Juniors Training this Saturday (16-02-19) IS ON

Under 11s to under 15s training at the Ellesmere Port Sports Village Athletics Track this Saturday (16-02-19) morning is BACK ON. Apologies for any confusion caused by earlier posts to the contrary.permitting.

Press Report: Sophie Gets Manchester Medal

SOPHIE GRAINGER achieved a podium place in the Manchester Area Cross Country League Series.

The West Cheshire Athletic Club teenager secured third spot overall in the under 15 girls competition after posting fourth position at the final fixture on Saturday at Kenworthy Woods, Wythenshawe.

LAURA TURLEY represented West Cheshire AC at the British Indoor Championships in Birmingham.

Turley, who retained the Welsh Indoor 400m title at Cardiff earlier this month, clocked a new personal best of 54.67 seconds in her qualifying heat in Birmingham, and then clocked 55.05 seconds in her semi-final.

ROSEMARY ROGERS was first over-65 lady after completing the Nick Beer 10k Road Race at Llandudno in a time of 58 minutes 50 in gale force winds. She was joined at the event by West Cheshire AC club mate Sarah Hibbert who posted 56:48.

TONY WOODALL represented West Cheshire AC at the Liverpool and District Cross Country Championships at Clarke Gardens, Allerton, where he posted 39:12 for 64th spot, ahead of club mate Brygida Gorecka ((50:36).

EWAN BRADLEY clocked a new under 20 men’s 60m hurdles personal best of 8.50 seconds at the Sale Harriers Indoor Open Meeting.

The West Cheshire AC all-rounder also achieved 6.07m in the long jump, while club mates Christian Okeke, and sisters Chloe and Laura Mount clocked new under 20 women’s 60m personal bests of 9.34 and 9.36 respectively.

Jodi Bemand delivered 10.04 in the under 15 girls 60m hurdles, 8.93 in the 60m, and 29.83 in the 200m, while Joseph Morrison rounded the under 23 men’s 600m in 1:27.19.

A TOTAL of 252 pupils competed at the latest round of the ESSAR West Cheshire AC Schools Cross Country Race Series held at Ellesmere Port Sports Village.

Anna Birkett-Evans (The Firs), Mae Grant (St Oswalds), Ruby Phillips (Sutton Green), Cerys Rowlands (Woodlands), Jessica Lark (Upton), Georgina Duffey (Birkenhead Academy), Joe Gregg (Eccleston), Joe Williams (Kings), Ben Pold (Kings), Benjamin Williams (Willaston), Zak Ireland (Bishop Heber), and Elliott Bujac (Wirral Grammar) all won their respective races.

Birkett-Evans finished two seconds clear of runner-up Maya Jennings (Belgrave) and third-placed Ava Aiston (Waverton) in the year three girls race, while Grant beat runner-up Sophie Taylor (Kings) on the line in the year four girls race ahead of Edith Carr (Acresfield) in third spot.

Phillips won the year five girls race 26 seconds clear of second placed Eleanor Neve (Mickle Trafford), with Jemima Blackwood (Upton Heath) in third place, and Rowlands won the year six girls race 22 seconds ahead of Boughton Heath pair Molly Brennan and Lottie Blake who were second and third respectively.

Lark won the year seven girls race ahead of Aimee Phillips (Whitby) and third placed Ruby Carlile (Christleton), while Duffey won the year eight girls race ahead of second placed Megan White (Queen’s).

Gregg just edged home to win the year three boys race ahead of Newton’s Zak Jackson and Eccleston’s Ethan Meadowcroft, while Williams won the year four boys race ahead of Overleigh’s Thomas Rimmer and Farndon’s Joshua Evans.

Pold won the year five boys race, three seconds clear of Tom Yates (Newton) and Harry Shepherd (The Firs) who were second and third respectively, while Williams won the year six boys race ahead of second placed Jack Nash (King’s) and Joseph Ireland (Mill View) in third spot.

Zak Ireland (Bishop Heber) won the year seven boys race in front of runner-up Thomas Wilde (Christleton) and Matthew Jones (Upton) in third spot, while Bujac won the year eight boys race ahead of runner-up Nolan Heller (Abbeygate).

FIXTURES this weekend include the Parbold Hill Race on Saturday (2pm start), while the Sale Harriers Open Indoor Meeting takes place on Sunday (10am), the same day as the Village Bakery Half Marathon at Wrexham (11am).

