North West Regional Sports Hall Final - Wigan 25 February
St Helens-Sutton provided 11 athletes for the Merseyside team at the North West Regional Sportshall Final. Sophie Rigby, Louise Hayes, Danielle McGifford, Tricia Spark and Liane Bibby competed for the under 13's with Andy Harvey, Michael Causer, Lewis Jarvis and Josh Ward in the equivalent boys' age group. Heather Drillingcourt and Danny Hughes represented the under 15's.
Tricia Spark added over 1m to her Shot Putt best coming 2nd, Sophie Rigby won the high jump with 1.46 and Liane Bibby added over 30cm in the standing long jump. Heather Drillingcourt came 2nd in speed bounce, 3rd in vertical jump and 3rd in the Allrounder competition. Louise Hayes won the speed bounce with Danielle McGifford 2nd and the county team with Michael Causer, Lewis Jarvis and Josh Ward won the 4x1 relay with Andy Harvey 2nd in the 6 lap race. Information from Andy Drillingcourt. Results
North West Half Marathon Blackpool 25 Feburary
Julian Corfe took part in this seaside race recording 89.04 and finishing 135th.
Open Meeting - Sportcity, Manchester - 25 February
Samantha Fraser competed in Manchester recording 9.96 (75m hurdles), 1.55m (High Jump) and 4.37 (long jump).
National Indoor Under 20 Championships - Birmingham 24 February
Thaddeus Anim-Somuah equalled Craig Knight's Under 20 club record for the 60m finishing sixth in his heat in 7.35 secs.
Inter-Counties and World Trial Races - Nottingham 24 February
Dave Forrester finished seventh in the under 20 race and has been invited to the preparations for the World Junior Cross Country Championships, although at this point he is amongst the reserve athlete. Nonetheless it is a remarkable achievement to finish so high against lads considerably older than himself. In addition, Dave led the Merseyside team into its only set of medals of the day, bronze.
In the senior ladies' race Gill Laithwaite (53) and Julia Eccleston (248) represented Merseyside while Sarah Charnock (146) and Gemma Connolly (189) were both in Cheshire's counting six.
Greg Williams was back to his pre-American visit form for the senior men's team, finishing 183rd, fourth counter for Merseyside, while Jamie White was sixth counter for Merseyside after he also finished 183rd in his race.Results
Standish Trail Race - Wigan 24 February
Four of our vivacious ladies took part in this event. Karen Jarvis (51.37), Chris Dempsey 54.41 and Chris Dickinson taking third, fourth and fifth place respectively in the over 45 category. Dorothy Fairhurst (70.44) was the second over 60 to finish. Andrew Gaskell made his club debut finishing 48th overall in 47.15.Results
Village Bakery Half Marathon - Wrexham 18 February
Carl Parry contested this event finishing 23rd in 77.40.
Parbold Hill Race: 17 February
The second Grand Prix race of 2006 attracted 14 club athletes, eight men and six ladies. Sarah Charnock (3), Julia Eccleston (9) and Greg Williams (10) producing the best individual performances while Karen Jarvis (20) made the team which, despite Julia's best mathematical calculations, gave the girls second place behind Horwich. Barry Graney (20) and Rob Marsh (25) gave the men's team third place on the day, backed by Ian Hayburn (32), Matt Shillabeer (27), Ian Pass (101), A Gaskell (143) and Karl Allender (168). The ladies' B team were seventh, Jo Clisham-Marsh (26), Chris Dempsey (30) and Chris Dickinson (49) completing the count.Results
Nick Beer 10k - Llandudno. 11 February
Matt Cullen finished fourth (34.19) in this race which has been popular with road runners over the years.
Manchester & District Area League - Stockport - 11 February
The club won four individual and a set of team medals at Woodbank Park in the final Manchester League match. Sarah Charnock and Gemma Connelly finished second and third in the aggregate contest after finishing third and ninth respectively on the day. Sarah's place in the Cheshire team for the inter-counties was confirmed on the day and Gemma is also in the county team for Nottingham. Congratulations to both girls.
Chelsea Jarvis was second in the under 11 race on the day but won the aggregate competition while Jemma Shaw's steady performances during the season earned her third place while Jemma and Heather Drilingcourt were present to collect the bronze medals in the team event with the others going to Lauren Bradshaw and Elizabeth Mousdale.
