Press Report: Muddy great results at Stafford!

WEST CHESHIRE Athletic Club celebrated a double success story at Stafford Common.

Jamie Richardson and Ruby Phillips both secured victories at the second round of the North Staffordshire Cross Country League. (photo courtesy of Bryan Dale)

Richardson won the under 15 boys race and Phillips grabbed glory in the under 11 girls race to maintain their bid to win individual titles from the four round series.

Jessica Lark finished runner-up in the under 13 girls race, backed up by team mates Aimee Phillips (fourth), Sophie Haslam (seventh), and Cerys Rowlands (eighth), to earn second team position.

Carys Roberts was third in the under 15 girls race, supported by sisters Georgina and Henrietta Duffey who were 16th and 21st respectively to earn third team position.

Joseph Morrison finished sixth in the senior men’s race, ahead of team mates Sion Roberts (18th), Andrew Clague (89th), Paul Morrison (103rd), Rory Willson (116th), and David Tiernan (154th) who earned third team position.

Isaac Tait (12th), Fraser Campbell (14th) and Matthew Douglass (19th) combined for the under 17 men who finished in fifth team position, while Reece Munro completed the under 13 boys race in 20th spot.

Lily Moorhouse finished 57th in the senior women’s race, backed up by Alex Duffey (107th) and Hannah Moorhouse (109th).

The next round of the North Staffs Cross Country League is at Park Hall Country Park, near Stoke on Trent, on Saturday, November 16.

TOM BOOTH completed his first 100 miles race in a time of 16 hours 42 minutes.

The West Cheshire AC distance runner achieved seventh spot overall and was fifth man at the Javelina Jundred Race held at Phoenix, Arizona.

He said: “Absolutely over the moon with that! Hell of a race. Not a bad first crack at 100 miles.”

ENTRIES for the Chester Round The Walls Race being held on Boxing Day are now open. The entry link is: https://wcac.niftyentries.com/Essar-Chester-Round-The-Walls

ENTRIES are now being accepted for the UK Cross Country Challenge event at Sefton Park, Liverpool, on Saturday, November 23. The closing date for entries is November 15 and the link for entries is: https://www.entryhub.co.uk/british-athletics-cross-challenge-liverpool-2019?fbclid=IwAR0PuICw_mKC4OPU0W1OybFXB2qdfeADnLPWL9iN6qr4VK6THJgsBtOu0XQ

FORTHCOMING fixtures include the second round of the third round of the Manchester Area Cross Country League at Kenworthy Woods, on Saturday, November 9, and the North West Sportshall Athletics League second round being hosted by West Cheshire AC at Ellesmere Port Sports Village on Sunday, November 10.

SEVERAL West Cheshire AC youngsters have been selected to represent Cheshire in the Dave Sunderland Cup, an Inter Counties Cross Country fixture being held at Lilleshall National Sports Centre, on Saturday, November 16.

THE third round of the Essar West Cheshire AC Schools Cross Country Race Series will be held at Ellesmere Port Sports Village on Saturday, November 30.

FURTHER details about West Cheshire Athletic Club can be found at: www.westcheshireac.co.uk

WCAC Newsletter #245, 25-10-19

THIS WEEKEND

Sportshall Athletics Training resumes this Saturday at the Ellesmere Port Sports Village (10am-12 noon), but everyone should register first at the Track Office.

Those members wanting to represent the club in cross country are being invited to compete at this Saturday’s North Staffs Cross Country League fixture at Stafford Common, Stone Road, Stafford, ST16 1JY, (First race is the under 11s with a 12 noon start).

ATHLETICS TRACK IS OPEN

The Ellesmere Port Sports Village Athletics Track will remain open until further notice after scheduled delamination work on the athletics track was postponed.

The Trackside Toilets and Community Room will be open for all Club training sessions on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

Further news updates will appear on the Club Website, Facebook Page, Twitter Account, and via a Niftyentries email to your inbox.

REPLACEMENT SPIKES

Any member requiring replacement spikes for this Saturday’s North Staffs Cross Country League fixture at Stafford Common should email Tim Durrant at: timd@yahoo.com

Please state size needed and quantity if packs are required and he will pass them to you on Saturday.

