28-12-07 County Cross Country Championships Timetable

The timetable for the County Cross Country Championships at Lyme Valley is.

12.00   U13G/ U13B           

12.25   U15G/ U15B,          

1.05     U17W U17M U20W Sen & Vets W,                

1.45     U20M Sen & Vets Men


£1 entry for juniors   £1.50  for Seniors



28-12-07 Wheaton Aston 10k & Fun Run - 27 December 2007

A number of Cannock & Stafford athletes decided to run off the turkey and Christmas pudding to take part in the Wheaton Aston runs on Thursday (27th).


The first C&S runner across the line in the 10k run was Dave Constance in 29th place in an excellent time of 39:06. Dot Fellows was our first female runner to cross the line in 44:42 (91st). John Bray, Rachel Atherton and Scott Walker all completed the course in under 47:30 and Alison and John Atherton ran together and finished in just over an hour.


In the 'Fun Run', C&S athletes dominated the race with Ashley Wickett finishing 1st and Rebecca Bray 2nd. Rebecca Cooke, Shanie Read, Stuart Davies, James McCann and Julie Addison were all placed in the top 10. Helen and Samuel Bray also competed in a field of 88 runners.


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24-12-07 Most Improved Young Athlete of the Year

At the Cannock & Stafford party evening on Thursday 20th December, the award for the Most Improved Young Athlete of the Year was presented to Jade Bird.


The award, donated by Sandra and Nicky Power in memory of Keith Power, was given to Jade who finished 2nd in 2006's Auxiliary 'B' 1200m Final but won the gold medal in this year's 'A' race.



22-12-07 Congratulations to the Ross family

Cannock & Stafford coach Jon Ross has informed us that his wife Jules has given birth to a boy.


Daniel Peter was born five weeks early at Stafford on the Thursday, 20th December weighing 5.4lbs (a lot less than his dad!). Congratulations to you both from all at Cannock & Stafford AC.



11-12-07 Tom Humphries 16th in European Cross Country Championships - Toto, Spain - 9 December 2007

Cannock & Stafford's Tom Humphries just missed out on a bronze medal as the GB & I senior Men's team finished 4th, just five points behind France, in the European Cross Country Championships held in Toro, Spain on Sunday.


Tom finished in 16th place in the race, one second ahead of fellow countryman Michael Skinner. Andy Baddeley was the highest placed GB & I runner in 11th. Frank Tickner finished 37th but, with trials winner Peter Riley dropping out of the race, the team were left frustratingly close to the medal positions



09-12-07 North Staffs Cross Country League - Westwood High School - 8 December 2007

In the final North Staffs x/country league fixture held at Westwood High School, Leek in absolutely atrocious conditions we had two runners in the senior women's race and one in the men's.

Sarah Pickering in probably her best run of the season finished 9th on the day whilst back in 42nd place Dot Fellows won the o/60 age group by a wide margin. This result also meant that Dot finished top o/60s runner over this season's races.

In the men's race, Tim Buss finished 107th (5th in the over 50's age group).



07-12-07 Birmingham & District Cross Country League - Coundon Hall Park - 1 December 2007

Rob Little made it 2 wins out of 2 in this seasons Birmingham & District Cross Country League, Division 2 match.


The race was held on a flat grass course in Coundon Hall Park, Coventry in strong cold wind. Despite a few missing athletes the team still had 6 scoring runners and came a creditable 11th. Second and third scorers were again James Houghton and Craig Pearson (19th and 20th) followed by Sam Evans in 27th, Dave Constance and Tim Buss completed the result coming 115th and 207th.


This result means that Rob is clearly in the lead in the individual table but the club fell from 3rd to 7th overall.


The next fixture will take place on the 19th January 2008



02-12-07 Milford 21 - 2008

The Milford 21 cross country race over Milford Hills in Staffordshire takes place on Sunday March 9 2008.

The race covers 21 miles of undulating terrain. Competitors must be over 18 and it is definitely not for fun runners. Runners follow a sawdust trail. There are marshals all around the course and first aid cover from St John's Ambulance.

There are prizes for the first three men and first three women home, plus prizes for veteran age categories.

All runners will receive a Milford 21 commemorative T-shirt. See reviews on Runners World website.
Entry fees
Pre-booked: £11 affiliated; £13 non-affiliated
On the day: £13 affiliated; £15 non-affiliated

To enter fill in the form from this website. Please ensure all cheques are made payable to Cannock & Stafford AC.

More details and forms from Gary Denning on 01543 371830 or email gary_denning@mrn.co.uk


27-11-07 Chairman's Report - 2007

It's been another great season for the club on the track and field and the cross country course. Again the young members of Cannock & Stafford reached the Young Athletes League auxiliary final and came fifth at the Alexander Stadium with a whole host of individual medals. Thanks, as always, to Bob Hughes for running the show and to Martin Derry, Lynne Boulter and Carol Denning for helping him throughout the season. We shouldn't lose sight of what an achievement it is to keep making the finals weekend.


In the English Schools Championships in July our club was well represented with eight of our athletes being chosen to take part.

Moving up the age range, it was also a tremendous season for the Junior League (under-20s) team. After a slow start, we reached the promotion play-off match at Derby. With a brilliant team performance – with people filling in events all over the track and field – Cannock & Stafford won promotion to the Midland Premier League by pipping Solihull to second place. Again thanks to Bob and Carol and particularly to Shaun Ainge, who is taking over as Junior League team manager for 2008. It's going to be a challenge but we have the athletes to hold our own.

The veterans again did us proud with both the men's and women's teams reaching their respective finals. They were matched by the Cannock & Stafford disabled squad, which again had a host of successes throughout 2007. Thanks to Alison George, Sue Kneill-Boxley, Ann Wainwright, Terry Faulkner and Andy Weetman, who have run the veterans – with the help of a few others – and to Dave Crutchley and John Ross, who put in so much time and effort for the disabled section. Good luck to Martin Crutchley, who is chasing a place in Beijing next summer.

The area where we really struggled this year was the senior teams – both men's and women's. We were badly hit by injuries and non-availability, as well as being stretched in team management. We HAVE to be more committed and more organised in 2008. If we can do so well at under-17 and under-20 level, there is no reason why we can't carry this through to the senior ranks and help the hard core of senior athletes who compete for Cannock & Stafford. We need to restore our good name at this level.

We hosted three meetings this year – two YAL and one BAL Cup. Thanks to all who helped with results, officiating and catering, particularly Simon Evans, Rose Dainty, Karen Moody, Trevor and Karen Read, Alison Atherton, Carole Jones and Maggie and Harriet Thompson. It is hard work to stage a meeting but that's what we should do as an athletics club and we already have at least three lined up for 2008. Prepare yourselves to volunteer! Thanks, also, to Dick Squire for officiating so tirelessly through the summer.

