WCAC Newsletter #261, 21-02-20

HELPERS – AND SPONSORS – URGENTLY NEEDED

The Club is looking for volunteers for the various age groups that we run on club nights. You don’t need to sign your name in blood – we just need you to help out at sessions as and when your diary allows.

Please contact Dennis Wall by emailing: dennis.wall1@ntlworld.com as we aim to put together a monthly calendar that enables the coaches to plan better.

On another note the club are looking for a new sponsor for the Four-Round Schools Cross Country Race Series, the Chester Spring 5 Miles Road Race, the Guilden Sutton 10k Road Race, and the Chester Round The Walls Race.

The sponsorship can ideally be for at least 2/3 years with your company logo being displayed prominently at these well known events. If you are interested to have an informal chat or if you work for or know of any local companies that may be interested then please let Mark Duffey know by emailing: mark.duffey@hotmail.co.uk

NORTHERN ROAD RELAY CHAMPIONSHIPS AND JUNIOR 5k CHAMPIONSHIPS

Ellie Robinson has kindly agreed to organise Club entries for the Northern Senior Mens 12 Stage and Senior Womens 6 Stage Road Relay Championships and Under 15s and Under 17s 5km Road Race Championships being held at Birkenhead Park on Sunday, March 22.

Details can be found here.

Any Club member wanting to take part should email Ellie ASAP at: ellie.henrob3@outlook.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.

LAST CHANCE! WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU! WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT OUR CLUB?

The Club is working with England Athletics to carry out a detailed review of our club. At the end of the review we will receive a bespoke report from England Athletics highlighting priority areas for our club to enhance or improve. As part of the review we are keen to find out, via a survey, the views of our members: athletes, runners, parents, coaches and volunteers. 

Any feedback we receive to this survey from our members will be anonymous. Responses to the survey will be collated by England Athletics, who will remove any comments or identifying information from the feedback before it is shared with our club. The survey should take no longer than 10 minutes to complete, and will only be used for the reasons outlined above.

If you can complete the survey before Friday 21st February, via the link below, it would be greatly appreciated.

Survey Link: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/eaclubreviewns

EPSV TRACK CLOSURE

Delamination work on the EPSV Track is scheduled to take place from Monday 16th March by White Line before the new season gets underway. The EPSV Track will be out of bounds during this work which is scheduled to take 10 days to complete with drying and curing times, but the work is weather dependent which could affect the exact starting date. 

CLUB TREASURER VACANCY

Our Club treasurer, Lisa Davies, is stepping down in September and the Club is searching for her replacement. The Club ideally needs someone who can work alongside Lisa until she steps away from the role. Please contact Dennis Wall if you are interested by emailing: dennis.wall1@ntlworld.com

THIS WEEKEND

This Saturday sees the English National Cross Country Championships taking place at Wollaton Park, Nottingham, and the Welsh National Cross Country Championships taking place at Pembrey Country Park, near Llanelli.

This Saturday and Sunday sees the England Indoor Under 15s, Under 17s, Under 20s, and Senior Championships taking place at Sheffield’s English Institute of Sport.

Best wishes to all our athletes and officials. 

HELPERS NEEDED FOR CHESTER JUNIOR PARKRUN

Club member Mark Gallagher is working on setting up a 2km Junior parkrun at the Countess of Chester Country park every Sunday morning (9am start) from April for 4-14 year olds. Further details can be found here.

BE SEEN AND BE SAFE

All Club members training at night on routes that involve crossing roads and where there is traffic are reminded to wear bright and reflective clothing. Please be safe.

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.

CLUB KIT

Anyone wanting to purchase club vests and/or hoodies 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

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.

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

Further details about coaching 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.

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

WEEKLY PRESS REPORT

This week’s club press report can be found here.

