WCAC Newsletter #264, 13-03-20


Work on the EPSV track is currently scheduled to take place from Monday March 16th* (weather permitting), before the new season gets under way. The track will be out of bounds during this work, which is scheduled to take 10 days to complete.

Work on the EPSV track is currently scheduled to take place from Monday March 16th (weather permitting), before the new season gets under way. The track will be out of bounds during this work, which is scheduled to take 10 days to complete.

Given the current Coronavirus situation, WCAC coaches are of the opinion that it would be unwise to train in a confined space indoors. As a result of this, the club’s indoor training sessions, originally planned for the EPSV Sportshall on Tuesday March 17th and 24th, and Saturday March 21st and 28th, are also cancelled.

Some training groups will be meeting off-site while the track and sport hall are out of bounds:

Jon Moss and Alan Littler’s sprints groups will be training at Deeside Stadium, Connahs Quay.

Ian Ackroyd’s middle distance training group will be meeting for sessions at Lloyd Drive, near M&S, from Monday 16th March (6:30pm start).

Graham Patterson’s training group, the junior group supervised by Dennis Wall, Mark Duffey, Ben Sache, and Becky Miller, and the new middle distance training group supervised by Tim Durrant, will be meeting for sessions at the NEXT car park, on the Coliseum shopping park, on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 17th March (6:30pm start).

Dave McKay and Jenny Manning’s circuit training session on Wednesdays in the Old Stanney sports hall will continue as normal (7pm start).

For other groups, please speak to the relevant coach about any off-site training sessions over the next fortnight.

As the Coronavirus situation appears to be constantly changing, and as the work on the track is weather dependent, please look out for regular updates, via emails from West Cheshire AC, as well as on this website, Facebook and Twitter, as to training session locations from Monday 30/03/20 onwards.

Work on the EPSV track is currently scheduled to take place from Monday March 16th* (weather permitting), before the new season gets under way. The track will be out of bounds during this work, which is scheduled to take 10 days to complete.

The club will still operate during the track closure, as West Cheshire AC book the EPSV sports hall on Tuesdays (meet at 6:45pm for a training session between 7 and 8pm), the old sports hall (annexe) on Wednesdays (7-8pm), and on Saturdays in the EPSV sports hall (10am-12 noon).

Please speak to your coach about any off-site training sessions during the track closure.

*And please look out for regular updates, via emails from West Cheshire AC, as well as on this website, Facebook and Twitter as to the actual start and end dates of this work.


This Sunday (11am start) sees the latest round of the Borders Road Running League taking place at Wrexham on an approximate 10km course.

If you are over 15 years old and can run 10km the Club would love for you to be there representing West Cheshire AC. If you haven’t run the Borders League before or haven’t notified John Parlevliet that you wish to run, he needs to register you, so send him a message ASAP to: jparlevl@gmail.com

You need to have valid EA membership as part of your club membership and if you need a lift then a CAR SHARE is taking place from Cheshire County Sports Club, Upton, leaving at 9.30am.

All of the relevant details can be found here.

Other fixtures this weekend can be found at the end of this newsletter.

Good luck to all our athletes and officials!


Carys Roberts helped Cheshire earn Team Gold at Loughborough in the UK Inter Counties Cross Country Championships on Saturday.

Carys was a fourth counter for her county and posted 17 minutes 55 seconds for the 4km under 15 girls event. 

Carys’s clubmate Jamie Richardson was first home for Cheshire’s under 15 boys team after negotiating the 4km course in a time of 15:01 for ninth spot, ahead of Sammy Hollins (fourth Cheshire team counter in 17:31).

Jessica Lark was second home for Cheshire in the 3km under 13 girls race with a time of 16:05, ahead of Sophie Haslam who was eighth home for Merseyside in 17:13.

Sion Roberts was fourth home for Cheshire in the 8km under 20 men’s race in 37:48, while Lucia Pyne was fifth home for Cheshire in the under 17 women’s 5km race in 25:24.

Lily Moorhouse was fifth home for Cheshire after clocking 34:26 in the under 20 ladies 6km race, while Isaac Tait (sixth Cheshire counter in 25:07), and Matthew Douglass (eighth Cheshire counter in 28:50), completed the 6km under 17 men’s race.

Christine Symms was sixth home for Shropshire with a time of 60:24 in the senior women’s 10km race.


Michael Young achieved a top 10 finish at the Chester 10k Road Race on Sunday after clocking 33:58 for 10th spot at the fixture which attracted nearly 5,000 runners.

He was backed up by club mates Aiden Heap (13th in 34:27), Jean Claude Randon (first under 20 man and 15th overall in 34:47), Andrew Cooper (second over-35 man and 23rd overall in 35:58), and Steve Fernyhough (third over-35 man and 25th overall in 36:04).

