WCAC Newsletter #370, 02-04-22

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

Karl Fenney, Johnnie Greenhalgh, George Greenhalgh, Elizabeth Brookfield, Emily Furnival, Fiona Cook.

And Next Week: Lisa Davies, Freddy Newberry, Matthew Osborne, Carys Roberts, Patrick O’Loughlin, Ruby Billington, Eva Brooks, Olivia Zarac.

TRACK FEES

Please keep up to date with your track training fee payments – set a reminder to avoid getting into arrears via your top-up link.

THIS WEEKEND

SATURDAY – Trafford Medal Meeting, at Trafford. (Entries close on the morning of Thursday 31st March and the start lists and timetable will be published in the afternoon): www.traffordac.co.uk

SUNDAY – Liverpool Harriers Ernie Gallagher Memorial Open Medal Meeting (Under 11s, Year 7s, Year 8s, and Year 9s). Entry link (NO ENTRIES ON THE DAY: www.race-results.co.uk/results//2022/

SUNDAY – Liverpool Harriers TJ O’Mahoney Open Meeting (Men and Women). Online entries closed on Wednesday 23rd March. Entries – £4 (1st Event) £7 (2 x events and £9 (3 x Events). ON THE DAY ENTRIES – £2 supplement. Entry link: www.race-results.co.uk/results//2022/

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

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: ALAN MORRIS

Club Official, Alan Morris, explains in 90 seconds his love of athletics and officiating. Alan wants to help “relight the fire of athletics” and inspire new people into the sport. Click on this link to watch and listen: www.youtube.com/watch?v=vBTdvuW0zAc

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 April, they have a range of Level 1 courses: Field Official (Tues 12, Thurs 28, Sat 30 April) and Track Official (Tues 12 April).

Find out more and book your place: https://www.athleticshub.co.uk/course-list/eng

2022 CHESHIRE TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS ENTRIES ARE NOW OPEN

The 2022 Cheshire Track & Field Championships will be held at Macclesfield, on Saturday and Sunday, 14 and 15 May.

Online entries are now open at: SportSoft Entries & Results: https://www.race-results.co.uk/results/2022/

Please keep up to date with your track training fee payments – you can set a reminder to avoid getting into arrears via your top-up link.

PLEASE RENEW YOUR CLUB MEMBERSHIP

Club Membership Secretary, has circulated an email to Club members with a reminder to renew their Club memberships. Please renew yours ASAP.

YOUR CLUB URGENTLY NEEDS HELP AND SUPPORT

West Cheshire AC still urgently needs your help and support to organise the Chester Spring Five Miles Road Race on Wednesday 13th April.

Volunteers are urgently needed at this fixture to ensure it is a success. If you can help out please email Dennis ASAP at: dennis.wall1@ntlworld.com

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

The Club would like to thank everyone who helped out at the Dan Gilroy Memorial Track and Field Open Meetings held at Ellesmere Port Sports Village Athletics Track.

The two fixtures were organised in tribute to the former club president, senior coach and founder member, who passed away last year aged 83.

Many thanks to all our members, officials, and volunteers who helped to make the day a success. All the results can now be found on the Power of 10 website: www.thepowerof10.info/results/results.aspx?meetingid=445778

QUARTET SMASH CLUB RECORDS AT DAN GILROY MEMORIAL MEETING

Imogen Pughe, Neil Hershaw, Nicola Gore and Dylan Gledhill all achieved landmark performances at Saturday’s Dan Gilroy Memorial Track and Field Open Meeting held at the Ellesmere Port Sports Village Athletics Track.

Imogen rounded the 800m in a new under 20 women’s time of 2:14.0, while Neil clocked a new over-55 men’s one mile record time of 5:23.8.

Nicola hit a new over-35 women’s shot put record distance of 10.10m, and Dylan posted a new under 13 boys 1200m record time of 4:36.3.

ELLIE BREAKS HALF MARATHON AGE GROUP BEST

Ellie Robinson broke the Club’s Over-50 Women’s Half Marathon record with a time of 1:41:48 at the Liverpool Skyline Half Marathon, ahead of Jack Gannon (1:22:36), and Dotti Gebska who posted a new half marathon personal best of 1:52.

JOSEPH STARS AGAIN IN THE UNITED STATES

Joseph Morrison sliced four seconds off his Senior Men’s 1500m Club record with a time of 3:47.18 in the Raleigh Relays at North Carolina, USA.

COSETTE REPRESENTS CLUB AT NORTHERN CHAMPIONSHIPS

Cosette Wearden (13th in 20:04) represented the Club in the Northern Under 15 Girls 5k Championships at Birkenhead Park, while Luke Parker (21st in 17:27), Andrew Barratt (44th in 19:55), and Ellis Hancock (45th in 20:18) completed the under 15 boys race.

MICHAEL SECURES SECOND SPOT IN SHEFFIELD

Michael Young finished second in the Sheffield Half Marathon with a time of 1:11:03.

CHESHIRE ARE CLASS ACTS AGAINST MERSEYSIDE

The Club hosted the annual Year Seven Schools Cross Country fixture at Ellesmere Port Sports Village that saw West Cheshire AC’s Thomas Rimmer (seventh) earn Cheshire a team victory in the boys race against Merseyside, while Emilia Pyper (fifth), Eleanor Wheeler (14th), Sophie Mulcaster (15th), and Ruby Billington (19th), combined for the Cheshire girls team, and the overall result saw Cheshire beat Merseyside by three points.

JAMIE POINTS CLUB TO BORDERS LEAGUE TEAM VICTORY AT MOLD

Jamie Richardson pointed the Club’s men to a team victory with a second-placed finish at the latest round of the Borders Road Running League at Mold on Sunday.

All the results and a report can be found here: www.bordersleague.org.uk/results/

The next round of the Borders Road Running League will take place at Tattenhall, on Sunday 10th April, (11am start).

2022 CLUB FIXTURE CARDS

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.

OPEN TRACK & FIELD MEETINGS

Please support the following pre-season track & Field fixtures:

Saturday 2nd April – Trafford Medal Meeting, at Trafford.

Sunday 3rd April – Liverpool Harriers Ernie Gallagher Memorial Open Medal Meeting (Under 11s, Year 7s, Year 8s, and Year 9s).

Sunday, 3rd April – Liverpool Harriers TJ O’Mahoney Open Meeting (Men and Women).

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

Saturday 9th April – Liverpool Throws and Jumps Competition at Wavertree. Entry link: ronnie@ronnieltj.co.uk

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/

NORTHERN TRACK & FIELD LEAGUE UPDATE

West Cheshire AC will be competing in the North West Premier Division of the Northern Track & Field League this year, following a second placed finish last year.

