Ross Millington won his first junior cross country international race in Brussels on Sunday.
The Cross Cup International series is one of the highlights on the European cross circuit.
Ross won in the closing stages of the tight three lap course, taking over the leaders on the final descent before snatching victory from Dutch runner Abdi Nageeye to win by over 5 seconds in front of huge crowds that gather for the Christmas event in the heart of Brussels.
Also in the race Andy Nixon ran well in his first ever international to finish 10th.
17-year-old Jess Coulson took a number of top name scalps after deciding to run in the senior women’s event to finish in 20th.
Ross and Jess will be joining Steve Vernon to run in the Great North Cross international on January 12th after which Ross will represent England in the Seville International cross race on January 20th.
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Greater Manchester Cross Country Championship
Saturday’s Greater Manchester Cross Country Championships at Heaton Park saw wins for Ross Millington and Jess Coulson in the under-20s, team wins for the under-15 boys and under-17 girls plus great overall turn-out in the terrible conditions.
|Under-13 Female||A-2nd / B-9th|
|Under-15 Male||A-1st / B-5th|
Schools’ Cross Country League
Report: John Wharf
The Boys’ years 3/4 league is developing into a real head-to-head for first place between Aaron Chapman and Fraser Hawksworth, both of St Mary's, Marple Bridge. They are equal on points and have each beaten the other by one place, twice. However, lurking well down the table are two runners who have run only two of the four races: Michael Quin of Woodley, who won both his races and Michael Shipperlee, who has a first and fourth to his credit. If they both do the last two races, we are in for a sparkling competition.
Caitlan Wilson of Gee Cross Holy Trinity is well ahead on points in the Girls' years 3/4 league and will comfortably win the title unless we see Keeley-Shaye Goodwin of Hazel Grove, Grace Garner of Woodley, or Eliza Brackenridge Jones of Norbury Hall rejoin the fray in the last two races.
Like, Caitlan, Harry Ridgard of St John Fisher looks comfortable at the head of the Boys' years 5/6 table, but Danny Lawton has had three clear wins out of three races and needs just one more for outright victory. Cian Conway (St John Fisher) and Clark Seeds(Gee Cross) and William Garner (Woodley) are also potential contenders for medals.
Bethaney Donnelly (Corrie) leads the Girls' years 5/6, but is being closely challenged by Leah O'Connell (St Mary's, Heaton Norris). But again, the head of the table is under threat from two runners who have done one race less: Megan Ashelby (Corrie) with three convincing wins and Roisin Clegg with three second places.
The January and March races will be worth watching. Happy Christmas and a healthy new year to all the competitors and their supporters, and to the members of Stockport Harriers who give their time to the Schools’ Cross Country League!
Manchester Area Cross Country League
Manchester Area Cross Country League
Gateshead International Cross
Report: Dave Turnbull
Jess Coulson opened her cross country campaign in style at the Gateshead International Cross Country races.
Jess ran away from the junior women's field on the second of the five 1.5km laps and never looked back to win from Ireland International Sara Treacy who was 16 seconds further back by the finish. Jess' next outing will be the European Cross Country trial at Liverpool in two weeks time.
Ross Millington ran in eigth just ahead of local rival Simon Horesfield with Andy nixon finishing 17th in the male junior event.