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: Youngsters impress in Preston; Seniors press on in London

WEST CHESHIRE Athletic Club experienced a pleasing start to their track and field league campaign.

The Ellesmere Port Sports Village-based outfit started life in the top division of the under 13 and under 15 North of England Youth Development League with a fourth place finish at Preston.

Many of the purple-vested youngsters achieved new personal bests and delivered impressive performances at the first of four rounds to be held during the next few months.

Evie Tipping spearheaded her club’s charge with a double success story in the under 15 girls hammer (37.44m) and discus (22.13m) alongside B discus winner and team mate Emma Ashcroft (17.31m).

Tipping received support in the under 15 girls ranks from Anna Crayston who clocked a new 300m personal best of 43.60 seconds for second spot, Lauren Jones, Lucia Pyne, Tamsin O’Keefe, Abigail Cartwright, Ceris Gaffney, Nia Forshaw, and Sophie Cribb.

Jodi Bemand (12.40 seconds) and Lara Battersby (12.60) combined for precious points in the under 13 girls 70m hurdles, while Stephanie Jones (21.70) and Fatoumatta Bojang (21.10) teamed up in the 150m sprint, and Stephanie won a thrilling long jump contest with 4.24m alongside team mate Ava Byrne who delivered 4.03m for third place in the B event.

They were backed up by Imogen Pughe, Carys Roberts and Isla Shillington who secured valuable points from the 75m, 1200m, javelin and high jump competitions.
Adam Howe (31.90m) and Daniel Pond (21.61m) teamed up for the under 15 boys team that also featured Matthew Webb, Nathan Partington, Matthew Douglass, Isaac Tait, Harvey Tegg, Ivor Smith, William Wright and Dylan Bugg.

Jamie Richardson (2:33.0) and Sammy Hollins (2:33.4) finished first and second respectively in their under 13 boys 800m races, and they were backed up by Fergus Garland, Jake Lee, Ben Mustafa, Regan Stubbs, Henry Robinson, and Harley Shakespeare-Wetton.

PROVISIONAL MATCH RESULT: 1 Sale Harriers 606.5 points; 2 Preston Harriers 487.5; 3 Leeds City 467; 4 West Cheshire 435; 5 Gateshead Harriers 356; 6 Liverpool Harriers 350.

ANDY CARTER celebrated a new personal best time of three hours six minutes 22 seconds at the London Marathon.

Carter was the first of six West Cheshire AC members who completed the 26.2 miles course in the capital, ahead of Ian Gloyne-Phillips (3:14:20), and Wullie McGarrell (3:17:08) who also both posted new personal bests.

Keely Smith, who warmed up for the marathon by contributing towards a women’s team victory for West Cheshire AC at the Essar Chester Spring Five Miles Road Race earlier this month, clocked 3:24:41 to better her previous best achieved at the recent Wrexham Marathon, ahead of Luke Ellis with a new personal best of 3:29:12, and Dave Bish (4:55:13).

WEST CHESHIRE AC’s Northern Track and Field League Division One squad will kick off their season at York on Saturday, May 6; before hosting the second round at Ellesmere Port on Sunday, June 4; travelling to Wigan on Sunday, July 9; and then going to Rotherham on Saturday, August 5.

And West Cheshire AC will host the opening round of the Cheshire Track and Field League at Ellesmere Port on Sunday, May 7; before travelling to Eccles on Sunday, July 2; going to Warrington on Sunday, July 30; and hosting round four in Ellesmere Port on Sunday, September 3.

ENTRIES are now being taken for the Cheshire County AA Track and Field Championships being held at Warrington, on Saturday and Sunday, May 14 and 15.
The closing date for online entries is May 6, and further details can be obtained online at: http://cheshire.athletics-uk.org/default.asp

FIXTURES this weekend for West Cheshire AC include the first round of the Under 17 and Under 20 Youth Development Track and Field League at Wigan’s Robin Park Stadium on Sunday (11.15am start); the North Wales 10 Miles Road Race at Wrexham on Saturday (2pm); and the Trafford AC Open Medal Track and Field Open Meeting on Monday, (12 noon).

