Press Report: Club Crowns a Successful Year

WEST CHESHIRE Athletic Club has celebrated it’s annual awards presentation evening.

The purple and gold-vested outfit attracted 200 members, parents and friends to the successful event held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Chester.

Record-breaking adventurer, ultra-endurance athlete and former West Cheshire AC member, Alex Staniforth, who has survived the two biggest disasters in Mount Everest history as a teenager, was the guest speaker.

Harriet Wheeler was named winner of the women’s cup, and Jamie Richardson was the winner of the men’s cup.

Nancy Farmer was presented with the Chris Goodwin Cup by John Goodwin, while the Manson Family won the Wright Trophy, and Eddie Gore was named Club Person of the Year.

Debra Bemand, Joy Hickman and Fiona Cook were presented with first, second and third-placed awards respectively for the women’s Endurance Points Competition, and Andy Carter, Andrew Clague and Michael Young were the top three men respectively in their Endurance Points Competition.

Poppy McKenna and Rosie Grimsditch won the under 11 girls awards, while Jack Arnold and Leo Ravenscroft were presented with the under 11 boys trophies.

Mia Johnson and Lauren Higgins collected the under 13 girls awards, and Dylan Gledhill and Aiden Hilton won the under 13 boys cups.

Macey Jones and Satine Wearden were recipients of the under 15 girls awards, and Evan Miller and Theo Shepherd collected the under 15 boys trophies.

Carys Manson and Kara Stoll won the under 17 ladies awards, while Nathan Brassington and Alfie Lane secured the under 17 men’s trophies.

Emma Holmes and Ruby Wisbey won the under 20 ladies awards, and Henry Robinson and Fraser Campbell collected the under 20 men’s cups.

Beth McMahon and Megan Kettle won the senior ladies awards, while Paul Morrison and Bradley Spurdens were the senior men’s winners.

Debra Bemand and Debra Erskine were the veteran ladies winners, and Wullie McGarrell and Andy Parker secured the veteran men’s awards.

EMMA HOLMES represented West Cheshire AC in Birmingham at the UK Indoor Athletics Track and Field Championships where she clocked a new 200m club record time of 24.38 seconds and was the youngest athlete in the semi-finals.

LINDSAY FISHER, Keely Smith and Wullie McGarrell all broke West Cheshire AC age group records at the weekend in the Village Bakery Half Marathon at Wrexham.

Lindsay sliced more than a minute off the women’s club and over-35 record with a time of one hour 18 minutes 58 seconds.

Keely Smith carved almost a minute off the over-40 women’s club record with a time of 1:20:50, and Wullie knocked 11 seconds off his over-55 record with a time of 1:21:32.

West Cheshire AC’s first finisher at Wrexham was Steve Fernyhough (1:16:12), and other purple and gold-vested finishers included Jon Park (1:19:01), Graham Wells (1:19:46), Rob Little (1:21:13), Isaac McKenna (1:23:29), Steve King (1:25:17), Ian Gloyne-Phillips (1:28:16), Mark Davies (1:28:41), Emma Nutt (1:32:27), Steve Roberts (1:33:50), Brian Cremin (1:37:29), Paul Cain (1:38:29), Andy Carter (1:39:51), Stephen Ball (1:46:39), Amy Mills (1:51:09), and Richard Hunt (2:02:20). 

ANGELA TEGG (sixth over 50 lady in 1:22:40) represented West Cheshire AC at the Parbold Hill Race.

MICHAEL YOUNG has been selected to represent England at the Anglo Celtic Plate 100km race taking place on March 24, at North Inches Park, Perth, Scotland.

ALAN MORRIS and Tim Palmer have been appointed Cheshire County Athletics Association Chairman and Officials Secretary respectively. 

FIXTURES this weekend include the English Cross Country Championships on Saturday at Weston Park, and the latest Borders Road Running League fixture takes place at Deeside College, Connah’s Quay on Sunday (10am start).

FORTHCOMING fixtures include the Chester Ultra 50 Miles Race from Ellesmere Port Sports Village on Saturday, March 2; a North West Indoor Combined Events Open Meeting at Deeside College, Connah’s Quay on Sunday, March 3; the Chester Primary Schools Cross Country Championships at Ellesmere Port Sports Village, on Monday, March 4; the Inter Counties Cross Country Championships at Nottingham on Saturday, March 9; the Chester 10k Road Race on Sunday, March 10; a Manchester Indoor Open Track and Field meeting on Sunday, March 10; the Cheshire Primary and Secondary Schools Sportshall Finals at Ellesmere Port Sports Village on Monday, March 11; the British Masters Cross Country Championships, at Rhug Estate, Corwen, on Saturday, March 16; the Borders Road Running League at Hoylake on Sunday, March 17; the Cheshire v Merseyside Year 7 Schools Cross Country Match at Ellesmere Port Sports Village on Wednesday, March 20; the West Cheshire AC Spring Open Track and Field Meeting at Ellesmere Port Sports Village on Saturday, March 23; the Wilmslow Half Marathon on Sunday, March 24; and a North West Open Indoor Combined Events Meeting at Deeside College, Connah’s Quay on Sunday, March 24.

