WCAC Newsletter #286, 14-08-20

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

Many happy returns to the following Club members who celebrate their birthdays this week:

Jane Palmer, Curtis Rodway, Isaac McKenna, Richard Hunt, Mark Duffey, Liam Lawton, Lewis Morris, Frank Rose.

And Next Week: Tony Sangha, Evie Bennett, Andrew Clague, Oliver Eaton, Isabella Aura, Lucia Pyne, Lowther Barton, Debra Bemand, James Davidson, Grace Scott.

VOLUNTEERS URGENTLY NEEDED AT TRACK & FIELD TRAINING SESSIONS

Eddie Gore and Dennis Wall are currently the Club’s Covid-19 Liaison Officers during track and field training at Ellesmere Port Sports Village.

But Eddie and Jill Gore won’t be available to help at the end of August because they are going away to celebrate their wedding anniversary.

And Dennis is currently self-isolating with his mum because she is waiting for a hospital operation.

To be blunt, if nobody is available to step in for them by the end of this month then track and field training will come to an end because Covid-19 Liaison Officers are a must as part of the Club’s risk assessment approved by Brio.

It will be a great shame to bring things to an end after so much work went into the Club’s return to track training sessions.

If anyone can help they should email Dennis ASAP at: dennis.wall1@ntlworld.com

TRACK & FIELD TRAINING NOTES:

Only athletes who have been invited by their coaches shall be allowed on to the track facility for training sessions.

Athletes will arrive through the Black Entrance Gate ONLY (adjacent to Ellesmere Port Sport Village), Parents/ Guardians will drop their children here, remembering to keep social distancing.

Parents/Guardians do not come past the Black Entrance Gate or go on to the track side.

At the Black Entrance Gate, the athletes will then sanitise their hands.

Then they will put their track fees in a box (correct change would be good, £1.00 per hour or £2.00 for 2 hours), then they will go direct to their coach. There must be no socialising between groups.

Exit is via the Blue gates ONLY near the Old Sportshall Annexe to the Car Park to avoid mixing of groups. Parents/guardians to collect their children at Blue gates exit gates, parents/guardians do not come past the Blue Exit Gates on to the trackside to collect their children.

Athletes should bring their own named water bottle. Also, the trackside toilets will not be open in an emergency they can use the EPSV toilet facility. All athletes must apply the one-way system.

Athletes and coaches MUST not attend training if they or any of their household are suffering from COVID-19 symptoms or if local lockdown rules apply or if anyone has just travelled back from abroad from areas that lockdown applies to must NOT ATTEND TRAINING.

Only fully paid up members of EA and West Cheshire AC are eligible for training.

THE TRAINING PLAN IS:

Mondays 6-7pm and 7-8pm (Hurdles group with Karl Fenney, using lanes 6 & 8).

Mondays 6-7pm and 7-8pm (Middle Distance group with Ian Ackroyd and Tim Palmer, using lanes 1 & 3, and Big Field).

Mondays 6-7pm and 7-8pm (Plyometrics with Jane Palmer using High Jump D).

Tuesdays 6-7pm and 7-8pm (Under 11s group with Jill Gore, Joanne Cartwright, Aaron Scott & Adrian Gledhill, using lane 6 & 8, High Jump D, Big Field, and Long Jump Runways).

Tuesdays 6-7pm and 7-8pm (Junior Middle Distance group with Tim Durrant and Dennis Wall, using lanes 1, 3 and 5, and Big Field).

Wednesdays 6-7pm and 7-8pm (Sprints group with Paul Waters using home straight and High Jump D).

Wednesdays 6-7pm and 7-8pm (Sprints group with Victor Oyesola using back straight and Throws D).

Thursdays 6-7pm and 7-8pm (Under 13s and Under 15s Multi-Events Group with Dennis Wall, Jane Palmer, Ben Sache, John Manning, and Mark Duffey, using lanes 6 & 8, High Jump D, and long jump runway).

Thursdays 6-7pm and 7-8pm (Senior Middle Distance Groups with Graham Patterson and Chris Morgan, using lanes 1 and 3, and Big Field).

Thursdays 6-7pm and 7-8pm (Throws group with Dave McKay and Jenny Manning, using Throws D).

Saturdays 10am-12 noon (Sprints group with Jon Moss using home straight and High Jump D).

Saturdays 10am-12 noon (400m group with Alan Littler, Liam Davoren & Phil Howe, using lanes 1 & 3, and Throws D).

PLEASE STAY IN TOUCH

I hope you enjoy this latest weekly issue of the Club Newsletter during these strange times. This week’s edition features news, work-outs, links to video clips, and a list of club members who are celebrating birthdays.

Remember that you can all play your part in communicating and sharing your thoughts and ideas during this lull in Club training and competition.

I would welcome any contributions from yourselves, any impending marriages, or additions to the family, any running or competing incidents. Currently the response has been excellent, but if you have anything that could make it into next week’s Newsletter – please email me.

Hopefully you are continuing to stay fit, healthy and upbeat in these strange times. Please forward me your contributions for the Club Newsletter by email to: dennis.wall1@ntlworld.com

PLEASE PAY YOUR CLUB MEMBERSHIP

Please remember to renew your Club Membership to help support West Cheshire AC prepare for life after the lockdown.

In line with the Club’s hopes and aspirations, UK Athletics has confirmed that due to the extreme impact of Covid-19 on competition structures within the sport, the 2020 outdoor track and field competition year will be extended from September 30 to October 31.

The link to the Club Membership payment page on the website is here.

MICHAEL YOUNG IS IN RECORD BREAKING FORM!

Michael Young celebrated success in Sunday’s City of Preston 10 Miles Road Race.
He clocked 55 minutes 33 seconds for victory and achieved a male age 18-35 club record at the approved covid-19 secure event held within UK Government guidelines.
He was joined at the fixture by club mates Chris Shaw (eighth in 59:37), Brian Wright (1:16:25, shaving his own male vet 65 club record), and Sarah Hibbert (1:30:36).

STEVE FERNYHOUGH VIRTUAL JOGLE UPDATE
Steve Fernyhough has completed the GB Ultras Virtual Jogle (John O Groats to Land’s End).
He covered 825 miles and ran during the last six weeks, starting on June 20 and finishing on August 6.
He finished in 14th place and was 10th male overall after negotiating rain and a heatwave, sometimes averaging a marathon a day.

TRAFFORD AC OPEN MEETING NEWS
Several members celebrated personal bests at the latest Trafford AC Open Meeting at Longford Park Stadium.
Reece Munro rounded the under 15 boys 800m in 2:17:77, while Jessica Lark posted 2:30:66 for her under 15 girls 800m, Ruby Phillips clocked 2:28:88 for her under 13 girls 800m, Aimee Phillips posted 2:30:26 for her under 15 girls 800m, Megan White clocked 2:44:37 in her under 15 girls 800m, Sophie Haslam posted 2:33:14 for her under 13 girls 800m.
Sharon Stoll hit 5.19m in her over-45 women’s shot put event, and 16.73m in the discus, to shatter her own female vet 45 club record.
At another Trafford AC Open Meeting, West Cheshire AC was represented by Liam Davoren who posted 12.80 seconds in his over 35 men’s 100m, and 26.29 in his 200m.
Martha Willetts clocked 30.17 seconds for her under 15 girls 200m, and 47.47 seconds for her 300m, while Kara Stoll hit 21.03m in her under 13 girls discus.

CROSS COUNTRY UPDATE

At the North Staffs Cross Country League AGM it was decided it was unlikely that any of the usual four rounds would be held this year (usually September to December); however, in case things change in the short term, the final two (November and December) dates have been left open.

2020 LONDON MARATHON TO BE AN ELITE-ONLY RACE

The 2020 London Marathon will involve only elite athletes, with 45,000 ‘mass-event’ runners unable to take part because of coronavirus concerns: 

2020 MONACO DIAMOND LEAGUE ON FRIDAY NIGHT TELEVISION…

Adam Gemili will take on world 200m champion Noah Lyles at Friday’s Diamond League meeting in Monaco – an event streamed live on BBC Sport.

GET BEHIND ALEX STANIFORTH’S BIG CHALLENGE…

Alex Staniforth is running The National 3 Peaks Challenge. This involves Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon, and running the entire distance between, approximately 445 miles in under 9 days, the fastest known time.

He’ll be running (very slowly) through Chester on Day 8, Friday 14th August, and he would like support and company for a few miles.

He’s raising funds for a charity he recently co-founded called Mind Over Mountains to restore mental health through the outdoors and would welcome any kind donations here

TRAFFORD AC OPEN TRACK & FIELD MEETING UPDATE

Entries have closed for the Saturday, (August 15) meeting at Longford Park Stadium, Trafford, which will operate in a Covid-secure environment. This includes only one spectator per athlete. Trafford are hosting several more meetings throughout August and September.  Any queries please email: admin@traffordac.co.uk

Entries are now open for the 22nd August Meeting, and entries open on 17th August for the fixture being held on 29th August. 

Information for September Meetings – September 6th (Entries open on 24th August); September 12th (Entries open on 31st August); September 19th (Entries open on 7th September).

2020 CILCAIN MOUNTAIN RACE Limited entries are now open for the 60th Anniversary Cilcain Mountain Race.
Most places will be allocated on a first come – first served basis but there will be a percentage of reserved places for the following groups: Cilcain residents, former winners, local clubs (who have supported the race over the years), those of ‘advanced years’ and not tech savvy.
No entries will be accepted on the day – Bank Holiday Monday, August 31. Entries above the agreed limit will be held as reserve. The race entries link is here.

ENTRIES OPEN FOR BARTLETTS FARNDON 10k ROAD RACE

A new Covid-19 secure race will have a waived start and runners will be set off in a group based on their predicted finishing time. Race numbers and chips will be posted and race instructions will be emailed approximately 7 days before race day.

The entry link is here.

LIVE WEBINAR WITH UK ATHLETICS AND ENGLAND ATHLETICS

Starting in September 2020, UK Athletics CEO Joanna Coates and England Athletics CEO Chris Jones will be hosting a live webinar every other month where they want to hear directly from the coaches and leaders, committee members, volunteers, officials and club members that make up our athletics and running community. The first webinar is on Wednesday 2nd September (6pm) – you can find out more and register for the webinars here.

ONLINE COURSES FOR BECOMING A QUALIFIED ATHLETICS OFFICIAL

BOOK NOW! Start your journey to becoming a qualified athletics Official with our new online Field Judge Level 1 qualification here: https://bit.ly/OffLev1 – The 4-hour practical course introduces participants to the key roles, responsibilities and duties of a Field Official. Only £20pp. Available dates: Tuesday 1 September & Sunday 13 September. Book at https://bit.ly/OffLev1

This week it’s Jonathan Edwards, Mo Farah, and Usain Bolt. Enjoy…

HELP AND SUPPORT AVAILABLE

Club member Mark Shepherd is offering help to anyone who has been furloughed or are employed and looking to up-skill in a certain area.