The Ysgol Dinas Bran Hill Race takes place on Wednesday, May 3, (7.15pm); and the West Cheshire AC Schools Track and Field Cup will be held at the Ellesmere Port Sports Village Track on Thursday, May 4, (4pm start).

West Cheshire Athletic Club Newsletter

TIME TO STRENGTHEN OUR COACHING TEAM
The future of our club is reliant on our volunteer coaching staff – and it’s now time to seriously look at increasing the numbers of our qualified coaches.
If you’re a parent of an athlete, or know someone you think would fit the bill, please shout up. We need you to inspire, supporte and develop athletes across all events, ability levels, aspirations, and ages.
We’ll support you every inch of the way if you want to step onto the coaching pathway, and get yourself a coaching qualification
If you’re interested, please email Dennis

CLUB MEMBERSHIP FEES ARE NOW DUE!
If you’ve not paid, you’re not insured and won’t be allowed to train or compete. You should have had a link to renew your membership by email. Please let Debbie Baker know if you haven’t had this, or are not looking to renew your membership.

MANY THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT
A big thank you to everyone who helped make the Essar Chester Spring Five Miles Road Race at Cheshire County Sports Club, Upton-By-Chester a big success.
For more info, please read the press report. You can check results here.
Photos are also available.

YOUR CLUB NEEDS YOU
Marshals are needed for the Chester Half Marathon being held on Sunday 21st May.
Please let Ellie Robinson know if you’re able to join the club’s team  on Sunday 21st May this year. We need approximately 27 people.
It’s always a fun morning watching the race and encouraging the runners. You’ll also receive a technical T-shirt and a goody bag as a thanks from the organisers (Active Leisure Events).

BORDERS LEAGUE GRAND FINALE
It’s the grand finale of the Borders Road Running League on Wednesday, 26th April, (7.15pm start), hosted by Wrexham AC.
Members will be car sharing from the Cheshire County Sports Club, Upton. If you’re interested, meet at 5.15pm and the last ca will leave at 5.30pm.
It’s also the Presentation evening and there will be plenty of prizes for us, including an almost certain 1st Women’s team, Women’s Improvers team, potentially 1st Men’s Veterans team, and various individual age category wins.  There’s also a free buffet if you stay!
We could do with a good Men’s veteran turnout at this one to try and clinch the Men’s vet team win. Wallasey are creeping up on us fast so we need to nail this one! Team members plus friends and family will get tea or coffee and a cake or biscuit.
You must be 15 or over to race and wear your club vest.

ROAD RACE DIRECTOR’S TRAINING COURSE
A RunBritain Training course has been arranged for Saturday, 13th May, at Cheshire County Sports Club, Upton Chester CH2 1PR from 09:15 to 16:15. Tea or coffee and biscuits, and buffet lunch is provided free to any member interested in how a road race is put together.
For more info, please contact Bob Benson

TOM BOOTH’S LATEST NEW ZEALAND ADVENTURE
Our intrepid guy down-under Tom Booth ran the Northburn 50k and after making third spot his own at 31k,  clipped a rock on the descent which led to having a race ending fall! He said: “Really have had no luck with my ultras so far this year!”
He then competed in The Loop The Lake Trail Race, a 25k trail run around Lake Rotoiti in Nelson Lakes where he managed to sneak third place after pulling back second and third at halfway and holding on for dear life through the last 10k, finishing in 1:51.58.
Tom’s next race is the Oparara Wilderness Trail Race.

LONG JUMP TRAINING
John Manning is supervising long jump coaching at the EPSV Track on Thursdays between 6.30-8pm.
Please contact John for further details

TIME TO COMPLETE YOUR ONLINE COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP ENTRY
Entries are now being taken for the Cheshire County AA Track and Field Championships being held at Warrington, on Saturday and Sunday, May 14 and 15. You’ve got until 6th May to enter online. More details here

FIXTURES
Wednesday, 26 April: Borders Road Running League Round Seven, Wrexham, (7.15pm start).
Saturday, 29 April: North Wales 10 Miles Road Race Championship, Wrexham (2pm start).
Sunday, 30 April: Under 17/20 Youth Development Track & Field League Round One, Robin Park Stadium, Wigan, (11.30am start).

