Press Report: Carys and Jamie Up with UK’s Best at Prestwold

CARYS ROBERTS helped push Cheshire to Team Gold at Loughborough.

The talented West Cheshire Athletic Club member was a fourth counter for her county at the UK Inter Counties Cross Country Championships at Prestwold Hall, Loughborough.

Roberts posted 17 minutes 55 minutes for the 4km under 15 girls event and was backed up by Cheshire team mates Holly Weedall, Grace Roberts and Hope Smith. 

Carys’s West Cheshire clubmate Jamie Richardson was first home for Cheshire’s under 15 boys team after negotiating the 4km course in a time of 15:01 for ninth spot, ahead of West Cheshire’s Sammy Hollins (fourth Cheshire team counter in 17:31).

Jessica Lark of West Cheshire AC, was second home for Cheshire in the 3km under 13 girls race with a time of 16:05, ahead of West Cheshire’s Sophie Haslam who was eighth home for Merseyside in 17:13.

West Cheshire’s Sion Roberts was fourth home for Cheshire in the 8km under 20 men’s race after posting 37:48, while Lucia Pyne was fifth home for Cheshire in the under 17 women’s 5km race in 25:24.

Lily Moorhouse of West Cheshire was fifth home for Cheshire after clocking 34:26 in the under 20 ladies 6km race.

Isaac Tait (sixth Cheshire counter in 25:07), and Matthew Douglass (eighth Cheshire counter in 28:50), completed the 6km under 17 men’s race.

Christine Symms was sixth home for Shropshire with a time of 60:24 in the senior women’s 10km race.

MICHAEL YOUNG achieved a top 10 finish at the Chester 10k Road Race on Sunday.

The West Cheshire AC member clocked 33:58 for 10th spot at the fixture which attracted nearly 5,000 runners.

He was backed up by club mates Aiden Heap (13th in 34:27), Jean Claude Randon (first under 20 man and 15th overall in 34:47), Andrew Cooper (second over-35 man and 23rd overall in 35:58), and Steve Fernyhough (third over-35 man and 25th overall in 36:04).

Robert Little (seventh over-40 man in 37:25), Danny Paddock (44th in 37:26), Freddy Newberry (51st in 37:52), Ian Gloyne-Phillips (fourth over-45 man in 38:52), and Steve King (seventh over-45 man in 39:30) were other West Cheshire members to clock sub-40 minute performances.

Mother and daughter Debra Bemand (second over-45 lady in 44:19), and Jodi Bemand (second under 17 lady in 44:58) achieved podium places.

They were joined at the event by Richard Batterham and Brian Beattie who their over-70 and over-75 age groups respectively in times of 52:50 and 64:55.

Mary Radford broke her own over-70 ladies’ 10km club record with a time of 73:04, and other West Cheshire finishers included Colm McNabb (40:18), Liam Davoren (43:27), Ian Ackroyd (seventh over-60 man in 45:50), Brian Wright (third over-65 man in 46:22), Steve Hillier (46:52), Stephen Ball (46:54), Clare Mallon (eighth over-45 lady in 48:08), Dan Watling (48:22), Ellen McMahon (49:14), Jane Barker (50:54), Amy Mills (51:50), Cathryn Whalley (eighth over-50 lady in 52:46), Sarah Hibbert (54:11), Lorraine McFaul (55:16), Claire Bennette (55:42), Claire Gloyne-Phillips (55:42), Sarah Hughes (56:33), Sharon Dodd (sixth over-60 lady in 56:39), Katherine Harvey (62:19), Karen Waugh (72:24), and Mark Povey. 

FIXTURES this weekend include the English Schools Cross Country Championships at Sefton Park, Liverpool, on Saturday, the British Masters Cross Country Championships at Rhug Estate, Corwen, on Saturday; the English Athletics Indoor Under 15s and Under 17s Combined Events Championships at Sheffield on Saturday and Sunday;  the Borders Road Running League at Wrexham on Sunday (11am start); and the Sale Harriers Indoor Open Meeting at Manchester on Sunday (10am start).

TWO popular West Cheshire Athletic Club road races are now open for entries.

The Chester Spring Five Miles Road Race is taking place on Wednesday, April 8, and the online entry link is here.

The Guilden Sutton 10k Road Race is being held on Sunday, September 20, and the online entry link is here.

Posted by Dave Alexander
9th March 2020

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