WCAC Newsletter #357, 31-12-21

Best wishes for a Happy and Healthy New Year!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

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

Richard Batterham, Jon Moorhouse, Andrew Cooper, Lewis Parsons, Oliver Mallon, Thomas Rimmer, Louie Saville, Satine Wearden, Faith Barlow-Gambles, Alice Hollingsworth, Micah Hollingsworth, Isabel Robertson.

And next week: Ian Gloyne-Phillips, Heather Russell, Steven King, Issy Clarke, Abigail Cartwright, Lauren Williams, Luke Parker, Juliet Robinson, Isabella Zarac, Beau Barritt.

MANY THANKS!

The Club would like to convey it’s grateful thanks to everyone who volunteered on Boxing Day and made sure the Chester Round The Walls Race proved a big success.

FESTIVE TRAINING ARRANGEMENTS

The Under 11s training group supervised by Jill Gore and Joanne Cartwright, Adrian Gledhill, Glenn Hoskin, and Aaron Scott at the Ellesmere Port Sports Village Athletics Track, will start training again on Tuesday 4th January.

The Saturday morning training group supervised by Dennis Wall, Jane Palmer, and Joanne Cartwright, will not meet up again until the new year, and the Thursday training group supervised by Dennis, Jane, Mark Duffey and Adrian Gledhill won’t meet up again until the new year.

Please check with your training group coach for training sessions being organised over the festive period.

If you want to run in any of the above events please email our Club Cross Country Secretary, Dave Alexander, ASAP with your name, date of birth, and name of Championships you want to run in.

YDL U13/U15 TRACK & FIELD MANAGERS NEEDED

West Cheshire AC needs male and female team managers for next year’s U13/U15 Track and Field League fixtures. If you are interested please contact Dennis ASAP at: dennis.wall1@ntlworld.com

INDOOR ATHLETICS FIXTURES UPDATE

ENTRIES are now open for the England Athletics Age Group (U15/U17/U20) Indoor Championships in Sheffield (12/13 Feb). Register now on the Roster app or website. See more information at: https://bit.ly/EAChamps2022

ENTRIES are now open for the Sale Harriers Manchester series of indoor open athletics fixtures at SportCity, Manchester, on 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 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.

12-13 March 2022: England Athletics U15/U17 Combined Events Indoor Championships.

CONGRATULATIONS!

Six members grabbed glory at the Chester Round The Walls Race.

Neil Finegan, Steve Fernyhough, Henry Robinson, Jodi Bemand, Rosemary Rogers and Mary Radford all finished first in their age group categories at the 6km Boxing Day event hosted by their club at Chester Racecourse which attracted 407 finishers.

Finegan and Fernyhough claimed the first over-45 and over-40 men’s prizes with times of 22 minutes 28 seconds and 23:32 respectively.

Robinson and Bemand were first under 20 man and under 20 lady in times of 24:01 and 30:41, while Rogers and Radford secured the first over 70 and over 75 ladies awards with times of 37:21 and 49:33.

Daniel Cliffe, representing Hercules Wimbledon AC, posted 20 minutes 34 seconds to win the men’s race, ahead of Buckley Runners duo Ben Biggs and Sam Bellis who clocked 20:50 and 21:47 for second and third positions respectively.

Chester-based Carol Parsons, competing for Cheshire Dragons, posted 24:12 to claim the women’s title, ahead of runner-up Sarah Hunter (Ackworth Road Runners) in 24:46, and Kate Titlow (West Cheshire AC) in third spot with 25:53.

Other club members to finish included Tom Booth (fifth overall in 22:09), Dan Thwaites (27:29), Kerry Riley (sixth lady in 27:35), Neil Field (29:48), Brian Wright (second over-65 man in 30:39), Phil Howe (34:27), Georgina Duffey (third under 20 lady in 34:22), Henrietta Duffey (fourth under 20 lady in 34:30), Phil Gent (36:39), Mark Povey (38:16), and Alex Duffey (39:24).

WELL DONE MICHAEL!

Michael Young posted 32:52 for 66th spot at the Ribble Valley 10k Road Race at Blackburn on Monday.

TRACK FLOODLIGHTS UPDATE

EPSV site operators, Brio Leisure, has informed West Cheshire AC that the track floodlights won’t be repaired until February.

EPSV site manager, Peter Davies said: “I have now received confirmation that the track lights will be repaired on Tuesday 8th February 2022. I appreciate this will be disappointing to you however this is the earliest date the specialist company that holds the winch can get out to do the job.

“I have asked engie our maintenance provider to see if they can do anything to speed up the process and if there are any other options we can explore to speed up the process and will keep chasing them up. I will as ever keep you informed as soon as I hear anything.”

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.

Please look at the club website and Facebook pages for further updates about the issue.

CHESHIRE INTER-COUNTIES CROSS COUNTRY TEAM CAPTAINS

Cheshire is looking for an Under 13 boys team captain and Under 15 boys team captain for the Inter-Counties Cross Country Championships being held in March at Loughborough.
The team captains will need to attend the Cheshire Cross Country Championships on January 8th and congratulate the top 12 finishers in the under 13 boys and under 15 boys races. The top 6 finishers will qualify by right for the Inter-Counties Championships in March, and 2 other under 13 boys and 2 other under 15 boys will be needed to be selected by the team captains to complete a team of 8 in each age group.

BE SEEN AND BE SAFE

All Club members training at night on routes that involve crossing roads and where there is traffic are reminded to wear bright and reflective clothing. Please be safe.

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.

All youngsters attending track training sessions should bring along warm clothing, preferably waterproofs, hats, gloves, as well as a bottle of water.

Press Report: Six Scent Success in City 6k

SIX West Cheshire Athletic Club members grabbed glory at the Chester Round The Walls Race.