The basic criteria are that an individual must live or work in Cheshire / Warrington and they have to be employed or self-employed. For businesses employing less than 50 people the funding his business (Accelerate) cover 100% of all training costs and for larger businesses it’s 40%.

Training can be anything from a short CPD type course to a full ILM leadership and Management qualification. From level 2 up to Level 7 (post degree).

If anyone shows interest please feel free to pass on Mark’s contact details and he will do his best to get their training funded.

Mark can be contacted at:07494 869 282 and by email: mark.shepherd@871candwep.co.uk

ENGLAND ATHLETICS UPDATE

England Athletics has announced a restructuring and details can be found here.

England Athletics has provided an update on the latest guidelines which can be found here.

ROAD RUNNING UPDATE WEBINARS

England Athletics are organising four road running webinars to help update everyone about a way forward and other relevant road running topics.

WHY NOT BECOME A RUNNING LEADER?…

You can BOOK NOW for our new LiRF-CiRF online workshop – a great Development opportunity helping individuals who are Leadership in Running Fitness (LiRF) qualified to prepare for the step up to the Coach in Running Fitness (CiRF) course. The workshop lasts 2 hours & costs only £20. New dates available – Tuesday 14 July, Sun 26 July & Tuesday 4 August.

ATHLETICS WEEKLY NEWS UPDATES

All the latest athletics news can be found on the Athletics Weekly website here.

HEATHER McLINTOCK’S REHAB EXERCISES…

Club member and physio Heather McLintock has provided a webpage developed for athletes to access over the COVID period. The link contains video exercises which can be used to rehabilitate whilst you can’t visit her at the practice.

HOME PENTATHLON UPDATE…

If you haven’t completed the Home Pentathlon yet, please give it a go and let me know how you get on.

VIRTUAL MULTI-EVENT@HOME COMPETITION

England Athletics has linked up with Sportshall Athletics to offer clubs a free platform to create their own Virtual Multi-Event @ home competition! Clubs can now use the Sportshall scoring system, and online OpenTrack virtual competitions platform, to create their own fun ‘at home’ challenges and competitions featuring up to 13 events.

With athletics training and competition currently limited due to the coronavirus pandemic, Virtual Multi-Event @ home provides a fantastic opportunity for athletes to compete against others from their own club or against other clubs, within their home or close-to-home environment and in line with government guidelines.

CATHRYN WOODALL’S WORK-OUT INVITE…

Club member and Farndon physio Cathryn Woodall has posted crab walk and squat video exercises on her Farndon physio Facebook page.

Cathryn is also thinking of doing a Facebook live/Zoom video of a 20-30 minute exercise routine, if anyone is interested. 

JASON OSWELL’S LOCKDOWN PHYSIOTHERAPY 

Jason Oswell has been in touch to say he is doing Physiotherapy video consultations during lockdown. If anybody has any issues, he is prepared to provide a consultation to anybody from the club for £10. His email address is jason_oswell@live.com

HELP AND SUPPORT

Anyone requiring help and support while self-isolating can contact the local council hotline number of 0300 123 7031.

This is a dedicated hotline number for those self-isolating and who don’t have anyone to help. A call to this number will provide help organising food or medicine deliveries, or some sort of social contact. The number for the most in need is 0300 123 7031. It is open Monday to Sunday (8am-7pm).

ALSO – Please feel free to ring me (Dennis) if you want a chat or need any help or support. My numbers are: 0151 201 1254 and 07968 643038.

UPDATED ONLINE ATHLETICS WEBINARS

In these unprecedented times, I wanted to draw the club’s attention to some of the great resources available online. England Athletics is expanding its campaign to support Athletics and Running for everyone @home, with a focus on ‘Running @home’ support and advice. The homepage can be accessed here.

There are many webinars, interviews and tips from top coaches and athletes on how to stay conditioned and focused.

In addition, there are some fantastic videos for 4-11 year olds on the Funetics webpage put together in conjunction with England Athletics. The videos demonstrate parents and children (aged 4-11) taking part in FUN activities based on fundamental core movement skills: running, jumping and throwing. Funetics is a programme that has been designed to reflect the requirements of the National Curriculum Key Stage 1 and 2. At this time when our children are currently schooling at home, we hope that these video activities will support the need for education to continue at home.  You can access the videos here.

The link to other updated webinars can be found here, here and here.

STAYING FIT AND HEALTHY

The links below offer a range of advice on exercises we can all do while confined indoors.

MIND provides a series of workouts here.

Joe Wicks has become a household name with his daily online morning workouts which can be found here.

Sport England is offering tips, advice and guidance on how to stay active around the home on this link.

Youth Sport Trust is providing healthy tips including a series of 60-second Challenges on this link.

Realbuzz has provided strength and conditioning exercises to help avoid injury.

MORE GREAT MEMORIES…

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m000lpsx/jonathan-edwards-one-giant-leap
https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/av/olympics/53657865
https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/av/olympics/53656245

IT’S GOOD TO TALK

Members and parents are reminded to look at the following links for updates about the club:

FACEBOOK: West Cheshire AC, West Cheshire AC Road Running, West Cheshire AC U13 to U20 Middle Distance Group

WEBSITE: www.westcheshireac.co.uk

TWITTER: https://twitter.com/westcheshireac

INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/westcheshireac/

Press Report: Young Victorious at Preston

MICHAEL YOUNG celebrated success in Sunday’s City of Preston 10 Miles Road Race.

The West Cheshire Athletic Club member clocked 55 minutes 33 seconds for victory and a male age 18-35 club record at the approved covid-19 secure event held within UK Government guidelines.

The event took place entirely within the borough of South Ribble where there are no restrictions apart from social distancing and covid-19 secure measures.

Young was joined at the fixture by clubmates Chris Shaw (eighth in 59:37), Brian Wright (1:16:25, shaving his own male vet 65 club record), and Sarah Hibbert (1:30:36).

STEVE FERNYHOUGH has completed the GB Ultras Virtual Jogle (John O’ Groats to Lands End).

The West Cheshire AC member covered 825 miles and ran during the last six weeks, starting on June 20 and finishing on August 6. Fernyhough finished in 14th place and was 10th male overall after negotiating rain and a heatwave, sometimes averaging a marathon a day.

SEVERAL West Cheshire AC members celebrated personal bests at the latest Trafford AC Open Meeting at Longford Park Stadium.

Reece Munro rounded the under 15 boys 800m in 2:17:77, while Jessica Lark posted 2:30:66 for her under 15 girls 800m, Ruby Phillips clocked 2:28:88 for her under 13 girls 800m, Aimee Phillips posted 2:30:26 for her under 15 girls 800m, Megan White clocked 2:44:37 in her under 15 girls 800m, Sophie Haslam posted 2:33:14 for her under 13 girls 800m.

Sharon Stoll hit 5.19m in her over-45 women’s shot put event, and 16.73m in the discus, to shatter her own female vet 45 club record.

At another Trafford AC Open Meeting, West Cheshire AC was represented by Liam Davoren who posted 12.80 seconds in his over 35 men’s 100m, and 26.29 in his 200m.

Martha Willetts clocked 30.17 seconds for her under 15 girls 200m, and 47.47 seconds for her 300m, while Kara Stoll hit 21.03m in her under 13 girls discus.

LIMITED entries are now open for the 60th Anniversary Cilcain Mountain Race.

Most places will be allocated on first come – first served basis but there will be a percentage of reserved places for the following groups: Cilcain residents, former winners, local clubs (who have supported the race over the years), those of ‘advanced years’ and not tech savvy.

No entries will be accepted on the day – Bank Holiday Monday, August 31. Entries above the agreed limit will be held as reserve.

The race entries link is here.

WCAC Newsletter #285, 07-08-20

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

Many happy returns to the following Club members who celebrate their birthdays this week:

Frances Hopper, Ilias Moufakkir, Darren Shillington, Scarlett Barton, Eliza Barton, Eddie Fulton, Bradley Spurdens, Dan Nowosielski.

And Next Week: Jane Palmer, Curtis Rodway, Isaac McKenna, Richard Hunt, Mark Duffey, Liam Lawton, Lewis Morris, Frank Rose.

BACK TO TRACK & FIELD TRAINING

It felt great to help welcome Club members back to track and field training this week at Ellesmere Port Sports Village.

A big thank you has to go to Eddie Gore and all those volunteers who took time to prepare the arena at the Sunday Track Tidy Days.

All the hard work in the background has paid off and hopefully we are now on track to a return to a new kind of normality.

The Club has received permission from Brio to extend the number of days we can hire the track to help the Club cater for every training group once a week.

Brio have accepted the Club’s Covid-19 Risk Assessment and Training Plan and Club Coaches are inviting athletes in their training group for a safe return. 

Please note the following points:

Only athletes who have been invited by their coaches shall be allowed on to the track facility for training sessions.

Athletes will arrive through the Black Entrance Gate ONLY (adjacent to Ellesmere Port Sport Village), Parents/ Guardians will drop their children here, remembering to keep social distancing.

Parents/Guardians do not come past the Black Entrance Gate or go on to the track side.

At the Black Entrance Gate, the athletes will then sanitise their hands.

Then they will put their track fees in a box (correct change would be good, £1.00 per hour or £2.00 for 2 hours), then they will go direct to their coach. There must be no socialising between groups.

Exit is via the Blue gates ONLY near the Old Sportshall Annexe to the Car Park to avoid mixing of groups. Parents/guardians to collect their children at Blue gates exit gates, parents/guardians do not come past the Blue Exit Gates on to the trackside to collect their children.

Athletes should bring their own named water bottle. Also, the trackside toilets will not be open in an emergency they can use the EPSV toilet facility. All athletes must apply the one-way system.

Athletes and coaches MUST not attend training if they or any of their household are suffering from COVID-19 symptoms or if local lockdown rules apply or if anyone has just travelled back from abroad from areas that lockdown applies to must NOT ATTEND TRAINING.

Only fully paid up members of EA and West Cheshire AC are eligible for training.

THE TRAINING PLAN IS:

Mondays 6-7pm and 7-8pm (Hurdles group with Karl Fenney, using lanes 6 & 8).

Mondays 6-7pm and 7-8pm (Middle Distance group with Ian Ackroyd and Tim Palmer, using lanes 1 & 3, and Big Field).

