Walton Park 5 - 29 May
Five club members joined nearly 200 runners to run the 5 mile race around the paths in Walton Park on a windy night in Liverpool. Barry Graney led the club's runners home in 11th place (28.06) with Julia Eccleston next home finishing 12th Lady (81, 35.17). Colin James was 21st V40 (101, 37.28) followed by Rob Stiffin 22nd V40 (115, 37.28) and finally Dot Fairhurst winning her category as 1st V65 (167, 44.57). (Report from Barry Graney)
George Edwards Memorial Meeting 28 May
The club had a host of winners and personal bests at the George Edwards meeting on Bank Holiday and it would be invidious to select any one of them, particularly as some are still missing. The list of known results are attached and any amendments should be sent to Phil Thomas as soon as possible. Results:
Trafford Medal Meeting - 28 May
Liane Bibby threw the javelin 20.76 for victory (despite not being able to feel her hands and toes because of the cold and rain) and also won the 75m in 11.2.
Mid Lancs Meeting - Wavertree 27 May
Heather Drillingcourt competed as a guest recording 45.7 secs over 300m
Northern Under and Under 17 Championships - South Leeds 26/27 May
Samantha Fraser competed in four events, reached four finals, claimed a silver medal in the shot putt (10.25) missed bronze in the high jump on countback (1.50) and was fifth in the hurdles (12.26) and long jump (4.64). Jake Healey, still on the comeback trail was 10th in the 1500m (4.43.4).
National Junior League - Wigan - 27 May
Adam Fackey achieved the rare distinction of setting a personal best and earning points as an official at the Northern Junior League match held at Robin Park, knocking 2.4 secs of his previous best of 4.40m and assisting with the high jump.
With the predicted clashes with the Northern U17 and under 15 championships, the CAU in Bedford and exams all teams were depleted in numbers and St Helens-Sutton team of four lads (Adam, Dave Forrester, John Appleton and Thaddeus Anim Somuah) were supported by Phil Thomas, Debbie Fackey and Adam to earn points as the club's officials. Phil also acted as team manager.
Dave Forrester set a new club junior record of 1.55.2 in 800m and recorded 52.5 secs for second place in the 400m. Thaddeus earned two second places with 11.3 and 22.5 in the 100 and 200m, John Appleton claimed second place in the steeplechase with 7.10.1 while Adam ran 2.16 in the 800m.
Dunham Massey 5k - Altrincham - 25 May
A youthful Stan Erlam and a broody Julia Eccleston took part in the North Cheshire Grand Prix at Dunham Massey. Stan recorded 21.11 (130) and Julia 21.19 (135).
Young Athletes League - Warrington- 20 May
The club pulled off a great win in its home match held at Victoria Park, Warrington, inflicting a first defeat on Oswestry Olympians in the various meetings between the two clubs and moving into the top half of the table. The final scores were St Helens-Sutton 362, Oswestry Olympians 298, Lancaster & Morecambe 183 and Pendle 175.
The under 13 girls won every competition they took part in, including a surprised Lucy Renshall in the high jump for which she volunteered the previous Thursday night!!! Had we had a second high jumper available the girls could have scored the first clean sweep of an age group in the history of the club. Lucy also won her hurdles race alongside Danielle McGifford who also won the long jump in support of Chelsea Jarvis who won the 800 and 150, Rose Hindley taking the 150, Tricia Spark and Becky O'Brien the shot, debutant Vicky Lamb the 800, Rachel Wilcock and Louise Hayes the metric mile, Liane Bibby and Amanda Paton the sprints with the 4x100m relay team emphatically taking the final event.
The under 15 Girls reinforced the club's superiority winning all but three of their events, Samantha Fraser taking the Athlete of the Match award for her 10.10 in the shot putt which added to her long jump and hurdles wins. Kathryn Sumner provided support in the high jump, winning the B string and beating her close friend Lucy Croft in the discus, Lucy winning the javelin with support from Lucy Waterworth whose sister Katie won the B 200 and contributed to the 4x100 which equalled the club record 53.3.
