WCAC Newsletter #357, 31-12-21

Best wishes for a Happy and Healthy New Year!


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.


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.


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.


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]


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.


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).


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


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 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 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.


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.

Posted by Dave Alexander
31st December 2021

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