John Gerrard Memorial Young Athletes T&F Meeting 2013 27 July, Leigh.
A number of younger athletes took part in the John Gerrard Memorial Young Athletes Meeting at Leigh.
Seniors Championship (non-track)
5 mile 20 July
Junior Parents - Please Read
The committee has written this letter to all parents as a result of how busy the club is and the length of our waiting list. Please take 5 minutes to read it and consider the implications for your child.
The vast majority of feedback we've had from the letter has been very supportive. We realise that the situation isn't ideal and we would love to have enough space to train every child in St Helens but the reality is that we don't, so we want to focus on the ones that are serious about athletics and who will help us compete as a team in the leagues.
We are not heavily focused on winning races or field events and don't pressurise the athletes. Just taking part secures us points and the big focus is on PB's as athletes are developing. We agree that some of our very youngest members aren't yet ready to compete and that's fine, but there many older athletes who regularly train, are very capable but are never seen at comps. They are taking training places that could go to someone who wants to be an athlete.
We are trying to please as many people as possible but it's hard to please everyone. Thank you for your understanding and support.
If you want to discuss the letter or have some suggestions for how we might accommodate more children (volunteer anyone?) please ask at the desk or see Colin Spark.
Trafford Medal Meeting 21 July 2013
A number of athletes attend the Trafford Medal meeting and were rewarded with personal bests. They included Jorden Pilkington (photographic proof provided), Emma Fairclough, Joe Houghton, Caitlin Young, Adam Fairclough, Charlie Roberts, Lauren Marshall, Michael Brussells and Ben Fairclough (the last two making their debuts).
Full details of all participants can be found at : Results
Northern Inter-Counties Hull 20 July 2013
Saturday 20th July saw five young athletes from St Helens Sutton AC participate in the inter-counties at Hull. Taylor Caton- Hand represented Merseyside in the under 17 men's long jump and won his event meaning that he is North of England county champion. Adam Woosey represented Merseyside in the under 15 boy's 800m he finished 4th overall. Jessica Leonard competed in the under 15 girl's 200m and ran 26.4 finishing 4th and represented the team in the relay, finishing 2nd. Bethany Baxter competed in the under 17 girl's 100m and finished in 4th position. She also represented Merseyside in the shot putt. Rachel McGoldrick represented Cheshire for the first time in the 3000m and finished in 9th. Well done to everyone who competed!
Cheshire League – Sunday 14 July 2013 – Crewe.
The YDL (L) match the previous day prevented many youngsters from travelling to Crewe for the latest Cheshire League match where, according to the confusing scoring system, the club finished third behind Crewe and Halton but ahead of Stockport, Trafford and Manchester.
Phil Robinson represented the senior men while there were more competitors in the senior ladies, including the McGoldrick twins, Rachel Woosey, Lauren Wilcock and Maddie Williams.
Taylor Caton-Hand had three wins, finally raising his high jump pb to 1.67. There were half a dozen U15 girls and a good showing of U11 Boys and Girls, full details of which can be found here Results (Click on Match 3, Crewe)
Northern League Division 2W, Match 3 - Litherland, Sunday 7 June
The senior team finished fourth for the third match in sucession in the latest Northern League match at Litherland and are in a battle to avoid relegation at the final match at Sports City on 3 August. In what has been characteristic of 2013 we had a number of last minute withdrawals owing to injury and illness and were below maximum strength. However, those who were able to attend gave everything to the cause and recorded a number of personal and seasonal bests.
There were wins forEmma McClatchey and Phil Robinson in the pole vault, both with seasonal bests and Patricia Spark in the hammer. Simon Anim-Somuah was drafted in at the last minute and recorded personal bests for the 100, 200 and 400m. Gemma Connolly produced three splendid seconds which included seasonal bests for the 1500 and 3000. Karen Marsh set personal bests in both hurdles races and the hammer throw (which she learned just before the event started!).
There were seasonal bests for steeplechasersJamie White and Ian Hayburn, both of whom finished second. Chloe and Sophie Rigby set seasonal bests in the 100 and 200 respectively, Josh Neal doing the same over the longer distance. Jake Healy was magnificent at filling in setting seasonal bests in the 800 and 5000 on his road back to fitness. Rachael Woosey set an excellent personal best in the one lap race while Ethan Bell picked up second place in the javelin. Taylor
Caton-Handproduced winning performances in the long and triple jumps. Others who scored essential points for the club included Shelby Jack, Catherine Spark, Amy Hughes, Barry Graney, Sam Miley, Ian Costello, Maria and Rachel McGoldrick, Shannon Partington, Nathan Orr, Michael Hughes, Steve Winn and hurdlers extraordinarie, Ray Vose and Peter Johnson. Apologies to anyone inadvertantly overlooked, please send details and they will be added.
