Press Report: WCAC Run Near and Far

ELEVEN West Cheshire AC members featured in Saturday’s English National Cross Country Championships.

Kate Titlow rounded the senior women’s 8km course at Parliament Hill, London, in a time of 34 minutes 55 seconds for 114th place, ahead of Claire Harris (518th in 42:43).

Jessica Lark posted 19:26 for 118th spot in the under 15 girls 4km race, ahead of Cosette Wearden (201st in 20:45) and Aimee Phillips (286th in 22:15).

Emilia Pyper clocked 14:34 for 119th position in the under 13 girls 3km race, ahead of Ruby Phillips (229th in 15:39).

Lily Moorhouse was 132nd with a time of 36:03 in the 6km under 20 ladies event and her father, Jon, posted 83:31 for 2,013th place in the 12km men’s race.

Jodi Bemand rounded the under 17 ladies 5km race in 23:49 for 133rd position, and Henry Robinson clocked 25:50 for 173rd spot in the 6km under 17 men’s event.

JAMIE RICHARDSON and Keely Smith headed a large contingent of West Cheshire AC members at the latest round of the Borders Road Running League held on Sunday at Deeside College, Connah’s Quay.

Jamie finished 2nd overall, leading to 3rd place a well-packed purple-vested men’s squad that included Michael Young (15th), David Shearer (21st), Neil Finegan (29th), Graham Wells (32nd), Jon Park (33rd), Matthew Douglass (41st), Steve Fernyhough (47th), Tom Booth (53rd) and Henry Robinson (59th). The team is now in 5th place in Division 1.

Keely led the West Cheshire women’s team to 2nd place, followed by team scorers Jodi Bemand (7th), Fiona Cook (8th) and Traci Shipley (29th), and supported by clubmates Clare Mallon (32nd), Amy Mills (33rd), Debra Bemand (38th) and Claire Williams (43rd). The team is now in 2nd place overall in Division 1, just four points behind league leaders Wirral AC.

The scoring men’s team were supported by clubmates Paul Morrison (64th), Neil Hershaw (66th), Danny Paddock (67th), Dave Alexander (72nd), Andrew Clague (85th), Ian Gloyne-Phillips (86th), Paul Cain (102nd), Steve Hillier (113th), Stephen Ball (129th), Neil Field (138th), Brian Wright (143rd), Tony Kennedy (162nd) and, Dave Tiernan (164th).

The club’s men’s and women’s veterans’ teams were both 1st on the day, putting both at the top of the overall veterans’ standings. The next round of the league will be hosted by Buckley Runners at Mold on Sunday, March 27, (11am start), and Tattenhall Runners will play host for the sixth round, to be held on Sunday, April 10, (11am start).

LAURA TURLEY clocked 58.80 seconds in her 400m heat and 57.04 seconds in her semi-final at the British Universities and Colleges Indoor Championships at Sheffield, while Nathan Hilditch posted 10 minutes 9 seconds for the 3,000m.

FIXTURES this weekend include the Manchester Indoor Open Track and Field Meeting at SportCity, on Saturday (10.30am start).

Forthcoming fixtures include the UK Inter Counties Cross Country Championships at Prestwold Hall, Loughborough, on Saturday, March 12; the England Athletics Under 15s and Under 17s Indoor Combined Events Championships on Saturday and Sunday, March 12 and 13, at the English Institute of Sport Arena, Sheffield; the Chester 10k Road Race on Sunday, March 13; the Cheshire County Schools Sportshall Athletics Finals, on Tuesday, March 15, at Ellesmere Port Sports Village; and the English Schools Cross Country Championships, on Saturday, March 19, at Hop Farm, Tonbridge, Kent.

ANYONE wanting to enter the Dan Gilroy Memorial Open Track and Field Meetings being organised by West Cheshire AC at Ellesmere Port Sports Village, on Sunday, March 20, and Saturday, March 26, can do so online at:

ENTRIES are now open for the popular Chester Spring Five Miles Road Race being organised by West Cheshire AC at Cheshire County Sports Club, Upton, Chester, on Wednesday, April 13, (7pm start). The online entry link is:

Posted by Dave Alexander
1st March 2022

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