Neil Finegan, Steve Fernyhough, Henry Robinson, Jodi Bemand, Rosemary Rogers and Mary Radford all finished first in their age group categories at the 6km Boxing Day event hosted by their club at Chester Racecourse which attracted 407 finishers.

Finegan and Fernyhough claimed the first over-45 and over-40 men’s prizes with times of 22 minutes 28 seconds and 23:32 respectively.

Robinson and Bemand were first under 20 man and under 20 lady in times of 24:01 and 30:41, while Rogers and Radford secured the first over 70 and over 75 ladies awards with times of 37:21 and 49:33.

Daniel Cliffe, representing Hercules Wimbledon AC, posted 20 minutes 34 seconds to win the men’s race, ahead of Buckley Runners duo Ben Biggs and Sam Bellis who clocked 20:50 and 21:47 for second and third positions respectively.

Chester-based Carol Parsons, competing for Cheshire Dragons, posted 24:12 to claim the women’s title, ahead of runner-up Sarah Hunter (Ackworth Road Runners) in 24:46, and Kate Titlow (West Cheshire AC) in third spot with 25:53.

Other West Cheshire AC finishers included Tom Booth (fifth overall in 22:09), Dan Thwaites (27:29), Kerry Riley (sixth lady in 27:35), Neil Field (29:48), Brian Wright (second over-65 man in 30:39), Phil Howe (34:27), Georgina Duffey (third under 20 lady in 34:22), Henrietta Duffey (fourth under 20 lady in 34:30), Phil Gent (36:39), Mark Povey (38:16), and Alex Duffey (39:24).

MICHAEL YOUNG of West Cheshire AC posted 32:52 for 66th spot at the Ribble Valley 10k Road Race at Blackburn on Monday.

Press Report: Carol and Danny are Christmas Champions

DANIEL CLIFFE and Carol Parsons celebrated success at the Chester Round The Walls Race.

The duo completed the 6km Boxing Day fixture organised by West Cheshire Athletic Club which featured 407 finishers at Chester Racecourse.

Cliffe, representing Hercules Wimbledon AC, posted 20 minutes 34 seconds at the finishing line, ahead of Buckley Runners duo Ben Biggs and Sam Bellis who clocked 20:50 and 21:47 for second and third positions respectively, while Craig Fishwick (Hallamshire) was fourth in 22:06, and Tom Booth (West Cheshire AC) finished fifth in 22:09.

Chester-based Parsons, competing for Cheshire Dragons, posted 24:12 to claim the women’s title, well clear of runner-up Sarah Hunter (Ackworth Road Runners) in 24:46, and Kate Titlow (West Cheshire AC) was third in 25:53, while Sharon Johnstone (Wilmslow) finished fourth in 27:10, and Alison Cole (Cheshire Dragons) was fifth in 27:29.

Other local finishers included West Cheshire AC’s Neil Finegan (sixth in 22:28), Steve Fernyhough (15th in 23:32), and Henry Robinson (19th in 24:01), Craig Connor (Tattenhall Runners), seventh in 22:33, Jonathan Girvan (Chester), ninth in 22:39, Buckley’s Jez Brown (18th in 23:56).

Kerry Riley of West Cheshire AC finished sixth lady in 27:35, ahead of Denbigh’s Emma Collins (seventh in 28:145), Chester Tri’s Anna Woolgar and Rachel Hollins (eighth and ninth in 28:20 and 29:06) and Jodi Bemand (West Cheshire AC) who was first under 20 lady finisher in 30:41.  

WCAC Newsletter #356, 24-12-21

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

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

Holly Bosworth, Arthur Williams, Lottie Blake, Abigail Meyer, Bella Bruce, Owen Hall, Ruban Harris, Fergal Hickey, Ewan Lloyd, Ceris Gaffney, Murphy Smyth, Neil Field, Claire Williams, Matthew Douglass. 

And Next Week: Richard Batterham, Jon Moorhouse, Andrew Cooper, Lewis Parsons, Oliver Mallon, Thomas Rimmer, Louie Saville, Satine Wearden, Faith Barlow-Gambles, Alice Hollingsworth, Micah Hollingsworth, Isabel Robertson.

THIS WEEKEND

SUNDAY – Chester Round The Walls Race, at Chester Racecourse. All helpers and officials need to assemble at 9am for a 10.30am start. Please see Dennis Wall for race marshal instructions.

If you are running in this year’s race, or you, a family member or friend are available to help out and make the event a success, please email Dennis Wall ASAP with the name(s) of people who can volunteer at: dennis.wall1@ntlworld.com

Best wishes to all athletes, officials and helpers!

FESTIVE TRAINING ARRANGEMENTS

The Under 11s training group supervised by Jill Gore and Joanne Cartwright, Adrian Gledhill, Glenn Hoskin, and Aaron Scott, will not have training again until Tuesday 4th January.

The Saturday morning training group supervised by Dennis Wall, Jane Palmer, and Joanne Cartwright, will not meet up again until the new year, and the Thursday training group supervised by Dennis, Jane, Mark Duffey and Adrian Gledhill won’t meet up again until the new year.

Please check with your training group coach for training sessions being organised over the festive period.

DO YOU WANT TO RUN IN CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS?

West Cheshire AC have agreed to pay for members to compete in the Cheshire (at Pickmere, Knutsford, on Saturday 8th January), Northern (at Pontefract, on Saturday 29th January), and English National Cross Country Championships (at Parliament Hill, London, on Saturday, 26th February).

If you want to run in any of the above events please reply to the email sent recently to all club members by club cross-country officer, Dave Alexander, with your name, date of birth, and name of the championships you want to run in.

