WCAC Newsletter #197: 16-11-18

THIS WEEKEND

This Saturday sees the latest round of the North Staffs Cross Country League, at Park Hall Country Park, Weston Coyney, Stoke on Trent, (12 noon start).  Further details can be found here.

Please support the event and best wishes to all our athletes and officials.

FREE ENTRY TO CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS

The Club Committee has agreed for a third successive year that the Club should pay for any members wanting to compete in this season’s County, Regional, and National Cross Country Championships.

Further details about arrangements will be emailed to all members by Dave Alexander who has agreed to collate entries online.

EARLY CHRISTMAS PRESENTS

Parents wanting to purchase club vests (£17) and/or hoodies (£12) as Christmas presents are 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).

LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION…

Club members are reminded that England Athletics have arranged for a film crew to attend our track training session at Ellesmere Port Sports Village on Tuesday, 20th November. It’s everyone’s opportunity to explain why our club has won the North West Athletics Club of the Year Award for a third successive year and how we value our volunteer coaches, officials and helpers.

PLEASE HELP YOUR CLUB

The Club would be grateful if you and/or a friend can volunteer to help out at the Essar Chester Round The Walls Race, at Chester Racecourse, on Wednesday, 26th December.

Those club members who are running the race should provide someone to help out.

Please email Dennis ASAP to pledge your support at: dennis.wall1@ntlworld.com

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

CLUB AGM DATE

The Club’s Annual General Meeting will be held on Friday, 30th November, at the Cheshire County Sports Club Pavilion (7.30pm start).

WINTER WORKSHOPS

Take a look at this link for a number of forthcoming athlete and coaching workshops.

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.

MEMORABLE WEEKEND

Full details of a memorable weekend for club members can be found in this week’s press report.

FIXTURES

Saturday, November 17: Northern Indoor Open Track and Field Meeting, at Sheffield (10.45am).

Saturday, November 17: North Staffs Cross Country League Round Three, at Park Hall, Stoke on Trent, (12 noon).

Saturday, November 24: British Cross Country Challenge, at Sefton Park, Liverpool, (11am start).

Friday, November 30: West Cheshire AC Annual General Meeting, at the Cheshire County Sports Club Pavilion (7.30pm start).

Sunday, December 2: Borders Road Running League Round 2, at Ty Croes, Anglesey, (11am start).

Sunday, December 2: North West Sportshall Athletics League Round 3, at Kingsway Leisure Centre, Widnes.

Saturday, December 8: Dave Sunderland Inter Counties Schools Cross Country Trophy, at Winsford.

Saturday, December 15: North Staffs Cross Country League Round Four, at Rodbaston College).

Saturday, December 22: Club Christmas Fun Morning, at Ellesmere Port Sports Village Sportshall, (10am start).

Wednesday, December 26: Essar Chester Round The Walls Race, at Chester Racecourse.

Press report: WCAC Success Spread Far and Wide

WEST CHESHIRE Athletic Club members of every age celebrated success on four fronts at the weekend.

The Ellesmere Port Sports Village-based outfit’s youngsters won five age group team events in their home North West Sportshall League fixture, while the club’s men retained top spot in Division Two of the North Wales Cross Country League, and the club’s ladies and veteran men won their Borders Road Running League team events at Upton, Chester, hosted by West Cheshire AC.

Abigail Meyer, Cerys Rowlands, Daisy Johnson, Dakota Fleming, Eleanor Neve, Evie Tresize, Freya Renshaw, Harriet Wheeler, Holly Bosworth, Isla Entwistle, Jessica Brown, Kara Stoll, Lara Fields, Lottie Blake, Lucy O’Connell, Macy Brett, Madhuvanti Guruprasad, Ruby Phillips, Sophie Haslam, and Ursula Archer ensured West Cheshire AC won the under 11 girls sportshall team competition.

Mia Wylie, Ellen Maxwell, Eva Renshaw, Flora Plass, Grace Graham, Lucy Ashcroft, Maddi Mercer, Ruby Wisbey, Sara Pearson, and Emma Powell delivered a team success for the under 13 girls.

Ella Wylie, Fatoumatta Bojang, Imogen Pughe, Milly James, Sophie Cribb, and Stephanie Jones celebrated an under 15 girls team victory.

Arthur Crewe, Connor Davies Jones, Ellis Hamcock, Elliott Bujac, Fergus Garland, Finn Howard, Joseph Watkin, Leighton Mogan, Leo Hewitt, Matthew Jones, Milo Halliday, and Nolan Heller secured the under 13 boys team success.

