Press Report: Trio Spring to New Records

WEST CHESHIRE Athletic Club celebrated a hat-trick of records at the Chester Spring Five Miles Road Race.

Jamie Richardson won the race and equalled the outright five miles club record of 25 minutes 21 seconds, while daughter and mother, Jodi and Debra Bemand broke their own age group club records.

Jodi clocked a new under 17 womens record of 32:05, while Debra posted a new over 50 womens record of 36:58.

Jamie, an under 17 junior, was backed up by Michael Young (fifth in 25:51), Matthew Douglass (second under 20 man and ninth overall in 26:48), and Graham Wells (20th in 27:39) to secure the men’s team prize.

A total of 245 runners completed the event at the Cheshire County Sports Club, Upton, Chester, on a calm, sunny evening.

Jamie finished three seconds clear of second-placed Ben Biggs (Buckley Runners), while Ryan Davis (Wrexham AC) was third in 25:29.

Hannah Cowley (Cheshire Dragons) won the ladies race in 28:52, with Sarah Hunter (Ackworth Road Runners) runner-up in 29:05, and Joanna Marsden (Cheshire Dragons) third with 29:11.

Kate Titlow was West Cheshire AC’s first female finisher, posting 31:00 for third senior lady and fifth female overall, supported by Jodi Bemand, Joy Hickman (first over-55 lady in 36:40), Debra Bemand, Georgina Duffey (second under 20 lady in 39:38), Henrietta Duffey (third under 20 lady in 40:52), and Cathryn Whalley (fifth over-50 lady in 42:49).

Other West Cheshire AC finishers included Steve Fernyhough (sixth over-45 man in 27:50), Tom Booth (28th in 28:09), Sammy Hollins (fourth under 20 man and 30th overall in 28:39), Steve King (seventh over-45 man in 29:45), Neil Hershaw (second over-55 man in 30:25), Isaac Tait (sixth under 20 man and 57th overall in 30:48), Phil Woodley (59th in 30:57), Danny Paddock posted 31:35, Andrew Clague (32:00), Henry Robinson (seventh under 20 man in 32:19), Louis Tegg (eighth under 20 man in 33:19), Neil Field (33:51), Paul Cain (34:01), Phil Gent (38:31), and Brian Beattie (fourth over 75 man in 59:17).

COSETTE WEARDEN (Under 15 girls 3km), Evan Miller (under 15 boys 1200m), Violeta Brooks (FU15 150m) and sisters Aimee (under 17 ladies one mile) and Ruby Phillips (under 15 girls 600m) all broke West Cheshire AC age group records at the Warrington AC Open Track and Field Meeting.Β Β 

FIXTURES this weekend include the Macclesfield Open Track and Field Meeting being held on Saturday, April 23, and the first round of the Under 17 and Under 20 Youth Development Track and Field League at Bebington Oval, on Sunday, and the Wrexham Marathon and Half Marathon on Sunday.

THE Cheshire AA Track and Field Championships will be held at Macclesfield, on Saturday and Sunday, May 14 and 15. Online entries are now open at: SportSoft Entries and Results:

BOTH the Northern Senior/U20 Track and Field Championships on June 18 and 19, and the U17/U15/U13 Northern Championships will be held at Wavertree Stadium, Liverpool. The online entry link is:

Posted by Dave Alexander
18th April 2022

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