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5 December 2017

Manchester Area Cross-Country League Race 3 Report (Seniors and Juniors)

Manchester Area Cross-Country League Race Three Report

Saturday 2nd December 2017, University Playing Fields


The 'Chorlton Alps' of Kenworthy Woods apparently formed from the spoil heaps made during the construction of the neighbouring electricity substation.  Taking the spoils at this round of the MACCL were the U13 Girls, U15 Boys, Nicole Davenport, Matt Sutton and Matt Berry.


First off, an advert for next weekend: Saturday 9th December sees the next Trafford XC Schools Race.  Volunteers are needed to set up the course from 9:15 (you will be guided by an experienced course assembler) and to marshal from 10:00.  It starts on the Longford Park track and please let Sue Exon (race organiser) know if you would like to help or have any questions, either in person or with  You get a free hot drink!  On Sunday 10th December is the Trafford 5k and 2.5k handicap, also starting from the track.  Come in your xmas-themed fancy dress (or any theme you fancy)! 


It was an early start for Sally Howarth, James Wall and myself, as we were joined by Chorlton Runners volunteers to set up the course.  First to make use of the exceptionally well marked route were the U11s.  James Walton once again secured a top ten place with 9th.  He was joined by Owen Reekie in 20th and, making a positive debut, Charlie Atherton in 39th.  This meant the team finished an impressive 6th, good work!


It was the battle of the Charlie’s in the U13 boys, with Massey in 25th and Atkiss in 29th.  Jo Daly was 44th and Alex Cooke-Parkes was 53rd in a very promising debut.  This placed the team a respectable 10th.    


The U15 boys once again blew away the opposition, with Joe Bentall 2nd, Alex Bailey 5th, Joe Mangan 6th, Theo Symons Treacher 9th, Tom Bentall 24th, Luca Costello 40th and Ethan Dunston 45th (keeping his shoes on this time).  This meant the A team were once again a dominating 1st overall and the B team 2nd (of the Bs).


In the U17 men Cynog Williams had one of his best cross-country races as he finished 3rd.  Returning from injury, Harry Sinclair was 11th.  Swapping boxing gloves for spikes, Ben Wolstencroft finished 20th.  Despite limited Trafford runners the high quality of these gents meant the team finished 3rd.


The U13 girls turned out in force!  Neve Davenport looked composed as she once again placed very well, this time in 17th.  Lila Wainwright wasn't too far behind in 22nd, Marina Guardascione was an impressive 28th, Olivia Russell was 34th, Freya Griffiths finished just one second and one place ahead of Cleo Bentall with 40th.  Alexandra Sinclair and Imogen Davenport overcame the challenging Alps to place 65th and 77th, respectively.  The girls were rewarded with 6th A team and 3rd B team, tremendous!


The U15 girls saw another great run from Rebecca Young as she placed well inside the top 30 again with 26th.  She was joined with impressive displays of cross-country running from Molly Atherton in 30th and Sinead O'Driscoll in 36th.  Overall the girls were a promising 7th A team.


A table of individual senior Trafford results is below.


The senior women once again finished an impressive three teams, with the A team  a fabulous 3rd!  Of the Bs, we were 2nd and it looks increasingly certain the B squad will finish in the top three!  We were also 2nd C team, great effort everyone!  The vets team is awaiting some amendments to the results but looks like they were 4th or 5th.


Of special note was the break-through performance of Nicole Davenport.  She finished 53rd and 9th in her age group, far higher than her 62nd and 15th at Heaton Park (race 1) and well clear of her positions from the last three years.  She has been patiently building up her miles and managing to consistently train at intervals.  This was just reward!


Over in the lad’s race, the two Matt's both posted their highest positions at the MACCL senior level.  Monsieur Sutton ran with confidence as he led the team home in an excellent 20th, while Mr Berry appeared to ripen as he finished an exceptional 39th.  Sutton has steadily moved upward through the Trafford ranks and has proven himself to be both a reliable and high quality member of the squad.  He made an important contribution to our 3rd A team position in last year’s MACCL and is proving to be a very valuable team member this year.  Meanwhile, Berry has been looking red hot in training and it's great to see him converting that form into quick racing.


The men's A and B teams were 3rd.  It means both teams still have a fighting chance of a top three position.  The vets team were an excellent 2nd.


The next MACCL (number four of five) is Saturday 13th January at Woodbank Park (Stockport).




Position (age group pos.)

Matt Sutton (U20)


20 (3)

Darren Russell (V40)


33 (4)

Jeff Prest (V40)


38 (5)

Matt Berry



Simon O’Meara



Chris Leigh (V45)


46 (3)

Joe Lyne



Ian Salisbury (V45)


61 (5)

Dave Maher (V40)


79 (12)

James Wall



Paul Mannion (V50)


98 (4)

Graham Hogg



Gary Wolstencroft (V45)


250 (28)







Position (age group pos.)

Vicki Cronin



Sarah Hudak



Amy Cauley



Alison Drasdo (V45)


51 (4)

Nicole Davenport (V35)


53 (9)

Mel Monks



Louise Mangan (V45)


73 (7)

Claire Chaffer (V40)


103 (18)

Rachel McDonnell (V45)


114 (13)

Jo Lott


137 (7)

Ruth Beresford



Sue Exon (V60)


191 (4)


Full results can be found here:



Simon O'Meara

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