Dates for Your Diary
24th January Northern Cross Country Championships - Pontefract Park.
7th February Lancashire Schools Cross Country - Witton Park, Blackburn
14th February Mid Lancs Cross Country - Lawsons Ground Blackpool
1st March Fylde Primary Schools Cross Country - Park View Playing Fields, Lytham
7th March Mid Lancs Cross Country - Rylands Park, Lancaster & Inter Counties XC Champs - Cofton Park, Birmingham
14th March English Schools Cross Country Championships - Witton Park, Blackburn
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
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
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.
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