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Here you will find information about the club, contact details, fixture lists and the latest news from the club. The club caters for athletes of all ages from 9 through to seniors, and competes in local and national athletics events as well as providing fun and varied training for athletes of all abilities in Halton and north Cheshire.

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Cheshire County Cross Country Championships Print
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Wednesday, 06 December 2017

The Cheshire County XC Champs take place on Saturday 6th January, and this year are being hosted by Vale Royal AC just on the club's (Frodsham) doorstep at Delamere.

Whether you've run in the XC league races or not, it would be great to get a good sized team in all age groups turn out for the championships this year.

There are more details on the Cheshire AA website here - http://www.cheshireaa.com/Results/XCC/2018/CCAAXCC2018.pdf - including timings and distances.

If you want to have an entry posted, please let Nick Massey know so that he can get entries for the club confirmed.  Entrants need to pay £4 to Nick before entries are submitted, and if you compete on the day the club will refund the entrance fee.  There are no entries on the day, so if you want your name on the start list make sure Nick has your money and details as soon as possible!

 
Weekend roundup 11/12-November 2017 Print
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Monday, 13 November 2017

As often at this time of year, there was a double-header of events for Harriers with cross country at Boggart Hole Clough on Saturday and NW Sportshall League on Sunday at Kingsway.  Special mention to Charlotte, Beth, Joseph and Aidan for representing the club at both matches!

Full results of both events are now online:-

Cross country - https://www.race-results.co.uk/results/2017/maccl172.htm

Sportshall - http://www.sportshall.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/Widnes-Red-2.pdf

Manchester Area XC League - Boggart Hole Clough

Whilst the weather was sunny and calm on the day, the heavy rains in recent days had ensured that Boggart lived up to its reputation of being possibly the muddiest event on the MACCL calendar.

Harry and Aidan got the racing off to a fine start in the U11s, with Harry making his debut for the club in the Manchester Laegue.  Harry ran strongly to finish 54th overall in 10:09, and Aidan ran with the U11s to finish in 65th in a time of 12:38.

The U13s then were the first to tackle the notoriously muddy section through the woods with the boys and girls racing together.

Matt was the first Harrier through the tape in a fine 29th place and a time of 12:35.  Charlotte was the first Harrier girl to finish, backing up her strong performance at the previous round placing 13th in a symmetrical 13:13.  Sister Beth came through next in a time of 13:47 in 28th place. 

Joseph was the second male Harrier finisher, completing the course in 14:37 and placing 49th. 

Ellie battled hard after taking a tumble on possibly the only hard surfaced part of the course and ran well through the line to finish 83rd in a time of 16:00 with plenty of runners still to finish.

In the U17s, Ben looked to have put in his best placed finish of the season crossing the line in 4th place.  However, since the race it transpired some of the leaders had been sent the wrong way so we are awaiting a final adjudication on the result from the officials.

Son and dad Chris and Matt lined up with 491 others in the final race of the day with the course already well churned up.  Chris ran a well executed race and placed 4th U20 in a time of 35:38 (32nd overall) to place him well in the season's overall League competition.  Matt took a little longer in his first season through the mud, placing 257th in a time of 43:54 (27th V45).

Next time...

The next Manchester League XC race is at Kenworthy Woods in Wythenshawe on 2nd December.  If you haven't yet raced over cross country but can't wait to get a little muddy (!) or get some practice in ahead of the Cheshire County Champs at Delamere in the New Year, get in touch with Nick Massey to sign up for the remaining races in the League - no entries on the day though!

Sportshall Match 2

There was a big turnout both for the club and for Wirral and West Cheshire in particular as the club faced up against St Helens and Warrington too in the 2nd match of the NW Sportshall League on Sunday with some excellent team performances that still leave everything to play for in trying to get teams through to the NW League Finals in the New Year.

U11s

With 136 points, the U11 girls squad of Mia, Hannah, Ellen, Olivia, Katie, Jessie and Ruby gave great all around performances to finish the match in 3rd place overall.

The U11 boys also placed 3rd, narrowly missing out on 2nd spot scoring 168 points overall with Charlie, Oliver, Alex, Charlie, Jack, Jacob, Jack, Lewis and Kai demonstrating the advantages of a big squad.  They also took top points in the 2 lap race and chest push.

U13s

Jasmine, Charlotte and Beth represented the club in the U13 girls match, but with limited numbers even their excellent performances meant they left the match with 92 points in 5th place against much larger squads.  

The U13 boys placed one spot higher in 4th overall, just 3 points off 3rd position.  Ben, Joseph, Ewan and Harry all put in maximum effort, with Ewan's dominating performance in the 6 lap race a particular highlight.

U15s

103 points were secured by the U15 girls team of Maddy, Millie, Libby and Chloe to grab 3rd place in the match, including maximum points in the 6 lap races.

In the U15 boys, the solo team of Aidan took on a full squad from West Cheshire.  Demonstrating the benefits of participation, Aidan racked up 60 points single-handedly to take 2nd place in the match for the club.

Next time...

On 3rd December its another double-header weekend as the 3rd match of the NW Sportshall League takes place, also at Kingsway in Widnes.

By our reckoning, every squad has a great chance of making the finals in the New Year, so please put the dates in your diaries to get as many athletes out as possible so we don't leave any points on the table!

Thanks to all the parents, officials and club organisers without whom our athletes wouldn't be able to put in such great performances!!  Well done everyone!

