In recent weeks the road running season has been in full swing, starting with the NW road relay Championships at Heaton Park, Manchester in mid-September.
Then it was onto the Northern Road relays in Birkenhead Park at the end of September, and culminating in the National road relay finals in Sutton Park Birmingham last Saturday 7 October.
A consistent theme throughout all three rounds of the road relay Championships has been the success of the inclusive philosophy of the Warriors.
At the North West relays they had five senior women’s teams, more than any other club in the NW, and at the National Relay finals the Warriors were the only Wirral club to have female teams running.
The Warriors’ philosophy of inclusion and fun has turned them into Wirral’s fastest-growing club, with 150 athletes joining in the first nine months.
Combining all this talent with a long-established training model under two-time Wirral Coach of the Year, Sarah Kearney, means that podium success is also on the cards.
At the NW relays, the girls’ teams took medals in every age group and the boys also won five medals. At the Northern relays the Warriors won the U13 Girls title, and took silver in the U17 Girls, and then to cap it all, the Warriors U13 girls team took silver at the National road relays, the only Merseyside team to win a medal at the Nationals
Not to be outdone, the older athletes on scholarships in America turned in fine performances on the cross country. Racing at the famous Queen’s city Invite in Charlotte, North Virginia, Arran Kearney and Ellen Mary Kearney led their teams to both titles on the day. Ellen Mary finished 3rd on the 5k course, and Arran led his team to glory by winning his 8k race.
Lead image: U17s with their silver medals