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January  2012



Phil Robinson continued his stamina-building sessions by taking fourteenth place in the Pennington Flash Park Run on 14 January in a time of 22.20.

Dave Forrester recorded 8.02.79 over 3000m at the Razorback Invitational indoor meeting at Fayetteville in Arkansas.

Sportshall County Squad

We are extremely pleased to announce that 11 athletes have been selected to represent Merseyside in the NW Sportshall County Finals on 25th February.

 Congratulations and well done to:

 Under 13ís

James Tennant,  Finlay Radcliffe,  David Barrow,  Hannah Seabrook,  Caitlin Young,  Megan Park


Joshua Neal,  Bethany Baxter,  Jennifer Lea Worth,  Lauren Wilcock,  Megan Cunliffe

 Their selection reflects the strength of our Sportshall teams over the last couple of years and we look forward to even more success next year as we have some great Under 11ís coming through.

Northern Cross Country Championships - Pontefract Racecourse, Pontefract, Saturday 28th January.

On Saturday 28th January, seven young athletes travelled to Pontefract racecourse for the Northern Cross Country. A great day for running with sun and little wind and a good fast course with hardly any mud.
First running for us were the Under 13 Girls- running a 3.1k course. Alex Bottomley led the team home in 90th place. Shortly followed by Abbie Roberts in 154th place. Bringing the team home with a gutsy run, Ellie Mawdsley finished in 170th place. All three girls gained experience by running in a high class opposition. Well Done Girls!
Our only Under 13 Boy, Adam Woosey covered the 3.1k course in 38th place. Adam gained experience for next year. Well Done Adam!
In the Under 15 Girls we had Rachel lead the team home in 104th place, followed by Shannon in 119th, and Maria bringing the team home in 131st place. Once again Shannon gained experience in her first Northern Cross Country, as Rachel and Maria gain experience for next year. Well Done Girls!
Team Manager: Helena McGoldrick.

Gemma Connolly (34:29, 33rd)  was the sole runner for the Senior Women, she produced a fast finish with enough in the tank for another lap.

Jamie White (33:24, 69) was the only runner for the Junior Men.

Six Senior Men made the trip, first home was Barry Graney (51:23, 318) just doing enough to stay ahead of the duelling Robbie Marsh (52:11, 351) and Peter Johnson (52:20, 359) who played cat and mouse for the three laps before Robbie made a decisive break up the last hill.  Maurice Collins (55:23, 450) was next home ahead of Steve Clague (56:12, 470). The team was completed by Andrew O'Connor (57:36, 517) enjoying his cross country comeback placing us 42nd team.  Big thanks to Sue Clague who managed to appear at various points round the course and gave welcome support (So that's why she's been training hard recently!). Ian Pass was delayed by public transport and missed the start .


Four Villages Half Marathon - Helsby, Sunday 22 January

Gemma Connolly won the Helsby Half Marathon in a time of 81.05 (chip time 81.03), a great booster for her marathon debut later in the year. 

This tough, hilly course was given added difficulty with 25 mph winds impeding progress and disrupting any chance of hitting a steady rhythm .  Ian Pass 1:27:36 (30th V40, 134) continued his form from last year with a solid run well within himself, Barry Graney 1:29:25 (39th V40, 178) also had a steady run with Pete Johnson clocking exactly the same chip time.  Maurice Collins 1:32:49 (54th V55, 275) held on well after an early bad patch and Chris Levy 1:35:39 (141st M, 353)  was just pleased to be there after having done little running since his new arrival landed. 

As well as Gemma's superb performance a further trio of ladies competed;  Lousie Hogg 1:46:16 (23rd V35, 772) had a fantastic run only six months after having a baby and this was great training for her upcoming IronMan,  Sharon Nunn 1:50:40 (28th V45, 932) made light work of the conditions knocking 10 minutes off her pb, and Rosie O'Hagan 1:50:58 (14th V50, 941) completed the trio. 

Ian Costello
was also seen out and about around the course offering support, taking photos and sprinting past the club's runners in the last 800m for fun.