Cameron Morrison, Matthew Bailey, Michael Maxwell and Uzezi Onomerike combined for an under 15 boys team win, while Bryn Thomas, Healy Smyth, Javier Arechaga, Matthew Coombes, Matthew Smithdale and Oliver Mallon merited the under 11 boys second team position.

DAVE ALEXANDER (19th in 32:08) headed the purple-vested cross country charge at Wrexham, supported by Chris Palmer (39th in 33:34), Steve Fernyhough (40th in 33:51), Richard Hayes (48th in 34:32), Andy Carter (49th in 34:33), Andrew Clague (50th in 34:34), Neil Hershaw (52nd in 34:42), Tony Woodall (61st in 35:10), Anthony Spruce (67th in 35:26), Mark Gallagher (132nd in 42:23), Darren Shillington (137th in 43:56), and Peter Smith (141st in 44:59).

MENS Division Two (Overall after three rounds): 1 West Cheshire AC 386 points; 2 Wrexham 677; 3 Cadence Tri 695; 4 Aberystwyth University 797; 5 Bangor University 986; 6 North Wales Road Runners Club 1088; 7 Deeside 1114; 8 Colwyn Bay 1208; 9 Whitchurch 1270; 10 Wrekin 1286; 11 Tattenhall 1436; 12 Abergele 1521; 13 Telford 1523.

Anest Muller (18th in 24:49) pointed West Cheshire AC ladies to fourth team spot at Wrexham and fourth place in the overall standings, backed up by Claire Harris (20th in 24:55), Ellie Robinson (23rd in 25:16), Clare Mallon (51st in 27:57), Angela Tegg (73rd in 29:07), and Alex Duffey (105th in 31:54).

LADIES Division One (Overall after three rounds): 1 Oswestry 194 points; 2 Eryri 245; 3 West Cheshire AC 297; 4 Buckley 351; 5 Denbigh 369; 6 Prestatyn 565; 7 GOG Tri 584.

The next round will be held at Coleg Cambria, Northop, on Saturday, January 12.

CLAIRE HARRIS (eighth in 33:19), Issy Clarke (11th in 33:39), Keely Smith (12th in 33:49), and Anest Muller (22nd in 34:46) combined to earn West Cheshire AC ladies top spot in Division One of the Borders Road Running League team event at Cheshire County Sports Club, Upton.

Sion Roberts was the first of seven under 20 juniors from host club West Cheshire AC in a 10-man scoring men’s team at the event which attracted a league record-breaking field of 441 finishers.

Roberts was eighth overall with an age group club record five miles time of 27:24, supported by Dave Dentith (11th in 27:41), Jac Goodall (18th in 28:16), Rob Little (24th in 28:37), Mark Davies (30th in 28:49), Graham Wells (45th in 29:39), Harvey Tegg (52nd in 29:54), Paul Morrison (65th in 30:24), Joseph Morrison (66th in 30:25), and Curtis Rodway (69th in 30:32).

The next round will be held on Sunday, December 9, at Ty Croes Race Track, Anglesey.

SOPHIE GRAINGER of West Cheshire AC finished third with a time of 15:25 at the Manchester Area Cross Country League match at Kenworthy Woods and was joined by club mate Jessica Lark who was 45th in the under 13 girls race with a time of 12:38.

WEST CHESHIRE AC duo Rob Little (35:31) and Tom Cable (37:43) posted new personal bests at the Cheshire 10k Road Race.

Little sliced 10 seconds off a two years old personal best at the event held at Arley Hall, and Cable clocked 37:43, ahead of second over-35 lady Keely Smith (41:35), Kerry Riley (10th lady in 42:58).

SEVERAL West Cheshire AC youngsters competed in the English Schools Cross Country Cup Regional Round at Cartmel, including Will Wright (seventh in the under 15 boys race), Imogen Pughe (eighth), Lucia Pyne (11th), Lara Battersby (52nd), and Abigail Cartwright (53rd) in the under 15 girls race.

FIXTURES this weekend include the latest round of the North Staffs Cross Country League on Saturday, at Park Hall Country Park, Weston Coyney, Stoke on Trent, (12 noon start), the Northern Indoor Track and Field Open Meeting at Sheffield on Sunday (10.45am start), and the Conwy Half Marathon on Sunday (10am start).

