Lancashire Cross Country Championships 2008




Saturday 5th January at Witton Park, Blackburn

photos courtesy of Murray Lambden

Manx Harriers won 7 medals at the Lancashire Cross Country Championships at Witton Park, Blackburn  The day started with an emphatic win by Sarah Astin in the U15 Girls race to claim GOLD medal followed by a  BRONZE for her sister Gemma Astin in the U17 Girls leading her team mates Rachael Franklin & Bronwen Kaneen to a team SILVER. In the Senior Ladies there was an impressive performance from  Gail Griffiths to finish 7th overall and a SILVER medal in the Vet 40 class. In the Senior Men’s race it was GOLD for Keith Gerrard & overall a fantastic GOLD for the Men’s team & SILVER for Andy Fox in the V45 class. (thanks to Dave Griffiths)

Team Gold for the Senior Men’s Team headed by an outstanding individual winning performance by Keith Gerrard. Also pictured on the podium are the other 5 counters, John Halligan, Kevin Loundes, Ed Gumbley, Nigel Armstrong & Darren Gray

Sarah Astn was the outstanding runaway winner of the U15 Girls race in her first year in the age group

Senior ladies team of (l-r) Sarah Nelson, Gail Griffiths & Bridget Kaneen. Gail finished an impressive 7th overall and claimed Silver Medal in the Veteran 40 class improving on her time by over 2 minutes from last year.

Juniors including (back row l-r) Bronwen Kaneen, Catriona Cox, Hannah Scarlett, Gemma Astin, Sarah Astin, Alice Ashe (front row l-r) Jack Garrett & Katie Astin. In addition to her Gold medal winning sister, Gemma Astin won Bronze medal in the U17 Girls event and together with Rachael Franklin & Bronwen Kaneen took team Silver medal also. Katie Astin entered the U11G race on the day – a new addition for 2008 & finished 6th.

Keith Gerrard of Newham & Essex Beagles and second claim Manx Harriers was in a race of his own from the early stages winning the Senior men’s race by the old proverbial.

Darren Gray has time to practice his Dave Newton impression on his way to 26th place just ahead of Gianni Epifani.

Team Silver for the U17 Girls (l-r) Bronwen Kaneen, Gemma Astin & Rachael Franklin (photo Ian Astin)

Check out more of  Ian Astin’s photos here

Videos and hundreds of photographs by Murray Lambden here

Full Results here

Summary of the Manx performances

  Under 11 Girls 6th Katie Astin    
  Under 13 Boys 16th Jack Garrett  


  Under 13 Girls DNF Alice Ashe



  Under 15 Girls 1st Sarah Astin 11th Hannah Scarlett 13th Catriona Cox

Gold Medal

    DNS Polly Rogerson    


  Under 17 Girls 3rd Gemma Astin

9th Rachael Franklin

18th Bronwen Kaneen

Bronze Medal & Team Silver Medal

  Senior/Vet Ladies 7th Gail Griffiths 15th Sarah Nelson

23rd Bridget Kaneen


  Vet 40 Ladies 2nd Gail Griffiths

5th Bridget Kaneen


Silver Medal

  Senior Men 1st Keith Gerrard 7th John Halligan 12th Kevin Loundes

Gold Medal & Team Gold Medal

  16th Ed Gumbley

17th Nigel Armstrong

25th Darren Gray

  26th Gianni Epifani

31st Andy Fox

33rd Mike Garrett

  42nd Russell Collister 87th Dave Newton

105th Les Brown

  DNS Andrew Duncan  
  Vet 40 Men 6th Russell Collister  


  Vet 45 Men

2nd Andy Fox



  Vet 50 Men 15th Dave Newton  


  Vet 55 Men

6th Les Brown



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