Press report: WCAC Spring to Prizes and Records

HOST club West Cheshire Athletic Club capitalised on home advantage at the Essar Chester Spring Five Miles Road Race.

Katie Clarke, her sister Issy, and Keely Smith combined to secure the purple-vested outfit success in the women’s team competition, while Katie and Issy both claimed individual awards and club mate Ethan Greenland was presented with the first under 20 men’s prize.

The popular annual fixture, part of the Cheshire Road Running Grand Prix, proved another big hit after attracting a race limit of 500 entries and sponsors Essar, represented by refinery manager, Jon Mason, communications manager, Rebecca Jones, and 15 employees who participated.

Under 20 junior Katie Clarke finished second lady in a new West Cheshire AC female club record time of 30 minutes 42 seconds which had stood since 2001, ahead of her sister, Issy, who was presented with the under 20 prize after clocking a new under 17 club age group record time of 31:54, and Keely who posted 33:10.

Greenland claimed the first under 20 men’s award after finishing eighth overall and posting a new club age group best time of 27:19.

Matthew Sheen (Vale Royal) won the race title with a time of 26:18, ahead of runner-up Paul Jones (Shrewsbury) with 26:28, and third placed Przemyslaw Tomczak (Buckley) who clocked 26:30.

Diane McVey (Wilmslow) won the women’s title in 28:58, ahead of runner-up Clarke, and third-placed Nicola Whitfield-Bird, representing Ellesmere Port Running Club, who posted 31:56.

Lee Jones was Deeside AAC’s first finisher in seventh spot with 27:08, ahead of club mate Ethan Ackroyd (16th in 27:57), and Jez Brown was first home for Buckley (11th in 27:42), while Colin Thompson (14th in 27:53) headed Helsby’s charge, and Steve Hayes (25th in 28:40) was first home for Deestriders.

Other West Cheshire AC finishers included Andrew Clague (35th in 29:29), Alex Staniforth (40th in 29:28), Mark Davies (46th in 29:45), Andy Carter (47th in 29:42), Richard Hayes (66th in 30:39), and under 20 junior Sion Roberts (67th in 30:41).

Chris Palmer clocked 30:47 for 73rd spot, ahead of under 20 junior Tristan McFarlane (91st in 31:48), Trevor Holmes (100th in 32:15), Ben McKean (136th in 33:53), under 20 junior Rory Willson (139th in 34:05), Julian Tegg (160th in 34:29), Ian Ackroyd (220th in 37:09), Beth McMahon (fourth under 20 junior lady in 38:31), Clare Mallon (10th over 40 lady in 38:44), and Angela Tegg (54th over 40 lady in 39:19).

ENTRIES are now being taken for the Cheshire County AA Track and Field Championships being held at Warrington, on Saturday and Sunday, May 14 and 15. The closing date for online entries is May 6, and further details can be obtained online at: http://cheshire.athletics-uk.org/default.asp

FIXTURES this weekend (April 22nd/ 23rd) include West Cheshire AC’s opening round of the under 13s and under 15s Youth Development Track and Field League at Preston’s University of Central Lancashire Athletics Track, PR2 1SG, on Saturday; the UK Sportshall Athletics Final at Sportcity, Manchester, on Sunday; the London Marathon on Sunday; and the Whitley 10k, near Warrington, on Sunday.

The final round of the Borders Road Running League takes place on Wednesday, (April 26), at Wrexham, (7:15pm start).

WEST CHESHIRE AC will start their under 17 and under 20 Youth Development League squad start their campaign at Wigan on Sunday, April 30, before competing at Crewe on Sunday, May 28; Bolton on Sunday, June 25; and at Whitehaven on Sunday, July 23.

West Cheshire AC’s Northern League Division One squad will kick off their season at York on Saturday, May 6; before hosting the second round at Ellesmere Port on Sunday, June 4; travelling to Wigan on Sunday, July 9; and then going to Rotherham on Saturday, August 5.

And West Cheshire AC will host the opening round of the Cheshire League at Ellesmere Port on Sunday, May 7; before travelling to Eccles on Saturday, July 2; going to Warrington on Sunday, July 30; and hosting round four in Ellesmere Port on Sunday, September 3.

