Press Report: Round the Walls Is Popular Again

PETER TAYLOR-BRAY and Sarah Hunter celebrated success at the Chester Round The Walls Race.

The duo negotiated the four miles event organised by West Cheshire Athletic Club which attracted 500 entrants from the Chester Racecourse in perfect weather conditions on Boxing Day.

Peter, representing Helsby Running Club, clocked 20 minutes 54 seconds for the multi-terrain course, ahead of runner-up Chris Smithard (21:09) and third-placed Max Walk (Cambridge and Coleridge AC) who posted 21:17.

Sarah (Ackworth Road Runners) was first lady in a time of 24:10, ahead of Tracy Rogers (Buckley Runners) who clocked 24:46, and third-placed Rebecca Rosalski (Chester Road Runners) in 27:20).

Host club, West Cheshire AC, was represented by Michael Young (fourth in 21:52), Henry Robinson (first under 20-man in 23:54), Jon Park (16th in 24:07), Steve Fernyhough (second over-40 man in 24:31), Tom Booth (29th in 25:43), Andy Manson (third over-45 man in 26:17), Andrew Barratt (second under-20 man in 26:21), Jack Sheppard (fifth over-40 man in 26:59), Dave Gough (fourth over-60 man in 28:58), Adam Howe (121st in 31:30), See Kim Siow (12th over-50 man in 32:34), Phil Howe (197th in 34:18), Lis Oats (15th over-45 lady in 37:24), Rosemary Rogers (first over-70 lady in 38:21), and Mark Povey (335th in 39:36).

WCAC Christmas News #455 22-12-23

Merry Christmas to all West Cheshire AC members, families and friends!

CLUB KIT FOR CHRISTMAS

Woollen club bobble hats and purple club hoodies have been delivered, so please come and buy your bobble hat (£15) and hoodie (£20 each) at the track office container after training on Tuesday 2nd January from 8pm.

Meanwhile, club members can also access an online club shop selling a range of items. Please use WCAC2023 as the password.

WANT TO TAKE PART IN THESE CROSS-COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS?

First -claim West Cheshire AC members who want to compete in the Cheshire, Northern, or English National Cross-country Championships can find details of what is involved, and how to enter, here (closing dates December 21st and January 7th).

PLEASE SUPPORT YOUR CLUB’S FESTIVE FIXTURE

West Cheshire AC is organising the popular Chester Round The Walls Race on Boxing Day at Chester Racecourse (10:30am start). If you can help out on the day please let Dennis Wall know in advance by email: dennis.wall1@ntlworld.com or just turn up on the day.

EXERCISE BIKES WANTED

If anyone has spare exercise bikes they can donate to the club, please get in touch with Dennis ASAP at: dennis.wall1@ntlworld.com

CLUB PRESENTATION EVENING – TICKETS NOW ON SALE

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

As well as the annual achievement awards in all age categories, there will be games, a quiz, a raffle with superb prizes, and a hot buffet. Any raffle prizes that you may wish to donate would be gratefully received, and can be dropped off with club officials at the EPSV Track Container Office on a training night.

Entries are restricted, so don’t miss out!

EPSV TRACK TRAINING FESTIVE ARRANGEMENTS

The first training sessions after Christmas and New Year will be on Tuesday 2nd January.

PLEASE ID CLOTHING WHEN TRAINING AT THE EPSV TRACK

Can parents please write the name of their youngster on any clothing they wear at the EPSV track so that any training tops or coats are identified if left at the site. And all parents/guardians of youngsters attending track training sessions are reminded to collect them from the track, not from the car park. The club wants to ensure everyone stays safe and that every youngster safely leaves every track training session.
We also ask that all youngsters attending track training sessions should bring along warm clothing, preferably waterproofs, hat, gloves, and a bottle of water.



VOLUNTEERS NEEDED AT TRAINING SESSIONS – PLEASE GET INVOLVED!

The club needs helpers to register members on the tablet at the EPSV athletics track office before training sessions, and to assist our coaches to help deliver those sessions. If you can help, please email dennis.wall1@ntlworld.com

COACHING OPPORTUNITIES

Any parents of junior members, or older athletes wanting to become a qualified assistant coach, can find details here. West Cheshire AC will pay for your coaching course fee. For more details email dennis.wall1@ntlworld.com

MANY HAPPY RETURNS….

to the following club members who celebrate their birthdays this week:
Tim Palmer, Claire Williams, Will Rattray, Matthew Douglass, Ceris Gaffney, Holly Bosworth, Abigail Meyer, Holly Davies, Laura Kapps Sutter, Toby Moseley Moore, Arthur Williams, Leon Betteridge, George Hillier, Charles Owen, Jeff Gifford.

