GREATER MANCHESTER A.A. CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS 2017
WOODBANK PARK, STOCKPORT
SATURDAY 7TH JANUARY 2017
Post- race: Mike/Simon/David/Ali/Nick/Sam/Mike/Jonathan
Misty, squelchy, mild conditions greeted the 118 runners tasked with completing a 10k course consisting of 3 tough but runnable loops that took in a short but steep hill on each loop – it was interesting to note quite a few runners reduced to a walk even at the front end !
However, very quickly a group of 3 runners took charge consisting of defending county champion Carl Hardman (Salford), Joe Steward (East Cheshire Harriers) and Matt Bond (Sale) all working together and quickly separating from the isolated Mike Cayton who ran in effect a time trial in 4th position but clear of all other opposition and into the county team.
The top 4 automatically secured a county vest for the inter counties xc championships on Saturday 11th March in Loughborough.
Mike was backed up with the following individuals : – Nick Leigh 10th / Jonathan Bruton 18th / Sam Wardle (u20) 19th / Ali Murray 25th / Simon Pymm 26th / Mike Hallas 44th / Dave Milliken 46th
Horwich gained a bronze team medal with 4 counters being Mike Cayton, Nick Leigh, Jonathan Bruton and Sam Wardle.
1st Salford Harriers – 44 points
2nd Sale – 49 points
3rd Horwich RMI Harriers – 51 points (4 to count)
4th Bolton harriers – 88 Points
Junior Fell Championship 2017
The 2017 championships are slightly different than in the past in as much as it is going to be 8 races from the list of 12 which incorporates the English Junior Fell Champs and the English Schools Fell Champs along with four other popular races. The scoring system is changing also as usual 10 points for first Horwich junior then 9 points for second and so forth, there will be 3 bonus points for each English Champs race ran and a bonus of 5 points for the English Schools Championships. You can do more than eight races and drop your worst scores.This means our championship will run for 10 months and will give a more accurate view of the championship over a longer period with a two month break for holidays etc.
Feb 26th Ilkley Moor Yorks
March 25th Cock Howe Cleveland English
April 1st West Nab Yorks English
April 15th Rivington Pike Horwich
April 22nd Anniversary Wa Cumbria English
May 1st Coiners Yorks English
May 14th Great Whernside Uphill only Yorks English
May 21st Saddleworth Greater Manchester Champs
June 10th Rossendale 50th Anniversary Lancs English
Sept 24th Sedbergh Cumbria English Schools
Oct 8th Withins Skyline Haworth Yorks
Nov 4th Shepherds Skyline Todmorden Yorks
Tony Hesketh 07973302432
Northern and National Cross Country Entries
Its time to consider whether you wish to run the Northern Cross Country Championship at Knowsley Safari Park on Saturday 28th January 2017 and the National Cross Country Championship at Wollaton Park, Nottingham on Saturday 25th February 2017.
Both races are £7 to enter and the club, not individuals, make one entry for the club. So should you wish to run either or both, let me know before Wednesday 11th January 2017. The closing date is Friday 13th and no late entries will be allowed. Any one wishing to run the Nationals MUST register to run the Northerns (even if you can’t run it – this may seem strange but that’s how it works)
For information – Knowsley is a good course but always very muddy and Nottingham is a great course with little mud, just very fast grass.
Cross Country Captain