WCAC Newsletter #267, 02-04-20

HELP AND SUPPORT

Anyone requiring help and support while self-isolating can contact the local council hotline number of 0300 123 7031.

This is a dedicated hotline number for those self-isolating and who don’t have anyone to help. A call to this number will provide help organising food or medicine deliveries, or some sort of social contact. The number for the most in need is 0300 123 7031. It is open Monday to Sunday (8am-7pm).

ALSO – Please feel free to ring me (Dennis) if you want a chat or need any help or support. My numbers are: 0151 201 1254 and 07968 643038.

CHALLENGING TIMES

This week should have seen the club organising the pre-season Track and Field Trials, hosting the Year 7 Cheshire v Merseyside Schools Cross Country Races, and preparing to host the Chester Spring Five Miles Road Race which was scheduled for Wednesday, April 8.

But all of these fixtures have fallen victim to the Covid-19 crisis and we are faced with weeks and months of trying to adapt to drastic changes due to restrictions and guidance from the Government.

Many Club members have been finding ways of staying fit and healthy – using indoor treadmills, participating in a standing long jump competition, and following online exercise classes.

England Athletics have now told Clubs to suspend all face to face activity such as club training sessions, events, competitions, club committee and face to face meetings, athlete camps, running groups, and social events until the end of May.

But please stay upbeat and pass on your ideas and initiatives to help everyone stay fit and healthy in these unprecedented times. And please forward your contributions to me by email: dennis.wall1@ntlworld.com

I hope you enjoy this issue of the Club Newsletter and hope you can all play your part in communicating and sharing your thoughts and ideas during this lull in Club training and competition.

VIRTUAL NATIONAL ROAD RELAY CHAMPIONSHIPS

The England Road Running Association (ERRA) relays, scheduled for Sutton Park, Birmingham on Saturday (4 April), are the first national road running championships to be called off due to the Coronavirus pandemic. However, thanks to modern technology, there will be a record ‘entry’ this year for a virtual competition to discover the top club teams.

This year’s virtual road relay can be entered by any club athlete here:

  • Clubs must ensure they can field at least 12 men and/or 6 women before entering.
  • Individuals enter themselves via Open Track – no limits on numbers per club.
  • Entries will close at 23:59 on Friday 3 April.
  • Qualifying runs of 5K must be completed by 23:59 on Wednesday April 8th. 
  • Strava segments must be uploaded by 12:00pm on Thursday April 9th. 
  • One performance per athlete and no significant negative elevation permitted!

The results will be based on 12-to-score (men and women) with an additional women’s six ‘stage’ result in line with the normal relay format. Organisers have emphasised that social distancing rules must be observed, participants must run solo, avoid busy locations (such as your usual parkrun route) and must not drive to a favoured location for their run.

ONLINE ATHLETICS WEBINARS

England Athletics are offering a variety of online webinars of interest to athletes, coaches, officials, parents, and fans of the sport we all love.

The link to the updated list of webinars covering Throws, Sprints, Endurance Running, Jumps, Steeplechase, Race Walking, Pole Vault, Combined Events, and Running Drills can be found here and here

STAYING FIT AND HEALTHY

There are a range of websites offering a range of advice on exercises we cando while confined indoors.

MIND provides a series of workouts here.

Joe Wicks has become a household name with his daily online morning workouts, which can be found here

Sport England is offering tips, advice and guidance on how to stay active around the home on this link.

Youth Sport Trust is providing healthy tips including a series of 60-second Challenges on this link.

Realbuzz has provided 10 strengthening exercises for runners which can be found here.

FIXTURES CANCELLED

The Under 13/Under 15, and Under 17/Under 20 Youth Development Track and Field League have cancelled this seasons fixtures.

The Cheshire Track and Field Season has been formally cancelled. League secretary Alan Johnson emailed to say: “It is sad that we have had to do this but the circumstances of the current crisis makes it impossible to carry on. Of the clubs who have responded 13 were in favour of cancelling with just 2 wanting to continue. The four officers also back cancelling the league for 2020.” 

The Welsh Castles Road Relay and the first two Wirral Seaside 5k Races have both been cancelled.

GREAT MEMORIES…

If you want to bring a smile to your face then I’d recommend casting your mind back to the 2012 Olympics and looking at these three links. Enjoy!

