West Cheshire Athletic Club Newsletter Number 108, 30th December 2016

HAPPY NEW YEAR
to all members, parents and friends of West Cheshire Athletic Club.

BIG  THANKS TO ALL OUR VOLUNTEERS
We’d like to say a big thank you to all members, families and friends who helped make the Essar Chester Round The Walls Race on Boxing Day such a success.
The event attracted six runners from America, one from Spain, one from Switzerland, and four finishers were competing on their birthday.
On the day, Ethan Ackroyd posted 24:32 for 20th position, just one place ahead of Dan Mitchell in 24:41, Alex Staniforth clocked 24:56 for 28th spot, and Jac Goodall was 29th in 25:11.
Our other finishers included Greg Jones (53rd in 26:54), first over-60 veteran Joe Joy in 27:32, Rob Freeman (third over 60 veteran in 28:14), Julian Tegg (100th in 29:43), Ian Ackroyd (121st in 30:27), Daniel Jeory (143rd in 31:06), Phil Howe (241st in 34:07), Brian Beattie (third over 70 veteran in 36:19), and Andrew Gore (445th in 43:28). Well done to you all.

PRESENTATION EVENING
THE annual club presentation evening will be held at Whitby Sports and Social Club, Dunkirk Lane, Ellesmere Port, on Friday, February 3, 2017.
Get your tickets from the club office from Tuesday, January 3, for £6 each.

ABI POSTS NEW PERSONAL BEST
ABIGAIL PAWLETT finished second overall with a new personal best points tally of 3,147 points at the South of England Indoor Pentathlon Championships held at Lee Valley, London.

SOPHIE AND EMMA ARE IN GOOD COMPANY
SOPHIE PERCIVAL and Emma Howe rubbed shoulders with British number one ranked women’s javelin thrower Goldie Sayers at a Loughborough University throws workshop.

The pair were invited to the event with their club coach, Dave McKay, after producing a series of impressive performances earlier this year.

REMINDER ABOUT CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS
We’ve agreed to pay the entry fee for club members wanting to compete in the Cheshire, Northern and/or English Cross Country Championships.
The Cheshire Championships take place on Saturday, January 7, at Birchwood Forest Park, Warrington, WA3 6PN – The closing date is this Saturday, (December 31).
The Northern Championships take place on Saturday, January 28, at Knowsley Park, Prescot, L34 4AN.

And the English National Championships take place on Saturday, February 25, at Wollaton Park, Nottingham, NG8 2AE.
Any Senior club member wanting to compete in any of these events should contact cross country secretary, Peter Smith, with their England Athletics number by emailing: peteandcol@sky.com.

And Junior club members wanting to compete should email Dennis Wall at: dennis.wall1@ntlworld.com

BACK IN TRAINING
THE first day back at training in the New Year for under 11s and under 13s is Tuesday, January 3, 2017.

DATES FOR YOUR DIARIES
Sunday, January 1 – Thornton Hall (Thornton Hough) to Nags Head (Willaston) 3.5 miles New Year’s Day Road Race (11.30am start).

Saturday, January 7 – Cheshire AA Cross Country Championships, Birchwood Forest Park, Warrington, (11.30am start). More info: cheshireaa.com/Results/XCC/2017/Cheshire_XC_EF_2017.pdf

Saturday and Sunday, January 7 and 8 – England Athletics U20/Senior Indoor Combined Events Championships (Sheffield).

Sunday, January 8 – Manchester Indoor Open Track & Field Meeting, Sportcity. More info: More info: saleharriersmanchester.com/pages/5889/winter-indoor-series-sportcity

Saturday, January 14 – Manchester Area Cross Country League, at Kenworthy Woods, Wythenshawe. More info: maccl.co.uk/venues/

Saturday, January 14 – North Wales Senior Cross Country League, at Walford College, Baschurch, near Shrewsbury, (2pm start). More info: northwalesxc.com/fixturesvenues.htm

Saturday and Sunday, January 14/15 – Northern Indoor Under 17, Under 20 & Senior Track & Field Championships, at Sheffield.

Sunday, January 15 – Four Villages Half Marathon, at Helsby, 10.30am start.

Sunday, January 22 – North West Sportshall Athletics League Final, at Kingsway Leisure Centre, Widnes.

Sunday, January 22 – Borders Road Running League, at Deeside (11am start). More info: bordersleague.org.uk/fixtures/

Tuesday, January 24 – Chester Schools Year 8 Boys & Girls Sportshall Athletics Competition, at Chester Catholic High.

Thursday, January 26 – Chester Schools Year 7 Boys & Girls Sportshall Athletics Competition, at Chester Catholic High.

Thursday, January 26 – Helsby & Frodsham Primary Schools Sportshall Athletics Competition, at Frodsham Leisure Centre.

Saturday, January 28 – Northern Cross Country Championships, at Knowsley Safari Park, Prescot.

Nick Pagan
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