Tay­lor ti­tle win on tough course

Rossendale Free Press - - Property -

JOEL Tay­lor clinched the U17 Men’s Red Rose cross coun­try ti­tle on Satur­day at Tod­mor­den after an epic bat­tle with club mate Max Cun­ning­ham over a course that some ob­servers have de­scribed as even tougher than Marl Pits.

Sev­eral wet days dur­ing the week and con­stant rain on the day made the Cen­tre Vale Park course very wet and muddy un­der­foot and that, com­bined with the hilly ter­rain made for chal­leng­ing con­di­tions that suited Joel rather than Max on the day.

Hav­ing said that, just five sec­onds sep­a­rated the lads after 19mins 30secs of run­ning.

The tough course ob­vi­ously suited Kur­tis Mit­ton, who had his best run of the sea­son to fin­ish in fourth place, which eas­ily com­pleted the win­ning team, some­thing that the Har­ri­ers have done con­sis­tently through­out the sea­son.

U11 Daniel Cun­ning­ham had his best run of the sea­son, fin­ish­ing in 11th place from 84 run­ners, which se­cured 12th place over­all for the se­ries.

Lily Ed­mond­son in tenth place was the best of the girls, who fin­ished in fourth place thanks to Daisy Hale­wood, 19th, and Ava Colo­han, 23rd but it wasn’t enough to put them into a medal po­si­tion for the se­ries as they fin­ished in fifth place, but only a few points off sec­ond.

Rhys Dunn has been the find of the sea­son and on Satur­day, in only his third league race, he over­came the tough con­di­tions to fin­ish in sec­ond place in the U13 Boy’s race and just eight sec­onds be­hind Chor­ley’s Jack Lamb.

Joe Orm­rod strug­gled on the day but man­aged sev­enth pace, which was enough to con­firm him as Red Rose Cham­pion, and Bryn Lawrence, 13th, in his first out­ing in a Rossendale vest, com­pleted the win­ning team on the day.

How­ever it wasn’t quite enough to clinch the over­all ti­tle as they fin­ished just one point be­hind Traw­den but the lads show great prom­ise for the fu­ture.

The U13 Girls didn’t fare quite so well in the team stakes but con­sis­tent per­for­mances through­out the sea­son mean that Evie Tay­lor, fifth on Satur­day, clinched sec­ond place in the se­ries, a just re­ward for an ex­cel­lent sea­son so far.

Con­sis­tency has also been the key for Joe Ho­p­ley who fin­ished fifth on Satur­day in the U15 Boy’s race and, to­gether with his two fourth places at Bolton and Rossendale, mean that he will fin­ish the se­ries in fourth spot over­all. Joe led his team of Jack Smith, 11th and Do­minic Mit­ton, 13th to equal first on the day and tied over the sea­son for sec­ond spot with Clay­ton Har­ri­ers, al­though Hor­wich are clearly over­all cham­pi­ons.

Iso­bel Cun­ning­ham fin­ished the Red Rose sea­son in sixth place over­all but fifth on the day lead­ing her team to fourth on Satur­day but in over­all bronze medal po­si­tion.

Lau­ryn Gregg missed out on first place to Hor­wich’s Char­lotte Ed­wards at Tod­mor­den for the sec­ond time this sea­son but her vic­to­ries in the first two fix­tures mean that the ti­tle will be of­fi­cially de­cided by the league com­mit­tee on over­all time over the four fix­tures.

Un­of­fi­cially, it looks like the Har­ri­ers’s Eng­land Fell In­ter­na­tional will be con­firmed as cham­pion.

Lily Hay­garth and Lucy Pick in sev­enth and 13th places re­spec­tively edged Clay­ton into sec­ond place on the day and, with a healthy points mar­gin over their ri­vals, they are also league cham­pi­ons.

Emily Mor­gan has been up against a very good Leigh Har­rier, Olivia Stones but she has ac­quit­ted her­self well in her first se­ri­ous cross coun­try sea­son and on Satur­day her sec­ond place in the U20 cat­e­gory was enough to con­firm over­all sil­ver.

Emily has also emerged as Rossendale’s lead­ing cross coun­try run­ner this sea­son, il­lus­trated by the fact that she hasn’t fin­ished out­side of the top ten in a the se­nior women’s races.

Her sev­enth place on a very tough course after 23mins 41secs of run­ning was also enough to place her in fifth spot in the over­all se­nior stand­ings and she will do very well in the county cham­pi­onships should she choose to race in Jan­uary at Wit­ton Park.

Rob Webb couldn’t quite claim a win in his sec­ond out­ing of the sea­son on the coun­try, just los­ing out to Bury’s Oliver Makin­son by 20 sec­onds after 37mins 55secs for the four lap 9.3K course but beat­ing Black­burn’s Tim Raynes, whose fourth place will be enough to con­firm him as Red Rose cham­pion.

Rossendale’s se­nior men haven’t turned out their best squad in any of the fix­tures so will have to set­tle for third placed team over­all.

Fourth team on the day was earned by Rob, Mark Bar­rett, who had a promis­ing run for 21st spot, Alan Lund­burg-Bury, who is now MV55 cham­pion, Andy Pre­ston, Michael Hunt and Matthew Claw­son.

The vet­eran team of Bar­rett, Lund­burg-Bury, Hunt and Craig Stans­field were sec­ond on the day and will be con­firmed as sec­ond over­all for the se­ries be­hind cham­pi­ons Tod­mor­den.

● Rob Webb was nar­rowly edged into sec­ond place

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