Issy Clarke warmed up for this weekend’s Cheshire County Cross Country Championships with a top-three finish at the Delamere 5km ParkRun.

The West Cheshire AC middle-distance runner posted 21 minutes 42 seconds for third place in the ladies’ race at Delamere Forest, ahead of this Saturday’s county championship appearance at Reaseheath College, Nantwich.

Clarke, who will compete in the under 15 girls race over a 3.5km course at Reaseheath, will be focusing her sights on a medal performance after winning the Marie Birkenhead One Mile Race title last year at Trafford’s Longford Park Stadium.

Clarke will be supported at Reaseheath by team-mates Beth McMahon and Lily Moorhouse.

Ethan Greenland boosted his confidence in preparation for this weekend’s U17 men’s race, posting 18:28 for sixth spot at Delamere Forest, just 27 seconds adrift of his personal best.

Greenland will be joined on the Reaseheath starting line by clubmates Christy Mageean, who won a recent Delamere ParkRun race, and Harri Britton, who clocked 25:17 for 93rd spot at the weekend.

Mimi Jayaram prepared for her appearance at Reaseheath by finishing eighth lady at Delamere with a time of 23:54, while West Cheshire AC duo Abigail Cartwright and Imogen Pughe prepared by competing in the Ellesmere Port ParkRun at Whitby Park.

Cartwright clocked 27:40 for third position in the ladies’ race, while Pughe posted 29:40 for sixth spot.

Cartwright and Jayaram will receive back-up at Reaseheath in the under 13 girls race from Lucy Baxter, Anna Crayston, Hollie Jones, Molly Jones, Emily Misantoni and Lucia Pyne.

West Cheshire AC's Ethan Greenland
West Cheshire AC's Ethan Greenland

And Pughe will be joined in the U11 girls race by Lara Battersby, Stephanie Jones, Carys Roberts, Scarlett Ross, Martha Willetts and Nina Willson.

West Cheshire AC will also be aiming to secure team titles in the U11 boys, U13 boys, U15 boys, men’s and ladies’ events.

Kitt Baker, Zak Dean, Fergus Garland, Charlie McMullan, Jamie Richardson, Henry Robinson, Louis Tegg and Dan Willetts will combined in the U11 boys age group.

Dylan Bugg, Ethan Butler, Matthew Douglass, Liam Farrell, Charlie Potts, Isaac Tait, Harvey Tegg and William Wright will team up in the U13 boys event.

Sonny Dean, David Dentith, Jack Dodd, Jac Goodall, Alex Mason, Sion Roberts, Patrick Tait and Rory Willson will battle it out in the U15 boys race.

Lisa Davies, Ellie Robinson and Anne-Marie Tait join forces in the ladies’ event, while Bob Benson, Andrew Carter, Mark Davies, Charlie Johnson, John Parlevliet, Peter Smith, David Tait, Julian Tegg, Dave Tiernan and George Dewhirst will compete in the men’s race.

Katie Clarke and Ellen McMahon will also represent West Cheshire in the U17 and U20 women’s age groups resprectively.

West Cheshire AC members in action at Delamere on Saturday included Antony Woodall (26th in 20:54), Steve Hillier (37th in 21:59), Charlie Clarke (72nd in 24:19), Petera Smith (76th in 24:31) and Kay Hayes (26th lady in 26:57), while Bob Freeman was fourth at the Ellesmere Port 5km Park Run in 21:44.

The full timetable for Saturday’s Cheshire Championships at Reaseheath is – 11.30am start: U11 boys and girls (2.3km); 11.50am: U13 boys and girls (3.3km); 12.10pm: U15 girls (3.5km); 12.35pm: U15 boys and U17 Ladies (4.4km); 1pm: U17 men and U20 ladies (6.3km); 1.40pm: U20 men and Senior Ladies (7.7km); 2.30pm: Senior Men (11km).