ATHLETICS: NICOLA Gore lifted the gloom for West Cheshire AC in Manchester on Sunday.
The 19-year-old thrower celebrated a hat-trick of victories at the Northern Track and Field League Division Two West match, but her club looks destined for relegation after finishing rock bottom in the penultimate round of the four-round competition.
Nicola, who bagged a double gold at this year's Cheshire AA County Championships and finished fourth with 33m in the discus at this year's British University Championships in Gateshead, representing Preston, grabbed her treble of successes at the weekend from shot, hammer, and discus.
The highlight of her throwing performances was achieved from the discus circle, where she spun an effort to a new personal best mark of 37.33m in the opening round to earn top spot, bettering her previous high by four metres.
Nicola began her busy schedule of throwing appearances in the hammer where she powered a winning throw of 29.48m, and she completed her series of impressive throwing displays from the shot circle where she hit a best put to a distance of 10.73m.
She also scored points from the javelin after launching a best throw of 20.37m, and added more points from the long jump.
She was joined by elder sister Amanda in the hammer and discus events, and achieved 21.26m and 24.10m respectively for second place in the B competitions.
Tricia Jackson was West Cheshire AC's other female to deliver maximum points after negotiating the 100m hurdles for a winning time of 19.0 seconds.
David McKay was the lone maximum points star from the club's men's ranks after securing a winning throw of 55.81m from the javelin runway.
The depleted Northern Track and Field League squad will now pray for a much-improved match result from their final round, which is scheduled to take place on Saturday, July 31 at Deeside Stadium, Connah's Quay.
Match result - 1 Liverpool Pembroke Sefton AC 366 points; 2 Trafford AC 359; 3 Blackburn Harriers & AC 329; 4 Manx AC 266; 5 Stockport AC 230.5; 6 West Cheshire AC 222.5.
League standings (after three rounds): 1 Trafford AC 16 points; 2 Blackburn Harriers & AC 15; 3 Liverpool Pembroke Sefton AC 11; 4 Manx AC 10; 5 Stockport AC 6; 6 West Cheshire AC 5.
Carl Van Schie, of West Cheshire AC, has booked his place in this year's English Schools' Combined Events Championships.
The Upton High School pupil will represent Cheshire at Exeter on September 18 and 19 after finishing eighth individual and being part of the winning Cheshire team consisting of Daniel Gregory and Tom Stringer.
He scored 3,782 points after long jumping a new best of 5.68m, throwing the discus 24.36m, launching the javelin 35.65m, rounding 400m in a new best time of 55.9 seconds, posting 15.9 seconds for the 100m hurdles, clearing 1.44m in the high jump, hitting 10.48m in the shot and rounding 1,500m in a new best time of 5:05.1.
West Cheshire host their annual 5k road race at the Cheshire County Sports Club, Upton, tonight (7.15pm). Late entries will be accepted if the entry limit of 400 has not been reached.
Members of West Cheshire AC are reminded that training at Stanney High School tomorrow has been cancelled due to a club trip to the Olympic Trials and AAA Championships at SportCity, Manchester.
The coach for the trip will pick up passengers from Stanney High at 10am and from County Officers Club, Upton, at 10.20am.
Further details about West Cheshire AC can be obtained from Dennis Wall on 0151 201 1254.
Mark Smith led Tattenhall Runners home in the tough Skiddaw fell race from Keswick - covering the nine miles with 2,800 feet of ascent - in 55th place in one hour 34 minutes 35 seconds.
Greg Berti was next for 76th place in 1:42.44, ahead of Caroline Howard 92nd in 1:43.41 and Alison Smith 96th in 2:02.08.
Sue Ellis finished 24th in the Deva Divas triathlon in 1:22.26 (fourth in category) and Alison Smith clocked 1:53.06 for 119th place and 22nd in category.
Two Helsby Running Club members, Rachel Arnold and Jackie Keasley, ran the Saunders Lakeland Marathon and claimed first ladies' prize in the Bowfell category, with a time of nine hours 54 minutes on Saturday and 5:58 on Sunday.
The route took in some of the highest & wildest parts of the Lakes in challenging weather conditions, covering a distance of 27k on Saturday and 20k on Sunday with ascents of 2,400m and 1,900m