Press report: Youngsters Spring to National Title

NINE West Cheshire Athletic Club youngsters have been crowned UK champions in Manchester.

Stephanie Jones, Imogen Pughe, Lara Battersby, Ava Byrne, Isla Shillington, Eva Renshaw, Ruby Wisbey and Fatoumatta Bojang combined with Cheshire team mates Ruby Bowie, Emma Farrington, Elizabeth Scott (all Crewe and Nantwich AC) and Lily Dutton (Macclesfield) to win the under 13 girls team title at the UK Sportshall Athletics Championships.

And West Cheshire AC’s Uzezi Onomerike achieved a winning standing triple jump of 7.57m to secure the under 13 boys title against the best of his age group in the UK.

WEST CHESHIRE Athletic Club capitalised on home advantage at the Essar Chester Spring Five Miles Road Race.

The purple vested-club’s ladies and men secured team victories at the popular event which attracted 462 entries and 388 finishers.

First junior, Issy Clarke, steered West Cheshire AC women to glory after posting a new under 17 club record time of 32 minutes 20 seconds, supported by Claire Harris (second senior lady in 32:20), and Angela Tegg (third over-45 lady in 38:07).

First under 20 junior man, Ethan Greenland, headed the men’s charge for West Cheshire AC with a time of 28:12, and he received back-up from Mark Davies (28:58), second junior under 20 man Jac Goodall (29:04), and Graham Wells (29:05).

Matthew Sheen, of Vale Royal AC, won the race with a time of 25:39, ahead of runner-up Richard Burney (Liverpool Harriers) in 26:08, and third-placed Stephen Skates, of Prestatyn, in 26:14.

Amanda Crook, of Southport Waterloo, won the ladies title after clocking 28:41, ahead of runner-up Emma Crowe, of Wrexham AC, who posted 30:21, and Liz Renondeau (Vale Royal AC) was third in 30:35.

Race director, Ellie Robinson, admitted she had been delighted about the success of the event: “We had another great race and I’ve received several positive comments from runners via email.

“Despite last minute concerns in the lead up to the race about unexpected road works on the course and significant flooding of Picton Gorse Lane only 24 hours before the race, thanks to all the effort from West Cheshire Athletic Club volunteers it all came together nicely on the night and the rain held off.

“It was great to see West Cheshire AC walking away with both of the team prizes and on behalf of my club I’d like to convey a big thank you to our race sponsors Essar.”

Other West Cheshire AC finishers included first over-60 man, Joe Foy, who posted 32:49, second over-50 man Neil Hershaw (30:38), third under 20 junior man Sion Roberts (29:15), Andy Carter (29:15), Andrew Clague (30:48), Luke Ellis (30:49), Steve Fernyhough (31:46), Steve Hillier (34:06), Neil Field (34:58), Julian Tegg (35:06), Patrick Tait (36:35), Brygida Gorecka (41:40), Brian Beattie (44:28), Sarah Hughes (44:33), Zoe Rees (45:48), John Mercer (47:11), and Dave Brierley (52:17).

WEST CHESHIRE AC trio George Hyde, Emma Howe and Evie Tipping powered their way to impressive performances at the Liverpool Jumps and Throws Meeting.

Hyde hit a new under 18 shot put personal best of 17.96m for victory, while Howe nailed a new personal best of 47.78m for success in the under 18 ladies javelin, and Tipping achieved 49.31m for second spot in the under 17 ladies hammer.

ANGELA TEGG clocked a new personal best of 48:15 at the Whitley 10k Road Race near Warrington and was joined at the event by Ethan Greenland who was fourth in 34:57, and by Andy Carter who was 17th in 36:45.

ELLIE ROBINSON posted a new over-45 ladies personal best of 43:07 at the Mersey Tunnel 10k Road Race, where she was joined by West Cheshire AC team mates Dave Alexander (36:56), Mark Povey (51:48), and Rosemary Rogers (52:36).

SOPHIE HASLAM pocketed three medals in her debut appearance for West Cheshire AC at the Wirral Open Track and Field Meeting.

Haslam secured silver medals in the under 13 girls 600m with 2:06, and in the long jump (3.36m), and a bronze medal in the 150m (25 seconds).

FIXTURES this weekend include the first round of the Under 13s and Under 15s Youth Development Track and Field League at Beckett Park, Leeds, on Saturday (11am start), and the London Marathon on Sunday.

Posted by Dave Alexander
16th April 2018

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