PLEASE HELP TO STAY IN TOUCH
We welcome contributions to your club newsletter from club members, be they about events that you have taken part in, impending marriages, additions to the family, or anything club-related that other members may be interested in. Feel free to contact Dennis Wall with any news.



Press Report: Final Preparations for City Race

FINAL preparations are being made for the popular Chester Round The Walls Race being held on Boxing Day. Entries have now closed for the 6.4km race and 500 runners will line-up for the 10.30am start on the grass close to the White Horse Pub with a clockwise lap inside the racecourse rails.

All finishers at the Roodee on Tuesday will be presented with a ceramic medal based on a painting of the Eastgate Clock by local artist, Louise Diggle. As well as being a talented artist, Louise also has an impressive pedigree as a runner.

In the 1990s Louise was a member of West Cheshire AC, and its predecessor Chester & Ellesmere Port AC. She was one of the leading women runners in the region and set Club age group records for distances from 5k to Marathon. Some of Louise’s Club records are still standing 25 years later.

West Cheshire AC is very grateful to Louise for allowing use of her work on the race medal. More of Louise’s work can be found here.

EVAN MILLER celebrated a hat-trick of new personal bests on Sunday at the latest Manchester Indoor Open Track and Field Meeting.

The West Cheshire AC multi-eventer clocked 7.86 seconds for his under 17 men’s 60m, 11.85 for his 60m hurdles, and hit 6.88m in the shot put.

Other West Cheshire AC members to achieve new bests included Jacob Gardner, Mia Johnson, Theo Shepherd, Maya Jennings, Millie Warren, Joshua Stirling, and Amelia Snowden.

Jacob posted a new under 17 men’s 60m best of 7.76 and rounded the 300m in 40.06, while Mia blasted her way to a new under 15 girls 60m best of 8.03, and added 4.55m in the long jump.

Theo clocked a new under 17 men’s 300m best of 38.57, while Maya posted 45.24 in her under 15 girls 300m, and Millie registered 47.13 for a new under 15 girls 300m best.

Joshua rounded the under 17 men’s 600m in a new best of 1:39:17, and Amelia achieved a new under 13 girls 600m best of 1:52:86 and long jumped 3.45m.

Other West Cheshire AC members in action included Yasmin Smith who posted 8.06 in her under 20 women’s 60m; Mollie Garratt who clocked 8.85 in her under 13 girls 60m; Holly Bosworth who posted 43.97 in her under 17 women’s 300m; and sisters Lara and Molly Fields who achieved 47.05 and 49.73 respectively in their under 17 women’s 300m.

WCAC News #454, 15-12-23

EPSV TRACK TRAINING FESTIVE ARRANGEMENTS

Club training will take place as normal this Saturday Morning (16th December), and next Monday, Tuesday and Thursday (18th, 19th and 21st December), before a festive and New Year break. The first training sessions after Christmas and New Year will be on Tuesday 2nd January.

2024 LONDON MARATHON CLUB PLACES

If you would like to be considered for one of the two guaranteed entries that the club receives to the London Marathon, please see here for who gets priority.

CLUB CELEBRATION EVENING – TICKETS NOW ON SALE

The West Cheshire AC Celebration Evening will be held on Friday February 2nd at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Chester. Please follow this link to buy your tickets.

As well as the annual achievement awards in all age categories, there will be games, a quiz, a raffle with superb prizes, and a hot buffet.

Any raffle prizes that you may wish to donate would be gratefully received, and can be dropped off with club officials at the EPSV Track Container Office on a training night.

Entries are restricted, so don’t miss out!

WANT TO TAKE PART IN THESE CROSS-COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS?

FIRST CLAIM WEST CHESHIRE AC members who want to compete in the Cheshire, Northern, or English National Cross-country Championships can find details of what is involved, and how to enter, here.