2020 TRACK & FIELD FIXTURES UPDATE

Club Trials Part One – Saturday 28th March at Ellesmere Port (10am-12 noon)

Club Trials Part Two – Thursday 2nd April at Ellesmere Port (6-8pm)

Youth Development League U13s/U15s North Premier West Division:

Round One – Saturday 16th May at Preston

Round Two – Saturday 6th June at Ellesmere Port

Round Three – Saturday 18th July at Bebington Oval

Regional Match – Saturday 8th August at Middlesbrough or Trafford

Youth Development League U17s/U20s North Premier West Division:

Round One – Sunday 26th April at Ellesmere Port

Round Two – Sunday 24th May at Leigh Sports Village

Round Three – Sunday 21st June at Blackpool

Northern League Division One:

Round One – Saturday 2nd May at Blackburn

Round Two – Sunday 7th June at Trafford

Round Three – Sunday 12th July at Preston

Round Four – Saturday 1st August at Ellesmere Port

Cheshire League:

Round One – Sunday 19th April at Wrexham

Round Two – Sunday 5th July at Stockport

Round Three – Sunday 2nd August at East Cheshire

Round Four – 12th or 13th September at Ellesmere Port

Ellesmere Port Schools Year 5/6 Quad Kids Competition – Thursday 30th April at Ellesmere Port
English Schools Track and Field Cup County Round – Wednesday 6th May (12 noon start) at Ellesmere Port

Cheshire AA Track & Field Championships – Saturday and Sunday, 30th and 31st May at Ellesmere Port

English Schools Track and Field Cup Regional B Final South – Wednesday, 3rd June (11am start) at Ellesmere Port

West Cheshire AC Schools Track & Field Cup – Wednesday 10th June (4pm start) at Ellesmere Port

Year 7 Cheshire v Merseyside Schools Match – Monday, 6th July (5pm start) at Ellesmere Port

Chester Primary Schools Track & Field Championships – Monday, 13th July (Field AM, Track PM) at Ellesmere Port

West Cheshire AC Club Championships – Saturday 5th September at Ellesmere Port

FIXTURES

Saturday February 22 – English National Cross Country Championships, at Wollaton Park, Nottingham

Saturday, February 22 – Welsh National Cross Country Championships, at Pembrey Country Park, Llanelli

Saturday and Sunday, February 22 and 23 England Athletics Under 15, Under 17, Under 20 and Senior Indoor Track and Field Championships, at Sheffield

Sunday, February 23Sale Harriers Indoor Open Track and Field Meeting, at SportCity, Manchester

Press Report: Records and Medals Haul for WCAC

JOSEPH MORRISON and George Hyde delivered podium performances at the British Universities and Colleges Indoor Athletics Championships.

The West Cheshire Athletic Club members both impressed during the three-day fixture held at the English Institute of Sport Arena, in Sheffield.

Morrison, representing the University of Chester, clocked a new personal best time of one minute 50.67 seconds to pocket a bronze medal in the 800m final.

He also smashed the club indoor and outright 800m record, having bettered the record 24 hours earlier in his semi-final, and he achieved the qualifying time for the British Athletics Championships being held at Manchester in June.

Hyde, representing Loughborough University, powered his way to a bronze medal in the shot put with a new Under 20 men’s club record of 15.23m.

Beth McMahon, representing Sheffield University, clocked a new 400m personal best of 62.05 seconds, while Chester University students in action included Freddy Newberry (4:37:38) and Adam Poole (5:00:78) who both ran 1500m pb’s, Megan Bould (2:52:02 in the 800m), Emmanuel Fatimehin (7.48 in the 60m), Ilka Jose Maria (9.03 in the 60m), Niall Thomas (56.17 in the 400m), and Ollie Roberts (long jump pb of 5.42m). 

MICHAEL YOUNG broke the West Cheshire AC Male 20-34 record at the Austin, Texas Marathon, with a time of 2:43:18 for eighth place overall.

EWAN BRADLEY cleared a new under 20 men’s pole vault personal best height and new West Cheshire AC record of 4-41m in the Vault Manchester event held at SportCity, Manchester.

SEVERAL West Cheshire AC members represented their county at the North West Regional Sportshall Athletics Championships in Manchester.

Maddi Mercer, Jessica Brown, Teresa Arvidsson, Emily Owen, Macy Brett, Sophie Haslam, and Flora Plass combined for Cheshire in their Under 13 team victory against Merseyside, Greater Manchester, and Lancashire, and they now qualify to compete in the UK Sportshall Athletics Final at Sheffield, on Saturday, April 18.

