WCAC Newsletter #247, 24-01-20

Please buy your tickets ASAP for the Annual Club Awards Evening being held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Chester, on Saturday 1st February, because the club needs to finalise catering details with the hotel. Our guest speaker is UK Number One Female Long Jumper, Abigail Irozuru. The link to buy tickets is here.

Raffle tickets for the Club Awards Evening will be on sale from the EPSV Track Office AFTER training, so please remember to bring some money along and support your Club Awards Evening.

CLUB TREASURER VACANCY

Our Club treasurer, Lisa Davies, is stepping down in September and the Club is searching for her replacement. The Club ideally needs someone who can work alongside Lisa until she steps away from the role. Please contact Dennis Wall if you are interested by emailing: dennis.wall1@ntlworld.com

THIS WEEKEND

Saturday sees the Northern Cross Country Championships taking place at Camp Hill Estate, Kirklington, Bedale, DL8 2LS.

And Sunday sees the latest Sale Harriers Indoor Open Meeting, being held at SportCity, Manchester.

Best wishes to all our athletes and officials.

WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU! WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT OUR CLUB?

The Club is working with England Athletics to carry out a detailed review of our club. At the end of the review we will receive a bespoke report from England Athletics highlighting priority areas for our club to enhance or improve. As part of the review we are keen to find out, via a survey, the views of our members: athletes, runners, parents, coaches and volunteers. 

Any feedback we receive to this survey from our members will be anonymous. Responses to the survey will be collated by England Athletics, who will remove any comments or identifying information from the feedback before it is shared with our club. The survey should take no longer than 10 minutes to complete, and will only be used for the reasons outlined above.

If you can complete the survey before Friday 31st January, via the link below, it would be greatly appreciated.

Survey Link: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/eaclubreviewns

STORYHOUSE INVITE

West Cheshire AC will be one of six local clubs involved in a Sports Club Market at The Storyhouse, Chester, on Saturday, February 1, (9.30am-1.30pm). If you would like to join Dennis Wall in helping to promote the Club please let him know at: dennis.wall1@ntlworld.com

HELPERS NEEDED FOR CHESTER JUNIOR PARK RUN

Club member Mark Gallagher is working on setting up a 2km Junior parkrun at the Countess of Chester Country park every Sunday morning (9am start) from April for 4-14 year olds. Further details can be found here.

ENGLAND INDOOR AGE GROUP CHAMPIONSHIPS

The closing date for entries to the England Indoor Under 15, 17 and 20 Championships being held on February 23, is February 3.

Further details can be found at this link.

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.

CLUB KIT

Anyone wanting to purchase club vests and/or hoodies 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).

URGENT HELP NEEDED

The club needs urgent help, support, and assistance from parents during Tuesday evening training sessions at the Ellesmere Port Sports Village Athletics Track (6.30pm-8pm).

The club currently has a waiting list for under 11s, and this situation can only be resolved by asking parents to volunteer on a rota basis at Tuesday night training sessions.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

WEEKLY PRESS REPORT

This week’s press report can be found here

2020 TRACK & FIELD FIXTURES UPDATE
Club Trials Part One – Saturday 28th March at Ellesmere Port (10am-12 noon)

Club Trials Part Two – Thursday 2nd April at Ellesmere Port (6-8pm)

Youth Development League U13s/U15s North Premier West Division

Round One – Saturday 16th May at Preston

Round Two – Saturday 6th June at Ellesmere Port

Round Three – Saturday 18th July at Bebington Oval

Regional Match – Saturday 8th August at Middlesbrough or Trafford

Youth Development League U17s/U20s North Premier West Division

Round One – Sunday 26th April at Ellesmere Port

Round Two – Sunday 24th May at Leigh Sports Village

Round Three – Sunday 21st June at Blackpool

Northern League Division One

Round One – Saturday 2nd May at Blackburn

Round Two – Sunday 7th June at Trafford

Round Three – Sunday 12th July at Preston

Round Four – Saturday 1st August at Ellesmere Port

Cheshire League

Round One – Sunday 19th April at Wrexham

Round Two – Sunday 5th July at Stockport

Round Three – Sunday 2nd August at East Cheshire

Round Four – 12th or 13th September at Ellesmere Port

Ellesmere Port Schools Year 5/6 Quad Kids Competition – Thursday 30th April at Ellesmere Port

English Schools Track and Field Cup County Round – Wednesday 6th May (12 noon start) at Ellesmere Port

