Mackay on song in Mans­field race

Rossendale Free Press - - Motors -

● Matthew Mackay ATH­LET­ICS STEVE DUXBURY

MATTHEW Mackay’s win­ter cam­paign con­tin­ued in fine style on Satur­day as he clocked the fastest leg of the day in the Na­tional Cross Coun­try Re­lays at Berry Hill, Mans­field.

Two Se­nior Men’s teams and two U17 Men’s teams made the jour­ney down to Mans­field to take part in one of the high­lights of the cross coun­try sea­son and en­joyed a very sat­is­fy­ing day com­pet­ing against top class op­po­si­tion.

Af­ter start­ing his sea­son with a win at Leigh the tal­ented U17 year old Har­rier led his three man team off on the first 3K leg of the hilly park­land course and worked his way through the 90 strong pack be­fore bat­tling with Leeds City’s Ethan Hussey to the top of the hill and in the fi­nal kilo­me­tre. Matty even­tu­ally pow­ered away ● Joe John­ston to cross the fin­ish line with a three sec­ond ad­van­tage af­ter 8mins 48secs.

Joel Tay­lor, in his first year as an U17, found him­self up against some of the best young ath­letes in the coun­try but bat­tled hard through­out his leg as the lead changed hands with In­victa East Kent AC com­ing to the fore in front of Leeds, Alder­shot Farn­ham & District, Charnwood and Ton­bridge.

Max Cun­ning­ham, in his first cross coun­try of the sea­son, brought the team home in sixth place from a to­tal of 75 com­plete teams, a fan­tas­tic achieve­ment for the club and Rossendale’s high­est po­si­tion in the his­tory of the fix­ture.

The B team of Ryan Heneghan, who was the quick­est of the three, Kurtis Mit­ton and Ben Kirkman fin­ished in 64th place, an­other very good ef­fort and a great ex­pe­ri­ence for the lads. ● Chris Fell

179 teams lined up for the Se­nior Men’s race and vet­eran Chris Fell led off for the Har­ri­ers’ four man A team clock­ing 16mins 18secs for the 5K, two lap course, the fastest of the four.

Grant Cun­liffe brought the team up to 44th place af­ter his 16mins 51secs leg be­fore hand­ing over to Rob Webb who gained five places with the same time. Joe John­ston brought the team home in 38th spot, af­ter 16mins 46secs, a much im­proved run from him and one of the best fin­ish po­si­tions for the Har­ri­ers in re­cent years.

The Se­nior B team of Michael Hunt, Joe Waller, Kris Ar­mitage and Andy Pre­ston fin­ished in 76th place with Joe Waller tak­ing the hon­ours for the quick­est of the four.

Else­where on the roads on Sun­day Andy But­tery grabbed fifth place and first MV45 in the Tat­ton Half Marathon in a time of 1hr 18mins 27secs.

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