CLUB KIT FOR CHRISTMAS

CLUB KIT FOR CHRISTMAS

Purple club hoodies have been delivered, so please come and buy your hoodie (£20 each) this Saturday at the Track Office Container after training at 12 noon, or on Tuesday after training from 8pm.

https://www.malookasports.com/product-category/teamwear/west-cheshire-athletics-club/

Meanwhile, club members can also access an online club shop selling a range of items. Please use WCAC2023 as the password.

HELPERS NEEDED FOR CHESTER WALLS RACE

Volunteers are needed for the Chester Round The Walls Race being organised by West Cheshire AC on Boxing Day.

Please email Dennis Wall ASAP if you can help at: dennis.wall1@ntlworld.com

EXERCISE BIKES WANTED

If anyone has spare exercise bikes they can donate to the Club please get in touch with Dennis ASAP at: dennis.wall1@ntlworld.com

HAPPY BIRTHDAY

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

Brian Wright, Manu Manamel, Nathan Broomfield, Nancy Farmer, William Lamb, Cayden Abbott.

THIS WEEK

Saturday, 16th December – North Staffs Cross Country League at Rebrook Hayes School, Rugeley, WS15 1AU. Details: www.nsccl.org.uk

Sunday 17th December – Manchester Indoor Open Track and Field Winter Series: https://saleharriersmanchester.com/index.php/events-fixtures/winter-indoor-series

Sunday 17th December – Run Aintree Half Marathon (10am start), 10k (10.45am), and 5k (10.55am) in Liverpool.

Good luck to all our athletes and officials!

PLEASE HELP TO STAY IN TOUCH
We welcome contributions to your club newsletter from club members, be they about events that you have taken part in, impending marriages, additions to the family, or anything club-related that other members may be interested in. Feel free to contact Dennis Wall with any news.

Press Report: Last Round of Cross-country Series

BROTHERS Niall and Leon Betteridge enjoyed success at the final round of the West Cheshire Athletic Club Schools Cross-country Race Series.

The Hoole Primary pupils tasted victories at the fourth and final round of the popular event held between October and December at Ellesmere Port Sports Village.

Niall posted a winning time of four minutes 39 seconds in the year four boys race, 17 seconds ahead of runner-up Josh Barlow-Ashworth (Newton), with Oliver Chesby (Whitby Heath) in third spot.

Leon carved a 47 seconds victory in the year six boys race from runner-up Leo Ravenscroft (Childer Thornton) and third-placed Atharva Ganesh (Hoole).

Arlanwen Setters made it a hat-trick of victories for Hoole after winning the year three girls race from Penny Sharps-Green (Upton Heath) and Rose Riley-Pickup (Eccleston) who were second and third respectively.

Felicity Snowden and Poppy McKenna made it a double success story for King’s School.

Felicity posted a 10-second win in the year five girls race from runner-up Saskia Keresturova (Oldfield) and third-placed Alice Roberts-Page (Hoole).

And Poppy tasted an 11-second victory in the year six girls race from second-placed Marie-Ange Robson (Childer Thornton) and Elsie Jones (Willaston) in third spot.

Henry Glynn (Farndon) won the year three boys race ahead of Otto Holmes (Newton) and Lewis Beschizza (Tarporley) who were second and third respectively.

Abby Gamble (Guilden Sutton) tasted victory in the year four girls race ahead of runner-up Evelyn Edwards (Saighton) and third-placed Anna Dooley (Meadow).

Jack Arnold (Upton Heath) won the year five boys race, just two seconds clear of runner-up Zaan Brown (Belgrave) and third-placed Alfie Simms (Whitby Heath).

Nia Manson (Bishop Heber) and Rose Sheppard (Helsby) were first and second respectively in the year seven girls race.

Sidney Carr (Upton) won the year seven boys race by 36 seconds from nearest rivals Lewis Dutton (Bishop Heber) and Finley Stewart (Upton) who were second and third.

Poppy Coates (West Kirby) and Connie Jones (Wirral Grammar) were first and second in the year eight girls race.

And Max Henderson won the year eight boys race ahead of Dylan Gledhill (Christleton) and Isaac Holmes (Upton) who were second and third respectively.

MICHAEL YOUNG smashed the West Cheshire AC record for a marathon in clocking 2:24:33 at the Valencia Marathon, improving his previous personal best time of 2:27:11.

EMMA HOLMES and Nathan Owen produced new West Cheshire AC age group indoor records at Manchester and Sheffield respectively.

