WCAC Newsletter #231, 12-07-19

12th July 2019, Number 231

TEN West Cheshire AC members will compete for their county at the English Schools Track and Field Championships at Birmingham’s Alexander Stadium on Friday and Saturday.

Representing Merseyside will be Lara Battersby, Imogen Pughe and Isla Shillington.

And representing Cheshire will be: Stephanie Jones, Fatoumatta Bojang, Ewan Bradley, George Hyde, Carys Roberts, Evie Tipping and Emma Howe.

Best wishes to everyone involved!

The Council has confirmed that the Ellesmere Port Sports Village Trackside Community Room, Toilets and Changing Rooms will be complete and there will be a chance to walk around the new facility after the keys to the building are handed over at 2pm on Monday 15th July.

The planned open meeting for Club members and parents on Monday at 6pm to discuss ideas to mark the official opening has been cancelled because the Club Committee have agreed to link the event to our Cheshire Track and Field League match at Ellesmere Port Sports Village on Sunday, 1st September.

A Fire Risk Assessment will take place to ensure the correct fire fighting equipment, signage and understanding of the building’s evacuation procedures need to be completed before the EPSV Trackside buildings can be used.

The Club has accepted an invitation from England Athletics Club Support Manager Nick Settle to pilot an open competition with a difference later this summer in a bid to encourage more youngsters to participate in athletics.

Members and/or parents keen to help deliver the Blast Pilot Initiative should contact Dennis Wall ASAP at Club training or by emailing: dennis.wall1@ntlworld.com

Entries are now being accepted for the Northern Track and Field Age Group Championships for Under 13s, Under 15s, and Under 17s.

The closing date is 26th July.
Further details here.

West Cheshire AC has agreed to host England Athletics Regional Endurance Coaching Workshops this Winter.

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 in December, and a threshold training session will take place in March.

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

Club Member Alex Staniforth has just had his second book published. “Another Peak” published by Trigger Publishing, is now available from Trigger, Amazon, Waterstones, Blackwells, and Alex’s website.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

All Club members are being invited to support our club by completing the Track & Field Online Management Course to help West Cheshire AC look after the Ellesmere Port Sports Village Athletics Track. Further details can be found here.  

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

This week’s press report can be found here.


Friday, and Saturday, July 12 and 13: English Schools Track and Field Championships, at Birmingham.

Sunday, July 14: Deva Divas Triathlon, The Meadows, Chester (8.30am start).

Saturday, July 20: Under 13s and Under 15s Youth Development Track and Field League Plate Final, at Sheffield.

Sunday, July 21: Northern Track and Field League Round Three, at Ellesmere Port Sports Village.

Press Report: Ten go to Birmingham for Schools’ Trip

TEN West Cheshire Athletic Club members will be competing for their county at this weekend’s English Schools Track and Field Championships.

Imogen Pughe (300m), Lara Battersby (300m), and Isla Shillington (discus) will be representing Merseyside at Birmingham’s Alexander Stadium on Friday and Saturday.

While club mates Stephanie Jones (long jump), Fatoumatta Bojang (300m), Ewan Bradley (110m hurdles), George Hyde (shot put), Carys Roberts (800m), Evie Tipping (hammer) and Emma Howe (javelin) will be representing Cheshire.

Pughe is currently ranked fifth in the UK under 15 girls ranking lists for the 300m, while Battersby is 19th, and Shillington is ranked 23rd in the discus.

Jones is 20th on the UK under 15 girls long jump ranking list, while Bojang is 22nd for the under 15 girls 300m, Bradley is 16th in the under 20 men’s 110m hurdles, Hyde is third in the under 20 men’s shot put, Roberts 38th in the under 15 girls 800m, Tipping is fourth in the under 17 women’s hammer, and Howe is third in the under 20 women’s javelin.

WEST CHESHIRE AC finished second overall in the six-club Cheshire Track and Field League fixture hosted at Ellesmere Port Sports Village.

The overall combined men’s and women’s scores were: 1 Crewe and Nantwich AC 639 points; 2 West Cheshire AC 539; 3 Warrington AC 418; 4 Bury AC 323; 5 East Cheshire 299; 6 Halton and Frodsham 220.

Under 11s: 1 Crewe and Nantwich 151 points; 2 West Cheshire 136; 3 East Cheshire 110; 4 Warrington 103; 5 Halton and Frodsham 84; 6 Bury 24.

WEST CHESHIRE AC youngsters Lewis Parsons, Flora Plass, Jessica Lark, Luke Parker, Aimee Phillips, Alex Rutherford, Sara Pearson and Reece Munro represented their county at the Cheshire v Merseyside Year 7 Track and Field fixture held at Ellesmere Port Sports Village.

GEORGINA DUFFEY, Claire Harris, Ellie Robinson, Joy Hickman, and Richard Hayes all won prizes at the Langley Fete Race.

Duffey won the under 11 ladies title in 36 minutes 20 seconds, while West Cheshire AC team mates Harris (30:53) and Robinson (30:56) were first and second ladies respectively, Hickman was first over-50 lady in 36:44, and Hayes won the over-40 men’s title with 28:11.

Andy Carter (33:05), Alex Duffey (39:18), Henrietta Duffey (43:23), and Mark Duffey (49:15) completed the West Cheshire AC contingent at the Macclesfield fixture. 

STEVE FERNYHOUGH represented West Cheshire AC at the Birmingham Black Country half marathon and clocked 86:29 to finish 25th.

DAVE BISH represented West Cheshire AC at the Tenby 10k where he won his over-70 age category, posting 60:24.