Cheshire AA Track & Field Championships – Saturday and Sunday, 9th and 10th May at Ellesmere Port

English Schools Track and Field Cup Regional B Final South – Wednesday, 3rd June (11am start) at Ellesmere Port

West Cheshire AC Schools Track & Field Cup – Wednesday 10th June (4pm start) at Ellesmere Port

Year 7 Cheshire v Merseyside Schools Match – Monday, 6th July (5pm start) at Ellesmere Port

Chester Primary Schools Track & Field Championships – Monday, 13th July (Field AM, Track PM) at Ellesmere Port

West Cheshire AC Club Championships – Saturday 5th September at Ellesmere Port

FIXTURES

Saturday, January 25: Northern Cross Country Championships, Camp Hill Estate, Kirklington, Bedale, DL8 2LS

Sunday, January 26: Sale Harriers Indoor Open Meeting, SportCity, Manchester

Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, January 28, 29 and 30: Chester Primary Schools Sportshall Athletics Competitions, at Ellesmere Port Sports Village.

Saturday, February 1 – West Cheshire AC Annual Awards Evening, at Crowne Plaza Hotel, Chester.

Saturday, February 1 – North Wales Cross Country League Final Round, The Marches School, Oswestry.

Saturday, February 1 – British Universities and Colleges Cross Country Championships, at Edinburgh.

Saturday, February 1 – Northern Masters Cross Country Championships, at Spenborough.

Sunday, February 2 – Northern Indoor Under 13s and Under 15s Championships, at Sheffield.

Sunday, February 2 – Alsager 5 Miles Road Race.

Press Report: Widnes wins for WCAC

WEST CHESHIRE ATHLETIC CLUB celebrated double delight at the North West Sportshall Athletics League Finals.

The Ellesmere Port Sports Village-based outfit grabbed glory in both the under 11 girls and under 13 girls team competitions at Kingsway Leisure Centre, Widnes. 

Abigail Meyer, Ava Redmond, Beth Manson, Daisy Ross Maddock, Eleanor Neve, Emma Bradley, Esme Graham, Grace Fairweather, Isla Entwistle, Kadie Gledhill, Mae Grant and Ursula Archer delivered top spot in the under 11 girls team competition.

Maddi Mercer, Emily Owen, Jessica Brown, Teresa Arvidsson, Macy Brett, Rose Duggan, Flora Plass, Harriet Wheeler, Carys Manson, and Holly Bosworth combined for top spot in the under 13 girls team event.

Daniel Walker, Evan Miller, James Davidson, Healy Smith, Noah Woolgar, Oliver Eaton, Theo Shepherd, Thomas Renondeau, Tom Joshua, Will Rawson, and William Mallon teamed up for fourth spot in the under 11 boys team competition.

Matthew Jones, Thomas Wilson, James Haslam and Oliver Mallon combined for the under 13 boys, while Connor Davies Jones represented West Cheshire AC in the Under 15 boys event.

MICHAEL YOUNG headed a contingent of 19 West Cheshire AC members to the finish line at the Essar Four Villages Half Marathon at Helsby.

Young clocked a personal best time of one hour 13 minutes 28 seconds for the testing 13.1 miles course, ahead of club mates Tom Booth (1:16:59), Graham Wells (1:21:38), Tom Cable (1:23:00) and Steve Fernyhough (1:23:55).

Andrew Clague posted 1:25:27, in front of Ian Gloyne-Phillips (1:25:46), Wullie McGarrell (1:25:50), Andy Carter (1:27:18), Richard Hayes (1:28:26), and Nick Duffy (1:34:04).

Eloise Eccles was West Cheshire AC’s first female finisher in 1:35:34, ahead of Rhiannon Robson (1:37:41), Clare Mallon (1:42:33) and Hannah Moorhouse (2:25:36).

Other West Cheshire AC finishers included David Irving (1:41:01), Richard Hunt (1:45:58), Julian Tegg (1:48:36), Jon Moorhouse (1:50:52), and Richard Batterham (1:56:43).

FIXTURES this weekend include the Northern Cross Country Championships at Camp Hill Estate, Kirklington, Bedale, North Yorkshire, on Saturday, and there is a Sale Harriers Open Indoor Track and Field Meeting at Manchester on Sunday (10am start).

