Red Rose Cross Country League 7th Nov 2009

A big turnout at the Red Rose at Bury made a great day in the junior runners. For the 1st time we had a big team of U11’s. A dozen or so youngsters flocked to Pete Ramsdale to seek tips on the race. Like a shepherd with his flock he pointed and explained, run, just run.


Some fine performances from the boys, Matthew Brindle in 29th being the first boys in followed by Joseph Ball in 36th and then running together Jacob Barlow and Max Dacre 42nd & 43rd. Domenic Braund and Joshua Lomax did the same coming in 51st & 52nd. Boys U11’s finished 9th team.

The girls went 2 better and came home in 7th. This could have been better for Maisie Vernon having to pull up due to feeling sick. That didn’t stop Madeleine Littlewood in 12th and Isobel Dean in 16th having a fantastic first Cross country run. 38th place went to Kelly Wainwright, 43rd place to Emma Rayner. Still we had more to come Ellie Dacre in at 50th and O Bannister in at 58th.

In the U13’s Girls we had a strong team of 5 girls, unfortunately Phoebe Howe and Martha Gill not getting scored through the finish meant points robbed from us. That left Sophie Myer in at 20th, Grace Shelmerdine at 26th and Jodie McLaughlin in at 39th bringing the team home in 7th. The team would have been much higher had it not been for the misfortune of Phoebe and Martha.

In the u13’s boys the team came home in 2nd place with Nathan Townsend coming in 3rd having had a shocking start due to being spiked. Joseph Howe was home in 10th disappointed with his performance today, but he can be pleased to know without this place the team would have suffered. The race of the day in the Juniors had to go to Will Townsend who showed the pain in his face most of the race. This was rewarded with his best placing of the season in 13th a much improved performance. Reliable Cameron Critchley came in at 19th and a recovering Jonathan Powis a steady 31st.

Our only U17’s runner Zac Howe was please with his 13th placing after a quick pace was set early on. Nevertheless Zac always the upbeat happy to be the only representative for the club.

Andy Townsend