Pretty wild conditions with bad winds greeted the athletes at the latest fixture in the Mid Lancs Cross Country League season.
Full Results HERE
Series Results after four fixtures HERE
The conditions had an impact on our Junior turnout with the numbers competing down. Just two Girls and two Boys in the U11’s Race with Eleesha Charnley having another good run placing 15th in 8.22 and a welcome return to action by Alayna Irvine finishing 42nd in the 58 strong field in 9.58.
A big field of 60 in the U11 Boys Race saw Harvey Ashworth take a good 14th spot in 7.33 with ever present Rory Teare in 30th (8.24).
Amy Davies having finished 9th in the previous Mid Lancs fixture came back to form and had a good run in the U13 Girls with a 4th place in 10.15 which leaves her in joint 3rd place with Danielle Whipp from Blackpool in the Series to-date. In the boys Jamie Teare took 5th place (11.43) which sees him in joint 7th place overall in the Series so far. Daniel Brown came 22nd (12.59) and Anthony Beresford 26th in 13.14 which gave the Harriers 5th place in the Team event.
Megan Clarkson, Maddie Elliott, Hannah Cookson and Natalya Irvine all contested the U15 Girls Race and won the Team Race with counters Megan, Maddie and Hannah. Megan who is in good form after finishing with a Silver Medal in the County Championships last week had a fall but recovered to finish a strong 5th in 11.41. Maddie was in close order in 7th (11.53) and Hannah right behind in 8th (12.13). Great to see Natalya back racing and she finished in 9th spot with 12.18. Overall in the Series with two fixtures to go Megan is in 5th place and Hannah in 9th.
Carol Cookson and Michelle Teare were the sole Senior Women runners in a 169 strong field at this fixture with Carol in 100th position (28.10) and Michelle 104th in 28.35).
Jack Hindle ran a strong race to just edge home to win the U20 Mens Race in a time of 34.51, a time also given to the 2nd placed James Loftus. The win leaves Jack in 2nd place overall in the Series and with two fixtures to go he has a good chance of going one better.
The Men’s Senior Race had 280 runners finishing and saw the Harriers who had their first six runners home in the first 33 places, come home as third Team behind Horwich in 2nd and Barlick who won the day.
Matt Nuttall who is having a tremdnous season including leading the Harriers Vets Team home to be Gold Medal winners at the County Championships led the Vets Team – Matt – Mark Chippendale – Shaun Livesey & David Almond – home again to another win. In finishing 6th overall on the day, Matt also won the individual V40 Race too boot.
The Race which saw Chris Steele (32.02) win in a battle with Chris Farrell in the later stages, had Matt Nuttall in 6th (33.18). Second home for the Club was Chris Davies who is also running extremely well in 22nd (34.40) with Jack Hindle just two places behind in 24th (34.51). Tim Raynes finished in 30th (35.14) with Mark Chippendale in 32nd (35.23) and Shaun Livesey one place and one second further back in 35.24. 4th Counter in the winning Vets Team was David Almond in 84th (38.42) followed by Chris Balderson (114th) in 39.59, Allan Hartley (119th) in 40.07, John Cookson (169th) in 42.56, Morgan Philips having a run out after a recent foot infection in 177th (43.25) and Danny Teare in his first run for a while following injury – 245th in 48.18. George Woodburn took a fall and unfortunately had to pull out on the last lap with an injured knee.
V50 Bob Shorrock who was over from Hong Kong at Christmas and was part of the Harriers winning Team in the Vets Race at the Ribble Valley 10k, flew back to take on the 2nd Race in the King of the Hills Competition. Having won the first race and setting a course record time for the V50’s, Bob told us after this second race that ” we had our second King of the Hills yesterday, finished 5th overall (1st V50) Was 11 minutes faster than last year (better weather) but last year was 3rd overall – so very pleased with the result. The standard of hill running in HK is getting much better (1st place went to a Nepalese guy and second to an Australian full time runner who is spending a few months here for coaching, training and racing”.
Full Results HERE