Saturday, 16th December 2017
Bolton United Harriers’ first participation as a club affiliated to the South East Lancs Cross Country League was a great introductory experience for those involved. The fixture at Oldham’s Tandle Hill was in arctic conditions, with a number of top 5 places achieved.
Leading the way in the U11 boys’ race was Harvey Kenny’s third place, with Sam Philbin 11th, Sam Liptrott 15th, Alfie Dodds 28th and Joseph Rossington 33rd helping the team secure bronze overall. Scarlett Thompson battled hard to gain 16th place in the U11 girls, with Cloe Bentley-Hughes well placed too in 24th.
Laurence Britton, building on his strong performances in the Red Rose XC, races gained an impressive third place in the U13 boys race, with Oisin Behan in 12th, Ethan Wallace in 16th and Joshua Bentley-Hughes in 18th, helping the team gain silver. Lily Philbin put in a strong performance to finish 8th in the U13 girls and a brave performance from Hannah Swales saw her finish 18th, despite feeling under the weather.
In the U17 ladies, Molly Philbin enjoyed her run, finishing 3rd. Rachel Bailey also continued her good form, placing 2nd in the U20 ladies. Lastly, Paul Mills finished 22nd overall in the men’s race and second in the V50 category, just one second off first.
Team Manager Paul Philbin said, “It was an outstanding effort by all representing the club – it was pretty cold with tough underfoot conditions!”
U11 Boys Team 3rd – 29 pts
Harvey Kenny 9:40; Sam Philbin 10:48; Sam Liptrott 11:04; Alfie Dodds 12:03; Joseph Rossington 13:50
Scarlett Thompson 12:41; Cloe Bentley-Hughes 13:53
U13 Boys Team 2nd – 29 pts
Laurence Britton 15:55; Oisin Behan 17:24; Ethan Wallace 19:18; Joshua Bentley-Hughes 19:46
Lily Philbin 17:57; Hannah Swales 23:03
Molly Philbin 22:22
Rachel Bailey 32:58
Paul Mills 51:1