9mm are  £1.60 per pack; 12mm are £1.70 per pack; and 15mm are £1.70 per pack.

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.

All youngsters attending track training sessions should bring along warm clothing, preferably waterproofs, hats, gloves, as well as a bottle of water.

LIVERPOOL CROSS CHALLENGE ENTRIES NOW OPEN

Entries close on Friday 15th November for the UK Cross Country Challenge at Sefton Park, Liverpool, taking place on 23rd November. The link for entries is here.

LONDON MARATHON CLUB BALLOT

All first claim club members aged 18+ are being invited to enter our ballot for a place in next year’s London Marathon.  Please direct requests for entries to Richard Batterham via: westcheshireroadraces@gmx.co.uk

MASTERS CROSS COUNTRY OPEN RACES

Aintree, Liverpool, will be the venue for men’s 8k and women’s 6k open cross country races on Saturday 16th November. Entries will be accepted on the day between 12 noon and 1.15pm, before the race start at 2.15pm.

COUNTY CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS

Although online entries are open for the Cheshire Cross Country Championships at Winsford on Saturday, 4th January 2020, there is no need for West Cheshire AC members to enter (and pay) individually, as the club has confirmed that it will cover all entries to those who commit to run. This will be done en-bloc in December by Club Cross Country Secetary, Dave Alexander. An email will be sent to club members in due course.

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

Please make a note of the following two dates in your diary:

Friday, 29th November – Club EGM and AGM, at Ellesmere Port Athletics Trackside Community Room, (7.30pm start).

Saturday, 1st February – Club Awards Evening, at Crowne Plaza Hotel, Chester.

AND…please remember to pick up a copy of the Club Winter Fixtures Card from the EPSV Athletics Track Office.

CHESTER WALLS RACE MUG DESIGNERS NEEDED

As we approach the end of the year the club’s Road Race Organising committee is looking for design ideas for the Round the Walls race mug.

Ideas for the mug design should be sent to John Parlevliet before October 11. Ideas such as a suggestion or description, a sketch, a photo, or any other medium are welcome, but the intent for this year is to continue with the same type of mug. Of relevance to anyone thinking to provide a full design, the artwork should include the club logo and the Essar logo, but otherwise you can treat it as a blank canvas.

John Parlevliet can be contacted by email at: jparlevl@gmail.com

INDOOR CIRCUIT TRAINING

Dave McKay and Jenny Manning will be supervising winter circuit training for club members on Wednesdays in the old Stanney High School Sportshall (Annexe) from 7pm.

BECOME ONE OF OUR CLUB COACHES

Any parents of West Cheshire AC members wanting to become qualified coaches will be fully supported by the Club who will pay for coaching courses.

The next Coaching Assistant Courses are being held at SportCity, Manchester, on 26th and 27th October.

And there are Fitness in Running and Walking Courses at GMP Training Centre, Hough End, Manchester, on Saturday and Sunday, 2nd and 3rd November.

Please email Dennis if you are interested at dennis.wall1@ntlworld.com

Further details about coaching can be found here.

ENGLAND ATHLETICS ROAD RUNNING WORKSHOPS

England Athletics are organising two Fitness in Running and Walking courses for run leaders, coaches and runners. Both are at GMP Training Centre, Hough End, Bolton Arena, between 7pm and 9pm, at a cost of £10 for each course. Details are as follows:

  • Warm up & Drills for Road Running, 27th November 2019.  Details here, book here.
  • Preparation & Recovery for Road Running, 29th January 2020. Details here, book here.

REGIONAL COACH AND ATHLETE TRAINING DAYS

England Athletics is running a series of Regional Coach & Athlete Training Days across the country between September 2019 and March 2020. Delivered by elite-level coaches, these practical event-specific sessions are tailored to either Speed, Endurance, Jumps or Throws and are perfect for club-based athletes and coaches looking to develop in areas including training, preparation and technique.

Further details can be found here.

REGIONAL ENDURANCE WORKSHOP

West Cheshire AC has agreed to host England Athletics Regional Endurance Coaching Workshops this Winter at the Ellesmere Port Sports Village Athletics Track.