TICKETS are now being sold for the Annual Club Awards Evening being held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Chester, on Saturday, February 1, with our guest speaker being UK Number One Female Long Jumper, Abigail Irozuru. The link to buy tickets is: https://wcac.niftyentries.com/WCAC-2019-Celebration-and-Awards-Evening-Sat-1st-Feb-2020

ENTRIES are now open for the Chester Spring Five Miles Road Race being held on Wednesday, April 8. The online entry link is: https://wcac.niftyentries.com/Chester-Spring-51

WEST CHESHIRE AC will host the Cheshire Track and Field Championships at the Ellesmere Port Sports Village Athletics Track on Saturday and Sunday, May 9 and 10.

The Club will also host the first round of the Under 17 and Under 20 Youth Development Track and Field League on Sunday, April 26; the second round of the Under 13 and Under 15 Youth Development Track and Field League on Saturday, June 6; the final round of the Northern Track and Field League on Saturday, August 1; and the final round of the Cheshire Track and Field League in September.

The Ellesmere Port Sports Village Athletics Track will also be the setting for the County Round of the English Schools Track and Field Cup on Wednesday, May 6; the Regional B Final South of the English Schools Track and Field League on Wednesday, June 3, and the Chester Primary Schools Championships on Monday, July 13.

WCAC Newsletter #256, 17-01-2020

CLUB AWARDS EVENING TICKETS NOW ON SALE

Tickets are now being sold for the Annual Club Awards Evening being held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Chester, on Saturday 1st February, with our guest speaker being UK Number One Female Long Jumper, Abigail Irozuru. The link to buy tickets is here.

Raffle tickets for the Club Awards Evening will be on sale from the EPSV Track Office AFTER training, so please remember to bring some money along and support your Club Awards Evening.

CLUB TREASURER VACANCY

Our Club treasurer, Lisa Davies, is stepping down in September and the Club is searching for her replacement. The Club ideally needs someone who can work alongside Lisa until she steps away from the role. Please contact Dennis Wall if you are interested by emailing: dennis.wall1@ntlworld.com

THIS WEEKEND

Sunday sees the North West Sportshall Athletics League Finals taking place at Kingsway Leisure Centre, Widnes, WA8 7QH (10am start for the Under 11s, and 2pm start for the Under 13s and Under 15s).

And Sunday sees the Four Villages Half Marathon taking place at Helsby (10.30am start). Details here.

Best wishes to all our athletes and officials.

CLUB TRAINING SESSIONS

Friday, January 17: High Jump, Throwing, and Pole Vault Training at Deeside Indoor Athletics Centre, Kelsterton Road, Connah’s Quay, (6.30pm start).

Saturday, January 18: Sportshall Athletics Training at Ellesmere Port Sports Village, (report to EPSV Athletics Track Office for 10am).

Saturday, January 18: Sprint Training Session at Ellesmere Port Sports Village Track, (10am start).

WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU! WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT OUR CLUB?

The Club is working with England Athletics to carry out a detailed review of our club. At the end of the review we will receive a bespoke report from England Athletics highlighting priority areas for our club to enhance or improve. As part of the review we are keen to find out, via a survey, the views of our members: athletes, runners, parents, coaches and volunteers. 

Any feedback we receive to this survey from our members will be anonymous. Responses to the survey will be collated by England Athletics, who will remove any comments or identifying information from the feedback before it is shared with our club. The survey should take no longer than 10 minutes to complete, and will only be used for the reasons outlined above.

If you can complete the survey before Friday 31st January, via the link below, it would be greatly appreciated.

Survey Link: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/eaclubreviewns

HELPERS NEEDED FOR CHESTER JUNIOR PARK RUN

Club member Mark Gallagher is working on setting up a 2km Junior parkrun at the Countess of Chester Country park every Sunday morning (9am start) from April for 4-14 year olds. Further details can be found here.

LAST CHANCE TO ENTER THE NORTHERN INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS

ENTRIES close on January 20 for the Northern Indoor Under 13 and Under 15 Track and Field Championships being held at Sheffield on Sunday, February 2. The entry link is here.

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.

CLUB KIT

Anyone wanting to purchase club vests and/or hoodies 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).

URGENT HELP NEEDED

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

The club currently has a waiting list for under 11s, and this situation can only be resolved by asking parents to volunteer on a rota basis at Tuesday night training sessions.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

WEEKLY PRESS REPORT

This week’s press report can be found here.

FIXTURES

Saturday, January 18: Twin Piers 10k Road Race, Colwyn Bay (1pm)

Sunday, January 19: North West Sportshall League Finals, at Kingsway Leisure Centre, Widnes, WA8 7QH. (10am start for Under 11s, and 2pm start for Under 13s and Under 15s).

