WCAC Endurance League

Same clear leaders Ellie and Andy, but Andrew moves ahead of Steve in the men’s league. Alex is steadily closing the gap to Clare and Deb in the women’s league. For tables at the end of October, see the middle of the Road Running page.

WCAC Newsletter #247, 08-11-19

THIS WEEKEND

HIGH JUMP TRAINING: All members in the Under 13s age group and above are invited to a high jump training session supervised by Jane Palmer, at Deeside Indoor Athletics Centre, Kelsterton Road, Connahs Quay, CH5 4BR, on Friday, 8th November (6.30pm start). The cost to use the facility is £4 per athlete.

SPORTSHALL TRAINING: An indoor sportshall athletics training session, will take place on Saturday, 9th November (10am-12 noon), at Ellesmere Port Sports Village Sportshall. Everyone needs to register first at the Track Office.

CROSS COUNTRY FIXTURE: The Manchester Area Cross Country League second round takes place on Saturday, 9th November, at Manchester University Playing Fields/Kenworthy Woods, Willenhall Road, Wythenshawe, Manchester, M23 0BD. (12 noon start). Club members can only run if they have been pre-entered.

The timetable is: 12 noon: Under 11 Girls and Under 11 Boys; 12.15pm: Under 13 Girls and Under 13 Boys; 12.30pm: Under 15 Girls and Under 15 Boys; 12.50pm: Under 17 Ladies and Under 17 Men; 1.30pm: Senior, Under 20 and Veteran Women; 2.30pm: Senior, Under 20 and Veteran Men.

ROAD RACE FIXTURE: The Borders Road Running League second round takes place at the Deeside College Stadium Track, Kelsterton Road, Connah’s Quay, CH5 4BR, on Sunday, 9th November (9.30am start). Further details can be found here: http://www.bordersleague.org.uk/fixtures/

SPORTSHALL FIXTURE: The Club is hosting the second round of the North West Sportshall Athletics League, at Ellesmere Port Sports Village Sportshall, on Sunday, 9th November (12.30pm start).

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT
The Ellesmere Port Sports Village Athletics Track will be closed from Monday 11th November to remove moss and clean the track. The work will take 5 days so Track Training Sessions on Tuesday 12th November and Thursday 14th November will be cancelled. But the Club has use of the whole Ellesmere Port Sports Village Sports Hall on Tuesday 12th November between 7-8pm and members wanting to train indoors are being requested to register in the corridor outside the sportshall at 6:45pm.

Further news updates will appear on the Club Website, Facebook Page, Twitter Account, and via a Niftyentries email to your inbox.

CLIPS NEEDED FOR PROMOTIONAL CLUB VIDEO

Any members possessing video clips of them in action in road races, cross country races, sportshall competitions, or track and field events are being requested to forward them to Dennis Wall by email ASAP at: dennis.wall1@ntlworld.com

The video clips will be considered for a promotional club video being planned to be shown at the Annual Club Awards Evening on Saturday 1st February.

HELPERS NEEDED FOR BOXING DAY CHESTER WALLS RACE

Members, parents and friends are needed to help out at the Boxing Day Chester Walls Race being organised by West Cheshire AC. If you can help please email Dennis Wall ASAP at: dennis.wall1@ntlworld.com

URGENT HELP NEEDED

The Club needs urgent help, support, and assistance from parents during Tuesday evening (6.30pm-8pm) and Saturday morning (10am-12 noon) training sessions at the Ellesmere Port Sports Village Athletics Track (6.30pm-8pm).

PARENTS who can help should contact Dennis Wall on 07968643038 or email:dennis.wall1@ntlworld.com

BE SEEN AND BE SAFE

All Club members training at night on routes that involve crossing roads and where there is traffic are reminded to wear bright and reflective clothing. Please be safe.

REPLACEMENT SPIKES

Any member requiring replacement spikes for this Saturday’s North Staffs Cross Country League fixture at Stafford Common should email Tim Durrant at: timd@yahoo.com

Please state size needed and quantity if packs are required and he will pass them to you on Saturday.

9mm are  £1.60 per pack; 12mm are £1.70 per pack; and 15mm are £1.70 per pack.

PARENTAL RESPONSIBILITY

All parents of youngsters attending track training sessions are reminded to collect their sons and daughters 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.

All youngsters attending track training sessions should bring along warm clothing, preferably waterproofs, hats, gloves, as well as a bottle of water.

LIVERPOOL CROSS CHALLENGE ENTRIES NOW OPEN

Entries close on Friday 15th November for the UK Cross Country Challenge at Sefton Park, Liverpool, taking place on 23rd November. The link for entries is here.

LONDON MARATHON CLUB BALLOT

All first claim club members aged 18+ are being invited to enter our ballot for a place in next year’s London Marathon.  Please direct requests for entries to Richard Batterham via: westcheshireroadraces@gmx.co.uk

MASTERS CROSS COUNTRY OPEN RACES

Aintree, Liverpool, will be the venue for men’s 8k and women’s 6k open cross country races on Saturday 16th November. Entries will be accepted on the day between 12 noon and 1.15pm, before the race start at 2.15pm.

COUNTY CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS

Although online entries are open for the Cheshire Cross Country Championships at Winsford on Saturday, 4th January 2020, there is no need for West Cheshire AC members to enter (and pay) individually, as the club has confirmed that it will cover all entries to those who commit to run. This will be done en-bloc in December by Club Cross Country Secetary, Dave Alexander. An email will be sent to club members in due course.

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

Please make a note of the following two dates in your diary:

Friday, 29th November – Club EGM and AGM, at Ellesmere Port Athletics Trackside Community Room, (7.30pm start).

