Greater Manchester Mini Run 23 May
members took part in the Greater Manchester mini-run. Zoë Woodward (8.53) was
eighth girl - 37th overall. Joanne
Sturgeon recorded 9.37, 22nd girl and 93rd
overall. Carl Fairclough was 96th,
74th Boy, in 9.39. Laura Crook
recorded 9.46 to finish 101st
as 23rd girl, closely followed by Katy
Jolley 9.54 -119th overall and 30th
girl. Amy Fairclough was 40th
girl to finish in 148th place in 10.13. There were 900 finishers.
Well done everyone.
National Junior League : Bebington 23 May.
The club consolidated its position in
the National Junior League with the men’s team finishing fourth and the ladies
team taking eighth place. Ben Fisher won the Athlete of the Match award for
his 54.07 javelin throw, Sheru Gulati won the plaudits for competing in a
variety of events and showing potential as a thrower. Steve Moran pulled a few strings to compete, unfortunately
the last one was his hamstring as he was taking part in the triple jump along
Jake Davidson whose javelin throwing in support of
Ben had the Macclesfield officials completely flummoxed.
Layla Tapley was announced as achieving an Olympic
qualifying standard by taking third
place in the men’s 200 but order was restored when Richard Atherton claimed the time to rank alongside
the 11.3 club record he equalled in the 100 metres. Steve Mayers ran quick sprints and was part of the
4 x 400 metres team which beat SouthportWaterloo.
Tom Griffiths made a welcome return to competition
in the 3000 metres, keeping enough in hand to hold off John Appleton who later ran a splendid third lap in
the 4x400. Tom Rigby did extremely well against the under
20’s and Sarah Lewis was delighted with yet another
personal best in the 100 metres. Lucy
made an interesting javelin debut after a painful 100 metres while Steve
Knowles played an excellent supporting role in the high jump, shot putt and
Burnley Throws Night : 19 May
Vicky Johnson continued her excellent season by
setting a new club record 25.68 in the discus at the Burnley Throws night
competition. Vicky also threw the hammer 27.88, the javelin a personal best
18.35 and only withdrew from the shot with injury after reaching 8.79.
Liverpool Women's 10k 16 May
Early indications are that sixteen ladies competed for the
club in this annual event, equalling the record set last year. The actual
number will be confirmed later this week. Julia Eccleston (46.55) was
first back ahead of Pam Appleton (49.43) who was the eleventh over 50
to finish. Claire Newing (51.10) knocked almost five minutes off last
year's debut time while Rosie O’Hagan (51.19) made an excellent
Margaret Hunter-Frackelton (55.07) finished just
ahead of Dorothy Fairhurst whose 56.12 earned her fourth place in the
over 60 category. Linda White (58.12) came home two minutes later, closely
followed by Jean Dearing (58.30) who ducked under the hour mark having
recorded over 62 minutes a year ago. Kath Ryan (59.53) also beat
the hour mark.
Janet McCormack (60.26) has a target for next
season while Janice Lawson (62.32) was two minutes quicker than a year
ago. Joanne Taylor ran very well to finish in 64.12, one second ahead
of workmate Adele Rasul. Sandra Howarth was round in 71.27,
three minutes faster than last year with Jeanette Sanderson recording
79.05 and Anne Johnson walking the course in a superb 81.02.
With Cecilia Fitzsimons recovering from injury, Louise
Casey recovering from Las Vegas and Christine Dempsey recovering -
she didn't say from what - the record turn out of sixteen will be broken in
Championships: Warrington 15/16 May.
The club has another three county champions. Craig
Knight (100m - 11.4), Dave Twigg (1500m 4.19.9) and Jake
Davidson (Triple Jump - 12.55) all won titles at Warrington, Dave and
Jake also collecting silver medals in the 800m (2.02) and long jump (5.84)
Championships: Wavertree: 15 May 2004
Despite the absence of a dozen athletes who were following the
fortunes of St Helens RLFC at Cardiff the club increased its medals haul over
2003 by ten percent with nine titles, seven silver medals and a further eight
bronze on a hot day at Wavertree.
Vicky Johnson took the largest haul
with gold in the hammer, discus and shot, Laura Crook was the under 13
Girls' shot putt winner and took silver in the 80 and 150 metres. Joanne
Sturgeon won the under 13 1500 metres ahead of Zoe Woodward and
also collected silver in the high jump.
Javelin throwers Ben Fisher and Becky Keegan both won county
titles, Steve Knowles won the under 17 long jump to which he added
silver in the triple jump and bronze in the high jump.
Jourden Cotter took the under 15
1500 metres title, just missing Laura Davenport's club record by 0.4
secs, while Dave Forrester gained a silver medal in the metric mile.
Club Secretary, Julia Hayes, collected her second county medal with
silver in the senior hammer.
