Olympic Torch Relay -
Important and Exciting news
We have just had confirmation from the council of a
photo opportunity with the Olympic Torch next Friday, 1st June.
Please read the following letters for more information. It would be great if
we can get a strong turnout but please note the request on kit and timing.
Olympic Torch Photo
Torch Photo - School Letter
Queens Jubilee Bank
Due to the additional bank holiday for the Queen’s Jubilee, the Leisure
Centre will be closed on Tuesday 5th June
There will be no club training night on this day.
Northern Track and
Field League Division 2W 27 May Wavertree
Overall team positions:
West Cheshire 11
St Helens-Sutton 10
Liverpool Harriers 8
Thanks to everyone who took part, athletes, officials, team managers and helpers.
Another excellent result.
Third match is on Sunday 1 July at Ellesmere Port. Teams will be sent approx 10 days before. Please notify of unavailable.
Results Men Women
YAL Leigh. 20th May.
On Sunday 20th May 2012, 32 athletes travelled
the short distance to Leigh to compete in the Young Athletes League.
The Under 17 Women ran outstanding, breaking the 13 year old
4x100m relay club record. the team consisted of: Shelby Jack,
Chloe Rigby, Bethany Baxter and Rachael Woosey. they finished in
52:6; Well Done!!
There were also six athletes who achieved grades. The athletes who
achieved Grade 4's were: Chloe Rigby, Bethany Baxter and Joe Ford.
Also two athletes achieved Grade 3, they were: Hannah Seabrook and
Emily Smith. Taylor Caton-Hand achieved a Grade 2 in the long jump.
There were also numerous PB's achieved:
Under 13 Girls;
Ellie Mawdsley- 800m
Freya Roberts- 800m + 150m
Lorna Glenn- 75m + 150m
Grace Croughan- 75m
Emily Smith- Shot + High Jump
Hannah Seabrook- High Jump
Also Well Done to Megan Park for competing in the shot.
Under 13 Boys;
Tom Standish- Shot
Ben Oldham- 1500m
David Barrow- Long Jump
Also Well Done to Joe Ford, Peter Davies and Joseph Woods, who were very
close to achieving their PBs.
Under 15 Girls;
Rebecca Rotherham- 100m + 200m
Emily Roberts- 100m + 1500m
Elizabeth Dingsdale- 1500m
Lauren Wilcock- Shot
Under 15 Boys;
Josh Rawlinson- 100m
James Tennant- 100m + 200m
James Lee- 800m
Jonathon Causer- Javelin + shot
Also Well Done to Adam Woosey and Josh Neal who both competed very well.
Under 17 Women;
Bethany Baxter- 300m
Maria McGoldrick- 300m + discus
Rachel McGoldrick- 800m + discus
A special Well Done to Jenny Lee-Worth, Megan Cunnliffe and James
Tennant who competed for the first time; well done!!
We had relay teams in Under 13 Girls-2nd, Under 13 Boys-1st, Under 15
Girls-4th, Under 15 Boys-1st, Under 17 Women 1st in both the 4x100m and
Once again Well Done to all who represented the club. Hope to see you
all at Warrington on Sunday 17th June- the club are hosting the
Team Manager- Helena McGoldrick
Old Country Tops, Fell Race 19th May.
Carns ran in the Old County Tops fell race on Saturday 19th May.
A 37 mile race, starting and finishing at the New Dungeon Ghyll hotel
in Great Langdale it has 10,000ft of ascent and takes in the highest
peaks of the former counties of Cumbria - Helvellyn (Westmorland),
Scafell Pike (Cumberland) and The Old Man of Coniston (Lancashire). A
fantastic race and great value too at only £10 (only 27p per
mile.....) and includes food and refreshments at Wythburn, Cockley
Beck and the finish, as well as a coveted T-shirt for the finishers.
Run in pairs, 103 teams entered
- he finished 67th in 10 hours 46 mins. A
great day out!
Chester Half Marathon 13th May.
Four club members ran this popular well organised race. Maurice Collins
ran strongly finishing eighth Vet 40 in a time of 1.27.09. Sonya
Greehalgh ran a very strong, well paced, race and produced a pb
of 1.41.11, V40 eighth place. Catherine Roberts
ran a good race coming
home in 1.48.01 (54th category position). Pete McAleney
completed the turnout in a time of 2.00.53. Well done to everyone.
Report by Cheryl.
Charlottesville 12 May
recorded a season's best 3.41.44 for the 1500m at the Virginia
Championships - Wavertree 12 May
Club members earned more
than twenty medals at the Merseyside Championships. The senior men's shot
putt trio of Michael Jackson, Phil Robinson and Mike Hughes
took all the medals, to add to Phil's pole vault victory and Mike's hammer
Patricia Spark won the discus and hammer and claimed a pb in the
shot. Heather Drillingcourt and Taylor Caton-Hand won triple
jump titles, Taylor only missing out on the long jump because of injury.
