The rain was beating down hard on the window. The street was full of puddles. Do I really have to go out in that? That was me being soft. Imagine young athletes wanting to go out in that? Just try and stop them!
Wythenshawe Park is one of the flatter courses in the Manchester cross country league, yet it seems to have the habit of being one of the muddiest. This year they even sent the course through the bottleneck gate to make sure that spectators were not exempt from the getting dirty experience.
On the running side, this wasn’t the most well attended event from an Altrincham junior perspective. We had 8 athletes out in total, only completing a team in the U11 girls. Half term and illness claimed a few athletes on this occasion.
Our highest placing of the day was U11 girl Charlotte Stansfield in 21st. Carys Bucknall finished in her highest position of the year in 36th, with Thea Prattley coming home in 41st. This brought the team home in 10th overall.
In the U11 boys both Cameron Scott (30th) and Dominic Gibson (41st) got their highest finish of the series. Sadly the lack of a third boy means that the club does not get a finishing position in the series.
Our U13 boys were represented by Sam Fogarty (42nd) with Kate Fitzgerald (52nd) and Eva Bucknall (57th) the two finishers for the U13 girls.
Finally, in the U15 boys, Thomas Egan came home 29th despite missing the start.
So not the headline club performance of the year, but to put this in some perspective, it is a similar number to the equivalent race last year and the year before we only had 3 juniors running.
One point worth noting about all the athletes that ran on Saturday – they have all now ran multiple times for the club in cross country. I feel sorry for whoever has to clean the car!
I will prepare an in depth review of the season in the next week or so, but for now I’d like to highlight the heroes who have joined our Pantheon of cross country athletes to complete the Manchester League series:
Holly Newton – 5th U11 girl
Charlotte Stansfield – 21st U11 girl
Thea Prattley – 31st U11 girl
Carys Bucknall – 36th U11 girl
Cameron Scott – 31st U11 boy
Dominic Gibson – 44th U11 boy
Esme Pearson – 12th U13 girl
Angus Morris – 39th U13 boy
Thomas Egan – 22nd U15 boy
That’s nearly double figures! As a closing comment, I think the three athletes who managed to do ALL the races deserve a special mention – oo, and a photo! They were Charlotte Stansfield, Thea Prattley and Dominic Gibson – example to the rest of us!