Sunday, January 19: Essar Four Villages Half Marathon, Helsby (10.30am)

Tuesday, January 21: Chester Year 8 Schools Sportshall Athletics Competition, at Chester Catholic High.

Thursday, January 23: Helsby and Frodsham Primary Schools Sportshall Athletics Competition, at Frodsham Leisure Centre. 

Thursday, January 23: Chester Year 7 Schools Sportshall Athletics Competition, at Chester Catholic High.

Saturday, January 25: Northern Cross Country Championships, Camp Hill Estate, Kirklington, Bedale, DL8 2LS

Sunday, January 26: Sale Harriers Indoor Open Meeting, SportCity, Manchester

Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, January 28, 29 and 30: Chester Primary Schools Sportshall Athletics Competitions, at Ellesmere Port Sports Village.

Help bring Junior parkrun to Chester

Club member Mark Gallagher is working on setting up a 2km Junior parkrun at the Countess of Chester Country park every Sunday morning (9am start) from April for 4-14 year olds.

For the junior event to go ahead, he is looking at putting together a core team of 10-12 people. A core team member would be at the junior parkrun consistently in the first couple of months, before committing to be there on a rota basis when available and would have to complete a safeguarding course online and DBS check prior to becoming a member of the core team.

He has already secured an out and back route at the Countess of Chester Country park and received approval that this is suitable. 

A lot of you will be familiar with how the Saturday morning version of parkrun works and junior parkrun works in a very similar way, except that he needs more marshals, so that runners are in a continuous line of sight.

There are many roles available as a member of the core team at a junior parkrun; Run Director, Course Set up and breakdown, Funnel Managers, Time Keeping, Barcode Scanning and Marshalling. To find out what these roles involve, please take a look at the following link https://support.parkrun.com/hc/en-us/articles/200566523-What-do-the-volunteers-do-

Whilst the response to set one up has been great and he has a lot of support and encouragement, the part he is most struggling with is getting together a core team of volunteers.  

He has taken his son to junior parkruns to Neston, Wrexham and Wirral and has found them to be incredibly positive and rewarding experience for both the children and adults who take part…he hopes we can create this same atmosphere in our little corner of Chester too!

Parents who attend with children that are confident enough to run by themselves, can help out by marshalling, (your children can be kept safely around the finish line while you marshal. Or if you prefer, you can be offered roles around the finish area, like barcode scanning, and funnel management and of course the tail walker role, which you can complete with your child.

Please get in touch if this would be something that interests you, or if you have any further questions. You can do this by either emailing markgallagher1983@gmail.com or ringing/texting on 07786520183.

Press report: Success, off-road and on

Photo courtesy of SJ Photography

JOSEPH MORRISON headed West Cheshire AC’s contingent at the Borders Road Running League in Abergele.

Morrison finished third with a time of 25:50 for the 8km course, leading the men’s team to 4th place in division 1 on the day. He was supported by Jean Claude Randon (27:41), Aiden Heap (27:46), Neil Finegan (28:35), Graham Wells (28:55), Tom Booth (29:03), Steve Fernyhough (29:03), Isaac Tait (29:45), Rob Little (30:05), and Freddy Newberry (30:13).

Debra Bemand was first home for West Cheshire AC ladies with a time of 36:39, backed up by Rachael Patterson (36:47), Clare Mallon (37:54), and Ellen McMahon (39:25) .

Other West Cheshire AC finishers included Danny Paddock (30:52), Paul Morrison (31:07), Andy Carter (31:14), Neil Hershaw (31:37), Mark Davies (31:37), Ian Gloyne Phillips (31:49), Andrew Clague (32:43), John Parlevliet (32:51), Julian Tegg (36:20), Dave Tiernan (36:32), Stephen Ball (37:16), Tony Kennedy (40:01), Richard Batterham (43:03), and Mark Duffey (48:21). 

At the penultimate round of the North Wales Cross Country League at Roman Road Sports Centre, Shrewsbury, Dave Alexander (1st over-50, in a time of 31 minutes 55 seconds) was backed-up by club mates Andy Clague (fifth over-50 man in 34:10) and Andy Carter (seventh over-45 man in 35:45).

Lucia Pyne led the West Cheshire AC women home at Shrewsbury to cement third spot overall in the team competition.

