GMXC Champs 4th Jan

Greater Manchester Cross Country Championship Leigh Sports Village 4th Jan

The following athletes have been entered for the GMCC Championship.

U13 Boys Jake Glenndening, Lewis Wilkes, Kieron Kinealy

Senior Men Chris Farrell, Dave Jackson, Alastair Murray, Martyn Bell, Joe Mercer, Pete Ramsdale, John Parker, Gordon Stone and I have one spare number if you qualify and you are interested.

U13 Boys race is at 10.45am (first race of the day) whilst the senior men race at 2.15pm (last race of the day).

Peter Ramsdale Cross Country Captain

Northern, National, County XC

Northern and National Cross Country

Should anyone wishing to enter either or both of these races please let Pete Ramsdale know before Christmas so that he can enter you. Should you wish to run just the Nationals (because of a prior engagement on the Northern day) I will still have to enter you for the Northern’s because that is one of the criteria of running the Nationals (entered the regional championship). The entry fee is £6 for either race and that can be paid at any time.

Current list of entrants are (in no particular order)

Northern’s – Knowsley Safari Park, 25th Jan 2014

Dave Milliken, Ali Murray, James Kevan, Danny Kevan, Ian Conroy, Chris Farrell, Martyn Bell, Jonathan Bruton, Dave Jackson, Andy Townsend, Joe Mercer, Gordon Stone and Pete Ramsdale and Nathan Townsend (U17). Debbie Campbell is also entered for the ladies.

Nationals – Wollaton Park, Nottingham, on Saturday 22nd February 2014 from 11.00 am

Chris Farrell, Pete Ramsdale, Ian Conroy, Jonathan Bruton, Dave Jackson, Ali Murray and Joe Mercer. Again Debbie Campbell has entered the ladies race

Greater Manchester and Lancashire Cross Country’s

On the 4th Jan you have the opportunity to run in your county cross country. Which race you are eligible for is determined by either your place of birth or your place of residence.

Greater Manchester’s at Leigh.
Lancashire’s at Blackburn.

If your interested in the GM then the 20th December is the closing date. Lancashire’s will take entries of the day.

Happy Christmas from the Chairman and Cross Country Captain

Horwich Junior XC – Marl Pits, Rossendale.

Horwich Junior XC – Marl Pits, Rossendale.

Marl Pitts Rossendale was the last in the Red Rose XC Series held on Saturday 7th Dec. Notorious for heavy mud and hard hills the Juniors put some inspiring runs in on this final race. The Series is of 4 races and it’s best of 3 that count.

The U11 Boys team managed 3rd place with Thomas Massey in first with a very strong 3rd place. Improving Thomas Flatters second
runner in 13th. Cian Healey 17th, Lucas Milliken 20th, Isaac Simmonite and Luke Brindle 22nd & 23rd respectively. Isaac Keating 32nd, Matthew Oldfield 36th, and Joshua Houghton in 53rd. This performance gave the lads a Series position of 2nd, the best the U11s have ever managed in this series.

The U11 girls performances were just as credible with a magnificent run by Ella Pendlebury in 7th one of her best positions of the year and Olivia Baker a brilliant 44th, again much improved since the beginning of the series. This gave the U11 girls a fabulous 3rd place in the series, again the best ever in the history of the club. Penny Townsend not running as she had already wrapped up the series win at Bolton.

Boys U13s consisted of Lewis Wilkes 12th and Kieran Kinealy 26th both having their best races of the series. Robert Seddon a strong 32nd and Daniel Rowe 41st again best of series.

Ellie Baker had the best sprint finish of the day giving her a great 26th place, giving her a series finish of 23rd. This is exceptional for a girl who has achieved massive gains up the field since the start of the series.

Our U15 Boys Adam Roper came in 19th and Robert Gibson came in at 28th both felt the hardship that goes with XC in competition.

Down to our Last Junior Nathan Townsend. Up to this point Nathan had a 0,1,2 in the series, today he had to win to claim the series in which this was his first year of U17’s. Up against strong Fell Runners Nathan just had to do his best and hope he could race his race. On the first lap spiked legs and tempers were flaring in order to gain positions. Finally just before the short steep hill climb on the second lap Nathan saw on opportunity on the 4.7km course to break free and take control. He emerged from muddy course with an emphatic win giving him the series Win. Reflecting on his race, his race demons were now behind him and is now looking forwards to challenging for the Mid Lancs series.

2014 Key Priority Races

2014 – Key Priority Races

We advertised this workshop on the club website and facebook so it was great to get a good cross section of harriers turnout on Thursday evening to put their pennies worth in – we “collectively” identified key 2014 races that lend themselves to the club doing well at an individual and team level.

The selection is broad, covering all disciplines of races from XC, road and the fells – the aim being to block these dates into the diary NOW and plan accordingly for success.

Now that we know the dates, we can start to plan our training more effectively for the demands of each race. Social events can also be planned around these dates. For the fell runner all these races should feature anyway in a balanced racing programme to build that critical “flat speed” !

We want to create a real frenzy and belief that these events are ours to dominate, really supporting each other and show other clubs that we have got our act together – Individual and team club honours are very real for the Red Army !

Also included in the race programme are “masters” races and again we have the depth of talent to do extremely well in these races.

Further communication on ALL other races will be announced in due course such as the Central Lancs GP etc and of course these will be well supported and encouraged but the “key races” are ones that you the member have voiced as important.

We have also pencilled in a training weekend and provided 2 provisional dates – please communicate with Steve Pearson, Ali Murray or Martyn Bell if you wish to attend and which proposed dates work for you.

Curry Night

The tables have been booked and deposit paid.

To save time on the night it would be helpful if you could order your dishes in advance. (36 orders all at once will take a while)

Take a look at the menu and get back to me by Sunday (8th).

Shall I put us down for 72 Popadums?

Still room to squeeze more in if you haven’t yet booked your place.

Ali (