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Athletic club scoops nine gold medals – plus six silver and two bronze


WARRINGTON Athletic Club picked up a total of nine gold, six silver and two bronze medals in the Cheshire Cross Country Championships.
The event was held at Birchwood Forest Park and, unlike previous years when parts of the course resembled a swamp, was held in fairly dry conditons with firm going leading to fast racing.
Warrington’s medal haul consisted of four gold, five silver and one bronze individual and five gold, one silver and one bronze team.
The day started with the under 11’s races and Warrington runners were prominent from the gun. Jack Marwood took an early lead followed by team mates Jacob Pryor and Tyreece Swinton. Jack and Jacob pulled clear to take the gold and silver medals while Tyreece completed the A team in 4th place to take the Team Shield for the 18th time in 26 years with 7 points.
The B team of Spencer Astbury (13th),Ben Woods (15th) and Matthew Seddon (17th) finished 4th team and were 1st B team on 45 points
Not to be outdone the girls A team did well with Nia Wharton (4th) Eva Jha (6th) and Nia’s twin Imogen Wharton (7th) for a total of 17 points to win the team shield for the 12th time in 22 years.
The B team with identical twins Cara Gregory (18th) and Sinead Gregory (21st) along with Ellie Barker (24th) finished 6th on 63 points and were 2nd B team. Esme Heavey having been in 3rd place was unfortunately unable to finish when she became unwell.
Next up were the under 13’s where Erik Marshall having been in 3rd place for most of the race produced an excellent finish over the final few hundred metres to take the silver medal and backed up by Rory Gregory (11th) and Ben Pucill (14th) collected the team bronze medals on 27 points. Zak Chamun and Max Ryder both ran well to finish in 25th and 28th places respectively
.In the girls Emily Entwistle (5th),Lucie Davies (6th) and Molly Wormald (9th) ran excellently to take the team gold medals with 20 points. The B team of Alice Nicholson (10th) who just failed to catch Molly plus Harriet Bell (15th) and Amelia Smithers (22nd) finished in 6th place on 47 points and were 2nd B team while the C team of Evie Owen (23rd),Corin Smith(27th) and Rhiannon Wilkes (29th) finish in 8th place on 79 points and were 1st C team.
In the under 15 girls Orla Gregory had an excellent run to win the bronze medal and led the team completed by Jess Connolly (4th) and Eva Ferris (11th) to the team silver medals on 18 points. Maisie Bell and Jasmine Jones did not finish.
In the under 17’s Joe Buckley was an excellent winner of the gold medal in the men’s race and was followed home by Jordan Jones for the silver medal. The team was completed by Ben Webb in 7th place for a total of 10 points. Joe Roberts had an excellent run to finish in 9th place and a below par Isaaq Ataullah finished in 11th place. In the girls Siobhan Gregory and Madeleine Anderson had a race long battle to finish in 5th and 6th places.
In the Under 20 women’s race there was a family battle for the gold and silver medals as Katie Lowery fought off her young sister Emily (running for Vale Royal) to run out the winner. Katie was backed up by Lauren Ferris (4th) and Rachael McQuillan (5th) to take the team gold medal with 10 points. In the men’s race Charlie Turnbull fought hard all the way to finish in 7th place while Jack Wadsworth did not finish.
The day was completed by the senior men’s race where Tom Greaves ran excellently to finish in 24th place to lead the team in to 7th place. The team was completed by Steve Watmough (28th) 1st over 55, Dave Norman (39th) 2nd over 55,Daniel Newman (74th) 8th over 50, Steve Burthem (78th) 4th over 55 and David Gill (86th) 2nd over 60 for a team total of 329 points.
In the Masters team race the team of Steve Watmough, Dave Norman, Daniel Newman and Steve Burthem finished in 5th place on 86 points.


Senior Men
24   Tom Greaves         39.50
28   Steve Watmough   40.31
39   Dave Norman        41.55
74   Daniel Newman     44.33
78   Steve Burthem       44.46
86   David Gill               45.11
Team                  7th      329 points

Masters Men
7     Steve Watmough      1st over 55
11   Dave Norman            2nd over 55
32   Daniel Newman        8th over 50
36   Steve Burthem          4th over 55
44   David Gil                   2nd over 60
Masters Team    5th        86 points

Under20 Men
7     Charlie Turnbull      32.05

Under 20 Women
1     Katie Lowery            20.15
4     Lauren Ferris           21.49
5     Rachael McQuillan  23.33
Team                   1st        10 points

Under 17 Men
1     Joe Buckley               16.49
2     Jordan Jones             17.03
7     Ben Webb                  18.08
9     Joe Roberts                18.30
11   Isaaq Ataullah             18.40
Team                         1st     10 points

Under 17 Women
5      Siobhan Gregory          24.29
6      Madeleine Anderson    24.38

Under 15 Girls
3      Orla Gregory                 16.25
4      Jess Connolly                17.00
11    Eva Ferris                       17.41
Team                       2nd          18 points

Under 13 Boys
2     Erik Marshall                    12.41
11   Rory Gregory                    14.06
14   Ben Pucill                          14.25
25   Zak Chamun                      15.15
28   Max Ryder                         15.30
Team                         3rd           27 points

Under13 Girls
5      Emily Entwistle                  14.22
6      Lucie Davies                      14.38
9      Molly Wormald                   15,03
10    Alice Nicholson                  15.05
15    Harriet Bell                         15.58
22    Amelia Smithers                 16.48
23    Evie Owen                          16.50
27    Corin Smith                         16.59
29    Rhiannon Wilkes                 17.42
A Team                       1st             20 points
B Team                       6th            47 points
C Team                       8th            79 points

Under 11 Boys
1       Jack Marwood                    8.13
2       Jacob Pryor                        8.27
4       Tyreece Swinton                 8.44
13     Spencer Astbury                 9.10
15     Ben Woods                         9.15
17     Matthew Seddon                9.24
A Team                        1st            7 points
B Team                        4th           45 points

Under 11 Girls
4        Nia Wharton                       9.12
6        Eva Jha                              9.20
7        Imogen Wharton                9.21
18      Cara Gregory                     9.57
21      Sinead Gregory                 10.11
24      Ellie Barker                        10.26
A Team                        1st           17 points
B Team                        6th           63 points

The Under 17 gold medal winning team



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