Press report: Sophie Aims for European Spot

SOPHIE PERCIVAL has received an invitation to a European Trials Competition.

The talented 21 year old West Cheshire AC thrower who made her England international debut in 2016, will compete at Loughborough on Sunday, February 24.

Percival, who is ranked 10th in the UK women’s javelin list with a best throw of 45.03m, will be aiming to impress at the Loughborough Winter Long Throws Competition.

The event provides an opportunity for the Ellesmere Port-based thrower and Chester University student to be selected for the European Throwing Cup which will take place in Samorin, Slovakia, on March 9 and 10.

Percival’s West Cheshire AC team mates Emma Howe, George Hyde, and Evie Tipping, are also planning to build on a pleasing last 12 months.

Howe, who represented England at the Youth Commonwealth Games in the Bahamas, ended 2018 ranked number three in the UK under 20 women’s javelin ranking list.

Hyde, who made his Great Britain debut at the European Under 18 Championships in Hungary in July, finished 2018 ranked third in the UK under 20 men’s shot put rankings.

And Tipping, who medalled at the Northern Championships, completed 2018 ranked 17th in the UK under 17 ladies hammer throwing rankings.

Other West Cheshire AC members aiming to use the past year as a springboard to a memorable 2019 include Ruby Wisbey, Ewan Bradley, Laura Turley, Ethan Milligan, and Imogen Pughe.

Wisbey ended the year fourth in the 70m hurdles and 11th for long jump in the UK under 13 girls rankings, while Bradley secured 20th spot in the UK under 17 men’s heptathlon ranking list; Turley was 11th in the UK under 23 women’s 400m rankings; Milligan 41st in the under 20 men’s UK high jump rankings; and Pughe finished 2018 ninth in the UK under 15 girls 300m rankings.

WEST CHESHIRE AC’s Christmas Fun Morning at Ellesmere Port Sports Village on Saturday attracted 64 members, including overall winner, Jessica Lark.

FORTHCOMING fixtures include the Cheshire County AA Cross Country Championships at Birchwood Forest Park, Warrington, on Saturday, January 5, the same day as the Merseyside AA Cross Country Championships, at Sherdley Park, St Helens; and the North Wales Cross Country Championships, at the Rhug Estate, Corwen.

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

Posted by Dave Alexander
22nd December 2018

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