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

WCAC Endurance League

Emma Nutt and Andrew Clague lead from Anest Muller, Joy Hickman, Paul Morrison and Dave Shearer at the end of January – see near the bottom of the Races webpage for more.

Press Report: Jess Best in National Success

JESSICA LARK was crowned a National champion in Sheffield on Sunday.

The talented West Cheshire Athletic Club distance runner posted a winning time of four minutes 29.57 seconds in the under 20 ladies 1500m final at the England Athletics Indoor Track and Field Championships.

Jessica finished more than two seconds clear of her nearest rival at the English Institute of Sport Arena where she had claimed the Northern Indoor 800m Championship title last month in a time of 2:10.99.

Jessica also smashed the West Cheshire AC under 20 ladies indoor 1500m club record last month at a Cardiff British Milers Club meeting with a time of 4:26.34.

Emma Holmes delivered a silver medal performance with a new West Cheshire AC under 20 women’s indoor club record 400m time of 55.13 seconds.

Mae Grant celebrated a new under 15 girls West Cheshire AC indoor triple jump record of 10.01m for sixth position.

Mia Johnson clocked a new under 15 girls West Cheshire AC indoor 60m record of 7.88 seconds and a new 200m indoor record time of 25.78 seconds.

Nathan Brassington powered his way to fifth spot in the under 17 men’s shot put with 13m, while Beth Manson posted a new indoor personal best of 43 seconds.

Macy Brett clocked a new under 17 ladies indoor 60m hurdles personal best time of 9.04 seconds, and Holly Bosworth posted a new indoor under 17 ladies 200m personal best of 26.76 seconds.

POPPY McKENNA and Andrew Clague both celebrated victories at the final round of the North Wales Cross Country League held at Oswestry.

Poppy won the under 11 girls race and was backed up by Heidi Wetherall (fifth) and Felicity Snowden (seventh) to earn West Cheshire AC top spot in the team race.

Andrew Clague was first in his over-55 age group on the day and overall in the league and was supported in the men’s race by team mates Dave Alexander (fourth over-50 man), Jeff Gifford (second over-55 man on the day and overall), Mark Davies (15th over-45 man), and Paul Morrison (31st senior man).

Eleanor Wheeler was second overall in the under 15 girls league series of races and Nia Manson finished third overall in the under 13 girls race series and was second on the day ahead of Amelia Snowden (fifth) and Rose Shepherd (ninth), while the trio combined for first team position on the day and third team overall.

Anest Muller secured third spot overall in the league series in her over-40 age group and was fifth over-40 lady on the day, supported by Claire Harris (fourth over-35 lady), Joy Hickman (seventh over-55 lady), Debra Bemand (seventh over-50 lady), and Emily Murphy (eighth under 17 lady). 

Thomas Rimmer finished fifth in the under 15 boys race and Jack Arnold was fourth in the under 11 boys race.

TRACY ROGERS represented West Cheshire AC at Saturday’s Manchester Cross Country League fixture held at Kenworthy Woods and finished second in her over-35 women’s age group.

Tracy was supported by club mates Emma Nutt (15th senior lady) and Amanda Newall (14th over-45 lady).

Emilia Pyper was fourth in the under 15 girls race, while Nancy Farmer (sixth), and Hayley Holland (25th) completed the under 17 ladies race.

Dylan Gledhill (12th) and Max Henderson (30th) teamed up in the under 13 boys race, while Lauren Higgins finished 17th in the under 13 girls race.

Ben Newall rounded the under 15 boys race in 23rd position, and Isla Lambert finished 53rd in the under 11 girls event.

FIXTURES this weekend include the UK Indoor Track and Field Championships in Birmingham on Saturday and Sunday; the Parbold Hill Race on Saturday; the Welsh Cross Country Championships at Brecon on Saturday; the Village Bakery Half Marathon at Wrexham on Sunday; a Sale Harriers Manchester Indoor Open Track and Field Meeting on Sunday; the Great North West Half Marathon at Blackpool on Sunday; and the Ruthin 5k and 10k Road Races on Sunday.

WEST CHESHIRE AC has a busy schedule of fixtures lined up for the year ahead.

The Ellesmere Port Sports Village-based outfit will host two pre-season open track and field meetings, as well as host the Cheshire County Schools Track and Field Championships, the Cheshire County Track Relay Championships, and the English Schools Track and Field Cup Regional B Final.

The Cheshire Schools Championships take place on Saturday, June 8, while the Cheshire County Track Relay Championships will take place on Thursdays, July 4 and 11, and the English Schools Track and Field Cup Regional B Final will be held on Wednesday, June 5.

West Cheshire AC will compete in the Under 13/Under 15 Youth Development League West Premier Division at Trafford on Saturday, April 20; at Liverpool on Sunday, May 19; at Preston on Sunday, June 23; and at Bebington Oval on Saturday, July 20.

And the Club will participate in the Under 17/Under 20 Youth Development Track and Field League North West Division One at Blackpool on Sunday, April 28; at Leigh on Sunday, May 26; and at Wigan on Sunday, June 30.

The Club’s Northern Track and Field League squad will take part in West Premier Division fixtures at Blackburn on Saturday, May 18; at Litherland on Saturday, June 15; at Bury on Sunday, July 14; and at Ellesmere Port on Saturday, August 17.

