Schools’ Cross Country League Race 1

Report: John Wharf -

Report of 1st Event – 12 September 2015

The first event of the 2015-16 League experienced a variable mix of rainy conditions, but the temperature and the conditions underfoot were reasonable. We were pleased to record a good turnout of runners for the first race of the season and hope that the numbers will hold up for the whole of the season. As this was the first event, there are likely to be some errors in the spelling of names in the results table and we would be pleased to hear of any so that they can be corrected. This also applies to school names, which are usually written in their shortened form and it is possible that we have bundled pupils from 2 different schools under one shortened name.

The club would like to thank Neil Thompson who this year retired as the League’s hare after several years of sterling service. In his stead, we are delighted to welcome Joe Philbin, a graduate of the League, as the hare for years 3 and 4. Joe did his job and then dashed off to race in the road relays at Ormskirk.

Girls Years 3-4

Freya Murdoch of Pownall Green, who finished 2nd in last year’s league, won the race comfortably in a cracking time of 6:06. Next home, in 6:52, was league-newcomer Saffron Meade off Great Moor, closely followed by Emily Whitworth of Lady Barn House and newcomer Rosie Philbin of St Mary’s, Marple.

In the team competition, Lady Barn House took the lead with 31 points, with St Mary’s Marple in 2nd place with 36 points and High Lane 3rd with 47 points.

Boys Years 3-4

Luke Carrington of Gee Cross won the race, crossing the line in 6:07. Second place was taken by Finn McLaughlin of Lady Barn House in 6:22 after a close race with Joshua Stutchfield of Torkington Primary (3rd in 6:23) and Dylan Norburn of St Mary’s Marple (4th in 6:25).

Gee Cross lead the team competition with 50 points, a single point ahead Lady Barn House in 2nd place and 11 points ahead of Romiley in 3rd place.

Girls Years 5-6

Isabelle Burke of St Ann’s, who came 2nd in the League last year, just missed dipping under the 10 minute mark in finishing first in 10:01. Second, was newcomer Isabelle Merritt of St Andrew’s Over Hulton who finished in 10:11, with Jasmine Reed of Rose Hill Primary, who came 3rd in the Years 3-4 League last year showing that the extra kilometre was no barrier a top three finish.

In the team competition, High lane heads the table with 33 points, with Stockport Grammar in 2nd place and Romiley in 3rd with 49 points.

Boys Years 5-6

Cathal O’Grady Smith, who came 3rd ln last year’s league of btoke the 10 minute mark by winning in 9:51. Finley Mayoh of Nevile Road came 2nd in 10:04 and Will Kershaw of Cale Green third in 10:19.

St Christopher’s Romiley heads the team table with 37 points, with Romiley Primary in 2nd place with 43 points and St Mary’s Marple in 3rd place with 56 points.

Next Event

The next event takes place on Saturday 3 October.

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. I hope to see you again at the next event.

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