WCAC News #452, 01-12-23

CLUB PRESENTATION EVENING – TICKETS NOW ON SALE

The West Cheshire AC Annual Presentation Evening will be held on Friday 2nd February at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Chester. Please follow this link to purchase your tickets: https://wcac.niftyentries.com

As well as the annual achievement awards in all age categories, there will be games, a quiz, a raffle with superb prizes, and a hot buffet.

Any raffle prizes that you may wish to donate would be gratefully received, and can be dropped off with club officials at the EPSV Track Container Office on a training night.

Entries are restricted, so don’t miss out!

CLUB AGM

The West Cheshire AC AGM was held on Tuesday 28th November, in the EPSV Trackside Room.

The new Committee is: President, Mike Lamb; Chairman, Brian Wright; Vice-Chairman, Alan Morris; Treasurer, Sarah Hibbert; Secretary, Dennis Wall; Membership Secretary, Jane Pughe; Cross-country Officer, Dave Alexander; Road Race Officer, Emma Nutt; Track & Field Officer, Victor Oyesola; Facilities Officer, Eddie Gore; Welfare Officers, Anna Woolgar and Leanne Wheeler.

There are vacancies for the following posts: Media Officer, and Fundraising Officer. If anyone is interested in filling these roles please contact a committee member ASAP. The next committee meeting will take place on Tuesday 12th December in the EPSV Trackside Room at 8:15pm.

THIS WEEK

Saturday, 2nd December – English Schools Cross-country Cup Final (12:15pm start), at Woodbridge School, Suffolk. IP12 4JH.

Sunday 3rd DecemberBorders Road Running League Round Three (11am start), at Redwither Business Park, Abbey Road, Wrexham. LL13 9XR.

Good luck to all our athletes and officials!

SATURDAY MORNING

Please note that Club training on Saturday Morning (2nd December) at Ellesmere Port Sports Village Athletics Track will be taking place, weather permitting.

WANT TO TAKE PART IN A CROSS-COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS?

FIRST CLAIM WEST CHESHIRE AC members who want to compete in the Cheshire, Northern, or English National Cross-country Championships can find details of what is involved, and how to enter, here.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY

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

Dave Kimpton, Ava Williams, Ellis Hancock, Heidi Wetherall, Maisie Gamble, Rebecca Miller, Joseph Morrison, Beth McMahon, Cosette Wearden, Harriet Wheeler, Anna MacDonald, Samuel O’Flynn, James Storrar, Peter Southall.

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 Success in Shrewsbury and Sefton

POPPY McKENNA celebrated success at Shrewsbury on Saturday.

The West Cheshire Athletic Club youngster posted a winning time of four minutes 21 seconds for victory in the under 11 girls race at the North Wales Cross Country League fixture held at Boreatton Park, backed up by team mate Heidi Wetherall (11th in 5:21).

Andrew Clague finished second in his over-55 age category in the Senior Men’s race, alongside Dave Alexander (seventh over-50 man), Neil Hershaw (third over-55 man), and Andy Carter (25th over-50 man).

Eleanor Wheeler secured third position in the under 15 girls race in 15:25, while Nia Manson (fourth in 9:25), Amelia Snowden (fifth in 9:37), and Rose Sheppard (16th in 10:47) completed the under 13 girls race.

Anest Muller posted 23:21 for fifth place in her over-40 age group alongside Emma Nutt (12th lady in 22:18), Ellen McMahon (21st lady in 24:35), Joy Hickman (ninth over-55 lady in 25:46), and Emily Murphy (eighth under 17 lady in 32:27).

Jack Arnold rounded the under 11 boys race in 9:57 for sixth position.

The next round of the North Wales Cross Country League will be held at Dolgellau (postcode: LL401UU), on Saturday, January 20.

BROTHERS Leon and Niall Betteridge represented West Cheshire AC at Sefton Park, Liverpool, in Saturday’s British Cross Country Challenge fixture, finishing 22nd in 7:39 and 86th in 8:17 respectively for the under 11 boys race.

Harriet Beattie (45th in 12:55) and Lauren Higgins (51st in 13:04) completed the under 13 girls race.

Lewis Morris (62nd in 11:05) and Noah Woolgar (74th in 11:20) rounded the under 15 boys event, while Emilia Pyper (75th in 12:30) completed the under 15 girls race.

