Press Report: Six Hope to Star in Manchester

SEVERAL West Cheshire Athletic Club members are focusing their sights on the re-scheduled British Athletics Championships.

Laura Turley, Emma Howe, Joseph Morrison, Ewan Bradley, George Hyde, and Sophie Percival are all hoping to be in action at the event to be held on Friday and Saturday, September 4 and 5, behind closed doors at the Manchester Regional Arena.

Turley’s 400m personal best of 54.66 seconds achieved in June last year in France, should reward her with a place in the starting line-up.

Howe will be hoping to achieve a mark better than the javelin qualification standard of 47m before the September fixture having hit a personal best of 45.27m at Stretford in July last year.

Morrison, who finished third at the British Universities and Colleges Indoor Championships at Sheffield in February with a new 800m personal best of 1:50:67, will be hoping to better the qualification standard of 1:50:50.

Bradley will also be aiming to better his 110m hurdles personal best of 15.3 seconds clocked at the Ellesmere Port Sports Village track last July as the qualification standard for Manchester is 15.0 seconds.

Hyde, a student at Loughborough University, hopes to improve on his shot put personal best of 15.50m at last year’s Manchester International as the qualification mark stands at 15.75m.

And Percival will be keen to better her javelin personal best of 45.03 seconds and reach the qualification standard to secure her place.

The format and shape of September’s championship will be subject to the government guidelines and will be broadcast live on Friday night on BBC2, 1830-2100 and Saturday, afternoon on BBC1, 1315-1630.

Joanna Coates, CEO of UK Athletics said: “We are delighted to be able to offer our athletes an opportunity to compete and still become British Champions at the end of the summer in what has been the most unprecedented of circumstances for all sport.

“People will be aware of my passion for women’s sport and I am grateful that the gender mix in athletics means everyone gets to return to the field of play. However, for those sports where men and women compete in separate structures, I urge those organisations to ensure efforts getting women’s sports back up and running are championed with the same passion and sense of urgency.

“Thanks to the BBC for supporting us to showcase our sport under the Friday evening lights, and also to Manchester City Council for their investment into the facility and working with us to confirm we could stage this event in such challenging times.

“We are sorry that we cannot host our brilliant athletics supporters this year but hope for a healthy return for fans at sports events next year and to welcoming spectators to next year’s Olympic trials scheduled for June 26-27.”

MEANWHILE, the Helena Tipping Wrexham 10k Road Race, scheduled to be held on Sunday, July 26, has been cancelled.

The organisers posted a statement on Facebook: “As you may be aware the sports governing bodies have recently extended the ban on road racing until at least July 31. This clearly means that our race will be unable to take place and so to prevent further congestion later in the year, we have now cancelled the race moving all entrants automatically to the 2021 staging of the race on Sunday, July 25.  “We are really disappointed as we have a new accredited course and were looking forward to a record entry field and some fast times.”You (runners) should have received an email with further information so please check your spam/junk folders. If you have any questions please contact us via: admin@runcheshire.com as we are a small organisation and it is not always possible to keep track of or respond to social media comments. In the meantime please stay safe.”

WCAC Newsletter #279, 26-06-20

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

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

Glenys Potter, Stephen Ball, Natasha Cobb, Lauren Dimbylow, Stuart Hague, Harry Lark, Ellen Molloy, James Smith, Marley Renowden, Patrick Tait.

And next week: Lily Moorhouse, Callum Hill, Joseph Hancock, Jenny Manning, Jessica Lark, Edith Storey.

STAYING IN TOUCH

I hope you enjoy this latest weekly issue of the Club Newsletter during these strange times. This week’s edition features news, work-outs, links to video clips, and a list of club members who are celebrating birthdays.

Attempts are being made by Club coaches and athletes to take small steps towards staying in shape after the lockdown, and England Athletics have set-out a timetable of steps towards a new normal in terms of organising pilot club competitions before attempting to put on open meetings, subject to restrictions being relaxed.

