Smith, competing for his fell running
club, Ambleside A C, competing in the Three Peaks race at Horton in Ribblesdale
in North Yorkshire. Tony finished 25th in a time
Our race walker,
Anne Johnson, competed in the
Myerscough College, recording 78.06 for the 10k. Anne has already set record
marks for the 5k, competing in our own road race in March.
National Junior League : Bolton: 25 April.
Helens-Sutton A C announced its
presence in the National Junior League with eighteen
new club records and an historic pole
vault. Emma McClatchey,
who has vaulted into sand but never on to a pole vault bed,
became the club's first female Vaulter, not only beating her training best of
1.70m but clearing 2.30.m to win the competition! Emma
also set a club junior record 21.37m in the javelin and ran the 200, 400 and 4 x
Caroline Morley set a junior and under
17 record 67.9 in the 400m hurdles as well as running in the 200, clearing the
high jump and recording 63.6 on the first leg of the 4 x 400 metres relay, the
latter in celebration of her forthcoming trip to Cardiff to watch St Helens play
Wigan in the Challenge Cup final.
Knight equalled the under 17 100
metres record he set last weekend and set new junior figures.
Richard Atherton's win in the 200
metres (23.4) was a record and his 12 metres plus in the triple jump will be one
when the results confirmed the exact distance.
Others setting new marks included
Knowles (shot putt),
Layla Tapley (hammer),
Craig Knight (long jump),
while Greg Williams
was only denied the 2000 metres steeplechase record because the athletes ran too
All four relay teams set new records
as we have no record of the events having been contested before and no doubt the
new times will be beaten again later in the season.
It was essentially a club afternoon
Lewis throwing the discus in support
of her main event, Nicola Quinn
surprising herself with third place in the discus, Taja
Rundle competing in
the 100 and relay and Melissa McLoughlin
volunteering for the shot, long jump, 400 metres and 4 x 400 metres relay,
ensuring she put on her make-up before the final event.
Twigg won the B string 800, was third
in the 1500 metres and recorded 53.8 on the final leg of the 4 x 400 metres.
Steve Mayers did his
stint for the team in the 400 and 800, John Appleton
produced a series of personal bests in the distance races while
scored valuable points in the 200,
triple jump and long jump.
The men's team were
with 161 points and
the women's team seventh
with 104 points, a
superb opening from the entire squad of sixteenth athletes, split equally
between under 20's and under 17's. On a combined scores basis the club would
have been sixth, ahead of both Warrington and Wirral. Our results confirm the
correctness of the decision to enter the League and our developmental
performance programme will bring us the League title within five years.
Joe Ehlen (despite being surprised at following Phil Thomas round
a car park on the way to the venue!) joined John Irwin and
Janet Holmes as our field event team today. They also had assistance from
Jake Davidson. Mr Davidson served as our track judge and Ray Vose
was timekeeper, making sure we earned the 25 points for providing a full quota
Dave Morley and Phil Thomas managed to survive the afternoon as
team managers while there was first class logistical support from Mr
Mitchell, Mrs Davidson, Mr Lewis, Paul Davenport, Mr & Mrs McClatchey and
Mr Atherton, who found a new route to Leverhulme Park, although he's not
quite certain what it was!!! Mike Ehlen also provided quiet support
throughout the afternoon.
Many thanks to the entire team, management and supporters for a superb &
historic day in the annals of St Helens-Sutton A C.
Sheffield Track Meeting : 24 April
All five athletes who travelled to
Sheffield ended up with medals.
won the under 11 800 metres in 2.49 and was third in the 200 metres in 33.1.
Sturgeon took the under 13
event in 2.28.3 and added the high jump
with 1.15m. ZoŽ
Woodward won the mile in 5.48.2 and claimed bronze with a 3.86 long jump.
Crook was second in the 200
(29.2) and third in the 800 (2.34.7). Vicky Johnson
won silver with a 9.45 shot putt.
was fourth in the long jump (4.08m),
ZoŽ was fourth in the 200m
(30.3) and tenth in the 100m (14.9) while Laura
finished fifth in the 100 (14.1) and tenth in the long jump with a leap of
3.57m. Joanne took
fifth in the 200m (30.4) and Amy
was sixth in the 100 (16.0).
Thanks to Phil
Sturgeon, John and
Nicola Woodward, Lisa
and Will Crooks,
Geoff and Carol Johnson and fellow
athlete Heather Drillingcourt
who travelled in support.