More thank-yous to all club members who helped in March at the Milford 21 – the cross country race we hold over Cannock Chase. It is a big undertaking to organise and to stage over the weekend but it brings in a considerable sum each year – nearly £1,400 this year – so it's well worth doing. Thanks particularly to Mark Faulkner, Chris Maguire and John Bray, who help mark out the course and to Carol Denning, Sheila Denning and Dot and Derek Fellows, who handled the booking-in. Again, volunteers are welcome – put March 9 2008 in your diary!

The dark cloud on the horizon at the moment is still the uncertainty regarding Cannock Stadium. The latest from the council is that Blake Valley is still the preferred option for the new track. They have set an ambitious target for completion of June 2008, with the present stadium staying open until then. Keep checking the website for updates.

At Rowley Park in Stafford we have hired the stadium as a block-booking for nearly two years now and we are just breaking even. Thanks to Simon Evans, Bob Hughes and Andy Weetman for collecting the cash each week.

Thank you, too, to everybody who takes their turn in the kitchen at Cannock on Tuesday and Thursday nights, to all the team managers and coaches who give so much time for our athletes and to Shaun Ainge, who does such a great job with the website.

Last but not least, a special mention to all members of the Cannock & Stafford committee, who do such a great job behind the scenes – particularly Karen Moody, our secretary, Carole Jones, our membership secretary, and Derek Fellows, our President. Thanks, too, to Clive Watson, who steps down this month after three years doing a great job as treasurer, and our vice chairman John Atherton, who takes great delight in collecting your money at reception every Tuesday and Thursday and keeps the kitchen well stocked.

The other committee members who deserve a mention are Nick Cooke, John Bray, Gary Myles, Jon Ross, Simon Evans, Dave Crutchley and John Turner. Without them giving their time and effort there would be no structure to the club and our track and field results would suffer. Thank you all.

Here's to another successful and enjoyable year in 2008, where we can hopefully concentrate on the athletics.

Gary Denning


24-11-07 Stadium Latest

The Cannock Stadium saga rumbles on.

At our latest meeting with the district council, they advised that the latest target date for when the new stadium should be completed and the present one will close is June 2008.

The favoured venue is still Blake Valley College but there are certain complications which the council needs to iron out with the school. The stumbling blocks appear to be over the hours of use, parking and access. Should the Blake option not be the one chosen, the council has other potential venues lined up - they say!

Watch this space for updates.


24-11-07 Annual General Meeting - 29 November 07

Our Annual General Meeting takes place on Thursday (29th November) and we are looking for two new committee members.

After three years, Clive Watson is stepping down from his position as Treasurer. Thanks to Clive for all he's done but we need someone to replace him. Any takers? We also need a Club Press Officer. So much good goes on at Cannock & Stafford AC that we need to get it into the local papers. Again, any takers?

See Gary Denning or John Atherton at Cannock or Simon Evans at Stafford if you feel you can help.


19-11-07 British and Irish Masters Cross Country Event - Stormont, Ireland - 17 November 07

The home countries Masters x/country international took place round the Stormont Parliament grounds on Saturday 17th November, two of our athletes were selected to represent England, Christine Kilkenny and Dot Fellows.
                     In the W50 age group with 4 to run and 3 to count for each country Christine finished the race as 4th runner for England but more importantly finished one place in front of the 3rd counter for Ireland, this meant that both teams had tied on 16 points, with the England team being declared as the winning team on countback.
                    The W60 race was more clearcut, but not without drama before the start, one of the team dropped out ill and the reserve had not travelled, so this meant that the remaining 3 runners all had to perform well. Dot Fellows rose to the occasion superbly and took the individual silver medal in the race and helped the England W60 team to gold. In the process Dot managed to beat an athlete she had never beaten before in 28 years of competition.
                    So to sum up our 2 athletes between them came away with one individual silver medal and two team gold.  Both athletes acquitted themselves well and were a credit to club and country.


05-11-07 Staffordshire Year 7/8/9 Schools Inter County Trials - Rowley Park - 3 November 07

Athletes from Cannock and Stafford Athletic club were highly successful last weekend when they contested the Staffordshire Year 7and year 8/9 trials for the inter county match on the 24th of this month at Princethorpe College in Rugby.


The best performances came in the year 8 and 9 combined race where the seven C&S runners incredibly filled the top seven positions with Jade Bird, (Penkridge Middle School) winner of last years year 7 race, just getting the better of Shanie Read (Cardinal Griffin) who was defending champion in this age group after winning last year. Both athletes set off at a cracking pace both determined to take the title as they created a big lead but a decisive burst in the last 600 metres saw Jade cross the line just ahead of Shanie.


Following in third fourth and fifth were triplets Teresa Hulme, Catherine Hulme and Sarah Hulme of Blessed William Howard who were involved in a family battle finishing all close together with Julie Addison from Walton High just behind in sixth place and Grace Rossiter (Chase Terrace) again close behind in seventh. All these athletes are training partners belonging to the powerful middle distance squad of club coach Bob Hughes.


In the year 8and 9 boys race two C&S athletes competed with Ashley Wickett (Chase Terrace)running really strongly taking  an excellent third place with Jack Lockett (Norton Canes) finishing close in fourth place. Another Chase Terrace athlete Ted Keates finished in a creditable nineteenth, again all part of the middle distance squad


The year 7 girls race had four squad members all qualifying for the inter county match with Alicia Bell fourth, Amelia Ridgway fifth, (both Chase Terrace) Alex Smith (Walton High) seventh and Lucy Plimmer (Cardinal Griffin) eleventh. 


The year 7 boys race again had C&S squad members competing with James McCann( Walton High) sixth, William Haycox, (Blessed William Howard) ninth and Jasper Hall also Blessed Bills in twenty sixth.


Bob Hughes - UK Athletics Coach


04-11-07 England Athletics UK Club Awards - West Midlands Region

In the recent UK Club Awards evening for the West Midlands Region, Cannock & Stafford had two finalists.


The awards ceremony was held at the Campanile Hotel in Aston, Birmingham and was hosted by BBC TV's Nick Owen. Presentations were made by athletes such as Kelly Sotherton, Nathan Douglas, Julie Crane and Tom Parsons.


Cannock & Stafford AC were finalists in the Track and Field Club of the year category and Rose Dainty was also a finalist in the Club Volunteer of the Year category. Although we were unfortunate to not win either award, congratulations must go to Rose and all those involved in making the finalist lists.


30-10-07 West Midland Regional Squads

A number of Cannock & Stafford Athletes were recently selected for England Athletics West Midland Regional Squads.


Gemma Smith was selected for long and triple jump; Guy Mayer and Josh Sutton for sprints; Chris Harvey, Sam Evans and Cally Reed for endurance; Dan Millerchip for shot and discus; Chad Barton and Daniel Lynn for Javelin and Adam Rigby and Chloe Boulter were chosen to work with the regional high jump coach.


Congratulations to all these athletes.


