Group of runners in action

Graham Schofield
Graham Schofield

A group of hardy Chorley athletes chose to undertake the local Parbold Hill(7) race instead of the cross county at Barrow.

First home was Darren Fishwick in an excellent 51st place, pursued by Andrew Clough(75th), Graham Schofield(190th) with Michael Hendry(207th) challenging to make a team position.

Despite a heavy cold Barry Chester had a good race finishing (261st) with Tom Hilton making it home in 474th place.

Chorley athlete Iain Gouldthorpe went to the Northern Indoor Masters at Sheffield.

He took part in his first pentathlon of 60m(11:44), long jump(5.14), shot putt(7.69), high jump(1.54) & 1000m(3:35) coming 5th overall on 2200 points, only two points shy of 4th & 40 points from bronze.

It was a long day in a very dry atmosphere and fortunately with no injuries worries for Iain!!

The other activity of the weekend was the Red Rose League Cross Country 2011 presentations where Chorley athletes carried off eight awards with Fergus Tallon 3rd in U15s, Ryan Sciacca 5th U17, Luke Betts 4th junior man, Henry Minorczyk 2nd V60, Mike Coppin 2nd V65 and John Minton 1st V70.

Additionally Ryan with brother Adam and Joe Ellison were the 2nd U17 team with the Chorley Harriers ‘old girls’ being the 2nd senior ladies team

On February 18 there is the Standish Hall Trail(10K) race with the National Cross Country champs in London the following Saturday.

There is a choice of Bleasdale Circle(5) fell race on 25th or the Lostock(6 road race on 26th.

Then the final Mid-Lancs Cross-Country race at Worden Park, on March 3.