 
Cross country squad - teamer Print
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Wednesday, 18 October 2017

To help manage attendance at races this winter, the club is trialling a free app called "Teamer" which uses text messages and emails as well as a free app and website to communicate with athletes.  If its successful, we would probably start using it for other events such as T&F matches and Sportshall events.  

Not only does it help team managers get in touch with athletes and make sure that reminders about upcoming events get through, it can also help to keep records of who has attended competitions throughout the year.

As a first step, if you are a parent or athlete who is registered for the Manchester Area XC League this year, please can you click on the appropriate link below to "join" the team.  If there are multiple athletes in the same squad, you'll need to do this twice, and if you've got multiple children in different age groups you'll need to click the link for both age groups.

And if you have any difficulties or queries on it, contact Matt!

U11B - http://tinyurl.com/y94lt3ev

U13B - http://tinyurl.com/y8o35x7w

U13G - http://tinyurl.com/ybs526m5

U17B - http://tinyurl.com/y8bnjdjz

U20M - http://tinyurl.com/ybczgsqw

Senior Men - http://tinyurl.com/y82rfrwx

 
NW Sportshall League - Match 1 Print
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Monday, 16 October 2017

Thanks to all the parents, officials and athletes for making the first match of the Sportshall Season start so well.  The full results of the match are on the Sportshall website at www.sportshall.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/North-West-League-Rd1-Widnes.pdf

U11s

The girls squad of Macey, Jess, Hanna, Mia, Martha, Ellen, Katie and Saffron scored well across all disciplines and the team placed 3rd with 168.5 points, just 1 point off the second placed spot.  Maximum points in the 2-lap and 4-lap races set the girls up well, as well as good scores across all the jumps and throws and a 2nd placed finish in the relay.

The U11s boys scored 142.5 points, but in their case this was just 1 point more than the team in third place so they placed 2nd overall.  Jack, Jacob, Charlie and Oliver were strong in all areas, and took the victory in the relay to put them in a strong position to try to achieve a place in the season end final.

U13s

Charlotte, Beth and Jasmine comprised the U13 girls team, and scored well between them with 62.5 points, but unfortunately a team of 3 found it difficult to accumulate large numbers of points to overhaul the other teams, and they placed 5th overall. 

There were also just three boys who could make it to the match, with Ben, Harry and Matthew giving it all to score 91 points and place 4th.

U13s is usually a strong age group for the club, so could all athletes and parents for this age group please support your teammates and make every effort to turn out for the next match as both squads still have good chances to make it through to the finals!

U15s

There were unfortunately no U15 boys from the club at this match, and with just 1 boy from all of the other clubs at this match an opportunity was missed to score well here!  Maybe next time?

However, the U15 girls squad of Millie, Libby, Maddy, Lydia and Izzy were close to taking the top spot of the teams, scoring 87 points - the top two teams were tied on 90!  With top marks in the 6 lap race, the girls squad are looking strong at this point in the season.

Next event

The next match in the League will also be at Kingsway on Sunday 12th November.  With some of the team members also running Cross Country on the Saturday, we need all athletes to support their teammates and get big teams out to score well!  

 

 

 
Manchester Area XC League - Heaton Park Print
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Monday, 16 October 2017

Congratulations to the squad of athletes that turned out to Heaton Park in Manchester for the first match of the Manchester Area XC League on Saturday.

Under unusually balmy weather for October, the cross country spikes were dusted off and put into action for the first of the five meetings this season. U11s are rested for the first race of the season, so it was U13s and upwards that were racing on Saturday over a course which has a real mix of undulation, thick mud, soggy grass, tricky tarmac footpaths and uneven surfaces.

U13s

The first race of the day was the mixed U13s, with Charlotte, Beth, Jasmine and Ellie racing in the girls competition and Matt & Joseph in the boys.

All of the runners except for Matt are in the lower year of the age group, and all ran strongly. First girl home over the 3.2k course was Charlotte (9th) in 14m19s, closely followed by twin Beth in 14m32s (11th). Ellie placed 73rd (17m22s) and Jasmine placed 80th (18m44s) in her debut Manchester League race. Overall the girls placed 10th as a team, a very strong performance.

In the boys race, Matt & Joseph represented the club well. Matt came home 27th overall and was the first Harrier to complete the joint U13s race in a time of 13m44s and Joseph came home in a 71st place in 17m10s.

U17s

With no club runners in the U15s, Ben was next up in the U17s competition, also making his debut in a Manchester League race, and also in the lower year in the U17s age group.

Over the 6.1km course Ben put in a very strong performance to place 10th overall in a time of 23m32s

U20s

Chris stepped up to racing with the seniors over the full 9.6km distance for the first time on Saturday making his debut as an U20 after missing much of the track season with injury.

Chris placed 96th in the overall race, and 10th in the U20s competition in a time of 40m29s.

Seniors

Matt was another runner making his debut in the Manchester League, and enjoyed a strong run to place 26th in the V45 category and 184th overall in a time of 44m12s.

Full race results are available at www.race-results.co.uk/results/2017/maccl171.htm

Next event

The next XC match in the series is Saturday 11th November at Boggart Hole Clough, which is often one of the muddiest races of the season, and where the U11s run for the first time.

There's still time for other runners to join the League, but we need to get everyone registered in advance of the race, so if you want to run at Boggart Hole Clough please contact Nick Massey and he can sort out the entries.

 

 

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