INDOOR ATHLETICS FIXTURES UPDATE

ENTRIES are now open for the England Athletics Age Group (U15/U17/U20) Indoor Championships in Sheffield (12/13 Feb). Register now on the Roster app or website. See more information at: https://bit.ly/EAChamps2022

ENTRIES are now open for the Sale Harriers Manchester series of indoor open athletics fixtures at SportCity, Manchester, on 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 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.

12-13 March 2022: England Athletics U15/U17 Combined Events Indoor Championships.

WELL DONE GIRLS!

Jessica Lark, Aimee Phillips, Cosette Wearden and Isabella Rimmer combined to claim the under 15 girls team prize after the final round of the North Staffs Cross Country League held at Betley Court Farm, near Crewe.

Jessica won the race at Betley Court Farm and secured the overall individual under 15 girls award, while Cosette was third in Sunday’s race, supported by Isabella (fifth), and Aimee (11th).

Thomas Rimmer achieved fourth position in the under 13 boys race, while Ruby Phillips finished sixth in the under 13 girls race, backed up by Eleanor Wheeler in 20th spot.

Ellis Hancock was 14th in the under 15 boys event, while Alex Duffey finished 112th in the senior and veteran women’s race.

Richard Hayes (84th) was first home for West Cheshire AC in the senior and veteran men’s race, supported by Paul Morrison (96th), and Andy Carter (101st).

CONGRATULATIONS HOLLY!

Holly Bosworth cleared a new under 15 girls personal best height of 1-60m at the Manchester Indoor Open Meeting on Sunday.

Holly was joined by club mate Emma Holmes who clocked 41.66 seconds in her under 17 ladies 300m, long jumped 4.66m, and posted 8.16 in the 60m.

Jessica Lark rounded the under 17 ladies 600m in 1:38.83, while Daniel Walker clocked 45.76 in the under 15 boys 600m, and 1:44.42 in the 600m.

Multi-eventer Nathan Brassington posted 9.49 in the under 15 boys 60m hurdles, long jumped 5.06m, and hit 12.32m in the shot put.

Sophie Haslam achieved 4.01m in the under 15 girls long jump, 46.14 in the 300m, and 1:48.23 in the 600m, while Ruby Wisbey clocked 9.41 in the under 17 ladies 60m hurdles and long jumped 4.91m.

Ruby Carlile cleared 1-30m in the under 17 ladies high Jump, hit 6.87m in the shot, and posted 12.37 in the 60m hurdles, while Laura Turley clocked 40.86 in the women’s 300m and 7.94 in the 60m.

Fergus Garland posted 37.58 in the under 17 ladies 300m and 7.64 in the 60m, while Theo Shepherd rounded the under 15 boys 300m in 42.20, and posted 8.18 in the 60m.

Aimee Phillips clocked 45.72 in the under 17 ladies 300m, and 1:44.93 in the 600m, while her sister, Ruby, achieved 45.77 for the under 15 girls 300m, and 1:46.50 in the 600m, and Megan White rounded the under 17 ladies 600m in 1:56.80.

TRACK FLOODLIGHTS UPDATE

EPSV site operators, Brio Leisure, has informed West Cheshire AC that the track floodlights won’t be repaired until February.

EPSV site manager, Peter Davies said: “I have now received confirmation that the track lights will be repaired on Tuesday 8th February 2022. I appreciate this will be disappointing to you however this is the earliest date the specialist company that holds the winch can get out to do the job.

“I have asked engie our maintenance provider to see if they can do anything to speed up the process and if there are any other options we can explore to speed up the process and will keep chasing them up. I will as ever keep you informed as soon as I hear anything.”

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.

Please look at the club website and Facebook pages for further updates about the issue.

YDL U13/U15 TRACK & FIELD MANAGERS NEEDED

West Cheshire AC needs male and female team managers for next year’s U13/U15 Track and Field League fixtures. If you are interested please contact Dennis ASAP at: dennis.wall1@ntlworld.com

CHESHIRE INTER-COUNTIES CROSS COUNTRY TEAM CAPTAINS

Cheshire is looking for an Under 13 boys team captain and Under 15 boys team captain for the Inter-Counties Cross Country Championships being held in March at Loughborough.
The team captains will need to attend the Cheshire Cross Country Championships on January 8th and congratulate the top 12 finishers in the under 13 boys and under 15 boys races. The top 6 finishers will qualify by right for the Inter-Counties Championships in March, and 2 other under 13 boys and 2 other under 15 boys will be needed to be selected by the team captains to complete a team of 8 in each age group.

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

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.

Press Report: WCAC win cross-country title

WEST CHESHIRE Athletic Club’s juniors have celebrated success in the North Staffs Cross Country League.

Jessica Lark, Aimee Phillips, Cosette Wearden and Isabella Rimmer combined to claim the under 15 girls team prize after the final round held at Betley Court Farm, near Crewe.

Jessica won the race at Betley Court Farm and secured the overall individual under 15 girls award, while Cosette was third in Sunday’s race, supported by Isabella (fifth), and Aimee (11th).

Thomas Rimmer achieved fourth position in the under 13 boys race, while Ruby Phillips finished sixth in the under 13 girls race, backed up by Eleanor Wheeler in 20th spot.

Ellis Hancock was 14th in the under 15 boys event, while Alex Duffey finished 112th in the senior and veteran women’s race.

Richard Hayes (84th) was first home for West Cheshire AC in the senior and veteran men’s race, supported by Paul Morrison (96th), and Andy Carter (101st).

HOLLY BOSWORTH cleared a new under 15 girls personal best height of 1-60m at the Manchester Indoor Open Meeting on Sunday.

Holly was joined by club mate Emma Holmes who clocked 41.66 seconds in her under 17 ladies 300m, long jumped 4.66m, and posted 8.16 in the 60m.

