WCAC Newsletter #344, 01-10-21


Many happy returns to the following Club members who celebrate their birthdays this week: Emma Ashcroft, Jack Falkingham, Tom Ogilvie, Kara Stoll, Daniel Pagan, Charlotte Austin, Daisy Cooke, Bernard Longman, Eva Renshaw, Joahua Wollaston, Nicholas Nowell.

And Next Week: Sharon Dodd, Uzezi Onomerike, Nathan Partington, Thomas Robinson, Charlie Clarke, Evie Holland, Michael Dennis, Neil Finegan, Aiden Head, Florence Page-Evans, John Driver, Alfie Lane.


Best wishes to all Club members competing, officiating, and helping out at this Saturday’s West Cheshire AC Schools Cross Country Races at Ellesmere Port Sports Village (10am start), and the North Wales Cross Country League first round at Morgan Llwyd, Wrexham (1pm start), as well as Sunday’s Chester Marathon (9am start) and London Marathon (9am start).


The Chester & District Schools Cross Country Championships for girls take place at Christleton High on Monday 4th October, 4pm start, on an all grass course.

The timetable is: Minors – Year 7 (2km), Juniors – Years 8 & 9 (3km), Inters – Years 10 & 11 (4km), Senior – Years 12 & 13 (4km), Inters and seniors run together.

THE Chester Boys District Cross Country Championships take place on Monday 11th October at Bishop Heber High School, Malpas, at 4pm (same timetable as girls above).

ANY YOUNGSTERS attending Ellesmere Port, Neston, or Helsby high schools should attend the Halton & Ellesmere Port District Schools Championships at Helsby High School, on Tuesday 19th October, 4pm start.

THESE fixtures are qualifying events for the Cheshire Schools Cross Country Championships and an important step towards the English Schools National Championships.

ANYONE wanting to run in the girls or boys events should inform their PE teacher.


The Club has completed its entry for the Manchester Area Cross Country League, consisting of the 35 runners named below. For those who have yet to enter but might want to run in any of the rounds, you are able to enter the league individually up to a period of several days before each round, via: https://www.race-results.co.uk/results/2021/

An individual entry will cost £7, which will allow you to compete in however many rounds remain at the time of your entry – ie you only enter once. Club entrants: Dave Alexander,

Jodi Bemand, Debra Bemand, Anna Birkett-Evans, George Brown, Fraser Campbell, Andrew Carter, Andrew Clague, Mark Davies, Alex Duffey, Henrietta Duffey, Steven Fernyhough, Neil Finegan, Dylan Gledhill, Caitlin Harding, Claire Harris, Sophie Haslam, Richard Hayes, Sammy Hollins, Phil Howe, Jessica Lark, Harry McKenna, Ruby Phillips, Jamie Richardson, Thomas Rimmer, Isabella Rimmer, Carys Roberts, Eleanor Robinson, Henry Robinson, Traci Shipley, Angela Tegg, Julian Tegg, Kate Titlow, Noah Woolgar, Anna Woolgar.


For any Club member in the Under 17s age group and upwards who is interested in the Border League races, you might like to join Borders Road Running League Facebook group to get updates.

Confirmed races to put in your diaries are:

Race One: 17th October, Host Club: Helsby, venue: Delamere Forest (11am start). Car parking will be £5.

Race Two: 14th November, Host Club: Ellesmere Port, venue: Capenhurst (11am start).

Race Three: 5th December, Host Club: Birkenhead, venue: Birkenhead Park (11am start).

Other races, dates and venues are yet to be decided.

This season we will be using a barcode system for races and results. More information on the system will be announced soon.

Any new members who have not previously run a Borders League race will need to email their details for registration to club road running secretary, John Parlevliet at: [email protected]

All new runners must be registered at least 48 hours prior to the race. No new runners will be accepted on the day of the event.


Entries for the Four Villages Helsby Half Marathon to be held on Sunday 16th January 2022, are now open at: https://helsbyrunningclub.niftyentries.com/38th-Essar…

Due to more limited car parking, the new start location and continued COVID uncertainty, entries are limited to 1,000 (compared to 2,000 in recent years).

The new start will be a new Helsby Community Sports Club.


For the 2021 season, entry to the North Staffs Cross-country league, to which West Cheshire AC is affiliated, will be via an online entry system, providing a single race number that participants will wear for all four rounds of the league. The league has reduced the overall affiliation fee that each club pays to take part in the league, while introducing entry fees for participants in each round.

