Press Report: Joseph Crosses Border to Victory

JOSEPH MORRISON is celebrating his first Borders Road Running League victory.

The West Cheshire Athletic Club race ace grabbed glory on Sunday morning at the 5.8 miles event held on the Wrexham Industrial Estate.

Morrison, who pocketed a bronze medal last month while representing Chester University in the 800m at the British Universities and Colleges Indoor Championships in Sheffield, continued his impressive form.

He was backed up by club mates Michael Young (17th), Graham Wells (39th), Robert Little (50th), Steve Fernyhough (51st), Freddy Newberry (59th), Steve King (74th), Andrew Clague (77th), Andy Carter (78th), and final scoring counter Danny Paddock (79th).

Keely Smith headed West Cheshire AC’s ladies team to the finishing line in 129th spot, supported by club mates Debra Bemand (154th), and third scoring counter Rachael Patterson (184th).

Other West Cheshire AC finishers included Richard Hayes (82nd), Fraser Campbell (87th), Paul Morrison (93rd), John Parlevliet (94th), Dave Tiernan (162nd), Julian Tegg (172nd), Claire Harris (188th), Clare Mallon (195th), Amy Mills (222nd), Chloe Fitzpatrick (232nd), and Alex Duffey (244th).

CARYS ROBERTS of West Cheshire AC headed Cheshire Junior Girls’ charge at the English Schools Cross Country Championships.

Roberts was first home for Cheshire and ninth overall in 11 minutes 22 seconds after negotiating the 3km course at Sefton Park, Liverpool.

Club mate Lucia Pyne was sixth team counter for Merseyside after posting 188th spot in 14:37 for the 3.8km Intermediate Girls race.

Other West Cheshire AC members representing Cheshire included Jamie Richardson (third team counter and 40th overall in 19:21 for the 5.5km Intermediate Boys race), supported by Isaac Tait (fourth team counter and 185th overall in 20:40), and Sammy Hollins (sixth team counter and 296th overall in 21:55).

Luke Parker (fourth team counter and 135th overall in 16:15 for the 4.4km Junior Boys event), and Lily Moorhouse (fourth counter and 275th in 21:15) completed the 4.4km Senior Girls race.

DAVE ALEXANDER, Andrew Clague and Neil Hershaw secured second team position at the British Masters Cross Country Championships.

Alexander was fourth in his over-50 age group in 32:24, while Clague was 11th in his over-55 age group in 35:20, and Hershaw was 10th in his age category with 35:25 to combine for a podium place in the 8km Men’s 45-54 age group event held at the Rhug Estate, Corwen, ahead of Andy Carter (12th over-50 in 36:02).

Anest Muller (seventh over-35 lady in 28:32) and Ellie Robinson (seventh over-45 lady in 28:41) completed the 6km Women’s race, won by Liz Renondeau of Vale Royal in 22:52, with Joanna Marsden of Ellesmere Port in second spot with 22:53.

FLORENCE HARTE and Daniel Walker represented West Cheshire AC in the Sale Harriers Over The Bales Races. Harte won the under 9 girls race, while Walker achieved third spot in the under 11 boys event. 

JOSH FORD of West Cheshire AC clocked new under 20 men’s 60m (7.27 seconds) and 300m (36.55) personal bests at the Sale Harriers Indoor Open Meeting in Manchester.

Imogen Pughe posted a new under 17 ladies 60m personal best time of 8.13 seconds, and added a 300m time of 42.04, while Fergus Garland posted a new under 15 boys 300m pb of 39.73.

Sara Pearson clocked a new under 15 girls 60m pb of 8.42 seconds, long jumped 4.37m, and hit 9.57m in the shot put.

Martha Willetts rounded the under 15 girls 600m in a new pb of 1:44.80 and added a 300m season’s best of 45.27 alongside Megan White who clocked a new 600m pb of 1:50:72 and a 300m season’s best of 50.76.

ISABEL ROBERTSON represented West Cheshire AC at the Liverpool Half Marathon and posted two hours and 47 seconds for 12th spot in her over-55 age group, alongside Mark Povey.

Training, 16/03/20 to 28/03/20

Work on the EPSV track is currently scheduled to take place from Monday March 16th (weather permitting), before the new season gets under way. The track will be out of bounds during this work, which is scheduled to take 10 days to complete.

Given the current Coronavirus situation, WCAC coaches are of the opinion that it would be unwise to train in a confined space indoors. As a result of this, the club’s indoor training sessions, originally planned for the EPSV Sportshall on Tuesday March 17th and 24th, and Saturday March 21st and 28th, are also cancelled.

Some training groups will be meeting off-site while the track and sport hall are out of bounds:

Jon Moss and Alan Littler’s sprints groups will be training at Deeside Stadium, Connahs Quay.

Ian Ackroyd’s middle distance training group will be meeting for sessions at Lloyd Drive, near M&S, from Monday 16th March (6:30pm start).

