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January  2011


Razorback Invitational - Fayetteville, Arizona.29 January

David Forrester set a new personal best and indoor club record over 3000 with a time of 8.15.96.

Northern Cross Country Championships - 29th January, Sunderland.

Results out and details to follow, early highlights include Rosie Johnson's 20th place, Matt Shirling's fantastic 2nd place, John Ashcroft's 10th place and Gemma Connolly's 19th place. Well done to all those who made the long trip.


Eleven Athletes travelled up to Sunderland and competed in the Northern Cross Country Championships. It was a cold, dry and frosty day; The first race of the day was the Under 15 Boys. Matty ran an excellent race to complete the 4.25km course in a well deserved 14:51 to claim a silver medal; narrowly missing out by 13 seconds. A big Well Done!


Then came the Under 13 Girls . Rosie led the girls in after being tripped on the start of the second lap still managing to complete the race in 20th place, 11:33. Closely followed by fast improving Danielle 29th,11:51. Lucy had a great run and finished in 95th place, 12:51.  Keep up the good work Girls!
Two Under 17 Men ran the 6k race. Jamie and Nathan made it a club race between themselves. Jamie just had the edge over Nathan. Jamie finished in 68th, 24:14. Nathan finished in 72nd, 24:14.Well Done Boys!
The Under 15 Girls raced over 4.25k. We were led in by Rachel in 89th, 20:44 followed by a good hard run by Maria in 110th, 21:26. Well Done Girls!
Then the Under 20 Men raced over 8.2k in very soft and slippery conditions. John Ashcroft came a creditable 10th in 28:27. Ste Clague came 68th in 34:21. Good Work!
The lonely senior competing was Gemma Connolly who ran the 8.2k course which had cut up badly after all of the other races and came in a worthy 19th place, 33:43. Well Done!
These 11 athletes did the club proud, Everyone who ran is a credit to the club. Well Done lets have the same for the National!!!


Sportshall Results - Crewe

Unfortunately we didn't make the final.  However, the eleven athletes that we took to Crewe shared twenty two new Personal Bests between them with each athlete registering at least one. Well done to everybody.

A lack of athletes played its part in the early rounds and we left ourselves too much to do in the last two legs. Lesson learnt for next year - we need more team members please!!!


Helsby Half Marathon Sunday, 23rd Jan

Eight runners from the club ran the local half marathon at Helsby this weekend.  Gemma Connolly (46th, 01:18:34) led the club home improving her PB by well over a minute - a fantastic achievement at this level and earning 3rd Female. Ian Costello (66, 01:20:35) returned for a second time and was another one improving his PB, this time by two minutes.  Next home Mark Liptrot (305, 01:31:47) followed by Julia Eccleston (654, 01:41:44).  Peter Code (1083, 01:54:27) was followed by Pamela Appleton (1091, 01:55:11) three minutes faster than last year, earning her 7th F55. The club's turnout was completed by Joanne Keogh (1233, 01:59:52) just beating the 2hour mark and Pauline Picton (1590, 02:29:42)..


Christmas Handicap this Sunday, 30th Jan

Donít forget itís the Christmas Handicap this Sunday, it starts at 10.30am, meet at the Yellow Gate at Sherdley Park.
Prizes for all, fancy dress optional. Please invite parents or friends to participate too.

 Social Events

There are notices up in the club house to register your interest in the Swimathon, 3 Peaks Challenge, Wine Tasting and 100 Club, please take a look.

Ashurst Beacon Fell Race 16th January

A quartet of the club's veteran runners took advantage of the gap in the cross country fixtures to run the local Fell race at Ashurst Beacon. A great six mile course starting with a rapid two mile descent and ending with a very testing climb up to the Beacon.  First back was Barry Graney (21, 43.48) followed by Mark Liptrot (43, 46.27).  Next home Ray Vose (51, 47.25) and the team completed by Greg Cairns (56, 48.02). Results

Northern Indoor Championships Sheffield 15/16 January

Congratulations to Taylor Caton-Hand who won the silver medal in the U15 Boys' long jump at Sheffield. with a personal best leap of 5.58. Sophie Rigby also came back with a silver medal finishing joint second with 1.55m in the U15 high jump while Michael Causer cleared 6.27 for third place in the U17 long jump. Results

Presentation Evening

This year's presentation evening will be taking place this Friday 21st January.  As the annual trophies are presented on this night it is essential that they are returned preferably by this Tuesday.  Please return any special trophies to Sue Clague or Lynn Webb.

As last year, we are hoping to arrange a slide show of photos of our athletes taken through the year.  If you have any photos you'd like to share, and can put then on a CD, please bring these to the club house and pass to your coach or one of the committee.

