Press Report: Brassington Shines in Golden Performance

NATHAN BRASSINGTON has helped England earn team gold medals in Glasgow.

The talented West Cheshire Athletic Club member celebrated success representing England Schools in the Home Countries International Indoor Under 16 Boys Pentathlon Championships.

Nathan teamed up with England teammates Luke Pitcher, Samuel Newton, and Osar Wilson to compile a tally of 8,817 points to secure top spot in the team event, ahead of runners-up Ireland, third-placed Scotland, and Wales in fourth position.

Nathan delivered 2,732 points after clocking 8.86 seconds for the 60m hurdles, before achieving 5.43m in the long jump, posting 25.29 seconds in the 200m, hitting 12.96m in the shot put, and rounding the 800m in 2:37.27.

ANEST MULLER headed West Cheshire Athletic Club’s ladies home at the latest round of the North Wales Cross Country League held at Whitford.

Anest finished 38th overall and sixth over 40 lady in 23:14, just one second clear of club mate Ellie Robinson (39th overall and second over-50 lady), backed up by Clare Mallon (46th and eighth over-45 lady in 23:31), Joy Hickman (66th and fifth over-55 lady in 25:12), Angela Tegg (73rd and fifth over-50 lady in 26:12), Debra Bemand (78th and seventh over-50 lady in 27:09), and Alex Duffey (91st and 17th over-45 lady in 28:23).

Neil Finegan was first home for West Cheshire AC’s men, posting 29:24 for fourth place in his over-45 age group and securing 30th spot overall.

He was supported by Dave Shearer (43rd and sixth over-35 man in 29:58), Henry Robinson (46th and sixth over-20 man in 30:24), Andrew Clague (54th and third over-50 man in 31:11), Neil Hershaw (64th and second over-55 man in 31:50), and Andy Carter (123rd and 19th over-50 man in 36:43).

Matthew McCroadie posted 20:11 for third spot in the under 17 men’s race. 

JAMIE RICHARDSON secured a top-40 spot at the UK Cross Challenge event held at Sefton Park, Liverpool.

Jamie, representing West Cheshire AC, rounded the under 20 men’s race in 33rd position in a time of 21:55, ahead of teammates Luke Richardson (94th in 23:06), and Sammy Hollins (114th in 23:38).

Cosette Wearden posted 12:08 for 48th place in the under 15 girls’ event, while Noah Woolgar was 64th in the under 15 boys race in 11:23, and Jodi Bemand finished 69th in the under 20 women’s race in 18:28.

Paul Morrison (311th in 40:04) and Jack Gannon (407th in 42:51) completed the Senior Men’s race.

WCAC Newsletter #403, 25-11-22

CHESTER WALLS RACE HELPERS URGENTLY NEEDED

Volunteers are urgently 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]

EARLY CHRISTMAS PRESENTS

Parents wanting to purchase club hoodies (£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).

CLUB CHRISTMAS TRACK HANDICAP

Saturday 17th December – West Cheshire AC Christmas Track Handicap, at Ellesmere Port Sports Village, 10am start, (800m for Juniors, and 3,000 metres for Seniors. Entry is a wrapped present). The event will be followed by drinks and food in the EPSV Trackside Room. Please email Dennis ASAP if you want to take part or want to help out: [email protected]

THIS WEEKEND

Saturday – North Wales Seniors Cross Country League, at Whitford, CH8 9AN, (1pm start for Women, 65+ Men, under 17 Men, and 2pm start for Senior Men).

Saturday – UK Cross Country Challenge Races at Sefton Park, Liverpool, (10.45am start).

Saturday – Track & Field Training Sessions at EPSV Track, supervised by Dave McKay, Dennis Wall, and Jane Palmer (10am-12 noon), and attended by England Athletics North West Regional Coaching Lead, Carl Foster. 

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

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

AGM NEWS

The Club Annual General Meeting was held at the Ellesmere Port Sports Village Trackside Room, on Friday night. Mark Duffey (Chairman), Dennis Wall (Vice-Chairman), Julian Tegg (Secretary), Darren Shillington (Treasurer), Jane Pughe (Membership Secretary), Eddie Gore (Facilities Officer), Dennis Wall (Track and Field Officer), Ian Gloyne-Phillips (Road Running Officer), Dave Alexander (Cross Country Secretary), Leanne Wheeler and Anna Woolgar (Welfare Officers) were all re-elected.

GOOD LUCK NATHAN!

The Club conveys best wishes to Nathan Brassington who will be representing England at this weekend’s Schools International Indoor Pentathlon fixture in Glasgow.

