WCAC Newsletter #349, 05-11-21

TRACK FLOODLIGHTS PROBLEM

Due to problems with floodlighting on the back straight, West Cheshire AC training sessions at the EPSV track can unfortunately only take place on the home straight and two bends due to safety reasons. All middle and long distance running sessions being organised by Ian Ackroyd, Chris Morgan, Dennis Wall, and Graham Patterson, will take place away from the EPSV Track from Monday, 8th November, until the floodlights are repaired. Please look at the Club Website and Facebook pages for further updates about the issue.

CROSS COUNTRY FIXTURE REMINDER

The next round of the West Cheshire AC Schools Cross Country Race Series will be held this Saturday, November 6, at Ellesmere Port Sports Village, (registration from 9.30am, Start of first race at 10am). Help is needed to set up the course from 8am, take entries from 9.30am, officiate/marshal from 10am, and tidy away after the final race.

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, 6th November. Meet up between 9.45am and 10am in the Oak Tree Pub Car Park, Upton Dene, Chester, CH2 1BL.

HELP URGENTLY NEEDED FROM CLUB MEMBERS AND FRIENDS!

The Club is planning to organise the Chester Round the Walls Boxing Day Race and needs volunteers to marshal and help out on the day. If you are running in this year’s race can you please ask a family member or friend to help out and make the event a success. Please email Dennis Wall ASAP with a name(s) of people who can volunteer at: dennis.wall1@ntlworld.com

MANCHESTER AREA CROSS COUNTRY LEAGUE INVITE…

The next round of the Manchester Area Cross Country League takes place on Saturday, 13th November, at Sherdley Park, St Helens, for members who are Under 11s (2.2km), Under 13s (3.3km), Under 15s (4.4km), Under 17s (6.6km), Under 20s, Seniors, and Veterans.

Those who have not yet entered need to visit: https://www.race-results.co.uk/results/2021/

An individual entry costs £7, which allows club members to compete in however many rounds remain at the time of your entry – (ie: there are 3 other fixtures and you only enter once).

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

Many happy returns to the following Club members who celebrate their birthdays this week: Kevin Miller, Richard Hayes, Sarah Hibbert, Tom Booth, Will Scott, Evie Jones, Ruby Phillips, Louis Gardner, Olivia McDonald.

And Next Week: Alan Morris, Niall Thomas, Liam Farrell, Carys Manson, Don James, Joseph Pryor, Dave Alexander, Emma Bradley, Skyla Coleman, Jack England, Richard Farley, Thomas Staples-Deva, Toby Adesunloye, Nancy Collins, Thomas Clegg, Harry Chilvers, Aiden Hilton, Sienna Bennett, Leo Anstey, Greg Jones, Jon Park, Steve Hillier, Heather McLintock, Paul Morrison, Loretta Eccles.

CONGRATULATIONS JESSICA AND MICHAEL!

Jessica Lark won the under 15 girls race at the third round of the North Staffs Cross Country League at Park Hall Country Park, Stoke on Trent, where she posted nine minutes 42 seconds, while Michael Young grabbed glory at the Chester Zoo 10k Road Race in a time of 32 minutes 44 seconds.

Jessica was backed up by club mates Isabella Rimmer (10th in 10:54), Aimee Phillips (11th in 11:00), and Cosette Wearden (12th in 11:09) to ensure West Cheshire AC remain top of the under 15 girls team event with one round remaining on Saturday, December 18, at Betley Court Farm, Crewe.

Thomas Rimmer secured fourth spot in the under 13 boys race at Park Hall with a time of 9:40, while Ruby Phillips posted 9:51 for sixth spot in the under 13 girls event.

Henrietta Duffey clocked 13:36 for 11th position in the under 17 ladies race, and her mum, Alex, rounded the senior ladies event in 34:55, while Paul Morrison posted 28:29 in the men’s race.

Michael Young was supported at the Chester Zoo 10k by Brian Wright (third over-65 man in 46:42), and Sarah Hibbert (59:42).

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.

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

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.

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.

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