While this system makes sense practically, it would mean a big rise in costs to the club if the club paid both the affiliation and entry fees. Given this, and as the online entry procedure seems clear and flexible to allow members to self-enter, the club committee has agreed that the club will continue to pay the affiliation fee, but that it will not pay club members’ entry fees from the 2021 season onwards.

The club still supports the league and will publicise each round via our website and social media, but if you wish to run in any of the four rounds and are a fully paid-up first claim member of West Cheshire AC, please visit the entry website: https://www.avtiming.com/nsccland make sure that you enter before the relevant closing date, in order to take part in any or all of the four rounds. Entry fees, as shown on the website, are as follows:

Series Fees (ie all four rounds):

Juniors & U20’s – £7.00 (+£1.00 Admin Fee).

Senior & Vets – £14.00 (+£1.50 Admin Fee).

Closing Date for Series Entries is 6pm on the 16th September.

Per Race Fees:

Juniors & U20’s – £1.75 (+£0.65 Admin Fee).

Senior & Vets – £3.50 (+£1.00 Admin Fee).

Closing Date is 6pm on the Thursday prior to each race.

By entering all four rounds in advance, juniors and under 20s would pay £8, as opposed to £9.60 if entering all four rounds separately. Equivalent figures for seniors and vets are £15.50 versus £18.

The club is also active in both the Manchester Area Cross-country League (all age groups) and North Wales Cross-country League (under-17s upwards); it is proposed that the club will continue to pay members’ entry fees to these leagues, presuming that there are no significant changes to the leagues’ own entry procedures.

More details are available athttp://www.nsccl.org.uk/. If you have any questions, please feel free to select “Cross country officer” from the contact page of the club website.https://www.westcheshireac.co.uk/contact/


Sale Harriers Manchester is organising a series of indoor open athletics fixtures at SportCity, Manchester, on Sunday, December 5, Sunday, December 19, Sunday, January 9, Sunday, January 30, Sunday, March 6, and Sunday, March 13. Further details can be found at: www.saleharriersmanchester.com and the online entries link is here: www.race-results.co.uk


Rosemary Rogers sliced three minutes off the over-70 ladies age group club record with a time of 59:39 to win her age category at the Mersey Tunnel 10k Race.

Other West Cheshire AC finishers included Brian Wright (second over-65 man in 45:55), and Sarah Hibbert (12th over-50 lady in 61:01).

Neil Finegan was first over-45 man in 35:23 at the Farndon 10k Road Race, ahead of club mate, Steve Hillier (17th over-40 man in 45:05), while James Robinson ran 1:28:45 for 31st place in the Warrington Half Marathon.


Harriet Wheeler won the under 15 girls Throwathon title at the Wrexham Final Fling Competition, after winning the javelin and finishing third in the hammer, discus and shot put events, while Kara Stoll won the hammer, finished second in the discus and was second in the throwathon, and Rose Duggan finished second in the shot and fifth in the discus.

Megan White posted a winning time of 2:35:73 in her under 17 ladies 800m at Trafford.

Jessica Lark clocked a winning time of 2:26.0 in the under 15 girls 800m at Warrington, ahead of second-placed team mate Aimee Phillips (2:32.5) who won the 300m in 44.2.

Ruby Phillips won the under 13 girls 800m at Warrington in 2:25.2, and clocked 14.2 in her 100m, while Ruby Carlile won the under 15 girls high jump with 1-35m.

Satine Wearden posted 35.5 in under 13 girls 200m, 16.7 in her 100m, and long jumped 3m, while her sister, Cosette, was fourth in the under 15 girls 800m.


West Cheshire AC’s Annual General Meeting will be held online on Friday 26th November 2021. More details will be announced soon.


Eddie Gore is asking any club coach and athlete who has borrowed equipment to return the items to the club by the beginning of November so that he can carry out his annual inventory of items stored in the containers.


Please get in touch with Dennis Wall if you have a shredder or you know someone who has a shredder to deal with brambles, twigs and branches currently alongside the EPSV Track Container Office. Whoever does the job can keep the mulch for their garden. Dennis’s email address is: [email protected]


All Club members are being requested to enter the EPSV Track through the blue gates and register at the Container Office before joining their training group. Please remember to register before training because the Club needs to compile a register of who is on the site for health and safety reasons, and also ensure everyone training pays for their training session.


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Posted by Dave Alexander
1st October 2021

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