Press Report: Abigail Helps Club Celebrate Success

ABIGAIL IROZURU was a special guest at West Cheshire Athletic Club’s annual presentation evening.

The British number one female long jumper made a speech and presented trophies at the event which attracted an audience of nearly 200 people at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Chester.

Irozuru, who is hoping to represent Great Britain at this year’s Tokyo Olympic Games, had competed in Germany hours before arriving in Chester and presented awards to West Cheshire AC members as young as nine years of age through to 59 years of age who had demonstrated hard work, commitment, enthusiasm, and dedication in their favoured disciplines which included track and field, road running, cross country running, fell running, and sportshall athletics.

Joseph Morrison and Laura Turley won the men’s and women’s cups, while Paul Morrison was presented with the Chris Goodwin Memorial Cup, Oliver James received the Wright Trophy, and long serving official, Eddie Gore, was presented with the Club Person of the Year Award.

Age group winners this year included Ruby Phillips, Kadie Gledhill, William Mallon, Noah Woolgar, Maddi Mercer, Aimee Phillips, Luke Parker, Matthew Jones, Imogen Pughe, Emma Powell, Uzezi Onomerike, Henry Robinson, Abigail Cartwright, Ceris Gaffney, Matthew Webb, Fraser Campbell, Beth McMahon, Lily Moorhouse, Josh Ford, Jac Goodall, Kerry Riley, Ellen McMahon, Bradley Spurdens, Tom Booth, Alex Duffey, Ellie Robinson, Andy Parker, and Dave McKay.

CARYS ROBERTS celebrated success at the Cheshire Schools Cross Country Championships at Knights Grange, Winsford.

Roberts won the 3.5km Junior Girls race ahead of 10th-placed West Cheshire AC team mate Jessica Lark, Martha Willetts (13th), Ruby Carlile (18th), and Megan White (33rd). 

Jamie Richardson finished third in the 5.5km Intermediate Boys race ahead of Isaac Tait (eighth), Sammy Hollins (10th), and Henry Robinson (21st).

Luke Parker posted sixth spot in the 4km Junior Boys race, ahead of Charlie McMullan (eighth), Dan Willetts (15th), and Nathan Broomfield (34th).

Sion Roberts posted 10th spot in the 6.6km Senior Boys race and Jodi Bemand finished 17th in the 4km Intermediate Girls race. 

Cerys Rowlands finished 10th in the 2km Minor girls race ahead of team mate Eleanor Williams (15th), Amelia McLintock (19th), and Lara Fields (35th).  

HOLLY BOSWORTH and Ruby Wisbey pocketed medals at the Northern Indoor Championships at Sheffield.

Bosworth secured a silver medal in the under 13 girls high jump with a new personal best clearance of 1-35m, and Wisbey achieved a new under 15 girls long jump personal best of 5.21m, and added a time of 9.92 in the 60m hurdles.

Sara Pearson hit a new under 15 girls shot put personal best of 9.38m for fourth spot and posted 27.62 in her 200m semi after 27.28 in her heat

Macy Brett posted 9.04 seconds in her under 13 girls 60m final for sixth spot after clocking 8.92 in her semi, and a new pb of 8.89 in her heat, and clocked 29.37 in her 200m final after a pb of 28.96 in her heat, as well as a new long jump pb of 4.12m. 

while Sophie Haslam posted an under 13 girls 800m pb of 2:35.09 and 200m pb of 30.27, and Teresa Arvidsson clocked an under 13 girls 200m pb of 31.09. 

Fergus Garland posted 8.27 seconds in his under 15 boys 60m semi-final having clocked a personal best of 8.06 seconds in his heat, and a new 200m best of 25.57 in his semi after 25.20 in his heat.

Maddi Mercer posted a new under 15 girls 60m personal best of 8.64 seconds in her semi after posting 8.51 in her heat, and clocked 28.47 in her 200m semi after a 27.61 in her heat.

JOSEPH MORRISON was crowned under 20 men’s champion after winning the final round of the North Wales Cross Country League.

Morrison posted 31 minutes 48 seconds for victory in the men’s race at The Marches School, Oswestry, ahead of West Cheshire AC team mates Neil Finegan (fourth over-45 man in 34:31), Dave Alexander (first over-50 man in 35:17), Steve Fernyhough (sixth over-35 man in 35:38), Paul Morrison (sixth under 20 man in 35:49), Andrew Clague (third over-50 man overall in 37:28), Neil Hershaw (first over-55 man in 37:33), Richard Hayes (17th over-45 man in 39:23), Andy Carter (19th over-45 man in 39:34), Mark Davies (19th over-40 man in 44:55), and Dave Tiernan (17th over-55 man in 48:40).

West Cheshire AC’s senior men finished fourth at the final round and sixth overall in Division One, while the veteran men were fourth at the final round and fifth overall.

Kerry Riley clocked 21:19 for second spot in the women’s race, backed up by West Cheshire AC team mates Anest Muller (seventh over-35 lady in 23:40), Ellie Robinson (sixth over-45 lady in 23:43), Ellen McMahon (14th lady in 24:43), Clare Mallon (eighth over-45 lady in 25:01), Debra Bemand (12th over-45 lady in 27:13), and Alex Duffey (14th over-45 lady in 28:00), while Lucia Pyne finished third overall.

West Cheshire AC’s ladies finished sixth team at the final race and ended the season in third spot overall in Division One, while the veteran women were eighth at the final round and fourth overall.  

EWAN BRADLEY cleared a new under 20 men’s pole vault personal best height of 4-41m in the Vault Manchester event held at SportCity, Manchester. 

JAC GOODALL, Ethan Greenland, Freddy Newberry, Jean Claude Randon, and Adam Poole all completed the British Universities and Colleges Cross Country Championships held in Edinburgh’s Holyrood Park.

FIXTURES this weekend include the final round of the Essar West Cheshire AC Schools Cross Country Race Series at Ellesmere Port Sports Village (10am start); the final round of the Manchester Cross Country League at Heaton Park, Manchester on Saturday (12 noon start); and the Nick Beer 10k Road Race at Llandudno on Sunday (11am start).

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

Posted by Dave Alexander
4th February 2020

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