Saturday, 13 February 2016

Striders make a flying start to the new season


RUNNING FREE: Bob Atkinson

BARROW and Furness Striders AC men stormed to team victory in the opening event of the Mid Lancs Cross Country League series.

Hundreds of runners descended on the Westmorland County Showfield, near Kendal, as the new season kicked off in style.

Flying veteran Bob Atkinson found the fast underfoot conditions of the undulating course to his liking as he finished eighth overall and led home the victorious Striders team.

Richard Walker (16th) was next Strider across the finish line, with Phil Waite (27th), Jed Bartlett (28th), Garry Dixon (36th) and David Hook (49th) completing the winning team.

Striders finished 24 points better off than their nearest rivals Blackpool Wyre and Fylde AC, with Lancaster and Morecambe AC third.

Ulverston-based club Glaxo Hoad Hill Harriers’ men’s team – led home by Chris Howie (33rd) – placed ninth overall and first Division Three team.

Howie was supported by team-mates Jeff Chadwick (62nd), Matthew Rooke (63rd), Harry Stainton (74th), Gary Dover (86th), Graham Pinder (117th).

Hoad’s Sharon Dixon was the first South Cumbrian to finish in the ladies’ race, placing 13th overall. Just two places behind her was Striders’ Katie Savage.

Lou Lyness (Striders) was first lady over-60 in 31st place overall.

The highest placing by a local junior came in the under-11 boys race where Striders’ Kyle Ritchie finished third.

Therw were also top-10 finishes for Sam Nicholson in the under-13 boys, Olivia Miller in the under-15 girls, Theo Messenger-Jones and Sam Storey in the under-15 boys and Ellie Wilson and Jenny Huck in the under-17 girls.

Striders and Hoad finishers: Under-11 girls: 11 Abigail Howie (Hoad 11th) 7:01; 16 Emily Lockhart (Hoad) 7:11; 18 Kiera Whittaker (Striders) 7:16; 27 Kimberly Walker, (Striders) 8:41.

Under-11 boys: 3 Kyle Ritchie (Striders) 6:09; 26 Nathan Chadwick, (Hoad) 7:24; 28 Thomas Gregg (Hoad) 7:27; 34 Alistair Howie (Hoad) 7:42.

Under-13 girls: 20 Sophie Seddon (Striders) 11:50; 21 Tasmin Crook (Striders) 11:52; 25 Freya Sadler, (Striders) 12:13, 33 Katy Griifiths (Hoad) 12:39; 35 Gaby Byrom (Striders) 13:01.

Under-13 boys: 6 Sam Nicholson (Striders) 11:11.

Under-15 girls: 9 Olivia Miller (Striders) 12:08; 16 Brogan Stewart (Striders) 12:31; 33 Hannah Stanway (Striders) 14:10.

Under-15 boys; 5 Theo Messenger-Jones (Striders) 14:48; 7 Sam Storey (Striders) 14:58; 13 Ross Campbell (Striders) 15:15.

Under-17 girls: 6 Ellie Wilson (Striders) 16:09, 7 Jenny Huck (Striders) 16:47; 22 Alice Barnes (Striders) 22:35.

Under-17 boys: 10 Jonathan Benson (Striders) 22:23.

Senior women: 13 Sharon Dixon (Hoad) 25:57; 15 Katie Savage (Striders) 26:14; 31 Lou Lyness, (Striders) 28:00; 36 Sue Sharp (Striders) 28:30; 76 Victoria Lepper (Hoad) 31:52; 81 Helen Walker (Striders) 32:28; 83 Bethan Burke (Hoad) 32:40; 84 Penny Moreton (Hoad) 33:03; 87 Beth Fellowes (Hoad) 33:19.

Senior men: 8 Bob Atkinson (Striders) 33:31; 16 Richard Walker, (Striders) 34:23; 27 Phil Waite (Striders) 35:11; 28 Jed Bartlett (Striders) 35:14; 33 Chris Howie (Hoad) 35:49; 36 Garry Dixon (Striders) 35:59; 49 David Hook (Striders) 37:04; 60 Simon Stanway (Striders) 37:38; 62 Jeff Chadwick (Hoad) 37:42; 63 Matthew Rooke (Hoad) 37:43; 65 David Parker (Striders) 37:50; 74 Harry Stainton (Hoad) 38:31; 86 Gary Dover (Hoad) 39:27; 94 Peter Savage (Striders) 39:49; 104 Peter Hall (Striders) 40:16; 117 Graham Pinder (Hoad) 40:43; 120 Gary Mason, (Striders) 41:02; 178 Ken Lamb (Hoad) 44:29; 181 Harry Melia (Striders) 44:41; 186 Ron Winward (Striders) 45:19; 194 Roger Quayle (Striders) 46:25; 201 David Spencer (Striders) 46:52; 216 Alf Waite (Striders) 48:30; 224 Simon Barton (Hoad) 49:56; Jeremy Clark, (Hoad) 51:02; 232 Dave Shaw (Striders) 51:46.


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