WCAC Newsletter #335, 30-07-21

West Cheshire Athletic Club Newsletter

30th July 2021, Number 335

R.I.P. DAN GILROY

Former club president, senior coach and founder member of West Cheshire AC, Dan Gilroy, has passed away aged 83, in a nursing home in Bath, after living with motor neurone disease for a number of years.

The funeral will take place at Haycombe Crematorium, on 12th August, at 1pm. Donations are being requested for the MND Association via this link:

https://www.dignityfunerals.co.uk/funeral-notices/15-07-2021-daniel-gilroy/

The funeral service will be live on a webcast and the details are:

https://watch.obitus.com

Username: qeho4397

Password: 335875

Anyone wishing to send a condolence card can address it to Dan’s daughter: Karen Read, 31 High Street, Rode, Somerset. BA11 6PA. 

THIS WEEKEND

SUNDAY – Northern Track and Field League Final Round, at Longford Park Stadium, Trafford (11.30am start). Please help Team Managers Dave McKay and Jenny Manning fill in any gaps on their declaration team sheet.

Best wishes to all our athletes and officials.

ENTRIES NOW OPEN FOR CHESHIRE TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS

Entries are now open for the Cheshire AA Track and Field Championships being held at Ellesmere Port Sports Village on Saturday and Sunday, August 21 and 22. The link for entries is:https://athletics-uk.org/cheshire/

CLUB RECORD HAT-TRICK

Joseph Morrison, Michael Young, and Keely Smith all broke club records at the weekend.

Joseph, who jets off to America next week to start a college scholarship, became the first-ever West Cheshire AC athlete to clock a sub-one minute 50 seconds 800m by posting 1:49.21 at Loughborough in a British Milers Club Grand Prix.

Michael broke Andy Starkey’s 23-year old senior men’s 10k club record by 13 seconds with a time of 32:30 at the Helena Tipping 10k Road Race at Wrexham, to finish 14th overall behind winner, Matt Clowes (Cardiff) in 29:53.

And Keely sliced a minute off her own over-35 women’s 10k club record to clock 38:53 at the Helena Tipping Race and secured third spot in her age group.

DAY OF PERSONAL BESTS AT LATEST YDL UPPER MATCH

Congratulations to the Club’s YDL Upper squad for achieving many new personal bests at Bebington Oval on Sunday:

Lucia Pyne (6.06.8 in 1500m steeplechase); Lauren Williams (43.0 in 300m); Fergus Garland (54.7 in 400m and 24.3 in 200m); Nathan Broomfield (64.6 in 400m Hurdles and 17.80m in Discus); Jamie Richardson (2:01.2 in 800m); Sammy Hollins (2:11.5 in 800m); Callum Stow-Povall (23.8 in 200m); Imogen Pughe (58.1 in 400m and 49.4 in 300m Hurdles); Henry Robinson (5:41 in 1500m Steeplechase).

And the Under 17 Ladies 4 x 300m Relay team of Emma Holmes, Carys Roberts, Lauren Williams, and Imogen Pughe smashed the Club record which had stood for 11 years. They sliced 9 seconds off to post 2.50.9.

REVISED EPSV CLUB TRACK & FIELD TRAINING PLAN…

With Covid-19 restrictions lifted from Monday 19th July, the Club produced a revised club track and field training plan (see below) for the Ellesmere Port Sports Village Athletics Track which was effective from Monday 19th July.

Athletes will be able to train with more than one group but must ask to join a group before attending.

All Club Training sessions will continue to be delivered throughout the School Summer Holidays and parents are encouraged to attend and assist at our training sessions.

MONDAYS:

Ian Ackroyd/Tim Palmer (Middle Distance, Lanes 1 & 2, 6-8pm)

Karl Fenney (Hurdles, Lanes 6, 7 & 8, 6.30-8pm)

Jane Palmer (High Jump, 6-8pm)

Victor Oyesola (Long Jump, 7-8pm)

Jon Moss (Sprints, Lanes 3, 4, 5 & 6, 6-8pm)

Helsby Running Club (First Monday of every month, Lanes 1 & 2, 6.30-7.30pm)

TUESDAYS:

Jill Gore/Jo Cartwright (Under 11s group, Lanes 1 & 2, & Long Jump, 6.30-8pm)

Dennis Wall/Mark Duffey (Middle Distance, Lanes 3 & 4, 6.30-7.30pm)

Graham Patterson (Middle Distance, Lanes 3 & 4, 6.30-8pm)

Alan Littler/Liam Davoren (400m group, Lanes 5 & 6, 6.30-8pm)

Victor Oyesola (Sprints, Lanes 5, 6, 7 & 8, 6.30-8pm).

