WCAC Newsletter #298, 06-11-20

STAYING FOCUSED IN LOCKDOWN

Everyone is understandably frustrated and disappointed about the second lockdown from Thursday this week, but West Cheshire AC want to continue to help you stay physically and mentally fit and safe so that we can all come out the other side in the best possible shape.

We all still have memories of the first lockdown and of how we coped, so hopefully that will be a big advantage moving forward, so we must all stay in touch and help one another in these difficult times.

Please remember that I’m only a phone call away if you need to chat on 07968 643038, and I’ll do my best to keep you informed and entertained by producing this weekly Club Newsletter.

But I need you to help me by letting me know how you are getting on and what you are doing to keep yourself safe and to keep in good physical and mental condition, so please email me your ideas and suggestions to keep everyone in touch at: dennis.wall1@ntlworld.com

Finally, if you’ve got some steps handy to where you live, what about trying these Zoey Clark exercises?

REVISED ENGLAND ATHLETICS GUIDANCE

Following the UK Government’s new national COVID-19 restrictions and the publication of bespoke instructions from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS), England Athletics has revised the current guidance for athletics and running. Despite lobbying DCMS for certain exemptions, this new guidance will apply from Thursday 5 November 2020 until Wednesday 2 December 2020.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

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

Louis Gardner, Alex Mason, William Scott, Millie Warren, Thomas Booth, Harvey Hill-Jones, Ruby Phillips, Pablo Arechaga, Luke Ellis, Katherine Harvey, Richard Hayes, Sarah Hibbert, Alan Morris, Niall Thomas.

And Next Week: Carys Manson, Liam Farrell, Don James, Joseph Pryor, Dave Alexander, Emma Bradley, Skyla Coleman, Jack England, Richard Farley, Thomas Staples-Deva, Toby Adesunloye, Nancy Collins, Leo Anstey, Greg Jones, Jon Park, Steve Hillier, Heather McLintock, Paul Morrison, Hannah Jones.

CONGRATULATIONS ELLIE!

Ellie Eccles has produced a memorable victory and personal best.

Ellie achieved a new personal best time of 18 hours 38 minutes four seconds at the Gloucester Invitational 100 miles race to win the women’s title.

Ellie rounded the Blackbridge Jubilee Athletics Track, averaging two minutes 47 seconds per lap and 79 seconds for her final lap.

The over-40 distance-running ace covered 37.78 miles in six hours, 66.37 miles in 12 hours, and 50 miles in 8:02.37, before reaching the 100km mark in 11:07.45.

VIRTUAL CLUB AGM

Monday 30th November at 7pm

We will be holding our AGM meeting by Zoom this year. We’d encourage as many members as possible to attend – you have to be present at the meeting to vote, so we really do need your involvement.

Please e-mail club secretary, Clare, for a link to the Zoom meeting at: clareangell2@hotmail.com

Full details are in this notice.

CHESHIRE AA CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS

If anyone wishes to join a Zoom meeting at 7pm on Monday 9th November to discuss the 2021 County Cross Country Championships, please contact Andy Garnett to obtain dial-in details at: andy.garnett@talktalk.net

NEW STRATEGY FOR ATHLETICS

UK Athletics (UKA) and the four Home Country Athletics Federations (HCAFs); Athletics Northern Ireland, England Athletics, Scottish Athletics and Welsh Athletics have unveiled the new UK-wide strategy for the sport of athletics. More details here.

ENGLAND ATHLETICS WEBINARS

The latest list of coaching webinars cover the following topics: Youth Development Networking Group (Mon 16 Nov 6PM), Mastering the fundamentals – Javelin throwing in clubs (Thu 19 Nov 8PM). If you’re interested, then simply sign up here.

On Friday 20th November 8PM, Britain’s past and present British record holders in the Pole Vault will join a coaching webinar. Nick Buckfield from the 1990’s, Steve Lewis from the 00’s and now Harry Coppell in 2020 will all be joining in. This is a unique opportunity which anyone can join from the comfort of your own homes. Sign up here.

LATEST ENGLAND ATHLETICS PODCAST

The latest England Athletics podcast is out now. The podcast features 23-year-old British javelin thrower Harry Hughes who says he is ‘blown away’ by public support after successfully raising £5,000 through crowdfunding to pay for surgery on his elbow. Last year Harry became the first Brit to throw a javelin over 80 metres since 2012, but he has had to overcome a number of injuries.

The podcast also features England Athletics’ Head of Coaching & Athlete Development Martin Rush, & Competition Partnerships & Innovation Manager, Nichola Skedgel who provide a coronavirus update, looking back on 2020, discussing guidelines and looking ahead to plans for XC and indoor competitions over the next six months.

To listen, click here (available on SoundCloud, Apple Podcasts, Spotify and Google Podcasts).

ONLINE COURSES FOR BECOMING A QUALIFIED ATHLETICS OFFICIAL

New dates for online Level 1 Officials courses: Level 1 Starter (Sunday 1 November 10AM or Thursday 12 November 10AM) and Level 1 Field Judge (Tuesday 10 November 10AM or Thursday 26 November 10AM). Take your first step on the pathway to becoming qualified athletics official!

Don’t miss out, click here to find out more and book online.

COACH IN RUNNING FITNESS COURSE

Are you a qualified Leader in Running Fitness (LiRF) and looking to step up to a Coach in Running Fitness (CiRF)? If so, check out the new dates for England Athletics’ LiRF-CiRF online workshops. The dates are: Tuesday 10 November (6-8PM), Sunday 22 November (3-5PM), Tuesday 1 December (6-8PM) & Tuesday 8 December (6-8PM). 2hr/£20. To find out more and book online please click here.

The workshop is designed to give participants an opportunity to learn the detail of the pathway towards becoming a coach before they enroll on the full Coach in Running Fitness qualification.

Please get in touch with Club Coaching Co-Ordinator, Dennis, if you do book on the course at: dennis.wall1@ntlworld.com

 WHY NOT BECOME A RUNNING LEADER?…

You can BOOK NOW for a 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.

The next online Leading Athletics course is on Wednesday 11 November and Friday 13 November (session 2): both sessions 6pm to 7.30pm and is now available to book! There are limited places available so avoid missing out by signing up here today.

The course is ideal for your first step into leadership in athletics and is delivered via a two-part webinar costing £20pp (open to anyone aged 14+). 

Please get in touch with Club Coaching Co-Ordinator, Dennis, if you do book on the course at: dennis.wall1@ntlworld.com

ENGLAND ATHLETICS GUIDANCE

Here is the latest England Athletics guidance.

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 via this link.

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.

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.

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 the 1972 Olympic Men’s 5,000m Final, 1988 Olympic Women’s 4x100m Final, and 1991 World Championships Men’s 4x400m Relay Final. 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/

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