Jessica Lark rounded the under 17 ladies 600m in 1:38.83, while Daniel Walker clocked 45.76 in the under 15 boys 600m, and 1:44.42 in the 600m.

Multi-eventer Nathan Brassington posted 9.49 in the under 15 boys 60m hurdles, long jumped 5.06m, and hit 12.32m in the shot put.

Sophie Haslam achieved 4.01m in the under 15 girls long jump, 46.14 in the 300m, and 1:48.23 in the 600m, while Ruby Wisbey clocked 9.41 in the under 17 ladies 60m hurdles and long jumped 4.91m.

Ruby Carlile cleared 1-30m in the under 17 ladies high Jump, hit 6.87m in the shot, and posted 12.37 in the 60m hurdles, while Laura Turley clocked 40.86 in the women’s 300m and 7.94 in the 60m.

Fergus Garland posted 37.58 in the under 17 ladies 300m and 7.64 in the 60m, while Theo Shepherd rounded the under 15 boys 300m in 42.20, and posted 8.18 in the 60m.

Aimee Phillips clocked 45.72 in the under 17 ladies 300m, and 1:44.93 in the 600m, while her sister, Ruby, achieved 45.77 for the under 15 girls 300m, and 1:46.50 in the 600m, and Megan White rounded the under 17 ladies 600m in 1:56.80.

THE CHESTER ROUND THE WALLS RACE will be organised by West Cheshire AC from Chester Racecourse on Boxing Day (10:30 am start).

The Cheshire Championships are at Pickmere, Knutsford, on Saturday, January 8; while the Northern Championships are at Pontefract, on Saturday, January 29, and the English Championships are at Parliament Hill, London, on Saturday, February 26.

WCAC Newsletter #355, 17-12-21

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

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

Sophie Haslam, Luke Haslam, Nathan Broomfield, Reece Munro, Fatoumatta Bojang, Brian Wright, Andy Payne, Eleanor Heverin, Tim Palmer.

And Next Week: Holly Bosworth, Arthur Williams, Lottie Blake, Abigail Meyer, Bella Bruce, Owen Hall, Ruban Harris, Fergal Hickey, Ewan Lloyd, Ceris Gaffney, Murphy Smyth, Neil Field, Claire Williams, Matthew Douglass. 

FESTIVE TRAINING ARRANGEMENTS

The Under 11s training group supervised by Jill Gore and Joanne Cartwright, Adrian Gledhill, Glenn Hoskin, and Aaron Scott, on a Tuesday night will not have training next week. Their next training session will be on Tuesday 4th January.

The Saturday morning training group supervised by Dennis Wall, Jane Palmer, and Joanne Cartwright, will not meet up again until the new year, and the Thursday training group supervised by Dennis, Jane, Mark Duffey and Adrian Gledhill won’t meet up again until the new year.

Anyone wanting to enter the Cheshire Cross Country championships which are on 8th January 2022 and wants to do some extra cross country training is invited to a training session this Sunday at Whitby Park, Ellesmere Port (10am start and 11am finish).

Please check with your training group coach for training sessions being organised over the festive period.

THIS WEEKEND

SATURDAY – The final round of the North Staffs Cross Country League, at Betley Court Farm, Crewe. Please note that the start times will be 15 minutes earlier than normal.

SUNDAY – Manchester Indoor Track and Field Meeting, at Sportcity, Manchester. Please note: On the 19th December anyone wishing to enter the Manchester Regional Athletics venue will be required to either:- a) produce evidence of a Covid pass either on a mobile device or in hardcopy OR b) produce evidence of a negative lateral flow test within the last 24 hours. Failure to do either will result in admission being refused. Additional conditions: All individuals at the event will be required to wear a face covering at all times unless:- a) eating or drinking; b athletes warming up for an event; c) athletes taking part in an event. The existing measures to combat the virus indoors will also apply in respect of ventilation and social distancing. The Council will be putting on additional stewarding to manage the checking on entry and to police the wearing of face coverings.

Best wishes to all athletes, officials and helpers!

HELP IS STILL URGENTLY NEEDED!

The Club is organising the Chester Round the Walls Boxing Day Race and still 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

DO YOU WANT TO RUN IN CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS?

West Cheshire AC have agreed to pay for members to compete in the Cheshire (at Pickmere, Knutsford, on Saturday 8th January), Northern (at Pontefract, on Saturday 29th January), and English National Cross Country Championships (at Parliament Hill, London, on Saturday, 26th February).

If you want to run in any of the above events please reply to the email sent recently to all club members by club cross-country officer, Dave Alexander, with your name, date of birth, and name of the championships you want to run in.

TIME IS RUNNING OUT TO ENTER NORTHERN INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS

Entries close on 17th December for the Northern Indoor Under 17s, Under 20s and Seniors Championships being held at Sheffield, on 15th and 16th January. The entry link is here: https://www.race-results.co.uk/onlineentries/user/login.php?raceid=4253 

TRACK FLOODLIGHTS UPDATE

EPSV site operators, Brio Leisure, has informed West Cheshire AC that the track floodlights won’t be repaired until February.

EPSV site manager, Peter Davies said: “I have now received confirmation that the track lights will be repaired on Tuesday 8th February 2022. I appreciate this will be disappointing to you however this is the earliest date the specialist company that holds the winch can get out to do the job.

“I have asked engie our maintenance provider to see if they can do anything to speed up the process and if there are any other options we can explore to speed up the process and will keep chasing them up. I will as ever keep you informed as soon as I hear anything.”

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.

Please look at the club website and Facebook pages for further updates about the issue.

CLUB HOODIES FOR SALE

Anyone wanting to buy a West Cheshire AC hoodie for a Christmas present can do so after track training on Tuesday, Thursday, or Saturday, at the Track Container, priced £15 each.

