West Cheshire AC’s summer of success now includes a history-making – and long-awaited – promotion.
The Stanney Oaks squad were crowned North of England Track and Field League Division Two champions after winning Saturday’s Promotion Match at Doncaster.
The purple-vested athletes, who claimed the Division Two West title earlier this month, will step up into Division One for the first time in the club’s history next year.
Team managers Dave McKay and Jenny Manning were delighted to see the squad celebrate, having failed to achieve promotion in the past despite winning six consecutive Division Two West titles.
McKay played a key role in helping his club secure success on Saturday by appearing in no fewer than seven events, which featured a winning throw of 60.67m in the javelin alongside Mike Lyness who pocketed vital points from six events.
Road runners Bob Benson, Andrew Clague, Anest Muller and Lisa Davies also played pivotal roles on the track.
The day was concluded in style when Danielle Erskine, Shona Valentine, Olivia Montez-Brown and Victoria Smith teamed up to clock a winning time of four minutes 21.2 seconds in the 4x400m relay.
Isaac Tait was first home for West Cheshire AC at the Delamere Park Run, posting a new personal best time of 20:51 for 19th position, ahead of Sion Roberts (20th in the same time), Anna Crayston (sixth lady and 55th overall in 23:36), Beth McMahon (10th lady and 64th overall in a new best of 24:31), Molly Jones (15th lady and 85th overall in 25:53), Hollie Jones (16th lady and 88th overall in 25:58), Mike Perchard (111th in 26:40), Ellen McMahon (28th lady and 119th overall in a new best of 26:49).
Kay Hayes (42nd lady and 153rd overall in 29:10), Patrick Tait (246th overall in 34:11), and Anne-Marie Tait (125th lady and 280th overall in 39:08) all impressed.
Northern stars in the frame
Georgia Barlow and Cameron Weaver represented Cheshire at the Northern Inter Counties Track and Field Championships at Blackburn.
The West Cheshire AC pair both achieved places in the frame.
Barlow finished third overall in the under 17 women’s 100m and third in the 300m with a new seasons best time of 41.5 seconds, and Weaver clocking a winning under 17 men’s 3,000m time of 9:23:28.
Rob Freeman of West Cheshire AC posted 40 minutes 42 seconds for 66th spot at the Birchwood 10k in Warrington, and Rosemary Rogers won the over 65 women’s prize with a time of 50:31, ahead of Mark Povey (469th in 53:26), and Peter Povey (940th in 94:27).
Freeman also headed West Cheshire AC’s squad at the Ellesmere Port Park Run, clocking a new personal best time of 19 minutes 53 seconds for fourth position.
He was joined by Harvey Tegg (eighth in 21:20), Rory Willson (13th in 21:53), Rosemary Rogers (second lady and 20th overall in a new best time of 23:42), Clare Mallon (fourth lady and 25th overall in a new best of 23:58), Abigail Cartwright (fifth lady and 29th overall in 24:53), Harley Shakespeare (36th in 26:18), and Aaron Scott (41st in 27:11).