Manchester League Cross Country, Match 4 - Woodbank Park, Stockport, 15th January.

On Sunday we had 15 youngsters, 2 under11's, 9 under13's and 4 under15's. First off were the under11 girls: 36th Rosie Dwyer 11.49 well done. Then came u11boys & u13 girls: 27th Matthew Slevin 12.11 20th Alex Bottomley 10.55, 23rd Olivia Hardwood Moss 11.14, 34th Abbie Roberts 12.07 (TEAM 8th) ,36th Elizabeth Dingsdale 12.56 , 38th Freya Roberts 13.05, 41st Emily Roberts 13.34, 42nd Ellie Mawdsley 13.34.(TEAM 11th) Well done, some good strong runs from all. Under 13 boys: 8th Adam Woosey 12.07, 12th Joe Ford 12.44 unfortunately they had no team again; these two ran exceptionally well. Well done. Under 15 girls once again led home by Rachel 17th 13.29 but closely followed by her sister Maria 26th 14.03 her best run this season Shannon 30th 13.17, Lucy 31st 13.19. Well Done the team came 7th.

Look forward to seeing you at the last meeting 11th February Clayton Vale. Team Manager: Helena McGoldrick

Gemma Connolly (4th & 4th SW- 31:29) led the Senior Women home with a great 4th place continuing her fine form from last week's county championship. Julia Eccleston (49th & 15th L35- 37:12) was next home clear of  Chris Dempsey (107th & 9th L50- 42:43) and Pam Appleton (116th & 6th L55- 44:02) with Pauline Picton (135th & 8th L55- 54:46)completing the team which finished in 15th overall  and 18th Vet team.

Rob Marsh (112th & 23th V40- 40:42)
brought  home a slightly depleted, vets only squad for the Senior Men.  He did well to hold off  Peter Johnson (115th & 24th V40- 40:52)  seconds behind.  The final four of Ian White (151th & 27th V45- 42:49), Andrew O'Connor (155th & 12th V50- 42:57),  Alan McNally (157th & 28th V45- 43:04)
and Mark Liptrot (163th & 14th V50- 43:11) all finished within 22 seconds of each other which ensured a competitive race.  The team finished 23rd overall and 18th Vet team.


Northern Indoor Championships - Sheffield 14/15 January.

Thaddeus Anim-Somuah stepped up to the 400m recording 51.05 in the first round and 50.78 in the semi final. As far as we know these are the two fastest indoor 400s run by a St.Helens-Sutton club member and just over one second outside Ian Crompton's outdoor record. Well done Thaddeus. Michael Causer set a new club best in the U20 long jump recording 6.68(4) while Taylor Caton-Hand finished fifth in the triple jump with 11.46. Results:

Parents and Volunteers

We are always on the lookout for people who would like to get more involved in helping out at the club.  In particular for parents of children at the club we'd love you to help out in some way.  Even a small commitment, like helping at the recent Sporthall Decathlon, covering the desk for a short time,  marshalling a race for an hour helps the club run more smoothly - many hands make light work!

In time if you do develop an interest in coaching the club can help you to gain formal coaching qualifications.

Make a special effort this Olympic year to get more involved, talk to your (child's) coach or a member of the committee if you want to know more about how you could help us.

Make this year the year you get more involved in sport.     Volunteer Benefits

Presentation Evening, Rainhill Club and Sports Lounge :  Friday 13th Jan

Tickets for Presentation Evening are still available from the clubhouse or you can pay on the door. Entrance is £4 (£12 family) and this year this will include a hot pot supper

In addition to the popular disco, awards are presented for last Winter and Summer season for both Juniors and Seniors.

The evening is an important social event and fund raiser in the club's calendar, please make every effort to attend

Google Map of Venue

Buy your tickets now, tell your friends & family and come along for a great night.

2012 Annual Subscriptions

The committee would like to remind all members that their annual subscriptions for 2012 should be paid for next year.  If you haven't filled a membership form 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.

