Press report: Matt Finishes Best in North-west

MATTHEW WEBB was crowned North West of England champion in Manchester.

The multi-talented West Cheshire Athletic Club member won the under 15 boys all-rounder title at the North West Regional Sportshall Athletics Championships held at Sportcity, Manchester.

Webb hit a new personal best and winning throw of 11.98m in the shot put, leaped to a winning distance of 2.68m in the standing long jump, and clocked 19.7 seconds for his two lap race to secure success.

He was backed up by club mates Michael Maxwell, Nathan Partington, and Alfie Baker who combined to earn Cheshire second spot in the team competition.

Imogen Pughe (first place in the six lap with 1:12.1), Eva Renshaw (first in speed bounce with 84), Lara Battersby (second in six lap with 1:12.7), Fatoumatta Bojang, Stephanie Jones, Ruby Wisbey, Ava Byrne, and Isla Shillington helped secure the Cheshire under 13 girls team top spot.

Sara Pearson (first place in the chest push with 8.75m), Abigail Jeavons (first place in the vertical jump with 49), Alexa Byrne (first place in the balance test), Macy Brett and Harriet Wheeler combined to earn Cheshire under 11 girls victory in the team competition.

Uzezi Onomerike (first place in the standing triple jump with 7.77m), teamed up with Ted Williams and Regan Stubbs to earn Cheshire under 13 boys second spot in the team event.

Ben Whittlestone (equal first in the target throw), teamed up with Milo Halliday, Matthew Jones, Alex Rutherford, Joseph Watkin and Jack Brett to earn Cheshire under 11 boys second team position.

Ambre Richards (first place in the vertical jump with 59), Emma Ashcroft and Sophie Cribb combined for the Cheshire under 15 girls who finished third in the team event.

ISSY CLARKE represented West Cheshire AC and secured a bronze medal from the under 17 ladies race at the Northern 5k Road Race Championships held at Birkenhead Park with a time of 19 minutes 52 seconds.

Jac Goodall (19:01), Jackson Sloan (19:07) and Rory Willson (20:43) combined for West Cheshire AC in the under 17 mens race to earn bronze team medals.

Lucia Pyne (19:55) and Abigail Cartwright (23:40) completed the under 15 girls race and Harvey Tegg posted 19:03 in the under 15 boys race.

ETHAN ACKROYD represented Wales at the Home Countries Cross Country International.

The teenage West Cheshire Athletic Club member secured third scoring position for the Welsh Schools team after clocking 28:44 for a hilly 8km course at Nottingham’s Wollaton Park.

A TOTAL OF 220 pupils competed at the final round of the Essar West Cheshire AC Schools Cross Country Race Series at Ellesmere Port Sports Village.

Ruby McIlveen (Bishop Wilson), Joe Williams (Kings), Ruby Phillips (Sutton Green), Ben Hackett(Saughall All Saints), Ella Hims (Childer Thornton), Joshua Oates (Newton), Jessica Lark (Upton Heath), Leo Ferdenzi (Acresfield), Georgina Duffey (Birkenhead Academy), Leo Green (Ellesmere Port Catholic High), Imogen Pughe (Wirral Grammar), and Sam Hollins (Upton High) won their respective age group races.

ELLIE ROBINSON of West Cheshire AC won her age group prize at the Llantysilio Fell Race at Rhewl in North Wales.

ALEX STANIFORTH (1:21:44), Rosemary Rogers (1:51:52), Mark Povey, Sarah Hughes (2:06:32), and John Mercer (2:24:08) represented West Cheshire AC at the Liverpool Half Marathon.

ALICE McMAHON of West Cheshire AC clocked a new 60m indoor personal best of 7.99 seconds at the Sale Harriers Open Meeting at Manchester.

FIXTURES this weekend include the West Cheshire AC pre-season Track and Field Trials at the Ellesmere Port Sports Village Athletics Track on Thursday, March 29, (6-8pm) and on Saturday, March 31, (10am-12 noon).

The Salford 10k Road Race takes place this Friday (10am start), while the Hale Five Miles Road Race (9.30am) and Air Products 10k Road Race at Crewe (10.15am), take place on Sunday, and the Trafford Open Track and Field Medal Meeting takes place on Monday (12 noon start).

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26th March 2018
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