In order for the Club to prepare for the new season, Club members in the Under 17, Under 20, Senior and Veteran Age Groups need to let Club Managers, Dave McKay, Jenny Manning, and Alan Littler, about their availability for the four round dates which are: Saturday 30th April at Ellesmere Port Sports Village; Sunday 12th June at Longford Park, Trafford; Sunday 10th July at Robin Park, Wigan; and Saturday 6th August at Witton Park, Blackburn. Please email ASAP Dave McKay at: djmckay80@googlemail.com Jenny Manning at: jenny-manning@hotmail.com or Alan Littler at: alanlittler89@gmail.com

Press Report: Records for four at home track

FOUR club records were smashed at Saturday’s Dan Gilroy Memorial Track and Field Open Meeting held at the Ellesmere Port Sports Village Athletics Track.

Imogen Pughe, Neil Hershaw, Nicola Gore and Dylan Gledhill all achieved landmark performances at the event organised by West Cheshire Athletic Club in tribute to the former club president, senior coach and founder member who passed away last year aged 83.

Imogen rounded the 800m in a new under 20 women’s time of 2:14.0, while Neil clocked a new over-55 men’s one mile record time of 5:23.8.

Nicola hit a new over-35 women’s shot put record distance of 10.10m, and Dylan posted a new under 13 boys 1200m record time of 4:36.3.

Arthur Williams won the under 11 boys 600m in 1:56.1, while Amelia Snowden won the under 11 girls race in 2:06.1, and Dan Walker won the under 15 boys 800m in 2:28.8 and Nancy Farmer won the under 15 girls 800m in 2:46.4.

Mae Grant rounded the under 13 girls 800m in a winning time of 2:53.1, and Jamie Richardson won the under 20 men’s 800m in 2:02.2, while Nathan Broomfield won the Under 17 men’s 800m in 2:13.0, and Jessica Lark won the under 17 ladies 800m in 2:16.9.

Ruby Phillips rounded the under 15 girls 1500m in 4:57.0, and Noah Woolgar won the under 15 boys 1500m in 4:58.2, while Louis Tegg won the under 17 men’s 1500m in 5:08.4, and Isabella Williams won the under 17 women’s 1500m.

Dave McKay won the men’s shot put with 10.90m and the hammer with 41.36m, while Sophie Percival hit 10.81m in the shot and 37.55m in the javelin, alongside under 15 girls hammer winner Kara Stoll with 34.43m.

James Rawson won the under 15 boys discus with 14.45m, and Oliver Brassington won the under 13 boys shot put.

ELLIE ROBINSON broke the West Cheshire AC Over-50 Women’s Half Marathon record with a time of 1:41:48 at the Liverpool Skyline Half Marathon, ahead of Jack Gannon (1:22:36), and Dotti Gebska who posted a new half marathon personal best of 1:52.

JOSEPH MORRISON sliced four seconds off his Senior Men’s 1500m Club record with a time of 3:47.18 in the Raleigh Relays at North Carolina, USA.

COSETTE WEARDEN (13th in 20:04) represented West Cheshire AC in the Northern Under 15 Girls 5k Championships at Birkenhead Park, while Luke Parker (21st in 17:27), Andrew Barratt (44th in 19:55), and Ellis Hancock (45th in 20:18) completed the under 15 boys race.

MICHAEL YOUNG finished second in the Sheffield Half Marathon with a time of 1:11:03.

WEST CHESHIRE AC hosted the annual Year Seven Schools Cross Country fixture at Ellesmere Port Sports Village that saw West Cheshire AC’s Thomas Rimmer (seventh) earn Cheshire a team victory in the boys race against Merseyside, while Emilia Pyper (fifth), Eleanor Wheeler (14th), Sophie Mulcaster (15th), and Ruby Billington (19th), combined for the Cheshire girls team, and the overall result saw Cheshire beat Merseyside by three points.

JAMIE RICHARDSON pointed West Cheshire AC’s men to a team victory with a second-placed finish at the latest round of the Borders Road Running League at Mold on Sunday.

The next round of the Borders Road Running League will take place at Tattenhall, on Sunday 10th April, (11am start).

FIXTURES this weekend include the Trafford Medal Meeting, at Longford Park Stadium, on Saturday. Entry link: www.traffordac.co.uk

And on Sunday, Liverpool Harriers are organising the Ernie Gallagher Memorial Open Medal Meeting (Under 11s, Year 7s, Year 8s, and Year 9s) at Wavertree. Entry link: www.race-results.co.uk/results//2022/ and the  TJ O’Mahoney Open Meeting (Men and Women). Entry link: www.race-results.co.uk/results//2022/ ENTRIES are now open for the popular Chester Spring Five Miles Road Race being organised by West Cheshire AC at Cheshire County Sports Club, Upton, Chester, on Wednesday, April 13, (7pm start). The online entry link is: www.niftyentries.com/wcac

WCAC Newsletter #369, 25-03-22

TRACK FEES

Please keep up to date with your track training fee payments – you can set a reminder to avoid getting into arrears via your top-up link.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

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

Adrian Gledhill, Tom Shillington, Lennon Smith, Darcy Smyth, Neil Hershaw, Iain Wood, Joy Hickman, Andrew Parker, Isabella Rimmer, Katie Lowman, Esme Graham, Ffion Oliver.

And Next Week: Karl Fenney, Johnnie Greenhalgh, George Greenhalgh, Elizabeth Brookfield, Emily Furnival, Fiona Cook.

PLEASE RENEW YOUR CLUB MEMBERSHIP

Club Membership Secretary, has circulated an email to Club members with a reminder to renew their Club memberships. Please renew yours ASAP.

THIS WEEKEND

SATURDAY – West Cheshire AC Dan Gilroy Memorial Track & Field Open Meeting, at Ellesmere Port Sports Village, (10am start). Entries will be accepted on the day. More details: http://wcac.niftyentries.com/Dan-Gilroy-Memorial-Open-Track-and-Field-Meetings

SUNDAY – Borders Road Running League, at Mold Sports Centre (11am start). Details: www.bordersleague.org.uk/fixtures/

SUNDAY – Northern Road Relay Men’s (12 noon start) and Women’s Championships (12.15pm start), and Under 15s and Under 17s 5k Road Race Championships (11am start), at Birkenhead Park. Details: www.northernathletics.co.uk/news/

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

YOUR CLUB URGENTLY NEEDS HELP AND SUPPORT…

West Cheshire AC still urgently needs your help and support to organise an Open Track and Field Meeting and/or the Chester Spring Five Miles Road Race.

