ATHLETICS: THREE West Cheshire AC members, Russell Kirk, Heather McLintock, and Mike Lamb were successful at the club's Christmas Handicap event at Whitby Park, Ellesmere Port.
Russell, running off a handicap of seven minutes 40 seconds, completed a four-mile course in a time of 34 minutes 48 seconds to win the men's handicap prize in a net time of 27:08. He reeled in his closest rivals on the last lap of the four lap course.
Heather collected the ladies' handicap prize after completing the course in an overall time of 35:17, and clocking 29:37 off a 5:40 handicap.
And Mike Lamb, running off scratch, clinched the veteran men's trophy having finished the course in 35 minutes 44 seconds.
Tom Lowndes was the fastest junior on the day in the one mile handicap in 11 minutes 55 seconds off a 5:25 handicap for a net run of 6:30.
Second junior in the handicap was Matthew Pratt who ran 12:09 for a net time of 6:44, and Rebecca Grimes was third home in the handicap with an overall time of 12:25 and a net time of 6:53.
Tom Price won the West Cheshire AC Indoor Sportshall Christmas Fun Competition at Stanney High School which attracted a record 62 competitors who tackled eight different indoor athletics events.
He scored 191 points from his eight appearances which included a standing long jump of 2.68m, a speed bounce of 74, a vertical jump of 65, and a soft javelin throw of 23m.
He just held off the challenge of second-placed Helen Clowes who finished only one point adrift.
Sam Bateson came third on 184 points, and Rose Soulsby secured fourth position with 173 points.
The other top 10 finishing positions were occupied by Lauren Hunt (fifth with 169 points); Michael Lyness (sixth with 165); Rachel Stoakley (seventh on 160); Rebecca Grimes (eighth on 156); Ruth Pritchard (ninth on 154); and Oliver Hill (10th on 150).
The opening round of the Cheshire Cross Country League will be held at Castle Park, Frodsham, on Tuesday from noon.. West Cheshire AC members wanting to compete in the Cheshire County Cross Country Championships at Winsford next month should contact Mike Lamb or Dennis Wall as soon as possible.
For information about West Cheshire Athletics Club, which caters for athletes aged eight and above, contact Dennis Wall on 0151 201 1254.
Tattenhall Runners' Christmas Handicap attracted a record number for the four-mile road race. The winner was Liz Barratt ahead of Nancy Artell, Geoff Cornfield, Anna Lancaster, Justin Wyke, Mark Smith, Jo Graham, Andrew Thomas, Sarah Hammond, Justin Realff, Jen Lawson, Roger Eagle, Simon Ellis, Michael Ellis, Mark Hockedy, Alison Smith, Ian Lancaster, Steve Hammond, Sandra Owen, Trevor Gilbertson, Dave Clarke, Frank McHale, James Ellis, Laynie Stothart-Wilde, Andrew Gooda, Jane Woodley, Raewyn Bailey, Grace Hart, Sue Lancaster, Richard Barratt. Lawrie Woodley, Nick Holmes, Mike Whiteside, Lesley Arrowsmith, Bob Capes, Rachel Lancaster, Dave Ratcliffe, Tessa Swaine and Mike Arrowsmith.