Helens Sutton Athletic Club
Snowdonia Marathon : Saturday 25th October
8 veterans were among the 1750 starters who ran the Snowdonia marathon on Saturday 25th October.
This is a very tough course, climbing the Llanberis pass in the first five miles and then hitting the "Welsh Wall" of near vertical tarmac between miles 22 and 24 before a leg destroying plunge back to Llanberis to be cheered to the finish by a very enthusiastic crowd.
Andy Wilson ran a perfectly paced race to finish in 3:14:05. Mark Liptrot was 40 seconds behind in 3:14:46 and third in the V50 category. Greg Carns stormed home in 3:28:22 achieving a long held ambition to dip under three and a half hours. Ian Hayburn was next to complete the monster course in 3:39:56. The ever improving Sonya Monaghan beat 4 hours and her St Helens Sutton male rivals to finish top ten in her age category with 3:53:41. Though beaten by Sonya, Gary also achieved his aim of dipping under 4 hours in 3:57:02. Jonny Ford had a storming half marathon but a stomach bug left him struggling - he still managed to finish in 4:26:02. Bringing the club home was Tom Fitzpatrick in 5:32:20. Many put their excellent runs down to the structured and challenging training on club nights. The club has a number of adult running groups from beginners to advanced and caters for a wide range of abilities and ambitions.
Liverpool and District Cross Country League Match 1, Beacon Park : Saturday 25th October
Due to other race commitments the club relied on its young women to step up and make sure the club finished a team in the first L&D match, the tough Beacon Park course.
Calum Lockett had a fantastic race for second place with new recruit Stephen Anders running well in his first turn out for the club to come 13th. John Greenall (21st) and Ray Vose (68th) next home with Rachel (70) and Maria McGoldrick (77) completed the team making sure Ray worked hard to the end.
Club Championship - Dream Trail Race, Sutton Manor : Sunday 12th October
A good turn out saw seventeen runners for the 14th race in the series, the Dream Trail Race (see race report below).
Club Championship Results Dream
Club Championship Race List
Club Championship Ladies
Club Championship Men
There's one final fixture which is our local parkrun in two weeks, on 25th October. Come along and support or run if you can.
Dream Trail Race, Sutton Manor : Sunday 12th October
The third running of our Trail race saw the biggest field yet take to the parkland around Dream. We ran three races over the morning from the mini trail taster, the 4km Challenge to the full 5 mile race.
Thanks to Antony Young for his hard work making this race possible.
NW Sportshall League Round 1, Widnes : Saturday 11th October
Results from the first event can be found below, well done to all those who took part.
Manchester League Cross Country Match 1, Stockport : Saturday 11th October
Saturday 11th October 2014 saw the first Manchester Area Cross Country League held at Woodbank Park, Stockport. There were 17 athletes representing the club in this event.
Representing St Helens Sutton AC for the under 13 girls 2400m race was Ashlea Sprott, who competed for the first time to finish in 39th place in 11.07. Ellie Doyle finished 41st in 11.19 and Lucy Price made the team up by finishing in 44th place in 11.51. The girls team finished in 11th position.
The club had 1 under 13 boy: Michael Brussels. Michael covered the distance of 3400m in a time of 14.02. He finished in 29th place.
For the under 15 boys, Anthony Walker competed over 4800m and finished in 24th place with a time of 20.33. Also in this race was the under 17 men. Jonathan Causer finished in 22nd place in 19.48 whilst Lachlain Fisher competed for the first time. He finished in 25th place in 25.57.
The senior ladies had 2 representatives who were both under 20's. Rachel McGoldrick finished the 8200m course in 39.50 in 68th place (9th in age-group) whilst Maria McGoldrick finished in 78th place in 40.37 (10th in age-group).
Finally, the senior men had a vets team and a senior team. Callum Lockett finished the 10km course in 21st place in 35.45, Tom Griffiths finished in 52nd place in 38.05 and Barry Graney finished in 152nd in 42.16. Also John Appleton (jnr) finished the race in 157th place in a time of 42.19, Mark Liptrot finished in 237th in 45.26 and Peter Johnson finished in 255th place in 46.12. Ray Vose completed the course in 331st place in 49.58 whilst Tony Doyle finished in 411th place in a time of 58.13. The senior team finished in 22nd place; this consisted of Callum, Tom, Barry and John and for the vets team- they finished in 21st: Barry, Mark Peter and Ray.
Well done to everyone who competed!
Hope to have a better turn-out next time!! Home advantage- Sherdley Park on Saturday 8th November.
Team manager- Helena
Andy Wilson ran in this highly rated and well organised marathon setting his new Pb with his first time under 3 hours (2:58:16).
NW Sportshall League 2014
The first Sportshall Fixture is on 11th October. Last year we had 2 teams qualify for the League Finals and our U15 Boy's won!
Sportshall comps are lots of fun, very noisy and INDOORS!!!
Anyone from 9 years old up to Year 10 can compete and it doesn't matter whether you are a sprinter, thrower, jumper or distance runner because there are events for everyone.
Please take a look at the flyer and return the slip at training to get involved.
The current list of Junior fixtures can be downloaded here.
Junior Fixtures 2014/2015
Try to support the club by trying out some of these fixtures.
Sandstone Trail Race
On 27 September Mark Liptrot and Sonya Monaghan took on the 17 mile Sandstone Trail race as part of their Snowdonia Marathon preparation.
The Sandstone Trail starts near Maiden Castle and runs past Beeston Castle and finishes in Delamere Forest. It is a scenic, varied and quite tough course, though there is a slightly easier and shorter option of the 10 mile B race from Beeston Castle. Sonya is not afraid of anything, though she said that she found her first “trail” race one of the hardest races she’d done due to the distance and terrain: up hill, down dale, through woods and cornfields on tracks, paths and roads. She still managed to finish in the top half of the field. Mark had run the B race in 1998 and this was his third time on the A race. He came in 13th overall and won the V50 category in a pb time of 2:12:29.