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News Archives 2002
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July 2003 News

Phil Thomas is the New Chairman:

Phil Thomas took over from Ray Vose as Chairman with effect from the Committee Meeting held on 31 July 2003. Ray, who has guided the club through a year characterised by many successes, expressed a desire to continue to develop the performance side of the club by concentrating on his duties as a coach and team manager during the coming season. Ray nominated Phil Thomas as Chairman and this was unanimously approved by the Committee.

Future of the NoEAA:

The Committee fully endorsed the recent position statement issued by the chairman of the NoEAA amid rumours that UK Athletics is attempting to wind up the North and other territorial associations in order to introduce an unelected bureaucratic system of regional offices funded by an expensive nationwide membership scheme. St Helens-Sutton A C is firmly in favour of the current system which protects the democratic rights of clubs to be involved in decision-making, the value of working with all partners - especially local authorities - and is geared to grass roots athletics rather than an overpaid and under-performing elite.

Two More Hit Northern Standards

Charlotte Walkden and Jessica Cretu became the latest club athletes to reach Northern Counties' entrance standards when they recorded qualifying times in the Young Athletes match at Crewe. Charlotte qualified in the 100 and 200 metres with Jessica qualifying in the hurdles.

In addition, Richard Atherton posted a qualifying time in the 100 metres to add to his 200 and 400 metres standards and Dave Forrester's 800 metres time means that he has qualified in that event in addition to the 1500 and 3000 metres.

The club now has 14 athletes with qualifying performances in 23 separate events for the 2004 championships.

Welcome to the World:

Sue Lowrie gave birth to a son just before midnight on Monday July 7th. The boy, named Jack, weighed in at over 8 pounds. Congratulations to Martin, Sue and Emma on their new addition to the family.


It has been confirmed that ungraded timekeepers who officiate at four track meetings during the year can apply to be Graded as Level 4 officials without the need to take an examination. Field event officials can be similarly graded after helping at five meetings. Phil Thomas has the appropriate worksheets and will be distributing them for completion and return at the end of the season. We have more than five meetings left before the end of the season so anyone interested in qualifying should see Phil as soon as possible so they can be scheduled in for upgrading this season.

Coaching Success:

Laura Davenport, Roseanne Hutchinson and Janet Holmes all successfully passed their level 1 coaching award on 5 July 2003. Laura and Roseanne will be taking level 2 in September along with Danny McLoughlin, Geoff Johnson, Lisa Bluett and Joe Ehlen.

A Round Dozen:

Richard Atherton has become the twelfth club athlete to qualify for next year's Northern Under 20 champs. Richard's 23.5 (200) and 52.7 (400) were good enough to earn him a place in the 2004 event.

News From Committee:

Welcome Home

We are pleased to announce that Laura Davenport has rejoined the club from LPS. Laura, who still holds several club records, is a quality 800 metres runner and will strengthen our senior and junior league competitions in 2004. Her brother, Matthew, has always remained a member while father Paul, a former club secretary, is playing an important part in the development of our high, long and triple jump groups.

We also welcome into membership Zoe Strong and Ali Young. Zoe competed in our road race last March and has recently started training with the club, while her friend Ali is a rugby player with sprinting prowress which will soon be seen in our league matches. Our membership is now in the region of 200.


Eleven athletes have now reached the standards required to be able to compete in the Northern Junior track and field championships in 2004. They are Jon Calder, Ben Fisher, Lucy Mitchell, Laura Davenport, Dave Twigg, Jake Davidson, Caroline Morley, Dave Forrester, Mike Burke, Vicky Johnson and Stephanie Currie. Several other athletes are very close to qualification so the number may rise by the end of the track season.