WCAC Newsletter #351, 19-11-21


Many congratulations to Eddie Gore who has won the 2021/22 England Athletics North West Regional Volunteer Services to Athletics and Running Award.


Many congratulations to Luke Parker who is in the Helsby High School cross country team that qualified last weekend in Bromsgrove for the English Schools Cup National Final to be held at Newquay on 4th December. Results link: http://www.schoolsathletics.net/esaa/v2/2021/xccup/xccupresults/wc-1-ibresults.html


Entries close on Friday, 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


A Club Hill/Trail/Cross Country training session will take place this Sunday morning at at Mollington golf course. Meet at the Oak Tree Pub Car Park, near the Countess of Chester Hospital between 09.45 and 10.00am. Or at the actual location around 10ish behind the canal bridge.


Due to ongoing 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, says 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]


Good luck to our Club members who are representing Cheshire in the Merebrook 15km Race this Saturday.


West Cheshire AC’s Annual General Meeting will be held remotely, via Zoom, on Friday November 26th, at 7:30pm. Meeting details are as follows:
Meeting link: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/89524358477?pwd=Y0Q1Rm16WXZEaUx6TGo4TE1FaFJNQT09
Meeting ID: 895 2435 8477
Passcode: 309033

The Club is managed by a committee who are unpaid volunteers and who are re-elected every 12 months and meet on the second Tuesday of every month to discuss a range of issues concerning the Club.

The Club Committee is comprised of: Mike Lamb (President), Jon Clarke (Chairman), Dennis Wall (Vice-Chairman, Media Officer, and Track and Field Officer), Julian Tegg (Secretary), Darren Shillington (Treasurer), Jane Pughe (Membership Secretary), Eddie Gore (Facilities Officer), Dave Alexander (Cross Country Secretary), John Parlevliet (Road Running Secretary), and Mark Duffey (Marketing Officer).

All the committee members are volunteers and at the next AGM Jon Clarke and John Parlevliet have confirmed they don’t want to be re-elected, so replacements are needed. If you can help or would like to get involved please get in touch with our club secretary, Julian Tegg by email at: [email protected]


Many happy returns to the following Club members who celebrate their birthdays this week: Francesca Pughe, Ruby Wisbey, Nathan Brassington, Bella Khanijay, Evie Tresize, Beth Manson, Logan Sefton.

And Next Week: Andy Carter, Ben Rutherford, Matilda Hughes, Ellen Maxwell, Constance Cotgrave, Darci Arrowsmith, Joseph Chilvers, Oliver Kimpton, Charlotte Finegan, Nevaeh-Sky Harvey, Heidi Wetherall.


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.


Jamie Richardson won the under 17 men’s race at the Manchester Area Cross Country League fixture at Sherdley Park, St Helens, and was backed up by club mates Sammy Hollins (ninth) and Henry Robinson (12th) to earn second team position.

Neil Finegan (over-45 man) was third in his age group and was supported by Mark Davies, Dave Alexander, Andrew Clague, Andy Carter, Julian Tegg, and Fraser Campbell to earn 14th men’s team spot out of 33 clubs.

Traci Shipley (over-55 lady) was third in her age group and was backed up by Claire Harris, Ellie Robinson, Angela Tegg, Deb Bemand, Kate Titlow, and Alex Duffey to secure 11th women’s team position out of 30 clubs.

Carys Roberts (fourth) and Jodi Bemand (11th) completed the under 17 women’s race, while Ruby Phillips was seventh in the under 13 girls event; Anna Birkett-Evans was 10th in the under 11 girls race; Sophie Haslam (16th) and Jessica Lark (21st) completed the under 15 girls event; while Harry McKenna (18th) and Noah Woolgar (55th) ran the under 11 and under 13 boys races respectively.

The next round of the Manchester Area Cross Country League takes place at Kenworthy Woods, Wythenshawe, on Saturday, December 4.


Liz Renondeau (first in 28:14), Keely Smith (third in 30:52), Fiona Cook (fifth in 31:21), and Jodi Bemand (10th in 32:18) combined to earn West Cheshire AC top spot in the Women’s Division One event at Capenhurst’s five miles Borders Road Running League race.

