Press report: Team success on all surfaces

WEST CHESHIRE Athletic Club celebrated four team victories at the opening round of the North West Indoor Sportshall Athletics League.

The Ellesmere Port Sports Village-based club’s under 11 girls, under 13 girls, under 15 girls, and under 15 boys all tasted success at the event held at Crewe’s South Cheshire College.

West Cheshire AC will be aiming to build on their good start to the indoor campaign when the club hosts the next round of the North West Sportshall League at Ellesmere Port Sports Village, on Sunday, November 11.


Under 11 Girls: 1 West Cheshire 178.5 points; 2 Crewe and Nantwich 175; 3 Wespa 170.5; 4 Macclesfield 98; 5 Handforth 55.

Under 13 Girls: 1 West Cheshire 183; 2 Crewe and Nantwich 176.5; 3 Wespa 142.5.

Under 15 Girls: 1 West Cheshire 187; 2 Crewe and Nantwich 172; 3 Handforth 43.

Under 11 Boys: 1 Crewe and Nantwich 186; 2 Wespa 175; 3 West Cheshire 145; 4 Handforth 96.

Under 13 Boys: 1 Crewe and Nantwich 188; 2 West Cheshire 161; 3 Wespa 142.5; 4 Handforth 54.5; 5 Macclesfield 45.

Under 15 Boys: 1 West Cheshire 183; 2 Crewe and Nantwich 119; 3 Wespa 111; 4 Handforth 54.

KERRY RILEY (27th) headed West Cheshire AC women’s charge to second team spot in Division One at the opening round of the North Wales Cross Country League held at Baschurch near Shrewsbury, and was backed up by Claire Harris (30th), Anest Muller (36th), Ellie Robinson (42nd), Angela Tegg (82nd), Pam Ackroyd (98th), Debra Bemand (100th), Kay Hayes (109th), and Brygida Gorecka (123rd), while Paul Morrison was ninth in the under 17 men’s race.

Ethan Ackroyd of West Cheshire AC secured fifth spot in the senior men’s race for West Cheshire AC who are top of the Division Two team standings. He was supported by Dave Alexander (22nd), Richard Hayes (40th), Andrew Clague (43rd), Tony Woodall (46th), John Parlevliet (57th), Phil Woodley (66th), Stuart Thomas (94th), Bob Benson (128th), Peter Smith (144th), and Mark Duffey (149th).

The next round of the North Wales Cross Country League will be held at Foxhills, Colwyn Bay, on Saturday, October 20, (2pm start).

FOUR West Cheshire AC members clocked sub-three hour times at the MBNA Chester Marathon.

Alex Staniforth (2:54:39), Mark Davies (2:55:35), Tom Booth (2:56:53), and Andy Carter (2:59:01) were backed up by clubmates Steve Fernyhough (3:01:13), Mark Carruthers (3:04:42), Wullie McGarrell (3:07:58), Trevor Holmes (3:15:09), Julian Tegg (3:26:46), Keely Smith (3:32:25), Rob Boggild (3:35:42), Mark Gallagher (3:41:44), David Irving (3:44:04), Richard Hayes (3:47:23), Clare Mallon (3:49:40), Neil Field (4:03:00; Stephen Ball (4:05:21), and Andrew Leishman (4:15:32).

ROB LITTLE of West Cheshire AC completed the Great Scottish Half Marathon in a time of 1:17:09, three seconds faster than his best this year and the fastest time by a West Cheshire AC member this year so far. He was joined at the race by Kerry Riley who clocked 1:39:49.

JAC GOODALL of West Cheshire AC clocked a new personal best of 17 minutes four seconds for third spot at the Birkenhead Parkrun.

WEST CHESHIRE AC duo Lucia Pyne (West Kirby Grammar), and Imogen Pughe (Wirral Grammar) won the Senior Girls and Year 8/9 Girls races respectively at the Merseyside Schools Cross Country League, at Birkenhead Park), where club mate Abigail Cartwright (Wirral Grammar) posted ninth spot in the Senior Girls race.

FIXTURES this weekend include the opening round of the Manchester Area Cross Country League at Wythenshawe Park, on Saturday (12.15pm start); and the first round of the Liverpool and District Cross Country League on Saturday at Arrowe Park, Birkenhead, (11am start), while Sunday sees the opening round of the Borders Road Running League at New Brighton Promenade, (11am start).

ELLESMERE PORT SPORTS VILLAGE will be the setting for this winter’s Essar West Cheshire AC Schools Cross Country Race Series being held on Saturdays, October 20, November 3, February 9, and March 2, (all 10am start).

ENTRIES are now being accepted for the British Cross Country Challenge fixture being held at Sefton Park, Liverpool, on Saturday, November 24. Further details can be found here.

ENTRIES are now open for the Four Village Half Marathon at Helsby. Details can be found here.

Posted by Dave Alexander
8th October 2018

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