Press report: Liz is a Grand Master at Aintree

LIZ RENONDEAU is celebrating a double success story in an England vest after battling against the odds.

The distance running ace, who runs for West Cheshire Athletic Club on the track, had been struggling with injury issues in the run up to the British and Irish Masters Cross Country International event.

And Renondeau believed she was going to have to pull out of the fixture, but a scan, a few physio appointments and a lot of cross training saw her hard work pay off.

Renondeau pocketed an individual bronze medal after finishing third in her over-40 age group in a time of 21 minutes 58 seconds for the 6km course at Aintree Racecourse, Liverpool.

And her contribution rewarded England with a team gold medal alongside Kirsty Longley, who won the race in 21:00, Kelly Edwards (fourth  in 22:08), and Louise Rudd (sixth in 22:28). CARYS ROBERTS headed Cheshire Schools’ charge at the Dave Sunderland Cup Inter-Counties Cross Country Match held at Lilleshall National Sports Centre.

The West Cheshire AC youngster clocked 13:40 for second spot in the junior girls race supported by county colleagues Hope Smith, Rebecca Dilworth, Hattie Bain, Alice Gale, and Florence Cooke who combined to earn Cheshire team gold.

Roberts was also backed up by West Cheshire AC trio Ruby Carlile, Martha Willetts and Megan White.

Jamie Richardson was 10th in 21:22 after representing Cheshire who finished second in the intermediate boys team competition, supported by club mates Isaac Tait, Sammy Hollins, and Henry Robinson.

Sophie Haslam represented Merseyside and finished 17th with 8:33 in the minor girls event, while Nathan Broomfield and Reece Munro represented Cheshire in the junior boys race.

Lucia Pyne and Imogen Pughe combined for Merseyside in the intermediate girls race against club mate Sarah Kefford who represented Cheshire.

Cumbria won the combined age group team competition ahead of Cheshire and Merseyside who were second and third respectively, ahead of West Midlands (fourth), Shropshire (fifth), Staffordshire (sixth), and Warwickshire (seventh).

JESSICA LARK and Ruby Phillips grabbed glory at the latest round of the North Staffs Cross Country League held at Park Hall Country Park, Stoke on Trent.

Lark won the under 13 girls race, well supported by Amy Phillips (third) and Cerys Rowlands (fifth) as first team overall, while Ruby won the under 11 girls race.

Will Wright rounded the under 17 men’s race in 10th position, while sisters Georgina and Henrietta Duffey were 12th and 13th respectively in the under 15 girls race.

Ellie Robinson (39th), Lily Moorhouse (70th), Alex Duffey (112th), and Hannah Moorhouse (119th) completed the senior women’s race, earning seventh place in Division 2 for the West Cheshire women’s team.

And Paul Morrison (52nd) was first home for West Cheshire AC’s senior men, backed up by Andrew Clague (85th), Andy Carter (101st), and Rory Willson (161st), for ninth place in Division 2 for the West Cheshire men’s team.

JOSEPH MORRISON clocked 2:29:40 in the under 20 men’s 1,000m at the Northern Indoor Open Track and Field Meeting held at Sheffield, to break the long-standing club record by 21 seconds.

ENTRIES are still being accepted for this year’s Essar Chester Round The Walls Race being organised by West Cheshire AC on Boxing Day from Chester Racecourse. The online entry link is: https://wcac.niftyentries.com/Essar-Chester-Round-The-Walls1

FIXTURES this weekend include the UK Cross Country Challenge Races at Sefton Park, Liverpool, on Saturday (10.45am start) incorporating the Liverpool and District Cross Country League (2pm start); while the North Wales Cross Country League third round takes place at Dolgellau on Saturday (2pm start).

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

The next round of the Essar West Cheshire AC Schools Cross Country Race Series takes place at Ellesmere Port Sports Village, on Saturday, November 30, (9.15am registration for 10am start).

WEST CHESHIRE AC members are being urged to compete in the Cheshire, Northern and English National Cross Country Championships this winter.

The Cheshire event takes place at Knights Grange, Winsford, on Saturday, January 4; while the Northern event is at The Camp Hill Estate, Kirklington, Bedale, Yorkshire, on Saturday, January 25; and the English event is at Wollaton Park, Nottingham, on Saturday February 22. All members should have received an email, to which they should reply if they are interested in taking part in any of these events.

Track re-opening

Work on cleaning the EPSV Athletics track has now been completed, so training will resume as normal from Monday November 18th 2019.

WCAC Newsletter #248, 15-11-19

THIS WEEKEND

CLUB CROSS COUNTRY FIXTURE: The North Staffs Cross Country League third round takes place on Saturday, 16th November, at Park Hall Country Park, Weston Coyney, Hulme Road, Stoke-on-Trent, ST3 5AY, (12 noon start). More details: http://www.nsccl.org.uk/category/fixtures/

The timetable is: 12 noon: Under 11 Girls (2km); 12.15pm: Under 11 Boys and Under 13 Girls (2km); 12.35pm: Under 13 Boys and Under 15 Girls (3.5km); 1pm: Under 17 Ladies and Under 15 Boys (4.5km); 1.30pm: Under 20 Ladies, Senior and Veteran Women, and Under 17 Men (5km); 2.10pm: Under 20 Men, Senior and Veteran Men (8km).