Jessica Lark (31st in 16:42) and Nancy Farmer (65th in 18:32) combined in the under 17 ladies event, while Jodi Bemand finished 79th in 17:53 for the under 20 junior ladies event.

Jamie Richardson was 82nd in 22:11 for the under 20 junior men’s race, while Jack Gannon (330th in 39:13) and Steve Fernyhough (39:26) completed the senior men’s event, and Debra Bemand (313th in 43:32) finished the senior women’s race.

FIRST CLAIM WEST CHESHIRE AC members who want to compete in the Cheshire, Northern, or English National Cross-country Championships can find details of what is involved, and how to enter, here.

THE final round of the West Cheshire AC Schools Cross-country Race Series will take place at Ellesmere Port Sports Village on Saturday, December 9 (10am start).

FIXTURES this weekend include the latest round of the Borders Road Running League on Sunday at Redwither Business Park, Wrexham, LL13 9XR (11am start).

This Saturday’s scheduled Manchester Area Cross-country League fixture at Sherdley Park, St Helens, has been cancelled. The next Manchester League fixture will be held at Tatton Park, on Saturday, January 13.

THE West Cheshire AC Annual Presentation Evening will be held on Friday, February 2, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Chester. Follow this link to purchase tickets: https://wcac.niftyentries.com

WCAC News #451, 24-11-23

QUIZ AND BINGO

A quiz and bingo will be held in the Ellesmere Port Sports Village Trackside Room tonight (Friday, 24th November), from 7pm. Entry is a donated prize. Please support the event!

DATE FOR YOUR DIARY

The West Cheshire AC Annual Presentation Evening will be held on Friday 2nd February at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Chester. Please follow this link to purchase your tickets: https://wcac.niftyentries.com

As well as the annual achievement awards in all age categories, there will be games, a quiz, a raffle with superb prizes, and a hot buffet.

Any raffle prizes that you may wish to donate would be gratefully received, and can be dropped off with club officials at the EPSV Track Container Office on a training night.

Entries are restricted, so don’t miss out!

CLUB AGM

The West Cheshire AC AGM will be held on Tuesday 28th November, in the EPSV Trackside Room, at 8.15pm.

All committee members, including the Chairman and Secretary, are standing down from their positions. Please attend the AGM and play your part to help shape your club’s future.

SATURDAY MORNING

Please note that club training on Saturday Morning (25th November) at Ellesmere Port Sports Village Athletics Track will be taking place.

SUPPORT FOR YOUNG ATHLETES

The Ron Pickering Memorial Fund is accepting applications for financial assistance in 2024 from young athletes of national standard aged 15-23 (or older, in exceptional circumstances). Applications close on December 14.

INVITATION TO COMPETE IN CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS

If you want to run for West Cheshire AC for in any of these great events, involving runners of all abilities, please read on…

Cheshire County AA Cross Country Championships at Reaseheath College, Nantwich, Saturday January 6th 2024 (Age groups from under 11s to veterans).

Northern Athletics Cross Country Championships at East Park, Sedgefield, Saturday January 27th 2024 (Age groups from under 13s to veterans).

English National Cross Country Championships at Weston Park near Telford, Saturday February 24th 2024 (Age groups from under 13s to veterans).

All abilities represented. No charge – the club will pay if:
You are a FIRST-CLAIM member of West Cheshire AC, and:
You commit to turning up on the day!

For the Cheshire Championships only, you also must either have been born in Cheshire or have been living there for at least nine months before the race, and must not have competed in another county’s championships since October 1st 2022.

If you are keen, and satisfy these criteria, please email: [email protected] (please don’t just reply via Facebook or tell a coach!) with your name, date of birth and the name of the championships you want to run in, by the following dates: Cheshire: December 21st 2023; Northern and National: January 7th 2024.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY

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

Ian Wetherall, Andy Carter, George Xiong, Oliver Kimpton, Lucas Benjumea.

PLEASE ID CLOTHING WHEN TRAINING AT THE EPSV TRACK

Can parents please write the name of their youngster on any clothing they wear at the EPSV track so that any training tops or coats are identified if left at the site. And 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.

CANCELLATION

The third round of the Manchester Area Cross-country League, due to take place at Sherdley Park, St Helens, on December 2nd has been postponed due to issues at the park. No rearranged date has yet been set.

