Press Report: Harriet Hits Mark for Club and Country

HARRIET WHEELER powered her way to a memorable debut for England at Loughborough.

The talented West Cheshire Athletic Club teenager won the Under 18 women’s international javelin competition and equalled her personal best of 47.21m.

Harriet, who remains undefeated in the javelin this season, remained calm throughout Saturday’s competition and clinched victory with her final throw.

Harriet returned to action for her club the following day and helped West Cheshire AC finish third in the seven-club Under 17 and Under 20 Youth Development Track and Field League match at Wrexham.

Ruby Wisbey celebrated a hat-trick of victories in the under 20 women’s 100m hurdles (16.3 seconds), long jump (5.41m), and shot put (9.40m), while Yasmin Smith secured victories in the 100m (12.4) and 200m (26.0), Imogen Pughe delivered success in the 400m (59.1) and 800m (2:25.4), and Emma Holmes won the B 100m (12.4).

Jamie Richardson won the under 20 men’s 800m (2:06.1) and 3,000m (8:51.4), while Henry Robinson and Fraser Campbell teamed up for double success in the 400m hurdles and 2,000m steeplechase, Matthew Jones won the under 17 men’s 1500m (4:20.2), and Dun Xue and James Rawson teamed up for maximum points in the hammer.

Holly Bosworth delivered a hat-trick of successes in the under 17 women’s 100m (12.9), long jump (4.50m) and high jump (1-52m) while Nancy Farmer won the 1500m (5:13.9) and Cosette Wearden tasted success in the 3,000m (11:34.5).

Other important point scorers included Alfie Lane, Ellis Hancock, Jodi Bemand, Tom Shillington, Carys Manson, Lara Fields, Hayley Holland and Macy Brett.

TEAM RESULT: 1 North Wales 666 points; 2 Lancaster & Morecambe AC 648; 3 West Cheshire AC 576; 4 Crewe & Nantwich AC 309; 5 Stockport Harriers & AC 281; 6 Blackpool Wyre & Fylde AC 260; 7 Southport Waterloo AC 130.

The next round will be held at Woodbank Park, Stockport, on Sunday, June 25.

JESSICA LARK continued her rich vein of form on Saturday with a personal best time in a British Milers Club 1500m race held at SportCity, Manchester.

Jessica broke the West Cheshire AC under 17 and overall women’s 1500m club record with a time of 4:21.70 which means she is now the 10th fastest under 18 lady in the world this year.

SEVERAL West Cheshire AC members represented Cheshire and Merseyside on Saturday in the Under 15 and Under 17 Northern Inter Counties Track and Field Championships held at York.

FIXTURES this weekend include the Under 13 and Under 15 Youth Development Track and Field League second round being held at Stanley Park, Blackpool, on Saturday (11.15am start), and the Northern Under 20 and Senior Track and Field Championships being held at SportCity, Manchester, on Saturday and Sunday.

WEST CHESHIRE AC will host the Cheshire Secondary Schools Track and Field Championships (Saturday, June 10), at the Ellesmere Port Sports Village Athletics Track, as well as Cheshire Track and Field League match on Sunday, September 3; and a Under 13s and Under 15s Youth Development Track and Field League fixture on Saturday, July 8. 

West Cheshire AC will also host the North West Regional B Final of the English Schools Track and Field Cup on Wednesday, June 14; the Chester Primary Schools Track and Field Championships on Monday, June 19; the Ellesmere Port and Neston Primary Schools Track and Field Championships on Friday, June 23; and the Cheshire v Merseyside Year Seven Track and Field Schools Championships on Wednesday, July 5.

Press Report: Lark Sets Mark to be in Frame for Games

JESSICA LARK is staking a claim for an England vest at the Youth Commonwealth Games.

The talented West Cheshire Athletic Club teenager achieved a qualifying standard performance at the recent Trafford Grand Prix meeting. Jessica clocked a new 1500m personal best and club record time of 4:24.29, and is now hoping to be selected for England at the fixture scheduled to be held at Trinidad and Tobago on August 4th to 11th.

Jessica played her part in helping West Cheshire AC achieve third team position in Saturday’s Northern Track and Field League West Premier Division first round match at Ellesmere Port Sports Village. She clocked a winning 800m time of 2:11.3, more than 10 seconds clear of her closest rival, and teamed up with Imogen Pughe, Laura Turley, and Jodi Bemand to win the 4x400m relay in a time of 4:07.6.

Jamie Richardson (15:53.0 in 5,000m), Paul Morrison (12:02.0 in ‘B’ 3.000m steeplechase), Alan Littler (1.65m in ‘B’ high jump), Imogen Pughe (12.9 seconds in ‘B’ 100m, 58.5 seconds in ‘B’ 400m, and 2:20.1 seconds in ‘B’ 800m), Laura Turley (58.3 seconds in ‘A’ 400m), and Kate Moulds (4:46.5 in 1500m) also tasted success. Laura combined with Yasmin Smith, Carys Manson, and Ruby Wisbey to secure success with 50.3 seconds in the 4x100m relay.

Other important point scorers included Alfie Lane, Fergus Garland, Andy Parker, Brad Spurdens, Fraser Campbell, Henry Robinson, Victor Oyesola, Will Scott, Dave McKay, Will Rattray, Tom Shillington, Carys Manson, Ellie Robinson, Joy Hickman, Ruby Wisbey, Megan Kettle, Sharon Stoll, Debra Erskine, Danielle Erskine, and Debra Bemand.