 

Essar Chester Spring 5 results and photos

Congratulations to all who took part. Results are now available; race photos are starting to appear online.

The scores are in…club trials results

Thanks to all those who took part in the club trials a fews ago, and to everyone who helped. The results have been checked, double-checked and checked again. If you’d like to take a look, please click on the link below and a spreadsheet will pop up.

Trails

Thanks

Copy of 2017 Junior Trials Results

 

Press report: Women on the Edge of Borders Triumph

WEST CHESHIRE Athletic Club’s women are one step away from a title-winning Borders Road Running League campaign.

Katie Clarke continued her rich vein of form by clocking 32 minutes 48 seconds on the 5.15 miles course at New Brighton to secure her club top spot in Division One after the penultimate race of the seven-round series.

Clarke, who cemented pole position in the under 20 age group individual standings, finished fifth lady overall and was backed-up by Anest Muller (second over-35 lady and seventh overall in 33:59), Issy Clarke (second under 20 lady and 10th overall in 34:34), Keely Smith (11th lady in 35:08), Ellie Robinson (fifth over 40 lady and 23rd overall in 36:36), Lisa Davies (38th in 38:47), Pam Ackroyd (48th in 40:00), Clare Mallon (51st in 40:32), Angela Tegg (60th in 41:23), and Ann-Marie Tait (63rd in 41:52).

Ethan Greenland headed West Cheshire AC’s men home by achieving top spot in his under 20 age group and 13th place overall in a time of 28:42.

He was supported by Andrew Clague (35th in 30:29), Christy Mageean (43rd in 30:45), Andy Carter (46th in 31:00), Mark Davies (48th in 31:05), Alex Staniforth (50th in 31:08), Richard Hayes (70th in 32:29), Trevor Holmes (72nd in 32:35), Rob Freeman (93rd in 33:52), Rory Willson (104th in 34:40), Bob Benson (115th in 35:19), Dave Tiernan (129th in 36:39), Patrick Tait (153rd in 38:15), and Peter Smith (179th in 40:38).

OVERALL STANDINGS (after six rounds)

WOMEN DIVISION ONE: 1 West Cheshire 296; 2 Wallasey 431; 3 Wirral 569; 4
Buckley 583; 5 Helsby 584; 6 Prestatyn 704; 7 Chester Tri 719.

WOMEN DIVISION TWO: 1 Ellesmere Port 345; 2 Deestriders 559; 3 Tattenhall 808; 4 Abergele 1056; 5 Cybi Striders 1222; 6 Wrexham 1598; 7 Eryri 2036; 8 Wrecsam Tri 2070; 9 Deeside 2472; 10 Birkenhead 2502.

MEN DIVISION ONE: 1 Wallasey 1963 points; 2 Buckley 2073; 3 West Cheshire 2791; 4 Wirral 3039; 5 Helsby 3493; 6 Prestatyn 5581; 7 Deestriders 6932.

VETERAN MEN: 1 West Cheshire 2107; 2 Wallasey 2267; 3 Buckley 2774; 4 Chester Tri 3266; 5 Helsby 4040; 6 Wirral 4068; 7 Deestriders 6346; 8 Wrexham 6681; 9 Prestatyn 6948; 10 Ellesmere Port 7565; 11 Tattenhall 8162; 12 Abergele 8404; 13 Cybi 8559; 14 Birkenhead 8656; 15 Eryri 8674; 16 Wrecsam Tri 9667; 17 Deeside 10179.

VETERAN WOMEN: 1 Wirral 266; 2 Helsby 297; 3 Ellesmere Port 345; 4 Wallasey 408; 5= Buckley and Chester Tri 413; 7 West Cheshire 508; 8 Deestriders 870; 9 Prestatyn 930; 10 Tattenhall 1035; 11 Wrexham 1616; 12 Cybi 1676; 13 Abergele 1861; 14 Wrecsam Tri 2070; 15 Eryri 2187; 16 Birkenhead 2502; 17 Deeside 2700.

ETHAN MILLIGAN cleared a new high jump personal best of 1.95m at the Warrington Open Track and Field Meeting.

MICHAEL MAXWELL achieved a new under 15 boys high jump personal best of 1.40m at the Wirral AC Open Meeting and added 16.2 seconds in the sprint hurdles and 4.07m in the long jump.

