After a frosty start and a bright clear first day the evening camp was very
cold before it clouded over later and warmed up to just cold.
Unfortunately the clouds stayed around and closed in the next day which was
cold, wet and a true test of navigation and mountaincraft.
Both teams showed good determination and will power to successfully complete the two day
mountain trial, Mark & Ian coming 9th vet team overall and Barry& Ray
Five Seniors turned out for this classic local cross country race. On a
course that tests a runner John Greenall (29, 37.01), Ian White
(45, 38.27), Alan McNally (69, 40.53), Peter Johnson (86, 43.29) and
Louise Hogg (110, 49.37) came hoe as 8th team.
Worsley Woods Park Run 27
Andy O’Connor finished eleventh in the
above event recording 19.47. Andy continues to speak highly of the
Park Run series which provides a competitive race but still has room
slower runners too.
Steve Tipping completed his debut marathon in
3.54.57 running the entire course in the rain. His comment about
his ‘fantastic experience’ was, ‘ I survived the marathon and, as many
others before me I would think, discovered that the practice is nothing
like you image it in theory’. He was able to walk normally within 72 hours
of the finish!!! Unfortunately, that hasn’t improved his chances of
turning out in the Northern League for the pole vault or hurdles races.
Cue Phil Robinson.
Manchester League Cross
Country, Match one : Heaton Park, 20th October
Saturday 11 young cross country runners and 11 seniors
travelled the short distance along the East Lancs Rd for the first Cross
Country League meeting at Heaton Park, Manchester. The solo boy
runner, Joe Ford, had an excellent run finishing in 3rd in
the u13 race. He covered the 3km course in 12mins 42sec. The
under 13 Girls, running 2.4km, had a team finishing in 10th.
Susan Shirling led the team home in 11th place
12.02, Abbie Roberts 43rd 13.32, Caitlin Young 52nd
14.29, and Freya Roberts 55th 15.10.
There were two teams in the U15 Girls 3k race who came 7th and
10th .The club was led home by fast improving Lucy Griffiths in
18th 14.39 closely followed by Maddie Willams 22nd and
14.51 Olivia Hardwood-Moss 33rd 16.12 putting the team in 7th
place. Alex Glynn led the B team home in 37th
position in 17.28, Emily Roberts 38th 17.52 and Lauren Wilcock
39th 19.37 claiming 10th team.
seniors managed to field a team in the Ladies and Mens races. Gemma
Connolly led the ladies home in 6th place in a time
of 33.06 supported by youngster Katie Bowers-Folan 66th
39.21 (and who was placed 5th in the U20 age
group), Louise Hogg 80th 40.30, Julia Eccleston 82nd
40.34, Pam Appleton 145th 46.40 and Pauline Picton 185th
1:01.3. The Ladies were placed 14th team overall, a
very good start to the season and 15th team in the
Veterans category. In a race starting with more than 350 runners the
Men were led home by Greg Williams 47th 38.30, John Greenall
(returning to competition after several years absence) 98th
41.15, Ian White 138th 43.07, Andy O’Connor 189th
45.29, Alan McNally 212th 46.39 and Peter Johnson 229th
47.33. The men were pleased to complete the tough course and
reached 24th team overall and 18th
team in the Veterans category.
The next League meeting is on home turf in Sherdley Park on 10th
Park Run - Princes Park, Liverpool, 13 October 2012
Janet Holmes finished 105 (25th
lady) in 31.39. These races are excellent for maintaining
fitness and take place on Saturday mornings throughout the year.
St Helens District Sports Council Awards
3 Club members were shortlisted at the Sports Council
Awards held at the Town Hall on the 17th October.
Dot Fairhurst was shortlisted to receive a Lifetime
She has been a member of the club for many years and despite
reaching her 70th Birthday in 2012 she continues to pull on the club
vest on a regular basis even managing to run the St Helens 10K in 57
minutes on her actual birthday!
Dot then went on to run the London Marathon in a superb time of 4hrs
56minutes putting her 9th in her age category and the Great North
Run in 2hrs 13mins placing her 2nd. She has raised significant sums
for Willowbrook Hospital whilst completing these races.
She rarely misses training and is an inspiration to all who know
her, well done Dot!
