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May  2011

BMC Trafford Grand Prix : Stretford, Tuesday 31

Nine club athletes attended the BMC Trafford Grand Prix on May 31st. The under 15 girls made their first appearance at this event, and all achieved PBs, Rosie Johnson 5.08.68, Danielle Webb 5.11.00 and Rachael McGoldrick 5.11.41

John Ashcroft ran in the BMC 800m with a seasons best of 1.56.62 and Matty Shirling, likewise setting a PB and dipping under 2 mins with a time of 1.59.03
Ian Costello also ran the 800m and is coming into form with an impressive time of 2.05.59, the fastest he has run since 2008. Nathan Brown ran his season's best of 4.29.17 for the 1500m. In the 3000m, Gemma Connolly narrowly missed the 10 minute mark, finishing in a time of 10.03.49 and new comer to the track Steve Nijs clocked a very respectable 9.57.97

So 6 pb's and 3 season bests with more to come as we progress into the racing season.

BMC Sportcity Invitation races : Manchester, Saturday 28

A great night out at Sportcity with some of the country's best middle distance runners making an appearance. John Ashcroft smashed his PB again with a time of 3.53.64 for the 1500, Matty Shirling also ran an excellent 3.56.01, ranking him number 3 in the country as a first year under 17. Both performed in less than ideal conditions, so we could have more to come. Race Video. Well done to both who are now working towards the English Schools early July in Gateshead. Senior Results

Young Athletes League Match 2 :  Leigh, Sunday 22

On Sunday 22nd May, 27 young athletes travelled to Leigh Sports Village for the 2nd round of the Young Athletes League.
WELL DONE TO ALL WHO COMPETED!!!  As a club; we came 3rd.
Thanks to Julie, Kay and Nathan for helping out.  The next round is at Widnes on the 5th June.
Thank you to everyone who represented the club.
Team manager: Helena McGoldrick.

Special General Meeting :  Thursday 9th June 2011  8.15pm Clubhouse

You may have seen notices in the clubhouse that the Committee has called an SGM to vote on an amendment to the Constitution. This amendment will enable the Club to be registered as a Community Amateur Sports Club (CASC) and take advantage of tax incentives and Gift Aid.

The proposed amendment is to Section 14 of the Constitution which currently reads ;

Any property remaining after the discharge of debts and liabilities of the Club shall be paid to or distributed to another community amateur sports club for road running or athletics, or to a charitable organisation having similar objects and affiliations, as nominated at the Special General Meeting.

Will be amended to ;

Any property remaining after the discharge of debts and liabilities of the Club shall be given or transferred to another registered CASC, a registered charity or the sport's governing body for use by them in related community sports.

A minimum of 10 members are required to vote, your vote may be in person or by proxy. You may send your proxy vote to the Secretary at

The proposed Constitution amendment is the only business that can be dealt with at this SGM.

Brecon 40 :  Brecon Beacons, Saturday 21

On 21st May Mark Liptrot ran in the Brecon 40 event with a great run finishing inside the top ten. Results

40 very hilly miles (7600 ft of ascent) in the Brecon Beacons as part of the Runfurther Ultra Running series. A touch on the long side for most, but
a great day out in the hills.

Worth considering as strength and endurance builders for that autumn marathon or an early start on the road to the London marathon.

Pennington Flash Park Run 21 May.

Jennifer Burrows recorded 26.50 (age grading 55.16) to finish twentieth in a new pb time.

Cheshire Track & Field Championships - Trafford, Saturday 14 & Sunday 15 May

Early results from Day 1 -

Grace Croughan        75m       12.07
Mark Davies              3000m    10.38.67
Nathan Brown           1500m    4.33.88
                                  3000m   9.57.83
Rachel McGoldrick    800m    2.36.25

Results:   Day1 Day2


Merseyside Track & Field Championships - Wavertree, Saturday 14

Several of the club's athletes braved the wet windy conditions to perform at the championships with great success. 
Full results can be found here but the following are now Merseyside Champions

Adam Woosey                       800m & Long Jump
Jessica Leonard                     75m & 150m
Matthew Stirling                     1500m
Patricia Spark                        Hammer
Steven Clague                       1500m
Thaddeus Anim Somuah        100m
Rachel Woosey                      200m  
Bethany Baxter                      100m & Shot
Chloe Rigby                           High Jump
Jonathan Causer                    3000m


Young Athletes League -Widnes 8 May

On Sunday 8th May, 34 athletes travelled to Widnes for the Young Athletes League! Overall the club came 2nd and 6 athletes at Grade standards: Tricia, Matty, Taylor, Chloe, Rachael and Jessica. Well Done!
Thanks to Caitlin and Ellie for being the little helpers all day long. Well Done girls!
Many thanks to all officials and parents who helped out with the meeting and supported the athletes.
Everybody did very well.
Look forward to seeing you at the next Young Athletes Meeting: 22nd May at LEIGH SPORTS VILLAGE- WN7 4GX
Team Manager: Helena

Northern Track and Field League -Match 1 Ellesmere Port

In the sprints, Thaddeus Anim Somuah almost completed a double winning the 200m in 22.2s equalling his club record and narrowly missing out in the 100m where he finished 2nd recording the same time as the winner. Michael Causer was 3rd in the 200m B race after 2 impressive performances in the jumps. Michael  finished 2nd in the A string Long Jump breaking the club U17 and Senior records with 6.55m and 2nd in the A high jump, only losing out on count back.

