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Athletics is a sport made up of a number of different activities and is enjoyed by large numbers of people all over the world. It offers individuals with different skills and talents the opportunity to compete at various levels from local to international. It is a sport in which progress, however slight, is instantly evident in terms of times or distance achieved.

The different activities within Athletics range from track and field (which can involve running, jumping and throwing) to road and cross country running, fell or hill racing, race walking and tug of war. In addition Sports Hall Athletics has been introduced in recent years principally for youngsters.

Athletics is a sport available to everybody and provides competition from around 9 years old to pensioners.

As with any competitive sport, athletics is carried out through Clubs and under guidelines or rules which have evolved over the years. There are over 30 registered athletic Clubs and Associations within the County of Cheshire. Some, particularly those associated with the large centres of population in the County, cater for all of the disciplines of athletics and for all ages usually from 9 years upwards, while others concentrate on only one or two aspects and generally for seniors only (usually road and cross country running).

An athletics Club provides the nucleus for athletics, a meeting place for its members, coaching (or advice), a means for competition, team competition in what is largely an individual sport and a social life.

Within the pages of the Handbook section you will find details of these Clubs, who to contact and what disciplines in athletics they cater for. In addition, there is a considerable amount of other information which should give a flavour of how athletics is organised locally. Usually subscription levels to Clubs are low.

The Cheshire County Athletic Association is responsible for the administration of all athletics within the County. It also organises annual County Championships in all of the disciplines of athletics. The responsibility for athletics is invested in the County Association by the North of England AA which is one of the constituent members of the national governing body (UK Athletics) and also of the AAA of England.

If you are interested in athletics do not hesitate to contact your local Club which provides for the discipline of interest to you. You will be made very welcome. If you have any problems in making contact, the County secretary can help you.


The present Cheshire County Athletic Association was formed in July 1992 in response to the requirement by the new North of England Athletic Association for ALL athletics to be administered locally by County District Committees. The constitution of the previous Cheshire County Athletic Association was modified to take on its new delegated role as well as the previous role of organising County Championship events in all disciplines of athletics.

All athletic clubs whose headquarters are within the County and all other Associations whose secretary lives within the County are automatically affiliated to the County Association.

PRESIDENT  : J Shellhorn

VICE-PRESIDENTS :  J A Blinston, AG Bunner, J Cook, J L Driscoll, D Hanna, C R Hewson, S Hope, N Jones, M J Lancaster, J Norman, B Williams, R Lynch, BJ Warren, A Carter, R Brightwell, A Brightwell and P Allen


CHAIRMAN : M Cutler      
Vice CHAIRMAN : Vacant      
55 Hilltop Road, Acton Bridge,
Northwich, Cheshire, CW8 3RA
Tel H: 07733 312577
HON TREASURER : W Smith 2 Norgrove Close, Bridgewater Park, Lower Norton, Runcorn, WA7 6RQ 01928 712387
TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS SECRETARY : W Smith 2 Norgrove Close, Bridgewater Park, Lower Norton, Runcorn, WA7 6RQ 01928 712387
55 Hilltop Road, Acton Bridge,
Northwich, Cheshire, CW8 3RA
Tel H: 07733 312577
COMBINED EVENTS SECRETARY : J Lethbridge 20 Sagars Road,Wilmslow, SK9 3EE 01625 520815  
  Marian Allen 15 Back Crossland Terrace, Helsby WA6 9LZ 01928 723529  
MB Consterdine   01270 811647  
S Littler Bracken, Daleford Lane, Whitegate, Northwich CW8 2BW  01606 882233  
M Lamb   0151 355 2520  
A Pritchard (Webmaster)   H: 01625 617734
Ellen Molloy (Newsletter Editor)    
Cheshire School's Rep: S Littler Bracken, Daleford Lane, Whitegate,Northwich CW8 2BW  01606 882233  
HON AUDITOR : Mike Cutler      
REPRESENTATIVE to UK Counties Athletic Union : (None) 

Please contact Officials Secretary with any queries regarding officails


(if you have an e-mail address and/or your club has a web site, please let us know)

Clubs Secretary list in PDF document

Click on name for full details

Club List

Boalloy Running Club

Borders Running League

Cheshire County AA

Cheshire Hash House Harriers

Cheshire Hill Racers

Cheshire Schools AA

Cheshire Track & Field League

Chester Road Runners

City of Chester Triathlon Club

Congleton Harriers & AC

Crewe & Nantwich AC

Delamere Spartans

Ellesmere Port RC

Halton & Frodsham AC

Handforth, Wilmslow & Alderley Edge

Helsby RC

Knutsford Harriers

Knutsford Tri

Lymm Runners

Macclesfield Harriers & AC

North West Sportshall League 

Pennine Fell Runners

Razzers Runners

Sandbach Striders

South Cheshire Harriers

Spectrum Striders

Styal Running Club

Tattenhall Runners


Vale Royal AC

Warrington AC

Warrington Road Runners

Warrington Tri

West Cheshire AC

Widnes Wasps Ladies

Wilmslow RC

Please notify any changes or corrections to the


UK Athletics :                

UK Athletics Limited, Athletics House, Alexander Stadium, Walsall Road, Perry Barr, Birmingham, B42 2BE  

Tel : 0870 998 6800 Fax: 0870 998 6752

England Athletics:

England Athletics, Athletics House, Alexander Stadium, Walsall Road, Perry Barr, Birmingham, B42 2BE

Tel: 0121 7138499

Northern Athletics :               

7a Wellington Road East, Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, WF13 1HF

Tel 01924 457922

AAA of England North West Regional Development Co-ordinator :               

K Jones, Sports City Manchester,

Tel: 0161 223 6161

Debbie Beresford, Administration Manager,

Other Governing Bodies

Neighbouring County AA Secretaries :

Merseyside : Anne Brimage, 22, Old Greasby Road, Upton, Wirral, Merseyside CH49 6LT

Greater Manchester : Mrs J Simpson, 5 Sheaf Field Walk, Radcliffe, Manchester M26 4DD

Tel: 0161 724 7928

Web site -

Derbyshire : Mrs K Bannon, 50 Sycamore Ave, Boythorpe, Chesterfield S40 2PZ. 

