McCain Cross Challenge (inc
L&D) - Sefton Park, Liverpool : Saturday 26th Nov
13 junior athletes competed in the McCain Cross Challenge. The conditions were
very cold, wet and muddy.
The Under 11 Boys covered the distance of 1.9km. Joe Houghton
competed in his first cross country and finished 25th, in 8:11. Jamie
Ford finished 60th in 8:52. Well Done boys!
The Under 13 Girls covered the distance of 3km. Susan Shirling
completed her race in 30th position in 9:09. Alex Bottomley
finished 41st in 9:42.
The Under 13 Boys also ran the 3km course. Joe Ford
finished 27th in 8:31. Ben Oldham completed the race 55th in 9:37.
The Under 15 Girls covered the distance of 3km too. Lucy
Griffiths lead the girls in, in a time of 13:35 in 76th place.
Maddie Williams finished in 91st in 14:19 and Alex Glynn
completed the race in 105th in 16:46.
The Under 15 Boys ran the distance of 3k. Adam Woosey finished the
race in 78th in 11:40 and James Lee completed the course in
82nd in 11:43.
The Under 17 Women covered the distance of 4.4km. Rachel
McGoldrick finished 63rd in 19:02, Maria McGoldrick completed the
race in 72nd in a time of 20:27.
A big thank you and well done to everyone who competed, hope to see you all at
the Manchester Area Cross Country League at Wythenshawe Park on Saturday 1st
Team manager: Helena McGoldrick
Results (also photo c/o
The Seniors turned out a good team of 8 for this
match in the L&D series, which as usual combined with the European
cross country trials. There was a large field of nearly 500 runners and
Jonathon Taylorís winning time of 29:55 minutes for the 9.8k race shows the
quality in the race.
First home for the club, with a last minute sprint past ex
member Mark Davies, was Ian Costello (202, 38:56).
Barry Graney (214, 39:21) was followed in by Tom
Griffiths (261, 41:06) and Ian Hayburn (268, 41:17) who both picked
up places on the last lap. Andy Wilson (283, 41:49) had a good run with
the benefit of off road shoes. Alan McNally (326, 43:16) and Peter
Johnson (369, 45:06) completed the count with Louise Hogg (421, 47:57)
our solo senior female of the day finishing well.
Positions in the L&D sub race were IanC 47th, BarryG
53rd, TomG 75th, IanH 77th, AndyW 86th, AlanM 106th, PeteJ 129th, LouiseH 145th.
The team came 8th once again, but with a better turn out and score have
risen to 7th in the combined league.
Park Run - Wythenshawe, Manchester : Saturday 26th November
Andy OíConnor took fourth place in a time of
20.11. These events are excellent time trials.
On 17 November Dave Forrester finished 62nd
in the NCAA Division 1 Championships at Louisville, Kentucky, recording
30.26.2 while the following day Dave Hampson was 13th
O/50 in the Conwy Half Marathon in a time of 1.40.57.
Results - Parentís Open Event
On Friday 16th November 26 parents and coaches
took part in a hotly contested Wine Tasting Open Comp at West Park Rugby
The eventual winner was pre-race favourite Sue Clague
with a score of 8/12 closely beating Pauline Lamb in a tight
finish. Sueís performance showed how hard work, dedication and never missing a
weekend training session eventually pays off. She is now looking forward to
defending her title at the end of season presentation evening in a series of
shorter sprint races sponsored by Jagermeister.
The tough course conditions resulted in quite a few sore
limbs the following day, but everyone seemed keen to arrange another race in
2013. Many thanks to Sean and Julie Woosey for arranging access to
the course, Karen Young for putting out the posts, barrier tape, jugs and
glasses and Antony Young for everything else.
Huge thanks to everyone that took part, it was great to see
some new faces supporting the club and we raised just over £60.00 whilst
having a bit of fun.
Manchester League Cross Country Match 2, Sherdley Park
: Saturday 10th November
On Saturday 29 young athletes competed in the 2nd league meeting at Sherdley
in typical cross country conditions, wet and very muddy.
First off for the club was solo runner Imogen Hardwoodwood-Moss in the
under11 girls (2.2km) running her first race for the club 35th 11mins
28 well done . We had a debut team in the under 11 boys
(2.2km), all running their first cross country for the club and showing good
progress for the rest of the season well done boys - Jack Lowrie (9th 9:52),
Jamie Ford (12th 10:07), Lewis Danher (23rd 11:22), Xander Storey (26th,
11:36) coming 5th team.
In the under13 girls (2.2km) we had 2 teams Susan Shirling
leading the club home in 14th 9mins 47 Alex Bottomley 30th 10mins 22 Abbie
Roberts 39th 10mins 44 team 9th Ellie Mawsdley 48th 11mins 23 Freya Roberts 49th
11mins24 Chloe Orrick 50th 11mins 40 Rosie Dwyer 51st 14mins 15 team 13
.Well done girls . Under 13 boys this time had 2 teams out . Joe
Ford ran well again to finish in the top 5 covering (3.1km) in (12:37).
