Schools Cross Country League Race 6

Report: John Wharf -

The sixth and final event of the 2013-14 League was held in wet, blustery conditions on a very muddy and saturated course that had been shortened because of the very hard conditions. We shall be upgrading some of the medals awarded on the day as they failed to recognise that some positions were drawn. The runners affected are identified below.

Girls Years 3-4:

Libby Morris of Gee Cross Holy Trinity, gained her third win of the series, just outsprinting Darcy Breen of Stockport Grammar, and thereby reducing her points total to 7 to match Darcy’s score. Libby’s medal will be upgraded to gold as a consequence. Similarly, Elizabeth Hill of High Lane managed to beat Sofia Livesey of St Simon’s by one place by coming in third to equal Sofia’s League score. Elizabeth received her bronze medal at the medal ceremony, but unfortunately Sofia did not for which we apologise. Sofia’s medal will be sent to her school.

These 4 girls have had a fine season, pressing each other hard. Each has had a win and in Libby’s case three wins. Darcy managed to be a little more consistent within her 4 best scoring races and so managed to share top spot with Libby. All 4 girls would have been conscious of pressure from below from Diddy Parish of Dean Valley and Alana Wilson of Norbury Hall, who both managed a second place and ran consistently well.

In the team competition, Gee Cross Holy Trinity held onto top spot by winning the race, while Norbury Hall held onto 2nd and St Simon’s held onto 3rd. Congratulations!

Boys Years 3-4:

Thomas Boyd of Dean Valley who took the League title at the 4th event, returned to form by winning the race following his 3rd place at the 5th event. Second place was taken by Will Kershaw who assured himself of 2nd place in the League. Billy Styche of Norbury Hall, took 3rd place just ahead of fellow pupil, Bow Hornby. Although Bow’s 4th place did not improve his league score, his 10 points were good enough to ensure the bronze medal.

In the team competition, the top 3 league positions were decided before today’s race, with St Christopher’s first, St Joseph’s 2nd and Norbury Hall 3rd.

Girls Years 5-6:

Chloe Rodgers of St Joseph’s, again demonstrated her strength in muddy conditions coming home a clear winner from Evie Wild of High Lane, who in turn had a good margin over Daisy Keigher of Stockport Grammar. Chloe and Evie had already claimed the first and second positions in the League at the 5th event, but Daisy needed a good result today to make sure she retained her 3rd position, which she duly delivered, thereby holding off the challenge Leah Wilkinson (Vernon Park) and Scarlett Whittaker (Dean Valley), who, today, came 8th and 4th respectively.

In the team competition, High Lane achieved another good score today and confirmed the school as league winners. St Joseph’s, also scored well and thereby secured 2nd place in the League, with Hazel Grove placing 3rd to hang onto 3rd spot in the League. Congratulations!

Boys Years 5-6:

Alec McLachlan of Norbury Hall, who gained the league title at the last event did not contest the race today. Lewis Poole-Price of St Joseph’s, clearly going well in the muddy conditions, took his first win of the series, leading home Owen McPherson of St Joseph’s, who was making his 4th appearance in the League. Their efforts gave them equal league scores and 2nd place in the league. Third place in the race was taken by Fares Ibrahim, who trailed Owen by a couple of seconds. Despite this and a series of consistent races, Fares slipped from 3rd place in the League due to Owen and Harry Sinclair of Altrincham Prep each gaining their 4th counting race, which pushed them sharply up the table.

In the team competition, Romiley confimed their status as league leaders by winning the final race. Norbury Hall did not field a team, but their 4 best races were sufficient to keep them in second spot. Cale Green put in an excellent performance to claim 2nd spot in the race, thereby overtaking St Joseph’s to claim 3rd place in eth league. Congratulations!

Six-event Medals

Medals were presented to runners who had competed in all 6 events to acknowledge their commitment and achievement. Unfortunately, some medals had gone missing in the clubhouse and we were unable to award medals to all who had earned them, for which we apologise. Those who the records show have done 6 races are listed in the table below. None of the Boys years 5/6 received theirs. Please let me know if you are listed and have not received a medal and we shall get one sent to your school, or post it to you as you prefer.

Top Ten League Certificates

Certificates for the top ten in each league will be issued via the schools shortly.

I would to thank and congratulate all the children who took part in the league races, their managers, family and friends for supporting them, St John Ambulance for tending to those needing medical attention and members and supporters of Stockport Harriers who helped to put on a successful series of events.

We hope to see most of you again next season and offer our best wishes to year 6 pupils moving on to secondary education in the Autumn.

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