WCAC Newsletter #353, 03-12-21


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.


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]


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.


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!


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.


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.


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.


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.


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: [email protected]

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.


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 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

Posted by Dave Alexander
3rd December 2021

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