Heather Drillingcourt won the 200, Sophie Rigby the 100, Jenny Lamb emulated her sister with a debut win in the 800 B in which Natalie Garrity also marked her debut as the A string runner. Jenny's had only come to watch her sister compete!!! Jemma Shaw collected a long jump and 1500m double, Lauren Bradshaw winning the B string in the latter.
The under 17's were crucial in the club's victory, Amy Pilkington, Zoe Woods, Danielle Coatsworth and Elizabeth Mousdale scoring a vital 33 points to put daylight between the teams. Danielle won two throws, Amy discovered she could shot putt while Elisabeth and Zoe made excellent contributions throughout the afternoon.
The under 17 boys also scored well, their 38 points including a club record hammer throw from Steve Clague (28.90), who also won the 400m Hurdles and Steeplechase. Adam Fackey and Jake Healey scored a 1500m double, then took part in the shot, Ryan Fahey made a promising debut in the 100, 200 and long jump before the quartet took second place in the 4x400.
Tom Green scored a sprint double for the under 15's. David Griffiths and newcomer Tom Prescott won the 400m, Jamie White ran away with the 1500m after a 200m warm up win, Danny Hughes won three events, Luke James set a personal best 1.49 in the high jump before showing why he prefers the discus to the hurdles, while John Ashcroft made his usual selfless contribution with a hammer victory, high jump win and hurdles third place. Joe Williams took second place in the 1500m while Jamie Webb won the 800m before emulating his mother's performance from 25 years ago in the shot putt. Both relays team won easily.
Andy Harvey led the under 13 charge by fitting in his three events, including a debut hurdles race, before he had to get away for another appointment. Ethan Allen showed determination when he fell just before the line in the 200m, got up to earn the two points and bounced back with victory in the 100m. Josh Ward made a splendid debut winning the 100m B, Keiron Fahey made a promising debut with victory in the B 800, Lewis Jarvis won the B long jump, Michael Causer kept his hand in with second place in the shot while Steven Wiles was second in his debut over 1500m.
The club provided more than its share of officials led by Field Referee Roger McCall, Dave Morley and Julia Hayes on the track stand, Pam Appleton and Janet Holmes as timekeepers, Colin Sparks, Carl Bibby, Andy Drillingcourt, Michael Hughes, John Irwin, Sue Clague, Dave Green and Phil Thomas on the field. It wasn't Phil's fault all he had to do was tell the only pole vaulter he couldn't take part because he hadn't brought a pole with him!!!!!
Phil also acted as announcer (which Chris Dempsey and Roger McCall also undertook at various times) Chris leading the team of Alana and Cameron in producing a set of results on the day. A word too for Clare Fraser who produced superb cups of tea and coffee for all and sundry (especially those who didn't take milk), John Irwin for providing refreshments and the first aid kit which Chris Dempsey dispensed. Finally thanks to all the parents who got the athletes to the venue and supported them throughout the afternoon. Results:
Sarah Charnock did her bit to save the badger with a run in East Lancashire. Sarah recorded 42.18 on a course which included 41 kissing gates. She expects to be 41 times quicker on her next outing!!!!! Eleanor Reynolds was also happy (not just because her former employers paid the exorbitant entry fee for the BUPA Great Manchester Run but because her time of 49.41 in 3467th place was two minutes quicker than that of her boyfriend). Slightly further up the field the youthful Dennis Wharton was 205th in 38.17. Slightly down the field was high jump coach Rob Brocklebank, running for leukaemia research (it's not too late for sponsorship - see Rob) who finished in 64.52 (14209) 42 seconds behind David Neilson (Roy Cropper from Coronation Street). Results
Rob Marsh led the club's charge at the Chester Half Marathon finishing 37th in 83.15 followed by regular racer Christopher Reid (362 - 99.44). Karen Jarvis was third O45 in 101.45, Chris Dickinson fourth 045 in 103.26 and Jo Clisham-Marsh 55th lady in the open category in 104.30. Results
Tony Smith missed out watching on the thrilling FA cup final to run in the English championship fell race at the 40th Fairfield horseshoe race. Tony finished 71st in 91 mins Results.
Road Races: 13 May.