Robert Little (seventh over-40 man in 37:25), Danny Paddock (44th in 37:26), Freddy Newberry (51st in 37:52), Ian Gloyne-Phillips (fourth over-45 man in 38:52), and Steve King (seventh over-45 man in 39:30) were other West Cheshire members to clock sub-40 minute performances.

Mother and daughter Debra Bemand (second over-45 lady in 44:19), and Jodi Bemand (second under 17 lady in 44:58) achieved podium places.

They were joined at the event by Richard Batterham and Brian Beattie who their over-70 and over-75 age groups respectively in times of 52:50 and 64:55.

Mary Radford broke her own over-70 ladies’ 10km club record with a time of 73:04, and other West Cheshire finishers included Colm McNabb (40:18), Liam Davoren (43:27), Ian Ackroyd (seventh over-60 man in 45:50), Brian Wright (third over-65 man in 46:22), Steve Hillier (46:52), Stephen Ball (46:54), Clare Mallon (eighth over-45 lady in 48:08), Dan Watling (48:22), Ellen McMahon (49:14), Jane Barker (50:54), Amy Mills (51:50), Cathryn Whalley (eighth over-50 lady in 52:46), Sarah Hibbert (54:11), Lorraine McFaul (55:16), Claire Bennette (55:42), Claire Gloyne-Phillips (55:42), Sarah Hughes (56:33), Sharon Dodd (sixth over-60 lady in 56:39), Katherine Harvey (62:19), Karen Waugh (72:24), and Mark Povey.


Congratulations to Henrietta Duffey and Angela Tegg who finished first and second respectively at the Loggerheads 5k Race on Saturday.


Tim Durrant and Georgina Moulton have started an Under 11s Middle Distance Training Group at the EPSV Athletics Track every Thursday between 6.30-8pm. If you are interested in attending please contact Tim at: timd284@yahoo.com


Club Members are being urged to sign up for the annual Club Track and Field Trials being held at the EPSV Track on Saturday March 28, and Thursday, April 2. Members need to sign the signing up sheets ASAP on the A-Board in the Trackside Community Room.


Any West Cheshire AC members wanting to become a qualified Race Director can book on a course scheduled for Saturday 11th July, at The Cheshire County Sports Club, Upton, Chester. This is a one-day course for which a certificate of attendance is given and lunch and teas/coffees are provided. The capacity for the course is 30; and bookings are taken on a first come first served basis. The Club will pay the course fee of any member wanting to attend as we need qualified Race Directors for our hosted fixtures.  

Booking details can be found here.


If any helpers or parents of West Cheshire AC members want to become qualified coaches, they will be fully supported by the Club who will pay for their coaching courses. Please email Dennis if you are interested at dennis.wall1@ntlworld.com 

Further details about coaching can be found here.


West Cheshire AC are organising the popular Chester Spring Five Miles Road Race at Cheshire Sports Club, Upton, Chester, on Wednesday April 8th (7pm start). If you can help out please email Dennis ASAP at: dennis.wall1@ntlworld.com


Any Club member who has recently ordered a Club Hoodie can now pick it up from the EPSV Track Office after a track training session. Club Hoodies will also be sold from the EPSV trackside room during the Club Track and Field Trials.


West Cheshire AC members wanting a list of 2020 track and field and road race fixtures can now collect their fixtures card from the EPSV Track Office at track training sessions.


Any Club members wanting to buy discount priced 6mm spikes for track shoes (£1.60 for a set of 12 spikes), should see Tim Durrant at Club track training sessions.


Level 1 officials courses for field judges, track judges, and timekeepers are being held at Macclesfield on Saturday, March 28, If you would like to attend any course on this day which is ideally timed just before the outdoor track and field season, please contact Dennis with your receipt after booking your place at the following link.


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.


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.


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.


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).


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


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.


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.


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


Saturday/Sunday, March 14/15 – England Athletics Indoor Under 15s and Under 17s Combined Events Championships, at Sheffield

Saturday, March 14: English Schools Cross Country Championships, at Sefton Park, Liverpool (12.30pm start)

Saturday, March 14British Masters Cross Country Championships, at Rhug Estate, Corwen (12 noon start)

Sunday, March 15Borders Road Running League Round Five, at Wrexham, (11am start)

Sunday, March 15 – Sale Harriers Indoor Open Meeting, Manchester

Sunday, March 15 – Sale Harriers Young Athletes Cross Country Over The Bales Races at Crossford Bridge Athletics Track, off Dane Road, Sale, (Under 9s, Under 11s, and Under 13s) 1.30pm

Posted by Dave Alexander
12th March 2020

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