TEAM RESULT: 1 Sale Harriers Manchester 400 points; 2 Wirral 354; 3 West Cheshire 347; 4 Blackburn Harriers & AC 325; 5 Trafford 312; 6 Team Isle of Man 310.

GRAHAM WELLS was the first of 25 West Cheshire AC finishers at Sunday’s Chester Half Marathon, posting 1:18.17 for 51st position.He was backed up by Jon Park (1:20:49), Steve King (1:21:55), Fiona Cook (1:23:30), Steve Duffy (1:23:23), Andrew Clague (1:26:00), Steve Roberts (1:33:36), Isaac McKenna (1:33:32), Steve Hillier (1:34:26), and Danny Paddock (1:34:27).

Emma Nutt posted 1:38:19, ahead of Clare Mallon (1:40:41), Neil Field (1:40:17), Brian Cremin (1:42:41), Andy Carter (1:46:02), John Blake (1:46:56), Paul Cain (1:47:38), Wullie McGarrell (1:50:17), David Morris (1:51:27), Phil Gent (1:51:55), Claire Williams (1:53:13), Steve Fernyhough (1:59:01), Stephen Ball (1:59:44), Kim Morris (1:59:08), and Manu Manamel (1:59:29).

EMILIA PYPER, Nancy Farmer, and Wullie McGarrell all celebrated West Cheshire AC age group records at Friday night’s Christleton 5km Road Race. Emilia posted 19:35 to beat her under 13 girls record set last month, but Nancy took the under 15 girls record with 19:22. Wullie improved the over 55 men’s club record by 24 seconds in clocking 17:17 and finishing second on the night in his age group.

Jamie Richardson (15:04 for second under 20 men’s position) was the club’s first finisher, ahead of Sammy Hollins (16:20), Paul Morrison (17:38), Noah Woolgar (17:43), Jacob Owen (17:50), Henry Robinson (17:55), Mark Davies (18:32), Lewis Morris (18:37), Dave Alexander (18:42), Kyran Ilich (18:46), Richard Hayes (18:55), Jodi Bemand (19:02), Jack Sheppard (19:24), Andy Carter (19:36), Neil Field (20:01), Fraser Campbell (20:29), Claire Harris (20:14), Eleanor Wheeler (20:41), Ben Newall (21:12), Oliver Dowell (21:23), David Morris (21:22), Olivia Haywood (22:39), Traci Shipley (22:42) and Debra Bemand (23:55), . 

FIXTURES this weekend include the Northern Inter Counties Under 15s and Under 17s Track and Field Championships on Saturday, at York; the Chester Ultra 100 miles Race at Ellesmere Port Sports Village on Saturday; and the Youth Development Under 17s and Under 20s Track and Field League second round being held at Wrexham on Sunday.

ENTRIES are now open for the annual Tattenhall Tough Team Race being held on the evening of Friday, June 23. The race is for teams of three – female, male or mixed – and is about 9 miles long with a mixture of roads and trails. Full details are at: https://tattenhallrunners.niftyentries.com/Tough-Team-2023

WEST CHESHIRE AC will host the Cheshire Secondary Schools Track and Field Championships (Saturday, June 10), at the Ellesmere Port Sports Village Athletics Track, as well as Cheshire Track and Field League match on Sunday, September 3; and a Under 13s and Under 15s Youth Development Track and Field League fixture on Saturday, July 8.

West Cheshire AC will also host the North West Regional B Final of the English Schools Track and Field Cup on Wednesday, June 14; the Chester Primary Schools Track and Field Championships on Monday, June 19; the Ellesmere Port and Neston Primary Schools Track and Field Championships on Friday, June 23; and the Cheshire v Merseyside Year Seven Track and Field Schools Championships on Wednesday, July 5. 

WCAC News #426 19-05-23 & 26-05-23

NO TRACK & FIELD TRAINING THIS SATURDAY…BUT PLEASE BACK YOUR CLUB IN THE NORTHERN LEAGUE FIRST ROUND! 

Please note that there are no club track and field training sessions this Saturday at the Ellesmere Port Sports Village Athletics Track due to the club hosting the opening round of the Northern Track and Field League for Under 17s, Under 20s, and Seniors. 

Please support your club on Saturday by competing, spectating, or helping out at the fixture with starts at 11am, but set up is from 8am and tidying away from 4.30pm.  

TRAINING LOCATION – UNDER 13 TO UNDER 20 MIDDLE DISTANCE GROUP

Training for the above group (coached by Ian Ackroyd) next Tuesday, May 23rd, will be at the Blue Planet Aquarium car park, and NOT on the grass around the outside at the Ellesmere Port Sports Village track as previously mentioned. Please meet at 6:30pm on the roads near the the Blue Planet car park.

To receive updates of this group’s sessions, see the West Cheshire AC U13 to U20 Middle Distance Group Facebook page.

PLEASE RENEW YOUR CLUB MEMBERSHIP

Calling all athletes! Please renew your membership. If you have not rejoined you will not be selected to compete in upcoming competitions, as only current members details are shared with team managers. 

If you are having difficulty renewing please contact Jane Pughe at: westcheshireacmembership@gmail.com

LAST CHANCE TO ENTER…

Entries close today (Friday 19th May) for the Northern Seniors & Under 20s Track and Field Championships being held on 3rd and 4th June. The online entries link is: www.race-results.co.uk 

10,000m Championships, at Leigh, on July 7th: Prospectus: www.race-results.co.uk/onlineentries/uploads/info4870.pdf
U13s, U15s, U17s Championships, at Middlesbrough, on August 12th & 13th: Prospectus: www.race-results.co.uk/onlineentries/uploads/info4849.pdf
Entry for all events via: www.race-results.co.uk 

THIS WEEKEND:

FRIDAY 19th MAY – Christleton 5km Road Race (7.15pm start).

