Press Report: WCAC place highly in county

KEELY SMITH and Michael Young have topped the 2020 Cheshire road running charts.

The West Cheshire Athletic Club pair are the fastest runners in the county over two distances.

Smith headed the Cheshire female half marathon list after achieving a time of 1:26:47 at Capesthorne, near Knutsford, on September 20, and then posted the fastest county female marathon time of 3:01.24 at the Run Oulton Park Grand Prix on December 6.

Young also celebrated a double celebration after clocking the fastest county men’s 10 miles time of 55:32 at Preston on August 9, and posting 2:34:54 at the Flat Runway Marathon, York, on October 4. 

Young was also second fastest for the half marathon with 1:11:41 at Capesthorne on September 20; 10th fastest man over 10km with 33:00 at Run Through Tatton Park on December 5, and 12th fastest for the 5km with 15:41 at Kingsley’s Mid Cheshire Race on August 28.

Other West Cheshire AC members who achieved top 20 positions were Cathryn Whalley, Eloise Eccles, and Rob Little.

Whalley was 10th fastest female over 10 miles with 1:28:18 at Rhyl on February 22, while Eccles was 10th for the half marathon with 1:35:13 at Run Oulton Park Grand Prix on March 1, and Little was 20th for the men’s five miles with 29:54 at Alsager on February 2.

The scheduled English Schools Cross Country Championships in March at Hop Farm, Kent, has been cancelled.

Kent Schools AA has offered to host the championships in 2022 and the proposed date is Saturday 12th March, hopefully at Hop Farm.

A โ€˜Virtual English Schools Cross Country Championshipsโ€™ will be held this year. Further details will be announced soon, requiring athletes to run a 2k or 5k course (depending on age group) at a venue that has a measured course already. Parkrun courses are ideal for this and this will be suggested as part of the rules. A simple google form will allow the athlete to send their times in, along with a verification from a coach or teacher. New Balance will support this event with prizes and merchandise for athletes. This will also be a county team event.

Posted by Dave Alexander
18th January 2021

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