Sports Hall League: Widnes
: 27 September
The club got off to a great start in the Sports Hall League at Widnes
winning the under 11 girls' contest by six points from Warrington with
Liverpool third. Laura Crook, Zoe Woodward, Heather Drillingcourt
and Katy Waterworth scored victories and there was superb support from Louise
Hayes, Katy Jolley, Amy Fairclough and Lucy Waterworth.
Jaimie White won the 4 lap race for the under 11 Boys who were fourth, just
four points behind Vale Royal. Tom Green was equal first in the 2 lap
event. James Evans and Andrew Hutchinson provided the support work in a
solid team effort.
The under 13 squad of Rachael Hutchinson, Rebecca Keegan, Hannah Green and
Vicky Tickle were in masterful form just missing out to Stoke for third
Lee Taft, Adam Taft, Mike Ehlen and Graham Morley carried the flag for the
under 13 boys who were second, victories earned by Lee and Mike amongst the
121 points scored.
Vicky Johnson and Kirsty Langley scored all the under 15 girls' points with
a clean sweep in shot putt for both girls who were just 11 points short of
gaining second place.
Under 11 Girls
2Lap 4Lap CP
26.8(1) 58.0(1) 6.50(1)
Amy Fairclough 31.0
Lucy Waterworth 32.2
Under 11 Boys:
Andrew Hutchinson 32.6(4)
Under 13 Girls:
6Lap Shot Putt
Rachael Hutchinson 26.7(3)
Hannah Green 28.2(4)
1.37.7(3) 1.74(4) 65(3)
Under 13 Boys:
1.42.6(2) 1.74(5) 56(1=)
1.33.0(1=) 7.25(2) 6.42(1)
Graham Morley 29.5(3)
Under 15 Girls:
Vicky Johnson 28.5(4)
Kirsty Langley 28.6(4) 1.47.0(2) 6.35(1) 26(3) 1.78(4)
Northern Road Relay Championships : Risley 27 September
For the second year in succession the club fielded full teams in the
Northern event, although the men's team changed rapidly on the day. A sunny
day, a spectator friendly course and good competition produced some fine
The ladies' quartet of Zoe Strong, proudly wearing her new club vest, Louise
Casey, Cecilia Fitzsimons and Chris Dempsey ran well, Zoe finishing 39th
out of 63 starters on first leg. Louise gained five places on the second
circuit, Cecilia finished 38th and Chris brought the team home in 41st place
with significantly more teams behind us than last year. Only two Merseyside
clubs finished in front of us.
Barry Cunliffe stepped up to first stage following Steve Mayer's last minute
withdrawal and ran the fastest lap of the day. Barry Graney and Greg
Williams provided outstanding support in the first half of the race,
separated only by three seconds. Andy O'Connor led the second half challenge
with assistance from Andy Boyack and Danny McLoughlin both of whom came
expecting to run in the B team but took on the A team mantle with
distinction. Andy andDanny both went the wrong way 400 metres from
the start owing to poor marshalling and had poorer times than they deserved
Steve Robertson confidently took on the B team challenge like a shot,
Stan Erlam rolled back the years on second lap while Tony Raffle made sure
the club fielded more runners in the B team than a year ago.
Julia Eccleston acted as team manager for the ladies' team while John
Irwin, who was prevented from running owing to injury, looked after the men's teams.
Phil Thomas provided support as did Frank, the McLoughlin sisters,
Trevor Prescott and the
1 Chester Le Street 46.51
2 Liverpool 47.53
3 Leeds City 48.06
41 St Helens-Sutton 57.45
Zoe Strong 13.18(39); Louise Casey 13.59(34);
Cecilia Fitzsimons 14.54(38); Chris Dempsey 15.34(41)
63 Teams Started
54 Teams Finished
1 Salford Harriers 2.04.18
2 Trafford A C 2.05.26
3 Altrincham 2.06.06
66 St Helens-Sutton A C 2.31.00
Barry Cunliffe 23.08(64); Barry Graney 24.19(65);
Greg Williams 24.16(62); Andy O'Connor 24.05(56);
Andy Boyack 28.37(69); Danny McLoughlin 26.35(66)
Incomplete B team
; Stan Erlam ; Tony Raffle
92 Teams Started
75 Teams Finished
Merseyside Road Relays : Sefton Park Road Relays : 20 September
A year after bursting back on the medal winning scene St Helens-Sutton A C
consolidated the club's growing reputation by increasing its medal haul from
nine to fifteen in the Merseyside championships held in conjunction with the
North West event.
