THE second Manchester Area Cross Country League took place on Saturday 11th, at the "mud bath" of Boggart Hole Clough.

There were 26 athletes representing St Helens Sutton, which is the biggest turn out for a long time!

For the juniors; Will Vose, Sam Mawdsley, Charlotte Cochran, Grace Westhails and Rebecca Cartwright all competed in their first cross country race, whilst Craig Brighton represented the senior men for the first time!

Running in the under 11 boys 2,000m, Gabriel Mullen led the team home, followed by Joe Colley, Liam Johnson and Will Vose. The team finished 8th overall. Daisy Ward and Chloe Leigh compete in the same race as the under 11 boys.

Rhys Hopkins, Michael Dobson and Sam Mawdsley competed in the under 13 boys 3,000m race, finishing 10th overall.

There were 2 teams for the under 13 girls, finishing 21st and 24th. The first team consisted of Hollie Brussels, Lucy Bridge and Jessica Bairstow, whilst Charlotte Cochran, Grace Westhails and Rebecca Cartwright, made up the second team.

Charlie Roberts, Michael Brussels, Joe Byrne and Michael Duffy all went in the under 15 boys 4,400m race, finishing 6th overall. Also in this race was under 15 girl, Alyx Bridge.

Gemma Connolly and Rachel McGoldrick competed in the senior ladies 8,000m, whilst Craig Brighton, Ian Roberts, Andy O'Connor and Ray Vose represented the senior men in the 9,600m race.

Further afield Sutton's "Ultra Queen" Collette Flaherty ran "under distance" as she took on the Las Vegas Rock 'n' Roll 5k and Half Marathon, with a new PB in the half of 1:54.51.