ENTRIES are now open for the popular Essar Chester Round The Walls Race on Boxing Day. The link for online entries is: https://wcac.niftyentries.com/Essar-Chester-Round-The-Walls1

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WCAC Newsletter #196: 09-11-18

(photo courtesy of Bryan Dale at racephotos)

THIS WEEKEND

This Saturday sees the third round of the North Wales Cross Country League, at Ysgol Morgan Llwyd, Wrexham, (2pm start), and the second round of the Manchester Area Cross Country League, at Kenworthy Woods (12 noon start).

And several members will be taking part in the English Schools Cross Country Cup, at Cartmel, takes place on Saturday.

Sunday sees the second round of the Borders Road Running League being hosted by the club at The Cheshire Sports Club, Upton, Chester (9.30am start), and the second round of the North West Sportshall Athletics League, is also being hosted by the club on Sunday, at Ellesmere Port Sports Village Old Sportshall and Gymnasium (12.30pm start).

Please support the events and best wishes to all our athletes and officials.

PLEASE HELP YOUR CLUB

The Club would be grateful if you and/or a friend can volunteer to help out at the Essar Chester Round The Walls Race, at Chester Racecourse, on Wednesday, 26th December.

Those club members who are running the race should provide someone to help out.

Please email Dennis ASAP to pledge your support at: dennis.wall1@ntlworld.com

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

CLUB AGM DATE

The Club’s Annual General Meeting will be held on Friday, 30th November, at the Cheshire County Sports Club Pavilion (7.30pm start).

LAST CALL FOR ENTRIES FOR BRITISH CROSS CHALLENGE AT SEFTON PARK

Entries close on Wednesday 14th November for the British Cross Country Challenge fixture being held at Sefton Park, Liverpool, on Saturday, November 24. Further details can be found here.

WINTER WORKSHOPS

Take a look at this link for a number of forthcoming athlete and coaching workshops:

CLUB KIT

Parents Vikki Brett and Joanne Lark who look after club kit at the EPSV Track Office, have agreed to sell vests, crop tops and hoodies 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.

FIXTURES

Saturday, November 10: Manchester Area Cross Country League Round Two, at Kenworthy Woods, (12 noon).

Saturday, November 10: North Wales Cross Country League Round Three, at Wrexham (2pm).

Saturday, November 10: English Schools Cross-country Cup, at Cartmel, Cumbria.

Sunday, November 11: Borders Road Running League Round Two, at Upton, Chester (9.30am).

Sunday, November 11: North West Sportshall Athletics League Round Two, at Old Stanney Sportshall and Gymnasium, 12.30pm).

Saturday, November 17: Northern Indoor Open Track and Field Meeting, at Sheffield (10.45am).

Saturday, November 17: North Staffs Cross Country League Round Three, at Park Hall, Stoke on Trent, (12 noon).

Saturday, November 24: British Cross Country Challenge, at Sefton Park, Liverpool, (11am start).

Friday, November 30: West Cheshire AC Annual General Meeting, at the Cheshire County Sports Club Pavilion (7.30pm start).

Press report: Cross-country Popular at the Village

MORE than 200 youngsters participated in the second round of the Essar West Cheshire AC Schools Cross Country Races held at Ellesmere Port Sports Village.

Pupils representing primary and secondary schools from Chester, Ellesmere Port, and Wirral, enjoyed the event hosted by West Cheshire Athletic Club.

Maya Jennings (Belgrave), James Haslam (Newton), Ruby McIlveen (Bishop Wilson), Thomas Rimmer (Overleigh St Mary’s), Ruby Phillips (Sutton Green), Ben Hackett (Saughall All Saints), Cerys Rowlands (Woodlands), Joseph Ireland (Mill View), Jessica Lark (Upton), Thomas Wilde (Christleton), Georgina Duffey (Birkenhead), and Ethan Mohan (Chester Catholic High) all celebrated race victories.

Jennings won the year three girls 800 metres race in a time of three minutes 27 seconds, just 10 seconds clear of runner-up Anna Birkett (The Firs), and third-placed Amber Billington (Mill View).

Haslam claimed a one second victory in the year three boys race with a time of 3:17, just clear of runner-up Dylan Chandler (Christleton), while Bryron Jones (Upton Heath) was third.

McIlveen produced an impressive winning time of 3:07 in the year four girls event, ahead of runner-up Edith Carr (Acresfield) with 3:23, and Ruby Billington (Mill View) in third spot with 3:31.

