On Sunday 24th February at the England Athletics Indoor Championships held at Birmingham National Indoor Arena, Michael Causer from St Helens Sutton AC became the National U20 men’s Long Jump Champion winning with a leap of 7.26m. Michael has only been back training for 3 weeks after having been off for seven weeks through illness and injury so this is a great start to 2013 for him. Taylor Caton Hand competed in the U17’s boys long jump and came 5th with a leap of 6.42m. Well done to both of them.
National Cross Country, Sunderland : Saturday 23rd February
On Saturday 23rd February 2013, 5 young athletes travelled to a cold, snowy Sunderland for the National Cross Country Championships.
The first race was the Under 17 Ladies 5k, Rachel McGoldrick finished 106th in 23:04 and Maria McGoldrick came 123rd in 23:52. Well done!
Under 20 Ladies were next off; Katie Bowers-Folan running strongly completed the 6km race in 72nd place in 27:45.
Under 13 Girls and Under 13 Boys covered the distance of 3000m. Susan Shirling and Joe Ford both competed in their first National Cross Country. Susan finished in 129th place in 13:55 and Joe came 76th in 12:45. Both athletes had strong races. Well done!
Team manager: Helena McGoldrick
Changes to YDL Upper Fixtures
The venues for a couple of the U17 & U20 YDL Fixtures have changed. Please download a new fixture list if you compete in these age groups.
Wrexham Half Marathon, Sunday 17th February
Following the cancellation of the Helsby half marathon, Gemma Connelly switched to this popular and flat course. The change in schedule obviously didn't affect her much as she came home first senior lady in 80:56 (34th overall).
NW Regional Sportshall Finals
On Saturday 16th February 14 athletes from the club represented Merseyside in the regional sportshall finals at Wigan. This was the largest representation from the club for quite a few years and reflects how well we have done in the local NW league over the last couple of years.
Congratulations and well done to: Emily Smith, Hannah Seabrook, Caitlin Young, Erin Makin, Zoe Pye, Lorna Glenn, Rebecca Rotheram, Emma Dobson, Daniel Dobson, Jordan Benson, Joseph Woods, Alex Virton, Chris Lamb and Matthew Lamb.
Megan Lang, Nathan Carns and David Barrow were also selected but were unfortunately unable to attend.
The Merseyside Team suffered badly as a result of no show's from athletes from other clubs. However, many of our athletes shone on the day with some great individual performances. Congratulations to Caitlin Young, Erin Makin and Zoe Pye whose relay team came 3rd in the 4x2 lap, Hannah Seabrook won a Bronze with a High Jump of 1.35m and Emily Smith a Silver with a High Jump of 1.40. Zoe Pye won Gold for a superbly run 4lap final. Christopher Lamb won Gold in the Vertical Jump and older brother Matthew took home 2 Bronze's for 2lap and standing long jump and easily won Gold with an outstanding score of 90 in the Speed Bounce. His combined points score meant that Matthew topped the points in the Boys Under 15 Competition and now goes down to Birmingham NIA as Flag Bearer and Team Captain for the North West in the National Finals. It's the first time that anyone from Merseyside has done this since our own Mike Ehlan and was a great achievement given the level of competition from strong Cheshire and Greater Manchester teams.
LJMU Sports Psychology Presentations
The first session hosted by the students from LJMU took place on Thursday 14th February. Unfortunately, attendances weren't great but the students received 100% positive feedback with experienced and new parents all commenting on how useful the content was.
They are now planning their 2nd presentation which will take place at The Bull & Dog at 6pm and 7pm on Thursday 28th February. Please do your best to attend.
School Sportshall Games - Sutton Academy, 12th February 2013
Quite a lot of our U13 / U15 athletes represented their schools today in the town Sportshall comp. I think that one of our girls won every Y8 race on the track this afternoon following on from similar performances from the Y7's this morning, some of whom were team captains.
It's great being able to sit with other officials saying "that's one of ours" "and that one" when someone has just won a race by 20 metres! I couldn't see what was happening in the field events but judging by the medals that headed home they must have done okay. Well done to all of you, you definitely did the club proud and demonstrated what a difference dedication, focus and good coaching can make.
L&D Cross Country Championships : Clarkes Gardens, Liverpool, 10th February
The club managed a team at the popular and historic championship race of the L&D league despite late withdrawals due to injury and illness. Held in very muddy conditions at the regular venue of Clarkes Gardens, this race is always testing.
Callum Lockett had a great run to come home first for the club in 15th place (38:21). Ian Costello just held off Barry Graney to finish 47th and 49th in 41:11 and 41:16 respectively (6th and 7th V40). Ian Hayburn had a well paced run to come 69th in 42:28 (10th V45), with Pete Johnson unable to repeat his form from the Northern coming in 84th in 47:07 (15th V40). Ray Vose generously gave the field a start then had a steady run to finish 87th in 47:52 (2nd V50). Louise Hogg was our final team runner and finished 122nd in 53:39 (1st Lady V40, 11th Lady overall). The team finished 9th overall.