Mondays 6-7pm and 7-8pm (Plyometrics with Jane Palmer using High Jump D).

Tuesdays 6-7pm and 7-8pm (Under 11s group with Jill Gore, Joanne Cartwright, Aaron Scott & Adrian Gledhill, using lane 6 & 8, High Jump D, Big Field, and Long Jump Runways).

Tuesdays 6-7pm and 7-8pm (Junior Middle Distance group with Tim Durrant and Dennis Wall, using lanes 1, 3 and 5, and Big Field).

Wednesdays 6-7pm and 7-8pm (Sprints group with Paul Waters using home straight and High Jump D).

Wednesdays 6-7pm and 7-8pm (Sprints group with Victor Oyesola using back straight and Throws D).

Thursdays 6-7pm and 7-8pm (Under 13s and Under 15s Multi-Events Group with Dennis Wall, Jane Palmer, Ben Sache, John Manning, and Mark Duffey, using lanes 6 & 8, High Jump D, and long jump runway).

Thursdays 6-7pm and 7-8pm (Senior Middle Distance Groups with Graham Patterson and Chris Morgan, using lanes 1 and 3, and Big Field).

Thursdays 6-7pm and 7-8pm (Throws group with Dave McKay and Jenny Manning, using Throws D).

Saturdays 10am-12 noon (Sprints group with Jon Moss using home straight and High Jump D).

Saturdays 10am-12 noon (400m group with Alan Littler, Liam Davoren & Phil Howe, using lanes 1 & 3, and Throws D).

UNBELIEVABLE STEVE FERNYHOUGH!

Congratulations to Steve Fernyhough who is enjoying a well deserved break after finishing his Virtual Race (jogle), running 825 miles during the last six weeks.

WELL DONE MICHAEL!

Congratulations to Michael Young who posted 1:12:01 in the Virtual Chester Half Marathon.

2020 CHESHIRE TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS CANCELLED

Cheshire County Athletic Association has confirmed they will not be organising any County Track and Field Championships this year.

West Cheshire Athletic Club were planning to host the fixture in May at the Ellesmere Port Sports Village Athletics Track, but the Covid-19 crisis forced the event to be postponed until a rearranged date in September, and now the fixture has been cancelled.

A statement on the Cheshire AA Facebook site read: “Cheshire County Athletic Association can confirm that we will not be organising any County Track and Field Championships this year.  

“However, it is possible that the County Cross Country Championships will happen in January 2021. We have not decided on a venue, or a host club, and will be restricted by any Covid rules current at the time. Relaxation of the lockdown rules has only just begun and it is difficult to foresee where we will be then.

“We are keen for the event to happen, if it can be safely organised, but will delay a decision until things become clearer.”

BORDERS ROAD RUNNING LEAGUE UPDATE

A decision on whether to organise this season’s Borders Road Running League will be made next month.

A statement on Facebook read: “Please find a small segment of what was discussed and agreed upon at the online Borders AGM.

“At the meeting last week the consensus was that there is unlikely to be much racing in 2020 and as such the league should not attempt to put any races on this year.

“Options for racing in 2021 were discussed. It was felt that any racing in the early part of 2021 is still in some doubt, and that there is likely to be a log-jam of events and there would be difficulty finding suitable dates. As such it was felt that at the moment we should not be planning to stage a Borders League in the season 2020/21. A final decision on this will be made at a meeting to be held in September.

“Various options for putting on a couple of events were considered, either one-off races or relays in March or April if conditions are appropriate. These will be considered later.”

WIRRAL MULTI-TERRAIN RACE SERIES LATEST
Organisers of the Wirral Multi-Terrain Race Series in September have updated local runners and clubs about their preparations.
A Facebook statement read: “Thought I’d give you an idea of where we are with regard to this September series of Multi Terrain races. Run Britain have now said that they will grant licenses for road and multi terrain races after July 31 subject to certain guidelines / restrictions.
“We are discussing it as a committee currently. Some routes may need to be re-routed to avoid pinch points. We may need to cancel some race / races and just have 1 or 2 that can be managed safely within the guidance, we may have staggered starts and we will have on line entry and timing.
“However, the big issue is whether Wirral Council give us permission to go ahead. Even if our governing body says ‘yes’ the council can still say ‘no’.
“I have contacted the council and so far not received an answer. Until we get this we cannot move any further forward (or to do so would be potentially futile). In the meantime it would also be useful to know your thoughts.”

PLEASE STAY IN TOUCH

I hope you enjoy this latest weekly issue of the Club Newsletter during these strange times. This week’s edition features news, work-outs, links to video clips, and a list of club members who are celebrating birthdays.

I hope you enjoy this latest weekly issue of the Club Newsletter during these strange times. This week’s edition features news, work-outs, links to video clips, and a list of club members who are celebrating birthdays.

Remember that you can all play your part in communicating and sharing your thoughts and ideas during this lull in Club training and competition.

I would welcome any contributions from yourselves, any impending marriages, or additions to the family, any running or competing incidents. Currently the response has been excellent, but if you have anything that could make it into next week’s Newsletter – please email me.

Hopefully you are continuing to stay fit, healthy and upbeat in these strange times. Please forward me your contributions for the Club Newsletter by email to: dennis.wall1@ntlworld.com

PLEASE PAY YOUR CLUB MEMBERSHIP

Please remember to renew your Club Membership to help support West Cheshire AC prepare for life after the lockdown.

In line with the Club’s hopes and aspirations, UK Athletics has confirmed that due to the extreme impact of Covid-19 on competition structures within the sport, the 2020 outdoor track and field competition year will be extended from September 30 to October 31.

The link to the Club Membership payment page on the website is here: https://wcac.niftyentries.com/Membership

PLEASE SUPPORT FRASER CAMPBELL’S FUNDRAISING BID…

Next summer, Club member Fraser Campbell will be undertaking a month long expedition to Kenya with Tarporley High School and Camps International. During this time, he will be taking part in a community project to improve school buildings for a rural village, and conservation projects such as digging waterholes, making elephant fences and even worming goats! To be able to take part in this amazing opportunity, Fraser has to raise money towards the cost. A sponsored walk of the Sandstone Trail was suggested, but Fraser decided walking wasn’t good enough, he would run it! Therefore, week commencing 10th August, he aims to run the 36 miles of the Sandstone Trail in 3 days. If anyone would would like to sponsor Fraser, he would be very grateful and this can be done on: https://gofundme.com/fraser-campbell-2021-kenya-expedition Thank you very much for your support.

GET BEHIND ALEX STANIFORTH’S BIG CHALLENGE…Alex Staniforth is running The National 3 Peaks Challenge. This involves Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon, and running the entire distance between, approximately 445 miles in under 9 days, the fastest known time.He’ll be running (very slowly) through Chester on Day 8, Friday 14th August, and he would like support and company for a few miles.

He’s raising funds for a charity he recently co-founded called Mind Over Mountains to restore mental health through the outdoors and would welcome any kind donations at: www.givey.com/3peaksrun

TRAFFORD AC OPEN TRACK & FIELD MEETING UPDATE

The Saturday, August 8 meeting at Longford Park Stadium, Trafford, will operate in a Covid-secure environment. This includes only one spectator per athlete.Trafford are hosting several more meetings throughout August and September.  Any queries please email: admin@traffordac.co.uk

ENTRIES OPEN FOR BARTLETTS FARNDON 10k ROAD RACE

A new Covid-19 secure race will have a waived start and runners will be set off in a group based on their predicted finishing time. Race numbers and chips will be posted and race instructions will be emailed approximately 7 days before race day.

The entry link is: https://runcheshire.niftyentries.com/Bartletts-Farndon-10K-2020#entryoptions

ONLINE COURSES FOR BECOMING A QUALIFIED ATHLETICS OFFICIAL

BOOK NOW! Start your journey to becoming a qualified athletics Official with our new online Field Judge Level 1 qualification here.The 4-hour practical course introduces participants to the key roles, responsibilities and duties of a Field Official. Only £20pp. Available dates: Saturday 1 August, Tuesday 1 September & Sunday 13 September.

HELP AND SUPPORT AVAILABLE

Club member Mark Shepherd is offering help to anyone who has been furloughed or are employed and looking to up-skill in a certain area.

The basic criteria are that an individual must live or work in Cheshire / Warrington and they have to be employed or self-employed. For businesses employing less than 50 people the funding his business (Accelerate) cover 100% of all training costs and for larger businesses it’s 40%.

Training can be anything from a short CPD type course to a full ILM leadership and Management qualification. From level 2 up to Level 7 (post degree).

If anyone shows interest please feel free to pass on Mark’s contact details and he will do his best to get their training funded.

Mark can be contacted at:07494 869 282 and by email: mark.shepherd@871candwep.co.uk

ENGLAND ATHLETICS UPDATE

England Athletics has announced a restructuring and details can be found here.

England Athletics has provided an update on the latest guidelines which can be found here.

ROAD RUNNING UPDATE WEBINARS

England Athletics are organising four road running webinars to help update everyone about a way forward and other relevant road running topics.

WHY NOT BECOME A RUNNING LEADER?…

You can BOOK NOW for our new LiRF-CiRF online workshop – a great Development opportunity helping individuals who are Leadership in Running Fitness (LiRF) qualified to prepare for the step up to the Coach in Running Fitness (CiRF) course. The workshop lasts 2 hours & costs only £20. New dates available – Tuesday 14 July, Sun 26 July & Tuesday 4 August.

ATHLETICS WEEKLY NEWS UPDATES

All the latest athletics news can be found on the Athletics Weekly website here.

HEATHER McLINTOCK’S REHAB EXERCISES…

Club member and physio Heather McLintock has provided a webpage developed for athletes to access over the COVID period. The link contains video exercises which can be used to rehabilitate whilst you can’t visit her at the practice.

HOME PENTATHLON UPDATE…

If you haven’t completed the Home Pentathlon yet, please give it a go and let me know how you get on.

VIRTUAL MULTI-EVENT@HOME COMPETITION

England Athletics has linked up with Sportshall Athletics to offer clubs a free platform to create their own Virtual Multi-Event @ home competition! Clubs can now use the Sportshall scoring system, and online OpenTrack virtual competitions platform, to create their own fun ‘at home’ challenges and competitions featuring up to 13 events.

With athletics training and competition currently limited due to the coronavirus pandemic, Virtual Multi-Event @ home provides a fantastic opportunity for athletes to compete against others from their own club or against other clubs, within their home or close-to-home environment and in line with government guidelines.

CATHRYN WOODALL’S WORK-OUT INVITE…

Club member and Farndon physio Cathryn Woodall has posted crab walk and squat video exercises on her Farndon physio Facebook page.

