Ju­niors prove they are best by some dis­tance


TAK­ING part in cross­coun­try races dur­ing the win­ter months is a great way for road run­ners from Mac­cles­field Har­ri­ers to keep fit all year round.

Hav­ing won the Na­tional Road Re­lay Cham­pi­onships in Novem­ber, the un­der 15 girls’ team com­pris­ing Sian Hes­lop, Lauren Robin­son and St­effie Moss were on great form and ready to brave the win­try mud.

The cross-coun­try sea­son has now ended with fur­ther suc­cess for the girls and other young com­peti­tors from Mac­cles­field Har­ri­ers.

In the Manch­ester Area Cross Coun­try League, Sian Hes­lop won all five of the U15 girls’ races. Lauren Robin­son (third over­all) and St­effie Moss were con­sis­tently close be­hind in third and fourth places. St­effie be­came in­jured af­ter the third race but Sam Kyr­i­a­cou didn’t let the team down and ran well in ev­ery race to en­sure team vic­tory for the U15 girls. Lu­cas Parker was over­all U15 boys win­ner in the Manch­ester League, with Fin­ley Prof­fitt and Peter Goodfellow adding valu­able team points.

Lu­cas missed a race due to ill­ness so hav­ing a strong fourth team mem­ber in Joe Browne en­sured the team kept their over­all points high to take sec­ond place.

The U11 boys were third, with strong per­for­mances from Hay­den Blunn, Aadi Whit­lock, Dy­lan McGrath and Phillip Goodfellow.

The Manch­ester League com­pletes a fan­tas­tic sea­son for the ju­niors with some amaz­ing in­di­vid­ual and team results in other cross-coun­try events.

In Jan­uary Sian Hes­lop won the U15 girls Cheshire Cross Coun­try Cham­pi­onships and took sec­ond in the North­ern Cham­pi­onships. Fin­ley Prof­fitt and Lu­cas Parker also fin­ished well up in both cham­pi­onships and Lu­cas won the U15 Der­byshire County Cham­pi­onships.

The Har­ri­ers also pro­duced some top results in the North Staffs League. The U11 girls, U15 girls and U15 boys teams all won their se­ries. The U11 boys fin­ished sec­ond and the U13 boys fin­ished third. There were in­di­vid­ual medals for Lu­cas Parker (win­ner, U15), Fin­ley Prof­fitt (sec­ond, U15), James Door­bar (sec­ond, U13) and Hay­den Blunn (third, U11). In­di­vid­ual medals also went to Rebecca Dil­worth (sec­ond, U11), Ruby Spencer (sec­ond, U13) and Lauren Robin­son (sec­ond, U15). Con­sid­er­ing all the ju­nior teams and ath­letes to­gether, Mac­cles­field Har­ri­ers were by some dis­tance the strong­est team in the league.

Th­ese suc­cesses are down to the hard work and ded­i­ca­tion of all the run­ners in­volved, and also to the many par­ents and vol­un­teers who helped with the club’s suc­cess.

Un­der 11 boys Will Roberts, Hay­den Blunn and Aadi Whit­lock came sec­ond in the North Staffs League

Sian His­lop, Lauren Robin­son and Sam Kyr­i­a­cou at the last race of the Manch­ester League

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