Press Report: WCAC Perform for the Common Good

ISSY CLARKE enhanced her title aspirations with a victory at Stafford Common.

The talented West Cheshire Athletic Club teenager won the under 17 ladies race at the penultimate round of the North Staffs Cross Country League.

Clarke produced her second successive league race win of the season with a time of 15 minutes 18 seconds after a second placed finish at the opening round and will be aiming to wrap up the four-round campaign by completing a hat-trick of victories when the final round takes place at Stafford University on Saturday, December 16.

Clarke will also be hoping to add a team gold medal to her collection after receiving solid support at Stafford from Beth McMahon (fourth in 16:27), Eve Duret (seventh in 16:48), and Lily Moorhouse (14th in 19:49) who secured a team victory.

Jessica Lark secured second spot in the under 11 girls race with a time of 6:08 and received back-up from team mates Aimee Phillips (eighth in 6:24), Macy Brett (17th in 6:42), Ruby Carlile (34th in 7:25), and Ingrid Tait (44th in 7:45) to earn second team position.

Sophie Grainger and Carys Roberts finished fourth and fifth respectively, both with 5:54 in the under 13 girls race ahead of Grace Scott (31st 7:15) to earn third place in the team competition.

Reece Munro earned fourth place with 5:33 in the under 11 boys race ahead of Oliver Wells (27th in 6:58) and Oliver Mallon (45th in 7:55) to earn sixth team position.

Ryan Cooke finished seventh with 10:30 in the under 13 boys race, ahead of Henry Robinson (20th in 11:09), Leo Green (21st in 11:11) and Dan Willetts (30th 11:51) to earn sixth team position.

Will Wright headed the West Cheshire AC contingent in the under 15 boys race with 14:01 for a seventh placed finish ahead of Edward Woodhead (12th in 14:21), Matthew Douglass (19th 14:48), Harvey Tegg (22nd in 15:04), Liam Farrell (27th in 15:28) and Aaron Scott (32nd in 15:57) to secure second team spot.

Siôn Roberts finished seventh with 17:42 in the under 17 mens race and was backed up by Paul Morrison (23rd in 20:13) and Rory Willson (29th in 22:42) to earn sixth team position.

The Under 20 trio of Ethan Greenland, Joseph Morrison, and Greg Jones headed West Cheshire AC’s men home in 14th (26:11), 30th (26:56), and 67th (28:29) places respectively ahead of cross country debutant Neil Hershaw (73rd in 28:49), Andrew Clague (76th in 29:05), Phil Woodley (104th in 30:13), Richard Hayes (106th in 30:19), John Parlevliet (112th in 30:35), cross country debutant Gerard Elliott (193rd in 33:15), Julian Tegg (195th in 33:22), and Peter Smith (264th in 38:25) to earn fourth team position in Division Two.

Claire Harris was West Cheshire AC’s first finisher in the women’s race with 19th spot (21:37), ahead of Ellie Robinson (29th in 22:01), Angela Tegg (86th in 24:39), Pam Ackroyd (92nd in 24:58), and Hannah Moorhouse (155th in 28:46) for seventh team spot in Division Two.

TONY WOODALL completed the Conwy Half Marathon in a time of one hour 27 minutes 59 seconds for 11th place in his over 45 age category.

He was joined at the event by West Cheshire AC team mates Stuart Thomas (1:30:16), Andy Carter (1:34:44), Clare Mallon (1:46:54), Lorrie McFaul (2:01:52), Sarah Hughes (2:07:39), and Isabel Robertson (2:07:39).

STEPHANIE JONES, Jodi Bemand and Victor Oyesola represented West Cheshire AC at the first Northern Open Track and Field Meeting of the season at Sheffield.

Jones posted a new under 15 girls 60m personal best of 8.98 seconds and long jumped 4.49m, while Bemand clocked 3:38.65 in the under 15 girls 1,000m, long jumped 4.06m, and hit 5.83m in the shot put, and Oyesola posted 7.29 seconds in the under 23 mens 60m, and 16.87 in his 150m.

FIXTURES this weekend include the British Cross Country Challenge Races at Sefton Park, Liverpool, on Saturday (11am start), and the North Wales Cross Country League at Bangor (2pm start).

THE West Cheshire AC AGM will be held at Cheshire County Sports Club Pavilion, Upton, Chester, on Friday, December 1, (7.30pm start).

ENTRIES are still being 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.

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20th November 2017

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