Press Report: Neil and Keely impress for county

NEIL FINEGAN and Keely Smith secured podium places for Cheshire at the Birchwood 10k Road Race.

The West Cheshire Athletic Club duo impressed at the Inter Counties fixture against Merseyside, Shropshire, and North Wales.

Neil was second home for Cheshire and first in his over-45 age group with a time of 34 minutes 29 seconds, supported by county team mates Jack Pilkington (Lymm Runners), Rob Whitby (Macclesfield Harriers), Mark Ward (Cheshire Dragons), Mike Fryer (Helsby AC), and Ross McNair (Cheshire Dragons).

Keely finished fourth for Cheshire ladies and second in her over-35 age group in 38:35. backed up by Cheshire team mates Hannah Cowley (Cheshire Dragons), Claire Clancy (Wilmslow RC), Claire Andrew (Warrington AC), Louise Blizzard (Warrington AC), and Nic Reece (Wilmslow RC).

MICHAEL YOUNG won the Leeds Running Festival Half Marathon in a time of 1:14:02, more than three minutes ahead of his nearest rival. 

Michael celebrated after his fourth placed finish on Wednesday night at the Ellesmere Port 5k Road Race where he posted 15:47.

He was backed up at the event by club mates Matthew Douglass (first under 20 man and 10th overall in 16:21); Neil Hershaw (third over-55 man in 18:13); Keely Smith (second over-35 lady in 18:22); Jodi Bemand (first under 20 lady in 18:55); Andrew Clague (eighth over-50 man in 19:01); Andy Carter (10th over-50 man in 19:20); Neil Field (17th over-45 man in 20:14); Traci Shipley (third over-55 lady in 21:57); Clare Mallon (fifth over-45 lady in 23:02); Debra Bemand (fourth over-50 lady in 23:49); and Rosemary Rogers (first over-70 lady in 28:33).

KERRY RILEY produced a top-20 finish in the Zermatt 32km Mountain Race.

The West Cheshire AC member clocked a time of 4:25:38 for 19th lady and was joined in the event in Switzerland by Dan Thwaites who posted 4:12:03.

FIXTURES this weekend for West Cheshire Athletic Club include the Northern Track and Field League Play-Off Final at Doncaster on Saturday, where the Ellesmere Port Sports Village-based outfit will face West Premier champions, Blackburn Harriers; East Premier champions, City of York, East Premier runners-up, City of Sheffield; North East Premier champions, Gateshead Harriers; and North East Premier runners-up, New Marske Harriers.

ENTRIES are now open for this year’s Guilden Sutton 10k Road Race being hosted by West Cheshire AC on Sunday, September 18. The entry link is:

FORTHCOMING fixtures include the final round of the Cheshire Track and Field League being hosted by West Cheshire AC at Ellesmere Port Sports Village on Sunday, September 4.

West Cheshire AC entries are being co-ordinated by Dennis Wall who needs to know ASAP who wants to compete.

THE Cheshire County Road Relay Championships are being held at Edge Hill University, Ormskirk, on Sunday, September 11 for all age groups, and the North of England Road Relay Championships at SportCity, Manchester, on Sunday, September 25, for Under 13s upwards. West Cheshire AC entries are being co-ordinated by Ellie Robinson who needs to know who wants to compete by August 31.

FIXTURES for this year’s Wirral Multi-Terrain Race Series have been released: Tuesday, September 6, at Royden Park (7pm start); Tuesday, September 13, at Harrison Drive (7pm); Tuesday, September 20, at Thurstaston Visitors Centre, (6.30pm); Tuesday, September 27, at Arrowe Park (6.30pm). The entry link is:

WEST CHESHIRE AC will host a Borders Road Running League race on January 22. 

The full list of provisional dates and venues for the 2022/23 season is: Race One: October 16, Wirral; Race Two: November 13, Chester Tri; Race Three: December 18, Cybi; Race Four: January 22, West Cheshire; Race Five: March 19, Deeside; Race Six: April 9, Wrecsam Tri; Race Seven: May 3, Prestatyn. All 11am starts, except the last race which is an evening start.

NORTH WALES CROSS COUNTRY LEAGUE has announced dates and venues for the 2022/23 season. The Junior Cross Country League will be held on the dates of four of the senior fixtures: Saturday, October 1, at Treborth Track, Bangor; Saturday, October 22, at Dolerw Park, Newtown; Saturday, November 26, at Whitford; Saturday, January 14 or 21, 2023, at Eirias Park, Colwyn Bay; Saturday, February 11, 2023, at Marches School, Oswestry. Fixture 3 will be a senior fixture only.

FURTHER details about West Cheshire Athletic Club can be found at:

Posted by Dave Alexander
23rd August 2022

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