London Marathon: 18 April
problems seem to have caused a glitch in the results system for the London race
although several of us think we saw
at the end of the BBC review of the race on Sunday evening (that's the benefit
of wearing a club vest!). What is certain is that Dave
Forrester, running for Greater
Manchester, was seventh in the under 15 boys' race in a time of 14.09.
Janice, who confirmed it was
her who appeared on television, recorded 4.54.32 finishing 23718 (5083 female)
Bradshaw recorded 4.00.09
finishing 11258 (9658 male).
Barry Graney missed the race
following a poor training build up to the event.
Melbourne Open Meeting : Wavertree :
Sunday 18 April
more club records fell as over
two dozen club members braved the elements and some poor organisation at the
Melbourne Open Meeting.
knocked two tenths of a second of the under 100 metres record with 11.3;
ZoŽ Woodward led from
start to finish to set new figures of 4.14.9 in the 1200 metres,
Mike Ehlen threw the 4Kg
hammer 16.22 and
Caroline Morley reduced the
under 17, 300 metres hurdles record by almost two seconds before dashing off to see
whether it was Wigan or Warrington who'll be meeting Huddersfield in the
Challenge Cup final!!!! Ten
club records already and we're not even out of April.
There were hosts of personal bests
Dave Twigg (4.15.9 :1500m),
(5.45: L.J.), Joanne
Sturgeon (2.31:2 800m),
Sarah Lewis (13.6: 100m),
Mike Ehlen (1.50 H.J.),
(28.5 :200), Laura Crook
(21.2 : 150m)
Fairclough (600 : 20.02.8).
The afternoon was full of chatter and
Sammy were there) some
disappointments, especially with the clash of events as the meeting ran late and
the indoor long jump which fell way below the standards expected of an open
meeting. Jessica Cretu
ran two excellent races,
Rachael Hutchinson recovered to record
a good long jump mark, Hanna Green
was amongst a trio of girls sporting all black and Heather
Drillingcourt had two fine runs in the
Johnson maintained her early season
form with 9.38 (shot putt) and 22.94 in the discus. Phil
Robinson warmed up for the League
season with second place in the 400 metres while
Steve Mayers and Greg
Williams tested their fitness over the
metric mile with mixed results. The new slim line Mike Atkinson
tested the hammer in the older age group while Shauna Kerr
and Rebecca Keegan
will be looking for better organisation in order to get their money's worth at
the League meetings.
Dave Morley, Frank Atkinson,
Joe Ehlen, John Irwin, Ray Vose, Paul
Davenport, Danny McLoughlin, Roseanne Hutchinson
and Phil Thomas
analysed technical data for application to individual improvement and team
selection. Parental support was strong from the Drillingcourt,
Fairclough, Green, Atkinson and Keegan Families, Hazel Morley, Mrs Cretu
and Mrs Johnson.
The provisional team for the
has been finalised and individual notices circulated to all counting and
non-counting athletes, some 60
at the last count!
Trafford Medal Meeting : Easter Monday 12 April
Vicky Johnson and
Mike Atkinson each set two
club records at the Trafford Open Meeting,
Vicky beating her own personal
best in the shot (9.45), setting new hammer figures of 26.57 and opening her
discus account with a winning throw of 22.24.
Mike won the shot (7.35),
discus (26.25) and hammer (16,25) setting personal bests in all three events and
clubs record in the discus and hammer.
There were four medals for the
Ryan winning the under 11 high
jump (1.10), javelin (13.08) and the bronze in the long jump (3.20).Anthony won
silver in the 200 metres (28.6) was fourth in the 400 (64.0) and fifth in the
Aime was fourth in the 75m
(13.4), fifth over 150m (27.9) and long jumped 2 metres in the under nines.
Hutchinson also had a profitable
afternoon with a personal best 4.22 in the long jump, second, with another
personal best, in the hurdles (13.2) and third in the 100 metres in 13.8.
Mike Ehlen won the
high jump with 1.45m, long jumped 4.25 and was sixth over 400 metres in 68.3.
Six new records already down, only 94 more to achieve the magical century mark.
Thanks to Rose Hutchinson and Frank
Atkinson for collecting the times and distances
Priory Wood Relays : Sale: Easter Monday 12 April
The under 11 girls' team finished
their cross country season with the silver medals at the Sale Harriers' relays,
running 7.22 on lap one, Joanne Sturgeon
holding the lead with 7.49 while Laura Crook
had the bad luck to compete against the day's
fastest runner and, despite recording 7.53, was just edged into second place by
The 'B' team also performed
splendidly finishing second on the day, moving from 12th on lap one to 7th at
Katie Jolly (8.48) &
Drillingcourt (8.54) emphasising the
club's strength in depth. In the under 9 race Louise Hayes
finished 24th in 7.43.
