A TEENAGER was stunned to win a county title on Saturday as West Cheshire AC enjoyed a successful day in Winsford.
Chris Goodwin went into the Cheshire Cross County Championships aiming for a top-eight finish – but came away with a gold medal.
The hard, icy ground at Knight’s Grange was not a problem for the 14-year-old as he used his strong sprint finish to out-pace his rivals and secure first place in the under 15s section.
“I told my coach I was targeting an eighth place and I allowed the other runners to set the pace,” said Chris, who lives in Little Stanney.
“I knew I had a strong sprint and when I kicked on towards the end I still didn’t believe I would win – but I got through and crossed the line first.”
Chris clocked 15 minutes 47 seconds, beating Callum Murray of Macclesfield to top spot.
The pair were joined on the podium by West Cheshire’s Liam Renton, who was third in 15:54.
After Chris and Liam, West Cheshire’s next U15 finisher on Saturday was Sean Atkinson (13th, 17:23) which helped secure silver medals for the team overall.
West Cheshire runner Dave Alexander finished sixth in the men’s race and second in the 40-44 vets section, running 38:06. Gary Withers posted 42:45 for 36th position overall, and third place in the 50-54 age group.
Dave Tiernan (43:19) and Russell Kirk (43:21) finished 21st and 22nd respectively in the veterans race to earn West Cheshire bronze medals from the vets team event.
Other West Cheshire finishers included Paul Price (78th in 48:09) and Dave Hough, who finished second in the 60-64 age group with a time of 50:26.
Olivia Montez-Brown secured 10th in the U13s girls race with 12:25, ahead of Ellen McMahon (22nd, 13:55) and Sally Pickering (24th, 14:42).
Karry Broster finished 21st in the U15s girls race in 16:36, and Rosie Webber finished the U11s race in 26th place (9:28).
In the U13s boys section, Toby Palin finished 11th (11:36) ahead of Seb Dunn (16th, 12:02), Mark Hearn (18th, 12:03), Alex Kirk (20th, 12:08), Chris McCartney (21st, 12:12), Michael Ellis (23rd, 12:16) and Robert Rogers (31st, 12:54). Kieran Atkinson secured 14th place (8:12) in the U11s event ahead of Jack Johnson (23rd, 8:28).