Chloe Rigby and Hannah Seabrook won high jump golds, Jamie
White the steeplechase while Michael Causer repeated his long
jump/100 success from last week, brother Jonathan winning the discus.
Joe Ford took the 1500m, Thaddeus Anim-Somuah the 100 to which
he added bronze in the 200 and 400.
Nathan Orr set a pb for bronze in the discus, Josh Neal
and Josh Rawlinson collected sprint medals, Sophie Rigby
winning silver in the long jump. Other medallists included Megan Park,
Jessica Leonard, Alex Bottomley.
Finalists included Mollie Neal, Bethany Baxter, Peter Davies, Imogene
and Olivia Harwood-Moss, Ellie Mawdsley, Lauren Wilcock, Jamie Ford and
Abbie Roberts. Apologies to anyone omitted, please advise.
Liverpool Womens 10k 6th May
Three ladies from the club ran this popular women's race. First home was Tami Garvey Jones F40 coming 12th in her cat position, 50.47.
Next home was Amanda Coogan F40, 23rd( cat position) 53.08. To complete the trio Dot Fairhurst 1st place in her cat position with a
time of 56.41. Well done ladies. (Cherryl Orrick)
Waterloo 15k Mon 7th
Pete Mcaleny taking advantage of his fitness and fresh legs after the London marathon. Completing in 1.17.57, 17th in his category position.
Championships - Olympic Park 4-7 May
Heather Drillingcourt claimed a place
in the top dozen of her triple jump pool with a leap of 9.63.
Thaddeus Anim-Somuah recorded 50.82 in the 400m, a
fraction outside his personal best.
Championships Saturday 12th May
championships will be staged at Wavertree this weekend but at the moment
there is a lack of volunteers.
If anyone can support the event, either officials or volunteers,
please let one of the committee know as soon as possible.
Trafford Open – Monday, 7th May
Five young athletes
represented the club at Longford Park today.
Matthew Slevin, Daniel Day and Rebecca Rotheram were all making
their debut in club colours and did extremely well.
Matthew did the 600m (2.16), 75m, and Long Jump. Daniel
did the 600m (2.41), 150m and Long Jump.
Rebecca competed in a very strong 100m U15G heat and despite slipping at the
start she recovered really well to catch the leaders in the later stages.
Also competing today were Joe Houghton who
shaved five seconds off his pb in the 600M to record in 2.01 (4th)
Charlie Roberts who came 2nd in his heat and managed a great
2.04 time. Both went on to do Long Jump, then Joe the 75m and
Unfortunately the rest of the times weren’t available
at the time of this report and will follow online later.
Congratulations to all five athletes and thank you to
their parents for sacrificing Bank Holiday on the beach for less exotic
Streford and the M60!
Young Athletes League, Deeside Saturday, 5th May
In total 31 athletes competed in the Y.A.L at Deeside, a special well
done goes to the under17's who competed in the senior league the day before.
There were numerous pb's and we finished second on the day behind Colwyn Bay
but ahead of Deeside, Maldwyn, Manx and Leigh. This puts us in a good position for the next
meeting at Leigh (WN7 4GX) on the
20th May .
We need more u15 boys, u17 boys and girls to compete next time. Well done to
all athletes and thanks for a good day of athletics.
Team manager Helena.
League Tables -
Track and Field League Division 2W 5 May Blackpool.
The club pulled off a remarkable victory in the
opening League match at Blackpool.
All clubs were affected by absences because
of the clash with the Universities Championships at the Olympic Park.
However, with most of the events covered in
full and superb club spirit shown by athletes and officials alike, the final
1) St Helens-Sutton 377; 2 West Cheshire
360; 3 Blackpool & Fylde 281; 4 Liverpool Harriers 270; 5 LPS 259; 6 Wirral
It would be invidious to single any
individual athlete out for praise on a day when everyone gave of their best
but Michael Causer's early victory in the long jump
with a personal best and club record 7.18 set the tone for the
afternoon. Michael followed it with 11.1 to win the 100
while Taylor Caton-Hand won the B string long jump (6.17) and
finished third in the triple jump(12.77) in which Phil Robinson
took the B event (10.87). Jamie White (10.51.1) and Steve
Clague (11.46.1) scored maximum points in the steeplechase. It
was a day when everyone mucked in. Although Stan Erlam travelled to
Blackpool and was prepared to run Jake Healy decided to do the event
in his place, despite running the 800 as well.
Phil Robinson met an emergency by running the 400m in between competing
in the javelin, high hurdles and triple jump. Steve Clague
overcame the injuries inflicted on him by Manchester fans earlier in the
week to win the 400m hurdles with Peter Johnson treating us
once more to a demonstration of his unique hurdles technique for second
place. Gary Ireland performed steadily in the throws, finishing
second in the Shot (11.38), Michael Jackson winning the B event with
10.25. Tom Green made a successful return to competition while
Peter Seddon made his League debut over 200m, Nathan Orr his in
the discus. Mike Hughes was his usual ebullient self taking third
in the B hammer. Ian Costello once again proved to the ideal club
man with third places in the 800 and 1500.
