WCAC News #393 09-09-22


Please let Ellie Robinson know your availability ASAP if you would like to represent and support your 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]


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.


Marc Gardner took a number of very impressive photos at Sunday’s Cheshire League match at Ellesmere Port Sports Village. 

Anyone wanting to obtain a photo in higher resolution format should contact Marc via his website. He isn’t charging money for the photos as it’s just his way of thanking the club for their commitment to helping the young kids/adults get into the sport.

Marc’s website address is: www.marc-gardner.com/athletics


Best wishes to club member Brad Spurdens who is running this Sunday’s Great North Run for Action for Children who provide vital support to young people. If you can help Brad raise money for this good cause please click on this link: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Brad-Spurdens?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=fundraising&utm_content=Brad-Spurdens&utm_campaign=pfp-share&utm_term=01196ba61ce0416cb00f439a7d32b682


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: 

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

And next week: Richard Hunt, Matthew Webb, Andrew Barratt, Dakota Fleming, Menna Howells, Evan Miller, Joe Williams, Edith Carr, Freya Fitton, Emilia Pyper, Maya Jennings, Poppy McKenna, Thomas Booth.


Congratulations to: 

  • Traci Shipley who impressed at the Ellesmere Triathlon and qualified to represent Great Britain in the World Championships next year in Spain.
  • Claire Harris, who achieved 10th position at the Ellesmere Triathlon, her first-ever triathlon, posting 2:53:19 for a 1500m swim, 39km bike, and 10km run.
  • Our Club ladies squad who completed their track and field league campaign on a winning note at Ellesmere Port Sports Village, on Sunday in the Cheshire Track and Field League.
  • Michael Young who celebrated success at Sunday’s Village Bakery Wrexham Half Marathon, shaving a second off his own overall male club half-marathon record by clocking one hour nine minutes three seconds for top spot in his over-35 age group and third position in the overall race, ahead of Neil Finegan (eighth over-45 man in 1:18:47), David Shearer (1:20:18), Steve King (1:22:38), Keely Smith (fourth over-35 lady in 1:22:59), Danny Paddock (1:23:29), Steve Duffy (1:23:30), Fiona Cook (ninth over-35 lady in 1:27:28), Paul Cain (1:35:48), Emma Nutt (1:37:49), David Morris (1:43:51), Stephen Ball (1:44:35), Amy Mills (1:46:25), Steve Hillier (1:49:44), and Kimberley Morris (1:55:30).

…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 11TH SEPTEMBER – Cheshire County Road Relay Championships are being held at Edge Hill University, Ormskirk. 

SUNDAY 11th SEPTEMBER: Great North Run.

SUNDAY 11TH SEPTEMBER: Trafford Medal Track & Field Meeting: https://www.traffordac.co.uk

SUNDAY 11TH SEPTEMBER: The Sandstone Trail at Duckington/Beeston: https://runcheshire.niftyentries.com/Sandstone-Trail

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

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


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/

Sunday 11th September: The Sandstone Trail at Duckington/Beeston: https://runcheshire.niftyentries.com/Sandstone-Trail

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
8th September 2022

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