Junior Red Rose XC, 1ST, 1st, 2nd, 2nd, they just keep on coming!
The first round of the Red Rose XC took place at Leigh with some outstanding performances.
First race of the day U11 Boys where Horwich took 1st Team title. Nathan Lancaster having the race of his life to come in 1st place with a clear margin over the rest of the field. Matthew Flatters having to take 4th after officials allowing Matthew and a number of leaders to take the wrong way on the course. Matthew was narrowly in FRONT OF Toby Middleton and new member Finley Reid who ran in his first official Horwich Race. Another Star being Matthew Mair again his first official race for Horwich. A reliable Lucas Milliken gave Horwich 6 in the first 10 ten runners, outstanding. Great Runs by Isaac Simmonite, Isaac Keating, Joseph Jackson, Callum Mosley & Joshua Houghton gave Horwich a total of 11 boys running.
Not to be outdone the U11 girls also showed tremendous endurance. Ella Pendlebury taking 1st place is proving to be a rising star within the club. Most races Ella competes in she represents Horwich with great results. Next in for Horwich was Freya Whittle a fantastic 7th place. Chloe Russle having her best result coming in in 12th place giving the girls a fantastic 2nd place out of 13 teams!
Not fazed by this the U13 boys went out for another great result. Lewis Wilkes having a brilliant race came a fantastic 2nd surprising himself as well as his competitors. Remarking afterwards he ran the race as fast as he could for as long as he could, his best result in a XC race. Luke Brindle came in 11th outsprinting much older athletes on the spring to the finish. Their 3rd counter Kieran Kineally in 19th and Robert Seddon 22nd , Jake Glendenning 30th , this gave the boys 3rd in the race. In the U13 Girls our Sole runner Livia Sutcliffe came a respectable 52nd with her return to the racing scene. Another Sole performance was Robert Seddon back to the XC season with a great 30th place.
Harriet Foley in the U15 girls ran extremely well in her first ever XC race with a respectable 19th place. Pleased with her first race of her running career, she promises better results to come. To finish off the juniors it was left to Nathan Townsend to see what he could do to defend his current title. Tactically is went all wrong Nathan said when he made a break for the lead and was obstructed by slower ladies still on their first lap on a single path. There Callum caught him back up, In the end Callum outsprinted Nathan over the last 100m taking 2nd Nathan is already setting his sights on winning the Next round held at Chorley on the 8th Oct. Extremely Pleased Coach Andy Townsend remarked all the hard Summer training has paid off with the Juniors putting in the Best Individual & Team results in the Red Rose from such a small squad of Runners.