FOR the fifth consecutive year, St Helens Sutton Athletics Club retained its place in Division Two of the Northern Track league (West).
This is due to juniors moving into senior ranks, and the willingness of many athletes to try different events. This year’s programme finished with a third placing in the match at Trafford.
The ladies’ team produced an excellent performance, finishing second in points to Trafford.
Every event was contested. Gemma Connolly won the 3,000 metres in 10 minutes 58.9 seconds, was second in the 1,500m in 4.58.2, and was just beaten into third in the 800m in 2.26.5.
Tricia Spark was second in the hammer with her throw of 35.63m, Sophie Rigby had the same placing in the long jump (4.91m) as did Heather Drillingcourt in the triple jump (9.84m).
Sophie was also third in the high jump with 1.45m and cleared the same height as the second placer in the pole vault (1.70m). Natalie Bannister was third in the discus with 26.95m.
For the men, there was a sprint double for Thaddeus Anim Somuah, winning the 100m in 11.10 and the 200m in 22.70.
John Ashcroft comfortably won the 1,500m with 3.58.6 seconds and Michael Causer won the long jump with 6.83m, setting a new club record at both Under-17 years and senior levels.
Steve Clague took second place in the 400m hurdles with 1.04.80 and Matt Stirling was third in the 800m in 1.58.1.
Both Steve and Phil Robinson put their decathlon experience to good purpose by competing in as many events as possible.
There is less than one month to get entries in for the St Helens Windows Dream Trail Race.
This will be a friendly, family event and there is also the mini trail for six to 11 years olds, which can be entered on the day.
The list of sponsors who are taking part is growing week by week, and the latest signing is DW Sports, who have kindly offered to donate prizes for the race.
Each runner will receive a free day pass for their facilities; this is in addition to prizes already announced.
We have calculated that each runner will receive a goody bag that is worth at least 200 per cent of their entry fee.
The club’s annual meeting will be held on Monday, September 5 in the Bull and Dog, on Marshalls Cross Road, starting at 7.30pm.