Northern Athletics Young Athlete 5K Championships
This year the event remains at it 2019 location, Birkenhead Park, due to the cancellation at Catterick Garrison.
Birkenhead Park is a mainly flat fast course on wide tarmac paths, with a good road surface.
The 5K course goes partly on a closed road section, but both relays remain in the scenic park for the vast majority of the distance,
The 5K course is measured and certified
Under 17 Men
Last year it was ROSSENDALE’s Matthew McKay, 15.16, who was the winner from Benjamin Preddy, Preston, 15.18, with Joseph Buckley, Warrington, taking bronze medal in 15.24.
5 athletes were sub 16 minutes and 17 ran sub 17minutes, and there were 44 finishers.
Rossendale despite having 2 in the top 5 were only 4th Team. Preston won the gold team award, Trafford were 2nd and Warrington 3rd, and Trafford, under the expert coaching of Neal Canham, also won the B team medals.
Under 17 Women
The women’s race was won by Keiva Rennocks, in the all black kit of ROTHERHAM HARRIERS, in 18:14 from Chloe Wellings, Gateshead, 18:37 with Darcey Lonsdale, Preston, taking the Bronze medal in 18.55.
There were 3 women under 19 minutes and 6 under 20 minutes, amongst the 20 finishers but just 2 clubs finished teams, Leigh taking gold and Preston close behind in Silver.
Under 15 Boys
58 athletes completed the 5K course, with 7 going sub 17 minutes, and there were 10 complete teams.
Fraser Sproul, Kendal, was the winner, 16.07, quickly followed by Jack McNicol, Trafford, 16.09 with Jake Wilson, Vale Royal, 16.11 taking the bronze medal.
TRAFFORD won the gold medal, just 2 points ahead of Kendal with Derby 3rd, Wirral were 4th, but their B team in 7th place were the first B team.
Under 15 Girls
Again 10 complete teams finished with 51 individual athletes.
Ellen Kearney, Wirral, 18.16, was 1st Lucy Dixon Horwich, 18.35 was 2nd and Olesia Winder, Leven Valley, 18.45,claimed the bronze medal, finishing just ahead of Freya Potts Bury in 4th.
Preston were clear winners of the team, with Wirral, 2nd and Preston just ahead of Sale.
All the individual winners receive a FREE entry to the ERRA National Road Relays at Sutton Park Birmingham on the day of the National 12 & 6 stage road relay.