Athletics: Lancaster and Morecambe juniors take on best in county

Lancaster and Morecambe Athletics Club under 11 girls who competed at the Lancashire Country Cross Country Championships.
Lancaster and Morecambe Athletics Club under 11 girls who competed at the Lancashire Country Cross Country Championships.
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Lancaster and Morecambe Athletics Club’s juniors were out in force at the Lancashire County Cross Country Championships in Blackburn on Saturday.

In the under 11 girls Kirsty Hamilton led the team home winning a silver medal.

Errin Moffatt just missed out on a medal in fourth, with Chloe Hanafin, 20th, and Alice Hunt, 23rd, the other two scoring members of the team as the group were crowned county champions.

Backing the team up well were Larissa Hannam, 27th, Holly Halton, 33rd, Macy Hinnigan, 38th, Freya Burgess, 40th, Lucy Harrison, 44th and Daisy Langley 46th.

Rhys Ashton finished in bronze in the under 11 boys with William Pyle, 11th, Thomas Dowthwaite, 22nd, and Jack Newton, 28th, sealing another county championship for the team.

Tom Kirkley just missed out on a team medal, finishing in 36th place.

Emma Whitaker won another silver medal for Lancaster and Morecambe in the under 13 girls.

Solid support came from Ffion Ashton, 28th, Anna Harison, 41st, Lydia Shenton, 46th, and Imogen Graham 47th.

In the under 13 boys, Kieron Blackburn led the team home in seventh closely followed by Shea Hannam, eighth, Curtis Done, 10th, and Lucas Done, 14th to lift a third county Championship title.

Other finishers were Joe Kirkley, 18th, Benjamin Winterburn, 19th, Tyler Hanafin, 20th, Thomas Pyle, 22nd, and Matthew Bunce 33rd.

Shannon Perry was the sole representative for the club in the under 15 girls, battling hard to finish in 26th place. In the Cumbrian Championship, club member Scarlet Dale won bronze.

For the under 15 boys Ben Blackburn finished 8th with Niall Graham coming home in 17th.

The club won gold in the under 17 girls through Mary Hodgson with Georgia Hannam also running very well in fifth.

In the Cumbrian Championships, Lancaster and Morecambe claimed the top two places with Rosie Dale in first and Natalie Beadle second.

Nathan Cheetham was 22nd in the under 17 boys.

As a result Emma Whitaker (Lancashire), Scarlet Dale (Cumbria), Rosie Dale and Natalie Beadle (Cumbria), Mary Hodgson and Georgia Hannam (Lancashire) all achieved automatic selection for their counties.