WCAC Newsletter #294, 09-10-20

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

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

Charlie Clarke, Evie Holland, Michael Dennis, Neil Finegan, Aiden Heap, Florence Page-Evans, John Driver, Alfie Lane, Aimee Phillips.

And next week: Finn Howard, Dylan Gledhill, Freya McCarthy, Otto Albert, Su Baird, Liam Given, Rosemary Rogers, Mark Shepherd, Carol Parsons, Robert Austin, Joseph Ireland, Craig Ramsay, Grace Taylor, Danny Watling, Agnieszka Bycina, Macy Brett, Aeron Evans, Clare Mallon.

ENGLAND ATHLETICS GUIDANCE

Following the new restrictions outlined on 22nd September by UK government, guidance for OUTDOOR club and group activity as well as all types of OUTDOOR competitions for athletics and running is not affected. However, guidance for INDOOR activity has been updated. Indoor activity for Under 18’s can take place with larger numbers in a Covid-secure environment. Indoor training for athletes over the age of 18 is restricted to groups of 6 (1 coach to 5 athletes).

Please see below for the England Athletics guidance document for a return to restricted track and field competition in a Covid-19 secure setting (with new guidance for Cross Country added 18 September and links to Trail Running guidance added 1 October). This is written knowing that any step back to competition needs to be taken carefully and in full recognition of, and adherence to, government guidance that is in place at the time on Covid-19: EA will update the guidance if and when necessary – details here.

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 MICHAEL!

Michael Young has broken his club’s senior men’s Marathon record at York.

He clocked two hours 34 minutes 54 seconds at Elvington, York, to finish second in his age group.

He was joined at the event by Chris Shaw who posted a time of 2:55:02 for sixth spot in his over-45 men’s age category.

SISTERS Ruby and Aimee Phillips celebrated new personal bests at the latest Trafford Open Track and Field Meeting.

The pair impressed in testing weather conditions, with Ruby posting 3:57.01 for the under 13 girls 1200m, and Aimee rounding the under 15 girls 1500m in 5:08.08.

Other members in action included Carys Roberts who clocked 4:49.91 in the under 17 ladies 1500m, while Sophie Haslam achieved 2:30.34 in the under 13 girls 800m.

Megan White clocked 2:44.98 in the under 15 girls 800m, while Jodi Bemand posted a season’s best under 17 ladies 800m of 2:46.56.

Cosette Wearden rounded the under 13 girls 1200m in 4:35.64, and Sammy Hollins posted 4:32.51 for the under 17 men’s 1500m.

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.

TRAFFORD AC OPEN MEETING NEWS

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

SPEED AND POWER VIRTUAL CONFERENCE

England Athletics are inviting people to book onto their new Speed & Power Virtual Conference (14-15 November). Speed and power are vital for sprinting and impact most athletic events. Expert speakers will present on technique, training planning, physical prep, plyometrics and the mindset to pull it all together! The conference is a fantastic development opportunity for coaches, leaders and athletes in athletics and running as well as other sports. The speaker line-up includes: Christine Ohuruogu MBE, Lloyd Cowan MBE, Aston Moore, Frank Attoh, Dr. Mike Young, Nick Winkelman, Gareth Walton, Ed Archer, Chris Shambrook, UK Strength & Conditioning Association – UKSCA, Stanley Madiri, Christine Harrison-Bloomfield and Julie Pratt-Benterman. Click here to find out more and to book online.

CLUB AGM

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

ENGLAND ATHLETICS WEBINARS

The latest list of coaching webinars cover the following topics: Endurance – REDS introduction (Fri 2 Oct 6PM); Coaching the triple jump – hop take-off (Wed 7 Oct 7.30PM); Speed – Resisted Sprinting: Research and Applications (Wed 14 Oct 6.30PM); Throws – nurturing emerging talent (Thurs 15 Oct 8PM); Coaching the Long Jump – flight and landing (Wed 21 Oct 7.30PM); and Discus throwing in clubs (Thu 29 Oct 8PM). Click here to register and catch-up on previous webinars.

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.

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.

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 Moorcroft, Carl Lewis, Mike Powell, and Kathy Cook. 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
9th October 2020
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