WCAC Newsletter #366, 04-03-22


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.


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

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


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/


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: [email protected] Jenny Manning at: [email protected] or Alan Littler at: [email protected]


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.


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 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).


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


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.


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.


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: [email protected]


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 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.

Posted by Dave Alexander
4th March 2022

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