Press Report: Fernyhough is Tough Enough for Ultra Win

STEVE FERNYHOUGH has celebrated success at the Ellesmere Port Sports Village Athletics Track.

The West Cheshire Athletic Club distance runner won the Chester Ultra 100 mile ultramarathon – his first-ever 100 mile ultra in a time of 21 hours nine minutes 14 seconds.

Steve negotiated a route combining the very best trails in the region, featuring the Sandstone Trail, the Marches Way beside the River Dee, Helsby Hill, Frodsham, Delamere Forest, Beeston and Peckforton, with 1,757 metres of ascent and 10 Checkpoints en-route.

He reached the finish line on Sunday morning at the home of his club after setting off at 6am on Saturday morning.

WEST CHESHIRE AC finished third in the eight-club North West Division One match of the Under 17 and Under 20 Youth Development Track and Field League held at Wigan’s Robin Park Stadium.

Fraser Campbell, Henry Robinson, Imogen Pughe, Nathan Broomfield, Tom Shillington, Carys Manson, Emma Holmes, Jessica Lark, Aimee Phillips, Helen Tenner, and Sara Pearson all secured victories.

Fraser won the under 20 men’s 400m in 55.1 seconds and the B 2,000m steeplechase in 8:01.2, while Henry won the B 400m hurdles in 69.1 seconds.

Imogen hit a winning mark of 13.92m in the under 20 women’s B javelin, and Nathan clocked a winning time of 55.1 seconds in the B 400m.

Tom won the under 17 men’s B discus with 14.67m, Carys posted a winning time of 28.2 seconds in the under 17 women’s B 200m.

Emma clocked a new under 17 women’s club record 300m time of 40.5 seconds and Jessica (43.9) completed a double success story in the event, and Jessica (2:19.6) then partnered Aimee (2:28.5) to a double victory in the 800m.

Helen achieved a double success in the under 17 women’s B long jump (4.28m), and discus (20.74m), while Sara powered her way to victory in the under 17 women’s shot put with 11.29m.

Back-up was provided by Ewan Lloyd, Jamie Richardson who clocked new under 20 men’s club records for the 1500m and 3,000m, Alfie Lane, Fergus Garland, Jodi Bemand, Ruby Wisbey, Matthew Jones, and Ellis Hancock.

MATCH RESULT: 1 Wirral 804.5 points; 2 Blackburn 699; 3 West Cheshire 527; 4 Blackpool Wyre and Fylde 384; 5 Stockport 285.5; 6 Leigh 274; 7 Southport Waterloo 256; 8 Wigan 161.

The next round of the Under 17 and Under 20 Youth Development League is scheduled to take place at Stanley Park, Blackpool, on Sunday, June 26.

JESSICA LARK clocked a new West Cheshire AC women’s 800m club record of 2:13.32 at the British Milers Club Meeting held at SportCity, Manchester, on Saturday.

EMMA HOLMES posted a new under 17 women’s club record time of 25.4 seconds at Wigan on Sunday.

FORTHCOMING fixtures for West Cheshire AC include the second round of the Cheshire Track and Field League at Longford Park Stadium, Trafford, this Sunday (11.45am start), and the English Schools Track and Field Cup Regional B Final, at Ellesmere Port Sports Village on Wednesday (June 8), 11am start.

FURTHER details about West Cheshire Athletic Club can be found at: www.westcheshireac.co.uk

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