Harriers claim team medal

Boys U13 Ben McLaughlin - Kyle Jones - Josef Short
Boys U13 Ben McLaughlin - Kyle Jones - Josef Short
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Leigh Harriers were team medal winners at the Greater Manchester Road Relay Championships at Stockport’s Woodbank Park on Saturday.

Silver medals went to the boys under 13 team in the 3 x 2600 mts relay; Ben McLaughlin lead the team running the first leg in a time of 8:58 and maintaining 2nd place, Kyle Jones kept the team position with a time of 9:02, then on the third and last leg Josef Short ran a good anchor in a time of 9:15 winning the team county silver medals. Leigh’s B team of Billy Joe Blain 9:50, Shea Mellor 9:58, and Elliot Livingston 9:54, all ran well finishing 2nd B team.

In the under 13 girls race Keely Hodgkinson ran the fastest time of the day running 9:01 giving Leigh a convincing winning lead on the first leg; Grace Newton ran an outstanding second leg keeping the team in third place 10:24, on the third leg Joanna Smith found herself on a very fast last leg quickly becoming isolated she bravely battled on finishing in eighth place 11:01.

More medals for the team in the under 15 boy’s 3 x 2600mts race. Jacob Briscoe set the team off on the first leg finishing in 8:47 in 5th place. Ethan Jones ran a storming leg running Greater Manchester’s fastest time of the day 8:13 to bring the team into 2nd place; Kristian Wade ran a competitive leg holding on to 3rd place in a time of 8:48 to win county bronze medals. Leigh were first B team in the race with Joseph Wane 9:15 on the first leg, Ben Livingston 9:10 on the second leg and Connor Patterson 9:29 on the third leg.

Leigh Harriers senior ladies team also won bronze medals in the 3 x 3500m. Sarah Griffiths lead the team off on the first leg finishing in second place in 13:38. Louisa Thompson ran a well-judged leg holding the team place 13:58, and Leah Peploe in her first race of the season ran well for the team to come home in third place 15:10. Leigh’s B team were in 4th place, Shannon Johnson 19:26, Georgina Leck 14:53 and Ursula Mellor 17:40.

The under 17 girls’ team gave a good account of themselves finishing in 6th place; Olivia Stone 11:00, Eleanor Bond 10:28 and Emma Cartwright 11:31.

The senior men’s team found the competition very tough in the 4 x 3500 mts race; Liam Moore 12:12, Phil Williams 12:06, Alex Urmston 13:12, Darren Smith 14:01. The team finished in 9th place.