The under 13 trio of Kim Bridge, Lorna Forrester and Sara McLoughlin ran
within ten seconds of each other to clinch third spot, ninth overall. The
boys' trio were also within ten seconds of each other, Ben Clough, John
Dumbell and Mike Ehlen taking second place in the county championships and
fourth overall. The B team of Anthony Marsh, Ryan Rigby and Steve Clague
were the second Merseyside B team to finish.
The under 15 trio of Chloe Wilson, Lucy Cannon and Mellissa McLoughlin also
ran steadily to claim the bronze medals while the under 15 Boys also took
bronze, Dave Forrester, Tom Rigby and John Seddon just losing the silver
medals to SouthportWaterloo A C.
Laura Davenport, in her first championship race since rejoining the club,
led the senior ladies into third place, Zoe Strong and Louise Casey
providing excellent support and justifying the decision to enter the
National Road Relays next month.
Thanks to the organisers and race referee, George Jones, the club was
permitted to run a non-scoring B team, Jodie Nelson, Cecilia Fitzsimons and
Chris Dempsey taking 27th place overall.
On this occasion the senior men were the only team not to win medals
although the A team Barry Cunliffe, Barry Graney, Greg Williams and Ian
White were sixth in the County event. A unique quartet of Danny McLoughlin,
Ritchie Bradshaw, Stan Erlam and Tony Raffle were the fifth B team to finish
the Merseyside event.
Team managers Joe Ehlen, Danny McLoughlin and John Irwin prepared the
athletes well while Phil Thomas made sure the seniors got their numbers.
There was excellent support from Sandra Dumbell, Julie Ehlen, Mr & Mrs Wilson, Paul
Davenport, Sue Clague, Mr & Mrs Rigby, Mr & Mrs Forrester and Frank.
Special mention must be made of Jason White who turned up as reserve ready
to run if needed, Mike, Tom and dad Luke Burke who rode round encouraging all. That summarised the team spirit building within the club
and the various squads, as we continue our progress towards not simply
taking part but winning the titles on offer. Results:
September Games, Colwyn Bay, 13 September
The season came to a satisfactory climax with over half a dozen winners'
medals and many more placings at Colwyn Bay ranging from veteran men to
Frank Atkinson won the veterans hammers and was second in the shot, Tony
Raffle also claiming silver in the 800 metres. Jake Davidson was third in a closely fought
under 17 long jump
and sprinted into fourth position in the 200. Dave Forrester, recently
returned from holiday, was third in the under 15 Boys' 1500 metres while
Mike Ehlen's medal haul included a personal best in the 800 metres. Anthony
Marsh and Mike Atkinson collected silver in the 200 metres and shot putt
respectively. In the youngest age group Tom Green and Ryan Marsh finished
first and second in the javelin.
The development of the throwing events was seen as Anna
Sheffield won the hammer, shot and discus. Nicola Quinn amazingly throwing over 20 metres in the javelin, Rebecca
Keegan and Rachel Hutchinson setting personal bests in the shot, Rebecca
claiming three medals in all. Vicky Johnson picked up silver in the hammer
and shot, Hanna Green reached the final of the 100 metres and discus, Jessica Cretu
was third in the 800 metres.
Zoe Woodward stormed away with the 800 metres,
silver medalled in the 200 metres and was fifth in the long jump in which
Katie Jolley was 11th.
