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LOCAL ATHLETICS : Glory for McGlory as Liverpool race home.

Byline: BY PHIL THOMAS

PHIL McGLORY won the opening match in the Liverpool and District Cross Country League held at Arrowe Park, Birkenhead completing the sixmile course in 31 minutes.

Jimmy Boardman (LPS) was second but Liverpool filled the next five places to win the team race. LPS, Wirral and St Helens-Sutton, led by Marc Laithwaite and Matt Cullen, all fielded complete teams while SouthportWaterloo, with Mike Cunningham and Sue Cooper to the fore, had five competitors.

A delay in the production of the results means that team positions will not be finalised until later in the week.

There was no such problem at Heaton Park, Manchester, where St Helens-Sutton's veteran ladies finished second to Middleton after round one.

Sue O'Hanlon (12), Christine Dempsey (23), Cecilia Fitzsimons (33) and Karen Jarvis (34) scored the points.

Wirral's veterans had two wellplaced competitors, Jeannette Fox (10) and Julia Gibson (29) while Anne Rosbottom returned to competition by finishing 31st in the combined race, 10 places behind Julia Eccleston who led Saints home.

Saints also took third in the under13 competition, Jemma Shaw (8), Lauren Bradshaw (17), Heather Leyland (21) and Heather Drillingcourt finishing just three points behind Stockport.

Two members of the 1947 England team that competed in the international cross country championship have died within a month of each other.

Norman Jones (Pembroke), who won a vest in 1934 and was third in the National Championships in 1947, died at his home in Oxford, aged 94.

Norman Ashcroft, who was associated with Sutton Harriers, founded the veterans' movement in the 1960s and later served as President of the Northern Cross Country Association, died in Warrington, aged 88.

A vote by clubs on proposals by UK Athletics for change has resulted in a majority for three propositions but, as expected, a move to introduce an increase in registration fees from pounds 2 to pounds 10 (with discounts for club members) has been rejected.

The 2006 fixture list has produced a number of clashes on league weekends, particularly the National Junior League whose second fixture clashes with the Northern and British Leagues.

A suggestion to move the NJL fixture to the second week in August is currently under consideration.

There is a plethora of fixtures this weekend. Road races include the Alexandra Park 5 in Manchester, the Langley 7 at Macclesfield, the Veterans 10k at Lancaster, the penultimate North Pier 4 at Blackpool and the Radcliffe Trail race at Whitworth.

For cross country runners there is the Mid Lancs league at Townley Park, Burnley involving athletes from LPS, Liverpool and SouthportWaterloo. The following week Sue Cooper (SouthportWaterloo) will be competing in a veterans international in Dublin

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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Nov 3, 2005
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