In terms of the EPSV Athletics Track re-opening, the Club have been in touch with track operators, Brio, who this week promised to keep the Club updated in light of Tuesday’s announcement by the government to re-open gyms and play areas.

Once Brio confirm the EPSV Athletics Track can re-open all Club members will be informed about arrangements for training, so please keep an eye on your email inboxes and the Club’s website and social media platforms. 

If you have not yet paid your Club Membership Fees and are currently taking part in the training sessions being supervised by Club coaches, please support your Club and pay your Membership Fee.

Remember that you can all play your part in communicating and sharing your thoughts and ideas during this lull in Club training and competition.

I would welcome any contributions from yourselves, any impending marriages, or additions to the family, any running or competing incidents. Currently the response has been excellent, but if you have anything that could make it into next week’s Newsletter – please email me.

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

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.

In line with the Club’s hopes and aspirations, UK Athletics has confirmed that due to the extreme impact of Covid-19 on competition structures within the sport, the 2020 outdoor track and field competition year will be extended from September 30 to October 31.

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

ENGLAND ATHLETICS UPDATE

England Athletics has provided an update on the latest guidelines which can be found here.

DO YOU HAVE HALF AN HOUR TO FILL?

England Athletics have set up this inter-club competition 30 minute Challenge, which may be of interest to some of our members.

ROAD RUNNING UPDATE WEBINARS

England Athletics are organising four road running webinars to help update everyone about a way forward and other relevant road running topics. Details are here

AWARDS DEADLINE IS THIS SUNDAY

Dennis Wall has again nominated West Cheshire AC for the North West Regional Club of the Year, but Club members can also nominate individuals for the other Volunteer Award Categories, and the deadline is this Sunday, June 28. Don’t miss your chance to nominate them for the North West Regional Volunteer Awards 2020. Submit your nominations online, before midnight on Sunday evening.

Through the nine awards categories, England Athletics are looking to reward athletics and running clubs, RunTogether groups, coaches, leaders, officials, volunteers and young volunteers… as well as highlighting long-term service to athletics or running and recognising fantastic community-focused activity.

WHY NOT BECOME A RUNNING LEADER?…

You can BOOK NOW for our new LiRF-CiRF online workshop, a great development opportunity helping individuals who are Leadership in Running Fitness (LiRF) qualified to prepare for the step up to the Coach in Running Fitness (CiRF) course. The workshop lasts 2 hours & costs only £20. New dates available – Tue 14 Jul, Sun 26 July & Tue 4 August.

VIRTUAL CLUB NIGHT WITH CHRISTINE OHURUOGU

England Athletics are holding a Virtual Club Night featuring a live interview & Q&A with Olympic, World and Commonwealth 400m Champion Christine Ohuruogu! To join at 19:00 on Tuesday 30th June, book your place online.

ENGLAND ATHLETICS VIRTUAL 5k ROAD RUNNING CHAMPIONSHIPS

Entries to the England Athletics Virtual 5K Road Running Championships (July 11-13) are now open. With the original event cancelled due to Covid-19, EA has launched a free-to-enter virtual running version of the race for 2020 (following government guidelines). The Virtual 5K Championships provides a platform for performance-focused runners to challenge for the national title and, with no minimum entry standard, also gives runners a chance to gain their first experience in national competition!

HELP SHAPE THE FUTURE OF OUR SPORT…

England Athletics is inviting members of the England Athletics family to take part in a short survey as part of the collaborative conversation with UK Athletics to help shape the future of our sport. Recordings from the first virtual consultation sessions, which took place this week, are also now available to view online (with one session remaining on 1 July). To access the survey, watch the recordings or sign-up for the remaining virtual consultation session, by visiting here.

ATHLETICS WEEKLY NEWS UPDATES

All the latest athletics news can be found on the Athletics Weekly website 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.

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.

