WCAC News #399, 28-10-22


Please email Dennis ASAP if you are available to represent West Cheshire AC at the first round of the Sportshall League which is being held on Sunday 6th November, at the Lifestyle Centre, Crewe, CW1 2BB (12 noon start). 

Club members must be at least 9 years old to compete and there are events for club members who are Under 11, Under 13, and Under 15, as at midnight on 31st August / 1st September 2022.

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

Sportshall Athletics training will take place on Wednesday 2nd November (7pm until 8pm) at Cheshire County Sports Club, Plas Newton Lane, Upton, Chester, CH2 1PR. Training sessions will cost Β£2 to cover our hire charge.


Please make a note in your diary for this year’s West Cheshire AC AGM, which will be held on Friday 18th November in the EPSV Trackside Room (7.30pm start).


Volunteers are needed for the club to organise the 50th Anniversary Chester Round the Walls Race on Boxing Day. Please email Dennis if you can help at: [email protected]


Parents wanting to purchase club hoodies (Β£15) as Christmas presents are reminded that Kathryn Rawson will being selling club hoodies at the EPSV Track Office AFTER Saturday Morning training sessions.

Payment can be made by cash or by cheque (made payable to West Cheshire AC).


Saturday – North Staffs Cross Country League, at Parkhall Country Park, Weston Coyney, Stoke-on-Trent. See: www.nsccl.org.uk

Saturday – Track & Field Training Sessions supervised by Dave McKay, Jane Palmer, and Dennis Wall (10am-12 noon).

Saturday – Hill Training Session supervised by sprinting coach, Jon Moss, at Wepre Park (10am-12 noon).

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

Second Race: At Tattenhall, on Sunday 13th November. If anyone who did not take part in the Borders League last season would like to register to be able to compete this season, please contact Ian Gloyne-Phillips: [email protected]

You will need to be a first claim member, or second claim whose first claim club does not compete in the league.

If you have run before and are still a member, then you will be automatically entered and there is no need to contact Ian.

The Club needs helpers to register members on the Tablet at the EPSV Track Office before training sessions at the Ellesmere Port Sports Village Athletics Track, and volunteers are needed to assist our coaches to help deliver training sessions. If you can help, please email Dennis at: [email protected]


Entries are now open for the 2022 Chester Round the Walls Race (50th anniversary!). Take advantage of a discounted entry offer for West Cheshire AC’s 3-race series (Chester Round the Walls on Boxing Day, Chester Spring 5 Race on April 12, and Guilden Sutton 10K Race on September 17. The entry link is here: https://wcac.niftyentries.com/wcac. Members of WCAC are reminded that they must provide a marshal/ helper for these WCAC-run events if they intend to run in them.

The following cross-country championships will take place this winter. Entries will be via the club and will be publicised in the next month.

  • North of England, at Witton Park, Blackburn, Saturday January 28th
  • Cheshire, at Reaseheath College, Nantwich (TBC), Saturday January 7th
  • English National, at Bolesworth Castle, near Tattenhall, Chester, Saturday February 25th


Entries are now open for the UK Cross Challenge fixture at Sefton Park, Liverpool, on 26th November, with races for Under 11s, Under 13s, Under 15s, Under 17s, Under 20s, and Seniors. The online entry link is here: www.entryhub.co.uk/british-athletics-cross-challenge-liverpool-2022/


Entries are now being accepted for the first Manchester Indoor Open Track and Field Meeting being held at SportCity on 4th December, 18th December, 8th January, 29th January, 12th February, and 12th March. The online entry link and more information can be found here: www.saleharriersmanchester.com/index.php/events-fixtures/winter-indoor-series

West Cheshire AC celebrates our 25th anniversary in April next year, and Dennis is hoping a sub-committee can be formed to plan ideas to celebrate and mark the occasion. Junior members doing their Duke of Edinburgh Award, or seniors wanting to help, should contact Dennis at: [email protected]


All parents/ guardians of youngsters attending track training sessions are reminded to collect them from the track, not from the car park. The club wants to ensure everyone stays safe and that every youngster safely leaves every track training session.
We also ask that all youngsters attending track training sessions should bring along warm clothing, preferably waterproofs, hat, gloves, and a bottle of water.

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

Mireille D’Oliveira, Kate Moulds, Adam Howe, Richard Birtwistle, Emily Owen, Healy Smyth, Erin Barnard, Millicent Rees.