The Open Track and Field Meeting takes place this Saturday 26th March, and the Chester Spring Five Miles Road Race takes place on Wednesday 13th April.

Volunteers and officials are urgently needed at these fixtures to ensure they are a success. If you can help out please email Dennis ASAP at: dennis.wall1@ntlworld.com

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

More than 180 athletes pre-entered the Dan Gilroy Memorial Track and Field Open Meeting held at Ellesmere Port Sports Village Athletics Track.

The first of two fixtures was organised on Sunday in tribute to the former club president, senior coach and founder member, who passed away last year aged 83.

Many thanks to all our members, officials, and volunteers who helped to make the day a success. All the results can now be found on the Power of 10 website: www.thepowerof10.info/results/results.aspx?meetingid=445778

The second part of the Dan Gilroy Memorial Open Track and Field Open Meeting will be held at Ellesmere Port Sports Village this Saturday (10am start) featuring shot put, discus, hammer, and javelin, while the track races (600m, 800m, 1200m, 1500m, and One Mile) while feature from 12 noon, and entries will be accepted on the day.

CLUB QUARTET COMPETE FOR COUNTY

A quartet of youngsters represented Cheshire in the English Schools Cross Country Championships at Hop Farm, Tonbridge, Kent, on Saturday.

Jessica Lark was fourth home for Cheshire in the Intermediate Girls race, posting 17:02 for 289th position, while Jodi Bemand was fifth home for Cheshire in the Senior Girls race and 179th overall with a time of 17:14.

Jamie Richardson posted second team spot for Cheshire and was 22nd overall in the Senior Boys race with a time of 24:27, ahead of fourth Cheshire team counter, Sammy Hollins, who was 186th in 26:44.

MICHAEL AND KEELY IMPRESS AT WILMSLOW

Michael Young finished 15th with a time of 69 minutes 4 seconds at the Wilmslow Half Marathon, ahead of Keely Smith who finished second over-35 lady and eighth lady overall in a time of 1:22.10. Both times are overall club records. In the same race, Ben McKean posted 1:23:00. 

PHIL POSTS NEW PERSONAL BEST IN WIGAN

Phil Woodley celebrated a new 10 miles personal best of 65 minutes 8 seconds for eighth place in the Wigan Festival 10 miles Road Race.

KARA POWERS HER WAY TO SUCCESS AT TRAFFORD

Kara Stoll achieved a personal best of 37.88m in the under 15 girls hammer and won the discus with 18.60m at the Trafford Open Medal Meeting.

Harriet Wheeler powered her way to a new under 15 girls javelin personal best of 42.60m, while Macy Brett posted 12.46 seconds in the under 15 girls 75m hurdles.

Beth Manson posted personal bests in the under 13 girls 75m (10.79), 150m (22.06), and long jump (3.78m), while Satine Wearden posted a new under 13 girls 75m pb of 12.39, and threw 15.42m in the discus.

Nia Manson rounded the under 11 girls 600m in 2:05.66, posted 12.59 in the 75m, 25.53 in the 150m, and long jumped 2.84m, while her elder sister Carys, posted a new under 17 girls 100m pb of 13.54 and 200m pb of 28.42.

Aimee Phillips clocked 44.42 in her under 17 ladies 300m, while Sophie Haslam clocked a new under 17 ladies 300m pb of 43.16; Ruby Phillips posted a new under 15 girls 300m pb of 44.88, and an 800m time of 2:25.86; while Emilia Pyper rounded the under 13 girls 800m in a pb of 2:47.87, and Cosette Wearden clocked a new under 15 girls 1500m pb of 5:09.80.

2022 CLUB FIXTURE CARDS 

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.

OPEN TRACK & FIELD MEETINGS…

Please support West Cheshire AC’s Open Track & Field Meeting on Saturday 26th March, as well as numerous other pre-season track & Field fixtures:

Saturday 26th March – West Cheshire AC Dan Gilroy Memorial Open Meeting. Online Entries have now closed, but entries will be accepted on the day of the event. Event details can be found here: 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 9th April – Liverpool Throws and Jumps Competition at Wavertree. Entry link: ronnie@ronnieltj.co.uk

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/

NORTHERN TRACK & FIELD LEAGUE UPDATE

West Cheshire AC will be competing in the North West Premier Division of the Northern Track & Field League this year, following a second placed finish last year.

In order for the Club to prepare for the new season, Club members in the Under 17, Under 20, Senior and Veteran Age Groups need to let Club Managers, Dave McKay, Jenny Manning, and Alan Littler, about their availability for the four round dates which are: Saturday 30th April at Ellesmere Port Sports Village; Sunday 12th June at Longford Park, Trafford; Sunday 10th July at Robin Park, Wigan; and Saturday 6th August at Witton Park, Blackburn.

Please email ASAP Dave McKay at: djmckay80@googlemail.com Jenny Manning at: jenny-manning@hotmail.com or Alan Littler at: alanlittler89@gmail.com

WIRRAL SEASIDE RUNS ENTRIES NOW OPEN

The first Wirral Seaside Run takes place on Wednesday 30th March, one in a series of six 5km races, organised by Pensby Runners. The runs are held on the last Wednesday of the month from March to August. Race numbers can be collected on the day from 5.45pm on Race Day from the registration desk at Leasowe Lighthouse.  

The race start is close to Leasowe Lighthouse, Moreton, and then along the sea embankment to finish at Harrison Drive close to the Lifeguard Station. Most competitors run back to the car park at the start, otherwise you will need to arrange transport at the finish. It is a flat and fast course and provides a regular indicator of fitness and performance. The races are very popular with club runners as well as beginners and have become a permanent fixture on the running scene of Merseyside over the last 30 years.

Further details can be found at: http://www.seasideruns.com/

Press Report: Athletes flock to memorial event

MORE than 180 athletes pre-entered the Dan Gilroy Memorial Track and Field Open Meeting held at Ellesmere Port Sports Village Athletics Track.

The first of two fixtures was organised on Sunday in tribute to the former club president, senior coach and founder member of the Ellesmere Port Sports Village-based organisation, who passed away last year aged 83, in a Bath nursing home, after living with motor neurone disease for a number of years.

West Cheshire AC pair Esme Graham and Mae Grant finished first and second respectively with times of 12.9 seconds and 13.1 seconds in the opening race – the under 13 girls 70m hurdles, while club mates Ellis Williams won the under 13 boys 75m hurdles in 16.3, Macy Brett won the under 15 girls 75m hurdles in 12.3, and Ruby Wisbey celebrated success in the under 17 ladies 80m hurdles in 12.5.

