General Meeting of St Helens Sutton Athletic Club will be held at the Bull
and Dog, Marshall’s Cross Road, on Monday 24th September 2012 at
Please do your best to attend, the
Committee needs the support of its members to conduct the business of the
Club. Everyone has something to offer, no experience needed!
A notice is displayed for
the nomination of Committee members. Nominations can also be made via e-mail
to the Secretary –
Christine Dempsey and should be received 1 week prior to the AGM.
Dream Trail Races
Entries have been coming in
for the club's Dream Trail Races. Last year we had a great turnout from the
club and this year we have more members so we hope we'll have more entries.
Enter now so you don't miss out. Details can be found on
use the link on the left hand side of this page.
This is a major fundraiser
for our club so please do your best to support it. If you are not
having a go at running it then please let one of the committee or your
coach know if you can help out on the day.
Winter Fixtures &
Newsletter – Juniors
Most of the winter fixtures are now confirmed so
please start to book your diaries using the attached list. As always,
fixtures are subject to change so please check the website and Facebook
and talk to your coaches for latest news.
New members – In winter focus switches to Road
Relays, Cross Country, Sportshall and for older Juniors Indoor Track &
Field. It would be great to see you come along and try one or all of these
so please speak to the Team Manager who will tell you how it works and
what you will need to take.
You'll find a copy of the latest newsletter
Great North Run study
We have been contacted by
Stephanie Pattinson, a
Masters student from Northumbria University who is asking for help from
runners in the Great North run. If you are running this event and are
interested in helping please read more at the
Stretford Meeting 27 July.
Jamie White produced a personal best (2.02.64)
in the 800 and a season’s best 4.16.71 over 1500m. Gemma Connolly
also set a season’s best time when she recorded 10.23.37 for the 3000m.
O'Connor posted a season's best of 18.20 to finish 1st MV50 at the
Northern U20, U17
Championships - Hull - 14/15 July 2012
Michael Causer added the Northern U20 long jump
championship to his list of achievements winning with a leap of 6.82m.
The McGoldrick twins reached their respective
finals, Maria recording 2.36.5 (800) and Rachel 5.16.53 (1500).
Northern Junior League -
Preston 13th July
On a fine sunny day the U20 team put in another good
team performance with club junior records from Michael Causer (100 –
10.9) and Sophie Rigby (LJ 5.30). Rachel McGoldrick won
the 1500m and there were excellent performances from Tricia Spark (SP,HT
& DT), Bethany Baxter (SP,100 and 400), Rachel Woosey (400),
Chloe Rigby (HJ) and Katie Bowers-Folan (800). Adam Brunt
equaled his best in the 400m and set a new pb in the 200m.
The athletes were backed up by a team of officials
(short only of a timekeeper) including Dave Morley on the track. The
club was asked to deal with four field events instead of the usual two and
thanks to Nathan Dunn, Julie Woosey, Helena McGoldrick and George
Mullineux did so brilliantly. Steve Rigby was willing to give up
his cup of tea to help but fortunately it wasn’t necessarily. Thanks to all
those who provided transport too. Full results will be posted when they are
available. Apologies to any one who may have been overlooked.
Stretford Meeting 10 July.
Jamie White set a personal best 2.04.05 at
Stretford, while Gemma Connolly recorded 4.54.59 (1500).
Cheshire League Sunday 8th
On Sunday 8th July, 28 athletes competed in the third
match of the Cheshire league. There were two new comers- Megan Crawford
and Alex Virton who are both under 13's. There were 28 personal bests
achieved, 4 seasons bests and the club finished 3rd overall.
Also there were 3 Under 11 boys, 5 Under 13 boys, 1 Under 15 boy, 2 Senior
men, 3 Under 15 girls, 6 Senior ladies and the largest turn out was the
Under 13 girls (with 11 athletes) well done girls!
A special well done to Jacob Roberts who stepped up to the mark to
help out the under 11's relay, Thank you Jacob!!
also thanks to Ingrid, George, Chris, Julie and Mick (the
Hope to see more under 11 girls and more boys to attend the next meeting on
Michael Causer won the long jump at the FISEC in
Malta with 7.24m. He also took second place in his heat of the 100m in
11.05. He ran even quicker in the final finishing second in 11.05.
Julia Eccleston recorded 46.40 at the Catford 10k.
Inter County Success
4 athletes from the club were selected to represent
Merseyside in the Year 7 Inter County fixture against Cheshire at Stanney
Oaks on Monday 2nd July.
Hannah Seabrook won the High Jump competition
with a jump of 1.41m
Emily Smith won the Long Jump competition with a jump of 4.12m
Joe Ford came 6th in the 1500m final with a time of 5.21.9
after a hectic couple of weeks of competitions.
Alex Bottomley came 5th in the girls javelin, throwing 17m
91cm and adding 4m to her PB.
Well done to all of you for your selection and
performance on a wet and miserable evening in Ellesmere Port.
Championships at Gateshead 6 July
Both the club’s athletes were in action on day one of
the championships, Chloe Rigby finishing eighth in the high jump
(1.59) and Taylor Caton-Hand thirteenth in the triple jump (12.72).
Congratulations to both, the experience will have be invaluable.
Helena Partnerships - A Dream Sponsor For 2012 Trail Race
St Helens Sutton Athletic
The Steve Prescott Foundation
are all set for this years’ Dream Trail Race after securing sponsorship
backing from Helena Partnerships.
The housing association has
pledged to support the Dream Trail 2012 which last year saw 160 St Helens
residents of all ages walk, jog and sprint their way to the finish line to
raise money for local good causes.