IT’S GOOD TO TALK

Members and parents are reminded to look at the following links for updates about any Club training sessions being cancelled due to adverse weather conditions:

FACEBOOK: West Cheshire AC, West Cheshire AC Road Running, West Cheshire AC Jnr to U20 Middle Distance Group

WEBSITE: www.westcheshireac.co.uk

TWITTER: https://twitter.com/westcheshireac 

WCAC Endurance League

Alex and Andrew led the women’s and men’s competitions when things stood still in the middle of March, with Ellie, Clare, Andy and Steve filling out the top threes.

No opportunities to unfreeze the standings for a while yet, but plenty of time to check them out near the bottom of the Races – Road Running page.

Press Report: County Champs Postponed

THE highlight of the county track and field season has been postponed.

Hopes of West Cheshire Athletic Club hosting the Cheshire County Track and Field Championships at Ellesmere Port Sports Village on the weekend of May 30 and 31 have been postponed due to the current Covid-19 crisis.

Cheshire Athletics Association made a decision to postpone the annual fixture during their recent online committee meeting.

A statement on the Cheshire AA Facebook page reads: “The Cheshire County Track & Field Championships, scheduled to be held on 30th & 31st May, has been postponed.

“A decision on a rearranged date will be taken by the County Committee after it becomes clear when athletics competition can resume.”

Other postponed fixtures which were scheduled to be held at the Ellesmere Port Sports Village Athletics Track this summer include the English Schools Track and Field Cup County Round, and the English Schools Track and Field Cup Regional B Final.

Cheshire Schools AA and English Schools AA have announced the cancellation of all schools athletics competitions this summer, apart from the Combined Events Championships scheduled for September.

This includes both the Cheshire County Schools Championships which were scheduled to be held on June 13 at Warrington’s Victoria Park, and the English Schools Track and Field Championships which were planned to be held at Manchester on July 10 and 11.

Meanwhile, the English Cross-country Association has produced dates for the next cross country season, which understandably could change if the Covid-19 crisis isn’t over by the autumn.

Cross-country league designated dates are: October 10, November 7, December 5, January 16, and February 13, with a sixth date of March 13 if required.

The English National Cross-country Relays are to be held in Berry Hill Park, Mansfield, on October 31.

The National and Inter Counties are swapping dates in 2021 due to the World Cross-country Championships being in Australia on March 20. So the Inter Counties will be at Loughborough on February 20, and the English National Championships will be at Parliament Hill, London, on March 6.
Other major cross country dates are:

Trials for European Championships on November 28, with the European Championships in Dublin on December 13.

County Cross-country Championships – January 9; Area Cross-country Championships – January 30; British Universities and Colleges Cross -country Championships – February 6; English Schools Cross-country Championships – March 20; and  Schools International – March 27.

WCAC Newsletter #266, 27-03-20

ADAPTING TO BIG CHANGES

Our whole way of life has had to adapt and change because of restrictions and guidance earlier this week from the Government.

I’ve noticed from social media platforms that many Club members are trying to address the frustrating situation with a whole host of initiatives in a bid to stay fit, healthy, and active.

England Athletics have now told Clubs to suspend all face to face activity such as club training sessions, events, competitions, club committee and face to face meetings, athlete camps, running groups, and social events until the end of May.

So In a bid to keep everyone at West Cheshire Athletic Club upbeat, I would like to ask for your contributions for future editions of the Club Newsletter. I’m looking for you all to pass on your ideas and initiatives to help everyone stay fit and healthy in these unprecedented times.

Please forward your contributions to me by email: dennis.wall1@ntlworld.com

Meanwhile, I hope you enjoy this issue of the Club Newsletter and hope you can all play your part in communicating and sharing your thoughts and ideas during this lull in Club training and competition.

And here are a couple of links from England Athletics, Sport England and Youth Sport Trust for you to look at which will hopefully motivate in your aim of staying fit and active:

Athletics at home

How to stay active while you’re home

Free home-learning resources

Also, don’t forget to look at the free of charge Joe Wicks Fitness Sessions. The link is here

CONGRATULATIONS ANDY!

Many congratulations to Andy Leishman who has recently got married.

UPDATED MESSAGE FROM ENGLAND ATHLETICS…

England Athletics CEO Chris Jones has published an updated message on the England Athletics website stating that the suspension for athletics activity has been extended to May 31.

The link to his message is here.