DATE CHANGE FOR MANCHESTER CROSS COUNTRY LEAGUE

To those running in the Manchester Area Cross-country League, please be aware that the round that was due to take place at Heaton Park on Saturday, December 3, will not take place on that date. It is rescheduled for Saturday, March 11, 2023, still at Heaton Park.

VENUE CHANGE FOR CHESHIRE CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS

The Cheshire Cross Country Championships being held on Sunday, January 8, will now be held at Knights Grange, Winsford, not Reaseheath College, Nantwich.

DATE FOR YOUR DIARY

The Club will be holding a Presentation Evening at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Chester, on Saturday, February 11, 2023. More details will be announced soon.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED AT TRAINING SESSIONS
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]

PARENTAL RESPONSIBILITY

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.

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

Andy Carter, Ben Rutherford, Matilda Hughes, Ellen Maxwell, Logan Sefton, Oliver Kimpton, Sofia Patnett.

And next week: Charlotte Finegan, Heidi Wetherall, Dave Kimpton, Ava Williams, Ellis Hancock, Ben Davies, Rebecca Miller, David Sefton, Joseph Morrison, Beth McMahon, Cosette Wearden, Harriet Wheeler, Grace Henderson, Peter Southall, Imogen Davies, Emilia Potocki, Anna MacDonald

LATEST NEWS
Congratulations to all club members who competed at Saturday’s West Cheshire AC Schools Cross Country Race Series.

To Cosette Wearden who clocked a new Under 17 ladies’ Club Record time for the 1,000 metres of 3:10.49 at the Northern Open Indoor Meeting held in Sheffield.

As well as Wullie McGarrell (third M55 in 1:03:02) and Sarah Hibbert (third F55 in 1:26:34) who completed the Preston 10 miles Road Race.

Micheal Young (3rd in 1:14 :17); David Shearer (1:29:12); and Cathryn Whalley (1:56:13) who completed the Conwy Half Marathon.

Mark Davies (2:18:34) who completed the Run GP Oulton Park.

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

COMPETITION DIARY

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).

Saturday 17th December – West Cheshire AC Christmas Track Handicap (800m for Juniors, and 3,000 metres for Seniors, and entry is a wrapped present, at Ellesmere Port Sports Village 10am start, followed by drinks and food in the EPSV Trackside Room).

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

PLEASE HELP TO STAY IN TOUCH
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.

Press Report: Cross-country Proves Popular

ACRESFIELD and Farndon celebrated double success stories at the latest round of the West Cheshire Athletic Club Schools Cross Country Race Series held at Ellesmere Port Sports Village.

Aubrey and Caleb Newman, representing Acresfield, posted victories in the year three and year four races respectively at the event which attracted 163 finishers from 35 different schools.

Aubrey finished ahead of Fox Haarman (Christleton) and third-placed Jake Mylchreest, while Caleb posted victory ahead of Reeve Scadeng (Tarvin) and third-placed Zachary Senczyszyn (Dee Point).

Farndon pair Poppy Morait and Zara Evans grabbed glory in the year three and year four girls’ races respectively.

Poppy finished ahead of second-placed Poppy Tromans (Newton) and Alexandra Lewis (Upton) in third spot, while Zara finished ahead of Mollie Quinton (Farndon) in second place and Felicity Snowden (Kings) in third position.

Leon Bettridge (Hoole) won the year five boys’ race, just two seconds clear of runner-up Jacob Wilson (Willaston) with Scott Cornwell (Newton) in third spot.

Elsie Jones (Willaston) won the year five girls’ event ahead of runner up Poppy McKenna (Kings) and third-placed Marie-Ange Robson (Childer Thornton).

Tattenhall duo Nia Manson and Amelia Snowden finished first and second respectively in the year six girls’ race ahead of third-placed Rose Shepherd (Ashton Hayes).

Upton Heath pair Noah Booth and Evan Jones were first and second respectively in the year six boys’ race ahead of Sidney Carr (Acresfield).

Isobella Parkinson (Wade Deacon) won the year seven girls’ race ahead of Poppy Coates (West Kirby) and India Skyrme-Walker (Kings).

Oliver Dowell (Christleton) won the year seven boys’ race ahead of George Grimsditch (Neston) and third placed Jake Dowell (Christleton), while Sam Swan (Upton) won the year eight boys’ race.

SEVERAL West Cheshire AC members represented Cheshire Schools in the Dave Sunderland Cup Inter Counties Cross Country Match held at Himley Hall and Park, Dudley, West Midlands.