Alan Littler of West Cheshire AC cleared a winning height of 1-68m in the senior men’s high jump, while club mates Emily Owen (12.3), Holly Bosworth (13.2), Eleanor Neve (14.6), Lewis Parsons (11.6), Theo Shepherd (12.5), and Ruby Wisbey (13.1), won their 100m races.

West Cheshire AC’s Ben Brassington (11.7), Lydia Walker (10.5), Faith Barlow-Gambles (10.9), Freya Fitton (11.3), and Ellis Williams (10.9) won their 75m races.

Holly Bosworth cleared a winning height of 1-50m in the under 15 girls high jump, while Amelia Snowden (24.2), Faith Barlow-Gambles (21.4), Ursula Archer (22.1), and Ellis Williams (21.8) won their 150m races.

Danielle Erskine (4.60m), Ruby Wisbey (4.62m), and Fred Lucas (4.10m) triumphed in their long jump events, while Oliver Brassington (1-10m) won his high jump competition.

Sophie Haslam (27.5), Eleanor Neve (30.7), Lewis Parsons (23.6), Theo Shepherd (25.4), and Jessica Lark (27.7), won their 200m races, while Jessica also won her 300m in 43.5, and West Cheshire AC’s 400m winners were Emma Holmes (59.4), Fergus Garland (53.8), and Alan Littler (58.3).

The second part of the Dan Gilroy Memorial Open Track and Field Open Meeting will be held at Ellesmere Port Sports Village this Saturday (10am start) featuring shot put, discus, hammer, and javelin, while the track races (600m, 800m, 1200m, 1500m, and One Mile) while feature from 12 noon, and entries will be accepted on the day.

A QUARTET of West Cheshire AC youngsters represented Cheshire in the English Schools Cross Country Championships at Hop Farm, Tonbridge, Kent, on Saturday.

Jessica Lark was fourth home for Cheshire in the Intermediate Girls race, posting 17:02 for 289th position, while Jodi Bemand was fifth home for Cheshire in the Senior Girls race and 179th overall with a time of 17:14.

Jamie Richardson posted second team spot for Cheshire and was 22nd overall in the Senior Boys race with a time of 24:27, ahead of fourth Cheshire team counter, Sammy Hollins, who was 186th in 26:44.

MICHAEL YOUNG finished 15th with a time of 69 minutes 4 seconds at the Wilmslow Half Marathon, ahead of Keely Smith who finished second over-35 lady and eighth lady overall in a time of 1:22.10. Both times are overall club records. In the same race, Ben McKean posted 1:23:00. 

PHIL WOODLEY celebrated a new 10 miles personal best of 65 minutes 8 seconds for eighth place in the Wigan Festival 10 miles Road Race.

KARA STOLL achieved a personal best of 37.88m in the under 15 girls hammer and won the discus with 18.60m at the Trafford Open Medal Meeting.

Harriet Wheeler powered her way to a new under 15 girls javelin personal best of 42.60m, while Macy Brett posted 12.46 seconds in the under 15 girls 75m hurdles.

Beth Manson posted personal bests in the under 13 girls 75m (10.79), 150m (22.06), and long jump (3.78m), while Satine Wearden posted a new under 13 girls 75m pb of 12.39, and threw 15.42m in the discus.

Nia Manson rounded the under 11 girls 600m in 2:05.66, posted 12.59 in the 75m, 25.53 in the 150m, and long jumped 2.84m, while her elder sister Carys, posted a new under 17 girls 100m pb of 13.54 and 200m pb of 28.42.

Aimee Phillips clocked 44.42 in her under 17 ladies 300m, while Sophie Haslam clocked a new under 17 ladies 300m pb of 43.16; Ruby Phillips posted a new under 15 girls 300m pb of 44.88, and an 800m time of 2:25.86; while Emilia Pyper rounded the under 13 girls 800m in a pb of 2:47.87, and Cosette Wearden clocked a new under 15 girls 1500m pb of 5:09.80.

FIXTURES this weekend include the Dan Gilroy Memorial Track and Field Open Meeting being organised by West Cheshire Athletic Club at Ellesmere Port Sports Village Athletics Track on Saturday (10am start), the Borders Road Running League on Sunday, at Mold Sports Centre (11am start), and the Northern 5k Junior Road Races (11am start) and Men’s and Women’s Road Relays (12 noon start), at Birkenhead Park, on Sunday.

ENTRIES are now open for the popular Chester Spring Five Miles Road Race being organised by West Cheshire AC at Cheshire County Sports Club, Upton, Chester, on Wednesday, April 13, (7pm start). The online entry link is: www.niftyentries.com/wcac

WCAC Endurance League

Last year’s winner Deb leads Ellie and Kate, while last year’s men’s second placer Andrew leads Neil and Dave. See near the bottom of the Races page for full tables of how all club members have fared up to the end of February 2022.

WCAC Newsletter #368, 18-03-22

TRACK FEES

Please keep up to date with your track training fee payments – you can set a reminder to avoid getting into arrears via your top-up link.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

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

Traci Shipley, Jo Clarke, Kerry Riley, Hugh Parry, Helen Tenner, Maddi Mercer, Anna Turner-Bone, Anna Birkett-Evans, Tom Birkett-Evans, Ollie Jones, David Garces Palazuelos.

And Next Week: Adrian Gledhill, Tom Shillington, Lennon Smith, Darcy Smyth, Neil Hershaw, Iain Wood, Joy Hickman, Andrew Parker, Isabella Rimmer, Katie Lowman, Esme Graham, Ffion Oliver.

PLEASE RENEW YOUR CLUB MEMBERSHIP

Club membership secretary Jane Pughe has circulated an email to club members with a reminder to renew your club memberships. This is the club’s main source of income, so please renew yours ASAP!

THIS WEEKEND

SATURDAY – English Schools Cross Country Championships, at Hop Farm, Kent. Details: www.esaa.net/v2/2022/xc/xc22intro.php

SATURDAY – Trafford Medal Meeting, Longford Park (12 noon start). Details: www.traffordac.co.uk/php/index.php?script=newsFull.php&check=yes&news_id=1147

SUNDAY – West Cheshire AC Dan Gilroy Memorial Track & Field Open Meeting, at Ellesmere Port Sports Village, (10am start). Details: http://wcac.niftyentries.com/Dan-Gilroy-Memorial-Open-Track-and-Field-Meetings

WEDNESDAY – Cheshire v Merseyside Schools Year 7 Schools Cross Country Competition, at Ellesmere Port Sports Village (5pm start). Please assist with helping to set up the course from 2pm if you are available, and taking down the course at the end.