Dennis "I do like to be besides the seaside" Wharton recorded 38.47 in the Beaverbrooks 10k at Blackpool. The quality of the Liverpool Women's 10k continues to decline and the quality of the results event more so. Almost half the names of competitors were not recorded but those who were included Sue O'Hanlon 50.02 (144), Linda White 54.29(327), Pam "My calf went at 6k but I was determined to finish" Appleton 54.33(328), Tracy Carr 53.02 (248) and Dorothy Fairhurst 55.34 also finished. If anyone else did competed can they please let me know?
Inter-Counties Fell Race - Crowden - Derbyshire 13 May 2007
A trio of hardy club runners represented Merseyside in the Inter-Counties Fell Race at Crowden near Glossop in Derbyshire. They were lucky with the rain which didn't start until 45 minutes into the race itself!!. Barry Graney was the fourth Merseyside runner home in 68.05, only half a minute behind the second placed county athlete. On Friday night Barry had competed in the Christleton 5km recording 16.53 (29th) but none of the other anticipated club athletes made an appearance. 5K Results
In the ladies race Karen Jarvis and Louise Hogg were the second and third Merseyside runners to finish taking 31st and 33rd places respectively in 95.34 and 98.23 (or to put it another way only half the time was spent running in the rain!).
Sarah Charnock, representing Cheshire, took 19th place earning the county fourth place overall. Merseyside were eighth in the men's team race and seventh in the women's.
In the open team competition the ladies trio of Sarah, Karen and Louise were second while Ian Pass (135) finished the course in 80.07.
Cheshire Championships - Macclesfield 12 & 13 May 2007
Although Gemma Connolly was disappointed not to be able to defend her 5000m title the quartet of club athletes who competed in the Cheshire each came away with a medal. Becky O'Brien made her debut in the championship by winning bronze in the discus (10.42). Craig Knight earned bronze in the 100m (11.4 - don't believe the time, he said afterwards) and Ian Costello's 4.26.7 in the 1500m also claim the bronze.
Samantha Fraser retained her high jump and shot putt titles (1.55) & (10.32), claimed silver in the hurdles (12.1) and picked up bronze in the long jump (4.66) and discus (19.67). Samantha also reach the final of the 100m (14.0 - 13.7 Ht), Craig was fifth in the 200m (23.6) and Becky was sixth in the 150m in 23.7. Results.
Merseyside Championships - Wavertree - 12 May 2007
Club members came away with 40 medals (it would have been 41 if Phil Robinson had come in at a lower height in the pole vault) on an afternoon of mixed weather conditions. Christine Dickinson and Julia Hayes proved "You've got to be in it to win it" with victories in the 1500 and javelin (Chris) and hammer (Julia). Chris also collected silver in the 3000m.
In the sprints Thaddeus Anim-Somuah came up with a smooth 200m victory win before adding a bronze in the 100m, Liane Bibby jumped high enough to clear a high jump when she learned she'd won the 75m by a whisker and Rose Hindley put her injuries behind her with a splendid victory in the 150m. Chelsea Jarvis took third place then ran a controlled 1200m to smash the club record with 3.57.5 in the 1200m.
Tom Green, running against much bigger lads, took two bronze medals in the 100 and 200 while other finalists included Heather Drillingcourt (200 and 800), Tricia Spark, Rose Hindley and Amanda Paton (75m).
David Forrester earned Performance of the Championship award with a solo 3000m victory and a determined 1500m win while Steve Clague not only won the 400m hurdles but took silver in the 1500m steeplechase and bronze in the hammer in which he set a new under 17 club record. Jamie White ran a splendidly timed 3000m for silver while the ubiquitous John Ashcroft marked his triple jump debut with silver and collected a well earned bronze in the 1500m.
Danny Hughes set a personal best in taking a superb silver in the 800m before winning the shot putt and collecting bronze in the 400m. Andy Harvey won silver in the 200m and long jump then set a personal best for bronze in the 800m.
Our throwers were magnificent. Tricia Spark and Lucy Croft won the under 13 and under 15 shot putt titles with Kathryn Sumner and Rose Hindley second respectively. Lucy added the discus in which Kathryn was third before having a go at the javelin in which she took fourth place. Michael Causer took silver in the shot, Phil Robinson was third in the discus and Jonathan Griffiths earned bronze in the javelin.