SISTERS Cosette and Satine Wearden travelled to Sheffield to represent West Cheshire AC in the Northern Indoor Open Meeting.

Cosette clocked 3:10.49 in her under 17 ladies’ 1,000m, and Satine posted 9.83 seconds in her under 13 girls’ 60m and hit 6.05m in the shot put.

JON PARK represented West Cheshire AC at the New York City Marathon and clocked two hours 54 minutes 26 seconds.

FIXTURES this weekend include the latest round of the North Wales Cross Country League for Seniors only on Saturday at Whitford, CH8 9AN, (1pm start for Women, 65+ Men, under 17 Men, and 2pm start for Senior Men), and the UK Cross Country Challenge Races at Sefton Park, Liverpool, on Sunday (10.45am start).

WEST CHESHIRE AC held its Annual General Meeting at the Ellesmere Port Sports Village Trackside Room, on Friday night.

Mark Duffey (Chairman), Dennis Wall (Vice-Chairman), Julian Tegg (Secretary), Darren Shillington (Treasurer), Jane Pughe (Membership Secretary), Eddie Gore (Facilities Officer), Dennis Wall (Track and Field Officer), Ian Gloyne-Phillips (Road Running Officer), Dave Alexander (Cross Country Secretary), Leanne Wheeler and Anna Woolgar (Welfare Officers) were all re-elected.

WCAC Schools Cross-country Series

Well done to all who took part in yesterday’s third round of the WCAC Schools Cross-country Series. Provisional results are now available near the bottom of the Off-road page of the club website. See you at the final round on December 10th.

WCAC News #401, 18-11-22

PLEASE ATTEND OR DIAL INTO OUR CLUB AGM

The West Cheshire AC AGM will be held this Friday 18th November in the EPSV Trackside Room (7:30pm start).

Club members are being invited to attend the AGM in person or virtually via Zoom on the following link: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/81333212371?pwd=TnVPSFIwVUN1U08wOGsvdUgzdEVvUT09

Meeting ID: 813 3321 2371
Passcode: 457959 

CAN YOU HELP OUT FOR A COUPLE OF HOURS?

This Saturday (November 19th) sees the third round of the West Cheshire AC Schools Cross-country Race Series at Ellesmere Port Sports Village. This series of low-key cross-country fixtures helps strengthen a link between the club and local schools and provides a steppingstone into club athletics.

Help and support is needed either to set up the course from 8am, help out at registration in the Trackside Room from 9:30am, marshal or officiate at the start and finish areas from 10am, or tidy away course markings after the last race before 12 noon.

If you can help your club in this way, please email Dennis at: [email protected]

CHESTER WALLS RACE HELPERS URGENTLY NEEDED

Volunteers are urgently 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]

EARLY CHRISTMAS PRESENTS

Parents wanting to purchase club hoodies (£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).

THIS WEEKEND

Saturday – West Cheshire AC Schools Cross Country Races, at Ellesmere Port Sports Village (Registration from 9.30am in the EPSV Trackside Room, 10am start for first race). 

Saturday – Dave Sunderland Cup Inter Counties Schools Cross Country Races, at Himley Hall and Park, Dudley, West Midlands.

Saturday – Meerbrook 15km Race, at Meerbrook, near Leek, Staffordshire (10am start).

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

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

Sunday – Northern Indoor Open Track and Field Meeting, at English Institute of Sport, Sheffield (10.15am start).

Sunday – Conwy Half Marathon (9.30am start).

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

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED AT TRAINING SESSIONS
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]

THREE-RACE SERIES DISCOUNT OFFER

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.

CROSS-COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS

All three of the events below are real, atmospheric occasions involving runners of all abilities. The Cheshire and Northern Championships championships are on good courses at previously used venues. The prestigious National championships are in our own backyard on a similarly testing course – a great experience for regular cross-country runners and newbies alike! Because these events matter greatly to the club, entry fees will be paid by the club, on the basis that members who ask to be entered turn up on the day.

No qualification needed, all abilities represented. Run in any one event or all three. The only requirements are that you are a FIRST-CLAIM member of West Cheshire AC who will turn up on the day and, for the Cheshire Championships only, you must either have been born in Cheshire or have been living in Cheshire for at least nine months before the race, and must not have competed in another county’s championships since October 1st 2022. The races are:

Cheshire County AA Cross-country Championships at Reaseheath College, Nantwich (TBC), Saturday January 7th 2023. Age groups from under 11s to veterans.