The target audience will be Coaches working with athletes who are County standard or higher, and athletes aged 11-18. The duration will be up to three hours to include Q&A/discussion.

An interval training session will be held on Thursday, 5th December, and a threshold training session will take place on Thursday, 5th March.

URGENT HELP NEEDED

The Club needs urgent help, support, and assistance from parents during Tuesday evening (6.30pm-8pm) and Saturday morning (10am-12 noon) training sessions at the Ellesmere Port Sports Village Athletics Track (6.30pm-8pm).

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

WHY NOT BECOME AN OFFICIAL?

West Cheshire AC is keen to help any parents of members wanting to become qualified officials. The Club will pay for parents of members wanting to attend an officials course.

Please email Dennis if you are interested at dennis.wall1@ntlworld.com

Further details about officiating can be found here.

IT’S GOOD TO TALK

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 Road Running, west cheshire ac jnr to u20 middle distance group

WEBSITE: www.westcheshireac.co.uk

TWITTER: https://twitter.com/westcheshireac

CLUB KIT

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.

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, October 26: North Staffs Cross Country League Round Two, at Stafford Common, (12 noon start).

Saturday, October 26: Snowdonia Marathon, Nant Peris, (10.30am start).

Saturday, November 9: Manchester Area Cross Country League, at Kenworthy Woods (12 noon start).

Sunday, November 10: North West Sportshall Athletics League Round Two, Ellesmere Port Sports Village (12.30pm start).

Sunday, November 10: Borders Road Running League Round Two, at Deeside (11am start).

Press report: Brothers Lead Way at Colwyn Bay

BROTHERS Joseph and Paul Morrison headed West Cheshire Athletic Club’s charge at the second round of the North Wales Cross Country League.

Joseph won the under 20 men’s age group and finished second overall in a time of 36 minutes 26 seconds at Fox Hills, Colwyn Bay, while Paul was second in the under 20 age group and 13th overall after clocking 39:06.

They were backed up by Tony Woodall (45:49), Mark Davies (44:51), Richard Hayes (47:17), Steven King (47:30), Dave Tiernan (47:57), and Andy Carter (48:19), to earn sixth team spot on the day and fifth team spot after two rounds.

Lucia Pyne and Kerry Riley spearheaded West Cheshire AC’s women to the line, with Pyne securing second place in her under 20 age group and 10th spot overall in 24:41, just seven seconds in front of Riley who was 11th overall.

The pair were supported by Keely Smith (sixth over-35 lady in 26:43), Ellie Robinson (third over-45 lady in 27:18), Anest Muller (eighth over-35 lady in 27:45), Claire Harris (27:47), Clare Mallon (ninth over-45 lady in 29:44), Angela Tegg (10th over-45 lady in 29:56), Debra Bemand (15th over-45 lady in 34:01), and Alex Duffey (16th over-45 lady in 35:17), to earn third team spot on the day and fourth team position overall after two rounds, and fourth team spot overall in the Female Masters team competition.

The next round will be held at Dolgellau, on Saturday, November 23.

KATIE CLARKE, of West Cheshire AC, finished second in a field of 150 runners in the Sand Shark Invitational, South Carolina, USA, with a new 5km cross country race personal best time of 17 minutes 26 seconds.

RUBY PHILLIPS celebrated an impressive victory at the second round of the Essar West Cheshire AC Schools Cross Country Race Series.

Ruby, representing Sutton Green, posted a winning time of 4:51 in the year six girls race at Ellesmere Port Sports Village, to finish ahead of runner up Holly Coates (King’s), and third placed Holly Cooke (Saighton).

Thomas Rimmer (Overleigh St Marys) won the year five boys race in a time of 4:49, ahead of runner-up Joe Williams (King’s) and Hugo McLintock (Mill View) in third position.

Newton’s Tom Yates won the year six boys race in 4:53, ahead of second placed Ben Moffitt (Bishop Wilson) and Daniel Walker (Tarvin) in third spot.

Cerys Rowlands (Whitby) won the year seven girls race in 8:11, ahead of runner-up Molly Brennan (Christleton) and third place Rebecca Smith (Chester Catholic High).

Christleton duo Finlay Palmer (7:36) and Alex Oliver finished first and second respectively in the year seven boys race, ahead of Upton’s Marco Greig in third spot.

