MCCL Wythenshawe Park
The final match at Wythenshawe Park brought to an end another highly successful league season. Pride of place goes to the U13 girls who defended their league title whilst the U11 girls, U11 boys and U13 boys were runners up and the U15 girls finished 3rd overall. In the overall individual league championship BETH THORNTON (U17 ladies) and JACK SPARK (U13 boys) finished runners up and SARA CLOUGH (U11 girls) was 3rd
In this match, in the U11 girls race, SARA CLOUGH finished 3rd and with twin sister AVA and CHARLOTTE BISCOF (making a fantastic club debut) finished 2nd team. Our B team finished 2nd whilst our C team finished 1st. Well done to POPPY SCHNEIDER, TIA GROVER, IRIS Mc CARRON, HOLLY NOLAN, VERITY Mc NEILL-JONES and ELIZABETH SINCLAIR. In the U11 boys race TOM HOBSON ran his best ever race to finish 4th against boys who are one year older. We finished 3rd team whilst winning the B and C team categories. Congratulations to FREDDIE MEREDITH, MATTHEW GARDNER, FIN DAY, FRASER SINCLAIR, ERIC WOODWARD, BEN HOPE, DAN HARRISON and JACK ROBERTS.
Our U13 boy’s team recently won the Northern Cross-Country Championship but many of our team missed this match to prepare for an attempt to win the National title. CHARLIE TITTENSOR had his best ever run in a MACCL race to finish 3rd and, with backing from HARRY EDMONDSON, LUKE CHINOY, JOSH COLQUHOUN-LYNN, WILL PARKER, ED LORD and ALEX PATTEN, we finished runners up in A & B team events. OLIVIA NOLAN had her best ever run for the club to finish 4th in the girl’s race and, with fine runs, AKIRA EDGSON, LIBBY HILL and ANNABELLE BYGRAVE finished runners up in the team race.
Our U15 girl’s team finished runners up with much improved runs from LAURA HOLE, AVA TAYLOR and JASMINE STOCKTON.
In the U17 age group BETH THORNTON had an excellent run to finish 2nd whilst SAM HEYWORTH finished an encouraging 9th after a long lay-off with injury.
SARAH DOUGLAS was our top counter in the senior race in 10th place. ANNE CHINOY was 6th L40 and JULIA REYNOLDS 14th L45. In the series Julia was our highest vet lady in 11th place. Senior ladies team came 9th with Sarah, Anne, LYDIA BRIGGS and SARAH GOULDEN. In the series Sarah Goulden was our highest placed senior lady. The vets team came 11th with Anne, Julia and JO STREET.
In the men’s race CALLUM ROWLINSON was our first counter in 4th. Over the series he was 2nd behind Andy Normal. GARETH RAVEN was 1st L40 and GLENN SAVAGE was 2nd V55. MIKE CURLEY was 1st V65 beating his rival by 3 secs.
Sale men’s team were 2nd, the B team 9th and the vets team 4th.
We retained our Men's League title by a big margin with 4 wins, just 2nd on Saturday, but with strong runs from Callum Rowlinson 4th and Gaz Raven 5th, Callum finished 2nd overall in the League, Gaz was 1st V40 on the day. Other A Team counters are normally in the B team. Alex Bradford, Dave Marsh, returning to some reasonable form, Paul Rowley and David Rich with his first race of the season. The B team were strong again, so we retained B and C team league titles. Also very annoyingly as last year, after leading the league, our 2 point lead was overcome by Salford Harriers winning on Saturday to beat us and narrowly snatch the title again, as we shot ourselves in the foot again by only finishing 4th. On Saturday Gaz was 1st Vet, Glenn Savage was 2nd V55 and Mike Curley 1st V65, The Men's Vets B and C teams retain their titles though. The Ladies lost their chance of retaining the league title with 7th on the day and so 4th overall in the league. Amongst the strong runs for the A team were, Sarah Douglas, Anne Chinoy, Lydia Briggs and Sarah Goulden. Not sure of other Ladies team placings yet for the league but I think the Vet's just hung on to 3rd League place, bringing their dominance to an end.
Thanks for all those who helped out to make it a success, despite the amount of flooded field and mud. Whether preparing the course on previous days, setting up on the day, car park duties, Officiating, marshaling or dismantling and tidying up after the event, well done. All reports have been positive so far, despite conditions. And whether you were at the front or back, comments made were of it being the toughest of all five races this season, but the contrasting nature of the course and the atmosphere generated by the support, was very enjoyable.
The next fixture for our U11 (and U9) age-groups is the East Cheshire cross-country races on Sunday March 11th. Entry forms can be obtained from your coaches.
In two weeks’ time, our U13, and above teams go to London to contest the National XC Championships. We wish them well.
Posted 12/02/2018 12:15