WCAC Newsletter #270, 24-04-20

STAYING IN TOUCH

I hope you are all staying fit, healthy and upbeat in these unprecedented times. It’s so important to keep in touch, so please forward me your contributions for the Club Newsletter by email to: dennis.wall1@ntlworld.com

I hope you enjoy this latest weekly issue of the Club Newsletter which features news, work-outs, links to video clips, and a list of club members who are celebrating birthdays. Remember that you can all play your part in communicating and sharing your thoughts and ideas during this lull in Club training and competition.

CLUB MEMBERSHIP

Please remember to renew your Club Membership to help support West Cheshire AC prepare for life after the lockdown when the Club is aiming to organise a Club Track & Field Championships in September and hopefully host the Cheshire Track & Field Championships if restrictions are lifted.

The link to the Club Membership payment page on the website is here.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

Many happy returns to the following Club members who celebrate their birthdays this week:

Tony Kennedy, Jean Claude Randon, Freddie Cogan-Williams, Adam Gloyne-Phillips, Michael Maxwell, Ava Longman, Thomas Chalmers, Callum Stow-Povall, Daniel Thwaites, Eloise Eccles, Evelyn Hogan, Wullie McGarrell, Neil McIntyre, Jack Nash, Harvey Tegg.

And Next Week: Holly Coates, Johnny Goodall, George Mann, Milly James, Alex Duffey, Hannah Moorhourse, Matthew Smithdale, Thomas Wilde, Thomas Wilson, Andrew Leishman, Michael Young, Harley Shakespeare-Wetton.

CARYS EARNS ENGLAND VEST…

Carys Roberts will be receiving an England vest when the lockdown restrictions have been lifted.

The West Cheshire AC youngster finished ninth in the Junior Girls race and was first home for Cheshire at the English Schools Cross Country Championships staged at Sefton Park, Liverpool, in March.

Her top-10 finish would have earned her selection for England at the Schools International Cross-country Relay Championships scheduled to have been held in Scotland. But the fixture north of the border was cancelled due to the Covid-19 Crisis and Roberts has been waiting to find out whether she would be receiving her international vest.

Carys won the Cheshire Schools Cross Country Championship title in February and was looking forward to making her international debut. Cheshire Schools Athletics Association, who had contacted the English Schools Executive to complain that no recognition had been made to those who had achieved top 10 positions at the National Finals in Liverpool in March, were delighted to receive a positive response.

GET BEHIND MICHAEL YOUNG’S BIRTHDAY BASH…

West Cheshire AC’s Michael Young will be celebrating his 33rd birthday on 2nd May running 69 miles on a treadmill to fundraise for the NHS because of all the amazing work they are doing. Please feel free to donate – https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/theultrabear – any donation would be sincerely appreciated! 

WORK-OUT OF THE WEEK…

Double Olympic champion Jade Jones and her flatmate, Olympic bronze medallist Bianca Walkden, have put together a short workout perfect for trying at home.

OLYMPIANS IN LOCKDOWN 

With the Olympics pushed back to 2021, the world’s best athletes have had to train and entertain themselves at home. Liam Loftus is back with our favourite clips from lockdown.

HOME CHALLENGES WITH JENNY MEADOWS…

If you need something to brighten up your week, then the Jenny Meadows Weekly Challenge is just for you! Our friend, World and European medallist at 800m and coach Jenny Meadows, will be setting a special fun challenge each week, that you can do within your home. This week is an agility challenge.

LOCKDOWN PHYSIOTHERAPY 

Jason Oswell has been in touch to say he is doing Physiotherapy video consultations during lockdown. If anybody has any issues, he is prepared to provide a consultation to anybody from the club for £10. His email address is: jason_oswell@live.com

HOME PENTATHLON UPDATE…

There has been a poor response so far to my request for everyone to send me results of the Home Pentathlon.

I have received results so far from Macy Brett: 5x20m shuttle run 35.1 secs; Target Throw 16; 20 secs Speed Bounce 60; Vertical Jump 55; Standing Long Jump 2.19m – Silver with 259 points. 

Holly Bosworth: 5x20m shuttle run 36.2 secs; Target Throw 16; Speed Bounce 63; Vertical Jump 42 cms; Standing Long Jump 1.96m.

