Great Start to the Track for Sutton Juniors and Seniors
Last weekend saw the first league matches for both the Youth Development League and Northern Senior Leagues with St. Helens Sutton A.C. aiming for promotion.
18 Young athletes travelled the short distance to Trafford to compete in the Lower YDL which saw the club make a strong start to the season finishing 3rd overall while achieving 38 personal bests across the different track and field disciplines, with two of the young boys competing for the first time.
On Sunday the seniors had a great start to their promotion campaign with a victory over the other clubs at the first Northern Senior League match held at Deeside, which featured some great performances, PBs and fantastic team spirit.
For the ladies, Heather Drillingcourt, back competing after a few years out, ran 100m (13.5), long jumped 4.62m, triple jumped 9.53m and ran both the 4×100 and 4×400 relays. Karen Marsh competing again after a hip replacement, covered 7 events, 100m, 100m hurdles, 400mH, long jump, javelin and both the relays, Jess Leonard ran the 400m (59.5), she also ran both relays, Jade Smith ran a PBs in the 800m (2.36), 1500m (5.19) quickly followed by a drop down to the 200m sprint (33) and ran the 4x400m relay, new to senior league Celine Virton ran 200m in 29.4, threw discus 19.06m and javelin over 28m then ran in the 4×100 relay. Trish Spark also back competing after the birth of her little girl, threw hammer 37.11m, shot putt 8.88m and discus over 21m, Julia Hayes threw the hammer 19.06m and the shot putt.
For the men Michael Causer ran 100m (11.2), long jumped 6.88m and threw javelin over 28m, and the 4×100 relay, Daniel Lamb ran 100m (11.1), long jumped 6.39m and ran 4x100m relay, Jonathan Causer ran 400m (54.1), the 200m (24.5), threw the discus 29.15m PB and ran in both relays, Will Beesley ran the 400m (53.8 PB) then ran both relays, Charlie Roberts ran 800m (1.57 PB), high jumped 1.40m and ran the 4x400m relay, Dave Twigg ran the 800m (2.04) and the 1500m (4.23), Jake Healy ran the 1500m (4.52), Matt Crehan ran an impressive 5000m lapping nearly the whole field bar one (14.57 PB), Ian Roberts ran 5000m (19.45), Jon Jo Doherty ran 400m hurdles (77.7) and 3000m steeplechase (10.21 PB), he also tried triple jump for the first time 8.78m then ran the 4x400m relay. Darren Scott covered 5 events, pole vault, 200m, 110m hurdles, high jump and javelin and Ian Conway threw the hammer 19.30m and then shot putt, Mike Hughes also threw the hammer 27.51m and the shot putt.
Over on the fells on Tuesday night Mark Liptrot and Greg Carns ran the Mearley Clough fell race. A 4-mile race with 1250ft ascent on Pendle Hill. Liptrot finished 48th in 41:56, with Carns 65th in 43:26. A great value race for only £5 including a pasta supper in the pub after the race and a bottle of beer from the sponsor, Moorhouses.
While Saturday saw Carns take on the Old County Tops fell race in the Lake District. A 37 mile race with 10,000ft of ascent taking in the highest summits of the old counties of Cumbria, Helvellyn (Westmorland), Scafell Pike (Cumberland) and The Old Man of Coniston (Lancashire), finishing in 10 hours 40 minutes.
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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