Matthew Jones, James Haslam and Luke Haslam represented Cheshire in the Under 13 boys competition, while

Eleanor Neve, Esme Graham, Isla Entwistle, Mae Grant, Ursula Archer, Daniel Walker, Theo Shepherd and Will Rawson competed for Cheshire Under 11s.

TWO popular West Cheshire Athletic Club road races are now open for entries.

The Chester Spring Five Miles Road Race is taking place on Wednesday, April 8, and the online entry link is here.

The Guilden Sutton 10k Road Race is being held on Sunday, September 20, and the online entry link is here.

FIXTURES this weekend include the English National Cross Country Championships at Wollaton Park, Nottingham, on Saturday; the England Athletics Under 15s, Under 17s, Under 20s and Senior Indoor Championships at Sheffield, on Saturday and Sunday; and the Sale Harriers Indoor Open Meeting at SportCity, Manchester, on Sunday.

WEST CHESHIRE AC will host the Cheshire Track and Field Championships at the Ellesmere Port Sports Village Athletics Track on Saturday and Sunday, May 30 and 31.

The Club will also host the first round of the Under 17 and Under 20 Youth Development Track and Field League on Sunday, April 26; the second round of the Under 13 and Under 15 Youth Development Track and Field League on Saturday, June 6; the final round of the Northern Track and Field League on Saturday, August 1; and the final round of the Cheshire Track and Field League in September.

The Ellesmere Port Sports Village Athletics Track will also be the setting for the County Round of the English Schools Track and Field Cup on Wednesday, May 6; the Regional B Final South of the English Schools Track and Field League on Wednesday, June 3, and the Chester Primary Schools Championships on Monday, July 13.

Essar West Cheshire Schools Cross-country Series

Congratulations to the 397 runners who took part in this winter’s Essar West Cheshire AC Schools Cross-country series. Provisional results are now available near the foot of the Off-road page.

WCAC Newsletter #260, 14-02-20

HELPERS – AND SPONSORS – URGENTLY NEEDED

The Club is looking for volunteers for the various age groups that we run on club nights. You don’t need to sign your name in blood – we just need you to help out at sessions as and when your diary allows.

Please contact Dennis Wall by emailing: dennis.wall1@ntlworld.com as we aim to put together a monthly calendar that enables the coaches to plan better.

On another note the club are looking for a new sponsor for the Four-Round Schools Cross Country Race Series, the Chester Spring 5 Miles Road Race, the Guilden Sutton 10k Road Race, and the Chester Round The Walls Race.

The sponsorship can ideally be for at least 2/3 years with your company logo being displayed prominently at these well known events. If you are interested to have an informal chat or if you work for or know of any local companies that may be interested then please let Mark Duffey know by emailing: mark.duffey@hotmail.co.uk

WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU! WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT OUR CLUB?

The Club is working with England Athletics to carry out a detailed review of our club. At the end of the review we will receive a bespoke report from England Athletics highlighting priority areas for our club to enhance or improve. As part of the review we are keen to find out, via a survey, the views of our members: athletes, runners, parents, coaches and volunteers. 

Any feedback we receive to this survey from our members will be anonymous. Responses to the survey will be collated by England Athletics, who will remove any comments or identifying information from the feedback before it is shared with our club. The survey should take no longer than 10 minutes to complete, and will only be used for the reasons outlined above.

If you can complete the survey before Friday 21st February, via the link below, it would be greatly appreciated.

Survey Link: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/eaclubreviewns

NORTHERN ROAD RELAY CHAMPIONSHIPS AND JUNIOR 5k CHAMPIONSHIPS

Ellie Robinson has kindly agreed to organise Club entries for the Northern Senior Mens 12 Stage and Senior Womens 6 Stage Road Relay Championships and Under 15s and Under 17s 5km Road Race Championships being held at Birkenhead Park on Sunday, March 22.

Details can be found here.