SATURDAY 20th MAY – Northern West Premier Track & Field League Round One at Ellesmere Port Sports Village (11am start).

SUNDAY, 21st MAY – Chester Half Marathon

SUNDAY, 21st MAY – Run Great Manchester Half Marathon.

FOLLOWING WEEKEND:

Saturday 27th May – Chester Ultra 100m Miles Race, at Ellesmere Port Sports Village.

Saturday 27th May – Northern Inter County Championships for U17s and U15s at York.

Sunday 28th May – Under 17s and Under 20s Youth Development Track and Field League Round Two, at Queensway Stadium, Wrexham.

Good luck to all our athletes and officials!

CLUB TREASURER VACANCY

Our Club Treasurer, Darren Shillington, is stepping down from his post at the Club’s next AGM, so the Club requires someone to replace him. If you are interested and would like more details, please email Darren at: treasurerwestcheshireac@gmail.com

LEVEL 1 FIELD OFFICIAL COURSE
For anyone interested, there is a Level 1 Field Official course at Deeside in two parts: i) 18:30 to 20:30 on Monday 22nd May, and ii) 18:30 to 22:00 on Wednesday 24th May.
The club is happy to fund members who want to do officials’ courses and non-competing parents, etc can join the club for free.
Remember that the minimum age for these courses is 16, so athletes should consider doing them if interested. Officiating can get you to competitions that you might not get selected for as an athlete 
The relevant links are:

Tim Palmer is happy to talk to anyone who is interested in becoming an official.

ASSISTANT CLUB COACH COURSE UPDATE

From February this year the Coaching Assistant qualification changed to become a remote assessment process with the coach completing four on-line modules and was then asked to film some coaching activity at their local club and submit to England Athletics.

There has been a recent update that now means England Athletics are offering the Coaching Assistant course via face-to-face option, so the coach still completes the four on-line modules but then attends a practical day to complete their practical elements, so no filming required.

England Athletics has now launched a face-to-face Coaching Assistant course for the North-West, on 3rd June at Parrs Wood High School, East Didsbury.

For the coaches who have started the journey via the remote assessment process, Carl Foster (Regional Club Coach Lead for North West England) can now offer an opportunity to be signed off face-to-face by him. This would involve the coaches and himself travelling to a mutually agreeable location. For further details email Carl at: cfoster@englandathletics.org

CLUB STOPWATCH

If anyone has found a stopwatch (green and black coloured) can they please return it to the EPSV Track Container Office ASAP.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY

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

Jenny Palmer, Debra Erskine, Maisie Paterson, Seth Bates. 

And next week: Teresa Arvidsson, Kamila Bakun, Kimberly Morris, Andy Wisbey, Ellen McMahon, Beatrice Rutter, Jayden Walls, Daisy Ross-Maddock, George Grimsditch.

And between 29th May and 4th June:  Clive Giddis, Angela Tegg, Liz Renondeau, Bethany Sheppard, Julian Tegg, Amelia Snowden, Mia Johnson, Amelia Mortimer.

THURSTASTON MULTI-TERRAIN CHALLENGE

Entries are now open for the Thurstaston Multi Terrain Challenge being held on Tuesday 23rd May. The online entry link is: https://wirralmultiterrain.niftyentries.com

DEESTRIDERS OFF ROAD GRAND PRIX SERIES

Deestriders are organising their off road grand prix series of races at Shotton on Thursdays, 1st June, 6th July, and 3rd August, and on Friday 1st September. Email your name, address, date of birth, EA number, and email address to: beavyg@msn.com

TATTENHALL TOUGH TEAM RACE

Entries are now open for the annual Tattenhall Tough Team Race being held on the evening of Friday 23 June. The race is for teams of three –
female, male or mixed – and is about 9 miles long with a mixture of roads and trails. Full details are at: https://tattenhallrunners.niftyentries.com/Tough-Team-2023

WCAC News: County Bounty for WCAC at Home Track

WEST CHESHIRE Athletic Club members pocketed 80 medals at the Cheshire Track and Field Championships held at Ellesmere Port Sports Village.

The purple-vested outfit achieved 29 gold medals, 30 silver medals and 21 bronze medal performances at the two-day annual fixture hosted by their club.

Harriet Wheeler celebrated a new under 17 women’s championship record after launching the javelin to a winning mark of 47.21m.

Emma Holmes won the under 20 women’s 200m (24.79 seconds) and secured second spot in the 400m (56.19 seconds) in new club record times.

Danielle Erskine achieved a new senior women’s triple jump record with a winning performance of 10.26m, and Andy Parker rounded the senior men’s 200m in a new over-45 age group record time of 24.63 seconds.

Jodi Bemand established a new under 20 women’s 5,000m club record of 19:44.65, and won the 2,000m steeplechase in a time of 7:52.59.

Lauren Higgins completed a hat-trick of title victories in the under 13 girls 1200m (4:16.01), 70m hurdles (13.28), and high jump (1-35m).

Kara Stoll powered her way to success in the under 17 women’s hammer with a throw of 42.96m and spun the discus to a winning mark of 20.80m, while her mum, Sharon, pocketed a silver medal in the discus with 15.76m.

