Age criteria for League Competitions
The age criteria for competing in the leagues the club enters is as follows :-
Cheshire League is for U11ís
up to Seniors
Northern League - (Senior, U20 & U17). Selection preference is given to the older age groups. U17s can compete if they are invited to do so. Invitations are issued to those deemed to be of sufficient standard. U17s are not allowed to compete in the steeplechase or 5000m.
Competition dates are on the fixtures page (see link on left)..
Don't forget - We are inviting all Juniors from Under 9's upwards to join Brin Brown and the rest of the team at the Warrington Open this Sunday 3rd April. Please meet no later than 11am at Victoria Park arena, bring a picnic and waterproof clothing. You enter the events that you fancy and pay the entry fee (£2 I think). See you there, see the coaches on Thursday if you need more info.
Liverpool Half Marathon - 27 March
On a perfect day for running, eight of the club's athletes took part in this well organised race. This year saw the biggest turn out yet with a full house of 7500 runners. The runners took the usual course through three of the city's parks and even had a slight tail wind for the last three miles down the prom (although it probably didn't feel like it by that stage!). First back for the club was Alan Mcnally ( 1:25:44, 173) keeping his London marathon plans on track. Next home Anthony Mousdale ( 1:30:12, 366) followed by Dave Hampson ( 1:33:15, 539) with Antony Young ( 1:44:36, 1766) completing the men's turnout.
Schools International Cross Country - Antrim, 26 March
Matt Shirling represented England in this Schools International, with
a fantastic run to come in 5th in the 5400m race in 17:55.
Track Competition - Scunthorpe 26 March
Taylor Caton-Hand went to the Scunthorpe Open Meeting winning
the 80m (10.3), long jump (5.67) and taking second place in the
shot putt with a pb 9.92m
Wirral AC Track Endurance Races - Wednesday 23rd March.
Ian Costello and Mark Davies took part in the first of the monthly track races at Bebbington. They raced the 5k finishing in 18:01.5 and 18:25.0 respectively. Results. These races can be entered on the night and cost just £1. Details.
Road Running: March.
A number of the club's athletes have been taking part in the various park runs in the region. On 12 March Mark Andrew Davies was the winner of the Pennington Flash park race, completing the course in 19:05 and posting an age grade score of 68.73%. On 26 March Ian Costello was victorious at the Princes park run, recording 17:34 and posting an age grade score of 77.70%. The same day Louise Hayes set a personal best 27.48, age grade 55.04%, finishing 125th overall. It was Louise's second appearance at Heaton Park. The previous week she recorded 28.10 - 54.32% (126), John Irwin ran 29.19 -58.27% (140) and Janet Holmes 33.04 -55.29% (175)
Gemma Connolly contested the Trafford 10k on 13 March finishing 11th female in 36.59 while Helena McGoldrick took part in the Blackpool Spring 5 on the same day finishing 60th in 24.22. The previous week Rob Marsh recorded 2.21.23 (92) in the Trimpell 20 at Lancaster
Please note: The Whitley 10k scheduled for Sunday 3 April has been cancelled.
As the club is expecting to welcome more new members following last weekend's 10k we're taking the opportunity to reorganise the nightly subscription collection. From the second of April the subs desk will now have a register of members and tick off those attending. This should simplify the running of the nightly subs desk and help ensure we're providing the right athletes/coach group sizes.
Non members can attend the club at the normal training rate £1 (£2 families) for two weeks while they settle in and see how friendly the club is. After this they can join or continue to attend at a visitors rate of £2 (£4 families). There is no pressure to join, however memberships have the advantage of being cheaper and allowing reduced cost entry to many races (EA number). It should also be noted that by not being a member of the club the athlete is not covered by the sports blanket insurance cover and trains at their own risk.
Anyone who has not yet paid this years membership, which was due on the 1st Jan, should do so at their earliest opportunity.
St Helens 10K Run - 20th March
The weather eventually joined in with the spirit of the day and gave us a great day for running to go along with a great event for the town.
The club had a good turn out manning the stand, supporting and racing. The club claimed seven of the ten top spots along with first man, first lady & first vet.
First home was John Ashcroft, followed by Matty Shirling. Ex Sutton runner Ian Roberts came third, with Jamie Webb following him in. Nathan Brown
just held on to beat Gemma Connelly to the line but lost the place on chip time. Next for the club Barry Graney, followed by Jamie White and Robbie Marsh.
Ian White and Dennis Wharton completed the men's turnout.
Eleven of the club's ladies took part headed by Gemma Connolly (36.26), Julie Pennington set a pb (43.58), Julia Eccleston (46.21), Cheryl Orrick (47.55),
Sharon Nunn (52.19) and Joanne Keogh with a pb of 53.04. Sarah Hattersley (53.21), Linda White (54.46). Jane Ashcroft (56.46), Dorothy Fairhirst (59.27)
and Lisa Cashman (62.48) completed the course. (Information on ladies' times provided by Cheryl Orrick).
