Press Report: Teamwork Ensures Top Flight Status

WEST CHESHIRE Athletic Club are celebrating after retaining their place in Division One of the Northern Track and Field League.

The Ellesmere Port Sports Village outfit, managed by Jenny Manning and Dave McKay, will compete in the region’s top flight for a fourth consecutive campaign after a battling display from a 28-strong squad during the final round at Preston.

Teamwork and sheer determination were hallmarks from a tense final round for the purple-vested squad who delivered when it mattered most.

Track judge Jo Clarke and her daughters, Katie and Issy, drove from a holiday in Pembrokeshire to pocket much-needed points for their club, while ultra-runner Tom Booth arrived by train from Kendal to represent his team.

No fewer than five age group club records were achieved during the memorable day by Great Britain junior international George Hyde, Welsh champion Laura Turley, and dependable veterans Ellie Robinson and Dave McKay.

Under 20 junior, Hyde, won the shot put competition with a throw of 14.56m and finished second in the discus with a new under 20 club record of 34.70m.

Turley powered her way to success with a new over-20 ladies 200m club record time of 24.8 seconds and equalled her 100m personal best of 12.4 seconds for third position.

Robinson achieved a new over-45 women’s 200m club record time of 33.1 seconds and also added valuable points from the 800m and 1500m.

And McKay equalled his over-35 men’s high jump club record clearance of 1-55m for third place in the B competition, as well as celebrating victories in the javelin (52.88m) and hammer (42.80m).

Victor Oyesola secured a memorable double success story from the 100m (11.3) and 200m (22.8), backed up by Katie Clarke who won the 3000m in 11:06.7, and by Emma Howe who nailed a winning throw of 42.85m in the javelin.

Tom Booth won the B 5000m in 17:11.7, and Tony Woodall claimed maximum points from the B 3000m steeplechase with a time of 12:17.2.

Other important members of the West Cheshire squad included Danielle Erskine, Beth and Ellen McMahon, Joy Hickman, Evie Tipping, Debra Erskine, Nicola Gore, Matthew Webb, Andy Parker, Liam Davoren, Joseph Morrison, David Dentith, Mark Davies, Andrew Clague, Ethan Greenland, Craig Smith, Adam Howe, and Alan Littler.

MATCH RESULT: 1 Wakefield 396 points; 2 Preston 393.5; 3 Wigan 385.5; 4 West Cheshire 354; 5 York 336; 6 Sheffield 23.

OVERALL STANDINGS (after four rounds): 1 Wakefield 22 league points (1599 match points); 2 Wigan 15 (1477); 3 West Cheshire 14 (1435.5); 4 York 14 (1358); 5 Preston 13 (1380.5); 6 Sheffield 6 (724.5).

KERRY RILEY, Ellie Robinson, Keely Smith and Clare Mallon secured West Cheshire AC the ladies team prize at the Pie and Peas Five Miles Road Race at Winsford.

Riley clocked 34:51 for second spot in the ladies race, ahead of Robinson (first over-45 lady in 35:23), Smith (38:13), and Mallon (38:51), backed up by Angela Tegg (39:02), Kay Hayes (42:26), Andy Carter (second over-45 veteran and fifth overall in 30:02), Neil Hershaw (third over-50 veteran in 31:55), Steve Hillier (34:49), Ian Gloyne-Phillips (35:10), and David Irving (35:49).

MARK DAVIES of West Cheshire AC posted 27:25 for sixth spot at the latest Deestriders Off Road Grand Prix Race, ahead of Tony Woodall (29:03), Richard Hayes (29:45), Neil Field (33:27), Stuart Thomas (35:00), Dan Watling (36:06), Tony Kennedy (38:41), Brygida Gorecka (56th in 39:00), Mark Povey (40:11), Brian Beattie (44:48), and Dave Brierley (54:16).

FIXTURES this weekend include the Northern Under 13, Under 15 and Under 17 Track and Field Championships at Wavertree, Liverpool, on Saturday and Sunday.

FORTHCOMING fixtures include the Capenhurst 5k Road Race on Wednesday, (August 15); the final round of the Cheshire Track and Field League at Eccles on Sunday, September 2; the North West Road Relay Championships at Delamere on September 8; and the Northern Athletics Road Relay Championships at Sportcity, Manchester, on Sunday, September 23.

ENTRIES are now being accepted for the Essar Guilden Sutton 10k Road Race being held on Sunday, September 16. Further details can be found at:

Posted by Dave Alexander
6th August 2018

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