Essar WCAC Schools Cross-country Series

Thanks to all who took part and organised Saturday’s third round of the Essar WCAC Schools Cross-country Series; results are now available near the bottom of the off-road page. The final round is on March 2nd 2019.

WCAC Newsletter #209, 08-02-19

JUNIORS TRAINING THIS SATURDAY

Youngsters who train in the under 11s, under 13s, and under 15s group at the Ellesmere Port Sports Village Athletics Track should note that this Saturday morning’s training session has been cancelled due to a cross country fixture on the site being organised by the Club.

Youngsters are being invited to take part in the free-of-charge cross country event, with registration from 9.15am and the first race starting at 10am. Please come along and take part.

HILL TRAINING INVITE

Tim Durrant is inviting junior and senior club members to join him for a hill training session this Sunday at Castle Park, Frodsham, between 10am and 12 noon.

If you are wanting to take part just turn up and meet in the large car park at Castle Park.

EPSV TRACKSIDE CLUBHOUSE LATEST

The Club is in talks with the Council to try and construct a Clubhouse at the same time as toilets and changing rooms currently being built on the Ellesmere Port Sports Village site.

This move has been sparked after The Ursula Keyes Charitable Trust announced they were awarding the sum of £30,000 to the Club provided the total cost of the project is available from other sources.

The Council are expected to reveal the cost of a Clubhouse within the next few days and the Club Committee will then discuss the next steps at their next meeting on Tuesday night.

MEMORABLE AWARDS EVENING!

Feedback has been very positive about last Saturday night’s Club Awards Evening held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Chester. Many thanks to Mark Duffey for co-ordinating the event and to everyone for supporting the memorable evening attended by our guest of honour, two-time Olympian, Rebecca Romero, who provided an inspirational speech. Photos from the evening taken by Neil Cartwright can be found at this link.

THIS WEEKEND

The Essar West Cheshire AC Schools Cross Country Race Series Third Round will be held this Saturday at Ellesmere Port Sports Village (10am start).

The Manchester Area Cross Country League will be held at Kenworthy Woods this Saturday.

A Sale Harriers Indoor Open Track and Field Meeting will be held on Sunday at Sportcity, Manchester (10am start).

And the Liverpool and District Cross Country Championships will be held this Sunday at Clarke Gardens, Allerton, Liverpool.

Best wishes to all our athletes and officials.

IT’S GOOD TO TALK

Members and parents are reminded to look at the following links for updates about any Club training sessions being cancelled due to adverse weather conditions:

FACEBOOK: West Cheshire AC, West Cheshire AC Running Running, west cheshire ac jnr to u20 middle distance group

WEBSITE: www.westcheshireac.co.uk

TWITTER: https://twitter.com/westcheshireac

SUPPORT NEEDED FOR SCHOOLS FIXTURES

The Club has been asked to help out at the Ellesmere Port and Neston Primary Schools Sportshall Athletics Competition, at EPSV on Thursday, February 14, (11am set up for Competition start at 12-3pm).

And help is needed at the Chester Primary Schools Cross Country Championships on Friday, March 15, (1pm set up for 4pm start. If you can help at any of the events please contact Dennis at: dennis.wall1@ntlworld.com

NORTHERN ROAD RELAYS INVITE

Ellie Robinson is co-ordinating Club entries for this year’s North of England 12 and 6 Stage Road Relays being held at Birkenhead Park on March 24.

The Club needs 12 for a men’s team (12 noon start), and 6 for a ladies team (12.15pm start). The legs are a mixture of short and long legs, from 4k up to 8k.

There will also be 5k races for Under 15s and Under U17s for individual and team championship races commencing at 11am with registration from 9.30am. Anyone interested in competing should let Ellie know ASAP.

ROAD RUNNING ROAD SHOW

England Athletics is hosting a series of events for club runners, coaches, leaders and club officers to find out more about England Athletics’ work with road running-based clubs and share your own thoughts and ideas with senior members of England Athletics staff. One of the road shows will be held at Crown Plaza Liverpool John Lennon Airport, L24 8QD, on Monday, February 11, at Crown Plaza Liverpool John Lennon Airport, L24 8QD. More details here.

