Natterjack Seaside 10k, Southport.

Lorraine Kelly Swan (F40) ran in the Natterjack Seaside 10km. road race which starts in Southport’s Princes Park, finishing 722nd in a large field with a time of 63 min.53 secs.


Wrexham Throws competition

Ian Conway, competing in the last Wrexham Throws competition of the season putt the shot 8.44m. and threw the hammer 21.24m., both pleasing performances.


Northern Road Relays, Manchester

St Helens Sutton A.C. had teams in Sunday’s Northern Road Relays which started at, and then circled, the Etihad stadium in Manchester. The club had 13 representatives, including the Under13yrs. Boys. On their first leg, Michael Dobson finished in 27th. place running the 3.3km. course in a time of in 11 min.05 secs, then Charlie Young finished 33 rd. in 13 min.56 secs.. On the third and final leg, Max Young ran 13 min.48 secs. for the team to finish in 28th. place For the “B team” Harley Chadwick finished 33rd in 11 min50 secs.. .

In the U15yrs. Boys event, Michael Brussels led the team off to a good start finishing in 31 st. spot in 10 min.52 secs., Liam Houghton moved up a place with his run of 11 min.55 secs. and Charlie Roberts brought the team home with an 11 min.01 secs. run for the team to finish 30th overall. For the Senior men, Matt Crehan opened finishing 41st in 17 min.56 secs., Steve Anders held the position finishing in 18 min.44 sec.. Ian Hayburn dropped to 48th in 19 min.56 secs.. Jake Healy finished in 58th spot in 21 min.30 secs., Ian Costello ran 21 min.02 secs. but still dropped to 64th and Jamie White ran the last leg and finished 64th in 20 min.27 secs.. The team was 63rd overall in the race of 6.4km. stages.


Wigan 10K – PBs all round!

Three senior ladies represented the club at Wigan 10K, all having a great race recording personal bests. First home was Rach Beesley in 43:47, 13th female, 7th in her age category and 207th overall. Next was Amy Corfield in 48:13, 32nd in her age category. Karen Harrison was delighted to beat her PB by 2 seconds, finishing in 56:42, 23rd in her age category. Well done ladies and congratulations on your PBs!

227 Rach Beesley 43:47 Cat Pos 7/516
501 Amy Corfield 48:13 Cat Pos 32/516
1253 Karen Harrison 56:42 Cat Pos 23/169


St Helens Parkrun 116

Matt Crehan is coming back into form, finishing 1st in 17:37. John Greenall must have thought he’d got the highest age grade after finishing 3rd in 19:00 (age grade 79.56%). But he was narrowly pipped by first timer Arnold Melling, who finished 8th in 21:28 (age grade 79.58%). Not bad for someone in the VM65-69 category)! Rach Beesley was second lady in 24:26.

1 Matt Crehan 17:37 (Age grade 73.23%).
3 John Greenall 19:00 (Age grade 79.56%).
9 Wayne Joyce 21:31 (Age grade 61.66%).
33 Rach Beesley 24:26 (Age grade 60.57%).
78 Jane Ashcroft 27:56 (Age grade 58.59%).
113 Amy Corfield 30:11 (Age grade 49.03%).

Well done everyone!


Roger McCall

Sadly we report the death of Roger McCall who died on 21st August 2016. He was taken ill and admitted to hospital recently with a suspected stroke but it was in fact a serious problem related to the cancer that he had. He did come home from hospital and was cared for by his wife, Rosemary.

Roger was heavily involved in NW athletics for many years, he was an ever present at competitions throughout the north and his friendly smile was familiar to many. Roger had been a member of  St Helens Sutton for over 40 years and although it was 20 mile drive to club training that didn’t stop him being a regular at training nights and acting a mentor to up and coming coaches and officials.

He also advised the local leagues on optimising their competitions to make them more efficient and enjoyable. Roger contributed so much to athletics and anyone who  had the pleasure of working along side him would agree.

Funeral details 
7th September at 2 pm at St Mary Magdalene church, Moss Lane, Ashton-on-Mersey

Roger (left), recieving his award as England Athletics official of the year 2015.


