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Shannon gets ready to face the best of British

- 8th Jan 2002

Stockport Harriers' Paul Shannon romped home for a convincing win at Wythenshawe Park in the Greater Manchester Cross-Country championships.

The Ridge Danyers student eased in front on the second lap to win by over 21 seconds from Sale Harriers' Gareth Davies to take the crown.

Shannon will now take on the best of British on February 9 at the world cross-country trials at Nottingham for a place in the team for Dublin in March.

Another county champion was Ellie Mcloughlin in the under-13 girls' race, when she led from the gun and was closed down by her team-mate Rhea Fallows her training partner at Stockport.

The Harriers' under-13 team demolished local rivals Sale by over 40 points to take the county team title.

Laura Potter was 13th and the club's top 10 ranked javelin thrower, Sam Riley, had a run out in the mud to claim team gold and also finishing in 20th position.

In the under-15 boys' event, David Hicketts and his brother Nick was tenth in the under-13 race.

The under-15 boys won the bronze team medal thanks to good finishes by Mathew Hallinan (15th) and Jonathan Walshe (16th), followed home by Brad Fallows in 20th.

The under-15 girls' race was a closely fought battle between Sale, Stockport Harriers and Leigh with Sarah Wiblin gaining a county vest and silver medal and the Harriers team finishing third.

Carly Davies once again had a good race to make the county team in sixth place with Claire Murdoch and Sarah Thorpe helping the team to take the bronze medal.

The youngsters travel to Macclesfield next Sunday in the second round of the Cheshire league with the first race starting at 12.30pm.

Further afield, Steve Vernon races in for England in Seville next Thursday (January 14) while Sarah Bouchard, who trains with the middle distance squad, races in Canada over 5km a day earlier.

She will rejoin the group in February after an eight-week training period as she prepares for the Commonwealth Games trials in June over 800m.