Northern Athletics Junior Championships

Alice Jennings wins a gold medal at the Northern Athletics track and field championships.The talented West Cheshire AC youngster claimed the under 15 girls’ high jump title with a clearance of 1-60m at Robin’s Park, Wigan.
Alice, who also finished sixth in the shot with 8.03m, was joined at the event by Chris Goodwin who won a silver medal in his debut 3,000m appearance, with a time of 10:16.90 seconds for second position in the under 15 boys race.
Bryony Potter took the silver medal in the under 17 women’s 300m with a time of 41.31 seconds, and finished fifth in her 200m final (25.69).
Michael Lyness won two bronze medals in the under 17 men’s discus (40.09m) and high jump (1-80m).
Other West Cheshire AC finalists included Jenni Potter finished 5th in 12.27s in the under 15 girls 75m hurdles; Aamir Walwyn 7th in the under 17 men’s 400m in 52.09s, Tom Booth who was 5th in the under 17 men’s 400m hurdles in 62.55s.

Young Athletes League at Litherland

Bradley Edwards and Liam Renton headed West Cheshire AC’s charge at the second round of the Young Athletes League Northern Premier League match held at Litherland.The pair combined to secure maximum points in the under 15 boys 1500m, with Bradley posting 4:38.9 for victory, and Liam clocking 4:39.9 for top spot in the B race.
Luke Bailey spun the under 15 boys discus to a winning mark of 20.06m and hit 17.08m for second spot in the hammer.
Michael Willis won the under 15 boys B800m in 2:31.7, behind second B club mate Chris Goodwin, who posted 2:15.3 for second place.
Stephen Jones (4.46m) and David Donkin (4.15m) delivered a double success story in the under 15 boys long jump, while Aaron Walwyn cleared a winning height of 1-90m in the under 15 boys pole vault, and Michael Willis (1-53m) and Joseph O’Riordan (1-44m) teamed up for maximum points in the under 15 boys high jump.
Nick Crawshaw, Aamir Walwyn, Aidan Stoakley, Alex Haswell, Danny Meadows, Tom Booth, and Jack Titlow teamed up for the under 17s squad.
Oliver Wedgewood (28.6) and Harry Woodward (29.8) scored a double in the under 13 boys 200m, while Alex Kirk won the under 13 boys 75m hurdles in 16.4, and Leon Langmead (5.02m) and Chris McCartney (4.48m) scored maximum points in the shot.
Oliver Wedgewood won the long jump with 4.25m, and Chris McCartney cleared 1-20m for success in the B high jump, while Yousef Khalifa cleared 1-28m for second spot.
Sam Galley won the under 17 ladies 100m (13.4) and B 200m (27.2), while Bryony Potter won the 300m (41.6).
Emily Fisher won the hammer (12.77m) and javelin (33.97m), and Emily Clarke won the triple jump (9.94m) and finished second in the long jump (4.60m).
Leah Ferrie (13.3) and Alice McMahon (13.4) won the under 15 girls 100m races, and Alice added victory in the B 200m (27.6).
Danielle Erskine posted 13.7 for victory in the under 15 girls 75m hurdles, while Jenny Potter won the B long jump (4.11m), and Alice McMahon won the B high jump (1-25m), alongside Alice Jennings who finished joint first with 1-39m.
Jenna Sheehy won the B javelin (12.88m) and was supported by Karry Broster, Amy Collins, Zoe Smith, and Hannah Stanley.
Kelly Baker hit 7.22m for victory in the under 13 girls shot alongside second placed B team mate Kate Dodd (6.27m).
Olivia Montez-Brown, Lucy Earl, Laura Rigby, Abbie Ritchie, Ellen Collins, and Sally Pickering provided back up in the under 13 girls squad.
Match Score: 1 Southport Waterloo 409 points; 2 West Cheshire 327.5; 3 Wigan 302.5; 4 City of York 280.

