WCAC Newsletter #347, 22-10-21


Several members of the club have tested positive for COVID-19 and been advised to stay away from club activities.

Please continue to exercise caution while taking part in all club activities. With people going away for breaks and holidays it is important that anybody training/competing has complied with current regulations and has taken the necessary tests to try to ensure they are fit and healthy.

Covid-19 is still being transmitted so space and hand hygiene remains a prerequisite for your health.

If anybody develops symptoms (or has a positive LF or PCR test) after a run or training session you must contact the group leader or coach so that the other athletes can be contacted to take appropriate action based on the level of contact – please follow the latest government guidelines for when to self isolate and please act responsibly (see this link): www.gov.uk/coronavirus

If you have been on an activity where a fellow athlete tests positive afterwards we recommend that you take Lateral Flow Tests every two days for a week, act with caution (think of yourself and others) and do not attend any club activities for a week.

I hope you understand the request for caution and can comply. Stay safe.


All parents of youngsters attending track training sessions are reminded to collect their sons and daughters from the track – not from the car park. The Club wants to ensure everyone stays safe and that every youngster safely leaves every track training session.


Best wishes to all members, helpers and volunteers, for this Saturday’s North Wales Cross Country League fixture for Under 17s, Under 20s, Seniors and Veterans, at Treborth Fields, Bangor, (1pm start). Further details of the fixture can be found here: www.northwalesxc.com


Many happy returns to the following Club members who celebrate their birthdays this week: Macy Brett, Aeron Evans, Clare Mallon, Edward Millachip, Leo Green, Lara Fields, Emmanuella Kantenga, Flora Plass, Rory Willson, Henrietta Duffey, Ethan Field, Grace Lyon, Alessandra McKenna, Ronnie Scarth, Rebecca Walker,

And Next Week: Annabelle Smith, Isaac Musker, Thomas Tweedle, Peter Smith, Isla Entwistle, Adam Howe, Olivia Brookfield, Emily Owen, Healy Smyth, Grace McCabe, Millicent Rees, Charlie McMullen, Isaac Tait, Kate Moulds, Richard Birtwistle, Isabelle Chilvers, Harry Jones, Orrin Jones, Brooklyn While-Jones.


Online Entry for both Northern Indoor Championship events is now available at:

15/16 January – Seniors/U20s/U17s: https://www.race-results.co.uk/onlineentries/user/login.php?raceid=4253

6th February – U15s/U13s: https://www.race-results.co.uk/onlineentries/user/login.php?raceid=4252

Athletes must be 1st claim members of their club (registered with England Athletics).


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


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).


Entries are now open for the British Cross Country Challenge being held at Sefton Park, Liverpool, on Saturday, 27th November, for Under 11s, Under 13s, Under 15s, Under 17s, Under 20s, and Seniors. The link is here: www.entryhub.co.uk/british-athletics-cross-challenge-liverpool-2021


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.


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


West Cheshire AC ladies celebrated success at the opening round of the Borders Road Running League.

Keely Smith (second in 38 minutes seven seconds), Fiona Cook (third in 38:08), Jodi Bemand (third under 20 lady in 39:36), and Matilda Hughes (fifth under 20 lady in 42:58) combined to earn top spot in the Women’s Division One team event at Delamere Forest’s 9.5km three-lap course.

The quartet were backed up by Claire Harris (26th in 43:52), Clare Mallon (29th in 44:41), Claire Williams (42nd in 46:45), Amy Mills (49th in 47:33), Angela Tegg (54th in 47:58), Debra Bemand (55th in 48:00), and Lisa Davies (72nd in 50:01).

Michael Young headed the men’s squad, finishing sixth in 31:35, ahead of Jamie Richardson (second under 20 man in 32:22), Neil Finegan (23rd in 33:43), Graham Wells (39th in 35:05), Steve Fernyhough (45th in 35:25), Steve King (49th in 35:54), Steve Duffy (54th in 36:23), Jon Park (56th in 36:24), Fraser Campbell (sixth under 20 man in 36:46), and Andrew Clague (75th in 37:33).

Other finishers included Richard Hayes (76th in 37:45), James Robinson (79th in 38:01), Mark Davies (80th in 38:02), Andy Carter (85th in 38:36), Paul Morrison (ninth under 20 man in 40:04), Danny Paddock (98th in 40:06), Andrew Cooper (99th in 40:11), Steve Hillier (125th in 42:36), Iain Wood (146th in 44:29), Brian Wright (156th in 45:24), Stephen Ball (158th in 45:29), Julian Tegg (166th in 46:46), Dave Tiernan (172nd in 47:19), Tony Kennedy (175th in 48:40), Phil Gent (176th in 48:42), Phil Howe (186th in 50:42), and Richard Batterham (204th in 55:43).

More details and results can be found here: https://www.bordersleague.org.uk/results/

The next round takes place on Sunday, November 14, at Capenhurst (11am start).


Ruby Phillips grabbed glory representing the Club in the under 13 girls race at the second round of the North Staffs Cross Country League held at Stafford Common.

Jessica Lark (second), Aimee Phillips (seventh), and Cosette Wearden (10th) combined for second team position in the under 15 girls event.

Henrietta Duffey was seventh in the under 17 ladies race, while Paul Morrison was 72nd in the under 20 and senior men’s race, and Alex Duffey finished 118th in the senior and veteran women’s event.

The next round takes place on Saturday, October 30 at Park Hall Country Park, Weston Coyney, Stoke On Trent.


Jamie Richardson (second in 19:54), Sammy Hollins (fifth in 21:28), and Henry Robinson (15th in 23:15) combined to earn second spot in the under 17 men’s team event at the opening round of the Manchester Area Cross Country League held at Wythenshawe Park.

Luke Parker secured second place with a time of 16:21 in the under 15 boys race, while Noah Woolgar finished 24th in the under 13 boys race, Isabella Rimmer was 49th in the under 15 girls event, Jodi Bemand was 24th in the under 17 ladies race, and Fraser Campbell finished 14th under 20 man and 106th overall in the men’s race.

George Brown clocked 34:07 for 12th spot in the senior men’s race, backed up by Neil Finegan (63rd), Mark Davies (111th), Dave Alexander (114th), Steve Fernyhough (119th), Andrew Clague (142nd), Richard Hayes (147th), Andy Carter (235th), and Julian Tegg (350th), to earn 10th team place.

Claire Harris (71st) headed the women’s charge, supported by Anna Woolgar (84th), Ellie Robinson (94th), Angela Tegg (144th), and Debra Bemand (169th), to earn 14th team position. 

The next round takes place on Saturday, November 13, at Sherdley Park, St Helens.


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 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.

Posted by Dave Alexander
22nd October 2021

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