Emilia Pyper lifted the Marie Birkenhead Mile Cup after posting a winning time of 5:14.29 in the under 15 girls 1500m.

Mollie Garratt won the under 13 girls long jump with 3.63m, while Carys Manson negotiated the under 17 women’s 300m hurdles in a winning time of 51.19 seconds.

Maya Jennings grabbed glory in the under 13 girls 75m sprint with a time of 10.75 seconds, and Lydia Walker claimed a gold medal from the under 15 girls 100m with a time of 13.45 seconds.

Theo Shepherd won the under 15 boys 100m with a new personal best time of 11.75 seconds and won the 200m title in 23.16 seconds, just 0.06 seconds away from equalling the club record.

Amelia Owen won the under 13 girls discus and shot put titles with 17.16m and 5.87m respectively, while Satine Wearden (20.45m) won the under 15 girls discus title.

Fergus Garland posted 52.39 seconds for success in the under 20 men’s 400m.

Nathan Brassington achieved top spot in the under 17 men’s long jump with 5.90m, and Poppy McKenna won the under 11 girls long jump title with 3.34m.

Beth Manson clocked a winning time of 26.65 seconds in the under 15 girls 200m, while her younger sister, Nia, posted a winning time of 2:35.10 in the under 13 girls 800m.

Ruby Wisbey won the under 20 women’s shot put title with 9.09m, while Ruby Billington (1-40m), and Evan Miller (1-50m) won the under 15 girls and under 15 boys high jump titles respectively.

Paul Morrison claimed success in the final track event of the weekend, the senior men’s 800m, with a time of 2:05.63.

West Cheshire AC silver medallists included Dun Xue (under 17 men’s hammer), Megan Kettle (women’s hammer), Alan Littler (men’s high jump), Satine Wearden (under 15 girls hammer), Nathan Brassington (under 17 men’s high jump), Amelia Snowden (under 13 girls long jump), Holly Bosworth (under 17 womens high jump, long jump, 200m and 300m), Saskia Keresturova (under 11 girls 75m), Jacob Gardner (under 15 boys 300m), Charlie Wright (under 11 boys turbo javelin), Felicity Snowden (under 11 girls turbo javelin), Bradley Spurdens (men’s 400m and 800m), Nia Manson (under 13 girls 1200m), Ellis Hancock (under 17 men’s 1500m), Beth Manson (under 15 girls 300m), Eva Renshaw (under 20 womens javelin), Cosette Wearden (under 17 womens 3000m), Megan Hughes (under 13 girls 150m), Harriet Wheeler (under 17 womens shot put), Will Rawson (under 15 boys javelin), Dylan Gledhill (under 13 boys javelin), Mollie Garratt (under 13 girls high jump), and Ruby Wisbey (under 20 womens 100m hurdles). 

West Cheshire AC bronze medallists included: Mollie Garratt (under 13 girls 75m and 150m), Sam Cooper (under 13 boys 75m and long jump), Erin Barnard (under 15 girls 100m), Molly Gore (under 11 girls turbo javelin), Imogen Pughe (under 20 womens 400m), Nancy Farmer (under 17 womens 1500m), Paul Morrison (mens 1500m), Ruby Wisbey (under 20 womens javelin), Dun Xue (under 17 mens shot put), Amelia Snowden (under 13 girls javelin), Evan Miller (under 15 boys 200m), Yasmin Smith (under 20 womens 200m), Mae Grant (under 15 girls 75m hurdles and high jump), Barry Owens (mens javelin), Poppy McKenna (under 11 girls 600m), Nia Manson (under 13 girls shot put), Lauren Higgins (under 13 girls 800m).    

FIXTURES this weekend include the Northern Track and Field League first round being hosted by West Cheshire AC at Ellesmere Port Sports Village Athletics Track on Saturday (11am start), and the Chester Half Marathon on Sunday (9am start), and the Great Manchester Run Half Marathon (8.27am start).

ENTRIES close this Friday, (May 19), for the Northern Under 20 and Senior Track and Field Championships being held at SportCity, Manchester, on June 3 and 4. The online entry link is: www.race-results.co.uk

ENTRIES are now open for the annual Tattenhall Tough Team Race being held on the evening of Friday, June 23. The race is for teams of three – female, male or mixed – and is about 9 miles long with a mixture of roads and trails. Full details are at: https://tattenhallrunners.niftyentries.com/Tough-Team-2023

WEST CHESHIRE AC will host the Cheshire Secondary Schools Track and Field Championships (Saturday, June 10), at the Ellesmere Port Sports Village Athletics Track, as well as Cheshire Track and Field League match on Sunday, September 3; a Under 13s and Under 15s Youth Development Track and Field League fixture on Saturday, July 8; and a Northern Track and Field League fixture on Saturday, May 20. 
West Cheshire AC will also host the North West Regional B Final of the English Schools Track and Field Cup on Wednesday, June 14; the Chester Primary Schools Track and Field Championships on Monday, June 19; the Ellesmere Port and Neston Primary Schools Track and Field Championships on Friday, June 23; and the Cheshire v Merseyside Year Seven Track and Field Schools Championships on Wednesday, July 5. 

WCAC News #425, 12-05-23

CAN YOU SPARE JUST ONE MORNING THIS YEAR TO HELP YOUR CLUB?

