ATHLETICS: WEST CHESHIRE AC have been crowned double champions.
The Chester and Ellesmere Port club's Under 15 boys and girls teams clinched victories at the North West Sportshall League Finals at Kingsway Leisure Centre, Widnes.
Daisy Flynn-Piercy, Kerry Riley, Rachel Stoakley, Rebecca Grimes, Ruth Pritchard, Shona Valentine, Siân Kelman and Stephanie Owens combined to grab glory for the girls.
Stephanie powered the shot to a new best distance of 10.35m for a gold medal, and Kerry Riley scored 83 in the speed bounce to secure gold, as well as adding a silver for her six-lap time of one minute 30.5 seconds.
Stoakley was presented with a silver medal after providing a brave four-lap display to clock 55.2 seconds.
Kelman showed her pace to earn a silver medal in the two-lap after posting a time of 25.3 seconds, just ahead of Flynn-Piercy in the final who finished fourth in 26.7.
And Grimes wrapped up her weekend schedule with a bronze medal in the four-lap with a time of 56.9secs, having competed in the Inter-Counties Cross Country Championships just 24 hours earlier.
The U15 girls rounded off their impressive performances with a polished relay victory. Stoakley, Flynn-Piercy, Grimes, and Kelman eased their way to success and further gold medal news.
Andrew Whitten, Gareth Preston, Jack Williams, James Callaghan, Matthew Kenny, and Matthew White gave success to West Cheshire AC.
Whitten dug deep in a sprint finish to claim a victory and a gold from the two-lap final, and he added a bronze medal from the standing triple jump with a new best of 7.94m.
Callaghan hit a silver medal distance in the shot competition, White grabbed a bronze medal for his six-lap performance and Kenny clinched a Vertical Jump bronze medal as well as helping the trio of Whitten, Williams, and White clinch gold medals from the relay.
The quartet of West Cheshire AC's U13 girls deserve a special mention as they compiled 127 points. Abbie Kirk and Gemma Mayled also pocketed medals from the competition.
Abbie bagged a gold from the four lap, and Gemma clinched a silver from the vertical jump with 47cms.
Aidan Stoakley, Glen Purcell, Haydn Dodson, Jack Bancroft, Lewis Dodson, Michael Lyness, Stephen White, and Tom Booth combined for West Cheshire AC's U13 boys' team.
Michael celebrated a double gold medal success story after winning the triple jump with 7.76m, and the vertical jump with 48.
Stoakley and Dodson collected bronze medal awards for their efforts. Aidan finished third in the four lap and Lewis clinched a place in the frame with a score of 74 in the speed bounce.
West Cheshire AC had been represented in the U11 boys final earlier in the day by Simon Rollins, Sam Rimmer, Sam Pierre-Louis, Matthew Balmforth, Adam Vallaley, and Michael Haynes, who earned their club joint fifth spot.
West Cheshire AC vice-president John Driscoll received the North West Athletics Volunteer of the Year Award from UK Athletics at Sport City in Manchester on Sunday.
And West Cheshire AC, represented by secretary Dan Gilroy and junior co-ordinator Eddie Gore, received the North West Junior Athletics Club of the Year Award.
West Cheshire AC members will be heading for Macclesfield on Sunday for the final round of the Cheshire Cross-Country League, (12.30pm). nAnyone wanting information about West Cheshire Athletics Club can contact Dennis Wall on 0151 201 1254.
Tattenhall Runners' ladies showed their strength by maintaining their grip on the Division One title in the Borders League race at Christleton.
They now lead by 45 points from Wirral with Wrexham a further 38 points adrift in third place. Tattenhall men stay fourth in Division Two, but are still leading the Improvers' Trophy by a big margin.
First counter for Tattenhall at Christleton was Justin Realff who was 59th in 35 mins two seconds, ahead of Justin Wyke 60th in 35:08, Andrew Gooda 63rd in 35:20, Steve Hammond 66th in 35:26 and Mike Whiteside 77th in 36:20 and second in his category.
Nick Holmes was 96th in 37:36 ahead of Dave Ratcliffe 97th in 37:42, John Slavin 102nd in 38:06, Dave Oldfield 112th in 38:45, Greg Berti 114th in 38:53 and Andy Blair 116th in 38:58.
Peter Avery was 121st in 39:48, Helen Lester 124th in 39:59, Sandra Owen 134th in 40:30 and first lady veteran 55, Sarah Atkinson 151st in 41:09, Geoff Cornfield 156th in 41:15, Lawrie Wood-ley 161st in 41:47 and second male veteran 65, Caroline Howard 166th in 42:29, Jane Woodley 197th in 46:42, Tessa Swaine 208th in 49:33, Derek Clague 211th in 49:52 and Lesley Clague 22nd in 53:30.
The next race in the series is at Mold on Sunday, April 3, hosted by Buckley Runners. nTattenhall had two category winners at the Farndon 10k race, Jane Woodley finishing 167th in 52:38 to lead the veteran 55 class and Lesley Clague the veteran 60 leader in 58:05 for 211th place.
First home for Tattenhall was Mike Whiteside in 46th place in 40:50 from Andrew Thomas 55th in 42:45, Grace Hart 148th in 51:02, Claire O'Brien 203rd in 57:01. Ann Evans also competed in the race.
Five members of Tattenhall Runners competed in the Cloud Nine hill race, near Congleton, over nine miles with 1,000ft of ascent and Steve Hammond was their leader in 46th place in 1:7:11 ahead of Mark Smith 74th in 1:11:13, Greg Berti 118th in 1:16:09, Caroline Howard 197th in 1:24:35 and Richard Barratt 249th in 1:36:55.
The club's annual meeting will be in the clubhouse on Tuesday, March 22, at 8.30pm.
Helsby Running club ladies were fourth in the Borders League race with Kathryn Roberts leading the way in 37:51. Kathryn also ran in the Cloud Nine hill race to take the fourth ladies' prize in 1:11:34.