29-10-07 Birmingham & District Cross Country League - Senneleys Park - 27 October 2007

The senior men of Cannock and Stafford Athletic Club got off to a great start last weekend when they travelled to Senneleys Park in Birmingham to contest the first round of the Birmingham cross country league in Division Two, coming away with race winner and third team overall.


International Orienteer Rob Little was the man in form quickly moving into the lead on the six mile course consisting of one small lap and two big laps, on the second large lap he still had a runner from Newcastle A.C. with him but a strong final half mile saw him pull away crossing the line twenty metres ahead of his rival.


Giving good support and helping the team to a third place overall was James Houghton finishing in an excellent twelfth place with Craig Pearson twentieth, Paul Lester thirty second , Ian McCann, who is in his first year as a senior, in 37th the team were secured when Dave Constance finished in ninety second. Finishing outside the scoring six was Tim Buss in 187th.

The team standings (scoring one point for first two for second etc.) were Solihull with 160, Worcester 180 and C&S 194


With senior international Tom Humphries and both junior international athletes Chris Harvey and Sam Evans unavailable for the first meeting C&S stand a good chance of winning Division Two over the next three rounds.


Bob Hughes - Team Manager & UK Athletics Coach


21-10-07 British and Irish Masters International Cross Country

Two Cannock and Stafford members have been chosen to represent England in the British and Irish Masters International Cross Country event.


Chris Kilkenny in the W50 age group and Dot Fellows in the W60 will represent their country at the race to be held at Stormont castle, Northern Ireland on 17 November.


14-10-07 North Staffs Cross Country League

There have already been two races held in this years North Staffs Cross Country League.


Last Saturday (6th), five of our athletes raced at Lyme Valley. In the Senior Women's race, Chris Kilkenny ran brilliantly to finish 9th out of the 98 competitors. Jo Harper was only one place behind her and Dot Fellows came in 31st. We only had two men racing with Craig Pearson finishing 14th and Tim Buss 127th.


In the second race at Park Hall on 13th October, Jo Harper finished 13th, Dot Fellows 30th and Sue Kneill-Boxley 62nd. Tim Buss finished 154th in the men's race.


Overall, Jo is currently lying 6th in the Women's standings, Dot is 1st in the W60 section and Tim is 7th in the M55 section.


05-10-07 New Level 3 Course for Officials

UK Athletics have launched the new Level 3 Officials course; the attached document gives dates and venues. There is one in Birmingham on 25th November. The course is for officials already at level 2 but level 3, 4 and 5 officials will have to complete this course to get on the national list. So if you have ambitions to be officiating at the 2012 Olympics this is your next step.


More information can be found on the UKA website under Officials with the link to Education


04-10-07 Meeting Dates Announced for Junior League and Young Athletes League for 2008

The meeting dates have been announced for the Junior and Young Athletes Leagues for 2008.


The Junior's first meeting since being promoted to the Midland Premier Division will take place on 27 April. The other meetings are on 25 May (TBC), 29 June and 27 July.


The Young Athletes meeting dates are 4 May, 18 May, 1 June, 22 June and 5 July.


26-09-07 Midland Counties Road Relays - Sutton Park - 22 September 2007

On Saturday, at Sutton Park, Cannock's athletes took part in the Midland Counties Road Relays.


The most successful of our teams were the U17 women who finished 2nd in their race. The team of Cally Read, Jo Smith and Rachel Atherton clocked 45:58 for the three legs with Cally running the 4th fastest leg of the race in 14:36. The U15's girls  entered 3 teams. The three Rebeccas (Bray, Phillips and Cooke) came 6th overall. Harriet Jones, Shanie Read and Catherine Hulme came 13th and Teresa Hulme, Sarah Hulme and Julie Addison finished 24th.


The U13 girls team of Rebecca Straw, Jade Bird and Charlotte Barrow came 14th with Jade clocking the 7th fastest leg in the race. Tom Childs was our only athlete in the U13 boys race finishing in a time of 15:37.


The U15 boys team of Sam Derry, Jack Lockett and Ashley Wickett ran consistently well to finish 6th in 43:17 and the U17s team of Hayden Carter, Ryan Bromley and Alex Jackson came 10th.


In the Women's 4 stage relay the C&S team of S Pickering, Christine Kilkenny, Stacey Johnson and Sue Kneill-Boxley did well to finish 18th out of the 54 competing teams in a time of 1:10.11 with Stacey running the fastest leg in 15.23.


The Men's 6 stage relay team of Sam Evans, Chris Harvey, Paul Lester, Ian McCann and John Atherton came 48th out of 87 teams in a time of 2:10.29 with Chris running the fastest leg in 19.44


25-09-07 Uttoxeter Cross Country - 16 September 2007

Chris Perrin came 1st in the Uttoxeter Cross Country U15 boys race. The U15's had a remarkable day. As well as Chris, Radic Bednarczyk finished 6th and Ashley Wickett finished 7th to give C&S the team win. With Sam Derry, James Perry, Jack Lockess and Liam Brazier all finishing in the top twenty, C&S 'B' also came 2nd in the team event. Przemystaw Bednarczyk came 30th.


Carl Jackson and Katie Wickett were the only C&S representatives in the U11's races, Carl finishing 14th and Katie 25th.


Jade Bird continued where she left off on the track with an excellent 2nd place in the U13 girls race and Alexandra Smith finished 41st. The U15 girls were also successful, finishing 2nd in the team event thanks to a 5th place from Rebecca Bray, 7th from Catherine Hulme and 9th from Rebecca Cooke. They were ably supported by Teresa Hulme (12th), Shanie Read (22nd), Julie Addison (23rd) and Hollie Allen (30th).


Tom Childs came 11th in the U13 boys race, Matthew Haywood 17th and James McCann 30th. In the U17's men's race, Hayden Carter finished 9th and Alex Jackson 23rd whilst Ian McCann finished 15th in the Senior Men's event.


Rachel Atherton was our only entrant in the Women's race and came a creditable 7th place overall, 5th of the Junior athletes competing.


09-09-07 World Masters Championships, Italy

Cannock & Stafford's Paul Edwards came 6th in the fastest semi-final of the M45 400m hurdles at the Masters World Championships in Riccone, Italy on Thursday. His time of 64.86 seconds was only just over 1 second outside his pb and made him the 12th fastest of all of the athletes in the competition.


09-09-07 Women's Veteran Team Season Review

For the 4th year in succession the ladies team have won The Midland Veterans Track and Field League North Division League. The ladies were dominate, winning all 4 matches totalling a 467 points from a possible 496 points. Royal Sutton Coldfield were 2nd with 406 points. Our ladies are only a small team, but with big commitment. The team members are Gill Russon, Anne Wainwright, Dot Fellows, Tracey Gee, Jane Pallister, Chris Kilkenny, Chris Rollason, Sue Kneill-Boxley and Alison George.


At the League Final the team came 3rd which is very creditable as there were 7 of us available to complete. Gill Russon was named as North division Female Athlete of the year, which all the team are very proud of Gill’s achievement.


