WEST CHESHIRE ATHLETIC CLUB has secured the first-ever All England Marathon Team Championship title.

The purple-vested squad of Eloise Eccles, Keely Smith, Rhiannon Robson, Jon Park, Steve Fernyhough, Michael Young, and Ian Gloyne-Phillips grabbed glory at the event which was incorporated into the Chester Marathon.

Eccles clocked 3:27:11, ahead of team mates Smith (3:32:39), and Robson (3:49:46), supported by Park who was 24th overall in 2:46:41, followed by Fernyhough (53rd in 2:52:22), Young (60th in 2:54:25), and Gloyne-Phillips (3:02:46).

Other West Cheshire AC finishers included Wullie McGarrell (3:13:45), Danny Paddock (3:17:48), Nick Duffy (3:21:44), Andrew Cooper (3:25:40), Andy Carter (3:32:28), Rob Boggild (3:34:26), David Irving (3:34:55), Jack Gannon (3:43:19), Mark Davies (3:54:14), Tony Woodall (3:59:32), Mark Gallagher (3:59:28), and Stephen Ball (4:04:44).

Tom Cable posted 1:58:25 for 40th spot in the Chester Metric Marathon, the first of 13 West Cheshire AC members to finish who included Julian Tegg (2:09:18), Ian Ackroyd (2:15:13), Matthew Stanley (2:16:14), Cathryn Whalley (2:28:21), Brygida Gorecka (2:33:03), Sarah Hibbert (2:35:49), Amy Mills (2:37:00), Isabel Robertson (2:42:18), Sarah Hughes (2:42:19), Michael Dennis (2:43:57), Sharon Dodd (2:45:48), and Karen Waugh (3:23:56).

Chester Road Runners were also out in good numbers at the event, with Mark Lloyd (3:44:43) their fastest finisher, placing just ahead of clubmate Ling Leung (3:44:47).

Following on in the 26-mile race were PB-setters Dermot Ryan (3:49:14) and Stuart Jones (4:06:55), Andy Hill (4:29:00), Melanie Hughes (4:43:00) Melanie Devine 4:45:08) and Phil Ridgway (4:58:44).

Lucy Tilston and Darron Rogers (1:58:50) were the club's quickest finishers in the metric marathon with Mark Dowling (2:14:50) third fastest.

Further down the field were Kieran Skinner (2:22:07), Mark Sutcliffe (2:24:10), Clare Blackhurst (2:29:43), Sarah Walker (2:32:40 PB), Mandie Roberts (2:37:00) , Teresa Fajardo (2.41.07), Kevin Bramall (2:43:03), Laura Gauntlett (2:50:29), Mike Whatling (2:53:39), Dominika Sowinska (2:54:33), Andy Devine (2:59:15 PB), Pete Duffy (3:03:22), Jennifer Haley (3:20:10), Jane Edwards (3:23:42) and Andrea Tilston (3:36:51).

CRR volunteers were also out in force along Sandy Lane, assisting with race duties on the day.

Further afield, CRR trio Dawid Cloete (1:38:45), Ffion Wyn Hughes (1:42:44), Ellen Duckers (2:08:34)

were all in action at Cardiff Half Marathon.

West Cheshire's Joseph Morrison won the U20 men’s title and finished second overall with a time of 30:15 at the opening round of the North Wales Cross Country League held at Wrexham.

Morrison was followed home in the men’s race by his brother, Paul (34:23), first over-55 man Neil Hershaw (34:47), Andrew Clague (34:57), Richard Hayes (36:24), Steven King (36:46), Andy Carter (37:20), and Dave Tiernan (37:28), to earn the senior men fourth team position and the veteran men sixth team spot.

Lucia Pyne was fifth in the U17 women’s age group and 17th overall with a time of 25:37, backed-up by team mates Kerry Riley (26:11), Anest Muller (26:56), Ellie Robinson (27:04), Clare Mallon (27:50), Ellen McMahon (29:25), Debra Bemand (29:41), Angela Tegg (29:50), and Alex Duffey (32:56) to earn West Cheshire’s senior women and veteran women fourth team spot.

Connor Davies Jones and Ethan Gilgeours combined to earn an under 15 boys team victory for West Cheshire AC at the opening round of the North West Indoor Sportshall Athletics League at Crewe.

West Cheshire’s U13 girls won their team competition against Crewe and Nantwich, Macclesfield, Wespa, and Handforth and Wilmslow.

The club’s U11 boys finished second in their team event, while the U13 boys were third, and the U11 girls finished fourth.

Ellie Robinson and Tony Woodall won the inaugural West Cheshire Off Road Summer League ladies and men’s titles respectively with Alex Duffey and Andy Carter runners up in the respective competitions.

Helen Tooley of West Cheshire AC won the over-45 women’s Throwathon title at the Wrexham Final Fling Competition and was joined at the event by U13 girls throwathon winner Harriet Wheeler and runner-up Kara Stoll.