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

YOUR CLUB URGENTLY NEEDS HELP AND SUPPORT

West Cheshire AC still urgently needs your help and support to 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 this 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: dennis.wall1@ntlworld.com

2022 CLUB FIXTURE CARDS 

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.

JAMIE IS A TOP-20 HIT AT LOUGHBOROUGH

Jamie Richardson was one of 11 club members who competed for Cheshire at Saturday’s UK Inter Counties Cross Country Championships at Loughborough, completing the under 17 men’s 6km course at Prestwold Hall, in 19th position with a time of 23 minutes 20, backed up by clubmates Sammy Hollins (135th in 25:50), and Henry Robinson (170th in 26:32).

Luke Parker secured 53rd spot in the under 15 boys 4km race with a time of 15:09.

Thomas Rimmer achieved 123rd position in 13:11 in the under 13 boys 3km race, supported by Noah Woolgar (250th in 14:09).

Cosette Wearden finished 149th with 18:12 in the under 17 ladies 5km event, and Kate Titlow achieved 157th spot with 38:06 in the senior women’s 8km race, while David Shearer finished 188th with 38:56 in the senior men’s 10km race.

Emilia Pyper (199th in 14:48) and Holly Coates (230th in 15:06) completed the 3km under 13 girls race.

ROSEMARY THE RECORD BREAKER

Rosemary Rogers clocked a new over-70 women’s club age group 10k record of 58:08 at the Chester 10k Road Race for first place in her age group at Sunday’s event.

David Shearer, Neil Finegan, Jodi Bemand and Fiona Cook also celebrated victories in their respective age group categories.

David followed up his appearance at Loughborough by winning his over-35 age group with 34:06, while Neil posted 35:14 for top spot in his over-45 age group.

Jodi was first in her under 20 age group with 40:56, and Fiona won her over-35 age group category with a time of 41:16.

Michael Young was the first of 31 West Cheshire AC finishers at the Chester 10k, after achieving 33:56 for sixth position, while Jon Park was second in his over-35 age group with 36:11, Lewis Tandy posted 36:41, Steve Fernyhough clocked 37:32, Danny Paddock posted 38:40, Neil Hershaw was second over-55 man in 39:28, Phil Woodley clocked 39:38, and Paul Cain posted 43:02.

Ellis Hancock (42:52) and Andrew Barratt (42:50) were second and third in their under 17 age group, while Colin Berry clocked 43:27, Dave Barratt (44:10), David Morris (44:21), Claire Harris (45:26), Stephen Ball (45:56), Debra Bemand was third over-50 lady in 47:26, ahead of Ian Ackroyd (47:55), Amy Mills (48:26), Katrina Hughes (48:46), Phil Gent (49:33), Jane Barker (50:10), Kimberly Morris (52:27), Zoe Smith (52:07), Dotty Gebska (52:49), and Sarah Hughes (67:36).

MICHAEL AND STEVE GRAB PODIUM PLACES

Michael Young won the Chester 50 Miles Ultra Race and Steve Fernyhough was third at the event which started and finished at the Ellesmere Port Sports Village Athletics Track on Saturday. 

NATHAN POSTS NEW PERSONAL BEST IN PENTATHLON

Nathan Brassington represented the club at the England Athletics Under 15 Boys Indoor Pentathlon Championships at Sheffield and compiled a personal best (and club age group record) of 2,334 points. Nathan started his day by posting a new personal best (and another club age group record) of 9.43 seconds in the 60m hurdles before long jumping 5.56m, hitting 10.47m in the shot put, and rounding the 800m in 2:47.62.

IMOGEN AND JESSICA SMASH INDOOR CLUB RECORDS

Imogen Pughe and Jessica Lark broke indoor club records at Sunday’s final Manchester Indoor Open Meeting of the season.

Imogen set her second club record in a week – 41.66 seconds for the under 20s 300m and added 8.27 seconds for the 60m, while Jessica broke the under 17s 600m record with a time of 1:37.91.

Sophie Haslam clocked a new under 15 girls 300m personal best of 44.31 seconds, cleared 1-30m in the high jump and long jumped 4.24m, while Megan White clocked 1:54.37 in the under 17s 600m, and Holly Bosworth cleared 1-55m in the under 15 girls high jump.

OPEN TRACK & FIELD MEETINGS

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

Sunday 20th March – West Cheshire AC Dan Gilroy Memorial Open Meeting. Online Entries have now closed, but entries will be accepted on the day of the event. Event details can be found here: http://wcac.niftyentries.com/Dan-Gilroy-Memorial-Open-Track-and-Field-Meetings

Saturday 26th March – West Cheshire AC Dan Gilroy Memorial Open Meeting. Online Entries have now closed, but entries will be accepted on the day of the event. Event details can be found here: 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 9th April – Liverpool Throws and Jumps Competition at Wavertree. Entry link: ronnie@ronnieltj.co.uk

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/

NORTHERN TRACK & FIELD LEAGUE UPDATE

West Cheshire AC will be competing in the North West Premier Division of the Northern Track & Field League this year, following a second placed finish last year.

In order for the club to prepare for the new season, club members in the Under 17, Under 20, Senior and Veteran age groups need to let team managers Dave McKay, Jenny Manning, and Alan Littler, about their availability for the four round dates which are: Saturday 30th April at Ellesmere Port Sports Village; Sunday 12th June at Witton Park, Blackburn; Sunday 10th July at Robin Park, Wigan; and Saturday 6th August at Longford Park, Trafford.

Please email ASAP Dave McKay at: djmckay80@googlemail.com Jenny Manning at: jenny-manning@hotmail.com or Alan Littler at: alanlittler89@gmail.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 March and April, they have a range of Level 1 courses: Field Official (Sat 19, Thurs 31 March, Tues 12, Thurs 28, Sat 30 April) and Track Official (Thurs 24 March, Tues 12 April).

Find out more and book your place: https://www.athleticshub.co.uk/course-list/eng

Press Report: Eleven Earn County Honours

ELEVEN West Cheshire Athletic Club members represented Cheshire at the UK Inter Counties Cross Country Championships.

Jamie Richardson completed the under 17 men’s 6km course at Prestwold Hall, Loughborough on Saturday, in 19th position with a time of 23 minutes 20, backed up by club mates Sammy Hollins (135th in 25:50), and Henry Robinson (170th in 26:32).

Luke Parker secured 53rd spot in the under 15 boys 4km race with a time of 15:09.

Thomas Rimmer achieved 123rd position in 13:11 in the under 13 boys 3km race, supported by Noah Woolgar (250th in 14:09).