Cheshire League : Eccles : 7 September
The club had an encouraging end to the league season with a good turn out at
Eccles. Amongst the most encouraging features was the appearance of complete
under 11 boys and girls teams both of whom gave a good account of
themselves. The potential for sports hall and cross country this winter is
Anna Sheffield added another shot putt record to her collection taking the
senior record. Caroline Morley and Kelly Rigby set new figures in the high
jump with 1.50 and 1.30 respectively, Emma McClatchey also achieving a
personal best with 1.45. Laura Davenport ran a quick 200 and 800, Nicola Quinn performed
heroics, Layla Tapley tackled the two lap race and the relay team came
Although lacking under 15 and under 17 boys the under 11's were in rampant
mood Tom Green, Jamie White, Adam Littler, Ryan Marsh and Jamie Williams all
The under 11 girls were also in winning form.
Laura Crook, ZoŽ Woodward, Katie Waterworth, Katie Jolly and Sammi Gaines rounding off the
afternoon with victory in the relay.
Ben Clough, Mike Ehlen, Graeme Morley, Mike Atkinson, Anthony Marsh and
Danny Young made up a fine under 13 Boys' squad which beat Deeside in their age
group. The under 13 girls sextet of Hanna Green, Sara McLoughlin, Shauna
Kerr, Kim Bridge, Emma Hynes and Kelly Rigby were excellent and took second
in the relay.
Jessica Cretu, Laura Savage, Kirsty Langley, Melissa McLoughlin and Vicky
Johnson were the under 15 team Laura and Vicky both exceeding 20 metres in
the discus. Ryan Lee performed with his customary
vigour as our under 15 representative
The senior men's distance squad turned out for an end of season run, Steve
Mayers, Barry Cunliffe, Greg Williams and Tony Raffle all taking maximum
points in the 1500 metres while Jon Calder was a surprise winner of the long
Dave Morley, Paul Davenport and Joe Ehlen (in between competing) were the
team managers, Joe also acting as an official alongside Frank Atkinson who
turned out in the shot putt where he was joined by Geoff Johnson. Mr Green
made his debut as a timekeeper. Danny McLoughlin also helped out on the field.
Support came from many parents, a goodly number of grandparents and assorted
relatives some of whom also competed. Amongst those present were Mr and Mrs
White, Mr Savage, Mr & Mrs Johnson, Mr Marsh, Mr & Mrs Green, Mr & Mrs
Williams, Mr Jolley, Mr Woodward, Mr Bridge, Mr Crook and the Waterworths.
To all other parents whose names we haven't noted, many thanks, your support
Many thanks to Salford Metropolitan for staging the match and to the
officials, particularly on the shot putt who were so helpful to the younger
athletes. The spirit of true sport lives on.
200 J Calder 24.0(2) G Williams 26.7(2) B Cunliffe 26.6(1) J
1500 S Mayers 4.22.5(1) B Cunliffe 4.22.7(1) G Williams 4.40.5(1) A Raffle
3000 A Raffle 12.45.5(3)
LongJump J Calder 5.15(1)
J Ehlen 4.39(2)
ShotPutt F Atkinson 8.49(2)
G Johnson 8.36(1) Relay Third NTT
200 C Morley 28.0(2) E McClatchey 29.2(1) L Mitchell 28.8(1) L Davenport
800 L Davenport
2.20.7(1) L Tapley 3.05.5(3)
High Jump C Morley 1.50(1) E
Shot Putt A Sheffield 9.30(1) N Quinn
6.43(1) Relay Second NTT
U/17Men No competitors
200 J Cretu 29.0(2) L Savage 31.0(3) K Langley 29.8(3) M McLoughlin 33.6(3)
800 J Cretu 2.47.8(3) L Cannon 3.13.(3)
Long Jump V Johnson 3.78(3) J Cretu 3.75(3)
Discus V Johnson
23.09(2) L Savage 22.40(2) Relay Third NTT U/15Boys
800 R Lee 3.05.3(4)
200 H Green 32.0 (2) S McLoughlin 33.6(2) S Kerr 33.1(2) K Bridge NTT
High Jump K Rigby 1.30(2) E Hynes 1.05(2)
Shot Putt H Green 5.56(2) E Hynes 4.80(2) Relay Second NTT
100 A Marsh 14.4(1) D Young 15.7(2) G Morley 16.3(3) Mike Atkinson NTT 1500 B
