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Hyndburn make most of home meeting
8:22am Thursday 15th November 2012 in Athletics
HYNDBURN duo Josh Boyle and Blythe Fourie maintained their 100 per cent start to the Red Rose Cross Country League at their own club on Saturday.
Boyle has now won both of the races he has competed in so far this season to top the under 13 standings, while team mate Fourie is topping the under 13 girls table after making it three straight wins at the weekend.
The host club were also celebrating victory in the under 11 boys race, with Owen George moving up to third in the overall standings with a win, while team mate Jack Hutchinson followed in second to move to fifth in the league.
George and Hutchinson’s impressive runs also helped the hosts claim victory in the team event, leaving them second in the overall table.
Rossendale Harriers are leading the way in the under 13 boys’ overall standings, with Ethan Radcliffe, Joshua Whitehead and Elliot Snape finishing third, fourth and eighth respectively.
Rossendale’s under 13 girls are also out in the front with Sarah Longshaw, Ella Tinman and Corinna Howarth finishing third, fourth and sixth respectively.
Pendle’s Matthew Barnes kept his place at the top of the under 15 league, with a second place on Saturday, while in the under 15 event Blackburn Harrier Elizabeth Greenwood still leads despite missing the event at Hyndburn.
Victory on Saturday was taken by Greenwood’s Blackburn team-mate Grace Handley to move to second in the standings, with Rossendale’s Charlotte Waddington taking second place on the day.
Rossendale won the team event in the under 17 women’s race, with Rebecca Flanagan finishing second, Megan Solomon in fifth and Leah Williamson in eighth.
In the ladies race Chorley’s Sara Parkinson finished in second, with Blackburn Harrier Beckie Taylor just behind her in third.
Parkinson’s Chorley team-mate Lynne Clough again tasted her first victory of the league season in the vets race, with series leader Sarah Ridehalgh from Accrington in second.
Having missed out on overall victory in the ladies race, Blackburn Harrier Beckie Taylor had the consolation of winning the ladies under 20 race, while Todmorden’s Richard Blakeley claimed an impressive victory in the M65 race.
The Red Rose Cross County League has now been hosted at Leigh, Blackburn and Hyndburn this season with the next stage at Bolton on December 15.
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