Greater Manchester Cross Country Championships 2017

Greater Manchester Cross Country Championships 2017


The Greater Manchester Cross Country Championships took place on Saturday 7th January at Woodbank Park in Stockport. The top 4 athletes in each event guaranteed a place to represent Greater Manchester at the Inter Counties Cross Country Championships at Prestwold Hall, Loughborough in March. Then the next 4 places to make up the team will be decided by the Greater Manchester team managers.

In the under 13 girls race ECH had two representatives with Rose Barlow finishing in a solid 10th position and Katherine Waters finishing 40th. Jake Smith had a good run in the under 15 boys event finishing 24th. The under 15 girls team finished a brilliant 2nd place with great runs from Megan Lewis 5th, Holly Jackson 9th and Abby O’Neil 13th. Keenan Owen had a fantastic run to win the under 17 men’s event by 32 seconds guaranteeing his place in the Greater Manchester team. Lily McGuiness had a strong run in the under 20 women’s race finishing 6th place overall and in with a shout for selection. George Lewis also had a good run in the junior men’s race with a 8th place finish.

ECH had 2 representatives in the senior women’s race with Hayley Simpson having a brilliant run finishing 6th and in with a chance for selection for the Inter Counties. Bethany Hirst finished in a creditable 20th place. Five ECH athlete’s took part in the senior men’s race with Joe Steward having a great run to finish 2nd place and guaranteeing his place in the Inter Counties team and his first senior county vest. Tom McGuinness had a strong run to finish in 8th place and could be in with a chance for selection. Joe Hudak 29th, Derek Hughes 79th and Martin Lewis 109th made up the team which finished in a good 5th position overall.

Full results:

Under 15 girls silver team medalists Megan, Holly and Abby.