Ava Byrne was second in the long jump with 4.06m, third in the high jump with 1.25m and fourth in the 70m hurdles with 13 seconds, while her sister Alexa was third in the under 11 girls long jump.

Daniel Bird posted 12.6 seconds in the under 11 boys 75m, and 29.1 for the 150m, while Imogen Pughe won her under 13 girls 1200m (4:21.1), and 75m in 10.7 seconds, ahead of Lola Byrne in 12.4, Jodi Bemand, Stephanie Jones, Maddie Mercer and Macy Brett 22.5, 21.7, 23.0, and 23.9 respectively in their 150m, while Dan Pagan posted 61.1 in the under 17 mens 400m, and Jessica Lark won the 600m in 2:03.0, ahead of Macy Brett in 2:16.4.

Bemand (12.5) and Jones (12.7) featured in the under 13 girls 70m hurdles, while Jones won the long jump with 4.12m ahead of Bemand (3.92m), Pughe (3.90m), and other long jumpers included Lark (3.21m), and Mercer (3.05m).

Isaac Tait (2:25.3), Harvey Tegg (2:25.7) and Edward Woodhead (2:34.9) completed the under 15 boys 800m, and Elliott Bujac (2:44.4) and Leo Green (2:58.4) rounded the under 13 boys 800m, while Bujac clocked 5:16.1 in the 1500m ahead of Charlie McMullan (5:32.4) and Louis Tegg (5:48.3), while Woodhead (5:20.2), William Wright (5:41.3), and Julian Tegg (5:53.4) completed the one mile race.

GEORGE HYDE (15.84m) won the under 17 mens shot put at the Wigan Harriers Open Meeting.

Laura Turley clocked 12.53 and 25.60 seconds in the womens 100m and 200m, while Anna Crayston posted 27.40 seconds in the under 15 girls 200m and 4.63m in the long jump, and Liam Davoren clocked 56.16 in the mens 400m.

Stephanie Owens hit 46.08m, 9.74m and 30.92m in the womens hammer, shot and discus, while Will Rattray (26.04m) and Adam Howe (28.69m) spun the discus, and Daniel Berg hit 49.41m in the hammer.

Sophie Percival (38.30m) and Emma Howe (42.02m) won their javelin age group events, and Alan Littler cleared 1-60m in the mens high jump.

ENTRIES are now being taken for the Cheshire County AA Track and Field Championships being held at Warrington, on Saturday and Sunday, May 14 and 15. The closing date for online entries is May 6, and further details can be obtained online at: http://cheshire.athletics-uk.org/default.asp

FIXTURES this weekend include the Salford 10k Road Race on Friday (10am start), the Hale 5 miler on Sunday, (9.30am start), the Air Products 10k, at Crewe, on Sunday (10.15am), while the Trafford Open Track and Field Medal Meeting, takes place on Monday (12 noon start).

West Cheshire Athletic Club Newsletter

7th April 2017

MEMBERSHIP FEES DUE
Here’s a reminder that membership fees are now due.
If you’ve not paid, you’re not insured so you won’t be able to train or compete until you’ve done so.
Please contact Debbie Baker if you need to pay.

YOUR CLUB NEEDS YOU
We’re putting the final touches to the Essar Chester Spring Five Miles Road Race being held on Wednesday, 12th April, from Cheshire County Sports Club, Upton-By-Chester, (7pm start) together.
Club members and friends are still needed to help out at the event, so if you’re available please let Dennis know.

Chester Spring Five Miles Race
ROAD RACE DIRECTOR’S TRAINING COURSE
A RunBritain Training course has been arranged for Saturday, 13th May, at Cheshire County Sports Club, Upton Chester CH2 1PR from 09:15 to 16:15. Tea/coffee/biscuits and a buffet lunch is provided free to any  member interested in how a road race is put together, and getting involved with our Road Running management team.
For more information, please contact Bob Benson

ROSEMARY GRABS TITLE VICTORY
Rosemary Rogers celebrated success at the Liverpool Half Marathon.
Rosemary won her over 60 age group category prize after clocking one hour 50 minutes 34 seconds.

