Olivier Guillaime and Andy Yates in 4th giving the team a good, solid position in their Division 1 League
For the second of the five MACCL matches at Woodbank Park on Sunday November 10th, let’s notch up another ten. Photographs from this match can be viewed on the website and at http://www.darkstarphotos.com
Thanks also to other individuals for their kind permission to use their photorgraphs. Namely Harry Shakeshaft, Ernie Greenwood, Chris Heys, Jon-Paul Kearns and Karen Sheen. All photorgraphs always gratefully recieved, please forward any to the editor.
Posted 22/10/2013 09:53