Steve Mayers was three tenths of a
second outside the magical 2 minutes barriers in gaining bronze in the 800
metres, Richard Atherton recorded 23.4 in the 200 metres
for his third
place, Rebecca Hutchinson claimed bronze in the javelin.
Becky Keegan recorded a personal
best 25.06 for the hammer bronze, Sarah Lewis set a personal best
13.09 secs in the 100 metres and Mike Ehlen collected third in the
under 17 triple jump after missing out in the under 15 high jump. Steve
Clague and Rachael Hutchinson won bronze medals in the hammer and
Thaddeus Amin-Somuah missed out on a
medal in the 200 metres, finishing fourth, Anthony Marsh being
similarly placed in the javelin. Other finalists included Helen
Drillingcourt (150 and 600), John Appleton (3000), Greg Williams (800) and
Tom Rigby (1500).
Coaches Joe Ehlen, John Irwin, Ray Vose, Danny McLoughlin, Geoff
Johnson, Roseanne Hutchinson and Phil Thomas all attended and there was
plenty of parental and family support for all the athletes with some trying
to check on the score from the Millennium Stadium and others meticulously
trying to avoid it!! Results
Young Athletes League:Warrington 9 May:
Unfortunately, as a result of a computer virus, most of the
original report on this match has been lost. All that remains is the five
paragraphs below. As regards the fixture, the club provided two of the four
Athletes of the Match, Vicky Johnson in the
shot putt and Zoë Woodward in the 1200 metres. Individual and team
scores are given in the results section.
Joe Ehlen, Danny
McLoughlin, and “volunteers” John
Woodward and Andy Drillingcourt. Dave Morley acted as track
referee, Tony Davidson stood in support after a confusing half hour as
a timekeeper when Ray Vose arrived to join Dave Green on the
The club is awarded 15 points for providing its full
quota of officials and, in view, of the closeness of the result, their
contribution was invaluable. Some key personnel will be unavailable at
Blackburn next time, and additional help will be required to ensure the club
scores maximum points for providing the requisite number of helpers.
In addition to the required officials Paul Forrester
had some on-site training as a marksman, Stephanie Forrester & Hazel
Morley completed the girls’ recording, while Chris Dempsey, Denis
Fulton and Phil Thomas also helped with the results service. Chris,
along with Layla Tapley provided first aid cover.
Many thanks to the parents who attended. The next Young
Athletes match is at Blackburn on 6 June 2004. Full details
will be distributed via team managers in the weeks prior to the match.
Road Round Up:
Over 50 Veteran Ritchie
Spenborough 20 in March to warm up for London,
recording 2.48.57 while on 2 May John and
Pam Appleton took part in the Dallam Dash in Cumbria recording 41.14(28th)
and 51.18(87) respectively.
Open and Medal Meetings : Warrington 2 May : Trafford 3
Vicky Johnson competed at Warrington on Sunday
recording 9.13 (Shot) and 23.17 (discus) then travelled to Trafford on Monday
where she won three gold medals in the hammer (30.59 - club record), discus
(22.46) and shot (9.10). Further results will be posted this week.
Congratulations Vicky. Results now reveal several season/personal bests for Mike Atkinson, Tom Green, Amy Fairclough, Mike Ehlen,
Hanna Green and Rachael Hutchinson. Full Results
Northern League - Amended Result:
The Northern League result has been re-scored
three times and the revised result is:- 1
Liverpool H.A.C. 441; 2 Wigan & District 347; St Helens-Sutton A C 344; 4 Macclesfield 317; 5
SouthportWaterloo A C 272; 6 Wirral A C 270. If only Andy O'Connor had limped the final five and a
half laps of the 5000 in excruciating pain; if only Peter Code hadn't been held up in Knutsford;
if only Ray Vose had been able to clear the pole
vault. But life isn't about "if only", it's about accepting reality
and doing what you can to change it next time round. Bebington, Saturday 6
Cheshire League : Bebington : 2 May
Hopefully full results will be
available by the end of the week but the initial team scores indicate that
the club won the under
11 competition with 112 points, Macclesfield (100), Manchester (48) and Wirral (32)
filling the next four places.
Macclesfield won the ladies
competition with 157, followed by East Cheshire (134), St Helens-Sutton
(100), Manchester (79) and Wirral (70). Macclesfield took the men's
competition with 205, from St Helens-Sutton & Manchester (143), Wirral
(106) and East Cheshire (35).
Amongst the highlights of the
afternoon was the dramatic javelin throwing of Phil Sturgeon and Will
(the latter only five metres short of gaining a place in the senior men's
team!) and the senior men's relay team of Andy
Drillingcourt, Will Crook, John Irwin and Joe
who excelled by running the 4 x 100 metres relay 0.5 seconds faster than the
under 11 boys' team!