UPDATE FROM THE EPSV ATHLETICS TRACK

White Line have been continuing to make good progress with delamination work on the EPSV Track, but the whole site remains out of bounds due to Brio closing the Ellesmere Port Sports Village until the end of May.

Please look at the club website for all the latest updates.

GOOD MENTAL HEALTH IN YOUNG PEOPLE WEBINAR

England Athletics is hosting a free webinar delivered by Mind, the mental health charity on Tuesday, March 31, from 6pm. The webinar will look at the pressures young people face and the impact this has on their mental health, how you can support a young person who may be experiencing mental health problems, where to signpost them to, and how to promote good mental health in young people. Register here: http://bit.ly/RegisterRunAndReviseWebinar

CLUB TRACK AND FIELD TRIALS

Unfortunately, the annual Club Track and Field Trials scheduled to be held at the EPSV Track on Saturday March 28, and Thursday, April 2, have been cancelled.

CHESHIRE CHAMPIONSHIPS ARE POSTPONED

The Cheshire County Track & Field Championships, scheduled to be held on 30th & 31st May at Ellesmere Port Sports Village, have been postponed. A decision on a rearranged date will be taken by the Cheshire County Committee after it becomes clear when athletics competition can resume.

CHESTER SPRING FIVE MILES ROAD RACE

Unfortunately, the Chester Spring Five Miles Road Race scheduled to be held at Cheshire Sports Club, Upton, Chester, on Wednesday, 15th April, has been cancelled.

GUILDEN SUTTON 10k ROAD RACE

The Guilden Sutton 10k Road Race scheduled to be held on Sunday, 20th September, has been cancelled because the Chester Half Marathon has been switched to this date and the Club will be aiming to help out at that fixture.

SCHOOLS FIXTURES CANCELLED

The Year 7 Cheshire v Merseyside Schools Cross Country fixture scheduled to be held at Ellesmere Port Sports Village on Wednesday 1st April has been cancelled.

And the English Schools Track and Field Cup first round match at Ellesmere Port Sports Village scheduled for Wednesday, 6th May has also been cancelled.

VIRTUAL LONDON MARATHON FOR CHARITY

If you are still disappointed about the cancellation of this year’s London Marathon, the RFTW (Run For The World) Virtual Major Marathon series allows you to complete the London marathon without even being there!

Choose your distance to run in a single run/walk from the date of the London Marathon (April 26) until the end of 2020. As soon as you submit an activity of your chosen distance, you will receive the third medal of the Virtual Major Marathons series.

Only one of the Virtual Marathon Series events can be completed at one time so you cannot run only once after signing up to all events to receive all medals. You must run six separate times to collect all six events. Further details can be found here.

OPTIMISTICALLY LOOKING AHEAD…

The English Cross Country Association have produced some dates for your diaries for the next cross country season, which understandably could of course change if we are not on top of Covid-19 by the autumn.

Major cross-country league designated dates are: October 10, November 7, December 5, January 16, and February 13, with a sixth date of March 13 if required.

The English National XC Relays are to be held in Berry Hill Park, Mansfield, on October 31, 2020.

The National and Inter Counties are swapping dates in 2021 due to the World XC Championships being in Australia on March 20. So the Inter Counties will be at Loughborough on February 20, 2021, and the National will be at Parliament Hill on March 6, 2021.

Other major XC dates are:

Trials for European Championships on November 28, with the European XC Championships in Dublin on December 13.

County XC Championships – January 9, 2021; Area XC Championships – January 30, 2021; BUCS XC Championships – February 6, 2021; English Schools XC Championships – March 20, 2021; SIAB – Schools International – March 27, 2021.

IT’S GOOD TO TALK

Members and parents are reminded to look at the following links for updates about any Club training sessions being cancelled due to adverse weather conditions:

FACEBOOK: West Cheshire AC, West Cheshire AC Road Running, West Cheshire AC jnr to u20 middle distance group

WEBSITE: www.westcheshireac.co.uk

TWITTER: https://twitter.com/westcheshireac

Press Report: Borders Season Brought to End

WEST CHESHIRE Athletic Club will compete in Division One of next season’s Borders Road Running League men’s and women’s competitions.

The Ellesmere Port Sports Village-based outfit and the other participating clubs have been informed that the two remaining fixtures scheduled to take place on Sunday, April 5, at Ellesmere Port, and on Wednesday, April 22, at Helsby, have been cancelled.