The Lakeland 100

The Lakeland 100 “Ultra Tour of the Lake District” is a circular tour of the lakeland fells, covering a distance of 105 miles with 22,500ft of ascent, details here:- http://image image image image image image image
I entered this race with plans of lots of training, route reccies and a sub 30 hour finish. Injury put paid to that and I decided to leave it till 2017. Only I forgot to cancel my entry and faced with losing the £100 entry fee I decided about 5 weeks before that I’d give it a go on minimal training and no visits to the lakes. The week before I injured my knee, which Ray Vose kindly diagnosed as “fat pad impingement” – running hard downhill was painful so it meant I’d have to take it very easy on the descents.
I arrived at Coniston stressed up after delays on the motorway, wondering if I would get there in time for registration closing at 4pm, not helped by satnav trying to take me on the Hawkshead car ferry. I genuinely thought about turning back for home crawling through the crowds in Bowness.
The race started at 6pm Friday night after a rendition of “Nessun Dorma” from a Wesh tenor – inspiring stuff. Nessun Dorma translates as “None shall sleep”, a reference to the fact that most competitors start Friday night and finish on Sunday morning. Hallucinations are common on the second night and I later found out that it had become the race theme song after one competitor in the 2012 race had hallucinated that he’d run past Paul Potts humming Nessun Dorma. Only Paul Potts tweeted the race organiser later that day to say that it was actually him – he was on holiday in the lakes!
Running off at the start was quite special with cheering crowds. That became a common them throughout the race with almost everyone you passed (seemingly knowing what you were doing) offering support and encouragement.
It was a relief to get the first long descent over to Seathwaite without pain as I had dreaded the walk of shame back down to the start at Coniston if the knee had gone early on. By Eskdale it was dark and the sight of a procession of light from headtorches into the distance was an impressive sight.
One feature of the race is the 14 checkpoints, each with a theme and manned by enthusiastic helpers who really look after you. Checkpoint 3 at Wasdale Head was probably my favourite, described as ” a barn in bleakest Wasdale with glitter balls, 80’s disco music, excessively flared trousers and affront hairstyles” – just what you need to lift your spirits before a long climb up the Blacksail Pass. Checkpoints at Buttmere and Braithwaite followed with dawn starting to break.
On to Blencathra and the first low. 41 miles and 13.5 hrs done, 64 miles and 25 hours still to go. Psychologically the times seem long when your previous longest race took just 12 hours. The mood got darker at the Dalemain estate, the start of the Lakeland 50 event. I had painful feet caused by wet socks, which I should’ve changed much earlier and the thought of 46 miles to go with 59 miles done wasn’t helping much. Neither was thinking that at 19 hours in I was only half way time-wise.
7 miles later at Howtown I reached the biggest low and doubted I would finish, not helped by someone cheeringly telling me that “the next section is the hardest”. Funny how little things can lift the spirits and American Idiot by Green Day playing at the checkpoint gave me a lift as I headed off for the big climb up Fusedale. Suprisingly I actually enjoyed this section and the views over Haweswater, though I’d have enjoyed it a lot more if my feet hadn’t been burning on the stony track. I decided to leave inspecting them until I got to Mardale Head, when I found two large blisters caused by not tightening my shoes enough. With blister plasters applied I left the checkpoint for the next climb. Mentally I felt much better. Still 30 miles to go, but all broken down into manageable chunks I felt confident of completing the race. Physically my feet were still burning but the pain was manageable. Darkness arrived just before Kentmere. On to Ambleside and then Langdale. I’d been really worried about the second night but surprisingly I felt fine while the group I was with were falling asleep and hallucinating. 4:20am at the Chapel Stile checkpoint at 95 miles I met Mark Liptrot who’d been helping out at the event. He’s said before the start that he expected to see me there so it was good to arrive there feeling much better than I expected. Just 10 miles to go and with dawn breaking, off towards Tilberthwaite and the final climb. The final checkpoint is themed “Stairway to Heaven”, the race notes saying that from here “The only is up”. Final ascent done and down into Coniston with lots of people cheering on the final run to the finish. It was a bit different to start a race at 6pm Friday night and cross the finish line at 8:42 Sunday morning, the race had taken 38 hours 42 minutes.  Into the hall to cheers and medal presentation, the organisers did make you feel quite special – I have to admit to feeling quite emotional!

I had previously unfairly referred to the L100 as an “executive trail race”, but I am now converted. It’s a fantastic, really well organised event and is actually good value for what you get. It did feel really special to be a part of. Would I do it again? I’m getting my entry in tomorrow but next year I’ll be targeting 30 hours and I’ll be doing some proper training, honest!