Red Rose Cross Country League – LeverhulmePark, Bolton


Saturday 22nd November 2014


DIRTY ! What a mud splattering morning of fun we had at LeverhulmePark today.  A very small team of enthusiastic Pendle runners (well most of them !)  turned out to enjoy the sunshine which hasn’t been seen at this race for at least a couple of years. 


Eathan Trickett, our U11 Boys representative, gave a determined run in the sunny conditions although underfoot was very muddy and slippy.  Eathan finished in a fabulous 48th place out of 88 runners – well done Eathan.


Next to run for the U13 Boys was Harry Nelson – another newcomer this season.  Harry had a brilliant run given the boggy conditions but came in with a smile on his face after a great sprint finish along with several mud spots !  Harry had a superb run finishing in a fab 38th place.


Then came our team of the day with Gregan Baker backed up by Jacob and Harvey Van Geffen, all putting in fabulous runs with Gregan finishing strongly in 16th place with Jacob in 27th and Harvey in 31st place.  Harvey has an amazing sprint finish, blink and you will miss it ! – well done to you all – the team finished in 5th place overall.


Callum Ross running for Pendle in the U17 Men also had a brilliant race finishing in 11th place – great running Callum.


Now on to the more senior members of our group who set out for their marathon run.  Ryan Atkins and John Van Geffen took control of the course and enjoyed the variety of paths through the trees and fields with ups and downs (maybe not entirely true !)

Ryan finished in a brilliant 188th position out of 236 runners with John not far behind in 212 place – well done to the both of you but just need another pal to join you, Neil T, Julian B, Richard M !!!


The last Red Rose Race is at Marl Pitts, Rossendale on Saturday 6th December, a fantastically funny race for spectators and if you haven’t experienced very muddy conditions yet come along and have some fun !


Good luck to all our runners making the trip to SeftonPark, Liverpool, next week(29th) for the Mid Lancs – looking forward to seeing some great results !


Report by Lynn Baker


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