Jessica Lark (Upton) won the year eight girls race in 10:31, ahead of runner-up Aimee Phillips (Whitby) and third placed Ruby Carlile (Christleton).

Zak Ireland (Bishop Heber) won the year eight boys race ahead of runner-up Andrew Barratt (Bishops Bluecoat) and Matthew Jones (Upton) in third position.

Emma Gauller (Willaston) posted a winning time of 3:59 in the year three girls race, ahead of Olivia Zarac (Upton Heath) and Amelia Snowden (Tattenhall) who were second and third respectively.

Newton’s Ben Brassington won the year three boys race, just two seconds ahead of team mate Michael Gray, with Noah Booth (Upton Heath) in third spot.

Lowri Phoenix (Tarporley) posted 3:44 for victory in the year four girls race, ahead of runner-up Anna Birkett-Evans (The Firs) and third placed Maya Jennings (Belgrave).

Logan Sefton (King’s) won the year four boys race in 3:24, ahead of second placed Harvey Brown (Tarporley) and Dylan Chandler (Christleton) in third spot.

Ruby McIlveen (Bishop Wilson) won the year five girls race in 5:12, ahead of runner-up Edith Carr (Acresfield) in second spot and third placed Emilia Pyper (Farndon).

The next round in the series at Ellesmere Port Sports Village takes place on Saturday, November 30.

FIXTURES this weekend include the second round of the North Staffs Cross Country League at Stafford Common, Stone Road, Stafford, ST16 1JY, (First race under 11s with a 12 noon start).

CHANGE OF DATE: Ellesmere Port, Neston & Halton District High Schools Cross Country Championships

PLEASE NOTE: The Ellesmere Port, Neston & Halton District High Schools Cross Country Championships take place at Helsby High School THIS AFTERNOON, Monday 21-10-19 from 4pm, and NOT Wednesday 23-10-19 as originally stated.

Essar WCAC Schools Cross-country Series Round 2

Well done to all who took part in today’s second round of the Essar West Cheshire AC Schools Cross-country series. Provisional results are now available near the foot of the Off-road page.

WCAC Newsletter #244, 18-10-19

HELP NEEDED

Sportshall Athletics Training is cancelled this Saturday because the Club is organising the second round of the Essar West Cheshire AC Schools Cross Country Race Series at Ellesmere Port Sports Village.

Help is needed from 8am to set out the course, from 9.15am to register the runners; from 10am when the first race starts; and after the event to tidy away.

ATHLETICS TRACK IS OPEN

The Ellesmere Port Sports Village Athletics Track will remain open until further notice after scheduled delamination work on the athletics track was postponed.

Further news updates will appear on the Club Website, Facebook Page, Twitter Account, and via a Niftyentries email to your inbox.

CROSS COUNTRY INVITATION

West Cheshire AC will be represented at this Saturday’s second round of the North Wales Cross Country League at Fox Hills, Via Eirias Park, Colwyn Bay, LL29 7SP. The first race is scheduled to start at 2pm.

LONDON MARATHON CLUB BALLOT

All first claim club members aged 18+ are being invited to enter our ballot for a place in next year’s London Marathon.  Please direct requests for entries to Richard Batterham via: westcheshireroadraces@gmx.co.uk .

COUNTY CROSS-COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS

Although online entries are open for the Cheshire Cross Country Championships at Winsford on Saturday, 4th January 2020, there is no need for West Cheshire AC members to enter (and pay) individually, as the club has confirmed that it will cover all entries to those who commit to run. This will be done en-bloc in December by Club Cross Country Secretary, Dave Alexander. An email will be sent to club members in due course.

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

Please make a note of the following two dates in your diary:

Friday, 29th November – Club EGM and AGM, at Ellesmere Port Athletics Trackside Community Room, (7.30pm start).

Saturday, 1st February – Club Awards Evening, at Crowne Plaza Hotel, Chester.

AND…please remember to pick up a copy of the Club Winter Fixtures Card from the EPSV Athletics Track Office.

CHESTER WALLS RACE MUG DESIGNERS NEEDED

As we approach the end of the year the club’s Road Race Organising committee is looking for design ideas for the Round the Walls race mug.