YDL U13/U15 TRACK & FIELD MANAGERS NEEDED

West Cheshire AC needs male and female team managers for next year’s U13/U15 Track and Field League fixtures. If you are interested please contact Dennis ASAP at: dennis.wall1@ntlworld.com

CHESHIRE INTER-COUNTIES CROSS COUNTRY TEAM CAPTAINS
Cheshire is looking for an Under 13 boys team captain and Under 15 boys team captain for the Inter-Counties Cross Country Championships being held in March at Loughborough.
The team captains will need to attend the Cheshire Cross Country Championships on January 8th and congratulate the top 12 finishers in the under 13 boys and under 15 boys races. The top 6 finishers will qualify by right for the Inter-Counties Championships in March, and 2 other under 13 boys and 2 other under 15 boys will be needed to be selected by the team captains to complete a team of 8 in each age group.

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

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.

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 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 closed on 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

Press Report: Beth Impresses in Double Best Success

BETH McMAHON celebrated success on Saturday in Sheffield.

The West Cheshire Athletic Club under 23 sprinter won her 300m race with a time of 43.04 seconds, and also posted a new 60m personal best of 8.32 seconds at the Northern Athletics Open Indoor Meeting held at the English Institute of Sport Arena.

JESSICA LARK, Aimee Phillips, Cosette Wearden and Isabella Rimmer will be planning to grab glory this Saturday.

The West Cheshire AC quartet have worked hard to earn top spot in the under 15 girls team competition ahead of the final round scheduled to start at 11.45am this weekend at Betley Court Farm, near Crewe, CW3 9BH.

Jessica won the third round race held at Park Hall Country Park, near Stoke on Trent, where she was supported by Isabella, Aimee, and Cosette.

The quartet have earned a combined team score of 60 points after three rounds, ahead of current second-placed club Telford AC with 121 points, and third-placed Newcastle (Staffs) AC with 168 points.

WEST CHESHIRE AC members are also scheduled to feature at this Sunday’s Manchester Indoor Open Track and Field Meeting at Sportcity, which starts at 10.30am.

ENTRIES close on Friday, (December 17), for the Northern Indoor Under 17s, Under 20s and Seniors Championships being held at Sheffield, on January 15 and 16. The entry link is: https://www.race-results.co.uk/onlineentries/user/login.php?raceid=4253

WEST CHESHIRE AC is organising 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

WCAC Newsletter #354 10-12-21

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

Many happy returns to the following Club members who celebrate their birthdays this week: Theo Shepherd, Lydia Walker, Arkar Thawdar, Isaiah Emmanuel, James Pascoe, Sidney Carr, Chris Wright.

And Next Week: Sophie Haslam, Luke Haslam, Nathan Broomfield, Reece Munro, Fatoumatta Bojang, Brian Wright, Andy Payne, Eleanor Heverin, Tim Palmer.

HELP URGENTLY NEEDED!

The Club is organising 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

DO YOU WANT TO RUN IN THE CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS?

West Cheshire AC have agreed to pay for members to compete in the Cheshire (at Pickmere, Knutsford, on Saturday 8th January), Northern (at Pontefract, on Saturday 29th January), and English National Cross Country Championships (at Parliament Hill, London, on Saturday, 26th February).

If you want to run in any of the above events please reply to the email sent recently to all club members by club cross-country officer, Dave Alexander, with your name, date of birth, and name of championships you want to run in.

TIME IS RUNNING OUT TO ENTER NORTHERN INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS

Entries close on 17th December for the Northern Indoor Under 17s, Under 20s and Seniors Championships being held at Sheffield, on 15th and 16th January. The entry link is here: https://www.race-results.co.uk/onlineentries/user/login.php?raceid=4253

HILL AND TRAIL TRAINING SESSION INVITE

A Club Hill/Trail/Cross Country training session will take place this Sunday morning 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.

NEW CLUB COMMITTEE ELECTED

The Club Committee is comprised of: Mark Duffey (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 Officer), Ian Gloyne-Phillips (Road Running Secretary), Leanne Wheeler and Anna Woolgar (Welfare and Safeguarding Officers).

The Club is managed by unpaid volunteers 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. Please speak to a Committee Member if you need to raise a topic for this Tuesday’s next Committee Meeting.

WELL DONE KEELY AND JAMIE!

Keely Smith and Jamie Richardson celebrated success at the weekend.

Keely won the Borders Road Running League women’s race after clocking 33 minutes 30 seconds for the 8.9km Birkenhead Park course on Sunday.

And Jamie won the under 17 men’s 5.8km race in a time of 20 minutes 14 seconds at Kenworthy Woods, Wythenshawe, in Saturday’s Manchester Cross Country League event, supported by club mates Sammy Hollins (seventh in 22:14), and Henry Robinson (18th in 23:31) to earn West Cheshire AC second team position.

Keely was backed up by Fiona Cook (seventh in 34:35), Jodi Bemand (12th in 35:44), Traci Shipley (33rd in 40:43), Debra Bemand (48th in 42:02), Amy Mills (50th in 42:06), and Agnieszka Bycina (78th in 47:55).

David Shearer (ninth in 29:15) was West Cheshire AC’s first finisher at Birkenhead Park, ahead of Neil Finegan (21st in 30:21), Tom Booth (24th in 30:38), Steve Fernyhough (26th in 30:59), Graham Wells (30th in 31:20), Steve Duffy (42nd in 32:04), Paul Morrison (49th in 32:51), Andy Carter (59th in 33:40), Neil Hershaw (64th in 34:00), Andrew Cooper (65th in 34:11), James Robinson (69th in 34:22), Phil Woodley (70th in 34:28), Ian Gloyne-Phillips (72nd in 34:44), Richard Hayes (78th in 35:22), Dave Gough (89th in 36:25), Ewan Lloyd (107th in 37:24), Paul Cain (120th in 38:15), Iain Wood (136th in 39:35), Brian Wright (141st in 40:04), Stephen Ball (146th in 40:23), and Dave Tiernan (148th in 41:12).