Rosemary Rogers
Keely Smith finished eighth lady with a time of 1:29:52, ahead of Steve Hillier (1:34:03),

KeeleySmith

Clare Mallon (18th over 40 lady in a new personal best of 1:46:26), and Mark Povey (1:57:32) who was still recovering from an illness.
Results

CLUB TRIALS PROVE A BIG HIT
Thanks to the 200 members who participated in the recent club trials last week, and the parents, coaches and officials who helped out.
Photos

POINTS MAKE PRIZES THIS SUNDAY…
The Endurance League tables up to the end of March can be found here.
Big points are available at this Sunday’s Borders Road Running League Race at New Brighton.
DIRECTIONS AND RACE INFORMATION
Need a lift? We’ll be car sharing from the Cheshire County Sports Club, Upton. Meet at 9:15 – the last car leaves at 9:30.
Reminders: You must be 15 or over to race. All runners must wear club vests. If you don’t have one, please ask your coach or running leader. All our Borders League team, including friends and family will be welcomed for free tea or Coffee with cakes or biscuits after the run.

YOUNG GUNS IMPRESS AT TRAFFORD
Sara Pearson (11.67 seconds and 2:07.88) and Ingrid Tait (14.12 and 2:33.10) posted new under 11 girls 75m and 800m personal bests at the Trafford Open Meeting.
Sara also added a new long jump best of 3.43m, while Anna Crayston won the under 15 girls long jump with 4.92m and clocked 13.80 seconds in her 100m.
Isaac Tait clocked 14.56 seconds and 2:28.18 in his under 15 boys 100m and 800m respectively.
Harley Shakespeare-Wetton clocked a new under 13 boys 800m personal best of 2:46.6 at the Warrington Open Meeting.
Results part 1 and 2

CHRIS HEADS CLUB CHARGE AT THE SEASIDE
Chris Palmer was first home for West Cheshire  at the opening race in the Wirral Seaside 5k Series.
Chris clocked 18:26 for 17th position at Leasowe, ahead of Trevor Holmes (23rd in 19:14), and first over 60 lady Rosemary Rogers (24:39).
The next race in the series will take place at Leasowe on Wednesday, 26th April (7pm).
Results

2017 CLUB TRACK & FIELD TEAM MANAGERS
The club’s team managers for the 2017 track & field league campaign are:
Under 11s: Ellen Molloy and Joanne Cartwright

Under 13 Girls: Lindsay Jones

Under 13 Boys: Julian Tegg

Under 15 Girls: Hazel Jones

Under 15 Boys: Jill Howe

Under 17s/20s: Debbie Baker

Seniors (Northern League): Jenny Manning

THE SUMMER SEASON IS NEARLY HERE
Our U13 and U15 track and field league season gets underway on Sunday, 22 April at Preston, in the first round of the Youth Development League (YDL) Premier Division One.
The U17s and U20s YDL squad start their campaign at Wigan on Sunday, 30 April.
Our senior Northern League Division One squad will kick off their season at York on Saturday, 6 May.
Fore full fixtures, check the website.

ONLINE COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP ENTRY OPEN
The Cheshire County AA Track and Field Championships are being held at Warrington, on Saturday and Sunday, May 14 and 15.
The closing date for online entries is May 6.
ENTER HERE

FIXTURES
Sunday, 9 April : Borders Road Running League Sixth Round, at New Brighton, (11am start). Details
Sunday, 9 April: Wirral AC Open Medal Track and Field Meeting, at Bebington Oval (11.30am start). Details
Sunday, 9 April: Wigan Harriers Spring Open.Details
Friday, 14 April: Salford 10k Road Race (10am start). Race Link
Sunday, 16 April: Hale 5, (9.30am start). Race Link
Sunday, 16 April: Air Products 10k, Crewe, (10.15am). Race Link
Monday, 17 April: Trafford Open Track & Field Medal Meeting, (12 noon start). Details

WCAC Endurance League, March 2017

The two Andys are split by ultra-running Richard in the men’s competition, while Ellie, Angela and Pam hold the top three women’s places, just ahead of Lisa and Anest. See near the bottom of the Road Running page for the latest standings.