Finn Howard: 5x20m shuttle run 38 secs, Target Throw 16, Speed Bounce 47, Vertical Jump 39 cms, Standing Long Jump 1.97m.

And photo evidence of Teresa Arvidsson completing the challenge.

If you haven’t completed the Home Pentathlon yet, please give it a go and let me know how you get on. The link can be found here.

LIZ IS A TOP 10 HIT…

Liz Renondeau, who won the British Masters Cross Country Championships at Aintree, Liverpool, is ranked second in Athletics Weekly magazine’s UK over-40 women’s cross-country ranking list. Congratulations Liz!

VIRTUAL BANNISTER MILE 

Club members might be interested to learn that a Virtual Bannister Mile is being organised on May 6th – the 66th anniversary of the first sub4 mile. More details will appear in next week’s newsletter.

VIRTUAL WIRRAL SEASIDE 5KM RUN

The Second Race of the Seaside Run Series was scheduled to take place on Wednesday 29th April. However, there has been a request for a Virtual 5K Race.

The Start Time will be 7pm on Wednesday 22nd April and you will have One Week to upload One (and only 1) 5K Run using Strava, Garmin etc. The finish time will be 8pm on Wednesday 29th April.

The Winners will be announced on Thursday 30th April. This is for fun and so is free. ANYONE can enter.

Please give your Name, Gender, Category, Club, and photo. Please run from your home if possible and follow the guidelines: Stay a safe distance. Run on your own and STAY SAFE. 

TRAVEL TO TOKYO CHALLENGE

Many thanks for Glenys Potter for providing news about Team GB challenging schools to take part in the Travel to Tokyo challenge to get active in the run up to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games. More details can be found here.

THIS SUNDAY’S 2.6 CHALLENGE

We’ve missed out on fun events, seeing friends and family and we’re spending more time at home than many of us would like. It’s also had an especially large impact on the UK’s charities, whose work is as vital as ever in this difficult time.


The Covid-19 pandemic has led to the cancellation of thousands of fundraising events and the loss of billions in income. To help them to continue to help people during this period, the 2.6 Challenge will launch this Sunday – 26th April.
Sunday should have been the date of the 40th London Marathon, the world’s biggest one-day annual fundraising event, which raised £66.4 million for charities in 2019. The 2.6 Challenge can be anything that works for you. You can run or walk 2.6 miles, 2.6km or for 26 minutes.


You can do it in your home, or garden if you have one. For instance, you could go up and down the stairs 26 times, do a 26-minute exercise class or get 26 people on a video call and do a 26-minute workout – anything you like.
so get involved and take part in a physical activity based around the numbers 2.6 or 26. You can fundraise here.

The challenge will last for a week and is open to anyone of any age – the only requirement is that the activity must follow the government guidelines on exercise and social distancing, so remember to stay local.

HELP AND SUPPORT

Anyone requiring help and support while self-isolating can contact the local council hotline number of 0300 123 7031.

This is a dedicated hotline number for those self-isolating and who don’t have anyone to help. A call to this number will provide help organising food or medicine deliveries, or some sort of social contact. The number for the most in need is 0300 123 7031. It is open Monday to Sunday (8am-7pm).

ALSO – Please feel free to ring me (Dennis) if you want a chat or need any help or support. My numbers are: 0151 201 1254 and 07968 643038.

UPDATED ONLINE ATHLETICS WEBINARS

England Athletics are continuing to offer a variety of online webinars of interest to athletes, coaches, officials, parents, and fans of the sport we all love.

The link to the updated list of webinars covering Throws, Sprints, Endurance Running, Jumps, Steeplechase, Race Walking, Pole Vault, Combined Events, and Running Drills can be found here, here and here.

STAYING FIT AND HEALTHY

The links below offer a range of advice on exercises we can all do while confined indoors.

MIND provides a series of workouts here

Joe Wicks has become a household name with his daily online morning workouts which can be found here.

Sport England is offering tips, advice and guidance on how to stay active around the home on this link.

Youth Sport Trust is providing healthy tips including a series of 60-second Challenges on this link.

Realbuzz has provided a 4-minute flat stomach workout which can be found here.

MORE GREAT MEMORIES…

Here are my latest clips to bring a smile back to your faces. Enjoy!

IT’S GOOD TO TALK

Members and parents are reminded to look at the following links for updates about the Club:

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

Dennis Wall

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