Shell Chester Half Marathon

The event, organised by West Cheshire AC, attracted more than 1,800 finishers on Chester Roodee. Paul Sankey, of Liverpool Running Club, was the winner in a time of one hour 11 minutes two seconds.He later revealed that his plan of pulling away into an early lead had proved successful as he achieved pole position from gun to tape.
Paul carved a sizeable lead as he strode his way through the villages of Eccleston and Pulford before heading back into Chester.
He eventually finished 63 seconds clear of runner-up Declan Fahey, of Tullamore Harriers, while Philip Matthews (Chepstow Harriers) finished in third spot with 1:12:31.
Clive West, of Buckley Runners, claimed the first over-40 veteran prize after finishing seventh overall in a time of 1:14:39.
Marilyn Kitching produced a run of 1:24:14 to clinch the first lady award ahead of nearest rival, Amy Glen, representing Liverpool Harriers, who posted 1:25:54, and Louise Cooper (Belgrave Harriers) secured third lady position with a time of 1:27:49.
First past the post for West Cheshire AC, was Andrew Clague who finished 29th in 1:22:29.
Stephen Williams (80th in 1:27:09), Max Woods (219th in 1:34:39), Brian Beattie (377th in 1:40:02), Clive Sykes (470th in 1:43:07), Joanne Fellows (699th in 1:48:35), Peter Weir (799th in 1:50:51), Sacha Kendall Woods (914th in 1:53:45), Jayne Boyle (991st in 1:55:27), Kevan Hearn (1,402nd in 2:07:53), and Brenda Sharp (1,711th in 2:25:05) also competed for West Cheshire.
Wirral AC won the men’s team event from runners-up Buckley Runners, while Tattenhall Runners claimed the women’s team award from runners-up City of Chester Tri Club.
Provisional results at

West Cheshire Success at County Champs

West Cheshire AC members won 29 gold medals at the two-day Cheshire County Track and Field Championships.
Dave McKay and Andrew Whitton headed the medal haul with stunning performances.
Dave launched a winning grade one throw of 65.64m, a new personal best, to take the men’s javelin title
Dave also finished second in the men’s hammer with 41.14m.
and rounded off his busy schedule by adding second spot in the long jump with a leap of 5.38m.

Andrew Whitton, who was sidelined for most of last season through injury, bounced back brilliantly to notch a championship best of 12.86m for victory in the junior men’s triple jump.

Nicola Gore powered her way to four gold medal displays in the ladies throwing competitions. She grabbed 32.33m in the hammer, spun the discus to 33.20m, launched the javelin 26.50m, and hit 10.43m in the shot.

Oliver Wedgewood completed a hat-trick of titles with victories in the under 13 boys 200m (28.2), 75m hurdles (15.1), and long jump (4.63m).

Laura Rigby scored success in her debut championships appearances by clinching a time of 13.1 seconds in the U13 girls 70m hurdles.

Bryony Potter rounded the U17 Ladies 300m in a winning time of 41.7 seconds.

Chris Goodwin illustrated his strength and stamina to lead the U15 boys 1500m final from gun to tape and cross the line to clock 4:28.4 for the gold medal.

Michael Lyness bagged an U17 men’s winning hat-trick, with victories from the javelin (39.03m), discus (36.33m), and high jump (1-80m).

Stephen Jones (25.5), Adam Howell (26.0), and Joseph O’Riordan (26.9) secured West Cheshire a 1-2-3 in the under 15 boys 200m.

Emily Clarke won the under 17 ladies 100m (13.7), and Tom Booth grabbed victory in the under 17 men’s 100m hurdles (15.0) and 400m hurdles (61.7).

Emily Done battled her way to a gold medal in the junior ladies 400m with a time of 60.3, and Josh Smith won the under 13c boys 100m in 14.0 seconds.

Leah Ferrie (13.0), Danielle Erskine (13.0), and Alice McMahon (13.2) finished in a West Cheshire 1-2-3 in the under 15 girls 100m.

Sian Kelman bagged the junior ladies 200m (27.1) title, while Sam Galley and Bryony Potter finished in a one-two in the under 17 ladies 200m with the same time, 26.2.

Adam Howell cleared 1-50m and Michael Willis achieved 1-45m to finish first and second respectively in the under 15 boys high jump.

Multi-eventer Carl Van Schie cleared 3.60m for victory in the men’s pole vault, and long jumped 6.35m for top spot.

Yousef Khalifa (1-30m), Alex Kirk (1-23m) and Chris McCartney (1-20m) finished in a West Cheshire 1-2-3 in the under 13 boys high jump, and Ruth Pritchard won the junior ladies javelin title with 23.29m.

Stephanie Owens hit a distance of 42.74m to claim the under 20 women’s North Wales Championships hammer title which was staged at Ellesmere Port because of a problem with the hammer cage at Deeside Stadium.

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