Mick Maleedy


Mick Maleedy, the last surviving member of the Sutton Harriers team which dominated cross country running after the Second World War, has died aged 88 . Mick was the West Lancs junior champion in 1948 and 1949 when he was drafted into the senior team for the 1949 Northern and National teams leading the team home for the gold medals on each occasion.

Mick came from a running family and in the early years of the twentieth century contests between Sacred Heart and Sutton were often billed as matches between the Maleedy and Morris families. These continued until the 1930s when Sacred Heart disbanded and Sutton became the town’s dominant running club.
Mick is survived by his son and daughter, six grandchildren and five great-children. The funeral took place at  St Anne and Blessed Dominic Roman Catholic Church, Sutton, on Monday 30th January.

Great run for Gemma at Northern Cross Country

The Northern Cross Country  Championship was held at Knowsley Safari Park on Saturday 28th January. The conditions were typically cold and wet.

Representing the club in the under 13 boys 3km, Joseph Byrne completed the race in 65th in 12.36 and unfortunately on this occasion, Michael Dobson was unable to finish the race however he illustrated true guts and determination.

Lucy Bridge completed the under 13 girls 3km in 186th place in 15.52. Sister, Alyx Bridge, for the under 15 girls, completed her 4km race in 160th in 21.22.

The under 15 boys, whom had a team, covered the distance of 4km. Michael Brussels led the team home in 124th place in 17.29, followed by Charlie Roberts in 140th in a time of 17.55. Scott Aldred finished in 163rd in 20.17 and Liam Houghton: 168th in 20.48. The team placed 19th in this event!

Under 20 lady, Rachel McGoldrick finished the 5.8km race in 45th place in 26.58.

Leon Hill ran in the under 20 men’s 8km, he finished 76th in 42.14.

Gemma Connolly placed her highest position to date in the northern cross country championships! She covered the distance of 8km in a time of 33.03 finishing in 17th place! Also in the senior ladies race, Rachel Beesley finished 151st in 41.06 and Louise Hogg 222nd in 44.58.

For the senior men’s 12 km race; Ste Anders finished 236th in 53.26 and Greg Williams 251st in 54.01. Jake Healy finished 462nd in 1.02.08 whilst Andy O’Connor placed 565th in 1.07.43 and Ray Vose 612th in 1.11.43.


Well done to all those who raced in these championships!

Team manager: Helena / Matt


4 Villages, Helsby Half Marathon

The club’s star road runner, Gemma Connolly, showed her quality by being the first lady finisher in the Four Villages half marathon run around the Frodsham area. Her time of 1 hr.19 min.18 secs. was good enough to make her the 23rd. finisher in the full field. Ian Pass (M45) was the club’s only finisher in the men’s section in 355th. place and a time of 1 hr.36 min.28 secs.  Wind and rain combined with the hills to make this a tough test so the times recorded should show there’s more to come.

Manchester Area Cross Country League Match 4

For the first club event of 2017; Saturday 14th January  saw the fourth Manchester Area Cross Country of the season. The club had 13 representatives whom travelled to Kenworthy Woods, Wythenshawe, of which one raced for their first time!

Michael Dobson was first home for the club’s under 13 boys. He completed the 3.5km course in 11.43 in 18th place. He was followed by Joe Byrne who finished in 11.50 in 19th place. Finishing in 49th place, Max Young ran 15.48 whereas Charlie Young finished in 50th place in 16.02. These performances meant the team finished 9th overall.

Also in this race; Hollie Brussels led the under 13 girl’s team home, finishing 46th in 13.51. Lucy Bridge was next in- she finished in 14.07 in 53rd place and Maddie Forshaw ran in her first cross country and completed the race in 15.50 in 64th place. Overall the girls team was 15th.

Running in the under 15’s 4.2km race, Michael Brussels finished 23rd in 15.37 whilst Charlie Roberts finished 31st in 16.45 and Liam Houghton brought the team home in 34th place in 19.14 meaning the boys team was 9th overall.

Alyx Bridge was the only under 15 girl for the club; she finished 33rd in 19.20.

Senior lady Rachel McGoldrick was 32nd in the 6.9km race finishing in 30.28.

Senior man Any O’Connor finished the 9.7km race in 304th place in 48.49.

Well done to all who competed!

Many thanks to Chris Dempsey who acted as an official for the club!

Next match- Saturday 12th February at Woodbank Park, Stockport.


Team manager- Helena


Ribble Valley 10k

St Helens Sutton A.C.’s captain, Matthew Crehan, was the club’s only competitor in the Ribble Valley 10km. race held on the undulating roads of the valley. Matt responded so well to the challenge that he recorded a personal best time for the distance of 32 min. 58 secs. and finished in 46 th. place in a field of over 1000 starters.