SCHOOLS CROSS COUNTRY FIXTURE: Best wishes to all West Cheshire AC youngsters selected to represent their county at the Dave Sunderland Cup Inter Counties Schools Match being held at Lilleshall National Sports Centre, Postcode: TF10 9LQ, on Saturday, 16th November. Race times:- 1.30pm, Year 7 Boys, 1.50pm, Year 7 Boys, 2.10pm, Junior Girls, 2.30pm, Junior Boys; 2.50pm, Intermediate Girls; 3.20pm, Intermediate Boys.

SPORTSHALL TRAINING: An indoor sportshall athletics training session, will take place on Saturday, 16th November (10am-12 noon), at Ellesmere Port Sports Village Sportshall. Everyone needs to register first at the Track Office.

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, 15th November (6.30pm start). The cost to use the facility is £4 per athlete.

THROWS TRAINING: All members in the Under 13s age group and above are invited to a throws training session supervised by Dave McKay, at Deeside Indoor Athletics Centre, Kelsterton Road, Connahs Quay, CH5 4BR, on Friday, 15th November (6.30pm start). The cost to use the facility is £4 per athlete.

JUMPS TRAINING: All members in the Under 13s age group and above are invited to a jumps session supervised by Carl Foster at Robin Park Indoor Athletics Centre, Wigan, Postcode: WN5 0UH, on Sunday, 17th November (10am-12 noon). The cost to use the indoor track is £3.60 for juniors £4.50 for adults (levied by the Arena) – coaches and spectators are free.

LAST CHANCE TO ENTER LIVERPOOL CROSS CHALLENGE: Entries close this Friday, November 15th, for the UK Cross Country Challenge at Sefton Park, Croxteth Drive, Liverpool, L17 3AL, taking place on 23rd November. The link for entries is at: https://www.uka.org.uk/competitions/the-british-athletics-cross-challenge/

The Start Times are: 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).

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT

The Ellesmere Port Sports Village Athletics Track has been closed this week to remove moss and clean the track. The work is scheduled to take five days, so the club is hoping track training sessions will resume as normal on Tuesday 19th November. But please keep a look out on our club Website: www.westcheshireac.co.uk for further news updates, as well as the Club 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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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 15: 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.

Friday, November 15: Throws Training Session, at Deeside Indoor Athletics Centre, Kelsterton Road, Connahs Quay, CH5 4BR, (6.30pm start). For all members in the Under 13s age group and Above. The cost to use the facility is £4 per athlete.

Saturday, November 16: North Staffs Cross Country League Round Three, at Park Hall Country Park, Weston Coyney, Hulme Road, Stoke-on-Trent, ST3 5AY, (12 noon start).

Saturday, November 16: Dave Sunderland Cup Inter Counties Schools Cross Country Match, at Lilleshall National Sports Centre, Postcode: TF10 9LQ. Race times:- 1.30pm, Year 7 Boys, 1.50pm, Year 7 Boys, 2.10pm, Junior Girls, 2.30pm, Junior Boys; 2.50pm, Intermediate Girls; 3.20pm, Intermediate Boys.

Saturday, November 16: Indoor Sportshall Athletics Training Session, at Ellesmere Port Sports Village Sportshall (10am-12 noon).

Sunday, November 17: Jumps Training Session at Robin Park Indoor Athletics Centre, Wigan, Postcode: WN5 0UH, (10am-12 noon). All members in the Under 13s age group and above are invited to a jumps session supervised by Carl Foster. The cost to use the indoor track is £3.60 for juniors £4.50 for adults (levied by the Arena) – coaches and spectators are free.

Sunday, November 17: Conwy Half Marathon, (10am start)

Sunday, November 17: Preston 10 Miles Road Race (10am start).

Track Closure

Please remember that the EPSV athletics track is closed for maintenance work on Thursday (12th November) and the rest of this week.

The Club does not have use of the EPSV Sportshall on Thursdays, so there will not be alternative indoor sessions on those days.

There are three sessions taking place on the roads on Thursday. led by the following coaches:

Graham Patterson, from Next Car Park at Cheshire Oaks Coliseum at 6:30pm.

Ian Ackroyd, from entrance to Lloyd Drive (opposite M&S entrance) at 6:30pm.

Chris Morgan, from entrance to Lloyd Drive, at 6:30pm.

Track Closure

Please remember that the EPSV athletics track is closed for maintenance work tonight (Tuesday 12th November) and this week.

All members wanting to train indoors should meet in the EPSV Leisure Centre corridor outside the sportshall from 6:45pm, to register and pay their £1.50 training fee before training in the EPSV sportshall between 7-8pm.

Alternatively, Jon Moss is supervising his sprints group at Deeside Stadium, Connah’s Quay at 6.30pm, while Graham Patterson is coaching his running group from the Next Car Park at the Cheshire Oaks Coliseum at 6.30pm, and Ian Ackroyd is coaching his running group at the entrance to Lloyd Drive (opposite the entrance to M&S) at 6.30pm.