A very big thank you must go to Malcolm Littler who has supported both Women's and Men’s team throughout the season.


Alison George

Joint Team Manager


05-09-07 Prints from the National Young Athletes League Auxiliary Final

For a short period, prints of photographs shown on the photo gallery (and others) are available to purchase. You can order your 7" x 5" prints at the stadium on training nights. The cost is £1 each or £2.50 in a card frame.


03-09-07 National Young Athletes League Auxiliary Final - Alexander Stadium - 01 September 2007

Cannock & Stafford's Young Athletes finished 5th in the Auxiliary Final at Alexander Stadium against teams from across England, Scotland and Ireland.

14 gold medals, 22 silver and 19 bronze were gained as Cannock & Stafford once again established themselves as one of the country's leading clubs for young athletes.

The full list of medal winners:

'A' string events:-

Gold - Cally Read (U17W 800m), Jade Bird (U13G 1200m), Chad Barton (U17M Javelin), Sally Clague (U17W Javelin), Gemma Smith (U17W Long Jump), Jessica Leek (U13G Long Jump)

Silver - Sam Derry (U15B 1500m), Oliver George (U13B 200m), Lucy Dubberley (U17W 300m), Cally Read (U17W 1500m), Megan Humphries (U13G 75m), Jessica Leek (U13G 150m), Daniel Millerchip (U17M Discus & Shot Putt), Gemma Smith (U17W Triple Jump & High Jump), Jane Bourne (U15G Discus & Shot Putt)

Bronze - Guy Mayer (U17M 100m), Oliver George (U13B 75m Hurdles), Daniel Millerchip (U17M Hammer), Ashley Teeder (U15B Javelin), Andrew Shortland (U15B Long Jump), U13G 4 x 100m Relay team, U17W 4 x 300m Relay team.

'B' string events -

Gold - Rachel Atherton (U17W 800m & 1500m), Shanie Read (U15G 800m), Jessica Leek (U13G 75m), Josh Tunnicliffe (U17M Shot Putt), Dan Lynn (U17M Javelin), Isabel Rogers (U17W Long Jump), Beth Denning (U15G Discus)

Silver - Josh Craig (U13B 800m), Natalie Ainge (U17W 300m), Megan Humphries (U13G 150m), Josh Tunnicliffe (U17M Hammer & Discus), Alasdair Rigby (U17M Pole Vault) George Bennett (U15B Hammer), Alex Pinner (U15B Javelin), Leanne Jones (U17W Triple Jump), Liberty Thornton (U13G Long Jump)

Bronze - Guy Mayer (U17M 200m), Adam Smith (U17M 400m Hurdles), Will Cutler (U13B 75m Hurdles), Isabel Rogers (U17W 100m), Rebecca Bray (U15G 1500m), Jamie Hammond (U17M Long Jump), Jack Bateman (U13B High Jump), Laura Allen (U17W Hammer), Carrie-Ann Pearce (U17W Shot Putt), Jessica Chatfield (U17W Javelin), Chloe Boulter (U17W High Jump), Jessica Pugh (U15G Shot Putt)


Congratulations also to those athletes who recorded personal best performances but were unfortunate not to win medals.


02-09-07 National Junior League Promotion Match - Moorways Stadium, Derby - 02 September 2007

Cannock & Stafford's U20s team produced a magnificent performance on Sunday to gain promotion to the Midland Premier Division by finishing 2nd in the promotion match at Moorways Stadium.

Competing against Border Olympians and Solihull & Small Heath, both of which had finished ahead of C&S in the regional division - as well as five other clubs - finishing in the top two was never going to be easy. All but four of the C&S team had competed in the Young Athlete Auxiliary finals the previous day but, apart from a few tired legs, the athletes showed few ill effects.

As has been the case all season, the athletes worked and competed as a team, filling events that wouldn't otherwise have had a competitor and having a "I'll give it a go" mentality. Sprinters threw the discus and middle distance runners the javelin as the athletes gave everything in their last competition of the season.

The field events started with the Men's hammer. Dan Lynn and Chad Barton, our two javelin throwers, threw 17.35m (7th in A) and 16.71m (6th in B). In their favoured event, both finished 1st with Chad throwing a pb of 51.97m and Dan also gaining a new pb with 45.07m. Dan also competed in the shot (6.78m) and Chad the high jump where he finished 2nd in the 'B' with 1.65m. Adam Rigby finished 2nd in the 'A' high jump with 1.80m, 5th in the 'A' triple jump with 11.53m, 6th in the shot with 7.78m and also threw the discus.

Craig Ridgeway was our only competitor in the pole vault but finished 3rd with 3.25m and Jamie Hammond finished 4th in the 'A' long jump with 5.37m and 3rd in the 'B' triple jump with 10.71m.

In the Women's field events Anna Denning earned valuable points with a shot put of 5.89m, a discus throw of 18.23m and a pb in the hammer of 19.71m. It's been a frustrating season for Anna who has been kept off the track with a long standing foot injury but she has made a valuable contribution to the team throughout the year by participating in the field events. Gemma Smith jumped 1.55m in the high jump (2nd), 4.83m in the long jump (4th) and 10.89 in the triple jump (2nd). Leanne Jones finished 2nd in the 'B' long jump with 4.65m, 3rd in the 'B' triple jump with 9.73m and she also ran 13.8 in the 100m.

On the track, Chloe Boulter finished 4th in the 'A' 400mH with 76.7 and she ran 29.2 in the 200m 'B' race. Chloe also cleared 1.50m in the high jump (3rd in 'B'). Natalie Ainge ran her first hurdles race, completing the 400mH in 72.0. She also came 2nd in two other events, 100m 'B' (13.9) and 400m 'B' (13.9). Katie Leek, competing in her final Junior League competition, finished 5th in the 'A' 400m, ran a solid 200m to finish 4th into a strong headwind (4th) and, epitomising the spirit of the team, threw the discus 10.96m.

Cally Read and Rachel Atherton produced their usual outstanding performances, doubling up in the 800 and 1500m and each winning their respective races, Cally running 2:17.7 and 4:57.0 and Rachel 2:23.3 and 5:18.8. Both also competed in the javelin with Cally throwing 11.15m and Rachel 7.01m.

In the Men's track events, Adam Smith ran the 400m hurdles in 63.6 (3rd), 400m 'B' (57.5, 4th) and 110mH, 3rd in 20.1 secs. Kieran Walsh came 2nd in the 'B' 400mH (63.7), 6th in the 400m (55.9) and jumped 4.94m in the long jump (4th in 'B').

Guy Mayer came 4th in the 100m (11.5) before winning the 200m 'B' in 23.6. Josh Sutton came 3rd in the 'B' 100m with 12.0 and then 3rd in the 200m in 23.5 secs. He then also threw the discus. Chris Harvey and Ian McCann had a hard afternoon. Chris won the 800m in 2:00.2, the 1500m in 4:16.0 and scored heavily in the 2000m steeplechase with a time of 6:42.6. Ian came 1st in the 1500m 'B' race in 4:33.9, 2nd in the 3000m in 9:26.4 and also gained good points in the S/C in a time of 7:13.8.

