INTER COUNTIES HONOURS FOR MANCHESTER HARRIERS

Manchester Harriers has again been successful in providing a strong contingent of athletes who have been picked to represent Greater Manchester at the Inter Counties Championships in Birmingham in March.

Similar to last year nine junior athletes have been selected being:

Boys

Under 15s  Ben Skertchly   Connor Fazakerley

Under 17s   Sam Tarry     Donnacha Maguire

Girls

Under 13s     Grace de Campos   Alice Stiles  Georgia Fazakerley

Under 15s     Beth Barlow   Emily Hughes

Congratulations to them all and good luck in Birmingham.

In addition, Ed Fazakerley and Emma Tolond have also been selected for the senior squads. Particular congratulations to Emma who is the first Manchester Harriers lady to make the Inter Counties squad for a number of years.

BRONZE FOR THE UNDER 13 GIRLS AT THE NATIONALS

Manchester Harriers Under 13 girls team brought the curtain down on a magnificent season by winning the bronze medal at the National Cross Country Championships at Parliament Fields in London on Saturday 21st February.

The bronze medal followed their previous wins in the North of England Championships in February and the County Championships in January.

The team of Alice Stiles, Grace de Campos, Beth Smyth and Georgia Fazakerley coped brilliantly in what were extremely difficult, muddy conditions on the traditionally tough London course.

Alice Stiles ran magnificently to finish 8th overall which represents the best individual finish by a Harriers athlete in the National Championships for a number of years. She was ably support by Grace de Campos (46th), Beth Smyth (52nd) and Georgia Fazakerley (73th) in a field of over 430 runners. The team were third behind a strong City of Norwich team and Herne Hill Harriers but were the only northern team placed in the top ten.

The girls success follows on from the 2nd place that the 2014 under 13s team achieved in the Nationals demonstrating the strong crop of runners who have developed under the guidance of coach Carl Summers.

Stiles, De Campos and Fazakerley are due to represent Greater Manchester in the Inter Counties Championships in Birmingham in March.

First Primary Schools Cross Country Event at Wythenshawe Park

The Primary Schools Cross Country League has moved to Wythenshawe Park for the reminder of the season. It was muddy but the children enjoyed it,

The League is still free to all schools. We’ve been running the League for more than 40 years with about 350 runners enjoying each meeting. Schools receive results by email after each meeting and full results at the end of the Season

Here are some photos of today’s event

VICTORY FOR THE UNDER 13 GIRLS AT THE NORTHERN CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS

Manchester Harriers Under 13 girls secured a stunning team victory at the North of England Cross Country Championships at Pontefract on Saturday.

The team consisting of Alice Stiles, Grace de Campos, Beth Smyth and Georgia Fazakerley coped brilliantly with the tough windy conditions to secure a comfortable victory ahead of Sale Harriers who were second with Liverpool Harriers third. All four girls finished in the top twenty individually with Alice 6th, Beth 11th, Grace 15th and Georgia 16th. The result represents Manchester Harriers first victory in the Northern Championships at any age group since the mid 1980s.

The under 13 girls have had an unforgettable season so far, with the victory in the Northern Championships adding to their recent success in the Greater Manchester Championships together with 2nd place in the North West Road Relays and 3rd place in the Northern Cross Country Relays. In addition Alice, Grace and Georgia have all been picked to represent Greater Manchester in the Inter Counties Championships in March.

The girls have a tremendous work ethic and a wonderful team spirit which is a credit to themselves and their coach Carl Summers.

Let’s hope that they can continue this form for the rest of the season.

North of England Cross Country Championship 2015 Results

The result of the day was from the under 13 girls team who came first. The team was Alice Stiles, Grace De Campos, Beth Smyth and Georgia Fazakerley. All four girls finished in the top 16 individually, convincingly winning with Sale Harriers second and Liverpool third.

The under 15 girls came 4th, with a team of Beth Barlow (5th), Eleanor Kenny (15th), Emily Hughes (34th) and Chloe Davies (84th).

Full results available here