Please keep an eye on the club website and Facebook pages for updates.

Press Report: Wests Worthy in Woods

RUBY PHILLIPS, Jessica Lark, Carys Roberts and Jamie Richardson all achieved podium places at Kenworthy Woods.

The West Cheshire Athletic Club quartet impressed at the second round of the Manchester Area District Cross Country League.

Phillips achieved second spot in the under 11 girls race, while Lark (under 13 girls), Roberts (under 15 girls) and Richardson (under 15 boys) were third in their age group races. Lark was backed up in her race by club mates Sophie Haslam (11th), Aimee Phillips (14th), Cerys Rowlands (19th), and Ruby Carlile (21st) to earn third team position.

Richardson received support from Sammy Hollins (12th), Henry Robinson (25th), Charlie McMullan (29th) and Dan Willetts (38th) to earn third team spot.

And Roberts was backed up by Sophie Grainger (10th), Jodi Bemand (32nd), and Henrietta Duffey (57th) to secure fifth team position.

Reece Munro was 53rd in the under 13 boys race, while Anest Muller (99th), Clare Mallon (117th), Angela Tegg (168th) and Alex Duffey (264th) combined for the women’s team.

And Andrew Clague (182nd), Mark Davies (224th), and Tony Woodall (291st) teamed up in the senior men’s event.

The next round of the Manchester Area Cross Country League takes place on Sunday, December 8, at Arrowe Park, Birkenhead.

WEST CHESHIRE AC celebrated a double success story at the second round of the North West Sportshall League hosted by the club at Ellesmere Port Sports Village.

Abigail Meyer, Ava Redmond, Beth Manson, Daisy Ross Maddock, Edith Storey, Eleanor Wheeler, Emma Bradley, Esme Graham, Faith Gambles Barlow, Grace Andrews, Grace Fairweather, Jessica Owen, Kadie Gledhill, Mae Grant, Molly Fields, Ursula Archer and Isla Entwistle earned top spot for the club’s under 11 girls team.

Carys Manson, Daisy Johnson, Emily Owen, Flora Plass, Harriet Wheeler, Holly Bosworth, Isabella Aura, Kara Stoll, Lara Fields, Lottie Blake, Macy Brett, Madhuvanti Guruprasad, Rose Duggan, Sophie Haslam, Teresa Arvidsson, Olivia Stockton, and Dakota Fleming achieved top spot in the under 13 girls team event. West Cheshire AC’s under 11 boys and 13 boys both finished second in their team competitions, while Ethan Gilgeours and Harley Shakespeare-Wetton represented the club in the under 15 boys all-rounder event.

WEST CHESHIRE AC’s women scored success at Deeside Stadium in Sunday’s Borders Road Running League team event. Claire Harris (10th in 30:11), Debra Bemand (31st in 32:00), and Rachael Patterson (35th in 32:16) combined for top spot in Division Two at the 4.25 miles course, backed up by Lisa Davies (35:58), Ellen McMahon (36:16), and Karen Waugh (47:38).

Joseph Morrison clocked 23 minutes for top spot in the under 20 men’s age group and finished sixth overall, supported by West Cheshire AC team mates Neil Finegan (25:23), Sion Roberts (25:31), Michael Young (25:34), Paul Morrison (25:36), Steve Fernyhough (25:46), Graham Wells (26:20), Freddy Newberry (26:25), Neil Hershaw (26:33), and Isaac Tait (26:54).

Other West Cheshire AC finishers included Andy Carter (26:59), John Parlevliet (27:07), Fraser Campbell (27:08), Tom Cable (27:09), Mark Davies (27:48), Steve King (27:57), Wullie McGarrell (28:09), Andrew Clague (28:12), Danny Paddock (28:33), Tony Woodall (29:17), Neil Field (31:32), Brian Wright (33:51), Tony Kennedy (34:47), Phil Howe (37:31), and Dave Tiernan (39:20).

ENTRIES close this Friday, (November 15) for the UK Cross Country Challenge at Sefton Park, Liverpool, taking place on November 23. The link for entries is: https://www.uka.org.uk/competitions/the-british-athletics-cross-challenge/

ENTRIES are still being accepted for this year’s Essar Chester Round The Walls Race being organised by West Cheshire AC on Boxing Day from Chester Racecourse. The online entry link is: https://wcac.niftyentries.com/Essar-Chester-Round-The-Walls1

FIXTURES this weekend include the third round of the North Staffs Cross Country League at Park Hall, Hulme Road, Weston Coyney, Stoke on Trent, ST3 5AY, on Saturday (12 noon start); the British and Irish Masters Cross Country International at Aintree Racecourse, Liverpool, on Saturday (11.30am start); a Northern Athletics Indoor Open Meeting at Sheffield on Saturday (10am start); the Dave Sunderland Cup Inter Counties Schools Cross Country Match at Lilleshall National Sports Centre, on Saturday (1.30pm start); the Conwy Half Marathon on Sunday (10am start), and the Preston 10 Miles Road Race on Sunday (10am start).

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).

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