Essar Sutton Six Entries Open

The Essar Sutton Six 10k race, on the morning of Sunday September 17th 2017, is the fifth race in the Cheshire County Road Race Grand Prix. Enter it here.

Press Report: WCAC Perform for the Common Good

ISSY CLARKE enhanced her title aspirations with a victory at Stafford Common.

The talented West Cheshire Athletic Club teenager won the under 17 ladies race at the penultimate round of the North Staffs Cross Country League.

Clarke produced her second successive league race win of the season with a time of 15 minutes 18 seconds after a second placed finish at the opening round and will be aiming to wrap up the four-round campaign by completing a hat-trick of victories when the final round takes place at Stafford University on Saturday, December 16.

Clarke will also be hoping to add a team gold medal to her collection after receiving solid support at Stafford from Beth McMahon (fourth in 16:27), Eve Duret (seventh in 16:48), and Lily Moorhouse (14th in 19:49) who secured a team victory.

Jessica Lark secured second spot in the under 11 girls race with a time of 6:08 and received back-up from team mates Aimee Phillips (eighth in 6:24), Macy Brett (17th in 6:42), Ruby Carlile (34th in 7:25), and Ingrid Tait (44th in 7:45) to earn second team position.

Sophie Grainger and Carys Roberts finished fourth and fifth respectively, both with 5:54 in the under 13 girls race ahead of Grace Scott (31st 7:15) to earn third place in the team competition.

Reece Munro earned fourth place with 5:33 in the under 11 boys race ahead of Oliver Wells (27th in 6:58) and Oliver Mallon (45th in 7:55) to earn sixth team position.

Ryan Cooke finished seventh with 10:30 in the under 13 boys race, ahead of Henry Robinson (20th in 11:09), Leo Green (21st in 11:11) and Dan Willetts (30th 11:51) to earn sixth team position.

Will Wright headed the West Cheshire AC contingent in the under 15 boys race with 14:01 for a seventh placed finish ahead of Edward Woodhead (12th in 14:21), Matthew Douglass (19th 14:48), Harvey Tegg (22nd in 15:04), Liam Farrell (27th in 15:28) and Aaron Scott (32nd in 15:57) to secure second team spot.

Siôn Roberts finished seventh with 17:42 in the under 17 mens race and was backed up by Paul Morrison (23rd in 20:13) and Rory Willson (29th in 22:42) to earn sixth team position.

The Under 20 trio of Ethan Greenland, Joseph Morrison, and Greg Jones headed West Cheshire AC’s men home in 14th (26:11), 30th (26:56), and 67th (28:29) places respectively ahead of cross country debutant Neil Hershaw (73rd in 28:49), Andrew Clague (76th in 29:05), Phil Woodley (104th in 30:13), Richard Hayes (106th in 30:19), John Parlevliet (112th in 30:35), cross country debutant Gerard Elliott (193rd in 33:15), Julian Tegg (195th in 33:22), and Peter Smith (264th in 38:25) to earn fourth team position in Division Two.

Claire Harris was West Cheshire AC’s first finisher in the women’s race with 19th spot (21:37), ahead of Ellie Robinson (29th in 22:01), Angela Tegg (86th in 24:39), Pam Ackroyd (92nd in 24:58), and Hannah Moorhouse (155th in 28:46) for seventh team spot in Division Two.

TONY WOODALL completed the Conwy Half Marathon in a time of one hour 27 minutes 59 seconds for 11th place in his over 45 age category.

He was joined at the event by West Cheshire AC team mates Stuart Thomas (1:30:16), Andy Carter (1:34:44), Clare Mallon (1:46:54), Lorrie McFaul (2:01:52), Sarah Hughes (2:07:39), and Isabel Robertson (2:07:39).

STEPHANIE JONES, Jodi Bemand and Victor Oyesola represented West Cheshire AC at the first Northern Open Track and Field Meeting of the season at Sheffield.

Jones posted a new under 15 girls 60m personal best of 8.98 seconds and long jumped 4.49m, while Bemand clocked 3:38.65 in the under 15 girls 1,000m, long jumped 4.06m, and hit 5.83m in the shot put, and Oyesola posted 7.29 seconds in the under 23 mens 60m, and 16.87 in his 150m.

FIXTURES this weekend include the British Cross Country Challenge Races at Sefton Park, Liverpool, on Saturday (11am start), and the North Wales Cross Country League at Bangor (2pm start).

THE West Cheshire AC AGM will be held at Cheshire County Sports Club Pavilion, Upton, Chester, on Friday, December 1, (7.30pm start).

