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On a very wet and windy Saturday, 19 athletes from St Helens Sutton A.C. travelled to Manchester for the last match of the track and field season, where they were leading by 1 point to Liverpool and 2 points to Manchester after the first 3 matches.

Once again, the team spirit of these athletes was inspiring, with some athletes covering events that they had never done before and some athletes competing in 5 or 6 events on the one day. It was an extremely close match, but they managed to secure the win over Manchester by just 3 points, and alongside team manager Chris Causer were presented with the league winner’s trophy, while also gaining promotion to Division 2 for the 2020 season.

The first event of the day was the women’s long jump, Heather Drillingcourt jumped to 3rd scoring some great early points with a jump of 4.50m whilst Karen Marsh finished 4th, Marsh also finished 3rd in the 400m hurdles (87.5s) not long after which followed after. Drillincourt also competed in both relays, the 100m and 200m and performed well throughout the events scoring important points for the team. Alongside the Long Jump was the men’s hammer throw where Michael Hughes and Ian Conwy smashed the positions to gain valuable points. Ian also dominated in the shot too, throwing 8.58m.

Continuing on from the men’s success in the throws, Jon-Jo Doherty and Matthew Crehan flawlessly executed 1 & 2 double in both the steeplechase and 5000m with the duo swapping the number one spot. Crehan also went 1 &2 with David Twigg in the 1500m. Doherty ran a nail biting 400mH in 72.3s and triple jumped to some important points. The 800m races saw Charlie Roberts lead yet another victory in a tough battle for first whilst new comer Tom Upton, showed his fiancée Amy Corfield wasn’t the only runner in the partnership with a great run in the 800m, as well as an impressive relay leg later in the day. In the women’s distance races Rachael Fairclough and Amy Corfield won both of their 3000m races, with Corfield also jumping 1.25m in the high jump and showing Upton how an 800m should run.

In the men’s sprints, Michael Causer battled to the line in the 100m with 11.1s and a win in the 200m with a time of 22.5s. Alongside him, Luca Noonan ran two personal bests running 11.6s in the 100m and 23.9s in the 200m. Michael also won the long jump. Jonathan Causer then won his 400m race in 55.5s whilst Will Beesley, who followed up an impressive debut win in the high jump, with a very interesting style, finished second in the A string 400m in 53.3s. In the women’s 100m Jessica Leonard ran 13.1s and Heather Drillngcourt finished second in a time of 13.2s. In addition to this, Leonard followed on with a successful second place in the 400m. Drillingcourt finished her 200m in 28.5s.

Out on the infield getting soaked by the heavy down pours, Patricia Spark fought hard throughout the discus, shot and javelin finishing 3rd in the shot and discus. Her teammates Julia Hayes and Lauren Taylor also finished well in their events with Julia winning her hammer with 19.47m and Lauren receiving a PB in Shot. Michael Hughes and Jonathan Causer also met in discus to secure first and third place respectively. Hughes’ final event was the Javelin where he finished 4th.

The day was rounded out with a big upset for the home team of Manchester Harriers who had reigned supreme over the 4x400m relay all season when the St. Helens team made up of Jonathan Causer on first leg, handed over to Tom Upton who raced through the field and gave Sutton a demanding lead, as he handed over to Will Beesley, who ran strong sustaining Upton’s lead, before passing to the young star, Charlie Roberts, who left Manchester’s best 400m runner with a big gap to close, as Roberts zoomed off to the fastest split of the team in 51s dead.

Outside of the league, Jon-Jo Doherty and Tom Griffiths finished 1& 2 at the Mystery 5k in Liverpool, securing Doherty’s first series win of the season with another couple series wins to be had over the coming weeks. Jade Smith ran a 5:08 1500m at the Trafford British Miler Club meeting, only a second off her PB but ensuring her eligibility for selection for the World Para Athletics Championships this November in Doha and Michael Brussels ran a new 3000m PB at the Warrington open meeting.

Report by Matt Crehan and Lauren Taylor

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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