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June Results 2004

Young Athletes League: Pendle : 27 June

Initial reports indicate that the club finished second behind Deeside at Pendle but ahead of Hyndburn and Burnley thus consolidating our position in the division.   The provisional scores are Deeside 384, St Helens-Sutton 284; Hyndburn 265; Burnley 81. Full details will be provide as soon as possible but special mention should be made of Helen Grady who broke her nose in the high jump but still did  the long jump and 800 metres.


Northern Knock Out Plate Competition : 26 June

Having narrowly missed qualifying for last year's final the club made no mistake this season by winning this year's qualifier at Stretford with 46 points to spare ahead of Leigh with Wirral third.

Michelle Murray started with a win in the shot putt and the team, despite being without the unwell Lucy Mitchell, the unavailable Peter Code, Nicola Quinn,  who was taking a rounders' coaching course and others who were working, built on Michelle's solid foundations. Michelle added victory in the 200 metres, Sarah Lewis won the 100, Laura Davenport took the 800 with a new club outdoor record and Julia Eccleston pulled off a 1500/3000  double, with a personal best in the latter..

Anna Sheffield won the hammer, Natalie Mullineux weighed in with wins in the javelin and discus while both relay teams were victorious. Caroline Morley took  the 400 metres hurdles, was second in the high jump, Anna taking second in the long jump having stepped in as a last minute substitute..

The men's squad were as equally productive Craig Knight & Steve Moran taking the 100 and 200 and contributing to a fine 4 x 100 metres win. Dave Twigg won the 800 and 1500 before storming home in the 4 x 400 metres as St Helens-Sutton A C made a clean sweep of the relays.

Jake Davidson dominated the long and triple jumps. Phil Robinson was in fine form, producing an unbelievable javelin throw, unusual final hurdle in the sprint event, tackling the discus and taking on Wirral's best in the high jump. Ray Vose played a captain's part, arriving just in time to throw the hammer, putting the shot and stepping in for the 5000 metres.

Greg Williams followed his steeplechase with a superb 400 metres while the club had the luxury of a counting and non-counting competitor in the 10000 metres, Ian Hayburn scoring the points and Ian White declaring his fitness for next week's League match by running 36.52.8, finishing 12.5 seconds behind the other Ian..

Phil Thomas acted as team manager, Dave Morley served as track judge, Ray Vose helped out with the timekeeping while George Mullineux and Jim Sheffield provided our field judges. There was parental support from Hazel Morley, Jim & Sue Sheffield, Mr Moran and Paul Davenport, who also did a stint as marksman. Tony Raffle also turned up to cheer the team on.

Sue Lowrie was on hand to do the 400 metres but was pulled out to save her for next week while Sarah Lewis volunteered to substitute in the relay. The Eccleston family were present in force, Steve posing the philosophical question of whether agreeing to do an event while having one's arm twisted constituted "volunteering." The matter is going forward to the United Nations for further debate!!

Final scores were St Helens-Sutton A C 116; Leigh 70; Wirral A C 42, while Rossendale, Stockport and SouthportWaterloo failed to score. A magnificent score for the club and a credit to all those who took part.


Trafford Grand Prix. 22 June.

Vicky Johnson set a new under 15 Girls hammer record of 33.95 in addition to throwing the discus 27.90 and putting the shot 9.70.

Marathon Madness:

The club had three runners competing in marathons over the weekend. Alan Davies (junior and Senior) ran round the Potteries Marathon in Stoke. Davies the younger recorded 42 seconds over the four hour mark in 220nd place and Davies senior, who is now over 60, timed through at 6.34.00 as 456th to finish. At Blackpool 18 year old Stephen Roberston, running for charity, recorded 4.35.11 in 436th position after being on target for a much faster time at 18 miles. Of course the marathon doesn't really start until 20 miles. The medal was nice and Steve was walking on Monday morning. Mot very fast but he was walking. Well done to everyone on their various achievements.

National Junior League:Ormskirk:20 June.

On a day which threatened rain and ended in sunshine the club produced a splendid team performance, the men finishing fifth and the women taking fourth. It was a day for volunteers, Anna Sheffield volunteering to give up a few hours of study time to compete in the throws and setting a new junior record in the shot. Layla Tapley and Nicola Quinn volunteered to run the 200 metres when Emma McCatchley injured herself winning the pole vault. The pair joined Sarah Lewis and Taja Rundle to win their heat of the 4x100 in a club record time.

