WCAC News #394 16-09-22


Entries are now open for this Sunday’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.

Entries for the Fun Run will be accepted on the day in Guilden Sutton Village Hall. The 1.5 miles event starts at 12.15pm.


In the past West Cheshire Athletic Club has been part of the Sportshall league and consequently there will be training for it over winter.

Sportshall Athletics training will start this Wednesday 21st September (7pm until 8pm) at Cheshire County Sports Club, Plas Newton Lane, Upton, Chester, CH2 1PR. Training sessions will cost £2 to cover our hire charge.

If you would like to take part or want more information please contact Dennis Wall at: [email protected]


Please note that Ellesmere Port Sports Village site operators, Brio Leisure, have informed the club that the EPSV Athletics Facilities will be closed on Bank Holiday Monday night, so West Cheshire AC track training sessions have been cancelled for that night.


West Cheshire AC is affiliated to these cross-country leagues, all of which begin in late autumn and run well into winter, 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:

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.

And next week: Ava Hancock, Colin Berry, David McKay, Dotty Gebska, Amy Mills, Jamie Richardson, Rose Duggan, Matthew Jones, Madison Cobb, Isabelle Hein,


Congratulations to:

  • Our medallists at the Cheshire County Road Relay Championships at Edge Hill, Ormskirk: Luke Parker, Matthew Jones and Ellis Hancock (under 17 men’s gold medals); Jessica Lark, Aimee Phillips, and Megan White (under 17 ladies silver medals); Amelia Snowden, Poppy McKenna, and Nia Manson (under 11 girls bronze medals); Sidney Carr, Jack Arnold, and Leo Ravenscroft (under 11 boys bronze medals); Nancy Farmer, Ruby Phillips, and Holly Coates (under 15 girls bronze medals); David Shearer, Matthew Douglass, Paul Morrison, and Henry Robinson (senior men’s bronze medals).
  • Kerry Riley (A Race 2nd lady), Emma Nutt (A race 3rd lady), Steve King (B race 2nd over-40 man) and Tony Kennedy (B race 1st over-60 man) achieved podium places at the Sandstone Trail Challenge Races.
  • Will Rawson threw an Under 13 boys javelin club record throw of 33.14m at the Menai Open Meeting.
  • Bradley Spurdens who completed the Great North Run in 1:38:15.

…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 here.


Saturday 17th September – North Staffs Cross Country League Round One, at Betley, near Crewe. The online entry link is: www.avtiming.com/nscclclubs

Sunday 18th September – Guilden Sutton 10k Road Race (11am start), and Fun Run (12.15pm start).

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

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


Saturday 17th September – North Staffs Cross Country League Round One, at Betley, near Crewe. The online entry link is: www.avtiming.com/nscclclubs

Sunday 18th September – Guilden Sutton 10k Road Race (11am start), and Fun Run (12.15pm start).

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
17th September 2022

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