Trail races go like a Dream for John

St Helens 10k charity run .'Winner John Ashcroft of Sutton Harriers with a time of 33 minutes and 10 seconds.
St Helens 10k charity run .'Winner John Ashcroft of Sutton Harriers with a time of 33 minutes and 10 seconds.

THE first running of the St Helens Sutton Athletics Club’s St Helens Windows Dream Trail races proved very successful.

The main event was a spectacular race over the parkland surrounding Dream. The course was as challenging as it looked, but at least the conditions underfoot were dry, if not always flat.

There was a good turn-out for the club in all the races, and the club’s athletes performed well on the day.

The first event was the Mini Trail Race, which was jointly won by Jamie Ford and Stephen Walker, with Anna Pennington winning the Girls event.

The Junior Trail Race again saw joint winners, this time being Joe Ford and Joseph Walker, with Rachel McGoldrick and Paige Misund taking first and second places for the girls.

There were 137 finishers for the main event, which was won by club member John Ashcroft in 30 minutes and 59 seconds, with second place going to James Allen (31.50) and third to Anthony Smith (32.32). First in the Ladies section was Amanda Clark (39.26), with Julia Eccleston second (42. 35) and Sue O’Brien third (43.29).

Club member Jamie White was fourth overall in 34.34. Other club results were: Conor Murphy, (34.52), Barry Graney, (34.56), Rob Marsh, (35.43), Ian Hayburn (36.31), Dennis Wharton (37.38), John Appleton (39.05), Steve Clague (41.49), Steve Cooper (42.15), Helena McGoldrick (50.12), and Gemma Lancaster (53.40).

Meanwhile, the club’s most experienced multi-eventer, Phil Robinson, competed in the North West and Merseyside Multi-Events Championships held at Sportcity.

Phil retained his Master’s title and finished second in the Merseyside event, with a final score of 4,364 points.

Jack Gannon put his injury-wrecked season behind him, running at Stretford, where he ran the 100m and 200m in 12 seconds flat and 24.13, respectively.