Girls win Northern Cross Country team title

Girls win Northern Cross Country team title

Ben Styles

Ben Styles, the Harriers highest finisher in the under-17s race.

The Harriers' under-13 girls produced a great team performance to win the title at this year's Northern Cross Country Championships held at Berry Edge, Consett, County Durham.

First home for the club was Bryoney Pearce in 5th place, followed by Michelle Wiblin in 9th, Charlotte Barber 31st and Rebbeca Hetherington 52nd, giving the team a narrow victory of just 3 points over Liverpool. Also the under-15 girls performed well coming home 2nd in the team race with Jess Coulson finishing 4th, Leah Kay in 5th place, Lucy McLoughlin 21th and Sarah Kay 64th.

For the boys Ross Millington had a good run in the under-15s race to finish 3rd, with Steve Barber 86th, Stuart Cameron 94th, Adam Beardsell 132th, Phillip Nixon 136th and Liam Turnbull 168th the team finished 11th overall.

Ben Styles ran an excellent race in the under-17 boys' coming home in 18th place. Andy Nixon also did well in his first outing after an ankle injury to finish 57th and Jon Walch came 84th.

The under-13 boys' team all ran well in their first ever championship race with Harry Long 44th, Nathan Ludlain 69th, Sam Riley 103rd and David Johnson 113th, all gaining valuable experience.

Jenny Murray finished 34th in the Senior Womens race while in the under-17 girls' Claire McMurdock came 23rd and Rhea Fallows 36th.

Harriers win selection for the English Schools

Ross Millington

Ross Millington leads the field in the Greater Manchester School Cross Country Championships

A total of nine Stockport Harriers' members achieved selection for the Greater Manchester team that will be competing in the English Schools' Cross Country Championships on 12th March at Norwich.

In the Junior Girls' race Bryoney Pearce finished second, Lucy McLoughlin 3rd, Leah Kay 4th and Michelle Wiblin 5th.

Jessica Coulson was the Championship winner in the Inter Girls' race, Ross Millington finished 3rd and Stephen Pearson 5th in the Inter Boys.

In the senior races Ben Styles gained selection by finishing 8th while Claire McMurdock was 5th and Carley Davies 7th.

Elsewhere Steve Vernon made a return to racing on Saturday at the British Universities' Sports Association Long Course Cross Country Championships, finishing in an encouraging third place against a good class field. Fingers crossed he will make it to the trials on 5th March where he is competing in the 4km event, first 6 finishers will be selected for the World Championships.

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