WCAC Newsletter #363, 11-02-22


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

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

And Next Week: Graham Wells, Ben McKean, Alice Davoren, Oliver Wells, Amelia McLintock, William Mallon, Grace Andrews.


SATURDAY – England Athletics Age Group (U15s/U17s/U20s) Indoor Track and Field Championships, at Sheffield’s English Institute of Sport.

SUNDAY – England Athletics Age Group (U15s/U17s/U20s) Indoor Track and Field Championships, at Sheffield’s English Institute of Sport.

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


All the EPSV Track Floodlights, apart from 3 bulbs, have been repaired and track and field training will now resume with a post Covid-19 training plan which is as follows:

MONDAYS (6-8pm)

Hurdles Group with Karl Fenney, using lanes 5, 6, 7 & 8 on home straight and 5 & 6 on final bend.

Middle Distance Group with Ian Ackroyd & Tim Palmer, using lanes 1 & 2.

Sprints Group with Jon Moss, using lanes 3, 4, 5 & 6 on back straight.

Plyometrics/High Jump Group with Jane Palmer, using the High Jump D.

Sprints/Long Jump Group with Victor Oyesola, using the Long Jump Runway.

Helsby Running Club, using lanes 1 & 2, twice a month.

TUESDAYS (6.30pm-8pm)

Under 11s group with Jill Gore, Joanne Cartwright, Glenn Hoskin, Aaron Scott & Adrian Gledhill, using lanes 1 and 2 and Long Jump Runway.

Senior Middle Distance Group with Graham Patterson, using lanes 3&4.

Junior Middle Distance group with Dennis Wall, Mark Duffey and Tim Durrant, using lane 3 &4.

400m group with Alan Littler, using lane 5&6.

Sprints group with Victor Oyesola, using lanes 6 7 &8  on straight.

Throws group with Dave McKay and Jenny Manning, using the Throws D, and work with another group for space on track.

THURSDAYS (6.30-8pm)

Senior Middle Distance Groups with Graham Patterson and Chris Morgan, using lanes 1 & 2.

Middle Distance Group with Ian Ackroyd & Tim Palmer, using lane 1&2.

6-8pm: 400m group with Alan Littler, using lane 3&4.

6-8pm: Sprints group with Jon Moss, using lanes 6, 7 & 8 on home straight.

Sprints group with Victor Oyesola, using lanes 5 & 6 on back straight.

Throws group with Dave McKay and Jenny Manning, using Throws D.

Multi-Events Group with Dennis Wall, Jane Palmer and Mark Duffey, using Long Jump & High Jump D’s.

SATURDAYS (10am-12 noon)

Multi-Events Group with Dennis Wall, Jane Palmer, and Joanne Cartwright, using lanes 1, 2, & 3, Long Jump & High Jump D’s.

Sprints group with Jon Moss and Alan Littler, using lanes 6, 7, & 8 on home straight.

Throws group with Dave McKay and Jenny Manning, using Throws D.


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.


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]


The fourth round of the Borders League will take place on Sunday 27 February in Deeside.

Ahead of this race the club is pleased to announce that Keely Smith and Michael Young have been appointed women’s and men’s team captains respectively.

The men’s and women’s teams and veteran’s teams are all well placed after the first few rounds and all first claim and any second claim members whose primary club does not compete in the league are encouraged to participate. Anyone wishing to compete who is not already registered should email: [email protected]


Nathan Brassington and Emily Owen delivered gold medal performances at the Northern Indoor U13 and U15 Track and Field Championships held at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield.

Nathan cleared 1-65m in the under 15 boys high jump and hit 12.10m in the shot put to secure a double success story.

And Emily celebrated victory in the under 15 girls 60m final with a time of 7.97 seconds after winning her heat in a club record time of 7.93 and her semi-final in 8.00 seconds.

The pair were joined at the event by Theo Shepherd, Lydia Walker, Macy Brett, Macey Jones, Sophie Haslam, and Teresa Arvidsson.

Theo clocked a new personal best under 15 boys 200m time of 25.51 seconds for fourth spot in the final and was eighth in the 60m final with 8.13 seconds.

Lydia finished fourth with a time of 8.73 seconds in the under 13 girls 60m final, while Macy posted 9.88 seconds for sixth position in the under 15 girls 60m hurdles final, and was fourth in her 200m semi-final after posting 28.05 seconds in her heat.

Macey was eighth with 8.51 seconds in her under 13 girls 60m semi-final and posted 28.55 seconds in her 200m heat.

Sophie finished fifth in her 200m semi-final after posting 28.13 seconds in her heat, clocked 2:33.01 in her 800m, and long jumped 4.39m, while Teresa posted 9.02 seconds in her under 15 girls 60m heat and long jumped 3.72m.


Several West Cheshire AC members have secured their places in the Cheshire team for the English Schools Cross Country Championships to be held in Kent, on March 19.

