WCAC Newsletter #372, 15-04-22

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.

PLEASE RENEW YOUR CLUB MEMBERSHIP

Membership Secretary Jane Pughe has circulated an email to club members with a reminder to renew their club memberships. Please renew yours ASAP.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY AND HAPPY EASTER!

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

Kyan Croft-Ilich, Ava Tinmouth, Owen McLaughlin, Noah Woolgar, Phil Woodley, Mike Lamb, Glen Hoskin, William Temple.

And Next Week: Tony Kennedy, Neil McIntyre, Dan Thwaites, Keiron Bradley, Callum Stow-Povall, Owen Parsons, Adam Gloyne-Phillips, Phil Renondeau.

THIS WEEKEND

SATURDAY – West Cheshire AC Training Sessions at Ellesmere Port Sports Village Athletics Track (10am-12 noon).

MONDAY – Trafford Open Track & Field Medal Meeting at Trafford. Entry link: www.traffordac.co.uk

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

PLEASE RENEW YOUR CLUB MEMBERSHIP

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

LAST CHANCE TO ENTER MACCLESFIELD OPEN TRACK & FIELD MEETING

Monday 18th April is the online closing date for the Macclesfield Open Track and Field Meeting being held on Saturday 23rd April. The entry link is here: www.race-results.co.uk/results//2022/

THANK YOU!

Many thanks for all those members whose help, support, and involvement made Wednesday night’s Chester Spring Five Miles Road Race such a success.

A total of 245 runners completed the event and it was great to see the fixture return as well as Jamie Richardson win the event and West Cheshire AC walk away with the men’s team prize.

YOUTH DEVELOPMENT TRACK & FIELD LEAGUE

West Cheshire AC’s first track and field league fixture will be the Under 17 and Under 20 Youth Development League match at Bebington Oval on Sunday 24th April. Members will be selected for this fixture by team manager, John Pughe: johnpughe@yahoo.co.uk

NORTHERN TRACK & FIELD LEAGUE

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

JOHN DRISCOLL REWARDED FOR ALL HIS HARD WORK

John Driscoll has been rewarded for his work with West Cheshire Athletic Club and the sport of athletics.

Members of his club gathered to thank John for his many years of service to athletics after the latest round of the Borders Road Running League.

John was presented with books on two of his non-athletics interests – folk music and architecture – and a restaurant voucher with which to celebrate his and his wife’s forthcoming birthdays.

“John has been instrumental in West Cheshire AC and its earlier incarnations since moving to the Ellesmere Port area 55 years ago, and has officiated and produced statistical data at county, regional, national and international level,” club chairman, Mark Duffey, said.

“His range of support for athletics is particularly impressive, whether officiating at Commonwealth and Olympic Games, recording finishing positions and times in all weathers, or helping to set up courses for local events. He also played a leading role in the formation of the Borders Road Running League.

“John has a particular talent for statistics, whether devising the fiendishly clever handicap system that the Endurance League uses, or analysing trends in Cheshire club athletics. He is currently analysing national and world best performances across several events, with a view to demonstrating how numbers of performances at elite level vary over time – information that should really find a home somewhere in the wider athletics world!

“In short, John combines great analytical talent, down-to-earth application and genuine keenness for athletics – he is always very approachable and encouraging.”

Debra Bemand won the Endurance League Women’s Competition, ahead of runner-up, Alex Duffey, and third-placed Keely Smith, while Andy Carter won the Men’s Competition, with Steve Fernyhough runner-up, and Andrew Clague third.

Jamie Richardson was West Cheshire AC’s first finisher at Sunday’s Borders Road Running League Six Miles Race at Tattenhall, posting 31 minutes 41 seconds for fifth position, supported by David Shearer (eighth in 32:34), Michael Young (19th in 33:40), Neil Finegan (21st in 33:53), Graham Wells (23rd in 34:08), and Matthew Douglass (27th in 34:41).

Keely Smith headed West Cheshire AC’s ladies to the finish line, achieving 37:25 for third position, backed-up by Claire Harris (22nd in 44:13), Emma Nutt (27th in 45:37), Ellie Robinson (30th in 46:10), Angela Tegg (46th in 48:48).

The final round is scheduled to be held on the evening of Wednesday, May 11.

CHESHIRE TRACK & FIELD LEAGUE

West Cheshire AC has kindly agreed to pay for members aged 9 and older to compete in the first round of the Cheshire Track and Field League at Macclesfield on Sunday 1st May, when we will be competing against Warrington, Macclesfield, Handforth & Wilmslow, St Helens Sutton, and Vale Royal. If you want to compete please email Dennis Wall ASAP at: dennis.wall1@ntlworld.com

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/

NORTHERN TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS ENTRIES ARE NOW OPEN

Both the Senior/U20 Championships on the 18th and 19th June, and the U17/U15/U13 Championships will now be held at Wavertree Stadium, Liverpool, due to over booking at Sport City.

A further change has occurred in the last few days, when England Athletics decided to exclude Area Championships from both their Senior and age group Combined Events meetings. This has come as a shock and unfortunately Northern Athletics are unable to rearrange such a complicated event at such short notice and therefore there will be no Northern CE Championship this year.

The senior/U20 prospectus is available here: www.race-results.co.uk/results/2022/

The U17/U15/U13 Championships prospectus and entry form will go live later this week.

OFFICIALS AND VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

Any club members wanting to receive some valuable experience as helpers/officials at any track and field meetings are urgently 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 (Thurs 28, Sat 30 April).

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

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.

Posted by Dave Alexander
15th April 2022
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