ENTRIES are still being received for the Essar Chester Round The Walls Race being organised by West Cheshire AC on Boxing Day.

Runners who are not yet entered for the popular festive fixture are being urged to complete their online entry sooner rather than later to avoid disappointment. Further details can be found online at: https://wcac.niftyentries.com/Essar-Chester-Round-The-Walls-2017

ENTRIES close on December 15 for the Northern Indoor Track and Field Championships for Under 17s, Under 20s and Seniors, which take place at Sheffield on January 13 and 14.

And entries close on January 19 for the Northern Indoor Track and Field Championships for Under 13s and Under 15s, which take place at Sheffield on February 4.

Press Report: Keely is Ultra-successful

KEELY SMITH celebrated success at the Warrington Way 40 Miles Ultra Race.

The West Cheshire Athletic Club distance runner won the ladies title at the challenging multi-terrain fixture with a time of six hours 15 minutes 40 seconds.

Smith covered the challenging course via Houghton Green, Widnes and Hatton, to finish 13 minutes ahead of runner-up Melanie Edwards.

The 34-year-old clocked a new West Cheshire AC womens marathon club record of 3:12:46 at last month’s Chester Marathon, just 20 days before posting 3:40:13 at the Snowdonia Marathon.

Smith has completed five marathons so far this year, including the Wrexham Festival event in March when she finished third lady, the London Marathon in April, and the Liverpool Rock N Roll event in May.

WEST CHESHIRE AC won four out of six age group team competitions at the second round of the North West Sportshall Athletics League.

The Ellesmere Port Sports Village-based outfit impressed at the penultimate league fixture held at the Kingsway Leisure Centre, Widnes.

Abigail Jeavons, Aimee Phillips, Alexa Byrne, Cerys Rowland, Charlotte Austin, Daisy Cooke, Freya Renshaw, Hannah Rowland, Harriet Wheeler, Helen Tenner, Holly Bosworth, Isla Entwhistle, Jessica Brown, Jessica Lark, Kara Stoll, Lily Edwards, Lowri Blockley, Macy Brett, Maddie Mercer, Ruby Prince, and Sara Pearson combined to earn the under 11 girls a team victory.

Ava Byrne, Lola Byrne, Lara Battersby, Lauren Williams, Imogen Pughe, Stephanie Jones, Jodi Bemand, Fatoumatta Bojang, Evelyn Hogan, Kelly Ocenaskova, Olivia Catherall, Eva Renshaw, Ruby Wisbey, and Elizabeth Jones won the under 13 girls team competition.

Emma Ashcroft, Abigail Cartwright, Sophie Cribb, and Karishma Thottempudi secured success in the under 15 girls team competition.

Matthew Webb, Michael Maxwell, Nathan Partington, Ben Rutherford and Alfie Baker combined for a team victory in the under 15 boys event.

Alexander Rutherford, Ellis Hancock, Joseph Watkin, Matthew Jones, Milo Halliday, Oliver Wells, and Robert Austin teamed up for the under 11 boys who finished second.

Casper Armstrong, Uzezi Onomerike, Harry Weetch, Ted Williams and Gabriel Mikolekle combined for the under 13 boys who finished second in their team event.

UNDER 11 GIRLS: 1 West Cheshire 188.5 points; 2 Wirral 174;3 Halton & Frodsham 136; 4 Warrington 130.5; 5 St Helens Sutton 75.

UNDER 13 GIRLS: 1 West Cheshire 185..5; 2 Wirral 179.5; 3 St Helens Sutton 145; 4 Warrington 123; 5 Halton & Frodsham 92.

UNDER 15 GIRLS: 1 West Cheshire 172; 2 Wirral 165; 3 Halton & Frodsham 103; 4 St Helens Sutton 96.

UNDER 11 BOYS: 1 Wirral 181.5; 2 West Cheshire 173; 3 Halton & Frodsham 168; 4 Warrington 116.5; 5 St Helens Sutton 77.

UNDER 13 BOYS: 1 Wirral 179; 2 West Cheshire 172; 3 Warrington 130; 4 Halton & Frodsham 127; 5 St Helens Sutton 24.

UNDER 15 BOYS: 1 West Cheshire 184; 2 Halton & Frodsham 60.

ETHAN ACKROYD and Rory Willson represented West Cheshire AC at Milton Keynes in the latest round of the British Cross Country Challenge Series.

EVE DURET clocked 28 minutes 13 seconds for 13th position in the under 17 ladies race at Boggart Hole Clough in the latest round of the Manchester Area Cross Country League.

