parkrun Roundup, 31st May
YDL (lower) Match 2 - Bolton 31st May
On Saturday 31st May, 34 athletes travelled to Bolton
for the 2nd Youth Development League (lower). There were 5 athletes who
competed on the track for the first time, well done Jack Worrall, Nathan
Worrall, Samantha Price, Alyx Bridge and Blythe Carter Jones. On a whole,
the club achieved 33 personal bests; an achievement in itself!
George Edwards Memorial Meeting - Warrington 25th May
A number of club athletes enjoyed a relaxed competition at Victoria Park, Warrington with a number of excellent performances.
Megan Lang won the hurdles (13.1) with Jorden Pilkington third( 13.8), Megan claiming second in the shot (7.98). Emma Fairclough (1.45) and Hannah Seabrook (1.40) were first and second in the high jump, Caitlin Young was first in the 100 (13.6), Lauren Marshall taking second in the long jump (4.40) and reaching the final of the 100m alongside Zoe Pye..
Peter Davies (5.94) and Daniel Dobson (4.49) won the shot putt and long jump respectively, Daniel picking up third in the 100m
Codi Wills collected third in the Shot (5.31), Charlie Roberts second in the 200m (30.9). Dylan O'Brien was first in the U11 600m (2.00.4) while Katie Lang's 3.39 was enough for the gold medal in the U11 long jump. Lucy Strettle maintained her record of earning fourth places in the 75m and long jump and will collect medals next time out.
Jacob Roberts collected silver in the U9 600m (2.19.8) and in throwing the cricket ball. Finlay O'Brien was similarly placed in the 150m. Michael Dobson's 2.00.4 won him the gold in the U11 Boys 600m.
An enjoyable meeting with plenty of parental and coaching support and the showers managing to stay away for most of the afternoon.
The sixth race in this years road race series saw four men and
one lady competing in this fast 5k.
Updated tables below thanks to Karen Harrison.
The next race in the series will be an underwater Mersey crossing with the chance to Run the Tunnel 10k on the 8th June.
Gemma Connolly continues her recent good form, winning the women's race in the Chester Half Marathon. Gemma came 36th overall and first female in a time of 82:20.
New Merseyside Champions:
George Asson (200) Daniel Lamb (LJ); Taylor Caton-Hand (triple and Long Jumps) Matthew Fairclough (SP), Christopher Lamb (SP) Jacob Beesley (DT), Alex Bottomley (JT), Laura Fairclough (HT), Phil Robinson (SP).
Emma Fairclough (HJ); Peter Davies (DT); Jonathan Causer (SP); Phil Robinson (PV) Chrisopher Lamb (LJ & JT) Charlie Roberts (800); Louise Fairclough (SP); Laura Fairclough (SP); Peter Davies (DT)
Jordan Pilkington (HJ), Megan Lang (LJ), Jonathan Causer; (DT); Lauren Fairclough (SP); Adam Woosey (800); Peter Davies (SP);
Old County Tops Fell Race, Sat 17th May
In 1972, the monolithic county of Cumbria came into being, replacing the historic counties of Cumberland, Westmorland & Lancashire which previously had subdivided the Lakes. The highest peaks in those old counties were Scafell Pike, Hellvellyn and Coniston Old Man, respectively. This race visits the highest points in those old counties, a route that covers a distance of 37 miles with 10,000ft of ascent. The race is run in pairs and starts/finishes in Great Langdale. Fabulous weather made for a superb day with stunning views all the way round. The atmosphere at the start is really special. The route is a beautiful one, visiting Grasmere before taking in Helvellyn summit then a steep run down to Wythburn car park for tea and sandwiches. A trot up the valley follows under High Raise then to Angle Tarn leading to Scafell Pike, which was very hot. Then dropping off the top down steep narrow paths to the valley leading to Cockley Beck to lovely sandwiches, homemade cakes, tea etc. A superb pit stop! The final climb up to Grey Friar is very tough before it flattens off and heads for the out and back to the Old Man of Coniston. With the final peak done it feels good to turn for home. The finish is a really special place to be, very low key, just fell runners with their coveted finisher’s T shirts, re-fuelling on the home-made soup/sandwiches/cakes. Greg Carns finished in a PB of 10 Hrs 16 Mins in 55th place. (report from Greg Carns)
parkrun Roundup, 17 May
Wirral Open Meeting, 11 May
A quartet of club athletes attended a friendly open
meeting at Bebington. Lauren Marshall set a personal best 4.60m in the
long jump, Hannah Seabrook was second (1.35m) in the high jump and Lucy
Strettle earned a silver in the Turbo Javelin with 8.69m.
