Press Report: Club Poised for Cross-country Success

WEST CHESHIRE Athletic Club’s men are focusing their sights on promotion.

The Ellesmere Port Sports Village-based outfit top the Division Two standings in the North Wales Cross Country League with just one round remaining.

Ethan Ackroyd, Ian Wetherall, Dave Alexander, and Bradley Spurdens combined to earn second team position at Coleg Cambria, Northop, in the penultimate men’s race of the campaign.

Ackroyd posted 28 minutes 28 seconds to finish first under 20 junior man and 11th overall, ahead of club cross country debutant, Wetherall (first over-50 man and 16th overall in 28:48), Alexander (26th in 29:32), and Chester University student Spurdens (32nd in 30:30).

The quartet were backed up by club mates Neil Hershaw (46th), Andrew Clague (47th), Richard Hayes (53rd), Steve Fernyhough (54th), Antony Woodall (71st), Anthony Spruce (79th), cross country debutant Ian Gloyne-Phillips (80th), Adam Poole (118th), and Mark Gallagher (132nd).

West Cheshire AC’s women finished second at the penultimate round and they are now third overall in the Division One standings.

Kerry Riley (19th in 22:33) headed the West Cheshire AC charge at Northop, supported by other team counters Ellie Robinson (third over-45 lady and 22nd overall in 22:55), Anest Muller (fourth over-35 lady and 23rd overall in 23:00), and Claire Harris (24th in 23:19).

The quartet were supported by club mates Claire Williams (33rd in 24:11), Clare Mallon (48th in 25:19), Pam Ackroyd (fourth over-55 lady and 59th overall in 25:59), Angela Tegg (60th in 26:05), Kay Hayes (68th in 26:24), Debra Bemand (80th in 27:28), Alex Duffey (104th in 29:24), and cross country debutante Sharon Stoll (120th in 31:54).

TEAM RESULTS

MEN’S DIVISION TWO (after 4 rounds): 1 West Cheshire AC 471 points; 2 Wrexham 738; 3 Cadence Tri Club 900; 4 Deeside 1450; 5 Colwyn Bay 1532; 6 Whitchurch 1635; 7 North Wales Road Runners 1645; 8 Wrekin 1799; 9 Tattenhall 1869; 10 Abergele 1960; 11 Telford 2077.

WOMEN’S DIVISION ONE (after 4 rounds): 1 Eryri 268 points; 2 Oswestry 309; 3 West Cheshire AC 385; 4 Buckley 448  5 Denbigh 526; 6 Prestatyn 653; 7 GOG Tri Club 855.

The final round takes place at Marches School, Oswestry, on February 2.

SOPHIE GRAINGER is on target to finish in a podium place in the Manchester Area Cross Country League.

The West Cheshire AC youngster has just recovered from a viral infection and finished third in her under 15 girls race at Heaton Park on Saturday and is third overall in the race series with one race remaining on February 9.

FIXTURES this weekend include the Twin Piers 10k Road Race at Colwyn Bay on Saturday (1pm start), the Essar Four Villages Half Marathon at Helsby on Sunday (10.30am start), and the North West Sportshall Athletics League Finals at Kingsway Leisure Centre, Widnes, on Sunday (10am start for under 11s, and 2pm start for under 13s and under 15s).

ENTRIES are now being accepted for the Essar Chester Spring Five Miles Road Race being held on Wednesday, April 10, from Cheshire County Sports Club, Upton, Chester. The Link for online entries is: https://wcac.niftyentries.com/Essar-Chester-Spring-512

ENTRIES are being accepted for the Northern Indoor Athletics Championships being held at Sheffield. Entries close on January 18 for the under 13 and under 15 championships being held on February 3. Further details can be found here.

ENTRIES are also now being accepted for the England Athletics Indoor Championships being held at Sheffield, on this link.

Best road and parkrun times for 2018; Endurance League Summary

John Driscoll has compiled lists of best times in 2018 by each West Cheshire AC member in road races over all distances from 5km to the marathon, and for parkruns. These can be accessed via the links at the bottom of the Archive page. Make the most of them, there is some comprehensive detail there! The road running page also has a link to the Archive page near its top, below “Road”.

Halfway down the road running page, under “Endurance League”, John has also provided an explanation of how the WCAC Endurance League works, including a breakdown of the handicap system, featuring our 2018 winners Angela Tegg and Andy Carter.

