WCAC Newsletter #291, 18-09-20

CONGRATULATIONS ALICE AND LIAM!

Many congratulations to Alice and Liam Davoren. Alice gave birth to Tadgh James Davoren on Thursday at 1.31am weighing 7lbs 6oz.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

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

Dakota Fleming, Joe Williams, Isabella Wollaston, Richard Hunt, Matthew Webb, Halle Howell, Dan Willetts, Martha Willetts, Maya Jennings, Harriet Pritchard-Ribby, Ava Hancock, Joseph Watkin, Amy Mills, Cerys Rowlands.

And Next Week: Colin Berry, Xander Brocklehurst, Eve Cochrane, Madison Cobb, Rhianna Cooke, James Haslam, Dave McKay, Ava Byrne, Rose Duggan, Ethan Gilgeours, Craig Smith, Javier Arechaga, Ian Carscadden, Georgia Broomfield, Matthew Jones, Hugo McLintock, Jamie Richardson, Mark Davies, Laura Parry.

HAYDOCK ROAD RELAYS ARE CANCELLED

This Sunday’s scheduled road relays fixture at Haydock has been cancelled.

The organisers have announced that due to the worsening coronavirus situation in the St Helens area, Public Health England have requested that the road relays do not take place this weekend.

Organisers at Wirral AC have said that they will be looking at options for holding this event on an alternative date (and potentially at another venue) and will advise clubs in due course. So, depending on that, Ellie Robinson, who co-ordinated our club entries, may be back in touch regarding another date.

2020 CHESTER ROUND THE WALLS RACE IS CANCELLED

Boxing Day’s Chester Round The Walls Race hosted annually from Chester Racecourse will not be held because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Club officials unanimously agreed this week it would be impossible to guarantee the multi-terrain race going ahead because of current guidance and how guidance from the government, local authority, and England Athletics may change over the next few months.

The Club is now in the process of contacting anyone who has entered the festive fixture and the club hopes the event can return in 2021.

2021 HELSBY FOUR VILLAGES HALF MARATHON IS CANCELLED

The Helsby Four Villages Half Marathon scheduled to take place in January has been cancelled.

The official statement read: “This is obviously hugely disappointing but we hope you will understand this decision in the current climate.

“Under current Covid guidelines and requirements from Athletic governing bodies we are not able to put on the 4VHM in its usual format. The social distancing requirements and need for staggered starts make putting on a half marathon race for over 1500 runners from Helsby impossible.”

CONGRATULATIONS ELOISE!

Eloise Eccles finished third woman with a time of 21 hours in the Robin Hood 100 Miles Race through Sherwood Forest in Nottinghamshire.

WELL DONE TOM AND ALEX!

Tom Booth (sixth in 25:59) and Alex Duffey (seventh over-40 lady in 49:24), completed the 60th Anniversary Cilcain 5km Mountain Race which attracted 118 runners in a time trial variation up and down the original route spread out over a 2.5 hour period.

TRIO IMPRESS AT MID CHESHIRE 5k ROAD RACE

Michael Young posted 15:41 for 77th spot in the Mid Cheshire 5k Road Race, ahead of club mates Chris Shaw (142nd in 16:44), and Sammy Hollins (156th in 17:15).

HURDLES INVITATION

Club coach Karl Fenney is keen to hear from any Club members wanting to attend his hurdles training sessions at the EPSV Track on Mondays (6-8pm). Please email Karl if you are wanting to attend at: kmfenney@gmail.com

CONGRATULATIONS ALEX STANIFORTH!

Well done Alex Staniforth who has completed the 3 Peaks in 9.5 days. He said: “I’ve never doubted myself like I did before the 3 Peaks Run. I felt like I’d truly put my head down the cannon. Relentless forward motion became the mantra – run when you can, walk if you need to, but never ever stop.  Two weeks later – here’s a blog on the highs, lows, wobbles, falling down the stairs, roundabout mishaps, and snoozing in a bus stop. See here.

2020 CHESTER PRIMARY SCHOOLS CROSS COUNTRY RACES POSTPONED

This winter’s scheduled Chester Primary Schools Cross Country Races hosted by the Club and scheduled to have taken place on Monday 28th September, with a back-up date of Monday 19th October, have been postponed.

The organisers are hoping to rearrange the fixture in Spring 2021.

CLUB AGM

The date for this year’s West Cheshire AC Annual General Meeting is Tuesday, December 1. More details will be announced soon.

PLEASE HELP OUR CLUB WHEN YOU SHOP…

West Cheshire Athletic Club has registered with easyfundraising, which means over 4,000 shops and sites will now donate to the Club for FREE every time you use easyfundraising to shop with them. These donations will help SO MUCH, so please sign up to support us – it’s completely FREE and doesn’t take long at this link.

VOLUNTEERS ARE 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 Dennis will be self-isolating later this month with his mum because she is waiting for a hospital operation, so Eddie will need assistance before and after training sessions with the Covid-19 signs, tables and hand sanitizers.

Anyone who can help 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. The trackside toilets will not be open, but in an emergency, athletes can use the EPSV toilet facility and must wear a face mask. 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.

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.

TRAFFORD AC OPEN MEETING NEWS

Several Club members celebrated new personal bests at the latest Trafford AC Open Track and Field Meeting.

Charlotte Austin posted new bests in the under 13 girls 75m (12.15 seconds) and 150m (24.49), her brother Robert clocked new bests in the under 15 boys 100m (12.55) and 200m (25.63), and Lewis Parsons posted new bests in the under 15 boys 100m (12.06) and 200m (24.47).

Luke Parker rounded the under 15 boys 300m in a new best of 43.50, while Holly Bosworth cleared a new under 13 girls high jump best of 1-36, and Harriet Wheeler hit new under 13 girls bests of 7.94m in the shot put, and 29.30m in the javelin.

APOLOGIES to Charlotte Austin. Her new under 13 girls personal best of 12.17 seconds was for 75m, not 100m.

Anyone wishing to compete at the Trafford open meetings, please see this link.

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.

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. 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.

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.

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…

This week it’s Colin Jackson, Jan Železný, and Hellen Obiri. 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 U13 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
19th September 2020
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