Special thanks go to our officials, Dave Morley, Nicola Quinn, Dave Green, Danny McLoughlin,
Paul Forrester , John Irwin and Frank
and team managers, Julia Hayes, Roseanne
Hutchinson and Joe Ehlen. As for parents there were many new
ones and too many to count but they will be noted at future matches. Their
support was magnificent and the veritable sea of red and black in the
sunshine was a sight to behold.
The most important people, of
course, are the athletes and there were a number of interesting performances
for the analysis team to go through in preparation for the next Cheshire
League match at Connahs Quay on the second Sunday in June. Book the date now.
Regrettably we did not receive the results for the Cheshire League until 23
May. Several of them conflicted with the performance reports provided by
coaches. The results, as given, have been posted on the website and if anyone
identifies where errors have occurred could they please let Phil Thomas know
so that amendments can be made to provide as accurate a record as possible.
Northern League Round 1 : Macclesfield : 1 May
The final result of the first Northern League is in doubt
after an initial scrutiny indicated the scorers had wrongly placed the women’s
4 x 400 metres team in fourth instead f third place. However, this
doesn't appear to be the only error and we expect some changes when the
scrutinised result is confirmed at tomorrow’s Cheshire League.
The match itself, held in excellent weather at Macclesfield, produced
another ten club records as our youngsters were excellent and our experienced
athletes joined them in performing above and beyond the call of duty.
Phil Robinson debuted
in the pole vault with second place, set a personal best for a win
in the ‘B’ javelin, was third in the 400 metres hurdles, cleared the
high jump, claimed third in the discus, shot putt and the ‘B’
hammer. Only the League rules prevented him competing in any more
Ben Fisher opened
his season with club junior and senior records in the javelin, a feat also
achieved by Lucy Mitchell in the triple jump while Anna Sheffield
claimed the senior and under 17 records in the hammer. Lucy also set
new junior long jump marks
Caroline Morley took
on the hard tasks of three 400’s in the afternoon, setting club under 17 and
senior records in the hurdles and flat 400. Richard Atherton won the
100 B and 200 A races while steeplechaser, Ian Hayburn, who learned to
high hurdle on Thursday night (!) proved invaluable in both events, the 400
metres hurdles and the 400 where he stepped in for Ray Vose who had aggravated a
groin injury running the high hurdles as one of his five
improved his junior steeplechase record substantially, ran a steady 1500 metres
and learned that the second 200 of a 400 metres relay is as hard and as fast
as the first 200. Michelle Murray had the same experience but
only after an excellent afternoon’s competition in which she ran the
100 and 200, high jumped, shot putted and competed in the 4x100
metres in the club’s cause
Layla Tapley put her
own disappointment to one side to act, with Jackie Turner & Joanne Taylor, in team support of Julia Eccleston who took on the unexpected
mantle of ‘A’ string distance runner in the 800, 1500 and 3000
metres with three personal bests
Once Andy O'Connor's calf gave way with
five laps to go Barry
Graney became our only
5000m runner to finish. Dave Twigg ran intelligent
800 and 1500 metre races before contributing to a fine 4 x 400
Steve Mayers ran the
400 and 800 combination for the second week in succession and took on the
role of lead runner in the 4x100 in addition to his 4x400 metres relay run.
Despite being troubled by a tight calf Craig Knight was second in the
100 metres and Steve Moran improved on his long
jump of the previous week following his last minute call up to the
senior ranks .
Nicola Quinn picked
up points across the field events.Julia Hayes’ disappointment
at losing her hammer record was tempered by the second place she earned in
the ‘B’ event. Taja Rundle contested the javelin
by gaining fifth place
Sarah Lewis continued her fine form with third place in the 100 metres and a superb first
leg of the relay while Sue Lowrie surprised herself with her
performances in both relays, particularly after an afternoon timekeeping. Melissa
McLoughlin was even quicker than
last week over her chosen 400 metres
It was so close to an
outright second place, which any one of a number of things on the
day might have achieved. Hopefully we’ll have sorted out the
glitches for the second match which takes place at Bebington in
Many thanks today to our army of officials, Dave
Morley and Mr Davidson on the track, Sue Lowrie, Paul and Ray
Vose who shared the timekeeping between them, Roger McCall, John
Irwin, Joe Ehlen, Paul Davenport and Tony Raffle on the field. At least
half of them will be on duty at the Cheshire League tomorrow. Phil Thomas was team manager and is still
Thanks too to Mr Atherton, Mr Sheffield, Mr & Mrs
Davidson, Mr & Mrs Moran and sibling, not to mention Wayne Joyce
who attended to watch and Peter Code who
almost made it to the pole vault competition and may strengthen our
cross country team in the winter
Thanks to everyone for an
excellent start to the four match season. We were looking to
consolidate this season. Perhaps our sights will be set a little
higher after today’s performance.