Liz, who won the British Masters 5k Road Championships over-40 women’s title earlier this month with a time of 17:19, was backed up at Capenhurst by West Cheshire AC team mates Matilda Hughes (23rd in 34:59), Claire Harris (26th in 35:19), Joy Hickman (33rd in 36:23), Traci Shipley (34th in 36:40), Anest Muller (38th in 37:00), Clare Mallon (40th in 37:29), Claire Williams (52nd in 38:27), Amy Mills (54th in 38:29), Debra Bemand (60th in 38:50), and Angela Tegg (99th in 44:05). 

Michael Young (fourth in 25:21) headed West Cheshire AC’s men’s squad which included Jamie Richardson (ninth in 25:44), David Shearer (17th in 26:24), Neil Finegan (36th in 27:20), Matthew Douglass (38th in 27:25), Tom Booth (43rd in 27:43), Steve Fernyhough (57th in 28:34), Mark Davies (65th in 28:53), Graham Wells (66th in 28:59), Steve Duffy (68th in 29:09), Nathan Hilditch (71st in 29:28), Fraser Campbell (76th in 29:37), Lewis Tandy (86th in 30:06), Andy Carter (90th in 30:12), Danny Paddock (91st in 30:22), Henry Robinson (98th in 31:05), Neil Hershaw (99th in 31:14), Andrew Clague (108th in 31:39), Andrew Cooper (110th in 31:51), Paul Morrison (115th in 32:14), Neil Field (116th in 32:22), Steve Hillier (150th in 34:35), Iain Wood (179th in 36:17), Stephen Ball (183rd in 36:33), Dave Tiernan (187th in 36:51), Julian Tegg (202nd in 38:15), Phil Gent (215th in 39:27), Tony Kennedy (227th in 40:56), and Darren Shillington (240th in 44:06). 


WOMENS DIVISION ONE: 1 West Cheshire AC 19 points; 2 Wirral AC 25; 3 Buckley Runners 80; 4 Helsby RC 139; 5 Wallasey AC 141; 6 Ellesmere Port RC 145; 7 Chester TC 211.

MENS DIVISION ONE: 1 Buckley 251 points; 2 Wallasey 264; 3 Wrexham 302; 4 West Cheshire 403; 5 Wirral 404; 6 Ellesmere Port 944; 7 Eryri 4380.

VETERAN WOMEN: 1 West Cheshire 9; 2 Buckley 59; 3 Deestriders 73; 4 Helsby 82; 5 Tattenhall 90; 6 Wallasey 98; 7 Chester Tri 123; 8 Ellesmere Port 139; 9 Deeside 164; 10 Wirral 167; 11 Wrexham 238; 12 Wrecsam Tri 246; 13 Prestatyn 262; 14 Birkenhead 278; 15 Eryri 446; 16 Cybi 600; 16 Abergele 600.

VETERAN MEN: 1 West Cheshire 481; 2 Wirral 496; 3 Wallasey 576; 4 Buckley 696; 5 Deeside 817; 6 Helsby 927; 7 Deestriders 930; 8 Chester Tri 995; 9 Ellesmere Port 1030; 10 Tattenhall 1082; 11 Prestatyn 1216; 12 Wrecsam Tri 1282; 13 Wrexham 1604; 14 Birkenhead 1983; 15 Eryri 2880; 16 Cybi 3500; 16 Abergele 3500.

The next round of the Borders Road Running League takes place at Birkenhead Park, on Sunday, December 5, (11am start).


Steve Fernyhough won the Warrington Way 40 miles Ultra Race in five hours and 35 seconds.


Please let Dennis Wall know ASAP if you can help out on Saturday (27th November) at the final round of the West Cheshire AC Schools Cross Country Race Series. Volunteers are needed from 8am to set out the course, from 9.30am to help with pre-race registration, from 10am to officiate or Marshall, and to tidy away after the final race. Dennis can be contacted at: [email protected]


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 (Closing Date is 17th December): https://www.race-results.co.uk/onlineentries/user/login.php?raceid=4253

The U15s/U13s fixture on 6th February (Closing date is: 17th January): 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 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
19th November 2021

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