Sutton Show Dominance Across the North West
With the summer season over St. Helens Sutton A.C. legs turned to the road for the North West Road Relays last Sunday held just up the road at Edge Hill University. The course started on the synthetic track and then cycled up and down a series of hill and switchbacks creating a testing course for the runners and wonderful viewpoints for the spectators.
In the first race of the day Sutton’s U11 boys had a frustrating time as an official missing the impressive Bobby Birkett coming home in 10th didn’t let Harry Griffiths start his leg for another 30 seconds causing the boys to lose time and positions, but fired up Griffiths did what he could to make up for the officials blunder and get the team back in the race. Elijah Colley then set of on the final leg for the boys an just missed on getting the young boys a medal in the Merseyside Championship race, finishing 4th team, a certain medal if not for the mishap. Ethan Colley also had a great solo run due not having a complete team.
In the U13 boys Will Vose was first to lead for off the ‘A Team’ off with a great run and bringing the boys home inside the top half of the field, quickly followed by ‘B Team’ first leg runner Joseph Colley. Liam Johnson then took over on 2nd leg for A moving up 6 positions, while Charlie Griffiths held B’s ground. On the final leg Gabriel Mullen knocked the team down another 5 places to finish 14th in the North West, while Saul Hockenhull also moved B up 5 positions to 35th.
In the U13 Girls Chloe-leigh Mark was first out and had a great run against a tough field, she handed over to Lily Birkett who moved the team up 3 positions with a strong performance, before handing over to Daisy Ward who maintained the teams standings finishing 11th Merseyside team.
In the U15 girls Sutton was sadly one girl short of a team, but the duo of Lucy Clitheroe and Tayler Massey both put in strong performances. Also running as an uncomplete team was U17 man Charlie Roberts who put in the 7th fastest time of the day for his age group in 16:34 over the 5k course.
Sutton’s Senior Men fielded two teams, and had their eyes on a medal from the start. Matt Crehan set off at blistering pace for the ‘A Team’ coming home in first and recording the fastest leg of the day in the field with a 15:05. Tom Griffiths took over, and had a suburb performance after being bed ridden for most of the week, only losing one position to a strong Salford team. Next up marathon man Ste Anders was tasked with getting his legs up to speed to hold the position, as not only were the men fighting for a medal in the North West race but also the Merseyside County race. Jon-Jo Doherty took over on the final leg in 3rd position with one Merseyside team just ahead and a fast running Liverpool Harriers trying to chase him down, but with a strong run he held them off and secured the team silver medal for Merseyside and a bronze overall. In the ‘B Team’ sprinter Will Beesley had a strong run on leg one, which was followed by a great effort by stalwart Jake Healey, John Greenall was on 3rd and back after injuries running well. With Ian Hayburn bringing the team home to a strong placing.
Earlier in the week Doherty also won his 3rd race series in the last two weeks as he complete four successive wins at the Mystery 5k at Wavertree Park.
About St Helens Sutton A.C.
St. Helens Sutton A.C. formally known as Sutton Harriers St. Helens, is one of the oldest athletic clubs in the country established in 1899.
Sutton A.C. is open to all ages and abilities meeting at Sutton Leisure Centre track at 6:15pm every Tuesday and Thursday evening.
There is an adults beginners group suitable for those just starting out and the kids Acorn beginners group for those aged 8 upwards, there is a waiting listing for juniors so it is worth contacting the club via their Facebook page.
St Helens Sutton has seen many internationals and Olympians compete for them over the years, and the coaches and officials are always ready to help every athlete reach their full potential.
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