Harriers show final form

Laura Riches,
Laura Riches,

Leigh Harriers played host to the final South East Lancs Cross Country League meeting of the season at Leigh Sports Village on Saturday.

More than 400 runners braved the tough conditions and the Harriers team had a fantastic afternoon winning five races and two team races.

The day started well for the team, with Leah Peploe winning the U15 Girls race of two miles in a time of 14:10. Georgina Leck, running in her third league race of the season, completed the three mile course in 20:54 leading the team of Bethany Jones in second (21:58) and Sabrina Walley in third (22:27) to finish in the first team place. The Harriers won both male and female U20s races. Eighteen-year-old Tom Kneller ran a super race over a tough three lap six mile course winning in a time of 36:22 and the overall league title.

In the Ladies race Laura Riches, in only her second race after enforced rest, ran outstandingly over the four mile course winning in a time of 26:43. Leigh’s fifth winner of the day was the Harriers U11s squad coach Margaret Galvin winning the O60 four mile race and consolidating her overall league winning position.

The U17 men’s team won the team race outscoring East Cheshire Harriers to win the overall league team title. The team were led home by Liam Moore in third (19:18), Adam Howarth in fourth (19:35) and Adam Jamson in seventh (20:17).

In the U11 girls race Eve Williams ran possibly her best race of the season in finishing in third place in the one mile race (6min 28sec), with Joanna Smith in 17th (7:50). The U11 boys, racing over the same course, saw Ben McLaughlin win fourth place (5:38), Joseph Wane in fifth (6:05), Mathew Holiday 10th (6:22), Ben Fisher 14th (6:28), Kyle Jones 17th (6:39), Shea Mellor 18th (6:46) and Billy Blain running in a time of 6:54.

In the boys U13 race, over 1.5 miles, Sam Wardle showed his exceptional potential, with only a handful of races behind him, finishing in a competitive third place 7:31 with Ethan Jones in ninth place (8:34).

The Girls U13 team finished in second place with Eleanor Bond 5th (8:46), Olivia Stone (8:53), Ella Toone 8th (8:56) and Melissa Evans 13th (9:52).

The Boys U15 team, running together for the first time, finished third team in a promising performance. James Wardle finished third (13:04), Callum McCormick seventh (13:48), Joe Newby 11th (14:10) and Dominic Howarth 12th (14:20)

In the senior men’s race over a very muddy six miles, Tony Battersby ran well to claim third place (36:00) followed by Tom Knellor fourth (36:22), Phil Williams 20th (38:24), Alister Goulding 24th (39:19), John Indricks 28th (40:00), Mark Gornall (41:00), Martin Conroy 44th (41:53), Duncan McCarrick 54th (43:08), Andy Howarth 56th (43:13), Alex Hayes 59th (43:31), Martin Jones 84th (46:13) and Andy Jones (49:37). This resulted in the team finishing in a very credible second place. In the senior ladies four mile race Laura Riches came in second (26.43) Lisa Alexander 37th 37.21sec and Margaret Galvin 42nd 38:01.