Graham Patterson’s training group, the junior group supervised by Dennis Wall, Mark Duffey, Ben Sache, and Becky Miller, and the new middle distance training group supervised by Tim Durrant, will be meeting for sessions at the NEXT car park, on the Coliseum shopping park, on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 17th March (6:30pm start).

Dave McKay and Jenny Manning’s circuit training session on Wednesdays in the Old Stanney sports hall will continue as normal (7pm start).

For other groups, please speak to the relevant coach about any off-site training sessions over the next fortnight.

The health and safety of our athletes, their parents, coaches, officials and volunteers is of paramount importance. Therefore, we respectfully request that if any athlete begins to display any of the publicised symptoms – or comes into contact with someone who has these symptoms – they do not attend any club sessions for the recommended isolation period as per Government guidelines.

As the Coronavirus situation appears to be constantly changing, and as the work on the track is weather dependent, please look out for regular updates, via emails from West Cheshire AC, as well as on this website, Facebook and Twitter, as to training session locations from Monday 30/03/20 onwards. In the meantime, please take care and continue adhering to Government health guidelines.

WCAC Newsletter #264, 13-03-20

EPSV TRACK CLOSURE/ CORONAVIRUS UPDATE

Work on the EPSV track is currently scheduled to take place from Monday March 16th* (weather permitting), before the new season gets under way. The track will be out of bounds during this work, which is scheduled to take 10 days to complete.

Work on the EPSV track is currently scheduled to take place from Monday March 16th (weather permitting), before the new season gets under way. The track will be out of bounds during this work, which is scheduled to take 10 days to complete.

Given the current Coronavirus situation, WCAC coaches are of the opinion that it would be unwise to train in a confined space indoors. As a result of this, the club’s indoor training sessions, originally planned for the EPSV Sportshall on Tuesday March 17th and 24th, and Saturday March 21st and 28th, are also cancelled.

Some training groups will be meeting off-site while the track and sport hall are out of bounds:

Jon Moss and Alan Littler’s sprints groups will be training at Deeside Stadium, Connahs Quay.

Ian Ackroyd’s middle distance training group will be meeting for sessions at Lloyd Drive, near M&S, from Monday 16th March (6:30pm start).

Graham Patterson’s training group, the junior group supervised by Dennis Wall, Mark Duffey, Ben Sache, and Becky Miller, and the new middle distance training group supervised by Tim Durrant, will be meeting for sessions at the NEXT car park, on the Coliseum shopping park, on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 17th March (6:30pm start).

Dave McKay and Jenny Manning’s circuit training session on Wednesdays in the Old Stanney sports hall will continue as normal (7pm start).

For other groups, please speak to the relevant coach about any off-site training sessions over the next fortnight.

As the Coronavirus situation appears to be constantly changing, and as the work on the track is weather dependent, please look out for regular updates, via emails from West Cheshire AC, as well as on this website, Facebook and Twitter, as to training session locations from Monday 30/03/20 onwards.

Work on the EPSV track is currently scheduled to take place from Monday March 16th* (weather permitting), before the new season gets under way. The track will be out of bounds during this work, which is scheduled to take 10 days to complete.

The club will still operate during the track closure, as West Cheshire AC book the EPSV sports hall on Tuesdays (meet at 6:45pm for a training session between 7 and 8pm), the old sports hall (annexe) on Wednesdays (7-8pm), and on Saturdays in the EPSV sports hall (10am-12 noon).

Please speak to your coach about any off-site training sessions during the track closure.

*And please look out for regular updates, via emails from West Cheshire AC, as well as on this website, Facebook and Twitter as to the actual start and end dates of this work.

THIS WEEKEND

This Sunday (11am start) sees the latest round of the Borders Road Running League taking place at Wrexham on an approximate 10km course.

If you are over 15 years old and can run 10km the Club would love for you to be there representing West Cheshire AC. If you haven’t run the Borders League before or haven’t notified John Parlevliet that you wish to run, he needs to register you, so send him a message ASAP to: jparlevl@gmail.com

You need to have valid EA membership as part of your club membership and if you need a lift then a CAR SHARE is taking place from Cheshire County Sports Club, Upton, leaving at 9.30am.

All of the relevant details can be found here.

Other fixtures this weekend can be found at the end of this newsletter.

Good luck to all our athletes and officials!

CONGRATULATIONS CARYS!

Carys Roberts helped Cheshire earn Team Gold at Loughborough in the UK Inter Counties Cross Country Championships on Saturday.

Carys was a fourth counter for her county and posted 17 minutes 55 seconds for the 4km under 15 girls event. 

Carys’s clubmate Jamie Richardson was first home for Cheshire’s under 15 boys team after negotiating the 4km course in a time of 15:01 for ninth spot, ahead of Sammy Hollins (fourth Cheshire team counter in 17:31).