The talented teenager finished fourth in her under 17 age group with a time of 24:57, supported by Claire Harris (11th lady in 25:14), Ellie Robinson (sixth over-45 lady in 25:45), Anest Muller (eighth over-35 lady in 26:19), Angela Tegg (ninth over-45 lady in 28:28), and Alex Duffey (15th over-45 lady in 32:06).

The final round will take place at Marches School, Oswestry, on Saturday, February 1, (1pm start for the women’s race and 1.45pm start for the men’s race).

CARYS ROBERTS secured second spot in the under 15 girls race at the latest round of the Manchester Area Cross Country League.

Roberts covered the 4.35km course at Tatton Park, Knutsford, in a time of 17:03, backed up by Jodi Bemand (36th in 20:43), Henrietta Duffey (40th in 21:03), and Georgina Duffey (41st in 21:05).

Ruby Phillips secured third spot in the under 11 girls race at the latest round of the Manchester Area Cross Country League.

Phillips, who won the Cheshire title last week, covered the 2.5km Tatton Park course in 9:59, just 24 seconds behind the eventual winner.

Jessica Lark headed the club’s charge in the 3.4km under 13 girls race with an eighth-placed finish in 14:10, backed up by Sophie Haslam (15th in 14:30), Cerys Rowlands (21st in 14:50), and Aimee Phillips (27th in 15:06) for fifth team position.

Jamie Richardson posted 15:11 for fourth spot in the 4.35km under 15 boys race, supported by club mates Sammy Hollins (12th in 16:10), Charlie McMullan (37th in 18:03), and Dan Willetts (38th in 18:18), for sixth team position.

Luke Parker (seventh in 13:07) and Reece Munro (12th in 13:19) completed the 3.4km under 13 boys race.

IMOGEN PUGHE, Sophie Percival and Beth McMahon represented West Cheshire AC at the Northern Under 17, Under 20 and Senior Indoor Track and Field Championships in Sheffield.

Pughe posted 41.40 seconds for fourth place in the under 17 women’s 300m final, while Percival hit 10.44m for seventh spot in the senior women’s shot put final, and McMahon clocked 63.23 seconds in her senior women’s 400m heat.

FIXTURES this weekend include the North West Sportshall Athletics League Finals at Kingsway Leisure Centre, Widnes on Sunday (Under 11s start at 10am, while the Under 13s and Under 15s start at 2pm), and the Essar Four Villages Half Marathon on Sunday, at Helsby (10.30am start).

Best road times, 2019

John Driscoll has compiled exhaustive lists of WCAC male and female over 15 members performances over standard distances on the road in 2019. To see your own name on the list, go to near the bottom of the Archive page.

WCAC Newsletter #255, 10-01-20

CLUB AWARDS EVENING TICKETS NOW ON SALE

Tickets are now being sold for the Annual Club Awards Evening being held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Chester, on Saturday 1st February, with our guest speaker being UK Number One Female Long Jumper, Abigail Irozuru. The link to buy tickets is here.

Raffle tickets for the Club Awards Evening will be on sale from the EPSV Track Office AFTER training, so please remember to bring some money along and support your Club Awards Evening.

The Club is also appealing to all members to donate raffle prizes for the Awards Evening. If anyone can provide a raffle prize they should present them at the EPSV Track Office on a training day before Thursday 16th January.

TIME RUNNING OUT TO ENTER THE NORTHERN INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS

ENTRIES close on January 20 for the Northern Indoor Under 13 and Under 15 Track and Field Championships being held at Sheffield on Sunday, February 2. The entry link is here.

THIS WEEKEND

Saturday sees the latest round of the Manchester Area Cross Country League taking place at Tatton Park, Knutsford, (12 noon start). All runners must have been pre-entered by Club Cross Country Secretary, Dave Alexander. Details here.

Saturday also sees the latest round of the North Wales Cross Country League being held at Roman Road Sports Centre, Longden Road, Shrewsbury, SY3 9DW, (2pm start). Details here.

Sunday sees the latest round of the Borders Road Running League being held at Pensarn, Abergele, LL22 7PP, (11am start). Details here.

The Northern Indoor Under 17, Under 20 and Senior Track and Field Championships take place at Sheffield on Saturday and Sunday. Details here: https://www.northernathletics.co.uk/events/northern-senior-u20-u17-indoor-tf-championships/

Best wishes to all our athletes and officials.

CLUB TRAINING SESSIONS

Friday, January 10: High Jump, Throwing, and Pole Vault Training at Deeside Indoor Athletics Centre, Kelsterton Road, Connah’s Quay, (6.30pm start).