Northern Athletics Cross-country Championships at Witton Park, Blackburn, Saturday January 28th 2023. Age groups from under 13s to veterans.

English National Cross-country Championships at Bolesworth Castle, near Tattenhall, Chester, Saturday February 25th 2023. Age groups from under 13s to veterans.

IF YOU WANT TO RUN: Please email: [email protected] with your name, date of birth and the name of the championships you want to run in, by the following dates:

Cheshire: December 20th 2022

Northern: January 6th 2023

National: January 13th 2023

Any entries for the Cheshire and Northern Championships, after the closing dates specified above, must be done by the entrants themselves, who will have to pay an entry fee. It appears that there is no individual entry to the National championships, so please let us know by the dates shown above if you want to run!

COACHING AND OFFICIATING OPPORTUNITIES

Are you looking for the opportunity to further your coaching or officiating knowledge, or begin your journey? Here are the upcoming dates for the track & field and off-track leading/coaching, and officiating courses. Book your place via Athletics Hub:

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

Loretta Eccles, Edward Graham, Isla Lambert, Arwen Thorne, Beth Manson, Alex Campbell, Steve Hillier, Paul Morrison, Francesca Pughe, Ruby Wisbey, Nathan Brassington, Nicola Gore, Ian Wetherall.

And next week: Andy Carter, Ben Rutherford, Matilda Hughes, Ellen Maxwell, Logan Sefton, Oliver Kimpton, Sofia Patnett.

LATEST NEWS
Congratulations to all club members who competed at Saturday’s Manchester Cross Country League, and in Sunday’s Borders Road Running League.

COMPETITION DIARY…

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, 19th November – Dave Sunderland Cup Inter Counties Schools Cross Country Races, at Himley Hall and Park, Dudley, West Midlands, DY3 4DF.

Saturday, 19th November – Meerbrook 15km Race, at Meerbrook near Leek, Staffordshire (10am start).

Sunday, 20th November – Northern Indoor Open Track and Field Meeting, at English Institute of Sport, Sheffield (10.15am start).

Sunday, 20th November – Conwy Half Marathon (9.30am 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 – Manchester Indoor Open Meeting at SportCity.

PLEASE HELP TO STAY IN TOUCH
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.

Press Reports: Two Seconds at Tattenhall

JAMIE RICHARDSON and Lindsay Fisher headed West Cheshire Athletic Club’s contingent home on Sunday at the latest round of the Borders Road Running League held at Tattenhall.

Teenager Jamie, finished second overall and first in his under 20 age group at the 9.8km event with a time of 31 minutes nine seconds, while Lindsay was second lady overall with a time of 37:20.

Jamie was backed up by Michael Young (sixth in 32:18), Graham Wells (25th in 45:45), Dave Shearer (32nd in 35:28), Neil Hershaw (53rd in 37:04), Paul Morrison (58th in 37:23), Wullie McGarrell (62nd in 37:40), Andrew Clague (73rd in 38:07), Richard Hayes (94th in 39:52), John Parlevliet (111th in 41:02), Neil Field (118th in 41:12), Ian Gloyne-Phillips (135th in 42:58), Brian Cremin (144th in 43:21), Andy Carter (149th in 43:29), Dave Tiernan (178th in 45:32), Phil Gent (196th in 47:17), Dave Crawford (223rd in 50:59), Darren Shillington (224th in 51:06), Richard Hunt (236th in 53:21), and Tony Kennedy (239th in 53:43).

And Lindsay was supported by West Cheshire AC’s other female finishers Emma Nutt (33rd in 43:53), Clare Mallon (47th in 45:43), Joy Hickman (52nd in 47:07), Traci Shipley (54th in 47:17), Debra Bemand (67th in 48:46), Amy Mills (70th in 49:08), and Angela Tegg (85th in 51:41).

WEST CHESHIRE AC was represented by 26 members at Saturday’s Manchester Area Cross Country League fixture held at the University Playing Fields and Kenworthy Woods.

Thomas Rimmer posted fourth spot in the 67-strong under 13 boys’ race alongside Harry McKenna who was 56th, while Jodi Bemand achieved fifth position in her under 20 age group and 44th spot overall in the ladies’ race which attracted 389 finishers and was supported by club mates Claire Harris (56th), Emma Nutt (78th), Anna Woolgar (ninth over-55 and 81st overall), Traci Shipley (seventh over 55 and 200th overall), and Angela Tegg (232nd).