Cosette Wearden finished 149th with 18:12 in the under 17 ladies 5km event, and Kate Titlow achieved 157th spot with 38:06 in the senior women’s 8km race, while David Shearer finished 188th with 38:56 in the senior men’s 10km race.

Emilia Pyper (199th in 14:48) and Holly Coates (230th in 15:06) completed the 3km under 13 girls race.

ROSEMARY ROGERS clocked a new over-70 women’s West Cheshire AC age group 10k record of 58:08 at the Chester 10k Road Race for first place in her age group at Sunday’s event.

David Shearer, Neil Finegan, Jodi Bemand and Fiona Cook also celebrated victories in their respective age group categories.

David followed up his appearance at Loughborough by winning his over-35 age group with 34:06, while Neil posted 35:14 for top spot in his over-45 age group.

Jodi was first in her under 20 age group with 40:56, and Fiona won her over-35 age group category with a time of 41:16.

Michael Young was the first of 31 West Cheshire AC finishers at the Chester 10k, after achieving 33:56 for sixth position, just 24 hours after he had won the Chester Ultras 50 Miles Race.

Jon Park was second in his second in his over-35 age group with 36:11, Lewis Tandy posted 36:41, Steve Fernyhough clocked 37:32 after his third placed finish the day before in the Chester Ultra 50 miler, Danny Paddock posted 38:40, Neil Hershaw was second over-55 man in 39:28, Phil Woodley clocked 39:38, and Paul Cain posted 43:02.

Ellis Hancock (42:52) and Andrew Barratt (42:50) were second and third in their under 17 age group, while Colin Berry clocked 43:27, Dave Barratt (44:10), David Morris (44:21), Claire Harris (45:26), Stephen Ball (45:56), Debra Bemand was third over-50 lady in 47:26, ahead of Ian Ackroyd (47:55), Amy Mills (48:26), Katrina Hughes (48:46), Phil Gent (49:33), Jane Barker (50:10), Kimberly Morris (52:27), Zoe Smith (52:07), Dotty Gebska (52:49), and Sarah Hughes (67:36).

NATHAN BRASSINGTON represented West Cheshire AC at the England Athletics Under 15 Boys Indoor Pentathlon Championships at Sheffield.

The multi-eventer compiled a personal best of 2,334 points and started his day by posting a new personal best of 9.43 seconds in the 60m hurdles before long jumping 5.56m, hitting 10.47m in the shot put, and rounding the 800m in 2:47.62.

SOPHIE HASLAM clocked a new under 15 girls 300m personal best of 44.31 seconds, cleared 1-30m in the high jump and long jumped 4.24m at the Manchester Indoor Open Meeting.

Jessica Lark posted a new under 17 ladies 600m personal best of 1:37.91 alongside Megan White who clocked 1:54.37.

Imogen Pughe posted 8.27 seconds for her under 20 women’s 60m, and 41.66 in her 300m, while Holly Bosworth cleared 1-55m in the under 15 girls high jump.

FIXTURES this weekend include the English Schools Cross Country Championships at Hop Farm, Kent, on Saturday, and the Dan Gilroy Memorial Track and Field Open Meeting being organised by West Cheshire Athletic Club at Ellesmere Port Sports Village Athletics Track on Sunday (10am start).

ENTRIES are now open for the popular Chester Spring Five Miles Road Race being organised by West Cheshire AC at Cheshire County Sports Club, Upton, Chester, on Wednesday, April 13, (7pm start). The online entry link is: www.niftyentries.com/wcac

WCAC Newsletter #367, 11-03-22

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

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

Jodi Bemand, Oreofe Soyoye, Eleanor Wheeler, Oliver Stenton, Rob Boggild.

And Next Week: Traci Shipley, Jo Clarke, Kerry Riley, Hugh Parry, Helen Tenner, Maddi Mercer, Anna Turner-Bone, Anna Birkett-Evans, Tom Birkett-Evans, Ollie Jones, David Garces Palazuelos.

TRACK FEES

Please keep up to date with your track training fee payments – you can set a reminder to avoid getting into arrears via your top-up link.

LAST CHANCE TO ENTER NORTHERN 5k ROAD RACE

If you are in the Under 15 age group (13 years old and over at midnight on August 31/September 1, 2021), or Under 17 age group (15 years old and over at midnight on August 31/September 1, 2021), and you want to run for the Club in the Northern 5k Road Race Championships at Birkenhead Park, on Sunday 27th March, please email Club Road Race Secretary, Ian Gloyne-Phillips, ASAP at: igp64run@gmail.com

Entries close on 18th March and entry fees will be paid by the Club.

YOUR CLUB URGENTLY NEEDS HELP AND SUPPORT

West Cheshire AC is organising three fixtures in March and April and needs your help to ensure we can deliver successful events as a club.

So please help and support 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: dennis.wall1@ntlworld.com

2022 CLUB FIXTURE CARDS

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.

THIS WEEKEND

SATURDAY – UK Inter Counties Cross Country Championships, at Prestwold Hall, Loughborough. Further details and live streaming from 11am until 3.30pm at: www.britishathletics.org.uk/xc-final-2022-live-stream/

SATURDAY AND SUNDAY – England Athletics U15/U17 Combined Events Indoor Championships, at English Institute of Sport Arena, Sheffield. Further details: www.englandathletics.org/athletics-and-running/england-competitions/national-championships/2022-championships-calendar-and-results/

SUNDAY – Chester 10k Road Race. Further details: www.activeleisurevents.co.uk/chester-10k

SUNDAY – Manchester Indoor Open Track and Field Meeting, at Sport City (10.30am start). Further details can be found at: www.saleharriersmanchester.com and the online entries link is here: www.race-results.co.uk

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

OPEN TRACK & FIELD MEETINGS

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 9th April – Liverpool Throws and Jumps Competition at Wavertree. Entry link: ronnie@ronnieltj.co.uk

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/

NORTHERN TRACK & FIELD LEAGUE UPDATE

West Cheshire AC will be competing in the North West Premier Division of the Northern Track & Field League this year, following a second placed finish last year.

In order for the Club to prepare for the new season, Club members in the Under 17, Under 20, Senior and Veteran Age Groups need to let Club Managers, Dave McKay, Jenny Manning, and Alan Littler, about their availability for the four round dates which are: Saturday 30th April at Ellesmere Port Sports Village; Sunday 12th June at Witton Park, Blackburn; Sunday 10th July at Robin Park, Wigan; and Saturday 6th August at Longford Park, Trafford.

Please email ASAP Dave McKay at: djmckay80@googlemail.com Jenny Manning at: jenny-manning@hotmail.com or Alan Littler at: alanlittler89@gmail.com

PLEASE RENEW YOUR CLUB MEMBERSHIP

Club Membership Secretary, has circulated an email to Club members with a reminder to renew their Club memberships. Please renew yours ASAP.