Saturday, January 11: Sportshall Athletics Training at Ellesmere Port Sports Village, (report to EPSV Athletics Track Office for 10am).

Saturday, January 11: Sprint Training Session at Ellesmere Port Sports Village Track, (10am start).

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.

PROMOTIONAL CLUB VIDEO

The Club is planning to produce a promotional video to be screened at the Club Awards Evening in February. If any members don’t want to be shown on the video please let Dennis Wall know ASAP by email at: 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.

CLUB KIT

Anyone wanting to purchase club vests and/or hoodies 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).

URGENT HELP NEEDED

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

The club currently has a waiting list for under 11s, and this situation can only be resolved by asking parents to volunteer on a rota basis at Tuesday night training sessions.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

WEEKLY PRESS REPORT

This week’s press report can be found here.

FIXTURES

Saturday, January 11: Manchester Area Cross Country League, at Tatton Park, Knutsford (12 noon). Details here and here.

Saturday, January 11: North Wales Cross Country League, Roman Road Sports Centre, Longden Road, Shrewsbury, SY3 9DW, (2pm start). Details here.

Sunday, January 12: Borders Road Running League, at Pensarn, Abergele, (11am start). Details here.

Saturday/Sunday, January 11/12: Northern Indoor Under 17/Under 20 & Senior Track & Field Championships (Sheffield). Details here.

Tuesday, January 14: West Cheshire AC Committee Meeting, EPSV Trackside Room, 8pm start.

Saturday, January 18: Twin Piers 10k Road Race, Colwyn Bay (1pm)

Sunday, January 19: North West Sportshall League Finals, at Kingsway Leisure Centre, Widnes.

Sunday, January 19: Essar Four Villages Half Marathon, Helsby (10.30am)

Tuesday, January 21: Chester Year 8 Schools Sportshall Athletics Competition, at Chester Catholic High.

Thursday, January 23: Helsby and Frodsham Primary Schools Sportshall Athletics Competition, at Frodsham Leisure Centre. 

Thursday, January 23: Chester Year 7 Schools Sportshall Athletics Competition, at Chester Catholic High.

Saturday, January 25: Northern Cross-country Championships, Camp Hill Estate, Kirklington, Bedale, DL8 2LS:

Sunday, January 26: Sale Harriers Indoor Open Meeting, SportCity, Manchester.

Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, January 28, 29 and 30: Chester Primary Schools Sportshall Athletics Competitions, at Ellesmere Port Sports Village.

Press report: County Success for Ruby and Jess

RUBY PHILLIPS and Jessica Lark grabbed glory at the Cheshire County Cross Country Championships.

The West Cheshire Athletic Club pair were crowned title winners at the fixture held at Knights Grange Sports Complex, Winsford.

Phillips won the under 11 girls race with a time of six minutes 30 seconds for the 1.6km course, backed up by Holly Coates (seventh in 7:19), Grace Henderson (10th in 7:42), and Eleanor Wheeler (24th in 9:19) to claim a team victory.

Lark celebrated success in the under 13 girls race with a 3km time of 12:46, supported by Cerys Rowlands (13th in 14:01), Aimee Phillips (18th in 14:35), Isabella Rimmer (20th in 15:07), and Cosette Wearden (25th in 16:46) to earn third spot in the team competition.

Luke Parker finished second with a time of 11:46 in the 3km under 13 boys race, ahead of Reece Munro (14th in 13:02) and Oliver Mallon (34th in 17:34) to earn sixth team spot. 

Jamie Richardson (third in 14:19), Sammy Hollins (eighth in 15:21), Henry Robinson (15th in 16:52), and Charlie McMullan (19th in 17:09) combined for second place in the under 15 boys team event.

Matthew Douglass (seventh in 21:18), Will Wright (eighth in 21:19), and Isaac Tait (11th in 22:07) combined for second place in the 5.4km under 17 men’s team competition.

Sion Roberts posted 30:11 for fourth spot in the 8km under 20 men’s race, ahead of Jac Goodall (10th in 33:01), Paul Morrison (11th in 33:36), Curtis Rodway (12th in 35:13), and Rory Willson (14th in 41:02) to earn second spot in the team event.

Carys Roberts clocked 16:13 for fifth position in the 4.1km under 15 girls race, backed up by Sarah Kefford (21st in 20:45), Henrietta Duffey (22nd in 20:54), and Georgina Duffey (24th in 22:19) to earn fifth team spot.

