South East Lancs Cross Country League Reports 18/19

South East Lancs Cross Country League Reports 18/19


Match 1 – 20/10/2018 - Heaton Park, Manchester

The first match of the South East Lancs League took place at sunny Heaton Park, with good conditions for the large contingent of ECH athletes taking part. It was the first race of the cross country season for the under 11′s and they didn’t disappoint with both the boys and girls winning the team events. Alfie Manser finished a fantastic 3rd place with Alfie Bundy 5th and Bobby Burton just behind in 6th making up the team. Jessica Stafford also finished a brilliant 3rd place with good support from Anna Rooke 6th and Ava Royle 8th. The under 13 girls finished a solid 4th team with good performances from Maddie Ellor 21st, Ellen Lees-Hill 22nd and Leigha Manser 26th. The under 15 girls also performed well finishing 3rd team with a great 5th place from Jessica Willock followed up by Aliesha Smith and Macy Singleton making up the team in 10th and 16th respectively. The under 17 girls team won the team event with excellent performances from Megan Lewis winning the race, Abby O’Neill 2nd and Freya Handley 5th.

There was more success in the senior races with both the Ladies and Men winning the team events! Hayley Simpson had a great race to come home in 3rd place, with Bethany McManus 5th and Michelle Vaughan 11th (1st Vet 45) making up the team. Joe Hudak was first home for the men in a superb 3rd place and good performances from Haile Abraham 5th (1st under 20), Gavin Browne 7th and George Lewis 15th. The men also won both the vet 40 (Tim Greenald 4th, Michael Stansfield 7th and Darren Smith 10th Vet) and vet 50 (Ian Fraser 3rd, Chris Swire 10th and Saul Gallagher 24th vet) team categories.

Well done to all athletes who took part, there are some excellent pictures on our Facebook page especially of the juniors. See below photo montage courtesy of Darkstar Photos, please visit their website for even more photos from the day


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Match 2 – 15/12/2018 - Tandle Hill, Oldham

The second match of the series took place at a very cold, windy and rainy Tandle Hill in really testing conditions for all athletes. Well done to all who braved the weather, there were some excellent performances on the day. A massive 17 ECH athletes took part in the under 11 boys race and they won the team event with Bobby Burton 2nd, Oliver Bentley 3rd and Alfie Manser 4th. The under 11 girls team finished 2nd team with good performances from Jessica Stafford 2nd, Anna Rooke 6th and Ava Royle 7th. Luke Carrington had a fantastic run to win the under 13 boys race and teammates James Harney and Edward Rankin finished 6th and 10th respectively to win the team event. The under 13 girls team finished a creditable 3rd place with May Mannion 5th, Imogen Gush 7th and Maria Rooke 13th. The under 15 girls also finished 3rd team with solid runs from Jessica Willock 9th, Aliesha Smith 11th and Abbie Hirst 15th. Megan Lewis had another impressive run to win the under 17 ladies race by 25 seconds.

The senior women’s team won both the over 18 and vet 35 categories. Hayley Simpson was first home for ECH with an excellent 2nd place finish, closely followed by Bethany McManus in 3rd place and Michelle Vaughan (2nd vet 45) in 16th place making up the team. Rachell Fawcett 18th (2nd vet 35) and Nicola Richards 39th made up the over 35 team. The senior men also won the team event with fantastic performances from Joe Hudak winning the race and George Lewis (1st under 20) 15 seconds behind in 2nd place. Gavin Browne came home in 6th with Haile Abraham 15th (2nd under 20) made up the team. Tim Greenald ran well to finish 2nd in the vet 45 category on the day.

See below picture of Joe Hudak (left) and George Lewis (right) in the senior men’s race. There are more photo’s on our Facebook page.

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