The event attracted most of the country’s top cross country runners who were in action in fields of over 300 selected runners.
First to race were the U13 boys and Lancaster & Morecambe AC provided three of the eight selected runners. First home was Kieron Blackburn (162nd) closely followed by James Stanley in 164th. Although forced to retire, eleven year old William Pyle gained a good deal of experience for future national class races. In the Senior Women’s race Carolyne Baxter finished 84th. In the U17 women race Georgia Hanam (Lancashire) completed the 5k course in 86th position. Heidi Murray, wearing a Cumbrian vest, backed her up well finishing 117th.
Next to race were the U20 women. Seventeen year old Mary Hodgson was thrilled with 19th position in the 6k race and was joined by Helen Ockenden, in her first county vest, finishing in 117th. For both the Lancaster & Morecambe U13 girls selected to represent Lancashire this was their first county selection, nevertheless both rose to the occasion with Erin Moffatt finishing 117th closely followed by Isabelle Woodman in 132nd.
U15 Cumbrian runner, Scarlet Dale, paid the price of going out too hard over the early hills but nevertheless rallied to finish 62nd. She was joined by Lancashire’s Emma Whitaker in 70th.
Meanwhile the rest of the Cross Country Squad was busy representing the club in the final Mid Lancs fixture, held at Rylands Park. Sadly the popular Lancaster University venue is no longer available for the fixture and Rylands proved to be an excellent alternative.
First off were the U11 girls and eight girls toed the line. First home was Larissa Hannam in 7th. She was joined by Kirsty Maher; Cleo Hannafin; Amelie Earnshaw; Mia Brayshaw; Holly Halton; Leah Routledge; Lucy Harrison and Cate Matthew. Competing in his last Mid Lancs Cross Country as an U11 boy, Rhys Ashton secured his first win. He was joined by Tim Woodman; Jack Newton; Thomas Douthwaite; Jack Collett; Alex Blessington; Archie Honeysett; George Wilby; Scott Freeman; Blake Adams; Zach Earnshaw and Luke Leadbeatter.
Despite having two girls at the inter-counties championships, the U13 girls took first place in the team competition. First home was Kirsty Hamilton in 3rd. Backing her up were Eleanor Graham; Sasha Oldham; Lydia Shenton; Holly Satterly; Kayleigh Canning, Tilly Percy and Anna Harrison 26th. In the corresponding boys’ race Tyler Hannafin, Matthew Bunce, Jack Sloman and Harry Shaw took 3rd team.
Shea Hannam both finished 2nd and helped the U15 boys’ team, which also included Thomas Knowles and Joseph Twigg finish 2nd. Shannon Perry finished 4th in the U17 women’s race.
The ladies A team took second place with Maria Sell, Lauren Gora and Hannah Bateson. The B team consisting of Jayne Perry, Deborah Oakley and Gill Hamilton finished 11th finishing ahead of many club’s A teams.
The men’s team consisting of Mark Leadbeater, Calvin Routledge, James Edwards, John Sear, Paul Tynan, Peter Twigg, Ronald Hummelink, Graham Hodgson, Mike Peat and George Parrington finished in 8th
photos from Ryelands Park can be seen HERE