Taja added the discus to her javelin, Sarah set a personal best in the discus & Lucy Mitchell took on the burden of the javelin A string before shooting off for another shift at work.

Ben Fisher threw the javelin over 58 metres for the second day in succession, set   a club record in the discus then, together with Jake Davidson, Steve Moran and Richard Atherton, set a club best 46.4 in the 4x100 relay. Jake added the shot putt to his repertoire with a junior record 9.06, skilfully coaching John Appleton to second place with a personal best in the B event.

Tom Rigby ran superbly well in the 1500 and 3000 before running gallantly on the third leg of the relay while Richard Atherton equalled his own 100 and 200 metres records supported by Steve Moran who took second place over the furlong.

John Irwin, Dave Morley, Joe Ehlen and Jim Sheffield were our officials ably assisted by Kirsty Lewis who provided first class administrative support trackside  to make the meeting flow smoothly.

Also in attendance were Mr & Mrs McClatchey, Mrs Lewis, Mike Ehlen, Mr & Mrs Fisher, Mr Atherton, Mr & Mrs Moran,John Appleton's uncle and Mrs Sheffield. Phil Thomas acted as team manager.

The team spirit was excellent and the results saw the men defeat Warrington, Wigan, Wirral and Bolton with the women getting the better of Wirral, North Wales, Cheshire Tigers and Warrington, mark a significant step forward for the club in its first season in the League. Congratulations to everyone. Results to follow when Barry Graney returns from holiday. A copy is available by e-mail for anyone who wants them.

Mason Trophy Meeting: Birmingham 19 June

Vicky Johnson set a new under 15 girls' discus record with a throw of 28.66 and putt the shot 9.90 for second place. Vicky has now qualified for the English Schools' in both events. Caroline Morley reduced the club 300 metres hurdles record she recently set at Wigan by 0.05 of a second to also qualify while Jourdan Cotter equalled the 1500 metres mark she set a week ago at Bebington.

Mike Ehlen tripled jumped a personal best 10.44. Jake Davidson recorded 12.54 in the inter   triple jump while sprinters Thaddeus Amin-Somuah (12.8 & 25.4) and Sarah Lewis (13.6) both benefited from the experience. Dave Twigg (4.14.8) & Dave Forrester (4.27) narrowly missed qualifying, although Dave has done the time already and still has a chance of selection as Greater Manchester's leading junior 1500 metres runner. Rebecca Keegan was disappointed with her javelin throw but Joe Ehlen has videoed some of the athletes for teaching purposes.

Northern Championships: Wavertree, Liverpool 19 June

Ben Fisher's continued run of good form saw him finish fifth in the Northern Senior Championships at Wavertree with a throw of 58.64 which constitutes both a senior and junior club record. Men's next competition is the AAA Under20 Championships at Bedford next weekend which rules him out of the Cup match at Trafford but he carries our full support in his bid for a national medal.

Cheshire League : Connahs Quay : 13 June

The club finished second in all three competitions according to the early results from team managers Joe Ehlen and Roseanne Hutchinson. The men's team scored 175, just fifteen less than Deeside with Bury 146, Manchester 69, Altrincham 56 and Handforth 30. Deeside scored 177 in the ladies' competitions, St Helens-Sutton 124, Bury 89, Altrincham 66, Manchester 56 and Handforth 20. Bury 102, St Helens-Sutton 94, Deeside 83, Altrincham 62, Handforth 36 and Manchester 14 is the provisional result from the under 11 contest. It is understood there was a club record in the under 15 boys 4 x 100.

The official results indicate that St Helens-Sutton A C (97) won the under 11's ahead of Bury 96, Deeside 82, Alrincham 64, Handforth 36 and Manchester 6. The official scores in the men's and women's matches differed from those given originally. However, the club has asked the Cheshire League secretary to carry out further scrutiny as we have been able to identify over half a dozen errors in both the event and match points.


Wigan Open Meeting 13 June

Laura Davenport made her return to competitive running by winning the 800 metres at Robin Park recording 2.21.6. Ben Fisher threw 55.98 in the javelin while Vicky Johnson won the shot (9.89), discus (26.48) and was second in the javelin with a personal best 20.86. She also threw the 4Kg hammer 25.68.