WCAC Newsletter #205, 11-01-19

CLUB AWARDS EVENING TICKETS NOW ON SALE

Tickets are now being sold for the Annual Club Awards Evening being held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Chester, on Saturday, 2nd February, with 2-time Olympian Rebecca Romero our guest speaker. The link to buy tickets is here.

The Club is appealing to all members to donate raffle prizes for the Awards Evening. If anyone can provide a raffle prize they should contact Mark Duffey or Dennis Wall at Club Training Sessions.

LAST CHANCE TO ENTER THE CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS!

WCAC club entries for the Northern and National Cross-Country Championships have now closed. Any club members who missed out but are interested in running can enter themselves at their own cost until FRIDAY, 11TH JANUARY.

The link for the Northern Championships at Pontefract is here.

The link for the English National Championships at Leeds is here.

WORK TO START THIS MONTH AT THE TRACK

Read Construction Company are scheduled to start work on the Trackside Toilets and Changing Rooms on 21st January.

The work is scheduled to take 16 weeks and the completion date has been set for 10th May.

Read will set up their site office on the car park and will work Monday-Friday from 9am until 4.30pm each day, so there shouldn’t be any disruption to our track training sessions.

THIS WEEKEND

The fourth round of the Manchester Area Cross Country League, at Heaton Park, takes place this Saturday (12 noon start), the same day as the fourth round of the North Wales Cross Country League, at Northop, (2pm start).

The Northern Indoor Under 17/Under 20 and Senior Track & Field Championships take place on Saturday and Sunday at Sheffield.

Best wishes to all our athletes and officials.

INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS ENTRIES REMINDER

Entries are now being accepted for the Northern Indoor Athletics Championships being held at Sheffield. Entries close on January 18 for the under 13 and under 15 championships being held on February 3. Further details can be found  here.

Entries are also now being accepted for the England Athletics Indoor Championships being held at Sheffield, on this link.

PARENTAL RESPONSIBILITY

All parents of youngsters attending track training sessions are reminded to collect their sons and daughters from the track – not from the car park. The Club wants to ensure everyone stays safe and that every youngster safely leaves every track training session.

CLUB KIT

Anyone wanting to purchase club vests (£17) and/or hoodies (£12) is reminded that parents Vikki Brett and Joanne Lark will sell club kit at the EPSV Track Office AFTER Tuesday night training sessions.

Payment can be made by cash or by cheque (made payable to West Cheshire AC).

URGENT HELP NEEDED

The Club needs urgent help, support, and assistance from parents during Tuesday evening training sessions at the Ellesmere Port Sports Village Athletics Track (6.30pm-8pm).

The club currently has a waiting list for under 11s, and this situation can only be resolved by asking parents to volunteer on a rota basis at Tuesday night training sessions.

PARENTS who can help should contact Dennis Wall on 07968643038 or email:dennis.wall1@ntlworld.com

WINTER WORKSHOPS

Take a look at this link for a number of forthcoming athlete and coaching workshops:

INVITE TO OBTAIN TRACK AND FIELD CERTIFICATE

All Club members are being invited to support our club by completing the Track & Field Online Management Course to help West Cheshire AC look after the Ellesmere Port Sports Village Athletics Track. Further details can be found here.

 

PHYSIO SUPPORT

Club member Heather McLintock is a qualified physiotherapist and offers substantial discounted prices for West Cheshire AC members on production of their membership card. Heather can be contacted on 01244 381350 or 07885 462487.

WEEKLY PRESS REPORT

This week’s press report can be found here.

FIXTURES

Saturday, January 5: Cheshire AA Cross-country Championships, at Birchwood Forest Park, Warrington, (11.30am):

Sunday, January 6: Sale Harriers Indoor Open Track & Field Meeting, SportCity, Manchester (10am).

Saturday, January 12: Manchester Area Cross Country League, at Heaton Park, (12 noon)

Saturday, January 12: North Wales Cross-country League, at Northop, (2pm)

Saturday/Sunday, January 12/13: Northern Indoor Under 17/Under 20 & Senior Track & Field Championships (Sheffield)

Saturday, January 19: Twin Piers 10k Road Race, Colwyn Bay (1pm)

Sunday, January 20: North West Sportshall League Finals, at Kingsway Leisure Centre, Widnes.

