WCAC News #392, 02-09-22


The Club will be hosting and organising the final round of the Cheshire Track and Field League, at Ellesmere Port Sports Village, this Sunday (4th September), which is for all age groups (Under 11s, through to Seniors and Veterans).

Please volunteer for one of many jobs during the fixture (assisting as a team manager, track judging, field judging, timekeeping, and/or helping out from 4pm with tidying away). The Club would be grateful for any support and it would be great to see many club members turning out to compete from 10.45am in the 3,000m, as well as in the 4x100m and 4x400m relays.

Please email Dennis Wall ASAP if you would like to take part or if you can help out on the day at: [email protected]


Please let Ellie Robinson know your availability ASAP if you would like to represent the Club at the North of England Road Relay Championships being held on Sunday 25th September at SportCity, Manchester. The event is for members in the Under 13s, Under 15s, Under 17s, and Senior Age Groups. 

Email Ellie ASAP at: [email protected]

2022 GUILDEN SUTTON 10km ROAD RACE Entries are now open for this year’s West Cheshire AC-organised Guilden Sutton 10k on Sunday September 18th. If you can help out for what is only a couple of hours at a local event on a Sunday morning, please contact Dennis Wall. The earlier you can let Dennis know, the better – as with all of our races, it won’t happen without volunteers, and it can’t go ahead until we know that we have enough volunteers to keep all runners safe and on course. And, If you are running the race, the club does require that you provide Dennis with the name of a friend or family member who can help out on the day.


West Cheshire AC is affiliated to these cross-country leagues, all of which begin in late autumn and run well into winter (still a little while off!), as follows: 

  • Manchester Area League: Races across all age groups (no under-11s at first round), at five venues between October and February.
  • North Wales Senior League: Separate races for women and men over 15 only, at five venues between September and February.
  • North Wales Junior League: NEW FOR WCAC MEMBERS FOR 2022-23! Races for under-11s to under-15s, at four venues between September and February.
  • North Staffordshire League: Races across all age groups from under-11s upwards, at four venues before Christmas.

To take part in any of these leagues except Manchester, you need to be a first-claim fully paid-up West Cheshire AC member (ie your “main” club needs to be WCAC); Manchester also allows second-claim members. 

Members need to self-register and pay if they wish to enter any of the North Staffs League races; there is no need to inform West Cheshire AC if you do so. 

West Cheshire AC will register and pay entry fees for club members who wish to enter the Manchester Area League, on the understanding that club members commit to taking part in at least two rounds of this league. The club will do the same for club members who wish to enter the North Wales Junior and Senior Leagues, although members only have to commit to one round. This commitment is to avoid wasting both club and league money in the cost of providing race numbers for participants, who receive a number that they keep throughout each round of whichever league they are registered in.

If you and your child are interested, and you/ they can commit to this understanding, please could you respond by Saturday September 24th with the name(s) of those who wish to enter, and which league(s) you/ they wish to enter. There is no need to specify which rounds in which you/ they expect to participate. 

For members who feel that they cannot commit to running in at least two rounds of the Manchester Area League, there is the option for them to enter individual rounds themselves, while still paying the very reasonable whole series cost (£7 as of last season). This can be done via the SportSoft race entry website (though entries are not yet open). 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Dave Alexander by email:  [email protected] or by selecting “Cross country officer” from the Contact page of the club website.


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

Imogen Pughe, Aimee Sutton, Ben Scott, Fergus Garland, Sara Pearson, Sharon Stoll, Victoria Brett, Georgina Robson, Josephine Mee, Darcy Nevett, Amir Driouiche, Stella Harris, Pippa Tierney.  

And next week: Miles Thompson, Robert Little, Alan Littler, Victor Oyesola, Daniel Walker, Eleanor Neve, Mae Grant, Zane Bates, Jack Arnold, Finn Wilson.


Congratulations to: 

  • Harriet Wheeler who was crowned England Athletics champion at Bedford on Saturday, producing a new personal best of 44.57m to win the under 15 girls’ javelin title and smash her club’s age group record.
  • Emma Holmes for posting a new under 17 women’s 200m personal best and age group Club record of 25.07 seconds for fourth spot in her final at Bedford.
  • The West Cheshire AC Northern League squad who secured second team position in the North of England Track and Field League Premier Division Play-Off Final held at Doncaster.
  • Danielle Erskine for achieving a new women’s club record of 10.22m in the triple jump at Doncaster.
  • Keely Smith for shaving one second off her own over-35 Women’s 5km club record at the Mid-Cheshire Summer 5k Road Race, posting 18 minutes 14 seconds.

…and all members who have competed for the club recently.


Club members and parents may be interested in a platform which has been set up to help inspire and guide both athletes and parents. It was set-up by mother and son duo, Caroline and Joe Fuggle. It is free to access, and it’s the UK’s first platform created to optimise the experience of both athletes and parents in athletics. The link is: https://nam12.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fathleticsweekly.com%2Fathletics-news%2Fintroducing-the-athlete-place-1039959781%2F%3Ffbclid%3DIwAR0wn1xFUxEhcD1F8aX-RPNBb2y3HIjBrhXR-roHzvLySj-MWqrzXoK-G3o&data=05%7C01%7C%7C4d8f5ffed4a4485e09c408da8c308bf6%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C637976437372820945%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C3000%7C%7C%7C&sdata=7MF2JNaJF%2B%2B5MajH6DQP2SAZ6W%2F%2FKpraISkx01UIjxc%3D&reserved=0


SUNDAY 4th SEPTEMBER: Cheshire Track & Field League Final Round, at Ellesmere Port Sports Village (10.45am start).

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


Sunday 4th September – Cheshire Track & Field League Round Four, at Ellesmere Port Sports Village. Please help West Cheshire AC host this fixture.

Tuesday 6th September – Trafford Distance Running Grand Prix Meeting: https://www.traffordac.co.uk

Tuesday 6th September – Wirral Multi-Terrain League Round One at Royden Park (7pm): https://wirralmultiterrain.niftyentries.com

Sunday 11th September – Trafford Medal Track & Field Meeting: https://www.traffordac.co.uk

Sunday 11th September – Cheshire Half Marathon, at Capesthorne Hall: www.cheshirehalf.com//event/cheshire-half-marathon/2022/

Tuesday 13th September – Wirral Multi-Terrain League Round Two at Harrison Drive (7pm): https://wirralmultiterrain.niftyentries.com

Sunday 18th September – Guilden Sutton 10k Road Race. Please help West Cheshire AC host this annual fixture.

Sunday 18th September – Terry Davies Open Track & Field Meeting at Warrington: https://www.warringtonathletic.org/index.php

Tuesday 20th September – Wirral Multi-Terrain League Round Three at Thurstaston Visitors Centre (6.30pm): https://wirralmultiterrain.niftyentries.com

Sunday 25th September – Northern Athletics Road Relay Championships at SportcIty, Manchester: See Details Above.

Sunday 25th September – Trafford Open Track & Field Meeting at Trafford: https://www.traffordac.co.uk

Tuesday 27th September – Wirral Multi-Terrain League Round Four at Arrowe Park (6.30pm): https://wirralmultiterrain.niftyentries.com


We welcome contributions to your club newsletter from club members, be they about events that you have taken part in, impending marriages, additions to the family, or anything club-related that other members may be interested in. Feel free to contact Dennis Wall with any news.

Posted by Dave Alexander
2nd September 2022

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