WCAC Newsletter #274, 22-05-20

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

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

Scarlett Whittall, Teresa Arvidsson, Andrew Howarth, Abigail Hutton, Ellen McMahon, Daisy Ross-Maddock.

And Next Week: Ellie Collins, Ian McLintock, Phoebe Arnold, Lexi Ireland, Sophie Grainger, Clive Giddis, Adam Poole, Katie Stow-Povall, Angela Tegg, Liz Renondeau.

CONGRATULATIONS JON PARK!

Club member Jon Park has raised more than £3,000 for the National Health Service charities.

Jon ran for 24 hours and covered 85 miles at the Old Hall Country Club, Huntington, Chester, over the weekend.

“Wow I am speechless,” Jon said. “I set out to raise £1,000 then increased it to £2,500. I thought that would be a struggle but to get over £3,000 has made the run all worth it.

“Thank you to everyone who sponsored me. There has been loads. Without your help I couldn’t have done it and I hope the amount raised will help. Still collecting but just wanted to update.

“Going to recover now and eat the world.”

Anyone still wanting to add towards the money raised by Jon can pledge contributions at this link.

PLEASE PAY YOUR 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.

STAYING SAFE AND STAYING IN TOUCH

It’s so important to keep in touch during these strange times, so 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.

Hopefully you are continuing to stay fit, healthy and upbeat in these strange times. Please forward me your contributions for the Club Newsletter by email to: dennis.wall1@ntlworld.com

COVID-19 SURVEY

Anna Martin, a postgraduate student at Manchester Metropolitan University, and her supervisor, Dr Zoe Franklin, are conducting a research project investigating the impact of the current COVID-19 pandemic and government implemented restrictions on the exercise habits of those usually engaged in recreational sport.

They are hoping to collect data from individuals who partake in numerous recreational sports across the country, from differing backgrounds and age groups (aged 18+), and would be very grateful if some of our members would be able to participate. There are no right or wrong answers; they are purely interested in how the social-distancing restrictions are impacting on exercise behaviours and all responses will be anonymised and kept confidential. This study has been approved by the Manchester Metropolitan Ethics Committee.

They hope that this research will help to understand how people are coping in the current climate and provide insight as to how individuals may be encouraged to exercise in scenarios where access to sporting provisions is limited. Findings could also help inform policies for reintroduction of recreational sport.

The questionnaire should only take about 25 minutes to complete and can be accessed by clicking on this link below. A full information sheet can be accessed by clicking on this link.

USE THIS TIME AS A STEPPING STONE INTO COACHING…

A new online workshop course is available to book now – England Athletics are delivering a Leading Athletics practical workshop as a two-part webinar-based series. This new online delivery will incorporate two 1.5 hour sessions. Webinar course dates are currently available for 1 & 3 June or 15 & 17 June. The course is open to anyone aged 14 years and above.

While not a formal qualification, the Leading Athletics workshop is aimed at individuals who are interested in an introduction to the skills needed in leading athletics activities for young athletes. It’s perfect for athletes wanting to support younger members at their club or parents who want to take their first steps into volunteering and leading. Individuals completing the course will be able to support Coaching Assistant and Athletics Coaches.

Further details can be found here.

HEATHER McLINTOCK’S REHAB EXERCISES…

Club member and physio Heather McLintock has provided a webpage developed for athletes to access over the COVID period. The link contains video exercises which can be used to rehabilitate whilst you can’t visit her at the practice. The link is here.

HOME PENTATHLON UPDATE…

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.

CATHRYN WOODALL’S WORK-OUT INVITE…

Club member and Farndon physio Cathryn Woodall has posted crab walk and squat video exercises on her Farndon physio Facebook page here.

Cathryn is also thinking of doing a Facebook live/Zoom video of a 20-30 minute exercise routine, if anyone is interested.

JASON OSWELL’S 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 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 a Flexibility Challenge.

ALTERNATIVE PLYOMETRICS SESSION WITH ZOEY CLARK

British sprinter Zoey Clark provides an interesting training session which can be found here.


CORE AND GLUT WORK-OUT WITH VICKY THORNLEY

GB rower Vicky Thornley demonstrates six exercises in her garden.

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

In these unprecedented times, I wanted to draw your attention to some of the great resources available online. England Athletics is expanding its campaign to support Athletics and Running for everyone @home, with a focus on ‘Running @home’ support and advice. The homepage can be accessed here.

There are many webinars, interviews and tips from top coaches and athletes on how to stay conditioned and focused.

In addition, there are some fantastic videos for 4-11 year olds on the Funetics webpage put together in conjunction with England Athletics. The videos demonstrate parents and children (aged 4-11) taking part in FUN activities based on fundamental core movement skills: running, jumping and throwing. Funetics is a programme that has been designed to reflect the requirements of the National Curriculum Key Stage 1 and 2. At this time when our children are currently schooling at home, we hope that these video activities will support the need for education to continue at home.  You can access the videos here.

The link to other updated webinars can be found here, here and here.

VIRTUAL CHESHIRE ROAD RACING CHAMPIONSHIPS

Cheshire County Athletics Association in conjunction with Run Cheshire and Gogledd Cymru are organising the Cheshire County Virtual Road Racing Championships.

The online entry link is 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 at this link.

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 strength and conditioning exercises to help avoid injury.

MORE GREAT MEMORIES…

Liz McColgan, Roger Bannister and Denise Lewis feature this week. Enjoy…

OLYMPIC CHAMPION WINS WOMEN’S EDITION OF GARDEN POLE VAULT CHALLENGE

Olympic champion Katerina Stefanidi won the women’s edition of the ‘garden pole vault challenge’.

The Greek completed 34 successful jumps compared with 30 by American Katie Nageotte and 21 by Canada’s Alysha Newman. The bar was set at four metres for the trio, who were competing over two 15-minute stints at their local tracks.

“My arms were so tired at the end, ” said Stefanidi, who won gold at the 2016 Olympics Games in Rio.

In the men’s version two weeks ago, Frenchman Renaud Lavillenie, who conceived the clash, and Swede Armand Duplantis both cleared a five-metre bar 36 times.

Asked whether she would take on Lavillenie and Duplantis, Stefanidi said: “I would do it, but I’ll need three weeks to recover. “The men were competing 1.2m below their personal bests while we were competing 90cm below ours, so we’d have to adjust the heights. But yes, give me three weeks and I’ll do it.”

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

INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/westcheshireac/

Posted by Dave Alexander
19th May 2020
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