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12 November 2017

Manchester Area Cross Country League Race 2 Report

Manchester Area Cross Country League Race Two Senior Report
Saturday 11th November Boggart Hole Clough


“How mud got between my toes I’ll never know” were the words of Neve Davenport after her race. Yes, it could only be the infamous Boggart Hole Clough.


Races began with a minute silence in respect to David Crosdale, who recently passed away. He was a regular volunteer at MACCL events, among many other athletic competitions across the North-west (including Trafford opens). Passionate volunteers like himself make these events possible.


Neve had an incredible run, finishing 12th out of 93 runners for the U13 girls, while sister Imogen was 82nd. In the boys U13 Jo Daly was our sole representative but did us proud finishing 36th out of 57.


The first Holbrook in action was Olivia, who ran splendidly to place 30th out of 77 in the U11 girls. She was joined by Bella Woolhouse-Read who got the Woolhouse’s off to a strong start with 76th.


For the U11 boys there was a plethora of very talented Trafford runners. James Walton was first home in 8th, he was closely followed by Josh Watson in 9th and Owen Reekie in 18th. These high positions put the A team 3rd overall, great effort! Also running well were Zak Watson (39th) and Charlie Atherton (53rd) in a race with 65 finishers.


Rebecca Young finished a very impressive 24th out of 52 in the U15 girls. Perhaps her running is well suited to the muddy conditions as this is a big improvement from 37th place at Heaton Park.


The U15 boys saw a brilliant run from Alex Bailey in 3rd, Joe Mangan continuing his excellent winter racing to finish 8th and Jonathon Stock coming home in 22nd. This A team placed 3rd overall – excellent. They were joined by Luca Costello in 35th and Ethan Dunstan in 44th out of 45 finishers.


Unfortunately there were no U17 or U20 Trafford male or female representatives in the results.  Issues with course directions led to two high flying Trafford U17 men being disqualified.


There were, however, plenty of senior women. Vicki Cronin had one of her best MACCL performances to date, finishing 2nd and taking some big scalps. It was great to see Jo back on the cross-country circuit and looking speedy, she placed 40th. Meanwhile, Amy put in an incredible effort just to get to the race, having returned from Thailand at 7:30 that morning. Apparently you have to pay for mud baths in Thailand, so why would you stay when there are free ones at Boggart? She was 44th and not far behind was Zoe in an excellent 47th, which compares very well against her 60th at Heaton Park. She was one of the few who judged the course to be a lot of fun, and indeed she did seem to be smiling for much of it. The team placed 7th overall.


The B team comprised Alison Drasdo in 55th and Mel (who also seemed to enjoy the ‘proper’ cross-country conditions) in 66th. Louise Mangan was 73rd as she managed to hold off Sally Woolhouse’s mid-race challenge, with Sally placing 87th. The B (presumably for Badass) team were 15th.

Rachel McDonnell was 100th and in the sights of Claire Chaffer who finished 105th and only 6s behind. Making her dazzling debut, Alison Holbrook was 159th and, with the addition of Sue Exon in 204th, ensured Trafford women had three complete teams! The C team were 32nd overall.


An awesome 328 women finished the course, dwarfing the 211 who finished the London Metropolitan League in October! We were missing Sarah Hudak (on a course), Jo Lott (wisely resting during an illness), Nicole Davenport and Ruth Beresford, and look forward to having them back.


Over in the senior men’s race, the Trafford A team didn’t have the best day out, finishing 9th overall (though Vicki said it was the nicest team). There were, however, three diamonds in the rough. We welcomed Alex Jones and James Wall as they made their cross-country debuts for the club! The third diamond was Ian Salisbury, returning to the MACCL after (perhaps during) several ailments.


First home for the A team was Danny Hayes (50th). After an illness this week he did well just to make the start line. I didn’t get any pictures of the men, but I have it on good authority that he looked like an antelope dashing over the plains. Behind him was Jeff, who didn’t seem to favour the surface, in 56th. Club legend Ian Salisbury was 66th and first in his V45-49 age category, absolute legend. Simon was 73rd and along with Dave Maher (112th) and Paul Mannion (129th), completed the A team.


Over in the bad boy B team, Alex Jones chose a tough course on which to christen his Trafford vest. Although not yet an official member, he showed good potential finishing 182nd. Nick Brown was 209th as he continues a busy cross-country season. Graham ‘Armani’ Holbrook was 219th and concluded the Holbrook trilogy. Greg Marcroft and James Wall were almost inseparable, just one second and one place apart. Greg took the all-important bragging rights, however, with 245th place.


The vets team of Jeff, Ian, Dave and Paul were an impressive 5th. The senior team were lacking the quality runners of Matt Sutton, Mac O’Malley, Darren Russell and Chris Leigh, and hope to see them back in the fold soon.


Although both male and female senior A teams were down on their positions from the last race, there’s a very positive vibe around the Trafford camp currently, which makes these days out very enjoyable. It’s particularly exciting to see new competitors like Alison, Alex and James having a go.

Athlete Time Position (age group pos.)
Danny Hayes (Sen) 36:48 50
Jeff Prest (V40) 37:11 56 (9)
Ian Salisbury (V45) 37:38 67 (1)
Simon O’Meara (Sen) 37:46 73
Dave Maher (V40) 39:23 114 (23)
Paul Mannion (V50) 40:08 131 (8)
Alex Jones 41:31 182
Nick Brown 42:29 209
Graham Holbrook (V40) 42:45 219 (43)
Greg Marcroft 43:24 245
James Wall 43:25 246


Athlete Time Position (age group pos.)
Vicki Cronin 31:13 2
Jo Dawes 36:29 40
Amy Cauley 36:50 44
Zoe Storr 36:57 47
Alison Drasdo (V45) 37:18 55 (6)
Mel Monks 38:01 66
Louise Mangan (V45) 38:20 73 (11)
Sally Woolhouse (V40) 39:32 87 (15)
Rachel McDonnell (V45) 39:54 100 (14)
Claire Chaffer (V40) 40:00 105 (19)
Alison Holbrook (V45) 42:29 159 (23)
Sue Exon (V60) 45:18 204 (4)


Full results can be found here:

Simon O'Meara

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