Emma 40.49 seconds for the under 20 women’s 300m at SportCity, Manchester, on Sunday, while Nathan travelled to the Northern Open Indoor Meeting at Sheffield and clocked 18.49 seconds for the under 15 boys 150m.

BRIAN CREMIN represented West Cheshire AC at the Milton Keynes Half Marathon and clocked 1:42:35.

FIXTURES this weekend include the final round of the North Staffs Cross Country League at Rebrook Hayes School, Rugeley, WS15 1AU, on Saturday (12 noon first race); a Manchester Indoor Open Track and Field Meeting on Sunday (10:30am start); and the Run Aintree Half Marathon (10am start), 10k (10:45am), and 5k (10:55am) in Liverpool on Sunday.

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

WCAC Schools Cross-country Series

Well done to all who took part in the final round of the WCAC Schools Cross-country Series. Results are available near the bottom of the Off-road page of the club website. Overall results for the series will appear eventually.

WCAC Endurance League

Into the last month of the WCAC Endurance League, and the two Andys remain locked in first place in the men’s competition, followed by last year’s winner Paul Morrison. Last year’s winner Deb Bemand sweeps back into the lead in the women’s table, closely followed by Fiona Cook and Keely Smith.

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

WCAC News #453, 08-12-23

SATURDAY MORNING

Please note that the club training on Saturday Morning (December 9th) at Ellesmere Port Sports Village Athletics Track will be cancelled due to the West Cheshire AC Schools Cross-country Race Series fixture.

Please come along and support the cross-country fixture. Helpers are needed from 8am to set up the course, from 9:30am to help with registration, from 10am to marshal/officiate for the races, and to tidy away after the final race.

CLUB CELEBRATION EVENING – TICKETS NOW ON SALE

The West Cheshire AC Celebration Evening will be held on Friday February 2nd at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Chester. Please follow this link to buy your tickets.

As well as the annual achievement awards in all age categories, there will be games, a quiz, a raffle with superb prizes, and a hot buffet.

Any raffle prizes that you may wish to donate would be gratefully received, and can be dropped off with club officials at the EPSV Track Container Office on a training night.

Entries are restricted, so don’t miss out!

WANT TO TAKE PART IN THESE CROSS-COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS?

FIRST CLAIM WEST CHESHIRE AC members who want to compete in the Cheshire, Northern, or English National Cross-country Championships can find details of what is involved, and how to enter, here.

CLUB KIT FOR CHRISTMAS

Purple club hoodies have been ordered and should be delivered in the next fortnight, so please look out for details soon.

Meanwhile, club members can also access an online club shop selling a range of items. Please use WCAC2023 as the password.

HELPERS NEEDED FOR CHESTER WALLS RACE

Volunteers are needed for the Chester Round The Walls Race being organised by West Cheshire AC on Boxing Day.

Please email Dennis Wall ASAP if you can help at: dennis.wall1@ntlworld.com

CONGRATULATIONS STEPHEN!

Stephen Ball has been selected at random by England Athletics to represent Team Mind at the 2024 Adidas Manchester Marathon. He won his spot in the Manchester Marathon as part of the #RunAndTalk competition held last month during #RunAndTalk Week.

More details can be found on the England Athletics website news page, November 29th.

THIS WEEK

Saturday, 9th December – West Cheshire AC Schools Cross-country Race Series Final Round (10am start. Registration for Years 3s and 4s from 9:30am, and all other age groups from 10am).

Sunday 10th December – Manchester Indoor Open Track and Field Winter Series

Good luck to all our athletes and officials!

BIRTHDAYS

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

Ed Shepherd, Stephen Smalls, Theo Shepherd, Lydia Walker, Genevieve Wright, Finlay Burnham, Evie Finbow, Elodie Whitley, Penny Pipes, Jack McWilliams, Poppy Tromans.

PLEASE HELP TO STAY IN TOUCH
We welcome contributions to your club newsletter from club members, be they about events that you have taken part in, impending marriages, additions to the family, or anything club-related that other members may be interested in. Feel free to contact Dennis Wall with any news.

Press Report: Success at Borders

FIONA COOK helped West Cheshire AC’s push for promotion at the third round of the Borders Road Running League on Sunday at Wrexham.

Fiona finished third in her over-35 age group and 10th woman overall after posting 37 minutes nine seconds for the approximate 9.4km course around the Wrexham Industrial Estate.

