Saturday, 20th January 2018
The third edition of the South East Lancs Cross Country League at Leigh was a cold and wet affair, with muddy conditions underfoot. Still, several podiums were clinched across the age range to delight Team Manager Paul Philbin, including Harvey Kenny (U11 2nd), Laurence Britton (U13 3rd), Rachel Bailey (U20 2nd), Karl Darcy (MSen 3rd) and Paul Mills (M50 1st).
First up were the U11s and leading the way was Harvey Kenny, building on his impressive run in the county championships with a fantastic second place, just 5 seconds off first which he’ll be aiming for next time. Sam Philbin was next home in 19th, with Alfie Dodds in 27th place resulting in sixth place for the team. In the U11 girls Scarlett Thompson ran well again, achieving 14th place with Cloe Bentley-Hughes in 29th.
In the U13s, Laurence Britton ran superbly again to finish third, with Oisin Behan in 14th and Josh Bentley-Hughes in 17th, meaning the team secured fourth overall. For the girls, Lily Philbin battled hard for 14th, with Hannah Swales in 23rd.
For the U17 girls, Molly Philbin ran well for 5th place over a challenging 5K course, whilst Rachel Bailey continued her impressive form in the Women’s race, finishing 12th overall and an excellent second place in the U20 category.
Next up were the men, with the 10K course well and truly churned up. In the top ten, Karl Darcy’s bronze was joined by Tommy Harrison in sixth. Paul Mills finished 19th overall and in doing so managed to reverse the standings from Oldham and secure first place in his vet category, whilst Craig Kenny was unfortunately unable to finish.
U11 Boys Team 6th – 48 pts
Harvey Kenny 8:10; Sam Philbin 9:48; Alfie Dodds 10:17
U13 Boys Team 4th – 34 pts
Laurence Britton 10:37; Oisin Behan 11:58; Joshua Bentley-Hughes 12:57
Lily Philbin 11:55; Hannah Swales 13:34
Molly Philbin 24:50
Rachel Bailey 30:59