Manchester Area Cross Country League – Match 2

The second Manchester Area Cross Country League took place on Saturday 11th November, at Boggart Hole Clough. There were 26 athletes representing St Helens Sutton, which was the biggest turn out for a long time!

For the juniors; Will Vose, Sam Mawdsley, Charlotte Cochran, Grace Westhails and Rebecca Cartwright all competed in their first cross country race, whilst Craig Brighton represented the senior men for the first time!

Running in the under 11 boys 2,000m, Gabriel Mullen led the team home in 7th place in 8.15, followed by Joe Colley who finished in 31st place in 9.12. Liam Johnson finished 40th in 9.28 and Will Vose finished 55th in 10.10, meaning the team finished 8th overall.

The under 11 girls also ran 2,000m, in this race, Daisy Ward finished 46th in 9.52 and Chloe Leigh finished 69th in 10.45.

The under 13 boys 3,000m race saw Rhys Hopkins finish 16th in a time of 12.07, whilst Michael Dobson finished 31st in 12.40 and Sam Mawdsley, 56th in 16.27. Overall the boys finished 10th.

There were 2 teams for the under 13 girls, the first team, which consisted of Hollie Brussels, Lucy Bridge and Jessica Bairstow, finished 21st. Hollie finished the 3,000m course in 57th in 14.38, whilst Lucy was 61st in 14.42 and Jessica 89th in 16.52. The second team for the girls included Charlotte Cochran, Grace Westhails and Rebecca Cartwright, this team finished 24th. Charlotte was 90th in 17.01, whilst Grace was 91st in 17.07 and Rebecca 92nd in 17.10.

Charlie Roberts went in the under 15 boys 4,400m race, finishing 17th in 17.02. Michael Brussels finished 24th in 17.33 whilst Joe Byrne finished 27th in 18.14. Bringing the boy’s team home, Michael Duffy finished in 43rd place in 21.01 meaning that they finished 6th overall.

Representing the under 15 girls, Alyx Bridge completed the 4,400m course in 33rd place in 21.37.

For the senior ladies 8,000m race, Gemma Connolly finished 5th overall in a time of 32.15 and Rachel McGoldrick finished in 101st place in 39.56.

In the senior men’s 9,600m race, Craig Brighton finished 98th in 38.30, Ian Roberts 302nd in 45.23, Andy O’Connor 405th in 50.52 and Ray Vose 419th in 51.43.

Well done to all athletes who competed for the club and a big thank you to Chris Dempsey who helped officiate!

The next league match is to be held at Kenworthy Woods (M23 0BD) on Saturday 2nd December!

Team Manager – Helena.