WCAC Newsletter #368, 18-03-22


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.


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.


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!


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!


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: [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.


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 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 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 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 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.


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


Any club members who are new or aspiring officials wanting to receive some valuable experience at any track and field meetings are needed to ensure our fixtures run smoothly. If you can help, please contact Dennis at: [email protected]

England Athletics are organising courses if you are interested in beginning your officiating journey. Throughout 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

Posted by Dave Alexander
17th March 2022

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