DARK clouds are gathering over relegation-threatened West Cheshire AC.
The Ellesmere Port and Chester-based club finished rock bottom in sixth position at the penultimate Northern Senior Track and Field League Division Two West match at Bolton's Leverhulme Park and faces the drop just one year after promotion.
A threadbare women's contingent battled well against the odds alongside West Cheshire's men's squad in the sweltering heat.
Team manager Dan Gilroy and West Cheshire AC's officials are now insisting that athletes make the final fixture of the calendar a priority.
The scheduled meet will take place at East Cheshire on Sunday, August 6 and athletes are being requested to inform Gilroy of their availability as soon as possible.
Among the few highlights for West Cheshire were Craig France's 16.1 second victory in the 110m hurdles, Dave McKay's 57.48m winning throw in the javelin and John Manning (5.95m) and Paul Bateson's (5.76m) one-two for West Cheshire in the long jump.
Becky Grimes, Charlotte Roach, Amanda Gore and Claire Evans accounted for West Cheshire's only points scored in female competitions. nThere was brighter news for West Cheshire at the Cheshire County Track Relay Championships held at Macclesfield which incorporated inaugural medley relays.
The West Cheshire under 17 ladies quartet of Daisy Flynn-Piercy, Rachel Stoakley, Emily Done and Shona Valentine smashed the county sprint relay record to post 50.5 seconds for victory.
Leah Ferrie, Danielle Erskine, Alice Jennings, and Abbie Noble combined to earn West Cheshire's U13 girls a 55.6 second 4x100m relay victory.
Abbi Kirk, Sam Galley, Bryony Potter, and Emily Fisher won gold medals in the U15 girls relay after clocking 52.4 seconds.
The senior men's quartet of John Manning, Russell Kirk, Jonathan Moss and Tom Price pocketed gold medals after posting 46.1 seconds in their 4x100m relay.
Russell Kirk, joined Kevin Heard, Peter Haswell, and Dennis Wall to win the veteran men's sprint relay in 54.1 seconds.
West Cheshire U17 ladies' squad of Ruth Pritchard, Rachel Stoakley, Emily Done, and Becky Grimes secured success in the medley relay.