Press Report: Club celebrates 25 years

WEST CHESHIRE Athletic Club celebrated its 25th birthday with an annual awards presentation evening.

The event attracted 200 members, parents and friends to the successful event held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Chester, on Saturday night.

Club members and Great Britain athletes Eloise Eccles and Liz Renondeau were guest speakers and presented the awards to club members and described their inspirational paths to being selected to represent Great Britain.

Harriet Wheeler and Emma Holmes were named joint winners of the women’s cup, and Nathan Brassington was the winner of the men’s cup.

Henry Robinson were presented with the Chris Goodwin Cup by Chris’s grandfather John Goodwin, while Paul Morrison won the Wright Trophy, and Mike Lamb was presented with Club Person of the Year.

Debra Bemand, Ellie Robinson and Joy Hickman were presented with first, second and third-placed awards respectively for the women’s Endurance Points Competition, and Paul Morrison, Andrew Clague and Neil Finegan were the top three men respectively in the men’s competition.

Nia Manson and Amelia Snowden, who won medals at the North Wales Cross Country League earlier in the day, won the under 11 girls awards, while Oliver Kimpton was presented with the under 11 boys trophy.

Mae Grant and Emilia Pyper collected the under 13 girls awards, and Will Rawson and Ellis Williams won the under 13 boys cups.

Holly Bosworth and Emily Owen were recipients of the under 15 girls awards, and Daniel Walker and James Rawson collected the under 15 boys trophies.

Yasmin Smith and Jessica Lark won the under 17 lwomen ‘s awards, while Fergus Garland and Luke Parker secured the under 17 men’s trophies.

Imogen Pughe and Jodi Bemand won the under 20 women’s awards, and Jamie Richardson and Sammy Hollins collected the under 20 men’s cups.

Danielle Erskine and Sophie Percival won the senior women’s awards, while Alan Littler and Will Scott were the senior men’s winners.

Ellie Robinson, Joy Hickman, Keely Smith and Eloise Eccles were the veteran women’s winners, and Michael Young, Neil Finegan, and Dave McKay secured the veteran men’s awards.

RUBY PHILLIPS pocketed a silver medal after clocking a new under 15 girls 800m personal best time of 2:16.62 at the Northern Indoor Track and Field Championships.

Jessica Lark finished fourth in the under 17 women’s 800m final after posting a new personal best of 2:12.40 in her qualifying heat, and Theo Shepherd was fourth in his under 15 boys 200m final with a time of 24.37 seconds.

Emma Holmes clocked 58.95 seconds for sixth spot in her under 20 women’s 400m final, while Macey Jones was eighth with a time of 8.03 seconds in her under 15 girls 60m final, and Fergus Garland posted 51.73 seconds in his under 20 men’s 400m heat.

NIA MANSON, Poppy McKenna and Amelia Snowden combined to secure second under 11 girls team position at Oswestry in the North Wales Junior Cross Country League, while Nia and Holly Coates won their under 11 and under 15 girls races, andย Dylan Gledhill and Harry McKenna picked up bronze team medals in the under 13 boys age group.

Jodi Bemand (under 20 ladies) and Ellie Robinson (over-50 ladies) both won their overall age group categories in the final standings of the North Wales Senior Cross Country League.

Jodi (fifth) and Ellie (42nd) were backed up on the day by Kerry Riley (11th), Anest Muller (35th), Joy Hickman (49th), Traci Shipley (56th), Debra Bemand (64th) and Alex Duffey (69th) in the women’s race at Oswestry.

Henry Robinson (second overall in the under 20 men’s age group) finished 17th overall at Oswestry, ahead of Andrew Clague (third over-50 overall and 40th at Oswestry), Paul Morrison (60th), and Richard Hayes (72nd). Both men’s and women’s teams avoided relegation, and so will be in Division 1 again next season.

ISABELLA RIMMER posted fourth spot in the under 17 women’s race at Sherdley Park, St Helens in the Manchester Cross Country League, whileย Sammy Hollins was sixth in the under 17 men’s race, Thomas Rimmer was ninth in the under 13 boys race, Ben Newall was 40th in the under 15 boys race, and Mark Davies was 33rd over-45 man.

MICHAEL YOUNG (27th in 1:11:23) headed West Cheshire AC’s contingent at the Village Bakery Wrexham Half Marathon, alongside Graham Wells (eighth over-45 man in 1:16:50), Neil Hershaw (third over-55 man in 1:22:27), Danny Paddock (1:22:42), Steve Roberts (1:33:05), Andy Carter (1:35:33), Mark Davies (1:39:18), Brian Cremin (1:42:31), Stephen Ball (1:42:51), and Clare Mallon (14th over-45 lady in 1:43:43).

ANNA WOOLGAR finished third woman at the Parbold Hill Race, alongside Neil Finegan who finished 19th overall.

BETH MANSON celebrated a hat-trick of under 15 girls personal bests at the Manchester Indoor Open Track and Field Meeting, posting 8.62 (60m), 27.55 (200m), and 7.01m (shot put).

Ruby Wisbey clocked a new under 20 women’s 60m personal best of 8.12 seconds, while Satine Wearden posted two new season’s bests in the under 15 girls 200m (33.31) and high jump (1-20m).

Laura Turley clocked a new senior women’s 200m season’s best of 25.31 seconds, and Carys Manson posted 10.50 seconds in the under 17 women’s 60m hurdles.  

FORTHCOMING fixtures include the English Cross-country Championships at Bolesworth Castle, Tattenhall, on Saturday, February 25; the Chester Ultra 50 Miles Race from Ellesmere Port Sports Village on Saturday, March 4; the Chester Primary Schools Cross-country Championships at Ellesmere Port Sports Village, on Monday, March 6; the Inter Counties Cross-country Championships at Loughborough on Saturday, March 11; and the Manchester Cross-country League on Saturday, March 11; the Manchester Indoor Open Track and Field Meeting on Sunday, March 12; and the Chester 10k on Sunday, March 12.

Posted by Dave Alexander
13th February 2023

1 Comment »

  1. Final Rnd, 6th March 12 @ sportcity indoor track.
    Last chance before Oitdoors starts to post a good mark for upcoming summer season

    Comment by Tim Durrant — 14th February 2023 @ 1:44 pm

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