BUSY BEMANDS BATTER BESTS!

Mother and daughter Debra and Jodi Bemand achieved record breaking performances in back-to-back weekend appearances in Wrexham and Manchester.

Debra posted a new over-50 ladies club record 10k time of 44 minutes 35 seconds at Sunday’s Run North West Trafford Road Race, where her daughter, Jodi, clocked 39:09 which bettered her under 17 club record and is now also an under 20 ladies club record time, and they were joined by Sammy Hollins who posted 34:44 in his first 10km race.

Twenty hours earlier, Debra competed in the senior ladies race at the fourth round of the North Wales Cross Country League held at Wrexham and finished fifth over-50 lady on the day and secured third position overall in the league series, while Jodi finished the under 17 age group series in second place.

IMOGEN AND JESSICA BREAK INDOOR RECORDS

Imogen Pughe and Jessica Lark celebrated club indoor record records at SportCity in the Manchester Indoor Track and Field Open Meeting.

Imogen ran 26.53 seconds for the under 20 ladies 200m to smash the previous record which had stood since 2016, and added 8.26 seconds in the 60m and 26.53 seconds in the 200m.

And Jessica posted 1:38.73 for a new under 17 ladies 600m club record and added a new 200m personal best of 28.33, while club mate Megan White clocked 1:55.33 in her 600m.

Holly Bosworth cleared 1-57m in the under 15 girls high jump, while Yasmin Smith clocked an under 17 ladies 60m personal best of 8.41 and 28.24 in the 200m, and Carys Manson new under 17 personal bests of 8.60 in the 60m and 28.99 in the 200m.

Lara Fields (8.62), Lydia Walker (8.63), and Violeta Brooks (9.91) all registered new under 15 girls 60m personal best times and Lara added a 200m best of 28.93, while Laura Turley posted a new senior ladies 200m season’s best of 25.25.

JAMIE CELEBRATES SUCCESS AT WREXHAM

Jamie Richardson won the under 17 men’s race in 19:58 at the fourth round of the North Wales Cross Country League at Wrexham, ahead of Henry Robinson (fifth in 21:59, and second overall in the league series).

Neil Finegan celebrated victory in his over-45 men’s age group overall after winning his age group race on Saturday in a time of 32:19, supported by James Robinson (seventh senior man in 33:52), Andrew Clague (third over-50 man in 34:51 and third overall in his age group), Paul Morrison (fifth under 20 man in 35:05 and third overall in his age group), Davis Sutton (sixth over-45 man in 35:20), and Dave Alexander (fifth over-50 man in 35:45 and second overall in his age group).

West Cheshire AC’s men’s team finished fourth on the day and third overall in Division One, while the Men’s Masters team were sixth on the day and fifth overall.

Debra Bemand was joined at Wrexham in the ladies race by club mates Claire Harris (eighth senior lady in 26:32), Anest Muller (fourth over-40 lady in 26:54), and Joy Hickman (fourth over-55 lady in 28:40), to earn fifth ladies team on the day and fifth overall in Division One, while the Women’s Masters Team were also fifth on the day and fifth overall.

TRIO MOTOR TO PODIUM PLACES AT OULTON PARK

Michael Young finished third with a time of 1:52:53 at the Oulton Park 20 Miles Road Race, alongside second-claim member Liz Renondeau (first over-40 lady in 2:10:22), and Keely Smith (first over-35 lady in 2:12:37).

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

Press Report: Busy Bemands Batter Bests

MOTHER and daughter Debra and Jodi Bemand have achieved record breaking performances.

The West Cheshire Athletic Club members impressed in back-to-back weekend appearances in Wrexham and Manchester.

Debra posted a new over-50 ladies club record 10k time of 44 minutes 35 seconds at Sunday’s Run North West Trafford Road Race, where her daughter, Jodi, clocked 39:09 which bettered her under 17 club record and is now also an under 20 ladies club record time.

Twenty hours earlier, Debra competed in the senior ladies race at the fourth round of the North Wales Cross Country League held at Wrexham and finished fifth over-50 lady on the day and secured third position overall in the league series, while Jodi finished the under 17 age group series in second place.

Imogen Pughe and Jessica Lark also celebrated club indoor record achievements at SportCity in the Manchester Indoor Track and Field Open Meeting.

Imogen ran 26.53 seconds for the under 20 ladies 200m to smash the previous record which had stood since 2016, and added 8.26 seconds in the 60m and 26.53 seconds in the 200m.

And Jessica posted 1:38.73 for a new under 17 ladies 600m club record and added a new 200m personal best of 28.33, while club mate Megan White clocked 1:55.33 in her 600m.

Holly Bosworth cleared 1-57m in the under 15 girls high jump, while Yasmin Smith clocked an under 17 ladies 60m personal best of 8.41 and 28.24 in the 200m, and Carys Manson new under 17 personal bests of 8.60 in the 60m and 28.99 in the 200m.

Lara Fields (8.62), Lydia Walker (8.63), and Violeta Brooks (9.91) all registered new under 15 girls 60m personal best times and Lara added a 200m best of 28.93, while Laura Turley posted a new senior ladies 200m season’s best of 25.25.

Debra was joined at Wrexham in the ladies race by club mates Claire Harris (eighth senior lady in 26:32), Anest Muller (fourth over-40 lady in 26:54), and Joy Hickman (fourth over-55 lady in 28:40), to earn fifth ladies team on the day and fifth overall in Division One, while the Women’s Masters Team were also fifth on the day and fifth overall.

Jamie Richardson won the under 17 men’s race in 19:58, ahead of Henry Robinson (fifth in 21:59, and second overall in the league series).

Neil Finegan celebrated victory in his over-45 men’s age group overall after winning his age group race on Saturday in a time of 32:19, supported by James Robinson (seventh senior man in 33:52), Andrew Clague (third over-50 man in 34:51 and third overall in his age group), Paul Morrison (fifth under 20 man in 35:05 and third overall in his age group), Davis Sutton (sixth over-45 man in 35:20), and Dave Alexander (fifth over-50 man in 35:45 and second overall in his age group).

West Cheshire AC’s men’s team finished fourth on the day and third overall in Division One, while the Men’s Masters team were sixth on the day and fifth overall.

MICHAEL YOUNG represented West Cheshire AC at the Oulton Park 20 Miles Road Race and finished third with a time of 1:52:53, alongside Liz Renondeau (first over-40 lady in 2:10:22), and Keely Smith (first over-35 lady in 2:12:37).