REGIONAL COACHING INVITE

On Sunday March 3, England Athletics will be holding Regional Technical Days with athletes able to attend for sessions focussed on speed, endurance, jumps or throws. The day is for athletes of all abilities, aged between 11 and 18, and their coaches. Further details can be found here

OPPORTUNITY TO TASTE JOB OF AN ATHLETICS OFFICIAL

England Athletics are launching a new project aimed at giving people first-hand experience officiating at one of their National Championship events. The project is open to anyone who is interested in officiating, and would like to give it a try, shadowing an experienced official at an EA championship event in a variety of disciplines and events. Further details can be found here.

ESSAR CHESTER SPRING FIVE RACE ENTRIES NOW OPEN

Entries are now being accepted for this year’s Essar Chester Spring Five Miles Road Race being held from Cheshire Sports Club, Upton, Chester, being held on Wednesday, 10th April. Details here.

OPPORTUNITIES TO TRAIN AS AN ATHLETICS ANNOUNCER

Are you an Athletics fan thinking of embarking on a career in Media or journalism? Do you sometimes listen to the PA announcers at track and road events and think “I could do that”? Are you a club member looking to enhance and widen your relationship with the sport? Then look at this link.

PARENTAL RESPONSIBILITY

All parents of youngsters attending track training sessions are reminded to collect their sons and daughters from the track – not from the car park. The Club wants to ensure everyone stays safe and that every youngster safely leaves every track training session.

CLUB KIT

Anyone wanting to purchase club vests (£17) and/or hoodies (£12) is reminded that parents Vikki Brett and Joanne Lark will sell club kit at the EPSV Track Office AFTER Tuesday night training sessions.

Payment can be made by cash or by cheque (made payable to West Cheshire AC).

URGENT HELP NEEDED

The Club needs urgent help, support, and assistance from parents during Tuesday evening training sessions at the Ellesmere Port Sports Village Athletics Track (6.30pm-8pm).

The club currently has a waiting list for under 11s, and this situation can only be resolved by asking parents to volunteer on a rota basis at Tuesday night training sessions.

PARENTS who can help should contact Dennis Wall on 07968643038 or email: dennis.wall1@ntlworld.com

INVITE TO OBTAIN TRACK AND FIELD CERTIFICATE

All Club members are being invited to support our club by completing the Track & Field Online Management Course to help West Cheshire AC look after the Ellesmere Port Sports Village Athletics Track. Further details can be found here.

PHYSIO SUPPORT

Club member Heather McLintock is a qualified physiotherapist and offers substantial discounted prices for West Cheshire AC members on production of their membership card. Heather can be contacted on 01244 381350 or 07885 462487.

WEEKLY PRESS REPORT

This week’s press report is at this link.

FIXTURES

Saturday, February 9: Essar West Cheshire AC Schools Cross Country Races, at Ellesmere Port Sports Village (Registration from 9.15am, Start at 10am)

Saturday, February 9: Manchester Area Cross Country League, Kenworthy Woods, Wythenshawe, (12 noon)

Saturday and Sunday, February 9 and 10: British Indoor Track and Field Championships (Birmingham)

Sunday, February 10: Sale Harriers Indoor Open Track and Field Meeting will be held on Sunday at Sportcity, Manchester (10am start)

Sunday, February 10: Liverpool and District Cross Country Championships, at Clarke Gardens, Allerton, Liverpool, (11am start)

Sunday, February 10: Nick Beer 10k Road Race, Llandudno, (12 noon start)

Thursday, February 14: Ellesmere Port and Neston Primary Schools Sportshall Athletics Competition, at EPSV (12-3pm)

Saturday, February 16: Parbold Hill Race, (2pm)

Saturday, February 16: Muller Indoor Grand Prix Athletics Meeting (Birmingham)

Sunday, February 17: Sale Harriers Indoor Open Meeting, Sportcity, Manchester (10am)

Sunday, February 17: Village Bakery Half Marathon, Wrexham (11am)

Saturday, February 23: English National Cross Country Championships, Leeds (11am)

Saturday, February 23: Welsh National Cross Country Championships, Llanelli

Saturday, February 23: Rhyl 10 miles Road Race (10am)

Sunday, February 24: England Indoor Track & Field Championships, (Sheffield)

Juniors Training this Saturday

Youngsters who train in the under 11s, under 13s, and under 15s group at the Ellesmere Port Sports Village Athletics Track should note that this Saturday morning’s training session has been cancelled, due to a cross-country fixture on the site being organised by the Club.

Youngsters (years 3-8) are being invited to take part in the free-of-charge cross country event, with registration from 9.15am and the first race starting at 10am. Please come along and take part. For more details, see the bottom of the Off-road page.