Can you spare a morning to help the club by volunteering as a marshal at the Chester Half Marathon this year on Sunday 21st May?We need as many volunteers as possible for this event as it results in important support from the race organisers which is used towards equipment and facilities costs etc, helping us to keep subscriptions down.Volunteers will be allocated to one of three zones which West Cheshire has responsibility for. Detailed arrangements will be confirmed closer to the time but individuals will be asked to help between approximately 08:15 and 12:30.If you are able to bring friends or family to help too the extra hands would be hugely appreciated. Children are welcome but please let me know if you will have any under 16s with you so that we can allocate to suitable positions.All volunteer marshals receive a full race goody bag, including technical t-shirt and light refreshments. Please email Ian at: igp64run@gmail.com and include ‘Chester Half 2023’ in the subject line if you could help.

CLOCKING ON!

The Club would like to convey thanks and best wishes to Andy Parker, Brian Wright, Ellie Robinson, Joanne Hooker, Nick Brooks, Becky Miller and Sarah Walker who all attended the recent Timekeepers Course held in the EPSV Trackside Room, tutored by Ron Scott and co-ordinated by Tim Palmer.

PLEASE RENEW YOUR CLUB MEMBERSHIP

Calling all athletes! Please renew your membership. If you have not rejoined you will not be selected to compete in upcoming competitions, as only current members details are shared with team managers. 

If you are having difficulty renewing please contact Jane Pughe at: westcheshireacmembership@gmail.com

THIS WEEKEND:

SATURDAY & SUNDAY, 13th and 14th MAY – Cheshire Track & Field Championships at Ellesmere Port Sports Village (10.15am start). Details: www.cheshireaa.com

SATURDAY, 13th MAY – Cheshire Road Running Grand Prix Round Two (Park Run Chester), 9am start.

Good luck to all our athletes and officials!

BORDERS ROAD RUNNING LEAGUE FIXTURE

The final round of the Borders Road Running League will be held at Prestatyn, on Wednesday 17th May. Further details can be found here: https://www.bordersleague.org.uk/fixtures/

CLUB TREASURER VACANCY

Our Club Treasurer, Darren Shillington, is stepping down from his post at the Club’s next AGM, so the Club requires someone to replace him. If you are interested and would like more details, please email Darren at: treasurerwestcheshireac@gmail.com

LEVEL 1 FIELD OFFICIAL COURSE
For anyone interested, there is a Level 1 Field Official course at Deeside in two parts: i) 18:30 to 20:30 on Monday 22nd May, and ii) 18:30 to 22:00 on Wednesday 24th May.
The club is happy to fund members who want to do officials’ courses and non-competing parents, etc can join the club for free.
Remember that the minimum age for these courses is 16, so athletes should consider doing them if interested. Officiating can get you to competitions that you might not get selected for as an athlete 
The relevant links are:

Tim Palmer is happy to talk to anyone who is interested in becoming an official.

ASSISTANT CLUB COACH COURSE UPDATE

From February this year the Coaching Assistant qualification changed to become a remote assessment process with the coach completing four on-line modules and was then asked to film some coaching activity at their local club and submit to England Athletics.

There has been a recent update that now means England Athletics are offering the Coaching Assistant course via face-to-face option, so the coach still completes the four on-line modules but then attends a practical day to complete their practical elements, so no filming required.

England Athletics has now launched a face-to-face Coaching Assistant course for the North-West, on 3rd June at Parrs Wood High School, East Didsbury.

For the coaches who have started the journey via the remote assessment process, Carl Foster (Regional Club Coach Lead for North West England) can now offer an opportunity to be signed off face-to-face by him. This would involve the coaches and himself travelling to a mutually agreeable location. For further details email Carl at: cfoster@englandathletics.org

CLUB STOPWATCH

If anyone has found a stopwatch (green and black coloured) can they please return it to the EPSV Track Container Office ASAP.

NORTHERN TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS

Entries close on 19th May for the Northern Seniors & Under 20s Track and Field Championships being held on 3rd and 4th June. The online entries link is: www.race-results.co.uk 

10,000m Championships, at Leigh, on July 7th: Prospectus: www.race-results.co.uk/onlineentries/uploads/info4870.pdf
U13s, U15s, U17s Championships, at Middlesbrough, on August 12th & 13th: Prospectus: www.race-results.co.uk/onlineentries/uploads/info4849.pdf
Entry for all events via: www.race-results.co.uk 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY

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

John Parlevliet, Emma Nutt, Megan Kettle, Sammy Hollins, Francesca Mylchreest, Thomas Renondeau.

And next week: Jenny Palmer, Debra Erskine, Maisie Paterson, Seth Bates. 

CROSS-COUNTRY UPDATE

The AGM of the North Wales Cross Country League 2023-24 Season was held on Friday 5th May and the following dates and venues were agreed for the 2023/24 season:

Saturday 14th October: Treborth Track, Bangor; Saturday 28th October: Eirias Park, Colwyn Bay; Saturday 25th November: Shrewsbury (TBC); Saturday 20th January: Dolgellau; Saturday 10th February: Marches School, Oswestry.

The North Wales Cross Country Championships will be held at Wrexham on 6th January and the Welsh Inter Regions will be on 18th November at Newtown (subject to confirmation).

Both Junior and Senior Leagues will consist of all 5 fixtures with the best 4 out of 5 results to count for the overall individual titles.

CONGRATULATIONS!

Club members achieved personal bests and Club records at the weekend in the YDL U13/U15 Track & Field League, and the Run Aintree Half Marathon. Please see this link for a full report: https://www.westcheshireac.co.uk/news/

Press Report: Youngsters’ Home Win

WEST CHESHIRE Athletic Club’s youngsters capitalised on home advantage with a team success at Ellesmere Port Sports Village.

