WCAC Newsletter #215, 22-03-19


There will be no training at the EPSV Track this Saturday (March 23) and on Thursday (March 28), because of the Club Track and Field Trials being held this Saturday (10am-12 noon), and on Thursday, March 28, (6-8pm).

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


As of April 1st 2019, annual membership fees are to increase by £4 per member, and fees for the Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday (non-under 11s) and Saturday sessions at Ellesmere Port Sports Village are to increase by 50p, making fees as of April 1st 2019 as follows:

EPSV track/ indoor facilities fees: £1.50 per session.

Annual membership fees (due April 1st 2019):

  • First claim members £45.00.
  • Second family member and subsequent family member £40.00 each.
  • Student (at university) members £35.00.
  • Second claim members £22.00.
  • Eight year olds £32.00 (No EA fee).
  • Competing coaches £17.00
  • Non-Competing active coach / Official £0.00.

All fees above include the England Athletics (EA) registration fee of £15.00.

All new competing members must also purchase a WCAC vest, cost £17.00.

Why do we need to do this?

In both cases, the club is faced with rising costs, which it has previously absorbed by freezing both membership and track fees. We have also contributed a substantial sum towards the trackside facilities that are currently being built. While we understand that increasing both fees at the same time is not ideal, we feel that it is both the fairest and most effective ways of dealing with these costs.

Membership fees have remained static since 2017, since when there has been a total increase of £4 per member in the fees that the club pays to England Athletics and Northern Athletics (currently £15 and £2 respectively), which allow us both to compete in and organise events. As these fees are incurred by each club member, we feel the fairest way of addressing this is to increase fees paid by each member by £4, to allow us to continue to run the club as a responsible community organisation.

The rise in track and indoor facilities fees for club members is the first in the last decade, and is purely to recoup some of the costs that the club incurs in hiring the track, which rise by 20% each last year. We feel that the fairest way to do this is via the fees of those who use the facilities at EPSV.

We appreciate that having to bring more coins to the track may be inconvenient, so we are investigating ways in which this can be made easier, such as online payments.

We understand that extra strain on family and individual budgets is never ideal, but feel that both fees offer great value for money, for the excellent and ever-improving facilities that we use, for the time that our team of volunteer coaches, helpers, officials and race organisers give week in and week out, and for the opportunities to take part as a club member in many and varied events.

Emails will be sent to all club members during March, with a link to the Nifty Entries page from where membership fees (due on April 1st) can be paid.

If anyone is not wanting to renew they should email Membership secretary, Debbie Baker at: debbaker@talktalk.net


A quiz night is being organised for this Friday at Hope Farm Church Hall to help Henrietta Duffey fund-raise for her upcoming sailing trip with the Jubilee Sailing Trust. There are some great raffle prizes. Entry fee for the quiz is £20 per team of 4 including hot food. Let Mark Duffey know if you interested on his mobile: 07392 847414.


The Club will be hosting the Cheshire v Merseyside Schools Year 7 Cross Country Fixture on Wednesday, March 27, (2pm set up for 5pm start). If you can help please contact Dennis at: dennis.wall1@ntlworld.com


Marshals are needed to help ensure the Essar Chester Spring Five Miles Road Race and Chester Half Marathon prove a success.

The Club is hosting the Essar Chester Spring 5 Race from Cheshire Sports Club, Upton, Chester, on Wednesday, 10th April, while the Chester Half Marathon is taking place on Sunday 19th May. If you are able to help out please email Dennis at: dennis.wall1@ntlworld.com


Macclesfield Harriers are inviting West Cheshire AC members to their Invitation T&F Open Meeting on Saturday 13th April to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the opening of Macclesfield Athletics Track.

Entries on the Sportsoft website are limited, so athletes are being urged to register early to avoid disappointment at: https://www.race-results.co.uk/results/2019/


Early Season Open Track & Field Meetings:

Sunday, April 7 – Trafford AC Open (U11, U13, U15, enter on day) from 12 noon

Saturday, April 13 – Macclesfield AC Open (U11 upwards, from 12 noon)

Sunday, April 14 – Wigan AC Open (enter in advance or on day, from 11am)

Sunday, April 14 – Wirral AC Open (U11 upwards, from 10.30am, enter in advance or on day)

Sunday, April 14 – Deeside AC Open

The Cheshire Track Relay Championships will be held at Crewe on Sunday, June 2.


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


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.


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 (Buckley RC hosts) (11am)

Posted by Dave Alexander
21st March 2019

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