Saturday, 1st February – Club Awards Evening, at Crowne Plaza Hotel, Chester.

AND…please remember to pick up a copy of the Club Winter Fixtures Card from the EPSV Athletics Track Office.

CHESTER WALLS RACE MUG DESIGNERS NEEDED

As we approach the end of the year the club’s Road Race Organising committee is looking for design ideas for the Round the Walls race mug.

Ideas for the mug design should be sent to John Parlevliet before October 11. Ideas such as a suggestion or description, a sketch, a photo, or any other medium are welcome, but the intent for this year is to continue with the same type of mug. Of relevance to anyone thinking to provide a full design, the artwork should include the club logo and the Essar logo, but otherwise you can treat it as a blank canvas.

John Parlevliet can be contacted by email at: jparlevl@gmail.com

INDOOR CIRCUIT TRAINING

Dave McKay and Jenny Manning will be supervising winter circuit training for club members on Wednesdays in the old Stanney High School Sportshall (Annexe) from 7pm.

BECOME ONE OF OUR CLUB COACHES

Any parents of West Cheshire AC members wanting to become qualified coaches will be fully supported by the Club who will pay for coaching courses.

The next Coaching Assistant Courses are being held at SportCity, Manchester, on 26th and 27th October.

And there are Fitness in Running and Walking Courses at GMP Training Centre, Hough End, Manchester, on Saturday and Sunday, 2nd and 3rd November.

Please email Dennis if you are interested at dennis.wall1@ntlworld.com

Further details about coaching can be found here.

ENGLAND ATHLETICS ROAD RUNNING WORKSHOPS

England Athletics are organising two Fitness in Running and Walking courses for run leaders, coaches and runners. Both are at GMP Training Centre, Hough End, Bolton Arena, between 7pm and 9pm, at a cost of £10 for each course. Details are as follows:

  • Warm up & Drills for Road Running, 27th November 2019.  Details here, book here.
  • Preparation & Recovery for Road Running, 29th January 2020. Details here, book here.

REGIONAL COACH AND ATHLETE TRAINING DAYS

England Athletics is running a series of Regional Coach & Athlete Training Days across the country between September 2019 and March 2020. Delivered by elite-level coaches, these practical event-specific sessions are tailored to either Speed, Endurance, Jumps or Throws and are perfect for club-based athletes and coaches looking to develop in areas including training, preparation and technique.

Further details can be found here.

REGIONAL ENDURANCE WORKSHOP

West Cheshire AC has agreed to host England Athletics Regional Endurance Coaching Workshops this Winter at the Ellesmere Port Sports Village Athletics Track.

The target audience will be Coaches working with athletes who are County standard or higher, and athletes aged 11-18. The duration will be up to three hours to include Q&A/discussion.

An interval training session will be held on Thursday, 5th December, and a threshold training session will take place on Thursday, 5th March.

URGENT HELP NEEDED

The Club needs urgent help, support, and assistance from parents during Tuesday evening (6.30pm-8pm) and Saturday morning (10am-12 noon) training sessions at the Ellesmere Port Sports Village Athletics Track (6.30pm-8pm).

PARENTS who can help should contact Dennis Wall on 07968643038 or email:dennis.wall1@ntlworld.com

WHY NOT BECOME AN OFFICIAL?

West Cheshire AC is keen to help any parents of members wanting to become qualified officials. The Club will pay for parents of members wanting to attend an officials course.

Please email Dennis if you are interested at dennis.wall1@ntlworld.com

Further details about officiating can be found here.

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

CLUB KIT

Anyone wanting to purchase club vests (£17) and/or hoodies (£15) is reminded that parents Vikki Brett and Joanne Lark will sell club kit at the EPSV Track Office AFTER Tuesday night training sessions.

Payment can be made by cash, or by cheque made payable to West Cheshire AC.

PHYSIO SUPPORT

Club member Heather McLintock is a qualified physiotherapist and offers substantial discounted prices for West Cheshire AC members on production of their membership card. Heather can be contacted on 01244 381350 or 07885 462487.

WEEKLY PRESS REPORT

This week’s press report can be found here.

FIXTURES

Friday, November 8: High Jump Training Session, at Deeside Indoor Athletics Centre, Kelsterton Road, Connahs Quay, CH5 4BR (6.30pm start). For all Club members in the Under 13s age group and Above. The cost to use the facility is £4 per athlete.

Saturday, November 9: Indoor Sportshall Athletics Training Session, at Ellesmere Port Sports Village Sportshall (10am-12 noon).

Saturday, November 9: Manchester Area Cross Country League, at Kenworthy Woods (12 noon start). Club members can only run if they have been pre-entered.

Sunday, November 10: Borders Road Running League Round Two, at Deeside College Stadium Track, Kelsterton Road, Connah’s Quay, CH5 4BR, (9.30am start).

Sunday, November 10: North West Sportshall Athletics League Round Two, Ellesmere Port Sports Village (12.30pm start).

Press report: Walls entries are going fast

ENTRIES are being snapped up for this year’s Essar Chester Round The Walls Race.

The popular festive fixture being organised by West Cheshire Athletic Club on Boxing Day from Chester Racecourse, has an entry limit of 500 runners, but more than 300 entries have already been sold.

Anyone still wanting to enter the event is being urged to quickly secure their place on the start line by following the online entry link: https://wcac.niftyentries.com/Essar-Chester-Round-The-Walls1

The race is one of the oldest in the country, with the first Boxing Day event held in 1972 and the fixture is now in its 47th year.

The event starts and finishes at the Roodee, the oldest racecourse still used in England, but this year’s route has been changed due to the Bridge gate closure.

