Press Report: WCAC Honoured for Community Work

WEST CHESHIRE AC has completed a hat-trick of North West England Regional Athletics Club of the Year titles.

The Ellesmere Port Sports Village-based outfit has been recognised for its work throughout the year as a voluntary community organisation for a third successive year.

Club official, Dennis Wall, will receive the award on behalf of the purple-vested outfit at a ceremony scheduled to be held at Leigh Sports Village, on Monday, September 17.

“I felt very proud, honoured, and thrilled when I was informed that the club had won the regional award for a third successive year,” Wall said.

“Many dedicated athletes, parents, coaches and officials are responsible for the ongoing success at the club because they spend many voluntary hours to ensure everything clicks into place.

“We have 500 enthusiastic members aged from eight to 80 who enjoy running, jumping and throwing, and I always get a buzz from the atmosphere that creates.

“There is something for everyone to enjoy in athletics, from track and field, road running, cross country, and indoor competitions, and it’s been brilliant to see the club going from strength to strength since it was formed in 1998.

“I have been delighted to see West Cheshire AC rewarded for its continued hard work and justify itself as a well respected organisation within local schools, sports partnerships, and within the athletics community.

“But we now need to build on our success by developing a trackside facility at the Ellesmere Port Sports Village site and by encouraging more volunteers to train, compete, coach and officiate.”

MACY BRETT, Ruby Phillips and Sophie Haslam combined for success in the under 11 girls 3x500m relay final at the Manchester International Meeting.

And the under 13 boys trio of Harley Shakespeare-Wetton, Callum Stow-Povall and Fergus Garland teamed up for bronze medals in the 3x500m relay.

Other West Cheshire AC youngsters in action included Connor Jones, Aimee Phillips, Jessica Lark, Megan White, Elizabeth Jones, Ruby Wisbey, Carys Roberts, Carys Whitfield, Oliver Mallon, Jack Nash, and Joshua Oates.

EWAN BRADLEY of West Cheshire AC has been selected to represent the North of England team in the sprint hurdles at this monthโ€™s UK School Games being held at Loughborough where he will be joined by club coach Dave McKay.

WEST CHESHIRE AC duo Rosemary Rogers and Anest Muller achieved podium places at the Birchwood 10k Road Race.

Rogers won her over-65 age category with a time of 53 minutes 48 seconds, and Muller was third in her over-35 age group with 43 minutes, while Mark Povey posted 52:08.

DAVE ALEXANDER was first in his over-45 age group with a time of 41:15 in the Quarry Challenge Race The Train event held at Tywyn.

He was joined at the 10k multi-terrain fixture by West Cheshire AC team mate Kerry Riley (third lady in 47:34), while Ellie Robinson (second over-45 lady in 1:59:10), and Tony Woodall (third over-45 man in 1:39:07) completed the 14 miles Rotary Challenge race as well as Chris Palmer (1:39:50), Mark Davies (1:40:14), Richard Hayes (1:44:28), Steve Fernyhough (1:51:34), and Andy Carter (1:52:41).

MARK DAVIES was West Cheshire AC’s first finisher in a time of 16:59 and third in his over-40 age category at the Capenhurst 5k Road Race.

Other West Cheshire AC finishers included Dave Alexander (second over-45 man in 17:43), Neil Hershaw (second over-50 man in 18:03), Danny Paddock (18:02), Tony Woodall (18:39), Henry Robinson (second under 20 junior in 20:46), Keely Smith (20:54), Ellie Robinson (third over-45 lady in 21:48), Debra Bemand (23:19), Kay Hayes (24:53), and Brian Beattie (third over-70 man in 27:27).

ENTRIES are now being accepted for the Essar Guilden Sutton 10k Road Race being held on Sunday, September 16. Further details can be found at:

ANY athletes on holiday in this area who are looking for an athletics track to train on are being invited to attend West Cheshire AC’s training days at Ellesmere Port Sports Village on Tuesdays and Thursdays (6.30-8pm), and on Saturdays (10am-12 noon).

FIXTURES this week include the Mid Cheshire 5k Road Race at Kingsley, on Thursday, August 23, (7.15pm start); the England Athletics Under 15 and Under 17 Track and Field Championships at Bedford on Saturday and Sunday, the British Masters Track and Field Championships at Birmingham on Saturday and Sunday, the Welsh Inter Region Track and Field Championships at Brecon on Saturday, August 25, the Ellesmere 10k Road Race on Sunday, August 26, (11.15am start); the Moel Famau Hill Race, at Cilcain, on Monday, August 27, (1pm start); the Trafford AC Under 11s-Under 15s Track and Field Medal Meeting on Monday, August 27, (12 noon start); and the Wirral Seaside 5k, on Wednesday, August 29 (7pm start).

Posted by Dave Alexander
20th August 2018

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