The club produced a full set of officials which includedColin Spark starting, Pam Appleton and Janet Holmes timekeeping, Dave Morley Track and Roger McCall, Christine Dempsey and a variety of other helpers including Helen McGoldrick, Sue Clague, Steve Rigby and Colin Spark in a max and match effort which claimed maximum points.
The final scores (amended) were:1 West Cheshire 436, 2 LPS 417, 3 IoM 361, 4 St Helens-Sutton 353; 5 Trafford 229; 6 Manchester Harriers 225.
The League positions are: 1 West Cheshire 17.5 (1239); 2 Isle of Man 15.5 (1164); 3 Trafford 11 (973); 4 St Helens-Sutton 9 (1021.5); 5 LPS 8 (996); 6 Manchester Harriers 4 (785.5).
Final Match – Sports City, Manchester, Saturday 3 August 2013.
Championship Results - Birchwood Park Ladies 5KM
On Wednesday 3rd July 20 ladies from the club took part in the Birchwood Ladies 5km race. 16 of those have been included in the new Senior Ladies Club Championship and their results adjusted for age grading. Their times and championship points can be found in the Results. Well done ladies.
NEW Competition - Seniors Summer Championship
The committee has approved two new awards for non-track Seniors. From 1st July we will start a Senior Men and Senior Ladies Running Championship.
Points will be awarded for participating in Championship Fixtures AND training with the club groups. Age Grading will also be applied allowing older athletes to compete more equally with the young whipper snappers. It is also possible to include additional races if more than 5 male or female members participate therefore encouraging you to race together as much as possible.
For the full rules and fixtures please read the document here.
The trophies will be awarded at the Club Presentation Evening in December. Good Luck and happy running!
Jim Crehan : 30.01.54 – 01.07.13
We regret to report that Jim Crehan passed away in his sleep at 4am on Monday 1st June, losing his battle against terminal cancer. The funeral will take place at St Thomas's church in Ashton-in-Makerfield. See message from Matt with details of funeral arrangements below.
Photos with Kind permission of Roger McCall.
The cross country pictures are from the Northern at Burnley in February 1975 and there are two pictures from the Northern 12 stage relay the first is from April 1975 and the second from April 1982. The other picture is a 5000metre race in Stuttgart back in September 1978. Apart from Jim you may identify some familiar faces particularly on the road relay pictures.
Jim was an integral part of the club during his time as an athlete and the courage he has shown in the face of his illness has been immense. Our thoughts are with Sue, Matt and the rest of the Crehan family at this time.
Youth Development League (Upper) Macclesfield 1 July.
The club finished fourth on the day, despite fielding a weakened team, and have moved above Horwich into fourth place overall. Tricia Spark set an U20 club record 42.55 in the hammer which she won, took the shot with a season’s best 9.27 and finished second in the discus.
Sam Miley set a personal best 2.09.9 in winning the 800m, improving his 800m time by over twenty seconds. Josh Neal equaled his season’s best in the 100m (12.3) while Taylor Caton-Hand won the long (6.28) and triple (12.82) jumps and was close to beating his personal best 1.65. Jonathan Causer won the shot (9.16) and took second place in the discus (23.72).
The McGoldrick twins were in excellent form in the 800 and 1500 supported by Lucy Griffiths and Maddie Williams.
Chloe Rigby was second in the long jump (4.27.) 100m (13.4 and won the high jump 1.45. Lauren Wilcock equaled her season’s best 51.1 in the 300m. In the final relay of the day Lauren, Maria, Lucy and Maddie, left the opposition trailing winning in 3.34.6 with vocal encouragement from club supporters.
A special thanks to Dave Morley (track), Neville Jones (timekeeper), Helen McGoldrick, Colin Spark, Simon Neal, Phil Thomas (until he retired hurt) and Nathan Orr, who officiated despite an injured foot, who covered the field events to ensure we earned the maximum 35 points.
Team Scores: League Position
1 Macclesfield 504.5 1 Dash 22 (1316)
2 Dash 443 2 M60 Nomads 21 (1235)
3 M60 Nomads 422 3 Macclesfield 18 (1067.5)
4 St Helens-Sutton 267 4 St Helens-Sutton 14 (835)
5 Horwich 208.5 5 Horwich 14 (750.5)
6 Hyndburn 156 6 Hyndburn 8 (534)
7 Stockport 130 7 Stockport 8 (412)
8 Halton & Frodsham 75 8 Halton & Frodsham 3 (243)
Final Match: Sunday