SUNDAY’S BORDERS ROAD RUNNING LEAGUE TEAM RESULTS:

WOMEN’S DIVISION ONE:1 Wirral AC 26 points; 2 West Cheshire AC 53; 3 Buckley Runners 57; 4 Wallasey AC 116; 5 Chester Tri 124; 6 Helsby RC 151; 7 Ellesmere Port RC 225.

MEN’S DIVISION ONE:1 Wallasey 220; 2 West Cheshire AC 369; 3 Wirral AC 421; 4 Buckley Runners 455; 5 Wrexham AC 543; 6 Ellesmere Port RC 856; 7 Eryri Harriers 4637.

VETERAN WOMEN:1 West Cheshire AC 41; 2 Buckley Runners 57; 3 Deestriders RC 78; 4 Tattenhall Runners 91; 5 Wirral AC 95; 6 Chester Tri 101; 7 Wallasey AC 103; 8 Helsby RC 105; 9 Eryri Harriers 157; 10 Birkenhead AC 227; 11 Deeside AC 296; 12 Prestatyn RC 316; 13 Ellesmere Port RC 326; 14 Wrecsam Tri 355; 15 Wrexham AC 383; 16 Cybi Striders 600; 16 Abergele Harriers 600.

VETERAN MEN:1 West Cheshire AC 287; 2 Wirral AC 441; 3 Wallasey AC 467; 4 Chester Tri 568; 5 Helsby RC 594; 6 Deeside AC 806; 7 Deestriders RC 845; 8 Buckley Runners 910; 9 Wrecsam Tri 988; 10 Wrexham AC 1333; 11 Ellesmere Port RC 1434; 12 Prestatyn RC 1670; 13 Birkenhead AC 1739; 14 Tattenhall Runners 1887; 15 Abergele Harriers 2663; 16 Eryri Harriers 3137; 17 Cybi Striders 3500.

The next round of the Borders Road Running League will be held at Deeside College, Connah’s Quay, on Sunday, January 23,(11am start).

CONGRATULATIONS JESS!

Jessica Lark broke the under 17 women’s 600m indoor club record with a time of 1:42:08 at the Manchester Indoor Open Meeting and added a winning 300m personal best of 44.75 seconds, just 24 hours after finishing second with a time of 15:51 in the 4.2km under 15 girls Manchester Cross Country League race.

Kate Titlow (15th in 29:42) was first home for West Cheshire AC’s women in the 6.9km Manchester Cross Country League race, ahead of Anna Woolgar (64th in 32:16), Claire Harris (88th in 33:29), Traci Shipley (96th in 33:50), Angela Tegg (153rd in 36:24), Debra Bemand (176th in 37:29), and Alex Duffey (273rd in 42:46) to earn 12th team position.

Carys Roberts posted 24:49 for fourth position in the 5.8km under 17 women’s race ahead of Jodi Bemand (seventh in 25:35).

Thomas Rimmer was 11th in 11:20 in the under 13 boys race, ahead of Noah Woolgar (25th in 11:45), while Harry McKenna posted 10:25 for 28th spot in the under 11 boys race, and Sophie Haslam was 11th with 16:52 in the under 15 girls race.

Neil Finegan (58th in 37:51) was first home for West Cheshire AC in the 9.7km men’s race, ahead of Richard Hayes (183rd in 44:19), Mark Davies (226th in 46:11), and Andy Carter (244th in 46:54).

The next round of the Manchester Area Cross Country League will be held at Tatton Park, on Saturday, January 15, (12 noon start).

WELL DONE LUKE, HOLLY, ISABELLA, AND COSETTE!

Four Club members competed in the English Schools Cross Country Cup National Finals at Newquay.

Luke Parker finished sixth in the Intermediate Boys race and helped Helsby High School finish 11th team out of 27 schools, while Holly Coates (78th in the junior girls race), Isabella Rimmer (73rd in the Intermediate Girls race) and Cosette Wearden (76th in the Intermediate Girls race) represented West Kirby Grammar School, with the Junior Girls finishing 11th team out of 27 schools, and the Intermediate Girls were 19th out of 27 teams.

WELL DONE HOLLY!

Holly Bosworth cleared 1-50m in the under 15 girls high jump at the Manchester Indoor Open Meeting and was joined at the event by Aimee Phillips (1:47:16 for under 17 ladies 600m, and 46.13 seconds in the 300m), Megan White (1:59:38 for under 17 ladies 600m), Ruby Phillips (1:48:36 for under 15 girls 600m and 49.0 in the 300m), Ruby Wisbey (9.31 for under 17 ladies 60m hurdles and 8.28 in the 60m), Emma Holmes (8.13 for under 17 ladies 60m and 42.75 in the 300m), and Emily Owen (8.10 for under 15 girls 60m).

The next Manchester Indoor Track and Field fixture is scheduled to be held at SportCity, on Sunday, December 19 (10.30am start).

TRACK FLOODLIGHTS PROBLEM

Due to an ongoing floodlighting problem 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.

Please look at the Club Website and Facebook pages for further updates about the issue.

CLUB HOODIES FOR SALE

Anyone wanting to buy a West Cheshire AC hoodie for a Christmas present can do so after track training on Tuesday, Thursday, or Saturday, at the Track Container, priced £15 each.