“Following extensive discussion and considering a number of possible alternatives, none of which would appear to be satisfactory, we have decided that the 2019-20 Borders League season is over and that the final results will be the standings after Race 5,” league official, Robert Mackey, posted on Facebook.

“There will be a presentation of awards. When, where and the format of it is yet to be decided. The AGM is scheduled for early July. We have no plans for it at present, that will depend entirely on the situation nearer the time.”

Wrexham AAC had gone to considerable effort and expense to stage the fifth round race on Sunday, March 15, which sadly, was affected by the shadow of the looming Covid-19 crisis. A noticeably reduced field assembled by Redwither Business Centre on the start line, with 267 making it to the finish on the 2-lap, 9.4km course.

In the Mens’ race, Joseph Morrison’s four-second margin of victory over second placed Ryan Davis of Wrexham AAC gave him his first Borders League victory and West Cheshire AC’s first-ever male winner in a league race – in 22 seasons of racing in the Borders League.

Hannah Cowley‘s return for Helsby after missing two races saw her take victory by over a minute from Emma Crowe of Deeside – the latter making a late switch of races following the overnight cancellation of the Wilmslow 10km.

The team competitions saw Buckley RC take another big bite out of Wallasey AC‘s lead in Mens’ Division One – the Wirral club fielding a significantly weakened turnout – while Wrexham AAC’s five counters home in the first 12 helped them take second place on the day.

In Womens’ Division One a weakened Wirral AC finished fifth on the day but hung on to their lead in the team standings, while Buckley Runners and Chester Tri  took first and second places on the day.

Mens’ Division Two saw a comfortable win for Wirral AC, with Chester Tri second again, but still a very long way adrift of Eryri Harriers in the League standings.

West Cheshire AC were winners on the day from Eryri Harriers in Womens’ Division Two, but Ellesmere Port in third place did enough to retain their league lead from West Cheshire.

Buckley Runners maintained their lead in the Veteran Men category with another victory, while Wallasey AC‘s Veteran Women did enough to retain their lead in their respective category.

TWO popular road running fixtures have had to be cancelled due to the Covid-19 crisis.

The Chester Spring Five Miles Race hosted by West Cheshire AC and scheduled to be held on Wednesday, April 8, and the Christleton 5k Race hosted by Chester Tri Club and scheduled to be held on Friday, May 15, have both been cancelled following announcements from England Athletics and Cheshire West and Chester Council advising that all competitions should be suspended until at least the end of April.

WEST CHESHIRE AC has been informed that the County Round of the English Schools Track and Field Cup Competition scheduled to be held at Ellesmere Port Sports Village on Wednesday, May 6, and the Regional B Final scheduled to be held at the same venue on Wednesday, June 3, have been cancelled.

WCAC Newsletter #265, 20-03-20

TRYING TO STAY FOCUSED

Life has changed so much for us all because of Coronavirus, but the most important thing is to stay safe, stay healthy, stay upbeat, and to help one another.

England Athletics have told all Clubs to suspend all face to face activity such as club training sessions, events, competitions, club committee and face to face meetings, athlete camps, running groups, and social events until at least the end of April.

In a bid to keep everyone at West Cheshire Athletic Club upbeat, I would like to ask for your contributions for future editions of the Club Newsletter.

I’m looking for you all to pass on your ideas and initiatives to help everyone stay fit and healthy in these unprecedented times.

Please forward your contributions to me by email: dennis.wall1@ntlworld.com

Meanwhile, I hope you enjoy this issue of the Club Newsletter and hope you can all play your part in communicating and sharing your thoughts and ideas during this lull in Club training and competition.

And, our Club Chairman, Jon Clarke, is keen for the Club to help promote the free of charge Joe Wix Fitness Sessions for Primary and Secondary School pupils which start at 9am on Monday for a week. The link is here.

CONGRATULATIONS ALICE AND LIAM!

Everyone at West Cheshire AC passes on their congratulations to Alice and Liam Davoren who have announced that they are expecting their first child.

WELCOME ABOARD

Adrian Gledhill and Liam Davoren both attended a Coaching Assistant Course at Deeside Stadium, Connah’s Quay, last weekend to help strengthen our coaching squad.

MESSAGE FROM ENGLAND ATHLETICS…

England Athletics CEO Chris Jones has published a message on the England Athletics website and has requested everyone to provide feedback via a form at the foot of his page.

The link to his message is here.

