Alex is hot to trot in the cold

THIRTEEN members of St Helens Sutton Athletics Club represented St Helens Schools in the Merseyside Schools Cross Country Championship, held at Liverpool’s Sefton Park on a freezing cold day.

Best individual performance was that of Alex Bottomley in the Year 7 Girls’ event, running superbly to take third place, running the 2km course in 06.19.

Also in this event were Abbie Roberts, 15th in 7.01 and Ellie Mawdsley, 25th in 7.28.

For the boys, Peter Davis and Jake Radcliffe finished 33rd and 37th in the Year 5 and 6 group with times of 5.54 and 6.01 for the 1.5km, and Adam Woosey and Joseph Walker were 13th and 35th in the 4km Year 8 and 9 event, with times of 14.03 and 15.33.

Another wintry day saw the club competing in the Manchester and District Cross-Country League match at Clayton Vale, Manchester.

Rosie Dyer was the only Under-11 girl to compete, and she finished with a time of 7.15.

The club had two teams in the Under-13 Girls’ race. The A team was sixth overall, with of Olivia Harwoodmoss 13th in 9.00, Alex Bottomley 24th in 9.31 and Elizabeth Dingsdale 31st in 10.50.

The B team packed close together, with Alex Glynn 32nd (10.50), Emily Roberts 34th (11.11) and Freya Roberts and Elle Mawdsley both running 11.21 for 35th and 36th, the team finishing eighth.

The McGoldrick sisters were the only runners in the Under-15 Girls’ race with Rachel 12th (11.22) and Maria 17th (12.01).

Gemma Connolly was the only senior lady, but ran well to finish sixth in 29.44. The senior men were also poorly represented, with only Rob Marsh (70th, 38.55) and Maurice Collins (99th, 39.51) daring to battle the elements.