Press Report: Five Win National Medals

FIVE West Cheshire Athletic Club members won national championship medals in Birmingham and Cardiff at the weekend.

Jessica Lark, Harriet Wheeler, Emma Holmes and Yasmin Smith all pocketed silver medals representing Cheshire at the English Schools Track and Field Championships in Birmingham, while Macey Jones bagged a silver medal representing North East Wales at the Welsh Schools Championships in Cardiff.

Jessica clocked 4:23.48 for second spot in her Intermediate Girls 1500m final after winning her qualifying heat with 4:30.52 and will now represent England in the Schools International Competition scheduled to be held on Saturday, July 15, at Grangemouth, Scotland.

Jessica will be joined in the England team by Harriet who secured second position in the Intermediate Girls Javelin with a throw of 49.25m.

Emma bagged a silver medal in the 200m final after posting 24.97 seconds, having won her qualifying heat in a time of 24.78 seconds, and then joined Yasmin in the Cheshire Senior Mixed 4x100m Relay team who posted 45.60 seconds for second spot.

Macey claimed her Junior Girls 100m silver medal in blustery conditions at Cardiff with a time of 13.05 seconds.

Cheshire’s Nathan Brassington, Theo Shepherd, Jamie Richardson, Holly Bosworth, Yasmin Smith, Ruby Wisbey and Merseyside’s Imogen Pughe were also in action at Birmingham.

Nathan hit 13.62m for fourth spot in the Intermediate Boys shot put, while Theo was seventh in his Junior Boys 200m final, and Jamie rounded the Senior Boys 3,000m final in a time of 8:50.02.

Holly clocked 26.07 seconds in her heat of the Intermediate Girls 200m, while Yasmin posted 12.88 seconds in her Senior Girls 100m heat, and Ruby long jumped 5.41m in her Senior Girls Competition, while Imogen clocked 58.77 seconds in her Senior Girls 400m heat.

LAURA TURLEY, Imogen Pughe, Beth McMahon and Jodi Bemand celebrated an impressive 4x400m relay victory for West Cheshire AC at Blackburn in the latest round of the Northern Track and Field League West Premier Division.

The quartet clocked a time of 4:19.9 to earn the purple-vested club maximum points and contribute towards a fourth placed finish in the team event to set up an exciting final round next month at Trafford.

Laura had also secured victory earlier in the day in the 200m with a time of 25.3 seconds, while Imogen rounded the 800m in a winning time of 2:24.9, and Beth clocked a winning time of 69.6 seconds in the 400m hurdles.

Other important point scorers for the West Cheshire AC team included Carys Manson, Joy Hickman (club record in the FV55 1500m), Danielle Erskine (club record in the senior women’s triple jump), Abigail Cartwright, Sharon Stoll (club record in the FV50 Shot Put), Debra Erskine (club records in the FV60 discus and shot put), Megan Kettle, Eva Renshaw, Alfie Lane, Alex Rutherford, Bradley Spurdens, Alan Littler, Paul Morrison, Matthew Jones, Jamie Richardson, Jeff Lambert, Henry Robinson, Victor Oyesola, David McKay, and Will Scott.

SUNDAY’S MATCH RESULT: 1 Blackburn Harriers & AC 398 points; 2 Trafford AC 365.5; 3 Wirral AC 343; 4 West Cheshire AC 341.5; 5 Sale Harriers Manchester 326; 6 Team Isle of Man AC 251. 

MATCH POSITIONS (after three rounds): 1 Wirral AC 14 league points (1065.5 match points); 2 West Cheshire AC 13 (1075.5); 3 Blackburn Harriers & AC 12 (1031); 4 Trafford AC 9 (371.5); 5 Sale Harriers Manchester 9 (968); 6 Team Isle of Man 6 (926.5).

LINDSAY FISHER and Keely Smith played their part in a Cheshire team success at the Stone St Michael’s 10k Road Race.

Both West Cheshire AC members represented their county in an Inter Counties team competition against Staffordshire, and Shropshire.

Lindsay was first home for Cheshire after clocking 36:51 for second spot in her over-35 age group, while Keely achieved 39:40 for second place in her over-40 age group to earn Cheshire a team success alongside team mates Donna Sherwin, Sarah Murphy, Louise Blizzard, and Georgina Walker. 

JON PARK and Fiona Cook represented West Cheshire AC in the Tour of Merseyside.

Jon finished fourth overall, while Fiona was second female and 13th overall after both completed the six stages.

FIXTURES this weekend include the third round of the Under 13s and Under 15s Youth Development Track and Field League at Ellesmere Port Sports Village, on Saturday (11am start), and West Cheshire AC is organising a Family Fun Day on Sunday between 11am and 2pm at the Ellesmere Port Sports Village Athletics Track.

Posted by Dave Alexander
3rd July 2023

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