Jessica Lark was second home for Cheshire in the 3km under 13 girls race with a time of 16:05, ahead of Sophie Haslam who was eighth home for Merseyside in 17:13.

Sion Roberts was fourth home for Cheshire in the 8km under 20 men’s race in 37:48, while Lucia Pyne was fifth home for Cheshire in the under 17 women’s 5km race in 25:24.

Lily Moorhouse was fifth home for Cheshire after clocking 34:26 in the under 20 ladies 6km race, while Isaac Tait (sixth Cheshire counter in 25:07), and Matthew Douglass (eighth Cheshire counter in 28:50), completed the 6km under 17 men’s race.

Christine Symms was sixth home for Shropshire with a time of 60:24 in the senior women’s 10km race.

WELL DONE MICHAEL!

Michael Young achieved a top 10 finish at the Chester 10k Road Race on Sunday after clocking 33:58 for 10th spot at the fixture which attracted nearly 5,000 runners.

He was backed up by club mates Aiden Heap (13th in 34:27), Jean Claude Randon (first under 20 man and 15th overall in 34:47), Andrew Cooper (second over-35 man and 23rd overall in 35:58), and Steve Fernyhough (third over-35 man and 25th overall in 36:04).

Robert Little (seventh over-40 man in 37:25), Danny Paddock (44th in 37:26), Freddy Newberry (51st in 37:52), Ian Gloyne-Phillips (fourth over-45 man in 38:52), and Steve King (seventh over-45 man in 39:30) were other West Cheshire members to clock sub-40 minute performances.

Mother and daughter Debra Bemand (second over-45 lady in 44:19), and Jodi Bemand (second under 17 lady in 44:58) achieved podium places.

They were joined at the event by Richard Batterham and Brian Beattie who their over-70 and over-75 age groups respectively in times of 52:50 and 64:55.

Mary Radford broke her own over-70 ladies’ 10km club record with a time of 73:04, and other West Cheshire finishers included Colm McNabb (40:18), Liam Davoren (43:27), Ian Ackroyd (seventh over-60 man in 45:50), Brian Wright (third over-65 man in 46:22), Steve Hillier (46:52), Stephen Ball (46:54), Clare Mallon (eighth over-45 lady in 48:08), Dan Watling (48:22), Ellen McMahon (49:14), Jane Barker (50:54), Amy Mills (51:50), Cathryn Whalley (eighth over-50 lady in 52:46), Sarah Hibbert (54:11), Lorraine McFaul (55:16), Claire Bennette (55:42), Claire Gloyne-Phillips (55:42), Sarah Hughes (56:33), Sharon Dodd (sixth over-60 lady in 56:39), Katherine Harvey (62:19), Karen Waugh (72:24), and Mark Povey.

CLUB ONE-TWO AT LOGGERHEADS

Congratulations to Henrietta Duffey and Angela Tegg who finished first and second respectively at the Loggerheads 5k Race on Saturday.

NEW CLUB TRAINING GROUP

Tim Durrant and Georgina Moulton have started an Under 11s Middle Distance Training Group at the EPSV Athletics Track every Thursday between 6.30-8pm. If you are interested in attending please contact Tim at: timd284@yahoo.com

CLUB TRACK AND FIELD TRIALS

Club Members are being urged to sign up for the annual Club Track and Field Trials being held at the EPSV Track on Saturday March 28, and Thursday, April 2. Members need to sign the signing up sheets ASAP on the A-Board in the Trackside Community Room.

RACE DIRECTORS COURSE

Any West Cheshire AC members wanting to become a qualified Race Director can book on a course scheduled for Saturday 11th July, at The Cheshire County Sports Club, Upton, Chester. This is a one-day course for which a certificate of attendance is given and lunch and teas/coffees are provided. The capacity for the course is 30; and bookings are taken on a first come first served basis. The Club will pay the course fee of any member wanting to attend as we need qualified Race Directors for our hosted fixtures.  

Booking details can be found here.

WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT

If any helpers or parents of West Cheshire AC members want to become qualified coaches, they will be fully supported by the Club who will pay for their coaching courses. Please email Dennis if you are interested at dennis.wall1@ntlworld.com 

Further details about coaching can be found here.

HELP NEEDED FOR CHESTER SPRING FIVE MILES ROAD RACE

West Cheshire AC are organising the popular Chester Spring Five Miles Road Race at Cheshire Sports Club, Upton, Chester, on Wednesday April 8th (7pm start). If you can help out please email Dennis ASAP at: dennis.wall1@ntlworld.com

CLUB HOODIES ARE NOW AVAILABLE

Any Club member who has recently ordered a Club Hoodie can now pick it up from the EPSV Track Office after a track training session. Club Hoodies will also be sold from the EPSV trackside room during the Club Track and Field Trials.

