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                                            September 2008

Miscellaneous Road Running 28 September

John and Pam Appleton were 16th (41.05) and 67th (50.42) in the Belarus 10k at Parbold while Louise Hayes completed the Preston Fun Run 5k in 25.04 to finish 87th.

Blackpool Open Meeting 28 September.

Four Sutton athletes competed in the final track fixture of the season. Daniel Elston and Jonathan Causer conyested in the same three U11 boys' events, Daniel picking up a medal for third  in the long jump (3.69) ran the 600 in 1:55.5 and the 80 in 12.6 while Jonathan ran his 600 in 2:05.1 the 80 in 13.0 and long jumped 3.51

Liane Bibby completed her season by claiming gold in the U15 girls Javelin with a throw of 29.93 and threw the discus 17.33. The U17 girls were represented by Heather Drillingcourt took bronze in the 200 and also contested the 1500m. Results Report from Carl Bibby.

Northern 6 Stage Road Relay - Hartlepool - 27 September

The club finished fifty fourth (second Merseyside team) in the Northern six stage road relay along Hartlepool Promenade. Danny Griffiths opened up with 19.30 (64) followed by Dave Forrester 16.11 (30), who recorded the sixth fastest lap on stage two, despite the pressures of Freshers' Week. Phil Robinson, getting stamina work in for his summer track season, returned in 23.27(62) while Steve Mayers 19.04(55) gained seven places on the fourth leg. Ian Hayburn (two stone overweight from a summer's enforced idleness with illness) gained one place 21.46 (54) which was held by Ian Costello 19.54 (54).

Although it was not our strongest the lads have laid down a marker for the winter. With athletes returning from injury, or getting fit after time off, coupled with more encouragement of trainers into racers the club can perform well over cross country during the winter. Results:


Weekend Round Up 20/21 September

Martin Howard was 52nd in the Pennington Flash race at Leigh while Matthew Crehan won the Boggart Hole Clough 3k in 9.14 (not 16.09 as previously reported - even Jim Crehan can run it in that time!!!) At Wigan there were outings in the Arnold Seddon Memorial Meeting for Shelby Jack, Tricia Spark and Chelsea Jarvis, with wins for Tricia in the shot and Chelsea in the 200 and 800, the latter in 2.19.9 and the former in an U13 club record 27.3. At Wakefield, Liane Bibby set an U17 javelin record of 29.15m in the Douglas Bedford Memorial Meeting. Chelsea's time beat that of Emma Burrows and Liane's throw that of Karen Birmingham, both of which were set in 1999.

Throws and Jumps Meeting: Liverpool: 20 September

Four club athletes competed in the sunshine at Wavertree. Liane Bibby, competing in the javelin, threw 32.35 (2nd) to break her own club record, for the sixth time this season and achieve National Standard for the first time.  Tricia Spark putt the shot 8.62 (3rd) and threw the hammer 32.16 (2nd), the second time over 32m in the space of a week.

Ryan Fahey finished third in the U17 triple jump a personal best 11.02 whilst Mike Hughes threw the Hammer 33.36 in the senior men's event to maintain her recent improvement. Report From Carl Bibby.

Cheshire Multi-Events Competition. Macclesfield 14 September

Jonathan Causer won the U11 boys' competition.  He won the javelin with a new pb of 14.90, came second in the long jump with 3.49 and won the 800 in 2.54.9. He'll be receiving his trophy shortly.
Michael Causer set a personal best 5.28 in the long jump, was second in the shot (9.56) third in the high jump (1.51), fourth in the hurdles in 14.5 secs and eighth  in the 800 in 2.44. Michael was fourth overall. His  Report from Chris Causer.     Results

Track and Field Meeting - Blackpool 14 September

Four members competed in the Blackpool medal meeting. Michael Hughes won the hammer with 32.96 and also competed in the shot (8.46). Tricia Spark recorded 32.90 in the hammer and 8.73 in the shot, finishing second in both events and completed the 200m in 29.5.

Daniel Elston was fourth in the long jump (3.56) and recorded 12.9 and 1.55 in the 80 and 600 respectively, as well as having a night in Blackpool. Chelsea Jarvis was second in the 200 (27.5) and fourth in the 100 (13.8). Report From Colin Sparks.

North West Road Relays - Marbury Park, Comerbach, Cheshire 13 September

These championships took place in excellent weather on a superb course, organised by Cheshire County AA.  The club won medals in every age group other than the U13 Boys and senior men both of whom finished fourth.  The U13 Girls trio of Rachel Woosey (11.13), Sally Ashton (12.01) and Vicky Lamb (12.13) claimed third spot, as did Rachel Wilcock (12.07), Louise Hayes (12.04) and Jenny Lamb (12.30) in the U15 race. The U17 girls' team of Jemma Shaw (10.47), Heather Drillingcourt (11.11) and  Natalie Garrity (10.37) (never follow Google Maps!) were second a feat mirrored by the senior ladies' trio of Liz Whitfield, (19.52), Lyn Webb (22.45) and Sue Crehan (23.49). The latter were backed by a B team of Chris Dempsey (26.35), Rosie O'Hagan (26.47) and Joanne Keogh (making her road relay debut - 28.45)

In the men's races there was success for the U15 trio of Jamie White (8.53), Jamie Webb (9.38) and Adam White (13.38), who answered a last minute call to run, to clinch medals for the team. John Ashcroft (17,55), David Thomas Griffiths (19.43) and Jake Healy (20.35) collected silver in the U17 race with the U13 Boys' trio of Ryan Houghton (10.21), Chris Garrity (11.03) and sprinter Matthew Atherton (10.36) claiming fourth spot. The senior men's quartet of David Forrester(16.32), Steve Clague (20.38), Greg Williams (19.31) and Barry Graney (19.32) were fourth Merseyside backed by the veteran quartet of Ian White (19.39), Jimmy Crehan (20.37), Ian Hayburn (22.01) and Stan Erlam (24.31).

