Press Report: Olympian Comes to Stanney

HELEN CLITHEROE will be visiting the Ellesmere Port Sports Village Athletics Trackย this week.

The Great Britain double Olympian, who was crowned European 3,000m champion in 2011, has accepted an invitation from West Cheshire Athletic Club to supervise a steeplechase running workshop on Monday, (August 21), between 6.30-8.30pm.

Clitheroe, who has competed for Great Britain more than 30 times, featuring five Commonwealth Games, is currently employed by England Athletics as a steeplechase running co-ordinator.

West Cheshire Athletic Club track and field officer, Dennis Wall, is looking forward to the workshop and is extending an invitation to other local athletics clubs to attend and help promote and support the event.

“It will be an honour for West Cheshire Athletic Club to welcome a Great Britain double Olympian to the Ellesmere Port Sports Village Athletics Track,” Dennis said.

“Helen has been a great ambassador for British athletics and it will be really interesting to listen to her during the workshop which can be attended by anyone wanting to learn more about our great sport.

“There will be a charge of ยฃ2.50 per person to attend which will help subsidise the track hire cost, and I think the event will prove very good value for money.

“I know that a number of our club members are really looking forward to the workshop having experienced steeplechasing this year in Youth Development League and North of England League fixtures.

“I think the workshop will provide a step in the right direction towards their development in the event and help broaden everyone’s knowledge about the sport.

“The two-hour workshop will conclude with a question and answer session with Helen who competed many times for Great Britain over 1500m, 3000m, 3000m steeplechase, and 5000m on the track as well as representing Great Britain in eight world short course cross country championships and 10 European cross county championships.”

JOSEPH MORRISON of West Cheshire AC posted 18 minutes eight seconds for third spot at the Ellesmere Port 5k Park Run, ahead of Rob Freeman (15th in 21:14); and Rosemary Rogers (first over-65 lady in 24:38).

Andrew Clague (fourth in 18:39) was West Cheshire AC’s first finisher at the Chester 5k Park Run, ahead of Isaac Tait (15th in 20:33), Steve Hillier (16th in 20:41), Patrick Tait (19th in 21:12), Tony Kennedy (51st in 24:16), Anne Marie Tait (10th lady in 26:19), Brian Beattie (26:46), Sarah Hughes (29:26), and Dave Bish (31:10).

Andy Carter of West Cheshire AC clocked a new personal best time of 19:04 for seventh spot at the Delamere 5k ParkRun, ahead of club mate Sion Roberts (eighth in 19:12),

WEST CHESHIRE Athletic Club will be represented in the four-round series of Wirral Multi-Terrain League races next month held over various terrain such as sand, rocks, mud and hills at distances between 7.5k and 10k, with the minimum age of 15.

This year’s events will take place at Royden Park, Thurstaston, on Tuesday, September 5 (7pm start); Wirral Country Park, Thurstaston, on Tuesday, September 12 (7pm); Harrison Drive, North Wirral Country Park, Wallasey, on Tuesday, September 19 (6.30pm); and Arrowe Park, Birkenhead, on Tuesday, September 26 (6.30pm).

THE popular Borders Road Running League series of races will come under starter’s orders later this year.

The opening round will be hosted by Ellesmere Port Running Club on Sunday, October 1, while race two will be organised by Chester Tri on Sunday, November 12, and other races will take place on Sunday, December 3 (Wallasey), Sunday, January 14, (Abergele), Sunday, March 4 (Tattenhall), Sunday, April 8, (Wrecsam Tri), and Wednesday, April 25, (Deestriders).

WEST CHESHIRE Athletic Club is encouraging viewers and listeners who have been inspired by the recent World Athletics Track and Field Championships to volunteer at their local club.

Anyone interested in competing, coaching or officiating is welcome to attend club training sessions at the Ellesmere Port Sports Village Athletics Track on Tuesdays and Thursdays (6.30-8pm) and on Saturdays (10am-12 noon), and further details can be found online at:

THE opening round of the Essar West Cheshire AC Schools Cross Country Race Series will be held at Ellesmere Port Sports Village on Saturday, September 23 (10am start), and other fixtures will be held at the same venue on Saturdays, December 9, March 3, and March 24.

ENTRIES are now being accepted for next month’s Essar Guilden Sutton Six 10k Road Race being held on Sunday, September 17. Further details can be found at:


Posted by Dave Alexander
20th August 2017

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