PICK UP YOUR CLUB FIXTURES CARD…

West Cheshire AC members wanting a list of 2020 track and field and road race fixtures can now collect their fixtures card from the EPSV Track Office at track training sessions.

SPIKES FOR SALE

Any Club members wanting to buy discount priced 6mm spikes for track shoes (£1.60 for a set of 12 spikes), should see Tim Durrant at Club track training sessions.

WHY NOT BECOME AN ATHLETICS OFFICIAL?

Level 1 officials courses for field judges, track judges, and timekeepers are being held at Macclesfield on Saturday, March 28, If you would like to attend any course on this day which is ideally timed just before the outdoor track and field season, please contact Dennis with your receipt after booking your place at the following link.

HELPERS NEEDED FOR CHESTER JUNIOR PARKRUN

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.

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

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 Club 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, 30th and 31st 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/Sunday, March 14/15 – England Athletics Indoor Under 15s and Under 17s Combined Events Championships, at Sheffield

Saturday, March 14: English Schools Cross Country Championships, at Sefton Park, Liverpool (12.30pm start)

Saturday, March 14British Masters Cross Country Championships, at Rhug Estate, Corwen (12 noon start)

Sunday, March 15Borders Road Running League Round Five, at Wrexham, (11am start)

Sunday, March 15 – Sale Harriers Indoor Open Meeting, Manchester

Sunday, March 15 – Sale Harriers Young Athletes Cross Country Over The Bales Races at Crossford Bridge Athletics Track, off Dane Road, Sale, (Under 9s, Under 11s, and Under 13s) 1.30pm

Press Report: Carys and Jamie Up with UK’s Best at Prestwold

CARYS ROBERTS helped push Cheshire to Team Gold at Loughborough.

The talented West Cheshire Athletic Club member was a fourth counter for her county at the UK Inter Counties Cross Country Championships at Prestwold Hall, Loughborough.

Roberts posted 17 minutes 55 minutes for the 4km under 15 girls event and was backed up by Cheshire team mates Holly Weedall, Grace Roberts and Hope Smith. 

Carys’s West Cheshire clubmate Jamie Richardson was first home for Cheshire’s under 15 boys team after negotiating the 4km course in a time of 15:01 for ninth spot, ahead of West Cheshire’s Sammy Hollins (fourth Cheshire team counter in 17:31).

Jessica Lark of West Cheshire AC, was second home for Cheshire in the 3km under 13 girls race with a time of 16:05, ahead of West Cheshire’s Sophie Haslam who was eighth home for Merseyside in 17:13.

West Cheshire’s Sion Roberts was fourth home for Cheshire in the 8km under 20 men’s race after posting 37:48, while Lucia Pyne was fifth home for Cheshire in the under 17 women’s 5km race in 25:24.

Lily Moorhouse of West Cheshire was fifth home for Cheshire after clocking 34:26 in the under 20 ladies 6km race.

Isaac Tait (sixth Cheshire counter in 25:07), and Matthew Douglass (eighth Cheshire counter in 28:50), completed the 6km under 17 men’s race.

Christine Symms was sixth home for Shropshire with a time of 60:24 in the senior women’s 10km race.

MICHAEL YOUNG achieved a top 10 finish at the Chester 10k Road Race on Sunday.

The West Cheshire AC member clocked 33:58 for 10th spot at the fixture which attracted nearly 5,000 runners.

He was backed up by club mates Aiden Heap (13th in 34:27), Jean Claude Randon (first under 20 man and 15th overall in 34:47), Andrew Cooper (second over-35 man and 23rd overall in 35:58), and Steve Fernyhough (third over-35 man and 25th overall in 36:04).

Robert Little (seventh over-40 man in 37:25), Danny Paddock (44th in 37:26), Freddy Newberry (51st in 37:52), Ian Gloyne-Phillips (fourth over-45 man in 38:52), and Steve King (seventh over-45 man in 39:30) were other West Cheshire members to clock sub-40 minute performances.

Mother and daughter Debra Bemand (second over-45 lady in 44:19), and Jodi Bemand (second under 17 lady in 44:58) achieved podium places.

They were joined at the event by Richard Batterham and Brian Beattie who their over-70 and over-75 age groups respectively in times of 52:50 and 64:55.

Mary Radford broke her own over-70 ladies’ 10km club record with a time of 73:04, and other West Cheshire finishers included Colm McNabb (40:18), Liam Davoren (43:27), Ian Ackroyd (seventh over-60 man in 45:50), Brian Wright (third over-65 man in 46:22), Steve Hillier (46:52), Stephen Ball (46:54), Clare Mallon (eighth over-45 lady in 48:08), Dan Watling (48:22), Ellen McMahon (49:14), Jane Barker (50:54), Amy Mills (51:50), Cathryn Whalley (eighth over-50 lady in 52:46), Sarah Hibbert (54:11), Lorraine McFaul (55:16), Claire Bennette (55:42), Claire Gloyne-Phillips (55:42), Sarah Hughes (56:33), Sharon Dodd (sixth over-60 lady in 56:39), Katherine Harvey (62:19), Karen Waugh (72:24), and Mark Povey. 

