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August  2012


Birchwood 10k Sunday 19 August 

Gemma Connolly led the club’s women at Birchwood finishing eighth in 37.43. Tammi Garvey-Jones was 91st in 50.56, Amanda Coogan recorded 56.14 (160), Julia Eccleston 261st (her mother was 260th!) in 65.52 and Janet Holmes 67.28 (278). Results at Power of Ten or here Results

Promotion Match - Leigh - 18 Augustt

The club finished an excellent third in the promotion match, just missing out on second spot by 29 points. The margin would have been considerably closer had we been able to field a full complement of athletes in all events.  The men had three blank spaces and the ladies five. This should give everyone the incentive to train for additional events during the winter.

 Michael Causer equaled his club senior and junior records with 10.9 in the 100m, Sophie Rigby added two centimeters to her previous senior long jump record and the 4x400m team of Rachel Woosey, Chloe Rigby, Rachel McGoldrick and Katie Bowers-Folan set new figures of 4.19.4. In addition, Emma McClatchey equaled her own pole vault record with 2.60m.

 Tricia Spark set a pb in the hammer, sister Catherine making a second placed debut in the javelin. The Rigby sisters won the A & B high jump competitions, a feat also achieved by hammer throwers Tricia Spark and Kathryn Sumner. Amy Hughes surprised everyone reaching almost 20m in the discus without having practiced. Shelby Jack ran two cracking sprints and Louise Hayes stepped to run the 400 and 200m.

 Thaddeus Anim Somuah scored two superb victories in the 200 and 400, brother Simon making a solid debut in the 1500m. Greg Williams contested the high hurdles, steeplechase and 400m hurdles winning the B string in the latter. Steve Clague finished second in the 400m hurdles and steeplechase, while Jamie White ran both middle distance races. Matt Crehan ran the 800m as a warm up for the 5000 in which he was joined by veteran Barry Graney.

 Adam Brunt showed he can compete at this level over 400m while Tom Green clocked the same time as the winner in the 100m and was unlucky to suffer an injury when pounding towards victory in the 200m. Michael Hughes and Mike Jackson both took second place in the hammer (Mike arriving after finishing his shift at!!). Nathan Orr showed why he is an automatic place for the discus and also threw the javelin.

 Last but certainly not least Phil Robinson managed to compete in four events at the same time (pole vault, triple jump, javelin and high jump, finishing second in the pole vault). Hopefully we can provide additional support for Phil next year so the burden can be spread more evenly between athletes. We were unlucky inasmuch as Gary Ireland and Taylor Caton-Hand were on holiday.

 The organizers have accepted the change of date to August was not in the best interests of the sport and, hopefully, next year it will returning to the traditional September date.

 The final scores were:  (1) Bolton United Harriers   368;   (2) Leigh Harriers   345;   (3) St Helens-Sutton  316;

(4) West Cheshire  255; (5)  City of York   224.

 This season was remarkable inasmuch as the club beat our nemesis West Cheshire for the first time and made it two wins with today’s result. Next season our aim must be to win division two and take part in the promotion match again.

 Our officials today were Dave Morley (track), Pam Appleton (timekeeper), Colin Spark, John Irwin, George Mullineux and Helena McGoldrick (field) while Phil Thomas waved the flags during the relays (and needed ten minutes recovery time).  Sue Clague once again proved what an outstanding team manager she is with excellent powers of persuasion. Many thanks to all the parents and grandparents  who came to support, especially Jim Crehan.  Thanks too to friends and supporters who added to the vocal support given to the team as a whole. Apologies to anyone who has been omitted.



Olympic Spirit

If you've enjoyed watching the Olympics and have been thinking about giving a sport a try then we'd be really pleased to hear from you. We're open to all athletes, from track to field, from road to fell.  Have a look at our welcome and information pack, or better still send us an email or give us a call and one of our coaches will talk you through what we can offer.  There's never been a better time to join in than right now!

More details                                            Club Welcome and Information Pack

Yorkshire Combined Events Meeting

For athletes insterested in giving multi event competition a try, Phil Robinson has recommended this meeting next month.
The Yorkshire combined events meeting on the 22nd and 23rd of Sept, 2012  in Leeds,  Beckett Park LS6 3QS
Following events are on offer :      U13 boys and girls development triathlon           U15 boys and girls pentathlon
                                                   U17 mens and women octathlon                       U20 mens decathlon and womens heptathlon
                                                   Sen, men decathlon and senior women heptathlon.

More details are on this link.


Sale Sizzler and Northern 5k championship – Wythenshawe Park – 13th August.


On Thursday, 16th August, running legends spanning the last fifty years and ten Olympic Games will participate in Wythenshawe Park’s popular 5k run for every ability. Ex-Olympians Ron Hill, Geoff Norman, Michelle Scutt, Susan Crehan, Diane Modahl and Ann Griffith who competed in the Olympic Games from Tokyo 1964 to Sydney 2000 will be ensuring the Olympic legacy lives on when they compete alongside hundreds of others in the final Ronhill Sale Sizzler 5km series.

More recent Olympians including David Grindley, Helen Clitheroe, Sarah Storey, Ben Storey, Audley Harrison and Ben Whittle are also hoping to toe the line and make what could be the largest Olympic reunion outside London 2012.

The run will also incorporate the Northern 5k championships bringing together the North of England’s fastest men and women.

This year’s series of runs have been the most popular yet with over 500 locals of all abilities taking part. And organiser, Sale Harriers is hoping that the final event will see the largest number of participants complete the three mile, flat course in Wythenshawe Park.

Established in 2002 after the Manchester Commonwealth Games, the four 5k runs for every ability, famously known as the Sale Sizzler series was established with the aim of encouraging the people of Manchester to get fit and be healthier.

Race Organiser Fechin McCormick of Sales Harriers comments: “We’re in the middle of the greatest sporting event on earth with much success for many GB athletes. It’s through events like the Sale Sizzlers that we can ensure the legacy of the London 2012 Olympics lives on and people of all abilities have the opportunity to get fit and be involved in sport.

“With the support of some of our greatest former Olympians I hope that the people of Manchester are inspired to take part in the final Ronhill Sale 5k Sizzler event and make it the best yet. Anybody of any ability can take part and I would encourage everyone to come along.”

This year participants have been asked to donate money to the Diane Modahl Sports Foundation, which aims to bring high quality coaching opportunities to young people, particularly those living in disadvantaged areas.

The final 5km run takes place on Thursday, 16th August starting at the athletic track at Wythenshawe Park at 7.30pm.  For further information and to obtain an entry form please contact Fechin McCormick at or visit this link

Northern League – 2W – Bebington Oval – 5th August

The club secured a remarkable finish to this years Northern League competition by securing qualification for the Division 1 promotion match. Report to follow.


Note the promotion match at (Leigh sport city) has been rescheduled from its original date to Saturday 18th August.  It will be a high standard meeting, a good competition to watch and a great gauge for our athletes.  Come along and support.

Training Notice

Mark Liptrot has kindly taken it upon himself to provide some structure to the Senior's training sessions.  The first set of sessions can be seen from the Senior's link on the left, or by clicking here.  Please try to support these sessions, they are all adaptable to the pace you are running at so are for everyone, male & female, young & old.

AGM Notice

The Annual 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 7.30pm.

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.