WCAC Newsletter , #284, 31-07-20


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

Mark Gallagher, Bethany Feild, Bob Benson, Sophie Percival, Oliver James, Elizabeth Tweedle, Paul Van Schie, Charlotte Wilson.

And Next Week: Frances Hopper, Ilias Moufakkir, Darren Shillington, Scarlett Barton, Eliza Barton, Eddie Fulton, Bradley Spurdens, Dan Nowosielski.


All Club members are being invited to spare some of their time this Sunday as West Cheshire AC attempts to prepare the Ellesmere Port Sports Village Athletics Track for the return of track training next week.

Helpers and volunteers are needed between 10am and 4pm this Sunday for numerous jobs. If you can help, please let Dennis know by emailing him ASAP at: dennis.wall1@ntlworld.com 


A lot of time and effort has been put into preparing the Club for a return to track training next week and we have now received permission from Brio to extend the number of days we can hire the track to help the Club cater for every training group once a week.

Brio have now accepted the Club’s Covid-19 Risk Assessment and Training Plan and Club Coaches are in the process of inviting athletes in their training group for a safe return. 

Please note the following points:

Only athletes who have been invited by their coaches shall be allowed on to the track facility for training sessions.

Athletes will arrive through the Black Entrance Gate ONLY (adjacent to Ellesmere Port Sport Village), Parents/ Guardians will drop their children here, remembering to keep social distancing.

Parents/Guardians do not come past the Black Entrance Gate or go on to the track side.

At the Black Entrance Gate, the athletes will then sanitise their hands.

Then they will put their track fees in a box (correct change would be good, £1.00 per hour or £2.00 for 2 hours), then they will go direct to their coach. There must be no socialising between groups.

Exit is via the Blue gates ONLY near the Old Sportshall Annexe to the Car Park to avoid mixing of groups. Parents/guardians to collect their children at Blue gates exit gates, parents/guardians do not come past the Blue Exit Gates on to the trackside to collect their children.

Athletes should bring their own named water bottle. Also, the trackside toilets will not be open in an emergency they can use the EPSV toilet facility. All athletes must apply the one-way system.

Athletes and coaches MUST not attend training if they or any of their household are suffering from COVID-19 symptoms or if local lockdown rules apply or if anyone has just travelled back from abroad from areas that lockdown applies to must NOT ATTEND TRAINING.

Only fully paid up members of EA and West Cheshire AC are eligible for training.


Mondays 6-7pm and 7-8pm (Hurdles group with Karl Fenney, using lanes 6 & 8).

Mondays 6-7pm and 7-8pm (Middle Distance group with Ian Ackroyd and Tim Palmer, using lanes 1 & 3, and Big Field).

Mondays 6-7pm and 7-8pm (Plyometrics with Jane Palmer using High Jump D).

Tuesdays 6-7pm and 7-8pm (Under 11s group with Jill Gore, Joanne Cartwright, Aaron Scott & Adrian Gledhill, using lane 6 & 8, High Jump D, Big Field, and Long Jump Runways).

Tuesdays 6-7pm and 7-8pm (Junior Middle Distance group with Tim Durrant and Dennis Wall, using lanes 1, 3 and 5, and Big Field).

Wednesdays 6-7pm and 7-8pm (Sprints group with Paul Waters using home straight and High Jump D).

Wednesdays 6-7pm and 7-8pm (Sprints group with Victor Oyesola using back straight and Throws D).

Thursdays 6-7pm and 7-8pm (Under 13s and Under 15s Multi-Events Group with Dennis Wall, Jane Palmer, Ben Sache, John Manning, and Mark Duffey, using lanes 6 & 8, High Jump D, and long jump runway).

Thursdays 6-7pm and 7-8pm (Senior Middle Distance Groups with Graham Patterson and Chris Morgan, using lanes 1 and 3, and Big Field).

Thursdays 6-7pm and 7-8pm (Throws group with Dave McKay and Jenny Manning, using Throws D).

Saturdays 10am-12 noon (Sprints group with Jon Moss using home straight and High Jump D).

Saturdays 10am-12 noon (400m group with Alan Littler, Liam Davoren & Phil Howe, using lanes 1 & 3, and Throws D).


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.
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 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: https://wcac.niftyentries.com/Membership


Next summer, Club member Fraser Campbell will be undertaking a month long expedition to Kenya with Tarporley High School and Camps International. During this time, he will be taking part in a community project to improve school buildings for a rural village, and conservation projects such as digging waterholes, making elephant fences and even worming goats! To be able to take part in this amazing opportunity, Fraser has to raise money towards the cost. A sponsored walk of the Sandstone Trail was suggested, but Fraser decided walking wasn’t good enough, he would run it! Therefore, week commencing 10th August, he aims to run the 36 miles of the Sandstone Trail in 3 days. If anyone would would like to sponsor Fraser, he would be very grateful and this can be done on: https://gofundme.com/fraser-campbell-2021-kenya-expedition Thank you very much for your support.

GET BEHIND ALEX STANIFORTH’S BIG CHALLENGE…In 3 weeks Alex Staniforth starts his biggest (and probably most ridiculous) challenge yet – running The National 3 Peaks Challenge. This involves Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon, and running the entire distance between, approximately 445 miles in under 9 days, the fastest known time.He’ll be running (very slowly) through Chester on Day 8, Friday 14th August, and he would like support and company for a few miles.

