Presentation Evening, Rainhill Club and Sports Lounge : Friday 5th March
Tickets for Presentation Evening are now available from
the clubhouse, priced at £4. In addition to the popular disco, awards are
presented for last Winter and Summer season for
both Juniors and Seniors.
Buy your tickets now, tell your friends & family and come along for a great night.
Cheshire Schools Championships:
Nathan Brown was thirtieth in the Inter Boys race while Owen Kennedy took 44th in the year seven event.
Manchester League Match 5, Wythenshawe Park, Manchester : Sat 30th Jan
On Saturday the juniors
ran the last leg of the Manchester Area Cross Country League
picking up what must be the best results yet, both for
The U15 girls finished an excellent 3rd team overall with, Chelsea Jarvis 3rd, Vicky Lamb 18th, Rachel Wilcock 20th and Louise Hayes 22nd.
Senior Reports to follow.
A reminder that all memberships are due 1st Jan. Late payments will be subject to a late payment charge, however due to the recent bad weather this is not yet being applied.
The current Membership Fees are; £16 Senior, £11 Junior and £27 Family Membership for 2 members (£32 - 3 members, £37 – 4 members).
This year (in response to member's requests) we will be accepting advance payment of nightly fees. On annual basis this would be £64 Senior, £54 Junior and £120 Family (this is in addition to the membership fees), this is entirely optional and is based on an attendance of 40 weeks in the year thus offering a potential saving.
Senior runners meeting : Club House 26th January
There will be a meeting at 8.30 pm on Tuesday 26th for all senior members who would like to discuss the structure of the training groups and any coaching issues. All coaches and senior members are welcome, we look forward to seeing as many people there as possible.
Update - a good turn out crammed into the club house for some fruitful discussions. Lots of ideas were discussed and we hope to act on them soon. Keep an eye on the website and club house notice boards for more details.
Northern Athletics Masters Open Meeting : Sheffield 24th January
Ian Costello continues his year of debuts. Following his first 13 mile race last weekend, Ian made his indoor debut running the 800m in 2.10.85.
Northern Athletics Cross Country Championships : Witton Park, Blackburn 23rd January
The U13 girls had a great team run finishing 9th overall with Rosie Johnson (15th), Rachel Woosey (58th), Danielle Webb (66th), and Lucy Griffiths (127th) making up the counting four. Great team support from Rachel Mcgoldrick (133rd) and Maria Mcgoldrick (160th).. In the U13 boys, Joseph Walker enjoyed the atmosphere running in an age group above for fun but still finishing an excellent 162nd. The U15 boys had Matt Shirling battling it out with the pack to finish a fantastic 4th. His team mate, Chris Garrity (200th) also had a very good run, and as both are Year 1 we can expect more to come next year.
The U15 girls were just one short of a team, Chelsea Jarvis (20th), Vicky Lamb (122nd) and Louise Hayes (151st). The U17 boys unfortunately had no team for the first time this winter due to injury and illness. John Ashcroft (29th) had a very good run, but . Jamie White had to pull out after one lap. Team managers on the day Lynn and Adrian would like to thank all who turned up and made it a most enjoyable day. Lets have a good turn out for the last Manchester Area League on Saturday 30th at Wythenshawe.
Gemma Connelly (34:24, 25th) followed her fine performance at Frodsham with a strong run.
The Junior Men lost Matt Crehan who had been running well up with the leaders when he fell, twisting his ankle. This left Jake Healy (33:43, 67) and Steve Clague (37:18, 83) to represent the Junior Men.
The Senior Men were led home by Barry Graney (51:50, 239) who enjoyed the hills (and a slow start this week). Next in was Ian White (56:01, 354) with a good return from injury, and Mark Davies (56:57, 378) not too far behind. Rob "Big W" Marsh (57:29, 397) and Peter Johnson (1:04, 523) raced away to a quick start, followed briefly by Ray Vose until a recurrence of his hamstring problem ended his race. Tony Raffle and Sue Clague were there to provide welcome support on the course.
Merseyside County Cross Country Championships
The Merseyside County Committee voted seven to four to cancel this year's county cross country championships owing to an overcrowded competition calendar. Cheshire will be holding their championships on Sunday 13 February.
Sue Clague has received a cheque to cover all those who entered so anyone wishing to have their money returned should see Sue.