The purple-vested outfit scored a seven points victory at the opening round of the Under 13 and Under 15 Youth Development Track and Field League.

Mia Johnson impressed with a new under 13 girls club record time of 9.9 seconds for success in the 75m and added victories in the 150m (19.1) and long jump (4.28m).

She was backed up by Lucy Caldwell who won both the B 100m (11.0), and B 150m (22.0), Amelia Snowden who won the 800m (2:43.0), Lauren Higgins who cleared a winning height of 1-35m in the high jump, Mollie Garratt, Nia Manson, and Lydia Chambers.

The quartet of Mia, Lauren, Amelia, and Lucy combined to win the 4x100m relay in a time of 57.6 seconds.

Theo Shepherd (12.0 and 23.5) and Josh Stirling (12.9 and 26.1) teamed up for a double success story in the under 15 boys 100m and 200m sprints.

Isaac Pembleton won the long jump with 4.89m, and Will Rawson triumphed in the javelin with 29.20m, while Evan Miller produced a hat-trick of personal bests in the 800m (2:21.9), high jump (1-50m), and javelin (20.46m).

Jacob Gardner and Ellis Williams teamed up with Theo and Josh for a winning time of 50.5 seconds in the 4x100m relay, and other valuable point scorers on the day were Daniel Walker, Noah Woolgar, and Daniel Hooker.

Emilia Pyper and Arwen Thorne combined for maximum points in the under 15 girls javelin with winning marks of 21.78m and 19.64m respectively.

Beth Manson clocked a winning time of 42.8 seconds in the 300m and secured success in the B long jump with 4.44m, backed up by team mates Macey Jones, Lydia Walker, Millie Warren, Ursula Archer, Grace Andrews, Ruby Billington, Eleanor Wheeler, Mae Grant, and Satine Wearden.

Dylan Gledhill sliced 12.6 seconds off his previous personal best in the under 13 boys 1200m to post 4:12.4, supported in his age group by Jacob Downe, Oliver Kimpton, Noah Booth, George Grimsditch, Harry McKenna and David Wheldon.

TEAM RESULT: 1 West Cheshire AC 455 points; 2 Deeside AAC 448; 3 Team Isle of Man Youth 428; 4 Southport Waterloo AC 395; 5 Bolton United Harriers & AC 349; 6 Blackpool Wyre & Fylde AC 233. 

The next round will be held at Stanley Park, Blackpool, on Saturday, June 3.

JAMIE RICHARDSON, representing West Cheshire AC, won the Run Aintree Half Marathon in a new West Cheshire AC Under 20 record time of 1:13:44, slicing eight minutes off the previous record.

Kimberly Morris was second in her over-45 age group with a time of 26:04 at the Run Aintree 5k Race, alongside husband David, who was sixth over-35 man in 22:33, and son, Lewis, who posted 20:17 for sixth position.

JODI BEMAND clocked 44:17 in the Tod Crag Junior Fell Running Championships held in the Lake District.

FIXTURES this weekend include the Cheshire County Track and Field Championships being hosted by West Cheshire AC at Ellesmere Port Sports Village Athletics Track on Saturday and Sunday (10.15am start), and the second round of the Cheshire Road Running Grand Prix which is the Park Run Chester on Saturday (9am start).

ENTRIES close on May 19 for the Northern Under 20 and Senior Track and Field Championships being held at SportCity, Manchester, on June 3 and 4. The online entry link is: www.race-results.co.uk

THE final round of the Borders Road Running League will be held at Prestatyn on Wednesday 17th May. Further details can be found here: https://www.bordersleague.org.uk/fixtures/

ENTRIES are now open for the annual Tattenhall Tough Team Race being held on the evening of Friday, June 23. The race is for teams of three – female, male or mixed – and is about 9 miles long with a mixture of roads and trails. Full details are at: https://tattenhallrunners.niftyentries.com/Tough-Team-2023

WEST CHESHIRE AC will host the Cheshire Secondary Schools Track and Field Championships (Saturday, June 10), at the Ellesmere Port Sports Village Athletics Track, as well as Cheshire Track and Field League match on Sunday, September 3; a Under 13s and Under 15s Youth Development Track and Field League fixture on Saturday, July 8; and a Northern Track and Field League fixture on Saturday, May 20. 
West Cheshire AC will also host the County Round of the English Schools Track and Field Cup on Wednesday, May 17; the North West Regional B Final of the English Schools Track and Field Cup on Wednesday, June 14; the Chester Primary Schools Track and Field Championships on Monday, June 19; the Ellesmere Port and Neston Primary Schools Track and Field Championships on Friday, June 23; and the Cheshire v Merseyside Year Seven Track and Field Schools Championships on Wednesday, July 5. 

WCAC Endurance League

After four months of the Endurance League, last year’s winners Debra Bemand and Paul Morrison still lead. Traci Shipley, Emma Nutt and Anest Muller vie for 2nd and 3rd in the women’s competition, while Andrew Clague and Mark Davies make up the remainder of the men’s top 3.

See near the top of the Races page for more details.