Isabella Rimmer (ninth) and Aimee Phillips (13th) completed the 26-strong under 17 ladies’ race, while Luke Parker (11th) and Ellis Hancock (14th) combined in the under 17 men’s event which attracted 30 runners.

Poppy McKenna (14th) and Nia Manson (15th) finished the 63-strong under 11 girls’ race, while Ruby Phillips (16th) and Jessica Watts (21st) completed the under 15 girls’ event which attracted 46 runners.

Daniel Walker (31st) and Noah Woolgar (34th) finished the 57-strong under 15 boys’ race, and Megan Hughes completed the under 13 girls’ event in 48th spot.

Sammy Hollins finished ninth in his under 20 age group and 57th overall in the men’s race which attracted 550 finishers, ahead of club mates Neil Finegan (12th over 45 and 115th overall), Paul Morrison (153rd), Henry Robinson (19th under 20 and 233rd overall), Richard Hayes (257th), Andy Carter (453rd), and Elwyn Sharps (550th).

STEVE FERNYHOUGH and Dave Sutton represented West Cheshire AC at the Dava Way 50km fixture held at Grantown-on-Spey, finishing 14th and 21st respectively.

LIZ RENONDEAU and Carol Parsons were on international duty in the Irish and British Masters Cross Country Championships held in Dublin.

Liz represented England and was fifth in her over-40 age group, 16th overall, and second counter for the England team, while Carol represented Scotland and secured a bronze medal.

FIXTURES this weekend include the latest round of the West Cheshire Athletic Club Schools Cross Country Races at Ellesmere Port Sports Village (registration from 9.30am for a 10am start).

WEST CHESHIRE AC’s Annual General Meeting will be held at the Ellesmere Port Sports Village Trackside Room, this Friday, (November 18, (7:30pm start).

WCAC Endurance League

Cross-country stalwarts feature prominently at the top of the tables at the end of October, as Paul Morrison leads the men for the first time, with Neil Finegan and Andrew Clague close behind. Debra Bemand continues to forge ahead in the women’s competition, with Ellie Robinson 2nd and Clare Angell Mallon and Joy Hickman next on equal points. See near the bottom of the Races page of the club website for further details.

Press Report: Youngsters turn out for Cross-country

A TOTAL of 172 youngsters representing 38 schools participated in Saturday’s West Cheshire Athletic Club Schools Cross Country Races at Ellesmere Port Sports Village.

Dylan Chandler, Dylan Gledhill, and Oliver Dowell secured a 1-2-3 clean sweep for Christleton High School in the year seven boys’ race.

Acresfield’s Aubrey Newman won the year three boys’ race ahead of runner-up Jake Mylchreest (Newton) and Fox Haarman (Christleton) in third spot.

Polly Morait of Farndon won the year three girls’ race ahead of Newton’s Poppy Thomas and Upton Heath’s Alexandra Lewis.

Farndon pair Zara Evans and Mollie Quinton finished first and second respectively in the year four girls’ race ahead of third-placed Felicity Snowden of Tattenhall.

Caleb Newman of Acresfield won the year four boys’ event ahead of Henry Bibby (The Firs) and Jacke Arnold (Upton Heath).

Elsie Jones from Willaston celebrated victory in the year five girls’ race ahead of runner-up Poppy McKenna (Kings) and third-placed Marie-Ange Robson (Childer Thornton).

Hoole’s Leon Betteridge won the year five boys’ race ahead of Willaston’s Jacob Wilson and Newton’s Scott Cornwell who were second and third respectively.

Tattenhall pair Nia Manson and Amelia Snowden finished first and second respectively in the year six girls’ race ahead of Rose Shepherd (Ashton Hayes) in third position.

Upton Heath duo Noah Booth and Evan Jones were first and second respectively in the year six boys’ race ahead of James Bibby (The Firs) who was third.

Harriet Beattie (Bishop Heber) won the year seven girls race ahead of Upton’s Charlotte Finegan in second spot and third-placed Poppy Coates (West Kirby) in third position.

Bishop Heber pair Emilia Pyper and Eleanor Wheeler were first and second respectively in the year eight girls’ event, and Grace Andrews (Ellesmere Port College) finished third.

Thomas Rimmer (Kings) won the year eight boys’ race ahead of Joshua Evans (Bishop Heber) in second spot and Will Mallon (Kings) in third place. 