The ladies too competed to good standards.
Gemma Connolly ran the London Marathon out of her legs by winning the
3000 in 10.31.5 while Julia Eccleston continued her
excellent contribution to the club by finishing second B in the
1500 and 3000 having just come off nights. Rachael McGoldrick
took third place in the 1500 in 5.33.8. Sophie Rigby won the B
long jump and contested both sprints while Maria McGoldrick won
the 800 B with a splendidly timed finish. Louise Hayes
showed similar spirit in the 400m, finishing second, then
volunteering to compete in the 4x400. Chloe Rigby earned two
second places (long and high jump), Amy Hughes taking
second B, while Katie Bowers-Folan had the enjoyment of
beating her old club with two personal bests. Kathryn Sumner opened
her hammer season with 36.23, while Tricia Spark won
the B with 31.82. Tricia also competed alongside Lucy Croft
in the discus, both taking third place. Bethany Baxter
and Emma McClatchey finished third and second respectively in the
javelin. Emma was our sole competitor in the pole vault while
Shelby Jack produced a fine performance to take second B in
the 100m. The team finished off with an U20 club record of
4.42 in the 4x400 relay. The quartet were Sophie Rigby, Maria
McGoldrick, Katie Bowers-Folan and Louise Hayes.
Many thanks to our officials, Dave Morley
(track), Pam Appleton and Janet Holmes (timekeepers). Our field
team of John Irwin, George Mullineux, Christine Dempsey and
Colin Spark did more than their share of work standing in for clubs who
failed to bring officials. To our team managers Sue Clague and
Peter Johnson who coped well throughout the afternoon. Finally to
parents, friends and supporters who provided transport and witnessed an
historic performance from the team.
Although the win was an excellent result
there are still another three matches to go and places to fill. The
next match is at Wavertree on Saturday 26 May. The provisional team
will be circulated as soon as possible. Congratulations to everyone.
Stuttgart Races 16/17 June
As part of the twin town arrangements St Helens Council are
offering 3 places for the Stuttgart 7KM and Half Marathon on
the weekend 16/17th June.
You would need to find the cost of your flights and
some food but the accommodation and entry fees are met.
If you are interested in taking a place, please email
by Friday 11th May.
If there are more than 3 applications a draw will
Important Development in Coaching Education.
On 1 May 2012 UKA launched the Event Group coaching qualifications.
Qualifications will be earned via a combination of online eLearning
modules and a one day in person course.
The advantages this has over the existing system is that it is less costly,
allows people to learn on-line in their own time (with only one person to
person session) and permits revisiting online material. In addition, it
will be entirely free for 12 months.
For further details:
Track Improvement Plans
For the last few
months the committee have been working closely with St Helens Council and
Sutton Leisure Centre to try and improve the facilities at the club. Thanks
to the support of Dave Pugh and Andy North from the Council we are now
making significant progress.
The facilities at Sutton are currently classed as B
Grade by UK Athletics. Whilst this doesn’t stop us from training or doing
certain events at Sutton, it does mean that we cannot hold our own open or
league meetings here. The objective of the initiative with St Helens Council
is to rectify this by the end of 2012 and hold our own events in 2013.
As you can see from the letter below, the club and St
Helens Council aim to invest around £11,000 this year and we are awaiting
the outcome of a £20,000 Grant Application to get the remaining items. A lot
of the work has already started but you should see a lot more happening in
the coming months as we head towards A Standard.
This initiative puts the club and our members in a
great position for the future. Keep watching for more news and updates. We
welcome any feedback or questions you have, if you would like any more
information speak to a member of your committee or email us.
Our sincere thanks go to Dave and Andy for their
assistance and support.
Letter from St Helens Council
If anyone has any pictures from this year's presentation evening please
can you let Chris Dempsey have a copy. We need them as
supplementary evidence that we record and award performances for a Club
Accreditation that we are going for. Thanks for your help.
Tesco are again running
their campaign for Schools and Clubs, vouchers are available in store and
are awarded for every £10 spent.
The campaign offers hundreds of items of essential equipment in exchange for
vouchers. We collected about 800 vouchers last year
and decided to bank them and save for larger items in 2012. Vouchers are
issued up to 20th May at the shop and petrol station.
Don’t forget to ask for yours and bring them along to your Club.
There is a collection box at the desk ready for you to pop them in.
and Safety Notice.
Athletes and coaches are
not permitted to use mobile phones, ipods and other distracting items
while on the track or field during training.
Anyone wishing to use such items must leave the track and field
area and be beyond the perimeter fence before they do so.
This is not just a health and safety requirement, it is a common sense
way of avoiding accidents.