VIRTUAL MULTI-EVENT@HOME COMPETITION

England Athletics has linked up with Sportshall Athletics to offer clubs a free platform to create their own Virtual Multi-Event @ home competition! Clubs can now use the Sportshall scoring system, and online OpenTrack virtual competitions platform, to create their own fun ‘at home’ challenges and competitions featuring up to 13 events.

With athletics training and competition currently limited due to the coronavirus pandemic, Virtual Multi-Event @ home provides a fantastic opportunity for athletes to compete against others from their own club or against other clubs, within their home or close-to-home environment and in line with government guidelines.

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.

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

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 the club’s 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 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 strength and conditioning exercises to help avoid injury.

MORE GREAT MEMORIES…

This week it’s Colin Jackson, Ed Moses, and Laura Muir. 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

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

Press Report: Guilden Sutton 10k Not On

THIS year’s Guilden Sutton 10k Road Race has been cancelled.

Event organisers, West Cheshire Athletic Club, decided to cancel the fixture because it clashes with the rearranged date for the Essar Chester Half Marathon on Sunday, September 20.

West Cheshire AC will now channel all it’s efforts to ensure the popular Essar Chester Half Marathon proves a big success by providing race officials and course marshals.

The 39th Chester Half Marathon was scheduled to be held on May 17, but organisers, Active Leisure Events Ltd, rearranged the date because of the Covid-19 crisis.

The Chester Half Marathon will offer one of the flattest routes in many years, with a spectacular city centre finish.

The race starts at Chester Racecourse, heading up Watergate Street, through the Walls and the historic centre of Chester. Runners will leave the city through the Garden Quarter before heading out into the countryside on Parkgate Road.

Just after Little Mollington Hall runners turn onto the roman road into the picturesque villages of Mollington and Lea by Backford. The route then continues up Parkgate Road and turns left to loop round part of Saughall village. Returning on Parkgate Road, passing Chester University and then into the finish via the Garden Quarter.

The finish in the City Centre outside the Town Hall and Cathedral provides an inspiring setting with cheering crowds of welcoming spectators.

Entries for the event are being accepted online at: https://ale.niftyentries.com/ChesterHalfMarathon

Meanwhile, The 2020 Great Manchester 10 and Half Marathon scheduled to be held on September 6 after being rescheduled from May 22 has been cancelled.

Abergele Harriers has cancelled the 2020 Abergele 5 mile and 5k races, and the Snowdonia Marathon due to take place on October 24 has been postponed to October 30, 2021.

WCAC Newsletter #278, 19-06-20

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

Noah Booth, Lillie Collins, Chloe Fitzpatrick, Leah Roberts.

And next week: Glenys Potter, Stephen Ball, Natasha Cobb, Lauren Dimbylow, Stuart Hague, Harry Lark, Ellen Molloy, James Smith, Marley Renowden, Patrick Tait.

STAYING IN TOUCH

I hope you are staying fit, healthy and safe in these strange times and that 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.

As you will see below, attempts are being made by Club coaches and athletes to take small steps towards staying in shape after the lockdown, and England Athletics have set-out a timetable of steps towards a new normal in terms of organising pilot club competitions before attempting to put on open meetings, subject to restrictions being relaxed. Please take a look at the latest news from England Athletics which has been published online this week.

If you have not yet paid your Club Membership Fees and are currently taking part in the training sessions being supervised by Club coaches, please support your Club and pay your Membership Fee. 

The Club is still waiting to find out from Brio when the Ellesmere Port Sports Village site will re-open for business so that training can take place within the government’s guidelines.

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

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.

In line with the Club’s hopes and aspirations, UK Athletics has confirmed that due to the extreme impact of Covid-19 on competition structures within the sport, the 2020 outdoor track and field competition year will be extended from September 30 to October 31.