Reigning champion, Elliot Cox, from Buckley Runners, will be aiming to defend his title, but faces tough competition once again from last year’s runner-up and 2017 champion, Leon Foster, from Leeds City AC, as well as Jez Brown (Buckley Runners) who finished third last year.

Sarah Hunter, from Ackworth Road Runners, who finished runner-up in the women’s race last year, will be attempting to go one better this time round after finishing behind reigning champion Carol Parsons (Ellesmere Port Running Club).

Volunteers are needed on Boxing Day to help make the race another success. Anyone wanting to help should contact Dennis Wall by emailing: dennis.wall1@ntlworld.com

JOSEPH MORRISON maintained his impressive form with a victory at the Abergele Five Miles Road Race.

The West Cheshire AC teenager won the under 20 men’s title and finished third overall with a time of 26 minutes 33 seconds.

Joseph’s brother, Paul, finished second in a time of 20:25 at Saturday morning’s Ellesmere Port 5k Park Run, ahead of West Cheshire AC team mates Rob Freeman (23:55), Julian Tegg (26:27), Darren Shillington (26:27), Alex Duffey (28:37), and Georgina Duffey (28:57).

Andrew Clague (19:33) was West Cheshire AC’s first finisher at the Chester 5k parkrun, ahead of team mates Sammy Hollins (19:53), Jessica Lark (20:41), David Irving (20:57), Mark Gallagher (27:26), Sharon Dodd (27:30), and Brian Beattie (30:21).

Graham Wells, of West Cheshire AC, was third at the Delamere 5k parkrun in a time of 19:18, ahead of Clare Mallon (23:45).

THE Ellesmere Port Sports Village Athletics Track will be closed from Monday 11th November for five days to remove moss and clean the track. West Cheshire AC track training sessions on Tuesday, 12th November, and Thursday, 14th November, will be cancelled. But the Club has use of the whole Ellesmere Port Sports Village Sports Hall on Tuesday, 12th November, between 7-8pm and members wanting to train indoors are being requested to register in the corridor outside the sportshall at 6.45pm.

FIXTURES this weekend include the second round of the Manchester Area Cross Country League on Saturday at Manchester University Playing Fields/Kenworthy Woods, Willenhall Road, Wythenshawe, Manchester, M23 0BD. The timetable is: 12 noon: Under 11 Girls and Under 11 Boys; 12.15pm: Under 13 Girls and Under 13 Boys; 12.30pm: Under 15 Girls and Under 15 Boys; 12.50pm: Under 17 Ladies and Under 17 Men; 1.30pm: Senior, Under 20 and Veteran Women; 2.30pm: Senior, Under 20 and Veteran Men.

West Cheshire AC will host the second round of the North West Indoor Sportshall Athletics League at Ellesmere Port Sports Village this Sunday (12.30pm start).

WEST CHESHIRE AC will hold it’s EGM and AGM on Friday, 29th November, at the Ellesmere Port Sports Village Athletics Trackside Community Room, (7.30pm start).

ENTRIES close on Friday, 15th November, for the UK Cross Country Challenge at Sefton Park, Croxteth Drive, Liverpool, L17 3AL, taking place on 23rd November.

Start Times – 10.45am: Under 11 Boys (2000m), 10.55am: Under 11 Girls (2000m), 11.05am: Under 13 Girls (3000m), 11.20am: Under 13 Boys (3000m), 11.35am: Under 15 Boys (3000m), 11.50am: Under 15 Girls (3000m), 12.05pm: Under 17 and 20 Women (4400m), 12.25pm: Under 17 Men (5500m), 12.45pm: Under 20 Men (6700m), 1.05pm: Senior Women (8100m), 2.05pm: Senior Men (9800m).

The link for entries is at: https://www.uka.org.uk/competitions/the-british-athletics-cross-challenge/

WCAC Newsletter #246, 01-11-19

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT

The Ellesmere Port Sports Village Athletics Track will be closed from Monday 11th November to remove moss and clean the track. The work will take 5 days so Track Training Sessions on Tuesday 12th November and Thursday 14th November will be cancelled. But the Club has use of the whole Ellesmere Port Sports Village Sports Hall on Tuesday 12th November between 7-8pm and members wanting to train indoors are being requested to register in the corridor outside the sportshall at 6.45pm.

Further news updates will appear on the Club Website, Facebook Page, Twitter Account, and via a Niftyentries email to your inbox.

CLIPS NEEDED FOR PROMOTIONAL CLUB VIDEO

Any members possessing video clips of them in action in road races, cross country races, sportshall competitions, or track and field events are being requested to forward them to Dennis Wall by email ASAP at: dennis.wall1@ntlworld.com

The video clips will be considered for a promotional club video being planned to be shown at the Annual Club Awards Evening on Saturday 1st February.

THIS WEEKEND

Sportshall Athletics Training takes place this Saturday at the Ellesmere Port Sports Village (10am-12 noon), ahead of our home league match at Ellesmere Port Sports Village on Sunday 10th November.

West Cheshire AC members are also being invited to attend a Jumps Training Session this Sunday, (3rd November) at Robin Park Stadium, Wigan, between 10am and 12 noon, being supervised by Jumps Coach, Carl Foster. Athletes, coaches and spectators will be admitted free of charge. More details can be obtained from Dennis Wall by emailing: dennis.wall1@ntlworld.com

HELPERS NEEDED FOR BOXING DAY CHESTER WALLS RACE

Members, parents and friends are needed to help out at the Boxing Day Chester Walls Race being organised by West Cheshire AC. If you can help please email Dennis Wall ASAP at: dennis.wall1@ntlworld.com

URGENT HELP NEEDED
The Club needs urgent help, support, and assistance from parents during Tuesday evening (6.30pm-8pm) and Saturday morning (10am-12 noon) training sessions at the Ellesmere Port Sports Village Athletics Track (6.30pm-8pm).