Julia Eccleston (16) and Karen Jarvis (27) completed the team count, Jo Clisham-Marsh (31), Chris Dempsey (42), Chris Dickinson (45) and Sue Clague (52) securing an excellent turnout. The team were fifth overall.
Chelsea was supported by Chloe Rigby (23) and Alesha Kane (24) while the under 13 squad consisted of Kathryn Rumsey (20), Kathryn Wilson, Sophie Rigby (29) and Rachel Wilcock (32).
Jamie White (6) and Joe Williams (21) were the under 13 Boys' athletes, Jamie finishing fourth on aggregate. Adam Fackey (11) John Ashcroft (12) and Danny Hughes (21) ran for the Under 15's.
Julia Eccleston doubled up as team manager with assistance from Sue Clague, there was plenty of parental support and transport was provided by Christine Dempsey amongst others.
Liverpool & District Championships - Clarke's Gardens - 11 February
After two successive seasons collecting the bronze medals the club stepped up a gear to take the silver medals at the Liverpool & District Championship producing a very solid team performance to beat third placed West Cheshire by 84 points. Marc Laithwaite (6), Tony Smith (9) and Greg Williams (16) set the pace, Barry Graney(20), Russell Baron (23) and Robbie Marsh (27) packing well for a well earned second place.
There was enough depth for a B team with Ian Hayburn (39), a week after contracting chicken pox, Ray Vose (43), Ian Costello (45), Denis Wharton (82), Ian Pass (93) and Stan Erlam (110) completed a good turn out.Results
Open Meeting : Sportcity 7 February
Craig Knight started his season in record breaking style recording 7.29 in the 60m and running 7.31 for the same distance later in the evening. Both times were inside the previous indoor best of 7.35 set by Craig himself at Sheffield in November 2005. Once he starts his speed work he'll get even quicker. Andy McDonagh ran the 400m in 55.07 on his return to competition.
Alsager 5 : 4 February.
A trio of intrepid ladies braved the fog to travel to Alsager to compete in the popular five mile road race. Julia Eccleston was 65th lady in 34.57, Karen Jarvis, 10th O45 veteran (37.45) and Chris Dickinson 14th lady in the same age group (39.46).
County Schools' Championships: 3 February.
Club members represented St Helens MBC at the Merseyside Schools' championships held in foggy conditions at Clarke's Gardens, Allerton.
The best individual result was by Jemma Shaw who finished fifth to the embarrassment of the Merseyside County selectors who failed to pick her for the Inter-Counties championship at Nottingham in three weeks time. Heather Drillingcourt and Lauren Bradshaw were amongst the team counters who finished fifth, Sophie Rigby providing backup.
Andrew Cowley collected a medal by finishing sixth individual in the year seven race, an excellent performance from a newcomer. Andy Harvey was a creditable thirteenth in the same race.
John Ashcroft ran a cracker in the junior boys event (something to do with him wanting to get back for the match!!) for sixth place and a real chance of qualifying for the ESAA Championships in Leeds.
In the same competition Jamie White and Jamie Webb were tenth and thirteenth respectively against lads a year older than themselves. David Griffiths and Joe Williams made sure the town finished fourth after Danny Hughes went down with illness during the race.
Ben Clough was ruled out with 'flu which meant that John Dumbell, Adam Fackey, Jake Healy and Steve Clague all had to finish to make the team count which they did taking fifth overall.
The year seven girls also finished a team, taking third place, Rachel Wilcock (11), Kathryn Wilson (18) and Louise Hayes (32) amongst the counters on this occasion.
Phil Thomas acted as team manager and there was plenty of assistance from parents, including Mrs Bradshaw who provided transport for several Sutton girls. Helena Whitley was on hand to assist while John Irwin and Andy Drillingcourt provided round the course walking trips. There was plenty of excellent banter to warm the chill air.
The turn out was up on last year and represents continuing progress in the integration of club and local authority in the interests of the town's athletes. Results have been sent to all competitors who are on email.
David Forrester won the Greater Manchester Schools' championship at Marple Hall School ahead of his two rivals Simon Horsfield and Ross Millington to clinch a place at the ESAA Championship unless he qualifies for Mombassa.