National Indoor Championships: Birmingham.
Jake Davidson set a personal best
12.68m in taking seventh placed in the National Indoor Final.
Victoria Johnson took part in the shot and her performance will
be reported when known. At Cardiff Laura Davenport reached
the B final of the BUSF 800 metres with an
indoor personal best of 2.17.
National Cross Country Championships:Temple Newsham,Leeds 21
Laura Davenport laid claim to the unique set of Billy
McMinnis medals when she finished 19th in the junior
ladies' race defeating a number of girls for the first time.
James Farghar made a welcome return after several weeks
without training to take 60th spot in the under 15 boys'
race. Peter Knowles was first back in the under 13 contest,
John Dumbell making a powerful bid to join Peter in the
inter-counties team by finishing as the fourth Merseyside runner
Steve Mayers and Greg Williams worked hard in the
junior men's race and young Zoe Woodward may just have missed
selection in the under 13 race but her position, 96th, was
superb for a girl who was only 11 in January. Chloe Wilson
will have to wait to see if her run has clinched county selection
but her performance on the day was excellent.
Ben Clough and a determined Steve Clague ensured we
had an under 13 team while under 15's Tom Rigby and
Jessica Cretu both completed the course, Jessica motivated by
the word "shopping" and a meeting with the great Stan Long,
who masterminded Gateshead's run of victories in the 1970's, Tom by
the knowledge of winning place in the team for the National Road
Kim Bridge, who had Nicola Gravener offering vocal
support, ran well on a course not to her liking while Katie Jolly
coped well with her first National. John Appleton scored
maximum championship points in the under 17's.
Senior ladies Louise Casey, Julia Eccleston and Chris Dempsey
were unlucky not to finish a team when Cecilia Fitzsimons
fell, sprained her ankle and had to pull out on the first of the
scheduled two laps. All three ladies felt the course was "testing".
On Sunday Cecilia's sprain was diagnosed as a small fracture and
she's decided to take an end of season break.
The senior men were provisionally placed 111th but have appealed
following the failure to include Ian Hayburn in the team
count and could finish 95th. Ian (657) led the team splendidly ahead
of Barry Graney, Ray Vose, Ian White, young Anthony
Davies, Ritchie Bradshaw and Tony Raffle. Both John Irwin
and Alan Davies started the race but decided discretion was
the better part of valour and retired early.
Last season the club had 23 starters and finishers. This
season we had 28 starters and 25 finishers. It would
have been more had it not been for injuries, illnesses and holidays
but still shows an improvement over a year ago. It was encouraging
to see those unable to compete turn up to offer vocal support.
Tom Griffiths, Mellissa McLoughlin,
Sara McLoughlin, Jason White, Lucy Cannon,
Louise Hayes, Janet Holmes and Pam Appleton included amongst
In addition, we had numerous families present including the Mr
& Mrs Farghar and four children, Mr & Mrs Knowles, Mr &
Mrs Dumbell and daughter, Paul & Mrs Davenport, Steve Eccleston
and offspring, Mr Jolly, John Woodward, Aileen Wilson, Mr Bridge,
Mrs Graney, Anthony Davies' fiancÚ and the family dog.
Phil Thomas acted as team coordinator with management of
individual teams being carried out by Julia Hayes, Danny
McLoughlin, Sue Clague and John Irwin. The club tent proved to
be a boon on a cold day and proved inspirational in the acquisition
of practical skills. Additional classes will be held in the near
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Hanna Green, called into the
Merseyside team on Thursday, came away with a gold medal in the
Speed Bounce with 76 bounces. Laura Crook won the six lap,
Mike Ehlen took gold in the standing triple jump and 8
lap Parlauf while Anthony Marsh won the vertical jump with
56cm and also collected a silver medal in the 4 lap race. Mike also
won the bronze in the 4 Lap Parlauf while there were bronze medals
too for Rachael Hutchinson (Vertical Jump) and Becky Keegan (Shot Putt).