Andrew Clague finished 12th in his over 45 mens age group 9.8km race with a time of 40:35, ahead of Tony Woodall (19th V45 in 41:27), Richard Hayes (23rd V45 in 42:33), Stuart Thomas (45:45), and Peter Smith (57:15).

WILL WRIGHT of West Cheshire AC finished eighth representing Calday Grange in the intermediate boys race at the English Schools Cross Country Cup North West Regional Final staged at Kirby Lonsdale.

West Cheshire AC’s Thomas Dougherty was 31st in the junior boys race, while Neve Kameen finished 29th and Emily Bowes was 49th in the junior girls race representing West Kirby Grammar.

FIXTURES this weekend include the penultimate round of the North Staffs Cross Country League at Stafford Common on Saturday (12 noon start).

A Northern Open Track and Field Meeting takes place at Sheffield on Saturday (10.45am), while the Conwy Half Marathon (10am), and the Northern 10 miles Road Race Championships (Brampton to Carlisle), both take place on Sunday.

ENTRIES close this Friday, (November 17), for the British Cross Challenge Cross Country event at Sefton Park, Liverpool, being held on Saturday, November 25. The online link is: https://www.entryhub.co.uk/british-athletics-cross-challenge-liverpool-2017

ENTRIES are still being received for the Essar Chester Round The Walls Race being organised by West Cheshire AC on Boxing Day.

Runners who are not yet entered for the popular festive fixture are being urged to complete their online entry sooner rather than later to avoid disappointment. Further details can be found online at: https://wcac.niftyentries.com/Essar-Chester-Round-The-Walls-2017

A LEVEL ONE course for field judges, track judges and timekeepers is being held at Macclesfield on Saturday, November 25. The day starts at 10am with a Health and Safety course followed by discipline specific modules. Details of the courses and booking can be found on the England Athletics website at: https://www.englandathletics.org/courses

ENTRIES close on December 15 for the Northern Indoor Track and Field Championships for Under 17s, Under 20s and Seniors, which take place at Sheffield on January 13 and 14.

And entries close on January 19 for the Northern Indoor Track and Field Championships for Under 13s and Under 15s, which take place at Sheffield on February 4.

Press report: Record for Mary at Arley Hall

MARY RADFORD is proving age is no barrier after achieving a podium place finish at Arley Hall.

The West Cheshire Athletic Club veteran distance runner established a new over-70 womens age group club record time of 74 minutes 32 seconds at the Cheshire 10k Road Race to earn third spot overall in her age category.

Radford was joined at the event by Rob Little who clocked 35 minutes 58 seconds for sixth position in his over 40 age group, while Alex Staniforth posted 38:04, and Chloe Venables clocked 49:27.

DAVE ALEXANDER, Henry and Ellie Robinson completed the Dovedale Dash 4.75 miles Race in Derbyshire.

The West Cheshire AC trio negotiated steep hills, deep water, and muddy fields around the challenging course.

Dave and Henry crossed the finishing line together in a time of 38 minutes six seconds, and Ellie posted 42:06.

JAMIE RICHARDSON posted a new personal best time of 19:34 for seventh spot at the Delamere 5k parkrun, ahead of Andy Carter (20:11), Rory Willson (21:35), and Abigail Cartwright (new pb of 24:10).

Bradley Spurdens won the Chester 5k ParkRun in a time of 18:04, ahead of third-placed Andrew Clague (18:57), Vince Hodges (21:06), Anne-Marie and Isaac Tait (26:42), Brian Beattie (27:24), David Irving (28:46), and Ian Gloyne-Phillips (31:48).

Rob Freeman (21:42) was West Cheshire AC’s first finisher at Whitby Park in the Ellesmere Port 5k parkrun, ahead of Julian Tegg (24:13), Darren Shillington (25:02), and Angela Tegg (25:43).

West Cheshire AC’s Dave Alexander finished second with a time of 20:06 at the Wepre 5k parkrun, ahead of Edward Woodhead (fourth in a new pb of 20:33), Tony Woodall (seventh in a new pb of 21:17), and Stuart Thomas (eighth in 21:43).

A SQUAD of West Cheshire AC members continued their preparation for the cross country campaign with a trip to Talacre sand dunes at the weekend.

The Ellesmere Port Sports Village-based club have made a pleasing start to their season in the North Staffs Cross Country League and North Wales Cross Country League series.

