WCAC Newsletter #355, 17-12-21


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. 


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.


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!


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: [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 the 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 


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.


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
17th December 2021

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