Saturday 25 January 2014
The Northern Athletics xc championships returned for the second successive year to Knowsley Safari Park. Last year proved to be a very tough race in deep snow and mud. This year was equally challenging with a very muddy course and, for some races, driving sleet.
Our senior women performed very well in the difficult conditions with Nicky Squires running well to finish 9th in 32:26. Julia Jagger was close behind in 12th in 32:42 with Zanthe Wray also running very well to take 16th in 33:26. It was frustrating that given the excellent performances, we did not have a 4th runner to complete the team and challenge for the medals.
The men’s team was also depleted. Matt Hobbs dealt with the challenging conditions well to finish 50th in 45:35. Phil Cooper continued his good form in the New Year taking 108 in 48:38. Craig Fishwick made a return to the xc running with 216th in 52:22.
Tom Bains, recovering from illness, was our only representative in the U20 men’s race, finishing 23rd in 29:35.
Hannah Fletcher, again our only representative in the U20 women’s race, produced a positive run after illness to take 31st in 26:31.
Our U17 men finished 8th team with Connor Milnes leading the team home in 23rd in 21:26. Josh Walton produced a very strong run to finish 30th in 21:42 with Ewan South 56th in 22:34 and Sam Peters completing the scoring in 69th in 22:57. Tom Yarrow was 111th in 25;38 with Tom Slack 115th in 25:58.
Charlotte Slack showed incredible courage in the U17W race to finish 35th in 22:52 despite severe breathing difficulties and having to be treated by the paramedics after the race. Rebecca Dancer battled through to 40th in 23:02 with Ellie Crownshaw 68th in 24:43 and Flora McNeil 94th in 31:17. The team finished 8th.
Cameron Bell continued his fine season by winning the bronze medal in the U15B. In 4th place coming to the top of the final climb, Cameron closed the gap with another very strong finish to take 3rd in 14;23. Jack Crownshaw worked hard to come home 103rd in 16:39.
The U15 girls faced the toughest conditions of the day with the course already cut up very badly and driving sleet throughout the race. Imani Wilson, after a very positive start, was 54th in 17:22 with Caitlin Tevendale coming through strongly in the latter part of the race to finish 57th in 17;27. Grace Lucas ran well to finish 83rd with Megan Loombe 89th in 18:30 and Aimee Hill 115th in 19:39. The team finished 10th.
Kieran Loombe led home the U13 boys in 97th in 13;24 with David Lewis 99th in 13:25 and Charlie Goacher 126th in 14:09.
Tilly Simpson gave another a fine performance to take the silver medal in the U13G race. Tilly led from the start, was leading on the final climb only to be overhauled on the run in. Eve Crownshaw produced a typically dogged run to finish 45th in 13:19 with Saskia Huxham 59th in 13:38, Holly Booker 113th in 14:16 and Ellie Rogers 140th in 14:36 completing the scoring to bring the team home in 6th place.