Success at Northern Veterans Track and Field Championships

The West Cheshire AC trio of Rob Tudor, Neil Atkinson, and Russell Kirk have all returned home with medals from the Northern Veterans Track and Field Championships, at Hyndburn, near Accrington.Rob Tudor grabbed gold medal performances in both the over-40 men’s 800m (2:14) and 1500m (4:36), clocking the fastest times on the day by any veteran in both events.
Neil Atkinson posted a winning time of two minutes 15 seconds in the over-45 men’s 800m, and Russell Kirk finished just one second adrift to return home with the silver medal.
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Dave Alexander represents England at World Masters Mountain Running Championships.

Dave Alexander has represented England at the 9th World Masters Mountain Running Championships.The West Cheshire AC international distance-running ace was the first over-40 man home for England at the Uphill Race staged at Zagreb, in Croatia.
Dave, who finished sixth in his age group category, posted a time of 44 minutes 12 seconds for the 8.5km course which started 250m above sea level on the border between the city of Zagreb and neighbouring mountain Slijeme, and finished just above the peak of the mountain.
The runners started the race on an asphalted road and after half a kilometre they left the road and followed an undulating trail that eventually took them to the finish 850m higher.
Dave finished just over four minutes behind eventual age group winner, Davide Milesi, from Italy, but he finished clear of other British competitors Paul Dugdale (eighth in 45:30), Roger Taylor (18th in 49:37), William Garner (26th in 52:20), and Mark Birbeck (39th in 61:08).

John Driscoll appointed president of Northern Athletics

John Driscoll has been appointed Northern Athletics’ new president.The highly-respected Little Sutton-based West Cheshire AC official has taken over the role at Northern Athletics from Malcolm Fletcher.
John, who is a vice-president at West Cheshire AC, played an instrumental role in securing lottery funding for the athletics facilities now based at Stanney Oaks, Ellesmere Port.
He was part of the Northern Counties Athletics Association from 1985 and became chairman of the Northern England Road Running Committee in 1987, which changed it’s name to North of England Athletics Association in 1992, and then to Northern Athletics in 2006.
John, who has established a road running handicap scoring system for Cheshire, is a qualified road, cross country and track and field official, and he played a leading role in the formation of the popular Borders Road Running League Series of races.
West Cheshire AC chairman, Dennis Wall, admitted he was delighted to hear of John’s appointment.
He said: “Everyone at West Cheshire AC conveys their best wishes and congratulations to John who richly deserves the recognition from Northern Athletics.
“John has played a major role in the success of all spheres of athletics and he is a valued member and official at various events the club stages throughout the year.”
John was installed as the president of Northern Athletics at a ceremony which took place at Longford Park Stadium, Trafford.
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