Northern Vets Championship : Sunday 11th May
Andrew O'Connor won 2 Gold Medals and 1 Silver out of his events in the NVAC Track and Field Champs. Gold in the 1,500M, Silver in the 3,000M and Gold in the 800M.
Trafford medal meeting, 5th May
An enthusiastic number of young athletes took part in the Trafford medal meeting in bright sunshine. Fortunately, numbers were down on the previous meeting so everything started on time. There were wins for Katie Lang (long jump), Lauren Taylor (75m) and Christopher Lamb (hurdles). Emma Fairclough was second in the high jump, Hannah Seabrook missing out on third on countback. Elizabeth Greenall was second in the long jump.
Megan Lang and Jordan Pilkington recorded 13.1. and 13.6 respectively in the hurdles, Caitlin Young 48.0 ov er 300m. Under 11 sprinters included Jay Langton, Dylan O'Brien, Lauren Taylor, Lucy Strettle, Mia Langton, Hollie Brussells, Michael Brussells and Peter Davies, who was second in the shot.
Results at:- Power of Ten Results
Northern Track & Field League, Cleckheaton Sunday 4th May
St Helens Sutton AC had a great day at Cleckheaton on Sunday 4th May by winning the first of their Senior Northern Track & Field matches. The team spirit was fantastic with many athletes covering a multitude of events to gain us maximum points. Special thanks go out to Phil Robinson, Karen Marsh, Amy Hughes and Emma McClatchy , and to Megan Crehan and Chris Causer for stepping in and competing for the first time for the club. Also thanks to four of our new U17 athletes who stepped up to senior level and performed brilliantly, Jess Leonard, Louise Fairclough, Adam Woosey and Lachlain Fisher. This was a great start to the season for the club with plenty of personal bests and hopefully this will continue for the next three matches.
Phil Robinson: Pole Vault 3.00m, 110 hurdles 23.2, Javelin 36.33, Shot Putt 9.64, High Jump 1.55 and Triple Jump 11.28 (PB). Mike Hughes: Hammer 29.37, Discus 26.03(PB), Shot Putt 8.28.
Steven Winn: Hammer 22.19(PB), Discus 22.55, Javelin 16.23(PB). Matt Crehan: 1500m 4.25.8.
Tom Griffiths: 5000m 16.43.4 (PB), 4 x 400 relay (3.51.5). Callum Lockett: 800m 2.04.6 (equal PB), 1500m 4.27.0 (PB), 4 x 400 relay (3.51.5). Luke Towers: 3000m Steeplechase 10.43.0 (PB), 5000m 17.00.1, 4 x 400 relay (3.51.5). Peter Johnson: 400m Hurdles 1.55.4, 3000m Steeplechase 13.51.8. Taylor Caton-Hand: 100m 11.7, Long Jump 6.65m, Triple Jump 13.83m (PB), High Jump 1.780m (PB), 4 x 100 relay (50.9). Jonathan Causer: 400m 58.3, 800m 2.14.7 (PB), 4 x 400 relay (3.51.5).
Adam Woosey: 200m 26.2 (PB), 400m 57.4, 4 x 100 relay (50.9). Peter Seddon: 100m 13.1.
Lachlain Fisher: 200m 25.7 (PB), Long Jump 4.52m (PB), 4 x 100 relay (50.9).