Sunday, January 20: Essar Four Villages Half Marathon, Helsby (10.30am):

Saturday, January 26: Northern Cross-country Championships, Pontefract, (10.30am):

Sunday, January 27: Borders Road Running League, Tattenhall (11am)

Press report: County Medals all round at Birchwood

CARYS ROBERTS and Dave Alexander were crowned county cross country champions at Birchwood Forest Park.

The West Cheshire Athletic Club duo grabbed individual gold medals at the annual Cheshire AA Championships.

Roberts posted a winning time of 13 minutes 26 seconds to secure the under 13 girls title, six seconds clear of her nearest rival and was supported by club mates Jessica Lark (11th in 15:16), Martha Willetts (16th in 16:03), Aimee Phillips (18th in 16:14), and Megan White (31st in 18:53), to earn the team third spot.

Alexander bagged a gold medal in his over 50 men’s age group with a time of 39:02, backed up by team mates Mark Davies (sixth over-40 man in 40:59), Richard Hayes (third over-45 man in 42:19), and Andrew Clague (third over-50 man in 42:39), to earn second spot in the veteran men’s team event.

Ruby Phillips (second in 9:05), Cerys Rowlands (third in 9:07), Eleanor Williams (16th in 9:37), Lottie Blake (23rd in 10:26), and Ingrid Tait (31st in 11:16), secured second place in the under 11 girls team event.

Dave Dentith (fourth in 30:45), Rory Willson (eighth in 33:58), and Curtis Rodway (ninth in 34:53) combined to secure under 20 men’s team gold medals.

Issy Clarke posted 21:25 for third spot in the under 20 women’s race, ahead of Beth McMahon (sixth in 24:09).

Sion Roberts was third in the under 17 men’s race in 17:23, ahead of Paul Morrison (13th in 19:18), Harvey Tegg (14th in 19:26), Matthew Douglass (20:09) to earn fourth team spot.

Jamie Richardson (fourth in 14:50), Sammy Hollins (15th in 16:03), Isaac Tait (16th in 16:22), and Joseph Hancock (17th in 16:56) combined to earn fourth team spot in the under 15 boys event, and Lily Moorhouse was seventh in the under 17 ladies race in 25:22.

Sophie Grainger (seventh in 17:02), Lucia Pyne (13th in 18:00), and Abigail Cartwright (18th in 20:4) posted fourth spot in the under 15 girls team event.

Luke Parker (eighth in 13:51), Dan Willetts (12th in 14:07), Reece Munro (26th in 15:15), and Louis Tegg (30th in 15:54) combined to earn fifth team spot in the under 13 boys age group.

Neil Hershaw (fourth over-50 man in 43:13), Phil Woodley (43:28), Andy Carter (10th over-45 man in 44:32), John Parlevliet (15th over-40 man in 45:28), and Barry Thomas (59:12) secured fifth spot in the men’s team event.

Joshua Oates (27th in 10:02), Oliver Mallon (31st in 10:50), and Bryn Thomas (32nd in 10:54) earned eighth team spot in the under 11 boys race.

Ellie Robinson (fifth over-45 lady in 38:32), Claire Harris (38:40), Claire Williams (sixth over-45 lady in 40:12), Clare Mallon (11th over-45 lady in 42:53), Ellen McMahon (43:24), Angela Tegg (14th over-45 lady in 44:13), and Hannah Moorhouse (16th over-45 lady in 48:20) earned fifth spot in the veteran women’s team event and 10th place in the women’s team event.

IMOGEN PUGHE clocked a new under 15 girls 600m personal best of 1:42.88 and added 8.32 seconds in the 60m at the Manchester Indoor Open Meeting.

The West Cheshire AC youngster was joined at the event by Jake Gibson who posted 7.88 in the Under 20 men’s 60m and 25.22 seconds for the 200m, while Uzezi Onomerike clocked 26.39 seconds in the Under 15 boys 200m and 8.05 for 60m.

Stephanie Jones posted 27.62 in the Under 15 girls 200m and long jumped 4.69m, while Jodi Bemand clocked 29.37 in the Under 15 girls 200m and 10.15 in the 60m hurdles, and Joseph Morrison rounded the Under 23 men’s 600m in 1:23.59.