Any Club member wanting to take part should email Ellie ASAP at: ellie.henrob3@outlook.com

EPSV TRACK CLOSURE

Delamination work on the EPSV Track is scheduled to take place from Monday 16th March by White Line before the new season gets underway. The EPSV Track will be out of bounds during this work which is scheduled to take 10 days to complete with drying and curing times, but the work is weather dependent which could affect the exact starting date. 

CLUB TREASURER VACANCY

Our Club treasurer, Lisa Davies, is stepping down in September and the Club is searching for her replacement. The Club ideally needs someone who can work alongside Lisa until she steps away from the role. Please contact Dennis Wall if you are interested by emailing: dennis.wall1@ntlworld.com

THIS WEEKEND

This Friday, Saturday and Sunday sees the British Universities and Colleges Indoor Championships, take place at Sheffield.

This Saturday sees the Parbold 6.75m Hill Race take place, while Sundays sees the Village Bakery Half Marathon, at Wrexham.

And several Club Members will be representing their county on Sunday at the North West Regional U11s, U13s and U15s Sportshall Athletics Championships, at SportCity, Manchester.

Best wishes to all our athletes and officials. 

HELPERS NEEDED FOR CHESTER JUNIOR PARK RUN

Club member Mark Gallagher is working on setting up a 2km Junior parkrun at the Countess of Chester Country park every Sunday morning (9am start) from April for 4-14 year olds. Further details can be found here.

BE SEEN AND BE SAFE

All Club members training at night on routes that involve crossing roads and where there is traffic are reminded to wear bright and reflective clothing. Please be safe.

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.

CLUB KIT

Anyone wanting to purchase club vests and/or hoodies 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

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.

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

Further details about coaching can be found here.

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.

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.

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

WEEKLY PRESS REPORT

This week’s Club press report can be found here.

2020 TRACK & FIELD FIXTURES UPDATE

Club Trials Part One – Saturday 28th March at Ellesmere Port (10am-12 noon)

Club Trials Part Two – Thursday 2nd April at Ellesmere Port (6-8pm)

Youth Development League U13s/U15s North Premier West Division:

Round One – Saturday 16th May at Preston

Round Two – Saturday 6th June at Ellesmere Port

Round Three – Saturday 18th July at Bebington Oval

Regional Match – Saturday 8th August at Middlesbrough or Trafford

Youth Development League U17s/U20s North Premier West Division:

Round One – Sunday 26th April at Ellesmere Port

Round Two – Sunday 24th May at Leigh Sports Village

Round Three – Sunday 21st June at Blackpool

Northern League Division One:

Round One – Saturday 2nd May at Blackburn

Round Two – Sunday 7th June at Trafford

Round Three – Sunday 12th July at Preston

Round Four – Saturday 1st August at Ellesmere Port

Cheshire League:

Round One – Sunday 19th April at Wrexham

Round Two – Sunday 5th July at Stockport

Round Three – Sunday 2nd August at East Cheshire

Round Four – 12th or 13th September at Ellesmere Port

Ellesmere Port Schools Year 5/6 Quad Kids Competition – Thursday 30th April at Ellesmere Port
English Schools Track and Field Cup County Round – Wednesday 6th May (12 noon start) at Ellesmere Port

Cheshire AA Track & Field Championships – Saturday and Sunday, 30th and 31st May at Ellesmere Port

English Schools Track and Field Cup Regional B Final South – Wednesday, 3rd June (11am start) at Ellesmere Port

West Cheshire AC Schools Track & Field Cup – Wednesday 10th June (4pm start) at Ellesmere Port

Year 7 Cheshire v Merseyside Schools Match – Monday, 6th July (5pm start) at Ellesmere Port

Chester Primary Schools Track & Field Championships – Monday, 13th July (Field AM, Track PM) at Ellesmere Port

West Cheshire AC Club Championships – Saturday 5th September at Ellesmere Port

FIXTURES

Friday, Saturday and Sunday, February 14, 15 and 16 – British Universities and Colleges Indoor Championships, at Sheffield.

Saturday, February 15 Parbold 6.75m Hill Race (2pm start).

Sunday, February 16Village Bakery Half Marathon, at Wrexham (10am start).