Lily Moorhouse was eighth in the 5.4km under 20 women’s race with 26:38, and Lucia Pyne finished the 5.4km under 17 women’s race in 26:29 for sixth spot. 

Thomas Rimmer (eighth in 6:43), Daniel Walker (10th in 6:50), and Hugo McLintock (25th in 7:30) combined to earn West Cheshire AC sixth spot in the under 11 boys team event, while Leo Anstey (26th in 7:31), Dylan Gledhill (29th in 7:46), and William Mallon (30th in 7:51) were ninth team, and Noah Woolgar (31st in 7:56), Archie Jackson (33rd in 8:17), and Llias Moufakkir (34th in 8:46) were 10th team.

Claire Harris posted 38:43 for 25th spot in the 8km senior women’s race, backed up by Ellie Robinson (fourth over-45 lady in 40:10), Clare Mallon (eighth over-45 lady in 41:21), Angela Tegg (ninth over-45 lady in 41:57), Ellen McMahon (56th in 43:09), Alex Duffey (14th over-45 lady in 47:23), and Hannah Moorhouse (18th over-45 lady in 54:12) combined to earn ninth and 16th places in the senior women’s team event and seventh place in the veteran women’s team competition.

Aiden Heap clocked 42:49 for 28th spot in the 10.5km men’s race, ahead of Neil Finegan (fourth over-45 man in 43:18), Dave Alexander (second over-50 man in 43:49), Steve Fernyhough (39th in 44:24)Andrew Clague (sixth over-50 man in 46:00), Neil Hershaw (fourth over-55 man in 47:26), Andy Carter (12th over-50 man in 49:29), Richard Hayes (94th in 50:40), Mark Davies (95th in 50:51), Jon Park (100th in 51:33), Julian Tegg (118th in 54:29), Jon Moorhouse (138th in 61:08), contributed towards seventh and 11th places in the senior men’s team event and fourth and 12th positions in the veteran men’s team event.

SOPHIE HASLAM finished 10th with a time of 16:23 in the Merseyside Cross Country Championships held at Stadt Moers Park, Whiston.

JOSEPH MORRISON clocked 1:53.53 in his 800m race at the British Milers Club Sheffield Grand Prix event. 

JACOB CLARK posted new under 20 men’s 60m (7.24 seconds) and 200m (22.92) personal bests at the Sale Harriers Indoor Open Meeting in Manchester.

He was joined at the fixture by West Cheshire AC team mates Matthew Bailey, Imogen Pughe, Fergus Garland, Ruby Wisbey, Sara Pearson, Sophie Haslam, and Megan White.

Bailey clocked 7.65 seconds in the under 17 men’s 60m and 8.98 in his 60m hurdles, Pughe posted a new under 17 women’s 60m pb (8.14), and 26.37 in the 300m, while Garland clocked 8.19 in his under 15 boys 60m and 26.06 in the 200m, Wisbey posted 8.42 seconds in her under 15 girls 60m and 10.23 in her 60m hurdles and 4.74m in her long jump, Pearson posted 27.51 in her under 15 girls 200m and 8.56m in her shot put, Haslam clocked 32.32 in her under 13 girls 200m, and 1:58:59 in her 600m, and White clocked 1:59:24 in her under 15 girls 600m.

FIXTURES this weekend include the Manchester Area Cross Country League at Tatton Park, Knutsford, on Saturday (12 noon start), and the North Wales Cross Country League at Roman Road Sports Centre, Longden Road, Shrewsbury, SY3 9DW, on Saturday (2pm start), and the Borders Road Running League at Abergele, on Sunday (11am start), and the Northern Indoor Under 17, Under 20 and Senior Track and Field Championships take place at Sheffield on Saturday and Sunday.

ENTRIES close on January 20 for the Northern Indoor Under 13 and Under 15 Track and Field Championships being held at Sheffield on Sunday, February 2. The entry link is here.

WCAC Endurance League 2019…

….the final results are in. Well done to all 111 members who gained points, to Ellie and Andy in winning their respective competitions, and to Clare, Andrew, Deb and Steve in placing in the top threes. See halfway down the Road Running page for final tables for 2019.

Awards to be presented during the club presentation evening in less than a month, on Saturday February 1st – get your tickets here!

A huge thanks to John Driscoll for his tireless work in creating the league, and in producing the league tables each month.

WCAC Newsletter #254, 03-01-20

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Hope everybody had a great Christmas and New Year and that you are now ready for all that 2020 has to offer.