Rob Young, Chief Executive at Helena Partnerships said:
“We are proud to be the sponsors of such a fantastic and worthwhile event –
as we are currently celebrating our 10th
year in business it’s a very fitting way for us to mark a decade in
encouraging wellbeing and healthy lifestyles for all our tenants throughout
The Dream Trail Race will
take place from 10am on Sunday, September 16, starting at the home of the
Dream in Sutton Manor. There will be three races taking place catering for
all ages and abilities, including a Mini Dream Trail for young children, a
4k challenge and an 8.5k for elite runners.
All of the money raised will be divided between
Sutton Athletic Club
The Steve Prescott Foundation. This will be used to purchase
new sports equipment for young people and donated
to The Christie Cancer Hospital in Manchester
and the Try Assist Fund which supports rugby players whose lives are
affected by serious injuries.
If you would like to show your support and take part in
one of the races, you can enter by visiting
Further information on the event can also be found on Facebook
Forest Park Ladies 5k –
Warrington 4 July
On Wednesday 4th July, nine club members
(including 5 from the recently formed Running Mummies Group) competed
in the Birchwood Forest Park Ladies’ race with enough to finish three
Julia Eccleston headed the club home, just 24
hours after competing in the Wavertree Mystery Race alongside Stan Erlam.
Julia was sixteenth. The two remaining members of the A team were Louise
Ford 30.14 and Dorothy Fairhurst 30.55. Pauline Picton
32.35, Karen Young 33.56 and coach Sue Clague recorded 35.12
for the B team. The C team was Janet Holmes 35.50, Kay Wilcock
39.34 and Julie Woosey 41.00. The team teams were ninth, twelfth and
Running their 1st race for the club were:
Louise Ford (63rd in 30.14), Karen Young (85th
in 33.56), Kay Wilcock (111th in 39.34) and Julie
Woosey (116th in 41.00), well done ladies you should all be
really proud of the improvement that you have made since starting running
just a few weeks ago.
Regular runners Julia Eccleston (16th
in 22.50), Dot Fairhurst (69th in 30.55), Pauline
Picton (80th in 32.35) and Group Coach, Sue Clague (93rd
in 35.12) were all really supportive and I know that the newer members
appreciated their help and support over recent weeks.
Conditions on the evening were extremely tough but they
all did fantastically well and as you can see everyone enjoyed the event.
Congratulations to everyone who took part who are now
looking forward to the winter Park Runs and the Olympics (2016 of course).
Congratulations to Josh Neal, Josh Rawlinson and
Bethany Baxter who represented Merseyside in the Northern Inter-Counties
U17/U15 Championships at Wigan on Saturday 30 June. Results available on the
Northern website results page.
Northern League – 2W – Ellesmere
Port – 1st July.
They say there's seven wonders of the world but on Sunday at
Stanney we were privileged to find an eighth when the club, down to the bare
minimum owing to injuries and absences, finished second, not simply avoiding
relegation but almost certainly qualifying for the division one promotion
match for the first time. It was achieved, as all our club successes are
achieved, by everyone working together for the team. This included the
athletes, officials, parents, car drivers and two team managers who ensured
we were competitive throughout.
There were winners -
Sophie Rigby (LJ), Gary Ireland (DT),
Greg Williams (S/Chase, 110H, 400H), Steve Clague (S/Chase), Gemma Connolly
(3000), Taylor Caton-Hand (LJ), Phil Robinson (TJ).
There were 'volunteers' – "I'm doing what?"
and surprises, particularly high jumpdebuts from
Katie Bowers Folan. Ste Winn
made his debut in the
Tricia Spark, Lucy Croft
covered all the ladies' throws. The
McGoldrick twins (Maria and Rachel)
continue to contribute to the development of
the team in a range of events which they are raising the club's standards
while Rachel Woosey
added the long jump to her one lap and
relay skills. Shelby Jack
continued her impressive senior racing
adding the 200
in addition to her relay running.
Ian Costello put
his injury concerns behind him to compete in the
who was excellent in both races and relays
while adding points in the
long jump. Nathan Orr consolidated
his position as a discus
ran the 5000
despite neither being at the level of fitness
they would like and their contributions were appreciated.
standard in the hammer. A deeper analysis for
record purposes will be carried out later.
Many thanks to the team managers –
Sue Clague and Peter 'Teflon' Johnson
– officials (Dave
Morley (T), Janet Holmes & Pam Appleton (T/K) Roger McCall, John Irwin,
George Mullineux, Chris Dempsey
and occasional helper, Steve
Rigby), for making sure we got
The scores on the day were:- League Standings
West Cheshire 387
West Cheshire 17
St Helens-Sutton 341
St Helens-Sutton 15
Liverpool Harriers 10
Blackpool & Fylde 8
LPS 7 (848.5)
Blackpool & Fylde 255
Wirral 7 (832)
The final match is at
Sunday 5 August.
It is important we continue our good run of
form to the end of the season. I'm sure the eagle-eyed amongst will have
noticed that had we been able to cover all events with two athletes we would
have won the match. The play-off match to see who can be promoted to
division one will take place on
Saturday 8 September at
We will not know who the opposition will be
until after the August match but it is likely to include some big city
clubs. It is essential
even if we don't win,
so we can see the standard of competition required at the next level and put
in the training required.
We were promoted to division
2W at the start of the 2007 season. This is our sixth straight season at
this level (whereas prior to 2007 we frequently moved between divisions 2 &
3). Well done to all.