English Schools Cross Country
Matty Shirling finished 2nd at the English Schools Cross Country Champs in Nottingham and in doing so has been selected to represent England at the International Schools Cross Country to be held in Antrim on Saturday the 26th March. More details and results to follow.
Dream Trail Run - 11th September
The club is excited to announce that we will be launching details of The Dream Trail Run this weekend at the St Helens 10k. The race
will be run on September 11th over the trails and parkland of the old Sutton Manor Colliery site surrounding the landmark sculpture, Dream.
Entries will be strictly limited and be available online from April. Please pass this information around and support the event by becoming a fan of our Facebook Page : The St Helens Dream Trail. There will be several races for all abilities and ages, details will be posted very soon. Please encourage everyone you know to enter. We are planning on making the day an enjoyable one for all including runners and their families, so mark the date in your diary now. It has been a long time since the Club organised a Race and we are excited with the opportunity we have working with the Steve Prescott Foundation to ensure we make this a great success for the Club in many ways. We will post more information here and on the Facebook page very soon. Good luck to all those competing this Sunday in The St Helens 10k. Please wear your Club vests to compete as we plan to have a presence, both in the race and around the gathering area.
Artist : Jaume Plensa Photographer : Barry Graney
English Schools Cross Country
Four athletes from the club have earned a place in the Merseyside Schools team to compete at the
English Schools Cross Country to be held in Nottingham next Saturday 19th March.
Well done to Matty Shirling, John Ashcroft, Danielle Webb and Rosie Johnson.
Blackpool Open Meeting - 13 March
On Sunday a small group of
athletes travelled to Blackpool for the first Open Meeting of
the season. Several pbs were achieved!
Wuthering Hike, Haworth - 12 March
Mark Liptrot showed those feeling sorry for themselves
while training for marathons what a long run is really like.
He took part in the 32 mile Wuthering Hike fell race on
Saturday 12th March. The course starts in Howarth (home of the
Brontes) and traverses the moors and valleys around Hebden
Bridge with 4,400 feet of ascent. He came in a
creditable 30th in a time of 4:55:50.
Calling all Tesco shoppers - Sports Vouchers
Tesco are running their annual campaign to help clubs and schools collect vouchers to exchange for various items of equipment. Vouchers are available from 28th February to 8th May 2011 and are awarded for every £5 spent on either groceries or petrol.
Why not start saving your vouchers and bring along to the Club? We will have a collection box available but you can also hand them in at the desk when you pay your fees.
This is a new venture for us and we hope to be able to order some sports equipment. A lot of schools are registered with Tesco for this campaign, please consider giving your vouchers to the Club who have a much smaller number of members to donate.
Many thanks Ė Chris Dempsey (Secretary)
Inter Counties Cross Country, Birmingham - 6 March
Some great results capped by Matt Shirling's second place.
For the Cheshire Senior Womens squad Gemma Connolly
came in 69th 31:16, John Ashcroft
came 38 27:36 for the U20Men.
SportCity Indoor Meeting - 6 March
Five St Helens Athletes took part in the final indoor meeting at Sports City Manchester.
In the U15 girls Chloe Rigby came second with a personal best 1.58m. In the U15 boys Taylor Caton-Hand won the 60m in 7.96 seconds, long jump with a personal best 5.90m and the high jump with another personal best 1.61m - quite a day for him as it was also his 14th birthday. In the U17 men's long jump, Michael Causer came second with 6.20m. In the U20 women Heather Drillingcourt ran 60m in 8.4 seconds for 4th place, then finished second in the long jump with 4.54m. Sophie Rigby competed in the high jump, coming third with 1.45m. Well done to all of them. Report by Chris Causer.
A date has now been arranged and tickets will go on sale at the Subs Desk within the next couple of weeks priced £8.50.
Friday 29th April, 8pm at St Barts Church Hall in Rainhill. Tickets are strictly limited on a first come, first served basis to over 18ís only.
This is a fun event with participants tasting 6 different wines and trying to match them to the tasting notes provided. There will be plenty of wine and Iím sure youíll agree that it was great value for money afterwards. For the hard core amongst you, I suspect weíll decamp to The Ship afterwards for last orders!
Please invite your friends and family and make this a regular event in the social calendar. For more info: call Ant Young on 07767 310204
3 Peaks Challenge
We have enough interest to try and arrange the 3 peaks challenge for June. For those of you not familiar with the concept. The idea is to climb Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon (the 3 biggest mountains in the UK) in 24 Hours. It is likely that we will arrange a weekend in June for the attempt.
There is a meeting on Thursday 17th March, 8pm at The Bull & Dog for potential participants to find out more, agree a date and understand what kit and training are needed.
We will also be looking for a couple of drivers to accompany the team so please donít be shy, youíll have a great time and be an integral part of the attempt.
I have done this challenge 4 times and can assure you that this is a very achievable task for anyone that is semi-fit, you donít need to be super human, but you do need the right attitude and equipment.
If you want to know more, please come to the meeting, if you donít then we may have to go without you as we need to sort out the transport logistics for those serious about taking part. For more info: call Ant Young on 07767 310204