Manchester Area Cross Country League, Match Five, Heaton Park, March 11th

Naomi Kingston wrapped up the overall series in style with a resounding win at a bitterly cold Heaton Park, Stephen Green Reports.

The Altrincham athlete was promptly away on lap one of three, as the field descended the first sharp hill.  Heading up the sharp incline at the end of the circuit,  she had clear daylight over the chasing pack, which included Salford Harrier, Laura Lombard and Beatrice Cordingley.  Kingston eased away for a 51 second margin of victory, with Lombard in second, followed by Sale’s Cordingley, another 200m down.

Gavin Tomlinson also enjoyed an emphatic win in the men’s race. The Chorlton V40 pushed hard on the first of the three large laps through the twisty woods to get clear daylight from Nicholas Barry. He pushed on through a series of tough inclines and tricky descents and was probably grateful for the relatively good underfoot conditions, to come home over a minute to the good from Barry, with Horwich’s Joe Mercer coming in third place, another 250m in arrears.

Barry had the consolation of winning the overall men’s series title, with his club Sale Harriers taking both the men’s and women’s overall team medals.

The first U20 was Louis Hudson (8th) from Manchester University, with Grace Tobin (31st) the first U20 woman. The overall U20 titles went to Lucy Armitage (Sale) and West Cheshire’s Sam Hollins.

Joseph Deighton of Trafford was 100m clear of Gabrielle Mullen, followed by Tony Robinson in the U17 section. Salford Harrier’s Matilda Byrnes was a minute clear of teammate Amber Davidson, with Charlotte Wilkinson, third.

Stockport’s Ella Buckley pulled seven seconds clear of Sophia Nation, with Rachel Bowden next home in the U15 girls’ race. Sale’s Finlay Goddard was the top U15 boy, with a six second margin of victory over Oberon Kearney, with Jamie Barber in third.

Liverpool’s Isobel Kavanagh sprinted clear by eight seconds from Megan Boyer to gain top spot in the U13 girls’ event, Nancy Carrington completed the top three. Vale Royal’s Samuel Conkie enjoyed an emphatic win thirty-six seconds clear of Sebastian Whearcroft, who just edged ahead of Thomas Rimmer.

The U11 winners were Eve Beddow of Warriors Pentathlon (guest), and Owen Oswick of Wirral AC.