Press report: PBs Galore at Chester Half

TOM BOOTH headed West Cheshire Athletic Club’s charge at the Essar Chester Half Marathon.

The distance-running ace reached the Northgate Street finishing line in a new personal best time of one hour 18 minutes 17 seconds to secure 22nd position.

He was joined by Graham Wells (53rd in 1:21:26), Alex Staniforth (1:22:28), Andy Carter (new pb of 1:22:44), and Steve Fernyhough (1:23:28) who all clocked new personal bests.

Other purple-vested West Cheshire AC members in action included Mark Davies (1:24:04), Andrew Clague (1:24:31), Ian Gloyne-Philips (1:24:49), Tom Cable (new pb of 1:25:28), Danny Paddock (new pb of 1:26:59), Luke Ellis (1:27:37), and Tony Woodall (1:28:31).

Joe Foy achieved second spot in his over-60 age category with 1:32:12, ahead of Steve Hillier (1:32:27), Stuart Thomas (1:33:41), Neil Field (1:37:38), Mark Gallagher (1:38:46), David Irving (1:40:18), Ian Ackroyd (1:41:10), Stephen Ball (new pb of 1:43:11), Darren Shillington (1:52:42), Brygida Gorecka (new pb of 1:52:50), Mark Povey (1:55:23), fourth over 70 finisher Brian Beattie (2:00:29), Wullie McGarrell (1:56:43), Sharon Dodd (1:56:44), and Sarah Hughes (2:04:06).

WEST CHESHIRE AC’s men and women will compete in Division One of next season’s Borders Road Running League.

Claire Harris (third in 30:05), Issy Clarke (seventh in 30:35), Ellie Robinson (18th in 31:56), and Debra Bemand (41st in 35:10) combined in the final round at Shotton’s 7.3km course to retain the women’s Division One status.

Ethan Greenland (first under 20 junior in 25:09), Greg Jones (third under 20 junior in 26:22), Graham Wells (39th in 26:48), Dave Dentith (40th in 27:00), Dave Alexander (45th in 27:06), Sion Roberts (49th in 27:12), Andy Carter (50th in 27:13), Mark Davies (55th in 27:25), Jac Goodall (61st in 27:39), and Neil Hershaw (62nd in 27:40) consolidated the men’s place in Division One at Shotton.

Greenland (under 20 man), Clarke (under 20 lady), and Hershaw (over 50 man) all won overall in their respective age groups at the end of the league series of races.

Other West Cheshire AC members in action at Shotton included: John Parlevliet (27:54), Andrew Clague (28:25), Paul Morrison (28:40), Ian Gloyne-Phillips (28:51), Steven Fernyhough (29:00), Phil Woodley (29:11), Tony Woodall (29:48), Rory Willson (30:18), Stuart Thomas (31:06), Neil Field (31:07), Bob Benson (32:25), Mark Gallagher (32:41), Stephen Ball (33:29), Dave Tiernan (33:46), Ian Ackroyd (34:06), Peter Smith (35:11), Brygida Gorecka (36:08), Angela Tegg (36:42), Clare Mallon (36:42), Pam Ackroyd (36:43), Tony Kennedy (36:59), Phil Howe (37:18), Kay Hayes (40:44), Brian Beattie (40:55), and Dave Brierley (48:29).

EWAN BRADLEY, Evie Tipping and Ethan Greenland all celebrated new club record performances at the opening round of the Youth Development Track and Field League match at Bebington Oval.

The West Cheshire AC trio all impressed and contributed for their club at the under 17 and under 20 fixture.

Bradley cleared 3-80m in the under 17 mens pole vault and clocked 14.5 seconds in the 100m hurdles for new marks, while Tipping hit 52.12m in the under 17 womens hammer, and Greenland posted 6:39.0 in the under 20 mens 2,000m steeplechase.

KERRY RILEY, Ellie Robinson, Angela Tegg and Peter Smith all represented West Cheshire AC and completed the Llanghynafal Loop Fell Race.

FIXTURES this week include the West Cheshire AC Schools Track and Field Cup at Ellesmere Port Sports Village on Thursday, (4pm start); the first round of the Northern Track and Field League at Robin Park, Wigan, on Saturday (11.30am start), ‘and the Cheshire Track and Field League first round on Sunday at Ellesmere Port Sports Village (11am start).

ENTRIES close this Saturday, (May 5), for the Cheshire Track and Field Championships being held at Macclesfield on May 12 and 13. The online entry link is:

Posted by Dave Alexander
30th April 2018

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