Press report: Why Not Volunteer?

VOLUNTEERS are being invited by West Cheshire Athletic Club to attend an Officials Taster Day.

The event this Sunday from 10.30am at the Ellesmere Port Sports Village Athletics Track, provides an opportunity to experience being a starter, marksman, timekeeper, track judge, or field judge.

“Athletics couldn’t take place without volunteers – they are the sport’s lifeblood, so it is vital that my club offers a chance to anyone wanting to get involved,” says West Cheshire Athletic Club track and field officer, Dennis Wall.

“No competition can be held without helpers and volunteers whose time and effort throughout the year can never be under-estimated, but West Cheshire AC needs that trend to continue.

“West Cheshire AC has more qualified officials than any other club in Cheshire and we are in a great position now for those individuals to pass on their knowledge and experience to volunteers this weekend.

“County officials secretary, Alan Morris, who was officiating at the recent World ParaAthletics and World Track and Field Championships in London, wants to see West Cheshire AC members, their parents, and friends of the club grabbing an opportunity this Sunday to learn more about the sport by attending an officials taster session.

“The event will take place from 10.30am when volunteers can gather and decide whether they would like to experience being a starter, a marksman, timekeeper, track judge, or field judge.

“The volunteers will then be offered the chance to help out from 12 noon on Sunday when West Cheshire AC will host the final round of the Cheshire Track and Field League.

“When Alan proposed the initiative which was sparked by England Athletics publicising an online Team Personal Best project to encourage more volunteers to support clubs, I fully backed the idea, but we now need people to step forward and receive all the help that West Cheshire AC are providing.

“I think it’s a superb opportunity for volunteers and helpers to taste what life is like as an official and I really hope the initiative proves a big success.”

Further details about the Officials Taster Day can be received from Dennis Wall on 07968643038.

GEORGE HYDE was crowned England Athletics Under 17 shot put champion at Bedford at the weekend.

The West Cheshire AC thrower hit 17.42m to extend the leading mark by a UK under 17 athlete this year and earn a 2.01m winning margin over Andrew Knight (Morpeth) who claimed the silver medal with 15.41m, while Lewis Byng (Stratford-upon-Avon) won bronze with 15.25m.

Hyde’s club mate, Evie Tipping, finishing fourth in the under 15 girls hammer competition at Bedford with a throw of 47.06m.

Hyde will be joined by club mate Emma Howe at this week’s UK Schools Games which are being held on Friday at Loughborough.

Howe, who recently finished third in the under 18 girls javelin competition at the Youth Commonwealth Games in the Bahamas, will be hoping to complete her season with a victory.

LAURA TURLEY, of West Cheshire AC, was crowned senior womens 200m champion at the Welsh Inter-Regional Track and Field Championships held at Brecon.

Turley blasted her way to a winning time of 25.45 seconds for success and added a silver medal in the 100m with 12.56 seconds.

TOM BOOTH of West Cheshire AC finished fifth in 37 minutes 35 seconds at the Cilcain 4.6 miles Mountain Race on Monday, ahead of club mates Ethan Greenland (first under 18 finisher in 38:30, and Richard Hayes (42:30).

JODI BEMAND (12.24 seconds), Lara Battersby (12.30), Ava Byrne (12.36), and Stephanie Jones (12.57), represented West Cheshire AC at the Trafford AC Open Meeting on Monday in the under 13 girls 70m hurdles.

The quartet were joined by under 11 boy Alex Rutherford who posted 11.59 in his 75m, under 13 boy Gabriel Mikoleizik who clocked 13.15 for his 100m, Ben Rutherford (13.42 for his under 15 boys 100m), under 11 girl Alexa Byrne (24.91 for 150m), Jessica Lark (2:09.45 in under 11 girls 600m), Imogen Pughe (2:30.93 in under 13 girls 800m), Isla Shillington (1-40m in under 13 girls high jump), Lola Byrne (1-15m in under 13 girls high jump), Alexa Byrne (2.94m in under 11 girls long jump), and Tom Shillington (2.62m in under 11 boys long jump)

ETHAN ACKROYD posted 16 minutes 42 seconds at the Mid Cheshire 5k Road Race, ahead of West Cheshire AC’s Juan Aragon (18:02), Luke Ellis (18:38), Richard Hayes (18:47), Andrew Dawe (19:13), Bob Benson (20:13), Ellie Robinson (20:41), Eve Duret (21:06), Jon Moorhouse (22:33), Clare Mallon (22:36), and Hannah Moorhouse (27:48).

FIXTURES this weekend include the final round of the Deestriders Off Road Grand Prix at Tata Sports and Social Club on Friday (7pm start), and the final round of the Cheshire Track and Field League at the Ellesmere Port Sports Village Athletics Track on Sunday (12 noon start).

The opening round of the Wirral Multi-Terrain League takes place at Royden Park, Thurstaston, on Tuesday, (September 5), 7pm start.

Posted by Dave Alexander
29th August 2017

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