Club Borders on Promotion

WEST CHESHIRE Athletic Club remain on course for a double promotion campaign.

The purple and gold-vested outfit strengthened their push for honours in the Borders Road Running League at Sunday’s latest 7.1km fixture held at Connah’s Quay.

Lindsay Fisher (second in 26:35), Keely Smith (third in 26:59), Emma Nutt (18th in 29:29), and Rebecca Rosalski (22nd in 29:59) secured top spot in the Division Two team competition, backed up by Anest Muller (32nd in 31:51), Debra Bemand (57th in 34:11), Joy Hickman (59th in 34:19), Clare Mallon (62nd in 34:50), and Amy Mills (64th in 35:12).

West Cheshire AC are now in first position overall in Division Two with just one fixture remaining at Hoylake on Sunday, March 17.

Graham Wells (28th in 24:57), Jon Park (33rd in 25:08), Steve Fernyhough (35th in 25:14), Dave Shearer (41st in 25:32), Isaac McKenna (45th in 25:39), Rob Little (61st in 26:22), Jeff Gifford (83rd in 27:32), Mark Davies (95th in 27:58), and Paul Morrison (104th in 28:21) earned third team position in Division Two on Sunday and West Cheshire AC are now second in the overall team standings.

Other West Cheshire AC members in action included Andrew Clague (125th in 29:17), Paul Cain (156th in 31:23), Ian Pritchard (159th in 31:43), Neil Field (171st in 32:11), Andy Carter (177th in 32:37), Phil Gent (213th in 35:55), and Dave Tiernan (246th in 48:36).

Joe Boden (Wallasey AC) won the men’s race with a time of 22:05, ahead of second-placed Ryan Davis, from Wrexham AAC, who posted 22:23, and Tomos Roberts (Cybi Striders) was third in 22:30, while Emily Haggard-Kearney (Deeside AAC) won the ladies race in 25:21.

OVERALL LEAGUE STANDINGS (after five rounds)

MEN’S DIVISION ONE: 1 1 Buckley 1629 points; 2 Wrexham 2419; 3 Wallasey 2476; 4 Helsby 2618; 5 Chester Tri 3627; 6 Wirral 3818; 7 Ellesmere Port 4446.

MEN’S DIVISION TWO: 1 Deeside 1500; 2 West Cheshire 2090; 3 Cybi 3604; 4 Prestatyn 3619; 5 Eryri 3685; 6 UTS 3889; 7 Pensby 4442; 8 Deestriders 5085; 9 Wrecsam Tri 5273; 10 Birkenhead 7374; 11 Tattenhall 13879.

WOMEN’S DIVISION ONE: 1 Deeside 527; 2 Wallasey 798; 3 UTS 975; 4 Buckley 1075; 5 Helsby 1607; 6 Ellesmere Port 2258; 7 Wirral 2670.

WOMEN’S DIVISION TWO: 1 West Cheshire 371; 2 Pensby 492; 3 Prestatyn 1131; 4 Chester Tri 1152; 5 Wrexham 1315; 6 Deestriders 1409; 7 Cybi 1464; 8 Eryri 1576; 9 Wrecsam Tri 2362; 10 Birkenhead 3346; 11 Tattenhall 3447.

BRIAN WRIGHT clocked a new over-65 men’s age group club record time of 37 minutes at the Rhyl Five Miles Road Race.

IMOGEN PUGHE reached the 400m semi-final at the British Universities and Colleges Indoor Championships held in Sheffield, while Favour Akpan finished 11th in the triple jump final with 11.36m.

ANDREW PARKER finished fifth over-45 man at Lee Valley in the British Masters Indoor Championships with a time of 54.64 seconds.

SEVERAL West Cheshire AC members impressed at the Independent Schools Athletics Northern Cross Country Championships held at Scarisbrick Hall School. Poppy McKenna won the year 5/6 girls race ahead of Florence Hains (eighth), Felicity Snowden (11th), and Poppy Hayworth (17th), while Ava Phillips was third in the year 3/4 girls event.

WEST CHESHIRE AC pair Lauren Higgins and Sophie Mulcaster have qualified to compete in the National Schools Biathlon Championships at Bath University on Saturday and Sunday, March 23 and 24.

WEST CHESHIRE AC are organising two Spring Open Track and Field Competitions at Ellesmere Port Sports Village Athletics Track on Saturdays, March 23 and April 6.

The online entry link for March 23 is:

And the online entry link for April 6 is:

FIXTURES this weekend include the Chester Ultra 50 Miles Race from Ellesmere Port Sports Village on Saturday; the North West Indoor Combined Events Open Meeting at Deeside College, Connah’s Quay on Sunday; and the Chester Primary Schools Cross Country Championships at Ellesmere Port Sports Village, on Monday, (March 4). 

WEST CHESHIRE AC is organising a Level One Field Judging Course at Ellesmere Port Sports Village Trackside Room on Tuesday, March 19, and Thursday, March 21. The booking link is:

WEST CHESHIRE AC will host the Cheshire County Track Relay Championships at Ellesmere Port Sports Village on Thursdays, July 4 and 11.

FORTHCOMING fixtures include the Inter Counties Cross Country Championships at Nottingham on Saturday, March 9; the Chester 10k Road Race on Sunday, March 10; a Manchester Indoor Open Track and Field meeting on Sunday, March 10; the Cheshire Primary and Secondary Schools Sportshall Finals at Ellesmere Port Sports Village on Monday, March 11; the British Masters Cross Country Championships, at Rhug Estate, Corwen, on Saturday, March 16; the Borders Road Running League at Hoylake on Sunday, March 17; the Cheshire v Merseyside Year 7 Schools Cross Country Match at Ellesmere Port Sports Village on Wednesday, March 20; the West Cheshire AC Spring Open Track and Field Meeting at Ellesmere Port Sports Village on Saturday, March 23; the Wilmslow Half Marathon on Sunday, March 24; and a North West Open Indoor Combined Events Meeting at Deeside College, Connah’s Quay on Sunday, March 24.

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

Dennis Wall

Posted by Dave Alexander
27th February 2024

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