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Senior ladies take Northern 6-stage silver

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Stockport Harriers’ senior ladies finished second team behind Leeds City at this year’s Northern Athletics Road Relays at Sefton Park, Liverpool on Saturday.

The team was boosted by the reigning Northern  Under-20 Women's Champions, Mollie Williams, Ellen Downs and Lizzie Apsley.

GB Cross country international Elle Vernon led the team out finishing 1st and fastest long leg of the day in the first of the long legs, Lyndsay Clarke stayed in first spot on the first short leg in 14.01, Ellen Downs in 14.20 on leg 3 with Sally Ratcliffe on the second long leg in 28.33 .

Mollie Williams and Liz Apsley securing the silver medals for the team Mollie in 14.21 and Lizzie 14.43.

Great for the youngsters pick up a medal at their first Senior competition.

Middle Changing Room update

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North of England Cross Country Championships Pontefract Jan 25th

The Middle Changing Room (MCR) squad carried on their good form at home and abroad in the last month.

The men’s and women’s squad in action at the North of England cross country championships there were individual wins for Welsh marathon MCR member Andy Davies taking the men’s title from Olympian athlete Alistair Brownlee of Leeds and MCR Patrick Martin making the podium in third.

The team showed great strength with 4 athletes in the first 10, Alex O’Gorman producing his best performance on the cross in 7th and (Jaybird) Jack Martin in 10th.

Jack Morris in 28th, Andy Nixon 52nd and Cousin Jack Nixon in 58th closed the team who were narrowly beaten into 2nd place by Morpeth Harriers by 6 points.

Elle Vernon who had been acclimatising for Pontefract in the warm weather of Barbados for two weeks ran away from Emma Clayton in the final stages of the race to secure her first Northern title.

Lyndsay Clarke was second Harrier home in 32nd and Jenny knass in 49th.

Young under-20 athlete MCR member Molly Williams finished in 7th place in the junior women’s race.

European Clubs Cross Country Championships Guadalajara, Spain

The MCR squad travelled to Guadalajara, Spain as British Cross champions to compete in the European club’s championships.

The super-fast flat course was in contrast to the Northern championships the previous week first home for the club was Patrick Martin in 11th with brother Jack 19th, closely followed by Alex O’Gorman in 22nd, Jack Morris 48th and Jack Nixon 65th with reverse of positions this week cousin Andy Nixon in 76th.

The team were 6th out of 20 teams

Louise Top Girl 2014

Louise Rudd was top V35 in 2014 for 800 metres in 2.14 and also topped the rankings for 1,500m with 4.33, Louise will travel to Poland in a few weeks time to compete at the European indoors veteran championships over 1,500m and 3,000 metres Louise moves up to the V40 age group.

Chelsea Jarvis USA

Chelsea Jarvis got her indoor campaign underway with a fast 800m in Alabama Birmingham finishing second in 2.07 which takes Chelsea up to 4th on the national rankings and the third fastest all time by an FSU athlete.

European Cross Country Championships

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Middle Changing Room athletes under the guidance of coach Steve Vernon pulled out all the punches at the European Cross Country Championships in Bulgaria.

Elle Vernon finished a gallant 20th and earn a GB team gold in the process.

Ross Millington pulled out all the stops to lead the GB team home in 5th place. His training partner Tom Lancashire was 3rd placed British athlete in 27th place.

News from the middle changing room

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The Club’s distance squad fresh from their England Cross Country Relays victory added three more titles in the run up to Christmas.

The senior mens squad now remain unbeaten in any championships this winter.

First of the three victories was at the England 10k road championships at the Leeds Abbey Dash.

Leading the squad home to victory was Jack (jaybird) Martin finishing 6th in a new best of 29.30 from brother Patrick Martin in 7th in a best of 29.37, Commonwealth Games marathoner Andrew Davies also a new best in 29.57 and Alex O’Gorman 30.13 another personal best.