Christmas Handicap - rearranged fixture Sunday 30th January

The Christmas Handicap has been rearranged for Sunday 30th January starting at 10.30am at Sherdley Park (yellow gate on the main road)

The Handicap is a fun run open to all members, friends and family and everyone has a chance to win as your starting position is determined by the coaches!  
Please do your best to support the event and look out for more information at presentation evening and the club house.

As originally planned, there are also prizes for the best Christmas themed costume / headwear!

Camera found - Stadt Moers

Please see message from Ron Scott below.

One of my athletes found a camera in the car park at Stadt Moers today.  I don't know if it is an expensive camera or not but I'm told it has photos from Delhi on it so someone may be missing it.

If anyone hears of the loss please let me know and we'll try to re-unite them.
Thanks, Ron Scott.

SportsHall, Shavington Leisure Centre, Crewe - Sunday 16th January 2010

The next fixture is at Shavington Leisure Centre, Rope Lane, Shavington, Crewe, Cheshire, CW2 5DJ.

Meet at 11.30am but please be aware that this is a small venue so seats will be at a premium!

We are trying to arrange some club T Shirts for Sunday so it would be great if athletes could wear Black, Red or White Shorts & Socks. The kit may not arrive in time so please can you also bring a T-Shirt or if possible Club Vest.

Athletes should also have food and most importantly drinks to last throughout the day. We expect the competition to last until 4pm when we travel back to St Helens. Apparently, the organisers are trying to group the events so that the day runs quicker and more efficiently.

If you require assistance with travel or need any further advice, please contact one of the coaching team for the day.
Colin Spark (07788 942838) Ste Cooper (07590 679031
, Antony Young (07767 310204

Mark Barrow: 30/6/68 - 9/1/11

We regret to report the death at Whiston Hospital on 9 January of Mark Barrow. Mark was taken into Whiston last Wednesday where he was diagnosed with a serious progressive illness. He passed away in the early hours of Sunday morning. Mark was originally with Pilkingtons before moving to LPS where he enjoyed much success. He came to St Helens-Sutton when his first child expressed an interest in the sport and has been with the club for the past two years. Mark was one of nature's true gentlemen, one of those rare people of whom never a bad word was said or heard. His disarming smile radiated calm wherever he went and it is a pleasure to have known him. Our thoughts are with his wife Debbie, his children and the rest of the Barrow family.

Mark's funeral will take place at St Anns Church, Rainhill on Friday 14 January at Following this there will be a private service at Widnes Crematorium for family and very close friends. After both services have been completed everyone is invited to Rainhill Ex-Servicemen's Club. 

Please visit our tribute page to Mark

Cheshire Cross Country Championships 8 Jan, Birchwood, Warrington.

On another tough course with little good ground,  Gemma Connolly picked up a well earned bronze medal in the senior ladies race, Ian Costello and Mark Davies competed for the senior men.


Merseyside Cross Country Championships 8 Jan, Stadt Moers, Whiston.

Juniors : Some outstanding results from the juniors at the Merseyside Cross Country Champs with County vests up for grabs very soon.

U13 girls came third team with Rosie 3rd, Danielle 6th, Lucy 17th, Shannon 23rd and Lauren 24th
U13 boys saw Adam Woosey have an excellent run finishing 5th in a very strong field
Vicky Lamb was our only U15 girl finishing in 23rd place and in the U15 boys Matty Shirling had a very strong run to win his age group by over a minute.
U17 men saw Jamie White 4th and Jamie Webb 6th but he may be promoted to 5th after it was revealed that two Wirral lads appeared to have cut the course short.
Well done to all who turned up and lets try to achieve full teams in the future. All athletes look forward to the Northern Championships in Sunderland in a few weeks.

Senior Men : Stadt Moers is a tough, true cross country course and the wet conditions made for hard work.  The Senior men were helped by the return of Tony Smith who lead the team home and sealed second  V40 spots.  Barry Graney had a steady run with a good finish to move inside the top 40.  Another close run between the next three saw Ian Hayburn use his speed to eclipse Rob Kennedy in the finish straight, with Ray Vose not far behind.  Good support round the course including Ian White, a frustrated supporter this time still trying to return from injury. 

U20 Men : John Ashcroft led the Sutton runners home securing a good second place followed by Jake Healey and, for two laps at least, Steve Clague who unfortunately pulled up with injury.

Senior Women : Julia Eccleston led the women home coming in thirdn her age category. Winning support was from Chris Dempsey, followed by Sharon Nunn both winning their age categories.