Many thanks to
John Irwin, Julia Hayes
and the parents who accompanied the girls on the trip. Now for the track season.
Road Race : Easter Sunday 11 April
Casey, Rosie O'Hagan and Janice Lawson,
all of whom ran on Good Friday, competed in this race from Runcorn over the
bridge to Hale. Louise was 69th in 34.34, Rosie 192nd in 43.09 and Janice (who
competes in the London Marathon this weekend) 44.19. There were 298 finishers
after the V70 male who finished 26th was disqualified!!
Good Friday Races: Victoria Park, Southport: 9 April
Casey led a small number of
ladies at the Southport Road Races finishing 17th in 26.36, just two seconds
outside her personal best of 2002. Julia Eccleston
was 30th in 28.04, which was 4.24 quicker than last year and 7.56 quicker than
her debut race in 2002. Pam Appleton
took 43rd position (2nd over 50) in 30.07, almost half a minute quicker than two
years ago while race debutants Rose O'Hagan
and Janice Lawson
were 71st (33.37)
and 85th (35.02). Julia's mother (there's a song in there somewhere) - running
for charity - finished 97th out of 167 finishers.
In the men's race both
(24.43) and Ritchie Bradshaw
(26.32) were in the over 50 category, John finishing fourth and Ritchie tenth.
Cotter were 15th and 16th in the Fun
Run in 11.34, Rachael Cotter
dancing round in 15.28 and Mark Eccleston
recording a respectable 17.43 in 129th position.
Superveterans 10k Lancaster.
A small number of club veterans travelled to Lancaster to
take part in this race which was confined to veterans over the age of 50.
John Appleton recorded 39.47 to finish third over 50, Pam Appleton
was the second over 50 in 49.10 and Pauline Picton fourth in a time of
56.22. Dorothy Fairhurst was the first over 60, recording 54.29.
The girls were second team.
National Young Athletes Road Relays : Sutton Coldfield 4 April 2004:
A new chapter in the history St
Helens-Sutton A C was written when three teams contested the
National Young Athletes Road Relays
at Sutton Coldfield.
put the under 15 boys into 13th place (13.08) on lap one and while
(15.39) and Mike Burke
(14.16) were unable to sustain the pace the club's 48th placing has set a marker
for future years.
The under 13 girls' race was
considerably longer than previous years as the previous route was declared
unsafe for running which posed a problem for the B team who
all have two more years in this age group. However, they managed to get the better of the A team
on this occasion thanks to a fine run by
who recorded 15.45 in 18th place on lap one. Heather
Drillingcourt (19.01) and
Katie Jolly (17.58) steered
the team into 64th place. Heather may have been slightly quicker had officials
realised Zoe had finished the lap!!. The A team were not far behind: Kim
Bridge (18.36), Lorna
Forrester (17.02) and
Sara McLoughlin (18.13)
finishing 69th, an excellent performance after recent injuries and promising
much for the track season.
Congratulations to all nine history
making athletes and to the team which took them to the
John Irwin, Danny
McLoughlin, Paul and Stephanie Forrester, John Woodward, Mr Jolly, Mr Bridge,
Janet Holmes & Mr
Drillingcourt. Such levels of support
once again demonstrates the team spirit within the club. One day we'll learn
everyone's first names too!!!!
Track & Field Meeting : Victoria Park, Warrington 4 April 2004
Three dozen club members took the
opportunity to find early season competition by turning out at Warrington,
coming away with a collection of medals, personal bests and the first two of the
100 new club records we are aiming for this season. This all took place in weather conditions
which eventually forced the suspension of events before the scheduled finish.
Atherton collected silver and bronze
in the sprints, Craig Knight
producing the fastest time of the day in the under 17 event to equal Richard's
existing under 17 record of 11.5.
Lucy Mitchell produced an excellent
long jump win with a club record 4.62 metres, Anna Sheffield
was over eight and a half metres in the shot and Vicky
Johnson won the under
15 event ahead of Rebecca Keegan,
who also took second place in the javelin. Earlier in the day
Vicky had recorded 9 metres at the
Wigan open meeting.
Our hurdlers were in good form
winning in a personal best 12.8, Jessica Cretu
taking first place and Rachael Hutchinson
claiming second. Steve
his dťbut with victory in the high jump and second place in the long jump,
Graham Coombs winning the bronze in the high jump.
Rigby was third in the high and long
jump, Joanne Sturgeon
won the 800 and 200 metres,
Laura Crook stormed away with the 150,
Mike Ehlen collected
medals in the 150 and 400 metres and Anthony Marsh
won the 200 after placing second in the sprint.