Web site -\

Staffordshire : Mrs A Johnson, 237 Crewe Road, Sandbach, Cheshire CW11 0PZ

 Tel : 01270 763589

Shropshire : G Merrington, Berwyn, 58 Hartshill Road, Oakengates, Telford  TF2 6AW

North Wales Regional Athletic Board : P Brooks, 15 Llys Celyn, Leeswood, Mold  CH7 4UQ

                Tel : 01352 770702    E mail :


All athletic events should be organised with due recognition of safety requirements. It is likely that from 2001 for events held on the public road UK Athletics will insist on mandatory Risk Assessment (which includes Duty of Care) being carried out before a Permit is issued (and thus Third Party Insurance Cover is granted).

Most athletics events require specific permission before they can take place :

                                                All Open and League Cross Country Meetings

                                                All Open and League Track & Field Meetings

                                                All Road Running events.

Applications for a Permit for all disciplines should be sent to the County Permit Secretary several months before the event is due to take place.  The lack of a Permit will make that event "unregistered" and also not provide third party insurance cover.

Road Race Number Swapping Guidelines


It is essential that if any accidents occur at athletic competitions held within the County, then they must be reported.  Forms are available for this  - available from the County Secretary or Club Secretaries. There is a requirement for the County to report all accidents to NoEAA.


The County Association organise a comprehensive range of County Championship competitions and actively encourage the participation of individual athletes and teams in Inter‑County Events.  The County Association Committee appoint Championship Secretaries and Team Managers as and when required.

In a normal calendar year, County Championships will be held for :

                                                Track & Field (usually mid-May)

                                                Track Relays (July) - also see below

                                                Combined Events - Under 13, Under 15, Under 17 (September)

                                                Road Relays (Autumn)

                                                Cross Country (early January)

The County also provide individual awards for road race championships at 10km (Aug) and Half Marathon (March/Sept) distances and for Fell Running (Nov). These championships are usually held in conjunction with appropriate Open events.

The County has traditionally organised track relay meetings in mid June and mid July not only for the current Cheshire Clubs, but also for those Clubs whose members were formerly in the old County of Cheshire.


Further information on all aspects of coaching can be obtained from the Cheshire County AA Coaching Secretary : Eddie Gore  (0151 356 0648) or e-mail :


Dr Pat Milroy (Tel : 01928 561358 - Sports Injury Clinic in Runcorn).

Some hospitals (e.g. Countess of Chester) operate a sports injury clinic at reasonable fees.


The John Young Awards

The Cheshire County AA have instituted an annual award to be presented to an Official or Athlete who has given outstanding service to the County.  This award is in the memory of John Young who was Chairman of the Cheshire County AA from its inception in 1992, having previously been Chairman of District 5, Northern Counties AA (which included west Cheshire) as well as being a former President of the English Schools AA.  John Young died in March 1999.

The 1999 award was presented to George Edwards (Warrington AC) who took part in the first English Schools championships, competed for Lancashire and has been heavily involved with his club for many years, organising many events.  He has officiated at many Cheshire championships.

In 2000, it was awarded to Joe Shellhorn (West Cheshire AC) who has been the Officials Secretary for the County for several years, ensuring that the County has a good supply of trained officials for the sport. He has acted as a Field Referee at the highest level, and has been involved with his local club since moving to Cheshire in the early 1970's.

Ithe 2001 was awarded to Harold Goode, who although originating from Rotherham where he started his athletics careerin the 1930's, has spent the remainder of his life in Cheshire.  He was Chairman of Cheadle & gatley AC for a number of years which became Stetford AC in 1965 (later Trafford).  Harold was their President for a number of years.  While with Cheadle & gatley he took an interest in acting as a Starter, rising eventually to the top grade.  In addition he was Hon secretary of the Cheshire Mens AA for many years before it amalgamated with the Cheshire Womens AA in the late 1980's.

2002 John Young Award given to Ramsay Hewson

View subsequent John Young Award recipients on the CCAA news archive


The County Association is responsible for the training and examination of prospective technical officials. There is a continuing need for more officials. For further information on lectures and examination arrangements, please contact the County Officials Secretary, Mr A Morris (E-mail above). It is possible to become a Grade 4 Official simply by officiating at 5 or more meetings with a report from a higher graded official. Progression to higher grades will require taking the preliminary exam. A list of Cheshire Track and Field Officials is attached at the end of the Handbook.


Road Races which are advertised as being of a particular distance need to be measured accurately by an approved course measurer. The County has details of those persons who currently act in this capacity.


The Cheshire County AA own a digital clock.

Clock Hire Form

Clock Instructions


Cross Country MEN WOMEN
Road Running MEN WOMEN
Fell Running MEN WOMEN
Road Relays MEN WOMEN



Track & Field Championship Best Performances

Senior Men CBP

Senior Ladies CBP

Junior Men CBP

Junior Ladies CBP 

Under 17 Men CBP     

Under 17 Women CBP

Under 15 Men CBP

Under 15 Women CBP

Under 13 Men CBP

Under 13 Women CBP

Relays CBP


Teams from Cheshire County AA take part in various UK and Regional Inter-county Championships. Selection is based primarily on an athletes performance in the appropriate Cheshire County Championship.    

This Handbook is as accurate as can be.  If there are any corrections, additions, etc please send information to the County Secretary.