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September  2013


Princes Parkrun - Saturday 28th September

15 club members made an early start to take part in the latest leg of the Club Championship and travelled over to Liverpool for the Princes Park Parkrun.

Barry Graney and Ian Costello had fantastic runs, both finishing in the top 10 with Barry narrowly missing out on 3rd place in a sprint finish by just 100th of a second. They recorded 18.20 (4th) and 18.24 (6th) respectively.

Antony Young completed the men's contingent finishing in his best time this year of 23.43 in 60th position overall.

Once again the Senior Ladies put the men's team to shame with a superb turnout.

Karen Mawdsley was first to finish in 27.43 followed by Dot Fairhurst (28.09), Karen Harrison (28.20), Rachel Wilcock (28.38), Rachel Beesely (31.16), Laura Anthony (31.58), Karen Young (32.17), Pauline Picton (35.02), Andrea Beesely (37.42), Kay Wilcock (39.23), Wendy Anthony (41.10),  

Rosie Dyer also had a superb run as our only Junior finishing in 109th place in a time of 27.16 in her 1st ever Parkrun. Well done Rosie.


Red Rose League Cross Country

With one eye on the Cross Country Season,  Andy O'Connor ran as a guest in the Red Rose League at Leigh on Saturday. He finished in 41:22 and finished 46th vet out of 122 and 105th out of 214 overall.

Time to clean off those trail shoes and spikes, the hills and the mud are coming.  Cross country fixtures are now added to the fixture list.


Billy McMinnis 1915-2013

St Helens-Sutton A C regret to announce the death of club president R W 'Billy' McMinnis who passed away on Saturday 21 September 2013, aged 98.

Billy started running at the age of 21 in the 1936/37 cross country season and quickly made his mark by anchoring Sutton Harriers to the Northern cross country title at Worsley. In 1939 Billy was again in the team which won the title and when cross country resumed in 1946/47 was in the team which won five consecutive Northern titles and four National titles (they finished second to Belgrave in 1948). Between 1947 and 1953 the team was unbeatable in the West Lancs Championships Billy capping their 1953 victory by winning the individual title at West Kirby.

Billy's stamina came from two sources. When he started running all athletes received a massage after training and Billy didn't like the cold hands of the club's masseur so a team-mate advised him to stay out longer and miss the massage. The other was the fact that Billy's job was as a P E instructor in the RAF and he would run each morning from his home to the RAF station at Padgate, spent the entire day teaching and demonstrating PE before running home in the evening, a round trip of 14 miles a day, followed by a race on Saturdays. During the summer fitness was maintained by participating in the popular two mile track team races, especially against local but friendly rivals Pembroke.

Billy moved on to longer distances winning the Liverpool, Polytechnic and AAA Marathons, making a dramatic entrance into veterans' athletics by winning world titles at 5000m and 10000m. He always looked resplendent in his blazer and never lost that military bearing which he acquired during his time in the RAF.

Our thoughts are with his wife Doreen and daughter Elizabeth and other members of the McMinnis family. The funeral will take place at St Helens Crematorium on Monday 30 September at 2.30.p.m.

Liverpool Grand 10k, Aintree

Luke Towers marked his return to competition by claiming third place with veterans Maurice Collins and Denis Wharton also completing the course.

                3 Luke Towers 36.04

                29 Maurice Collins 42.39

                34 Denis Wharton 42.57

Juniors Indoor Training

From Tuesday 1st October we will start to have use of the indoor sportshall for training. We will be applying the same schedule as last year.

                Tuesday               7pm - 8pm -> Sportshall Competition Group

                Thursday             6pm - 7pm -> Beginners Groups

                Thursday             7pm - 8pm -> Sprints, Throws and Multi Event athletes

If you are not planning on competing in the Sportshall League then you will be outside as normal on both nights. All athletes should still pay at the club house and wait there for coaches.

Forthcoming Competitions




Team Manager

Age Groups

21st Sept

Northern Road Relays


Helena McGoldrick

U13 upwards

22nd Sept

Open T&F Medal

Blackpool AC

Individual entry

Under 11ís upwards

5th Oct

Northern XC Relays


Helena McGoldrick

U13 upwards

6th Oct

Rainford 1km Fun Run

Rainford, St Helens



19th Oct

MACCL Cross Country

Heaton Park, Manc'r

Helena McGoldrick

U13 upwards

20th Oct

NW Sportshall League

Kingsway, Widnes

Ant Young

U11 (min age 9)-U15

10th Nov

MACCL Cross Country

Woodbank Park, Stockport

Helena McGoldrick

U11 upwards


Club AGM

A reminder that the club AGM takes place on 30th September at 7.30pm at the Bull & Dog over the road from the club, by Lea Green Station. All members are invited to attend and we have some very important news to share regarding the clubs future.