Ideas for the mug design should be sent to John Parlevliet before October 11. Ideas such as a suggestion or description, a sketch, a photo, or any other medium are welcome, but the intent for this year is to continue with the same type of mug. Of relevance to anyone thinking to provide a full design, the artwork should include the club logo and the Essar logo, but otherwise you can treat it as a blank canvas.

John Parlevliet can be contacted by email at: jparlevl@gmail.com

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.

All youngsters attending track training sessions should bring along warm clothing, preferably waterproofs, hats, gloves, as well as a bottle of water.

INDOOR CIRCUIT TRAINING

Dave McKay and Jenny Manning will be supervising winter circuit training for club members on Wednesdays in the old Stanney High School Sportshall (Annexe) from 7pm.

BECOME ONE OF OUR CLUB COACHES

Any parents of West Cheshire AC members wanting to become qualified coaches will be fully supported by the Club who will pay for coaching courses.

The next Coaching Assistant Courses are being held at SportCity, Manchester, on 26th and 27th October.

And there are Fitness in Running and Walking Courses at GMP Training Centre, Hough End, Manchester, on Saturday and Sunday, 2nd and 3rd November.

Please email Dennis if you are interested at dennis.wall1@ntlworld.com

Further details about coaching can be found here.

REGIONAL COACH AND ATHLETE TRAINING DAYS

England Athletics is running a series of Regional Coach & Athlete Training Days across the country between September 2019 and March 2020. Delivered by elite-level coaches, these practical event-specific sessions are tailored to either Speed, Endurance, Jumps or Throws and are perfect for club-based athletes and coaches looking to develop in areas including training, preparation and technique.

Further details can be found here.

SPIKES FOR SALE

Stocks of 6mm, 9mm, 12mm, and 15mm spikes are now on sale from Tim Durrant who has currently taken charge of spike sales. Spikes are no longer kept in the Club Office Cabinets and can only be bought from Tim. If he is not at the track on Club training nights he can be contacted via email at: timd284@yahoo.com

REGIONAL ENDURANCE WORKSHOP

West Cheshire AC has agreed to host England Athletics Regional Endurance Coaching Workshops this Winter at the Ellesmere Port Sports Village Athletics Track.

The target audience will be Coaches working with athletes who are County standard or higher, and athletes aged 11-18. The duration will be up to three hours to include Q&A/discussion.

An interval training session will be held on Thursday, 5th December, and a threshold training session will take place on Thursday, 5th March.

URGENT HELP NEEDED

The Club needs urgent help, support, and assistance from parents during Tuesday evening (6.30pm-8pm) and Saturday morning (10am-12 noon) training sessions at the Ellesmere Port Sports Village Athletics Track (6.30pm-8pm).

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

WHY NOT BECOME AN OFFICIAL?

West Cheshire AC is keen to help any parents of members wanting to become qualified officials. The Club will pay for parents of members wanting to attend an officials course.

Please email Dennis if you are interested at dennis.wall1@ntlworld.com

Further details about officiating can be found here.

IT’S GOOD TO TALK

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 Road Running, west cheshire ac jnr to u20 middle distance group

WEBSITE: www.westcheshireac.co.uk

TWITTER: https://twitter.com/westcheshireac

CLUB KIT

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.

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, October 19: Essar West Cheshire AC Schools Cross Country Race Series Round Two, at Ellesmere Port Sports Village (10am start).

Saturday, October 19: North Wales Cross Country League Round Two, at Foxhills, Colwyn Bay, (2pm start).

Sunday, October 20: Flintshire 10k Road Race, at Mold, (10.30am start).

Monday, October 21: Chester & District District Secondary Schools Boys Cross Country Championships, at Bishop Heber, Malpas, (3.30pm start).

Wednesday, October 23: Ellesmere Port, Neston & Helsby District Secondary Schools Cross Country Championships, at Helsby High, (4pm start).

Saturday, October 26: North Staffs Cross Country League Round Two, at Stafford Common, (12 noon start)

Press Report: WCAC Can’t Half Run in Caernarfon

JOSEPH MORRISON celebrated success at the opening round of the Borders Road Running League.