Jamie Richardson, Henry Robinson, Jodi Bemand, Jessica Lark, Carys Roberts, and Luke Parker all achieved top-five positions at Saturday’s Cheshire Schools Cross Country Championships held at Knights Grange, Winsford.

Jamie and Henry were second and fifth respectively in the Senior Boys race, while Jodi was fourth in the Senior Girls event, Jessica and Carys were second and fourth in the Intermediate Girls race, and Luke was second in the Intermediate Boys race.

Six West Cheshire AC members will represent Cheshire in the Minors Year Seven Schools fixture against Merseyside at Ellesmere Port Sports Village, on Wednesday, March 23.

Emilia Pyper (fifth), Sophie Mulcaster (eighth), Eleanor Wheeler (14th), and Ruby Billington (18th) completed the Minor Girls Race at Winsford and earn County vests, while Tom Rimmer (second), and Hugo McLintock (sixth), will represent Cheshire in the Minor Boys race.


Neil Finegan and Jodi Bemand won their age group categories at the latest round of the North Wales Cross Country League held at Marches School, Oswestry.

Neil was first home in his over-45 age group and 10th overall in the men’s race, supported by club mates Dave Alexander (second over-50 man and 25th overall), Dave Sutton (sixth over-45 man and 39th overall), Paul Morrison (third over-20 man and 42nd overall), Andrew Clague (third over-50 man and 43rd overall), and Richard Hayes (fifth over-50 man and 57th overall), to earn fifth team spot on the day and fifth team position overall in Division One.

Jodi was first home in her under 17 ladies age group and ninth overall in the women’s race, backed up by club mates Claire Harris (27th), Ellie Robinson (fifth over-45 lady and 29th overall), Henrietta Duffey (sixth under 17 lady and 52nd overall), Angela Tegg (12th over-45 lady and 55th overall), Joy Hickman (eighth over-55 lady and 58th overall), and Debra Bemand (second over-50 lady and 60th overall), to earn fourth team position on the day and fifth team spot overall in Division One.


As well as West Cheshire AC’s Open Track & Field Meetings on Sunday 20th March and on Saturday 26th March, there are numerous other pre-season track & Field fixtures on the horizon which you might want to enter:

Sunday 20th March – West Cheshire AC Dan Gilroy Memorial Open Meeting. Entry link: http://wcac.niftyentries.com/Dan-Gilroy-Memorial-Open-Track-and-Field-Meetings

Saturday 26th March – West Cheshire AC Dan Gilroy Memorial Open Meeting. Entry link: http://wcac.niftyentries.com/Dan-Gilroy-Memorial-Open-Track-and-Field-Meetings

Saturday 2nd April – Trafford Medal Meeting, at Trafford. Entry link: www.traffordac.co.uk

Sunday 3rd April – Liverpool Harriers Ernie Gallagher Memorial Open Medal Meeting (Under 11s, Year 7s, Year 8s, and Year 9s). Entry link: www.race-results.co.uk/results//2022/

Sunday, 3rd April – Liverpool Harriers TJ O’Mahoney Open Meeting (Men and Women). Entry link: www.race-results.co.uk/results//2022/

Saturday 9th April – Warrington AC Open at Warrington. Entry link: www.warringtonathletic.org

Saturday 18th April – Trafford Medal Meeting at Trafford. Entry link: www.traffordac.co.uk

Saturday 23rd April – Macclesfield AC Open at Macclesfield. Entry link: www.race-results.co.uk/results//2022/


Nigel Crompton, at Birkenhead AC, is organising a Six Week Running Movement Workshop at Heswall which begins on Monday 21st February (7pm), covering Balance – Strength – Mobility.

· Do you get confused about correct running form?

· Have you tried to change your ‘form’ but feel it hasn’t really worked?

· Do you suffer from the same injuries over and over again?

· Do you feel your running could be more natural, more balanced, less forced?

· Do you want to improve your running style, your running economy, your running performance?

Nigel is a UK Athletics qualified running coach and Corrective Exercise Specialist trained in the Anatomy in Motion system which looks at restoring natural movement patterns to prevent or resolve injury.

Through this course you will learn: How joints and muscles work while running and movement patterns to enhance their action; How to build strength appropriate to running; How to develop mobility (but absolutely NO stretching!) to better perform as a runner; Build elastic recoil to power your run; Improve issues of gait such as ‘overpronation’ naturally.

Cost is payable at commencement of course – £90 for six weeks. To book on or for further information please email: [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]

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: Field Official (22 Feb, 19, 31 March) and Track Official (24 March). Find out more and book your place: https://bit.ly/OffLev1


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


Entries are now open for the Sale Harriers Manchester series of indoor open athletics fixtures at SportCity, Manchester, on Saturday, March 5, 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.


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 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.

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: [email protected]

Posted by Dave Alexander
10th February 2022

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