Cathryn is also thinking of doing a Facebook live/Zoom video of a 20-30 minute exercise routine, if anyone is interested. 

JASON OSWELL’S LOCKDOWN PHYSIOTHERAPY 

Jason Oswell has been in touch to say he is doing Physiotherapy video consultations during lockdown. If anybody has any issues, he is prepared to provide a consultation to anybody from the club for £10. His email address is jason_oswell@live.com

HELP AND SUPPORT

Anyone requiring help and support while self-isolating can contact the local council hotline number of 0300 123 7031.

This is a dedicated hotline number for those self-isolating and who don’t have anyone to help. A call to this number will provide help organising food or medicine deliveries, or some sort of social contact. The number for the most in need is 0300 123 7031. It is open Monday to Sunday (8am-7pm).

ALSO – Please feel free to ring me (Dennis) if you want a chat or need any help or support. My numbers are: 0151 201 1254 and 07968 643038.

UPDATED ONLINE ATHLETICS WEBINARS

In these unprecedented times, I wanted to draw the club’s attention to some of the great resources available online. England Athletics is expanding its campaign to support Athletics and Running for everyone @home, with a focus on ‘Running @home’ support and advice. The homepage can be accessed here.

There are many webinars, interviews and tips from top coaches and athletes on how to stay conditioned and focused.

In addition, there are some fantastic videos for 4-11 year olds on the Funetics webpage put together in conjunction with England Athletics. The videos demonstrate parents and children (aged 4-11) taking part in FUN activities based on fundamental core movement skills: running, jumping and throwing. Funetics is a programme that has been designed to reflect the requirements of the National Curriculum Key Stage 1 and 2. At this time when our children are currently schooling at home, we hope that these video activities will support the need for education to continue at home.  You can access the videos here.

The link to other updated webinars can be found here, here and here.

STAYING FIT AND HEALTHY

The links below offer a range of advice on exercises we can all do while confined indoors.

MIND provides a series of workouts here.

Joe Wicks has become a household name with his daily online morning workouts which can be found here.

Sport England is offering tips, advice and guidance on how to stay active around the home on this link.

Youth Sport Trust is providing healthy tips including a series of 60-second Challenges on this link.

Realbuzz has provided strength and conditioning exercises to help avoid injury.

MORE GREAT MEMORIES…

This week it’s a series of Olympics specials from the BBC. Enjoy…

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/av/olympics/53498188

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m000lbff/olympics-rewind-britains-greatest-olympic-moments

IT’S GOOD TO TALK

Members and parents are reminded to look at the following links for updates about the club:

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

INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/westcheshireac/

Press Report: Training Returns

WEST CHESHIRE Athletic Club members returned to training at their home track this week.

Several volunteers from the Ellesmere Port Sports Village-based outfit worked hard during a second Track Tidy Day on Sunday to ensure the arena looked at its best.

The Club has returned to safe restricted training sessions being run under England Athletics guidelines after deciding to stop regular training sessions in March due to the outbreak of Covid-19.

But the Club has been working closely with Brio Leisure during the last few months to make sure members can feel comfortable and safe on the site.

MICHAEL YOUNG of West Cheshire Athletic Club posted 1:12:01 in the Virtual Chester Half Marathon.

CHESHIRE County Athletic Association has confirmed they will not be organising any County Track and Field Championships this year.

West Cheshire Athletic Club were planning to host the fixture in May at the Ellesmere Port Sports Village Athletics Track, but the Covid-19 crisis forced the event to be postponed until a rearranged date in September, and now the fixture has been cancelled.

A statement on the Cheshire AA Facebook site read: “Cheshire County Athletic Association can confirm that we will not be organising any County Track and Field Championships this year.  

“However, it is possible that the County Cross Country Championships will happen in January 2021. We have not decided on a venue, or a host club, and will be restricted by any Covid rules current at the time. Relaxation of the lockdown rules has only just begun and it is difficult to foresee where we will be then.

“We are keen for the event to happen, if it can be safely organised, but will delay a decision until things become clearer.”

Meanwhile, a decision on whether to organise this season’s Borders Road Running League will be made next month.

A statement on Facebook read: “Please find a small segment of what was discussed and agreed upon at the online Borders AGM.

“At the meeting last week the consensus was that there is unlikely to be much racing in 2020 and as such the league should not attempt to put any races on this year.

“Options for racing in 2021 were discussed. It was felt that any racing in the early part of 2021 is still in some doubt, and that there is likely to be a log-jam of events and there would be difficulty finding suitable dates. As such it was felt that at the moment we should not be planning to stage a Borders League in the season 2020/21. A final decision on this will be made at a meeting to be held in September.”Various options for putting on a couple of events were considered, either one-off races or relays in March or April if conditions are appropriate. These will be considered later.”
Organisers of the Wirral Multi-Terrain Race Series in September has updated local runners and clubs about their preparations.
A Facebook statement read: “Thought I’d give you an idea of where we are with regard to this September series of Multi Terrain races. Run Britain have now said that they will grant licenses for road and multi terrain races after July 31 subject to certain guidelines / restrictions.
“We are discussing it as a committee currently. Some routes may need to be re-routed to avoid pinch points. We may need to cancel some race / races and just have 1 or 2 that can be managed safely within the guidance, we may have staggered starts and we will have on line entry and timing.
“However, the big issue is whether Wirral Council give us permission to go ahead. Even if our governing body says ‘yes’ the council can still say ‘no’.
“I have contacted the council and so far not received an answer. Until we get this we cannot move any further forward (or to do so would be potentially futile).  In the meantime it would also be useful to know your thoughts.”

Press Report: Track gets a clean-up

WEST CHESHIRE Athletic Club members are making sure their home track and field arena is ready for action.

Volunteers from the Ellesmere Port Sports Village-based outfit prepared the track, throws and jumps areas on Sunday before the club returns for training sessions next week.

West Cheshire AC decided to stop regular training sessions on the site in March due to the outbreak of Covid-19 and the site has remained out of bounds to all users since then.

But the Club has been working closely with Brio Leisure during the last few months to make sure members can feel comfortable and safe when training sessions resume.

And Club committee member, Dennis Wall, admitted he is excited and delighted that athletes can once again step foot on the Ellesmere Port Sports Village Athletics Track.

“A lot of hard work from Club members was achieved on Sunday during a Track Tidy Day and it was great to see the facility beginning to look back to its best,” Dennis said.

“Helpers brushed the track, dug over and levelled the sand pit, pulled weeds up from path edges, filled divots on the infield, trimmed overhanging tree branches, and bagged litter.

“The Club is proud of the fantastic track and field facility where we train and compete, and it was great to see everyone pulling together.

“And Club members and friends are being invited to visit the site this Sunday for another Track Tidy Day between 10am and 4pm – a day before the Club returns for training.”

West Cheshire AC will return in smaller numbers than before lockdown because of current England Athletics restrictions for training sessions and competition.   

Dennis added: “I know a lot of our members are itching to get back on the site and it will be great to see them return, but in a safe and comfortable way.

“Because of current England Athletics guidelines the club is restricted to the number of people who can train in groups, so West Cheshire AC has received permission from Brio Leisure to extend the number of days we can use the facility.

“As well as our Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday block bookings for the track, West Cheshire AC will also use the track on Mondays and Wednesdays to ensure all age groups can be accommodated.

“I’m hoping these small steps benefit everyone’s physical and mental health before we can hopefully see the restrictions eventually being relaxed.

“Only fully paid up Club members will be invited by Club coaches to attend West Cheshire AC training sessions, and anyone wanting to join the Club needs to look at the website link at: https://www.westcheshireac.co.uk/membership/

WCAC Newsletter , #284, 31-07-20

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

Many happy returns to the following Club members who celebrate their birthdays this week:

Mark Gallagher, Bethany Feild, Bob Benson, Sophie Percival, Oliver James, Elizabeth Tweedle, Paul Van Schie, Charlotte Wilson.

And Next Week: Frances Hopper, Ilias Moufakkir, Darren Shillington, Scarlett Barton, Eliza Barton, Eddie Fulton, Bradley Spurdens, Dan Nowosielski.

PLEASE HELP OUT AT THIS SUNDAY’S SECOND TRACK TIDY DAY…

All Club members are being invited to spare some of their time this Sunday as West Cheshire AC attempts to prepare the Ellesmere Port Sports Village Athletics Track for the return of track training next week.

Helpers and volunteers are needed between 10am and 4pm this Sunday for numerous jobs. If you can help, please let Dennis know by emailing him ASAP at: dennis.wall1@ntlworld.com 

A RETURN TO TRACK TRAINING NEXT WEEK…

A lot of time and effort has been put into preparing the Club for a return to track training next week and we have now received permission from Brio to extend the number of days we can hire the track to help the Club cater for every training group once a week.

Brio have now accepted the Club’s Covid-19 Risk Assessment and Training Plan and Club Coaches are in the process of inviting athletes in their training group for a safe return. 

Please note the following points:

Only athletes who have been invited by their coaches shall be allowed on to the track facility for training sessions.

Athletes will arrive through the Black Entrance Gate ONLY (adjacent to Ellesmere Port Sport Village), Parents/ Guardians will drop their children here, remembering to keep social distancing.

Parents/Guardians do not come past the Black Entrance Gate or go on to the track side.

At the Black Entrance Gate, the athletes will then sanitise their hands.

Then they will put their track fees in a box (correct change would be good, £1.00 per hour or £2.00 for 2 hours), then they will go direct to their coach. There must be no socialising between groups.

Exit is via the Blue gates ONLY near the Old Sportshall Annexe to the Car Park to avoid mixing of groups. Parents/guardians to collect their children at Blue gates exit gates, parents/guardians do not come past the Blue Exit Gates on to the trackside to collect their children.

Athletes should bring their own named water bottle. Also, the trackside toilets will not be open in an emergency they can use the EPSV toilet facility. All athletes must apply the one-way system.

Athletes and coaches MUST not attend training if they or any of their household are suffering from COVID-19 symptoms or if local lockdown rules apply or if anyone has just travelled back from abroad from areas that lockdown applies to must NOT ATTEND TRAINING.

Only fully paid up members of EA and West Cheshire AC are eligible for training.

THE TRAINING PLAN FROM WEEK COMMENCING MONDAY, AUGUST 3:

Mondays 6-7pm and 7-8pm (Hurdles group with Karl Fenney, using lanes 6 & 8).

Mondays 6-7pm and 7-8pm (Middle Distance group with Ian Ackroyd and Tim Palmer, using lanes 1 & 3, and Big Field).

Mondays 6-7pm and 7-8pm (Plyometrics with Jane Palmer using High Jump D).