The talented West Cheshire Athletic Club teenager won his under 20 men’s age group and posted 33 minutes 33 seconds for the 10km course at Caernarfon. He was supported by club mates Sion Roberts and Jean Claude Randon who were fifth and sixth respectively in their under 20 age group with times of 35:19 and 35:20. Andy Carter was eighth over-45 man in 37:52, ahead of Isaac Tait (12th under 20 man in 38:04), and Graham Wells (ninth over-45 man in 38:30).

Andrew Clague was fourth over-50 man in 38:40, backed up by 14th over-40 man John Parlevliet (39:33), and Paul Morrison and Fraser Campbell who were 14th and 15th under 20 men in 39:53 and 39:56 respectively.

Dave Tiernan was second over 55 man in 40:22, backed up by Dan Thwaites (41st senior man in 41:02), 16th under 20 man Patrick Tait (42:16) and Adam Poole who was the 50th senior man in 44:14.

Kerry Riley (15th lady in 43:16) headed the West Cheshire AC female contingent, supported by Debra Bemand (fourth over-45 lady in 46:09), Clare Mallon (sixth over-45 lady in 47:02), Rachael Patterson (46th lady in 47:50), Amy Mills (70th lady in 50:55), and 12th and 13th over-45 ladies Ellie Robinson and Lisa Davies who both posted 51:47.

ROUND ONE TEAM POSITIONS
MEN DIVISION ONE: 1 Wallasey 255 points; 2 Buckley 379; 3 Ellesmere Port 490; 4 Prestatyn 507; 5 West Cheshire 571; 6 Wrexham 606; 7 Helsby 1044.
MEN DIVISION TWO: 1 Eryri 192; 2 Wirral 232; 3 Abergele 836; 4 Cybi 873; 5 Wrecsam Tri 1118; 6 Deestriders 1121; 7 Birkenhead 1481; 8 Chester Tri 2316; 9 Tattenhall and Deeside 3500.

WOMEN DIVISION ONE: 1 Wirral 60; 2 Wallasey 72; 3 Helsby 95; 4 Deestriders 121; 5 Buckley 125; 6 Prestatyn 144; 7 Chester Tri 230.

WOMEN DIVISION TWO: 1 Eryri 14; 2 Ellesmere Port 47; 3 West Cheshire 85; 4 Abergele 88; 5 Cybi 95; 6 Wrecsam Tri 243; 7 Tattenhall and Birkenhead 305; 9 Wrexham 526; 10 Deeside 600. The next round will be hosted by Deeside on Sunday, November 10.

CARYS ROBERTS, of West Cheshire AC, secured third spot in the under 15 girls race at the opening round of the Manchester Area Cross Country League. Roberts was backed up by team mates Sophie Grainger (ninth), Jodi Bemand (35th), and Henrietta Duffey (57th) for fifth team position. Jessica Lark finished sixth in the under 13 girls race, supported by team mates Aimee Phillips (12th), Sophie Haslam (17th), Cerys Rowlands (21st) and Ruby Carlile (28th) for fourth team position.

Luke Parker secured sixth spot in the under 13 boys race, while Sammy Hollins (15th), Henry Robinson (24th), Dan Willetts (33rd) and Charlie McMullan (43rd) combined for seventh team spot in the under 15 boys race.

Claire Harris (55th), Ellie Robinson (98th) and Alex Duffey (233rd) completed the senior women’s race. And Dave Alexander (142nd), Andrew Clague (156th) and Richard Hayes (191st) combined in the senior men’s event.

The next round will be held at Kenworthy Woods on Saturday, November 9.

WEST CHESHIRE AC were runners-up in the North West England Club of the Year Awards held at Wigan, where Eddie Gore and Dennis Wall were runners up in the Volunteer of the Year and Coach of the Year categories respectively.

Track STILL OPEN, 14-10-19

Please be aware that the Ellesmere Port Sports Village (EPSV) athletics track will remain open this week, as the planned maintenance work has been postponed. Watch this space for dates when this essential maintenance will be undertaken.

The club continues to have use of the whole EPSV sports hall on Tuesdays between 7pm and 8pm. On Tuesday October 15th, those attending these sessions should register in the EPSV Corridor at 6:45pm.

