ATHLETICS: WEST Cheshire AC was represented by eight members at Sunday's London Marathon.
Ken Begley was the first to find the finishing line after posting a new personal best time of two hours, 39 minutes, 48 seconds.
He finished 208th overall and 192nd male in the field of 30,000 that had set off through the capital from Blackheath.
He was joined in the capital by Duncan Bell, who has recently returned from Kenya with the Army. He achieved a time of 2:51.10, to finish ahead of Iain Wedge who clocked 2:51.36.
Bob Benson was next home for the club after clocking 3:10.17, ahead of Richard Batterham who achieved 3:11.24 and Brian Beattie, running after recovering from a virus to post 3:35.27.
Tony Kennedy and Charles Thackaray completed the WCAC contingent at the big event. Kennedy finished the race in a new best time of 3:45.20 and Thackaray posted a new best of 4:03.58. Several WCAC youngsters starred for Cheshire on Sunday in the UK Sportshall Athletics Final at Birmingham's NIA.
Daisy Flynn-Piercey, Ruth Pritchard, Stephanie Owens, Shona Valentine and Rebecca Grimes pushed the Cheshire U13 girls' team to second position overall on 1,065 points, just five points behind eventual winners Norfolk.
Stephanie achieved a new shot put best of 10.48m; Daisy sprinted to 23.1 seconds in her two-lap and scored 50 in her vertical jump.
Ruth posted 1:20.8 in her six-lap and cleared 1.35m in the high jump, while Shona reached 6.47m in the standing triple jump and Rebecca clocked 1:21.7 in the six-lap and 1.93m in the standing long jump.
Tom Price, Martin Jones, Carl Van Schie, Sam Bateson, and Gareth Preston represented Cheshire's U15 boys, who finished third in the team event behind winners Warwickshire and Argyll.
Tom finished third overall in the individual competition after clocking 20.1 seconds in his two-lap, hitting 79 in the speed bounce and achieving 8.43m in the standing triple jump.
Martin clocked 45.4 seconds in his four-lap, hit 68 in the speed bounce and leaped 2.40m in the standing long jump.
Carl clocked 43.8 in the four-lap, hit 11.36m in the shot and leaped 7.71m in the standing triple jump.
Sam clocked 46 seconds in the four-lap, hit 85 in the speed bounce, and triple-jumped 7m.
WCAC convey their thanks to team manager Tim Durrant, who guided all six age groups to league finals this season for the first time in the club's history.
James Ellis celebrated success in the U12s race at round two of the British National Fell Running Championships at West Nab, Yorkshire.
Representing WCAC, he negotiated the 1.5-miles course with 400ft of climb in a winning nine minutes 49 seconds. Fixtures this weekend include the first round of the National Junior Track and Field League for U17 and U20 athletes. WCAC members in these age groups can represent Cheshire Tigers at the opening round at Leverhulme Park, Bolton.
Entries are now being received for this year's Cheshire County AA Track and Field Championships at Warrington, on Saturday and Sunday, May 15 and 16. Forms can be obtained from WCAC coaches. Closing date for entries is April 30.
But entries have now closed for the Shell Chester Half Marathon as entries have now exceeded the race limit of 2,500.
WCAC are organising a family quiz night on Friday, May 7 at a venue yet to be arranged.
Further details about West Cheshire AC can be obtained from Dennis Wall on 0151 201 1254.
Four Helsby runners competed in the London Marathon on Sunday. Jackie Keasley finished 5,830th in 3:37.28, Jane George was 6,558th in 3:41.46, Ivor Johnstone was 9,736th in 3:55.02 and Carol Shaw 1,0570th in 3:57.52.
Leading Tattenhall Runners home in London were Helen Woodley, 148th lady in a pb of 3:9.52, Justin Realff 1,718th in 3:8.3, Justin Wyke 5,920th in 3:38.12, Peter Marshall 6,312th in 3:40:58.
In the West Nab fell race, Simon Ellis was 30th and Sarah Hammond fourth lady.
Entries are still open for the Christleton 5k race on Friday, May 14 at 7.30pm from Christleton High School.