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December Results 2005

Christmas Handicap : 18 December

Julian Corfe was the winner of the Chrsitmas Handicap on 18 December. Julian's adjusted time of 13.42 (2.20 handicap) gave him a nine seconds victory over scratch man Steve Mayers who zipped round in 13.51. Ray Vose (2 Mins) was third two seconds adrift. Phil Robinson made full use of his 3 mins 10 secs for fourth place while Dennis Wharton (1.55) and John Appleton (2.50) tied on on 14.08, Dennis getting the nod on the basis of a faster time. Tony Raffle completed the field in seventh place (14.25) from a three minute handicap.

Christine Dickinson 17.22 (2.10) had a twenty seconds win over Karen Jarvis 17.42 (1.50), both girls crossing the finishing line together. Pam Appleton (17.56 from 2.30) was third, scratch runner Julia Eccleston 18.01 with Chris Dempsey (18.20 from 1.30) completing the count.

There were a number of youngsters, including some sprinters, who also took part and their names will be added when they are known.

Christmas Round Up

Ian White has disappeared with the Christmas Handicap results so we'll have to wait a bit longer for those to appear but on the same day (18 December) there was success for our high jumpers at the indoor meeting held at Sport City. Josie Barrow and Sam Fraser both cleared 1.50 for first and second, Mike Ehlen cleared 1.75 to win the under 17's and Steve Knowles was over 1.85 for second place in the seniors. Sam also won the shot putt with 7.19m.

Anthony Marsh and Paul Winstanley were in action, Anthony recording 8.02 (6) in the Under 17 60m and Paul 8.02 (3) in the Under 20's. Anthony also finished third in the 200 (25.9) and long jump, 5.18.

A small number contested the Chester Round The Walls Race on Boxing Day. John Appleton (127 : 30.25), Karen Jarvis (209 : 33.17), Chris Dickinson (213: 33.20), Pam Appleton (246: 34.20) and Janet Holmes (389 : 42.21) all showing a determination to maintain fitness in preparation for the Merseyside championships.

Trevor Prescott preferred the Red Rose 10k at Leyland, winning the over 75 category in 59.00 mins. Now in the old days I could.....be that was then - now we have real runners.

The club had a series of 10's at the Sale Festive 5. Julia Eccleston was 10th lady (104 :33.24), John Irwin 10th over 60 in 45.18 and Janet Holmes 10th over 50 lady in 48.04. And that's without mentioning that Julia missed the start, joined in at the back after 100metres!!!

Hale Village 5: 11 December

Two intrepid club members competed, newcomer Ian Costello, who was 26th in 29.17 and veteran Dorothy Fairhurst who took 220th place in 44.42.

Cheshire Cross Country League - Macclesfield 11 December

Barry Graney & Ian White continued their annual battle for the club's senior cross country title, competing at Macclesfield. Barry was 14th 26.56 and Ian 18th 27.23. Denis Wharton 43rd 29.23, Tony Raffle 32.54 and John Irwin 78th 43.27 ensured we finished a team (7th) and a vets team (5th)

The ladies lie fifth in the team race and third in the vets category following the performances of Julia Eccleston (13th : 19.48), Karen Jarvis 25th 22.03, Christine Dickinson 31st 22.51 and Cecilia Fitzsimons 36th 23.57.

Joanne Sturgeon won the under 13 race in 10.54, Lauren Bradshaw was sixth 11.17 and Emily Dickinson 24th in 14.32. In the equivalent boys' race Jamie White (5th : 11.22), was supported by Daniel Hughes 9th 11.46 and John Ashcroft (10th: 11.52), both of whom ran part of the race wearing only one shoe - each that is , not one between them!!!!

The under 11 girls saw Chelsea Jarvis 11th 8.11, Louise Hayes 14th 8.22 and Elisha Kane 24th 8.46 carry the club colours for sixth place.   Results

Thanks to Julia Hayes for acting as team manager and all parents who travelled and supported. The next Cheshire League match is on Monday 2 January at Frodsham. Changing is at Frodsham Sports Centre. The organisers have advised athletes to wear studs rather than spikes. John Irwin is coordinating transport.

Open Indoor Meeting - Sheffield 10 December.

A trio of athletes made an impact at Sheffield. Luke Williams won the 200 final in a personal best time of 25.39. Luke was fourth in the long jump with 4.83 but, having been off school with flu all week, eventually succumbed to the inevitable and ran 8.26 in the 60m. An excellent afternoon nontheless.

Steve Moran was pleased with third place in the 300m (38.81) in his first senior competition which leaves him with a target of 13 secs for the final 100m to get a sub 52 time for the 400m in the summer. Steve was fourth in the 60m in a personal best 7.68.

Andy McDonagh set a new club Under 17 record of 38.75 for fourth place in his heat of the 300 and seems more than likely to improve on that during the summer.

Full results are available on the NoEAA website.

North West Women's & Manchester & District League: Boggart Hole Clough: 3 December

The under 13 girls team collected second place for the second successive year thanks to Jemma Shaw (7), Lauren Bradshaw (22), Louise Hayes (29)and Emily Dickinson (32) who took third place on the day and finished in the silver medal position overall. Jemma was fourth individual in the aggregate competition.

Julia Eccleston (19), Chris Dempsey (33), Sue O'Hanlon (36) and Karen Jarvis (42) constituted the scoring team which was fifth on the day. Chris and Sue were both delighted to beat Sue Crehan in the L45 competition in which they were third and fourth respectively.

Christine Dickinson (27) was the fourth member of the veterans' team, Pam Appleton (52) showed she is gaining greater fitness, Cecilia Fitzsimons (53) was the first over 55 to finish and Janet Holmes took 62nd place as the club finished third veterans team on the day and second for the season.

In the Manchester and District League Dave Forrester (24.38) took second place in the under 17's, Jake Healy (13.14) was sixth under 15 and John Ashcroft (9.09) tenth under 13. Adam Fackey (17th : 15.18) and Daniel Hughes (13th : 9.32) made their usual solid contributions which will stand the club in good stead during the championships. Results.

Liverpool & District League - Beacon Park Skelmersdale 3 December.

The senior team produce its second successive win over Wirral to take second place at the final Liverpool & District League match held at Beacon Park. Their score of 69pts was sufficient to finish third overall for the season. Liverpool had 48 and Wirral 89 with combined scores of Liverpool 148, Wirral 321 and St Helens-Sutton 333. Only a dozen points short of second place and the promise of even better things to come.

Matt Cullen led the team home in fourth place and with Tony Smith (8), Marc Laithwaite (9) and Steve Mayers(10) well placed it was down to the final two counters, Tom Griffiths (17) and Barry Graney (21) to keep the team ahead of Wirral. There was plenty of support further down the field from John Appleton (24), Ian White (29), Gill Laithwaite (32) - and second lady - Carl Parry (37), Ian Hayburn (39), Ray Vose (52), Paul Burgess (61), newcomer Barry Ennis (67) and Neil Bennett (86). Results:

This may be the end of the League season but in four weeks it's the start of the championship season and, provided everyone can keep fit and train hard, we could have some good results in 2006. For those interested in acquiring points in the internal club competition the first Cheshire League match takes place at Macclesfield on Sunday.