Press Report: Joseph and Sarah are First Round the Walls

JOSEPH MORRISON and Sarah Hunter celebrated success at the 50th anniversary Chester Round The Walls Race on Boxing Day.

Joseph (West Cheshire AC) became the host club’s first ever male or female winner, in 21 minutes 40 seconds. Sarah, representing Ackworth Road Runners, won the women’s race in a time of 24:03.

Joseph enjoyed a four seconds winning margin over runner-up Peter Taylor Bray (Chorlton), while Chris Smithard (Forth Valley Orienteers) secured third spot in 22:06.

Sarah finished just one second clear of nearest rival, Chester-based Carol Parsons in the women’s race, while Tracy Rogers (Buckley Runners) clocked 24:53 for third spot.

Michael Young (West Cheshire AC) was fourth overall in 22:10, while Mike Fryer (Helsby) finished fifth in 22:27, Jon Park (West Cheshire AC) was sixth in 22:46, Craig Connor (Tattenhall) was seventh in 22:47, Leon Foster (Leeds City) was eighth in 22:57, Paul Thompson (Bournville Harriers) was ninth in 23:21, and Joseph Houssais (PUC) was 10th in 23:26.

Claire Fuhlhage (Illinois State University) finished fourth in the women’s race in 25:06, ahead of fifth placed Gemma Moore (Eryri Harriers) in 26:00, while Jodi Bemand (West Cheshire AC) was first under 20 lady and sixth overall in 26:23, ahead of Sam Burrows (seventh in 26:44), Alison Cole (Cheshire Dragons) eighth in 26:56, Kerry Riley (West Cheshire AC) ninth in 27:09, and Izabella Thompson (10th in 27:41).

West Cheshire AC’s other finishers included Steve Fernyhough (first over-40 man and 11th overall in 23:28), Henry Robinson (first under 20 man and 14th overall in 23:59), Paul Morrison (26th in 24:59), Dan Thwaites (31st in 25:28), Danny Paddock (33rd in 25:44), Kerry Riley (ninth lady in 27:09), Andrew Barratt (fifth under 20 man and 57th overall in 27:14), Jack Sheppard (eighth over-40 man and 58th overall in 27:19), Neil Field (ninth over-50 man and 67th overall in 27:49), Dave Barratt (17th over-50 man and 101st overall in 29:52), Steve Roberts (14th over-45 man and 119th overall in 30:35), Tony Kennedy (fifth over-65 man and 213th overall in 35:05), Rosemary Rogers (first over-70 lady and 310th overall in 38:35), Mark Povey (339th in 39:42), and Katrina Hughes (137th lady in 40:46). 

ENTRIES for the Northern Under 15 and Under 13 Indoor Championships on February 5, taking place at EIS Sheffield are now open online via:

THE next Manchester Indoor Open Track and Field Meeting will be held at SportCity on Sunday, January 8. The online entry link and more information can be found here:

Posted by Dave Alexander
27th December 2022

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