Sunday, February 16North West Regional U11s, U13s and U15s Sportshall Athletics Championships, at SportCity, Manchester.

Press Report: Medals in Manchester

CARYS ROBERTS and Ruby Phillips secured podium places in this season’s Manchester Area Cross Country League.

The West Cheshire Athletic Club pair finished second and third in their respective age groups after the fifth and final round held at Heaton Park on Saturday.

Roberts claimed third place at the final round in the under 15 girls race with a time of 20 minutes to establish second spot overall, supported by Jodi Bemand (27th in 23:31), Georgina Duffey (33rd in 24:16), and Henrietta Duffey (42nd in 26:03).

Phillips clocked 12:12 for seventh position at Heaton Park and finished third overall in her under 11 girls age group.

Jessica Lark completed her league campaign with fifth spot overall in the under 13 girls age group after posting 14:10 for 12th position at Heaton Park, just three seconds behind club mate Sophie Haslam who was 11th, and backed up by Cerys Rowlands (16th in 14:30) and Aimee Phillips (27th in 14:58).

Dave Alexander was seventh in the over-50 men’s age group after posting 40:37, and Andrew Clague was 10th over-50 man in 41:44).

Sammy Hollins (11th in 18:48), Henry Robinson (20th in 19:42) and Dan Willetts (27th in 20:38) teamed up in the under 15 boys race, and Reece Munro clocked 13:31 for 17th spot in the under 13 boys race.

Anest Muller (17th over-35 lady in 42:31) was backed up by Debra Bemand (26th over-45 lady in 47:50), and Alex Duffey (33rd over-45 lady in 49:27) in the senior ladies event.

BRIAN BEATTIE of West Cheshire AC completed his 150th Chester parkrun on Saturday. The over-75-year-old clocked 30:41 for the 5k event held at the Countess of Chester Country Park course.

MOLLY BRENNAN and Ruby Carlile completed a double celebration for Christleton High at the final round of the Essar West Cheshire AC Schools Cross Country Race Series.

Brennan won the year seven girls event in a time of 8:40, ahead of runner-up Eleanor Williams (Kings), and Rebecca Smith (Chester Catholic High) in third spot, while Carlile won the year eight girls race.

Zak Ireland (Bishop Heber) won the year eight boys race ahead of second placed Andrew Barratt (Bishop Bluecoat) and Matthew Jones (Upton) was third.

Camren Booth (Upton) won the year seven boys race ahead of runner up Oliver Mallon (Kings).

Daniel Walker (Tarvin) posted a winning time of 4:55 in the year six boys race ahead of Tom Yates (Newton) and Noah Woolgar (Boughton Heath).

Holly Coates (Kings) claimed victory in the year six girls race ahead of runner up Holly Cooke (Saighton) and third placed Mollie Kerr (Helsby Hillside).

Thomas Rimmer (Overleigh St Marys) celebrated success in the year five boys race ahead of runner up Hugo McLintock (Mill View) and Joshua Evans (Farndon) in third spot.

Ruby McIlveen (Bishop Wilson) won the year five girls race ahead of Miley McNab (St Clares) and Sophie Taylor (Kings).

Logan Sefton (Kings) won the year four boys event ahead of runner up Leo Anstey (Boughton Heath) and third placed Dylan Chandler (Christleton).

Anna Birkett-Evans (The Firs) won the year four girls race ahead of Florence Harte (Tarvin) in second spot, and Lowri Phoenix (Tarporley) in third place.

Ben Brassington (Newton) won the year three boys race ahead of Noah Booth (Upton Heath) and Sidney Carr (Acresfield) in third position.

Emma Gauller (Willaston) won the year three girls race in front of Olivia Zarac (Upton Heath) in second spot and third placed Amelia Snowden (Tattenhall).

FIXTURES this weekend include the Parbold 6.75 miles Hill Race on Saturday (2pm start); the Village Bakery Half Marathon on Sunday at Wrexham (10am start); and several West Cheshire AC members will be representing their county on Sunday at the North West Regional Sportshall Athletics Championships at SportCity, Manchester.

