Leigh Harriers won both Gold and Silver at the Greater Manchester Cross Country Championships at Heaton Park on Saturday.
In ideal conditions for cross country running Keely Hodgkinson won individual gold in the U17 ladies 5000 mts two lap race, leading from the gun she headed the Leigh team to county silver medals recording a time of 20:29; Eve Williams also running well was second counter in 5th place 23:26 meaning both athletes qualify for the Inter Counties XC Championships, supported by British Athletics, to be held in the Grounds of Prestwold Hall, Loughborough on Saturday 10th March 2018. Ciara Treanor finished in 13th place 25:46 well supported by Emma McIntyre in 16th place winning a well deserved County silver team medal.
Olivia Stones won her first county title running in the U20 Ladies 5km two lap course. Leading a strong field of U20 ladies she was always in a dominant position and a strong finish saw her take the ladies title in a time of 20:38 also qualifying to compete for Greater Manchester in the Inter Counties in March.
Leigh’s U13 girls team – running a 3000 mts course – packed well winning the team county silver medal – with Megan Short 8th 12:58, Melissa Ince 9th 13:07 and Lily Edwards 10th 13:12 with Megan winning selection for the county team.
In the senior mens race over a three lap 10km course Callum McCormick running well won 12th place 37:34, Dave Smith 14th place 37:55 and Phil Williams 23rd 39:03.
In the senior women’s race over a 2 lap 7km course Laura Riches finished in 6th place despite not being well on the day, recording a time of 28:15. Susanne Smith was the next counter in 68th place 40:32, Brenda Wane 73rd 43:18 and Diane Denney 82nd in 49:54 the team finished in 12th place.
Joseph Wane running in the U17 5km race finished a creditable 9th in a time of 20:43.
The Girls under15 team running over a 3.8 km course missed a team medal by 1 place finishing 4th team. Rebecca Pollitt running one of her best races of the season won 10th place in a strong field in a time of 18:07, Olivia Anderson also running well was 17th in 18:43, Megan Ridge the teams third counter was 29th 20:04, Charlotte Kilgallon also running well in her first county championship was 31st 20:13 with Katie Morley having a rare off day 32nd in 20:20.
A poor turnout in the boys U13 race with just Daniel Senior representing the club finished in 40th place in a time of 14:28 for the 3000 mts course. In the U15 boys race over 3.8km Josef Short was Leigh’s first counter in 18th place 17:03, Joel Denton 23rd 17:24, Samuel Wade 26th 18:01, Shea Mellor 27th 18:06, Owen Reason 28th 18:08 with the team finishing in 6th place.