West Cheshire AC will host the opening round of the Cheshire Track and Field League on Saturday, April 27, and other fixtures will be held on Sunday, June 2; Sunday, July 21; and Sunday, August 25.

West Cheshire AC will also host their annual Secondary Schools Track and Field Cup match on Wednesday, May 1; and the annual Cheshire v Merseyside Year 7 Schools Track and Field fixture in July.

ENTRIES are open for the Manchester Indoor Open Track and Field Winter Series being held on Sunday, March 10. More information at this link: https://saleharriersmanchester.com/index.php/events-fixtures/winter-indoor-series

THE Cheshire AA Road Race Grand Prix fixtures have been announced for 2024: High Legh 10k on March 17; Chester Spring 5 Miler on April 10; Christleton 5k in Mid May; Dunham Massey Park Run on May 25; Warrington Park Run on July 20; Sandbach 10k on August 18; and Crewe Park Run on September 14.

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

Press Report: Top Performances Indoors

RUBY BILLINGTON and Mia Johnson produced podium performances at Sheffield in the Northern Indoor Track and Field Championships.

The West Cheshire Athletic Club pair impressed at the English Institute of Sport Arena at the weekend and both returned home with bronze medals.

Ruby cleared 1-50m for third spot in the under 15 girls high jump, while Mia Johnson secured third position with a time of 26.10 seconds in her under 15 girls 200m final after slicing 100th of a second off the club age group record with a time of 26.08 seconds in her semi-final.

Maya Jennings posted 8.37 seconds for eighth place in her under 15 girls 60m final and reached the 200m semi-finals alongside Beth Manson.

Ryan Claessen rounded the under 15 boys 800m final in a time of 2:25.72 for seventh spot.

Mollie Garratt was fourth in the under 13 girls long jump final with a new personal best of 4.14m and was fifth in her 60m final. 

Aiden Hilton reached the under 15 boys 60m semi-final, and Amelia Snowden represented West Cheshire AC in the under 13 girls 200m and long jump.

NIA MANSON won the year seven girls race at the Cheshire Schools Cross Country Championships held at Knights Grabnge, Winsford, on Saturday.

Amelia Snowden (sixth), Sophie Baker (ninth) and Rose Sheppard (10th) also impressed to earn places in the Cheshire team to face Merseyside at Ellesmere Port Sports Village on Wednesday, March 20.

Freddie Lesley (second), Sam Scott (sixth), Sidney Carr (seventh), and Heath Kelly (eighth) secured their places in the Cheshire year seven boys team against Merseyside.

Emilia Pyper (second), Harriet Beattie (sixth), Eleanor Wheeler (eighth), Sophie Mulcaster (13th), Emily Thompson (15th), and Millie Rees (16th) all impressed in the junior girls race.

Tom Rimmer (10th), Joshua Evans (15th), Alex Barrington-Crow (18th), Dylan Jervis (19th), Dylan Gledhill (20th), and Max Henderson (22nd) all rounded the junior boys race.

Bailey Hughes (fourth), Nancy Farmer (seventh), Jessica O’Neill (16th), Hayley Holland (19th), Esme Slinn (20th), and Alba March (21st) completed the intermediate girls race.

Alex McNab (fourth), Lewis Morris (ninth), Dan Walker (10th), Ben Pold (12th), Rhys Owen (14th), James Pritchard (17th), Noah Smipson (24th), and Ben Newall (26th) rounded the intermediate boys race.

Carys Manson (eighth) and Ava Williams (ninth) completed the senior girls race, and Matthew Jones (eighth), Ellis Hancock (10th), and Matthew McCreadie (12th) rounded the senior boys race.

WULLIE McGARRELL won his over-55 age group category and smashed his age group club record time at the Alsager 5 Miles Road Race.

Wullie clocked 29 minutes 18 seconds to better a record that had been held by Neil Hershaw since June 2019, and he was joined at the event by Rob Little who was 12th in his over-45 age group with a time of 29:56.

FIXTURES this weekend include the Manchester Cross Country League at Kenworthy Woods, on Saturday, while the North Wales Cross Country League takes place on Saturday at Oswestry, and the England Athletics Under 15s, Under 17s and Under 20s Indoor Track and Field Championships at Sheffield take place on Sunday.

WEST CHESHIRE AC has a busy schedule of fixtures lined up for the year ahead.

The Ellesmere Port Sports Village-based outfit will host two pre-season open track and field meetings, as well as host the Cheshire County Schools Track and Field Championships, and the English Schools Track and Field Cup Regional A and B Finals.

The Cheshire Schools Championships take place on Saturday, June 8, while the English Schools Track and Field Cup Regional B Final will be held on Wednesday, June 5.

West Cheshire AC will compete in the Under 13/Under 15 Youth Development League West Premier Division at Trafford on Saturday, April 20; at Liverpool on Sunday, May 19; at Preston on Sunday, June 23; and at Bebington Oval on Saturday, July 20.

And the Club will participate in the Under 17/Under 20 Youth Development Track and Field League North West Division One at Blackpool on Sunday, April 28; at Leigh on Sunday, May 26; and at Wigan on Sunday, June 30.