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

GROUP TRAINING SESSIONS

Mark Duffey and Dennis Wall have started to organise group training sessions to help Club members stay in shape. The NEXT car park at Cheshire Oaks was the venue for the first session on Tuesday night this week, and two sessions were being held on Thursday this week at Whitby Park, Ellesmere Port. Please keep an eye out on the Club’s Facebook and Twitter accounts for more details, or email: dennis.wall1@ntlworld.com

Graham Patterson is also planning to organise a group training session next week so please get in touch with him if you are wanting to get involved by emailing: graham.patterson@ntlworld.com

And Jon Moss is supervising a training session this Saturday at Whitby Park, Ellesmere Port, starting at 10am.

ENGLAND ATHLETICS UPDATE

England Athletics provided a new update on Wednesday this week. More details here

UPDATE ON COMPETITION PLANNING 2020

England Athletics published an update on Wednesday this week. Further details can be found here

ENGLAND ATHLETICS VIRTUAL 5k ROAD RUNNING CHAMPIONSHIPS

Entries to the England Athletics Virtual 5K Road Running Championships (July 11-13) are now open. the original event cancelled due to Covid-19, EA has launched a free-to-enter virtual running version of the race for 2020 (following government guidelines). The Virtual 5K Championships provides a platform for performance-focused runners to challenge for the national title and, with no minimum entry standard, also gives runners a chance to gain their first experience in national competition! For details & to enter, visit here.

BASIC FUNDAMENTALS FOR DISCUS…

Thanks to Tim Durrant for forwarding this: Jade Lally has recently produced two videos relating to the basic fundamentals for Discus. This is Jade’s first video on How To Hold A Discus:  the second video is on Discus Basics: Foot Placement. 

2020 ABERGELE 5 MILES AND 5K RACES CANCELLED

Abergele Harriers has cancelled the 2020 Abergele 5 mile and 5k races. The races will be hopefully be back in November 2021.

2020 GREAT NORTH RUN CANCELLED

The Great North Run, scheduled to take place on September 13, has been cancelled. Further details here

2020 SNOWDONIA MARATHON POSTPONED

The Snowdonia Marathon due to take place on October 24 has been postponed to October 30, 2021. Further details here

2022 BIRMINGHAM COMMONWEALTH GAMES

The 2022 Commonwealth Games will now begin on July 28, and runs through to August 8. Further details here. 

STANDING TRIPLE JUMP CHALLENGE

Thanks to Graham Patterson for spotting this.

DESIREE HENRY CORE SESSION…

Take a look at this core session by Desiree Henry.

ATHLETICS WEEKLY NEWS UPDATES

All the latest athletics news can be found on the Athletics Weekly website 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 (Dennis) 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

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 the club’s 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 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 strength and conditioning exercises to help avoid injury.

MORE GREAT MEMORIES…

This week it’s Emil Zatopek, Tanni-Grey Thompson, and Cathy Freeman. 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 INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/westcheshireac/

Press Report: WCAC Hopeful for Restart

WEST CHESHIRE Athletic Club is hoping to salvage a slice of track and field action if the current government restrictions are lifted due to the Covid-19 crisis.

The purple-vested outfit is waiting for the re-opening of the Ellesmere Port Sports Village Leisure Centre and Athletics Track in order to resume club training sessions again.

West Cheshire AC last trained on the track officially on March 14 and the facility has been closed officially since March 20.

And West Cheshire AC is hoping to organise a Community Come and Try Athletics Event if restrictions are lifted, as well as a Club Track and Field Championships, and an Open Track and Field Meeting at the Ellesmere Port Sports Village Athletics Track.

In line with the Club’s hopes and aspirations, UK Athletics has confirmed that due to the extreme impact of Covid-19 on competition structures within the sport, the 2020 outdoor track and field competition year will be extended from September 30 to October 31.

Meanwhile, England Athletics, working with Runbritain, has confirmed that the suspension of licensed road races in England has been extended until at least the end of July 2020.

The decision to extend the suspension of activity specific to road race events is due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and in line with guidance from the UK government in relation to social distancing and restrictions on the number of people permitted to meet in groups.

