Cross Country 2015/162016 Season Summary
Introduction Cross country running is a sport in which people run a race on open-air courses over natural terrain. The course, typically 4-12 kilometres (2.5-7.5 mi) long, may include surfaces of grass and earth, pass through woodlands and open country, and include hills, flat ground and sometimes gravel road. It is both an individual and a team sport, as runners are judged on an individual basis and a points scoring method for teams.
Both men, women, juniors and primary of all ages compete in cross country, which usually takes place during autumn and winter, and can include weather conditions of rain, sleet, snow or hail, and a wide range of temperatures. As a consequence, routes are usually wet and muddy, so recommended footware includes spike running shoes (with XC spikes), fell running shoes (like Salomon, Walsh or Inov-8s) or trail shoes. Road trainers are not usually suitable.
The race series that Chorley runners generally enter are Mid Lancs, Red Rose and South East Lancs Leagues. All these leagues have races for different age groups and sexes. In addition, there are a number of annual championship races that can be entered.
Mid Lancs League
26/9/15 Chorley, Astley Park
Chorley hosted the first Mid Lancs Cross Country event of the season in Astley Park, with over 670 runners (over 10% were Chorley runners) competing on the picturesque, but tough course. Chorley's U11 girls team of Emma Jeffers, Blythe Cordwell and Lauren Waddington were the first team, assisted by Ellie Leigh, Millie Leigh, Lucy Poole, Megan Wilson, Alice Singleton, Martha Singleton, Louisa Stewart, Erin Boardman, Eleanor Hancock, Chloe Molyneux, Louise and Charlotte Halliwell and Layla Alton. U11 Owen Kellett was first back for Chorley, just in front of Jack Lamb, followed by Thomas Murphy, Liam Platt and Ryan Leigh. Olivia Leigh was 5th in the U13s race, and with the support of Isabelle Farron, Georgina Ainscough, Robyn Lee, Amber Boardman, Megan Whalley, Hollie Quick, Anabelle Stewart, Sadie Lirk and Shauna Marrow, pushed the team to 3rd place. U13s boys were 6th, lead home by Harry Shepherd, Daniel Lilley, Joe Bowles, Ben Wilcock and Ciaron Brown. The team of Lydia Wilcock, Charlotte Lavin and Megan Barnsley were 5th in the U15s race. Kian Davis finished a brilliant 3rd place, just missing top position by 5 seconds, and with Jack Wilson and Jacob Hughes managed a 3rd place team result. Jane Bowles was first back for Chorley Ladies, just in front of Karen Hancock and Christine Sweatman. Adam Sciacca was 7th in the senior menís race, ahead of brother Ryan, Robert Walsh, Yewan Bennison, Michael Hancock, Chris Lane, David Parkinson, David Kershaw, Bill Beckett, Darren Bowles, Mick McGeown, Paul Wareing, Andrew Pilkington, Stephen Baker, Simon Mitchell, Edward Gilbertson, Andy Lowe and Phil McCullagh. The menís team were 10th and 22nd, with the Vets team achieving 5th. Thanks to the all the organisers and helpers on the day, Chorley Council and Chorley Angels.
A BIG thanks to all that helped today at the Midlancs XC in Chorley. Chorley - Stan, Barbara, Richard, Kath, Andy, Irene, Marco, Phil, Pete, Terry, Barry, Martin, Laura, Alan and Barry
Wigan Phoenix and Harriers - Paul, Julie and Tony
Others - Paul, Sarah, Andy and Sam
Mid Lancs XC Team
Tony Bolton Sports
24/10/15 Clayton, Townley Park, Burnley
28/11/15 Liverpool, Sefton Park
16/1/16 Hyndburn, Wilsons Playing Fields
13/2/16 Thornton Clevelys, Rossall School
5/3/16 Red Rose, Worden Park, Leyland
22/4/16 Awards Presentation, Bamber Bridge
PS U11 teams now count and can win prizes.
Red Rose League
10/10/15 Leigh (RR) Leigh Sports Village
A flat, grassy, dry course suited many for the first Red Rose Cross Country meet at Leigh Sports Village, and attracted 68 runners from Chorley.
