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March Results 2004

Pendle Open Meeting : Nelson 28 March 2004

Nine young ladies led by Club Secretary, Julia Hayes, competed in their first track meeting of the season at Nelson in the Colne Valley. Julia was third in the hammer, less than a metre off her 2004 best. Sarah Lewis finished second in the 100 metres (13.9) and also posted an opening mark of 28.7 over the 200. Jessica Cretu was second in both the 200 (27.8) and long jump (4.09).

The new group of under 13 competitors were in action, Joanne Sturgeon winning   the 1500 metres in 5.26.5 and finishing third in the 100 (15.1). ZoŽ Woodward was    in triple action in the 200 (30.5), 1500 (5.34.6) and long jump (3.91) finishing second    in both races and third in the jump. Laura Crook won the 200 in 28.8 and recorded 2.51.7 for fifth place in the 800. The dependable Katie Jolly was an excellent ninth   in the 1500 (6.22.8) and eleventh (3.21) in the long jump.

In the under 11 category Amy Fairclough was second in the 75 and 150 (11.8 and 24.2) and third in 2.08.3 over 600 metres. Louise Hayes took second place in the under 10, 75 metres (12.7), third in the long jump (2.88) and sixth in the 600 metres (2.31.2)

Many thanks to those who went in support including Laura Savage, John Irwin, John Woodward, Mr Crook, Mr Jolly and others whose names weren't reported. We look forward to other occasions in the summer when they will be.

North West Sports Hall Final : Wigan 21 March 2004.

St Helens-Sutton A C made a major impact in its first serious season in Sports Hall athletics by winning the North West under 11 girls' title and taking second place in      the under 13 boys' event. These successes reflect the club's development objectives and the first class application of coaching skills by Rose Hutchinson, Joe Ehlen  with additional help from Geoff Johnson, Pauline Picton and others. Sports Hall has been successfully integrated into the mainstream of club activities and now plays a vital part in the development of the next generation of athletes.

Under 11 Girls : North West League Champions:  


The under 11 squad of Laura Crook, ZoŽ Woodward, Heather Drillingcourt, Katie Waterworth, Jenny Hamon, Amy Fairclough, Katie Jolly, Louise Hayes and Lucy Waterworth defeated Warrington A C to win the North West League title for the first time. St Helens Sutton won all the track events, Laura &  Heather first in the two lap relay, ZoŽ and Katie Waterworth first in the four lap relay. Katie, Heather, ZoŽ and Laura  first in the 4x2 lap relay. Jenny & Katie Jolly scored heavily in the Soft Javelin, while Laura & Katie Waterworth demolished the opposition in the chest push. Amy, Louise and Lucy were magnificent in support. Lauren Hyde was unavailable for the final but, in common with club practice, will receive a medal for her season's work.
Under 13 Boys : North West League Silver Medallists
The team of Anthony Marsh, Ben Clough, Mike Ehlen, Steve Clague, Adam Taft, Lee Taft and Graham Morley moved from fifth in the league to second in the North West final, beaten only by the vast numbers of West Cheshire A C. Anthony Marsh claimed gold medals in the Vertical Jump and four lap before winning a bronze in the Standing Long Jump. Ben Clough won the  6 lap race while Mike Ehlen took silver in the Standing Triple Jump. Steve Clague, Adam Taft, Lee Taft & Graham Morley all competed superbly for maximum points.
The full results and positions are not yet known but will be published in full when they are. Congratulations to everyone who took part; to our coaching team for their superb work and skills and to all the parents who have supported the club with transport and vocal encouragement. Congratulations too to Terry Arnold whose selfless work was recognised by receipt of the John Young award for service to the North West League.

St Helens-Sutton 5k : Sherdley Park, St Helens. 14 March 2004

After last yearís sunshine we had the delights of rain for the second running of the 5k. The races were preceded by a Fun Run which attracted both children and adults. Ben Clough won the event with numerous club members among the 45 finishers. 

Laura Davenport led the team to victory in the ladiesí race, Louise Casey (7) and Julia Eccleston (9) clinching the win. The number of finishers was 25% up on last year and included a record 17 lady club members beating the sixteen set at the 2003 Liverpool Womenís 10k.  

Chris Dempsey (13), Claire Newing (16), Toni Garnett (17), Jackie Turner (24), Sandra Dumbell (25), Janice Lawson (28), Kath Ryan (31), Jean Dearing (32), Joanne Taylor (39), Janet McCormack (42), Karen Wright (44), Sue Howarth (46), Sue Morris (56) and Anne Johnson (61) made the record complete. Hopefully, we can beat the record later this year when Adele Rasul, Dorothy Fairhurst, Rosie OíHagan, Jeannette Sanderson, and Cecilia Fitzsimons return from injury. 

