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Liverpool & District League, Beacon Park. 30 November
Chairman Ray Vose was optimistic for the championship season after the
team finished fourth in the final Liverpool & District Cross Country
League match at Beacon Park, Upholland. The result means the
team are relegated although they can take heart from the fact that their scoring
was significantly better than the two promoted teams and we can expect to bounce
straight back next season. What we should now ask for is a division two trophy.
With Mark Laithwaite nursing a broken rib from his foray in Borneo it
was left toTony Smith to remind the Merseyside selectors of his quality
by leading the club home in tenth place. Paul
Singleton (16), Barry Cunliffe (28), Barry Graney (33), Ray Vose (33) and Gill
Bacon (49) completed the count and managed to get
her picture on the SouthportWaterloo website.
Ian White (64), Tony
Davies (74) and John Irwin (132) also completed the course with John
delighted there were 11 finishers behind him. No results are available for the
youngsters’ races although our lads dominated the events which took place.
Full details will be published when they are available.
Wesham 10k: 30 November
Three members competed in the Wesham 10k. John
Appleton, who is a family member, was 35th in 28.20. Two new veteran
ladies, Joan Byrne and Donna Brimble finished 298th and 299th in 59.20 and 58.21
respective both creditable debuts. 332 finished the course.
Salford Women’s 5 : 24 November.
The club’s progress over the past 12 months was demonstrated by the record
turn out of senior women in the Salford Women’s 5 held over 5 miles 378 yards
at Swinton. A dozen girls ran (double last year's number) the team was second
- one place up on
last year - Cecilia Fitzsimons and Dorothy Fairhurst were second in their
respective age groups while Dorothy, Chris Dempsey and Jeannette
picked up spot prizes.
Jeanette was one of five newcomers who passed the five mile mark under the
pre-race target of an hour. The others were Karen Wright, Nicola Bescoby,
Janet Eccleston and Susan Howarth. All will now be stepping up their training
to compete in the Liverpool Women’s 10k in May.
Louise Casey led the club home, running 90 seconds faster than last
year, Cecilia set a personal best for the course, Pam Appleton and Chris completed
the team. There were sterling performances from Julia Eccleston, who
finished in the top third of the 208 strong field and
Margaret Hunter - Frackelton on her return from injury.
Cecilia was very disappointed she finished
ten seconds short of winning her third successive over 50 prize but she has
already laid claim to the over 55 award next year. Everyone else is
recruiting another runner to double our numbers again.
The Two Mikes on Song : Coventry 23 November.
Mike Burke and Mike Ehlen started the weekend off in fine
style by doubling the number of club
athletes competing for Merseyside Schools. The experienced Burke finished
14th with Ehlen 40th on his debut run. Well done
to both of them.
A small but enthusiastic group of
Sports Hall athletes competed at
Ellesmere Port in the second round of the winter league. Laura Crook, Zoe
Woods, Katie Jolley, Zoe Woodward and Louise Hayes competed in the under
11's, Vicky Johnson won the under 13 shot putt, Mike Ehlen and Ben Clough
spearhead the challenge from the under 13 boys with Ryan Tapley and Greg
Brierley our under 15 competitors. Full results will be posted on the
website when received. Julia Hayes and John Irwin stepped in
to carry out the team manager's duties and Julia will continue in that
capacity for the rest of the season. Teams for all future matches will be
selected in advance and notification provided for all the athletes
concerned. As non counters can score in all events the club will be aiming
to maximising its turn out for the next match in January. Many thanks are
due also to all the parents who provided transport and support for the
competitors. Their continued support will make this club strong again.
The previous day Mike Ehlen and Mike Burke had
won their respective races at the Merseyside Schools' Cross Country League, Sara
McLoughlin was eighth in her race and Melisa McLoughlin made a
steady debut. The two Mikes have been chosen to represent Merseyside Schools in
a match at Coventry this weekend and carry our heartiest congratulations with
|Northern Women's League
Sherdley Park, St Helens 10 November
It was another record breaking day for the club with eight finishers in the
senior race and three in the under 13 competition. Gill Bacon led the team
home finishing third. Louise Casey (16), Cecilia Fitzsimons (33) and Pam
Appleton (47) completed the count with 99 points, an improvement of 69
over last time. The B team of Chris Dempsey, Julia Eccleston, Pauline
Picton and Janet Holmes came in at regular intervals to score 227.
In the under 13 competition Sara McLoughlin, Kim Bridge and Lucy Cannon all
found the going tough but finished, covered in mud, of course. With Jessica
Cretu available for the championships we should be able to challenge for
medals at Croxteth Park in January.
Many thanks are due to course layers John Irwin, Janet Holmes, Joe Ehlen,
Alan Davies and Phil Robinson. Phil, Alan and Joe also helped marshall as
did Steve Eccleston, Sue Clague, Sue Lowrie and Dorothy Fairhurst. Jackie
Lewis hobbled along to provide moral support and several of the young
sprinters stayed on after their morning training session to support the
club. Julia Hayes supported guest timekeeper Robbie Wood as recorder. Many
thanks to everyone.
|Liverpool & District League:
Huyton, November 2.
The club finished third, defeating Liverpool Harriers, in the second league
match of the season. Mark Laithwaite in third place was well backed by Paul
Singleton, Tony Smith and Barry Graney, all of whom earned places in the
top two dozen. Ray Vose held off the fast finishing Gill Bacon to close the
team score with 146 points, an improvement of 113 on last time and only
beaten by Wirral and Liverpool Running Club.
It was good to see Danny
McLoughlin and Andy Boyack keeping up the club numbers on a far from
salubrious day and, although Andy O'Connor pulled up with a pulled calf, the
good news is that he will be available for the Championships. The club will need to produce a strong team performance in the final match
to avoid relegation, although, as both divisions race in the same contest
and the scores are completed on a joint basis, it seems ludicrous to
promote clubs whose scores are inferior to those which will be relegated
unless, of course, some tangible award, such
as a trophy or sets of medals, are awarded to the promoted sides.
Williams, Dave Twigg and Dave Forrester each won their races, Tom
Griffiths and John Appleton completing a clean sweep in the under 15's,
Mike Ehlen and Ben Clough
taking third and fourth in the 13 race. With Mike Burke, who was a superb sixth
in the Reebok Challenge race at Birmingham, to count, the club will be
looking for a set of team medals at the Merseyside Championships in January
and the continuation of the
rebuilding of St Helens-Sutton into a major force. Results.
|Abergele 5 : Sunday, November 3.
Louise Casey and Dorothy Fairhurst were amongst the prize winners at the
Abergele 5 although neither of them knew it until the results appeared on
the Web. Louise was the sixth lady and Dorothy was the first over 60 to
finish. Dorothy thought several over 60's had beaten her until it was
pointed out that she's looking younger than ever these days!! Julia
Eccleston made up for missing the postponed Seaside race with a hard run in
137th place overall. Results.
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