FIXTURES this weekend include the English Schools Cross Country Championships at Sefton Park, Liverpool, on Saturday, the British Masters Cross Country Championships at Rhug Estate, Corwen, on Saturday; the English Athletics Indoor Under 15s and Under 17s Combined Events Championships at Sheffield on Saturday and Sunday;  the Borders Road Running League at Wrexham on Sunday (11am start); and the Sale Harriers Indoor Open Meeting at Manchester on Sunday (10am start).

TWO popular West Cheshire Athletic Club road races are now open for entries.

The Chester Spring Five Miles Road Race is taking place on Wednesday, April 8, and the online entry link is here.

The Guilden Sutton 10k Road Race is being held on Sunday, September 20, and the online entry link is here.

WCAC Newsletter #263, 06-03-20

WHAT A START TO THE YEAR!

Many congratulations to Ewan Bradley, Joseph Morrison, George Hyde, and Michael Young for their recent club record performances. 

Ewan improved his own Under 20 indoor pole vault record, and also achieved the Under 20 indoor high jump record of 4.59m for a silver medal during a busy weekend in Glasgow and footage of his pole vault can be found on the Club Facebook page.

Joseph broke the club indoor (and outright) 800m record before winning a bronze medal at the British Universities’ Championships in Sheffield, and appeared on TV at the British Athletics Indoor Championships.

George broke his own Under 20 indoor shot put (7.26kg) record at Sheffield, 

Michael clocked 2:43:18 in the TX Marathon at Austin, Texas, the fastest ever performance by a West Cheshire AC Man aged 20-34.

NEW CLUB TRAINING GROUP

Tim Durrant and Georgina Moulton are starting an Under 11s Middle Distance Training Group at the EPSV Athletics Track every Thursday between 6.30-8pm, starting on Thursday 12th March. If you are interested in attending please come along.

CLUB TRACK AND FIELD TRIALS

Club Members are being urged to sign up for the annual Club Track and Field Trials being held at the EPSV Track on Saturday March 28, and Thursday, April 2. Members need to sign the signing up sheets ASAP on the A-Board in the Trackside Community Room.

RACE DIRECTORS COURSE

Any West Cheshire AC members wanting to become a qualified Race Director can book on a course scheduled for Saturday 11th July, at The Cheshire County Sports Club, Upton, Chester. This is a one-day course for which a certificate of attendance is given and lunch and teas/coffees are provided. The capacity for the course is 30; and bookings are taken on a first come first served basis. The Club will pay the course fee of any member wanting to attend as we need qualified Race Directors for our hosted fixtures.  

Booking details can be found here.

WELL DONE STEVE FERNYHOUGH!

Steve Fernyhough achieved sixth spot at the Chester Ultra 50 miles Race with a time of seven hours 23 minutes for the testing course which was completed by 297 competitors.

Steve had to navigate a well-marked ultra-marathon trail along the River Dee, the North Cheshire Way and the Sandstone Trail taking in the Old Dee Bridge, Chester Racecourse, Helsby Hill, Frodsham and Delamere Forest.

WELCOME ABOARD AARON!

Well done to Aaron Scott who recently attended an Assistant Club Coach Course at Wavertree, Liverpool, and now has a assistant club coach qualification.

If any helpers or parents of West Cheshire AC members want to become qualified coaches, they will be fully supported by the Club who will pay for their coaching courses. Please email Dennis if you are interested at dennis.wall1@ntlworld.com 

Further details about coaching can be found here.

HELP NEEDED FOR CHESTER SPRING FIVE MILES ROAD RACE

West Cheshire AC are organising the popular Chester Spring Five Miles Road Race at Cheshire Sports Club, Upton, Chester, on Wednesday, 15th April, (7pm start). If you can help out please email Dennis ASAP at: dennis.wall1@ntlworld.com

CLUB HOODIES ARE NOW AVAILABLE

Any Club member who has recently ordered a Club Hoodie can now pick it up from the EPSV Track Office after a track training session.

PICK UP YOUR CLUB FIXTURES CARD…

West Cheshire AC members wanting a list of 2020 track and field and road race fixtures can now collect their fixtures card from the EPSV Track Office at track training sessions.

BEST WISHES

This Saturday sees the Inter Counties Cross Country Championships taking place at Prestwold Hall, Loughborough, and Sunday sees the Chester 10k Road Race coming under starter’s orders.

Best wishes to all our athletes and officials!

