Press Report: Sion and Katie Keep WCAC on Track

(Photo courtesy of John Earlston)

SION ROBERTS and Katie Clarke both secured success at Anglesey.

The West Cheshire Athletic Club duo were first under 20 man and under 20 lady respectively at the third round of the Borders Road Running League held at Trac Mon, Ty Croes.

Roberts posted 28 minutes 17 seconds for the undulating five miles course to finish 10th overall, supported by under 20 junior team mate Jac Goodall (16th in 28:59), Graham Wells (21st in 29:20), Andrew Clague (first over-50 man in 31:24), Danny Paddock (54th in 31:42), John Parlevliet (72nd in 33:05), Rory Willson (100th in 35:22), Ian Ackroyd (116th in 36:47), Dave Tiernan (120th in 37:07), Bob Benson (146th in 39:57), Tony Kennedy (149th in 40:27), Peter Smith (152nd in 41:00), and Brian Beattie (170th in 48:35).

Clarke clocked 33:09 for fifth position in the ladies race, backed up by West Cheshire AC team mates Claire Harris (eighth in 34:40), Issy Clarke (12th in 35:31), and Debra Bemand (third over-45 lady in 37:31).

LEAGUE POSITIONS (after three rounds)

Men’s Division One: 1 Wallasey 944 points, 2 Buckley 992, 3 West Cheshire 1447, 4 Prestatyn 1688; 5 Helsby 1834, 6 Wirral 3092, 7 Deestriders 5278.

Men’s Division Two: 1 Ellesmere Port 951 points, 2 Chester Tri 1377, 3 Wrexham 1500, 4 Birkenhead 3087, 5 Abergele 3495, 6 Cybi 4146, 7 Wrecsam Tri 4417, 8 Tattenhall 5783, 9 Eryri 6122, 10 Deeside 6409.

Women’s Division One: 1 Buckley 206 points, 2 Wallasey 208, 3 Helsby 210; 4 West Cheshire 235, 5 Chester Tri 300, 6 Prestatyn 450, 7 Ellesmere Port 713.

Women’s Division Two: 1 Wirral 148, 2 Deestriders 234, 3 Abergele 345, 4 Eryri 487, 5 Wrecsam Tri 535, 6 Wrexham 652, 7 Tattenhall 671, 8 Birkenhead 873, 9 Cybi 889, 10 Deeside 1414.

The next round will be held at Tattenhall, on January 27.

CARYS ROBERTS and Sophie Grainger contributed towards a Cheshire Schools victory at Winsford.

The West Cheshire AC pair were joined by Holly Weedall, Grace Roberts, Rebecca Dilworth, and Alice Gale to earn the county a junior girls team victory in tough wet and windy conditions at Knights Grange Sports Complex against eight other counties in the Dave Sunderland Cup fixture sponsored by Trajan.

Carys posted 14:03 for fourth spot in the 3km race, and Grainger finished 11th in 14:28, while club mate, Imogen Pughe, representing Merseyside, posted 14:37 for 14th position, and other West Cheshire AC members in action included Martha Willetts and Megan White.

Jamie Richardson finished sixth with 15:08 in the 3.5km junior boys race, ahead of West Cheshire AC team mates Sammy Hollins (16:27) and Dan Willetts (17:09).

Reece Munro (8:19), Luke Parker (8:33), William Line (8:50), George Huyton (9:22), and Murphy Smyth (9:58) teamed up for Cheshire in the 2km minor boys race.

Jessica Lark (9:22), Ruby Carlile (9:40) and Aimee Phillips (10:06) completed the 2km minor girls race, while Lucia Pyne (15th in 17:26) and Abigail Cartwright (20:59) finished the 3.5km intermediate girls event, and Will Wright (21:38), Joseph Hancock (24:08), and Tyr Bujac (24:14) completed the 5km intermediate boys race.

FIXTURES this weekend include the final round of the North Staffs Cross Country League at Rodbaston College, Penkridge, on Saturday (12 noon start), and Sale Harriers Indoor Open Meeting in Manchester, on Sunday (10am start).

WEST CHESHIRE AC members wanting to compete in the Cheshire, Northern or National Cross Country Championships should follow this link,  then email: [email protected] with their full name and date of birth if they are sure that they want to take part.

ENTRIES are now being accepted for the Northern Indoor Athletics Championships being held at Sheffield. Entries close on December 14 for the under 17 and under 20 championships being held on January 12 and 13, and entries close on January 18 for the under 13 and under 15 championships being held on February 3. Further details can be found at:

ENTRIES for the popular Essar Chester Round The Walls Race being hosted by West Cheshire AC at Chester Racecourse on Boxing Day are full. The link for the start list and waiting list can be found at:

Posted by Dave Alexander
10th December 2018

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