PARENTS who can help should contact Dennis Wall on 07968643038 or email:dennis.wall1@ntlworld.com

PARENTAL RESPONSIBILITY

All parents of youngsters attending track training sessions are reminded to collect their sons and daughters 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.

All youngsters attending track training sessions should bring along warm clothing, preferably waterproofs, hats, gloves, as well as a bottle of water.

LIVERPOOL CROSS CHALLENGE ENTRIES NOW OPEN

Entries close on Friday 15th November for the UK Cross Country Challenge at Sefton Park, Croxteth Drive, Liverpool, L17 3AL, taking place on 23rd November.

Start Times – 10.45am Under 11 Boys (2000m), 10.55am Under 11 Girls (2000m), 11.05am Under 13 Girls (3000m), 11.20am Under 13 Boys (3000m), 11.35am Under 15 Boys (3000m), 11.50am Under 15 Girls (3000m), 12.05pm, Under 17 and 20 Women (4400m), 12.25pm, Under 17 Men (5500m), 12.45pm, Under 20 Men (6700m), 1.05pm, Senior Women (8100m), 2.05pm, Senior Men (9800m)
The link for entries is at: https://www.uka.org.uk/competitions/the-british-athletics-cross-challenge/

LONDON MARATHON CLUB BALLOT
All first claim club members aged 18+ are being invited to enter our ballot for a place in next year’s London Marathon. Please direct requests for entries to Richard Batterham via: westcheshireroadraces@gmx.co.uk

MASTERS CROSS COUNTRY OPEN RACES
Aintree, Liverpool, will be the venue for men’s 8k and women’s 6k open cross country races on Saturday 16th November. Entries will be accepted on the day between 12 noon and 1.15pm, before the race start at 2.15pm.

COUNTY CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS
Although online entries are open for the Cheshire Cross Country Championships at Winsford on Saturday, 4th January 2020, there is no need for West Cheshire AC members to enter (and pay) individually, as the club has confirmed that it will cover all entries to those who commit to run. This will be done en-bloc in December by Club Cross Country Secetary, Dave Alexander. An email will be sent to club members in due course.

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

Please make a note of the following two dates in your diary:

Friday, 29th November – Club EGM and AGM, at Ellesmere Port Athletics Trackside Community Room, (7.30pm start).

Saturday, 1st February – Club Awards Evening, at Crowne Plaza Hotel, Chester.

AND…please remember to pick up a copy of the Club Winter Fixtures Card from the EPSV Athletics Track Office.

CHESTER WALLS RACE MUG DESIGNERS NEEDED

As we approach the end of the year the club’s Road Race Organising committee is looking for design ideas for the Round the Walls race mug.

Ideas for the mug design should be sent to John Parlevliet before October 11. Ideas such as a suggestion or description, a sketch, a photo, or any other medium are welcome, but the intent for this year is to continue with the same type of mug. Of relevance to anyone thinking to provide a full design, the artwork should include the club logo and the Essar logo, but otherwise you can treat it as a blank canvas.

John Parlevliet can be contacted by email at: jparlevl@gmail.com

INDOOR CIRCUIT TRAINING

Dave McKay and Jenny Manning will be supervising winter circuit training for club members on Wednesdays in the old Stanney High School Sportshall (Annexe) from 7pm.

BECOME ONE OF OUR CLUB COACHES

Any parents of West Cheshire AC members wanting to become qualified coaches will be fully supported by the Club who will pay for coaching courses.

Please email Dennis if you are interested at dennis.wall1@ntlworld.com

Further details about coaching can be found here: https://www.englandathletics.org/coaching/qualifications-landing-page/

REGIONAL COACH AND ATHLETE TRAINING DAYS

England Athletics is running a series of Regional Coach & Athlete Training Days across the country between September 2019 and March 2020. Delivered by elite-level coaches, these practical event-specific sessions are tailored to either Speed, Endurance, Jumps or Throws and are perfect for club-based athletes and coaches looking to develop in areas including training, preparation and technique.

Further details can be found here: https://www.englandathletics.org/coaching/development/regional-coach-athlete-training-days/

REGIONAL ENDURANCE WORKSHOP

West Cheshire AC has agreed to host England Athletics Regional Endurance Coaching Workshops this Winter at the Ellesmere Port Sports Village Athletics Track.

The target audience will be Coaches working with athletes who are County standard or higher, and athletes aged 11-18. The duration will be up to three hours to include Q&A/discussion.
An interval training session will be held on Thursday, 5th December, and a threshold training session will take place on Thursday, 5th March.

WHY NOT BECOME AN OFFICIAL?

West Cheshire AC is keen to help any parents of members wanting to become qualified officials. The Club will pay for parents of members wanting to attend an officials course.

Please email Dennis if you are interested at dennis.wall1@ntlworld.com

Further details about officiating can be found here: https://www.englandathletics.org/officiating/news/on-your-marks-become-an-athletics-official-this-year/

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

CLUB KIT

Anyone wanting to purchase club vests (£17) and/or hoodies (£15) is reminded that parents Vikki Brett and Joanne Lark will sell club kit at the EPSV Track Office AFTER Tuesday night training sessions.

Payment can be made by cash, or by cheque made payable to West Cheshire AC.

PHYSIO SUPPORT

Club member Heather McLintock is a qualified physiotherapist and offers substantial discounted prices for West Cheshire AC members on production of their membership card. Heather can be contacted on 01244 381350 or 07885 462487.