WCAC Endurance League

Running on a variety of surfaces = big points in the first endurance league tables of 2019, with Clare leading fellow 2018 female podiumees(?) Angela and Ellie, and the ever-improving Steve shadowed by the ever-present Andrew and Richard in the mens’ competition. See middle of the road running page for tables.

Press Report: Success Up North for WCAC

WEST CHESHIRE Athletic Club members are celebrating regional podium places, a league title and promotion, qualification for county and national competitions, new personal bests, and a visit from two-time Olympian Rebecca Romero.

Stephanie Jones and Uzezi Onomerike grabbed bronze medals in Sheffield at the Northern Indoor Under 15 and Under 13 Track and Field Championships.

Jones achieved an English Schools qualifying distance of 5.12m for third spot in the under 15 girls long jump and clocked a new 200m personal best of 26.89 seconds in her semi-final.

Onomerike pocketed third place in the under 15 boys 60m final with a new personal best of 7.89 seconds and added a new 200m best of 25.73 seconds.

Club mates Jodi Bemand, Imogen Pughe, Maddi Mercer and Fergus Garland also competed at the event, with Bemand reaching the under 15 girls 60m hurdles semi final after clocking 9.96 seconds.

Pughe reached the under 15 girls 800m final after posting 2:25.74, while Mercer reached the semi-finals of both the under 13 girls 60m (8.89) and 200m (30.32), and cleared 1-30m in the high jump, and Garland posted 8.51 and 27.15 in his under 15 boys 60m and 200m heats respectively.

ETHAN ACKROYD (10th), Dave Alexander (16th), Steve Fernyhough (43rd), Richard Hayes (46th), Andrew Clague (50th), Tony Woodall (69th) and Andy Carter (83rd) combined at the final round of the North Wales Cross Country League at Oswestry to ensure West Cheshire AC’s men won the Division Two title and secure promotion.

Kerry Riley (13th), Anest Muller (19th), Ellie Robinson (20th), Claire Harris (26th), Angela Tegg (56th), Debra Bemand (74th), Alex Duffey (91st) and Sharon Stoll (125th) represented West Cheshire AC’s ladies at Oswestry and helped the team finish the Division One campaign in third spot.

Alexander (third over-45 man), Andrew Clague (second over-50 man), Kerry Riley (third senior lady), and Ellie Robinson (second over-45 lady), pocketed overall individual awards, while Paul Morrison (seventh) and Bob Benson (ninth) completed the under 17 and over-65 men’s races respectively at Oswestry.

KATIE CLARKE and Olivia Montez-Brown have enjoyed success in the United States.

Clarke clocked 10:27.68 for third spot in her 3,000m at the Carmel City Invitational Indoor Track Meeting, at Winston-Salem, North Carolina, achieving the qualifying time required for entry to the National American Indoor Athletics Championships to be held on February 28 at Brookings, South Dakota.

And West Cheshire AC team mate, Montez-Brown, posted a winning score of 3,690 points in an Indoor Pentathlon at Mankato, which featured 8.87 seconds in the 60m hurdles, 1-58m in the high jump, 11.46m in the shot, 5.48m in the long jump, and 2:27.67 in the 800m.

WEST CHESHIRE AC’s quartet of Luke Parker, Jessica Lark, Jamie Richardson and Carys Roberts claimed podium places at the Cheshire Schools Cross Country Championships at Winsford.

Parker finished second in the under 13 boys race ahead of fifth-placed club mate Reece Munro, while Lark was third in the under 13 girls race ahead of 11th placed Ruby Carlile.

Richardson secured third spot in the under 15 boys race ahead of Sammy Hollins (ninth), while Roberts finished third in the under 15 girls race ahead of Sophie Grainger (sixth).

Sion Roberts was fifth in the under 17 men’s race ahead of club mates Matthew Douglass (ninth), and Isaac Tait (10th), while Issy Clarke was fifth in the under 20 ladies race ahead of Beth McMahon (sixth), and Ella Dimbylow was sixth in the under 17 ladies race.

WEST CHESHIRE AC duo Greg Jones and Ethan Greenland represented Sheffield and Warwick respectively at the British Universities Cross Country Championships at Exeter.

Jones posted 39:25 for 215th place in the A race, while Greenland clocked 29:12 for 113th spot in the B race.

OLYMPIAN Rebecca Romero was the guest of honour at West Cheshire AC’s Annual Awards Evening at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Chester, where she provided an inspirational speech and presented the awards.