Members aged nine years old and above are focusing their sights on the next round of the North Staffs Cross Country League at Stafford Common on Saturday, November 18, followed by the Liverpool Cross Challenge fixture at Sefton Park, on November 25, and then the Cheshire AA County Cross Country Championships at Delamere Forest, on Saturday, January 6.

ENTRIES close on Friday, November 17, for the British Cross Challenge Cross Country event at Sefton Park, Liverpool, being held on Saturday, November 25. The online link is: https://www.entryhub.co.uk/british-athletics-cross-challenge-liverpool-2017

NEARLY 300 entries have so far been received for the Essar Chester Round The Walls Race being organised by West Cheshire AC on Boxing Day.

Runners who are not yet entered for the popular festive fixture are being urged to complete their online entry sooner rather than later to avoid disappointment. Further details can be found online at: https://wcac.niftyentries.com/Essar-Chester-Round-The-Walls-2017

ENTRIES close on December 15 for the Northern Indoor Track and Field Championships for Under 17s, Under 20s and Seniors, which take place at Sheffield on January 13 and 14.

And entries close on January 19 for the Northern Indoor Track and Field Championships for Under 13s and Under 15s, which take place at Sheffield on February 4.

FIXTURES this weekend include the second round of the Manchester Area Cross Country League at Boggart Hole Clough, Moston, Manchester, on Saturday, while the second round of the North West Sportshall Athletics League takes place on Sunday at Kingsway Leisure Centre, Widnes, (12.30pm start).

The next round of the Essar West Cheshire AC Schools Cross Country Race Series is scheduled to be held at Ellesmere Port Sports Village on Saturday, December 9, (10am start).

And Birkenhead Park is the setting for the next round of the Borders Road Running League being held on Sunday, December 3, (11am start).

Abergele will be the venue for race three on Sunday, January 14, and Chester Tri Club MAY host round four at Chester Football Club on Sunday, February 18, (9am start; venue, time and date to be confirmed).

Tattenhall will stage race five on Sunday, March 4, (11am), before Wrecsam Tri Club host round six on Sunday, April 8 (11am), and Deestriders will stage the final round on Wednesday, April 25, (7.30pm).

A LEVEL ONE course for field judges, track judges and timekeepers is being held at Macclesfield on Saturday, November 25. The day starts at 10am with a Health and Safety course followed by discipline specific modules. Details of the courses and booking can be found on the England Athletics website at: https://www.englandathletics.org/courses

WCAC Endurance League

As at the end of October, Andrew and Ellie stretch their respective leads over a recovering Andy and consistent Angela. Clare clear in 3rd, but only a point separates Dave, Mark and Richard. There are still seven cross-countries, one Borders League and the odd open race to gather points at and dodge Christmas shopping. See halfway down the road-running page of the club website.

West Cheshire Athletic Club Newsletter

3rd November 2017

OH WE DO LIKE TO BE BESIDE THE SEASIDE
Fancy a day at the beach? We’re having a training session this Sunday, (5th November), at Talacre, North Wales. Everyone’s welcome.

Please meet The Lighthouse Inn Car Park (CH8 9RD) for 10am. The car park charge is 20p for 2 hours and £2 for 4 hours or all day.

Directions: take the A548 coast road from Flint. Look out for signs for Talacre/Point of Ayr. At the roundabout take 2nd exit signposted ‘Beach’ – Station Road. Follow over the railway line and straight on. At Talacre Beach Holiday Home Park the road forks, take the right fork. Follow the road down to where it narrows with a superstore left / Toilets and amusements opposite. Signpost for Lighthouse Car park is 20 metres on. Turn right and into car park.

HELP URGENTLY NEEDED WITH YOUNGSTERS
We need your help!

Because of the number of Under 11s joining us recently, we’ve had to block new membership applications from this age group. The situation will be reviewed in Jan when we can hopefully return to normal.

In the meantime, we’re looking for parents of any U11s to help with training on Tuesdays on a rota basis.

If you can help, please see Dennis Wall before Tuesday training sessions or email: dennis.wall1@ntlworld.com

OFFICIALS COURSE
On Saturday 25th November, Macclesfield Harriers are hosting a Level 1 course for timekeepers and track and field judges at their track.

It starts at 10am with a health and safety course followed by the discipline specific modules. You can find out more and book on the England Athletics website.

AGM DATE FOR YOUR DIARY
Please try to attend the club’s annual general meeting being held on Friday, 1st December, at the Pavilion, Cheshire County Sports Club, Mannings Lane, Chester, CH2 2PB.