The women's 4 x 100m team finished 4th in 53.4 and the men's team 5th in 47.6 but, once again the most exciting races of the meeting were provided by the 4 x 400m teams. The women's team of Natalie Ainge, Rachel Atherton, Katie Leek and Cally Reed once again performed brilliantly with Cally making up a 15m gap on the final leg to snatch victory in a sprint down the home straight (Split times: 63.9, 63.9. 62.5, 59.2). The men's team were given a solid start by Adam Smith but an amazing first 300m from Kieran Walsh where he ran through the middle of the leading two athletes gave the C&S's team the lead and although he tied up slightly down the home straight, Ian McCann was left in a good position. Ian ran a good 3rd leg, considering his earlier exertions, and handed over to Chris Harvey who, always wanting to compete to the best of his ability gave everything to finish in 3rd place. (Splits 53.9, 56.0, 56.2, 51.1).

A massive thanks to all the athletes who appear to have enjoyed competing this season and have been a pleasure to watch.


01-09-07 Midland Veteran's League Finals- Rugby - 01 September 2007

The Cannock & Stafford men's veteran team finished 3rd behind Telford and Leamington in the "B" final. Telford won by 4 points with us a further 10 points back.

Our women finished 3rd in the "A" final with Rugby Lions and Rugby Saints 1st & 2nd and Gillian Russon was voted outstanding female athlete of our division.


26-08-07 Midland Women's League - Brierley Hill - 26 August 2007

A small C&S women's team took advantage of a meeting a week before the YAL Auxiliary Final to get some much needed competition practice at the DELL Stadium.


Anna Denning and Carrie-Ann Pearce opened the meeting in the Senior Women's hammer event, Anna throwing 15.79m to finish 7th in the 'A' and Carrie-Ann 13.52m (5th in 'B'). Anna later threw 15.99m to come 3rd in the U17 discus and 5.82m to come 7th in the Seniors 'B' shot. Carrie-Ann came 3rd in the U17 high jump with 1.40m and 7th in the Senior shot with 7.05m.


On the track, Lucy Dubberley came 2nd in the U17 100m in 13.7 seconds and 3rd in the Senior 200m in 28.4. Natalie Ainge ran in the 'B' races for these events finishing 2nd in both with 13.9 in the 100m and also 28.4 in the 200m. Natalie gained another 2nd place finish with 14.65m in the U17 'B' discus.


Rachel Atherton gained one of only two individual wins of the day, dominating the U17 800m race from start to finish to win in 2:23.2. She also tried out a 300m, finishing in 46.3. Beth Clarke took part in the U15 800m and finished 4th in 2:46.0 and Rebecca Phillips ran a good U15 1500m in 5:10.6.


Our other win was gained by Beth Denning who came 1st in the U15 shot with a throw of 8.42m. Beth also came 3rd in the U15 javelin with 16.56m and 6th in the U15 long jump with 3.42m. Alicia Clarke came 3rd in both the U15 'B' shot (6.14m) and javelin 'B' 7.51m.


Carrie-Ann, Natalie, Rachel and Lucy teamed up and ran well to finish 4th in the Senior Women's 4 x 100m in a time of 55.1 seconds. 


26-08-07 Midland Counties Road Relay Championships details

Entries are now open for the Midland Counties Athletics Association Road Relay Championships on Sat/Sun 22/23 September at Sutton Park


If you are interested in competing in the:


Senior Women’s 4 x 4.315 Km, at 12.00 Noon, or

Senior Men’s 6 x 5.847 Km, at 1.30 pm.


On Saturday 22 September contact Bob Hughes, cost per individual £6.00.



If you are interested in competing in the:


Under 17 Men’s 3 x 3.881 Km, 3.30 pm;

Under 15 Boys 3 x 3.881 Km, 2.00 pm;

Under 13 Boys 3 x 3.881 Km, 12.10 pm;

Under 17 Ladies 3 x 3.881 Km, 2.45 pm;

Under 15 Girls 3 x 3.881 Km, 1.05 pm;

Under 13 Girls 3 x 3.881 Km, 11.15 am.


On Sunday 23 September contact Bob Hughes. Cost per individual £4.00


Closing Date for all entries 3 September 2007


24-08-07 National Junior Athletics League - Promotion Match

Cannock & Stafford have received an invitation to take part in the Junior League Promotion Match at Moorways Stadium, Derby on 2nd September 2007.


After finishing 3rd in the regional division, we will be competing against Derby (who finished last but one in the Midland Premier Division), Solihull & Small Heath, Border Olympians, Bristol & West, Cheltenham, Charnwood and Team CDAV. The top two will take part in the Premier Division next season.


We are aware that the majority of our Junior athletes will also be in action in the YAL Auxiliary Final the day before this match but please do your best to be available for both meetings, if possible.


23-08-07 Level 2 Officials Course

There is a level 2 Officials course being held on the 6th October at Alexander Stadium (10am - 4pm).


It has been agreed that if you have some experience that you can do level 2 without having to complete level 1. The course will be free to anyone but you will have to nominate which specific discipline in advance, i.e. Timekeeping, Starter/Marksman, Track Judge or Field Judge.


For those interested, I will arrange the necessary application forms but could you please email me (via the website) and confirm what your chosen discipline will be.


Simon Evans

Cannock & Stafford Officials Co-ordinator


05-08-07 Midland Men's League - Worcester - 4 August 2007

The Cannock & Stafford men's team performed well at Worcester but were made to pay for a number of uncovered events where no points were scored.


Jamie Mills made an extremely successful return, winning the 200m 'B' race in 23.9, despite a strong head wind down the home straight, and then finished the 400m 'A' in first place in 51.9. Richard Parker, making his first appearance of the season, won the 'B' shot putt with 12.21m, Paul Edwards won the 110m hurdles in 20.4 and Chris Harvey won the 800m in a time of 1:56.2.


James Houghton ran a good 3000m race to finish 2nd in 9:05.6. Adam Smith came 2nd in the 'B' 400m hurdles in 63.8, 7th in the 400m 'B' in 56.1 and also competed in his first triple jump where he recorded 8.76m to finish 5th in the 'B'. Paul Edwards came 4th in the 400m hurdles in 65.5. Guy Mayer doubled up in the 100m and 200m finishing in 12.3 and 24.2secs respectively (5th in both) with the windy conditions certainly not conducive of good times. Craig Pearson was our only entrant in the 1500m and came 4th in 4:14.7


Chad Barton did well in his field events coming 3rd in the high jump (1.70m), 4th in the javelin (46.52m) and 4th in the triple jump (11.54m). Shaun Ainge came 2nd in the 'B' high jump with 1.60m, and also competed in the 100m (13.2) and the javelin (20.85m). Kieran Walsh ran in the 800m 'B' finishing in 2:12.6 and jumped 4.94m in the long jump. Guy Mayer also took part in the long jump recording 4.14m.