FIXTURES this weekend include the UK Inter Counties Cross Country Championships at Prestwold Hall, Loughborough, on Saturday; the England Athletics Under 15s and Under 17s Indoor Combined Events Championships on Saturday and Sunday, at the English Institute of Sport Arena, Sheffield; and the Chester 10k Road Race on Sunday.

ANYONE wanting to enter the Dan Gilroy Memorial Open Track and Field Meetings being organised by West Cheshire AC at Ellesmere Port Sports Village, on Sunday, March 20, and Saturday, March 26, can do so online at: http://wcac.niftyentries.com/Dan-Gilroy-Memorial-Open-Track-and-Field-Meetings

ENTRIES are now open for the popular Chester Spring Five Miles Road Race being organised by West Cheshire AC at Cheshire County Sports Club, Upton, Chester, on Wednesday, April 13, (7pm start). The online entry link is: www.niftyentries.com/wcac

WCAC Newsletter #366, 04-03-22

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

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

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

And Next Week: Jodi Bemand, Oreofe Soyoye, Eleanor Wheeler, Oliver Stenton, Rob Boggild.

YOUR CLUB URGENTLY NEEDS HELP AND SUPPORT…

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: dennis.wall1@ntlworld.com

THIS WEEKEND

SATURDAY – Manchester Indoor Open Track and Field Meeting, at SportCity (10.30am start). 

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

OPEN TRACK & FIELD MEETINGS…

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/

NORTHERN TRACK & FIELD LEAGUE UPDATE

West Cheshire AC will be competing in the North West Premier Division of the Northern Track & Field League this year, following a second placed finish last year.

In order for the Club to prepare for the new season, Club members in the Under 17, Under 20, Senior and Veteran Age Groups need to let Club Managers, Dave McKay, Jenny Manning, and Alan Littler, about their availability for the four round dates which are: Saturday 30th April at Ellesmere Port Sports Village; Sunday 12th June at Witton Park, Blackburn; Sunday 10th July at Robin Park, Wigan; and Saturday 6th August at Longford Park, Trafford.

Please email ASAP Dave McKay at: djmckay80@googlemail.com Jenny Manning at: jenny-manning@hotmail.com or Alan Littler at: alanlittler89@gmail.com

CONGRATULATIONS JOSEPH MORRISON!

Joseph Morrison improved his indoor 800m pb and clocked a new Club record while running for Illinois State University, taking the silver medal in the final of the Missouri Valley Conference championships in Chicago, Illinois, with a time of 1:50.02.

He also claimed a gold medal in the DMR (distance medley relay), a 1200m, 400m, 800m and 1 mile relay, and ran the 1200m leg.

KATE SPEARHEADS CHARGE AT PARLIAMENT HILL

Eleven Club members featured in Saturday’s English National Cross Country Championships.

Kate Titlow rounded the senior women’s 8km course at Parliament Hill, London, in a time of 34 minutes 55 seconds for 114th place, ahead of Claire Harris (518th in 42:43).

Jessica Lark posted 19:26 for 118th spot in the under 15 girls 4km race, ahead of Cosette Wearden (201st in 20:45) and Aimee Phillips (286th in 22:15).

Emilia Pyper clocked 14:34 for 119th position in the under 13 girls 3km race, ahead of Ruby Phillips (229th in 15:39).

Lily Moorhouse was 132nd with a time of 36:03 in the 6km under 20 ladies event and her father, Jon, posted 83:31 for 2,013th place in the 12km men’s race.

Jodi Bemand rounded the under 17 ladies 5km race in 23:49 for 133rd position, and Henry Robinson clocked 25:50 for 173rd spot in the 6km under 17 men’s event.

JAMIE AND KEELY STAR AT BORDERS LEAGUE RACE

Jamie Richardson and Keely Smith headed a large contingent of Club members at the latest round of the Borders Road Running League held on Sunday at Deeside College, Connah’s Quay.

Jamie finished 2nd overall, leading to 3rd place a well-packed purple-vested men’s squad that included Michael Young (15th), David Shearer (21st), Neil Finegan (29th), Graham Wells (32nd), Jon Park (33rd), Matthew Douglass (41st), Steve Fernyhough (47th), Tom Booth (53rd) and Henry Robinson (59th). The team is now in 5th place in Division 1.

Keely led the West Cheshire women’s team to 2nd place, followed by team scorers Jodi Bemand (7th), Fiona Cook (8th) and Traci Shipley (29th), and supported by clubmates Clare Mallon (32nd), Amy Mills (33rd), Debra Bemand (38th) and Claire Williams (43rd). The team is now in 2nd place overall in Division 1, just four points behind league leaders Wirral AC.

The scoring men’s team were supported by clubmates Paul Morrison (64th), Neil Hershaw (66th), Danny Paddock (67th), Dave Alexander (72nd), Andrew Clague (85th), Ian Gloyne-Phillips (86th), Paul Cain (102nd), Steve Hillier (113th), Stephen Ball (129th), Neil Field (138th), Brian Wright (143rd), Tony Kennedy (162nd) and, Dave Tiernan (164th).

The club’s men’s and women’s veterans’ teams were both 1st on the day, putting both at the top of the overall veterans’ standings. The next round of the league will be hosted by Buckley Runners at Mold on Sunday, March 27, (11am start), and Tattenhall Runners will play host for the sixth round, to be held on Sunday, April 10, (11am start).

PLEASE RENEW YOUR CLUB MEMBERSHIP

Club Membership Secretary, has circulated an email to Club members with a reminder to renew their Club memberships. Please renew yours ASAP.

TRACK SPIKES FOR SALE

Any Club members requiring 6mm track spikes can now purchase a packet of 12 spikes for £1.70 from the Track Office after Track Training Sessions.

2022 CLUB FIXTURE CARDS 

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.

CAN YOU HELP EMILY?

Emily Dargue is a sport psychology PhD student at Nottingham Trent University and she is currently recruiting for the first study of her PhD and looking for youth athletes between the ages of 12 to 18 years old that perform at county level and above (i.e. regional, state, national or international) to take part in a study to investigate the effects of perfectionistic climate on perfectionism, resilience, fear of failure and psychological wellbeing in youth athletes. If an athlete volunteers to participant, they will be required to complete a one-off online questionnaire that will take approximately 15 minutes to complete. The link to the online questionnaire is here: https://ntusurvey.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/effect-of-perfectionistic-climate

More information on the study is available from Emily via email: emily.dargue2016@my.ntu.ac.uk

EPSV TRACK FLOODLIGHTS UPDATE

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.

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 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: https://bit.ly/OffLev1

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 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.

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