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26 March 2024

Pio wins his first Northern Title

Saturday saw the Northern Road Relays and U15/U17 5km Road race Champs in the local Wythenshawe Park. First race off was the U15 Boys 5km Northern Road race and in challenging weather conditions of gusty wind, rain and even hail the Trafford boys were packing well at the front as the race ran the first lap of the track. The pace was fast from the start with Dawit Asmelash (TS Harriers) and Pio Aron soon pushed clear. Pio kept the pace fast and pulled away to record a 18 second win and to go top of this year's U15 Boys 5km rankings. Fin Dobson Emmas was running well in the chase group as they closed Dawit down. Coming into the last 800m on the track there were still four in the group now racing for silver and bronze. With a strong finish Fin took the silver and a big PB. With three to count for the team there was a battle within the Trafford team that Tio Austin won finishing 8th giving the Trafford A team victory. Close behind was Adrian White (9th), Evan Lewis (10th) and Archie Greenwood (11th) giving Trafford's B team 2nd place. Amazingly Trafford's C team were 4th overall team (Tim Ye 15th, Benji Cavanagh 16th and Ben Keeley 21st) and Trafford's D team were 6th overall (Evan Horwell 24th, Thomas Harris 25th and Atticus Jones 47th).


In the girls U15 race Rachel Bowden continued her good x-country form looking even better on the road. She finished 10th easily smashing 20 minutes for the 5km course.


In the U17 Men's race Jay Hutchinson ran well with a heavy cold to finish 15th and packing well with Josh Watson 21st and Charlie Stanway 22nd the team picked up the bronze medals.


In the Senior Men's 12 stage Road Relay there was delinitley a blend of youth and experience in the team with an age range of 33 years scoring the teams fastest short and long legs. Setting the team off was Jeff Prest with a great long leg (26.15), Will Parker ran well (14.31), then Tom Rogers (27.36). Fastest Short leg for the team was from 18 year old Fin Mayoh in 14.17. 5th leg Laurence Skidmore (27.23), Joe Deighton (14.59), Simon O'Meara (27.04), Ned Silvey (15.03), Terry Greenwood (16.08), Jacob Fletcher (16.43), Greg Marcroft (16.47) and keeping the team in 24th place John Howe (16.30).


In the women's 6 stage relay over the same distance short and long legs it was Teresa Kemp leading the team off (32.50). Vicki Cronin still only training 4 days a week after giving birth 18 months ago, moved through the field with an impressive 15.55. Kate Meeson (17.22) ran 3rd leg followed by Liz Ellyard (33.09), Freya Griffiths (16.59) and Alison Drasdo (18.31) giving the team 15th place overall.


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