West Cheshire Athletic Club

West Cheshire Athletic Club (WCAC) serves the areas of Chester, Ellesmere Port and Neston, providing coaching and competition for all age groups in all events. West Cheshire A.C. was formed in April 1998 by the joining of Chester & Ellesmere Port A.C. and Whitby Heath A.C.. The joining of the two clubs has helped West Cheshire A.C. to field competitive teams in Road Running, Cross Country and Track & Field leagues; both male and female and across all age groups from 8 to 80+.

WCAC has a dedicated group of qualified coaches in all disciplines to support its athletes, and enough graded Technical Officials to host any level of competition.

In April 2004 West Cheshire A.C. were awarded the Sport England Clubmark. And in 2005 the club was nominated for, and won, the North West Regional uk:athletics Junior club of the year and went on to win the National Junior club of the year award.

In 2007 West Cheshire AC won the Cheshire & Warrington Sport Partnership Sports Club of the Year award, as well as England Athletics NW Regional Best Club and the Sport England - sponsored BBC North West Community Sport Club of the Year.

Races Organised by West Cheshire A.C.

Essar Chester Spring 5

This five-mile road race takes place in April. It was first held in 1993 and starts and finishes at the Cheshire County Sports Club playing fields. The measured race route (UKA Measurement Certificate No. 012/17) uses gently undulating country lanes, and is generally downhill for the first two miles, before a short climb at halfway eases to a gradual rise. Most of the last mile back to the finish on the playing fields is flat. The route has has been changed slightly for 2012. The start has been relocated to give a faster getaway, and the on-field distance at the finish reduced. The race limit has been increased to 500 as a result of the course changes and increased amount of road closures being used.

Essar Sutton 6 10k

This race takes place in September. It began as a six-miler in 1982, becoming a 10k in 1993.

The 2012 Essar 'Sutton 6' 10k Road Race, hosted by West Cheshire Athletic Club

The Sutton 10k starts on Belle Vue Lane with a 3.3k lap, followed by a longer lap which repeats the first 2k, heading out along lanes on a measured course (12/016) around Guilden Sutton to finish at the village hall.

Start of the 2012 Sutton 10k, which is hosted by WCAC.

Liam Renton of Warrington Athletic Club was the 2012 winner of the Sutton 10k in 33 mins 42 secs, followed in second place by Gavin Felton of Barnsley AC at 33:52 and third place by Stuart Doyle of Vale Royal AC at 34:04. West Cheshire AC came first in the 2012 Essar 'Sutton 6' 10k team rankings.

Essar Chester Round the Walls

The Boxing Day running of this race has remained a constant event in the city of Chester since its inception in 1972. The standard route is between 4.5 and 5 miles and the route has occasionally been subject to variation on account of the weather. Hundreds of athletes are expected to descend on to Chester's historic Walls for another Boxing Day run this year. This popular annual Boxing Day race is to be limited to 500 runners this year and expected to be over subscribed. It sees entrants returning year on year so people should enter early to avoid disappointment for the 41st anniversary of this event.

WCAC Schools Cross-country Series

West Cheshire AC aims to encourage participation in cross-country by inviting primary and secondary schools within Chester, Ellesmere Port and Neston to participate in four rounds of informal races for girls and boys, years 3 to 8. All races are on Saturday mornings over a short, flat course at Cheshire Oaks High School, Stanney, Ellesmere Port CH65 9DB.

Chester Half Marathon was previously organised by West Cheshire A.C. but is now organised by Active Leisure Events. West Cheshire A.C. members are still involved on race day, providing expertise and marshals for future Chester Half Marathons.

Full details of races organised by West Cheshire A.C. can be found on the WCAC site

Off-road

Off-road running offers an escape from the noise and fumes of the towns in our region, to exploreMembers of West Cheshire AC before the final race of the 2012 Off Road Grand Prix Series in Shotton  hosted by Deestriders running club. acres of woodland, riverside paths and wide-open spaces, such as the Sandstone Trail and Clwydian Hills. Ever-varying underfoot conditions also strengthen and balance muscles more used to road running. Off-road running is, however, far more than just strength training for road racing, but a branch of the sport in itself, with a variety of races all year round. Entry to the cross-country and multi-terrain leagues that West Cheshire A.C. enters is either very cheap or free, and most fell race entry fees are a fraction of those for road races.

In the picture to the right are five members of the club taking part in the 2012 Off Road Grand Prix Series in Deeside. This series of races is organised by Deestriders running club in Shotton and usually includes 4 race, each of approximately 5 miles, between June and September. The venue for the start and finish of the races is the Corus Sports Social Club and the race series is popular with West Cheshire club members as well as runners from clubs around the region.

West Cheshire AC runners taking 1st and 3rd place in the 2012/13 North Wales Cross Country League.West Cheshire AC took 1st and 3rd place overall in the over-40 age competition in the 2012/13 North Wales Cross Country League. Dave Alexander has been crowned North Wales Cross Country League champion. The West Cheshire AC distance-running ace won the over-40 age group prize after finishing sixth in the men's race at the final round staged at The Marches School, Oswestry. Dave also finished second in the senior men's overall standings, while club mate Andrew Clague, clinched third spot overall in the over-40 age group after finishing 26th in the senior men's race at Oswestry.

Get further details of entering off road races with West Cheshire A.C from their site

Road Running

West Cheshire A.C. organise three races in and around Chester: two road races in April and September, and a multi-terrain race on Boxing Day. They also provide marshalling assistance for the Chester Half-marathon, which is organised by Active Leisure Events. The club's road runners are encouraged to compete in the Borders Road Running League, road relays, an endurance points competition and Cheshire Grand Prix series and handicap scheme. They also represent the club in other road races, including the Chester MBNA Marathon: see the fixture list on their site

Borders Road Running League

West Cheshire Athletics Cub is one of fifteen clubs who participate annually in the Borders Road League from October to May. There are seven races of distances from 4 miles to 10k, which are open to club members only. These races provide friendly inter-club team competition amongst clubs from across North Wales and West Cheshire.

Training

West Cheshire A.C. organise a variety of training sessions on three nights a week.

Road Running Training
As West Cheshire AC is a broad-based club with members of all ages competing on and off-road, or just running with like-minded others, they offer a variety of training runs and sessions. Whether a tentative beginner, "born again" runner or seasoned club racer, the best introduction to the club is to give one of the following a try (all begin at about 6:30 pm):

The Monday runs from Cheshire County Sports Club, Upton-by-Chester, and Thursday runs from Northgate Arena, take about an hour, mostly on roads around Chester. Muster points around the run ensure that no one is left behind.

The Tuesday night session from Cheshire County Sports Club, Upton-by-Chester, involves runs of about 90 minutes also around the roads of Chester, interspersed with a few faster efforts. This is for slightly faster runners than the Northgate Arena group, but is still not an "elite" session.

Track sessions for middle and longer distance runners of all ages and abilities are on Tuesday and Thursday nights at the Cheshire Oaks School, Stanney. These are not as daunting as you might think, and can make a big difference to your road racing personal bests.

Visit the West Cheshire A.C website for full details of their training sessions

Track and Field

West Cheshire A.C.'s home track is at Cheshire Oaks High School, Stanney Lane, Ellesmere Port. CH65 9DB

Work started on building this track in 2003, and was opened on 28th April 2005 by Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson. There are full field facilities with a 6 lane 400m track including steeplechase and an 8 lane straight.

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