The Club’s Northern Track and Field League squad will take part in West Premier Division fixtures at Blackburn on Saturday, May 18; at Litherland on Saturday, June 15; at Bury on Sunday, July 14; and at Ellesmere Port on Saturday, August 17.

West Cheshire AC will host the opening round of the Cheshire Track and Field League on Saturday, April 27, and other fixtures will be held on Sunday, June 2; Sunday, July 21; and Sunday, August 25.

West Cheshire AC will also host their annual Secondary Schools Track and Field Cup match on Wednesday, May 1; and the annual Cheshire v Merseyside Year 7 Schools Track and Field fixture in July.

ENTRIES are open for the Manchester Indoor Open Track and Field Winter Series being held on Sundays, February 18, and March 10. More information at this link: https://saleharriersmanchester.com/index.php/events-fixtures/winter-indoor-series

THE Cheshire AA Road Race Grand Prix fixtures have been announced for 2024: High Legh 10k on March 17; Chester Spring 5 Miler on April 10; Christleton 5k in Mid May; Dunham Massey Park Run on May 25; Warrington Park Run on July 20; Sandbach 10k on August 18; and Crewe Park Run on September 14.

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

Press Report: Good results indoors and out

MAE GRANT was crowned Welsh champion in Cardiff at the weekend.

The talented West Cheshire Athletic Club member celebrated a gold medal-winning display in the under 15 girls triple jump with a new Welsh Indoor Championship best performance of 9.57m.

Mae was joined at the two-day fixture by Mia Johnson who pocketed two under 15 girls bronze medals in the 60m final with a time of 8.01 seconds, and in the 300m with a time of 45.43 seconds.

Emma Holmes rounded the senior women’s 400m final in a time of 57.12 seconds for fourth position, and Imogen Pughe reached the semi-finals and clocked 59.63 seconds.

FOUR West Cheshire AC members made the trip to East Park, Sedgefield, for the Northern Cross Country Championships.

Emilia Pyper rounded the under 15 girls course for 22nd spot in a time of 14:17, while Cosette Wearden posted 19:03 for 28th place in the under 17 women’s event.

Harriet Beattie (47th in 12:14) and Nia Manson (53rd in 12:18) completed the under 13 girls race.

West Cheshire AC was also represented at the latest round of the Borders Road Running League on Sunday at Thurstaston.

FIXTURES this weekend include the Cheshire Schools Cross Country Championships at Knights Grange, Winsford, on Saturday, while the Northern Under 13s and Under 15s Indoor Track and Field Championships take place at Sheffield, on Saturday and Sunday.

THE West Cheshire AC Annual Presentation Evening will be held on Friday, February 2, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Chester. Follow this link to purchase tickets: https://wcac.niftyentries.com

WEST CHESHIRE AC has a busy schedule of fixtures lined up for the year ahead.

The Ellesmere Port Sports Village-based outfit will host two pre-season open track and field meetings, as well as host the Cheshire County Schools Track and Field Championships, and the English Schools Track and Field Cup Regional A and B Finals.

The Cheshire Schools Championships take place on Saturday, June 8, while the English Schools Track and Field Cup Regional A and B Finals will be held on Wednesday, June 5, and Wednesday, June 12.

West Cheshire AC will compete in the Under 13/Under 15 Youth Development League West Premier Division at Trafford on Saturday, April 20; at Liverpool on Sunday, May 19; at Preston on Sunday, June 23; and at Bebington Oval on Saturday, July 20.

And the Club will participate in the Under 17/Under 20 Youth Development Track and Field League North West Division One at Blackpool on Sunday, April 28; at Leigh on Sunday, May 26; and at Wigan on Sunday, June 30.

The Club’s Northern Track and Field League squad will take part in West Premier Division fixtures at Blackburn on Saturday, May 18; at Litherland on Saturday, June 15; at Bury on Sunday, July 14; and at Ellesmere Port on Saturday, August 17.

West Cheshire AC will host the opening round of the Cheshire Track and Field League on Saturday, April 27, and other fixtures will be held on Sunday, June 2; Sunday, July 21; and Sunday, August 25.

West Cheshire AC will also host their annual Secondary Schools Track and Field Cup match on Wednesday, May 1; and the annual Cheshire v Merseyside Year 7 Schools Track and Field fixture in July.

ENTRIES are open for the Manchester Indoor Open Track and Field Winter Series being held on Sundays, February 18, and March 10. More information at this link: https://saleharriersmanchester.com/index.php/events-fixtures/winter-indoor-series

THE Cheshire AA Road Race Grand Prix fixtures have been announced for 2024: High Legh 10k on March 17; Chester Spring 5 Miler on April 10; Christleton 5k in Mid May; Dunham Massey Park Run on May 25; Warrington Park Run on July 20; Sandbach 10k on August 18; and Crewe Park Run on September 14.

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

Press Report

POPPY McKENNA and Andrew Clague celebrated victories at Dolgellau on Saturday.

The West Cheshire Athletic Club duo braved wet and windy conditions to taste success at the third round of the North Wales Cross Country League.