Elsewhere on the field, Martin Roberts finished 3rd in the hammer with 41.95m and 6th in the 'B' discus with 22.29m. Ben Lawrance, also making his first appearance of the season, threw the discus 33.03m to finish 3rd and came 2nd in the shot putt with a throw of 13.09m.


The 4 x 100m relay team (Ainge, Walsh, Barton, Mayer) continued their improvement, finishing 4th in their fastest time of the season, 47.5 and the 4 x 400 team (Smith, Mills, Walsh, Harvey) came within a body's width of winning the 400m finishing 2nd in 3:31.7


03-08-07 Most Improved Young Athlete of the Year Award

Earlier this year, the club was given a sum of money by Sandra and Nicky Power, the wife and daughter of Keith Power. Keith, who was a great friend of this club and a great supporter of Nicky, died earlier this year and his family asked for donations to go to Cannock & Stafford AC.


As a committee, we were determined to use the money to do something in Keith's memory and, with the blessing of Sandra and Nicky, we have come up with an idea. We would like to present an annual trophy to the Most Improved Young Athlete of the Year for Under 17s.


We have asked all coaches to put forward their nomination - for both track and field athletes - at the end of the summer season in September. These would go to the committee who would then consider them and chose the most worthy recipient.


The chosen athlete would receive an engraved trophy to keep for a year and the plan is to present the prize at a party for the young athletes just before Christmas - similar to the one last year.


We are not looking for the 'best' athlete of the year but the one we feel has made the biggest improvement in 2007


Gary Denning, Chairman

on behalf of the committee of Cannock & Stafford AC


03-08-07 Young Athletes League Roadshows

The Young Athletes League are holding a number of roadshows around the country for athletes, coaches, parents and anyone else interested to have their say on issues to do with the League. The following is a copy of an e-mail received from the League:


This is your opportunity to have your say on the future of the league with the hope that the conclusions will form a proposal for change to be approved at the AGM if necessary.


Should it change in any way?

Do you travel too far?

Are there too many matches?

Are there too many events?

Should we ‘lose’ an age group? etc, etc


The meetings will start with the findings from the questionnaire and give some news from a recent meeting with UKA and their thoughts. We will not make any proposals directly but we may give you some idea of our thoughts if asked or needed to get talks moving, so I suspect that they will not be necessary.


Each meeting is planned to start at 7.00pm and should last no more than two hours.


Planned venues have been on the league web site for a couple of weeks now, here is a reminder:


Tuesday Aug 7th             Eton         

Wednesday Aug 8th       Sth Leeds Stadium

Thursday Aug 9th            Alexander Stadium   and  Sportcity Manchester


Monday Aug 13th            Lee Valley

Tuesday Aug 14th           Newport Stadium (to be confirmed)

Wednesday Aug 15th     Derby Track

Thursday Aug 16th          Gateshead Stadium


I remind you that these are open to athletes as well as managers, coaches and parents; we need to here what they say, it is their league.


I cannot be at each meeting but at least one of the league committee members will be.


Best Wishes


Doug Hanna


01-08-07 British Masters Championships - Alexander Stadium - 28 / 29 July 2007

A number of Cannock & Stafford athletes were in action at last weekend's British Masters T & F Championships at Alexander Stadium.


Andy Weetman finished 4th in his heat of the M40 100m in a time of 12.13secs. Mark Pinner won a silver medal in the M40 Javelin, throwing a season's best 50.62m. Martin Roberts came home with a bronze medal after throwing the hammer 45.40m, again a season's best. He just missed out on another medal when he threw the weight 11.03m. In the M65 400m, Terry Faulkner added a bronze medal to his collection with a time of 66.52secs.


Alison George threw the shot 9.53m to win bronze in the W40 event and, like Martin, finished 4th in the weight with a throw of 8.91m


29-07-07 National Junior League - Solihull - 29 July 2007

The C&S U20 team were narrowly beaten into 2nd place by Solihull in the final Junior League meeting of the season. This result gave C&S 3rd place overall in the final league standings.


Chad Barton and Dan Lynn started the day, competing in the hammer. Chad threw 19.00 to finish 3rd in the 'A' and Dan 17.22 to win the 'B' Chad later threw the javelin an impressive 48.57m to win the 'A' and also cleared 1.65m to finish 3rd in the high jump. Dan won the 'B' javelin with 40.79m and came 5th in the discus with 16.10m. Also at the start of the meeting, Jamie Hammond jumped 5.17m in the long jump (5th in 'A') and Kieran Walsh won the 'B' long jump with 5.07m. Jamie later jumped 10.80m in the triple jump, again finishing 5th whilst Kieran came 2nd in both the 110m hurdles (20.5) and 400m hurdles (64.7). In the high jump, Sam Neutcherlien came 2nd in the 'B' with a clearance of 1.50m. He also took part in the shot (4th with 6.62m) and discus (5th in 'B' - 8.89m). Craig Ridgeway pole vaulted 3.25m to finish 3rd in the 'A' event.


In the women's first field event, Carrie-Ann Pearce came 6th in the shot put with 7.16m and Anna Denning 3rd in the 'B' with 6.06m. Carrie Ann then threw 12.72 to finish 3rd in the 'B' hammer and cleared 1.40m to win the 'B' high jump. Anna came 5th in the 'A' hammer with 16.00m and 6th in the 'A' discus with 16.32m.


The first event on the track was the men's 400m hurdles and Adam Smith capably backed up Kieran by winning the 'B' race in 66.2. He later also won the 'B' 110m hurdles in 21.7.


In the men's 100m 'A' race, Guy Mayer ran 11.8 to finish 4th and Gavin Mellor ran 12.5, finishing 6th in the 'B'. In the women's races, Natalie Ainge came 3rd in the 'A' in 13.4 and Katie Leek won the 'B' in 13.5. Both of these athletes won their 400m races, Kate winning the 'A' in a season's best 60.2 and Nat the 'B' in a pb of 61.9. Kate also competed in the 200m, finishing 3rd in 27.3.


Chris Harvey doubled up at 800m and 1500m, winning both races (1:58.2 and 4:23.1 respectively) and Ryan Bromley won the 'B' 800m in 2:10.0 and later finished runner up in the 3000m 'B' in 10:28.8. Ian McCann won the 1500m 'B' race in 4:30.2 having already finished 2nd in the 3000m 'A' in 9:29.7. In the women's middle distance races, Rachel Atherton also doubled up in the 800 and 1500m, finishing 2nd in the 800m in 2:20.7 and winning the 1500m in 5:26.3.


In the 200m, Guy Mayer came 6th in the 'A' with 24.2 and Adam Lampitt 6th in the 'B' in 25.8. Adam had earlier competed in the 400m 'A', finishing 5th in 56.7. In the same event, Jamie Graham continued his rehabilitation from his broken leg, coming 3rd in the 'B' in 58.3.