WEEKLY NEWS ROUND-UP
This week’s club press report can be found here

FIXTURES
Sunday, 5 November: Abergele Five Miles Road Race, incorporating North Wales Championship (12 noon start). Details

Saturday, 11 November: Manchester Area Cross Country League Round Two, at Boggart Hole Clough, Manchester (12 noon). Details

Sunday, 12 November: North West Sportshall League Round Two, at Kingsway Leisure Centre, Widnes, (12.30pm).

Saturday, 18 November: North Staffs Cross Country League Round Three, at Stafford Common, (12 noon). Details

Sunday, 19 November: Conwy Half Marathon (10am). Details

Saturday, 25 November: Liverpool and District Cross Country League (2pm), and European Cross Country Trials, at Sefton Park, Liverpool (11am).

Saturday, 25 November: North Wales Cross Country League Round Three, at Treborth Playing Fields, Bangor University (2pm). Details

Press Report: Issy Leads Team to Top Spot

ISSY CLARKE strode her way to success at Stoke’s Park Hall Country Park.

The West Cheshire Athletic Club teenager won the under 17 ladies race at the second round of the North Staffs Cross Country League.

Clarke clocked 10 minutes 28 seconds for the challenging course to finish 10 seconds clear of her nearest rival.

She was backed up by clubmates Eve Duret (fourth in 11:01), and Beth McMahon (eighth in 11:25) who combined for a team victory and they remain on track to clinch the overall four-round team title.

Carys Roberts (second in 8:52), Sophie Grainger (third in 8:53), and Imogen Pughe (fourth in 9:01) combined to earn a team victory in their under 13 girls age group and they were backed up by Georgina Duffey (18th in 10:16), Grace Scott (33rd in 11:15), and Henrietta Duffey (36th in 11:51).

Jessica Lark secured second spot in the under 11 girls race with a time of 8:18, just six seconds adrift of the winner, and she was supported by Macy Brett (18th in 9:03) and Ingrid Tait (42nd in 10:36) to earn the club sixth team place.

Reece Munro completed the under 11 boys race in second spot with 8:26, ahead of club mates Jack Nash (26th in 10:05), Oliver Mallon (47th in 11:27), Alfie Byrne (57th in 13:35) for sixth team position.

Jamie Richardson clocked 9:23 for third spot in the under 13 boys race, supported by club mates Ryan Cooke (eighth in 9:47), Henry Robinson (13th in 9:58), and Leo Green (30th in 10:40) to secure second team position.

Isaac Tait (fifth in 9:29), Edward Woodhead (eighth in 9:48), Will Wright (ninth in 9:49), Harvey Tegg (19th in 10:31), Matthew Douglass (20th in 10:34), and Aaron Scott (28th in 11:21) earned second team position in the under 15 boys race.

Jac Goodall (fourth in 20:04), Sion Roberts (sixth in 20:14), Paul Morrison (23rd in 24:22), Rory Willson (24th in 24:54), and Alex Mason (26th in 25:44) combined to secure second place in the under 17 men’s team event.

Lucia Pyne (fifth in 10:04) and Abigail Cartwright (19th in 11:35) completed the under 15 girls race.

Ellie Robinson (seventh over 45 lady in 25:16) was supported by Kerry Riley (70th in 27:03), Claire Mallon (78th in 27:21), Angela Tegg (93rd in 28:14), and Anne-Marie Tait (157th in 31:30) to earn seventh team spot in the women’s Division Two.

Ethan Greenland (third under 20 man in 24:53), Joseph Morrison (eighth under 20 man in 26:43), Andrew Clague (86th in 28:10), John Parlevliet (112th in 29:27), Tony Woodall (123rd in 29:49), Stuart Thomas (162nd in 30:57), Andy Carter (164th in 30:59), Bob Benson (225th in 33:50), and Peter Smith (286th in 38:19) combined for West Cheshire AC who were fifth in the men’s Division Two.

KEELY SMITH represented West Cheshire AC at the Snowdonia Marathon and clocked 3:40:13 for 19th place in the women’s race, and club mate Richard Hunt finished in 4:09:16.
ANDREW CLAGUE (ninth in 1:12:26) headed West Cheshire AC’s charge at the Halloween Hellraiser Multi Terrain Race at Nantwich, backed up by Ellie Robinson (fifth lady in 1:26:40), and Angela and Julian Tegg (1:39:34).

ENTRIES close on Friday, November 17, for the British Cross Challenge Cross Country event at Sefton Park, Liverpool being held on Saturday, November 25.