Poppy won the under 11 girls race in 7:50, ahead of team mate, Heidi Wetherall (fourth in 8:36), while Andrew won his over-55 age group in the men’s race with a time of 38:54, alongside club mates Dave Alexander (fifth over-50 man in 37:21) and Jeff Gifford (second over-55 man in 37:54).

Nia Manson was third in a time of 7:47 in the under 13 girls race, while Eleanor Wheeler was fourth in the under 15 girls race, and Jack Arnold finished fourth with 8:13 in the under 11 boys race.

Emma Nutt (19th in 24:46), Anest Muller (fourth over-40 in 26:03), Georgina Duffey (seventh under 17 in 28:47), Joy Hickman (eighth over-55 in 29:41), and Alex Duffey (14th over-45 in 32:56), completed the ladies race.

JESSICA LARK represented West Cheshire AC at the British Milers Club Indoor fixture on Sunday in Cardiff and posted a season’s best under 20 women’s 1500m time of 4:26:34 for fourth position in the A race.

JODI BEMAND travelled to Parliament Hill on Saturday and finished 33rd with a time of 27:16 in the under 20 women’s race at the London Cross Country Challenge.

LINDSAY FISHER and Keely Smith secured podium places at Sunday’s Four Villages Half Marathon in Helsby.

Lindsay was third over-35 lady in 1:24:13, and Keely finished third over-40 lady in 1:24:14.

Steve Fernyhough was West Cheshire AC’s first finisher in the race, posting 1:20:07 for 14th spot in his over-40 age group.

He was joined at the event by club mates Jon Park (14th over-35 man in 1:21:01), Dave Shearer (19th over-35 man in 1:22:27), Graham Wells (22nd over-45 man in 1:25:23), Neil Hershaw (fourth over-55 man in 1:28:10), Andrew Clague (eighth over-55 man in 1:30:34), Fiona Cook (12th over-35 lady in 1:31:37), Ian Gloyne-Phillips (29th over-50 man in 1:34:59), Brian Cremin (1:43:10), Clare Mallon (1:43:17), Julian Tegg (1:56:15), and Angela Tegg (1:56:19).

FIXTURES this weekend include the Northern Cross Country Championships on Saturday, at East Park, Sedgefield; a 9.5km Borders Road Running League Race at Wirral Country Park, Thurstaston, on Sunday (11am start), the Manchester Indoor Open Track and Field Meeting on Sunday; and the Welsh Indoor Seniors and Under 15s Track and Field Championships on Saturday and Sunday in Cardiff.

THE West Cheshire AC Annual Presentation Evening will be held on Friday, February 2, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Chester. Follow this link to purchase tickets: https://wcac.niftyentries.com

WEST CHESHIRE AC has a busy schedule of fixtures lined up for the year ahead.

The Ellesmere Port Sports Village-based outfit will host two pre-season open track and field meetings, as well as host the Cheshire County Schools Track and Field Championships, and the English Schools Track and Field Cup Regional A and B Finals.

The Cheshire Schools Championships take place on Saturday, June 8, while the English Schools Track and Field Cup Regional A and B Finals will be held on Wednesday, June 5, and Wednesday, June 12.

West Cheshire AC will compete in the Under 13/Under 15 Youth Development League West Premier Division at Bebington Oval on Saturday, April 20; at Liverpool on Sunday, May 19; at Preston on Sunday, June 23; and at Trafford on Saturday, July 20.

And the Club will participate in the Under 17/Under 20 Youth Development Track and Field League North West Division One at Blackpool on Sunday, April 28; at Leigh on Sunday, May 26; and at Wigan on Sunday, June 30.

The Club’s Northern Track and Field League squad will take part in West Premier Division fixtures at Blackburn on Saturday, May 18; at Litherland on Saturday, June 15; at Trafford on Sunday, July 14; and at Ellesmere Port on Saturday, August 17.

West Cheshire AC will host the opening round of the Cheshire Track and Field League on Saturday, April 27, and other fixtures will be held on Sunday, June 2; Sunday, July 21; and Sunday, August 25.

West Cheshire AC will also host their annual Secondary Schools Track and Field Cup match on Wednesday, May 1; and the annual Cheshire v Merseyside Year 7 Schools Track and Field fixture in July.

ENTRIES are open for the Manchester Indoor Open Track and Field Winter Series being held on Sundays, February 18, and March 10. More information at this link: https://saleharriersmanchester.com/index.php/events-fixtures/winter-indoor-series

THE Cheshire AA Road Race Grand Prix fixtures have been announced for 2024: High Legh 10k on March 17; Chester Spring 5 Miler on April 10; Christleton 5k in Mid May; Dunham Massey Park Run on May 25; Warrington Park Run on July 20; Sandbach 10k on August 18; and Crewe Park Run on September 14.

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

Press Report: Success Indoors and Out

EMMA HOLMES, Jessica Lark, and Macy Brett produced podium places in Sheffield at the weekend.

The West Cheshire Athletic Club trio impressed at the two-day Northern Indoor Track and Field Championships held in the Institute of Sport Arena.

Emma was crowned under 20 women’s 400m champion after clocking a club record time of 56.02 seconds, ahead of fifth placed club mate Imogen Pughe in 61.78 seconds.