Rimmer delivered a winning time of 2:50 in the year four boys race, eight seconds clear of runner-up Joe Williams (Kings), and third-placed Jonathan Gordon (Newton).

Phillips secured a winning time of 4:42 in the 1.2km year five girls race, ahead of runner-up Charlotte Noon (Saughall All Saints) and Holly Coates (Kings) in third position.

Hackett clocked 4:25 for victory in the year five boys event, nine seconds ahead of second-placed Harry Shepherd (The Firs); and Ben Pold (Kings) in third spot.

Rowlands won the year six girls race in a time of 4:50, just five seconds ahead of runner-up Macy Brett (Little Sutton), with Issy Read (Upton Heath) in third place.

Ireland celebrated success in the year six boys race in 4:35, ahead of runner-up Jack Nash (Kings), and Marco Greig (Mill View) in third spot.

Lark won the year seven girls 2km event in 8:01, ahead of runner-up Ruby Carlile (Christleton), and third-placed Aimee Phillips (Whitby).

Wilde secured victory in the year seven boys race in 7:39, ahead of runner-up Zak Ireland (Bishop Heber), and third-placed Arthur Crewe (Kings).

Duffey delivered success in the year eight girls 2.8km race with 12:12, ahead of runner-up Megan White (Queens), while Ethan Mohan won the year eight boys event in 12:12, ahead of runner-up Joe McCorkell (Kings), and Nolan Heller (Abbeygate) in third spot.

TONY WOODALL, of West Cheshire AC, was third in his over-45 age group with a time of 31:52 at the Abergele Five Miles Road Race.

FIXTURES this weekend include the third round of the North Wales Cross Country League on Saturday, at Ysgol Morgan Llwyd, Wrexham, (2pm start), and the second round of the Manchester Area Cross Country League, at Kenworthy Woods (12 noon start).

The second round of the Borders Road Running League, takes place on Sunday, at The Cheshire Sports Club, Upton, Chester (9.30am start), and the second round of the North West Sportshall Athletics League, is also on Sunday, at Ellesmere Port Sports Village Old Sportshall and Gymnasium (12.30pm start).

ENTRIES are now open for the popular Essar Chester Round The Walls Race on Boxing Day. The link for online entries is: https://wcac.niftyentries.com/Essar-Chester-Round-The-Walls1

ENTRIES close on Wednesday, November 14, for the British Cross Country Challenge being held at Sefton Park, Liverpool, on Saturday, November 24. Further details can be found at: https://www.uka.org.uk/competitions/the-british-athletics-cross-challenge/

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

WCAC Endurance League

Angela, Ellie and Clare all keeping their distance from one another in the women’s competition, while the two Andys still have 11-point buffers over each other and the rest of the men’s field. Only four points separate the next five men. All to play for as a double header weekend approaches: cross-country at Manchester and Wrexham, and  a little matter of a local road running league even closer to home. See middle of the road running page for tables.

Special mention to the following, who gained bonus performance points in the following events in October (see middle of the road running page for an explanation of how these are gained):

Chester Marathon – Wullie McGarrell
Borders League, New Brighton ( assumed to be 5 miles) : 10 out of 23 senior/vet males : Bob Little, Andy Carter, Tom Cable, John Parlevliet, Chris Palmer, Danny Paddock, Julian Tegg, Neil Field, Mark Gallagher, Adam Poole.  Also 5 out of the 7 females: Keely Smith, Ellie Robinson, Debra Bemand, Angela Tegg, Ellen McMahon.
Manchester Half Marathon : Jack Gannon and Steve Fernyhough.
parkruns : Steve Hillier (2), Steve Fernyhough, David Irving.

Essar West Cheshire Schools Cross-country Series

Well done to all 300 runners who took part in Saturday’s event. Provisional results are now up at the bottom of the Off-road page.

Press Report: Double Whammy at Stafford

 

RUBY PHILLIPS and Sion Roberts earned West Cheshire Athletic Club a double success story at Stafford Common.

The purple-vested duo raced to individual victories at the second round of the North Staffordshire Cross Country League. (more…)

WCAC Newsletter #194: 26-10-18

CLUBHOUSE PROJECT

The club has until the end of this month to try and find £30,000 needed to build a Clubhouse at the Ellesmere Port Sports Village Athletics Track.

If you know someone or a company that can contribute towards commercial sponsorship the project please email Dennis at: dennis.wall1@ntlworld.com

Further details can be found here

THIS WEEKEND

This Saturday sees the club competing at the second round of the North Staffs Cross Country League at Stafford Common. The postcode is: ST16 1JY.

