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).

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