Grand Prix Meeting :Stretford
Ian Hayburn rounded off a very good month by
recording 2.13.7 (800m) at the final Grand Prix
Trafford Medal Meeting:
Stretford 30 August.
Lauren Boyle struck gold
at the Trafford medal meeting winning the under 11 high
jump with a leap of one metre. Lauren was also
sixth in the 75m (12.7) and long jump
(3.30m). Rebecca Keegan won the javelin
(22.21) and took gold in the shot with a
personal best 8.75 and the hammer with a throw
over 27 metres. Mike Ehlen made a winning debut
over the 80m hurdles, recording 16.4, took
gold in the high jump with 1.50m and putt
the shot 7.30.m.
Rachael Hutchison was
second in the hurdles and repeated the silver
medal showing in the shot putt with 7.20m.
Hyndburn Meeting 29 August
Tony Raffle rounded off his track season competing
in two events at Hyndburn, clocking 5.40.3 (1500m)
and 2.34 (800m).
Northern Plate Final : Cudworth:
A superb team display earned the St Helens-Sutton
third place in the Northern Plate Final at the
Dorothy Hyman Track in Cudworth. The match was won
by a powerful Chesterfield side ahead of Grantham
but a late flourish saw the club finish only six points adrift
of the runners' up spot.
There were victories for Jake Davidson (long jump),
Julia Eccleston (3000) & Ben Fisher (javelin). Phil
Robinson earned second in the discus, Caroline Morley
was second in the hurdles, third in the 400
and anchored team mates Vicky Davies, Michelle
Murray and Nicola Quinn to an unexpected second
place in the short relay.
Emma McCatchley equalled her own club senior pole
vault record in finishing in second place, took
third place in the javelin with a new junior
javelin record and formed part of a
4 x400 metres squad that grabbed third spot.
Greg Williams took a splendid second in the
steeplechase, Craig Knight was third in the 100
while Anna Sheffield covered all the throws, taking
third place in the hammer. Nicola Quinn claimed
fourth in the 100 hurdles, setting new club records
for both the senior and junior 100m hurdles.
Steve Mayers did a
sterling job for the team in the 400, 800 and relay,
despite not feeling on top form. Barry Graney, arrived
early to set a personal best in the 10,000 while Ian
Hayburn took on the burden of the 5000.
Ray Vose stepped in to run the 400m hurdles with
fine pace judgement, Richard Atherton tested his
fitness prior to leading the team into third place in the
4x400 while Jon Appleton celebrated his GCSE
results with gutsy runs in the 1500 and relay.
Steve Moran travelled to Yorkshire just to represent the
club in the 4x100 underlining the team spirit which
earned third place.
Many thanks to those who provided transport, support and
sustenance. Thanks to Dave Morley and Phil Thomas
who acted as team managers, Dave enjoying the sound of
Sibelius's violin concerto to round off a perfect day. The
next month will see the transition from active competition to
conditioning, especially for technical events, with a view to
meeting the challenges of second division and championship
There's not much rest for the middle distance runners of
course. The road relay season starts in three weeks' time and
entries must be sent in by the end of this week. Fees to Phil
Thomas as soon as possible please.
Dunston Hill Race: Cumbria 28
James Farghar returned to
competition after a summer spent recuperating to win the
Dunston Hill Race for the second year in succession,
covering the two mile, 750 ft course in 12 minutes dead.
Great Langdale Half Marathon :
Half a dozen club members travelled to the Lake District
for this gruelling event which was run for pleasure rather
than competition, although Cecilia Fitzsimons
2.09.35/256 came away
over 55 award and
Dorothy Fairhurst took the
over 60 prize with
2.20.44/296. Ritchie Bradshaw was 179th
in 1.57.21, Pam Appleton 275 /2.13.57, Louise Casey
276/2.13.57 & Jean Dearing
2.47.52/ 345. Janet Holmes took the opportunity to hike up
the Old Man of Hoy.
Birchwood 10k : Warrington 22
Andy Boyack & Julia Eccleston took part in
the Birchwood 10k. Andy, who is looking towards fitness
for the road relay season, recorded 41.58 in 228th
place and Julia continues to improve with 44.09, almost
nine minutes faster than 2002, five minutes
faster than last year and with a few more notable scalps to
add to her belt.
Inter-Area Under 20 Match :
Ipswich: 22 August
Ben Fisher, earning the club's first Northern vest
for many years, won the Inter-Area match javelin at Ipswich
with a new personal best 59.13 which also becomes the
club's new junior javelin record - the 117th new club
record set in 2004, and it's not over yet.
Northern Inter-Counties :
Cudworth: 21 August.