FIXTURES this weekend include the third round of the Essar West Cheshire AC Schools Cross Country Race Series at Ellesmere Port Sports Village on Saturday (10am start), and the Manchester Cross Country League at Kenworthy Woods, on Saturday (12 noon start), while the Liverpool and District Cross Country Championships will be held at Clarke Gardens, Allerton, Liverpool, on Sunday (11am start), and the Sale Harriers Indoor Open Meeting takes place at Manchester, on Sunday (10am start), and the Nick Beer 10k Road Race takes place at Llandudno on Sunday (12 noon start).

Thursday 31-01-19: Training at Ellesmere Port Cancelled

Please note that, due to icy underfoot conditions, Brio Leisure have closed the track at EPSV, so there will be NO TRAINING there this evening (Thursday 31-01-19), Ian Ackroyd has also confirmed that the training session on the roads around the Porsche showroom is cancelled.

WCAC Newsletter #208, 01-02-2019

West Cheshire Athletic Club Newsletter

1st February 2019, Number 208

CLUB AWARDS EVENING

The Annual Club Awards Evening will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Chester, on Saturday, 2nd February, with 2-time Olympian Rebecca Romero our guest speaker. Everyone who has secured their place online should arrive at 6.30pm for a 7pm start.

THIS WEEKEND

The Cheshire Schools Cross Country Championships will be held this Saturday at Knights Grange Sports Complex, Winsford (10am start).

And the final round of the North Wales Cross Country League will be held at The Marches School, Oswestry, this Saturday: https://www.northwalesxc.com/fixtures

The Northern Indoor Athletics Under 13 and Under 15 Championships, will be held on Sunday at Sheffield: https://www.northernathletics.org.uk/

Best wishes to all our athletes and officials.

IT’S GOOD TO TALK

Members and parents are reminded to look at the following links for updates about any Club training sessions being cancelled due to adverse weather conditions:

FACEBOOK: West Cheshire AC, West Cheshire AC Running Running, west cheshire ac jnr to u20 middle distance group

WEBSITE: www.westcheshireac.co.uk

TWITTER: https://twitter.com/westcheshireac

SUPPORT NEEDED FOR SCHOOLS FIXTURES

The Club has been asked to help out at the Ellesmere Port and Neston Primary Schools Sportshall Athletics Competition, at EPSV on Thursday, February 14, (11am set up for Competition start at 12-3pm).

And help is needed at the Chester Primary Schools Cross Country Championships on Friday, March 15, (1pm set up for 4pm start. If you can help at any of the events please contact Dennis at: dennis.wall1@ntlworld.com

NORTHERN ROAD RELAYS INVITE

Ellie Robinson is co-ordinating Club entries for this year’s North of England 12 and 6 Stage Road Relays being held at Birkenhead Park on March 24.

The Club needs 12 for a men’s team (12 noon start), and 6 for a ladies team (12.15pm start). The legs are a mixture of short and long legs, from 4k up to 8k.

There will also be 5k races for Under 15s and Under U17s for individual and team championship races commencing at 11am with registration from 9.30am. Anyone interested in competing should let Ellie know ASAP.

ROAD RUNNING ROAD SHOW

England Athletics is hosting a series of events for club runners, coaches, leaders and club officers to find out more about England Athletics’ work with road running-based clubs and share your own thoughts and ideas with senior members of England Athletics staff. One of the road shows will be held at Crown Plaza Liverpool John Lennon Airport, L24 8QD, on Monday, February 11, at Crown Plaza Liverpool John Lennon Airport, L24 8QD. More details: https://www.englandathletics.org/about-us/news/join-us-to-discuss-road-running-and-meet-international-athletes/

REGIONAL COACHING INVITE

On Sunday March 3, England Athletics will be holding Regional Technical Days with athletes able to attend for sessions focussed on speed, endurance, jumps or throws. The day is for athletes of all abilities, aged between 11 and 18, and their coaches. Further details can be found here: https://www.englandathletics.org/coaching/news/event-specific-regional-days-for-athletes-and-coaches/

OPPORTUNITY TO TASTE JOB OF AN ATHLETICS OFFICIAL

England Athletics are launching a new project aimed at giving people first-hand experience officiating at one of their National Championship events. The project is open to anyone who is interested in officiating, and would like to give it a try, shadowing an experienced official at an EA championship event in a variety of disciplines and events. Further details can be found at: https://www.englandathletics.org/officiating/development-opportunities/officials-taster-sessions/

