CHECKLEY are starting their season early with a memorial match at home to Little Stoke on Thursday, April 3.
The late John Barcroft was a highly regarded member of the club and was A team captain for many years.
A club spokesman said: "John supported the club in many ways, not least with his enthusiasm for the game and his desire to encourage all levels of players. He is much missed and as he also played for Little Stoke, it has been decided to hold an annual match in his memory."
This event will be closely followed by a new venture – an open day organised by coach Jenny Crump. This will take place on April 12, between 2pm and 6.30.
Coaching will be available for players of all levels. All that is needed are flat shoes (trainers are ideal) and comfy clothing. Bowls will be provided.
The season proper starts on April 12, with the new team captains in place: Peter Stepek (A), Ron Somerfield (B) and Phil Birtwistle (C).
RUNNERS face one of the toughest challenges on the local athletics calendar next month.
The Gritstone Tryal requires competitors to navigate a route of around 14 miles taking in an 1,800ft ascent, starting from Wincle.
The terrain to be tackled is a mixture of footpaths, tracks, fields and open moorland.
The event is designed for individual competitors, but may be run in pairs or groups. Navigational skills are required.
There are prizes for male, female and veteran categories. The entry fee is £5 in advance or on the day, subject to a limit of 50 runners. For more information, contact Ian Ankers on 01260 226482.
MEMBERS of Cheadle Running Club competed in the annual Stafford Half-Marathon, which attracted a field of more than 2,000 runners.
The club achieved excellent results by having three members finish within the top 55 positions.
Rebecca Harrison was the first club member to finish, and second lady overall, in a time of 1:22:19.
Dave Allen was the first male runner to finish, in 1:23:29, whilst Carl Astley continued his recent run of good form, achieving 1:25:52.
Other Cheadle members to complete the course were: Mark Harrison 1:43, Adrian Reeves-Jones 1:44, Liz Fox 1:50, Bill McAuliffe 1:51, Amanda Gilbert 1:51, Sally Kenny 1:52 and John Brown 1:58.