Club Athletes Represent Merseyside at Combined Events Qualifier
On Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th June Christopher Lamb and Megan Lang represented Merseyside at the NW Schools Combined Events Qualifier at Stoke.
Chris had a good day on the Saturday recording PB's in the Long Jump (5.54), High Jump (1.62) and 800m (2.24.5) along with 13.7s for 80m Hurdles and 10.59m for Shot. He finished with a points total of 2393 which is a new U15 Pentathlon Club Record and came 3rd overall.
Megan followed up on Sunday with PB's in Shot (8.14m) and 800m (2.55.3) along with a very strong 12.6s run in 75m Hurdles, 1.29m High Jump and 4.44m in Long Jump. She finished in 15th Place overall with a points total of 2239.
Well done to both athletes. It is quite a while since the club had several athletes competing in Combined Events.
ESAA NW Regional Championships 2014 Christopher Lamb and Megan Lang both competed at Stoke in
the ESSA NW regional championships this weekend. YDL (upper) Match 3 : Hyndburn
- Sunday 29th June
ESAA NW Regional Championships 2014
Christopher Lamb and Megan Lang both competed at Stoke in the ESSA NW regional championships this weekend.
YDL (upper) Match 3 : Hyndburn - Sunday 29th June
Sunday 29th June saw the 3rd Youth Development League Upper held
at Hyndburn. 9 athletes represented the club and also 8 personal
bests were achieved, 2 seasons best and 1 club record!
Christopher Lamb, George Asson and Taylor Caton-Hand have been invited to represent Merseyside at the ESAA Championships in Birmingham on 11 and 12 July.
Club Championship : Race Alterations
The Championship League has had a few changes. Due to the Burtonwood 5 miler being cancelled it is now being replaced by the Sefton Park 5 Miler on the 16th July.
Club Championship : Leasowe Seadside Run - Sunday 25th June
Two of the club's runners ran in this local race.
The next race in the series is ladies only
5k at Birchwood on the
2nd July (entries on the night).
YDL (lower) Match 3 : Warrington - Sunday 22nd June
Sunday 22nd June saw the Youth
Development League held at Warrington. There were 31 athletes representing the
club and 33 personal bests were achieved.
Cheshire League Macclesfield - Sunday 15th June
17 club members
travelled to Macclesfield for the second Cheshire League meeting.
Two Lads Race, Horwich - Thursday 12th June
Thursday Evening, 12th June, saw a strong club presence at the Walsh Two Lads Fell Race at Horwich with seven members turning out in a field of 195. A beautiful sunny evening provided perfect race conditions for the fourth race in the clubs fell race competition. The course measured approx 5.5 miles and saw a long trek up the hills but with gradients that could be managed without resorting to a walk (if you were fit enough…!).
As usual the vast majority of runners were in the Over 40’s category with 136 runners in this group – showing how accessible fell running is to all ages. And, as usual, a friendly atmosphere welcomed everyone round in times ranging from 32:51 to 1:31:28. The race saw Greg Carns storm home in 41:04 – a great performance which was 60th on the night. Dave Hampson was next home in 43:43 (91st) with Gary Oldham finishing on 45:01 (107). Ian Hayburn, on his way back from injury, was home in 45:15 (110) with Jonny Ford on 45:49 (121) closely followed by Ian Roberts on 46:08 (124) The club’s only female runner in the race, Sonya Monaghan, put in her usual strong performance to finish in 48:57 (145) and 7th in her age category. Well done to everyone!
Report by Jonathon Ford
Trafford Grand Prix Track Race, Longford Park, Trafford - 11th June
Phil Robinson and Andrew O'Connor made the short journey to Manchester to
compete in the popular midweek Trafford Grand Prix Track Races.
Henderson’s End Fell race
I’ve got to admit to being a tad anxious prior to the race, I never quite managed to make any of the other Fell races the others had done in our running group and whilst they all only had good things to say about them I got the impression there was an unspoken understanding that experience on the road and track will only get you so far running 984 foot up a big hill.
I don’t particularly know the area around Rivington Pike so it was also something of a journey into the unknown, when it was pointed out to me that we’re running up to that big mast when we had nearly arrived I thought, “Blimey”
We were greeted by lots of friendly smiles and handshakes, “Oo eck, eers the scoosers” was heard under breath (Liptrot a scouser!!!), Mark and Greg were both a little too happy at the £4 entry fee
Myself, Gary Oldham, Mark Liptrot and Greg Carns were running for the club and the race organisers from Lockstock gave out pre-race instructions at the start (which was a gate in the woods) and off we went. It was a relatively small field of 86 runners, which, on chatting to a few at the start, was less than usual.
