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- 8th Dec 2014

The Club’s distance squad fresh from their England Cross Country Relays victory added three more titles in the run up to Christmas.

The senior mens squad now remain unbeaten in any championships this winter.

First of the three victories was at the England 10k road championships at the Leeds Abbey Dash.

Leading the squad home to victory was Jack (jaybird) Martin finishing 6th in a new best of 29.30 from brother Patrick Martin in 7th in a best of 29.37, Commonwealth Games marathoner Andrew Davies also a new best in 29.57 and Alex O’Gorman 30.13 another personal best.

Middle changing room (associate member) 1,500 metre Olympian Tom Lancashire under the guidance of coach Vernon in 15th in 29.57.

After the Leeds victory the team travelled to Liverpool and Sefton Park to compete at the British Cross Country Championships.

Stockport were representing England clubs in a 3-way battle against Scottish champions Central and the Welsh champions Swansea.

The winning team would go on to the European clubs championships to face teams from across Europe at the European Clubs Championships in Madrid at the beginning of February.

Also up for grabs were GB individual team places for the European Cross championships in Bulgaria on December 14th.

Stockport were easy winners with England National 10 mile road race champion Ross Millington securing third place and a team GB place.

He was followed home by squad members Patrick Martin in 13th, and brother Jack Martin in 15th, with Alex O’Gorman 36th, Jack Morris 56th, Jack Nixon 80th and Andy Nixon 136th.

In the women’s Championships Elle Vernon secured her Great Britain team place at the European Cross country championships with a storming run for third.

On the back of his 15th place Jack Martin got his first England call up to run in Brussels at the end of the month.

Associate middle changing room member Tom Lancashire also grabbed a place in the GB team bound for Bulgaria finishing 5th.

At the British and Irish master’s Championships held at Nottingham Louise Rudd running for the England team finished third and the England team won with a clean sweep of first second and third.

To round off the squad’s winning ways it was homeward bound and back to the middle changing room and the Northern 10 mile road race championships.

On the hilly Stockport course it was a one-two for Stockport, Andrew Davies coming home in first in 50.25, and young gun Jack Morris in his first ten mile road race second in 50.32 ahead of third place runner and previous winner Ben Fish. Youngster Jack Nixon secured the Northern title with a 9th place finish .

In the women’s race MCR member Jenny Knass finished in third place in 61.44 and the youngest squad member 17-year-old Mollie Williams making her debut at the distance finished in a new best of 64.09.