Karen Marsh: 100m 15.3, 200m 32.2, 400m Hurdles 82.1, 100m Hurdles 19.3, Long Jump 4.02m, 4 x 100 relay (57.7). Amy Hughes: 400m Hurdles 99.8, 100m Hurdles 20.8, Long Jump 4.17m (PB), Triple Jump 8.77m, High Jump 1.35m, 4 x 100 relay (57.7). Emma McClatchy: Pole Vault 2.40m, Hammer 13.75m, Javelin 27.01m, Triple Jump 8.46m, High Jump 1.30m (equal PB). Jess Leonard: 100m 13.4, 200m 26.9, 4 x 100m relay (57.7). Rachel McGoldrick: 3000m 11.38.2, 4x400m relay (4.57.7). Maria McGoldrick: 400m 69.0, 800m 2.32.2, 4 x 400m relay (4.57.7). Louise Hogg: 400m 88.4, 800m 3.14.3 (PB) 4 x 400m relay (4.57.7). Gemma Connolly: 3000m 10.38.3.
Megan Crehan: 1500m 6.23.5, 4 x 400m relay (4.57.7). Helena McGoldrick: 1500m 7.04.3. Louise Fairclough: Discus 15.33m, Shot Putt 6.18m. Chris Causer: Shot Putt: 5.91m.
Our next match is on 7th June, at Ashton Under Lyne. We hope everyone is available for this match, please let us know if not. Thanks once again for competing and making it an excellent day, and many thanks to our officials.
Saturday 3rd May- YDL Lower at Blackpool Stanley Park
35 young athletes travelled to
Blackpool for the Young Development League. Christopher Lamb achieved 2
club records; one in the javelin 44.57 and one in the shot putt 10.93
(both personal bests too). He also jumped 5.20 in the long jump. Daniel
Lamb competed in the 100m to finish in 12.7 and 26.3 in the 200m, he
jumped 5.22 in the long jump too. Ben Oldham finished 3rd in the 300m in
46.7- a personal best! Peter Davies finished the 300m in 49.7 (pb) and
14.1 in the 100m, 12.22 in the discus (another pb). Joseph Woods ran the
800m in 2.47.4 (pb) and won the discus with 13.64 (pb). Anthony Walker did
the 1500m in 5.33 and threw the shot 4.01.
“Epic” Ras Y Molewyn 2014
Fell races are categorised as A B or C, A being the hardest. S for short, with M for Medium and L for Long. Ras Y Moelwyn was my first hard A class Fell race. It took place on Saturday 19 April and was preceded by a two hour drive to Festiniog. From the starting line I could see the towering Welsh hills including the three peaks of Moelwyn Mawr, Moelwyn Bach and Moel-yr-hydd.
The race went though the village and over the Festiniog railway footbridge followed by an undulating run over the low fells until a sharp ascent at the disused Quarry where the incline increased until the Cwmorthin Reservoir with a beautiful view of the lake. Past the lake up a further steep incline to another Quarry. Through the disused Quarry buildings I could see the front runners winding up to the ascent of Moelwyn Mawr.
The terrain was now boggy fell territory and my leg disappeared knee deep but I did not lose my Salomon Fellraiser footwear thanks to its stay tight cord lacing system. From the summit of Molewyn Mawr I would see all the way to Conwy and the coast. The descent was steep with drops of a metre in places. Molewyn Bach which followed was steeper, shorter and easier than the Mawr with a further steep ascent to the dam at Llyn Stwlan reservoir.
My quads started feeling the pace up the final crippling ascent of Moel-yr-hydd. However, the descent was great. No path just picking your own route through the fell back to Cwmorthin. As I reached the undulating fells, my legs felt wobbly but I managed to run through the village for a final 'sprint' to the finish line. In conext 'sprint' represents poetic licence.
My nine mile journey had taken me 1hour 56 mins, twice the time for my normal flat run, and well behind Greg Cairns who ran a PB of 1 hour 40 mins. I was too tired to hit him for talking me into the race in the first place!!! Still, with such freedom and beautiful surroundings, I wouldn't have missed it for the world. Epic and a great way to learn Welsh place names!!
Report from Gary Oldham