ENTRIES are now open for the Chester Spring Five Miles Road Race being held on Wednesday, April 8. The online entry link is here.

WCAC Endurance League

Familiar leaders Andy and Ellie, followed by Andrew, Dave, Julian, Ellen, Claire and Clare, as at the end of January. See near the bottom of the Races – Road Running page for league tables at the end of January.

WCAC Newsletter #259, 07-02-20

WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU! WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT OUR CLUB?

The Club is working with England Athletics to carry out a detailed review of our club. At the end of the review we will receive a bespoke report from England Athletics highlighting priority areas for our club to enhance or improve. As part of the review we are keen to find out, via a survey, the views of our members: athletes, runners, parents, coaches and volunteers. 

Any feedback we receive to this survey from our members will be anonymous. Responses to the survey will be collated by England Athletics, who will remove any comments or identifying information from the feedback before it is shared with our club. The survey should take no longer than 10 minutes to complete, and will only be used for the reasons outlined above.

If you can complete the survey before Friday 21st February, via the link below, it would be greatly appreciated.

Survey Link: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/eaclubreviewns

CLUB AWARDS EVENING PHOTOS

Members wanting to view the photos taken by Neil Cartwright at the Club Awards Evening last weekend can click here.

Many thanks to all those members who helped make the evening such a success.

NORTHERN ROAD RELAY CHAMPIONSHIPS AND JUNIOR 5k CHAMPIONSHIPS

Ellie Robinson has kindly agreed to organise Club entries for the Northern Senior Mens 12 Stage and Senior Womens 6 Stage Road Relay Championships and Under 15s and Under 17s 5km Road Race Championships being held at Birkenhead Park on Sunday, March 22.

Details can be found here.

Any Club member wanting to take part should email Ellie ASAP at: ellie.henrob3@outlook.com

CLUB TREASURER VACANCY

Our Club treasurer, Lisa Davies, is stepping down in September and the Club is searching for her replacement. The Club ideally needs someone who can work alongside Lisa until she steps away from the role. Please contact Dennis Wall if you are interested by emailing: dennis.wall1@ntlworld.com

THIS WEEKEND

This Saturday sees the ESSAR West Cheshire AC Schools Cross Country Race Series Final Round at Ellesmere Port Sports Village (9.15am registration for a 10am start).

This Saturday sees the final round of the Manchester Area Cross Country League at Heaton Park, Manchester (12 noon start).

This Sunday sees the Nick Beer 10k Road Race take place at Llandudno, (12 noon start).

The Ellesmere Port Primary Schools Sportshall Athletics Competition takes place on Thursday 13th February at Ellesmere Port Sports Village, (12.30-3pm).

Best wishes to all our athletes and officials. 

HELPERS NEEDED FOR CHESTER JUNIOR PARK RUN

Club member Mark Gallagher is working on setting up a 2km Junior parkrun at the Countess of Chester Country park every Sunday morning (9am start) from April for 4-14 year olds. Further details can be found here.

BE SEEN AND BE SAFE

All Club members training at night on routes that involve crossing roads and where there is traffic are reminded to wear bright and reflective clothing. Please be safe.

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.

CLUB KIT

Anyone wanting to purchase club vests and/or hoodies 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

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.

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

Further details about coaching can be found here.

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.

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.

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

WEEKLY PRESS REPORT

This week’s Club press report can be found here.

2020 TRACK & FIELD FIXTURES UPDATE

Club Trials Part One – Saturday 28th March at Ellesmere Port (10am-12 noon)

Club Trials Part Two – Thursday 2nd April at Ellesmere Port (6-8pm)

Youth Development League U13s/U15s North Premier West Division:

Round One – Saturday 16th May at Preston

Round Two – Saturday 6th June at Ellesmere Port

Round Three – Saturday 18th July at Bebington Oval

Regional Match – Saturday 8th August at Middlesbrough or Trafford

Youth Development League U17s/U20s North Premier West Division:

Round One – Sunday 26th April at Ellesmere Port

Round Two – Sunday 24th May at Leigh Sports Village

Round Three – Sunday 21st June at Blackpool

Northern League Division One:

