Press report: Spring is Upon us…

WEST CHESHIRE Athletic Club is putting the final touches to next week’s Essar Chester Spring Five Miles Road Race.

The event, staged on a flat and fast course, has always proved popular with local runners wanting to gauge their training for this month’s London Marathon or the Chester Half Marathon.

This year’s event is being held on Wednesday, April 11, from Cheshire County Sports Club, Upton-By-Chester, with a 7pm start.

Runners who haven’t yet entered the fixture are being urged to do so quickly with the race limit of 500 nearly being reached and nobody being allowed to enter on the night of the race.

Entries are currently being accepted online at:

Prizes are on offer for the first five male and first three female finishers, as well as an extensive list of awards in various age group categories and there will be men’s and ladies UK Athletics affiliated club team prizes.

Runners at the head of the race will be aiming to match or better the current mens, ladies and veterans course records set by Peter Riley (23:23), Jenny Clague (27:18) and Mike Girvan (24:29) respectively.

SARA PEARSON posted a new under 13 girls 75m (10.97 seconds), 150m (21.70), and shot put (5.98m) personal bests at Monday’s Trafford AC Track and Field Medal Meeting.

Pearson was joined at the fixture by West Cheshire AC team mate Jodi Bemand who clocked a new under 15 girls 300m best of 47.89 seconds, a new 75m hurdles best of 12.42, and javelin best of 20.71m, while Sophie Grainger posted a new under 15 girls 1500m best of 5:20.09.

Lola Byrne clocked new under 13 girls personal bests in the 70m hurdles (12.52 seconds), long jump (3.58m), and javelin (23m), while her sister Ava posted new under 15 girls personal bests in the 75m hurdles (12.62) and javelin (18.60m), and long-jumped 4.17m.

MARK DAVIES, of West Cheshire AC, was first in his over-40 age group and eighth overall with a time of 17:22 at the first Wirral Seaside 5k Race at Leasowe, ahead of club mates Jackson Sloan (14th in 18:14), Phil Woodley (27th in 18:45), Anest Muller (20:25), Angela Tegg (23:53), and Rosemary Rogers (second over 60 lady in 25:23).

The next race in the Wirral Seaside 5k Series at Leasowe will be held on Wednesday, April 25, (7pm start).

ANDY CARTER of West Cheshire AC posted 37:42 for 20th spot at the Air Products 10k Road Race at Crewe, ahead of club mate Luke Ellis (34th in 38:32).

MORE than 100 members participated in the West Cheshire AC Pre-Season Track and Field Trials at Ellesmere Port Sports Village.

The event was held in two parts, with the majority of track races accompanying shot put trials last Thursday night, before field events and sprint hurdles took centre stage on Saturday morning.

FIXTURES this weekend include the Borders Road Running League Race at Mold, on Sunday (11am start), and a Wigan Harriers AC Open Track and Field Meeting on Sunday (10am start).

WEST CHESHIRE AC will travel to Becketts Park, Leeds, for the opening round of the Under 13 and Under 15 Youth Development Track and Field League on Saturday, April 21, while the Under 17 and Under 20 squad will start their campaign on Sunday, April 29, at Bebington Oval.

West Cheshire AC will begin their Northern Track and Field League Division One season at Wigan, on Saturday, May 5, and will host the opening round of the Cheshire Track and Field League at Ellesmere Port Sports Village on Sunday, May 6.

Posted by Dave Alexander
3rd April 2018

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