WEEKLY PRESS REPORT

This week’s press report can be found here: https://www.westcheshireac.co.uk/2019/10/31/press-report-muddy-great-results-at-stafford/

FIXTURES

Sunday, November 3: Abergele 5k Road Race, Abergele, (10.30am start).

Saturday, November 9: Manchester Area Cross Country League, at Kenworthy Woods (12 noon start).

Sunday, November 10: North West Sportshall Athletics League Round Two, Ellesmere Port Sports Village (12.30pm start).

Sunday, November 10: Borders Road Running League Round Two, at Deeside (11am start).

Press Report: Muddy great results at Stafford!

WEST CHESHIRE Athletic Club celebrated a double success story at Stafford Common.

Jamie Richardson and Ruby Phillips both secured victories at the second round of the North Staffordshire Cross Country League. (photo courtesy of Bryan Dale)

Richardson won the under 15 boys race and Phillips grabbed glory in the under 11 girls race to maintain their bid to win individual titles from the four round series.

Jessica Lark finished runner-up in the under 13 girls race, backed up by team mates Aimee Phillips (fourth), Sophie Haslam (seventh), and Cerys Rowlands (eighth), to earn second team position.

Carys Roberts was third in the under 15 girls race, supported by sisters Georgina and Henrietta Duffey who were 16th and 21st respectively to earn third team position.

Joseph Morrison finished sixth in the senior men’s race, ahead of team mates Sion Roberts (18th), Andrew Clague (89th), Paul Morrison (103rd), Rory Willson (116th), and David Tiernan (154th) who earned third team position.

Isaac Tait (12th), Fraser Campbell (14th) and Matthew Douglass (19th) combined for the under 17 men who finished in fifth team position, while Reece Munro completed the under 13 boys race in 20th spot.

Lily Moorhouse finished 57th in the senior women’s race, backed up by Alex Duffey (107th) and Hannah Moorhouse (109th).

The next round of the North Staffs Cross Country League is at Park Hall Country Park, near Stoke on Trent, on Saturday, November 16.

TOM BOOTH completed his first 100 miles race in a time of 16 hours 42 minutes.

The West Cheshire AC distance runner achieved seventh spot overall and was fifth man at the Javelina Jundred Race held at Phoenix, Arizona.

He said: “Absolutely over the moon with that! Hell of a race. Not a bad first crack at 100 miles.”

ENTRIES for the Chester Round The Walls Race being held on Boxing Day are now open. The entry link is: https://wcac.niftyentries.com/Essar-Chester-Round-The-Walls

ENTRIES are now being accepted for the UK Cross Country Challenge event at Sefton Park, Liverpool, on Saturday, November 23. The closing date for entries is November 15 and the link for entries is: https://www.entryhub.co.uk/british-athletics-cross-challenge-liverpool-2019?fbclid=IwAR0PuICw_mKC4OPU0W1OybFXB2qdfeADnLPWL9iN6qr4VK6THJgsBtOu0XQ

FORTHCOMING fixtures include the second round of the third round of the Manchester Area Cross Country League at Kenworthy Woods, on Saturday, November 9, and the North West Sportshall Athletics League second round being hosted by West Cheshire AC at Ellesmere Port Sports Village on Sunday, November 10.

SEVERAL West Cheshire AC youngsters have been selected to represent Cheshire in the Dave Sunderland Cup, an Inter Counties Cross Country fixture being held at Lilleshall National Sports Centre, on Saturday, November 16.

THE third round of the Essar West Cheshire AC Schools Cross Country Race Series will be held at Ellesmere Port Sports Village on Saturday, November 30.

FURTHER details about West Cheshire Athletic Club can be found at: www.westcheshireac.co.uk

WCAC Newsletter #245, 25-10-19

THIS WEEKEND

Sportshall Athletics Training resumes this Saturday at the Ellesmere Port Sports Village (10am-12 noon), but everyone should register first at the Track Office.

Those members wanting to represent the club in cross country are being invited to compete at this Saturday’s North Staffs Cross Country League fixture at Stafford Common, Stone Road, Stafford, ST16 1JY, (First race is the under 11s with a 12 noon start).

ATHLETICS TRACK IS OPEN

The Ellesmere Port Sports Village Athletics Track will remain open until further notice after scheduled delamination work on the athletics track was postponed.

The Trackside Toilets and Community Room will be open for all Club training sessions on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

Further news updates will appear on the Club Website, Facebook Page, Twitter Account, and via a Niftyentries email to your inbox.

REPLACEMENT SPIKES

Any member requiring replacement spikes for this Saturday’s North Staffs Cross Country League fixture at Stafford Common should email Tim Durrant at: timd@yahoo.com

Please state size needed and quantity if packs are required and he will pass them to you on Saturday.

9mm are  £1.60 per pack; 12mm are £1.70 per pack; and 15mm are £1.70 per pack.

PARENTAL RESPONSIBILITY

All parents of youngsters attending track training sessions are reminded to collect their sons and daughters 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.

All youngsters attending track training sessions should bring along warm clothing, preferably waterproofs, hats, gloves, as well as a bottle of water.

LIVERPOOL CROSS CHALLENGE ENTRIES NOW OPEN

Entries close on Friday 15th November for the UK Cross Country Challenge at Sefton Park, Liverpool, taking place on 23rd November. The link for entries is here.

