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 Inter-Counties 2018 Cross Country Team Manager’s Report


This was our second visit to Prestwold Hall for the championships and the conditions couldn't have been more different than last year after the rain and melting snow had left the grounds extremely wet. Shortly after the first race both the course and the spectator's area were quagmires and it was certainly a case of "horses for courses" with some athletes excelling in the mud but for everyone it certainly presented a challenge. However it did turn out to be one of our more successful days in recent times with the Senior Women taking a well deserved Silver medal and the Men matching that, and also winning the Len Beaven Award for the first Nine Man team by a considerable margin.


















Preston's Nathan Dunn (pictured above) got us off to a great start by finishing in the silver medal position after working his way through the field in the 8K U20 Men's race and leading his team to 10th position from a total of 24 teams.

Every one of the age groups finished complete teams and it was good to see their enthusiasm as some of the youngsters won a county vest for the first time. It was also pleasing to witness the progress some of the athletes had made throughout the season, in some cases peaking for the championships rather than arriving jaded at the end of a long cross country season. Blackburn's Isaac Butler was a notable example as he finished in 29th position and first Lancashire athlete in the U13 Boy's race and similarly Wigan's Ava Lloyd, who I picked after her Northern Championships performance, who started at the back of the pen and finished as first Lancashire athlete for the U13 Girls in 56th place.

The U15 Boys were the highest placed junior team in seventh place from the 42 counties and not too far away from a medal, so show a good deal of promise for the future. Rossendale's Joel Taylor, finishing in 20th position, was the best placed and all four counters finished in the first 60 of the 303 finishers. The U15 Girls race was the penultimate race of the day when the conditions underfoot were almost at their worst and their 29th position certainly doesn't reflect their ability and on a better day I feel they would have fared noticeably better.

I lost three very good athletes from the U17 Men's team in the week leading up to the championships and Rossendale's Matthew Mackay was ill on the day so didn't finish. Consequently they finished a disappointing 14th place, way below my expectations. Having said that I was pleased that the reserves responded so well and were willing to make the journey down to Loughborough, in one case with less than twelve hours notice.

The U17 and U20 females are a slight concern in terms of numbers participating, not just in Lancashire but the sport in general, which mean that I have fewer athletes to choose from in these age groups. However, both teams performed well with the U17s in 20th position and a very encouraging 13th position for the U20s thanks to solid runs from Chorley's Finty Royle and Ribble Vally Harrier's Eleanor Bolton.

Before the event I thought the women had a good chance of a medal so I was disappointed to lose Blackpool's Emily Japp and Ribble Valley Harrier's Louisa Powell-Smith through injury and illness and on the day I only had seven athletes available. In the event all seven ran amazingly well and surpassed my expectations to finish within thirty points of winning Gold. Sarah Astin, formerly of Manx Harriers and now City of Norwich, has made a welcome return to form this year and she led the team home in eighth place, closely followed by Katie Hewison in tenth position. Katie had enjoyed great form going into the championships so it wasn't surprising to see her up at the front. Manx Harrier Rachael Franklin in 30th place always performs well for the county but Salford's Carla Davies, 49th, winning her first county vest, was a revelation and a welcome addition to the team after a great run in the Northern Championships. Ribble Valley Harrier's Nichola Jackson and Salford's Ruth Jones made up the team of six who collected a silver medal but well done to Manx veteran Gail Griffiths, who has been a regular in the team for several years.


















The Lancashire Silver medal winning senior Ladies team

Ruth Jones, Rachael Franklin, Sarah Astin, Katie Hewison, Nichola Jackson, Carla Davies



As team manager I only get to watch the Senior Men's race from start to finish so at the end I was pretty confident they had a medal of some sort but was pleased to learn it was silver and the icing on the cake was the nine man team award. Hampshire's Mahamed Mahamed made it look so easy as he glided over the mud to take the win but for the rest of the field it certainly looked an ordeal. Blackburn's Rob Warner and Manx Harrier's Ollie Lockley battled each other throughout the race finishing in 16th and 18th positions respectively and Chris Arthur, in his last cross country race for the county, having relocated to Cumbria, finished in 25th place. Salford's Gary Priestley and Chris Livesey and Blackburn's Tim Raynes all finished in the top 50 to complete the six man team, which was just four points behind Middlesex's total, and Rossendale's Callum Davidson and Rob Webb and Manx Harrier's Alan Corlett completed the nine man team.

Of the 79 athletes who ran at Loughborough thirteen were from the Isle Of Man, which illustrates the strength of the sport over there and also the commitment of the athletes and their parents who make the journey to compete in the championships and then to represent the county. Of course I'm also very grateful for the commitment of all the athletes and their parents and coaches who made considerable investments in time and money just to get to Loughborough.


TEAM POSITION COUNTERS  

U13 GIRLS 16th Team 56, 71, 92, 102  

U13 BOYS 18th Team 29, 47, 133, 138  

U15 GIRLS 29th Team 108, 117, 148,164

U15 BOYS 7th Team 20, 42, 55, 59

U17 WOMEN 20th Team 61, 95, 104, 138

U17 MEN 17th Team 30, 74, 101, 116

U20 WOMEN 13th Team 35, 64, 76, 120

U20 MEN 10th Team 2, 45, 55, 83

SEN WOMEN 2nd Team 8, 10, 30, 49, 57, 67

SEN MEN 2nd Team 16, 18, 25, 37, 42, 47