Merseyside Schools Championships : Bebington: 12 June

Ben Fisher and Jourdan Cotter set new club records in winning the senior boys' javelin and junior girls' 1500 metres at Bebington. Ben's 57.17 has earned a place in the county team for the ESSA Championships at Gateshead but Jourdan will travel  to Birmingham next week to achieve the qualifying time.

Thaddeus Amin-Somuah's 12.0 in the 100 metres and 24.8 over  200 metres, in which he was second, puts him firmly in line to attack Sean Harrison's 1996 records for both distances. Richard Atherton equalled his club best in the 200 metres, which he won, and was second in the 100 metres

Blustery conditions hampered many events but did not prevent Emma McCatchley from winning the pole vault with 2 metres. Sarah Lewis continued her fine run of form by winning the 100 metres, Lucy Mitchell is the senior triple jump champion and Vicky Johnson took both the junior shot and discus titles. Caroline Morley  may have to cancel her attendance at her school's leavers' dinner to travel to the North East after taking the 300 metres hurdles title.

Becky Keegan will be travelling to Birmingham after finishing second in the javelin, third in the shot and second in the hammer. Rachael Hutchinson returned after her recent injury to take third place in the hammer and reach the final of the 100 metres. The distances appear short but the hammer was 4Kg instead of the proper 3.25Kg!!

Mike Ehlen took second place in the triple jump and sixth in the high jump. Laura Savage cleared 20 metres in the discus and Jessica Cretu reached the final of the 75metres hurdles which she missed as it clashed with her 200 metres heats in which she recorded a season's best 27.7. Also in the junior girls Kim Bridge recorded 2.49.6 in the final of the 800 metres.

Tom Rigby was eighth in the final of the 800 metres while Michael Atkinson   took second places in the shot putt and long jump in the year seven competition. Jason White had his first experience of schools' competition over the 200 metres. High jumper Steve Knowles did not realise he had been entered in the wrong age group but still managed to finish third with a personal best 1.70.

At the Greater Manchester Championships Dave Forrester missed the ESSA entry standard by an agonising one-tenth of a second, recording 4.22.1 in winning the 1500 metres.

Dave Twigg won the Cheshire Schools 1500 metres at Macclesfield in just over 4.20 while Jake Davidson was second in the triple jump with 12.54. Both will be competing at Birmingham next Saturday.


Grand Prix Meeting: Trafford : 8 June

Vicky Johnson set new under 15 records for the hammer (32.16) & discus (27.39) at the Stretford Grand Prix Meeting. Vicky also set a personal best in the javelin and won the shot putt with 20.82 and 9.94 respectively.

Young Athletes League:Blackburn : 6 June

Initial reports indicate we finished second behind the host club thanks to a fine effort from all athletes who turned up with magnificent parental support. The YAL website gives the score as Blackburn 340, St Helens-Sutton 319, Oswestry 263, Leigh 248. As a result we have five points and lie handily just behind the divisional leaders. The result  was tinged with sadness when it was learned that Denis Fulton, who acted as timekeeper for the club, died the following day aged 52.

There were two new club records, Graham Coombs being credited with 5.50 for the under 15 Boys' long jump and the same age group's 4x 100 relay quartet of Anthony Marsh, David Forrester, Thaddeus Amin-Somuah and Graham Coombs, lowered the previous best by just under a second.

Vicky Johnson was initially awarded female field event athlete for her 9.88 shot but rightly pointed out that she had already won her award for the season. The male field event athlete went to Mike Atkinson for his 4.20 in the long jump. Blackburn kindly gave an additional t-shirt to Caroline Morley for her 300 metres hurdles win.

Each age group competed to its best: Tom Griffiths & John Appleton taking full  points in the 3000 metres for the under 17s. Philip Webb made a winning debut in the 400 B race while Tom Rigby ran even time over the one lap. Jake Davidson scored a double victory in both jumps with Ryan Tapley winning both B strings.

Sarah Lewis produced a sprint double for the under 17 women, Caroline Morley was close the the short hurdles record while Melissa McLoughlin tackled the 800.

The club scored heavily in the under 15 Boys' short sprints while Mike Ehlen and Ben Clough produced a whitewash in the hammer and discus. Jason White won the  200 and 400 in tandem with Thaddeus Amin-Somuah and Dave Forrester. Graeme Morley took third place in his favourite event, the javelin.