Chloe Boulter again showed her versatility. She came 3rd in the women's 200m 'B' in 29.2, joint 2nd in the high jump (1.45m) and 2nd in the 'B' javelin (12.03m). Nicola Power threw 24.97m to finish 3rd in the 'A' javelin and 15.29m in the discus to finish 2nd in the 'B'.


An improved display from the men's 4 x 100m relay team saw them finish 5th in 48.4 and the 4 x 400m team (Smith, Walsh, McCann and Harvey) just failed to catch the Solihull quartet despite a sub 50 second last leg from Chris. (3:34.2)


The women's relay teams again performed well. The 4 x 100m team of Pearce, Leek, Denning and Ainge finished 2nd in 53.7. It was particularly good to see Anna Denning back on the track after a troublesome two years with a foot problem. The 4 x 400m team (Ainge, Boulter, Leek and Atherton) then blew away the opposition, eventually winning by over 18 seconds in 4:19.7.



24-07-07 Officials Course

Thank you to those people who have expressed interest in the officials’ course. If anyone else is thinking about it please get in touch as soon as possible. The likely date for the course is going to be 22nd September, this and the venue to be confirmed. The course will last for 1 day and lead to you being qualified to level 1; I will get more information and post it on the site after my holiday.


The following link from the UK Athletics website gives an overview of the current system of the Officials’ Development programme. Link


Simon Evans

C&S Officials Co-ordinator


23-07-07 BAL Cup Semi Final - Blackpool - 21 July 07

Cannock & Stafford's Senior Men's and Women's teams travelled North on Saturday to take part in the BAL Cup Semi Final.


The track, at times, resembled a swimming pool, as rain persisted throughout the majority of the afternoon. The weather may have contributed to the changes from the original line-ups. For the men's meeting, Telford AC and DASH didn't take part and had been replaced by North Down and for the women's, only Trafford, Bingley and Cannock remained.


Shaun Ainge started off the men's events both on the track and field. He ran 67.7 in the 400m hurdles to finish 5th and then managed one trial in the triple jump, recording 9.45m. Sam Evans won the 800m in 1:55.9 and, in the women's 800m, Rachel Atherton ran a pb of 2:20.3 to finish 2nd. Chris Harvey achieved his second sub 50 second 400m of the season (49.8) to win his race and Katie Leek finished 2nd over the same distance in 60.9.


In terrible sprinting conditions, Debbie Downer ran 14.7 in the 100m and Guy Mayer finished a close men's race in 4th place in a time of 11.6.


Carol Denning threw 6.81m in the shot and 14.94 in the javelin whilst Gary Denning threw the discus 25.81m (5th). John Atherton made his club debut in a senior meeting (after being dragged from the stands and loaned shorts and a top) and threw the shot 5.57m.


Ian McCann achieved a pb of 9:15.9 in the 3000m finishing 5th before the men (Harvey, Ainge, Mayer, Evans) finished 3rd in their medley relay in 2:31.2 and the women (Leek, Downer, Downer, Atherton) also finished 3rd in 3:19.5


19-07-07 Inter County Yr 7/8 match - Staffordshire v Shropshire - Rowley Park - 16 July 07

Jessica Leek broke the long standing club record for the U13's long jump during a tremendous set of jumps at Rowley Park on Wednesday. Jess recorded leaps of 4.70m, 4.66m, 4.74m and 4.56m, with the longest jump beating the previous record, set in 1980, by 3cm. It was also a new match record. To make it an extremely successful evening for Jess, she also won the 200m in 29.4.


Jade Bird annihilated the rest of the field in the Yr 7 1500m winning by almost 20 seconds in 5:12.8. Sian Karleusa won the Javelin with a throw of 19.01m.


In the Yr 7 boys, Oliver George came 3rd in the 100m in 13.5 and then 2nd in the 75m hurdles in 12.9. There were season best performances for Liam Fussell who finished 1st in the Yr 8 boys 400m in 59.1 and Ashley Wickett who ran 2:12.6 to finish 2nd in the 800m. George Bennett won the shot with a throw of 10.18m and came 2nd in the discus with 22.53m.


Catherine and Teresa Hulme also had season best performances in the Yr 8 girls 800m finishing 2nd and 3rd respectively in times of 2:32.1 and 2:32.6. Sarah Hulme ran in the 1500m and came home 3rd in 5:28.1. Jess Pugh had a successful meeting on the field, winning both the shot (8.03m) and discus (21.05m)


14-07-07 ESAA Sainsbury's English School's Championships - Alexander Stadium - 13/14 July 2007

Cannock & Stafford athlete Gemma Smith won a silver medal at the English School's Championships at Alexander Stadium on Friday. A pb performance was required to win a medal in the Inter girls triple jump and Gemma obliged with a jump of 11.55m.


Elsewhere, we had a number of other athletes in action. Also in the Inter Girls, Lucy Dubberley ran 27.17 to finish 8th in her 200m heat and Elisha Bateman finished 8th in her 80m hurdles heat in 12.69. In the Inter Boys, Guy Mayer ran 11.64 to finish 5th in his heat and Hayden Carter ran just outside his pb to finish 6th in his 800m heat in 2:00.66. Chad Barton threw 43.21m to finish 21st in a very strong javelin field.


In the Senior Boys 800m, Sam Evans ran a pb to finish 2nd in his heat, and qualify for the final as a fastest loser, with 1:53.54. In the final, he lowered his pb even further to 1:52.64 but finished just outside the medals in 4th place, less than 0.4 secs behind 2nd. Cally Read had to contend with 2 rounds to make the final of the Inter Girls 800m. She finished 2nd in her first round heat with 2:19.22 and then ran 2:15.15 in her semi-final heat to finish 4th and qualify as one of the fastest losers. In the final, she then ran 2:16.11 to finish 5th in an extremely fast race.


12-07-07 Staffordshire County U13 / U14 Championships - Rowley Park - 11 July 07

On Wednesday at Rowley Park, a number of Cannock & Stafford's younger athletes were representing their Districts in the County U13 / U14 Championships.


In the U13 Girls, Jess Leek had a great day achieving two personal bests in the long jump (4.58m) and the 200m (28.7secs) winning both events. Ruby Coates finished 3rd in the 100m in 14.3 and 4th in the 200m in 30.6. In the 1500m, Jade Bird continued what has been an excellent season for her by finishing over 23 seconds ahead of her nearest rival with a time of 5:22.1 which was also a pb. All three girls were representing Stafford.


The U14 Girls 800m included three C&S athletes. Catherine Hulme finished 2nd in 2:40.0, her sister Teresa was 3rd in 2:43.3 and Julie Addison came home 4th in 2:45.0. Sarah Hulme ran 5:32.1 in the 1500m to finish 2nd. Jess Pugh (Cannock) also had a very successful meeting, winning both the shot and discus events with 7.97m and 20.60m respectively.


