St Helens crest and the Anderton Shearer Mining Monument

St Helens Sutton
Athletic Club

St Helens crest and Bridge over the Linkway



St Helens Sutton Athletic Club

News & Results
Join Us    
Email-us at

On Track And  Field Podcast

Dream Trail Race





St Helens Sutton Athletic Club

News Archives 2002
Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
News Archives 2003
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

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 grade ones.

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 Thursdays.

Coaching News:

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 shortly.

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.

News Items:

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.

ESSA Championships:

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.

Coaching Strategy:

The coaching strategy meeting takes place on Wednesday 12 March at 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 environment.

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.

Road Race:

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.