LONDON MARATHON CLUB BALLOT

All first claim club members aged 18+ are being invited to enter our ballot for a place in next year’s London Marathon.  Please direct requests for entries to Richard Batterham via: westcheshireroadraces@gmx.co.uk

MASTERS CROSS COUNTRY OPEN RACES

Aintree, Liverpool, will be the venue for men’s 8k and women’s 6k open cross country races on Saturday 16th November. Entries will be accepted on the day between 12 noon and 1.15pm, before the race start at 2.15pm.

COUNTY CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS

Although online entries are open for the Cheshire Cross Country Championships at Winsford on Saturday, 4th January 2020, there is no need for West Cheshire AC members to enter (and pay) individually, as the club has confirmed that it will cover all entries to those who commit to run. This will be done en-bloc in December by Club Cross Country Secetary, Dave Alexander. An email will be sent to club members in due course.

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

Please make a note of the following two dates in your diary:

Friday, 29th November – Club EGM and AGM, at Ellesmere Port Athletics Trackside Community Room, (7.30pm start).

Saturday, 1st February – Club Awards Evening, at Crowne Plaza Hotel, Chester.

AND…please remember to pick up a copy of the Club Winter Fixtures Card from the EPSV Athletics Track Office.

CHESTER WALLS RACE MUG DESIGNERS NEEDED

As we approach the end of the year the club’s Road Race Organising committee is looking for design ideas for the Round the Walls race mug.

Ideas for the mug design should be sent to John Parlevliet before October 11. Ideas such as a suggestion or description, a sketch, a photo, or any other medium are welcome, but the intent for this year is to continue with the same type of mug. Of relevance to anyone thinking to provide a full design, the artwork should include the club logo and the Essar logo, but otherwise you can treat it as a blank canvas.

John Parlevliet can be contacted by email at: jparlevl@gmail.com

INDOOR CIRCUIT TRAINING

Dave McKay and Jenny Manning will be supervising winter circuit training for club members on Wednesdays in the old Stanney High School Sportshall (Annexe) from 7pm.

BECOME ONE OF OUR CLUB COACHES

Any parents of West Cheshire AC members wanting to become qualified coaches will be fully supported by the Club who will pay for coaching courses.

The next Coaching Assistant Courses are being held at SportCity, Manchester, on 26th and 27th October.

And there are Fitness in Running and Walking Courses at GMP Training Centre, Hough End, Manchester, on Saturday and Sunday, 2nd and 3rd November.

Please email Dennis if you are interested at dennis.wall1@ntlworld.com

Further details about coaching can be found here.

ENGLAND ATHLETICS ROAD RUNNING WORKSHOPS

England Athletics are organising two Fitness in Running and Walking courses for run leaders, coaches and runners. Both are at GMP Training Centre, Hough End, Bolton Arena, between 7pm and 9pm, at a cost of £10 for each course. Details are as follows:

  • Warm up & Drills for Road Running, 27th November 2019.  Details here, book here.
  • Preparation & Recovery for Road Running, 29th January 2020. Details here, book here.

REGIONAL COACH AND ATHLETE TRAINING DAYS

England Athletics is running a series of Regional Coach & Athlete Training Days across the country between September 2019 and March 2020. Delivered by elite-level coaches, these practical event-specific sessions are tailored to either Speed, Endurance, Jumps or Throws and are perfect for club-based athletes and coaches looking to develop in areas including training, preparation and technique.

Further details can be found here.

REGIONAL ENDURANCE WORKSHOP

West Cheshire AC has agreed to host England Athletics Regional Endurance Coaching Workshops this Winter at the Ellesmere Port Sports Village Athletics Track.

The target audience will be Coaches working with athletes who are County standard or higher, and athletes aged 11-18. The duration will be up to three hours to include Q&A/discussion.

An interval training session will be held on Thursday, 5th December, and a threshold training session will take place on Thursday, 5th March.

URGENT HELP NEEDED

The Club needs urgent help, support, and assistance from parents during Tuesday evening (6.30pm-8pm) and Saturday morning (10am-12 noon) training sessions at the Ellesmere Port Sports Village Athletics Track (6.30pm-8pm).

PARENTS who can help should contact Dennis Wall on 07968643038 or email:dennis.wall1@ntlworld.com

WHY NOT BECOME AN OFFICIAL?

West Cheshire AC is keen to help any parents of members wanting to become qualified officials. The Club will pay for parents of members wanting to attend an officials course.

Please email Dennis if you are interested at dennis.wall1@ntlworld.com

Further details about officiating can be found here.

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

CLUB KIT

Anyone wanting to purchase club vests (£17) and/or hoodies (£15) is reminded that parents Vikki Brett and Joanne Lark will sell club kit at the EPSV Track Office AFTER Tuesday night training sessions.

Payment can be made by cash, or by cheque made payable to West Cheshire AC.

PHYSIO SUPPORT

Club member Heather McLintock is a qualified physiotherapist and offers substantial discounted prices for West Cheshire AC members on production of their membership card. Heather can be contacted on 01244 381350 or 07885 462487.

WEEKLY PRESS REPORT

This week’s press report can be found here.

FIXTURES

Saturday, October 26: North Staffs Cross Country League Round Two, at Stafford Common, (12 noon start).

Saturday, October 26: Snowdonia Marathon, Nant Peris, (10.30am start).

Saturday, November 9: Manchester Area Cross Country League, at Kenworthy Woods (12 noon start).

Sunday, November 10: North West Sportshall Athletics League Round Two, Ellesmere Port Sports Village (12.30pm start).

Sunday, November 10: Borders Road Running League Round Two, at Deeside (11am start).

Press report: Brothers Lead Way at Colwyn Bay

BROTHERS Joseph and Paul Morrison headed West Cheshire Athletic Club’s charge at the second round of the North Wales Cross Country League.

