WCAC Newsletter #360, 21-01-22


Many happy returns to the following Club members who celebrate their birthdays this week: 

Joe Foy, Phil Gent, Anna Woolgar, Steve Roberts, David Shearer, Illka Jose, William Wright, Emily Russell, William Rawson, Lucy Caldwell.

And Next Week: Kate Titlow, Cath McGrath, Jon Clarke, Eddie Gore, Jill Gore, Jack Gannon, Zac Barnsley, Henry Robinson, Isla Jones, Tiahna Cliff, Ava Redmond.


Due to Welsh Government restrictions the scheduled North Wales Cross Country League fixture at Fox Hills, this Saturday has been cancelled, and the Borders Road Running League fourth round at Deestriders, scheduled to be held this Sunday has also been cancelled.


Entries are now being accepted for the Chester Spring Five Miles Road Race being hosted by West Cheshire AC on Wednesday 13th April (7pm start). Please remember that if you are running you will need to provide a volunteer to help out at the event and email Dennis ASAP with the name of your volunteer at: [email protected]


West Cheshire AC is organising two Open Track and Field Meetings on Sunday 20th March and on Saturday 26th March in memory of former Club President, Dan Gilroy, instead of organising pre-season Club Trials.

Volunteers and officials are urgently needed at both fixtures to ensure they prove a success. If you can help out at the fixtures at Ellesmere Port Sports Village Athletics Track please email Dennis ASAP at: [email protected]


West Cheshire AC urgently 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]


West Cheshire AC is in need of volunteers to look after Club Kit before and/or after Club Training Sessions at Ellesmere Port Sports Village Athletics Track. If you can help please contact Dennis ASAP at: [email protected]


The dates have been released for the 4th, 5th and 6th races in the Borders League.

Deeside – 27th February (hosted by Deestriders Running Club), Mold – 27th March (Buckley Runners), Tattenhall – 10th April.

The 27th March fixture is on the same day as the Northern Road Relay Championships being held at Birkenhead Park.


ENTRIES close on 9th February 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 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

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 and Fergus Garland secured silver medals at the Northern Indoor Track and Field Championships staged at the English Institute of Sport Arena in Sheffield.

Jessica broke the Club under 17 age group indoor record to post two minutes 14.26 seconds for second position in the 800m final.

And Fergus achieved a new under 17 men’s 400m personal best time of 52.60 seconds to secure his silver medal.

Sophie Percival hit 10.62m for fourth position in the Senior Women’s Shot Put Final.

Emma Holmes posted 26.36 seconds for sixth position in the under 17 women’s 200m final having won her semi-final in a new personal best and Club record time of of 25.98 seconds.

Ruby Wisbey clocked a new under 17 women’s 60m personal best of 8.22 seconds, and Alfie Lane achieved two personal bests in the under 17 men’s 60m (7.83) and 200m (24.71), while Beth McMahon posted 63.01 seconds in her Senior Women’s 400m heat.


Jamie Richardson won the under 17 men’s Manchester Cross Country League race with a time of 18:56 at Tatton Hall, ahead of Sammy Hollins (10th in 20:29) and Henry Robinson (13th in 20:54) to earn third team position.

Jessica Lark posted 16:58 for third spot in the under 17 women’s race, supported by Sophie Haslam (25th in 18:56) and Isabella Rimmer (26th in 18:56) to secure fifth team spot.

Kate Titlow posted 32:59 for fifth spot in the Senior Women’s race, backed up by Traci Shipley (sixth over-55 lady in 41:29), Debra Bemand (19th over-50 lady in 42:46), Angela Tegg (28th over-45 lady in 42:14), and Ellie Robinson (17th over-45 lady in 40:19) to earn 23rd place in the Senior Women’s team event, and 25th spot in the Veteran Women’s team event.

Jodi Bemand (fifth in 23:52) and Henrietta Duffey (22nd in 30:06) completed the under 17 women’s event.

Neil Finegan (sixth over-45 man in 36:01), Dave Alexander (ninth over-50 man in 38:46), Andrew Clague (14th over-50 man in 40:01), Dave Sutton (29th over-45 man in 39:29), and Phil Howe (56th over-50 man in 53:25) combined to earn 25th place in the Veteran Men’s team event.


Michael Young finished third in his age group and fourth overall with a time of 1:11:32 at the Helsby Four Villages Half Marathon.

He was backed up by David Shearer (second over-35 man in 1:14:15), Jon Park (fourth over-35 man in 1:15:50), and Graham Wells (third over-45 man in 1:18:48), to claim the men’s team prize at the Four Villages Half on Sunday. The prize will be awarded by Helsby at the next Borders League race in February.

Other Club finishers included Chris Shaw (fifth over-45 man in 1:19:10), Steve King (eighth over-45 man in 1:22:58), Danny Paddock (16th Senior Man in 1:24:12), Ben McKean (21st over-35 man in 1:25:29), Andrew Clague (10th over-50 man in 1:29:06), Richard Hayes (13th over-50 man in 1:29:52), and Steve Hillier (69th over-40 man in 1:41:53).

Clare Mallon posted 1:42:57 for 10th over-45 lady, ahead of Stephen Ball (74th over-40 man in 1:43:19), Ian Gloyne-Phillips (33rd over-50 man in 1:43:11), and Phil Gent (70th over-45 man in 1:49:31).  


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.


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.

Posted by Dave Alexander
19th January 2022

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