ESSAR CHESTER SPRING FIVE RACE ENTRIES NOW OPEN

Entries are now being accepted for this year’s Essar Chester Spring Five Miles Road Race being held from Cheshire Sports Club, Upton, Chester, being held on Wednesday, 10th April: https://wcac.niftyentries.com/Spring-5

OPPORTUNITIES TO TRAIN AS AN ATHLETICS ANNOUNCER

Are you an Athletics fan thinking of embarking on a career in Media or journalism? Do you sometimes listen to the PA announcers at track and road events and think “I could do that”? Are you a club member looking to enhance and widen your relationship with the sport? Then look at this link: https://www.englandathletics.org/officiating/news/fantastic-opportunity-to-train-as-an-athletics-announcer/

PARENTAL RESPONSIBILITY

All parents of youngsters attending track training sessions are reminded to collect their sons and daughters from the track – not from the car park. The Club wants to ensure everyone stays safe and that every youngster safely leaves every track training session.

CLUB KIT

Anyone wanting to purchase club vests (£17) and/or hoodies (£12) is reminded that parents Vikki Brett and Joanne Lark will sell club kit at the EPSV Track Office AFTER Tuesday night training sessions.

Payment can be made by cash or by cheque (made payable to West Cheshire AC).

URGENT HELP NEEDED

The Club needs urgent help, support, and assistance from parents during Tuesday evening training sessions at the Ellesmere Port Sports Village Athletics Track (6.30pm-8pm).

The club currently has a waiting list for under 11s, and this situation can only be resolved by asking parents to volunteer on a rota basis at Tuesday night training sessions.

PARENTS who can help should contact Dennis Wall on 07968643038 or email: dennis.wall1@ntlworld.com

INVITE TO OBTAIN TRACK AND FIELD CERTIFICATE

All Club members are being invited to support our club by completing the Track & Field Online Management Course to help West Cheshire AC look after the Ellesmere Port Sports Village Athletics Track. Further details can be found at:

https://www.ulearnathletics.com/module/154

PHYSIO SUPPORT

Club member Heather McLintock is a qualified physiotherapist and offers substantial discounted prices for West Cheshire AC members on production of their membership card. Heather can be contacted on 01244 381350 or 07885 462487.

WEEKLY PRESS REPORT

This week’s Press Report is at the following link: https://www.westcheshireac.co.uk/2019/01/28/press-report-laura-and-carys-star-indoors-and-out/

FIXTURES

Saturday, February 2: West Cheshire AC Annual Presentation Evening, Crowne Plaza Hotel, Chester, (7pm start): https://wcac.niftyentries.com/WCAC-England-Athletics-NW-club-of-the-year-2018-Celebration-and-Awards-Evening

Saturday, February 2: Cheshire Schools Cross Country Championships, at Knights Grange Sports Complex, Winsford (10am start).

Saturday, February 2: North Wales Cross Country League Final Round, at The Marches School, Oswestry: https://www.northwalesxc.com/fixtures

Sunday, February 3: Northern Indoor Athletics Under 13 and Under 15 Championships, at Sheffield: https://www.northernathletics.org.uk/

Press Report: Laura and Carys Star Indoors and Out

LAURA TURLEY and Carys Roberts enjoyed a memorable weekend.

The West Cheshire Athletic Club pair started the year in style by securing prestigious podium places.

Turley retained her Welsh Indoor 400m title in Cardiff, while Roberts became the first-ever West Cheshire AC member to medal at the North of England Cross Country Championships.

Turley clocked 55.94 seconds to retain her national indoor title, nearly two seconds clear of her nearest rival, after comfortably winning her qualifying heat in a time of 58.83 seconds.

Roberts headlined at Pontefract with a storming finish in the under 13 girls race at the Northern Cross Country Championships to claim a silver medal.

Roberts covered the distance of just over three kilometres in a time of 10:46 to finish just seven seconds behind the eventual winner.

Roberts was joined in the under 13 girls race by team mates Jessica Lark (134th in 12:32) and Aimee Phillips (167th in 13:08), while Sophie Grainger (33rd in 14:58) completed the under 15 girls race alongside Abigail Cartwright (173rd in 17:48).

