WCAC Newsletter #365, 25-02-22


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

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

And Next Week: Richard Sykes, Ian Ackroyd, Claire Forshaw, Danny Paddock, Georgina Duffey, Tom O’Mahoney, Mack Tordoff, Ellie Fernyhough, Isla Thompson.


West Cheshire AC needs it’s members, parents and grandparents of members, as well as friends and volunteers to ensure we can deliver all that we do as a club.

So please help your Club organise two Open Track and Field Meetings and/or the Chester Spring Five Miles Road Race.

The two Open Track and Field Meetings take place on Sunday 20th March and on Saturday 26th March, and the Chester Spring Five Miles Road Race takes place on Wednesday 13th April.

Volunteers and officials are urgently needed at all of these fixtures to ensure they are a success. If you can help out please email Dennis ASAP at: [email protected]


SATURDAY – English National Cross Country Championships, at Parliament Hill, London. You can watch the races live on our YouTube channel from 10:45am on Saturday 26th February. Watch here:

SATURDAY AND SUNDAY – UK Athletics Indoor Track and Field Championships, at Birmingham. You can watch both days of action on the BBC iPlayer, Red Button, and Website.

SUNDAY – Borders Road Running League, at Deeside College Athletics Track, Connah’s Quay, (11am start). Further details: www.bordersleague.org.uk/fixtures/

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


The fourth round of the Borders League will take place this Sunday (27th February) in Deeside (11am start).

Keely Smith and Michael Young have been appointed women’s and men’s team captains respectively ahead of this fixture.

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 our road running officer, Ian Gloyne-Phillips at: [email protected]


Please support West Cheshire AC’s Open Track & Field Meetings on Sunday 20th March and on Saturday 26th March, at the entry links below, as well as numerous other pre-season track & Field fixtures:

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/


Ellis Williams and Macey Jones impressed at the North Wales Indoor Track and Field Championships, with Ellis grabbing victory with a time of 11.34 seconds in the 60m hurdles and Macey pocketing a silver medal in the 60m final with a time of 8.11 seconds.


Neil Hershaw celebrated success in his 55-59 age group with a time of 31 minutes 24 seconds at the Rhyl Five Miles Road Race, while Lewis Tandy posted 58 minutes 13 seconds for fifth place in his 21-34 age group and seventh position overall.at the Rhyl 10 Miles Road Race.


Ellie Robinson, Dave Alexander, and Carys Roberts achieved top-three performances at the Manchester Area Cross Country League.

Ellie secured third position in her over-45 age group at Heaton Park, Manchester, while Dave earned third place in his over-50 age category, and Carys finished third in her under 17 women’s race alongside Jodi Bemand who was fifth.

Sammy Hollins secured fourth spot in the under 17 men’s race, ahead of Henry Robinson who was seventh.

Kate Titlow produced an impressive seventh position in the senior women’s race at Manchester, backed up by Debra Bemand who was 17th in her over-50 age group.

Thomas Rimmer achieved 11th spot in his under 13 boys race, while Sophie Haslam earned 19th place in the under 15 girls event.

Dylan Gledhill finished 21st in his last appearance in the under 11 boys age group.

Andrew Clague secured 10th place in his over-50 age group, while Neil Finegan was 13th in his over-45 age category, and Richard Hayes finished 17th in his over-50 age group.


Laura Turley clocked 58.80 seconds in her 400m heat and 57.04 in her semi-final at the British Universities and Colleges Indoor Championships at Sheffield, while Nathan Hilditch posted 10 minutes 9 seconds for the 3,000m.


The Spring and Summer 2022 Club Fixture Cards are now ready to collect from the Ellesmere Port Sports Village Athletics Track Office. Please pick one up when you are next at training.


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.


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 (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, (NOT 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.


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
25th February 2022

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