ATHLETICS: WEST Cheshire AC have had success indoors, in cross-country and on the road.
The Chester and Ellesmere Port club claimed three team victories in their North West Sportshall League third-round contest at Stan-ney High School, Ellesmere Port.
Men, ladies and veterans strengthened pole positions in the Borders Road Running League second-round contests at Capenhurst, and a quartet of juniors secured a string of fine performances at the third round of the North Staffs Cross-Country League at Stafford.
West Cheshire AC's Under 15 girls, U15 boys, and U13 boys grabbed team success in the Sportshall League.
The U13 boys squad of Michael Lyness, Aidan Stoakley, Stephen White, Matthew Pratt, Tom Booth, Michael Deponeo, Lewis Dodson, Jack Bancroft and Haydn Dodson compiled success in their age group.
Gareth Preston, Andrew Whitton, Tom Lowndes, Jeremy Wilderspin, James Callaghan, Matthew Kenny, Alan Littler and Andrew Davies secured the U15 boys success.
West Cheshire's U15 girls claimed their first age-group win of the season thanks to Rachel Stoakley, Sian Kelman, Daisy Flynn-Piercey, Rebecca Grimes, Emily Done, Shona Valentine, Kerry Riley, Stephanie Owens, Emily Fisher and Rose Soulsby.
Sam Pierre Louis, Tom Deponeo, Sam Rimmer, Simon Rollins, Bradley Edwards, Adam Thorley, Richard Drummond and Ciaran Flanagan steered West Cheshire's U11 boys to second spot.
The West Cheshire U13 girls squad of Abigail Kirk, Emily Clarke, Kitty Green, Gemma Mayled, Becky Okell, Danielle Bentley, Emma Lally, Geor-gina Wright, Zarah Hodder, Rebecca Billington, Emily Grader, Sophie Stanton and India Carty secured second position.
And Beth Hogan, Danielle Erskine, Danielle Street, Rhiannon Jones, Alice Jennings, Abbie Noble, Kate Williams, Jennifer Karling, Hannah Pierre-Louis, Alice McMahon, Myriam Hogan, Jennifer Drummond, Kelly Baker, Elizabeth Pilley and Sarah Klapkoswki teamed up to earn West Cheshire's U11 girls fourth position.
U11 Boys: 1 Stockport 134.5 points; 2 West Cheshire 132.5; 3 Liverpool 93; 4 Deeside 84.
U11 Girls: 1 Stockport 133.5; 2 Liverpool 127.5; 3 Deeside 125.5; 4 West Cheshire 107.5; 5 Crewe and Nantwich 65.
U13 Boys: 1 West Cheshire AC 140; 2 Stockport 138; 3 Prestatyn 56; 4 Crewe and Nantwich 36.
U13 Girls: 1 Deeside 139.5; 2 West Cheshire 122; 3 Crewe and Nantwich 110; 4 Stockport 98; 5 Liverpool 86.5; 6 Prestatyn 38.
U15 Boys: 1 West Cheshire AC 143; 2 Stockport 134; 3 Deeside 75; 4 Liverpool 45; 5 Crewe and Nantwich 36.
U15 Girls: 1 West Cheshire AC 138; 2 Deeside 127; 3 Stockport 117; 4 Crewe and Nantwich 53; 5 Liverpool 26. Paul Frodsham led West Cheshire home in the 5.4-miles Borders Road Running League course. He finished fourth in 29:19, ahead of Ken Begley (sixth in 29:35); Gary Withers (13th in 30:15); Graham Jenkins (15th in 30:36); Graham Earlam (19th in 30:30); Gary Roberts (22nd in 30:57); Gary Bergin (27th in 31:15); Dave Tiernan (31st in 31:27); Andrew Clague (40th in 32:12); and Matt Fisher (50th in 32:28) who completed the counting team.
Other finishers in the men's race included Andy Starkey (61st in 33:16); John McGill (83rd in 34:21); Russell Kirk (87th in 34:31); Chris Rhodes (95th in 34:50); Richard Batterham (96th in 34:55); Alan Cooper (97th in 34:56); Dave Hough (115th in 35:51); Brian Hastings (134th in 37:20); Brian Beattie (136th in 37:22); Geoff Harvey (177th in 39:36) and Mike Lamb (222nd in 44:27).
Ellie Debenham was first lady to finish for West Cheshire after completing the course in 37:08 for 10th lady position, beating Charlotte Roach who posted 38 minutes for 15th and was first U20 lady finisher.
Jules Bancroft finished 24th lady in 39:17, ahead of Lisa Davies (29th lady in 39:37) and Frances Mudway (42nd lady in 42:31).
Bradley Edwards, of West Cheshire, won the U11 boys race at the North Staffs Cross-Country League at Stafford and lies second overall after three rounds.
