Tatton’s display hosts a grand finale for Horwich Harriers
HORWICH Harriers retained second place in the Manchester Area Cross Country League on the penultimate outing at Tatton Park.
Strong performances throughout from third place to round four mean they head to Heaton Park for the final round next month to compete with Salford and Chorlton for second place behind the incredible Sale at the top.
James Scott-Farrington was in the lead for Horwich and took fifth, having been third for much of the race. He is now in good position to take one of the top three individual places in the series, while Joe Mercer, ninth on the day, is also in contention for a place on the series podium.
The club’s cross country captain, Alastair Murray, is understandably delighted with what is proving to be one of the best performances from the Horwich side in recent times.
The best age class performance that day was Janet Rashleigh winning the F60 class by almost four minutes.
In men, the best result per age category came from Julian Goudge, a specialist in orienteering and night running, but who again showed here that he is not a bad performer on muddy trails, taking first place in the M50 category.
The North Cross Country Championships in Pontefract are now attracting the team.
The club’s new gazebo made a regular appearance, symbolic of the club’s ambition to raise its profile and was in place at Tatton and then Heaton Park for the final round of the South East Lancs cross country league where juniors and veterans of the Harriers took the spotlight.
Grace Mort won the Girls Under 13 race and with one race to go, she also leads the series leaderboard.
Charlotte Wilkinson finished third in the U15 girls race and, along with Lois Bowl and Emma Bradley, gave the team second place.
On the veteran men’s side, Doug Fleming cemented his second place finish in the M60 series with another second place on the day. He was joined by Richard O’Reilly and Gary Chadderton for a first-place tag team finish.
The juniors also had a great day at SportCity for the final Sportshall event where Gemma Stokes led a great team of youngsters for the indoor athletics event in which the focus is on fun in a supportive yet competitive environment .
The team smiles said it all and the format is a great way to help juniors move on to bigger things in athletics – just like Sophie Walton who, at the Northern Indoor Championships in Sheffield, got into in form at the start of the new season by winning the 200m title, having finished fourth in the 60m the day before.
The club and supporters will be cheering him on for further national and international honors this year after he finished 2021 as a member of the national sprint team.
Parkrun is resuming its pre-Covid popularity and in a strong 522 attendance at Stretford, Gareth Webb was the first U65 with a good personal best of 19 minutes 17 seconds and he now sits third in the national age group rankings at parkrun.
At the same event, Sean McMyler and Maria Lowe placed in the top 50 with Lowe first F40.
At the Queens Park junior parkrun, Harry Yates was home first – also in a new PB of 8:36.