EXERCISE BIKES WANTED

If anyone has spare exercise bikes they can donate to the Club please get in touch with Dennis ASAP at: [email protected]

CHESTER ROUND THE WALLS RACE

Entries have closed for the Chester Round The Walls Race being held on Boxing Day. There is no waiting list.

Please remember that club members taking part in this event MUST provide a helper on the day to enable the event to happen. If you enter, please email the name(s) of your helper(s) ASAP to Dennis Wall at: [email protected]

CLUB KIT FOR CHRISTMAS

Purple club hoodies have been ordered and should be delivered in the next fortnight, so please look out for details soon.

Meanwhile, club members can also access an online club shop selling a range of items. Please use WCAC2023 as the password.

THIS WEEK

Saturday 25th November – UK Cross Challenge at Sefton Park, Liverpool

Saturday 25th November – North Wales Junior & Senior Cross Country League, at Boreatton Park, Baschurch, Shrewsbury

Sunday 26th November – Under 11s & Under 13s Indoor Combined Events Competition at Deeside.

Good luck to all our athletes and officials!

Press Report: Youngsters Tackle Cross-country

A TOTAL of 130 youngsters tackled the latest round of the West Cheshire AC Schools Cross-country Race Series.

Arianwen Setters and Leon Betteridge ensured Hoole won the year three girls and year six boys races respectively on Saturday at Ellesmere Port Sports Village.

Arianwen finished ahead of Upton Heath pair Penny Sharps-Green and Darcey Rose, while Leon was 46 seconds clear of second placed Leo Ravenscroft (Childer Thornton) and St Martin’s Academy’s Jacob Senn in third spot.

Brothers, Aubrey and Caleb Newman, secured Acresfield success in the year four and year five boys races, with Aubrey finishing ahead of Niall Betteridge (Hoole) and Josh Barlow-Ashworth (Newton), and Caleb ahead of Jack Arnold (Upton Heath) and Zaan Brown (Belgrave).

Blake Robinson and Henry Glynn secured a one-two finish for Farndon in the year three boys race ahead of Otto Holmes (Newton) in third spot.

Abby Gamble (Guilden Sutton) won the year four girls race 16 seconds ahead of Poppy Tromans (Newton) and Nancy Kellard (Sutton Green).

Felicity Snowden (King’s) triumphed in the year five girls race, just four seconds ahead of Alice Roberts Paige (Hoole) and Oldfield’s Saskia Keresturova.

Poppy McKenna (King’s) won the year six girls race nine seconds ahead of nearest challengers Elsie Jones (Willaston) and Childer Thornton’s Marie-Ange Robson.

Nia Manson (Bishop Heber) won the year seven girls race ahead of Rose Sheppard (Helsby), while Upton duo Sidney Carr and Finley Stewart finished first and second in the year seven boys race.

Lauren Higgins (Queen’s) won the year eight girls race 55 seconds clear of Poppy Coates (West Kirby) and Maya Jennings (King’s).

And Dylan Gledhill (Christleton) won the year eight boys race ahead of Elliot Quaglierini (Upton).

The final round of the West Cheshire AC Schools Race Series will take place at Ellesmere Port Sports Village on Saturday, December 9 (10am start).

COSETTE WEARDEN finished third in the under 17 women’s race at Park Hall, Stoke on Trent, in the latest round of the North Staffs Cross Country League, where Joe Massey also represented West Cheshire AC, clocking 59:20 in the senior men’s race.

SARAH HIBBERT celebrated a new five miles personal best time of 39 minutes 48 seconds on Sunday at the Preston Five Miles Road Race, alongside Brian Wright who clocked 39:46.

ANDY CARTER was the first of seven West Cheshire AC members to complete the Conwy Half Marathon, posting 1:33:55 for 10th spot in his over-50 age group.

He finished ahead of Stephen Hillier (1:39:03), Tony Sangha (1:46:39), Stuart Hague (1:57:39), Julian and Angela Tegg (2:03:43), and Cathryn Whalley (2:07:58).

FIXTURES this weekend include the UK Cross Challenge at Sefton Park, Liverpool, this Saturday, and the North Wales Junior and Senior Cross Country League third round at Boreatton Park, Baschurch, Shrewsbury, on Saturday; and an Under 11s and Under 13s Indoor Combined Events Competition takes place on Sunday, at Deeside College, Connah’s Quay.