YOUNG ATHLETES OVER THE BALES RACES

West Cheshire AC youngsters who are Under 9, Under 11, or Under 13 and wanting to compete in Sale Harriers Young Athletes Cross Country Over The Bales Races at Crossford Bridge Athletics Track, off Dane Road, Sale, on Sunday, 15th March, can enter online here

SPIKES FOR SALE

Any Club members wanting to buy discount priced 6mm spikes for track shoes (£1.60 for a set of 12 spikes), should see Tim Durrant at Club track training sessions.

WHY NOT BECOME AN ATHLETICS OFFICIAL?

Level 1 officials courses for field judges, track judges, and timekeepers are being held at Macclesfield on Saturday, March 28, If you would like to attend any course on this day which is ideally timed just before the outdoor track and field season, please contact Dennis with your receipt after booking your place at the following link.

EPSV TRACK CLOSURE

Delamination work on the EPSV Track is scheduled to take place from Monday 16th March by White Line before the new season gets underway. The EPSV Track will be out of bounds during this work which is scheduled to take 10 days to complete with drying and curing times, but the work is weather dependent which could affect the exact starting date. 

HELPERS NEEDED FOR CHESTER JUNIOR PARKRUN

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.

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

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 Club 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, 30th and 31st 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

Monday, March 9: Cheshire County Schools Sportshall Athletics Finals, at Ellesmere Port Sports Village, (12.30-3pm)

Saturday/Sunday, March 14/15 – England Athletics Indoor Under 15s and Under 17s Combined Events Championships, at Sheffield

Saturday, March 14: English Schools Cross Country Championships, at Sefton Park, Liverpool (12.30pm start)

Saturday, March 14British Masters Cross Country Championships, at Rhug Estate, Corwen (12 noon start)

Sunday, March 15Borders Road Running League Round Five, at Wrexham, (11am start)

Sunday, March 15 – Sale Harriers Indoor Open Meeting, Manchester

WCAC Endurance League

Cross-country gets the points in for the top three in both men’s and women’s competitions at the end of February , with Ellie, Ellen and Alex all level, and Andrew nosing ahead of Andy and Dave.

Press report: Ewan Vaults Over the Border

EWAN BRADLEY catapulted himself to memorable performances north of the border.

The teenager cleared a new West Cheshire Athletic Club pole vaulting record and personal best height of 4.59m to pocket a silver medal in the Under 20 men’s event at the Scottish Indoor Championships in Glasgow.

Bradley also cleared a new high jump personal best clearance of 1.88m and powered his way to a bronze medal in the shot put with 11.28m.

STEVE FERNYHOUGH achieved sixth spot at the Chester Ultra 50 miles Race.

The West Cheshire AC member clocked a time of seven hours 23 minutes for the testing course which was completed by 297 competitors.

Fernyhough had to navigate a well-marked ultra-marathon trail along the River Dee, the North Cheshire Way and the Sandstone Trail taking in the Old Dee Bridge, Chester Racecourse, Helsby Hill, Frodsham and Delamere Forest.

The Race was hosted by the GB Ultras team with live online GPS tracking and six checkpoints supporting runners spanning some of the very best and most beautiful natural trails in the region with 849 metres of ascent.

West Cheshire AC team mates Tom Cable, Rhiannon Robson, and Eloise Eccles were also in action at the weekend.

Cable posted 38:47 at the Trafford 10k Road Race, while Robson completed the Anglesey Half Marathon in a time of 1:52:34, and Eccles clocked 1:35:13 at the Run GP Oulton Park Half Marathon.

SEVERAL West Cheshire AC members are preparing to represent Cheshire and Merseyside at this Saturday’s Inter Counties Cross Country Championships.

Lily Moorhouse and Lucia Pyne will represent Cheshire in the under 20 and under 17 ladies age groups, while Matthew Douglas, Will Wright, and Isaac Tait represent Cheshire in the under 17 men’s race, Sion Roberts will represent Cheshire in the under 20 men’s race.

Jamie Richardson and Sammy Hollins will line up for Cheshire in the under 15 boys race,and Carys Roberts will represent Cheshire in the under 15 girls event.

Luke Parker will run for Cheshire in the under 13 boys race, while Jessica Lark will line up for Cheshire in the under 13 girls event alongside Sophie Haslam who will wear the Merseyside vest.

And many West Cheshire AC members will be in action at this Sunday’s Chester 10k Road Race (9am start).

TWO popular West Cheshire Athletic Club road races are now open for entries.

The Chester Spring Five Miles Road Race is taking place on Wednesday, April 8, and the online entry link is here.

The Guilden Sutton 10k Road Race is being held on Sunday, September 20, and the online entry link is here.

WEST CHESHIRE AC will host the Cheshire Track and Field Championships at the Ellesmere Port Sports Village Athletics Track on Saturday and Sunday, May 30 and 31.

