WCAC Newsletter #265, 20-03-20

TRYING TO STAY FOCUSED

Life has changed so much for us all because of Coronavirus, but the most important thing is to stay safe, stay healthy, stay upbeat, and to help one another.

England Athletics have told all Clubs to suspend all face to face activity such as club training sessions, events, competitions, club committee and face to face meetings, athlete camps, running groups, and social events until at least the end of April.

In a bid to keep everyone at West Cheshire Athletic Club upbeat, I would like to ask for your contributions for future editions of the Club Newsletter.

I’m looking for you all to pass on your ideas and initiatives to help everyone stay fit and healthy in these unprecedented times.

Please forward your contributions to me by email: dennis.wall1@ntlworld.com

Meanwhile, I hope you enjoy this issue of the Club Newsletter and hope you can all play your part in communicating and sharing your thoughts and ideas during this lull in Club training and competition.

And, our Club Chairman, Jon Clarke, is keen for the Club to help promote the free of charge Joe Wix Fitness Sessions for Primary and Secondary School pupils which start at 9am on Monday for a week. The link is here.

CONGRATULATIONS ALICE AND LIAM!

Everyone at West Cheshire AC passes on their congratulations to Alice and Liam Davoren who have announced that they are expecting their first child.

WELCOME ABOARD

Adrian Gledhill and Liam Davoren both attended a Coaching Assistant Course at Deeside Stadium, Connah’s Quay, last weekend to help strengthen our coaching squad.

MESSAGE FROM ENGLAND ATHLETICS…

England Athletics CEO Chris Jones has published a message on the England Athletics website and has requested everyone to provide feedback via a form at the foot of his page.

The link to his message is here.

UPDATE FROM THE EPSV ATHLETICS TRACK

White Line started delamination work on the EPSV Track on Monday and will be on site until they complete the work while the Ellesmere Port Sports Village is closed to the public from 5pm on Friday 20th March until the end of May.

Please look at the Club Website for all the latest updates at: www.westcheshireac.co.uk

CLUB TRACK AND FIELD TRIALS

Unfortunately, the annual Club Track and Field Trials scheduled to be held at the EPSV Track on Saturday March 28, and Thursday, April 2, have been cancelled.

CHESTER SPRING FIVE MILES ROAD RACE

Unfortunately, the Chester Spring Five Miles Road Race scheduled to be held at Cheshire Sports Club, Upton, Chester, on Wednesday, 15th April, has been cancelled.

GUILDEN SUTTON 10k ROAD RACE

The Guilden Sutton 10k Road Race scheduled to be held on Sunday, 20th September, has been cancelled because the Chester Half Marathon has been switched to this date and the Club will be aiming to help out at that fixture.

TRACK AND FIELD UPDATE

West Cheshire AC’s scheduled first round fixtures in the Cheshire League at Wrexham on Sunday, 19th April, and in the Youth Development U17/U20 League at Ellesmere Port Sports Village on Sunday, 26th April, have both been cancelled.

SCHOOLS FIXTURES CANCELLED

The Year 7 Cheshire v Merseyside Schools Cross Country fixture scheduled to be held at Ellesmere Port Sports Village on Wednesday 1st April has been cancelled.

And the English Schools Track and Field Cup first round match at Ellesmere Port Sports Village scheduled for Wednesday, 6th May has also been cancelled.

CONGRATULATIONS JOSEPH!

Joseph Morrison won the Borders Road Running League race at Wrexham on Sunday and became the first-ever Club member to win a Borders League fixture.

He grabbed glory at the 5.8 miles event held on the Wrexham Industrial Estate and was backed up by club mates Michael Young (17th), Graham Wells (39th), Robert Little (50th), Steve Fernyhough (51st), Freddy Newberry (59th), Steve King (74th), Andrew Clague (77th), Andy Carter (78th), and final scoring counter Danny Paddock (79th).

Keely Smith headed West Cheshire AC’s ladies team to the finishing line in 129th spot, supported by club mates Debra Bemand (154th), and third scoring counter Rachael Patterson (184th).

Other West Cheshire AC finishers included Richard Hayes (82nd), Fraser Campbell (87th), Paul Morrison (93rd), John Parlevliet (94th), Dave Tiernan (162nd), Julian Tegg (172nd), Claire Harris (188th), Clare Mallon (195th), Amy Mills (222nd), Chloe Fitzpatrick (232nd), and Alex Duffey (244th).

Sadly, it was the last round of the season and the overall results can be found here.

CARYS HEADS HER COUNTY HOME

Carys Roberts headed Cheshire Junior Girls’ charge at the English Schools Cross Country Championships on Saturday at Sefton Park, Liverpool.

Carys was first home for Cheshire and ninth overall in 11 minutes 22 seconds after negotiating the 3km course, while club mate Lucia Pyne was sixth team counter for Merseyside after posting 188th spot in 14:37 for the 3.8km Intermediate Girls race.

Other West Cheshire AC members representing Cheshire included Jamie Richardson (third team counter and 40th overall in 19:21 for the 5.5km Intermediate Boys race), supported by Isaac Tait (fourth team counter and 185th overall in 20:40), and Sammy Hollins (sixth team counter and 296th overall in 21:55).

Luke Parker (fourth team counter and 135th overall in 16:15 for the 4.4km Junior Boys event), and Lily Moorhouse (fourth counter and 275th in 21:15) completed the 4.4km Senior Girls race.

TRIO SECURE PODIUM PLACE

Dave Alexander, Andrew Clague and Neil Hershaw secured second team position at the British Masters Cross Country Championships.

Alexander was fourth in his over-50 age group in 32:24, while Clague was 11th in his over-55 age group in 35:20, and Hershaw was 10th in his age category with 35:25 to combine for a podium place in the 8km Men’s 45-54 age group event held at the Rhug Estate, Corwen, ahead of Andy Carter (12th over-50 in 36:02).

Anest Muller (seventh over-35 lady in 28:32) and Ellie Robinson (seventh over-45 lady in 28:41) completed the 6km Women’s race, won by Liz Renondeau of Vale Royal in 22:52, with Joanna Marsden of Ellesmere Port in second spot with 22:53.

PAIR PRODUCE MEDAL PERFORMANCES

Florence Harte and Daniel Walker represented the Club in the Sale Harriers Over The Bales Races. Harte won the under 9 girls race, while Walker achieved third spot in the under 11 boys event.

JOSH IS JUBILANT WITH TWO NEW BESTS

Josh Ford clocked new under 20 men’s 60m (7.27 seconds) and 300m (36.55) personal bests at the Sale Harriers Indoor Open Meeting in Manchester.

Imogen Pughe posted a new under 17 ladies 60m personal best time of 8.13 seconds, and added a 300m time of 42.04, while Fergus Garland posted a new under 15 boys 300m pb of 39.73.

Sara Pearson clocked a new under 15 girls 60m pb of 8.42 seconds, long jumped 4.37m, and hit 9.57m in the shot put.

Martha Willetts rounded the under 15 girls 600m in a new pb of 1:44.80 and added a 300m season’s best of 45.27 alongside Megan White who clocked a new 600m pb of 1:50:72 and a 300m season’s best of 50.76.

AGE GROUP BEST FOR ISABEL

Isabel Robertson represented the Club at the Liverpool Half Marathon where she posted a new over-55 age group club best time of two hours and 47 seconds for 12th spot in her age category, alongside Mark Povey.

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

Posted by Dave Alexander
20th March 2020
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