WCAC Schools Cross-country Series

Well done to all who took part in the third round of the WCAC Schools Cross-country Series. Results are available near the bottom of the Off-road page of the club website.

WCAC News #450, 17-11-23

SATURDAY MORNING

Please note that the club training on Saturday Morning (18th November) at Ellesmere Port Sports Village Athletics Track will be cancelled due to the West Cheshire AC Schools Cross-country Race Series fixture.

Please come along and support the cross-country fixture. Helpers are needed from 8am to set up the course, from 9:30am to help with registration, from 10am to marshal/officiate for the races, and to tidy away after the final race.

DATE FOR YOUR DIARY

The West Cheshire AC Annual Presentation Evening will be held on Friday 2nd February at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Chester. More details will be announced very soon. Meanwhile, if you can provide a raffle prize for the event please email Dennis ASAP at: [email protected]

INTER-COUNTIES SCHOOLS CROSS-COUNTRY DAVE SUNDERLAND CUP

Please note that this event, due to take place on Saturday November 18th, has been cancelled.

CLUB AGM

The West Cheshire AC AGM will be held on Tuesday 28th November, in the EPSV Trackside Room, at 8.15pm.

All committee members, including the Chairman and Secretary, are standing down from their positions. Please attend the AGM and play your part to help shape your Club’s future.

EXERCISE BIKES WANTED

If anyone has a spare exercise bike they can donate to the club please get in touch with Dennis ASAP at: [email protected]

All committee members, including the Chairman and Secretary, are standing down from their positions. Please attend the AGM and play your part to help shape your Club’s future.

CHESTER ROUND THE WALLS RACE

Entries have closed for the Chester Round The Walls Race being held on Boxing Day. There is no waiting list.

Please remember that club members taking part in this event MUST provide a helper on the day to enable the event to happen. If you enter, please email the name(s) of your helper(s) ASAP to Dennis Wall at: [email protected]

CLUB KIT FOR CHRISTMAS

Purple club hoodies have been ordered and should be delivered in the next fortnight, so please look out for details soon.

Meanwhile, club members can also access an online club shop selling a range of items. Please use WCAC2023 as the password.

PLEASE ID CLOTHING WHEN TRAINING AT THE EPSV TRACK

Can parents please write the name of their youngster on any clothing they wear at the EPSV track so that any training tops or coats are identified if left at the site. And 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.

ENTRIES CLOSE TODAY (FRIDAY) FOR THE LIVERPOOL CROSS COUNTRY CHALLENGE

Entries close today, Friday (17th November), for the Liverpool Cross Challenge fixture at Sefton Park being held on Saturday 25th November. The online entry link is: https://www.entryhub.co.uk/british-athletics-cross-challenge-liverpool-2023

DATES FOR THE DIARY

Saturday 18th November – West Cheshire AC Schools Cross Country Race Series Round Three at Ellesmere Port

Saturday 18th NovemberCANCELLED Inter Counties Cross Country Schools Dave Sunderland Cup, at Warwickshire

Saturday 18th November – North Staffs Cross Country League Round Three at Park Hall

Saturday 25th November – UK Cross Challenge at Sefton Park, Liverpool

Saturday 25th November – North Wales Junior & Senior Cross Country League Round Three at Shrewsbury (TBC)

Sunday 26th November – Under 11s & Under 13s Indoor Combined Events Competition at Deeside.

Thursday 30th November – Christmas Indoor Athletics Open Track & Field Competition at Deeside.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY

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

Jo Hooker, Heather McLintock, Steve Hillier, Jon Park, Paul Morrison, Ruby Wisbey, Nathan Brassington, Evie Tresize, Arwen Thorne, Beth Manson, Ted Hayhurst, Loretta Eccles, Edward Graham, Lois Whaite, Isla Lambert.

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: Wests Endure at Wythenshawe

SIX West Cheshire Athletic Club members produced top-10 finishes on Saturday at Wythenshawe Park.

Poppy McKenna, Andrew Clague, Nancy Farmer, Anna Woolgar, Nia Manson and Emilia Pyper all impressed at the second round of the Manchester Area Cross-country League.