Tuesdays 6-7pm and 7-8pm (Under 11s group with Jill Gore, Joanne Cartwright, Aaron Scott & Adrian Gledhill, using lane 6 & 8, High Jump D, Big Field, and Long Jump Runways).

Tuesdays 6-7pm and 7-8pm (Junior Middle Distance group with Tim Durrant and Dennis Wall, using lanes 1, 3 and 5, and Big Field).

Wednesdays 6-7pm and 7-8pm (Sprints group with Paul Waters using home straight and High Jump D).

Wednesdays 6-7pm and 7-8pm (Sprints group with Victor Oyesola using back straight and Throws D).

Thursdays 6-7pm and 7-8pm (Under 13s and Under 15s Multi-Events Group with Dennis Wall, Jane Palmer, Ben Sache, John Manning, and Mark Duffey, using lanes 6 & 8, High Jump D, and long jump runway).

Thursdays 6-7pm and 7-8pm (Senior Middle Distance Groups with Graham Patterson and Chris Morgan, using lanes 1 and 3, and Big Field).

Thursdays 6-7pm and 7-8pm (Throws group with Dave McKay and Jenny Manning, using Throws D).

Saturdays 10am-12 noon (Sprints group with Jon Moss using home straight and High Jump D).

Saturdays 10am-12 noon (400m group with Alan Littler, Liam Davoren & Phil Howe, using lanes 1 & 3, and Throws D).

PLEASE STAY IN TOUCH

I hope you enjoy this latest weekly issue of the Club Newsletter during these strange times. This week’s edition features news, work-outs, links to video clips, and a list of club members who are celebrating birthdays.
Remember that you can all play your part in communicating and sharing your thoughts and ideas during this lull in Club training and competition.
I would welcome any contributions from yourselves, any impending marriages, or additions to the family, any running or competing incidents. Currently the response has been excellent, but if you have anything that could make it into next week’s Newsletter – please email me.
Hopefully you are continuing to stay fit, healthy and upbeat in these strange times. Please forward me your contributions for the Club Newsletter by email to: dennis.wall1@ntlworld.com

PLEASE PAY YOUR CLUB MEMBERSHIP

Please remember to renew your Club Membership to help support West Cheshire AC prepare for life after the lockdown when the Club is aiming to organise a Club Track & Field Championships in September and hopefully host the Cheshire Track & Field Championships if restrictions are lifted.

In line with the Club’s hopes and aspirations, UK Athletics has confirmed that due to the extreme impact of Covid-19 on competition structures within the sport, the 2020 outdoor track and field competition year will be extended from September 30 to October 31.

The link to the Club Membership payment page on the website is here: https://wcac.niftyentries.com/Membership

PLEASE SUPPORT FRASER CAMPBELL’S FUNDRAISING BID…

Next summer, Club member Fraser Campbell will be undertaking a month long expedition to Kenya with Tarporley High School and Camps International. During this time, he will be taking part in a community project to improve school buildings for a rural village, and conservation projects such as digging waterholes, making elephant fences and even worming goats! To be able to take part in this amazing opportunity, Fraser has to raise money towards the cost. A sponsored walk of the Sandstone Trail was suggested, but Fraser decided walking wasn’t good enough, he would run it! Therefore, week commencing 10th August, he aims to run the 36 miles of the Sandstone Trail in 3 days. If anyone would would like to sponsor Fraser, he would be very grateful and this can be done on: https://gofundme.com/fraser-campbell-2021-kenya-expedition Thank you very much for your support.

GET BEHIND ALEX STANIFORTH’S BIG CHALLENGE…In 3 weeks Alex Staniforth starts his biggest (and probably most ridiculous) challenge yet – running The National 3 Peaks Challenge. This involves Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon, and running the entire distance between, approximately 445 miles in under 9 days, the fastest known time.He’ll be running (very slowly) through Chester on Day 8, Friday 14th August, and he would like support and company for a few miles.

He’s raising funds for a charity he recently co-founded called Mind Over Mountains to restore mental health through the outdoors and would welcome any kind donations at: www.givey.com/3peaksrun

TRAFFORD AC OPEN TRACK & FIELD MEETING UPDATEUpdate from the organisers for 1st August open meeting.Athletes from Cheshire, Merseyside & Lancashire clubs who entered before entries closed on Monday (20th July) will now be accepted for the meeting on 1st August.Those athletes whose entries have not been accepted will be contacted by email as soon as possible.Further announcements regarding the 8th August meeting will be made shortly.Please be aware that these meetings will operate in a Covid-secure environment. This includes only one spectator per athlete.Trafford are hosting several more meetings throughout August and September. Any queries please email: admin@traffordac.co.ukONLINE COURSES FOR BECOMING A QUALIFIED ATHLETICS OFFICIAL

BOOK NOW! Start your journey to becoming a qualified athletics Official with our new online Field Judge Level 1 qualification here: https://bit.ly/OffLev1 – The 4-hour practical course introduces participants to the key roles, responsibilities and duties of a Field Official. Only £20pp. Available dates: Saturday 1 August, Tuesday 1 September & Sunday 13 September. Book at https://bit.ly/OffLev1

HELP AND SUPPORT AVAILABLE

Club member Mark Shepherd is offering help to anyone who has been furloughed or are employed and looking to up-skill in a certain area.

The basic criteria is that an individual must live or work in Cheshire / Warrington and they have to be employed or self employed. For businesses employing less than 50 people the funding his business (Accelerate) cover 100% of all training costs and for larger businesses it’s 40%.

Training can be anything from a short CPD type course to a full ILM leadership and Management qualification. From level 2 up to Level 7 (post degree).

If anyone shows interest please feel free to pass on Mark’s contact details and he will do his best to get their training funded.

Mark can be contacted at:07494 869 282 and by email: mark.shepherd@871candwep.co.uk

ENGLAND ATHLETICS UPDATE

England Athletics has updated its guidance for a restricted return to activity. Details can be found here:

https://www.englandathletics.org/athletics-and-running/news/guidance-update-for-restricted-return-to-activity-for-coaches-leaders-athletes-runners-and-facilities-step-3/

ROAD RUNNING UPDATE WEBINARS

England Athletics are organising four road running webinars to help update everyone about a way forward and other relevant road running topics: https://www.englandathletics.org/athletics-and-running/athletics-disciplines/road-running/?fbclid=IwAR3xrcXh1nvkajeVCAHnTcHzxmXxVzNu3gAn5GMW-TAGw0YIG6GtB7yTQ-8

WHY NOT BECOME A RUNNING LEADER?…

You can BOOK NOW for our new LiRF-CiRF online workshop – https://bit.ly/LRF2CRF – a great Development opportunity helping individuals who are Leadership in Running Fitness (LiRF) qualified to prepare for the step up to the Coach in Running Fitness (CiRF) course. The workshop lasts 2 hours & costs only £20.With many of the dates fully booked, new dates have been announced for LiRF-CiRF online Development Workshops: Tuesday 4 August, Sunday 13 September (15:00-17:00), Tuesday 22 September (18:00-20:00), Sunday 11 October (15:00-17:00) and Tuesday 27 October (18:00-20:00).LiRF-CiRF workshops are ideal for those who are LiRF qualified and looking to step up to the Coach in Running Fitness (CiRF) course. 2hr/£20.  Book online here: https://bit.ly/LRF2CRF

ATHLETICS WEEKLY NEWS UPDATES

All the latest athletics news can be found on the Athletics Weekly website here: https://www.athleticsweekly.com/

TOKYO CONFIRMS 2021 OLYMPIC SCHEDULES

The following was published on the Athletics Weekly website recently. Athletics action at the postponed Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games will take place over 10 days, from July 30 to August 8, 2021, organisers have confirmed. 

The schedule sees athletics competition commence on Friday July 30 with the opening round of the men’s 3000m steeplechase and conclude on Sunday August 8, which is the final day of the Games, with the men’s marathon in Sapporo. 

The action will be spread over 16 sessions at Tokyo’s Olympic Stadium and for the first time in Olympic history the women’s and men’s marathon victory ceremonies will both be held during the closing ceremony. Athletics features prominently in both of the Games’ ‘Super Saturdays’, with three finals – the men’s discus throw, women’s 100m and the inaugural mixed 4x400m relay – scheduled for August 31. 

Another seven athletics titles will be decided on Saturday August 7, among 34 event finals scheduled for that day, the highest single day number during the Games. ‘Golden Sunday’ on July 31 will include 25 medal events, capped by the men’s 100m final.

MORE DETAILS HERE: https://www.athleticsweekly.com/athletics-news/tokyo-2020-olympic-schedule-1039931034/

2020 LONDON MARATHON DECISION DUE IN AUGUST

Event director Hugh Brasher says organisers will confirm plans for the rescheduled London Marathon no later than August 7, organisers have announced.

The event, which was originally scheduled for April 26, has been moved to October 4 but it is now the only remaining Abbott World Marathon Majors race on the 2020 calendar as cancellations continue due to the coronavirus pandemic.

WORLD ATHLETICS AMENDS SHOE RULES

Changes to the maximum height of spiked shoes for track and field events and the establishment of an ‘Athletic Shoe Availability Scheme’ for unsponsored elite athletes are among the rule revisions announced by World Athletics on Tuesday this week. More details here: https://www.athleticsweekly.com/athletics-news/world-athletics-amends-shoe-rules-1039931232/

HEATHER McLINTOCK’S REHAB EXERCISES…
Club member and physio Heather McLintock has provided a webpage developed for athletes to access over the COVID period. The link contains video exercises which can be used to rehabilitate whilst you can’t visit her at the practice. The link is here: https://rebuildphysiotherapy.wordpress.com/
HOME PENTATHLON UPDATE…
If you haven’t completed the Home Pentathlon yet, please give it a go and let me know how you get on. The link can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL6DK6xTdLkmwBkVBUkZZ2L_oTT6VXErNO

VIRTUAL MULTI-EVENT@HOME COMPETITION

England Athletics has linked up with Sportshall Athletics to offer clubs a free platform to create their own Virtual Multi-Event @ home competition! Clubs can now use the Sportshall scoring system, and online OpenTrack virtual competitions platform, to create their own fun ‘at home’ challenges and competitions featuring up to 13 events Find out more: https://bit.ly/VMEhome
With athletics training and competition currently limited due to the coronavirus pandemic, Virtual Multi-Event @ home provides a fantastic opportunity for athletes to compete against others from their own club or against other clubs, within their home or close-to-home environment and in line with government guidelines.