FIXTURES this weekend include the North Wales Cross Country League fourth round at Northop, on Saturday (2pm start), and the Manchester Cross Country League fourth round, at Heaton Park, on Saturday (12 noon start), while the Northern Indoor Under 17s, Under 20s, and Senior Championships take place on Saturday and Sunday at Sheffield.

ENTRIES are now being accepted for the Essar Chester Spring Five Miles Road Race being held on Wednesday, April 10, from Cheshire County Sports Club, Upton, Chester. The Link for online entries is: https://wcac.niftyentries.com/Essar-Chester-Spring-512

ENTRIES are being accepted for the Northern Indoor Athletics Championships being held at Sheffield. Entries close on January 18 for the under 13 and under 15 championships being held on February 3. Further details can be found at: https://www.northernathletics.org.uk/

ENTRIES are also now being accepted for the England Athletics Indoor Championships being held at Sheffield, on this link.

Endurance League 2018: Final Standings

Congratulations to first-time winners Angela Tegg and Andy Carter, who both finished well clear to win the WCAC Endurance League for 2018. Previous winners Ellie Robinson and Andrew Clague finished clear runners-up, with Clare Mallon also clear in third in the women’s category and Dave Alexander edging Peter Smith for third in the men’s league. See middle of the road running page for tables.

Thanks to John Driscoll, who undertakes the onerous task of compiling the league tables each month, as well as having devised the handicap system against which bonus points are gained. John will soon be writing some observations and a proposal to communicate to the senior endurance runners and others who might be interested – watch this space for more detail.

 

WCAC Newsletter #204, 04-01-19

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Best wishes to all members, family and friends of West Cheshire AC for 2019 and many thanks to everyone who helped make the Essar Chester Round The Walls Race and Club Christmas Fun Morning such a success.

LAST CHANCE TO ENTER THE CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS!

Any club members interested in running in the Northern and National Cross-country Championships should follow this link for more information. If you are sure that you want to run, please email your details to Dave Alexander (his address is in the article).

THIS WEEKEND

58 Club members are entered in this Saturday’s Cheshire AA Cross Country Championships being held at Birchwood Forest Park, Warrington, WA3 6BU, and West Cheshire AC is providing 11 of the 19 officials needed for the event to take place.

Best wishes to all our athletes and officials.

CLUB AWARDS EVENING TICKETS NOW ON SALE

Tickets are now being sold for the Annual Club Awards Evening being held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Chester, on Saturday, 2nd February. The link to buy tickets is here.

The Club is appealing to all members to donate raffle prizes for the Awards Evening. If anyone can provide a raffle prize they should contact Mark Duffey or Dennis Wall at Club Training Sessions.

INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS ENTRIES REMINDER

Entries are now being accepted for the Northern Indoor Athletics Championships being held at Sheffield. Entries close on January 18 for the under 13 and under 15 championships being held on February 3. Further details can be found here.

Entries are also now being accepted for the England Athletics Indoor Championships being held at Sheffield, on this link.

PARENTAL RESPONSIBILITY

All parents of youngsters attending track training sessions are reminded to collect their sons and daughters from the track – not from the car park. The Club wants to ensure everyone stays safe and that every youngster safely leaves every track training session.

CLUB KIT

Anyone wanting to purchase club vests (£17) and/or hoodies (£12) is reminded that parents Vikki Brett and Joanne Lark will sell club kit at the EPSV Track Office AFTER Tuesday night training sessions.

Payment can be made by cash or by cheque (made payable to West Cheshire AC).

URGENT HELP NEEDED

The Club needs urgent help, support, and assistance from parents during Tuesday evening training sessions at the Ellesmere Port Sports Village Athletics Track (6.30pm-8pm).

The club currently has a waiting list for under 11s, and this situation can only be resolved by asking parents to volunteer on a rota basis at Tuesday night training sessions.

PARENTS who can help should contact Dennis Wall on 07968643038 or email dennis.wall1@ntlworld.com

WINTER WORKSHOPS

Take a look at this link for a number of forthcoming athlete and coaching workshops.

INVITATION TO OBTAIN TRACK AND FIELD CERTIFICATE

All Club members are being invited to support our club by completing the Track & Field Online Management Course to help West Cheshire AC look after the Ellesmere Port Sports Village Athletics Track. Further details can be found here.