The track and field areas at Sutton Leisure Centre are completely snow free and now available for use. The dates for the three Warrington Open Track and Field meetings have been added to the fixtures page.
Four Villages Half Marathon - Helsby 17 January
Given the recent weather, and the amount of snow and ice still around on Friday, the fact this race took place at all was a surprise. The fact that it took place in perfect conditions even more so. Gemma Connelly took advantage of the opportunity to race in fine style with a new PB and finished first senior lady (1.19.53, 34th). After showing two of the clubs senior men how it should be done, Gemma caught the leading senior lady with a mile to go and passed her to win by 10 seconds, finishing first for the club. Next home was the debutant Ian Costello (1.22.31, 55) with a fine run but glad to see the line for another PB. Barry Graney (1.28.07, 141) thought about running a PB too but soon realised you need to train harder to do that, and then struggled home for a painful nine miles. Alan McNally was next home (1.31.37, 218), followed by Dave Hampson (1.40.52, 462) and John Skinley (1.45.55, 625). Pam Appleton (1.58.36, 993) broke into the top ten finishing 8th F55, followed by Lynsey Wilson (2.11.22, 1218), Linda White (2.14.54, 1270), and Pauline Picton (2.29.49, 1392). Report from Barry Graney.
Northern Indoor Championships - Sheffield 17 January
Matt Crehan took bronze in the U20 3000m championship in 8.38.46, while Sophie Rigby was fifth in the U17 high jump with a leap of 1.50m.
Ian Costello finished 25th at the Woodbank Park race on 2 January recording 24.22 while on 10 January Matthew Crehan recorded a personal best 8.44.93 finishing third over 3000m. Matthew is currently under consideration for representative honours by Northern Athletics. Chloe Rigby was third in the long jump (4.38) while sister Sophie was second in the high jump(1.50) and long jump (4.78).
Bad weather disruptions
The Four Villages Half Marathon is likely to go ahead this Sunday, final decision will be made on Friday and posted on the race website.
The Sport Centre and Club house will be open as normal from on Tuesday 14th Jan. Although the track will be closed, alternative training will be organised. The council will be posting updates on the GoActive website along with more general updates on the Council webpages.
The St Helens Schools Cross Country, due to be held at Sherdley Park this Friday 15th Jan, has been cancelled.
The Greater Manchester Cross Country Championships have been cancelled for this year. The Merseyside Cross Country championships have been moved from Stadt Moers park due to the frozen and rutted ground. An alternative course will probably be used (Wavertree) but the approaches to the site are hazardous so the championships will take place when a free date is available. News of all races can be found on the Northern Athletics Website..
Manchester Area Cross Country League Match 4, Woodbank Park, Stockport : Sun 3rd Jan
Some great individual performances on a cold day in Stockport. Results below, reports to follow.
There was one senior lady competing on a cold, snowy and icy course (little did we know that it was heading our way!) at Woodbank Park on the first weekend after NewYear. Gemma Connolly came home in 5th place in a time of 26.26 and is currently lying in second in the aggregate competition with one match to go. Let's see if we can get a bigger turn out of senior ladies for the last match at Wythenshawe on the 30th Jan when hopefully the weather will be a bit better (less snow please) so that we can finish the league with a strong result. Report from Gemma Connolly
Entries are required immediately for those wishing to race at the Northern Cross Country. We urgently need your details and payment for the National Cross Country Champs. ( No U11s in this race) Please bring this to the race on Sunday or Tuesday 5th at the latest in an envelope with: Full name DOB Age group Email Phone number
Note - Entries now closed.
Manchester League Match 4, Woodbank Park, Stockport : Sun 3rd Jan
The next match in the series is this Sunday. Links below provide race details and directions with the first race starting at 11am being the u11s. Lets get a good turn out for the first race of the New Year and prepare for next week's Merseyside Champs for those competing.
Manchester League Last Match Hot Pot
There will be hotpot served at the presentation after the last match in the League at Wythenshawe 30th Jan. The presentation is open to all but reservations have to be made for the hotpot. Those interested should contact Adrian Webb. Hotpot
Happy New Year!
Time to put those new year resolutions to the test and burn off a bit of the Christmas pudding. Training resumes as normal at the club on Tuesdays and Thursdays, starting this Tuesday 5th Jan.