CATHRYN WOODALL’S WORK-OUT INVITE…
Club member and Farndon physio Cathryn Woodall has posted crab walk and squat video exercises on her Farndon physio Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=601025713836494
Cathryn is also thinking of doing a Facebook live/Zoom video of a 20-30 minute exercise routine, if anyone is interested. 
JASON OSWELL’S LOCKDOWN PHYSIOTHERAPY 
Jason Oswell has been in touch to say he is doing Physiotherapy video consultations during lockdown. If anybody has any issues he is prepared to provide a consultation to anybody from the club for £10. His email address is: jason_oswell@live.com

And Jason’s new website can be found here: https://www.sportsphysiotherapyonline.co.uk/

HELP AND SUPPORT
Anyone requiring help and support while self isolating can contact the local council hotline number of 0300 123 7031.
This is a dedicated hotline number for those self isolating and who don’t have anyone to help. A call to this number will provide help organising food or medicine deliveries, or some sort of social contact. The number for the most in need is 0300 123 7031. It is open Monday to Sunday (8am-7pm).
ALSO – Please feel free to ring me (Dennis) if you want a chat or need any help or support. My numbers are: 0151 201 1254 and 07968 643038.
UPDATED ONLINE ATHLETICS WEBINARS
In these unprecedented times, I wanted to draw your attention to some of the great resources available online. England Athletics is expanding its campaign to support Athletics and Running for everyone @home, with a focus on ‘Running @home’ support and advice. The homepage can be accessed here: 
https://www.englandathletics.org/about-us/athletics-at-home/
There are many webinars, interviews and tips from top coaches and athletes on how to stay conditioned and focused.
In addition, there are some fantastic videos for 4-11 year olds on the Funetics webpage put together in conjunction with England Athletics. The videos demonstrate parents and children (aged 4-11) taking part in FUN activities based on fundamental core movement skills: running, jumping and throwing. Funetics is a programme that has been designed to reflect the requirements of the National Curriculum Key Stage 1 and 2. At this time when our children are currently schooling at home, we hope that these video activities will support the need for education to continue at home.  You can access the videos here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIIvWCjutNqP4ZSY2FSEQVw
The link to other updated webinars can be found here: https://www.englandathletics.org/about-us/athletics-at-home/coaching-webinars/
here: https://www.englandathletics.org/about-us/athletics-at-home/running-at-home/
and here: https://www.englandathletics.org/about-us/athletics-at-home/club-support-webinars/

STAYING FIT AND HEALTHY

The links below offer a range of advice on exercises we can all do while confined indoors.

MIND provides a series of workouts at the following link: 

https://www.mind.org.uk/about-us/our-policy-work/sport-physical-activity-and-mental-health/get-active-feel-good/staying-active-at-home/?utm_medium=organic&utm_source=facebook&utm_campaign=info&utm_content=stayingactiveathometips&fbclid=IwAR3NWJ5fNXYr6uqQYN_DCnaK3u2mzIaNkVkeOXbPuN70Qj837OdCnNJ7EV

Joe Wicks has become a household name with his daily online morning workours which can be found here: 

https://www.facebook.com/JoeWicksTheBodyCoach/

Sport England is offering tips, advice and guidance on how to stay active around the home on this link:

https://www.sportengland.org/news/how-stay-active-while-youre-home

Youth Sport Trust is providing healthy tips including a series of 60-second Challenges on this link:

https://www.youthsporttrust.org/free-home-learning-resources-0

Realbuzz has provided strength and conditioning exercises to help avoid injury:

https://www.realbuzz.com/articles-interests/running/article/strength-and-conditioning-exercises-for-runners-to-help-you-avoid-injury/

MORE GREAT MEMORIES…

This week it’s Womens 4x400m, Rod Dixon New York Marathon win, and 2019 World Championships Javelin Final. Enjoy…

IT’S GOOD TO TALK

Members and parents are reminded to look at the following links for updates about the Club:

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

INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/westcheshireac/

WCAC Newsletter #283, 24-07-20

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

Many happy returns to the following Club members who celebrate their birthdays this week:

John Hughes, David Irving, Bethan Jones, Sam Pierre-Louis, Claire Gloyne-Phillips, Claire Bennette, Tom Tudor, Sam Owens.

And Next Week: Mark Gallagher, Bethany Feild, Bob Benson, Sophie Percival, Oliver James, Elizabeth Tweedle, Paul Van Schie, Charlotte Wilson.

PLEASE HELP OUT AT THIS SUNDAY’S TRACK TIDY DAY…

All Club members are being invited to spare some of thei time this Sunday as West Cheshire AC attempts to prepare the Ellesmere Port Sports Village Athletics Track for the return of track training in week commencing August 3rd.

Helpers and volunteers are needed between 10am and 4pm this Sunday for numerous jobs. If you can help, please let Dennis know by emailing him ASAP at: dennis.wall1@ntlworld.com 

PREPARATIONS FOR A RETURN TO TRACK TRAINING

The Club remains on course to welcome fully paid up members back to training at the Ellesmere Port Sports Village Athletics Track from Monday, August 3.

EPSV Facility Manager, Peter Davies, is happy with the Covid-19 Risk Assessment and Training Plan submitted by the Club and preparations are now being put in place (signage, sanitizing materials, etc), to ensure everyone can return and train within a safe environment.

Meanwhile, several members have been taking advantage of attending various training sessions for restricted numbers supervised by Club coaches from the Northgate Arena, Chester; the Next Car Park at Cheshire Oaks; the Blue Planet Aquarium Car Park; and Whitby Park, Ellesmere Port.

Anyone attending these off-site training venues is being asked to contribute a training fee which will be put towards Club funds.

I hope you enjoy this latest weekly issue of the Club Newsletter during these strange times. This week’s edition features news, work-outs, links to video clips, and a list of club members who are celebrating birthdays.

Remember that you can all play your part in communicating and sharing your thoughts and ideas during this lull in Club training and competition.

I would welcome any contributions from yourselves, any impending marriages, or additions to the family, any running or competing incidents. Currently the response has been excellent, but if you have anything that could make it into next week’s Newsletter – please email me.

Hopefully you are continuing to stay fit, healthy and upbeat in these strange times. Please forward me your contributions for the Club Newsletter by email to: dennis.wall1@ntlworld.com

PLEASE PAY YOUR CLUB MEMBERSHIP

Please remember to renew your Club Membership to help support West Cheshire AC prepare for life after the lockdown when the Club is aiming to organise a Club Track & Field Championships in September and hopefully host the Cheshire Track & Field Championships if restrictions are lifted.

In line with the Club’s hopes and aspirations, UK Athletics has confirmed that due to the extreme impact of Covid-19 on competition structures within the sport, the 2020 outdoor track and field competition year will be extended from September 30 to October 31.

The link to the Club Membership payment page on the website is here.

PLEASE SUPPORT FRASER CAMPBELL’S FUNDRAISING BID…

Next summer, Club member Fraser Campbell will be undertaking a month-long expedition to Kenya with Tarporley High School and Camps International. During this time, he will be taking part in a community project to improve school buildings for a rural village, and conservation projects such as digging waterholes, making elephant fences and even worming goats! To be able to take part in this amazing opportunity, Fraser has to raise money towards the cost. A sponsored walk of the Sandstone Trail was suggested, but Fraser decided walking wasn’t good enough, he would run it! Therefore, week commencing 10th August, he aims to run the 36 miles of the Sandstone Trail in 3 days. If anyone would like to sponsor Fraser, he would be very grateful and this can be done here. Thank you very much for your support.

JEAN CLAUDE SMASHES 5k PB IN MALTA

Jean Claude Randon posted a massive personal best in his first race after the Covid-19 lockdown, clocking 15 minutes 50 seconds in his home country of Malta.

Randon finished fifth in the race, first in his under 23 age group, and helped his Maltese club, St Patrick’s AC, secure the men’s team prize.

GET BEHIND ALEX STANIFORTH’S BIG CHALLENGE…

In 3 weeks, Alex Staniforth starts his biggest (and probably most ridiculous) challenge yet – running The National 3 Peaks Challenge. This involves Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon, and running the entire distance between, approximately 445 miles in under 9 days, the fastest known time.

He’ll be running (very slowly) through Chester on Day 8, Friday 14th August, and he would like support and company for a few miles.

He’s raising funds for a charity he recently co-founded called Mind Over Mountains to restore mental health through the outdoors and would welcome any kind donations here.

TRAFFORD AC OPEN TRACK & FIELD MEETING UPDATE

Update from the organisers for 1st August open meeting.

Trafford are delighted to announce that athletes from Cheshire, Merseyside & Lancashire clubs who entered before entries closed on Monday (20th July) will now be accepted for the meeting on 1st August.

Those athletes whose entries have not been accepted will be contacted by email as soon as possible.

Further announcements regarding the 8th August meeting will be made shortly.

Be aware that these meetings will operate in a Covid-secure environment. This includes only one spectator per athlete.

Trafford are hosting several more meetings throughout August and September.  Any queries please email: admin@traffordac.co.uk

BORDERS ROAD RUNNING LEAGUE UPDATE

At the Borders Road Running League AGM the consensus was that there is unlikely to be much racing in 2020 and as such the league should not attempt to put any races on this year.

Options for racing in 2021 were discussed. It was felt that any racing in the early part of 2021 is still in some doubt, and that there is likely to be a log-jam of events and there would be difficulty finding suitable dates. As such it was felt that at the moment the league should not be planning to stage a Borders League in the season 2020/21. A final decision on this will be made at a meeting to be held in September.

Various options for putting on a couple of events were considered, either one-off races or relays in March or April if conditions are appropriate. These will be considered later.

VIRTUAL WIRRAL SEASIDE 5k RUN SERIES FIFTH RACE…

The Fifth Race of the Wirral Seaside Run Series was scheduled to take place on Wednesday 29th July. The organisers have set up another virtual 5K event in an attempt to try and keep people motivated. They have promoted the run through the Wirral Seaside Runs Facebook and website pages.
The start time will be 7pm on Wednesday 22nd July and you have One Week to upload One (and only 1) 5K Run to the Wirral Seaside Run Facebook page using Strava, Garmin etc. The finish time will be 8pm on Wednesday 29th July.
The results will be published on Thursday 30th July. This is for fun and so is free. When you upload your 5K please provide your Name, Gender, Age Category (and Club), and a photo would be nice.

WHAT A MIX-UP!!!…

A mix-up saw American Noah Lyles appear to break Usain Bolt’s 200m world record while running in the Inspiration Games.

Lyles actually started 15 metres closer to the finish line than normal, meaning he only ran 185 metres. Take a look here.

VIRTUAL BIRCHWOOD 10k ROAD RACE

The Birchwood 10k Road Race scheduled to be held in August has been cancelled and replaced by a Virtual race challenge, on August 22 and 29.