Good points were scored in the middle distance events with John Ashcroft finishing 2nd in the 800m A Race and Jamie Webb finishing 2nd in the B race in his league debut. Jamie added valuable points in coming 4th in the 400m A race. In the 1500m, Matt Shirling had an impressive debut winning the A string in a P.B. of 4.04.3 and Ian Costello ran his best time for many years finishing 2nd in the B race.

Steve Clague was our only runner in the 3,000m steeplechase finishing 4th in the A race despite suffering with a calf injury incurred during the 400m hurdles A race where he still finished 4th. Steve had a typically busy afternoon finishing 4th in the 400m B and 2nd in the B string Pole Vault before tackling a duo of relays.

In the last individual track race of the day, Nathan Brown was 6th making his 5,000m debut in the A race and Maurice Collins finished 4th in the B race.

Phil Robinson had a good day in the jumps following a good 2nd in the A string pole vault. Phil was 3rd in the B string high jump, 4th in the B string long jump and 5th in the A string triple jump before finishing the day with a fine 3rd place in the B string Javelin.

We have a thriving throws section at the moment and this was demonstrated in the results where all of our athletes finished in the top 3 in the 8 individual events. Gary Ireland led the way finishing 3rd in the A Hammer, the A Discus, the A Javelin and the A Shot Putt. There were great wins in the B string Hammer (Mike Hughes) and the B string Shot Putt (Mike Jackson). Mike J was also 3rd in the B string Discus.

We finished 4th in both relays despite some interesting baton exchanges! The 4 x 100m team of Thaddeus Anim Somuah, Michael Causer, Steve Clague and Jamie Webb recorded 48.6s and in the 4 x 400m, Thaddeus, Ian Costello, Steve Clague and Jamie Webb finished in 3.50.5m.  

Well done to all who competed and thanks to the timekeepers, judges and all those who turned up to support on the day.  Full results can be found using the link below. Ian Hayburn


Help needed - Quad Kids for Schools

The Council have adopted Quad Kids for Schools competitions and have organised two events to be held at Sutton.

19th May for the Juniors; 26th May for the Seniors.  Both events start at 2 pm and last about 2 hours.
We are invited to help on both afternoons with a view to developing our links with the Schools and promote the Club.
This is particularly useful for the older age groups.
 Please let Adrian know ASAP if you can spare some time to help.  Email  Phone 0151 290 1194 or mobile 07780 993877

Merseyside Schools Track and Field Championship

St Helens Schools will be taking a team to the Merseyside Schools Track and Field Champs to be held on the 11th June at The Oval, Bebington

If you are in Secondary School or College and you would like to compete, please email or phone Adrian as soon as with your name, DOB, school year, school and events you would like to do. Everybody is welcome and you can choose which events you do. 2 is payable on the day. 
Email  Phone 0151 290 1194 or mobile 07780 993877.   There will be no entries on the day.

Trafford 3rd May

Matty Shirling, Jamie Webb, John Ashcroft, Ian Costello, Jamie White, Nathan Brown and Ste Clague all began their track season with a trip out to Trafford..   Results

Mystery 5k at Wavertree 3 May

Maurice Collins 18.06 (6) and Denis Wharton 19.50 (29) contested this event. Results:

Waterloo Races: 2 May.

John Irwin won the 065 event in the 5Km race in 29.07 while Judy Drummond was 14th 035 in the 15km event. Results:

Trafford U15 Meeting - Trafford 2 May

A number of club athletes, including Ben Oldham, Peter Davies, Adam Woosey, Rachel Woosey, Caitlin Young, Taylor Caton-Hand. Shelby Jack and Rosie Dyer, travelled to Trafford for the U15's meeting on Bank Holiday Monday. The results are now available on the Power of Ten. Results:

National Junior League - Blackburn - 1 May

The first NJL match of the season took place in bright sunshine and a blustery wind at Witton Park, which is far easier to reach now the M65 has been built. With a team affected by the proximity of crucial exams (although some ladies took their study notes with them and taught some of us the syllabus for dance in case we decide to do it in the future) the club finished sixth, ahead of Wirral, with an improved points total over 2010. A number of athletes used the opportunity to try new events, Amy Hughes (400H), Jenny Lamb (400 and triple jump), Rachel Wilcock (400), Natalie Bannister set a personal best in the high hurdles, Lucy Croft recorded her best discus throw for two seasons while Patricia Spark continues to throw the hammer over 30m. For the first in a long time, the girls managed to field full relay teams in both the 4x100m and 4x400m races. James Webster won the 400m hurdles and James Sutton contested the 100m. In addition, Nathan Orr set a personal best in the javelin.

Thanks to our full set of officials for scoring maximum points. Dave Morley - Track, Janet Holmes - Timekeeper, George Mullineux, John Irwin, Colin Spark and Anthony Lamb (Field). Thanks for the parental support from Mrs Wilcock and Sean Bannister and to those athletes who showed us that chips and  and ice cream can be eaten together, even just before an event. Report from Dave Morley and Phil Thomas.


Urgent information about closing date for Merseyside Track & Field Champs

The closing date for the Merseyside Champs needs some clarification as there has been conflicting information depending on which website you have looked at. The closing date for postal entries is 3rd May. The level of entries will determine if that particular event will go ahead, some events may be cancelled and the decision will be taken on the evening of 3rd May. From 4th to 10th May you will be able to make on-line entries. However, this will only be for events that will definitely go ahead. If you are entering an event where there may be a low number of entries, it is suggested you meet the first deadline for entries so you are not disappointed.

Chris Dempsey - Secretary

Website Contributions:

All future website contributions for publication, including reports, should be sent to direct to Barry Graney.