WCAC News #424, 05-05-23

LAST CHANCE TO ENTER CHESHIRE TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS

Entries close this Sunday (7th May) for the Cheshire Track & Field Championships being held at Ellesmere Port Sports Village on Saturday and Sunday, 13th and 14th May. You will need to create or sign in to an account with Roster Athletics to enter online. There will be no late entries or entries on the day. NO REFUNDS. Junior athletes (u13-u17s) can enter a maximum of 3 events in one day, U20s can enter a maximum of 5. Medals will be awarded to the first 3 in each age group. The online entry link can be found here: www.cheshireaa.com

PLEASE RENEW YOUR CLUB MEMBERSHIP

Calling all athletes! Please renew your membership. If you have not rejoined you will not be selected to compete in upcoming competitions, as only current members details are shared with team managers. 

If you are having difficulty renewing please contact Jane Pughe at: westcheshireacmembership@gmail.com

TIME IS RUNNING OUT TO ENTER NORTHERN TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS

Entries close on 19th May for the Northern Seniors & Under 20s Track and Field Championships being held on 3rd and 4th June. The online entries link is: www.race-results.co.uk 

BORDERS ROAD RUNNING LEAGUE FIXTURE

The final round of the Borders Road Running League will be held at Prestatyn on Wednesday 17th May. Further details can be found here: https://www.bordersleague.org.uk/fixtures/

THIS WEEKEND:

SATURDAY 6th MAY – West Cheshire AC Training Sessions, at Ellesmere Port Sports Village Athletics Track (10am-12 noon).

SATURDAY 6th MAY – Knowsley 5k Road Race: www.knowsley-harriers.com

SUNDAY 7th MAY – Under 13s & Under 15s Youth Development Track & Field League Round One, at Ellesmere Port Sports Village (11.15am start).

SUNDAY 7th MAY – Spring 10k, Liverpool: www.merseyraces.co.uk/Spring-10k.html

SUNDAY, 7th MAY – Aintree 5k, 10k, and Half Marathon, Liverpool: www.runaintree.com

MONDAY, 8th MAY – Track & Field Training Sessions are cancelled at the Ellesmere Port Sports Village Athletics Track.

Good luck to all our athletes and officials!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY

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

John Driscoll, Jane Barker, Michael Young, Jude Sefton, Emily Totty-Lee, Pavieshayaa Thanilmaran, Emma Nevett, Ursula Archer, Charlotte Lea, Ruby Carlile. 

And next week: John Parlevliet, Emma Nutt, Megan Kettle, Sammy Hollins, Francesca Mylchreest, Thomas Renondeau.

CAN YOU SPARE JUST ONE MORNING THIS YEAR TO HELP YOUR CLUB?

Can you spare a morning to help the club by volunteering as a marshal at the Chester Half Marathon this year on Sunday 21st May?

We need as many volunteers as possible for this event as it results in important support from the race organisers which is used towards equipment and facilities costs etc, helping us to keep subscriptions down.

Volunteers will be allocated to one of three zones which West Cheshire has responsibility for. Detailed arrangements will be confirmed closer to the time but individuals will be asked to help between approximately 08:15 and 12:30.

If you are able to bring friends or family to help too the extra hands would be hugely appreciated. Children are welcome but please let me know if you will have any under 16s with you so that we can allocate to suitable positions.

All volunteer marshals receive a full race goody bag, including technical t-shirt and light refreshments. Please email Ian at: igp64run@gmail.com and include ‘Chester Half 2023’ in the subject line if you could help.

TATTENHALL TOUGH TEAM RACE

Entries are now open for the annual Tattenhall Tough Team Race being held on the evening of Friday 23 June. The race is for teams of three –
female, male or mixed – and is about 9 miles long with a mixture of roads and trails. Full details are at: https://tattenhallrunners.niftyentries.com/Tough-Team-2023

PARK HALL 5km ROAD RACE

Oswestry Olympians are organising the Park Hall 5k road race on Friday 23rd June (7.30pm race start). More details and entry here.

CONGRATULATIONS!

Club members achieved personal bests at the weekend in the Mid Cheshire 5k Road Race, the YDL U17/U20 Track & Field League, and the Trafford Open Track & Field Meeting. Please see this link for a full report: https://www.westcheshireac.co.uk/news/

Press Report: Throws Help Club to Third

HARRIET WHEELER powered her way to a new personal best at Ellesmere Port Sports Village.

The talented West Cheshire Athletic Club teenager launched the javelin to a winning mark of 44.95m in the under 17 women’s competition during the opening round of the Youth Development Track and Field League.

Harriet, who also contributed vital points from the shot put (9.75m) and hammer (23.37m), is hoping to continue her rich vein of form and achieve a javelin throw of more than 47 metres which would stake her claim for a place in the England team for the Youth Commonwealth Games being held in Trinidad and Tobago between August 4-11.

Harriet helped secure West Cheshire AC third position in the seven-club team event on Sunday, supported by 20 clubmates, including training partner Kara Stoll who won the under 17 women’s hammer with 44.52m, and finished second in the shot put (7.18m) and discus (21.32m).

Imogen Pughe celebrated victories in the under 20 women’s 400m (58.1) and 800m (2:28.4), and finished second in the 200m (26.6) and 400m hurdles (81.1).

Jodi Bemand bagged important points from no fewer than five events including the 1500m steeplechase (5:37.3), 400m hurdles (77.0), javelin (15.80m), shot put (5.63m) and long jump (3.45m).

Henry Robinson delivered a victory in the under 20 men’s 2,000m steeplechase (7:08.5), and also secured points from the 400m hurdles (69.3), 110m hurdles (21.9), discus (10.24m), and 100m (17.3).

Nathan Brassington powered his way to success with 12.55m in the under 17 men’s shot put and added second placed finishes in the 400m (54.9) and long jump (5.34m).