Kirsty Lewis took on the mantle of leading our under 15 girls' 100 metres with Pam Robinson  in support. Jessica Cretu won the 200 metres and hurdles while Kim Bridge, Chloe Wilson, Sarah McLoughlin and Lorna Forrester swapped events this time round. Helen Grady made her debut as a long jumper, taking second place and Vicky Johnson combined with Becky Keegan to provide five wins in the throws events. Sammie Nicholls cleared a personal best 1.30 in the high jump and took second place in the hurdles.

Mike Atkinson and John Ashcroft had a double victory in the under 13 Boys' long jump, the Taft brothers (Adam and Lee) covered the sprints with Sam Wilson in support, joining with Mike, Adam and Lee for a relay victory. John and Joe Jameson  ran the metric mile while Alex Thow also built on the 800 metres debut he made at Warrington.

The under 13 Girls were rarely out of the top two Laura Crook (shot putt). Zoe Woodward (1200m), Katy Jolly (long jump) and Carmella Finnigan (hurdles) amongst the winners. They were ably supported by Nicola Gravener, who  was second in the 800 and hurdles before contributing to a narrow win the in the relay.

Dave Morley and John Irwin were amongst those who took on a second match   in successive days but we do not have to hand the names of those volunteers who made sure the club received its full quota of points for providing the requisite number of officials. Julia Hayes and Roseanne Hutchinson acted as team managers.

Many thanks are due to those parents who travelled in support, especially those who had only just returned from holiday or cancelled other arrangements so their offspring could represent the club in this important match. Thanks too to all those who provided transport. The next match takes place at Burnley on Sunday 27 June when victory would consolidate our position in the division ready for an active promotion push.


Northern League: Bebington : 5 June

A magnificent club performance by a depleted team saw St Helens-Sutton AC finish second at Bebington and move into second place in division three. There were notable victories for hammer throwers Anna Sheffield and Julia Hayes and a triple jump win for Lucy Mitchell. Sarah Lewis produced a personal best in the 200m, Natalie Mullineux gave a superb supporting role in the throws and turned back the clock in the high jump. Track captain Sue Lowrie surpassed herself by competing   in five events. Julia Eccleston and Louise Casey carried the burden of the middle distances with style and a personal best for Julia in the 800 metres. Nicola Quinn responded to disappointment in the triple jump by claiming second place in the javelin and anchoring the 4x400 metres team home.

Ben Fisher put the opposition in its place in the javelin and Ian Hayburn took the B string steeplechase, while Jake Davidson scored maximum points in the triple jump in support of  Richard Atherton who cut short his holiday to take part. Sprinting partner, Steve Moran, defied injury to take the scalp of the experienced Trevor Painter in the 100m. Phil Robinson fulfilled his quota of events with a string of second places while Ray Vose was also productive on an afternoon which saw him compete in both relays in addition to running the 800, shot putting and throwing the hammer.

Peter Code continued his leadership of the pole vault squad by claiming third place, Sheru Gulati eagerly competed in every event he was asked to, taking the plaudits on the final event of the day. Andy O'Connor overcame the ghosts of Macclesfield to battle round 5000 in support of Barry Graney. Greg Williams put recent illness behind him to finish third in the steeplechase and run the 4x400 metres.

For the second meeting in succession the results which were announced were incorrect but scrutiny by club officials confirmed St Helens-Sutton were a clear second and now move ahead of Liverpool into the second promotion spot.

Thanks to the club's officials Pam Appleton (Timekeeper), Dave Morley (Track), John Irwin, Denis Fulton, George Mullineux and Mr Sheffield (Field). Team manager, Phil Thomas, got four things wrong - much to Ms Hayes' delight but has promised to take a team management refresher course before the next match.

Thanks to Tony Raffle and Barry Cunliffe for being available if required and to those who came to support, Frank, Mr & Mrs Fisher, Ben's girlfriend, Frank Vose, Mr and Mrs Moran, Natalie's boyfriend, Mr Atherton, Mr & Mrs Mitchell and Roger . A special thanks to the athletes for meeting their financial obligations. Next League match Wavertree 4 July. Phil's birthday. A win would be    a nice present.

The divisional secretary has provided the following revised score. 1 Wigan 381.5;   2 St Helens-Sutton 330.5; 3 SouthportWaterloo 297; 4 Wirral A C 258; 5 Liverpool H 252; 6 Macclesfield 231. The League positions remain the same although the match points differ slightly.