WCAC Newsletter #362, 04-02-22

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

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

And Next Week: Trevor Holmes, Laura Turley, Anna Powell, Cara Hollingsworth, Gabriel Mikoleizik, Chloe Poole, Sheila Whitta, Ellie Robinson, Dennis Wall, Audra Goodall.

THIS WEEKEND

SATURDAY – Cheshire Schools Cross Country Championships, at Knights Grange, Winsford. CW7 2PT. Details: www.cheshireschoolsaa.co.uk

SATURDAY – North Wales Cross Country Championships, at The Marches School, Oswestry. SY11 2AP. Ladies Race 1pm start; Men’s Race 2pm start. Details: www.northwalesxc.com

SUNDAY – Northern Indoor Under 13 and Under 15 Track & Field Championships, at Sheffield. Details: www.northernathletics.co.uk/2022/01/27/u15-13-championship-timetable-info/

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

HILL AND TRAIL TRAINING SESSION INVITE

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.

PLEASE HELP YOUR CLUB!

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: dennis.wall1@ntlworld.com

2022 CHESTER SPRING FIVE MILES ROAD RACE

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: dennis.wall1@ntlworld.com

CLUB OFFICIALS NEEDED

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: dennis.wall1@ntlworld.com

England Athletics are organising courses if you are interested in beginning your officiating journey. Throughout February and March, they have a range of Level 1 courses: Endurance Official (5 Feb), Field Official (22 Feb, 19, 31 March) and Track Official (24 March). Find out more and book your place: https://bit.ly/OffLev1

CONGRATULATIONS LAURA!

Laura Turley celebrated a podium place in Cardiff at the Welsh Indoor Track and Field Championships, securing a bronze medal in the senior women’s 400m final after clocking a time of 56.63 seconds.

Laura was competing in her first Welsh Championships and indoor 400m in three years and qualified for the final after winning her heat in 57.77 seconds.

“I’m coming away with a bronze! But more importantly I’m coming away feeling super proud and with a lot proven to myself,” Laura said.

TRIO GRAB TOP 20 SPOTS!

Jamie Richardson, Jessica Lark and Luke Parker produced top-20 finishes at the Northern Cross-country Championships at Pontefract.

Jamie posted sixth spot in her under 17 men’s race, backed up by West Cheshire AC team mate, Henry Robinson (69th).

Jessica secured 14th spot in the under 15 girls race, supported by Aimee Phillips (92nd), while Luke Parker finished 16th in the under 15 boys event.

Kate Titlow produced 40th position in the senior women’s race, supported by Claire Harris (136th), Ellie Robinson (159th) and Debra Bemand (209th) to secure a team result.

Ruby Phillips (38th) and Emilia Pyper (55th), and Holly Coates (73rd) completed the under 13 girls race, while Carys Roberts (43rd) and Jodi Bemand (52nd) finished the under 17 ladies event.

Noah Woolgar finished 68th in the under 13 boys race, while James Robinson completed the senior men’s event in 280th spot.

PBs GALORE AT MANCHESTER INDOORS!

Lewis Parsons blasted his way to a new under 17 boys 60m personal best of 7.49 seconds and a 200m time of 24.07 seconds alongside club mate Alfie Lane who posted 7.97 seconds and 25.04 seconds at the Manchester Indoor Open Meeting.

Ruby Wisbey celebrated two new under 17 ladies personal bests in the 60m (8.18 seconds) and 60m hurdles (9.21 seconds) and long jumped 4.89m alongside club mate Emma Holmes who won her 200m in 26.47 seconds and posted 8.24 seconds in her 60m.

Sophie Haslam posted a new under 15 girls 600m personal best of 1:44.74 and clocked 29.08 seconds in the 200m.

And Macy Brett clocked a new under 15 girls 60m hurdles personal best with a winning time of 10.14 seconds, while Rose Duggan hit a season’s best of 8.25m in the under 17 women’s shot put.

START YOUR COACHING JOURNEY

Would you like to make a difference and become an athletics coach at West Cheshire AC? From the Leading Athletics course, to Coaching Athletics and discipline-specific courses, there’s a qualification for everyone. Find out more and see available dates now at: https://bit.ly/AthCoachingCourses

INDOOR ATHLETICS FIXTURES UPDATE

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: https://bit.ly/EAChamps2022

ENTRIES are now open for the Sale Harriers Manchester series of indoor open athletics fixtures at SportCity, Manchester, on 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.

HIGH-SPEC RACE VESTS

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: igp64run@gmail.com 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. 

UPDATED CLUB RECORDS

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/

CHESHIRE ROAD RACE GRAND PRIX

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: andy.garnett@talktalk.net

FELL RUNNING UPDATE

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: nick@nickbishopsolutions.co.uk

This is an opportunity to be considered for Cheshire selection.

CLUB KIT CO-ORDINATORS

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: dennis.wall1@ntlworld.com

BE SEEN AND BE SAFE

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.

PARENTAL RESPONSIBILITY

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.

TRACK FLOODLIGHTS UPDATE

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
3rd February 2022
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