 ONLINE COURSES FOR BECOMING A QUALIFIED ATHLETICS OFFICIAL

BOOK NOW! Start your journey to becoming a qualified athletics Official with our new online Field Judge Level 1 qualification here.The 4-hour practical course introduces participants to the key roles, responsibilities and duties of a Field Official. Only £20pp. Available dates: Saturday 1 August, Tuesday 1 September & Sunday 13 September.

HELP AND SUPPORT AVAILABLE

Club member Mark Shepherd is offering help to anyone who has been furloughed or are employed and looking to up-skill in a certain area.

The basic criteria are that an individual must live or work in Cheshire / Warrington and they have to be employed or self-employed. For businesses employing less than 50 people the funding his business (Accelerate) cover 100% of all training costs and for larger businesses it’s 40%.

Training can be anything from a short CPD type course to a full ILM leadership and Management qualification. From level 2 up to Level 7 (post degree).

If anyone shows interest please feel free to pass on Mark’s contact details and he will do his best to get their training funded.

Mark can be contacted at:07494 869 282 and by email: mark.shepherd@871candwep.co.uk

ENGLAND ATHLETICS UPDATE

England Athletics has announced a restructuring and details can be found here.

England Athletics has provided an update on the latest guidelines which can be found here.

ROAD RUNNING UPDATE WEBINARS

England Athletics are organising four road running webinars to help update everyone about a way forward and other relevant road running topics.

WHY NOT BECOME A RUNNING LEADER?…

You can BOOK NOW for our new LiRF-CiRF online workshop – a great Development opportunity helping individuals who are Leadership in Running Fitness (LiRF) qualified to prepare for the step up to the Coach in Running Fitness (CiRF) course. The workshop lasts 2 hours & costs only £20. New dates available – Tuesday 14 July, Sun 26 July & Tuesday 4 August.

ATHLETICS WEEKLY NEWS UPDATES

All the latest athletics news can be found on the Athletics Weekly website here.

HEATHER McLINTOCK’S REHAB EXERCISES…

Club member and physio Heather McLintock has provided a webpage developed for athletes to access over the COVID period. The link contains video exercises which can be used to rehabilitate whilst you can’t visit her at the practice.

HOME PENTATHLON UPDATE…

If you haven’t completed the Home Pentathlon yet, please give it a go and let me know how you get on.

VIRTUAL MULTI-EVENT@HOME COMPETITION

England Athletics has linked up with Sportshall Athletics to offer clubs a free platform to create their own Virtual Multi-Event @ home competition! Clubs can now use the Sportshall scoring system, and online OpenTrack virtual competitions platform, to create their own fun ‘at home’ challenges and competitions featuring up to 13 events.

With athletics training and competition currently limited due to the coronavirus pandemic, Virtual Multi-Event @ home provides a fantastic opportunity for athletes to compete against others from their own club or against other clubs, within their home or close-to-home environment and in line with government guidelines.

CATHRYN WOODALL’S WORK-OUT INVITE…

Club member and Farndon physio Cathryn Woodall has posted crab walk and squat video exercises on her Farndon physio Facebook page.

Cathryn is also thinking of doing a Facebook live/Zoom video of a 20-30 minute exercise routine, if anyone is interested. 

JASON OSWELL’S LOCKDOWN PHYSIOTHERAPY 

Jason Oswell has been in touch to say he is doing Physiotherapy video consultations during lockdown. If anybody has any issues, he is prepared to provide a consultation to anybody from the club for £10. His email address is jason_oswell@live.com

HELP AND SUPPORT

Anyone requiring help and support while self-isolating can contact the local council hotline number of 0300 123 7031.

This is a dedicated hotline number for those self-isolating and who don’t have anyone to help. A call to this number will provide help organising food or medicine deliveries, or some sort of social contact. The number for the most in need is 0300 123 7031. It is open Monday to Sunday (8am-7pm).

ALSO – Please feel free to ring me (Dennis) if you want a chat or need any help or support. My numbers are: 0151 201 1254 and 07968 643038.

UPDATED ONLINE ATHLETICS WEBINARS

In these unprecedented times, I wanted to draw the club’s attention to some of the great resources available online. England Athletics is expanding its campaign to support Athletics and Running for everyone @home, with a focus on ‘Running @home’ support and advice. The homepage can be accessed here.

There are many webinars, interviews and tips from top coaches and athletes on how to stay conditioned and focused.

In addition, there are some fantastic videos for 4-11 year olds on the Funetics webpage put together in conjunction with England Athletics. The videos demonstrate parents and children (aged 4-11) taking part in FUN activities based on fundamental core movement skills: running, jumping and throwing. Funetics is a programme that has been designed to reflect the requirements of the National Curriculum Key Stage 1 and 2. At this time when our children are currently schooling at home, we hope that these video activities will support the need for education to continue at home.  You can access the videos here.

The link to other updated webinars can be found here, here and here.

STAYING FIT AND HEALTHY

The links below offer a range of advice on exercises we can all do while confined indoors.

MIND provides a series of workouts here.

Joe Wicks has become a household name with his daily online morning workouts which can be found here.

Sport England is offering tips, advice and guidance on how to stay active around the home on this link.

Youth Sport Trust is providing healthy tips including a series of 60-second Challenges on this link.

Realbuzz has provided strength and conditioning exercises to help avoid injury.

MORE GREAT MEMORIES…

This week it’s Paula Radcliffe, Dick Fosbury, and Top 100m Moments. Enjoy…

IT’S GOOD TO TALK

Members and parents are reminded to look at the following links for updates about the club:

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

INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/westcheshireac/

Press Report: PB for Jean Claude

JEAN CLAUDE RANDON posted a massive personal best in his first race after the Covid-19 lockdown.

The West Cheshire Athletic Club member and Chester University student clocked 15 minutes 50 seconds in his home country of Malta.

Randon finished fifth in the race, first in his under 23 age group, and helped his Maltese club, St Patrick’s AC, secure the men’s team prize.

Meanwhile, a series of scheduled fixtures have fallen victim to the Covid-19 crisis.

The Birchwood 10k Road Race scheduled to be held in August has been cancelled and replaced by a Virtualrace challenge, on August 22 and 29.

The Northern Road Relay Championships, scheduled to be held in September at SportCity, Manchester, has been cancelled.

The English Schools Combined Events Championships Final at Bedford, planned to be held in September, has been cancelled “due to continued uncertainties about what might be possible.”

The Manchester Marathon, planned to take place on Sunday, October 11; the Lake Vyrnwy Half Marathon scheduled to be held on September 13; and the Betwsycoed Trail Challenge planned for November 28, have all be cancelled.

But Run Cheshire and Gogledd Cymru are hoping to organise a Wrexham Elite Marathon if the remaining big UK autumn marathons are cancelled.

The organisers said: “Tentative plans have been drawn up using a speedy 6km (3.73 miles) loop of the Village Bakery Wrexham Half Marathon course. Due to the nature of the course there will be a maximum of 400 entrants, and it will be aimed at runners capable of running 2.40 or quicker.

“The plan rests on two big ‘ifs’ and they are if the remaining big UK autumn marathons are cancelled and more importantly if Welsh Athletics and UK Athletics are issuing licences for small races.

“The 7-lap course has been officially measured and we are awaiting accreditation. We have suppliers and volunteers on standby, but we will not go live with the race or take any entry fees until we are confident it could go ahead.

“We are keen to know if there is a demand for the race and would ask anyone interested in taking part to contact us.”

Further details can be found here.

WCAC Newsletter #282, 17-07-20

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

Many happy returns to the following Club members who celebrate their birthdays this week:

Madhuvanti Guruprasad, Dave Bish, Georgia Andrews, Izzy Hunter, Jane Pughe, Anthony Spruce, Gracie Hole, Sophie Webb, Fraser Campbell.

And Next Week: John Hughes, David Irving, Bethan Jones, Sam Pierre-Louis, Claire Gloyne-Phillips, Claire Bennette, Tom Tudor, Sam Owens.

NOT RECEIVING CLUB EMAILS?

If you are not receiving all of the emails from the club that you would like to (eg newsletter reminders, surveys), please use the link that you were emailed either when registering or renewing your membership to access your membership details. At the bottom of these details, you can change “Allow only essential emails about my membership” to “Allow all emails from West Cheshire Athletic Club”. Please note that this will mean that you receive all of the group emails that the club sends (usually no more than 1-2 per week; no third party/ advertising emails are sent). As this is personal data, we recommend that members alter their own information; if you have any trouble with this, please let us know.

PREPARATIONS FOR A RETURN TO TRACK TRAINING

The Club submitted a Return To Track Training Plan and Covid-19 Risk Assessment to Brio this week with the aim of resuming training at the Ellesmere Port Sports Village Athletics Track from Monday, August 3.

More than 180 Club members have expressed an interest to return to training as well as 16 Club Coaches, 5 Assistant Club Coaches, and 6 Volunteers, and as soon as Brio agree to our submission Coaches and Athletes will begin to prepare for a safe return to training under England Athletics guidelines, but please remember that only fully paid up Club members will be invited to return.

Meanwhile, several members have been taking advantage of attending various training sessions for restricted numbers supervised by Club coaches from the Northgate Arena, Chester; the Next Car Park at Cheshire Oaks; the Blue Planet Aquarium Car Park; and Whitby Park, Ellesmere Port.

Anyone attending these off-site training venues is being asked to contribute a training fee which will be put towards Club funds.

I hope you enjoy this latest weekly issue of the Club Newsletter during these strange times. This week’s edition features news, work-outs, links to video clips, and a list of club members who are celebrating birthdays.

Remember that you can all play your part in communicating and sharing your thoughts and ideas during this lull in Club training and competition.

I would welcome any contributions from yourselves, any impending marriages, or additions to the family, any running or competing incidents. Currently the response has been excellent, but if you have anything that could make it into next week’s Newsletter – please email me.

Hopefully you are continuing to stay fit, healthy and upbeat in these strange times. Please forward me your contributions for the Club Newsletter by email to: dennis.wall1@ntlworld.com

PLEASE PAY YOUR CLUB MEMBERSHIP

Please remember to renew your Club Membership to help support West Cheshire AC prepare for life after the lockdown when the Club is aiming to organise a Club Track & Field Championships in September and hopefully host the Cheshire Track & Field Championships if restrictions are lifted.

In line with the Club’s hopes and aspirations, UK Athletics has confirmed that due to the extreme impact of Covid-19 on competition structures within the sport, the 2020 outdoor track and field competition year will be extended from September 30 to October 31.

The link to the Club Membership payment page on the website is here.

