West Cheshire Athletic Club: Chester Spring Five Mile Road Race

Cathryn Whalley at Chester Spring Five

West Cheshire Athletic Club celebrated a treble of records at the Chester Spring Five Miles Road Race.

Jamie Richardson won the race and equaled the all-time five-mile club record of 25 minutes 21 seconds, while his daughter and mother, Jodi and Debra Bemand broke their own age-group club records.

Jodi set a new Women’s Under-20 record in 32:05, while Debra posted a new Women’s Over-50 record in 36:58. Jamie, a junior under 20, was supported by Michael Young (fifth in 25:51), Matthew Douglass (second under 20 and ninth overall in 26:48) and Graham Wells (20th in 27 :39) to ensure the price of the men’s team.

Steve King at Chester Spring Five

A total of 245 runners completed the event at Cheshire County Sports Club, Upton, Chester, on a calm sunny evening. Jamie finished three seconds clear of second-placed Ben Biggs (Buckley Runners), while Ryan Davis (Wrexham AC) was third in 25:29.

Hannah Cowley (Cheshire Dragons) won the women’s race in 28:52, with Sarah Hunter (Ackworth Road Runners) second at 29:05 and Joanna Marsden (Cheshire Dragons) third at 29:11.

Kate Titlow at Chester Spring Five.

Kate Titlow was the first woman to finish West Cheshire AC, posting 31:00 for third senior lady and fifth woman overall, supported by Jodi Bemand, Joy Hickman (first lady over 55 in 36:40) , Debra Bemand, Georgina Duffey (second lady under 20 in 39:38), Henrietta Duffey (third lady under 20 in 40:52) and Cathryn Whalley (fifth lady over 50 in 42:49).

Tom Booth at Chester Spring Five

Other West Cheshire AC finalists included Steve Fernyhough (sixth man over 45 in 27:50), Tom Booth (28th in 28:09), Sammy Hollins (fourth man under 20 and 30th overall in 28 :39), Steve King (seventh man over 45 in 29:45), Neil Hershaw (second man over 55 in 30:25), Isaac Tait (sixth man under 20 and 57th overall in 30:48), Phil Woodley (59th in 30:57), Danny Paddock posted 31:35, Andrew Clague (32:00), Henry Robinson (seventh man under 20 in 32:19), Louis Tegg (eighth man under 20 in 33:19), Neil Field (33:51), Paul Cain (34:01), Phil Gent (38:31) and Brian Beattie (fourth out of 75 men in 59:17) .

Cosette Wearden (under 15 girls 3km), Evan Miller (under 15 boys 1200m) and sisters Aimee (under 17 women one mile) and Ruby Phillips (under 15 girls 600m) all broke the records for the West Cheshire AC age group at the Warrington AC Open Athletics Meeting.

Matthew Douglass at Chester Spring Five

Fixtures this weekend include the Macclesfield Open Athletics Meeting to be held on Saturday April 23, and the first round of the Under-17 and Under-20 Youth Development Athletics League at Bebington Oval on Sunday, and the Wrexham Marathon and Half Marathon. on Sunday.

The Cheshire AA Athletics Championships will take place at Macclesfield on Saturday and Sunday 14th and 15th May. Online registrations are now open here.

The Northern Senior/U20 Athletics Championships on June 18 and 19 and the Northern U17/U15/U13 Championships will take place at the Wavertree Stadium in Liverpool. The entry link is here.

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