And Emma added a silver medal in the 200m with a club record-breaking time of 24.45 seconds after winning her heat in 24.79 seconds, and her semi-final in 24.60 seconds.

Jessica rounded the under 20 women’s 800m final for a gold medal-winning and new club record-breaking time of 2:10.99 having won her heat in 2:14.17.

And Macy produced an impressive silver medal in the under 17 women’s 60m hurdles final with a time of 9.18 seconds, just 600ths of a second behind the winner.

Cosette Wearden, registered as an under 17 lady, ran in the under 20 women’s 3,000m final and clocked a new under 17 ladies club record time of 10:45.51.

Other West Cheshire AC members in action at Sheffield included Holly Bosworth (27.10) and Lara Fields (28.70) in the under 17 women’s 200m; Jacob Gardner (24.66), Stephen Smalls (27.98) and Theo Shepherd (23.69) in the under 17 men’s 200m, and Macey Jones (8.19) in the under 17 ladies 60m.

TRACY ROGERS, Poppy McKenna and Jodi Bemand secured podium positions representing West Cheshire AC at Tatton Park in the latest round of the Manchester Cross Country League.

Tracy won her over-35 age group race and finished seventh lady overall in a time of 32:04, while Jodi was third in her under 20 ladies race in 34:47, and the pair were backed up by Georgina Duffey (10th under 20 lady in 41:56), Lucie Truett (17th in 34:03), Emma Nutt (39th in 36:14), Anest Muller (13th over-40 in 38:36), Anna Woolgar (fifth over-45 in 37:11), Amanda Newall (20th over-45 in 40:28), Alex Duffey (56th over-45 in 48:11), and Angela Tegg (22nd over-50 lady in 44:18), to earn West Cheshire AC fourth team place in the senior ladies event and fifth place in the veteran team competition.

Poppy finished third with a time of 14:17 in the under 11 girls race, backed up by team mates Heidi Wetherall (31st in 16:32) and Isla Lambert (66th in 19:51) to earn ninth team spot.

Dylan Gledhill (20th in 13:36), Max Henderson (34th in 14:28), and Jack Owen (59th in 15:34) completed the under 13 boys event.

Nia Manson (9th in 14:04) and Lauren Higgins (14th in 14:53) teamed up in the under 13 girls race. 

Lewis Morris (18th in 16:21), Noah Woolgar (31st in 16:58), and Ben Newall (37th in 17:26) represented West Cheshire AC in the under 15 boys race.

Emilia Pyper (14th in 18:19), and Eleanor Wheeler (29th in 20:01) completed the under 15 girls race, while Nancy Farmer (11th in 24:16) rounded the under 17 ladies event.

Paul Morrison (161st in 46:57), Dave Alexander (22nd over 50 man in 41:32), and Andrew Clague (sixth over-55 man in 40:11) completed the senior men’s race.

THE West Cheshire AC Annual Presentation Evening will be held on Friday, February 2, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Chester. Follow this link to purchase tickets: https://wcac.niftyentries.com

ENTRIES are now being accepted for the Northern Under 15s and Under 13s Indoor Track and Field Championships being held on February 4 at Sheffield. The online entry link is: www.race-results.co.uk

WEST CHESHIRE AC has a busy schedule of fixtures lined up for the year ahead.

The Ellesmere Port Sports Village-based outfit will host two pre-season open track and field meetings, as well as host the Cheshire County Schools Track and Field Championships, and the English Schools Track and Field Cup Regional A and B Finals.

The Cheshire Schools Championships take place on Saturday, June 8, while the English Schools Track and Field Cup Regional A and B Finals will be held on Wednesday, June 5, and Wednesday, June 12.

West Cheshire AC will compete in the Under 13/Under 15 Youth Development League West Premier Division at Bebington Oval on Saturday, April 20; at Liverpool on Sunday, May 19; at Preston on Sunday, June 23; and at Trafford on Saturday, July 20.

And the Club will participate in the Under 17/Under 20 Youth Development Track and Field League North West Division One at Blackpool on Sunday, April 28; at Leigh on Sunday, May 26; and at Wigan on Sunday, June 30.

The Club’s Northern Track and Field League squad will take part in West Premier Division fixtures at Blackburn on Saturday, May 18; at Litherland on Saturday, June 15; at Trafford on Sunday, July 14; and at Ellesmere Port on Saturday, August 17.

West Cheshire AC will also host their annual Secondary Schools Track and Field Cup match on Wednesday, May 1; and the annual Cheshire v Merseyside Year 7 Schools Track and Field fixture in July.

FIXTURES this weekend include the North Wales Cross Country League on Saturday, at Dolgellau, where the junior races start at 10.30am (under 15 Boys) and senior races at 1pm. The cross country course at Dolgellau is near the Leisure Centre but parking at the Leisure Centre is very limited so parking will be in the main Dolgellau Town Centre car park (Postcode: LL40 1UU). Sunday sees the Four Villages Half Marathon take place at Helsby (10.30am start).

