Press Report: Athletes flock to memorial event

MORE than 180 athletes pre-entered the Dan Gilroy Memorial Track and Field Open Meeting held at Ellesmere Port Sports Village Athletics Track.

The first of two fixtures was organised on Sunday in tribute to the former club president, senior coach and founder member of the Ellesmere Port Sports Village-based organisation, who passed away last year aged 83, in a Bath nursing home, after living with motor neurone disease for a number of years.

West Cheshire AC pair Esme Graham and Mae Grant finished first and second respectively with times of 12.9 seconds and 13.1 seconds in the opening race – the under 13 girls 70m hurdles, while club mates Ellis Williams won the under 13 boys 75m hurdles in 16.3, Macy Brett won the under 15 girls 75m hurdles in 12.3, and Ruby Wisbey celebrated success in the under 17 ladies 80m hurdles in 12.5.

Alan Littler of West Cheshire AC cleared a winning height of 1-68m in the senior men’s high jump, while club mates Emily Owen (12.3), Holly Bosworth (13.2), Eleanor Neve (14.6), Lewis Parsons (11.6), Theo Shepherd (12.5), and Ruby Wisbey (13.1), won their 100m races.

West Cheshire AC’s Ben Brassington (11.7), Lydia Walker (10.5), Faith Barlow-Gambles (10.9), Freya Fitton (11.3), and Ellis Williams (10.9) won their 75m races.

Holly Bosworth cleared a winning height of 1-50m in the under 15 girls high jump, while Amelia Snowden (24.2), Faith Barlow-Gambles (21.4), Ursula Archer (22.1), and Ellis Williams (21.8) won their 150m races.

Danielle Erskine (4.60m), Ruby Wisbey (4.62m), and Fred Lucas (4.10m) triumphed in their long jump events, while Oliver Brassington (1-10m) won his high jump competition.

Sophie Haslam (27.5), Eleanor Neve (30.7), Lewis Parsons (23.6), Theo Shepherd (25.4), and Jessica Lark (27.7), won their 200m races, while Jessica also won her 300m in 43.5, and West Cheshire AC’s 400m winners were Emma Holmes (59.4), Fergus Garland (53.8), and Alan Littler (58.3).

The second part of the Dan Gilroy Memorial Open Track and Field Open Meeting will be held at Ellesmere Port Sports Village this Saturday (10am start) featuring shot put, discus, hammer, and javelin, while the track races (600m, 800m, 1200m, 1500m, and One Mile) while feature from 12 noon, and entries will be accepted on the day.

A QUARTET of West Cheshire AC youngsters represented Cheshire in the English Schools Cross Country Championships at Hop Farm, Tonbridge, Kent, on Saturday.

Jessica Lark was fourth home for Cheshire in the Intermediate Girls race, posting 17:02 for 289th position, while Jodi Bemand was fifth home for Cheshire in the Senior Girls race and 179th overall with a time of 17:14.

Jamie Richardson posted second team spot for Cheshire and was 22nd overall in the Senior Boys race with a time of 24:27, ahead of fourth Cheshire team counter, Sammy Hollins, who was 186th in 26:44.

MICHAEL YOUNG finished 15th with a time of 69 minutes 4 seconds at the Wilmslow Half Marathon, ahead of Keely Smith who finished second over-35 lady and eighth lady overall in a time of 1:22.10. Both times are overall club records. In the same race, Ben McKean posted 1:23:00. 

PHIL WOODLEY celebrated a new 10 miles personal best of 65 minutes 8 seconds for eighth place in the Wigan Festival 10 miles Road Race.

KARA STOLL achieved a personal best of 37.88m in the under 15 girls hammer and won the discus with 18.60m at the Trafford Open Medal Meeting.

Harriet Wheeler powered her way to a new under 15 girls javelin personal best of 42.60m, while Macy Brett posted 12.46 seconds in the under 15 girls 75m hurdles.

Beth Manson posted personal bests in the under 13 girls 75m (10.79), 150m (22.06), and long jump (3.78m), while Satine Wearden posted a new under 13 girls 75m pb of 12.39, and threw 15.42m in the discus.

Nia Manson rounded the under 11 girls 600m in 2:05.66, posted 12.59 in the 75m, 25.53 in the 150m, and long jumped 2.84m, while her elder sister Carys, posted a new under 17 girls 100m pb of 13.54 and 200m pb of 28.42.

Aimee Phillips clocked 44.42 in her under 17 ladies 300m, while Sophie Haslam clocked a new under 17 ladies 300m pb of 43.16; Ruby Phillips posted a new under 15 girls 300m pb of 44.88, and an 800m time of 2:25.86; while Emilia Pyper rounded the under 13 girls 800m in a pb of 2:47.87, and Cosette Wearden clocked a new under 15 girls 1500m pb of 5:09.80.

FIXTURES this weekend include the Dan Gilroy Memorial Track and Field Open Meeting being organised by West Cheshire Athletic Club at Ellesmere Port Sports Village Athletics Track on Saturday (10am start), the Borders Road Running League on Sunday, at Mold Sports Centre (11am start), and the Northern 5k Junior Road Races (11am start) and Men’s and Women’s Road Relays (12 noon start), at Birkenhead Park, on Sunday.

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
21st March 2022

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