Manchester League Cross Country 2 Jan, Stockport


On Sunday 2nd January 13 juniors travelled to Stockport for the 4th League Meeting. Overall we had two full teams;

First to race were the Under 11 Girls. Caitlin came 31st in a time of 11:44.  This was a very strong run from Caitlin, Well Done!
Second to race were the Under 11 Boys and Under 13 Girls.
First from the boys was: Joe who came 12th in a time of 11:31. Then David followed in 27th in a time of 13:49. Well Done Boys!
Rosie came in 11th with a time of 11:20, Lucy was 44th with a time of 13:00,  Shannon was 50th in 13:27, Lauren came in 52nd in 13:31. The team came 11th and we had some good performances considering the weather and the Christmas break.
The Under 15 Girls worked well as a team and were once again led in by Rachel, 17th in a time of 14:27,
Maria, 22nd in a time of 15:09 and shortly followed by Vickie, 29th in a time of 15:50.
Then came the Under 15 Boys. Matty, with his new SlimLine haircut, ran away with the race winning in 18 minutes; this was a full two minutes ahead of the field! A class run, Well Done!
The Under 17 Boys ran well considering lack of training and illness.  Jamie White finished 9th in 25:27.
Nathan was 11th and finished in a time of 26:20.

Well Done it was a hard race to start off the New Year!   The next League Meeting is 12th February at Clayton Vale.
H.McGoldrick (Team Manager)


A great turn out of 10 Senior and 2 Junior Men kick started their New Year campaigns with a fast, surprisingly dry race, at Stockport.  After the fast flat start and race downhill, the back fields provided an unexpected challenge with tricky terrain and a long slow climb back to the foot of "that" hill. First home was John Ashcroft (15, 35:53) finishing 2nd U20 in the Junior race. First Senior was Barry Graney (56, 39:43) followed by Maurice Collins (75, 40:50) both 12th in their respective vet categories. A great performance (that's what training does for you) from Steve Clague (87, 41:17) to clinch 6th U20 and just hold off Rob Marsh (90, 41:22). Good team support and racing in the next group that saw five runners finish within twenty seconds led in by Alan McNally (108, 42:32) and closely followed by  Rob Kennedy (114, 42:47), Mark Davies (118, 42:53), Ian Hayburn (119, 42:55) and Ray Vose (120, 42:57). Mark Barrow (162, 46:09) and Peter Johnson (185, 48:56) completed the squad.

Three senior ladies tackled the hilly course at Woodbank Park Stockport.  Gemma Connolly finished 6th overall in a time of 26.58 and is lying in second place in the aggregate competition with one match remaining.  Julia Eccleston was the next lady to finish in 52nd place (32.17 and 10th L35) with Chris Dempsey completing the trio in a time of 37.23 (100th place and 9th L50).  Well done to the ladies who competed so close to the New Year, let's get ready now for the last match at the new venue of Clayton Vale.

Results  Senior Men    Juniors & Women       Series after 4 races   Men   Juniors & Women 

2011 Annual Subscriptions

The committee would like to remind all members that their annual subscriptions for 2011 are now due.  Pam Appleton has revamped & simplified the membership form, if you haven't filled one in recently why not update the club with your contact details and any relevant medical notes.  Fees are listed on the membership form (or see link on left - Join Us) and are as follows

Senior member £16
Junior/Student member £11
Age 9 and under £6

Family member £27 two members plus £5 for each additional member over 10 years

Please return form with Cheque payable to St Helens Sutton AC to address on membership form or bring it down on the night.

Road Racing: Central Lancashire Half Marathon Catforth near Preston. 2 January

Rosie O'Hagan competed in her first half marathon of the year recording 1.49.04 in 131st position.

Open Meeting - Sportcity 2 January.

Full results are not yet available but we do know Michael Causer (4.74) and Taylor Caton-Hand (4.42) both contested the long jump. Further information when available.

Presentation Evening, Rainhill Club and Sports Lounge : Friday 21st January 

Tickets for Presentation Evening will shortly be available from the clubhouseLast year's event was a real success; a great event and in addition a major boost to the club's finances.   As well as the popular disco, awards are presented for last Winter and Summer season for both Juniors and Seniors.  The evening is an important social event in the club's calendar, please make every effort to attend.  Come and celebrate the performances of your team mates and have some fun at the same time! 

Tickets will be on sale from Tuesday 4th January in the clubhouse.  Cost £4 per ticket, but for a family of 4 or more the total cost will be capped at £12.   Buy your tickets now, tell your friends & family and come along for a great night. Venue Location

Manchester League Cross Country 2 Jan, Stockport

For all those getting back in the swing of things the next cross country is on the Sun 2nd of Jan.  Usual start times - travel, venue map and timetable can be found here.

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 4th Jan.