ATHLETICS: TWO West Cheshire AC juniors were in the frame in two cross-country events last weekend.
Emma-Leigh Heighway, of Bishops High School, lined up at Boggart Hole Clough, Greater Manchester, and finished third overall in the under-17 age group in the final round of the North West Women's League.
Kerry Riley competed in West Cheshire AC colours at the final round of the North Staffordshire League at Leek. The under-13 member was second, three places clear of club colleague Rebecca Grimes.
Tom Lowndes was another West Cheshire AC member in action at Leek, where he secured 12th position after battling through wintry conditions.
The junior distance-running race aces from West Cheshire AC are scheduled to continue their fine form tomorrow when the second round of the club's open junior cross-country races take place at Whitby Park (10am start).
Kerry Riley won the under-13 girls race in the first round a fortnight ago, and Rebecca Grimes grabbed third spot.
Thomas Lowndes collected top spot in the under-13 boys age group.
The trio are expected to be joined by Danielle Bentley and Gemma Mayled, who were second and third respectively in the under-11 girls first-round race.
James Ellis will be attempting to continue his good form by again winning the under-11 boys event.
Callum Freeman, of West Cheshire AC, third in the under-13 boys race, Thomas Justice, second in the under-15 boys, and third-placed under-15 girl Kelly Money are other West Cheshire AC members keen to enjoy success again. Five West Cheshire AC seniors competed in the final round of the Liverpool and District Cross Country League on Saturday at Huyton. Dave Alexander spearheaded the club's charge after finishing ninth in a time of 30 minutes 25 seconds. Andy Clague was 36th in 32:28, Clive Giddis was 74th in 37:03 and Alan Cooper was 97th in 39:31. Phil McGlory, of Liverpool Harriers, won in 28:11 and helped his team win the team event on 149 points, from Wirral AC in second spot on 322 and St Helens Sutton, third with 588. West Cheshire AC were sixth, on 1,007 points. West Cheshire AC will be targeting a hat-trick of team successes when they go to Tattenhall on Sunday (11am start). They are heading for the third round of the Borders Road Running League after securing wins in the first two rounds. Entries are being taken for the Round the Walls Race on Boxing Day at Chester Racecourse (11am start). Details from Brian Hastings on 01244 311908. Any West Cheshire AC member wanting to join the Cheshire County AA Cross Country Championships in Winsford on Saturday, January 3, should call Dennis Wall on 0151 201 1254 (evening) or Mike Lamb on 0151 355 2520. West Cheshire AC details can be got from Dennis Wall. Five Helsby runners took part in the third round of the Liverpool and District Cross Country League. Graham McAra finished 57th in 34:51, Andy Smith was 80th in 38:08, Kathryn Roberts was the second woman, 81st overall, in 38:12, Vanessa Griffiths 107th in 41:18 and Joe Beswick 115th in 47:33.