Majestic Travel Cross Country League 

Round 5; Oswestry, 4/2/2006.


Abergele Harriers Cross-Country team followed up last week-ends successes with another stunning display of team running, with the men’s team becoming Majestic Travel North Wales Cross-Country Division Two champions, the ladies team, in their first ever season in the league, becoming runners –up in their second division, and three Harriers winning individual overall prizes. In the final race of the season in Oswestry Geran Hughes was first Harrier home in 35mins 46secs for 24th position, once again hotly pursued by cross-country captain Sean McCormack just one position further back, in 25th position, in a time of 36mins 10secs. McCormack’s position was also good enough to secure 3rd position overall in the MV40 category for the second season in succession. Richie Lee, getting back to top form, was next in 38.02 for 35th position, with Justin McIlveen, in his first league race, having a fantastic run to finish just a minute further back in 39.16 for 57th. With all Harriers eager to win the title, Tim Cahill was home just seven seconds later (58th) and Matthew Ashton, in his first ever cross-country race, only a mere 21 seconds and three positions behind him. Unfortunately, season ever-present Roy Evans was injured on the last lap and had to pull out of the race, while Ed Reid finished very well in 41mins 6secs. John Humphries also had an excellent race, finishing in 42minas 41secs for 88th position, with Emyr Evans in 44mins 15secs (101st) and Dave Edwards in 47mins 45secs, completing an excellent team performance. The overall score of 260 points was a record for the club by 74 points pulled the club well clear of their nearest rivals Menai Track and Field. Grahame Shone was not available for the last race but his performances earlier in the season were good enough to secure him second position overall in the MV55 category. The ladies team also performed excellently with a score of 106 points to finish as runners-up in division two, just behind Denbigh Harriers. Kristy Stephenson was first Harrier home in 23mins 58secs for 25th position with Hilary Jaques just ten seconds and one position behind. Jaques performances all season were rewarded however, when she won the FV50 category overall. Julie Jones completed the team finishing in 32mins 29secs (55th) and afterwards was awarded the Abergele Harriers Cross-Country Captains Award for her excellent team spirit and performances through-out the season.


  Ladies positions;




Kristy Stephenson



Hilary Jaques



Julie Jones



Ladies Team Total




Mens Positions;


Geran Hughes



Sean McCormack



Richie Lee



Justin McIlveen



Tim Cahill



Matthew Ashton



Ed Reid



John Humphries



Emyr Evans



Dave Edwards



Roy Evans



Men’s Team Total





Images of Race

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All lined up for the ladies race.


And they're off!


Kristy going well early in the race.


Hilary going too well for the cameraman!


Julie Completes the excellent ladies team.


Harry Jones (Colwyn Bay) shows everyone how you should go over the style!


Kristy a little more cautious!


Is Hillary sitting on the fence?


Julie balances herself half way over.


Kristy powers in with Hilary in the background.


Hilary hilary smiles her way to the 1st FV50 prize.


The mens team gather for the kill!


Sean gathers everyone around to point out the Menai and (absent!) Vale Royal teams.


The men line up for the start.


Sean leads from the front.


Julie finishes well.


Sean passes two at the style.


How high can Matthew put his leg?


Tim escapes the crowd.


Ed powers away from the style.


Roy clears the style with ease.


Justin attacks the style.


Emyr and John push Debigh out of the way.


Dave clears it with style!


Sean looks in pain.


Geran about to pass him again.


Roy hot on Ed's heels.


Justin pacing himself behind them.


Sean puffing at the top of the hill.


Geran closing in fast.


Richie there too.


Tim looks tired.


Roy has passed Ed.


Justin enjoying the hill??


John looking very focused.


Emyr focused on the ground!


Dave comfortable at the top.


Geran has ducked under the tree.


Sean doesn't have to!


Richie out on his own.


John going well with Emyr in the background.


Dave still going very well.


The cross-country team (minus Roy) after the Oswestry race.




Sean picks up the championship medals, the cameraman is shaking with excitement!

  Sean presents the Capains trophy to Julie (ever present in the ladies time).