The under 11's also made their mark,
in the sprints, Jaime White
in the 600 metres while Drew Atherton showed winning form in throwing cricket
ball, an event in which Aimee Marsh
won the girls' throw. Amy Fairclough took second place in the 75 and 600 metres.
We were unable to obtain full results
but others taking part included
John Ashcroft, Luke James,
Ryan Marsh, Andrew Hutchinson, Louise Hayes, Vicky Davies, Catherine Gornall and
There was support from many parents all of whom came in family groups including
the Ryan Family, Luke James's support team, Mr Savage, Mrs Morley, Mr and Mrs
Keegan, Mr & Mrs Sheffield, the Marshes, Mr & Mrs Crook, Dave Green, Mr
Sturgeon, Mr & Mrs Coombs (making their debuts), Steve and Linda White,
Drew Atherton's fan club, Mrs Ashcroft, the Robinsons, Julia Hayes, Mrs Cretu
and Mr Gornall, who provided transport to and from.
With the League season starting in a few weeks Dave Morley, Paul Davenport,
Joe Ehlen, Roseanne Hutchinson and Phil Thomas kept an eye on proceedings
from a coaching viewpoint. The first team event, the National Junior League,
takes place in three weeks time at Bolton.
Northern Road Relays : Lister Park : Bradford 3 April
It's amazing who you
meet when you're running. At Lister Park it was the actor who plays the part of
Bob Hope in Emmerdale,
running the colours of Stockport Harriers. Autograph? I didn't offer! What the
club offered was two complete teams for the second year in succession.
Unfortunately, we weren't quite able to translate that into two finishing teams
but it wasn't for want of trying.
Casey led off for the ladies, stepping
in for the injured Laura Davenport
and recording 16.05 in 28th place. Julia Eccleston
picked up three places on leg two with 16.31 closer to our target of 19th place
and with ten teams still behind us. The next two legs were run by
Toni Garnett and
Claire Newing who normally run
with each other in races. Despite being on separate stages only two seconds
(17.31) from Claire
(17.33) by which time the club were up to 22nd.
Then tragedy struck when
had to stop on the final short hill with less than a mile to the finish. With
Jackie unable to complete the course Joanne Taylor
was granted permission by race referee, Tony Riley,
to run the final lap which she did in 22.27.
The men's team were five places down
on last year but had seven full teams behind them as opposed to two in 2003.
shook off the affects of a late arrival to record 28.25 on leg one
in 49th position. Our trio of youngsters then saw us finish leg four some
ten places higher as Steve Mayers
(12.28) and Barry Cunliffe
(13.14) gained six and five places respectively. Although Greg
Williams lost one place his time of
27.39 was the club's fastest long stage of the day.
Vose picked up a couple of places in
14.12 and Ritchie Bradshaw,
fresh from his 20 mile race three weeks ago, zipped round four seconds under 16
"Let me At Em" Graney
completed the seventh lap in 28.18, ideal preparation for the London Marathon
while Ian Pass's road
race debut was a steady 15.47.
The experience of
(15.32) & Andy O'Connor
(28.50) was buttressed by new boy Robin Emley
(15.36) and the
dependable Tony Raffle running
the glory leg in 16.36. Unfortunately for Tony the rain which had threatened all
afternoon made a dramatic appearance, he got sent the wrong way and completed
the course with a sore leg. Now that's dedication to the cause!!
We were the fifth Merseyside men's
team to finish and would have been the second county team in the women's race
but for Jackie's illness. The club's improvement over the last two seasons has
been outstanding and with our long term development plan we can look forward to
further successes in future years.
Our club is built on team spirit and
thanks go to
John Irwin for turning up as stand-by
on the day (the more so since John is driving the youngsters to Sutton Coldfield
in the morning for the Young Athletes National Road Relays).
Thanks too to Cecilia
provided support. Phil Thomas
was team manager, arrived at 9.30.a.m and was able to get home in time to see
the Grand National.
was seen trying every shoe from the Nike van. Andy
Boyack was directed
to do a second lap but, being a union man, quite rightly refused. Whether Andy
and Andy O'Connor
(who appeared eager to allow Andy the honour of an extra circuit) would have
produced slightly faster times has been referred to the adjudication committee
headed by Barry Graney who provided these snippets.
In addition we were able to say
thanks to Ray Barrow of the Northern Counties for the grant which
provided two poles for our nascent vaulting
Mens results on SportsSoft
Womens results on SportsSoft