Schools Cross Country League Race 2

Report: John Wharf -

Report of 2nd Event – 18 October 2014

The rain obligingly kept off for the second event of the 2014-15

The rain obligingly kept off for the second event of the 2014-15 League, but the conditions underfoot were softer than in the first race due to the return to rainier weather at the start of October. Again, the turnout for the races for years 3-4 was large, exceeding that of the first event.

In compiling the results, we found some missing values and some children sharing the same position, and would welcome any guidance from observers. In the girls Y3-4 race, we have two children recorded as 13th and nobody in 12th place. Possibly it was a draw, as their times are very close, but if so, both should be 12th. A similar situation arises for 88th place. We also had one Y3-4 girl, Erin Lewis of Norbury Hall, who missed her race and was allowed to race with the boys, achieving a time of 8:07. Similarly, we had one Y5-6 girl, whose name and school we lack, who ran a time of 10:51 in the boys race.

In the boys Y3-4 race, we have a missing name at 35th. It is possible that this is due to an extra click on the timer as 35, 36 and 37 have the same times. A similar situation arises for position 57, which has the time as 56. However, we have 2 runners finishing 59th and associated with a single time of 7:30, so one could be a misread 57. We have a missing name at 79th, which has the same time as 80th, where we did get a name.

In the boys 5-6 race, we have a missing name at 22nd, with a time of 11:05.

Girls Years 3-4:

Darcy Breen of Stockport Grammar won her 2nd race of the season in the good time of 5:55. She was chased home by Freya Murdoch of Pownall Green in her first appearance in the league in 6:12. Georgina McGarr of St Peter’s again got a top three position, finishing 3rd. Behind her, Alice Blythe of Romiley, achieved another solid 4th place. Darcy leads the league table, with georgina 2nd and Alice 3rd.

In the team competition, the top two positions remain unchanged with Romiley leading on 60 points and Lady Barn second on 79 points. High Lane and Hazel Grove have skipped over St Peter’s and lie in 3rd and 4th spots, respectively.

Boys Years 3-4:

Dominic Hanson of Stockport Grammar claimed first position in his first appearance in the league, beating the winner of the first race, Matthew Haines of St Peter’s in a closely fought race. Sol Barlow of Romiley, 5th in the first race, stepped up his performance by coming third ahead of Arthur Kennedy of Brabyns Prep, who again finished 4th. Matthew leads the league table, with Arthur and Sol in 2nd on equal points.

Hazel Grove replaced St Christopher’s at the top of the team table and now lead Romiley by 99 points to 97. Tithe Barn lie in 3rd place with High Lane, St Mary’s and St Christopher’s close behind.

Girls Years 5-6:

The top two in the first race, Leah Wilkinson of Vernon Park and Christie Allen of Gee Cross, didn’t compete this time, and Daisy Keigher of Stockport Grammar took advantage to claim 1st spot in the race and the league table. She was chased home Esther Hulley of Hazel Grove and Diddy Parish of Dean Valley in 2nd and 3rd. Esther finished 5th in the first race and now lies 2nd in the league table ahead of Libby Hill of High lane. Diddy made her first appearance in this year’s league.

In the team competition, Hazel Grove continues to head the table with 52 points, with Stockport Grammar in 2nd with 89 points and High Lane in 3rd with 107 points.

Boys Years 5-6:

Henry Carne of Romiley Primary, claimed his 2nd win of the season, in 9:01, ahead of Cameron Murdoch of Pownall Green in 2nd, in his first race of the season and Joe Byrne, also of Pownall Green, in 3rd place, who took nearly a minute of his time in the first race. The 2nd place runner in the first race, Joshua Rowson of Gee Cross didn’t race this time, while the 3rd placed runner, Cathal O’Grady Smith had another hood run to finish 4th. The league table is now headed by Henry, Cathal and Joe.

Lady Barn now leads the team table with 81 points points, closely followed by Chinley with 83 points and St Mary’s Marple, with 91 points.

Next Event

The next event takes place on Saturday 15 November.

I would like to thank and congratulate to all the children who took part in the league races and express my appreciation to 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 put on a successful event.

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