Poppy clocked 11 minutes 52 seconds for fourth spot in the under 11 girls race ahead of Heidi Wetherall (38th in 13:35) and Isla Lambert (56th in 15:32).

Andrew posted sixth spot with a time of 46:38 in his over-55 age group, alongside Dave Alexander (11th over-50 man in 45:28), Richard Hayes (23rd over-50 man in 48:48), Matthew McCreadie (16th under 20 man in 52:52), Adam McCreadie (62nd over-45 man in 52:56), and Julian Tegg (53rd over-50 man in 60:03).

Nancy secured eighth position in the under 17 ladies race in a time of 28:13, while Anna was eighth in her over-45 age group in 38:19, alongside club mates Amanda Newall (18th over-45 lady in 41:26), Angela Tegg (19th over-50 lady in 44:35), Debra Bemand (24th over-50 lady in 46:54), and Alex Duffey (43rd over-45 lady in 47:54).

Nia finished 10th with 14:36 in the under 13 girls race, ahead of Lauren Higgins (27th in 15:46), while Emilia secured 10th spot in the under 15 girls race with a time of 19:35.

Dylan Gledhill (23rd in 14:13) and Max Henderson (29th in 14:23) combined for West Cheshire AC in the under 13 boys race.

Lewis Morris (18th in 17:35), Noah Woolgar (33rd in 18:13), Ben Newall (59th in 20:22), and Dan Hooker (72nd in 22:04) teamed up in the under 15 boys race. 

FIXTURES this weekend include the third round of the West Cheshire AC Cross Country Race Series, on Saturday, at Ellesmere Port Sports Village (10am start), while several West Cheshire AC youngsters will be representing Cheshire on Saturday in Warwickshire in the Inter Counties Schools Cross Country Dave Sunderland Cup fixture, and the third round of the North Staffs Cross Country League takes place at Park Hall, Stoke on Trent.

ENTRIES for this year’s Chester Round The Walls Race on Boxing Day have now closed.

THE next round of the North Wales Cross Country League will take place at a new course around Boreatton Park, Baschurch, Shrewsbury, on Saturday, November 25. 

THE West Cheshire AC AGM will be held on Tuesday, November 28, in the EPSV Trackside Room, at 8.15pm.

Press Report: Success On road and country

LINDSAY FISHER pointed West Cheshire Athletic Club’s ladies to a team victory on Sunday in a Borders Road Running League record-breaking field of 473 runners.

Lindsay clocked 32 minutes 32 seconds for the 5.5 miles course at Birkenhead Park in the second round fixture to help earn her purple-vested squad top spot in Division Two.

Lindsay, who finished first over-35 lady and third lady overall, was backed up by Keely Smith (first over-40 lady and fifth lady overall in 33:58), Fiona Cook (third over-35 lady and seventh lady overall in 34:31), Amanda Newall (eighth over-45 lady and 45th lady overall in 40:40), Joy Hickman (fourth over-55 lady and 48th lady overall in 40:54), Clare Mallon (11th over-45 lady and 70th lady overall in 42:49), Agnieszka Shaw (19th over-40 lady and 80th lady overall in 44:43), Amy Mills (13th over-35 lady and 87th lady overall in 45:21), Debra Bemand (10th over-50 lady and 90th lady overall in 45:48), and Traci Shipley (eighth over-55 lady and 96th lady overall in 46:41).

Michael Young headed the West Cheshire AC men’s squad after posting 28:47 for seventh position, ahead of Graham Wells (sixth over-45 and 37th overall in 31:11), Jon Park (55th in 32:19), Wullie McGarrell (first over-55 and 70th overall in 33:04), Neil Hershaw (second over-55 and 80th overall in 33:39), and Rob Little (14th over-45 and 91st overall in 34:07), to earn the club second place in Division Two.

Back-up for the men’s squad was provided by Chris Shaw (16th over-45 and 112th overall in 34:42), Jeff Gifford (fifth over-55 and 118th overall in 34:56), Steve Duffy (18th over-45 and 122nd overall in 35:12), Paul Morrison (162nd in 37:03), Richard Hayes (16th over-50 and 166th overall in 37:11), Paul Cain (30th over-50 and 237th overall in 40:53), Brian Wright (third over-70 and 260th overall in 42:31), Dave Tiernan (23rd over-55 and 283rd overall in 45:15), and Tony Kennedy (17th over-65 and 302nd overall in 47:30).

