WCAC Newsletter #364, 18-02-22


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

Graham Wells, Ben McKean, Alice Davoren, Oliver Wells, Amelia McLintock, William Mallon, Grace Andrews.

And Next Week: Joseph Stenton, Benjamin Stenton, Sandra Dean, Graham Patterson, Jill Van Schie, Cathryn Whalley, Ben Sache, Hayden Howell, Eleanor Williams, Ellis Williams, Izzy Hall.


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 are 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). Volunteers are needed for the event and 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]


SATURDAY – Manchester Area Cross Country League fixture at Heaton Park, Manchester. The timetable is: 12 noon – Under 11 Girls and Under 11 Boys; 12.15pm – Under 13 Girls and Under 13 Boys; 12.30pm – Under 15 Girls and Under 15 Boys; 12.50pm – Under 17 Ladies and Under 17 Men; 1.30pm – Senior, Under 20 and Veteran Women; 2.30pm – Senior, Under 20 and Veteran Men.

SUNDAY – Village Bakery Wrexham Half Marathon (10am start); Ruthin 5k and 10k Races (9am start); North Wales Indoor Track and Field Championships at Connah’s Quay, Deeside (10am start).

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


Emma Holmes and Nathan Brassington secured podium places at the England Athletics Indoor Track and Field Championships.

The duo starred at the regional event held at the English Institute of Sport Arena in Sheffield, with Nathan adding to his two Northern gold medal performances from the previous week with two silver medal performances, achieving a clearance of 1-73m in the under 15 boys high jump, and hitting 11.39m in the shot put.

Emma earned a bronze medal in the under 17 women’s 300m final with a personal best time of 40.10 seconds after posting 40.61 in her heat and 40.69 in her semi-final.

Emily Owen, who grabbed glory in the Northern Indoor 60m final last week, finished fifth in the England Athletics under 15 girls final on Saturday with a time of 7.97 seconds, having posted 8.01 in her heat and a new personal best of 7.92 in her semi-final.

Holly Bosworth cleared 1-64m for seventh position in the under 15 girls high jump final despite feeling unwell.

Macy Brett achieved personal bests of 9.64 seconds and 9.56 seconds in her under 15 girls 60m hurdles heat and semi-final.

Ruby Wisbey posted 9.43 seconds in her under 17 ladies 60m hurdles heat and 9.22 seconds in her semi-final.

And Lewis Parsons clocked 7.58 seconds in his under 17 men’s 60m heat.


Neil Finegan celebrated success in his over-45 men’s age group category at the Parbold Hill Race, posting 46 minutes for ninth spot overall.


Joseph Morrison clocked a new Club indoor mile record of 4:05:92 at the GVSU Big Meet Friday at the Grand Valley State-Laker Turf Building, in Allendale, USA.

Joseph represented Illinois University and it was his third race since he arrived in America having previously appeared in two 800m races, achieving times of 1:51:61 and 1:51:31.


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.


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]


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:


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:


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.


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
18th February 2022

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