UPDATE FROM THE EPSV ATHLETICS TRACK

White Line started delamination work on the EPSV Track on Monday and will be on site until they complete the work while the Ellesmere Port Sports Village is closed to the public from 5pm on Friday 20th March until the end of May.

Please look at the Club Website for all the latest updates at: www.westcheshireac.co.uk

CLUB TRACK AND FIELD TRIALS

Unfortunately, the annual Club Track and Field Trials scheduled to be held at the EPSV Track on Saturday March 28, and Thursday, April 2, have been cancelled.

CHESTER SPRING FIVE MILES ROAD RACE

Unfortunately, the Chester Spring Five Miles Road Race scheduled to be held at Cheshire Sports Club, Upton, Chester, on Wednesday, 15th April, has been cancelled.

GUILDEN SUTTON 10k ROAD RACE

The Guilden Sutton 10k Road Race scheduled to be held on Sunday, 20th September, has been cancelled because the Chester Half Marathon has been switched to this date and the Club will be aiming to help out at that fixture.

TRACK AND FIELD UPDATE

West Cheshire AC’s scheduled first round fixtures in the Cheshire League at Wrexham on Sunday, 19th April, and in the Youth Development U17/U20 League at Ellesmere Port Sports Village on Sunday, 26th April, have both been cancelled.

SCHOOLS FIXTURES CANCELLED

The Year 7 Cheshire v Merseyside Schools Cross Country fixture scheduled to be held at Ellesmere Port Sports Village on Wednesday 1st April has been cancelled.

And the English Schools Track and Field Cup first round match at Ellesmere Port Sports Village scheduled for Wednesday, 6th May has also been cancelled.

CONGRATULATIONS JOSEPH!

Joseph Morrison won the Borders Road Running League race at Wrexham on Sunday and became the first-ever Club member to win a Borders League fixture.

He grabbed glory at the 5.8 miles event held on the Wrexham Industrial Estate and was backed up by club mates Michael Young (17th), Graham Wells (39th), Robert Little (50th), Steve Fernyhough (51st), Freddy Newberry (59th), Steve King (74th), Andrew Clague (77th), Andy Carter (78th), and final scoring counter Danny Paddock (79th).

Keely Smith headed West Cheshire AC’s ladies team to the finishing line in 129th spot, supported by club mates Debra Bemand (154th), and third scoring counter Rachael Patterson (184th).

Other West Cheshire AC finishers included Richard Hayes (82nd), Fraser Campbell (87th), Paul Morrison (93rd), John Parlevliet (94th), Dave Tiernan (162nd), Julian Tegg (172nd), Claire Harris (188th), Clare Mallon (195th), Amy Mills (222nd), Chloe Fitzpatrick (232nd), and Alex Duffey (244th).

Sadly, it was the last round of the season and the overall results can be found here.

CARYS HEADS HER COUNTY HOME

Carys Roberts headed Cheshire Junior Girls’ charge at the English Schools Cross Country Championships on Saturday at Sefton Park, Liverpool.

Carys was first home for Cheshire and ninth overall in 11 minutes 22 seconds after negotiating the 3km course, while club mate Lucia Pyne was sixth team counter for Merseyside after posting 188th spot in 14:37 for the 3.8km Intermediate Girls race.

Other West Cheshire AC members representing Cheshire included Jamie Richardson (third team counter and 40th overall in 19:21 for the 5.5km Intermediate Boys race), supported by Isaac Tait (fourth team counter and 185th overall in 20:40), and Sammy Hollins (sixth team counter and 296th overall in 21:55).

Luke Parker (fourth team counter and 135th overall in 16:15 for the 4.4km Junior Boys event), and Lily Moorhouse (fourth counter and 275th in 21:15) completed the 4.4km Senior Girls race.

TRIO SECURE PODIUM PLACE

Dave Alexander, Andrew Clague and Neil Hershaw secured second team position at the British Masters Cross Country Championships.

Alexander was fourth in his over-50 age group in 32:24, while Clague was 11th in his over-55 age group in 35:20, and Hershaw was 10th in his age category with 35:25 to combine for a podium place in the 8km Men’s 45-54 age group event held at the Rhug Estate, Corwen, ahead of Andy Carter (12th over-50 in 36:02).