Claire Harris (113th in 35:16), Ellie Robinson (151st in 36:38), Ellen McMahon (251st in 40:41), and Angela Tegg (280th in 42:24) combined for 29th team position in the senior women’s race, and Beth McMahon clocked 26:03 for 59th spot in the under 20 women’s event.

Jamie Richardson (26th in 13:27), William Wright (78th in 14:09), Sammy Hollins (110th in 14:37), and Henry Robinson (179th in 16:01) achieved 16th position in the under 15 boys team event.

Sion Roberts (43rd in 21:16) and Harvey Tegg (96th in 23:12) completed the under 17 men’s race, while Ethan Greenland (48th in 30:31) and Rory Willson (54th in 31:42) rounded the under 20 men’s race, and Dave Alexander (214th in 46:13) and Andrew Clague (357th in 49:41) completed the men’s race.

SION ROBERTS headed West Cheshire AC’s charge at the latest round of the Borders Road Running League.

First under 20 junior finisher, Roberts, secured 19th spot overall with a time of 35 minutes 17 seconds for the undulating 9.8km course at Tattenhall.

Roberts was backed-up in the men’s scoring team by Graham Wells (39th in 36:05), Bradley Spurdens (52nd in 37:09), Mark Davies (56th in 37:19), Tom Cable (67th in 37:56), Steve Fernyhough (72nd in 38:32), Andrew Clague (79th in 38:54), John Parlevliet (92nd in 39:26), Ian Gloyne-Phillips (100th in 40:24), and Paul Morrison (105th in 40:53).

Keely Smith (15th in 43:08), second under 20 junior Issy Clarke (20th lady in 44:03), Kerry Riley (28th in 45:02), and Debra Bemand (37th in 46:40) combined for the scoring ladies team.

Other West Cheshire AC finishers included Clare Mallon (47th lady in 48:38), Alex Duffey (83rd lady in 53:28), David Irving (115th in 41:24), Joe Foy (136th in 42:33), Andrew Carter (153rd in 44:01), Adam Poole (155th in 44:12), Ian Ackroyd (176th in 46:25), Dave Tiernan (182nd in 46:5), Mark Gallagher (185th in 47:11), Darren Shillington (192nd in 47:41), Steve Ball (197th in 48:04), Phil Howe (215th in 50:45), Rory Willson (225th in 52:09), Brian Beattie (252nd in 60:58).

OVERALL TEAM SCORES (after four rounds)

MENS DIVISION ONE: 1 Buckley 1191 points, 2 Wallasey 1277, 3 West Cheshire AC 2128, 4 Prestatyn 2307, 5 Helsby 2408, 6 Wirral 3776, 7 Deestriders 6705.

MENS DIVISION TWO: 1 Ellesmere Port 1199, 2 Wrexham 1759, 3 Chester Tri 2027, 4 Birkenhead 4280, 5 Abergele 4964, 6 Wrecsam Tri 5441, 7 Cybi 5889, 8 Tattenhall 6639, 9 Eryri 8188, 10 Deeside 8412.

WOMENS DIVISION ONE: 1 Wallasey 253, 2 Buckley 255, 3 Helsby 275, 4 West Cheshire 335, 5 Chester Tri 427, 6 Prestatyn 589, 7 Ellesmere Port 957.

WOMENS DIVISION TWO: 1 Wirral 201, 2 Abergele 427, 3 Deestriders 457, 4 Wrecsam Tri 656, 5 Tattenhall 813, 6 Eryri 828, 7 Wrexham 903, 8 Cybi 1062, 9 Birkenhead 1162, 10 Deeside 1817.

The next round will be held at Birkenhead Park on Sunday, March 3 (11am start).

IMOGEN PUGHE clocked a new under 15 girls 400m personal best of 60.00 seconds at the Northern Indoor Open Meeting at Sheffield, where she was accompanied by West Cheshire AC team mates Stephanie Jones (62.70) and Jodi Bemand (68.20).

TOM BOOTH represented West Cheshire AC at the Big Easy Mountain Marathon in New Zealand, completing the race in second spot with a time of 3:12.19, less than two minutes behind the eventual winner.

FIXTURES this weekend include the West Cheshire AC Presentation Evening at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Chester, on Saturday night after the final round of the North Wales Cross Country League at Marches School, Oswestry, on Saturday (1pm start), and the Cheshire Schools Cross Country Championships at Knights Grange, Winsford, on Saturday (10am start). The Northern Under 13 and Under 15 Indoor Track and Field Championships take place in Sheffield on Sunday.

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