Other Events

If there is enough interest we would like to take part in the World Marathon and 1500m Challenges for Save the Children on Thursday 17th October. The idea is that teams of athletes run short relay legs in an attempt to beat the World Record. The 1500m event is aimed at newer, less experienced athletes and the Marathon distance is for experienced juniors, parents and senior athletes. If you would like to register your interest as an athlete or volunteer please go to the Notice Boards at the club.

On Friday 25th October at West Park RUFC on Prescot Rd we will be holding this year's Wine Tasting Experience for members, friends & family. Tickets are only £9.50 for which you get at least 6 glasses of decent wines and take part in the quiz to match the wines to their tasting notes. Please buy your tickets ASAP from the club.

Northern Road Relays, Stanley Park, Blackpool : Saturday 21 September 2013

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19 athletes travelled to Stanley Park, Blackpool to compete in the Northern Road Relay. The conditions were ideal and dry.

First off for the club were the under 13 boys:  Joe Houghton started the boysí team off and ran strongly to finish in 11:50. Daniel Dobson competed in his first road relay and ran fantastically to finish in 12:09. Reece Ellis was on third leg and brought the team home in 13:23. The team came 16th.

The under 13 girls were led off by Lucy Price. She ran a superb race and finished in 14:15. Sian Glynn kept the team in a good position and finished in 17:50. Bethany Haughey ran extremely well and ran the 3km course in 16:18. The girls came 26th overall.

The club had a strong under 15 boys team. On first leg, Adam Woosey ran a brilliant race to finish strongly in 10:47 and Connor Whalley represented the club, running a fantastic leg. He finished in 12:37. And finally, Karl Lyon brought the team home in 12:43 he ran very well. The team finished in 24th.

Emily Ashton led the under 15 girls off and managed to finish despite an injury. She finished in 19:18. Ellie Mawdsley kept up the teams high spirits and completed the course in 15:38. Alex Glynn ran excellent on last leg; she finished in a time of 15:27.  The girls finished in 26th position.

Three of the under 17 women competed for the club. They were led off by Rachel McGoldrick who covered the 3300m course in 14:45. Maddie Williams ran superb to finish in 15:04 and finally Maria McGoldrick brought the team home in 16:27. Overall they finished in 17th.

Barry Graney led out the Senior Men, completing the first leg of the 6600m course in 23:55, Ian Costello ran strongly to finish in 24:02. Ian Hayburn finished the course in 25:11 whilst Simon Anim-Somuah covered the distance in 27:03. Meanwhile Andy OíConnor completed his leg in 27:33 and Ian Roberts held the team together to finish in 27:21. The team finished in 70th

A big well done to all competitors!!  Senior Men Results  Junior Results

Team manager: Helena

Seniors Club Championship

The totals have now been amended to include all July & August training points plus the NW Road Relays.

The men's table hasn't altered much with the Top 4 athletes very close together, Ian Roberts just holds onto 1st place closely followed by Barry Graney, Jamie White and Gary Oldham.

The ladies table has had a change at the top. Two great races by Helena McGoldrick added to maximum attendance over the summer has seen her edge into a 1 point lead over both Sonya Monaghan and Dot Fairhurst. Another 5 or 6 athletes are then within catching distance of the leaders so Group Training and attendance at the remaining fixtures will be crucial in deciding the outcome of this inaugural championship.

Remaining Fixtures 

21st Sept

Northern Road Relays



28th Sept

Princes Parkrun



29th Sept

Macclesfield Half



6th Oct

Chester Marathon



6th Oct

Gin Pit 5 Trail





Alan Davies  1944 Ė 2013

We regret to announce that Alan Davies who competed for the club in the 1970ís and 1980ís passed away on Monday 9 September aged 69. Alanís son Anthony and daughter Louisa also represented the club and our thoughts are with them and the rest of the family at this time. Alanís niece, Sharon Davies, also represented the club in the early 1980ís.

Alan was never the fastest runner in the world but always took pride in finishing the course. Those of us who remember attending the National cross country championships at Parliament Hill will never forget waiting a long time for Alan and John Irwin to return to the hotel after the pair had been so busy talking they had missed changing trains on the way back!!!!  

The funeral will take place at St Helens Crematorium on Friday 20 September at 2.30.p.m.

Arnold Seddon Memorial Meeting - Wigan 15th September

6 Young Athletes made the short trip to Wigan for the Open Medal Meeting in awful conditions.

Hollie Brussels completed a full set of medals in the U9 Girls events winning Gold for Long Jump (PB), Silver for 75m and Bronze for 600m

Dylan O'Brien competed in Long Jump, 75M and 600m doing really well in driving rain and wind.

