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April  2009



Trafford Grand Prix: 28 April


Liane Bibby won the U17 javelin competition with a club record throw of 32.10m


National Junior League -Warrington 26 April


Thanks to an abundance of club spirit by athletes, superb organisation skill by team manager, Sue Clague and commitment by club officials, the club produced its best Junior League result for three years finishing an excellent fifth with just under 300 points on a fine day at Victoria Park, Warrington. Last year we had difficulty reaching three figures (half of which were usually scored by officials) which shows how much we have progressed in 12 months.


Amy Hughes made a superb winning debut in the 400m hurdles, Jenny Lamb surprised herself with what she achieved over 400m in the relay as did Josie Barrow while Kathryn Sumner and Lucy Croft completed a fine afternoon's throwing by volunteering to run the 4x400. It was a remarkable performance. Bearing in mind the number of U17's taking part the performances were more important than the positions including 24.3 for Tom Green in the 200, John Ashcroft and Jamie White in the 1500 with Danny Hughes and Nathan Brown in the 800.


The scratch 4x100m team of Nathan Brown, Tom Green, Danny Hughes and elder statesman Steve Clague produced a unique performance. Steve's experience was supplemented by other juniors including Jake Healy in the 3000 and Adam Fackey in the throws. Nathan Brown's discus throwing had to be seen to be believed while Thaddeus Anim-Somuah warmed up for the BUSA's with a controlled 100m


There were also good contributions from second claim members Scott McEwan who won the triple jump while Adam Nicholls and James Sutton were second in the A & B long jump, while Abigail Fitzgerald contested both sprints for the ladies


Heather Drillingcourt continued her return to fitness over 800, Sophie Rigby was within a fraction of clearing 1.65 after winning the long jump with a personal best 5.02 and clearing the pole vault alongside Josie Barrow, while Natasha Le Surf made sure she did not miss the 4x100 relay.


Thanks to George Mullinieux, John Irwin and Colin Sparks on the field, Colin later moving over to the assistant starter's role. Julia Hayes served on the track, Pam Appleton and Janet Holmes were our timekeepers, while John dispensed tea and sandwiches in between his other duties. Many thanks to Doug Hanna (Wirral A C) for producing the results on the day within ten minutes of the final event. Thanks too to the ground staff at Warrington M B C for their usual efficient services. Results:


London Marathon Weekend 25/26 April

Six runners took part in the London Marathon at the weekend in warm, sunny conditions. Matt Crehan ran in the mini marathon, coming home a fine third for the Northwest region in 14:56 (20th).

In the marathon, Barry Graney led the seniors home, finally breaking the three hour barrier with 2:5754 (785th) .  Ian Pass was next in with a fine run, improving his pb by 25 minutes (3:08.09 1428th) followed by Anthony Mousdale (3:14.17, 1944th),  Steve Tate (3:28.06 3384th) and Joanne Keogh (4:44.38 5250th).  Report by Barry Graney.


Macclesfield Open Metting 25 April.


Amy Potter made a splendid winning debut in the U13 age group with victories in the 200m (31.1) and 800m (2.42.8). Liane Bibby ran 13.6 (3rd 100) and threw both the discus (2nd 20.45) and javelin (29.60) in the U15 age group. Tricia Spark won the shot (9.15) and hammer (29.60).  Jonathan Causer contested the U13 Javelin finishing third with a throw of 14.27. Report from Carl Bibby.

Whitley 10k and Fun Run 19 April

Ian White led the way with ninth place in  36.29, third veteran, while Dennis Wharton was 68th in 42.35. Pride of place goes to Jo Clisham-Marsh who set a massive pb with 45.20 to finish 105th while Janet Holmes took time off from timekeeping to record 67.34 in 288th place. Louise Hayes was sixth in the Fun Run, the first girl to finish in a time of 21.57. Results   FunRun

Cheshire League: Stockport 19 April

Newly appointed team manager, Ian Hayburn, led a small number of athletes to the first Cheshire League match of the season. Alex Bottomly made her debut in the U11 girls' soft javelin (7.75) and 75m (13.2). Daniel Elston contested the U13 200 (31.8), 800 (2.40.5) and shot putt (3.90). Ben Walsh also did the shot putt (5.14) while Owen Kennedy (32.1) and Ben Hayburn (39.0) competed in the 200. All four lads joined together for third place in the 4x100 relay in 68.7. Ian was particularly grateful to the parents who provide great assistance on the day. Results:

Spring Throws and Jumps Competition : Wavertree 18 April


Three club members successfully represented the club at the above meeting, Liane Bibby winning the U15 javelin with a Grade 1 throw of 30.31 and claimed second in the Discus with 20.14 (Grade 4). Tricia Spark won the shot and hammer competitions with Grade 3 performances of 8.96 and 31.30 respectively.


Michael Causer contested the U15 Long Jump winning with a new club record of 5.62m (Grade 2). Information from Carl Bibby.

Trafford U15 Meeting: 13 April

All four athletes who represented the club at Trafford came away with a medal.  Jamie Dinnar and Daniel Elston competed in the U13 boys age group, Jamie debuting in the 75m hurdles (16.9 secs) then taking the shot putt silver medal (5.77) and bronze in the javelin (22.27)Daniel took the gold medal in the 600m (1:55.2) ran 75m in 11.7 and long jumped 3.86m.


