WEST CHESHIRE AC are ready for a busy track and field campaign that comes under starter’s orders this month.
The Stanney Oaks-based club will start the new Cheshire League season at their Ellesmere Port track on Sunday, April 21 (noon).
The purple-vested squad plan to capitalise on home advantage in a fixture that features every age group, from nine year olds through to veterans.
Stanney will also be the setting for the annual West Cheshire AC Schools Track and Field Cup Match on Wednesday, May 1 (4pm start).
It will be the venue for the county round of the English Schools Track and Field Cup on Tuesday, May 14 (12.30pm start), as well as the venue for the Chester Primary Schools Track and Field Championships on Monday, June 24 (5pm start); and a Cheshire versus Merseyside Year Seven Track and Field Match on Monday, July 1 (5pm start).
Stanney will host two Young Athletes Development Track and Field League matches.
The opening round of the under 17s and U20s league will be hosted by West Cheshire on Saturday, April 28; and the third round of the U13s and U15s league will be hosted at Stanney on Saturday, June 22.
Several West Cheshire AC members will represent Cheshire this weekend. Six athletes from the club will line up for their county at the UK Sportshall Championships scheduled to take place on Sunday, in Birmingham.
Emily Ball and Georgia Barlow will team up for the Cheshire U15 girls squad. Taylor Kearns will represent the county U13 boys squad while Zac Barnsley, James McMahon and Matthew Pagan will combine in the Cheshire U15 boys squad.
Mark Davies represented West Cheshire AC at the Air Products 10k road race at Crewe and posted 36 minutes 31 seconds for 19th position.
He was joined at the event by club colleague Robert Little who clocked 40:03 for 61st spot; Richard Batterham who finished third in the over-60 men’s category and 118th overall in 44 minutes; Dave Hough who was fifth in the over-60 age group and 147th overall in 45:54; and Lynda Bish who was second in her over-60 age group and 313th overall in 64:34.
Jim Jones clocked a new personal best time of 42:47 at the Salford 10k road race where he finished 22nd in his over-45 age group and 222nd overall.
Bob Freeman completed the Run The Runcorn Bridge Five Miles Race in 32:09 for 59th position.