FIXTURES this weekend include the latest round of the Manchester Area Cross Country League on Saturday at the University Playing Fields / Kenworthy Woods, Willenhall Road, Wythenshawe, Manchester, M23 0BD, with races for Under 11 Boys and Under 11 Girls at 12 noon; Under 13 Girls and Under 13 Boys at 12.15pm; Under 15 Girls and Under 15 Boys at 12.30pm; Under 17 Ladies and Under 17 Men at 12.50pm; Senior Women, Under 17 Women and Veteran Women at 1.30pm; and Senior Men, Under 20 Men, and Veteran Men at 2.30pm.

The second round of the Borders Road Running League takes place on Sunday, at Tattenhall Recreation Club, Field Lane (off Burwardsley Road), Tattenhall, Chester, CH3 9QF, after observing a two-minute silence at 11am.

WEST CHESHIRE AC’s Annual General Meeting will be held at the Ellesmere Port Sports Village Trackside Room, on Friday, November 18, (7:30pm start).

WCAC Schools Cross-country Series

Well done to all who took part in today’s opening round of the WCAC Schools Cross-country Series. Provisional results are now available near the bottom of the Off-road page of the club website, as are details of future rounds. See you at the next round on November 19th.

WCAC News #400, 04-11-22

CAN YOU HELP OUT FOR A COUPLE OF HOURS?

Tomorrow (Saturday November 5th) sees the second round of the West Cheshire AC Schools Cross-country Race Series at Ellesmere Port Sports Village. This series of low-key cross-country fixtures helps strengthen a link between the club and local schools and provides a stepping stone into club athletics.

Help and support is needed either to set up the course from 8am, help out at registration in the Trackside Room from 9:30am, marshal or officiate at the start and finish areas from 10am, or tidy away course markings after the last race before 12 noon.

If you can help your club in this way, please email Dennis at: [email protected]

DATE FOR YOUR DIARY

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).

CHESTER WALLS RACE HELPERS NEEDED

Volunteers are urgently 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]

EARLY CHRISTMAS PRESENTS

Parents wanting to purchase club hoodies (£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).

SPORTSHALL ATHLETICS

West Cheshire AC has pulled out of this season’s North West Sportshall League and Wednesday night training sessions at Upton will no longer take place.

THIS WEEKEND

Saturday – West Cheshire AC Schools Cross Country Races, at Ellesmere Port Sports Village, for youngsters in Years 3 to 8. Registration in the EPSV Trackside Room for Year 3s from 9:30am, then for all other age groups from 10am. First race is at 10am.

Saturday – Track & Field Training Sessions supervised by Dave McKay and Jane Palmer (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!

BORDERS ROAD RUNNING LEAGUE 2022/23
The second round is 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.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED AT TRAINING SESSIONS
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]

THREE-RACE SERIES DISCOUNT OFFER

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.

CROSS-COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS
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

COACHING AND OFFICIATING OPPORTUNITIES

Are you looking for the opportunity to further your coaching or officiating knowledge, or begin your journey? Here are the upcoming dates for the track & field and off-track leading/coaching, and officiating courses. Book your place via Athletics Hub:

ENTRIES NOW OPEN FOR UK CROSS CHALLENGE AT SEFTON PARK, LIVERPOOL 

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

MANCHESTER INDOOR TRACK AND FIELD OPEN MEETING

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

NORTHERN INDOOR TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS

Entries for the Northern Seniors, under 20, and under 17 Indoor Track and Field Championships on January 14 and 15, and the Northern Under 15 and Under 13 Indoor Championships on February 5 are now open! Both events take place at EIS Sheffield and can be entered via: www.race-result.co.uk

CLUB 25th ANNIVERSARY
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]

PARENTAL RESPONSIBILITY

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.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY
Many happy returns to the following club members who celebrate their birthdays this 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.

And next week: Alan Morris, Don James, Dave Alexander, Richard Hayes, Claire Graham, Luke Ellis, Thomas Staples, Jon Park, Carys Manson, Roman Johnson, Thomas Lawrence, Emma Bradley, Nancy Collins, Thomas Clegg, Aiden Hilton, Sienna Bennett.

LATEST NEWS
Congratulations to all club members who competed in events recently, including the North Staffs Cross-Country League at Park Hall, and in the Clwydian Hills Race, and Snowdonia Marathon.

CLUB WINTER TRAINING SESSIONS

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, invite only; Thursdays, 6.30-8pm, at EPSV Track, invite only; Fridays, at Deeside Indoor Track, invite only; Saturdays, Hills and Strength & Conditioning, invite 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). 

COMPETITION DIARY

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).

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 – Manchester Indoor Open Meeting at SportCity.

PLEASE HELP TO STAY IN TOUCH
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.

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