WCAC Newsletter #367, 11-03-22


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.


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.


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: [email protected]

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


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: [email protected]


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.


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!


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: [email protected]

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]


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


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 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 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.


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).


Please note the dates and venues for the 2022 British Inter-Counties Senior Mountain Race and Junior Hill & Fell Championships:

β€’ 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.

β€’ 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]

Posted by Dave Alexander
11th March 2022

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