About Us

We provide coaching and competition for all age groups in all events, from our main base at Ellesmere Port Sports Village CH65 9LB, as well as Cheshire County Sports Club, Upton-by-Chester CH2 1PR, and Northgate Arena, Chester CH2 2AU. All are welcome to try us out – see the Training page to find a group suitable for you.

History

The club was formed in April 1998 by the amalgamation of Chester and Ellesmere Port AC (CEPAC) and Whitby Heath AC, and competes in road running, cross-country, off-road and track and field events. Many of our athletes have been crowned county, regional and national champions, and we’ve had a number of medallists and competitors at the English Schools’ Championships, the UK School Games and other prestigious events.

Our constitution is here.

A summary of club information as at March 2022 can be found here.

Awards

The club has won several awards, including:

  • Sport England Clubmark, April 2004
  • National Junior Club of the Year and the North-west Regional Junior UK Athletics Club of the Year award, 2005
  • The Cheshire and Warrington Sport Partnership Sports Club of the Year, 2007
  • England Athletics North-West Region Club of the Year, 2016-2018
  • North-West Region Best Coach, 2016
  • BBC North West Community Sport Club of the Year (sponsored by Sport England)
  • EA North West Club of the Year, 2020
  • UKA Club of the Year runners-up, 2020.

We have also been featured in Athletics Weekly’s Club Night section.

Club Committee

Decisions on the management and direction of West Cheshire AC are taken by the club committee, who are elected at the club annual general meeting and meet on the second Tuesday of every month to discuss a range of issues concerning the club. Please click on this link to find more about the roles of committee members.

The current club committee consists of: Mike Lamb (President), Mark Duffy (Chairman), Dennis Wall (Vice-Chairman, and Track and Field Officer), Victor Oyesola (Sprints Adviser), Julian Tegg (Secretary), Darren Shillington (Treasurer), Jane Pughe (Membership Secretary), Eddie Gore (Facilities Officer), Dave Alexander (Cross Country Secretary), Ian Gloyne-Phillips (Road Running Secretary), Eleanor Wheeler and Anna Woolgar (joint Safeguarding Officers).

The club relies on a group of qualified coaches and highly experienced technical officials, as well as volunteers for our races and training sessions.

Policies and Guides

We strive to operate a friendly and inclusive club, in line with England Athletics’ Club Inclusion policy. Our coaches are expected to abide by UK Athletics’ Code of Conduct for Coaches.

We ask that all members familiarise themselves with the following UK Athletics codes of conduct that we have adopted:

If you feel that we have fallen below expected standards, we ask that you first speak to those involved. If this is not possible or does not resolve the issue, please follow Step 1 of the procedure set out in England Athletics’ Club Discipline and Appeals Process document. The methods by which the club will deal with complaints and disputes are detailed in England Athletics’ Club Grievance Disciplinary policy, which the club has adopted.

Please note, this disciplinary procedure is not for safeguarding issues, for which you should consult England Athletics’ Reporting a Safeguarding Concern guide, which is used to apply UK Athletics’ Safeguarding and Protecting Children in Athletics policy.

The club also has a travel expenses policy, and a policy covering which competitions/ events for which we will pay members’ entry fees.

Please use the “Contact” link at the top of this page to let us know if you would like to become involved in any of these roles.