WCAC Newsletter #350, 12-11-21


Due to problems with floodlighting on the back straight, West Cheshire AC training sessions at the EPSV track can unfortunately only currently 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 until the floodlights are repaired.

Brio site manager, Peter Davies, said he is hopeful the repair work can be completed before the end of this month, but please look at the Club Website and Facebook pages for further updates about the issue.


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: [email protected]


The next round of the Manchester Area Cross Country League takes place this 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.

The next round of the Borders Road Running League for any Club member in the Under 17s, Under 20s, Seniors and Veterans age groups takes place this Sunday, 14th November, at Capenhurst (11.05am start).

Best wishes to all runners, helpers and officials at both fixtures!


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

And Next Week: Francesca Pughe, Ruby Wisbey, Nathan Brassington, Bella Khanijay, Evie Tresize, Beth Manson, Logan Sefton.


Entries close on 19th November 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


The Club would like to thank all those volunteers who ensured the third round of the West Cheshire Athletic Club Schools Cross Country Race Series on Saturday proved a success, with 187 finishers managing to complete the event.

The next round of the West Cheshire AC Schools Cross Country Race Series will be held at Ellesmere Port Sports Village, on Saturday, November 27.


Jodi Bemand finished second lady in a new Under 20 Club record time of 41 minutes 35 seconds at the Tatton Park 10k Road Race, ahead of her mum, Debra, who was fifth under 50 lady in a new Club record age group time of 48:09.


Rosemary Rogers achieved a new over-70 club record time of 58 minutes 9 seconds at the Wirral 10k held at New Brighton.  


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


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.


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 so that he can carry out his annual inventory of items stored in the containers.


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.


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


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.


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 (11.05am 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.

Posted by Dave Alexander
12th November 2021

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