ENTRIES are open for the Manchester Indoor Open Track and Field Winter Series being held on Sundays, January 28, February 18, and March 10. More information at this link: https://saleharriersmanchester.com/index.php/events-fixtures/winter-indoor-series

THE Cheshire AA Road Race Grand Prix fixtures have been announced for 2024: Four Villages Half Marathon on January 21; High Legh 10k on March 17; Chester Spring 5 Miler on April 10; Christleton 5k in Mid May; Dunham Massey Park Run on May 25; Warrington Park Run on July 20; Sandbach 10k on August 18; and Crewe Park Run on September 14.

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

Press Report: Medals Galore at County Champs

WEST CHESHIRE Athletic Club grabbed a fistful of county medals at Reaseheath on Saturday.

The purple-vested outfit celebrated a memorable day of individual and team successes at the Cheshire Cross Country Championships.

Both under 11 girls and under 11 boys teams secured gold medals in their 1.6km race. Girls finishers were Poppy McKenna (2nd, 5:09), Heidi Wetherall (7th, 5:50), Rosie Grimsditch (8th, 5:56), Saskia Keresturova (9th, 5:56), Abby Gamble (15th, 6:13), Lexi Ison (20th, 6:36), Emilia Hughes (21st, 6:40), Poppy Tromans (22nd, 6:42), and Maisie Gamble (25th, 6:53).

Leon Betteridge (3rd, 5:00), Jack Arnold (8th, 5:24), and Xavier Slinn (9th, 5:24) combined for first boys’ team, supported by Niall Betteridge (10th, 5:26), Leo Ravenscroft (15th, 5:59), William Lamb (18th, 6:09), Finley Edwards (20th, 6:24), Leo McKenna (22nd, 6:57), and Jack McWilliams (23rd, 7:15).

Nia Manson celebrated victory in the under 13 girls 3km race in a time of 9:03, and also claimed a team silver medal thanks to Amelia Snowden (fourth in 9:27), and Harriet Beattie (14th in 11:42).

Dylan Gledhill (ninth in 9:01), Sidney Carr (11th in 9:14), George Grimsditch (14th in 9:30), and Jack Owen (19th in 10:08) contributed towards team bronze medals in the under 13 boys 3km race.

Emilia Pyper secured a bronze medal with a time of 17:01 in the under 15 girls 4.1km race, ahead of team mate Eleanor Wheeler (ninth in 19:31).

Lewis Morris (eighth in 15:36), Ben Newall (16th in 16:44), Noah Woolgar (17th in 16:55), and Dan Hooker (20th in 19:01) combined to earn team silver medals in the 4.1km under 15 boys race.

Jodi Bemand produced a silver medal performance of 30:57 in the 6.8km under 20 women’s race, and Neil Hershaw claimed a bronze medal in his over-55 men’s age group after clocking 47:46 in the 9.68km senior men’s race.

Sammy Hollins (fourth in 43:44) and Henry Robinson (fifth in 46:24) completed the under 20 men’s 9.68km race.

Emma Nutt (21st in 34:02), Anest Muller (24th in 34:34), Clare Mallon (36th in 37:24), Joy Hickman (44th in 39:36) and Angela Tegg (45th in 39:46) earned West Cheshire AC sixth spot in the senior women’s team event and fifth position in the veteran women’s team competition.

Neil Hershaw (50th), Phil Woodley (53rd in 48:05), Andrew Clague (57th in 48:43), Dave Alexander (65th in 49:44), Richard Hayes (66th in 50:11), Mark Davies (79th in 52:41), Paul Morrison (90th in 54:44), Andy Carter (102nd in 56:22), and Julian Tegg (116th in 60:40) combined to earn West Cheshire AC ninth spot in the senior men’s team event and fifth place in the veteran men’s team competition.

JOSEPH MORRISON posted a new West Cheshire AC Indoor 1500m record at the British Milers Club Sheffield Grand Prix on Sunday with a time of 3:59:68.

THE West Cheshire AC Annual Presentation Evening will be held on Friday, February 2, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Chester. Follow this link to purchase tickets: https://wcac.niftyentries.com

ENTRIES are now being accepted for the Northern Under 15s and Under 13s Indoor Track and Field Championships being held on February 4 at Sheffield. The online entry link is: www.race-results.co.uk

WEST CHESHIRE AC has a busy schedule of fixtures lined up for the year ahead.

The Ellesmere Port Sports Village-based outfit will host two pre-season open track and field meetings, as well as host the Cheshire County Schools Track and Field Championships, and the English Schools Track and Field Cup Regional A and B Finals.

The Cheshire Schools Championships take place on Saturday, June 8, while the English Schools Track and Field Cup Regional A and B Finals will be held on Wednesday, June 5, and Wednesday, June 12.

West Cheshire AC will compete in the Under 13/Under 15 Youth Development League West Premier Division at Bebington Oval on Saturday, April 20; at Liverpool on Sunday, May 19; at Preston on Sunday, June 23; and at Trafford on Saturday, July 20.

And the Club will participate in the Under 17/Under 20 Youth Development Track and Field League North West Division One at Blackpool on Sunday, April 28; at Leigh on Sunday, May 26; and at Wigan on Sunday, June 30.

The Club’s Northern Track and Field League squad will take part in West Premier Division fixtures at Blackburn on Saturday, May 18; at Litherland on Saturday, June 15; at Trafford on Sunday, July 14; and at Ellesmere Port on Saturday, August 17.