Also representing Merseyside were Vicky
Johnson in the shot putt and relay, Kelly Rigby
(High Jump) and Adam Taft (Sprint). Last year we had 5
athletes in the Merseyside team and won 5
medals. This year we had
nine athletes in the team and won
nine medals. In addition, Laura Crook and Mike Ehlen were
awarded Indoor Athlete of the Year awards. Many thanks to
Roseanne Hutchinson, Joe Ehlen and Geoff Johnson for their
excellent work with the team. Results
Cheshire League : Woodbank Park, Stockport 15 February
The under 11 girls' squad did what they've threatened to do all
season and won the team race with running reminiscent of Sutton's
halcyon days. Zoe Woodward, Laura Crook and Joanne
Sturgeon filled the first three places, Amy Fairclough
was fifth, Heather Drillingcourt ninth, Katie Jolly
eleventh and Louise Hayes, still a year under age, 23rd. The
team award was won with 52 points to spare.
In view of the proximity of the National the other age groups
were sparsely attended but the quartet of Dennis Wharton, Ian
White, Ritchie Bradshaw & Tony Raffle placed 7th in the senior
and fourth in the veterans' race. Mike Burke &Tom Rigby were
a minute apart in the under 15 contest, John Appleton and
Ben Clough were seventh in the under17 & under 13 events
respectively while Cecilia Fitzsimons was the only senior
The under 11 girls now lead the aggregate competition while the
men's teams are second overall and the combined ladies' teams are
Nick Beer 10k : Llandudno: 15 February
Despite having a weakened team the club finished a magnificent
second only 12 points behind Abergele in the ladies race. Louise
Casey was 11th in 44.29, Julia Eccleston 18th in 47.42
and Pam Appleton 23rd in 50.19. In the men's race John
Appleton was 49th male overall and fifth over 50.Louise was 29
seconds quicker than last year and Julia 7.12 faster than 2003. In
the three years we've contested the team race we have been third,
first and second. The organisers also awarded the girls our prize
from last year.
Bits & Bobs
: 7 & 8 February
finished second in the Greater Manchester Schools Championships at
Hopwood Hall in Middleton. Laura Davenport was 31st in the British
Universities Championships at Dundee, leading her Staffordshire team
home into ninth place. Kim Bridge and Jessica Cretu led Cowley Language College to
their first complete team finish in the Merseyside Schools' League for
several seasons, John Jameson showed excellent form finishing in
the top twelve at the Merseyside Schools' Boys League. Two of our
veterans were in winning form in the Northern Veterans race at Stockton Heath, Chris Dempsey
the first lady over 40 and John Appleton the first over 50 to complete
Sports Hall League 1 February :
St Helens Sutton reached the final
of the North West Sports Hall League in two age groups. The under
11 girls were second overall behind Crewe & Nantwich, while the
under 13 Boys team were fourth overall.
At Deeside, there was a double first for
the club's under 11 teams. Louise Hayes, Laura Crook, Zoe
Woodward, Jenny Harmon, Heather Drillingcourt, Kate Waterworth, Lucy
Waterworth, Lauren Hyde and Katy Jolley scored
132 points to defeat West Cheshire, Warrington, Deeside and
Frodsham. The under 11 boys matched the girls, Andrew Hutchinson,
John Ashcroft, Jaimie White, Tom Green, Ryan Marsh and Luke James
scoring 134 points defeating Warrington, West Cheshire,
Frodsham and Deeside.
The under 13 Boys' team of Graeme
Morley, Anthony Marsh, Mike Ehlen, Adam Taft, and Lee Taft
finished second to West Cheshire but clinched a place
in the final. The under 13 trio of Becky Keegan, Rachel
Hutchinson and Hannah Green claimed fifth spot, Beck recording
8.92metres in the shot putt.
Our under 15 teams were Vicky Johnson
and Tom Kingsley both of whom scored more points than
Warrington to clinch fourth spot.
Two teams in the final is a new standard
for the club and the overall positions of 13th in the girls and 14th
in the boys under-estimates the tremendous progress made during the
season under the guidance of Roseanne Hutchinson and Joe
Ehlen. Plans are already afoot to double our presence in the
2005 North West Finals. Results: