WCAC Newsletter #354 10-12-21


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.


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: [email protected]


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.


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


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.


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.


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).


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 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.


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).


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 Β£15 each.


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 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

Posted by Dave Alexander
10th December 2021

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