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 #262, 28-02-20

NORTHERN ROAD RELAY CHAMPIONSHIPS AND JUNIOR 5k CHAMPIONSHIPS

Ellie Robinson has kindly agreed to organise Club entries for the Northern Senior Men’s 12 Stage and Senior Women’s 6 Stage Road Relay Championships and Under 15s and Under 17s 5km Road Race Championships being held at Birkenhead Park on Sunday, March 22.

The Club needs 12 for a men’s team (12 noon start), and 6 for a ladies team (12.15pm start). The legs are a mixture of short and long legs, from 4k up to 8k.
There will also be 5k races for Under 15s and Under U17s for individual and team championship races commencing at 11am.

Details can be found here

Any Club member wanting to take part should email Ellie ASAP at: ellie.henrob3@outlook.com

REGIONAL ATHLETE AND COACH INVITE
On Thursday, March 5, England Athletics will be holding a Regional Endurance Coach and Athlete Training Workshop (6pm-8.30pm), at the Ellesmere Port Sports Village Track. The day is for athletes of all abilities, aged between 11 and 18, and their coaches. To book follow this link. 

CLUB TRACK AND FIELD TRIALS

Club members are being urged to sign up for the annual Club Track and Field Trials being held at the EPSV Track on Saturday March 28, and Thursday, April 2. Members need to sign the signing up sheets ASAP on the A-Board in the Trackside Community Room.

NEW CLUB TRAINING GROUP

Tim Durrant and Georgina Moulton are starting an Under 11s Middle Distance Training Group at the EPSV Athletics Track every Thursday between 6.30-8pm, starting on Thursday 5th March. If you are interested in attending please come along.

YOUNG ATHLETES OVER THE BALES RACES

West Cheshire AC youngsters who are Under 9, Under 11, or Under 13 and wanting to compete in Sale Harriers Young Athletes Cross Country Over The Bales Races at Crossford Bridge Athletics Track, off Dane Road, Sale, on Sunday, 15th March, can enter online here

SPIKES FOR SALE

Any Club members wanting to buy discount priced 6mm spikes for track shoes (£1.60 for a set of 12 spikes), should see Tim Durrant at Club track training sessions.

WHY NOT BECOME AN ATHLETICS OFFICIAL?

Level 1 officials courses for field judges, track judges, and timekeepers are being held at Macclesfield on Saturday, March 28, If you would like to attend any course on this day which is ideally timed just before the outdoor track and field season, please contact Dennis with your receipt after booking your place at the following link.

EPSV TRACK CLOSURE

Delamination work on the EPSV Track is scheduled to take place from Monday 16th March by White Line before the new season gets underway. The EPSV Track will be out of bounds during this work which is scheduled to take 10 days to complete with drying and curing times, but the work is weather dependent which could affect the exact starting date. 

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

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. 

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

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 Club 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, 30th and 31st 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

Press Report: National success, indoors and out

GEORGE HYDE powered his way to a podium place for the second time in as many weeks.

The talented West Cheshire Athletic Club thrower pocketed a bronze medal in the under 20 men’s shot put at the England Athletics Indoor Championships held in Sheffield with a club record distance of 15.87m.

Hyde also bagged a bronze medal with a put of 15.23m the week before when he represented Loughborough University at the British Universities and Colleges Indoor Championships at Sheffield. 

Hyde was joined in Sheffield at the weekend by West Cheshire AC members Ruby Wisbey and Maddi Mercer. 

Wisbey achieved a new under 15 girls 60m hurdles personal best time of 9.42 seconds, long-jumped 4.83m, and posted 8.34 seconds in her 60m heat, while Mercer clocked 8.38 seconds in her 60m heat.

JOSEPH MORRISON represented West Cheshire Athletic Club at the British Indoor Championships at Glasgow and posted a time of 1:51:07 for third spot in his 800m heat.

LUKE PARKER produced a top-20 finish at the English National Cross Country Championships.

The youngster battled his way around the tough wet and muddy 3km course at Nottingham’s Wollaton Park for 13th position in the under 13 boys race with a time of 15:09, supported by West Cheshire AC team mates Reece Munro (144th in 16:52), and Daniel Walker (225th in 17:38).

Carys Roberts achieved 23rd position with a time of 20:16 in the 4km under 15 girls race, while Lily Moorhouse was 120th with 36:47 in the 6km under 20 women’s race.

Jessica Lark clocked 17:23 for 91st position in the 3km under 13 girls race, backed up by Sophie Haslam (105th in 17:36), Ruby Phillips (169th in 18:23), Aimee Phillips (201st in 18:52), and Ruby Carlile (276th in 19:56) to earn 15th team position.

Sion Roberts clocked 42:25 for 94th spot in the 10km under 20 men’s race, backed up by Jac Goodall (161st in 47:06), and Rory Willson (189th in 51:35).

Sammy Hollins posted 19:08 for 126th position in the 4km under 15 boys race, while Will Wright was 176th with 27:17 in the 6km under 17 men’s race.