Danni McGifford took silver in the hurdles and long jump while Josie Barrow (who pulled out after one jump with injury) and Sophie Rigby won silver in the high jump and Luke James was a splendid third before slipping away to go fishing.
Medal winning, though important, is not the only criteria of success. Adam Fackery set personal bests in the 400 and 800m, Jake Healy returned to championship competition after a year away over the metric, Heather Drillingcourt ran the 100m of her life for fifth, Natasha Le Surf reached the final of the 200m, Amanda Paton the final of the 75m, Rachel Wilcock and Louise Hayes set personal bests in the 800m while Lucy Renshall and Sara McLoughlin were fourth in the hurdles and 300m respectively.
Natalie Bannister was fifth in the hurdles, Emily Dickinson sixth in the long jump, Lauren Sanders contested the sprints while Jamie Webb made his case for selection for next week's YAL in the 800m. Hopefully I haven't missed anyone out but if I have please let me know.
Thanks to coaches John Irwin, Colin Sparks, Carl Bibby, Phil Thomas and Andy Drillingcourt who were there in supporting roles, Janet Holmes who was timekeeping and the many parents who provided vocal encouragement. Results:
Waterloo Multi Trail Races - Waterloo 7 May 2007
Team captain Julia Eccleston produced a cracking performance to finish second in this event in the 5k in 21.56, not that unexpected by those of us who've watched her enthusiasm at training sessions recently. Julia held off a strong challenge from former Olympic marathon runner, Sue Crehan. In the 15k Dorothy Fairhurst won the over 65 category in 93.37 while Rosie O'Hagan was 16th over 45 in 51.34.
Medal Meeting - Trafford 7 May 2007
A dozen club athletes made full use of the Bank Holiday rain to compete in the Trafford Medal meeting, Thaddeus Anim-Somuah recording a 100/200 double in 11 and 23 secs respectively.
The under 11 boys' trio of Shawn Davies, Daniel Elston and
Jonathan Causer contested a variety of events. Shawn ran
the 75m (13.2), 600m (2:35.2) and recorded a long Jump pb of
2.71. Daniel ran 12.5 for the 75m, the 600 in 2:06.1
(3rd) and also recorded a long jump pb of 3.20. Jonathan
ran the 75m in 13.3 and the 600m in 2:25.7 before long
Sam Fraser produced a pb in the discus 22.53 (2nd) and won the shot put with 10.24m. Report from Carl Bibby.
National Young Athletes League - Stockport 6 May 2007
Chelsea Jarvis and Tricia Spark won Athlete of the Match awards as the club finished a creditable fourth. Chelsea won three events but it was her 800m victory which won her the prize while Tricia achieved a grade one in the shot putt for the field award.
Lucy Renshall won the B long jump and A hurdles, Becky O'Brien the B shot putt and the under 13 and under 15 girls' relay teams both won with 30 metres to spare over the opposition. Samantha Fraser and Sophie Rigby scored a long and high jump double, Sophie recording an outdoor pb and Samantha winning the hurdles easily with Natalie Bannister taking maximum points in the B race.
Andy Harvey and Ethan Lee also won their high jumps, Ethan adding victories in the 100 and 200 while Lewis Jarvis made up the relay team, which was third and won the B long jump. Luke McDonald was in good form all afternoon winning the B string 100m.
Elizabeth Mousdale made a promising debut as an 800m runner and Steve Clague was unlucky that his hammer clashed with his 400m hurdles, although he made up for his disappointment with a front running win in the steeplechase. Adam Fackey produced consistently good performances in the 400, 800 and shot putt and Ben Clough was back in action over the 400 hurdles.
Liane Bibby won the 100m, Rachel Wilcock made an encouraging 1200m debut and Louise Hayes took the B hurdles, despite banging her knee on one of the barriers, although this did not prevent her from leading the relay team on first leg..
Heather Drillingcourt played a team part switching to the 1500m while Katherine Rumsey finished the latter to take the B shot putt with almost 8 metres. Lucy Croft capped her club debut with victory in the javelin and second places in the shot and discus all with season's bests. Jonathan Griffiths equalled his personal best in the javelin while Jamie Webb's under 15 debut was marked with B string victories in the 400 and 800m.