In the men's race team running was the order of the day with Andy OíConnor (13), Ian Hayburn (14) and Barry Graney (15) scoring 42 for second place behind Penny Lane Striders. Ian Crompton (20) led the other eight club members who included John Appleton (22), the unrelated veteran John Appleton (24), Andy Boyack (32), Robin Emley (46), Tony Raffle (48), Mike Deraing (64) and Anthony Emley (70). The overall menís number of finishers was up by 5%.

A debt of gratitude is due to John Irwin who set out the bollards and other markings: to the marshals, Sue Crompton, Fred Bluett, Denis Fulton, Steve Eccleston, Sue Clague, Mr Johnson, Mrs Davenport and Paul Davenport. To Dave Morley, Referee Tony Riley, timekeepers Ron Scott, Robbie Wood and scribe Julia Hayes, whose magnificent hill running was a feature of the morningís entertainment. Thanks too to medal presenters Sarah Lewis, Kirsty Lewis and Lucy Mitchell and to all others who assisted in making the event a success, including sponsors, Aimbec

Janet Holmes and Pam Appleton were busy taking late entries and working to produce results for the 12 noon presentation, although Penny Lane Striders were surprised to finish third and were reinstated to first on a recount.

Club stalwart Brian Renshall brought a photo of the old Sutton 7 sometime in the 1960's which showed Brian contesting the lead along Chester Lane, with  Ron Hill, later to win the Commonwealth Marathon in 1970, also in contention. Other former  members appearing included John Newall now living in Cambridge and competing for Royston Runners and his sister Ann who still lives locally and is threatening to join our rapidly increasing number of ladies. John finished a very creditable 11th

Also running this year was Sharon Williams who, as Sharon Beckley, competed for the Pilkington club as a sprinter in the 1980ís and now runs longer distances for fun near her home in Leeds.

Cheshire League : Macclesfield 14 March:

The under 11 Girlsí team are the Cheshire League champions, the clubís first team victory since joining the competition in the late 1990ís. In the final race of the season Joanne Sturgeon took the individual honours ahead of Zoe Woodward and Laura Crook who made it a one, two, three for the club. Amy Fairclough completed the count by taking sixth spot. Zoe won the aggregate competition for the season with Laura second.

Katie Jolly almost made the start but was held up in traffic near Knutsford when the race started. In common with club policy Katy and the other girls who ran in the under 11 races for the club will receive a league medal. This practice, which is also carried out by the Northern Women's League, provides encouragement to all who take part. It's unfortunate the County Committee is unable to move with the times and adopt the practice as well. Thanks to John Woodward whose first team managerís job was carried out so successfully. That's another club helper and official we've found!!

 E.S.S.A Championships: Maidstone. 13 March: 

The club provided runners for three counties, Merseyside, Cheshire and Greater Manchester at the E.S.S.A Championships held over a tough course at Maidstone      in Kent.

Dave Forrester produced an excellent performance to finish in the top dozen of     the English Schoolsí Cross Country Championships at Maidstone. Dave was eleventh across the line in the junior race leading Greater Manchester into seventh place in the team race. Mike Burke recorded 19.24 in 186th place as part of the Merseyside team which finished 24th. 

Dave Twigg, running for Cheshire, was 57th, leading the cheesemakers into sixteenth place, one position behind Merseyside in the intermediate boysí race. 

In the senior boysí race Steve Mayers was 121st, the second Merseyside runner to complete the course. Greg Williams withdrew from the team as he had another engagement over the weekend. Our heartiest congratulations to all four athletes who competed, bringing our representative honours for 2004 up to the two dozen mark.

Inter-Counties at Nottingham 6 March 2004

Nine club members won their county vests at Wollerton Park, Nottingham, eight  for Merseyside and one for Cheshire. Ben Clough and Peter Knowles each made  the count for the under 13 team, while Dave Forrester was first Merseysider home  in the under 15 race. Also amongst the counters were Steve Mayers in the under 20 event and Laura Davenport, running in the senior event, who anchored the county team home. John Dumbell ran well on his county debut, Mike Burke used the race as a warm up for next week's E.S.S.A. championships, Greg Williams performed up to standard and Dave Twigg, representing Cheshire, had a much needed race following recent injuries. A close examination of the results, particularly in the younger age groups, reveals the qualitative nature of the field. Congratulations to everyone who took part and commiserations to James Farghar who had to pull out with injury.

Lytham St Annes 10 mile:

Janice Lawson warmed up for the London Marathon by finishing 331st in 96.12, three seconds ahead of Dorothy Fairhurst one place behind her.

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