Circuit training on Wednesdays, in the old Stanney School sports hall at EPSV, will also continue to take place between 7pm and 8pm.

WCAC Newsletter #243, 11-10-19

BEST WISHES
The Club passes on it’s best wishes to Ellen Molloy who is currently in the Countess of Chester Hospital recovering from a stroke she suffered on Sunday.

HELP URGENTLY NEEDED
Eddie Gore and Dennis Wall need help this Friday from 7pm to move sportshall equipment from the old Stanney Sportshall to the Ellesmere Port Sports Village. If you are available to help please just turn up and lend a hand.

AND…help is also needed this Monday from 1pm for the Club to host the annual Chester Primary Schools Cross Country Championships on the field at the back of Ellesmere Port Sports Village. Please just turn up.

ATHLETICS TRACK CLOSURE
The Ellesmere Port Sports Village Athletics Track will be closed from Monday, (14th October), because of delamination work on the athletics track.

The track is closed due to health and safety reasons, and work will take 8 to 10 working days to complete, weather permitting, because the material being used needs to dry and cure.

Training will take place on Tuesday night in the Ellesmere Port Sports Village Sportshall (meet at 6.45pm to train between 7-8pm), while the throws group will use the Old Stanney High School Sportshall on Tuesday (7-8pm), and Saturday morning training in the EPSV Sportshall (10am-12 noon) will be unaffected, but please check on Tuesday night with group coaches about Thursday night training arrangements.

Further news updates will appear on the Club Website, Facebook Page, Twitter Account, and via a Niftyentries email to your inbox.

CROSS COUNTRY INVITATION
West Cheshire AC will be represented at this Saturday’s opening round of the Manchester Area Cross Country League at Wythenshawe Park, Wythenshawe Road, Manchester, M23 0PH, by club members who have pre-entered with club cross country secretary, Dave Alexander. The first race for the under 13s start is scheduled to start at 12.15pm. Further details can be found here and here.

For those Club members who are not pre-entered in the Under 17s and Senior Men’s and Women’s age groups, the Liverpool & District Cross Country League first round takes place this Saturday at Sherdley Park, St Helens (11am start). Further details here.

BORDERS ROAD RUNNING LEAGUE INVITATION
West Cheshire AC will be competing in the round of the Borders Road Running League this Sunday at Caernarfon (11am start). Meet at Cheshire County Sports Club, Upton, Chester, for car share (by 8:45am). The Club needs 10 men and 3 women to score for the respective team competitions. Further details here.

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
Please make a note of the following two dates in your diary:

Friday, 29th November – Club EGM and AGM, at Ellesmere Port Athletics Trackside Community Room, (7.30pm start).

Saturday, 1st February – Club Awards Evening, at Crowne Plaza Hotel, Chester.

AND…please remember to pick up a copy of the Club Winter Fixtures Card from the EPSV Athletics Track Office.

COUNTY CALL FOR ABERGELE 5 MILE
Cheshire is looking to select 6 men and 6 ladies to represent the County at the Abergele 5 miles road race, hosted by North Wales on Sunday 3rd November.

Selection will be made from Power of 10 and recent performances. Please contact Louise Blizzard: loucooper30@yahoo.co.uk  or Andy Whittingham: andrew@runnorthwest.co.uk  if you wish to be considered for selection.

STEPHANIE STARS ON BAKE OFF
Former West Cheshire AC sprinter and hurdler, Stephanie Blackwell, is making a name for herself on the latest series of The Great British Bake Off. More details can be found here.

CHESTER WALLS RACE MUG DESIGNERS NEEDED
As we approach the end of the year the club’s Road Race Organising committee is looking for design ideas for the Round the Walls race mug.

Ideas for the mug design should be sent to John Parlevliet atjparlevl@gmail.com before October 11. Ideas such as a suggestion or description, a sketch, a photo, or any other medium are welcome, but the intent for this year is to continue with the same type of mug. Of relevance to anyone thinking to provide a full design, the artwork should include the club logo and the Essar logo, but otherwise you can treat it as a blank canvas.

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.

All youngsters attending track training sessions should bring along warm clothing, preferably waterproofs, hats, gloves, as well as a bottle of water.

