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/

Posted by Dave Alexander
25th June 2020
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