Round One – Saturday 2nd May at Blackburn

Round Two – Sunday 7th June at Trafford

Round Three – Sunday 12th July at Preston

Round Four – Saturday 1st August at Ellesmere Port

Cheshire League:

Round One – Sunday 19th April at Wrexham

Round Two – Sunday 5th July at Stockport

Round Three – Sunday 2nd August at East Cheshire

Round Four – 12th or 13th September at Ellesmere Port

Ellesmere Port Schools Year 5/6 Quad Kids Competition – Thursday 30th April at Ellesmere Port
English Schools Track and Field Cup County Round – Wednesday 6th May (12 noon start) at Ellesmere Port

Cheshire AA Track & Field Championships – Saturday and Sunday, 30th and 31st May at Ellesmere Port

English Schools Track and Field Cup Regional B Final South – Wednesday, 3rd June (11am start) at Ellesmere Port

West Cheshire AC Schools Track & Field Cup – Wednesday 10th June (4pm start) at Ellesmere Port

Year 7 Cheshire v Merseyside Schools Match – Monday, 6th July (5pm start) at Ellesmere Port

Chester Primary Schools Track & Field Championships – Monday, 13th July (Field AM, Track PM) at Ellesmere Port

West Cheshire AC Club Championships – Saturday 5th September at Ellesmere Port

FIXTURES

Saturday, February 8 – Essar West Cheshire AC Schools Cross Country Race Series Final Round, at Ellesmere Port Sports Village (10am start).

Saturday, February 8 – Manchester Area Cross Country League at Heaton Park, Manchester (12 noon start).

Sunday, February 9 – Nick Beer 10k, at Llandudno, (12 noon start).

Thursday, February 13 – Ellesmere Port Primary Schools Sportshall Athletics Competition, at Ellesmere Port Sports Village, (12.30-3pm).

Press Report: Abigail Helps Club Celebrate Success

ABIGAIL IROZURU was a special guest at West Cheshire Athletic Club’s annual presentation evening.

The British number one female long jumper made a speech and presented trophies at the event which attracted an audience of nearly 200 people at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Chester.

Irozuru, who is hoping to represent Great Britain at this year’s Tokyo Olympic Games, had competed in Germany hours before arriving in Chester and presented awards to West Cheshire AC members as young as nine years of age through to 59 years of age who had demonstrated hard work, commitment, enthusiasm, and dedication in their favoured disciplines which included track and field, road running, cross country running, fell running, and sportshall athletics.

Joseph Morrison and Laura Turley won the men’s and women’s cups, while Paul Morrison was presented with the Chris Goodwin Memorial Cup, Oliver James received the Wright Trophy, and long serving official, Eddie Gore, was presented with the Club Person of the Year Award.

Age group winners this year included Ruby Phillips, Kadie Gledhill, William Mallon, Noah Woolgar, Maddi Mercer, Aimee Phillips, Luke Parker, Matthew Jones, Imogen Pughe, Emma Powell, Uzezi Onomerike, Henry Robinson, Abigail Cartwright, Ceris Gaffney, Matthew Webb, Fraser Campbell, Beth McMahon, Lily Moorhouse, Josh Ford, Jac Goodall, Kerry Riley, Ellen McMahon, Bradley Spurdens, Tom Booth, Alex Duffey, Ellie Robinson, Andy Parker, and Dave McKay.

CARYS ROBERTS celebrated success at the Cheshire Schools Cross Country Championships at Knights Grange, Winsford.

Roberts won the 3.5km Junior Girls race ahead of 10th-placed West Cheshire AC team mate Jessica Lark, Martha Willetts (13th), Ruby Carlile (18th), and Megan White (33rd). 

Jamie Richardson finished third in the 5.5km Intermediate Boys race ahead of Isaac Tait (eighth), Sammy Hollins (10th), and Henry Robinson (21st).

Luke Parker posted sixth spot in the 4km Junior Boys race, ahead of Charlie McMullan (eighth), Dan Willetts (15th), and Nathan Broomfield (34th).