YDL U13/U15 TRACK & FIELD MANAGERS NEEDED

West Cheshire AC needs male and female team managers for next year’s U13/U15 Track and Field League fixtures. If you are interested please contact Dennis ASAP at: dennis.wall1@ntlworld.com

CHESHIRE INTER-COUNTIES CROSS COUNTRY TEAM CAPTAINS
Cheshire is looking for an Under 13 boys team captain and Under 15 boys team captain for the Inter-Counties Cross Country Championships being held in March at Loughborough.
The team captains will need to attend the Cheshire Cross Country Championships on January 8th and congratulate the top 12 finishers in the under 13 boys and under 15 boys races. The top 6 finishers will qualify by right for the Inter-Counties Championships in March, and 2 other under 13 boys and 2 other under 15 boys will be needed to be selected by the team captains to complete a team of 8 in each age group.

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

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.

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 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 closed on 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

Press Report: Jamie and Keely are Really Worthy Winners

KEELY SMITH and Jamie Richardson celebrated success for West Cheshire Athletic Club at the weekend.

Keely won the Borders Road Running League women’s race after clocking 33 minutes 30 seconds for the 8.9km Birkenhead Park course on Sunday.

And Jamie won the under 17 men’s 5.8km race in a time of 20 minutes 14 seconds at Kenworthy Woods, Wythenshawe, in Saturday’s Manchester Cross Country League event, supported by club mates Sammy Hollins (seventh in 22:14), and Henry Robinson (18th in 23:31) to earn West Cheshire AC second team position.

Keely was backed up by Fiona Cook (seventh in 34:35), Jodi Bemand (12th in 35:44), Traci Shipley (33rd in 40:43), Debra Bemand (48th in 42:02), Amy Mills (50th in 42:06), and Agnieszka Bycina (78th in 47:55).

David Shearer (ninth in 29:15) was West Cheshire AC’s first finisher at Birkenhead Park, ahead of Neil Finegan (21st in 30:21), Tom Booth (24th in 30:38), Steve Fernyhough (26th in 30:59), Graham Wells (30th in 31:20), Steve Duffy (42nd in 32:04), Paul Morrison (49th in 32:51), Andy Carter (59th in 33:40), Neil Hershaw (64th in 34:00), Andrew Cooper (65th in 34:11), James Robinson (69th in 34:22), Phil Woodley (70th in 34:28), Ian Gloyne-Phillips (72nd in 34:44), Richard Hayes (78th in 35:22), Dave Gough (89th in 36:25), Ewan Lloyd (107th in 37:24), Paul Cain (120th in 38:15), Iain Wood (136th in 39:35), Brian Wright (141st in 40:04), Stephen Ball (146th in 40:23), and Dave Tiernan (148th in 41:12).

SUNDAY’S BORDERS ROAD RUNNING LEAGUE TEAM RESULTS:

WOMEN’S DIVISION ONE: 1 Wirral AC 26 points; 2 West Cheshire AC 53; 3 Buckley Runners 57; 4 Wallasey AC 116; 5 Chester Tri 124; 6 Helsby RC 151; 7 Ellesmere Port RC 225.

MEN’S DIVISION ONE: 1 Wallasey 220; 2 West Cheshire AC 369; 3 Wirral AC 421; 4 Buckley Runners 455; 5 Wrexham AC 543; 6 Ellesmere Port RC 856; 7 Eryri Harriers 4637.

VETERAN WOMEN: 1 West Cheshire AC 41; 2 Buckley Runners 57; 3 Deestriders RC 78; 4 Tattenhall Runners 91; 5 Wirral AC 95; 6 Chester Tri 101; 7 Wallasey AC 103; 8 Helsby RC 105; 9 Eryri Harriers 157; 10 Birkenhead AC 227; 11 Deeside AC 296; 12 Prestatyn RC 316; 13 Ellesmere Port RC 326; 14 Wrecsam Tri 355; 15 Wrexham AC 383; 16 Cybi Striders 600; 16 Abergele Harriers 600.

VETERAN MEN: 1 West Cheshire AC 287; 2 Wirral AC 441; 3 Wallasey AC 467; 4 Chester Tri 568; 5 Helsby RC 594; 6 Deeside AC 806; 7 Deestriders RC 845; 8 Buckley Runners 910; 9 Wrecsam Tri 988; 10 Wrexham AC 1333; 11 Ellesmere Port RC 1434; 12 Prestatyn RC 1670; 13 Birkenhead AC 1739; 14 Tattenhall Runners 1887; 15 Abergele Harriers 2663; 16 Eryri Harriers 3137; 17 Cybi Striders 3500.

The next round of the Borders Road Running League will be held at Deeside College, Connah’s Quay, on Sunday, January 23,(11am start).

JESSICA LARK broke the under 17 women’s 600m indoor club record with a time of 1:42:08 at the Manchester Indoor Open Meeting and added a winning 300m personal best of 44.75 seconds, just 24 hours after finishing second with a time of 15:51 in the 4.2km under 15 girls Manchester Cross Country League race.

Kate Titlow (15th in 29:42) was first home for West Cheshire AC’s women in the 6.9km Manchester Cross Country League race, ahead of Anna Woolgar (64th in 32:16), Claire Harris (88th in 33:29), Traci Shipley (96th in 33:50), Angela Tegg (153rd in 36:24), Debra Bemand (176th in 37:29), and Alex Duffey (273rd in 42:46) to earn 12th team position.

Carys Roberts posted 24:49 for fourth position in the 5.8km under 17 women’s race ahead of Jodi Bemand (seventh in 25:35).

Thomas Rimmer was 11th in 11:20 in the under 13 boys race, ahead of Noah Woolgar (25th in 11:45), while Harry McKenna posted 10:25 for 28th spot in the under 11 boys race, and Sophie Haslam was 11th with 16:52 in the under 15 girls race.

Neil Finegan (58th in 37:51) was first home for West Cheshire AC in the 9.7km men’s race, ahead of Richard Hayes (183rd in 44:19), Mark Davies (226th in 46:11), and Andy Carter (244th in 46:54).

