Press Report: Record Breakers in Blackburn

COSETTE WEARDEN is one of several recent record breakers at West Cheshire Athletic Club.

The purple and gold-vested runner broke her club’s outdoor under 17 women’s 3,000m record at Blackburn in a Northern League match with a time of 10:45.6.

And she then broke this record again at Blackpool in the Northern Inter Counties Championships with a time of 10:38.63, alongside club mate Lauren Higgins who clocked a new 800m personal best of 2:25.9.

Other club record breakers at the Blackburn Northern League fixture were Christian Holcombe and Debra Erskine.

Christian broke the over 40 men’s triple jump record with 11.68m, and Debra powered her way to a new over 60 women’s hammer record of 22.04m.

WEST CHESHIRE AC duo Joseph Morrison (1:51.03 for 800m) and Jessica Lark (4:36.70 for 1500m) competed in the British Milers Club Grand Prix – World Athletics Challenger fixture at Sportcity, Manchester.

WEST CHESHIRE ATHLETIC CLUB has delivered taster sessions for Willaston Primary School pupils.

The Ellesmere Port Sports Village-based community sports organisation offered a run-jump-throw training day for 60 pupils as part of Willaston’s week of sporting activities.

Willaston sports teacher, Mary Hughes said: “A massive thank you to all the volunteers at West Cheshire Athletic Club for the amazing taster day for Year four and six. 

“The children absolutely loved going to the athletics club and the staff who accompanied them are made up with how well the event went.”

West Cheshire Athletic Club secretary, Dennis Wall, was delighted to see the youngsters and school staff enjoying their visit.

He said: “It was great to see the pupils and staff enjoying themselves and experiencing the sessions delivered by our volunteer coaches.

“The pupils were organised into manageable groups and were rotated from one session to another during their three-hour visit.

“Great Britain international sprinter and West Cheshire AC member, Emma Holmes, supervised a warm-up routine to prepare the youngsters for the taster sessions which included sprinting, long jump, high jump, javelin and hammer throwing.”

Dennis hopes more locally-based youngsters can come and try athletics at the Ellesmere Port Sports Village Facility.

He added: “The Club would like to see children and families coming down to our club training evenings which are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 6.30-8pm.

“Anyone attending for the first time aged 8.5 years old and above will not be charged a penny, but they will be asked to join the club via the club website if they want to return to another training session.

“All the club training sessions are delivered by fully qualified and enthusiastic voluntary coaches who are keen to see everyone enjoy their visit and improve as well as learn more about running, jumping and throwing.

“The club is a friendly community sports club who continue to work in partnership with many education providers and help deliver competitions for schools within the Ellesmere Port and Chester area.”

West Cheshire AC will be helping to organise the Chester District Primary Schools Athletics Championships on Monday, June 17, and the Ellesmere Port District Athletics Championships on Tuesday, June 18, both at Ellesmere Port Sports Village.

FIXTURES this weekend include the Cheshire Secondary Schools Track and Field Championships at Ellesmere Port Sports Village on Saturday (9.15am start for field events and 10am start for track events).

WEST CHESHIRE AC has a busy schedule of fixtures lined up for the year ahead.

The Ellesmere Port Sports Village-based outfit will host the Cheshire County Track Relay Championships on Thursdays, July 11 and 18.

West Cheshire AC will compete in the Under 13/Under 15 Youth Development League West Premier Division at Preston on Sunday, June 23; and at Bebington Oval on Saturday, July 20.

And the Club will participate in the Under 17/Under 20 Youth Development Track and Field League North West Division One at Wigan on Sunday, June 30.

The Club’s Northern Track and Field League squad will take part in West Premier Division fixtures at Litherland on Saturday, June 15; at Bury on Sunday, July 14; and at Ellesmere Port on Saturday, August 17.

West Cheshire AC will compete in the Cheshire Track and Field League on Sunday, July 21 (at Ellesmere Port); and Sunday, August 25 (at Oldham).

West Cheshire AC will also host the annual Cheshire v Merseyside Year 7 Schools Track and Field fixture in July.

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Posted by Dave Alexander
4th June 2024

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