Further details can be found here.

Best wishes to all our athletes and officials.

SIGN UP TO BECOME A CLUB OFFICIAL

Parents and helpers at the club wanting to provide back-up to our graded officials are being asked to support an officials course being hosted at Ellesmere Port Sports Village on Sunday, November 18.

Anyone wanting to be a field judge, track judge, timekeeper, or starter should book on the course here.

The club needs to strengthen it’s experienced unpaid volunteers and plan for the future if we want to remain in leagues and competitions.

PLEASE HELP YOUR CLUB

The Club would be grateful if you and/or a friend can volunteer to help out at one or both of the following events the club is hosting:

The Borders Road Running League, at Cheshire Sports Club, Upton, Chester, on Sunday, 11th November.

The Essar Chester Round The Walls Race, at Chester Racecourse, on Wednesday, 26th December.

Please email Dennis ASAP to pledge your support at: dennis.wall1@ntlworld.com

CLUB TRIP TO BRUM

Graham Patterson and Dennis Wall are planning to organise a club trip to the Muller Indoor Grand Prix Meeting at Birmingham on Saturday, 16th February.

If you are interested please let Graham or Dennis know ASAP on the following email addresses:

Graham: graham.patterson@ntlworld.com

and Dennis: dennis.wall1@ntlworld.com

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

DOUBLE DELIGHT FOR ROSEMARY

Congratulations to Rosemary Rogers who celebrated top spot in her over 65 age group at the weekend in the Flintshire 5k (26:25), and 10k (54:44).

CLUB AGM DATE

The Club’s Annual General Meeting will be held on Friday, 30th November, at the Cheshire County Sports Club Pavilion (7.30pm start).

ENTRIES OPEN FOR BRITISH CROSS CHALLENGE AT SEFTON PARK

Entries are now being accepted for the British Cross Country Challenge fixture being held at Sefton Park, Liverpool, on Saturday, November 24. Further details can be found here.

NORTHERN UK ENDURANCE CONFERENCE

Have you got your ticket for the first Northern UK Endurance conference? It’s going to be a fantastic weekend in Liverpool for athletes and coaches. All are welcome and you don’t have to be qualified to attend.

Saturday 24th November = GB European XC Trials at Sefton Park.

Sunday 25th November = The Northern UK Endurance Conference, Hope University.

Speakers = Mike Baxter, Steve Vernon & Allison Benton

Tickets cost = £13 inc packed lunch, cakes, tea and water.

Any questions please message or email: ukenduranceconf@gmail.com

FOUR VILLAGE HALF MARATHON ENTRIES OPEN

ENTRIES are now open for the Four Village Half Marathon at Helsby. Details can be found here.

WINTER WORKSHOPS

Take a look at this link for a number of forthcoming athlete and coaching workshops.

CLUB KIT

Parents Vikki Brett and Joanne Lark who look after club kit at the EPSV Track Office, have agreed to sell vests, crop tops and hoodies 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.

TRACK AND FIELD UPDATE

The Club has been asked to host the opening round in Division One of the Northern Track and Field at Ellesmere Port Sports Village on Sunday, 19th May; with round two taking place at Wigan on Sunday, 16th June; round three at Blackburn on a date to be confirmed; and round four at Wakefield on Saturday, 10th August.

The Club’s provisional YDL U13s/U15s North Premier West structure for 2019 is: Round One at Wavertree (Saturday, 27th April); Round Two at Sports City (Saturday, 18th May); Round Three at Stockport (Saturday, 22nd June); followed by a Regional Final for the top 3 Clubs (at Preston) or a Relegation Plate Final (at Sheffield) on Saturday, 20th July.

The Club’s Provisional YDL U17s/U20s West Two structure for 2019 is: Round One at Leigh (Sunday, 5th May); Round Two at Southport (Sunday, 26th May); and Round Three at Stockport (Sunday, 30th June).

Debbie Baker has decided to step down as YDL Upper Team Manager, so the Club is needing somebody to take over for the 2019 season. Anyone interested in the role should email Dennis at: dennis.wall1@ntlworld.com

WEEKLY ROUND-UP

This week’s club press report can be found here

FIXTURES

Saturday, October 27: North Staffs Cross Country League Round Two, at Stafford Common (12 noon).

Saturday, October 27: Snowdonia Marathon, at Llanberis (10.30am start).

Saturday, November 3: Essar West Cheshire AC Schools Cross Country Race Series Round Two, at Ellesmere Port Sports Village (10am).