Individually John Ashcroft and Jamie White were fourth fastest in their age group while David Forrester was the fifth fastest senior to finish.

A special word for Lauren Bradshaw (11.19) and Danny Hughes  (19.40), neither of whom made the A team on this occasion, both of whom ran to support their club colleagues and performed superbly in an excellent display of club spirit. Julia Hayes was the team manager for the young athletes, Ian Hayburn for the senior men and Phil Thomas for the senior ladies. There was a good turn out of parents. Thanks to everyone who turned up in support.  Snr Men Pics  Pics  Results

England Athletics Membership Numbers:

After 18 months negotiation with England Athletics the club has finally received members' individual registration numbers. These are available from Pam Appleton or Phil Thomas on request. Please note, owing to technical problems at England Athletics, cards will not be issued until 2009. Failure to pay annual club subscriptions will result in registration numbers being suspended but will not free members from their obligation to pay their annual membership. Annual Membership fees (which become due in January) are 15 for seniors and 10 for all other age groups - including athletes in full time secondary and university education - while Under 11's remain at 5. The club underwrites the registration costs for members who want to compete.


Matthew Stone has been selected to attend a training camp in the United States with Michael Johnson, who apparently knows a bit about 400m running. Apparently the former world record holder and Olympic champion will have a collection of top coaches working on Matthew's fitness, speed, start, technique, flexibility, conditioning, nutrition and mentality (!!) Matthew is hoping to return with the knowledge to run a sub 50 next season. All he has to do is to make his legs run fast enough.

It's been a bumper year for babies. In addition to Julie Ann presenting William Vose to the world, Michelle Ireland, nee Murray, had a little boy and Lara Mason a girl. All are doing well.

Annual Subscriptions: 2008

All members in arrears with their annual subscriptions will receive a final reminder this month. Any payments made after the due date may be subject to a late payment charge. Please ensure you pay immediately.

Annual General Meeting 8 September

Billy McMinnis, now in his early nineties, presided over the Annual General Meeting held at Sutton Sports Centre. Billy recalled that he was training twice a day in the early 1950's (110 miles a week) and produced a photograph showing the 137 trophies and medals he won during his illustrious career. He also presented the club with a cheque. The Treasurer reported  that the club's finances remained sound and that no increase in annual memberships or subscriptions were planned at this time. The Chairman reported on a successful year and pointed to the need for an increase in the number of persons participating in all aspects of the club. Existing office holders were re-elected and, in a surprise move, (the chairman, at least, was very surprised), life membership was conferred on Phil Thomas. It was noted in the minutes that, for once in his life, the chairman was lost for words!!!!

In post AGM discussions Ray Vose offered to provide a brief talk to all coaches on the importance of athlete year planning. This talk will take place immediately after training later this month and is open to all coaches and other interested parties irrespective of their event. Further presentations during the winter will be made by Adrian Webb, Phil Thomas, Sue Lowrie and Sue Clague.

Kirkham 10k and Ryder Run, Leyland 7 September.

Matthew Crehan made his debut for the club winning the Ryder Run at Leyland in 17.02, Jim Crehan was seventh in 19.45. At Kirkham Dennis Wharton was 25th in 39.21, John Appleton 44th in 42.42 and Pam Appleton, running in the older age V55 age group (we all know she's only 21) 124th in 51.09.

Cheshire League: 7 September: Trafford.

Chloe Rigby was adjudged top female athlete at the Cheshire League match at Trafford, according to the official results, clearing 1.35 for victory in the U13 Girls in the high jump. Michael Causer won the U15 Boys' clearing 1.53 which represented a personal best as his previous best of 1.55 at Rotherham was discounted when that competition was abandoned because of high winds. Sophie Rigby won the long jump and there were victories for Jonathan Causer and Daniel Elston (600), Jamie Dinnar (javelin), Rachel Woosey (800) and the 4x100m U15 Girls team.

Full results for all competitors who included Lucy Griffiths, Adam Woosey, Sally Ashton, Chris Garroty, Matthew Atherton, Tricia Spark, Liane Bibby, Rachel Wilcock, T T Caton Hand, Rose Johnson, debutant Siobhan Hattersley, Heather Drillingcourt and Michael Hughes have been circulated and are on the club notice board. If anyone has been omitted please let me known immediately. My apologies for not giving full details of everyone's performances but I am still trying to catch up on matters delayed over the past month because of illness.

Julia Hayes, who was disappointed that the senior men's event was the shot putt - thus preventing the long awaited Hughes - Rigby battle for javelin supremacy taking place, has especially asked that her thanks be given to everyone who provided  assistance during the season after she was asked to act as team manager at short notice.

Colwyn Bay Games: 6 September

If you don't like rain Wales wasn't the place to be today - even the coast road was closed (bad news for the anti-motorist head of North Wales police) Liane Bibby made it to Colwyn Bay where she threw the javelin 26.88m in teeming rain for victory, collected silver in slightly better condition in the discus (19.97m) and ran the 100m in 14.0 secs.