WCAC Newsletter #356, 24-12-21

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year


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.


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: [email protected]

Best wishes to all athletes, officials and helpers!


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.


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 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: 

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.


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).


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.


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.


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.

Posted by Dave Alexander
21st December 2021

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