Middle changing room (associate member) 1,500 metre Olympian Tom Lancashire under the guidance of coach Vernon in 15th in 29.57.

After the Leeds victory the team travelled to Liverpool and Sefton Park to compete at the British Cross Country Championships.

Stockport were representing England clubs in a 3-way battle against Scottish champions Central and the Welsh champions Swansea.

The winning team would go on to the European clubs championships to face teams from across Europe at the European Clubs Championships in Madrid at the beginning of February.

Also up for grabs were GB individual team places for the European Cross championships in Bulgaria on December 14th.

Stockport were easy winners with England National 10 mile road race champion Ross Millington securing third place and a team GB place.

He was followed home by squad members Patrick Martin in 13th, and brother Jack Martin in 15th, with Alex O’Gorman 36th, Jack Morris 56th, Jack Nixon 80th and Andy Nixon 136th.

In the women’s Championships Elle Vernon secured her Great Britain team place at the European Cross country championships with a storming run for third.

On the back of his 15th place Jack Martin got his first England call up to run in Brussels at the end of the month.

Associate middle changing room member Tom Lancashire also grabbed a place in the GB team bound for Bulgaria finishing 5th.

At the British and Irish master’s Championships held at Nottingham Louise Rudd running for the England team finished third and the England team won with a clean sweep of first second and third.

To round off the squad’s winning ways it was homeward bound and back to the middle changing room and the Northern 10 mile road race championships.

On the hilly Stockport course it was a one-two for Stockport, Andrew Davies coming home in first in 50.25, and young gun Jack Morris in his first ten mile road race second in 50.32 ahead of third place runner and previous winner Ben Fish. Youngster Jack Nixon secured the Northern title with a 9th place finish .

In the women’s race MCR member Jenny Knass finished in third place in 61.44 and the youngest squad member 17-year-old Mollie Williams making her debut at the distance finished in a new best of 64.09.

Stockport take men’s England National Cross Country Relays

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Stockport senior men’s won the England National Cross Country Relays at Berryhill Park Mansfield on Saturday.

The four man relay over 5km per leg got of to a fast start with Alex O’Gorman staying in touch with the leaders and 6th fastest overall leg of the day with a blistering 15.00, second leg runner Jack Morris took the lead for the team in 15.42 ahead of Morpeth harriers by 10 seconds.

Patrick Martin extended the lead by over 20 seconds leaving his brother Jack on the glory leg to win by over 24 seconds from Morpeth in 2nd and Highgate Harriers in third.

The senior women’s team finished 6th with Elle Vernon on first leg and 5 th fastest of the day in 9.39 with solid running by newcomer Kelly Crickmore holding on to 5th in 10.55 with fast finishing Louise Rudd finishing on 10.30 for 6th place.

Northern double victory

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The senior men’s and women's teams both came away victorious at the Northern Road Relays held at Warrington on Saturday, and in the process made club history by becoming the first ever Harriers’ senior teams to take the prestigious Northern Road Relay Men’s 6-stage and Women's 4-stage titles.

The Northern double victory came on the back of last weekend’s double wins in the North West Road Relays held at Woodbank Stadium last weekend.

In the women's 4 stage of Jenny Knass, Lyndsay Clarke, Louise Rudd and Jess Coulson finished over a minute ahead of Leeds City and Kendal AC to take the title.

Likewise in the Men’s race Stockport had a healthy lead over rivals Leeds City. Ross Millington, Jack Morris, Jack Martin, Andy Davies, Alex O Gorman and Patrick Martin made sure of the double victory for both teams.

English National Cross Country history is made by Steve Vernon

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Steve Vernon won a second English National Cross Country title and in the process became the most medalled athlete in the history of the English National cross country event which dates back to 1877 and the first ever race at Roehampton which is regarded as the most treasured title in cross country running.

