WCAC Newsletter #361, 28-01-22


Club vice-president Mike Gledhill passed away peacefully with his loved ones by his side, on 16th January. Mike was an excellent field judge and as well as supporting his Club, West Cheshire AC/CEPAC, he officiated at the highest level at national meetings. Mike also trained, mentored and supported many officials and will be sadly missed. 

His funeral service will take place at 11.30am on Thursday 3rd February at St. Mary’s Church, Pulford, followed by a private family committal at Flintshire Memorial Park & Crematorium. Family flowers only, but donations if desired may be made to Alzheimer’s Research. For all enquiries, please contact John Knowles Funeral Services on 01244 530220.


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

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

And Next Week: Florence Harte, Mary Radford, Joanne Cartwright, Nick Duffy, Liam Davoren, Louis Tegg, Olivia Stockton, Daisy Johnson, Genevieve Walker, Macey Jones, Darren Hyde, Noah Mitchell.


SATURDAY – Northern Cross Country Championships, at Pontefract. Details: www.northernathletics.co.uk/news/

SUNDAY – Sale Harriers Manchester Indoor Open Track & Field Meeting, at SportCity, Manchester: www.saleharriersmanchester.com

Good luck to all our athletes, officials, helpers and volunteers!


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 is looking to offer members who would like a lightweight vest the option to purchase an ‘Elite Race Vest’ from Soar in Club colours.

The current vest from Fastrax remains available, this would be an option for those seeking an extremely lightweight, high performance alternative.

Information on the vest can be found on the Soar website: https://www.soarrunning.com/products/enquiry-elite-race-vest-3-1 The vests are priced at £60 each. A firm commitment is needed from at least 20 members for an order to be placed. If you would like to reserve a vest please email Ian Gloyne-Phillips: [email protected] by Friday 4th February.

There is no need to request a size yet. Soar will send samples and sizing information, Ian will get in touch with those who have ordered. The vests should be ready in April when payment would also be due. 


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.

Entries are now being accepted for the two fixtures on this link: http://wcac.niftyentries.com/Dan-Gilroy-Memorial-Open-Track-and-Field-Meetings

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]


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]


Any Club members who are new or aspiring officials wanting to receive some valuable experience at any track and field meetings are needed to ensure our fixtures run smoothly. If you can help please contact Dennis at: [email protected]


Many thanks to Mike Lamb who has updated extensive and interactive tables showing the progression of male and female records across track and field events and age groups.

Also click on the links for up-to-date progressions of age group road records for female and male club members since the club was formed.

The Club Records page on the Club Website can be found here: www.westcheshireac.co.uk/club-records/


The first of 6 Strength and conditioning workshops for athletes are being organised by a family-run coaching and personal training business, Champion Fitness UK at the EPSV athletics track this Saturday (29th January), starting at 8.30am.

Over the course of the 90-minute workshops they will showcase how strength and conditioning can be effectively integrated into weekly training plans and how to correctly perform exercises to gain maximum benefits.

Strength and conditioning is a key jigsaw piece of training and can reduce injury risk up to 68% and increase overall strength by 35-37%.

Session 1 is centred around benchmarking and we will test: Current Maximal Strength; Speed and Agility; Strength & Maximal Endurance; Plyometrics; Maximal Speed and Quickness.

The cost of workshop is £10, and further details can be discovered by emailing: [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]


Cheshire County AA chairman, Andy Garnett, is wanting someone from West Cheshire AC to join a sub-committee group to help review and promote a new Cheshire Road Race Grand Prix Series. Anyone wanting to help should contact Andy at: [email protected]


Please note the dates and venues for the 2022 British Inter-Counties Senior Mountain Race and Junior Hill & Fell Championships:

• The Senior British Inter-Counties Mountain Race is organised on behalf of the UK Counties Athletics Union by the Mountain Running Advisory Group Sub-Committee (MRAG) of British Athletics. The 2022 race will be held at Llanberis (North Wales) on Saturday 7th May.

• The Junior British Inter-Counties Hill and Fell Championships are organised by the Fell Runners Association (FRA) on behalf of the UK Counties Athletics Union. The 2022 Junior British Inter-Counties Hill & Fell Championships will be organised by Wharfedale Harriers on Sunday 15th May 2022.

Further details about these races can be found on the website: www.britishintercountiesfellrunningchampionships.wordpress.com

Please can anyone interested in being considered for Cheshire Selection forward details to Team Manager Nick Bishop: [email protected]

This is an opportunity to be considered for Cheshire selection.


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]


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.


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
27th January 2022

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