Manchester Area XC League - Heaton Park
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Monday, 16 October 2017

Congratulations to the squad of athletes that turned out to Heaton Park in Manchester for the first match of the Manchester Area XC League on Saturday.

Under unusually balmy weather for October, the cross country spikes were dusted off and put into action for the first of the five meetings this season. U11s are rested for the first race of the season, so it was U13s and upwards that were racing on Saturday over a course which has a real mix of undulation, thick mud, soggy grass, tricky tarmac footpaths and uneven surfaces.


The first race of the day was the mixed U13s, with Charlotte, Beth, Jasmine and Ellie racing in the girls competition and Matt & Joseph in the boys.

All of the runners except for Matt are in the lower year of the age group, and all ran strongly. First girl home over the 3.2k course was Charlotte (9th) in 14m19s, closely followed by twin Beth in 14m32s (11th). Ellie placed 73rd (17m22s) and Jasmine placed 80th (18m44s) in her debut Manchester League race. Overall the girls placed 10th as a team, a very strong performance.

In the boys race, Matt & Joseph represented the club well. Matt came home 27th overall and was the first Harrier to complete the joint U13s race in a time of 13m44s and Joseph came home in a 71st place in 17m10s.


With no club runners in the U15s, Ben was next up in the U17s competition, also making his debut in a Manchester League race, and also in the lower year in the U17s age group.

Over the 6.1km course Ben put in a very strong performance to place 10th overall in a time of 23m32s


Chris stepped up to racing with the seniors over the full 9.6km distance for the first time on Saturday making his debut as an U20 after missing much of the track season with injury.

Chris placed 96th in the overall race, and 10th in the U20s competition in a time of 40m29s.


Matt was another runner making his debut in the Manchester League, and enjoyed a strong run to place 26th in the V45 category and 184th overall in a time of 44m12s.

Full race results are available at

Next event

The next XC match in the series is Saturday 11th November at Boggart Hole Clough, which is often one of the muddiest races of the season, and where the U11s run for the first time.

There's still time for other runners to join the League, but we need to get everyone registered in advance of the race, so if you want to run at Boggart Hole Clough please contact Nick Massey and he can sort out the entries.