Michael Causer and Joshua Neal were both shortlisted
for Young Sportsperson of the Year.
17 year old Michael has had an outstanding year and is a shining
example of how hard work and dedication can bring success to young
Represented Great Britain in the FISEC (International Catholic
School Games) in Malta.
Gold in the long jump - breaking the 19 yr old FISEC Games Record
Gold in the 4 x 100m
Silver in the 100m
North of England Champion U20 long jump
Merseyside Champion U20 Long Jump
5th in Welsh International Championships in Cardiff
Broke the 9 year old National Junior League record for long jump
Has achieved 7 U20 club records, 4 senior club records, 8 personal
bests for long jump and 100m.
Currently 3rd in the UK U20 rankings for Long jump (just 5cm short
of World junior standard)
Currently 15th in the UK overall rankings for long jump
14 year old Josh pipped him to the award on the night and now goes
on to represent St Helens at the Adelphi Hotel Merseyside Finals in
a few weeks time. Josh’s
achievements for 2012 can be seen below as he was also shortlisted
for the POSH awards on Friday 12th October.
of St Helens Awards 2012
Neal was shortlisted for St Helens Young
Sportsperson of Year at the Pride of St Helens Awards held on Friday
12th October. Unfortunately he was just pipped
to the award by former member Matty
Shirling whose successes at the National Cross Country and English
Schools made him a deserving winner.
Since joining the club in October 2011 Josh has
achieved the following successes
Merseyside County Championships
: 100m Silver, 200m
Merseyside Schools Championships :
100m Bronze, 200m Gold
He was subsequently selected to represent
Merseyside in both Track and Sportshall Intercounties Championships.
He then attended the Disabled Athletics Championships and won the
Northwest Regional Championship
: 200m Gold,
400m Gold, Long Jump Gold
National Championship where he won: 200m
Gold, 400m Gold
Congratulations Josh, everyone at the club is
very proud of what you have achieved in such a short space of time.
Sportshall, Match one :
Widnes, 14th October
On Sunday 14th October 33 athletes represented the club at the first
Sportshall competition of the season at Widnes. We had some outstanding
results with many athletes being placed. Full results will be linked when
available. Many thanks to Jude, Ann and Jane for helping with the
registrations and Stu, Chris and Damian for officiating on the club's
behalf. Thanks to Joe Ehlan for taking photos too.
Many athletes were competing for the club for the 1st time and are
marked with a *
EA fees debate
The debate is widespread over the recent increase in
fees by England Athletics, read about it in relevant forums (such as
here) or in the
Phil Thomas has sent to Athletics Weekly.
Special General Meeting :
Tuesday 30th October 2012 8.15pm Clubhouse
The Committee regrets having to call a meeting so
soon after the AGM but they have just received notification of an increase
in affiliation fees charged by England Athletics ranging between 100%
and 400% depending on age group. The Club does not have adequate
finances to absorb the increase so this must inevitably lead to an
increase in annual membership fees. The Committee are preparing an
analysis of the extra cost and will be attempting to minimise the impact
of such a large hike in fees.
Raising of the membership fee requires approval by
our members in accordance with our constitution. A minimum of 10 members
are required to vote.
This is your Club and your opportunity to understand and have a say in how
fees are set.
The increase in membership fees is the only business
that will be dealt with at this SGM.
Northern Cross Country
Relays, Sheffield : Saturday 6 October.
On Saturday 6th October 2012, 12 young athletes
travelled to Sheffield for the Northern Cross Country Relays.
The first off were the Under 17 Women (2.3k) with Rachel
McGoldrick leading the team off finsihing in 14th position in
9:34. Megan Cunliffe running her first cross country for the
club, managed to get the team into 11th position in 10:52,
then Maria McGoldrick got the team into 8th position in
10:11. Overall the team finished 8th, Well done girls!
Next off were the Under 13 Girls (1800m), Alex Bottomley led the
team off in 20th position in 7:00. Susan Shirling
moved the team up in to 14th position in 6:35, then Abbie
Roberts finished in 13th position in 7:07. Overall the
team finished 13th, Well done girls!
