Athletes from all over the North of England arrived at Pontefract race course on Saturday to compete in the Northern Cross Country Championships and amongst them were three young athletes from Lytham. Although conditions were dry on the day the course was nevertheless still wet with significant stretches becoming muddier by the race.Hollie Winstanley lined up with 195 other girls in the U13 girls race and she ran superbly round the 3.1k undulating course to finish 126th in 13:37. Ella Moulding and Chloe Norman were both in the 4K U15 girls race . Ella soon established herself in the leading group and continued to run strongly through out the race to finish 10th in 16:16. Chloe also ran a strong race finishing 140th in 20:39.
Entries are now open for the 2015 Fylde Primary Schools Cross Country Races.
Staged at Queen Elizabeth II Park View Playing Fields in Lytham on Sunday 1st March 2015
Open to all Primary School Children in Years 4, 5 or 6.
Entry is Free
How to Enter
Update 26th January – Entries now passed the 50 mark -keep them coming.
The grounds of Towneley Hall in Burnley was the venue for the fourth cross country meeting in the Mid Lancs League series and whilst the courses provided little technical resistance, this was more than compensated for by the strong wind that prevailed throughout the races. Eight hardy junior athletes took on the challenge and all produced very creditable performances. First off were the under 11 girls and Rebecca Tate was first back finishing 21st (8:37) followed by Emma Savidge 26th (8:51), then Georgia Norman in 34th(9:12) and Charlotte Thomson 46thI(10:17). The two under 11 boys Simon Holt and Louis Eunson were next and they ran the same two lap course as the girls both finishing within a whisker of each other. Simon just had the edge finishing 11th in 7:25 with Louis 2 seconds behind in 12th. Hollie Winstanley was the only Lytham under 13 girl to run in the 2.7K race and she acquitted herself well finishing 14th in 11:25. Ella Moulding set of with intent in the under 15 girls race establishing a lead that she maintained throughout the race, crossing the line first in 10:59. Full Results
The dirty dozen was an apt description of the 12 Lytham Juniors who competed in the mud and rain at the Lancashire Cross Country Championships which were, once again, staged at Blackburn’s Witton Park.
Golden Girl Ella
There were gutsy performances from the whole Lytham contingent but the highlight of the day was Ella Moulding’s magnificent performance which earned her the title of 2015 Lancashire U15 girls champion. From the gun she soon established herself in the lead pack, moving into a comfortable lead in the latter stages of the race to finish a comfortable winner.
The mud and rain that featured throughout the junior races did not dampen the spirits of the other eleven junior Lytham athletes. The U11 boys team battled their way round the 1.8k course to earn team bronze medals with Louis Eunson first Lytham runner back in 6:58 (13th) closely followed by Archie Dowds 16th (7.05) and Simon Holt 17th (7:08), with novice cross country runner George Winstanley making a fine debut run to finish 25th (7:33).
Five U11 girls with the first three back finishing within a whisker of each other. GeorgiaNorman was 23rd in 8:15, Rebecca Tate 24th (8:16) and Emma Savidge 25th (8:16). Charlotte Thomson and newcomer Jessica Addy were both neck and neck throughout the race with Charlotte finishing 36th (9:34) and Jessica 37th in 9:35. The U11 girls team finished 7th. Two U13 girls ran for Lytham with Hollie Winstanley completing the 3k course in 15:12 to finish 23rd and Isla Gordon finished 33rd in 16:33. Full Results
Ten junior members represented the club at the third Mid Lancs Cross Country meeting at Liverpool’s Sefton Park. The meeting also incorporated the British Athletics UK Cross Country Challenge and was a qualifying race for the forthcoming European Cross Country Championships and, as such, it attracted many of the top runners from all over the British Isles. The Under 11’s were first to run and Zane Seddon got off to a great start, soon establishing himself in second place which he maintained for the duration crossing the line in 7:10. Louis Eunson made a fantastic return to the cross country scene finishing 10th in 7:47. Brothers Aaron and Danny Forshaw also produced great performances with elder brother Aaron finishing 24th in 8:21 and Danny 50th in 9:09. In the girls race Rebecca Tate was in fine form finishing 44th in 9:23 with Georgia Norman not too far behind her in 55th (9:40). Youngest member Charlotte Thompson made a fantastic cross country debut crossing the line in 69th in 10:19. In the U13 girls race Hollie Winstanley ran a strong race to finish 63rd in 13:32 and Isla Gordon continued her improvement with 85th in 15:01. Ella Moulding and Chloe Norman were the last two to run in the U15 girls race and Ella finished in a very creditable 21st in 11:37 with Chloe Norman improving on last years time (77th in 13:23).
The Lancashire Cross Country Championships will be staged on Saturday 3rd January 2015 at Witton Park Blackburn. It is up to individual athletes to enter this event and the closing date for postal entries is 15th December. You can also enter on line or on the day (costs £1 more on the day).