Danny Hughes won the hammer and shot and ran a good 800m for second place while Joanna Bebbington stepped in to throw the javelin after contesting the 800m alongside Emily Talau.
The splits for the under 17 boys was Adam Fackey (61.5), Jake Healey (64.3), S Clague (61.4), Ben Clough (61.4) - Thanks Janet.
After protracted correspondence (and you think all I do is turn up at the matches!!!!) the scores have been agreed as follows. Bolton 352; Manx 290; Stockport 257; St Helens-Sutton 226.
The club was the only one to provide a full set of officials and thanks should go to Referee Dave Morley and Julia Hayes on the track, Pam Appleton and Janet Holmes on the timekeepers' stand while John Irwin, Colin Sparks, Carl Bibby, Michael Hughes, Sean Bannister, Jessica Drillingcourt, Phil Thomas and Andy Drillingcourt also served in various capacities, Phil also acting as team manager.
Many thanks to the supporters and parents, although I've never really understood why everyone gathers on the hill instead of taking the shelter below. Then again I've never understood why people follow my directions when I failed geography at school but I understand those who found other parks first in the Stockport area said they were very nice to look at. A628/A626 there's not that much of a difference is there? You should all have learned from Mrs McGifford's trip to Wrexham last year that my directional sense is as good as a stranded whale in the Thames - and not too many comments about the whale either!!!
Thanks to Mrs Fackey for allowing me to use her tent and to all tent owners who provided shelter to a variety of people throughout the afternoon - sometimes with permission. We are all looking forward to a good turnout in our home match at Warrington next time. It usually rains there as well. Report from Phil Thomas. Results.
Northern Track and Field League - Ellesmere Port : 5 May 2007.
In a match which will go down in the annals ofSt Helens-Sutton as bordering on the magical the senior team finished a brilliant third behind newly demoted Bolton and host club West Cheshire in division 2 of the Northern League at Ellesmere Port.
Emma McClatcheytopped and tailed the proceedings with a clear win in the pole vault and removing the nine year old javelin record with a throw in excess of 30 metres. In between she claimed second in the B triple jump won by a resurgent Lucy Mitchell with 9.80.
Josie Barrowequalled the senior high jump record, David Forrester took Steve Mayer's 800m junior record and Thaddeus Anim-Somuah relieved Craig Knight of his 200m junior best in a superb afternoon's cocontribution. Eleanor Reynolds came down to compete in the 4x400 and completed the 400m and 200m alongside the ageless Karen Jarvis.
The middle distance ladies trio ofSarah Charnock, Gemma Connolly and Julia Eccleston notched up five second places and a third which they completed by joining Eleanor Reynolds to take runners-up spot in the 4x400.
Nicola Quinnthrew herself into the club cause, tackling two hurdles, hammer, shot and relay while Natalie Mullineux completed all four throws, taking second place in the discus.
Holly Keenaghan won the B string high jump, ran the 100m and two relays with great success while there were impressive performances from Tony Raffle and Steve Latham in the 400m.
The men's middle distance duo of David Forrester and Greg Williams scored heavily and finished off with an excellent 4 x 400. Craig Knight defied injury to take part while John Appleton travelled from Loughborough to contest two hurdles race, the steeplechase, triple jump and 4x400.
Phil Robinson cleared three metres in the pole vault and contributed valiantly in the discus, javelin, hammer, high jump before doing the 4x100m. Ray Vose was equally busy with the shot, steeplechase, javelin and long hurdles while Barry Graney and Ian Costello were instrumental in picking up valuable points in the 5000m. Peter Johnson made a promising debut in the steeplechase.
The next match is at Stockport on the first Saturday in June. The post match analysis has already revealed where strategic decisions can be made and with a full turn out we can consolidate our position..
Thanks to our officials Sue Lowrie (Track) Pam Appleton and Janet Holmes (Timekeepers), John Irwin, Tony Raffle, Paul Forrester, George Mullineux, Hazel Barrow (Field) while Phil Thomas acted as team manager. Full Results ClubResults