Press Report: Training Returns

WEST CHESHIRE Athletic Club members returned to training at their home track this week.

Several volunteers from the Ellesmere Port Sports Village-based outfit worked hard during a second Track Tidy Day on Sunday to ensure the arena looked at its best.

The Club has returned to safe restricted training sessions being run under England Athletics guidelines after deciding to stop regular training sessions in March due to the outbreak of Covid-19.

But the Club has been working closely with Brio Leisure during the last few months to make sure members can feel comfortable and safe on the site.

MICHAEL YOUNG of West Cheshire Athletic Club posted 1:12:01 in the Virtual Chester Half Marathon.

CHESHIRE County Athletic Association has confirmed they will not be organising any County Track and Field Championships this year.

West Cheshire Athletic Club were planning to host the fixture in May at the Ellesmere Port Sports Village Athletics Track, but the Covid-19 crisis forced the event to be postponed until a rearranged date in September, and now the fixture has been cancelled.

A statement on the Cheshire AA Facebook site read: “Cheshire County Athletic Association can confirm that we will not be organising any County Track and Field Championships this year.  

“However, it is possible that the County Cross Country Championships will happen in January 2021. We have not decided on a venue, or a host club, and will be restricted by any Covid rules current at the time. Relaxation of the lockdown rules has only just begun and it is difficult to foresee where we will be then.

“We are keen for the event to happen, if it can be safely organised, but will delay a decision until things become clearer.”

Meanwhile, a decision on whether to organise this season’s Borders Road Running League will be made next month.

A statement on Facebook read: “Please find a small segment of what was discussed and agreed upon at the online Borders AGM.

“At the meeting last week the consensus was that there is unlikely to be much racing in 2020 and as such the league should not attempt to put any races on this year.

“Options for racing in 2021 were discussed. It was felt that any racing in the early part of 2021 is still in some doubt, and that there is likely to be a log-jam of events and there would be difficulty finding suitable dates. As such it was felt that at the moment we should not be planning to stage a Borders League in the season 2020/21. A final decision on this will be made at a meeting to be held in September.”Various options for putting on a couple of events were considered, either one-off races or relays in March or April if conditions are appropriate. These will be considered later.”
Organisers of the Wirral Multi-Terrain Race Series in September has updated local runners and clubs about their preparations.
A Facebook statement read: “Thought I’d give you an idea of where we are with regard to this September series of Multi Terrain races. Run Britain have now said that they will grant licenses for road and multi terrain races after July 31 subject to certain guidelines / restrictions.
“We are discussing it as a committee currently. Some routes may need to be re-routed to avoid pinch points. We may need to cancel some race / races and just have 1 or 2 that can be managed safely within the guidance, we may have staggered starts and we will have on line entry and timing.
“However, the big issue is whether Wirral Council give us permission to go ahead. Even if our governing body says ‘yes’ the council can still say ‘no’.
“I have contacted the council and so far not received an answer. Until we get this we cannot move any further forward (or to do so would be potentially futile).  In the meantime it would also be useful to know your thoughts.”

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