Jake Davidson became the latest member to break a
club record when he triple jumped 13.32 to win the
inter-counties meeting at the Dorothy Hyman Stadium
at Cudworth. Jake left it late, arriving after the
competition started but beating several doughty competitors
for his first leap over 13 metres. Jessica Cretu set a
personal best 4.30 in the long jump and
contributed to the medley relay. Caroline Morley was
second in the 300m hurdles (47.1) and won
her heat of the 300m (42.94) being placed
Thaddeus Anim Somuah and Craig Knight both
placed fourth in tight finishes in the
100m, Thaddeus recording 12.09 and Craig
11.36. In the 1500m Dave Forrester (4.21.83)
and Jourdan Cotter (5.00.80) were second &
third behind Northern cross country medallists, Curtis
Pearce and Alex Wheetman. Rebecca Keegan (21.54) was
fifth in the javelin and Anna Sheffield (26.10)
fourth in the hammer.
Emma McClatchey equalled her personal best in the
pole vault, setting a new senior women's
record (2.30m) in the process. Ben Fisher
finished third in the javelin with 57.03 beaten
only by two seniors and leaving his junior rivals trailing
six metres behind. Dave Twigg was third in the 1500
metres in 4.18.15.
Seaside Run : Leasowe : 18
Louise Casey finished second in the women's race in
20.59, Jackie Turner eleventh (24.55) and Dorothy
Fairhurst 15th (26.16). Results for these races often
appear late and previous results included Andy O'Connor,
4th on 16 June and10th on 21 July.
Grand Prix Meeting : Stretford
Steve Mayers broke Ian Edwards's eight year
old junior men's 800 metres record when he broke
the two minute barrier to record 1.58.74 at Stretford.
Dave Forrester reduced his own club Under 15 800
metres best with 2.04.74. Dave Twigg set a personal
best 4.11.5 in the 1500 metres and Ian
Crompton continues to improve with 2.03.68 over two
laps. Other pb's over two laps included
Greg Williams (2.07.41: 800 & 4.30.4: 1500) &
John Appleton (2.15.38). Jordan Cotter (2.26.47
:800), Barry Graney (10.09.36:3000, Sheru
Gulati (26.23 : 200) and Tom Rigby (5.02 :
1500 metres) also competed on an evening that was
Terry Davies Memorial Meeting:
Warrington 15 August
Several club records fell as a small
number of club athletes enjoyed the sunshine at Victoria Park.
Mike Ehlen recorded 1.60 while Jordan Purnell was second in the shot
with 9.89 and set a new discus best with 22.95. Julia Eccleston won the
1500 and 3000 with Chris Dickinson winning a
bronze and a silver on her return to running.
Laura Crook won the 75m in
10.6 and was second in the 800. Amy Fairclough and
Steve Moran both grabbed third in the sprints. Thaddeus
Anim-Somuah and Vicky Johnson, both fresh from
their exploits at Birmingham, were also in action, Thaddeus
winning the 100 and 200 and Vicky
recording 9.90 and 38.50 for wins in the shot
putt and hammer.
The club had numerous long jumpers
competing including Thaddeus who leapt 4.77 Ryan
Tapley and David Griffiths who were over 4.60 while
Mike Atkinson won the discus with 24.85. Mike
Jukes arrived late for the under 13 event but
won it with 4.70. Anthony Marsh ran well in both
sprints, Daniel Griffiths made his 100 and 200 metres
while Layla Tapley won the ladies' hammer and long
jump. Michael Collins contested the sprints and the
long jump and is keen to run the road relays too.
In the under 11's throwing the
cricket ball Drew Atherton was over 37 metres and there
was a first and second ifor Chelsey Jukes and Emily
Dickinson in the field events.
National Under 17 and Under 15
Championships:Birmingham 14/15 August
Five club members took part in the
National Championships with three reaching their respective
finals. Dave Forrester recorded 4.14.04 for sixth
place in the U15 Boys 1500, Jourdan Cotter
recorded a club record 4.52.33 to reach the final of the U15
girls' 1500 in which she finished seventh in
4.49.01 and Vicky Johnson threw the discus 28.70
for seventh. Vicky also put the shot 9.44 m.
Caroline Morley recorded 46.3 to finish second in her heat
of the 300 metres hurdles, just missing out on the final
while Thaddeus Anim-Somuah recorded 12.13 in the
100 metre heats. Congratulations to all our members for
qualifying and taking part in the championships. Our aim is to
double that number in 2005.
