ATHLETICS: WEST Cheshire AC duo Danielle Bentley and Josh King were successful in the first round of the Ellesmere Port and Neston Primary Schools' Cross Country Race Series at Sutton High School on Saturday.
Danielle, representing Brookside School, won the girls' race ahead of Tamsin McVeigh of John Street and Marie McEwan of St Winfride's.
Laura Bestow produced a fine display on her international debut. The 18-year-old Chester Queens School student finished 10th in the Under 20 junior ladies race at the Belgian Cross Country Cup meeting and was the fifth English competitor to complete the course.
Laura, a member of West Cheshire AC, represented the North of England team at the event in Ghent, Belgium and clocked a time of 18 minutes 44 seconds in a race won by Belgian runner V Dejaeghere in a time of 17:56.
West Cheshire AC's Dave Alexander finished 10th in the opening round of the Liverpool and District Cross Country League. Dave covered the course at Skelmersdale's Boundary Park in 32:52. JUNIOR distance runners are reminded to make a note in their diaries of a four-round series of cross country races organised by West Cheshire AC and scheduled to start at Whitby Park later this month.
The first round will be held on Saturday November 29; round two on Saturday, December 13; round three on Saturday, February 14; and the final round on Saturday, March
6. The first race on each date will start at 10am and a 50p entry fee will be payable per runner on the day of the race.
Medals will be presented to the first three finishers in each of the U11, U13 and U15 boys and girls races staged in the four-round series.
FIXTURES for this weekend include the first round of the Borders Road Running League on Sunday at Deestriders. Race begins at 11am. West Cheshire AC's youngsters will be heading for the EPIC in Ellesmere Port on Sunday for the third round of the North West Sportshall League. Race starts at 1pm. Members of West Cheshire AC are reminded that their club's AGM will take place at 7.30pm at Bishop's High School, Chester on Friday, November 28. And West Cheshire AC's monthly committee meeting will take place at 8.15pm at Whitby Sports Club on Tuesday, November 18.
The Chester Round the Walls Races will be held at 11am on Boxing Day. For more information, phone Brian Hastings on 01244 311908.