WCAC Newsletter #292, 25-09-20

CONGRATULATIONS JOHN AND NATALIE!

Many congratulations and best wishes to John and Natalie Manning who were married on Saturday. John said: “We managed to get married on Saturday BUT WE WILL be celebrating on the 7th May 2021!!”

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

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

And Next Week: Emma Ashcroft, Jack Falkingham, Tom Ogilvie, Kara Stoll, Daniel Pagan, Charlotte Austin, Daisy Cooke, Bernard Longman, Eva Renshaw, Joshua Wollaston, Nicholas Nowell, Sharon Dodd, Uzezi Onomerike, Nathan Partington, Thomas Robinson. 

CONGRATULATIONS TO KEELY, MICHAEL AND CARYS!

Michael Young, Keely Smith and Carys Roberts are all celebrating record-breaking performances.

Michael finished 11th in a new senior men’s club record time of 71 minutes 28 seconds at the Cheshire Half Marathon held at Capesthorne Hall where Keely clocked a new over-35 ladies club record time of 86 minutes 47 seconds for third place in her age group.

And Carys broke her own under 15 girls 1500m club record by posting 4:46.54 at the latest Trafford Open Meeting.

Brian Wright was first in his over-65 age group in 1:42:31 at Capesthorne Hall, while Chris Shaw was eighth in his over-45 age category in 1:18:54, and Sarah Hibbert posted 2:11:18 for 10th spot in her over-50 age group.

STAYING IN TOUCH WITH DAN GILROY

Our Club President, Dan Gilroy, rang Dennis Wall on Thursday to pass on best wishes to everyone at the club. Dan said he would welcome members to ring him and have a chat. His number is: 07594 464287.

COVID-19 UPDATE

England Athletics has updated its restricted return to activity guidelines following the Government’s announcement on Tuesday.

BARTLETTS FARNDON 10k ROAD RACE CANCELLED

The Director of Public Health Health at Cheshire West & Chester Council has told the organisers that they are no longer able to stage this Sunday’s scheduled 10k race.

Whilst the race complies with Covid 19 guidance from both the UK government and UK Athletics/Run Britain, Cheshire West & Chester Council are concerned with the “current increase in infection rates and the footprint of the event”. There is also the concern that “Entrants coming from outside the area risk ‘seeding’ of the virus locally”. It was also commented that “…since the end of August our daily rates have doubled, our 7 day and 14 day rates have trebled.”

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

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.

A PURR-FECT MOMENT…

Watch the moment a stray cat runs across the finish line just as the athletes are about to cross during the 100m final at the Balkan U20 Men’s Athletics Championship in Istanbul, Turkey.

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

FREE MENTAL HEALTH MODULE

Gain the confidence to support people experiencing mental health problems by taking Mind’s FREE Mental Health Awareness for Sport and Physical Activity eLearning module (usually £18) – Mind have extended the FREE access to Wednesday 30th September. Access the module here: http://bit.ly/MindEModule

CROSS COUNTRY RUNNING UPDATE

A collaboration of England Athletics, the English Cross Country Association and other competition providers have publish the return to limited competition guidance for Cross Country. Read the full update and access the guidance at: http://bit.ly/EAXC18Sep

North Wales League AGM at start of October: possibly three fixtures in the new year. Manchester League has canvassed clubs’ appetite for renewed fixtures, though no news as yet as to their plans.

2021/22 NORTH STAFFS CROSS COUNTRY LEAGUE IS CANCELLED

The 2020/21 North Staffordshire Cross-country League season has been cancelled due to the impracticality of staging such events under current conditions.

TRAFFORD AC OPEN MEETING NEWS

Reece Munro smashed his under 15 boys 800m personal best with a time of 2:17:37 at Saturday’s Trafford Open Track and Field Meeting.

He was joined at the fixture by West Cheshire AC team mates Ruby Phillips who posted a new under 13 girls 800m best of 2:27:38, and her sister, Aimee, who clocked a new under 15 girls 800m best of 2:28:52.

Megan White rounded the under 15 girls 800m in a new season’s best of 2:36:16, Luke Parker clocked 2:19.80 in his under 15 boys 800m, and Cosette Wearden rounded the under 13 girls 1200m in 4:46:26.

Anyone wishing to compete at the Trafford open meetings, please see this link: https://www.traffordac.co.uk/php/index.php?script=newsFull.php&news_id=938

2020 SHEFFIELD INDOOR OPEN MEETINGS CANCELLED

Following the re-opening of the English Institute of Sport Sheffield, Northern Athletics and Sheffield City Trust have been working closely together reviewing the guidelines in the hope of bringing athletic events back to the arena.

After careful consideration of the guidelines imposed by both the UK Government and UK Athletics the difficult decision has been made to cancel the Northern Athletics open events that were scheduled for 7th November and 5th December 2020.

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

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 David Bedford, Yvonne Murray, and Sergey Bubka. 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
26th September 2020
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