John Orrell Handicap Mile:
Sutton: 12 August
Andy O'Connor took full advantage of his 120 yards
handicap to regain the John Orrell Mile
Trophy which was won a year ago by Julia Eccleston
who returned it looking brighter than for many years. Andy
took the lead with 300 metres to go and held off a spirited
finish from Steve Mayers to win in 4.36 with
Steve three seconds down. John Ashcroft
motoried away from the chasing group for third place.
Others taking part included Stan Erlam, Andy Boyack,
Diane Appleton, Julia Eccleston, Louise Casey,
Tom Rigby, Ian White, Barry Graney, Ian Crompton, and Tony
Smith. Ray Vose clocked the winning and handicap times,
Phil Thomas fired the gun and Fred Bluett had an
interesting time writing down the finishing order. He's taking
shorthand lessons for next season!!!
The next big race will be the Tom Fillingham time
handicap 5000 metres which will be held in September
and as a guide to the road relay team selections. Four senior
ladies, Louise Casey, Chris Dickinson, Lyn Webb and
Julia Eccleston have already entered for the road relays
while Jake Heeley and John Ashcroft were the
first of the youngsters to announce their intention to compete
in the under 13's.age group.
Cheshire League : Crewe. 8
A small but select group of athletes
contested the Cheshire League match at Crewe finishing second
in the men's, women's and under 11's competitions. As far as
first reports go, at least one new club record was set. Full
results will be published soon but it is understood the ladies team included Lyn Webb, Linda
White, Chris Dickinson (who's entered for the North West
Road Relays), Layla Tapley, Rose Hutchinson (I
kid you not!) and Julia "no shoes" Hayes.
Our under 17
male sprinters, Tom Rigby and John Appleton,
ran the opposition out of sight while Thaddeus Anim-Somuah,
Jason White, Mike Collins, Mike Ehlen and Anthony Marsh
ruled supreme in the under 15 boys' group. Laura
Crook was the pick of the under 13 girls and Steve
Mayers made an appearance for the senior men preparing for
the Northern Plate Final in three weeks time.
The team results have arrived without
the names of individual performances. As soon as the team
managers confirm the competitors' names they will be added.
Meanwhile the team results were: (Men) 1 West
Cheshire 174; 2 St Helens-Sutton 168; 3 Manchester 81;
4 Crewe & Nantwich 76; Vale Royal 68; Halton & Frodsham 31.
(Women) West Cheshire 116; 2 St Helens-Sutton 110; 3 Crewe &
Nantwich 88; 4 Manchester 63; 5 Vale Royal 47; 6 Halton &
Frodsham 30. (Under 11's) 1 Crewe & Nantwich 102; 2 St
Helens-Sutton 82; 3 Manchester 46; Vale Royal 34; Halton &
Guest Win:Pendle.7 August
Vicky Johnson competed as a
guest in the Mid-Lancs league meeting at Pendle, setting
a club under 17 record of 33.18m in the hammer.
Vicky also won the under 15 discus 27.27 and was
second in the shot 9.50.
Young Athletes Team win Final
Although we haven't the official
results yet the final scores published on the NYAL
website show that we won the final match at
Warrington, beating the host club by six points
(330 - 324) with Holmfirth third (282) and
Seaton fourth (104). This magnificent victory means we
finish sixth in our first season in division one. The
top ten places were 1) SouthportWaterloo 20; 2) Spenborough
18; 3 Trafford 17; 4 Stockport 16; 5 West Cheshire 15
(1703); 6 St Helens-Sutton 15 (1600.5); 7 Warrington 15
(1490.5); 8 Deeside 14; 9 Blackburn14; 10 Holmfirth 11;
The relegated clubs are Oswestry, Hyndburn,
Leigh, Halifax, Seaton & Burnley. The clubs likely to
replace them are Pendle, Wigan, Bolton, Bury, Manx and
Open Meeting: Trafford: 3
Vicky Johnson moved into second place in the
National U15 hammer rankings with 39.14 in the
rain at Stretford. This is the club's highest national
field event ranking since Sutton Harriers and St Helens A C merged
in 1990. Vicky also won her discus in 27.91.
Fisher finally broke the five year old junior men's high
jump record winning with 1.75 and also won the javelin
with 54.32. Ben has been selected for the Northern
Under 20 team for the inter-area match at Ipswich this month.
Steve Mayers broke Chris Langley's
junior men's 1500 metres record with 4.13.09 and Dave Twigg finally
ducked under the two minute barrier for the 800
reducing the U17 record he set a month ago by over a
There were p.b's in the 1500 for Ian Hayburn
(4.30.64) and John Appleton (4.33.58) while
Jordan Cotter recorded 2.22.26 as she prepares
for the National 1500 metres championships.
National Young Athletes :
Warrington: 1 August