James Mackell 21st 13mins 27 Ben Oldham 32nd 14mins 16 team 3rd Anthony
Walker 38th 15mins 04 Thomas Standish 42nd 16mins 13 Connor Whalley 44th 17mins
52 Peter Davies 45th 21mins16 team9th Well done hope to see you at the next
Under 15 girls (3.1km) once again had 2 teams Lucy Griffiths led the
girls home in 18th 14:22 closely followed by one shoed Maddie Williams
19th 14mins30 Olivia Hardwood -moss 29th 15mins37 team 6th Emily Roberts 34th
17mins 20 Alex Glynnn 35th 17mins 45 Lauren Wilcock 36th 18mins14 team8th
well done girls . Under 15 boys (4.5km) had Adam Woosey and
James Lee both running very well to finish 16th and 17th in
18:04 and 18:06 .
Under 17 girls (4.5km) Rachel McGoldrick came home in 14th
20:21 and Maria McGoldrick 16th 21:13 well done girls .
Thanks to all marshalls and course setters Team manager Helena McGoldrick
Thanks to Joe Ehlen for the great photos (of which there are more on
our Facebook pages).
Dash Quadrathlon Competition - Friday 11th
Megan Lang finished 8th with 211 pts while Charlie Roberts finished second in the U11 competition 60m in 9.4.secs.
Taylor Caton-Hand set a new personal best of 11.33m in the shot.
School Games Sportshall Competition - Friday 9th
On Friday 9th November the club helped to officiate at the School Games Sportshall Competition organised by St Helens Council. Over 400 Year 5 & 6
pupils took part with Leigh Vale Primary winning a close fought battle with Bleak Hill.
It was great to see so many of our athletes representing their schools and the victorious squad (pictured here with Sutty) contained 7 current St Helens Sutton
athletes and a further 5 that have attended Sportshall training with us in the last 12 months.
Well done to everyone for taking part and Damian Keegan at the Council and Kevin Hill from Sportshall for organising such a superb event.
Athletics is alive and well in St Helens Schools!
Helens 10K Launch
Once again the club are involved with the St Helens 10K
Race and will be helping The Steve Prescott Foundation to run the Juniorís 2K
The adult race was launched yesterday at Langtree Park and the club was
represented by Chris Dempsey.
The 10K Race can now be entered and there is a Prize Draw
for all November Entrants.
The feedback to the run last year was very positive but the
10K committee have noted a few important pieces of feedback and are working to
fix those things in 2013. We hope to have a strong turnout from the club again
promoting the sport in our hometown.
Help required - Manchester League Cross Country, Sherdley Park - Saturday
The club will again be hosting a match in the popular Manchester League
series this weekend. As usual we aim to make it the best course of the
series and an enjoyable day for all involved. This does mean there are a
lot of jobs to enjoy helping with, from early morning course setting (the
sunrise is spectacular!) to marshalling (anything from ten minutes cover for a
tea break to an all day stint in a puddle).
If you are free that day, supporting your child or even running yourself -
please offer to help you'll be warmly welcomed!
Please contact your coach or a member of the committee if you can help out.
London Marathon places
There was no need for a ballot this year as the club only
had two of its members who satisfied the criteria for the first call on the
club's places. The lucky recipients this year are Antony Young and
Karen Harrison and the club wish them best of luck and a long injury free
Exciting new Partnership with
Liverpool John Mooreís University
The club has just confirmed the creation of an exciting new
partnership with LJMU which will give our members access to some of the
latest research, coaching techniques and performance equipment across a wide
range of subjects. Please read the documents linked below for further details
and speak to your coach or Ant Young if you would like to take part in the
LJMU Parents and Athletes Letter
Special General Meeting :
After considering the options to handle the increase
in fees imposed on all clubs by England Athletics (EA) the Committee
presented its proposal at the recent SGM. The proposal was agreed by
the membership and will see the club absorbing some of the increased costs
to avoid members having to find a large increase in difficult times.
The new membership fees can be found on the
membership form in detail, but in
brief there is a basic increase of four pounds across the board to cover
the increased fees.
An undertaking to consult with the clubs and to
review the setting of fees was agreed at the recent EA AGM but the current
fees were not negotiable at this time. We are confident we can fund
the EA affiliation fees this way, but will keep the clubs finances under
review over the next year.
The new fees are effective 1st January 2013.
Any athletes joining now will pay the new rate but their membership will
be valid until December 2013. It is the first increase in membership
fees for many years, and still leaves us as one of the best clubs to be
members of, in both value and friendliness.
Wine Tasting Social, West Park Rugby Club : Friday 16th November
Tickets are still available for our 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.