Clough 5.10(2) M Ehlen 5.10.9(1) A Marsh 5.51.8(1)
Long Jump M Ehlen 4.10(1) B Clough 3.54(3)
Javelin M Atkinson 22.24(3) G Morley 17.70(2) Relay First NTT
75 L Crook 11.2(1) Z Woodward 11.8(1) K Waterworth NTT(1) K Jolly
600 L Crook 1.51.4(1) Z Woodward 1.58.8(1) K Jolly 2.14.9(1) S Gaines
Long Jump Z Woodward 3.40(2) L Crook 3.26(1)
Turbo Jav S Gaines
9.40(3) K Jolly 7.13(3)
Relay S Gaines L Crook Z Woodward K Waterworth First NTT
75 T Green 11.7(2) J Williams 15.5(5) A Littler 13.1(2) R Marsh 15.0(2)
600 J Williams 2.05.6(3) T Green 2.23.7(4) J White 2.02.7(1) A Littler 2.11.5(1)
SLJ J White 2.86 (4)
T Green 2.69(3)
Turbo Jav R Marsh 12.19(2) A Littler 8.73(2) Relay Second 69.1
St Helens-Sutton 142
St Helens-Sutton 131
Salford M 126
Under 11's Girls
St Helens-Sutton 56
St Helens-Sutton 45
Combined Under 11's
St Helens-Sutton 101
Winston Runners Ladies 5k : Wythenshawe Park 7 September.
The club entered this race for the first time but it won't be the last, as
the event proved to be an ideal opener for the road race championship with
range from fast to walking. Three girls braved the bright sunshine and early
morning with Louise Casey fifth, Julia Eccleston 16th and Chris Dempsey 21st
in the 210 strong field. The next race in the ladies road race series is the
Southport 5 mile event at the beginning of October.
Winston Ladies 5k Race. Wythenshaw Park. 7 September
|1 ||Alison Sedman ||(Belle Vue) || 19.39 |
|5 ||Louise Casey || ||20.55 |
|16 ||Julia Eccleston || ||23.15 |
| 21 ||Chris Dempsey || ||23.42 |
| 1 ||St Helens-Sutton A C ||43 |
|2 ||Winston Runners || 64 |
|3 ||Belle Vue Racers || 64 |
|4 ||Manchester Harriers ||176 |
Tom Fillingham 5000 and Ken Crouch 3000 Memorial Races.
The two events finally took place on Thursday 11 September and proved to be
close and exciting. The Tom Fillingham race was won by Tony Smith who moved
ahead of Steve Mayers with 200 metres to go and held off Steve's final burst
of speed at the finish. Andy O'Connor and Barry Cunliffe were the next two
home with Greg Williams denying Barry Graney by one second in fifth place.
Dave Twigg found the race stamina building finishing 20 seconds ahead of Ian
Hayburn making his debut for the club nine seconds in front of Tom
Griffiths. Ian White clarified team selection for the forthcoming relays
beating Stan Erlam and Andy Boyack both of whom are currently returning to
Ian White produced a good handicap, Barry Graney winning by seven seconds
from Greg Williams, who was a further three seconds ahead of Andy O'Connor.
The ladies had an interesting race, running one lap further than required
but being correctly timed at the seven and a half lap point. Julia Eccleston
and Chris Dempsey crossed the line together, Chris gaining a five second
advantage on handicap but was still three seconds short of Jodie Nelson. A
number of training ladies (Julie Ehlen, Mandy McLoughlin, Sandra Dumbell and
Carol Stockley) bravely attempted the distance showing great determination
to complete the course.
The club's young athletes prepared for the forthcoming road races by racing
3000 metres plus a lap, an unusual distance created by a variety of factors.
The first three to finish were Ben Clough, Mike Ehlen and John Dumbell. Kim
Bridge, Mel and Sara McLoughlin, Chloe Wilson, Lorna Forrester and Lucy
Cannon were the girls' finishers, while Steve Clague, Anthony Marsh and Jay
White also finished.
Danny McLoughlin took the times, Phil Thomas shouted the laps, Luke and Mike
Burke fired the gun and Ian White provided the organisation. Strenuous
efforts are being made to locate the Tom Fillingham Trophy, last seen in
2000. The Ken Crouch trophy will be awarded to Jodie Nelson on Tuesday.