Chelsea Jarvis and Liane Bibby contested the U15 age group. Chelsea set a new club record in the 800m (2.15.6), two-fifths of a second quicker than the previous record held by the late Holly O'Connor, ran 27.9 (200) for bronze and long jumped 4.28. Liane won the javelin with 29.85m and took silver in the Discus with 21.05. Report from Carl Bibby.


Runcorn Bridge Race 12 April


There was an excellent turn out for this event with Gemma Connolly (30.45) claiming second place and Dorothy Fairhurst (45.09) winning the O65 award in sixtyfourth place.  Julia Eccleston (26.03: 12th), Joe Clisham-Marsh (36.48: 14th), Pam Appleton (39.19: 25) and Rosie O'Hagan (40.17: 30) also ran,  Rosie finishing just behind 29 year old Louise Casey (40.11: 29). Yes, THE Louise Casey. Jane Ashcroft (52.16: 128), Janet Holmes (54.55: 137), Janice Lawson (60.45: 157) and Karen Wright (60.45: 158) for an excellent ladies' turn out.


There was an excellent run from John Ashcroft who was eighth overall (28.11) closely followed by Greg Williams (28.36 : 11) and Ian Costello (29.45 :19), Julian Corfe recorded 30.45 in thirtieth place, veteran John Appleton (32.18: 49th) and Ewan Dawick 52.18. My apologies to John Skinley who completed the course in 34:47 but was recorded as unattached and overlooked first time round. Results

Wakefield Spring Meeting & Bramhall Park Race 11 April

Liane Bibby travelled to West Yorkshire where, in the absence of an U15 competition, she stepped up an age group to compete in the U17 Ladies event, taking the bronze medal with a throw of 29.51m, setting a new club record in that age group. Alan McNally continued his progress finishing 27th in the Bramhall Park race with a personal best 20.38

Nicola Quinn

Senior ladies' hammer record holder, Nicola Quinn, who is currently serving in the army in Northern Ireland, leaves for a six months tour of duty in Afghanistan this weekend. We wish her well and look forward to welcoming her home safely in November.

Good Friday Road Races - Southport 10 April

Ian White led the team recording 23.16 in fortieth place, two places and 12 seconds ahead of Danny Hughes. Denis Wharton (58 - 24.40), Ian Hayburn (64 - 24.58) and Jake Healy (74 - 25.36) also completed the course.  In the Fun Run, Owen Kennedy was tenth in 11.58, Rosie Johnson 12.18 (12th) and Louise Hayes 13.30 (16th). Results:Men    Women   FunRun

Warrington Open Meeting 5 April

Full results from this meeting are given on the following link. Results..

Please note - Merseyside Schools' Track and Field Championships 13 June

The above championships will now take place at Bebington Oval, not Wavertree as previously indicated. Apparently the latter venue wanted too much money for staging the event (the capital of Culture PR exercise must be over and it's back to normal).

Northern 12 Stage and 6 Stage Road Relays - Stockport Sunday 5 April

Sue Clague turned back the years recording the fastest stage in the Northern Road Relays with Lyn White, making her championship debut, just behind her on a sensational afternoon at Woodbank Park. Sue has the official printed results to prove how good she was but unfortunately, as often happens in races where different stage runners come back at different times, her 7.57 (five minutes quicker than several internationals) time was adjusted later to 23.56 on the website version. Sue completed the women's team of Chris Dempsey(19.00), Joanne Keogh (20.38), Rosie O'Hagan (20.15 - the fastest ** year old on the third stage), Jane Ashcroft (20.55 - another debutant), Lyn White (20.55 - who preferred her original 12.58!!) and finally Sue as the girls moved through steadily from 43rd to 40th out of 53 entrants, finishing as the second Merseyside team. All six girls said they are looking forward to the four stage event in September when we should have Gemma Connolly, Joanne Clisham-Marsh, Louise Hogg and Julia Eccleston available.

There was great team spirit with everyone heeding the advice to arrive early and finishing fourth Merseyside team behind Liverpool, Wirral and SouthportWaterloo. The long stage runners Paul Carrier 24.28, Barry Graney 23.54, Greg Williams 24.02, Ray Vose 27.19, Ian White 24.57 and Ian Costello 25.46 were evenly matched and had Ian Hayburn in reserve if he were needed. The short stage runners were also well matched Peter Johnson (15.21), Steve Clague (14.09), Dennis Wharton (15.20), Billy Mousdale (15.43), Mark Davies (15.28) and Jim Crehan (14.47) showing remarkable consistency as the club recorded 4.01.14. The superb Stan Erlam was available for cover if he was required, another example of the great team spirit in the club. Excellent team selection from Ian White and Ian Hayburn and with Matt Crehan, Dave Forrester and Jake Healey available in September the outlook is bright. The team finished 43rd overall out of 62 entrants: Results: Women  Men

David Forrester competed in the elite race at the Great Ireland Run recording 30.29 for the 10k, finishing less than a minute behind Bolton Olympian Tom Lancashire.

John Skinley made his debut over the marathon distance recording 3:54: 55 in warm conditions at Blackpool