The Mid Lancs League track and field series got underway at Blackpool on Saturday and five junior members represented the club with some very impressive performances.
James Nichols sprinted his way to a double victory with very impressive performances in both the U13B 100m and 200m. He won both his heats and finished 1st overall in 13.5s for the 100m and 29.5s for the 200m. Simon Holt competed in the U13B 1500m and despite racing this distance for the first time he showed great character to finish 9th in 5:40.2. Georgia Norman opted for three events finishing 7th in the U13G Long Jump with 3.54; 8th in the 200m in 32.4 and 5th in her first 800m race in 2:59.8. Chloe Norman also competed in three events and in her first competitive high jump she cleared 1.35m to finish 7th and she finished 15th in the Long Jump with 3.83m. In the 800m she ran a strong race to finish 7th in 2:42.10. Ella Moulding finished runner up in the U15G 800m running a personal best of 2:32.
Five junior members of the club commenced their 2015 track and field campaign at the Blackpool Winter Warm Up open meeting that was hosted by Blackpool Wyre & Fylde AC. The Youngest was Connor Norman who made a superb start to the season winning both the U9 boys 80m (12.9) and Long Jump (3.04) and then finishing 2nd in the 600m (2:16.8). Although U13 James Nicholas had not previously competed at 200m he did not show any signs of being a novice finishing 2nd in 29.3. Simon Holt competed for the first time as an U13 and he composed himself well finishing 3rd in the 600m (1:58.2) and 7th in the 80m with a personal best of 11.9. Georgia Norman also made the transition to the U13 age group and finished 12th in the 200m (31.8), 9th in the 600m (2:13.8) and 8th in the Long Jump with a personal best of 3.68. The experienced Chloe Norman got her campaign of to a good start finishing 2nd in the U15G 800m (2:34.7) and 11th in the Long Jump (3.99).
Lytham’s Queen Elizabeth II Parkview Playing Fields were transformed into a cross country course last Sunday Morning when Lytham St Annes Road Runners staged the 2015 Fylde Primary Schools Cross country event. The preceding day’s rain had softened the ground nicely and with dry but breezy conditions on the day the stage was set for a challenging cross country event. The hundreds of parents, grandparents and teachers who came along to give support were not disappointed, with three superb races. A huge thanks goes to all the volunteers (many of them being junior members of the club) who gave up their time to help run the event.
In the year 4 Girls race: 1st Lois Crozier, St Michael’s, 2nd Holly Tickle, St Michael’s, 3rd Georgia Nicholls, Treales. Year 4 Boys Race: 1st Alex Maude, Kirkham Grammar, 2nd George Denye, Heyhouses, 3rd Harry Tomlinson, Newton Bluecoat. Year 5 Girls Race: 1st Bethany Whipp, Marton Primary, 2nd Poppy Bridge, Heyhouses, 3rd Francesca Sarsfield, Ribby with Wrea. Year 5 Boys Race: 1st Louis Eunson, St Pauls, 2nd Ben Nicholls, Treales, 3rd Harry Birkman, Heyhouses. Year 6 Girls Race: 1st Lilymae Gray, Newton Bluecoat, 2nd Lucy Tickle, St Michaels, 3rd Natalia Luczak, Holy Family Blackpool, Year 6 Boys Race: 1st Lewis Weaver, Newton Bluecoat, 2nd Theo Mihell, St Johns Poulton Le Fylde, 3rd Timothy Woodman, Rossall. In the overall schools competition Holy Family Blackpool were the champions with 458 points, Kirkham Grammar second (398 points) and third was St Michaels Kirkham (391points).
Six junior members were selected to represent Fylde on Saturday in the Lancashire Schools Cross Country Championships which were staged at Blackburn’s Witton Park. First to race was Layla Foley in the senior girl’s race the route for which incorporated two energy sapping climbs up the infamous saucer hill. Layla ran a fantastic race to finish 4th in 17:51. Ross Hart got off to a good start in the inter boys race but then had the misfortune to lose one of his shoes in the first half of the race. He nevertheless continued with one shoe for the remainder of the race, still finishing a very creditable 43rd in 23:37.
Ella Moulding and Chloe Norman were both on the start line for the Junior Girls race. Ella followed her usual race tactics of leading from the gun and although pressed throughout the race she maintained her lead to win in a time of 12:11. Chloe also has a superb race to
Ella Climbs the Saucer
finish 30th in 14:28. Both girls contributed to Fylde taking the bronze award. Two young Lytham athletes had progressed to the year 7 races and James Nicholas, who is moreaccustomed to a 100m sprint on the track, ran a very creditable 8:51 in the boys race to finish 74th. Hollie Winstanley ran a very strong race to finish top ten in the girl’s race crossing the line 9th in 8:16. Hollie was second counter for the Fylde team which finished 2nd overall. Both Layla and Ella will now go on to represent Lancashire in the English Schools Cross Country Championships next month at the same venue.
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