The start of the race involves a lot of cobble stones before the first hill so you’ve got to constantly have your wits about you, then a steep descent before the first hill which I naively thought I could run up. That didn’t last long and after realising only the race winners would be attempting to run the hills I slotted in amongst the runners with hands on thighs pounding up the hill.
It was glorious weather and in amongst gulps for breath I tried to take in the wonderful views and ignore the nutters on mountain bikes zooming past at neck breaking speed, half of me wanted to see them face first in the dirt when I got at the bottom of the hill.
Unfortunately this never came to fruition.
After reaching the half way turn around point the harsh reality of what goes up must come down hit home. The burn in your legs hit its peak as 60 year old buff clad seasoned fell runners sprung down the descents like spring lambs on their fifth cup of espresso. I’ll have a go of that I thought and bolted down a hill only to end up face first in moss and mud, whilst a young buck skipped over me laughing!
I reigned in the eyeballs out approach and started to get a feel for how much to push it going downhill, hopefully this will get better with experience
I was greeted at the finish line by hoards of midges and lots of well dones and handshakes.
In the middle of his Iron man training Mark finished first out of us - 20th overall in a time of 57.44, Greg finished 30th in a time of 59.12, Gary came 49TH with a time of 64.41 followed by me coming in a slightly muddied but thoroughly enjoyable 66th position with a time of 69.45.
When’s the next one????
Report by Ian Roberts – Fell Runner extraordinaire
2014 Road Race Series - Run the Tunnel 10k Liverpool, 8th June
The seventh race in this years road race series saw two men and six ladies competing in this 10k race under the Mersey.
Well done to Dot Fairhurst and John Appleton who both won
their categories. Updated tables below thanks to Karen Harrison.
The next race in the series will involve a trip to
the seaside at the
Leasowe Seaside Run on the
Northern Track & Field League, Match 2 - Ashton under Lyne Saturday 7th June
St Helens Sutton senior athletes had another good day at the second match in the Northern Senior League on 7th June at Ashton under Lyne, even though the weather was less than kind. On an extremely wet day the club managed to claim second place with another great team effort. Thanks to all the officials, athletes and supporters who turned up despite the weather and gave their all once again.
Special thanks to Karen Marsh and Amy Hughes who both covered seven events, and Emma McClatchey 6 events. Karen covering the 100m, 200m, 100mH, 400mH, Long Jump, 4 x 100m relay and 4 x 400m relay. Amy Hughes the 100mH, Long Jump, Triple Jump, High Jump, Shot Putt, Discus and the 4 x 100m relay. Emma the Triple Jump, High Jump, Pole Vault, Hammer, Discus and javelin.
Rachel McGoldrick ran the 3000m in a personal best time of 11.35.7 she also ran the 200m and the
400m relay along with sister Maria who also ran the 400m and 800m. Gemma Connolly came 1st in the 3000m with a time of 10.38.1 and second in the 1500m. Maddie Williams ran a great 1500m in 5.29.2 for second place in the B team and also covered the 100m and 4 x 100m relay. Newcomer to the senior team, Jess Leonard won the 400m for the B team in a time of 61.5 and ran in both the 4 x 100m and 4 x 400m relays. Catherine Spark threw the javelin for second place in the B team.
For the men, Phil Robinson had a busy day again covering the Pole Vault, Triple Jump, High Jump, 110mH, 400mH, javelin and stepped in to help the 4 x 100m relay team. Michael Causer came back from injury to win the Long Jump, George Asson had a great day by running the 100m in a time of 11.2 which is the qualifying standard for the English Schools, ran the 200m in 23.3 and the 4 x 100m relay. Lachlain Fisher ran the 200m, 400m and the 4 x 100m relay, Jonathan Causer the 400m, 800 and 4 x 100 relay. Tom Griffiths won the 1500m then ran the 5000m for second place, Calum Lockett got two first places in the 800m and the 1500m and Luke Towers a first place in the 5000m. Ian Costello stepped in to run the 4 x 400m relay with Tom, Calum and Luke. Mike Hughes threw the Hammer and Shot Putt, Stephen Winn the Discus and Shot putt and Nathan Orr the Discus and Javelin.
The next match is 13th July at Halifax, hopefully we can get a stronger team out and get another win.
Please make sure you put this date in your diaries and let Chris Causer know if you are not available.
Hollie Brussels ran at Warrington coming in 45th lady in 32:11.
YDL (upper) Match 2 - Warrington 1st June
For the second League match in succession Jessica Leonard set a club record in the 300m reducing her previous record to 42.3. Amongst dozen athletes who attended the match there were twelve personal bests and a number of seasonal bests.
Under 17 men:
The overall team positions after two matches are 1 Lancaster & Morecambe 12; 2 Bolton 10; 3 St Helens-Sutton 8; 4 Horwich RMI 5 (214); 5 Hyndburn 5 (343); Halton & Frodsham 2.
(Team Manager- Dave Morley)