Manchester Xc League / Race Report / Heaton park

Manchester Xc League / Race Report / Heaton park

Saturday 16th January 2016

Only 1 day before the race we still had a very limited squad, not even enough to form the necessary team of 6 senior men and 4 vets that would count towards our promotional prospects !

The course was a nice contrast to the mud bath of Boggart Hole Clough but equally challenging but highly runnable and each of the 3 laps (2 miles each) ending with a steep, challenging hill up into the finish area.

Interesting to note that there were no ladies competing from the club ? !

Whilst Joe and Gareth ran against the competition, 3 harriers “battled hard” against each other in a bid to claim bragging rights of the clubs “king of the Vet 45-49 age category” ! The trio ran within 5-10 seconds of each other for all 3 laps. David Jackson lived “in the shadows” for almost 38 minutes and only made his bid on the final 300m hill. Only 7 seconds in the end split Martyn Bell, Dave Jackson and Dave Milliken !!!

Final positions out of 329 finishers:

Joe Mercer – 11th
Gary Booth 20th (3rd Vets 40-44 cat)
Martyn Bell – 50th (5th vets 45-49 cat)
David Jackson – 52nd (6th vets 45-49 cat)
David Milliken – 53rd (7th vets 45-49 cat)
Andy Ford – 94th
Gary Chadderton – 170th (14th vets 50-55 cat)
Doug Fleming – 177th (7th vets 55-59 cat)
Mark Swindell – 252nd (39th vets 45-49 cat)
Eddie Simpson – 296th (45th vets 45-49 cat)
Lawrence Pinnell – 299th (47th vets 45-49 cat)
Gordon stone ? cant see name mentioned or position?

Team Position for this Match

1. Trafford
2. Salford A
3. Sale H
4. East Cheshire
5. Horwich RMI Harriers

Overall a great result for the club and even with a much weakened team we still finished 5th team in Division 1, never mind division 3 !

More comprehensive details can be found on the following website: –

The “cumulative” match scores (4 completed so far) will be released by Wednesday 20th January – this information will then allow us to assess exactly what we need to do as a team to secure our promotion into Division 2 for next year. Results for Saturday’s race can be found on the link below.

The last match of the season will be held at Wythenshawe Park, Manchester, M23 0PH on Saturday 13th February.


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