Owen Kellet and Oliver Platt led the U11 boys in 15th and 16th place, followed by Sam Price and Liam Platt. The U11 girls team of Lucy Goldthorp, Emma Jeffers and Blythe Cordwell were 4th, and supported by Megan Leigh,Lauren Waddington,Ellie Leigh,Milly Leigh,Alice Singleton,Louisa Stewart,Chloe Molyneux,Erin Boardman,Martha Singleton,Louise Halliwell,Elly Hancock,Layla Allton and Charlotte Halliwell. U13 Daniel Lilley was 14th just in front of Oliver Goldthorp, and the rest of the team inc. Ben Wilock,Joe Bowles,Martin Rimmer and Ryan Lee. U13 girls team of Olivia Leigh , Emily Warren and Isabelle Farron were 6th, supported by Georgina Ainscow, Robyn Lee, Amber Boardman, Lauren Price, Megan Whalley, Holly Quick, Kate Waddington, Annabelle Stewart and Shauna Marrow. Kian Davis and Jacob Hughes was 7th and 27th in the U15s race, and the U15s team of Lydia Wilcock , Charlotte Lavin and Jessica Mitchell achieved 13th place. George Norris was 7th in the U17s race.
Lynne Clough was an excellent 4th lady, and with the support of Katie Jones, Jane Bowles, Karen Hancock and Christine Sweatman were the 12th team. The mens team of Dave Kershaw, Bill Beckett, Andy Clough, Paul Wareing, Paul Jackson and Simon Townsend where 17th, and had depth of support from other club finishers Brendan Wyatt, Simon Mitchell, Steve Baker ,Andy Lowe, Carl Prince, Mick McGeown, Phill McCollagh, Rick Cordwell and Eddie Murray.
7/11/15 Hyndburn (RR) Wilson Playing Fields
Chorley had quite a good contingent of athletes in the Red Rose XC at Hyndburn which came with the usual amount of mud. All the juniors committed brilliantly with the boys U11 being 9th team with Oliver Platt(38th) leading Sam Prince(48th), Robert Kellett(53rd), Ryan Leigh(69th) and Liam Platt(73rd). The U11 girls of Emma Jeffers(13th), Ellie Leigh(20th), Blythe Cordwell(24th), Megan Leigh(25th), Milly Leigh(33rd), Alice Singleton(41st), Martha Singleton(48th), Hollie Quick(50th), Erin Boardman(60th),Rebecca Quick(63rd), Chloe Molyneux(67th), Louise Hallewell(86th),Layla Alton(91st) & Charlotte Hallewell(95th) combined to get 5th team place. The U13 boys Daniel Lilley(20th), Joe Mitchell(28th) and Joe Bowles(36th) were 9th team being outdone by the U13 girls of Olivia Leigh(7th), Isabelle Farron(19th), Emily Warren(22nd), Robyn Lee(26th), Amber Boardman(46th), Lauren Prince(50th), Annabelle Stewart(60th) and Kate Waddington(63rd) who came 2nd team Chorley's best of the day. The best individual run of the day belonged to Lynne Clough(3rd) in the ladies and 1st L45 but sadly only supported by Shelly Parkinson(121st). A good run by Rob Walsh(52nd) in the mens race brought him home ahead of Chris Lane(59th), Mark Ellithorn(69th), Bill Beckett(88th), Dave Biddulph(90th), Dave Kershaw(107th) & Andrew Clough(116th). Mick McGeown(119th) was happier with his run chased by Paul Wareing(129th), Andrew Pilkington(146th), Steve Baker(153rd) and Darren Bowles(161st). Simon Townsend(171st) lead home the final tranche of Martin Quinn(173rd), Rick Cordwell(184th), Carl Prince(193rd) and Eddie Murray(205th) who was 1st V70. The men were 10th team with the vets being 7th.
21/11/15 Bolton (RR) Leverhulme Park
5/12/15 Rossendale (RR) Marl Pits
South East League
14/11/15 Leigh (SEL) Leigh Sports Village
12/12/15 Middleton (SEL) Heaton Park
23/1/16 Oldham (SEL) Tandle Hill
20/2/16 East Cheshire (SEL) Boggart Hole Clough
Lancashire Championships 9th January 2016 at Witton Park,Blackburn
Northern Championships 30th January 2016 at Witton Park,Blackburn
How to enter?
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