WCAC Newsletter #212, 01-03-19


Youngsters who train in the under 11s, under 13s, and under 15s group at the Ellesmere Port Sports Village Athletics Track should note that this Saturday morning’s training session has been cancelled, due to a cross-country fixture on the site being organised by the Club.

Youngsters (years 3-8) are being invited to take part in the free-of-charge cross country event, with registration from 9.15am and the first race starting at 10am. For more details, see the bottom of the Off-road page of the club website.

Saturday training at EPSV will resume from 9th March.

Sees the latest round of the Borders Road Running League taking place at Birkenhead Park (11am start). Further details can be found here.


The Club’s most experienced coach, Dan Gilroy, will unfortunately no longer be able to attend regular training sessions due to medical reasons and his move away to Bath.

The Club is inviting members to send their best wishes to Dan by adding messages to a ‘Thinking of You Card’ which is currently placed on the table in the EPSV Track Office.


Ellie Robinson is co-ordinating Club entries for this year’s North of England 12 and 6 Stage Road Relays being held at Birkenhead Park on March 24.

The Club needs 12 for a men’s team (12 noon start), and 6 for a ladies team (12.15pm start). The legs are a mixture of short and long legs, from 4k up to 8k.

There will also be 5k races for Under 15s and Under U17s for individual and team championship races commencing at 11am with registration from 9.30am. Anyone interested in competing should let Ellie know ASAP by emailing: ellie.henrob3@outlook.com


Members who are in the under 13 age group and above are being invited to take part in the Club Track and Field Trials at EPSV, on Saturday, March 23 (10am-12 noon), and on Thursday, March 28, (6-8pm).

Members can sign up for the events they wish to compete in by adding their name to the A board which will be positioned in front of the EPSV Track Office during Club training sessions.

And any parents wanting to help out during the trials should let Dennis know ASAP by emailing dennis.wall1@ntlworld.com


On Sunday March 3, England Athletics will be holding Regional Technical Days with athletes able to attend for sessions focussed on speed, endurance, jumps or throws. The day is for athletes of all abilities, aged between 11 and 18, and their coaches. Further details can be found here.


The Movement Centre has 5 free places available in the Chester Half Marathon, for anyone prepared to raise £150+ for the charity and to raise awareness (via their participation in the race) of this little known organisation.

The Centre has bespoke standing frames which are adjustable to vary the support given to different parts of the body so that kids can build up their core strength bit by bit working down from their head to hips. Although Oswestry-based, they treat children from across the country as they are the only centre that provides this therapy and standing frames. As well as raising money, the charity is looking to raise awareness as they are not that well known.

If you are interested, please contact Curtis Langley, Fundraising and Marketing Officer for the Movement Centre, at
curtis@themovementcentre.co.uk, or 01691 404248.


Margaret Lister from Clare House Children’s Hospice received a cheque for £70 from Club members last week which was raised from the Christmas Fun Morning held at Ellesmere Port Sports Village.


A number of Club members have found they have been struggling in training sessions and competitions due to Iron deficiency and anyone in this situation is urged by the club’s coaching staff to book an appointment with their GP and request an Iron deficiency test.

Iron is essential for athletic performance. It is the component of hemoglobin in your red blood cells that transports oxygen to your cells and carries carbon dioxide away. The brain also relies on oxygen transport, and without enough iron, you will find it hard to concentrate and feel tired and irritable. Iron is also needed to maintain a healthy immune system. If you don’t have enough iron you may be prone to more frequent infections.


All fully paid up members are being invited to attend an Extraordinary General Meeting on Tuesday, 12th March, at the Ellesmere Port Sports Village, starting at 8pm.

Each fully paid up first claim member aged 14 or over, present at the meeting shall be entitled to vote.

AGENDA: 1. Electing Vice-Presidents; 2. Electing the Honorary Auditors.


Members and parents are reminded to look at the following links for updates about any Club training sessions being cancelled due to adverse weather conditions:

FACEBOOK: West Cheshire AC, West Cheshire AC Running Running, west cheshire ac jnr to u20 middle distance group

WEBSITE: www.westcheshireac.co.uk

TWITTER: https://twitter.com/westcheshireac


The Club has been asked to help out at the Chester Primary Schools Cross Country Championships on Friday, March 15, (1pm set up for 4pm start). If you can help please contact Dennis at dennis.wall1@ntlworld.com


Entries are now being accepted here for this year’s Essar Chester Spring Five Miles Road Race being held from Cheshire Sports Club, Upton, Chester, being held on Wednesday, 10th April.


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.


Anyone wanting to purchase club vests (£17) and/or hoodies (£15) 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).


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


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.


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.


This week’s Press Report is at this link.


Saturday, March 2: Essar West Cheshire AC Schools Cross Country Race Series, at EPSV (10am start)

Sunday, March 3: Borders Road Running League, at Birkenhead Park (11am start)

Saturday, March 9: CAU Inter-Counties Cross Country Championships, at Loughborough

Sunday, March 10: Chester 10k Road Race, (9.30am).

Sunday, March 10: Liverpool Half Marathon, at Pier Head (9am)

Sunday, March 10: Trafford 10k Road Race (9.30am)

Sunday, March 10: Sale Harriers Indoor Open Meetings, SportCity, Manchester

Monday, March 11: Cheshire Primary and Secondary Schools Sportshall Finals, at EPSV.

Tuesday, March 12: West Cheshire AC EGM, at EPSV (8pm).

Friday, March 15: Chester Primary Schools Cross Country Races, at EPSV (4pm).

Saturday, March 16: English Schools Cross Country Championships, Temple Newsam, Leeds

Sunday, March 17: Wrexham Marathon and 20 Miles Race (9am), and Half Marathon (10.30am)

Friday, March 22: Helsby and Frodsham Primary Schools Cross Country Races, at Delamere (1pm).

Saturday, March 23: West Cheshire AC Track & Field Trials Part One, at EPSV (10am-12 noon).

Sunday, March 24: Northern Mens and Womens Road Relay Championships and Under 15s and Under 17s 5k Road Race Championships, at Birkenhead Park, (11am):

Sunday, March 24: North West Regional Sportshall Athletics Championships, at SportCity, Manchester.

Sunday, March 24: Wilmslow Half Marathon (10.30am)

Wednesday, March 27: Year 7 Cheshire v Merseyside Schools Cross Country Races, at EPSV (5pm).

Wednesday, March 27: Wirral 5k Seaside Race (6.30pm)

Thursday, March 28: West Cheshire AC Track & Field Trials Part Two, at EPSV (6-8pm).

Sunday, March 31: Borders Road Running League, at Buckley (11am)

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