January provides plenty of opportunities for members to test themselves, starting with this Saturday’s Cheshire Cross Country Championships at Knights Grange, Winsford, and this Sunday’s Sale Harriers Indoor Open Meeting at SportCity, Manchester.

AND please remember to buy your tickets for the Club Awards Evening on Saturday 1st February at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Chester. The link to buy tickets can be found here: https://wcac.niftyentries.com/WCAC-2019-Celebration-and-Awards-Evening-Sat-1st-Feb-2020

Raffle tickets for the Club Awards Evening will be on sale from the EPSV Track Office after training from Tuesday 7th January, so please remember to bring some money along and support your Club Awards Evening.

THIS SATURDAY

Club members entered in this Saturday’s Cheshire Cross Country Championships should collect their numbers from our Club tent.

Please note that parking at Knight’s Grange, Grange Lane, Winsford, CW7 2PT, can be quite hectic, so please lift share where possible. This will particularly be the case for the later, senior men’s and women’s, races. Given this, please could seniors communicate times for meeting up, eg at Cheshire County Sports Club, particularly to ensure that those of the 22 WCAC entrants who cannot drive can still get there.

Tim Durrant (timd284@yahoo.com) has requested that anyone who wants metal spikes for Saturday’s race to let him know by Friday mid-day at the latest, to pick up on Saturday, ideally before the first race, as Tim is time-keeping all day. Tim says that all of the laps are very wet underfoot, and recommends anything from 12 to 15mm spikes – though it is best to check out the course on race day and see what you are comfortable with.

EMAIL DAVE ASAP TO ENTER CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS…

Entry fees will be paid by the club for members wanting to run in the Northern and/or English National Cross Country Championships, on the basis that members who ask to be entered turn up on the day.

No qualification needed, all abilities represented. Run in any one event or all three. The only requirements are that you are a FIRST-CLAIM member of West Cheshire AC. The races are:

Northern Athletics Cross-country Championships at The Camp Hill Estate, Kirklington, Bedale DL8 2LS. Saturday January 25th 2020. Age groups from under 13s to veterans.
English National Cross-country Championships at Wollaton Park, Nottingham NG8 2AE. Saturday February 22nd 2020.

IF YOU WANT TO RUN, PLEASE EMAIL: dif.alex@hotmail.co.uk (don’t just reply via Facebook or tell a coach!) with your name, date of birth and the name of the championships you want to run in, by January 4th 2020. 

Any entries for the Cheshire Championships, after the Cheshire closing date above, must be done by the entrants themselves, who will have to pay an entry fee. It appears that there is no individual entry to the Northern or National championships, so please let us know by the dates shown above if you want to run!

IMPORTANT The club is paying members’ entry fees again this year on the basis that people commit to showing up on the day unless there are legitimate unforeseen circumstances, eg illness or injury. If members who are fit to compete decide to pull out after entering, the club will expect to be reimbursed for their entry fees. Please be sure that you want to run before committing to do so.

NORTHERN INDOOR TRACK AND FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS

Entries are now open for the Northern Indoor Under 17, Under 20 and Senior Track & Field Championships being held at EIS, Sheffield, on Saturday and Sunday, 11th and 12th January. The link for online entries is: https://www.northernathletics.co.uk/events/northern-senior-u20-u17-indoor-tf-championships/

And Entries are also now open for the Northern Under 13 and Under 15 Track and Field Championships being held at EIS, Sheffield, on Sunday 2nd February. The link for online entries is here.

RAFFLE PRIZES STILL NEEDED FOR AWARDS EVENING

Raffle Prizes are needed from members for the Club Presentation Evening being held in February. Any raffle prizes should be handed in at the EPSV Athletics Track Office before or after Club Training Sessions.

PROMOTIONAL CLUB VIDEO

The Club is planning to produce a promotional video to be screened at the Club Awards Evening in February. If any members don’t want to be shown on the video please let Dennis Wall know ASAP by email 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.

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.

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.

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.

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 and/or hoodies 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, 4th JANUARY – Cheshire AA County Cross Country Championships, at Knights Grange Sports Complex, Winsford.

The race timetable is: 11am – Under 11 Boys and Girls; 11.20am – Under 13 Boys and Girls; 11.50am – Under 15 Boys and Girls; 12.20pm – Under 17 Men and Women, and Under 20 Women; 1pm – Under 20 Men and Senior Women; 1.50pm – Senior Men.

SUNDAY, 5TH JANUARY – Sale Harriers Indoor Open Meeting, at SportCity, Manchester, 10am start.



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