Anest Muller (seventh over-35 lady in 28:32) and Ellie Robinson (seventh over-45 lady in 28:41) completed the 6km Women’s race, won by Liz Renondeau of Vale Royal in 22:52, with Joanna Marsden of Ellesmere Port in second spot with 22:53.

PAIR PRODUCE MEDAL PERFORMANCES

Florence Harte and Daniel Walker represented the Club in the Sale Harriers Over The Bales Races. Harte won the under 9 girls race, while Walker achieved third spot in the under 11 boys event.

JOSH IS JUBILANT WITH TWO NEW BESTS

Josh Ford clocked new under 20 men’s 60m (7.27 seconds) and 300m (36.55) personal bests at the Sale Harriers Indoor Open Meeting in Manchester.

Imogen Pughe posted a new under 17 ladies 60m personal best time of 8.13 seconds, and added a 300m time of 42.04, while Fergus Garland posted a new under 15 boys 300m pb of 39.73.

Sara Pearson clocked a new under 15 girls 60m pb of 8.42 seconds, long jumped 4.37m, and hit 9.57m in the shot put.

Martha Willetts rounded the under 15 girls 600m in a new pb of 1:44.80 and added a 300m season’s best of 45.27 alongside Megan White who clocked a new 600m pb of 1:50:72 and a 300m season’s best of 50.76.

AGE GROUP BEST FOR ISABEL

Isabel Robertson represented the Club at the Liverpool Half Marathon where she posted a new over-55 age group club best time of two hours and 47 seconds for 12th spot in her age category, alongside Mark Povey.

IT’S GOOD TO TALK

Members and parents are reminded to look at the following links for updates about any Club training sessions being cancelled due to adverse weather conditions:

FACEBOOK: West Cheshire AC, West Cheshire AC Road Running, West Cheshire AC Jnr to U20 middle distance group

WEBSITE: www.westcheshireac.co.uk

TWITTER: https://twitter.com/westcheshireac

Chester Spring 5 and Guilden Sutton 10k 2020 Cancelled

We regret to announce that the 2020 Spring 5 race is cancelled.

This is following an announcement from England Athletics earlier today advising that all competitions should be suspended until at least the end of April.

All of the entrants have been emailed and this should contain the answers to any of your queries, so please check this first before asking further questions.

The Guilden Sutton 10k Road Race, scheduled to be held on Sunday September 20th, has also been cancelled because the Chester Half Marathon has been switched to this date, and the Club will be aiming to help out at that fixture.

Training Postponed Until End of April 2020

Following the latest advice from England Athletics, all club training is postponed until the end of April 2020 at the earliest. Please look out for regular updates via emails from West Cheshire AC, as well as on the club website, Facebook and Twitter, as to training session locations from May onwards. In the meantime, individual coaches may also be in touch via Facebook. Please take care and continue adhering to Government health advice.

Press Report: Joseph Crosses Border to Victory

JOSEPH MORRISON is celebrating his first Borders Road Running League victory.

The West Cheshire Athletic Club race ace grabbed glory on Sunday morning at the 5.8 miles event held on the Wrexham Industrial Estate.

Morrison, who pocketed a bronze medal last month while representing Chester University in the 800m at the British Universities and Colleges Indoor Championships in Sheffield, continued his impressive form.

He was backed up by club mates Michael Young (17th), Graham Wells (39th), Robert Little (50th), Steve Fernyhough (51st), Freddy Newberry (59th), Steve King (74th), Andrew Clague (77th), Andy Carter (78th), and final scoring counter Danny Paddock (79th).

Keely Smith headed West Cheshire AC’s ladies team to the finishing line in 129th spot, supported by club mates Debra Bemand (154th), and third scoring counter Rachael Patterson (184th).

Other West Cheshire AC finishers included Richard Hayes (82nd), Fraser Campbell (87th), Paul Morrison (93rd), John Parlevliet (94th), Dave Tiernan (162nd), Julian Tegg (172nd), Claire Harris (188th), Clare Mallon (195th), Amy Mills (222nd), Chloe Fitzpatrick (232nd), and Alex Duffey (244th).

CARYS ROBERTS of West Cheshire AC headed Cheshire Junior Girls’ charge at the English Schools Cross Country Championships.

Roberts was first home for Cheshire and ninth overall in 11 minutes 22 seconds after negotiating the 3km course at Sefton Park, Liverpool.

Club mate Lucia Pyne was sixth team counter for Merseyside after posting 188th spot in 14:37 for the 3.8km Intermediate Girls race.