Sportshall Decathalon

Congratulations to the 23 athletes that completed the Sportshall Decathlon on Tuesday 10th January. There are some great results and some awards due
which will be announced in due course.  14 other athletes have started the assessment but are yet to complete all 10 events. 
We will fit them in before March so keep an eye out for an announcement on the dates.

Huge thank you to parents Mark, Karen, Kay, Ingrid, Julie and Stuart for helping out on the night and also to Sophie, Rachel and Adam Bottomley for
doing the scoring and admin. We couldn't have done it without you!

Manchester Open - SportCity 8 January

A bright opening for 2012 at SportCity. Chloe Rigby won the high jump with 1.58, Sophie Rigby recorded 4.80 in the long jump, Michael Causer reached 6.35 in the same event. Peter Seddon recorded 8.10 and Bethany Smith 9.06 for the 60m.


Cheshire Cross Country 7 January, Winsford.

Gemma Connolly earned her place in the Inter-Counties championship by finishing fourth senior lady in the Cheshire County event at Winsford.
The McGoldrick sisters also competed finishing 16th and 21st respectively in the U15 Girls contest.


Merseyside Cross Country 7 January, Sherdley Park.

The club hosted the 19th Annual Merseyside Cross Country fixture on Saturday. 

A big thank you to our volunteer course setters Janet Holmes & John Irwin with Colin Spark,  Ian Hayburn, Barry Graney & Phil Robinson, most of who stayed on to marshall. Thanks too to Chris Dempsey (First Aid) and all our other marshalls including Sue Clague, Chris Causer, Antony Young, Kay & Ian Wilcox and Lynn White.  Thanks to any of our other volunteers I might have missed. 

9 & 10 Boys
Slevin, M (10.38, 7), Walker, S (12.04, 8)

U13 Girls
The girls turned in a fine performance finishing third team. Hardwood-Moss,O (14.28, 9), Bottomley, A (14.39, 11), Roberts, A (15.23, 14), Glynn A (17.47, 21), Dingsdale, E (18.20, 23)

U15 Girls
Wilcock, L (24.20, 15)

U13 Boys
Woosey A (12.14, 6), Ford, J (12.48, 16), Walker, J (13.13, 19)

U20 Men
Our U20 runner Jamie White (29.54, 7) can be really pleased with his fine run.

Senior Men
The Seniors had a good turn out fielding two full teams with Greg Williams (45.01, 17) leading the squad home with a fine return to form.  Greg was well supported by Tony Smith (45.40, 21), Chris Burrows (47.41, 33), Barry Graney (50.18, 55) and Rob Marsh (51.08, 60).  Pete Johnson (51.45, 63) was next home despite a late start and a pit stop and he completed the counting 6 placing them 5th team.  Ian White (53.48, 79) held off Andy OíConnor (53.55, 82) returning to cross country with his first Merseyside this century.  Ste Clague (54.58, 89), John Appleton (55.09, 91), Alan McNally (55.47, 95) and Dave Hampson (56.16, 97) completed the squad.



The results from the Sportshall competition held at Widnes on 10th December are finally now available. You may remember that 16 athletes took part and we are low pleased to announce that Lizzie Tracey, Olivia Milow, Rosie Dyer, James Tennant, Joseph Woods, Caitlin Young, Hannah Seabrook, Megan Park, Megan Cunliffe and Jennifer Lea Worth created 14 new PBís. We also had 4 athletes competing for the very first time. Josh Neal, Charlotte and Louise Cherry were all placed in the Top 3 for at least one of their debut events.

 Well done to everyone.

For the first time in several years, the Girls Under 15 and Boys Under 15 teams have qualified for the League Finals at Robin Park, Wigan on 12th February. Congratulations.

The document here (2011-pb) shows the PBís for each athlete in the 2011/12 Sportshall season. Without exception, every single athlete improved a PB if they attended more than 1 competition. Well done everyone.

Pennington Flash Park Run 31 December

Andy O'Connor finished seventh in this event recording 20.42.

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 3rd Jan.