Joseph won the under 20 men’s age group and finished second overall in a time of 36 minutes 26 seconds at Fox Hills, Colwyn Bay, while Paul was second in the under 20 age group and 13th overall after clocking 39:06.

They were backed up by Tony Woodall (45:49), Mark Davies (44:51), Richard Hayes (47:17), Steven King (47:30), Dave Tiernan (47:57), and Andy Carter (48:19), to earn sixth team spot on the day and fifth team spot after two rounds.

Lucia Pyne and Kerry Riley spearheaded West Cheshire AC’s women to the line, with Pyne securing second place in her under 20 age group and 10th spot overall in 24:41, just seven seconds in front of Riley who was 11th overall.

The pair were supported by Keely Smith (sixth over-35 lady in 26:43), Ellie Robinson (third over-45 lady in 27:18), Anest Muller (eighth over-35 lady in 27:45), Claire Harris (27:47), Clare Mallon (ninth over-45 lady in 29:44), Angela Tegg (10th over-45 lady in 29:56), Debra Bemand (15th over-45 lady in 34:01), and Alex Duffey (16th over-45 lady in 35:17), to earn third team spot on the day and fourth team position overall after two rounds, and fourth team spot overall in the Female Masters team competition.

The next round will be held at Dolgellau, on Saturday, November 23.

KATIE CLARKE, of West Cheshire AC, finished second in a field of 150 runners in the Sand Shark Invitational, South Carolina, USA, with a new 5km cross country race personal best time of 17 minutes 26 seconds.

RUBY PHILLIPS celebrated an impressive victory at the second round of the Essar West Cheshire AC Schools Cross Country Race Series.

Ruby, representing Sutton Green, posted a winning time of 4:51 in the year six girls race at Ellesmere Port Sports Village, to finish ahead of runner up Holly Coates (King’s), and third placed Holly Cooke (Saighton).

Thomas Rimmer (Overleigh St Marys) won the year five boys race in a time of 4:49, ahead of runner-up Joe Williams (King’s) and Hugo McLintock (Mill View) in third position.

Newton’s Tom Yates won the year six boys race in 4:53, ahead of second placed Ben Moffitt (Bishop Wilson) and Daniel Walker (Tarvin) in third spot.

Cerys Rowlands (Whitby) won the year seven girls race in 8:11, ahead of runner-up Molly Brennan (Christleton) and third place Rebecca Smith (Chester Catholic High).

Christleton duo Finlay Palmer (7:36) and Alex Oliver finished first and second respectively in the year seven boys race, ahead of Upton’s Marco Greig in third spot.

Jessica Lark (Upton) won the year eight girls race in 10:31, ahead of runner-up Aimee Phillips (Whitby) and third placed Ruby Carlile (Christleton).

Zak Ireland (Bishop Heber) won the year eight boys race ahead of runner-up Andrew Barratt (Bishops Bluecoat) and Matthew Jones (Upton) in third position.

Emma Gauller (Willaston) posted a winning time of 3:59 in the year three girls race, ahead of Olivia Zarac (Upton Heath) and Amelia Snowden (Tattenhall) who were second and third respectively.

Newton’s Ben Brassington won the year three boys race, just two seconds ahead of team mate Michael Gray, with Noah Booth (Upton Heath) in third spot.

Lowri Phoenix (Tarporley) posted 3:44 for victory in the year four girls race, ahead of runner-up Anna Birkett-Evans (The Firs) and third placed Maya Jennings (Belgrave).

Logan Sefton (King’s) won the year four boys race in 3:24, ahead of second placed Harvey Brown (Tarporley) and Dylan Chandler (Christleton) in third spot.

Ruby McIlveen (Bishop Wilson) won the year five girls race in 5:12, ahead of runner-up Edith Carr (Acresfield) in second spot and third placed Emilia Pyper (Farndon).

The next round in the series at Ellesmere Port Sports Village takes place on Saturday, November 30.

FIXTURES this weekend include the second round of the North Staffs Cross Country League at Stafford Common, Stone Road, Stafford, ST16 1JY, (First race under 11s with a 12 noon start).

CHANGE OF DATE: Ellesmere Port, Neston & Halton District High Schools Cross Country Championships

PLEASE NOTE: The Ellesmere Port, Neston & Halton District High Schools Cross Country Championships take place at Helsby High School THIS AFTERNOON, Monday 21-10-19 from 4pm, and NOT Wednesday 23-10-19 as originally stated.

Essar WCAC Schools Cross-country Series Round 2

Well done to all who took part in today’s second round of the Essar West Cheshire AC Schools Cross-country series. Provisional results are now available near the foot of the Off-road page.

WCAC Newsletter #244, 18-10-19

HELP NEEDED

Sportshall Athletics Training is cancelled this Saturday because the Club is organising the second round of the Essar West Cheshire AC Schools Cross Country Race Series at Ellesmere Port Sports Village.

Help is needed from 8am to set out the course, from 9.15am to register the runners; from 10am when the first race starts; and after the event to tidy away.

ATHLETICS TRACK IS OPEN

The Ellesmere Port Sports Village Athletics Track will remain open until further notice after scheduled delamination work on the athletics track was postponed.

Further news updates will appear on the Club Website, Facebook Page, Twitter Account, and via a Niftyentries email to your inbox.

CROSS COUNTRY INVITATION

West Cheshire AC will be represented at this Saturday’s second round of the North Wales Cross Country League at Fox Hills, Via Eirias Park, Colwyn Bay, LL29 7SP. The first race is scheduled to start at 2pm.

