WCAC News #401, 18-11-22


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 


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]


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]


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).


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!

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.


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!


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:

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.

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


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.

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 November 2022

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