Woodford youngsters take centre stage on Merseyside

PUBLISHED: 09:00 30 November 2012

Woodford Green AC with Essex Ladies' Isabella Hoy in action.

Woodford Green AC with Essex Ladies' Isabella Hoy in action.


Woodford Green AC with Essex Ladies youngsters produced the best results of the weekend at the McCain UK Cross Challenge.

Woodford Green AC with Essex Ladies’ younger athletes rose to prominence at the weekend when they entered the McCain UK Cross Challenge in Liverpool on Saturday.

The top result came from Canaan Solomon in the under-15 boys’ event where he came home in seventh spot in a time of 10 minutes and 21 seconds, 16 seconds behind winner Joss Kerr.

An equally good performance came from Isabella Hoy, who stormed round the course in 11.52 for eighth spot in the under-13 girls’ race.

Also in the same race was Olivia Hounsome and she stopped the clock in 14.14 for 71st spot.

There was a top-50 spot for Kyle Lundie in the under-13 boys’ race as his time of 12.18 saw him cross the line in 45th.


Then it was the turn of the seniors to perform and they were led superbly by Matthew Gunby in the senior men’s race as he completed the course in 31.18 for 29th spot in the field of the country’s top runners.

Under-23 athlete Alex Cornwell also made the trip up to Merseyside and came home in 32.17 for 63rd.

Ed Shepherd was the leading runner in the under-20 men’s race as he stopped the clock on 21.56 to record a 37th place finish, while James Stockings finished 74th in 22.58.

The under-20 women’s race was entered by Lauren MacGregor, where she finished 54th in 18.22.

Perry Rowan competed in the under-17 boys’ race and finished in a solid 46th spot after clocking 19.35 while in the girls’ equivalent, Jessica Burgess was 27th and Amelia Barrett 34th in 17.26 and 17.42 respectively.

Woodford’s sole runner in the under-15 girls’ event was Alicia McArdell who completed the course in 12.40 for 55th.

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