AND entries are now being accepted for the Essar Chester Round The Walls Race being organised by West Cheshire AC on Boxing Day. Further details can be found online at: https://wcac.niftyentries.com/Essar-Chester-Round-The-Walls-2017

Press Report: Clague Peerless at Llandudno

ANDREW CLAGUE headed West Cheshire Athletic Club’s charge in Storm Brian at the seaside.

Clague finished fifth in his over-45 age group with a time of 40 minutes 25 seconds at the testing second round of the North Wales Cross Country League staged at Llandudno’s St David’s College.

He was backed up by club mates Tony Woodall (41:47), John Parlevliet (43:24), Phil Woodley (44:01), Stuart Thomas (44:25), Andy Carter (47:36), Bob Benson (49:50), and Peter Smith (56:33).

West Cheshire AC are currently fifth in Division Two of the Men’s team competition, and eighth overall in the Mens Masters team event.

Claire Harris (27:04) and Ellie Robinson (second over-45 lady in 27:29) combined for West Cheshire AC in the womens race and the club are now fifth overall in the Division Two womens team competition.

The next race is at Treborth Track, Bangor, on Saturday, November 25.

EDWARD WOODHEAD of West Cheshire AC finished second in the under 16s Cilcain Mountain Race and was joined at the venue by club mate Alex Staniforth who completed the 20km seniors race in one hour 35 minutes 41 seconds.

WEST CHESHIRE AC members wanting to compete in the Cheshire AA Cross Country Championships at Delamere Forest on Saturday, January 6, need to email club cross country secretary, Peter Smith, at: peteandcol@sky.com with their name, date of birth, email address and phone number.

ENTRIES are now being accepted for the popular Essar Chester Round The Walls Race.

Runners are being urged to enter for the Boxing Day fixture organised by West Cheshire Athletic Club, well before the online closing date of Monday, December 18, at the following link: https://wcac.niftyentries.com/Essar-Chester-Round-The-Walls-2017

A LEVEL ONE course for field judges, track judges and timekeepers is being held at Macclesfield on Saturday, November 25. The day starts at 10am with a Health and Safety course followed by discipline specific modules. Details of the courses and booking can be found on the England Athletics website at: https://www.englandathletics.org/courses

ENTRIES close on Friday, November 17, for the British Cross Challenge Cross Country event at Sefton Park, Liverpool, being held on Saturday, November 25. The fixture includes the British trials for the European Cross Country Championships.

BIRKENHEAD PARK is the setting for the next round of the Borders Road Running League to be held on Sunday, December 3 (11am).

Abergele will be the venue for race three on Sunday, January 14, and Chester Tri Club will host round four at Chester Football Club on Sunday, February 18, (9am start).

Tattenhall will stage race five on Sunday, March 4, (11am), before Wrecsam Tri Club host round six on Sunday, April 8 (11am), and Deestriders will stage the final round on Wednesday, April 25, (7.30pm).

ENTRIES close on December 15 for the Northern Under 17s and Under 20 Indoor Track and Field Championships at Sheffield to be held on January 13 and 14. Further details can be found at: https://www.northernathletics.org.uk

FIXTURES this weekend include the second round of the North Staffs Cross Country League being held at Park Hall Country Park, Weston Coyney, Stoke on Trent, on Saturday (12 noon start).

West Cheshire Athletic Club Newsletter

20 October 2017

HELP URGENTLY NEEDED WITH YOUNGSTERS
We need your help!

Because of the number of Under 11s joining us recently, we’ve had to block new membership applications from this age group. The situation will be reviewed in Jan when we can hopefully return to normal.

In the meantime, we’re looking for parents of any U11s to help with training on Tuesdays on a rota basis.

If you can help, please see Dennis Wall before Tuesday training sessions or email: dennis.wall1@ntlworld.com

OFFICIALS COURSE
On Saturday 25th November, Macclesfield Harriers are hosting a Level 1 course for timekeepers and track and field judges at their track.

It starts at 10am with a health and safety course followed by the discipline specific modules. You can find out more and book on the England Athletics website

ESSAR CHESTER WALLS RACE PREPARATIONS HAVE STARTED
Please help make this year’s Essar Chester Round The Walls Race a success. The popular Boxing Day fixture needs marshals around the course – if you can help please contact Dennis Wall at: dennis.wall1@ntlworld.com

COUNTY CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS
The 2018 Cheshire AA County Cross Country Championships will be held at Delamere Forest on Saturday 6th January.

If you’d like to compete, please email Peter Smith at: peteandcol@sky.com with your name, date of birth, email address and phone number.