MARK DAVIES (28:44), Tony Woodall (29:33), Tony Kennedy (38:08), and Mark Povey (41:04) represented West Cheshire AC at the Deestriders Off Road Grand Prix Race at Shotton.

FIXTURES this weekend include the English Schools Track and Field Championships on Friday and Saturday at Birmingham’s Alexander Stadium.

Forthcoming fixtures include the Under 13 and Under 15 Youth Development Track and Field League Plate Final at Sheffield on Saturday, July 20; and the Northern Track and Field League match at Ellesmere Port Sports Village on Sunday, July 21.

ERYRI will host the opening round of the Borders Road Running League on October13, and other dates and hosts clubs include November 10 (Deeside 9.30am); December 1 (Wallasey); January 12 (Abergele); March 15 (Helsby or Wrexham); April 5 (Ellesmere Port); April 22 (Helsby or Wrexham).

WINSFORD will be the venue for the opening round of the North Staffs Cross Country League on September 28, before round two at Stafford on October 26; round three at Park Hall, Stoke on Trent, on November 16; and round four at Rodbaston College on December 14.

THE British Cross Challenge Cross Country fixture at Sefton Park, Liverpool, will be held on Saturday, November 23, and the Inter Counties Cross Country Championships will be at Prestwold Hall, Loughborough, on Saturday, March 7. 

WCAC Off-Road Summer League 2019 Round 5

Nine purple vests, including two juniors and the entire Duffey Quartet, added to the colour of the sunny Langley Fete at Sutton near Macclesfield on Sunday.

No prizes for guessing who most enjoyed which of the varied attractions promised by the organisers, including “family fun, pet show, BEER and CAKE tents, BBQ, tug of war”, but all deserved for bolstering the numbers of a small field tackling a short, tough race.

League first-timers Claire and Joy were first woman and first Vet50 woman respectively, with ever-present league leader Ellie second woman on the day, and similarly ever-present Alex consolidating her league second place.

Richard Hayes was first purple vest home and first Vet40 man, moving up to equal 2nd in the league standings. Likewise, Andy and Mark made huge strides up both the hill and the league table, to 4th and joint 6th respectively.

A special well done to Georgina and Henrietta Duffey who, although not counting in the league, ran well and both beat at least one parent 😉

Standings are now up at the bottom of the off-road page. There’s a two-and-a-half week breather before round 6, the midweek Green Green Grass of Home at Llangynhafal on Wednesday July 24th.

WCAC Newsletter #230, 05-07-19

West Cheshire AC members are being urged to represent their club at this Saturday’s Cheshire Track and Field League match at Ellesmere Port Sports Village which kicks off with a 3,000m race at 11.45am.


WCAC Endurance League

More of the same at the halfway point in the 2019 Endurance League.


Press Report: WCAC Dig Deep in Seaside Decider

WEST CHESHIRE Athletic Club’s teenagers are celebrating promotion.

The Ellesmere Port Sports Village-based outfit’s under 17 and under 20 Youth Development League squad secured a top-two finish in the final round of their North West Two Division fixture at Blackpool’s Stanley Park.


WCAC Off-road Summer League 2019 Round 4

Photo courtesy of Peter Smith – apologies for the dearth of Duffeys, and anyone else inadvertently cropped out of this one!

A whopping 17 senior runners (plus four juniors) caused questions to be asked at Wepre parkrun as to the preponderance of purple and yellow. It also meant more points all round, propelling ever-present Alex into 2nd place behind Ellie, with Keely, Eloise and Deb all increasing their scores, and Cathryn, Angela and Kay all getting off the mark in the league.

Chris, Tony W and pram-pushing Richard pulled clear in the men’s top three, with Steve, Darren, Peter and Mark all adding to their overall totals, and Julian and Tony K notching their first points.

Standings are now up at the bottom of the off-road page. Next round is the even-shorter-and-hillier-than-Wepre Langley Fete race on Sunday July 7th. As the Macclesfield Harriers website says about the fete: “lots of family fun, pet show, BEER and CAKE [their capitals, not mine] tents, BBQ, tug of war, live music, many stalls etc..” (after you’ve done the race, of course).

WCAC Newsletter #229, 28-06-19

(photo by Steve Brace)


West Cheshire AC will be represented in the latest Summer Off Road League Fixture at Wepre parkrun on Saturday (9am start), a Quadrathlon Competition at Manchester on Saturday (11.10am start); and in this Sunday’s Under 17 and Under 20 Youth Development Track and Field League Fixture at Stanley Park, Blackpool, (11.15am start).


Press Report: Ewan and Jac Good All-rounders for Cheshire

EWAN BRADLEY and Jac Goodall were class acts at the North West Round of the English Schools Combined Events Championships.


WCAC Off-road Summer League 2019 Round 3

(photo of Alex, counting the remaining number of climbs on her thumbs, courtesy of Chris Morgan)

Twelve WCAC runners – the most so far in the off-road league – found out why the Wobbler is so named. The women’s team were a mere point behind the winners Chester Tri. while the scoring men packed well, inside the top 20.

Ellie, Kerry and Alex head the female rankings, with league first-timers Keely, Eloise Clare and Deb next in line. Chris, Dan, Mark, Tony, Richard and Andy are all close in the men’s league, with newcomer Steve now off the mark. Standings are now up at the bottom of the off-road page.

No dash from work for the next one, just drag yourselves out of bed for the 2nd(?) hilliest parkrun in the country, Wepre. For those of you who didn’t get enough of hilly woodland at the Wobbler, here’s your second helping, with four uphills (and two slopes) packed into 5k. More details to appear on the West Cheshire AC Road Running Facebook page….

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