The illustrious names over the years takes you through the history of endurance running with notable runners from the start of the 1900s by Horsham's South London Harrier Alfie Shrubb, famous pre and post war miler Sydney Wooderson taking the title in 1948 and Manchester athletic club winner Walter Hesketh winning in 1952.

Other two times winners include Coventry Godivas Basil Heatley to back titles in 1960/61 and went on to take the silver medal at the 1964 Tokyo Olympic Marathon another marathon running legend Ron Hill winning the National in in 1966/68.

Other notable past winners include former British 10k record holder Basildon's Eamon Martin and North east running legends 1976 Montreal Olympic 10,000m bronze medallist Brendan Foster, and Los Angeles 1984 10,000m Olympic silver medallist Mike McLeod.

Steve's record winning eight medals came with bronze medals in 2006-2008 2010 and silver medals 2009- 2012-2013 and his two winning performances in 2011 and his emphatic victory 2014.

Steve's journey to the National started as a 9-year-old running in the Stockport Harriers schools leagues before joining the Harriers age 14 and finishing sixth in his first ever Greater Manchester Cross Country race.

Elle & Steve tie the knot

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Congratulations go to Elle Baker and Steve Vernon and were married on Saturday 24th August at Tatsfield, Surrey. All Dave Turnbull's running group travelled down for the wedding and an excellent time was had by all!

Steve 5th in Euro Mountain champs

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British mountain running champion Steve Vernon finish 5th in the European Uphill Mountain Running Championships at Borovets in Bulgaria leading the British Senior Men’s team to the Silver medal

In preparation for the event Steve has been training in the altitude chamber at Manchester Metropolitan University in readiness for a climb up to 2,360 metres over an 11.8km course.

Meanwhile Chelsea Jarvis has been putting the final preparations to her British Athletics team debut in the 800 metre at the IAAF World Youth Track and Field Championships in Donetesk Ukraine next week.

The 17-year-old Harrier posted a fast 1500 metres best of 4-24 on Sunday at the British Milers Club Nike Grand Prix finishing a close third behind Dutch winner Marlin Van Hal and Charnwood cross international Juliet Potter second in 4-23.72.

Mollie Williams competed in the 3,000m at the English Schools Track and Field Championships at Birmingham's Alexandra Stadium at the weekend. As temperatures soared to 80° Mollie recorded an English Schools standard and a new best of 10-25 in the Inter Girls' final.

Steve and Elle GB World Cross selection

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Steve Vernon and Elle Baker ensured selection for this year’s World Cross Country Championships at Bydzos, Poland at Saturday's British Athletics World Cross Country Trial at Cofton Park, Birmingham.

The soon to be married couple won selection by finishing second in their respective races.

Elle Baker set the ball rolling by finishing second in the senior women’s race taking the race out to the rest of the field for most of the race and was only overhauled in the final kilometre by GB International marathon runner and National Cross Country Champion Louise Damen

Harrier team mates European under-23 Jessica Coulson came in 9th with Lyndsay Clarke in 180th.

In the senior men’s race Steve employed the same gritty tactics as his fiancé Elle and whittled the field down to himself and Frank Tickne .

It was nip and tuck between the pair on the last lap with Tickner the Southern Men’s Cross Champion just edging the race from Steve in second.

Patrick Martin put in another consistent performance on his last outing on the mud with a fifteenth place and James Scott-Buccleuch in his first county vest ran a solid race in 200th.

Chelsea Jarvis England debut

Chelsea Jarvis ended her winter campaign on a high with her first England representation and a second place in the Celtic Cup at Cardiff with a confidence boosting run and new best of 4-29 in the under-20 women’s 1,500 metres.

Louise Rudd British Masters' V35 1,500 metre indoors champion

Louise Rudd British Masters' V35 1,500 metre indoors champion

Louise Rudd added the British Masters' gold medal to her European 1,500 metre bronze from last season at the Masters championships at Lea Valley on Saturday.