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Jess shines again!

- 3rd Jan 2005

THE opening round of the Cheshire League Cross Country races were held at Frodsham on Sunday with the Stockport Harriers fielding teams in all 12 races.

And the Harriers ladies team are leading the overerall league table on 43 points with Macclesfield in second on 37 points following the event.

The Harriers young teams were outright winners in the girls under-13 team race with a well timed run from Bryoney Pearce, who picked up the win from Warrington runner Loise Sullivan, with Michelle Wiblin third for the Harriers and Kirsty Evans 10th.

The under-15 girls were led home by the in-form Jess Coulson followed by Leah Kay in second. The team finished third with fine runs from Sarah Kay in 20th and Rachel Melborn 25th.

The girls under-17 race saw Rhea Fallows in fourth, Claire McMurdock fifth, Carla Stansfield seventh and Lucy Harris 10th to secure the first team place.

The senior ladies came through strong in the later stages of the 4k race, marathon runner Estelle McGuire 14th, Micheala Steptoe 18th with youngest senior lady - 17-year-old Carley Davies finishing a creditable 23rd in her first senior race. Liz Bowden (35th) earned the team fourth place.

Harriers under-11 girls finished in third place thanks to the four counters of Sam Wilson (6th), Alice Bowden (13th), Beth Nelson (14th) and Amy Atkin (24th).

On the mens side the teams are fourth overall. The under-11 boys are in top spot with Richard Hindley the runaway winner for the team. Jack Nixon (5th), Sam Bowden (10th) and Ben Lawton (15th) saw the boys finish five points ahead of Warrington.

The boys under-15 team were second with Steve Pearson (5th), Stuart Cameron (8th), Phil Nixon (20th) and Liam Turnbull (22nd) performing well.

Meanwhile, the boys under-13 team had lead runner Nathan Ludlain in 12th followed by Sam Riley (25th) and Peter Platt (39th).

The senior mens team finished seventh. Veteran Bill Shone was first home in 22nd, former European 800m indoor champion Tony Macdonald came 35th, Andy Oldham 40th and Mike Nixon 48th.

This weekend the mens and ladies teams compete in the final Manchester and North West womens league meet at Wythenshawe Park, first race at 12.15.