Sunday, November 4: Abergele Five Miles Road Race, (12 noon).

Saturday, November 10: Manchester Area Cross Country League Round Two, at Kenworthy Woods, (12 noon).

Saturday, November 10: North Wales Cross Country League Round Three, at Wrexham (2pm).

Sunday, November 11: Borders Road Running League Round Two, at Upton, Chester (9.30am).

Sunday, November 11: North West Sportshall Athletics League Round Two, at Old Stanney Sportshall and Gymnasium, 12.30pm).

Saturday, November 17: Northern Indoor Open Track and Field Meeting, at Sheffield (10.45am).

Sunday, November 18: North Staffs Cross Country League Round Three, at Park Hall, Stoke on Trent, (12 noon).

Saturday, November 24: British Cross Country Challenge, at Sefton Park, Liverpool, (11am start).

Friday, November 30: West Cheshire AC Annual General Meeting, at the Cheshire County Sports Club Pavilion (7.30pm start).

Essar Chester Round the Walls Race 2018

Entries are now open – see here for more details.

Press Report: WCAC Sitting on Top at the Bay

WEST CHESHIRE Athletic Club remain in pole position after a tough trip to Colwyn Bay.

The Ellesmere Port Sports Village-based men’s team battled their way around a hilly course to ensure the club heads the North Wales Cross Country League Division Two standings after two rounds.

Dave Alexander (16th in 36:22), Bradley Spurdens (21st in 37:15), Tony Woodall (46th in 39:44), Andrew Clague (47th in 39:44), Graham Wells (50th in 40:14), and Richard Hayes (52nd in 40:23) combined to earn West Cheshire AC top spot and they were backed up by Stuart Thomas (101st in 45:07), Julian Tegg (110th in 46:27), and Adam Poole (138th in 48:51).

Kerry Riley (13th in 23:24), Claire Harris (22nd in 24:03), Ellie Robinson (27th in 24:23), and Anest Muller in (30th in 24:55) teamed up to earn West Cheshire AC ladies third spot in Division One and the club are second overall.

Clare Mallon (78th in 28:04), Brygida Gorecka (98th in 30:12), and Debra Bemand (112th in 31:35) provided support for the scoring quartet, and others in action included Bob Benson who was second home in his over-65 age group with a time of 26:14, and Paul Morrison was eighth in the under 17 men’s race in 21:15.

The next round will be held at Ysgol Morgan Clwyd, Cefn Road, Wrexham, on Saturday, November 10.

MORE than 300 pupils participated at the opening round of the Essar West Cheshire AC Schools Cross Country Race Series held at Ellesmere Port Sports Village.

Maya Jennings, James Haslam, Niamh Lofthouse, Thomas Rimmer, Ruby Phillips, Ben Hackett, Eleanor Williams, Benjamin Williams, Jessica Lark, Thomas Wilde, Georgina Duffey, and Elliott Bujac all won their age group races.

Jennings (Belgrave) and Haslam (Newton) won their year three races, while Lofthouse (Upton Heath) and Rimmer (Overleigh St Marys) won in year four, and Phillips (Sutton Green) and Hackett (Saughall) won in year five.

Eleanor (Kings) and Benjamin (Willaston) secured success in their year six events, while Lark (Upton) and Wilde (Christleton) triumphed in their year seven races, and Duffey (Birkenhead) and Bujac (Wirral Grammar) won their year eight races.

The next round in the series takes place at Ellesmere Port Sports Village on Saturday, November 3.

TOM BOOTH of West Cheshire AC finished third in a time of one hour 23 minutes at the Heart of Eden Half Marathon after the heading the field for the opening eight miles.

ANTHONY SPRUCE of West Cheshire AC won the Loggerheads Five Miles Race in 37:35, ahead of club mates Mark Gallagher (43:14), and Ian Ackroyd (46:10).

FIXTURES this weekend include the North Staffs Cross Country League second round, on Saturday, at Stafford Common (12 noon start).

ENTRIES are now being accepted for the British Cross Country Challenge fixture being held at Sefton Park, Liverpool, on Saturday, November 24. Further details can be found here.

ANYONE wanting to become a qualified field judge, track judge, timekeeper or starter is being invited to attend an officials course being held at Ellesmere Port Sports Village on Sunday, November 18.

To book on the course the link is here.

ENTRIES are now open for the Four Village Half Marathon at Helsby. Details can be found here.

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