Press report: Spring is around the corner

 

WEST CHESHIRE Athletic Club is putting the final touches to next week’s Essar Chester Spring Five Miles Road Race.

The event, staged on a flat and fast course, has always proved popular with local runners wanting to gauge their training for this month’s London Marathon, or May’s Chester Half Marathon.

This year’s event is being held on Wednesday, April 12, from Cheshire County Sports Club, Upton-By-Chester, with a 7pm start.

Runners who haven’t yet entered the fixture are being urged to do so quickly with the race limit of 500 nearly being reached earlier this week and nobody being allowed to enter on the night of the race.

Entries are currently being accepted online at: http://wcac.niftyentries.com/Essar-Chester-Spring-5

Prizes are on offer for the first five male and first three female finishers, as well as an extensive list of awards in various age group categories and there will be men’s and ladies’ UK Athletics affiliated club team prizes.

Runners at the head of the race will be aiming to match or better the current mens’, ladies’ and veterans’ course records set by Peter Riley (23:23), Jenny Clague (27:18) and Mike Girvan (24:29) respectively.

ROSEMARY ROGERS celebrated success at the Liverpool Half Marathon.

The West Cheshire AC distance runner won her over 60 age group category prize after clocking one hour 50 minutes 34 seconds. Keely Smith finished eighth lady with a time of 1:29:52, ahead of Steve Hillier (1:34:03), Clare Mallon (18th over 40 lady in a new personal best of 1:46:26), and Mark Povey (1:57:32) who was still recovering from an illness.

ALEX STANIFORTH of West Cheshire AC finished fourth at the Buttermere 10 Mile Trail Race.

NEARLY 200 members participated in the West Cheshire AC Pre-Season Track and Field Trials at Ellesmere Port Sports Village.

The event was held in two parts, with the majority of track races accompanying shot put trials last Thursday night, before field events and sprint hurdles took centre stage on Saturday morning.

SARA PEARSON (11.67 seconds and 2:07.88) and Ingrid Tait (14.12 and 2:33.10) posted new under 11 girls 75m and 600m personal bests at the Trafford Open Meeting.

Pearson also added a new long jump best of 3.43m, while Anna Crayston won the under 15 girls long jump with 4.92m and clocked 13.80 seconds in her 100m. Isaac Tait clocked 14.56 seconds and 2:28.18 in his under 15 boys 100m and 800m respectively.

CHRIS PALMER was first home for West Cheshire AC at the opening race in the Wirral Seaside 5k Series.

Palmer clocked 18:26 for 17th position at Leasowe, ahead of Trevor Holmes (23rd in 19:14), and first over 60 lady Rosemary Rogers (24:39). The next race in the series will take place at Leasowe on Wednesday, April 26 (7pm).

WEST CHESHIRE AC will start their track and field league season on Sunday, April 22, at Preston, in the first round of the under 13 and under 15 Youth Development League Premier Division One, and other rounds will be held at Leeds on Saturday, May 20; at Sport City, Manchester, on Sunday, June 18; and at Preston on Saturday, July 15.

The club’s under 17 and under 20 Youth Development League squad start their campaign at Wigan on Sunday, April 30, before competing at Crewe on Sunday, May 28; Bolton on Sunday, June 25; and at Whitehaven on Sunday, July 23.

West Cheshire AC’s Northern League Division One squad will kick off their season at York on Saturday, May 6; before hosting the second round at Ellesmere Port on Sunday, June 4; travelling to Wigan on Sunday, July 9; and then going to Rotherham on Saturday, August 5.

And West Cheshire AC will host the opening round of the Cheshire League at Ellesmere Port on Sunday, May 7; before travelling to Eccles on Saturday, July 2; going to Warrington on Sunday, July 30; and hosting round four in Ellesmere Port on Sunday, September 3.

ENTRIES are now being taken for the Cheshire County AA Track and Field Championships being held at Warrington, on Saturday and Sunday, May 14 and 15.
The closing date for online entries is May 6, and further details can be obtained online at: www.cheshireaa.com .

FIXTURES this weekend include the sixth round of the Borders Road Running League at New Brighton, on Sunday (11am start), and a Wirral AC Open Medal Track and Field Meeting at Bebington Oval (11.30am start).

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