The Under 15 Girls ran 2k, Maddie Williams led the team off
in 25th position in 9:29. Alex Glynn finished 25th
in 10:51 and Lucy Griffiths completed the course in 24th
position in 9:17. Overall the team finished 22nd, Well done
Finally for the club was the Under 15 Boys (2k) Adam Woosey led the
team off in 15th position in 7:40. James Lee running his
first cross country for the club came in 16th position in 8:06
and Joe Hill also competing in his first cross country finished in
17th position in 9:08. Overall the team finished 17th,
Well done boys!
With these performances, it looks good for the cross country season ahead!
Team manager: Helena McGoldrick
Physiotherapy and Holistic Treatments
Our friends at Premier Physio are offering St
Helens Sutton AC members 10% off all treatments if you mention the club
name when booking.
To see what they offer please visit:
or call 01928 500557.
On Friday Dave Forrester recorded 24.52
over 8km at the Notre Dame Invitational Cross Country, South
On Sunday Greg Williams recorded 80.02
taking sixteenth place in the Macclesfield Half Marathon.
Club Clothing Still
If you have a birthday or other special occasion
approaching, don’t forget that we have a full range of Club Clothing
available. See the leaflet linked below.
New additions to the range include Embroidered
Waterproof Coats (great for XC, Spectators or Coaches) £22.00 and also
Florescent Vests £6.00 printed with the club logo in reflective silver. We
also hope to agree a decent price for shower proof florescent running
jackets in the next few days. With the exception of Club Vests all of the
clothing should be ordered and collected directly from Boydell Sports in
Widnes. There may be a lead time on some items so make sure that you order
with plenty of time to spare.
It does look great when athletes turn up to
competitions wearing the same kit and whilst we don’t enforce the rigorous
rules that many other sports clubs do, it is appreciated and can give a
Clothing order form
Lakeland 100 (and Ultra Running)
Back at the end of July, Mark Liptrot completed the Lakeland 100 and sent us this report to encourage everyone to try an ultra..
"The Lakeland 100. Yep, that’s 100 miles around the Lake District non-stop, without a sleep. Actually it’s 105 miles. For all you Eddy Izzards that’s 4 marathons in one day. Well, it is for the winner. For me it was four marathons in one and a half days. A giant lap of the Lake District taking in virtually every valley, climbing many passes and covering some very harsh terrain, this is possibly the hardest organised ultra distance event in the
country, courtesy of local lad Marc Laithwaite who organises.
Preparing for this type of event is very absorbing, requiring detailed attention to fitness and conditioning, rigorous testing of clothing and equipment, consideration of nutrition and hydration and on the day careful pacing and route finding.
100 miles is a bit extreme I admit but there are much more amenable “ultra distance” events. One that I would highly recommend is the Haworth Hobble in March. At 32 miles this is only just over the
traditional marathon distance. Though there are a few hills they are not too severe and the route is run on good paths, tracks and roads in a stunning area an hour and a half drive away. In fact: perfect
physical and psychological preparation for that London thing, though there’s a few less people and I doubt many of them do it in fancy dress…"
London Marathon Places
Those members who entered the London Marathon will hopefully be
receiving their acceptance magazines shortly. If you are unlucky enough
to receive a rejection, you can apply to enter the ballot for one of the
club places. For the first call, as well as having a rejection from the
ballot, applicants must currently be members of the club and have been so
for one year. Please let your captain or the secretary know
as soon as possible (with proof of rejection) if you want to apply. As
usual if there are any places not filled from this first call a further
ballot of members wishing to be considered will be held, again let the
secretary/captains know if you wish to be considered in any second
ballot. In order to maximise training time the entries to the ballots
will close at the end of this month.
Wine Tasting Social, West Park Rugby Club : Friday 16th November
We are holding a wine tasting with a difference on Friday 16th November,7.30pm at West Park RUFC on Prescot Rd.
The objective is to try 3 mystery red wines and 3 mystery white wines, match them to their tasting notes and then put them in order of price from
cheapest to most expensive.
The event is open to parents, friends and family (strictly over 18's) but numbers are limited so get your tickets soon to avoid disappointment!
Tickets are priced at £9.50 which represents great value for a minimum of 6 glasses of wine each.
The bar will be open post event for those who prefer a different tipple before heading home.