We also need officials for the start and finish areas. Please let Alan Morris know by 1st December if you can help. His email address is: alanmorris56@outlook.com

SEFTON PARK RACE ENTRIES NOW OPEN
Entries close on Friday, 17 November, for the British Cross Challenge Cross Country event at Sefton Park, Liverpool Saturday, 25 November. The fixture includes the British trials for the European Cross Country Championships.

INDOOR ATHLETICS CHAMPIONSHIPS
Check out the online entry details for the Northern Indoor Age Group Track and Field Championships being held at Sheffield in Jan and Feb.

WEEKLY NEWS ROUND-UP
Our latest press report can be found here

FIXTURES
Saturday, 21 October: North Wales Cross Country League Round Two, at St David’s College, Llandudno (2pm). Details

Sunday, 22 October: Flintshire 5km and 10km Road Races, at Mold Leisure Centre, Mold, (9.45am). Details

Saturday, 28 October: North Staffs Cross Country League Round Two, at Park Hall Country Park, Stoke on Trent (12 noon). Details

Saturday, 28 October: Liverpool and District Cross Country League Round One, at Arrowe Park, Birkenhead (2pm). Details

Saturday, 11 November: Manchester Area Cross Country League Round Two, at Boggart Hole Clough, Manchester (12 noon). Details

Sunday, 12 November: North West Sportshall League Round Two, at Kingsway Leisure Centre, Widnes, (12.30pm).

Saturday, 18 November: North Staffs Cross Country League Round Three, at Stafford Common, (12 noon). Details

Sunday, 19 November: Conwy Half Marathon (10am). Details

Saturday, 25 November: Liverpool and District Cross Country League (2pm), and European Cross Country Trials, at Sefton Park, Liverpool (11am). Details

Saturday, 25 November: North Wales Cross Country League Round Three, at Treborth Playing Fields, Bangor University (2pm). Details

Press Report: Enter Round the Walls while you can

ENTRIES are now being accepted for the popular Essar Chester Round The Walls Race.

Runners are being urged to enter for the Boxing Day fixture organised by West Cheshire Athletic Club, well before the online closing date of Monday, December 18, at the following link: https://wcac.niftyentries.com/Essar-Chester-Round-The-Walls-2017

This year’s event, approximately 6km in length, is expected to be a sell-out once again with entries normally received from runners based in this country and abroad.

The Walls Race is one of the oldest in the country after being first held in 1972, and it is now in its 46th year.

The event starts and finishes at the Roodee, the oldest racecourse still used in England and the race follows the best path to appreciate the city walls.

After leaving the Roodee, runners will take in a stretch of canal towpath with the walls towering above before ascending steps to follow the walls past Chester Cathedral in a clockwise direction.

Passing the iconic Eastgate Clock, runners continue from Roman to Medieval sections of the wall and descend to street level at the River Dee in order to finish back at the racecourse.

ETHAN ACKROYD represented West Cheshire AC at the British Cross Challenge Race in Cardiff and posted 16:57 for 24th spot in the under 17 mens event.

Ethan’s father, Ian, also a West Cheshire AC member, clocked 1:45:13 at the Manchester Half Marathon, alongside club mates Rob Little (1:21:59), and Andrew Leishman (1:48:40).

JAMIE RICHARDSON of West Cheshire AC was seventh after clocking 12 minutes 43 seconds in the under 13 boys race at Heaton Park in the opening round of the Manchester Area Cross Country League.

Tony Woodall (165th in 43:12), Stuart Thomas (104th in 47:42), and Peter Smith (396th in 58:10) completed the senior men’s race.

A LEVEL ONE course for field judges, track judges and timekeepers is being held at Macclesfield on Saturday, November 25. The day starts at 10am with a Health and Safety course followed by discipline specific modules. Details of the courses and booking can be found on the England Athletics website at: https://www.englandathletics.org/courseshttps://www.englandathletics.org/courses.aspx?siteSectionId=33&postCode=Postcode&distance=5&region=000100010002001300020003&keyword=officials&courseType=0001300000030013

THE 2018 Cheshire AA County Cross Country Championships will be held at Delamere Forest, on Saturday, January 6.

ENTRIES close on Friday, November 17, for the British Cross Challenge Cross Country event at Sefton Park, Liverpool, being held on Saturday, November 25. The fixture includes the British trials for the European Cross Country Championships.

BIRKENHEAD PARK is the setting for the next round of the Borders Road Running League to be held on Sunday, December 3 (11am).

