St. Helens Sutton A.C. Compete at European Trials
Last Saturday saw the very best in the UK gather just a little up the M62 at Sefton Park, Liverpool, for the European Cross Country Trials and the second race in the UK Cross Challenge. Bobby and Lilly Birkett gained their first experiences on such a stage as they took on the mud bath of a course in the U11 Boys and U13 Girls races. Charlie Roberts had a great run in the U17 Men’s race finishing in 19:31 over the 5.5km course.
Later as the mud got churned up further, Sonya Monaghan was the only Sutton Senior Woman to take on the course, returning to racing for the first time after a series of injuries.
The final race of the day was the senior men, were Sutton had gathered a great turnout with two teams competing. First back was Jon-Jo Doherty having a great run coming home just outside the top 100 in 107th, he was followed by Liam Todd who is continuing his impressive performances since joining Sutton this winter. David Twigg and Ste Anders were next home for the team, while the ever present John Greenall was 5th counter and closely followed by Chris Birkett rounding out the first team of 6 for Sutton. Andy Wilson and Jake Healy were next back through the mud giving a good start for the second Sutton team. Ian Costello back from injuries had a great run, quickly followed by Ian Roberts who had worked his way through the field, after working well with next placed runner Matt Blake. Greg Carns and Chris Reid then rounded out the team putting in strong performances.
Sunday saw Matt Crehan take on the Wilmslow Festive 10km, and though struggling with an achilles injury managed over a minute PB, running 30:12 to finish 8th.
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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