As a result of this announcement, any road race that was licensed in England for the period to July 31, 2020, should be postponed or cancelled. However, race organisers seeking to reschedule their race for a later date should note that Runbritain can use the existing licence with the new date assuming that nothing has changed regarding the race set up and that the race organiser has local authority approval. This applies to races being carried over to next year.

The Great North Run, scheduled to take place on September 13, has been cancelled.

The popular 13.1 miles event organised between Newcastle and South Shields, would have attracted more than 55,000 runners and was due to celebrate it’s 40th anniversary. 

Organisers said they had not taken the decision lightly and had tried to find a way to hold the run while observing social distancing.

Runners are eligible for refunds or can transfer their entry to next year.

The Junior and Mini Great North Run and the Great North 5km, which usually take place on the Saturday before the Great North Run, have also been cancelled.

WCAC Newsletter #277, 12-06-20

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

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

Chris Given, Phil Howe, Sam Hewitt, Colm McNabb, Grace Fairweather, Aaron Scott, Evie Tipping.

And next week: Noah Booth, Lillie Collins, Chloe Fitzpatrick, Leah Roberts.

LATEST CORONAVIRUS STATEMENT REMINDER

England Athletics CEO Chris Jones issued his latest statement this week.

NORTHERN ATHLETICS CANCELS ALL 2020 TRACK & FIELD FIXTURES

Northern Athletics has cancelled all of this year’s regional track and field championships.

The regional organisation’s chairman, Tony Wood, revealed the news at the weekend due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

NIKKI GORE’S FUN SPORTS CHALLENGE…

West Cheshire AC member and Prenton High School teacher, Nikki Gore, sets a fun sports challenge for National School Sports week. Take a look and have a go.

A BIT OF FUN WITH KJT

World champion Katarina Johnson-Thompson misses the heptathlon that much, she’s decided to put on her own at home, competing against her dogs, Bronx and Chorizo. Listen out for a familiar voice on commentary…

DON’T MISS THE OSLO IMPOSSIBLE GAMES…

The first big track meet of the summer is Oslo’s Impossible Games this Thursday, June 11 — an event which replaced the Oslo Diamond League, which was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. The meeting will have a limited line-up of events (just 13 in all) and very few athletes competing (not even 50), but there will be many exciting races and competitions, including solo runs, shots at European records and world record attempts. This is not an event that track fans will want to miss.

2020 LONDON MARATHON UPDATE

Entrants for this year’s London Marathon may be encouraged to run the distance solo to raise money for their chosen charities if revised plans for a mass participation race now have to be aborted.

On March 13, the decision was taken to postpone the 40th edition of the race — which was due to take place on April 26 — until October 4 because of the Covid-19 pandemic. More details here.

ATHLETICS WEEKLY NEWS UPDATES

All the latest athletics news can be found on the Athletics Weekly website here.

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 IN TOUCH

I hope you are continuing to stay fit, healthy and safe in these strange times and that 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

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 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 (Dennis) 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 Balance Challenge.

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 the club’s 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 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 strength and conditioning exercises to help avoid injury.

MORE GREAT MEMORIES…

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/

Press Report: North Says No to Summer Champs

NORTHERN ATHLETICS has cancelled all of this year’s regional track and field championships.

The regional organisation’s chairman, Tony Wood, revealed the news at the weekend due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

“The Northern Athletics office has been closed since the beginning of April due to the lockdown and the decision to do so was simple because we were unable to stage championships and we had to mitigate for any future losses by implementing the government’s furlough scheme,” Wood said.

“We have held two board meetings remotely during the lockdown. In April we had to sadly cancel the Northern Inter Counties Championships which would have been held at York next month and we postponed the senior championships which would have been held at Liverpool this month.

“Unfortunately, the current government guidelines and the concern we have for our athletes, our loyal officials and spectators meant that Northern Athletics has decided that we were unable to safely stage any track and field championships this summer. Accordingly the junior and senior championships which would have been held at Hull in August are now cancelled.”

