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Schools Cross Country League Race 4

- 1st Dec 2014

Report of 4th Event – 29 November 2014

In compiling the results, we found some missing values and some children sharing the same position, and while we can make a stab at what has happened based on previous race performances, we would welcome any guidance from observers. The G3/4 race has two runners sharing positions 27, 65 and 78 and missing names for positions 37, 59, 79 and 82.

Girls Years 3-4:

Our congratulations go to Darcy Breen of Stockport Grammar who gained her 4th win in a row and the overall league title. Freya Murdoch of Pownall Green maintained her fine form by taking her third 2nd place out of three races, while Jasmine Reed of Rose Hill finished 3rd for the second time in a row. Georgina McGarr of St Peter’s consolidated her 2nd position in the league by another good performance, while Alice Blythe of Romiley held onto 3rd place by coming 6th. Further down the down the table Freya Murdoch and Jasmine Reed, with three races apiece, have good enough point scores to provide a sound foundation for a high league placing.

In the team competition, our congratulations go to Romiley A who achieved the best team score for the 4th race in a row, giving them an unassailable lead at the top of the table and the league title. High Lane holds onto 2nd place with the 3rd best team score of the day, while Bank’s Lane moved into 3rd place in the league with the 2nd best score of the day. Romiley’s B team slipped to 4th place, just 5 points behind Bank’s Lane.

Boys Years 3-4:

Harvey Murphy of Romiley gained his 2nd win in succession, again just pipping Matthew Haines of St Peter’s in a closely fought race. Third spot was claimed by Dominic Hanson of Stockport Grammar, who beat the close challenge of Arthur Kennedy of Brabyn’s Prep and Sol Barlow of Romiley. Matthew Haines leads the league table with a solid score of 7, with Arthur Kennedy in 2nd on 17 points and Sol Barlow of Romiley in 4th with 20 points. Below them are a clutch of runners with scores in the 20s, who could move up the table if they can replicate their best race in the next 2 races. Harvey Murphy and Dominic Hanson, who have raced strongly in their only two appearances so far, must do the last two races in the league if they wish to compete for a high position in the league.

Romiley continues to head the team competition after winning the team race today, but they cannot yet claim the league title, unlike the girls’ team, as the points difference with the teams below is not sufficiently large. Hazel Grove held onto 2nd place in the league by coming 2nd best team today and High Lane held onto 3rd place through another good points score.

Girls Years 5-6:

Christie Allen of Gee Cross won today’s race, 11 seconds ahead of the winner of the last two races, Daisy Keigher of Stockport Grammar. This was Christie’s 2nd appearance in the league and her win follows 2nd place in the first race of the year. Daisy’s 2nd place means that the only way she can be deprived of the league title is if Christie or Leah Wilkinson of Vernon Park wins the last two races. A shared title is also a possible outcome. Third place went Isabelle Burke of St Anne’s, for the 2nd time in a row. Esther Hulley of Hazel Grove had another good race in 4th position, which keeps her in 2nd place in the league, ahead of Libby Hill of High Lane, who took 5th place today.

In the team competition Hazel Grove A finished 5th in the team race, which was sufficient to keep them at the top of the league table ahead of Stockport Grammar’s team, which finished second in the race. High Lane holds onto 3rd place, ahead St Paul’s.

Boys Years 5-6:

Our congratulations go to Henry Carne of Romiley Primary, who took his 4th win of the season and with it, the league title. Cameron Murdoch of Pownall Green came 2nd for the 3rd race in a row, giving him 6 points from the three races he has run and a strong foundation for challenging for 2nd place in the league. Cathal O’Grady Smith of St Christopher’s came 3rd again and so held onto his 2nd place in the league table. Joe Byrne of Pownall Green held onto 3rd place in the league by coming in 6th, one place behind his nearest league challenger Maxwell Rarity of Lady Barn. The last two races could well see some shuffling of names at the top of the table.

Lady Barn continues to lead the team table with 144 points, followed by St Mary’s Marple with 210 points and Romiley Primary with 215 points. Lady Barn’s strong performances in the last three races suggest that they will be hard to dislodge from the top.

Next Event

The next event takes place on Saturday 17 January. We wish you a splendid end of year break and a happy new year.

An announcement shall be made shortly on the Harriers’ website about the League Presentation day and its support event that will take place on 14 March 2015.

I would like to thank and congratulate to all the children who took part in the league races and express my appreciation to their managers, family and friends for supporting them, St John Ambulance for tending to those needing medical attention and members and supporters of Stockport Harriers who helped put on a successful event.