PHYSIO SUPPORT

Club member Heather McLintock is a qualified physiotherapist and offers substantial discounted prices for West Cheshire AC members on production of their membership card. Heather can be contacted on 01244 381350 or 07885 462487.

WEEKLY PRESS REPORT

This week’s press reports can be found here and here

FIXTURES

Saturday, January 5: Cheshire AA Cross-country Championships, at Birchwood Forest Park, Warrington, (11.30am):

Sunday, January 6: Sale Harriers Indoor Open Track & Field Meeting, SportCity, Manchester (10am).

Saturday, January 12: Manchester Area Cross Country League, at Heaton Park, (12 noon)

Saturday, January 12: North Wales Cross-country League, at Northop, (2pm)

Saturday/Sunday, January 12/13: Northern Indoor Under 17/Under 20 & Senior Track & Field Championships (Sheffield)

Saturday, January 19: Twin Piers 10k Road Race, Colwyn Bay (1pm)

Sunday, January 20: North West Sportshall League Finals, at Kingsway Leisure Centre, Widnes.

Sunday, January 20: Essar Four Villages Half Marathon, Helsby (10.30am):

Saturday, January 26: Northern Cross-country Championships, Pontefract, (10.30am):

Sunday, January 27: Borders Road Running League, Tattenhall (11am)

WCAC Newsletter #203, 28-12-18

Best wishes to all members, family and friends of West Cheshire AC for 2019 and many thanks to everyone who helped make the Essar Chester Round The Walls Race and Club Christmas Fun Morning such a success.

LAST CHANCE TO ENTER THE CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS!

Any club members interested in running in the Northern and National Cross-country Championships should follow this link for more information. If you are sure that you want to run, please email your details to Dave Alexander (his address is in the article).

CLUB AWARDS EVENING TICKETS NOW ON SALE

Tickets are now being sold for the Annual Club Awards Evening being held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Chester, on Saturday, 2nd February. The link to buy tickets is here.

The Club is appealing to all members to donate raffle prizes for the Awards Evening. If anyone can provide a raffle prize they should contact Mark Duffey or Dennis Wall at Club Training Sessions.

FESTIVE TRAINING UPDATE

Young club members who train at the Ellesmere Port Sports Village Athletics Track are reminded that there will be no training until Thursday, 3rd January, but please check with your club coaches for alternative training arrangements.

INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS ENTRIES REMINDER

Entries are now being accepted for the Northern Indoor Athletics Championships being held at Sheffield. Entries close on January 18 for the under 13 and under 15 championships being held on February 3. Further details can be found here.

Entries are also now being accepted for the England Athletics Indoor Championships being held at Sheffield, on this link.

PARENTAL RESPONSIBILITY

All parents of youngsters attending track training sessions are reminded to collect their sons and daughters from the track – not from the car park. The Club wants to ensure everyone stays safe and that every youngster safely leaves every track training session.

CLUB KIT

Anyone wanting to purchase club vests (£17) and/or hoodies (£12) is reminded that parents Vikki Brett and Joanne Lark will sell club kit at the EPSV Track Office AFTER Tuesday night training sessions.

Payment can be made by cash or by cheque (made payable to West Cheshire AC).

URGENT HELP NEEDED

The Club needs urgent help, support, and assistance from parents during Tuesday evening training sessions at the Ellesmere Port Sports Village Athletics Track (6.30pm-8pm).

The club currently has a waiting list for under 11s, and this situation can only be resolved by asking parents to volunteer on a rota basis at Tuesday night training sessions.

PARENTS who can help should contact Dennis Wall on 07968643038 or email dennis.wall1@ntlworld.com

WINTER WORKSHOPS

Take a look at this link for a number of forthcoming athlete and coaching workshops.

 

INVITATION TO OBTAIN TRACK AND FIELD CERTIFICATE

All Club members are being invited to support our club by completing the Track & Field Online Management Course to help West Cheshire AC look after the Ellesmere Port Sports Village Athletics Track. Further details can be found here.

 

PHYSIO SUPPORT

Club member Heather McLintock is a qualified physiotherapist and offers substantial discounted prices for West Cheshire AC members on production of their membership card. Heather can be contacted on 01244 381350 or 07885 462487.

WEEKLY PRESS REPORT

This week’s press reports are here and here

 

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