Caitlin Young took Silver in the 100m and also competed in Long Jump and 300m

 Jessica Leonard stepped up to the 300m distance for the 1st time and was rewarded with Silver in a hard fought race, she then rounded off the day with another Silver in 200m as conditions worsened.

Matthew Lamb excelled again in the sprints zooming to two gold's in 100m and 200m.  Even his fellow competitors thought that he was "rapid"

Well done all 6!


Cheshire Multi Events Championships - Macclesfield 15th September

Yet again St Helens Sutton showed that we have some extremely talented multi event athletes coming through the ranks.

Megan Lang bettered her 3rd place from 2012 in emphatic style with PB's in High Jump, 800m and Hurdles setting her up nicely for a great win in the U15 girls category.


Christopher Lamb also featured in the prize giving with 3rd place in the U15 boys after doing 80m hurdles for the 1st time, achieving a PB in Long Jump and then winning the Shot and 800m competitions.

Appearing at the championships for the 1st time were Jorden Pilkington and Lauren Marshall in the U13 girls events. Lauren won the 100m race with a new PB of 14.1 seconds, further results to follow later.

North West Road Relays, Lancaster : Sunday 15th September 2013.

19 athletes travelled to Lancaster to compete in the North West Road Relays. In cold, wet and windy conditions the club managed to come away with medals.

Firstly, the under 13 girls was made up of 3 athletes who competed in their first road relay for the club. Bethany Haughey, Sian Glynn and Lucy Price all ran strong individual legs. They got a bronze medal!

Also the under 13 boys took part in their first road relay. Joe Houghton was on first leg for the team and ran superb; Reece Ellis represented the club for the first time and ran excellent. Meanwhile, Matthew Slevin brought the team home, running brilliantly. The boys earned themselves a silver medal!

Whereas the under 15 girls was made up of Emily Ashton, Alex Glynn and Ellie Mawdsley. Emily Ashton led the team off and competed for the first time. Each individual ran fantastically and they got a bronze medal!

Solo runner Sam Thompson gained experience and ran very strong. He came home in 10th position overall. Well done!

Meanwhile, the under 17 girls team consisted of Rachel McGoldrick, Maddie Williams and Maria McGoldrick. The girls also ran well receiving the bronze medal too!

The senior menís team lost a couple of runners in the days leading up to the race but still started two teams.  The first team consisted of Ian Roberts, Simon Anim-Somuah, Ian Hayburn and Barry Graney. The men also had Gary Oldham and Andy OíConnor in the second team. 


Well done to all competitors. Hope to see you all next week!

Team manager: Helena

BUPA Great North Run - 15th September

3 ladies made the trip up to Newcastle for the Great North Run.

Joanne Keogh completed the course in 1.55.13, Amanda Coogan in 2.07.08 and Karen Harrison in, well done ladies!

A wet GNR

BUPA Great North 5KM Run - 14th September

Vicky Hewitt from the Beginners Group successfully completed the BUPA 5KM run in Newcastle in a time of 44.01 raising funds for The Steve Prescott Foundation.

Well done Vicky, great progress and superb effort.

Princes Parkrun - 14th September

 4 club members raced in the Princes Park Parkrun (5KM) on Saturday.

 Well done to Karen Young and Kay Wilcock who both achieved PB's (32.15 & 38.14 respectively). Karen was 3rd on age category and Kay 3rd in hers!

Chris Dempsey recorded a time of 28.36 which placed her 2nd in age category and Antony Young continued his recovery with a time of 24.08 placing him 5th in category.

Liverpool Jumps and Throws Meeting - Blackpool 14th September

Taylor Caton-Hand won the long jump and triple jump at the Liverpool jumps and throws meeting on 14 September, with Michael Hughes, who won the hammer competition the previous week at Blackpool competing in the hammer, discus and shot, the latter alongside Steven Winn.

Bill McMinnis

Our president Bill McMinnis has been taken unwell and is currently in Whiston Hospital.† Bill, at 98, is the last surviving member of the legendary Sutton Harriers team that won the National Cross Country title four years out of five between 1947 and 1951.

We wish Bill well and our thoughts are with his family at this time.

Wine Tasting Social 

Friday 25th October sees the return of the successful Wine Tasting Experience that has run for the last 2 years.

Open to members, parents and friends (over 18) this is a relaxed and informal evening where competitors try to match 6 mystery wines to their tasting notes. Tickets are great value at £9.50 each, it's at West Park RUFC on Prescot Rd, starts at 8.00pm prompt and usually finishes late as the bar is open when the competition ends.

Tickets go on sale at the club on Tuesday 27th August with numbers strictly limited. Book now to avoid disappointment!

Cheshire League, Elesmere Port : Sunday 8th

On Sunday 8th September, 34 athletes competed in the last league meeting at Ellesmere Port. There where 30 personal bests achieved.