He’s raising funds for a charity he recently co-founded called Mind Over Mountains to restore mental health through the outdoors and would welcome any kind donations at: www.givey.com/3peaksrun

TRAFFORD AC OPEN TRACK & FIELD MEETING UPDATEUpdate from the organisers for 1st August open meeting.Athletes from Cheshire, Merseyside & Lancashire clubs who entered before entries closed on Monday (20th July) will now be accepted for the meeting on 1st August.Those athletes whose entries have not been accepted will be contacted by email as soon as possible.Further announcements regarding the 8th August meeting will be made shortly.Please be aware that these meetings will operate in a Covid-secure environment. This includes only one spectator per athlete.Trafford are hosting several more meetings throughout August and September. Any queries please email: admin@traffordac.co.ukONLINE COURSES FOR BECOMING A QUALIFIED ATHLETICS OFFICIAL

BOOK NOW! Start your journey to becoming a qualified athletics Official with our new online Field Judge Level 1 qualification here: https://bit.ly/OffLev1 – The 4-hour practical course introduces participants to the key roles, responsibilities and duties of a Field Official. Only £20pp. Available dates: Saturday 1 August, Tuesday 1 September & Sunday 13 September. Book at https://bit.ly/OffLev1


Club member Mark Shepherd is offering help to anyone who has been furloughed or are employed and looking to up-skill in a certain area.

The basic criteria is that an individual must live or work in Cheshire / Warrington and they have to be employed or self employed. For businesses employing less than 50 people the funding his business (Accelerate) cover 100% of all training costs and for larger businesses it’s 40%.

Training can be anything from a short CPD type course to a full ILM leadership and Management qualification. From level 2 up to Level 7 (post degree).

If anyone shows interest please feel free to pass on Mark’s contact details and he will do his best to get their training funded.

Mark can be contacted at:07494 869 282 and by email: mark.shepherd@871candwep.co.uk


England Athletics has updated its guidance for a restricted return to activity. Details can be found here:



England Athletics are organising four road running webinars to help update everyone about a way forward and other relevant road running topics: https://www.englandathletics.org/athletics-and-running/athletics-disciplines/road-running/?fbclid=IwAR3xrcXh1nvkajeVCAHnTcHzxmXxVzNu3gAn5GMW-TAGw0YIG6GtB7yTQ-8


You can BOOK NOW for our new LiRF-CiRF online workshop – https://bit.ly/LRF2CRF – 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.With many of the dates fully booked, new dates have been announced for LiRF-CiRF online Development Workshops: Tuesday 4 August, Sunday 13 September (15:00-17:00), Tuesday 22 September (18:00-20:00), Sunday 11 October (15:00-17:00) and Tuesday 27 October (18:00-20:00).LiRF-CiRF workshops are ideal for those who are LiRF qualified and looking to step up to the Coach in Running Fitness (CiRF) course. 2hr/£20.  Book online here: https://bit.ly/LRF2CRF


All the latest athletics news can be found on the Athletics Weekly website here: https://www.athleticsweekly.com/


The following was published on the Athletics Weekly website recently. Athletics action at the postponed Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games will take place over 10 days, from July 30 to August 8, 2021, organisers have confirmed. 

The schedule sees athletics competition commence on Friday July 30 with the opening round of the men’s 3000m steeplechase and conclude on Sunday August 8, which is the final day of the Games, with the men’s marathon in Sapporo. 

The action will be spread over 16 sessions at Tokyo’s Olympic Stadium and for the first time in Olympic history the women’s and men’s marathon victory ceremonies will both be held during the closing ceremony. Athletics features prominently in both of the Games’ ‘Super Saturdays’, with three finals – the men’s discus throw, women’s 100m and the inaugural mixed 4x400m relay – scheduled for August 31. 

Another seven athletics titles will be decided on Saturday August 7, among 34 event finals scheduled for that day, the highest single day number during the Games. ‘Golden Sunday’ on July 31 will include 25 medal events, capped by the men’s 100m final.

MORE DETAILS HERE: https://www.athleticsweekly.com/athletics-news/tokyo-2020-olympic-schedule-1039931034/


Event director Hugh Brasher says organisers will confirm plans for the rescheduled London Marathon no later than August 7, organisers have announced.

The event, which was originally scheduled for April 26, has been moved to October 4 but it is now the only remaining Abbott World Marathon Majors race on the 2020 calendar as cancellations continue due to the coronavirus pandemic.


Changes to the maximum height of spiked shoes for track and field events and the establishment of an ‘Athletic Shoe Availability Scheme’ for unsponsored elite athletes are among the rule revisions announced by World Athletics on Tuesday this week. More details here: https://www.athleticsweekly.com/athletics-news/world-athletics-amends-shoe-rules-1039931232/

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: https://rebuildphysiotherapy.wordpress.com/
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: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL6DK6xTdLkmwBkVBUkZZ2L_oTT6VXErNO


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 Find out more: https://bit.ly/VMEhome
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.

Club member and Farndon physio Cathryn Woodall has posted crab walk and squat video exercises on her Farndon physio Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=601025713836494
Cathryn is also thinking of doing a Facebook live/Zoom video of a 20-30 minute exercise routine, if anyone is interested. 
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

And Jason’s new website can be found here: https://www.sportsphysiotherapyonline.co.uk/

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.
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: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIIvWCjutNqP4ZSY2FSEQVw
The link to other updated webinars can be found here: https://www.englandathletics.org/about-us/athletics-at-home/coaching-webinars/
here: https://www.englandathletics.org/about-us/athletics-at-home/running-at-home/
and here: https://www.englandathletics.org/about-us/athletics-at-home/club-support-webinars/


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 workours 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:



This week it’s Womens 4x400m, Rod Dixon New York Marathon win, and 2019 World Championships Javelin Final. Enjoy…


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/

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