WCAC Newsletter #345, 08-10-21


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

And Next Week: Aimee Phillips, John Pughe, Dylan Gledhill, Freya McCarthy, Su Baird, Liam Given, Rosemary Rogers, Mark Shepherd, Carol Parsons, Robert Austin.


The Club would like to say a big thank you to everyone who helped make last Saturday’s West Cheshire AC Schools Cross Country Race Series event at Ellesmere Port Sports Village such a success.

A total of 237 youngsters represented 33 different schools at the second round fixture.

The next round of the West Cheshire AC Schools Cross Country Race Series will be held on Saturday, November 6, at Ellesmere Port Sports Village, (10am start).


Dennis Wall wants to know if anyone has borrowed club stopwatches (black with green buttons). If so, please let him know or return them to the Track Container Office.

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.


The Chester & District Schools Cross Country Championships for boys take place at Bishop Heber High on Monday 11th October, 4pm start.

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.

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.


Michael Young celebrated success at Sunday’s Chester Marathon, winning the 26.2 miles race and also breaking his club’s record for the distance after crossing the Grosvenor Park finishing line in a time of two hours 27 minutes 31 seconds.

Keely Smith, also representing West Cheshire AC, finished second in the women’s race with an impressive time of 2:58:28.

Other Club members who completed the event included third over-35 lady Fiona Cook who clocked 3:10:18, David Shearer 2:52:34 (10th over-35 man), Steve Fernyhough 2:52:37 (seventh over-40 man), Steve Duffy (3:00:14), Neil Field (4:14:29), Mark Davies (4:19:51), and Jane Barker 4:46:47.

Liz Renondeau, who represents West Cheshire AC on the track, won the Chester Metric Marathon representing Cheshire Dragons and posted 1:42.12.

Steve King 1:46:59 (third over-45 man), Andy Carter 1:55:06 (second over 50 man), and Angela Tegg 2:19:09 (second over-45 lady), all achieved age group podium positions in the Chester Metric Marathon, supported by club mates David Irving (2:15:32), Julian Tegg (2:19:09), Phil Gent (2:24:06), Isabel Robertson (2:43:51), and Mark Povey.


Jamie Richardson was first home for the victorious North West Under 17 Men’s team after finishing sixth overall at the London Mini Marathon.


Sisters Ruby and Aimee Phillips, and Noah Woolgar completed a 1-2-3 respectively in the Chester Marathon Fun Run on the Roodee.


Neil Finegan, Jodi Bemand and Fraser Campbell achieved podium places in their age group races at the opening round of the North Wales Cross Country League at Wrexham.

Neil won his over-45 age group in 32:21, while Jodi was second in her under 17 ladies age category with 24:32, and Fraser finished third under 20 man in 31:58.

They were joined by Paul Morrison (fifth under 20 man in 33:44), Andrew Clague (fourth over-50 man in 34:12), and Richard Hayes (sixth over-50 man in 34:55) to earn fifth place in Men’s Division One and third spot in the Veterans Division.

Jodi was backed up by Claire Harris (fourth lady in 26:29), Ellie Robinson (10th over-45 lady in 29:17), Henrietta Duffey (seventh under 17 lady in 29:33), Debra Bemand (fifth over-50 lady in 29:44), and Alex Duffey (15th over-45 lady in 34:15), to earn fifth spot in the Women’s Division One league table and fifth place in the Veteran Women’s Division.

Henry Robinson completed the under 17 men’s race in third position with a time of 22:13.


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


The Club has completed its entry for the Manchester Area Cross Country League, consisting of the 35 runners. 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.

The first round (no Under 11s), takes place at Wythenshawe Park, Manchester, on Saturday 16th October (12 noon start). 


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 (10am 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/nsccl and 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 at http://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/

The next round of the North Staffs Cross Country League takes place at Stafford Common, on Saturday 16th October (12 noon start).


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

Posted by Dave Alexander
8th October 2021

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