Manchester League Cross Country, Match 5 : Stockport, 10th February
On Sunday 10th February, 12
athletes travelled to Stockport for the last cross country
The men's course was longer than normal being one small lap and three large and taking in a long steep hill three times. Andrew O'Connor 48:47 (15th V50) was first home for the Vets team just getting the better of Alan McNally 49:28 (16th V50) on the last lap, closely followed by Ian White 49:45 (17th V50) who is returning to form after injury. Special mention must go to Mark Liptrot who earlier in the day had run the Winter Hill Fell Race in snowbound conditions posting a superb 23rd place out of nearly 200 runners! He ran again at Woodbank Park and rounded off the Vets Team with a solid 51:27 (20th V50) .
final League placing was 7th out of 38
teams overall in the Vets section of the
Manchester Cross Country League.
Huge well done to our U13 Girls, U13 Boys and U15 Boys for qualifying for the NW Regional Sportshall Finals on 3rd March at Widnes. Everyone that competed this season should be really proud. We have competed with a smile on our faces, had great team spirit and stand a really good chance of winning something next month.
Parents Event - This Thursday 14th Feb
On Thursday 14th Liverpool John Moores University will be delivering the first of series of 3 presentations to parents regarding motivating junior athletes.
They will be running sessions from 6pm till 7pm and 7pm till 8pm in the cafe upstairs. Please grab yourself a drink and join one of these two sessions to get ideas for how to help your child stay focused on sport, school work etc.
The second sessions will be on Thursday 21st. See the poster for more details.
Club Members Raise Money for Hospice
Four club members have completed a fantastic fundraising effort for one of our local charities, Willowbrook Hospice.
The club members Karen Harrison, Dot Fairhurst, Pauline
Picton and Janice Lawson are pictured above presenting a cheque for
over £1200. They raised the money by running in the
Great North Run and bag packing at Morrisons.
Merseyside Schools Cross Country Championships at Wavertree 2 February.
GOLD FOR JOE HOUGHTON
Several athletes from St Helens Sutton competed in the Merseyside County Schools Cross Country event, held at Wavertree on Saturday 2nd February.
In the primary schools race, Joe Houghton from St Thomas of Canterbury romped home to take gold followed closely by Jamie Ford of Tower College in ninth place. Beau Roberts from Sherdley Primary ran her very first cross country and finished in an excellent 39th position.
In the secondary schools races Chloe Orrick of Cowley ran in the year 7 race helping her team to finish 3rd overall. In the junior girls race (yr8/9) Susan Shirling from Hope Academy finished in a well deserved 9th place followed by Olivia Harwood Moss of De La Salle in 17th position. Abbie Roberts, running for Knowsley district, also ran very well to finish 15th.
In the equivalent race for the boys Adam Woosey, Rainford, finished 9th, Joe Ford, of Tower College, having run the day before for the independent schools, finished well in 11th position, James Lee from Hope Academy was 14th and three De La Salle boys; James Mackell 29th, Ben Oldham 39th and Connor Whalley, 40th, completed the team which took fourth place overall.
In the girls’ intermediate category, Rachel Mc Goldrick and Maria Mc Goldrick, both from Hope Academy, finished ninth and eleventh respectively. They were supported by Lucy Griffiths 14th from De La Salle and Maddie Williams of Rainhill High In 18th position brining the team within three points of bronze medals.
Katie Bower-Folan earned her place in the Merseyside team for the ESAA Championships, finishing fifth in the senior girls’ contest.
Report by Sue Clague, St Helens School Team Manager
2013 Fixture List
The first draft of the 2013 fixture list for Seniors and Juniors is now available for download. Please put the dates in your diary and speak to Team Managers about securing your place. 2013 looks like being a great year so make sure you get your name down to be considered for selection. We hope that you have a successful and most importantly enjoyable year of competition.
Thanks to Phil Thomas for pulling the list together and Character Print Services for setting it out so neatly.
Merseyside Selection Success
Congratulations to 15 of our Under 13 and Under 15 athletes that have been selected to represent Merseyside in the Regional County Finals at Wigan on 16th February. We hope that you have a great day and qualify for the Nationals.
Zoe Pye, Emily Smith, Caitlin Young, Hannah Seabrook, Megan Lang, Erin Makin, Christopher Lamb, David Barrow, Joseph Woods, Alex Virton, Daniel Dobson
Emma Dobson, Rebecca Rotheram, Nathan Carns, Matthew Lamb
Provisional Junior Fixtures for Summer 2013
Now available to download. As ever, please confirm that they are definitely going ahead as scheduled and confirm whether you need to enter online beforehand, via a Team Manager or on the day.
Latest Juniors Newsletter (January 2013)
Now available to download.