Weekend roundup 11/12-November 2017
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Monday, 13 November 2017

As often at this time of year, there was a double-header of events for Harriers with cross country at Boggart Hole Clough on Saturday and NW Sportshall League on Sunday at Kingsway.  Special mention to Charlotte, Beth, Joseph and Aidan for representing the club at both matches!

Full results of both events are now online:-

Cross country - https://www.race-results.co.uk/results/2017/maccl172.htm

Sportshall - http://www.sportshall.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/Widnes-Red-2.pdf

Manchester Area XC League - Boggart Hole Clough

Whilst the weather was sunny and calm on the day, the heavy rains in recent days had ensured that Boggart lived up to its reputation of being possibly the muddiest event on the MACCL calendar.

Harry and Aidan got the racing off to a fine start in the U11s, with Harry making his debut for the club in the Manchester Laegue.  Harry ran strongly to finish 54th overall in 10:09, and Aidan ran with the U11s to finish in 65th in a time of 12:38.

The U13s then were the first to tackle the notoriously muddy section through the woods with the boys and girls racing together.

Matt was the first Harrier through the tape in a fine 29th place and a time of 12:35.  Charlotte was the first Harrier girl to finish, backing up her strong performance at the previous round placing 13th in a symmetrical 13:13.  Sister Beth came through next in a time of 13:47 in 28th place. 

Joseph was the second male Harrier finisher, completing the course in 14:37 and placing 49th. 

Ellie battled hard after taking a tumble on possibly the only hard surfaced part of the course and ran well through the line to finish 83rd in a time of 16:00 with plenty of runners still to finish.

In the U17s, Ben looked to have put in his best placed finish of the season crossing the line in 4th place.  However, since the race it transpired some of the leaders had been sent the wrong way so we are awaiting a final adjudication on the result from the officials.

Son and dad Chris and Matt lined up with 491 others in the final race of the day with the course already well churned up.  Chris ran a well executed race and placed 4th U20 in a time of 35:38 (32nd overall) to place him well in the season's overall League competition.  Matt took a little longer in his first season through the mud, placing 257th in a time of 43:54 (27th V45).

Next time...

The next Manchester League XC race is at Kenworthy Woods in Wythenshawe on 2nd December.  If you haven't yet raced over cross country but can't wait to get a little muddy (!) or get some practice in ahead of the Cheshire County Champs at Delamere in the New Year, get in touch with Nick Massey to sign up for the remaining races in the League - no entries on the day though!

Sportshall Match 2

There was a big turnout both for the club and for Wirral and West Cheshire in particular as the club faced up against St Helens and Warrington too in the 2nd match of the NW Sportshall League on Sunday with some excellent team performances that still leave everything to play for in trying to get teams through to the NW League Finals in the New Year.

U11s

With 136 points, the U11 girls squad of Mia, Hannah, Ellen, Olivia, Katie, Jessie and Ruby gave great all around performances to finish the match in 3rd place overall.

The U11 boys also placed 3rd, narrowly missing out on 2nd spot scoring 168 points overall with Charlie, Oliver, Alex, Charlie, Jack, Jacob, Jack, Lewis and Kai demonstrating the advantages of a big squad.  They also took top points in the 2 lap race and chest push.

U13s

Jasmine, Charlotte and Beth represented the club in the U13 girls match, but with limited numbers even their excellent performances meant they left the match with 92 points in 5th place against much larger squads.  

The U13 boys placed one spot higher in 4th overall, just 3 points off 3rd position.  Ben, Joseph, Ewan and Harry all put in maximum effort, with Ewan's dominating performance in the 6 lap race a particular highlight.

U15s

103 points were secured by the U15 girls team of Maddy, Millie, Libby and Chloe to grab 3rd place in the match, including maximum points in the 6 lap races.

In the U15 boys, the solo team of Aidan took on a full squad from West Cheshire.  Demonstrating the benefits of participation, Aidan racked up 60 points single-handedly to take 2nd place in the match for the club.

Next time...

On 3rd December its another double-header weekend as the 3rd match of the NW Sportshall League takes place, also at Kingsway in Widnes.

By our reckoning, every squad has a great chance of making the finals in the New Year, so please put the dates in your diaries to get as many athletes out as possible so we don't leave any points on the table!

Thanks to all the parents, officials and club organisers without whom our athletes wouldn't be able to put in such great performances!!  Well done everyone!