Matthew Jones rounded the under 17 men’s 800m in a winning time of 2:07.6, finished second in his 1500m (4:31.5), and spun the discus to 14.01m for third spot.

James Rawson won the under 17 men’s javelin (29.48m) and hammer (14.04m) and was fourth in the discus with 16.75m), supported by club mates Tom Shillington in the hammer (22.76m) and javelin (38.28m), Dan Xue in the shot put (8.56m) and high jump (1-50m), Alfie Lane in the 100m (11.5), 200m (23.5), and long jump (5.83m), and by Ruban Harris in the long jump (5.21m).

Holly Bosworth won the under 17 women’s 100m (13.3), and finished second in the high jump (1-40m) and long jump (4.49m), alongside Teresa Arvidsson who completed the 100m (14.8), long jump (4.07m), and discus (11.74m).

Nancy Farmer (5:16.9 in the under 17 women’s 1500m) and Cosette Wearden (11:21.9 in the under 17 women’s 3,000m) both celebrated victories.

Carys Manson won in the 80m hurdles (13.5), posted 13.8 in her 100m, and clocked 52.1 in her 300m hurdles, alongside Macy Brett who won in the high jump (1-25m), and posted 12.5 for second spot in her 80m hurdles.

Yasmin Smith was second in her under 20 women’s 200m (26.5) and second in her 100m (13.0), alongside Lara Fields who was second in her under 17 women’s 200m (28.0), 300m (45.9) and javelin (13.04m).

Carys, Holly, Lara and Macy combined for a winning time of 52.8 in the 4x100m relay, and Matthew, Alfie, Nathan and Dan teamed up for third spot in a time of 48.2 in their 4x100m relay.

TEAM RESULT: 1 North Wales 739.5 points; 2 Lancaster and Morecambe 516; 3 West Cheshire 480; 4 Blackpool Wyre and Fylde 403; 5 Crewe and Nantwich 372.5; 6 Stockport Harriers 339; 7 Southport Waterloo 323.

JAMIE RICHARDSON broke two club records at the Mid Cheshire 5km Road Race at Kingsley on Friday night.

Jamie posted a new senior men’s 5k record time of 14:41 for 17th position overall, 32 seconds inside the previous club record time, and he established a new under 20 age group club record, bettering the previous record time by 66 seconds.

Emilia Pyper also posted a new under 15 record time of 19:43 and improved Emma Monteith’s under 15 girls record which had stood since 1999.

Other West Cheshire finishers at Kingsley were Sammy Hollins (16:17), Steve King (17:13), Paul Morrison (17:41), Jodi Bemand (18:43), and Lewis Morris (19:08).

MIA JOHNSON celebrated a hat-trick of victories and personal best performances at Monday’s Trafford Track and Field Open Meeting.

Mia won the under 13 girls 75m in 10.01 seconds, her 150m in 19.54, and achieved 4.37m in the long jump and was joined at the fixture by Macey Jones who won her under 15 girls 100m in a new personal best of 12.59, and the long jump with a new best of 4.95m.

Nia Manson won her under 13 girls 1200m (4:16.24) and 75m (11.95) in new personal bests, alongside her sister Beth who clocked 13.34 in her under 15 girls 100m, 42.95 in her 300m, and hit 6.71m in the shot put.

Emma Holmes clocked 25.49 in her under 20 women’s 200m, while Emilia Pyper (5:24.90) and Eleanor Wheeler (5:37.16) completed the under 15 girls 1500m.

Satine Wearden clocked a new under 15 girls 100m personal best of 15.13 and added16.43m in the hammer and 18.13m in the discus, while Bethany Sheppard posted new personal bests in the under 15 girls 100m (15.24) and 200m (31.86).

FIXTURES this weekend include the first round of the Under 13s and Under 15s Youth Development Track and Field League being hosted by West Cheshire AC at Ellesmere Port Sports Village Athletics Track on Sunday (11.15am start).

ENTRIES close this Sunday (May 7) for the Cheshire Track and Field Championship being held at Ellesmere Port Sports Village on Saturday and Sunday, May 13 and 14. You will need to create or sign in to an account with Roster Athletics to enter online. There will be no late entries or entries on the day. Junior athletes (u13-u17s) can enter a maximum of 3 events in one day, U20s can enter a maximum of five. Medals will be awarded to the first three in each age group. The online entry link can be found at: www.cheshireaa.com
WEST CHESHIRE AC will host both the Cheshire County Clubs’ Track and Field Championships (Saturday and Sunday, May 13 and 14), and the Cheshire Secondary Schools Track and Field Championships (Saturday, June 10), at the Ellesmere Port Sports Village Athletics Track, as well as Cheshire Track and Field League match on Sunday, September 3; a Under 17s and Under 20s Youth Development Track and Field League fixture on Sunday, April 30; a Under 13s and Under 15s Youth Development Track and Field League fixtures on Sunday, May 7 and Saturday, July 8; and a Northern Track and Field League fixture on Saturday, May 20. 
West Cheshire AC will also host the West Cheshire AC Secondary Schools Track and Cup Field Cup fixture on Wednesday, May 10; the County Round of the English Schools Track and Field Cup on Wednesday, May 17; the North West Regional B Final of the English Schools Track and Field Cup on Wednesday, June 14; the Chester Primary Schools Track and Field Championships on Monday, June 19; the Ellesmere Port and Neston Primary Schools Track and Field Championships on Friday, June 23; and the Cheshire v Merseyside Year Seven Track and Field Schools Championships on Wednesday, July 5. 

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