Press Report: Cross-country Success in Shrewsbury and Sefton

POPPY McKENNA celebrated success at Shrewsbury on Saturday.

The West Cheshire Athletic Club youngster posted a winning time of four minutes 21 seconds for victory in the under 11 girls race at the North Wales Cross Country League fixture held at Boreatton Park, backed up by team mate Heidi Wetherall (11th in 5:21).

Andrew Clague finished second in his over-55 age category in the Senior Men’s race, alongside Dave Alexander (seventh over-50 man), Neil Hershaw (third over-55 man), and Andy Carter (25th over-50 man).

Eleanor Wheeler secured third position in the under 15 girls race in 15:25, while Nia Manson (fourth in 9:25), Amelia Snowden (fifth in 9:37), and Rose Sheppard (16th in 10:47) completed the under 13 girls race.

Anest Muller posted 23:21 for fifth place in her over-40 age group alongside Emma Nutt (12th lady in 22:18), Ellen McMahon (21st lady in 24:35), Joy Hickman (ninth over-55 lady in 25:46), and Emily Murphy (eighth under 17 lady in 32:27).

Jack Arnold rounded the under 11 boys race in 9:57 for sixth position.

The next round of the North Wales Cross Country League will be held at Dolgellau (postcode: LL401UU), on Saturday, January 20.

BROTHERS Leon and Niall Betteridge represented West Cheshire AC at Sefton Park, Liverpool, in Saturday’s British Cross Country Challenge fixture, finishing 22nd in 7:39 and 86th in 8:17 respectively for the under 11 boys race.

Harriet Beattie (45th in 12:55) and Lauren Higgins (51st in 13:04) completed the under 13 girls race.

Lewis Morris (62nd in 11:05) and Noah Woolgar (74th in 11:20) rounded the under 15 boys event, while Emilia Pyper (75th in 12:30) completed the under 15 girls race.

Jessica Lark (31st in 16:42) and Nancy Farmer (65th in 18:32) combined in the under 17 ladies event, while Jodi Bemand finished 79th in 17:53 for the under 20 junior ladies event.

Jamie Richardson was 82nd in 22:11 for the under 20 junior men’s race, while Jack Gannon (330th in 39:13) and Steve Fernyhough (39:26) completed the senior men’s event, and Debra Bemand (313th in 43:32) finished the senior women’s race.

FIRST CLAIM WEST CHESHIRE AC members who want to compete in the Cheshire, Northern, or English National Cross-country Championships can find details of what is involved, and how to enter, here.

THE final round of the West Cheshire AC Schools Cross-country Race Series will take place at Ellesmere Port Sports Village on Saturday, December 9 (10am start).

FIXTURES this weekend include the latest round of the Borders Road Running League on Sunday at Redwither Business Park, Wrexham, LL13 9XR (11am start).

This Saturday’s scheduled Manchester Area Cross-country League fixture at Sherdley Park, St Helens, has been cancelled. The next Manchester League fixture will be held at Tatton Park, on Saturday, January 13.

THE West Cheshire AC Annual Presentation Evening will be held on Friday, February 2, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Chester. Follow this link to purchase tickets:

Posted by Dave Alexander
27th November 2023

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