VIRTUAL ENGLISH SCHOOLS CHAMPIONSHIPS

Congratulations to Harriet Wheeler and Gabriel Mikoleizik who competed in the Virtual English Schools Championships. Harriet achieved 28.58m in the javelin, and Gabriel posted 11.48 seconds for the 100m. 

ONLINE COURSES FOR BECOMING A QUALIFIED ATHLETICS OFFICIAL

BOOK NOW! Start your journey to becoming a qualified athletics Official with our new online Field Judge Level 1 qualification here. The 4-hour practical course introduces participants to the key roles, responsibilities and duties of a Field Official. Only £20pp. Available dates: Saturday Aug 1st, Tuesday September 1st and Sunday September 13th.

AUTUMN 2020 NORTHERN ROAD RELAYS CANCELLED

The Northern Road Relay Championships scheduled to be held in September have been cancelled. A statement from Northern Athletics can be found here.

2020 ENGLISH SCHOOLS COMBINED EVENTS CHAMPIONSHIPS CANCELLED

Statement released on Sunday: “Due to the situation relating to the coronavirus, it has been necessary to cancel the Regional Rounds of the Combined Events. It was hoped that we would be able to stage the Final at Bedford in September as planned, however due to continued uncertainties about what might be possible the decision has been made to cancel the Final too.”

HELP AND SUPPORT AVAILABLE

Club member Mark Shepherd is offering help to anyone who has been furloughed or are employed and looking to up-skill in a certain area.

The basic criteria is that an individual must live or work in Cheshire / Warrington and they have to be employed or self-employed. For businesses employing less than 50 people the funding his business (Accelerate) cover 100% of all training costs and for larger businesses it’s 40%.

Training can be anything from a short CPD type course to a full ILM leadership and Management qualification. From level 2 up to Level 7 (post degree).

If anyone shows interest please feel free to pass on Mark’s contact details and he will do his best to get their training funded.

Mark can be contacted at:07494 869 282 and by email: mark.shepherd@871candwep.co.uk

2020 WREXHAM ELITE MARATHON RACE PLAN

Run Cheshire and Gogledd Cymru are hoping to organise a Wrexham Elite Marathon. Further details can be found here

2020 MANCHESTER MARATHON CANCELLED

The Manchester Marathon, which was due to take place on Sunday October 11th, has been cancelled.

2020 LAKE VYRNWY HALF MARATHON CANCELLED

The Lake Vyrnwy Half Marathon, which was due to take place on September 13th,has been cancelled.

2020 BETWSYCOED TRIAL CHALLENGE POSTPONED

The Betwsycoed Trail Challenge, which was due to take place on November 28th, has been cancelled.

ENGLAND ATHLETICS UPDATE

England Athletics has announced a restructuring and details can be found here.

England Athletics has provided an update on the latest guidelines which can be found here.

ROAD RUNNING UPDATE WEBINARS

England Athletics are organising four road running webinars to help update everyone about a way forward and other relevant road running topics.

WHY NOT BECOME A RUNNING LEADER?…

You can BOOK NOW for our new LiRF-CiRF online workshop – a great Development opportunity helping individuals who are Leadership in Running Fitness (LiRF) qualified to prepare for the step up to the Coach in Running Fitness (CiRF) course. The workshop lasts 2 hours & costs only £20. New dates available – Tuesday 14 July, Sun 26 July & Tuesday 4 August.

ATHLETICS WEEKLY NEWS UPDATES

All the latest athletics news can be found on the Athletics Weekly website here.

HEATHER McLINTOCK’S REHAB EXERCISES…

Club member and physio Heather McLintock has provided a webpage developed for athletes to access over the COVID period. The link contains video exercises which can be used to rehabilitate whilst you can’t visit her at the practice.

HOME PENTATHLON UPDATE…

If you haven’t completed the Home Pentathlon yet, please give it a go and let me know how you get on.

VIRTUAL MULTI-EVENT@HOME COMPETITION

England Athletics has linked up with Sportshall Athletics to offer clubs a free platform to create their own Virtual Multi-Event @ home competition! Clubs can now use the Sportshall scoring system, and online OpenTrack virtual competitions platform, to create their own fun ‘at home’ challenges and competitions featuring up to 13 events.

With athletics training and competition currently limited due to the coronavirus pandemic, Virtual Multi-Event @ home provides a fantastic opportunity for athletes to compete against others from their own club or against other clubs, within their home or close-to-home environment and in line with government guidelines.

CATHRYN WOODALL’S WORK-OUT INVITE…

Club member and Farndon physio Cathryn Woodall has posted crab walk and squat video exercises on her Farndon physio Facebook page.

Cathryn is also thinking of doing a Facebook live/Zoom video of a 20-30 minute exercise routine, if anyone is interested. 

JASON OSWELL’S LOCKDOWN PHYSIOTHERAPY 

Jason Oswell has been in touch to say he is doing Physiotherapy video consultations during lockdown. If anybody has any issues, he is prepared to provide a consultation to anybody from the club for £10. His email address is jason_oswell@live.com

HELP AND SUPPORT

Anyone requiring help and support while self-isolating can contact the local council hotline number of 0300 123 7031.

This is a dedicated hotline number for those self-isolating and who don’t have anyone to help. A call to this number will provide help organising food or medicine deliveries, or some sort of social contact. The number for the most in need is 0300 123 7031. It is open Monday to Sunday (8am-7pm).

ALSO – Please feel free to ring me (Dennis) if you want a chat or need any help or support. My numbers are: 0151 201 1254 and 07968 643038.

UPDATED ONLINE ATHLETICS WEBINARS

In these unprecedented times, I wanted to draw the club’s attention to some of the great resources available online. England Athletics is expanding its campaign to support Athletics and Running for everyone @home, with a focus on ‘Running @home’ support and advice. The homepage can be accessed here.

There are many webinars, interviews and tips from top coaches and athletes on how to stay conditioned and focused.

In addition, there are some fantastic videos for 4-11 year olds on the Funetics webpage put together in conjunction with England Athletics. The videos demonstrate parents and children (aged 4-11) taking part in FUN activities based on fundamental core movement skills: running, jumping and throwing. Funetics is a programme that has been designed to reflect the requirements of the National Curriculum Key Stage 1 and 2. At this time when our children are currently schooling at home, we hope that these video activities will support the need for education to continue at home.  You can access the videos here.

The link to other updated webinars can be found here, here and here.

STAYING FIT AND HEALTHY

The links below offer a range of advice on exercises we can all do while confined indoors.

MIND provides a series of workouts here.

Joe Wicks has become a household name with his daily online morning workouts which can be found here.

Sport England is offering tips, advice and guidance on how to stay active around the home on this link.

Youth Sport Trust is providing healthy tips including a series of 60-second Challenges on this link.

Realbuzz has provided strength and conditioning exercises to help avoid injury.

MORE GREAT MEMORIES…

This week it’s Harold Abrahams, Eric Liddell, and Fanny Blankers-Koen. Enjoy…

IT’S GOOD TO TALK

Members and parents are reminded to look at the following links for updates about the Club:

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

INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/westcheshireac/

Press Report: Local Races Cancelled

THIS year’s Essar Chester Half Marathon, and MBNA Chester Marathon/Metric Marathon have all been cancelled.

Race organisers, Active Leisure Events Ltd, have officially decided to cancel the three popular fixtures due to the Covid-19 crisis.

The MBNA Chester Half Marathon had originally been organised for May 17, but was then postponed and rearranged for September 20 before being cancelled.

“Since we announced our update statement in May, we have been closely monitoring the ever-evolving situation around the Covid-19 pandemic, the latest government guidance and developments emerging throughout the events industry,” an online Active Leisure Events Ltd statement said.

“We would like to thank the 3,500 people who completed our recent survey about running in a Covid-19 environment.

The responses and comments received have been an integral part of our decision making. A hugely significant result was that over 66% would not be comfortable taking part in events in 2020.

“It’s clear that staging two, large scale, mass participation events this year would be inappropriate. It is with regret and a heavy heart, that we announce the cancellation of our two remaining 2020 events; the Essar Chester Half Marathon scheduled for the 20th September and the MBNA Chester Marathon/Metric Marathon scheduled for the 4th October.

“Our overriding priority is the safety and health of our runners, staff, contractors, volunteers, spectators, local community and society as a whole.

“Runners registered for both events will be contacted on the 17th July confirming the cancellation and outlining the next steps regarding refunds, deferrals and other options available to them. At that stage more details will also be available on our website. We have been trying to keep up with your queries and we understand a lot of you will have questions, but please bear with us as we continue to work through these difficult times.

“With the original 2020 Essar Chester Half Marathon being in May, the medals, race shirts and goody bag items were ordered pre-lockdown and are already with us. As a result, those who are entered into the race have the option to run the event virtually. Further details of the virtual event and how we will be making it special, will be announced
shortly.

“For the 2020 MBNA Chester Full and Metric Marathons we have made the decision to cancel the events before the key order deadlines and as a result, we will not have race shirts and medals so we will not be able to offer a virtual alternative.

“We appreciate many of you will be disappointed with our decision and may feel frustrated. As a Team, we have spent a significant amount of time exploring, considering and planning numerous alternative scenarios, to enable the events to go ahead safely.

“The amount of uncertainty surrounding large scale events and the lack of clear direction has been challenging and has only extended the time to come to a final decision. We are sincerely sorry for this, and for having to cancel our remaining 2020 events and the 2020 Chester Triple. It’s not what anyone wanted but it’s essential that everyone’s health and well-being take priority over all else.

“We’d like to offer a huge thank you to our runners, sponsors, volunteers, local council, medical teams and other key stakeholders for their understanding and support throughout this incredibly difficult time. We have been overwhelmed by the generous outpouring of positive comments and well-wishes.

“The multi-award-winning Essar Chester Half Marathon and the MBNA Chester Marathon have become two of the UK’s staple running events on any runner’s race calendar. They provide opportunities for all to run, compete and help with their journey to achieve and maintain fitness and a healthy lifestyle; whilst serving as an inspiration to people of
all ages and abilities to get active, improve their lives and accomplish something they maybe didn’t think was possible. The events raise the profile of Chester as a destination city to a national and international audience and raise millions of pounds each year for charity.

“Please use this disappointing news as motivation for your next event. We certainly are! With the amount of new lockdown runners and the continued appetite for events within the running community, we’re anticipating that the post Covid-19 demand for running events will be greater than ever. We will use this time to bounce back and prepare for a complete season of 2021 running events and the 2021 Chester Triple.

“We hope you will all be able to join us next year for the 2021 Aldi Chester 10K on 14th March, 2021 Essar Chester Half Marathon on 16th May, and the 2021 MBNA Chester Marathon/Metric Marathon on 3rd October.”

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