This last week saw St. Helens Sutton A.C. athletes compete all over the North West, with Friday night seeing Jade Smith take on the horrendous rain and gale force winds up in Lancaster as against the odds she knocked another 38 seconds from her 5k PB and ran sub 20 minutes for the first time, running 19:48.
Saturday then saw the beginning of the cross-country season, as Sutton juniors and seniors split between the Liverpool & District and Manchester Area Cross Country.
Over in Wythenshawe Park, the U13 Boys where first to set off with both Gabrial Mullen (12:43) and Joseph Colley (13:31) both having great runs. In the U13 Girls, Daisy Ward (14:49) was first home, followed by Chloe-Leigh Mark (15:20) and Jessica Bairstow (16:42). Next up was the U15 Boys with Joseph Byrne (17:57) leading in the team, Michael Dobson (19:07) was back next followed by Matthew Dodd (19:59) and Ayaan Syed (21:22). Then in the U17 Men first years Charlie Roberts (21:40 was first back for Sutton followed by Michael Brussells (24:12). Ian Roberts (42:23) then competed in the senior’s race after supporting Charlie, having a great run over the mud.
While over at Arrow Park on the Wirrial, Sutton’s Tom Griffiths (33:06) stormed home to an impressive victory over the field with a full minute lead. Next back was Dave Twigg (36:16) followed in quick succession by Steve Anders (37:52), Craig Brighton (38:06) , Andy Wilson (38:53) and Jake Healy (39:09). Rounding out the numbers was Barry Graney (43:12) and the returning Greg Carns (49:59.
Sunday then saw several St. Helens Sutton A.C. runners then take on slightly longer disciplines as Gemma Connoly finished 7th woman in 1:18.50 at the Manchester Half Marathon, returning to great form, Manchester also saw Jane Makin run a season’s best of 3:01.08. While up in the Lake District hills, Janet Holmes proved her experience and grit when taking on the Lakeland Trails double events at Helvellyn and Ullswater (Results not published at time of print).
Main photo – Jade Smith