Dave Alexander rounded the 12km senior men’s race for 598th spot in 56:09, supported by Andrew Clague (823rd in 59:49), Andy Carter (1084th in 63:53), and Jon Moorhouse (1662nd in 83:23).

NEIL HERSHAW was first over-55 man in a time of 66:22 at the Rhyl 10 Miles Road Race, ahead of West Cheshire AC team mates Cathryn Whalley (fifth over-50 lady in 88:17), and Isabel Robertson (sixth over-55 lady in 94:49). 

MEGAN WHITE and Sara Pearson posted new personal bests at the Sale Harriers Indoor Open Meeting.

White rounded the under 15 girls 600m in 1:52:48, and West Cheshire AC team mate Pearson hit a new under 15 girls shot put best of 9.61m, as well as adding a 4.44m long jump, and 1:57.19 for 600m.

Other West Cheshire AC members in action included Fergus Garland who posted 25.47 seconds for his under 15 boys 200m and Uzezi Onomerike who clocked 1:58:37 for his 600m. 

TWO popular West Cheshire Athletic Club road races are now open for entries.

The Chester Spring Five Miles Road Race is taking place on Wednesday, April 8, and the online entry link is: https://wcac.niftyentries.com/Chester-Spring-51

The Guilden Sutton 10k Road Race is being held on Sunday, September 20, and the online entry link is: https://wcac.niftyentries.com/Guilden-Sutton-10k?fbclid=IwAR39TPuOanCo269l75Za4CEBk1zM9I-y_VXJCa8kLn0Y8bABsTrqSkv1qnY

FIXTURES this weekend include the Marches School 10k Race at Oswestry on Sunday (9am start); the Trafford 10k Road Race at Partington Leisure Centre, on Sunday (9.30am start), and the Cloud Nine Hill Race at Congleton on Sunday (11am start).

WCAC Newsletter #261, 21-02-20

HELPERS – AND SPONSORS – URGENTLY NEEDED

The Club is looking for volunteers for the various age groups that we run on club nights. You don’t need to sign your name in blood – we just need you to help out at sessions as and when your diary allows.

Please contact Dennis Wall by emailing: dennis.wall1@ntlworld.com as we aim to put together a monthly calendar that enables the coaches to plan better.

On another note the club are looking for a new sponsor for the Four-Round Schools Cross Country Race Series, the Chester Spring 5 Miles Road Race, the Guilden Sutton 10k Road Race, and the Chester Round The Walls Race.

The sponsorship can ideally be for at least 2/3 years with your company logo being displayed prominently at these well known events. If you are interested to have an informal chat or if you work for or know of any local companies that may be interested then please let Mark Duffey know by emailing: mark.duffey@hotmail.co.uk

NORTHERN ROAD RELAY CHAMPIONSHIPS AND JUNIOR 5k CHAMPIONSHIPS

Ellie Robinson has kindly agreed to organise Club entries for the Northern Senior Mens 12 Stage and Senior Womens 6 Stage Road Relay Championships and Under 15s and Under 17s 5km Road Race Championships being held at Birkenhead Park on Sunday, March 22.

Details can be found here.

Any Club member wanting to take part should email Ellie ASAP at: ellie.henrob3@outlook.com

WHY NOT BECOME AN OFFICIAL?

West Cheshire AC is keen to help any parents of members wanting to become qualified officials. The Club will pay for parents of members wanting to attend an officials course.

Please email Dennis if you are interested at dennis.wall1@ntlworld.com

Further details about officiating can be found here.

LAST CHANCE! 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 21st February, via the link below, it would be greatly appreciated.

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

EPSV TRACK CLOSURE

Delamination work on the EPSV Track is scheduled to take place from Monday 16th March by White Line before the new season gets underway. The EPSV Track will be out of bounds during this work which is scheduled to take 10 days to complete with drying and curing times, but the work is weather dependent which could affect the exact starting date. 

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

This Saturday sees the English National Cross Country Championships taking place at Wollaton Park, Nottingham, and the Welsh National Cross Country Championships taking place at Pembrey Country Park, near Llanelli.

This Saturday and Sunday sees the England Indoor Under 15s, Under 17s, Under 20s, and Senior Championships taking place at Sheffield’s English Institute of Sport.

Best wishes to all our athletes and officials. 

HELPERS NEEDED FOR CHESTER JUNIOR PARKRUN

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.

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.

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 club 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, 30th and 31st 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 February 22 – English National Cross Country Championships, at Wollaton Park, Nottingham

Saturday, February 22 – Welsh National Cross Country Championships, at Pembrey Country Park, Llanelli

Saturday and Sunday, February 22 and 23 England Athletics Under 15, Under 17, Under 20 and Senior Indoor Track and Field Championships, at Sheffield

Sunday, February 23Sale Harriers Indoor Open Track and Field Meeting, at SportCity, Manchester

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