Helens Sutton Athletic Club
March 2003 News
By George He's Got It!
The club has received confirmation that George Mullineaux has been upgraded
to Level 2 throws,
thus increasing the club's number of level 2 coaches to six. Many
congratulations to George who
will shortly embark on his level 3 programme and expects to be joined on
level 2 by several current
High Jump Coaching:
High Jump tuition is taking place each Tuesday at 6.30.p.m. The club's
policy is to ensure that anyone
who competes in the high jump is able to clear the
minimum height or above in training. Athletes with
a specific interest in taking high jump should report
to the high jump coaches at that time. Beginners' tuition will take place on
The club is continuing with its dynamic programme of coaching development.
Diane Appleton is taking level one in April while Jackie Lewis and Margaret
Hunter-Frackelton are taking courses later in the year. Details of all level
one courses are on the club noticeboard.
As a number of our current Level 1's are looking to take level 2 the club is
making arrangements to organise a course to cater for this transfer need. In
addition, we are looking for confirmation of two of our coaches to higher
levels while Ray Vose and Wayne Joyce are looking to taking level three
Phil Thomas attended one of the country's first level 4 coaching courses,
earning 14 credits towards the award of development coach. John Irwin will
be taking the same course as soon as another one is held.
There are many changes taking place in coaching which it is important to be
aware of, to ensure the club provides the most suitable environment for all
its athletes. Anyone wishing to become a qualified coach, at whatever level,
should contact Phil Thomas or Sue Clague for details.
St Helens-Sutton Represented At World Championships
The club reached new heights when it was represented at
the World Indoor Championships by Roger McCall. Roger, a backbone of the
Northern Men's team in the 1970's, acted as a field event official.
Roger, who is a former Chairman of the club, is hopeful of being promoted to
a full qualified Field Referee sometime in the next 18 months and expressed
satisfaction that the club has started to increase its number of qualified
officials. Our congratulations to him for showing the way.
Road Race: Sunday 16 March.
The road race entries have continued to flood in to Janet Holmes. The North
of England permit has been received and the computerised results team are
ready to work under the leadership of Joe Ehlen.
John Irwin is setting out
the salient points
of the course for runners and marshalls. The following marshalls will be
reporting to John Irwin at Sherdley Park Gates at 9.30.a.m. on Sunday
morning. Phil Robinson, Alan Geraghty, Cecilia Fitzsimons, Steve Eccleston,
Paul Davenport, Pam Appleton, Margaret Hunter-Frackelton, Julia Hayes, Alan
Davies, Sue Clague and Dave Morley. Sue Lowrie, Denis Fulton and Mrs
Williams are in charge at Eaves Lane Primary School where the ladies will
change, numbers will be issued to those who have yet to collect them and the
headmistress will present the prizes at the end of the races. Results will
be on sale on the day and printed on the website the same evening.
The 2003 Race For Life at Sherdley Park will take place on 15 June. This is
an all-female event with an entry fee is £7.50 for
ladies and £4.50 for under 18's. A number of our veteran ladies started
running by entering the Race For Life in 2002 and we
look forward to those who will not be competing in the Cheshire League to
turn out in support of this Charity run which is in aid of breast cancer.
The club has entered teams in the North of England men's 12 stage and
women's six stage road relays which take place
at Blackpool on 5th April. The ladies entered last year when they were 22nd
but it's the first time the men have entered
the 12 stage for some time. Entry fees to Phil Thomas as soon as possible as
per notification on the club notice board.
Congratulations to Dave Forrester who made the count for the Greater
Manchester team in the Junior Boys' event and also collected a certificate
as Greater Manchester won the aggregate trophy. Dave Twigg and Jodie Nelson
both competed for Cheshire although the county were unable to field complete
teams. See results section.
The coaching strategy meeting takes place on Wednesday 12 March at 8.pm. The
main item on the agenda is the integration of the club's league programme
with individual athletes' championship aspirations and the priorisation of a
joint approach to the development of young athletes within the club
New Year - New Record:
Caroline Morley set the first
track record of the year when she broke the under 17, 300 metres record
previously held by Kate Sheffield with a time of 43.5 secs, two-fifths faster
than the old record, in far from ideal conditions at Warrington.
The Cheshire League fixtures have
been confirmed as April 13 at Bury, June 15 at Macclesfield, August 10 at
Stretford and September 7 at Eccles. The opposition is different at each match
but during the season we will meet Manchester, Bury, Halton & Frodsham, Crewe,
Altrincham, West Cheshire, Vale Royal, Macclesfield, Blackley & North
Manchester, East Cheshire, Colwyn Bay, Horwich, Trafford, Salford Met., Deeside
and Handforth. So that's sixteen clubs to beat to win the League. The full
fixture list is on the club noticeboard.
Ladies Cross-Country Competition:
The unofficial cross country competition for ladies has been completed.
This is the first time the competition has been held, the rules are still
under construction and will be reviewed in the coming months with a view
to establishing a formal competition next season. Congratulations to all the
ladies for raising our profile with medals in the North West Women's League and
complete teams in the Merseyside, Northern and National competitions.
|1 ||Cecilia Fitzsimons ||89 |
|2 ||Louise Casey ||85 |
|3 ||Julia Eccleston ||79 |
|4 ||Pam Appleton ||61 |
|5 ||Chris Dempsey ||47 |
|6 ||Gill Bacon ||38 |
|7 ||Janet Holmes ||37 |
|8 ||Margaret Hunter-Frackelton || 33 |
|=9 ||Pauline Picton ||29 |
|Diane Appleton |
News From Committee
The club has received a grant of £750 towards coaching and other development. Another two members have expressed an interest in taking Level 1 and several level 1 coaches will be taking Level 2 as soon as a course
is available. There are level 3 & 4 courses available in March and April. Interested coaches should contact
Phil Thomas for further details.
The number of entries has doubled since the last
Committee meeting and a maximum turnout is anticipated.
Liasion with St Helens MBC:
The club is liaising with St Helens MBC with regard to the
staging of trials for local schoolchildren for the Merseyside Schools' Track & Field and Cross-country championships.
Note was made of the excellent individual
performances of Dave Forrester, Michael Burke and Dave Twigg,
all of whom finished in the top 35 of the National. Comment was made on the excellent team spirit evident
at the Championships in which St Helens-Sutton fielded 23 athletes.
Northern Road Relays:Blackpool.
This event is schedule for Saturday 5 April.
It is a senior event of 12 stages for men and six for women. It is hoped to produce our first 12 stage team for some years and to
enter at least one senior women's team. Entries fees are required by Thursday
6 March so please contact Ray Vose (men) and
Phil Thomas (ladies) as soon as possible if you want to be entered.