Sion Roberts posted 10th spot in the 6.6km Senior Boys race and Jodi Bemand finished 17th in the 4km Intermediate Girls race. 

Cerys Rowlands finished 10th in the 2km Minor girls race ahead of team mate Eleanor Williams (15th), Amelia McLintock (19th), and Lara Fields (35th).  

HOLLY BOSWORTH and Ruby Wisbey pocketed medals at the Northern Indoor Championships at Sheffield.

Bosworth secured a silver medal in the under 13 girls high jump with a new personal best clearance of 1-35m, and Wisbey achieved a new under 15 girls long jump personal best of 5.21m, and added a time of 9.92 in the 60m hurdles.

Sara Pearson hit a new under 15 girls shot put personal best of 9.38m for fourth spot and posted 27.62 in her 200m semi after 27.28 in her heat

Macy Brett posted 9.04 seconds in her under 13 girls 60m final for sixth spot after clocking 8.92 in her semi, and a new pb of 8.89 in her heat, and clocked 29.37 in her 200m final after a pb of 28.96 in her heat, as well as a new long jump pb of 4.12m. 

while Sophie Haslam posted an under 13 girls 800m pb of 2:35.09 and 200m pb of 30.27, and Teresa Arvidsson clocked an under 13 girls 200m pb of 31.09. 

Fergus Garland posted 8.27 seconds in his under 15 boys 60m semi-final having clocked a personal best of 8.06 seconds in his heat, and a new 200m best of 25.57 in his semi after 25.20 in his heat.

Maddi Mercer posted a new under 15 girls 60m personal best of 8.64 seconds in her semi after posting 8.51 in her heat, and clocked 28.47 in her 200m semi after a 27.61 in her heat.

JOSEPH MORRISON was crowned under 20 men’s champion after winning the final round of the North Wales Cross Country League.

Morrison posted 31 minutes 48 seconds for victory in the men’s race at The Marches School, Oswestry, ahead of West Cheshire AC team mates Neil Finegan (fourth over-45 man in 34:31), Dave Alexander (first over-50 man in 35:17), Steve Fernyhough (sixth over-35 man in 35:38), Paul Morrison (sixth under 20 man in 35:49), Andrew Clague (third over-50 man overall in 37:28), Neil Hershaw (first over-55 man in 37:33), Richard Hayes (17th over-45 man in 39:23), Andy Carter (19th over-45 man in 39:34), Mark Davies (19th over-40 man in 44:55), and Dave Tiernan (17th over-55 man in 48:40).

West Cheshire AC’s senior men finished fourth at the final round and sixth overall in Division One, while the veteran men were fourth at the final round and fifth overall.

Kerry Riley clocked 21:19 for second spot in the women’s race, backed up by West Cheshire AC team mates Anest Muller (seventh over-35 lady in 23:40), Ellie Robinson (sixth over-45 lady in 23:43), Ellen McMahon (14th lady in 24:43), Clare Mallon (eighth over-45 lady in 25:01), Debra Bemand (12th over-45 lady in 27:13), and Alex Duffey (14th over-45 lady in 28:00), while Lucia Pyne finished third overall.

West Cheshire AC’s ladies finished sixth team at the final race and ended the season in third spot overall in Division One, while the veteran women were eighth at the final round and fourth overall.  

EWAN BRADLEY cleared a new under 20 men’s pole vault personal best height of 4-41m in the Vault Manchester event held at SportCity, Manchester. 

JAC GOODALL, Ethan Greenland, Freddy Newberry, Jean Claude Randon, and Adam Poole all completed the British Universities and Colleges Cross Country Championships held in Edinburgh’s Holyrood Park.

FIXTURES this weekend include the final round of the Essar West Cheshire AC Schools Cross Country Race Series at Ellesmere Port Sports Village (10am start); the final round of the Manchester Cross Country League at Heaton Park, Manchester on Saturday (12 noon start); and the Nick Beer 10k Road Race at Llandudno on Sunday (11am start).

ENTRIES are now open for the Chester Spring Five Miles Road Race being held on Wednesday, April 8. The online entry link is: https://wcac.niftyentries.com/Chester-Spring-51

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