Press report: Record for Mary at Arley Hall

MARY RADFORD is proving age is no barrier after achieving a podium place finish at Arley Hall.

The West Cheshire Athletic Club veteran distance runner established a new over-70 womens age group club record time of 74 minutes 32 seconds at the Cheshire 10k Road Race to earn third spot overall in her age category.

Radford was joined at the event by Rob Little who clocked 35 minutes 58 seconds for sixth position in his over 40 age group, while Alex Staniforth posted 38:04, and Chloe Venables clocked 49:27.

DAVE ALEXANDER, Henry and Ellie Robinson completed the Dovedale Dash 4.75 miles Race in Derbyshire.

The West Cheshire AC trio negotiated steep hills, deep water, and muddy fields around the challenging course.

Daveย and Henry crossed the finishing line together in a time of 38 minutes six seconds, and Ellie posted 42:06.

JAMIE RICHARDSON posted a new personal best time of 19:34 for seventh spot at the Delamere 5k parkrun, ahead of Andy Carter (20:11), Rory Willson (21:35), and Abigail Cartwright (new pb of 24:10).

Bradley Spurdens won the Chester 5k ParkRun in a time of 18:04, ahead of third-placed Andrew Clague (18:57), Vince Hodges (21:06), Anne-Marie and Isaac Tait (26:42), Brian Beattie (27:24), David Irving (28:46), and Ian Gloyne-Phillips (31:48).

Rob Freeman (21:42) was West Cheshire AC’s first finisher at Whitby Park in the Ellesmere Port 5k parkrun, ahead of Julian Tegg (24:13), Darren Shillington (25:02), and Angela Tegg (25:43).

West Cheshire AC’s Dave Alexander finished second with a time of 20:06 at the Wepre 5k parkrun, ahead of Edward Woodhead (fourth in a new pb of 20:33), Tony Woodall (seventh in a new pb of 21:17), and Stuart Thomas (eighth in 21:43).

A SQUAD of West Cheshire AC members continued their preparation for the cross country campaign with a trip to Talacre sand dunes at the weekend.

The Ellesmere Port Sports Village-based club have made a pleasing start to their season in the North Staffs Cross Country League and North Wales Cross Country League series.

Members aged nine years old and above are focusing their sights on the next round of the North Staffs Cross Country League at Stafford Common on Saturday, November 18, followed by the Liverpool Cross Challenge fixture at Sefton Park, on November 25, and then the Cheshire AA County Cross Country Championships at Delamere Forest, on Saturday, January 6.

ENTRIES close on Friday, November 17, for the British Cross Challenge Cross Country event at Sefton Park, Liverpool, being held on Saturday, November 25. The online link is:ย

NEARLY 300 entries have so far been received for the Essar Chester Round The Walls Race being organised by West Cheshire AC on Boxing Day.

Runners who are not yet entered for the popular festive fixture are being urged to complete their online entry sooner rather than later to avoid disappointment. Further details can be found online at:

ENTRIES close on December 15 for the Northern Indoor Track and Field Championships for Under 17s, Under 20s and Seniors, which take place at Sheffield on January 13 and 14.

And entries close on January 19 for the Northern Indoor Track and Field Championships for Under 13s and Under 15s, which take place at Sheffield on February 4.

FIXTURES this weekend include the second round of the Manchester Area Cross Country League at Boggart Hole Clough, Moston, Manchester, on Saturday, while the second round of the North West Sportshall Athletics League takes place on Sunday at Kingsway Leisure Centre, Widnes, (12.30pm start).

The next round of the Essar West Cheshire AC Schools Cross Country Race Series is scheduled to be held at Ellesmere Port Sports Village on Saturday, December 9, (10am start).

And Birkenhead Park is the setting for the next round of the Borders Road Running League being held on Sunday, December 3, (11am start).

Abergele will be the venue for race three on Sunday, January 14, and Chester Tri Club MAY host round four at Chester Football Club on Sunday, February 18, (9am start; venue, time and date to be confirmed).

Tattenhall will stage race five on Sunday, March 4, (11am), beforeย Wrecsam Tri Club host round six on Sunday, April 8 (11am), and Deestriders will stage the final round on Wednesday, April 25, (7.30pm).

A LEVEL ONE course for field judges, track judges and timekeepers is being held at Macclesfield on Saturday, November 25. The day starts at 10am with a Health and Safety course followed by discipline specific modules. Details of the courses and booking can be found on the England Athletics website at:ย

Posted by Dave Alexander
6th November 2017

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