The news is a big blow to West Cheshire Athletic Club members who have been preparing to compete in the Northern Championships which are the highlight of the summer season for many club athletes. 

Wood added: “Our next dilemma is the Autumn Road Relays Championships. We still have to be guided by government guidelines but we also have to rely on a date given to us by Manchester City FC whose Premier League season has been extended and it is unlikely we will have that date until August which may affect our ability to stage the event. We are not going to make a decision at present but we will do so in the next month or so and we will of course keep everybody informed.

“The 5k Road Championships at Sunderland and the 10 miles Road Championships at Preston have been cancelled by the host clubs due to their concerns over the virus, but the Ribble Valley 10k Road Race remains in the calendar and we will keep liaising with the host club.

“We will also have to seriously consider our cross country relay championships in October at Sheffield and the very sensitive issue of our indoor championships and of course our indoor open meetings in November and December as to whether they can be staged safely.”

WCAC Newsletter #276, 05-06-20

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

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

Julian Tegg, Alex O’Hare, Lowri Huxley, Rhys Young, Josh Ford, Dan Gilroy.

And Next Week: Chris Given, Phil Howe, Sam Hewitt, Colm McNabb, Grace Fairweather, Aaron Scott, Evie Tipping.

LATEST CORONAVIRUS STATEMENT

England Athletics CEO Chris Jones issued his latest statement this week.

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 IN TOUCH

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

WELL DONE JOSEPH AND ROSEMARY!

Joseph Morrison and Rosemary Rogers celebrated success in the Virtual Wirral Seaside 5km Race.

They won their respective age group categories in an event that attracted 143 entrants and is normally held at Leasowe.

Joseph clocked 15 minutes 53 seconds to win the senior men’s age group, while Rosemary posted 24 minutes 24 seconds for top spot in her over-70 year old age group..

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 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 an Explosive Throw Challenge.

MEGHAN BEESLEY’S LOCKDOWN TRAINING

The European 400m hurdles bronze medallist shares insight into her sessions, featuring a “5kg fluffy white ball”.

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 links 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 the following 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…

David Hemery, Emil Zatopek, Tessa Sanderson and Fatima Whitbread feature this week. Enjoy…

McCOLGAN: “THERE ARE PEOPLE CHEATING AND THAT IS JUST THE WAY OUR SPORT IS”

Eilish McColgan fears her athletics history could still be rewritten because of drugs cheats who will eventually be caught.

PULLING ATHLETICS TOGETHER

Scottish Athletics chair Ian Beattie believes the recently-published blueprint to reform UK Athletics (UKA) can lift it out of the doldrums and put the whole sport back on track.

BARBORA SPOTAKOVA AMONG WINNERS IN ‘BACK ON THE TRACK’ SERIES EVENT

World record-holder Barbora Spotakova won a javelin contest in Kladno on Monday as the ‘Back on the Track’ series saw athletics action resume in the Czech Republic: 

TOM EVANS’ MARATHON MOTIVATION

From trails to the treadmill, it is now an Olympic target which is helping to keep the British ultra runner on track during lockdown.

2020 BOSTON MARATHON CANCELLED BECAUSE OF COVID-19 CRISIS

The Boston Marathon has been cancelled for the first time in its 124-year history because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

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:

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

Press report: Rosemary and Joseph Lead the Way

JOSEPH MORRISON and Rosemary Rodgers celebrated success in the Virtual Wirral Seaside 5km Race.

The West Cheshire Athletic Club members won their respective age group categories in an event that attracted 143 entrants and is normally held at Leasowe.

Morrison clocked 15 minutes 53 seconds to win the senior men’s age group, while Rogers posted 24 minutes 24 seconds for top spot in her over-70 year old age group.

ENTRIES are still being accepted for the Cheshire County Virtual Road Race Championships. Further details can be found on this link.

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