WCAC Newsletter #348, 29-10-21

MANY CONGRATULATIONS!

Active Leisure Events have paid £275 into the Club’s bank account in respect of the following team prizes awarded to West Cheshire AC at their recent events. 

2021 Chester Half Marathon £100 men’s team prize

The winning team was: Michael Young (1:11:23), Neil Finegan (1:17:56), David Shearer (1:18:06), Steve Fernyhough (1:22:45). Total time: 5:10:10.

2021 Chester Marathon £100 men’s and £75 women’s team prizes 

The winning teams were: Michael Young (2:27:32), David Shearer (2:52:37), Steve Fernyhough (2:52:45), Steve Duffy (3:00:23). Total time: 11:13:17.     

Keely Smith (2:58:29), Fiona Cook (3:10:25), Jane Barker (4:49:05). Total time: 10:57:59.

Everyone listed above please email our club treasurer, Darren Shillington, ASAP to claim your prize money at: treasurerwestcheshireac@gmail.com

GOOD LUCK!

Best wishes to all members, helpers and volunteers, for this Saturday’s North Staffs Cross Country League fixture, at Park Hall, Weston Coyney, Stoke on Trent, (11am start). Further details of the fixture can be found here: www.nsccl.org.uk

HILL AND TRAIL RUNNING TRAINING SESSION INVITE…

Club coaches Graham Patterson and Dennis Wall are inviting club members to a hill and trail running training session at the old Mollington Golf Club Course this Sunday, 31st October. Meet up between 9.45am and 10am in the Oak Tree Pub Car Park, Upton Dene, Chester, CH2 1BL.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

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

And Next Week: Kevin Miller, Richard Hayes, Sarah Hibbert, Tom Booth, Will Scott, Evie Jones, Ruby Phillips, Louis Gardner, Olivia McDonald.

JAMIE AND NEIL SECURE SUCCESS AT BANGOR

Jamie Richardson and Neil Finegan have grabbed glory at Bangor in the second round of the North Wales Cross Country League.

Jamie won the under 17 men’s race in a time of 20 minutes eight seconds, and was backed up by third-placed Henry Robinson in 22:55.

Neil celebrated success in his over-45 men’s age group after finishing 22nd overall in the men’s race with a time of 32:44, ahead of club mates Fraser Campbell (second under 20 man in 33:10), Dave Alexander (third over-50 man in 34:36), Paul Morrison (fifth under 20 man in 34:58), Andrew Clague (fifth over-50 man in 35:52), and James Robinson (23rd senior man in 36:29).

Jodi Bemand finished second under 17 lady and was 10th overall in the senior women’s race with a time of 25:33.

She was supported by team mates Anest Muller (senior senior lady in 27:57), Ellie Robinson (ninth over-45 lady in 28:02), and Jodi’s mum, Debra (fourth over-50 lady in 31:43).

The next round of the North Wales Cross Country League is on Saturday, November 27, at Mostyn, Flint.

CLUB COVID-19 GUIDANCE REMINDER

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.

CROSS COUNTRY FIXTURE REMINDER

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).

BRITISH CROSS COUNTRY CHALLENGE AT SEFTON PARK…

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

2022 CHESHIRE CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS

Planning is well underway to hold the fixture at the Farm Club, Pickmere, on Saturday 8th January 2022

Draft proposals for the laps and the event schedule are on the Cheshire County Athletics Association Facebook Page. More details will follow as the plans develop. Details of the venue can be found at: https://thefarmclub.co.uk/

INDOOR TRACK AND FIELD FIXTURES UPDATE

ENTRIES are now open for the Sale Harriers Manchester 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

ONLINE entries are now being accepted for both Northern Indoor Championship events being held at Sheffield.

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

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

ENTRIES for the England Athletics Indoor Championships are scheduled to take place at the EIS Sheffield.

  • 8-9 January 2022: England Athletics Senior and Under 20 Combined Events Championships (incorporating BMC). Entries open 1 December 2021
  • 12-13 February 2022: England Athletics Age Group (U15/U17/U20) Indoor Championships
  • 12-13 March 2022: England Athletics U15/U17 Combined Events Indoor Championships

CLUB LEADERSHIP PROGRAMME

Applications are now open for the England Athletics Club Leadership programme. The programme starts in January 2022 and consists of a series of online training webinars, networking opportunities and access to resources. Throughout the programme, experts within their respective fields will be joining to impart their knowledge and ideas, and to facilitate networking between clubs and club leaders. Applications are invited from 2 individuals per club – one already in a club leadership position and the second place for someone lined up for a leadership role in the future.

Further information can be found in the link below. This programme has been over subscribed in the past and applications are welcome from those who did not get a place in last years programme. The application form is here: https://www.englandathletics.org/clubs-and-facilities/our-programmes/club-leadership-programme/

TIME TO LISTEN COURSES

There are four more dates set for the Time to Listen Course. These will continue to take place online.

Monday 8thNovember 2021 (6-9pm); Wednesday 10thNovember 2021 (6-9pm); Tuesday 16th November 2021 (6-9pm); Thursday 18th November 2021 (6-9pm).

To Book, please use this link: https://www.athleticshub.co.uk/course-list/eng?what=Time%202%20Listen&_ga=2.254848328.1925743655.1634900045-62061185.1556100601

RUN LEADER DEVELOPMENT DAYS

Following the success of the virtual Run Leader webinar series in February/March 2021, England Athletics are delivering new content over the winter of 2021/22.  

These webinars are designed to bring leaders and coaches together in an environment where they can network and learn from key speakers and each other by sharing skills and challenges.

Content is targeted at 3 different audiences.

  • Newly Qualified Leaders: This 2 part series is on November 29th & 6th December 2021 & costs £15 per person
  • Experienced Leaders: This 2 part series is on January 24th & 31st 2022 & costs £15 per person
  • Specialist Topics for leaders/coaches – This 3 part series is on February 21st, 28th & 7th March 2022 & costs £20 per person.

For further details, please look on the website: https://www.englandathletics.org/coaching/development/run-leader-development-days/.

Alternatively further details can be found directly on the booking site on athletics hub: https://www.athleticshub.co.uk/course-list/eng?what=virtual%20run%20leader&_ga=2.262913413.845163456.1633939968-252216813.1631106035.

PARENTAL RESPONSIBILITY

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.

WANTED! – CLUB STOPWATCHES AND CLUB EQUIPMENT

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.

DATE FOR YOUR DIARY

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

MANCHESTER AREA CROSS COUNTRY LEAGUE UPDATE…

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 Sherdley Park, St Helens, on Saturday 13th November (12 noon start). 

BORDERS ROAD RUNNING LEAGUE UPDATE…

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: jparlevl@gmail.com

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.

FOUR VILLAGES HELSBY HALF MARATHON ENTRIES NOW OPEN!

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.

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