WCAC Newsletter #286, 14-08-20

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

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

Jane Palmer, Curtis Rodway, Isaac McKenna, Richard Hunt, Mark Duffey, Liam Lawton, Lewis Morris, Frank Rose.

And Next Week: Tony Sangha, Evie Bennett, Andrew Clague, Oliver Eaton, Isabella Aura, Lucia Pyne, Lowther Barton, Debra Bemand, James Davidson, Grace Scott.

VOLUNTEERS URGENTLY NEEDED AT TRACK & FIELD TRAINING SESSIONS

Eddie Gore and Dennis Wall are currently the Club’s Covid-19 Liaison Officers during track and field training at Ellesmere Port Sports Village.

But Eddie and Jill Gore won’t be available to help at the end of August because they are going away to celebrate their wedding anniversary.

And Dennis is currently self-isolating with his mum because she is waiting for a hospital operation.

To be blunt, if nobody is available to step in for them by the end of this month then track and field training will come to an end because Covid-19 Liaison Officers are a must as part of the Club’s risk assessment approved by Brio.

It will be a great shame to bring things to an end after so much work went into the Club’s return to track training sessions.

If anyone can help they should email Dennis ASAP at: dennis.wall1@ntlworld.com

TRACK & FIELD TRAINING NOTES:

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.

THE TRAINING PLAN IS:

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).

PLEASE STAY 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.

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.

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.

MICHAEL YOUNG IS IN RECORD BREAKING FORM!

Michael Young celebrated success in Sunday’s City of Preston 10 Miles Road Race.
He clocked 55 minutes 33 seconds for victory and achieved a male age 18-35 club record at the approved covid-19 secure event held within UK Government guidelines.
He was joined at the fixture by club mates Chris Shaw (eighth in 59:37), Brian Wright (1:16:25, shaving his own male vet 65 club record), and Sarah Hibbert (1:30:36).

STEVE FERNYHOUGH VIRTUAL JOGLE UPDATE
Steve Fernyhough has completed the GB Ultras Virtual Jogle (John O Groats to Land’s End).
He covered 825 miles and ran during the last six weeks, starting on June 20 and finishing on August 6.
He finished in 14th place and was 10th male overall after negotiating rain and a heatwave, sometimes averaging a marathon a day.

TRAFFORD AC OPEN MEETING NEWS
Several members celebrated personal bests at the latest Trafford AC Open Meeting at Longford Park Stadium.
Reece Munro rounded the under 15 boys 800m in 2:17:77, while Jessica Lark posted 2:30:66 for her under 15 girls 800m, Ruby Phillips clocked 2:28:88 for her under 13 girls 800m, Aimee Phillips posted 2:30:26 for her under 15 girls 800m, Megan White clocked 2:44:37 in her under 15 girls 800m, Sophie Haslam posted 2:33:14 for her under 13 girls 800m.
Sharon Stoll hit 5.19m in her over-45 women’s shot put event, and 16.73m in the discus, to shatter her own female vet 45 club record.
At another Trafford AC Open Meeting, West Cheshire AC was represented by Liam Davoren who posted 12.80 seconds in his over 35 men’s 100m, and 26.29 in his 200m.
Martha Willetts clocked 30.17 seconds for her under 15 girls 200m, and 47.47 seconds for her 300m, while Kara Stoll hit 21.03m in her under 13 girls discus.

CROSS COUNTRY UPDATE

At the North Staffs Cross Country League AGM it was decided it was unlikely that any of the usual four rounds would be held this year (usually September to December); however, in case things change in the short term, the final two (November and December) dates have been left open.

2020 LONDON MARATHON TO BE AN ELITE-ONLY RACE

The 2020 London Marathon will involve only elite athletes, with 45,000 ‘mass-event’ runners unable to take part because of coronavirus concerns: 

2020 MONACO DIAMOND LEAGUE ON FRIDAY NIGHT TELEVISION…

Adam Gemili will take on world 200m champion Noah Lyles at Friday’s Diamond League meeting in Monaco – an event streamed live on BBC Sport.

GET BEHIND ALEX STANIFORTH’S BIG CHALLENGE…

Alex Staniforth is 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 here

TRAFFORD AC OPEN TRACK & FIELD MEETING UPDATE

Entries have closed for the Saturday, (August 15) meeting at Longford Park Stadium, Trafford, which 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.uk

Entries are now open for the 22nd August Meeting, and entries open on 17th August for the fixture being held on 29th August. 

Information for September Meetings – September 6th (Entries open on 24th August); September 12th (Entries open on 31st August); September 19th (Entries open on 7th September).

2020 CILCAIN MOUNTAIN RACE Limited entries are now open for the 60th Anniversary Cilcain Mountain Race.
Most places will be allocated on a first come – first served basis but there will be a percentage of reserved places for the following groups: Cilcain residents, former winners, local clubs (who have supported the race over the years), those of ‘advanced years’ and not tech savvy.
No entries will be accepted on the day – Bank Holiday Monday, August 31. Entries above the agreed limit will be held as reserve. The race entries link is here.

ENTRIES OPEN FOR BARTLETTS FARNDON 10k ROAD RACE

A new Covid-19 secure race will have a waived start and runners will be set off in a group based on their predicted finishing time. Race numbers and chips will be posted and race instructions will be emailed approximately 7 days before race day.

The entry link is here.

LIVE WEBINAR WITH UK ATHLETICS AND ENGLAND ATHLETICS

Starting in September 2020, UK Athletics CEO Joanna Coates and England Athletics CEO Chris Jones will be hosting a live webinar every other month where they want to hear directly from the coaches and leaders, committee members, volunteers, officials and club members that make up our athletics and running community. The first webinar is on Wednesday 2nd September (6pm) – you can find out more and register for the webinars here.

ONLINE 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: Tuesday 1 September & Sunday 13 September. Book at https://bit.ly/OffLev1

This week it’s Jonathan Edwards, Mo Farah, and Usain Bolt. Enjoy…

HELP AND SUPPORT AVAILABLE

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 are 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 UPDATE

England Athletics has announced a restructuring and details can be found here.

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

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.

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 – Tuesday 14 July, Sun 26 July & Tuesday 4 August.

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.

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…

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m000lpsx/jonathan-edwards-one-giant-leap
https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/av/olympics/53657865
https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/av/olympics/53656245

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 U13 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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