Under 11 girls:
Katie Lang competed in the 75m and finished in 12:8. She also competed in the standing Long Jump. Ellie Doyle competed in the 75m finishing in 12:1 (PB) and also ran in the 600m, 2:06:4. She also threw the soft javelin (PB). Lucy Strettle competed for the first time in the 75m; 13:0 (PB). Elizabeth Greenalgh ran 12:4 (PB) in the 75m and competed in the 600m to finish in 2:19:6 (PB). She also jumped in the Long Jump. Hollie Brussels finished the 600m in 2:20:8 (PB) and threw the soft javelin for the club. The relay consisted of: Hollie, Ellie, Elizabeth and Katie.
Under 11 Boys:
Michael Brussels competed in the 75m and finished in 12:8, he also ran strongly in his 600m race to finish in 2:03:8 and also competed in the Long Jump. Charlie Roberts ran well in the 75m to finish in 11:6 and won his 600m race finishing in 1:48:0. He also competed in the Long jump. Jack Wooland ran in the 75m: 11:9, he ran well in the 600m to finish in 2:16:6. Joseph Matthews ran 14:2 in the 75m, he also competed in the 600m to finish in 2:18:4. He threw the javelin too. Dylan O'Brien threw the soft javelin and also ran in the 75m: 12:4 and in the 600m (PB). Cal Hunter ran for the first time in the 75m 11:6 and 2:09 in the 600m. The relay team included: Michael, Charlie, Jack and Dylan.
Under 13 Girls:
Jorden Pilkington ran 30:5 in the 200m, 1.20m in the high jump and threw 6.98m in the shot (PB). Lauren Marshall ran 29:3 in the 200m. Hana Brew competed for the first time in the 200m finishing in 33:5 (PB). Mia Langton also competed in the 200m and finished in 30:0 (PB). Kanyarat Avison ran 3:09 in the 800m alongside Natalie Tate who achieved a PB with 2:10:9. The relay consisted of: Lauren, Jorden, Mia and Hana.
Under 13 Boys:
Peter Davies ran 15:8 in the 100m and competed in the Long jump. He also threw the javelin and achieved a PB. Jordon Benson  ran the 100m in 14:7. Daniel Dobson competed in the 1500m and achieved a PB of 5:28:4 and jumped in the long jump. Joe Houghton ran strongly in the 1500m to finish in 5:22:0.
Under 15 Girls:
Caitlin Young ran 29:8 (PB) in the 200m and competed in the long jump. Megan Lang ran in the 200m, 30:3 (PB) and also competed in the long jump. Erin Makin ran 29:6 in the 200m and Zoe Pye ran 29:7 in her 200m race. The relay team included: Caitlin, Erin, Megan and Hana.
Under 15 Boys:
Joseph Woods ran 17:6 in the 100m and threw the shot 4m63 (PB). Matthew Lamb ran 11:8 in the 100m (PB) and also ran 2:33 in the 800m. He competed in the high jump and the shot (7m+) to achieve a PB. Christopher Lamb ran 12:9 in the 100m and 2:29:6 in the 800m and competed in the high jump. He threw 9m+ in the shot (PB). James Mackell ran in the 800m and ran strongly to win his race in 2:27:4 (PB).  Connor Whalley got a PB in his 800m; 2:48:6. Matthew Seabrook  threw the shot 4m51 for the first time, achieving a PB. The relay consisted of: Christopher, Matthew, Joseph and James.
Under 17 Men:
Taylor Caton Hand ran 11:6 in his 100m and won his long jump with 6m33. Jonathan Causer threw the discus and also competed in the 1500m and knocked 30 seconds off his PB; 5:06.
Senior Ladies:
Emma Fairclough jumped 1m40. Hannah Seabrook also competed in the high jump to finish 2nd.
Senior Men:
Ian Costello ran the 1500m in 4:35:1 and Tony Raffle ran the 3000m in 14:12:6.
Well done to everyone who competed! 
Team manager: Helena

Pennington Flash 5k

The following competed at the Pennington Flash 5k on Saturday 7 September.

7 Ian HAYBURN 00:19:40;

42 Julia ECCLESTON 00:23:49

57 Antony YOUNG 00:25:29

86 Karen HARRISON 00:28:20

106 Christine DEMPSEY 00:29:55

136 Karen YOUNG 00:32:55

145 Pauline PICTON 00:34:27

158 Kay WILCOCK 00:39:56

 Competition for the ladiesí championship seems to be hotting up!


Seniors Club Championship Results

It's been a busy couple of weeks for Championship races with 12 athletes taking part in 3 races. Please see the downloads for the latest results. Well done and thank you to all 12 for their commitment to these races.


We will endeavour to add in the training points over the next few days to see how this affects the tables.

Pennington Flash Results      Park Run Results      Warrington Half Results
Ladies Championship Standings      Men Championship Standings