A VERY muddy Sefton Park Liverpool was the venue for the British Athletics Cross Country Challenge, including the European trials.

With the race also including, the Liverpool and District League, The Red Rose League and The Mid Lancashire League.

There was a huge turnout of athletes in all age groups, Sutton were missing a number of runners due to injury and illness, so the clubs turnout was not as large as usual.

There was a surprise in store for everyone as nine-times Olympic Champion Carl Lewis was in attendance to hand out the winners medals.

Under 13 athlete Bobby Birkett was once again the star of the show finishing an excellent 7th.

St Helens Star:


 U11s Girls: Hannah Melling 124th, Evelyn Bushell 183rd.

U13s Boys: Bobby Birkett 7th, Jamie Hughes 90th.

U13 Girls: Tess Mullen 76th, Louis Wilson 77th, Chloe Brownbill 96th, Lily McKeegan 102nd.

U15s Boys: Luke Wilson 71st, Riley Underhill 77th, Ben Genner 114th.

U15 Girls: Isabell George 114th, Nicole Anders 132nd, Heidi Brownbill 148th.

U17s Boys: Liam Johnson 35th, Gabriel Mullen 79th, Will Vose 107th.

U17s Girls: Lily Birkett 78th.

U20s Men: Joe Byrne 145th.

Senior Ladies: Sue Johnson 251st, Sarah Birkett 288th.

Senior Men: Joe Buckley 80th, Michael Brussels 328th, Chris Birkett 411th, Barry Graney 537th, Martin Johnson 561st, Paul Brownbill 594th.

With St Helens Council making the unusual decision to cancel the clubs Manchester Cross Country League fixture at Sherdley Park next week the clubs next cross country outing will be at Beacon Park Skelmersdale later on in December.