LONDON MARATHON CLUB BALLOT

All first claim club members aged 18+ are being invited to enter our ballot for a place in next year’s London Marathon.  Please direct requests for entries to Richard Batterham via: westcheshireroadraces@gmx.co.uk .

COUNTY CROSS-COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS

Although online entries are open for the Cheshire Cross Country Championships at Winsford on Saturday, 4th January 2020, there is no need for West Cheshire AC members to enter (and pay) individually, as the club has confirmed that it will cover all entries to those who commit to run. This will be done en-bloc in December by Club Cross Country Secretary, Dave Alexander. An email will be sent to club members in due course.

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

Please make a note of the following two dates in your diary:

Friday, 29th November – Club EGM and AGM, at Ellesmere Port Athletics Trackside Community Room, (7.30pm start).

Saturday, 1st February – Club Awards Evening, at Crowne Plaza Hotel, Chester.

AND…please remember to pick up a copy of the Club Winter Fixtures Card from the EPSV Athletics Track Office.

CHESTER WALLS RACE MUG DESIGNERS NEEDED

As we approach the end of the year the club’s Road Race Organising committee is looking for design ideas for the Round the Walls race mug.

Ideas for the mug design should be sent to John Parlevliet before October 11. Ideas such as a suggestion or description, a sketch, a photo, or any other medium are welcome, but the intent for this year is to continue with the same type of mug. Of relevance to anyone thinking to provide a full design, the artwork should include the club logo and the Essar logo, but otherwise you can treat it as a blank canvas.

John Parlevliet can be contacted by email at: jparlevl@gmail.com

PARENTAL RESPONSIBILITY

All parents of youngsters attending track training sessions are reminded to collect their sons and daughters 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.

All youngsters attending track training sessions should bring along warm clothing, preferably waterproofs, hats, gloves, as well as a bottle of water.

INDOOR CIRCUIT TRAINING

Dave McKay and Jenny Manning will be supervising winter circuit training for club members on Wednesdays in the old Stanney High School Sportshall (Annexe) from 7pm.

BECOME ONE OF OUR CLUB COACHES

Any parents of West Cheshire AC members wanting to become qualified coaches will be fully supported by the Club who will pay for coaching courses.

The next Coaching Assistant Courses are being held at SportCity, Manchester, on 26th and 27th October.

And there are Fitness in Running and Walking Courses at GMP Training Centre, Hough End, Manchester, on Saturday and Sunday, 2nd and 3rd November.

Please email Dennis if you are interested at dennis.wall1@ntlworld.com

Further details about coaching can be found here.

REGIONAL COACH AND ATHLETE TRAINING DAYS

England Athletics is running a series of Regional Coach & Athlete Training Days across the country between September 2019 and March 2020. Delivered by elite-level coaches, these practical event-specific sessions are tailored to either Speed, Endurance, Jumps or Throws and are perfect for club-based athletes and coaches looking to develop in areas including training, preparation and technique.

Further details can be found here.

SPIKES FOR SALE

Stocks of 6mm, 9mm, 12mm, and 15mm spikes are now on sale from Tim Durrant who has currently taken charge of spike sales. Spikes are no longer kept in the Club Office Cabinets and can only be bought from Tim. If he is not at the track on Club training nights he can be contacted via email at: timd284@yahoo.com

REGIONAL ENDURANCE WORKSHOP

West Cheshire AC has agreed to host England Athletics Regional Endurance Coaching Workshops this Winter at the Ellesmere Port Sports Village Athletics Track.

The target audience will be Coaches working with athletes who are County standard or higher, and athletes aged 11-18. The duration will be up to three hours to include Q&A/discussion.

An interval training session will be held on Thursday, 5th December, and a threshold training session will take place on Thursday, 5th March.

URGENT HELP NEEDED

The Club needs urgent help, support, and assistance from parents during Tuesday evening (6.30pm-8pm) and Saturday morning (10am-12 noon) training sessions at the Ellesmere Port Sports Village Athletics Track (6.30pm-8pm).

PARENTS who can help should contact Dennis Wall on 07968643038 or email:dennis.wall1@ntlworld.com

WHY NOT BECOME AN OFFICIAL?

West Cheshire AC is keen to help any parents of members wanting to become qualified officials. The Club will pay for parents of members wanting to attend an officials course.

Please email Dennis if you are interested at dennis.wall1@ntlworld.com

Further details about officiating can be found here.

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

CLUB KIT

Anyone wanting to purchase club vests (£17) and/or hoodies (£15) is reminded that parents Vikki Brett and Joanne Lark will sell club kit at the EPSV Track Office AFTER Tuesday night training sessions.

Payment can be made by cash, or by cheque made payable to West Cheshire AC.

PHYSIO SUPPORT

Club member Heather McLintock is a qualified physiotherapist and offers substantial discounted prices for West Cheshire AC members on production of their membership card. Heather can be contacted on 01244 381350 or 07885 462487.

WEEKLY PRESS REPORT

This week’s press report can be found here.

FIXTURES

Saturday, October 19: Essar West Cheshire AC Schools Cross Country Race Series Round Two, at Ellesmere Port Sports Village (10am start).

Saturday, October 19: North Wales Cross Country League Round Two, at Foxhills, Colwyn Bay, (2pm start).

Sunday, October 20: Flintshire 10k Road Race, at Mold, (10.30am start).

Monday, October 21: Chester & District District Secondary Schools Boys Cross Country Championships, at Bishop Heber, Malpas, (3.30pm start).

Wednesday, October 23: Ellesmere Port, Neston & Helsby District Secondary Schools Cross Country Championships, at Helsby High, (4pm start).

Saturday, October 26: North Staffs Cross Country League Round Two, at Stafford Common, (12 noon start)

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