Southport Waterloo’s Amanda Crook and James Tartt win the Senior Women’s and Senior Men’s race at Kendal respectively

SOUTHPORT Waterloo runners Amanda Crook and James Tartt won the Senior Women’s and Senior Men’s races at Kendal in a fine weekend for the club.

After the first of the three-lap 6.2kms course, Amanda Crook was in the leading group of three in the Women’s race but then moved ahead and won the race convincingly in 23:47, more than half a minute ahead of the second-placed runner.

Clare Constable enjoys her cross country running and was the club’s second finisher at Kendal, 11th of almost 100 runners, in 26:27.

Tracey Peters was next, 19th in 27:24, to bring the team home in first place.

Impressively, three complete teams finished at Kendal. Angela Delaney, 27th in 28:31, Michelle Spencer, 37th in 29:23, and Sue Cooper, 43rd in 29:42, made up the ‘B’ team and Carole James, 59th in 31:24, Sarah Grayson, 67th in 32:08, and Christine Cutner, 72nd in 33:53, comprised a ‘C’ team. Sue Stewart was 74th, in 34:42, and Elaine Sutton, our final runner, completed the course in 35:27.In the early stages of the Senior Men’s race there wasn’t much in it but in the third of four laps, Tartt pulled away and would never be caught.

Behind him, Danny Parkinson of host club Kendal whipped past James Douglas in the finish straight to take second place.

Tartt’s time was 32:22 with Danny just six secs behind and James Douglas just three secs behind him.

Eleven Southport Waterloo senior men made the trip with Matt Thompson the second finisher, sixth overall and first vet runner, in 33:33, with Joe Vis next in, 13th in 34:57, David Hamilton, 15th in 35:03, Richard Shearer, 21st overall in 35:40, and Ben Johnson the final ‘A’ team counter, 26th in 36:31.

The team finished an excellent first with 77 points, ahead of Border with 106 and Barrow with 138. Having taken maximum points from three fixtures, Southport Waterloo now lead the senior men Division One team award with 21 points, six points clear of Preston Harriers and nine points clear of both Clayton-le-Moors and Barrow.

In the junior age groups, the turnout by just 10 Southport Waterloo runners can only be described as disappointing. Lilly-Ann Grayson and Megan Howarth were the under-11 girls. Lilly-Ann was again the club’s fastest, finishing 18th of 41 in 8:01 for 1.9 kms. Megan was 32nd in 9:09.

There were three Southport Waterloo runners in the under-11s boys’ race with brothers Louis and Ellis Hardy, running for the club for the first time, and Sam Coupland who debuted at Sefton Park.

Louis was first home in 21st place in 7:35 with Ellis 22nd in the same time! Sam completed the 1.9 kms in 8:01.

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