Wirral AC braves the Muddy Manchester League
Last Saturday 11th November saw the club compete in the 2nd match of the Manchester Area Cross Country League held at Boggart Hole Clough, Blakely, Manchester. This course is notorious for it’s muddy conditions and it didn’t disappoint. A variety of muddy ground from heavy, wet grass to slippery over-your-shoe-tops slop made the course very challenging.
Thankfully the weather was relatively kind; there was even some sun to warm us up for the U11s race in which four of our athletes competed. Evie Smith was our first finisher in 45th place followed by Amber Neal (50th) and Sarah Smith completed the girls team in 61st place. Jack Heap ran his first Manchester League and came home smiling in 52nd place. The girls team finished in 16th place and it was great to see these brave kids having fun in the mud. Our sole U13 girl, Ella Heap, moved through nicely to 78th place and was pleased with her run.
The ladies put in a strong showing and packed well. Our first counter was Anne Rosbottom in 40th place and Penny Thorn moved through well into 54th place. Maggie Cooper struggled in the mud and fell over but still managed 61st place and Bree Sutcliffe completed the A team in 85th place. Our A team finished in 11th place out of 68 teams which is a great result. Our B team (we have a B team!!) of Caz Hall (127), Caroline Brophy (215), Susie Hale (220) and Maria Brockway (254) also did well to finish 47th. Our veterans A and B teams finished in 7th and 25th place respectively, out of 62 teams.
Once again there was an encouraging turn out from our men. David Brockway was our first finisher in an excellent 34th place and Steve Spence had a great run in 85th place. Will ferguson (147th) pulled away from Kieran Morgan (185th) in the last muddy lap. But at least Kieran finished this time!! Kelvin Dickenson (264) and Chris Prout (437) completed the team. Great running from new member Chris in his first season of cross country. The team did well to finish in 28th out of 63 teams. It was really great to see the men “mixing it with the big boys” in this high standard league. They provided the ladies with some much appreciated encouragement and in return the ladies shared their cake!!
We look forward to the next meeting at Kenworthy Woods in December. Full results can be found here https://www.race-results.co.uk/results/2017/maccl172.pdf