Dave McKay/Jenny Manning (Throws, 6.30-8pm)

THURSDAYS:

Chris Morgan (Distance Running, Lane 1, 6.30-8pm); 

Graham Patterson (Middle Distance, Lanes 1 & 2, 6.30-8pm)

Ian Ackroyd/Tim Palmer (Middle Distance, Lanes 1 & 2, 6-8pm)

Alan Littler (400m group, Lanes 3 & 4, 6-8pm)

Victor Oyesola (Sprints, Lanes 5 & 6, 6.30-8pm)

Jon Moss (Sprints, Lanes 5, 6, 7 & 8, 6-8pm)

Dennis Wall/Mark Duffey (Multi-Events group, Lane 6, 6.30-8pm)

Jane Palmer (High Jump, 6.30-8pm)

Dave McKay/Jenny Manning (Throws, 6.30-8pm)

SATURDAYS:

Dennis Wall/Jane Palmer/Victor Oyesola/Jo Cartwright (U11s-U13s/U15s Multi Events Group, 10am-12 noon)

Jon Moss/Alan Littler/Liam Davoren (Sprints, 10am-12 noon)

Dave McKay (Long Jump/Throws, 10am-12 noon).

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

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

Mark Gallagher, Bethany Feild, Bob Benson, Sophie Percival, Oliver James.

And Next Week: Elizabeth Tweedle, Paul Van Schie, Charlotte Wilson, Frances Hopper, Ilias Moufakkir, Darren Shillington, Scarlett Barton, Eliza Barton, Eddie Fulton, Bradley Spurdens.

ENTRIES NOW OPEN FOR CILCAIN MOUNTAIN RACE

Entries are now open for the Cilcain Mountain Race being held on Bank Holiday Monday, August 30. More details at: https://www.clwydianfellrace.org/?page_id=1817

YOUR CLUB COMMITTEE

The Club is managed by a committee who are volunteers and who are re-elected every 12 months and meet on the second Tuesday of every month to discuss a range of issues concerning the Club.

The Club Committee is comprised of: Mike Lamb (President), Jon Clarke (Chairman), Dennis Wall (Vice-Chairman, and Track and Field Officer), Julian Tegg (Secretary), Darren Shillington (Treasurer), Jane Pughe (Membership Secretary), Eddie Gore (Facilities Officer), Dave Alexander (Cross Country Secretary), John Parlevliet (Road Running Secretary), and Mark Duffey (Marketing Officer).

All the committee members are volunteers and at the next AGM Jon Clarke and John Parlevliet have confirmed they don’t want to be re-elected, so replacements are needed. If you can help or would like to get involved please get in touch with our club secretary, Julian Tegg by email at: secretarywestcheshireac@gmail.com

CLUB WELFARE TEAM VOLUNTEERS URGENTLY NEEDED

Club Welfare Team Volunteers are needed to ensure that we provide a safe, supportive set-up in which any welfare or safeguarding issues can be reported and dealt with fairly, efficiently, and in line with England Athletics guidelines. Details of the role can be found: https://england-athletics-prod-assets-bucket.s3.amazonaws.com/2020/03/England-Athletics-Welfare-Officer.pdf

If you would like informal advice on what is involved, please feel free to email club secretary, Julian Tegg, at: secretarywestcheshireac@gmail.com

HELP YOUR CLUB AND ATHLETICS BY BECOMING AN OFFICIAL…

The Club need officials at every fixture we attend, so why not help the Club and the sport? England Athletics are looking to arrange some Level 1 courses over the summer. Any potential new officials can fill in an expression of interest form on the EA website. Follow this link for more details: https://www.englandathletics.org/officiating/officiating-journey/officiating-journey-step-1/

CLUB DISCOUNT AT RUNNERS NEED CHESTER STORE

Running supplies store Runners Need have created a club reward system. West Cheshire AC members are entitled to a 15% discount using a code to be circulated in an upcoming Club email. For those not aware Runners Need have an outlet at Cotswold Outdoors in Chester (amongst other places) and online too: www.runnersneed.com

This would be 15% off in store and online for Runners Need, Cotswold Outdoor and Snow and Rock.

HELPERS WANTED FOR COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIPS

West Cheshire AC is scheduled to host the Cheshire Track and Field Championships at Ellesmere Port Sports Village on Saturday and Sunday, August 21 and 22.

But County Officials secretary, Alan Morris, is currently struggling to find enough timekeepers and field judges, and we will need to allocate people to other roles such as Technical Manager, Seeding, Announcer, and Presentations, to ensure the event runs smoothly.

If you are available to help on August 21 and/or 22 can you please Alan at: alanmorris56@outlook.com

UPDATED PROVISIONAL DATES FOR YOUR DIARY…

Subject to Covid-19 rules, West Cheshire AC’s latest revised league season looks like this:

Under 13/Under 15 Youth Development League Merseyside Division: Saturday, September 4 (at Wavertree, Liverpool).

Under 17/Under 20 Youth Development League Merseyside Division: Sunday, September 5, (at Wavertree, Liverpool).

West Cheshire AC’s North Premier West League squad will conclude their campaign at Trafford, on Sunday, August 1.

West Cheshire AC will host the final round of the Cheshire League at Ellesmere Port Sports Village on Sunday, August 29.

PLEASE HELP TO STAY IN TOUCH

I would welcome any contributions for the Club Newsletter from yourselves, any impending marriages, or additions to the family, any running or competing incidents, also anything to help everyone stay entertained. Currently the response has been excellent, but if you have anything that could make it into next week’s Newsletter – please email me at: dennis.wall1@ntlworld.com

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 jnr 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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