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|Sports Hall League :
Widnes, 20 October
The youngsters attended the first Sports Hall meeting at Widnes with some
interesting results. The girls were fourteenth with 141 points. They were
hampered by lack of numbers in the under 13 and under 15 age groups but that
will be remedied next time out. Any girls wishing to attend the next fixture at
Ellesmere Port on 17 November should see Julia Hayes. The boys were sixth were
sixth scoring 237.Results.
|Odds & Ends
Great North Run
The results from the Great North Run reveal that Cecilia Fitzsimons
finished 5582 in 1.51.25, Pam Appleton recorded 1.55.38 as 7241 to finish,
Julia Eccleston was 12092 in 2.06.07 and Christine Dempsey jogged round in
2.27.46 as 22088. We've been unable to ascertain Richie Bradshaw's time.
Bearing in mind that all our runners finished halfway up the field or
better, at £22 a throw the organisers of such mass events must be making a
Karimore Mountain Marathon
Lyn and Adrian Webb completed the Karrimore Mountain Marathon (times to
follow) but Ray Vose and Barry Graney stopped on the second day and
finished their competition by walking ten miles back to the check-in point.
Something to do with the weather!!!! We
hope to have Barry's first hand account in the near future when the
frostbite has worn off.
|Reebok Cross Country Challenge: Sefton Park, 19 October
Mike Burke finished third in the under 13 event and hopes to compete in
future matches. It was a superb run and encouraging for the winter season
to come. Dave Forrester was in the top twenty in the same race, although
full results are not to hand. Dave Twigg was tenth in the under 15 race.
The club will be entering teams in the County, Northern and National
Championships to give everyone the opportunity to test themselves against
|Liverpool & District League :
Sefton Park, 19 October
Liverpool & District League, Sefton Park, 19 October
Chris Geraghty led the senior men into sixth place, just nine points adrift
of Southport. Andy O'Connor, Barry Cunliffe, Barry Graney, Ian White and
Ray Vose completed the count. Andy Boyack and newcomer, Ian Pass, alo
competed. It is anticipated that the turnout will increase at Huyton in two
weeks time. It will need to be if we are to maintain our division one
status this year.
|North West Women's Cross Country League |
Heaton Park, Manchester. 19 October 02
The opening race of the season took place in sunshine on an undulating
course at Heaton Park.. Jessica Cretu found it as easy as falling off a log
and Cecilia Fitzsimons, looking stronger than of late, took a mud bath on
the deceptively difficult terrain. First year intermediate Jodie Nelson
immediately vowed to step up her stamina work with the senior ladies
following suit. Louise Casey led the club home, Pam Appleton ran despite
feeling unwell and Julia Eccleston produced another excellent performance
which surprised herself but not us. Pauline Picton and Janet Holmes both
ensured we had a complete veterans team. This time last year we had four
runners and three finishers. This year we had six runners and six
finishers. Even that will increase before the end of the season.
|Chester Zoo 10k:
Chester, Sunday 13
Louise Casey, Elaine McNamara, Dorothy Fairhurst and Janet Holmes took
fourteen place in this event, Louise improving on her Rufford time to
finish 20th lady. Elaine completed the course for charity and Dorothy was
recorded as a Female 30. Janet Holmes hung back to help John Irwin through
the finish. Cecilia Fitzsimons, meanwhile, had an encouraging run in the
Liverpool 10k at Garston.
|Northern Young Athletes Road Relays
Blackpool, Sunday 6
The club's under 13 teams took part in the Northern Championships with the Boys finishing 14th and the girls 22nd.
Stephen Clague ran under difficult circumstances to finish 21st, ten seconds behind Lincoln Wellington on lap one.
Ben Clough improved one position on lap two while John Dunbell produced a stormer on lap three, the tenth fastest
of the lap, to finish one second behind Morpeth. Mike Ehlen took over on the final circuit passing Morpeth and taking
the lads into 14th spot.
In the girls' race the well balanced trio of Kim Bridge, Lucy Cannon and Sara McLoughlin moved swift through the field
two places per lap to start in 26th place and finish 22nd in 34 mins 13 secs, eight seconds ahead of the powerful Derby
Many thanks to Danny McLoughlin and Joe Ehlen who arranged transport and acted as team managers and to all those
who took part.
|Southport Autumn 5: Sunday 6 October
A trio of runners added to their road race championship points total by competing at Southport. Louise Casey was ninth,
Dorothy Fairhurst was the second over 60 to finish and Elaine McNamara was on the way to a top 20 finish when she
was forced to retire with a pulled muscle.
|The Tom Fillingham and Ken Crouch Trophies
Sutton Sports Centre, Tuesday 2 October
The final two club track championships were decided on a brisk Thursday
evening at Sutton Sports Centre. The Tom Fillingham Trophy for the 5000
metres for men and the Ken Crouch 3000 metres for ladies, each of which is
a time handicap were fiercely contested. The ladies were first on the
track, Gill Bacon catching Tom Griffiths, one of two interlopers given
permission to test the girls stamina, on the final circuit to win in 10
minutes 20 secs from scratch. The rest of the field took advantage of their
unknown handicaps to run strongly to the finish with Dorothy Fairhurst
taking the award by 11 seconds from Chris Dempsey with Jackie Lewis third.
Mark Laithwaite took the field apart in the men's race in which interest
centred on the battle between Ray Vose, Ian White and Greg Williams which
the youngster won over the final lap. There was no catching Laithwaite who
was in magnificent form barely breathing heavily until the final 800
metres. Barry Grainey and Ian White took second and third places
The Tom Fillingham Trophy is named after a former Treasurer of the Club who
won a Junior International vest in 1940 and who ran in the great Sutton
team which dominated cross country after the Second World War. Along with
former Secretary Norman Ashcroft he was one of only two runners to win
medals in both the East Lancs and West Lancs Championships.
The Ken Crouch Trophy was named after a runner who competed as a Youth in
the 1950's and made a re-appearance twenty years later along with his sons
Ged and Lawrence, the former a middle distance runner, the latter a hammer
Late last month Bas Cunliffe won the John Orrell Handicap Mile which was
named after a member of Sutton's Youth team who died in a climbing accident
in Snowdonia in 1950. Many thanks to handicappers Ray Vose, Ian White and
Phil Thomas, to Frank Vose who provided the timekeeping skills and to all
those who took part.
SEASIDE RUN : Wirral, Sunday 27 August
Our attention has just be drawn to the performances of Dorothy Fairhurst
and Leanne Woods who competed in the Wirral Seaside Run at the end of
August. Both feature in the printed results and on the seaside run website
at www.seasideruns.com The final run in the Seaside series takes place on
Sunday 27 October.
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