Press report: Four in Ten for WCAC on Walls

WEST CHESHIRE Athletic Club celebrated four finishers in the top 10 at the Essar Chester Round The Walls Race.

Aiden Heap headed the charge for the host club as he secured third position for the multi-terrain 4.5 miles Boxing Day event in a time of 24 minutes five seconds.

Heap was backed up by Tom Booth (fourth in 24:11), Neil Finegan (seventh in 24:47), and first under 20 junior Jac Goodall (ninth in 25:04).

West Cheshire AC’s Rosemary Rogers finished first in her over-70 age group with a time of 39:18, while Brian Wright was second in his over-65 age category in 33:07.

Top 20 club finishers included Andrew Cooper (13th in 25:59) and Steve Fernyhough (16th in 26:12), ahead of fourth and sixth-placed under 20 juniors Will Wright (28:33) and Rory Willson (29:53).

Kerry Riley finished seventh lady in 30:03, and other finishers included Dan Thwaites (29:55), fourth over-60 man Joe Foy (30:48), Neil Field (31:49), Mark Povey (38:42), ninth over-50 lady Sarah Hibbert (39:01), Phil Howe (42:34), Nicola Gore (46:44), Claire Bennette (48:34), and fourth over-70 lady Mary Radford (52:09).

Elliott Cox, of Buckley Runners, retained his race title with a time of 23:51, with Matthew Hammerton, of Romsey Road Runners, in second spot just 10 seconds adrift.

Charlotte Towers, representing Chester Tri Club, won the women’s race in a time of 26:39, ahead of second-placed Charlotte Roach in 26:59, and Sarah Hunter, from Ackworth Road Runners, who was third in 27:31.

A TOTAL of 63 West Cheshire AC members have entered this Saturday’s Cheshire County Cross Country Championships to be held at Knights Grange Sports Complex, Grange Lane, Winsford, CW7 2PT.

The race timetable is: 11am – Under 11 Boys and Girls; 11.20am – Under 13 Boys and Girls; 11.50am – Under 15 Boys and Girls; 12.20pm – Under 17 Men and Women, and Under 20 Women; 1pm – Under 20 Men and Senior Women; 1.50pm – Senior Men.

OTHER fixtures this weekend include the Sale Harriers Indoor Open Track and Field Meeting at SportCity, Manchester, on Sunday (10am start). 

WEST CHESHIRE AC members wanting to compete in the Northern and or English National Cross Country Championships should email club cross country secretary, Dave Alexander, ASAP at:

The Northern Championships are at The Camp Hill Estate, Kirklington, Bedale, on Saturday, January 25, and the English Championships are at Wollaton Park, Nottingham, on Saturday, February 22.

ENTRIES are now open for the Chester Spring Five Miles Road Race being held on Wednesday 8th April. The online entry link is:

WEST CHESHIRE AC will host the Cheshire Track and Field Championships at the Ellesmere Port Sports Village Athletics Track on Saturday and Sunday, May 9 and 10.

The Club will also host the first round of the Under 17 and Under 20 Youth Development Track and Field League on Sunday, April 26; the second round of the Under 13 and Under 15 Youth Development Track and Field League on Saturday, June 6; the final round of the Northern Track and Field League on Saturday, August 1; and the final round of the Cheshire Track and Field League in September.

The Ellesmere Port Sports Village Athletics Track will also be the setting for the County Round of the English Schools Track and Field Cup on Wednesday, May 6; and the Regional B Final South of the English Schools Track and Field League on Wednesday, June 3.

Posted by Dave Alexander
30th December 2019

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