INDOOR CIRCUIT TRAINING
Dave McKay and Jenny Manning will be supervising winter circuit training for club members on Wednesdays in the old Stanney High School Sportshall (Annexe) from 7pm.

BECOME ONE OF OUR CLUB COACHES
Any parents of West Cheshire AC members wanting to become qualified coaches will be fully supported by the Club who will pay for coaching courses.

The next Coaching Assistant Courses are being held at SportCity, Manchester, on 26th and 27th October.

And there are Fitness in Running and Walking Courses at GMP Training Centre, Hough End, Manchester, on Saturday and Sunday, 2nd and 3rd November.

Please email Dennis if you are interested at dennis.wall1@ntlworld.com

Further details about coaching can be found here: https://www.englandathletics.org/coaching/qualifications-landing-page/

REGIONAL COACH AND ATHLETE TRAINING DAYS
England Athletics is running a series of Regional Coach & Athlete Training Days across the country between September 2019 and March 2020. Delivered by elite-level coaches, these practical event-specific sessions are tailored to either Speed, Endurance, Jumps or Throws and are perfect for club-based athletes and coaches looking to develop in areas including training, preparation and technique.

Further details can be found here.

SPIKES FOR SALE
Stocks of 6mm, 9mm, 12mm, and 15mm spikes are now on sale from Tim Durrant who has currently taken charge of spike sales. Spikes are no longer kept in the Club Office Cabinets and can only be bought from Tim. If he is not at the track on Club training nights he can be contacted via email at: timd284@yahoo.com

REGIONAL ENDURANCE WORKSHOP
West Cheshire AC has agreed to host England Athletics Regional Endurance Coaching Workshops this Winter at the Ellesmere Port Sports Village Athletics Track.

The target audience will be Coaches working with athletes who are County standard or higher, and athletes aged 11-18. The duration will be up to three hours to include Q&A/discussion.

An interval training session will be held on Thursday, 5th December, and a threshold training session will take place on Thursday, 5th March.

URGENT HELP NEEDED
The Club needs urgent help, support, and assistance from parents during Tuesday evening (6.30pm-8pm) and Saturday morning (10am-12 noon) training sessions at the Ellesmere Port Sports Village Athletics Track (6.30pm-8pm).

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

WHY NOT BECOME AN OFFICIAL?
West Cheshire AC is keen to help any parents of members wanting to become qualified officials. The Club will pay for parents of members wanting to attend an officials course.

Please email Dennis if you are interested at dennis.wall1@ntlworld.com

Further details about officiating can be found here.

IT’S GOOD TO TALK
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 Road Running, west cheshire ac jnr to u20 middle distance group

WEBSITE: www.westcheshireac.co.uk

TWITTER: https://twitter.com/westcheshireac

CLUB KIT
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.

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.

This week’s press report can be found here.

FIXTURES
Saturday, October 12: Liverpool Cross Country League Round One, at Sherdley Park, St Helens, (11am start).

Saturday, October 12: Manchester and District Cross Country League Round One, at Wythenshawe, (12.15pm start).

Sunday, October 13: Borders Road Running League Round One, at Caernarfon (11am start).

Monday, October 14: Chester Primary Schools Cross Country Championships, at Ellesmere Port Sports Village (3.30pm start).

Tuesday, October 15: Chester & District District Secondary Schools Girls Cross Country Championships, at Christleton High, Chester (3.30pm start).

Saturday, October 19: Essar West Cheshire AC Schools Cross Country Race Series Round Two, at Ellesmere Port Sports Village (10am start).

Saturday, October 19: North Wales Cross Country League Round Two, at Foxhills, Colwyn Bay, (2pm start).

Monday, October 21: Chester & District District Secondary Schools Boys Cross Country Championships, at Bishop Heber, Malpas, (3.30pm start).

Wednesday, October 23: Ellesmere Port, Neston & Helsby District Secondary Schools Cross Country Championships, at Helsby High, (4pm start).

Saturday, October 26: North Staffs Cross Country League Round Two, at Stafford Common, (12 noon start).

Press Report: WCAC Win National Title at Home

WEST CHESHIRE Athletic Club has secured the first-ever All England Marathon Team Championship title.

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