TEAM RESULTS (Sunday)

WOMEN’S DIVISION ONE: 1 Deeside 72; 2 Wallasey 148; 3 UTS 176; 4 Buckley 219; 5 Helsby 301; 6 Wirral 329; 7 Ellesmere Port 426.

WOMEN’S DIVISION TWO: 1 West Cheshire 60; 2 Penjsby 105; 3 Chester Tri 217; 4 Prestatyn 265; 5 Wrexham 308; 6 Deestriders 311; 7 Eryri 383; 8 Wrecsam Tri 543; 9 Cybi 615; 10 Tattenhall 629; 11 Birkenhead 800.

MEN’S DIVISION ONE: 1 Wrexham 353 points; 2 Buckley 421; 3 Wallsaey 422; 4 Helsby 475; 5 Chester Tri 545; 6 Wirral 679; 7 Ellesmere Port 953.

MEN’S DIVISION TWO: 1 Deeside 130; 2 West Cheshire 423; 3 Prestatyn 655; 4 UTS 666; 5 Pensby 729; 6 Eryri 928; 7 Wrecsam Tri 1000; 8 Deestriders 1068; 9 Birkenhead 1583; 10 Cybi 1790; 11 Tattenhall 3164.

TEAM RESULTS (After Two Rounds):

WOMEN’S DIVISION ONE: 1 Deeside 138; 2 Wallasey 305; 3 UTS 417; 4 Buckley 482; 5 Helsby 588; 6 Ellesmere Port 818; 6 Wirral 1157.

WOMEN’S DIVISION TWO: 1 West Cheshire 138; 2 Pensby 211; 3 Chester Tri 400; 4 Prestatyn 437; 5 Eryri 439; 6 Wrexham 596; 7 Deestriders 685; 8 Cybi 729; 9 Wrecsam Tri 1235; 10 Birkenhead 1389; Tattenhall 1429.

MEN’S DIVISION ONE: 1 Buckley 686; 2 Wallasey 1002; 3 Helsby 1020; 4 Wrexham 1360; 5 Wirral 1584; 6 Ellesmere Port 1669; 7 Chester Tri 1698.

MEN’S DIVISION TWO: 1 Deeside 544; 2 West Cheshire 693; 3 Prestatyn 1274; 4 Eryri 1438; 5 Pensby 1531; 6 UTS 1630; 7 Deestriders 1717; 8 Cybi 2197; 9 Wrecsam Tri 2218; 10 Birkenhead 3731; 11 Tattenhall 6346.

The next round will be held on Sunday, December 3, at Wrexham.

FARNDON celebrated a 1-2-3 finish in the year three boys race at the second round of the West Cheshire AC Schools Cross Country Race Series held on Saturday at Ellesmere Port Sports Village.

Henry Glyn, Blake Robinson and Oscar Sheppard combined for Farndon who were also represented by year five girls winner, Zara Evans, who finished ahead of Oldfield’s Saskia Keresturova and Hoole’s Alice Roberts Page in second and third places respectively.

Acresfield-based brothers Aubrey and Caleb Newman grabbed glory in their races, with Aubrey winning the year four boys race ahead of Niall Betteridge (Hoole) and Xavier Slinn (Boughton Heath), and Caleb finishing in top spot in the year five boys race ahead of Jack Arnold (Upton Heath) and Alfie Simms (Whitby Heath).

Bishop Heber celebrated victories in the year seven girls and year seven boys races thanks to Nia Manson and Lewis Dutton. Nia finished ahead of Amelia Snowden (Kings) and Rose Sheppard (Helsby), while Lewis won his race ahead of Sidney Carr (Upton).

Poppy McKenna (Kings) won the year six girls race ahead of Elsie Jones (Willaston) and Marie-Ange Robson (Childer Thornton), while Leon Betteridge (Hoole) finished ahead of Jacob Wilson (Willaston) and Leo Ravenscroft (Childer Thornton) in the year six boys race.

Arlanwen Setters of Hoole won the year three girls race ahead of Niamh Rowlands (Woodlands) and Rose Riley-Pickup (Eccleston), while Abby Gamble (Guilden Sutton) won the year four girls race ahead of Polly Morait (Farndon) and Molly Lee (Newton).

