WCAC Newsletter #305, 25-12-20

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

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

Lara Battersby, Holly Bosworth, Fergal Hickey, Abigail Meyer, Claire Williams, Lottie Blake, Connor Davies Jones, Matthew Douglass, Grace Graham, Ceris Gaffney, Murphy Smyth, Ella Wylie, Neil Field, Jon Moorhouse.

And Next Week: Ella Harvey, Lewis Parsons, Thomas Rimmer, Isabel Robertson, Demi Coleman, Satine Wearden, Richard Batterham, Faith Barlow-Gambles, Andrew Cooper, Oliver Mallon, Evan Pritchard, Hannah Edwards.

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT…

From January 1st 2021, there will be a change to the way in which club members are asked to pay for attending training sessions at Ellesmere Port Sports Village. Rather than paying by cash, members will be asked to top up their accounts online, via a link to our club membership system.

As members attend each session, their accounts will be debited by the cost of each session.
You will receive an email from West Cheshire AC, containing a link to the top-up system. From there, you will be able to top-up by between £10 and £100, and set both regular top-up amounts and warnings to prompt you when your account is low.

The cashless payment system will be provided by Nifty Entries, who maintain our current online club membership system. They also provide similar cashless training payments systems to other clubs, on the same basis of only paying for the sessions that you attend, from your own account.

Please let us know if you have any questions, by replying Dennis at: dennis.wall1@ntlworld.com

FESTIVE TRACK TRAINING ARRANGEMENTS

The EPSV Athletics Track will be open as normal until Wednesday 23rd December, open between 9am-7pm on Tuesday 29th and Wednesday 30th December. EPSV will re-open as normal on Saturday 2nd January, but there will be no group training sessions on that day.

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 revised the current guidance for athletics and running on 20th December: www.englandathletics.org/athletics-and-running/news/guidance-update-27-november-2020/

2021 CHESHIRE CROSS-COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS

Cheshire County AA has announced that the 2021 County Cross Country Championships are planned to go ahead on the 20th February, at Betley Court Farm, subject to the current COVID restrictions continuing or being eased.

It has been agreed that on-line entries would open as late as possible to minimise any unexpected COVID rule changes. This will be Saturday 30th January, allowing a three week window for Clubs to enter their athletes.

The County Committee also agreed that all entry fees would be returned if the event had to be cancelled and was unable to be staged on that date.

2021 NORTHERN CROSS-COUNTRY AND INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS CANCELLED 

Northern Athletics has released a statement confirming that the annual cross country championships and indoor championships will not be taking place.

Northern Athletics Board Chairman, Tony Wood, said: “Given the current Covid-19 situation and the likelihood that an improvement in the situation is likely to take months to occur we wish to formalise the indications given at our AGM in November by announcing that: The Northern Cross Country Championships will not take place on theJanuary 24, 2021; and The Northern Indoor Championships, both senior and junior, will not, understandably, be able to take place and are cancelled for 2021.

“We are still hopeful the planned 12 and 6 stage Road Relay Championships will take place later in March at Redcar with New Marske Harriers the host club but again it will be subject to restrictions and guidelines, both local and nationally, at the time.

“We will be releasing a further detailed statement on a number of issues soon.”

2021 INTER-COUNTIES CROSS-COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS CANCELLED

The Inter Counties Cross Country Championships scheduled to have been held on February 20, 2021, at Prestwold Hall, Loughborough, have also been cancelled.

2021 BRITISH INTER-COUNTIES FELL RUNNING CHAMPIONSHIPS

Plans are being made to stage the Senior and Junior British Inter-Counties Fell Running Championships.

The Senior British Inter-Counties Mountain Race is scheduled to be held on Saturday,May 8, at Llanberis – Eilio Ridge, (12.6km/760m 7.8miles/2500ft), with a 12 noon start outside Snowdon (Plas Garnedd) care home.

And the Junior British Inter-Counties Mountain Race is scheduled to be held on Saturday, May 29, as part of the West Nab Fell Race, also forming part of the English Junior Challenge and Championship series, with a 1.45pm start for U15s (3.8k/150m), followed by a 2.20pm start for the U17s (5.6k/250m), and a 3.15pm start for the U19s (9k/450m).

Further details can be found at: https://britishintercountiesfellrunningchampionships.wordpress.com

SUPPORT WITH TRAINING AND QUALIFICATIONS

Funded training is currently available for employed people who live or work in Cheshire or Warrington. 

Fully covered for those who work for a company with under 250 employees (inc. self-employed), 40% funded for larger employers.

This really is a chance for people to access quality training and boost qualifications without the associated cost.

If anyone is interested contact Mark Shepherd on 07494 869 282.

RUN LEADER DEVELOPMENT DAYS…

England Athletics Run Leader Development Days is a series of informative and engaging workshops aimed at leaders and coaches from affiliated clubs and RunTogether groups. They are designed to bring leaders and coaches together in an environment where they can network and learn from each other by sharing skills and challenges, plus expand their knowledge of managing and growing groups, and enhance their understanding of technical skills in running.

For 2021, England Athletics will be able to offer virtual Run Leader Development Days online (working around the restrictions in place due to Covid-19). You can book your place now. More details here,

Please get in touch with Dennis if you do book on the course at: dennis.wall1@ntlworld.com 

ENGLAND ATHLETICS WEBINAR

Sunday 3 January (2-6pm) –Throws Masterclass webinar with Ashley Kovacs
Book now for a special masterclass webinar as Ashley Kovacs, coach to World Champion shot putter Joe Kovacs, joins from Stateside for live presentations and Q&A sessions.

More webinars can be found here.

DISABILITY INCLUSION COURSE

The @BritAthletics  Disability Inclusion training modules are still available to book! The interactive eLearning course is suitable for anyone wishing to better engage & support disabled people in athletics & running. Find out more here.  

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 here.

STAYING IN TOUCH WITH DAN GILROY

Our Club President, Dan Gilroy, passes 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.

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A bit of fun. Enjoy…

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IT’S GOOD TO TALK

Members and parents are reminded to look at the following links for updates about the Club:

WEBSITE: www.westcheshireac.co.uk

TWITTER: https://twitter.com/westcheshireac

INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/westcheshireac/

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