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Juniors win at Sportcity

26th Oct 2005
Race winner Richard Hindley (centre) with team mates Max Cole (left) and Daniel Lawton

Race winner Richard Hindley (centre) with team mates Max Cole (left) and Daniel Lawton

Stockport Harriers' junior section went over to Sportcity to compete in a 2.5 kilometre road race promoted by East Manchester Harriers on Sunday morning.

The race was for all age groups up to under-15 year old athletes.

From the start the Harrier Richard Hindley took the lead and was not passed, winning the race in 8 minutes and 30 seconds.

He was followed home by Max Cole, 4th in 9-10 and Daniel Lawton, a very close 5th in 9-11. They were backed up by a great run from Connor McKeown.

Racing against athletes as old as 15, it was a good team showing for the under-9 and 11 boys' team who took all the honours in their age group.

First girl home for Stockport was Amber Whewell in 6th place followed by Ciara Hindley and Carla Atkin but on the day the team could not match winners East Cheshire Harriers.


Cheshire Multi-Event Championships

Hannah Wilkins, Hannah Coulson and Aimee Aikin

Hannah Wilkins, Hannah Coulson and Aimee Aikin after a hard earned second place in the Cheshire Junior Multi-Event Championships

The Stockport girls' under-11 team went over to Macclesfield last Sunday to compete in the Cheshire Multi-Event Championships. They had to compete in four events in just over a couple of hours; long-jump, 100 metres, soft javelin and 800 metres.

The girls pulled out some great performances in all the events but it came down to the 800 metres to show how well the girls have improved this year.

In Heat 1 Hannah Coulson had a great race with Emma Johnson of West Cheshire to just miss out by 1 second to take that heat and also the overall 3rd position, in Heat 2 Hannah Wilkins took the lead from the gun and was never passed to finish first while Aimee Aikin started slow in her first 800 metres and came though strongly to finish fourth.

The team finish second just behind West Cheshire. Also in the under-15s event Georgina Wilkins took to the multi events for the first time having a very busy day doing five events; 75 metre hurdles, shot, long-jump, high-jump and 800 metres, finishing in 12th place.


Annual Pub Crawl 2005

This year's Annual Pub Crawl will be held around Macclesfield on Saturday 3rd December 2005. Coach tickets cost £7 and include a buffet in the last pub, numbers limited to 53, see Mike Nixon for bookings.


Jenny wins at Macclesfield with a course record

the macc ladies

First three finishers for Stockport, Vicky Barrett, Jenny Knass and Jenny Murray.

A high turnout of ladies from Stockport Harriers was led home by Jenny Murray in her last race before winding down for her Marathon in Nairobi representing Great Britain.

She led the ladies' race with Kate Burge from Stafford Harriers, but at 6 miles broke away and won the race with a personal best and the ladies' course record in 1-19.43, knocking 5 seconds off both her own previous best and the old course record, this bodes well for her Marathon.

Meanwhile the ever improving Jenny Knass also ran a personal best, knocking off 10 seconds her time at the Great North Run a fortnight earlier to finish 3rd in 1-25.31. Vicky Barrett had another fine performance with 1-30.13 to finish in 6th place.

Others from the club were Liz Bowden, 1-43 and Vicky Buckley a personal best with 1-50. Ruth Lee had run 9 miles before the race in her build up for her marathon in Spain, Jayne Lawton helped her through the 1/2m for them to run 1-53. Next was June Sinnott and Natalie Slack both with strong runs of 2-13 better then they did at the Great North.


Northern Young Athletes Relay Championships

Under-15s start

The start of the winter season for the junior endurance teams began at Liverpool's Sefton Park last Sunday in the Northern Young Athletes Relay Championships.

Top performers for the club were the Boys' under-17s who finished second in the 3 x 3.5km event, Ross Millington producing the fastest leg of the day.

Also the Girls' under-15s team finished 3rd with a second fastest lap of the day by Leah Kay.

Saturday October 8th will see a special start to the Stockport Harriers' Schools Cross Country Races. Schools from across Stockport will compete in the six race series which starts at 9.45am. The Lord Mayor who is opening the newly refurbished track will also be starting the first race, now in it's 30th year.


Senior Northern 6 Stage Relay Championships

The senior men's team were up against some strong opposition in the Northern Relay Championships at Blackpool's Stanley Park, finishing 38th out of over 80 teams.

With some of the club's strongest counters missing, it gave some of the club's younger talents a chance to experience a higher level of competition.

Driven on by the promise from Team Manager and Man City nut Paul Toole to wear a United shirt at training this week if they beat the seniors they all performed well, particularly Andy Nixon gaining 7 places on the last leg with the team's fastest time for the 5.1km twisting circuit.

Paul was last seen heading towards the United Superstore.

A Team 38th B Team 52nd
Mike Shaw 16.40 (47) Len Best 16.56 (56)
Ben Styles 17.27 (59) Kevin Beattie 16.34 (52)
Jon Walch 17.02 (56) Andy Whittingham 17.27 (55)
Steve Haylock 17.04 (51) Paddy Pearson 18.20 (58)
Dave Hicketts 17.08 (45) Bill Shone 17.47 (55)
Andy Nixon 16.24 (38) Frank Reilly 17.43 (52)