Team Effort Secures Premier Status

WEST CHESHIRE Athletic Club`s seniors pulled out all the stops to retain their status in the top flight.

The Ellesmere Port Sports Village-based squad finished third in the final Division One match of the four-round Northern Track and Field League campaign held at Blackburn`s Witton Park.

West Cheshire achieved their aim of consolidating a place in Division One after winning promotion last year via a hard fought play-off success.

Team managers Jenny Manning and Dave McKay praised the effort and commitment of the purple-vested squad who staved off the threat of relegation with a memorable final round performance.

Alice Jennings, Emily Ball, Emma Howe, and Sophie Percival all celebrated individual victories to secure maximum points.

Jennings clocked 68.9 seconds for success in the 400m hurdles, while Ball won the discus (37m) and hit 11.79m for victory in the shot put alongside Percival who won the B event with 11.10m.

And Howe launched the javelin to a winning mark of 41.11m alongside B winner Percival who nailed a throw of 36.71m.

Alice McMahon (12.4 seconds) and Georgia Barlow (12.8) teamed up in the 100m, and Barlow (26.1) and Danielle Erskine (27.5) combined in the 200m, while Ali Burkett (65.7) and Maisie Tipping (63.4) claimed valuable points in the 400m.

Ellie Robinson, Ellen McMahon and Anest Muller teamed up for vital points in the distance running events, and Debra Erskine powered her way to 23.99m in the hammer competition.

McKay led by example for the team by compiling a series of important appearances in throws and high hurdles.

He hit 11.20m in the shot, 45.10m in the hammer, spun the discus to 28.54m, launched the javelin to a mark of 53.66m, and clocked 19.0 seconds in the 110m hurdles.

McKay was backed up by Richard Stocker who putted the shot 10.33m, hit 31.65m in the hammer, and achieved 34.58m in the discus, while Sam Rimmer finished second B in the 110m hurdles.

James McMahon warmed up for his appearance next month in Exeter at the English Schools Combined Events Championships by catapulting his way to 3-20m in the pole vault, long jumping 6.40m, hitting 27.13m in the javelin, and 23.2 seconds in the 200m.

Liam Davoren clocked 12.4 and 25.5 in the 100m and 200m respectively alongside Alex Kearns (12.1 in the 100m), while Mark Heearn rounded the 400m in 51.6, and Richard Farley partnered Joseph Morrison in the 800m and 1500m.

Andrew Clague and Andy Carter combined for important distance running points, while Alan Littler and Ethan Milligan teamed up for vital contributions in the jumps.

Hearn, Kearns, McMahon and Davoren posted 45.9 seconds for third spot in the 4x100m relay, and the quartet of Hearn, Farley, Kearns and Littler clocked 3:37.3 for third place in the 4x400m relay.

Alice McMahon, Burkett, Barlow and Erskine posted 50.7 seconds for third position in the 4x100m relay, and Tipping, Ellen McMahon, Jennings and Erskine teamed up for 4:31.9 in the 4x400m relay.

MATCH RESULT: 1 Wakefield 409 points; 2 Preston 399; 3 West Cheshire 358; 4 Kingston Upon Hull 334; 5 Blackburn 328; 6 City of Sheffield 295.

OVERALL STANDINGS (after four rounds): 1 Wakefield 20 league points (1548 match points); 2 Preston 18 (1466.5); 3 West Cheshire 14 (1367); 4 City of Sheffield 13 (1422.5); 5 Kingston Upon Hull 13 (1364); 6 Blackburn 6 (1203).

ENTRIES for the Final Fling Throws Meeting at Wrexham on Saturday and Sunday, September 24 and 25. More details can be found at

WEST CHESHIRE AC will host the second round of the Borders Road Running League on Sunday, November 6.

The full list of dates and host clubs is: October 9 (Eryri Harriers); November 6 (West Cheshire); December 4 (Birkenhead); January 22 (Deeside); March 12 (Wirral); April 9 (Helsby); April 26 (Wrexham).

FIXTURES this weekend include the Northern U13, U15 and U17 Track and Field Championships at Middlesbrough, on Saturday and Sunday, while the Ellesmere Port Running Club 5k Road Race takes place on Wednesday, August 17, at Capenhurst, (7.15pm start).

Nick Pagan
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9th August 2016

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