Fiona was supported by Emma Nutt (22nd in 40:15), Joy Hickman (fourth over-55 woman and 41st woman in 43:21), Debra Bemand (fifth over-50 woman and 51st woman in 44:08), Traci Shipley (sixth over-55 woman and 57th woman in 45:29), and Amy Mills (ninth over-35 woman and 70th woman in 48:21).

Graham Wells (fifth over-45 and 39th in 32:55) headed the West Cheshire AC men’s squad to the finish line, supported by Jon Park (47th in 33:31), Isaac McKenna (53rd in 33:49), Wullie McGarrell (first over-55 and 68th in 34:48), Rob Little (12th over-45 and 84th in 35:25), Jeff Gifford (fifth over-55 and 106th in 36:47), Andy Carter (17th over-50 and 136th in 39:09), Steve Hillier (20th over-45 and 147th in 39:59), Paul Cain (173rd in 42:03), Neil Field (201st in 46:23), and Tony Kennedy (sixth over-65 and 221st in 50:32).

Matthew Willis (Wrexham AC) won the race in 28:42, and Tracy Rogers (Buckley) was first lady in a time of 34:44.

ELOISE ECCLES had to withdraw during her appearance for Great Britain at the weekend.

The West Cheshire Athletic Club member covered 108km in the IAU 24 Hour World Championships held in Chinese Taipei before pulling out of the event. ⁣⁣

FIXTURES this weekend include the final round of the West Cheshire AC Schools Race Series will take place at Ellesmere Port Sports Village on Saturday, (10am start), while the first Manchester Indoor Series Open Track and Field Meeting will be held this Sunday (10.30am start). Further information is available on this link: https://saleharriersmanchester.com/index.php/events-fixtures/winter-indoor-series

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

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

WCAC News #452, 01-12-23

CLUB PRESENTATION EVENING – TICKETS NOW ON SALE

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

As well as the annual achievement awards in all age categories, there will be games, a quiz, a raffle with superb prizes, and a hot buffet.

Any raffle prizes that you may wish to donate would be gratefully received, and can be dropped off with club officials at the EPSV Track Container Office on a training night.

Entries are restricted, so don’t miss out!

CLUB AGM

The West Cheshire AC AGM was held on Tuesday 28th November, in the EPSV Trackside Room.

The new Committee is: President, Mike Lamb; Chairman, Brian Wright; Vice-Chairman, Alan Morris; Treasurer, Sarah Hibbert; Secretary, Dennis Wall; Membership Secretary, Jane Pughe; Cross-country Officer, Dave Alexander; Road Race Officer, Emma Nutt; Track & Field Officer, Victor Oyesola; Facilities Officer, Eddie Gore; Welfare Officers, Anna Woolgar and Leanne Wheeler.

There are vacancies for the following posts: Media Officer, and Fundraising Officer. If anyone is interested in filling these roles please contact a committee member ASAP. The next committee meeting will take place on Tuesday 12th December in the EPSV Trackside Room at 8:15pm.

THIS WEEK

Saturday, 2nd December – English Schools Cross-country Cup Final (12:15pm start), at Woodbridge School, Suffolk. IP12 4JH.

Sunday 3rd DecemberBorders Road Running League Round Three (11am start), at Redwither Business Park, Abbey Road, Wrexham. LL13 9XR.

Good luck to all our athletes and officials!

SATURDAY MORNING

Please note that Club training on Saturday Morning (2nd December) at Ellesmere Port Sports Village Athletics Track will be taking place, weather permitting.

WANT TO TAKE PART IN A CROSS-COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS?

FIRST CLAIM WEST CHESHIRE AC members who want to compete in the Cheshire, Northern, or English National Cross-country Championships can find details of what is involved, and how to enter, here.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY

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

Dave Kimpton, Ava Williams, Ellis Hancock, Heidi Wetherall, Maisie Gamble, Rebecca Miller, Joseph Morrison, Beth McMahon, Cosette Wearden, Harriet Wheeler, Anna MacDonald, Samuel O’Flynn, James Storrar, Peter Southall.

PLEASE HELP TO STAY IN TOUCH
We welcome contributions to your club newsletter from club members, be they about events that you have taken part in, impending marriages, additions to the family, or anything club-related that other members may be interested in. Feel free to contact Dennis Wall with any news.

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