Abergele will be the venue for race three on Sunday, January 14, and Chester Tri Club will host round four at Chester Football Club on Sunday, February 18, (9am start).

Tattenhall will stage race five on Sunday, March 4, (11am), before Wrecsam Tri Club host round six on Sunday, April 8 (11am), and Deestriders will stage the final round on Wednesday, April 25, (7.30pm).

FIXTURES this weekend include the second round of the North Wales Cross Country League being held at St David’s College, Llandudno, on Saturday (2pm start), and the Flintshire 5km and 10km Road Races, take place on Sunday at Mold Leisure Centre, Mold, (9.45am start).

Press Report: Keely Really Breaks Record

KEELY SMITH smashed a club record and secured a podium place at the Chester Marathon.

The talented West Cheshire Athletic Club distance runner clocked three hours 12 minutes 46 seconds for third spot in her senior lady age category at Sunday’s 26.2 miles road race.

Smith was joined at the event by ultra-runner Tom Booth who was West Cheshire AC’s first finisher in 3:05:27, ahead of club mates Chris Palmer (3:08:34), Wullie McGarrell (3:12:43), and Tom Cable who posted a new personal best of 3:18:52.

Other West Cheshire AC finishers at the Roodee included Andrew Dawe (3:27:24), Rob Boggild (3:35:07), and Phil Woodley (3:36:44).

Stuart Thomas headed West Cheshire AC’s contingent home in the 26.2km Metric Marathon with a time of 2:03:56, ahead of Clare Mallon (2:15:18), Stephen Ball (2:15:47), Mark Povey (2:30:10), and Isabel Robertson (2:47:59).

ETHAN ACKROYD celebrated an emphatic victory at Wrexham in the opening round of the North Wales Cross Country League.

The West Cheshire AC teenager won the under 17 men’s race in a time of 20 minutes 47 seconds, more than a minute clear of his nearest rival.

Anest Muller (13th in 25:05) headed West Cheshire AC’s charge in the women’s race ahead of Ellie Robinson (23rd in 26:13), Kerry Riley (36th in 27:12), and Pam Ackroyd (61st in 29:34) to earn the club second team spot in Division Two and fourth place in the Female Masters team event.

Mark Davies (35th in 33:55) was first home for West Cheshire AC in the men’s race, ahead of Andrew Clague (37th in 33:58), John Parlevliet (79th in 36:52), Bob Benson (109th in 38:38), Andy Carter (123rd in 40:00), and Peter Smith (162nd in 46:53) to earn fourth team position in Division Two and fifth place in the Male Masters team competition.

WEST CHESHIRE AC bagged a hat-trick of team victories at the opening round of the North West Sportshall Athletics League.

The under 11 girls, under 13 girls and under 15 boys all won their competitions at the event held on Sunday at South Cheshire College, Crewe.

Special mention must be made to Abigail Cartwright and Sophie Cribb who combined for 92 points and third place in the under 15 girls team competition.

TEAM RESULTS

UNDER 11 GIRLS: 1 West Cheshire 182 points; 2 Crewe and Nantwich 173; 3 Wirral 164; 4 Macclesfield 142.

UNDER 13 GIRLS: 1 West Cheshire 178.5; 2 Crewe and Nantwich 172.5; 3 Wirral 166.5; 4 Macclesfield 148.5.

UNDER 15 GIRLS: 1 Macclesfield 186.5; 2 Wirral 100.5; 3 West Cheshire 92; 4 Crewe and Nantwich 91; 5 Handforth 27.

UNDER 11 BOYS: 1 Crewe and Nantwich 180.5; 2 West Cheshire 169.5; 3 Wirral 164; 4 Macclesfield 146.5; 5 Handforth 105.5.

UNDER 13 BOYS: 1 Crewe and Nantwich 189; 2 Wirral 172; 3 Macclesfield 151; 4 West Cheshire 71.

UNDER 15 BOYS: 1 West Cheshire 186; 2 Crewe and Nantwich 113; 3 Macclesfield 92; 4 Wirral 56.

WEST CHESHIRE AC are third in Division One of both the mens and ladies team events after the Borders Road Running League first round staged at Capenhurst, and the next race will be held at Birkenhead Park on Sunday, December 3.

FIXTURES this weekend include the opening round of the Manchester Area Cross Country League at Heaton Park, Manchester, this Saturday (12.15pm start, there are no under 11s races).

The Farndon 10k Road Race takes place on Sunday incorporating the seventh round of the Cheshire Road Running Grand Prix Series (10am start).

 

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