The next round of the Manchester Area Cross Country League will be held at Tatton Park, on Saturday, January 15, (12 noon start).

FOUR West Cheshire AC members competed in the English Schools Cross Country Cup National Finals at Newquay.

Luke Parker finished sixth in the Intermediate Boys race and helped Helsby High School finish 11th team out of 27 schools, while Holly Coates (78th in the junior girls race), Isabella Rimmer (73rd in the Intermediate Girls race) and Cosette Wearden (76th in the Intermediate Girls race) represented West Kirby Grammar School, with the Junior Girls finishing 11th team out of 27 schools, and the Intermediate Girls were 19th out of 27 teams.

HOLLY BOSWORTH cleared 1-50m in the under 15 girls high jump at the Manchester Indoor Open Meeting and was joined at the event by Aimee Phillips (1:47:16 for under 17 ladies 600m, and 46.13 seconds in the 300m), Megan White (1:59:38 for under 17 ladies 600m), Ruby Phillips (1:48:36 for under 15 girls 600m and 49.0 in the 300m), Ruby Wisbey (9.31 for under 17 ladies 60m hurdles and 8.28 in the 60m), Emma Holmes (8.13 for under 17 ladies 60m and 42.75 in the 300m), and Emily Owen (8.10 for under 15 girls 60m).

The next Manchester Indoor Track and Field fixture is scheduled to be held at SportCity, on Sunday, December 19 (10.30am start).

WCAC Newsletter #353, 03-12-21

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

Many happy returns to the following Club members who celebrate their birthdays this week: Freya Renshaw, Ellis Hancock, Emma Powell, Jessica Brown, Sofia Lawton, Beth McMahon, Joseph Morrison, Cosette Wearden, Grace Henderson, Issy Read, Harriet Wheeler, David Sefton, Sophie Cliff, Megan Kettle, Peter Southall, Edward Baker, Imogen Davies.

And Next Week: Theo Shepherd, Lydia Walker, Arkar Thawdar, Isaiah Emmanuel, James Pascoe, Sidney Carr, Chris Wright.

HELP URGENTLY NEEDED!

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

NEW CLUB COMMITTEE ELECTED

West Cheshire AC’s Annual General Meeting was held on Friday, November 26th.

The Club Committee is now comprised of: Mark Duffey (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), Ian Gloyne-Phillips (Road Running Secretary), Leanne Wheeler and Anna Woolgar (Welfare and Safeguarding Officers).

The Club is managed by unpaid volunteers 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.

THIS WEEKEND

SATURDAY – Manchester Area Cross Country League, (12 noon start), at ‘University’ Playing Fields/Kenworthy Woods, Willenhall Road, Wythenshawe, Manchester. M23 0BD. More details: www.maccl.co.uk/venues/

SATURDAY – ESAA Cross Country Cup Final, at Newquay Tretherras School, Newquay, Cornwall. More details: www.esaa.net/v2/2021/xccup/xccup21final.php

SUNDAY – Borders Road Running League at Birkenhead Park, (11am start). More details: www.bordersleague.org.uk/fixtures/

SUNDAY – Sale Harriers Manchester Winter Indoor Series, (10.30am start), at SportCity, Rowsley Street, Manchester. M11 3FF. More details: www.saleharriersmanchester.com/index.php/events-fixtures/winter-indoor-series

Good luck to all our athletes, officials and volunteers!

TRACK FLOODLIGHTS PROBLEM

Due to an ongoing floodlighting problem 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.

Please look at the Club Website and Facebook pages for further updates about the issue.

CLUB HOODIES FOR SALE

Anyone wanting to buy a West Cheshire AC hoodie for a Christmas present can do so after track training on Tuesday, Thursday, or Saturday, at the Track Container, priced £15 each.

THANK YOU!

Many thanks to all the helpers and volunteers at Saturdays West Cheshire AC Schools Cross Country Races.
The event attracted 116 finishers from 29 different schools and the fixture wouldn’t have happened without your help.

WELL DONE THOMAS!

Thomas Rimmer starred at Sefton Park in the British Cross Challenge fixture on Saturday, finishing 11th out of 73 finishers with a time of 11 minutes six seconds for the 3km under 13 boys race.

Another top-20 finisher was club mate Jamie Richardson who clocked 17:45 for 16th spot in the 5.5km under 17 men’s event, ahead of Sammy Hollins (68th in 19:37).

Jessica Lark achieved 29th position in the 3km under 15 girls race with a time of 11:31, backed up by Sophie Haslam (62nd in 12:24), Isabella Rimmer (67th in 12:33), and Aimee Phillips (78th in 12:54).

Ruby Phillips clocked 15:05 for 27th spot in the 3km under 13 girls race, while Jodi Bemand finished 58th in the 4.4km under 17 ladies race with a time of 18:12, and Steve Fernyhough completed the 9.8km senior men’s race in 35:50 for 227th position.

YDL U13/U15 TRACK & FIELD MANAGERS NEEDED

West Cheshire AC needs male and female team managers for next year’s U13/U15 Track and Field League fixtures. If you are interested please contact Dennis ASAP at: dennis.wall1@ntlworld.com

CHESHIRE INTER-COUNTIES CROSS COUNTRY TEAM CAPTAINS
Cheshire is looking for an Under 13 boys team captain and Under 15 boys team captain for the Inter-Counties Cross Country Championships being held in March at Loughborough.
The team captains will need to attend the Cheshire Cross Country Championships on January 8th and congratulate the top 12 finishers in the under 13 boys and under 15 boys races. The top 6 finishers will qualify by right for the Inter-Counties Championships in March, and 2 other under 13 boys and 2 other under 15 boys will be needed to be selected by the team captains to complete a team of 8 in each age group.

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

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.

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 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

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