West Cheshire AC will also host their annual Secondary Schools Track and Field Cup match on Wednesday, May 1; and the annual Cheshire v Merseyside Year 7 Schools Track and Field fixture in July.

FIXTURES this weekend include the Manchester Cross Country League on Saturday, at Tatton Park.

ENTRIES are open for the Manchester Indoor Open Track and Field Winter Series being held on Sundays, January 28, February 18, and March 10. More information at this link: https://saleharriersmanchester.com/index.php/events-fixtures/winter-indoor-series

THE Cheshire AA Road Race Grand Prix fixtures have been announced for 2024: Four Villages Half Marathon on January 21; High Legh 10k on March 17; Chester Spring 5 Miler on April 10; Christleton 5k in Mid May; Dunham Massey Park Run on May 25; Warrington Park Run on July 20; Sandbach 10k on August 18; and Crewe parkrun on September 14.

Dennis Wall

Press Report: Deb and Andy are Champions

DEBRA BEMAND and Andy Carter have won the West Cheshire AC Endurance Running Competitions.

The purple-vested duo will be presented with the women’s and men’s trophies at the West Cheshire AC Annual Presentation Evening schedule to be held on Friday, February 2, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Chester.

Both members were closely pursued throughout 2023 by respective runners-up Fiona Cook and Andrew Clague, with Keely Smith and Michael Young in third place.

The Club conveys its thanks to Club Chairman, Brian Wright, for compiling the Endurance Running League tables throughout the year, which contain as full a record of every senior West Cheshire AC performance above 3km as can reasonably be found.

MORE than 50 West Cheshire AC members have entered this Saturday’s Cheshire Cross Country Championships being held at Reaseheath, Nantwich, CW5 6DF.

The timetable for the fixture is: 11am – Under 11 Boys and Girls (1600m), 11:20am – Under 13 Boys and Girls (3000m), 11:50am – Under 15 Boys and Girls (4100m), 12:20pm – Under 17 Men and Women (5400m), 1pm – Under 20 Women (6800m), 1pm – Senior and Veteran Women (6800m), 2pm – Under 20 Men, Senior and Veteran Men (9700m).

FIRST_CLAIM WEST CHESHIRE AC members wanting to compete in the Northern or National Cross Country Championships are being asked to email westchcheshireac.xc@gmail.com before January 19th (Northern)/ January 19th (National)

The Northern Championships take place at East Park, Sedgefield, on Saturday, January 27 (Age groups from under 13s to veterans); and the English Championships will be held at Weston Park, near Telford, on Saturday February 24 (Age groups from under 13s to veterans).

THE West Cheshire AC Annual Presentation Evening will be held on Friday, February 2, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Chester. Follow this link to purchase tickets: https://wcac.niftyentries.com

ENTRIES are now being accepted for the Northern Under 15s and Under 13s Indoor Track and Field Championships being held on February 4 at Sheffield. The online entry link is: www.race-results.co.uk

WEST CHESHIRE AC has a busy schedule of fixtures lined up for the year ahead.

The Ellesmere Port Sports Village-based outfit will host two pre-season open track and field meetings, as well as host the Cheshire County Schools Track and Field Championships, and the English Schools Track and Field Cup Regional A and B Finals.

The Cheshire Schools Championships take place on Saturday, June 8, while the English Schools Track and Field Cup Regional A and B Finals will be held on Wednesday, June 5, and Wednesday, June 12.

West Cheshire AC will compete in the Under 13/Under 15 Youth Development League West Premier Division at Bebington Oval on Saturday, April 20; at Liverpool on Sunday, May 19; at Preston on Sunday, June 23; and at Trafford on Saturday, July 20.

And the Club will participate in the Under 17/Under 20 Youth Development Track and Field League North West Division One at Blackpool on Sunday, April 28; at Leigh on Sunday, May 26; and at Wigan on Sunday, June 30.

The Club’s Northern Track and Field League squad will take part in West Premier Division fixtures at Blackburn on Saturday, May 18; at Litherland on Saturday, June 15; at Trafford on Sunday, July 14; and at Ellesmere Port on Saturday, August 17.

West Cheshire AC will also host their annual Secondary Schools Track and Field Cup match on Wednesday, May 1; and the annual Cheshire v Merseyside Year 7 Schools Track and Field fixture in July.

Dennis Wall

WCAC Endurance League

There have been some changes in the women’s endurance league final standings since they were first issued on January 1st.

Congratulations to 2023 champions Deb Bemand and Andy Carter, who were closely pursued throughout the year by runners-up Joy Hickman and Andrew Clague, with Fiona Cook and Michael Young in 3rd place. We hope to present all awards at the West Cheshire AC Annual Presentation Evening on Friday February 2nd at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Chester.

Thanks to Brian Wright for compiling the tables throughout the year, which contain as full a record of every senior WCAC performance above 3k as can reasonably be found – quite an achievement! If you feel that any of your performances/ helper’s points have been missed from the tables, please let Bryan know – the league relies on individuals keeping the club informed of their races, preferably as early as possible!

See near the top of the Races page of the club website for more details.

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