And next week: Margaret Brooks, Brooklyn While-Jones, Tim Durrant, Tom Booth, William Scott, Ruby Phillips, Millie Warren, Olivia McDonald, Mollie Garratt, Conor Kirwan, Felicity Snowden, Isabelle D’Enrico.

Congratulations to all club members who competed at the North Wales Cross-Country League at Newtown on Saturday.

And congratulations to all other members who have competed elsewhere for the club recently.


Please check out the club’s winter training group sessions listed below, but please speak to a group coach and confirm if sessions will change.
UNDER 11s:
Jill Gore/Jo Cartwright (Under 11s group, Lanes 1 & 2, & meet at EPSV Long Jump area, Tuesdays, 6.30-8pm).

SPRINTS: Jon Moss (at EPSV Track, Mondays, 6:30-8pm, Thursdays 6-8pm; and Saturday hill training, at Wepre Park, Deeside, 10am-12 noon).

SPRINTS: Victor Oyesola Tuesdays, 6:30-8pm; Thursdays, 6.30-8pm, at EPSV Track; Fridays, at Deeside Indoor Track; Saturdays, Hills and Strength & Conditioning. All sessions are invitation only.

MIDDLE DISTANCE (Year 6 and Year 7): Dennis Wall and Mark Duffey (at EPSV Track, Tuesdays, 6.30-8pm).

MIDDLE DISTANCE (Mostly Under-13 to Under-20): Ian Ackroyd and Tim Palmer (Mondays and Thursdays, at EPSV Track (6.30pm), and Tuesdays at Lloyd Drive, near Cheshire Oaks M&S, 6:30pm).

MIDDLE/LONGER DISTANCE (Mostly Senior): Graham Patterson (at EPSV Track, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6.30-8pm).

LONGER DISTANCE (Senior): Chris Morgan (at EPSV Track, Thursdays, 6.30pm).

MULTI-EVENTS (Year 5, Year 6, and Year 7): Dennis Wall and Mark Duffey (at EPSV Track, Thursdays, 6.30-8pm); Dennis Wall and Joanne Cartwright (at EPSV track, Saturdays, 10am-12 noon).

HIGH JUMP: Jane Palmer (at EPSV Track, Mondays, 6-7pm; Thursdays, 6-7pm; Saturdays, 10am-12 noon).

THROWS: Dave McKay and Jenny Manning (at EPSV Track, Tuesdays, 6.15-8pm; Saturdays, 10am-12 noon).

SPORTSHALL ATHLETICS: Dennis Wall and Jane Palmer (at Cheshire County Sports Club, Upton, Chester, Wednesdays, 7-8pm). 

ROAD RUNNING: John Parlevliet, at Northgate Arena, Chester, Mondays and Thursdays. Meet outside the Arena at 6:20pm for a 6:30pm start.

ROAD RUNNING: Andy Carter, at Cheshire County Sports Club, Tuesdays. Meet near reception at 6:20pm, for a 6:30pm start). 


Saturday 29th October – North Staffs Cross Country League Round Three, at Park Hall.

Saturday, 5th November – West Cheshire AC Schools Cross Country Race Series Round Two, at Ellesmere Port Sports Village (8am course set up for 10am start).

Sunday, 6th November – North West Sportshall Athletics League Round One, at Crewe Lifestyle Centre (12 noon start).

Saturday 12th November – Manchester Area Cross Country League Round Two, at Kenworthy Woods.

Sunday 13th November – Borders Road Running League Round Two.

Monday 14th November – Chester Primary Schools Cross Country Championships, at Ellesmere Port Sports Village (2pm course set up for 4pm start).

Saturday, 19th November – West Cheshire AC Schools Cross Country Race Series Round Three, at Ellesmere Port Sports Village (8am course set up for 10am start).

Saturday 26th November – North Wales Cross Country League Round Three, at Whitford.

Saturday 26th November – UK Cross Challenge, at Sefton Park, Liverpool.

Saturday 3rd December – Manchester Area Cross Country League Round Three, at Heaton Park.

Sunday 4th December – Manchester Indoor Open Meeting at SportCIty.

Saturday 10th December – North Staffs Cross Country League Round Four, at Keele University.

Saturday, 10th December – West Cheshire AC Schools Cross Country Race Series Round Four, at Ellesmere Port Sports Village (8am course set up for 10am start).

Sunday 18th December – North West Sportshall Athletics League Round Two, at Ellesmere Port Sports Village.

Sunday 18th December – Manchester Indoor Open Meeting at SportCity.

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 contactΒ Dennis Wall with any news.

Posted by Dave Alexander
27th October 2022

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