Charlotte Roach won the U17 ladies race and leads overall, while Georgina Wright and Rebecca Grimes are third in the U13 and U15 girls events respectively after finishing fifth and sixth.
West Cheshire AC were represented by Andrew Clague 29th, Dave Tiernan 46th, Alan Cooper 80th and Mike Lamb 107th at the second round of the Liverpool and District Cross-Country League race at Beacon Park, Skelmersdale.
The third round will be combined with the countrywide Reebok Challenge Series and the Mid Lancs League on the December 4, at Sefton Park, Liverpool.
The senior race will be at 2.30pm. Senior ladies can run in the men's race as part of the league but must pay to enter the Reebok ladies race. There are other supporting races. Alice Jennings, representing St Werburgh's, won the girls race at the first round of the Ellesmere Port and Neston Cross-Country Race Series at St Saviour's.
She finished in front of Libby Ward, of St Saviour's, in second spot, and Maria McKeown, St Winnefride's, in third place.
Jack Roberts, of Brookside, won the boys' race, beating runner-up Matthew Earley, of St Saviours, and Shaun Bailiff, of Elton, in third position.
Anyone wanting to join West Cheshire AC training sessions at the Stanney track and field complex should go along on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 6-8pm, and on Saturdays between 10am and noon. Further details from Dennis Wall on 0151 201 1254.
Entry forms are now available for this year's Chester Round The Walls Race on Boxing Day. The entry limit of 400 was exceeded last year, so entrants are being urged to enter before the December 16 closing date to avoid disappointment.
Further details from Brian Hastings on 01244 311908. Tattenhall Runners took the lead in Division Two of the Borders League and improved their advantage in the Improvers' Trophy.
Ian Lancaster returned to road running to lead the men home in 19th place in 30:39, while newcomer Peter Taylor was 33rd in 31:34, followed by Andrew Gooda 56th in 32:46, Justin Realff 62nd in 33:18, Rob Crowe 69th in 33:31, Carol Parsons 76th in 33:47, fifth lady finisher and second in her category, Justin Wyke 79th in 34:03, Mike Whiteside 81st in 34:13 and second vet 55, Andy Blair 84th in 34:28, Nick Holmes 86th in 34.30, Steve Hammond 98th in 34:56, Mark Smith 107th in 35:16, Dave Ratcliffe 11th in 35:37, Peter Avery 135th in 37:22, Greg Berti 137th in 37:29, Andrew Thomas 138th in 37:33, Matt Treby 146th in 37:52, Sandra Owen 152nd in 38:09 and first vet 55, Helen Lester 158th in 38:27, Sara Atkinson 161st in 38:39, Dave Clarke 166th in 38:47, Alison Smith 170th in 39:18, Caroline Howard 176th in 39:35, Grace Hart 215th in 43:05, Tessa Swaine 228th in 45:37, Jo Graham 231st in 46:33 and Raewyn Bailey 235th in 48:07.
Halton and Frodsham Harriers competed in the latest round of the North West Sportshall Athletics League at Widnes.
In the U11 age groups, Claire Perry had two second places in the two and four-lap races, Danielle Wood was also second in the four-lap race, and scored in the two-lap and in the chest push. Sophie Barlow was fourth in the chest push event and, with Erin Kelly, gained further valuable match points.
The boys squad in this age group was James Crosby, Chris Potter, Luke Dawson, Jacob White and Matthew Gabbott, with Matthew having a splendid afternoon with a second place in the standing long jump and two thirds in the standing triple jump and the four-lap race.
Aoife Haymer, in the U13 girls age group, had a good win in the speed bounce and an excellent second in the six-lap event.
Corrine Swash, Meggie Parry, Amelia Connor and Samantha France made up the relay team which finished third in a close race. Amelia was also fourth in her two-lap race.
Emma Percival, Shanice Siley, Emily Garner, Shannon Axon, Alex Kelly and twins Nicola and Kirsty Garner also gained good match points in their various events.
With a team of just three members, the U13 boys scored all the points to earn a well-deserved third place in the overall match result. David Tomlin was in third place in the speed bounce and the standing triple jump and scored in the two-lap race.
Andrew Perry ran a fast third in the two-lap race and competed in the tough six-lap event, then backed up Nathan Dawson in the standing long jump to get the second-place points in this event. Nathan snatched third spot in the six-lap and scored in the shot put.
The U15 girls team had some strong opposition to contend with on the day but turned in a good effort to finish fourth.
Zoe Andrews, Rachael Wilson, Grace Martin and Karis Burnett made up the relay squad and finished in third place. Katherine Andrews, Lauren O'Neill and Lorna Goldsmith completed the scoring team.