Press Report: Jamie and Keely are Really Worthy Winners

KEELY SMITH and Jamie Richardson celebrated success for West Cheshire Athletic Club at the weekend.

Keely won the Borders Road Running League women’s race after clocking 33 minutes 30 seconds for the 8.9km Birkenhead Park course on Sunday.

And Jamie won the under 17 men’s 5.8km race in a time of 20 minutes 14 seconds at Kenworthy Woods, Wythenshawe, in Saturday’s Manchester Cross Country League event, supported by club mates Sammy Hollins (seventh in 22:14), and Henry Robinson (18th in 23:31) to earn West Cheshire AC second team position.

Keely was backed up by Fiona Cook (seventh in 34:35), Jodi Bemand (12th in 35:44), Traci Shipley (33rd in 40:43), Debra Bemand (48th in 42:02), Amy Mills (50th in 42:06), and Agnieszka Bycina (78th in 47:55).

David Shearer (ninth in 29:15) was West Cheshire AC’s first finisher at Birkenhead Park, ahead of Neil Finegan (21st in 30:21), Tom Booth (24th in 30:38), Steve Fernyhough (26th in 30:59), Graham Wells (30th in 31:20), Steve Duffy (42nd in 32:04), Paul Morrison (49th in 32:51), Andy Carter (59th in 33:40), Neil Hershaw (64th in 34:00), Andrew Cooper (65th in 34:11), James Robinson (69th in 34:22), Phil Woodley (70th in 34:28), Ian Gloyne-Phillips (72nd in 34:44), Richard Hayes (78th in 35:22), Dave Gough (89th in 36:25), Ewan Lloyd (107th in 37:24), Paul Cain (120th in 38:15), Iain Wood (136th in 39:35), Brian Wright (141st in 40:04), Stephen Ball (146th in 40:23), and Dave Tiernan (148th in 41:12).


WOMEN’S DIVISION ONE: 1 Wirral AC 26 points; 2 West Cheshire AC 53; 3 Buckley Runners 57; 4 Wallasey AC 116; 5 Chester Tri 124; 6 Helsby RC 151; 7 Ellesmere Port RC 225.

MEN’S DIVISION ONE: 1 Wallasey 220; 2 West Cheshire AC 369; 3 Wirral AC 421; 4 Buckley Runners 455; 5 Wrexham AC 543; 6 Ellesmere Port RC 856; 7 Eryri Harriers 4637.

VETERAN WOMEN: 1 West Cheshire AC 41; 2 Buckley Runners 57; 3 Deestriders RC 78; 4 Tattenhall Runners 91; 5 Wirral AC 95; 6 Chester Tri 101; 7 Wallasey AC 103; 8 Helsby RC 105; 9 Eryri Harriers 157; 10 Birkenhead AC 227; 11 Deeside AC 296; 12 Prestatyn RC 316; 13 Ellesmere Port RC 326; 14 Wrecsam Tri 355; 15 Wrexham AC 383; 16 Cybi Striders 600; 16 Abergele Harriers 600.

VETERAN MEN: 1 West Cheshire AC 287; 2 Wirral AC 441; 3 Wallasey AC 467; 4 Chester Tri 568; 5 Helsby RC 594; 6 Deeside AC 806; 7 Deestriders RC 845; 8 Buckley Runners 910; 9 Wrecsam Tri 988; 10 Wrexham AC 1333; 11 Ellesmere Port RC 1434; 12 Prestatyn RC 1670; 13 Birkenhead AC 1739; 14 Tattenhall Runners 1887; 15 Abergele Harriers 2663; 16 Eryri Harriers 3137; 17 Cybi Striders 3500.

The next round of the Borders Road Running League will be held at Deeside College, Connah’s Quay, on Sunday, January 23,(11am start).

JESSICA LARK broke the under 17 women’s 600m indoor club record with a time of 1:42:08 at the Manchester Indoor Open Meeting and added a winning 300m personal best of 44.75 seconds, just 24 hours after finishing second with a time of 15:51 in the 4.2km under 15 girls Manchester Cross Country League race.

Kate Titlow (15th in 29:42) was first home for West Cheshire AC’s women in the 6.9km Manchester Cross Country League race, ahead of Anna Woolgar (64th in 32:16), Claire Harris (88th in 33:29), Traci Shipley (96th in 33:50), Angela Tegg (153rd in 36:24), Debra Bemand (176th in 37:29), and Alex Duffey (273rd in 42:46) to earn 12th team position.

Carys Roberts posted 24:49 for fourth position in the 5.8km under 17 women’s race ahead of Jodi Bemand (seventh in 25:35).

Thomas Rimmer was 11th in 11:20 in the under 13 boys race, ahead of Noah Woolgar (25th in 11:45), while Harry McKenna posted 10:25 for 28th spot in the under 11 boys race, and Sophie Haslam was 11th with 16:52 in the under 15 girls race.

Neil Finegan (58th in 37:51) was first home for West Cheshire AC in the 9.7km men’s race, ahead of Richard Hayes (183rd in 44:19), Mark Davies (226th in 46:11), and Andy Carter (244th in 46:54).

The next round of the Manchester Area Cross Country League will be held at Tatton Park, on Saturday, January 15, (12 noon start).

FOUR West Cheshire AC members competed in the English Schools Cross Country Cup National Finals at Newquay.

Luke Parker finished sixth in the Intermediate Boys race and helped Helsby High School finish 11th team out of 27 schools, while Holly Coates (78th in the junior girls race), Isabella Rimmer (73rd in the Intermediate Girls race) and Cosette Wearden (76th in the Intermediate Girls race) represented West Kirby Grammar School, with the Junior Girls finishing 11th team out of 27 schools, and the Intermediate Girls were 19th out of 27 teams.

HOLLY BOSWORTH cleared 1-50m in the under 15 girls high jump at the Manchester Indoor Open Meeting and was joined at the event by Aimee Phillips (1:47:16 for under 17 ladies 600m, and 46.13 seconds in the 300m), Megan White (1:59:38 for under 17 ladies 600m), Ruby Phillips (1:48:36 for under 15 girls 600m and 49.0 in the 300m), Ruby Wisbey (9.31 for under 17 ladies 60m hurdles and 8.28 in the 60m), Emma Holmes (8.13 for under 17 ladies 60m and 42.75 in the 300m), and Emily Owen (8.10 for under 15 girls 60m).

The next Manchester Indoor Track and Field fixture is scheduled to be held at SportCity, on Sunday, December 19 (10.30am start).

Posted by Dave Alexander
6th December 2021

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