Other West Cheshire AC members representing Cheshire included Jamie Richardson (third team counter and 40th overall in 19:21 for the 5.5km Intermediate Boys race), supported by Isaac Tait (fourth team counter and 185th overall in 20:40), and Sammy Hollins (sixth team counter and 296th overall in 21:55).

Luke Parker (fourth team counter and 135th overall in 16:15 for the 4.4km Junior Boys event), and Lily Moorhouse (fourth counter and 275th in 21:15) completed the 4.4km Senior Girls race.

DAVE ALEXANDER, Andrew Clague and Neil Hershaw secured second team position at the British Masters Cross Country Championships.

Alexander was fourth in his over-50 age group in 32:24, while Clague was 11th in his over-55 age group in 35:20, and Hershaw was 10th in his age category with 35:25 to combine for a podium place in the 8km Men’s 45-54 age group event held at the Rhug Estate, Corwen, ahead of Andy Carter (12th over-50 in 36:02).

Anest Muller (seventh over-35 lady in 28:32) and Ellie Robinson (seventh over-45 lady in 28:41) completed the 6km Women’s race, won by Liz Renondeau of Vale Royal in 22:52, with Joanna Marsden of Ellesmere Port in second spot with 22:53.

FLORENCE HARTE and Daniel Walker represented West Cheshire AC in the Sale Harriers Over The Bales Races. Harte won the under 9 girls race, while Walker achieved third spot in the under 11 boys event. 

JOSH FORD of West Cheshire AC clocked new under 20 men’s 60m (7.27 seconds) and 300m (36.55) personal bests at the Sale Harriers Indoor Open Meeting in Manchester.

Imogen Pughe posted a new under 17 ladies 60m personal best time of 8.13 seconds, and added a 300m time of 42.04, while Fergus Garland posted a new under 15 boys 300m pb of 39.73.

Sara Pearson clocked a new under 15 girls 60m pb of 8.42 seconds, long jumped 4.37m, and hit 9.57m in the shot put.

Martha Willetts rounded the under 15 girls 600m in a new pb of 1:44.80 and added a 300m season’s best of 45.27 alongside Megan White who clocked a new 600m pb of 1:50:72 and a 300m season’s best of 50.76.

ISABEL ROBERTSON represented West Cheshire AC at the Liverpool Half Marathon and posted two hours and 47 seconds for 12th spot in her over-55 age group, alongside Mark Povey.

Training, 16/03/20 to 28/03/20

Work on the EPSV track is currently scheduled to take place from Monday March 16th (weather permitting), before the new season gets under way. The track will be out of bounds during this work, which is scheduled to take 10 days to complete.

Given the current Coronavirus situation, WCAC coaches are of the opinion that it would be unwise to train in a confined space indoors. As a result of this, the club’s indoor training sessions, originally planned for the EPSV Sportshall on Tuesday March 17th and 24th, and Saturday March 21st and 28th, are also cancelled.

Some training groups will be meeting off-site while the track and sport hall are out of bounds:

Jon Moss and Alan Littler’s sprints groups will be training at Deeside Stadium, Connahs Quay.

Ian Ackroyd’s middle distance training group will be meeting for sessions at Lloyd Drive, near M&S, from Monday 16th March (6:30pm start).

Graham Patterson’s training group, the junior group supervised by Dennis Wall, Mark Duffey, Ben Sache, and Becky Miller, and the new middle distance training group supervised by Tim Durrant, will be meeting for sessions at the NEXT car park, on the Coliseum shopping park, on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 17th March (6:30pm start).

Dave McKay and Jenny Manning’s circuit training session on Wednesdays in the Old Stanney sports hall will continue as normal (7pm start).

For other groups, please speak to the relevant coach about any off-site training sessions over the next fortnight.

The health and safety of our athletes, their parents, coaches, officials and volunteers is of paramount importance. Therefore, we respectfully request that if any athlete begins to display any of the publicised symptoms – or comes into contact with someone who has these symptoms – they do not attend any club sessions for the recommended isolation period as per Government guidelines.

As the Coronavirus situation appears to be constantly changing, and as the work on the track is weather dependent, please look out for regular updates, via emails from West Cheshire AC, as well as on this website, Facebook and Twitter, as to training session locations from Monday 30/03/20 onwards. In the meantime, please take care and continue adhering to Government health guidelines.

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