Dylan Gledhill (Christleton) won the year eight boys race ahead of Tarporley’s Max Henderson and Christleton’s Dylan Chandler, while Poppy Coates (West Kirby) finished ahead of Lauren Higgins (Queens) in the year eight girls race. 

The next round will be held on Saturday, November 18. 

ENTRIES for this year’s Chester Round The Walls Race on Boxing Day are still being received and all finishers will receive a commemorative medal to mark the event’s anniversary. The online entry link is: https://wcac.niftyentries.com/Chester-Round-The-Walls-2023

FIXTURES this weekend include the second round of the Manchester Cross Country League, on Saturday, at Wythenshawe Park.

THE next round of the North Wales Cross Country League will take place at a new course around Boreatton Park, Baschurch, Shrewsbury, on Saturday, November 25. 

THE West Cheshire AC AGM will be held on Tuesday, November 28, in the EPSV Trackside Room, at 8.15pm.

WCAC News #449 10-11-23

MANY CONGRATULATIONS!

Mike Lamb and Tim Palmer both picked up awards at the England Athletics North West Volunteer Awards Evening held last Friday at Blackburn.

Mike won the Services to Athletics and Running Award, while Tim won the Inspiring Official of the Year Award.

CLUB KIT FOR CHRISTMAS

Purple club hoodies have been ordered and should be delivered in the next fortnight, so please look out for details soon.

Meanwhile, club members can also access an online club shop selling a range of items. Please use WCAC2023 as the password.

SATURDAY MORNING

Please note that the club junior run-jump-throw training session on Saturday Morning (11th November) at Ellesmere Port Sports Village will be taking place.

CLUB AGM

The West Cheshire AC AGM will be held on Tuesday 28th November, in the EPSV Trackside Room, at 8:15pm. All members are welcome.

VACANCY

Our club secretary, Julian Tegg, is stepping down from his role at next month’s Club AGM, so the Club is looking for someone to fill the vacancy. If you are interested and want to learn more, please email Julian at: [email protected]

CHESTER ROUND THE WALLS RACE

Please remember that club members wanting to run in this event MUST provide a helper on the day to enable the event to happen. If you enter, please email the name(s) of your helper(s) ASAP to Dennis Wall at: [email protected]

HAPPY BIRTHDAY

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

Alan Morris, Sarah Hibbert, Don James, Dave Alexander, Richard Hayes, Claire Graham, Peter Keresturova, Thomas Staples-Deva, Toby Adesunloya, Iwan Thomas, Favour Akpan, Carys Manson, Emma Bradley, Nancy Collins, Aiden Hilton, Finley Edwards, Saskia Keresturova, Isabelle Marland.

CONGRATULATIONS NATHAN!

Nathan Brassington has been successful with his application to attend an Athlete Taster Day at Oxford University Athletic Club on 16th November, where she will have the chance to meet some current student-athletes and coaches, as well as hear about life at Oxford.

ENTRIES OPEN FOR LIVERPOOL CROSS COUNTRY CHALLENGE

Entries close on 17th November for the Liverpool Cross Challenge fixture at Sefton Park being held on Saturday 25th November. The online entry link is: https://www.entryhub.co.uk/british-athletics-cross-challenge-liverpool-2023

DATES FOR THE DIARY

Saturday 11th – Manchester Cross Country League Round Two at Wythenshawe Park
Saturday 11th – UK Cross Challenge at Cardiff
Saturday 18th – West Cheshire AC Schools Cross Country Series at Ellesmere Port
Saturday 18th – Inter Counties Cross Country Schools Dave Sunderland Trophy, Warwickshire
Saturday 18th – North Staffs Cross Country League Round Three at Park Hall
Saturday 25th – UK Cross Challenge at Sefton Park, Liverpool
Saturday 25th – North Wales Junior & Senior Cross Country League at Shrewsbury
Sunday 26th – Under 11s & Under 13s Indoor Combined Events Competition at Deeside
Thursday 30th – Christmas Indoor Athletics Open Track & Field Competition at Deeside

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.

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.

WCAC Endurance League

Changes at the top of the WCAC Endurance League women’s table as Autumn draws in, with Fiona Cook leading from Debra Bemand, followed by Keely Smith. As last month, there is still nothing to split the the two Andys Clague and Carter in the men’s competition, still pursued by last year’s winner Paul Morrison.

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

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