Saturday, 15th October 2016
Harvey Kenny led a thirteen-strong U11 boys’ contingent with a fifth place of 80 finishers, whilst Lily Philbin carried her excellent fell form into the XC-discipline for the girls, working her way through the congested 77 field to collect bronze.
Ben Pickford and Ruby Erzan-Essien were the first U13 counters, whilst Jack Willets and Madeline Erzan-Essien played the same roles for the U15s, though both squads were much reduced in numbers and will hopefully be addressed for the upcoming Blackburn fixture.
Nicki Cartridge continued her run of recent good showings, claiming 7th of the 133 women’s field over the 3.4 miles. Becca Kay was in a good position just behind but sadly retired after rolling her ankle early into the second lap, leaving Katie Oakley to follow-up as first U20 counter. Barely 8 seconds behind, Rachel Bailey dug in to be first U17 counter, reversing the finishing positions of last week’s CLGP with Liv Kearney in what is likely to be yet another engaging chapter for the girls. Katie McNulty finished ahead of fellow XC-debutant Krystina Dewhurst, to ensure the women lie seventh in the table.
For the men, Karl Darcy and Jonny Kay set off like rockets in the leading the first lap, though both eventually settled into a suitable race pace and collected excellent third and fifth places respectively. Just behind, John Knowles did what John Knowles is famous for – negative splits, romping through the field to finish seventh and second vet (first counter for RRXC), whilst U20 Matt Walker made it four Boltonians in the top 10. Dom Gavin was perhaps the pick of the day with a surging 41:43 for 36th of the 241 field to underline his recent improvement as Bolton took second position in the team competition, just four points behind Blackburn’s 77.
New Team manager Dean Johnson took a lesson from mentor Nick Howarth whilst, for the vets, Ken Fowler eventually raised a smile on collecting M60 gold after a huge three way ‘burn up’, with David Tomlinson matching the achievement in the M75 category.
As Lee Petch debuted on XC-terrain, Ato Erzan-Essien completed a father-children dynamic; going one step further, Paul Philbin made it a whole family affair with wife Michelle, Sam, Mollie and the aforementioned Lily also finishing. Superb!
U11 Boys – 5 Team 46 pts
Harvey Kenny 7:50 (5/80); Oisin Behan 8:13; Sam Hazelwood 8:22; Harry Aldred 8:23; Oliver McNulty 8:34; Herbie Kay 8:58; Sam Philbin 9:16; Matthew Wilkinson 9:25; Charlie Parker 9:27; Marcus Valentine 9:27; Joshua Bentley-Hughes 10:10; Alexander Stokes 10:42; Liam Allison 11:09
U11 Girls – 4 Team 42 pts
Lily Philbin 8:24 (3/77); Poppy Dunne 9:00; Isobel Hall 9:08; Hannah Swales 9:15; Idowu Taiwo 10:01; Cloe Bentley-Hughes 10:41;
U13 Boys – 7 Team 77 pts
Ben Pickford 9:54 (12/46); Sam Aldred 10:16; Ben Dewhurst 13:05;
Ruby Erzan-Essien 10:58 (23/78); Millie Bracey 11:57;
Jack Willets 14:42 (12/40); Cameron Donnelly 15:03;
U17 Girls – 2 Team 28 pts
Rachel Bailey 24:14; Leah Rushworth 28:32; Ellie Forrest 30:36;
Senior Women – 7 Team 76 pts
Nicola Cartridge 22:06 (7/133); Katie Oakley 24:06; Olivia Kearney 25:13; Mercedes Mercer 25:25; Katie McNulty 26:24; Michelle Philbin 28:10; Krystina Dewhurst 35:44;
Senior men – 2 Team 104 pts
Karl Darcy 37:15 (3/241); Jonothan Kay 37:46; John Knowles 38:01; Matt Walker 38:57; Declan Toomey 40:30; Dominic Gavin 41:43; Andrew Cafferky 42:01; Chris Povey 42:04; Chris Pickford 45:10; Nicholas Howarth 46:23; Dean Johnson 47:09; Ken Fowler 47:57; Paul Philbin 53:51; Lee Petch 54:12; Ato Erzan-Essien 54:59; David Tomlinson 1:01:16
Elsewhere, Andrew and Karen Hood completed the Hellrunner – Hell Up North in Cheshire’s Delamere Forest, clocking 3:08:45 for the 13.1 miles (and obstacles).