In the U13 boys 100m, Oliver George (Stafford) finished 3rd in 13.7secs and also competed well in the 75m hurdles, finishing 2nd in 12.9.


Liam Fussell (Stafford) ran 60.5secs for the U14 Boys 400m to finish 3rd and Ashley Wickett (Cannock) ran 2:19.4 in the 800m, also finishing 3rd. On the field, George Bennett (Cannock) came 2nd in the discus with a throw of just over 24m but won the shot with a distance of 10.38m and the hammer with a throw of 26.92m.


12-07-07 Cannock Stadium Latest

It is now 17 months since Cannock Council announced it was planning to sell off the land the stadium is built on to raise cash for leisure projects in the district.  We campaigned hard at the time to make sure they replaced the facility 'like for like' and the Pye Green road stadium stays open until the new one is built.  After much talk and little action, we are making some progress.


The council's preferred option is to build on the fields of Blake Valley Technology College, about half a mile from where we are now.  They are planning, somewhat optimistically, to have the new facility designed, built and opened in October this year.  This plan has been knocked back in a number of ways:


1)The 'design and build' tenders are not of good enough quality and the council is now looking to use architects for the design and separate contractors to build.

2)Staffordshire County Council has put forward a number of objections, primarily the amount of space the track will take up at the school and the hours of use for the public.

3)Residents near to the proposed track at Blake have complained about the potential traffic nuisance and light pollution.


As a club, we are in touch with both council officers and councillors and they understand how committed we are to keeping athletics provision in this district.  We also liaise with Sport England and England Athletics, who are watching the situation very carefully and who have given us their full support.  The present council commitment is to keep open Cannock Stadium until October.  If the build over-runs, they will have to reconsider that arrangement.  We have also heard that, because of the objections at Blake, five other sites are being considered within the district for the track to be sited.  All this is frustrating for us as a club,  All we can do is try to concentrate on the athletics and prove to the local authority why we are such an asset to the district.  If there are any new developments we will pass them on the members as soon as we can.


Gary Denning



07-07-07 Midland Men's League - Banbury

After negotiating traffic jams caused by the northbound carriageway closure on the M40, C&S senior men's team all managed to arrive at Banbury in time for their events. It was a shame again that some of our higher ranked athletes didn't take part but the athletes who did gave some of their best performances of the season.


We had two individual winners. Adam Smith knocked 2 seconds off his best time over the higher 400m hurdles to win the 'B' race in 63.1 and Paul Edwards held his nerve, despite being pushed all the way to the line, to win the 110m hurdles 'B' in 20.3. Adam also ran a season's best 400m to finish 6th in the 'B' in 55.8. and Paul ran 66.7 in the 'A' 400m hurdles.


Martin Roberts gained season's bests in the hammer (44.79m, 2nd) and shot (8.82m) and also threw the discus 24.80m. Alasdair Rigby equalled his seasons best in the high jump with 1.65m (2nd in 'B'), completed the steeplechase in 7:51.0 (6th in 'A') and then ran straight to the triple jump where he recorded 10.52m (5th in 'B'). Adam Rigby finished equal 2nd in the high jump with 1.80m, 5th in the triple jump with 11.47m and then ran a 1500m in 5:47.3. He also threw the javelin 27.64m (6th in 'B'). Shaun Ainge filled in gaps in the shot (7.23m 5th in 'B'), discus 18.57m (6th in 'B') and steeplechase (5th in 'B')


Sam Evans took part in an unfamiliar event for him, the long jump, but recorded an impressive 5.67m to finish 5th in the 'A'. In his usual surroundings, he finished 2nd in the 800m 'A' in 1:58.8. Dan Lynn also took part in the long jump, and his 2nd trial of 5.23m earned him 5th in the 'B'. He then threw 41.22m in the javelin to finish 5th in the 'A'.


On the track, Josh Sutton equalled his season's best of 11.6 (4th) in the 100 and lowered his pb for the 200m to 22.6 (4th). Gary Myles finished 3rd in the 110m 'A' in 19.3 and ran 12.9 in the 'B' 100m. Paul Beeson ran 24.4 in the 200m (5th in 'B') and 56.0 in the 400m 'A' and Craig Pearson ran 2:04.4 in the 800m (3rd in 'B') and 4:20.1 in the 1500m (4th in 'A')


In the relays, the 4x100m team finished in 48.2 secs and the 4x400 team finished 3rd in the last race of the meeting.


05-07-07 Midland Veteran's League - Wolverhampton

On a miserable Wolverhampton night, the C&S men's team came 3rd to slip behind Royal Sutton Coldfield in the race for a place in the 'A' Final at the end of the season.


Although we had no individual winners, we had 7 second place finishes. In the high jump, Shaun Ainge finished 2nd in the M40 event with 1.55m before he withdrew without failing a jump as the conditions were poor. Shaun also came 2nd in the M40 400m in 56.9. Andy Weetman, team manager for the evening, had a busy night. He finished 2nd in the M40 'A' 100m in 12.1 before subjecting himself to the 2000m walk where he finished 4th in the 'B' in 14:58.3. He also ran the 1500m in 5:47.5.


Paul Edwards came 2nd in the M40 'B' 100m in 12.8 and also ran an excellent 400m in the M35 race to finish 2nd in 57.7. Martin Roberts threw the discus 23.49m to finish 2nd and then earned valuable points in the triple jump with 7.96m. Brian Peacock came 5th in the 1500m race in 5:07.6.


Derek Fellows was the only 'over 50' athlete in the C&S team and had to try and cover 6 events which included every track event (except relay) and 2 throwing events. He performed heroically, getting a 1.00m jump in the high jump before rushing to the 100m (6th in 19.6). He came 4th in the M60 400m in 95.0 after completing his main event, the 200m walk in 13:41.8 (6th in M40 'A' race). These events had obviously taken their toll on Derek and he was forced to pull out of the 1500m on the 2nd lap (but not before his shorts nearly fell around his ankles in front of the main stand!). Unfortunately, he was too late for the shot event and failed to register a throw but the points he earned were instrumental in helping us achieve 3rd place on the night.


Once again the relay team of Ainge, Edwards, Weetman and Peacock performed well and finished 2nd, completing the medley event (200-200-400-800) in 4:22.0


04-07-07 National Young Athletes Meeting at Yate

On the 22nd July, the final Young Athletes meeting takes place at Yate.


To guarantee a place in the Auxiliary Final at Alexander Stadium, we must finish in the top two teams in the meeting. It is therefore important that we take a full team down to Yate.


Thanks to generous sponsorship from Armoury Demolition, athletes will be able to travel free on the team coach. For parents, there is a charge of £5 each but priority for places will, of course, be given to athletes. Please either contact us via the website, or speak to John Atherton on the desk at Cannock on training nights, to register your interest in a place on the coach.


03-07-07 Athletics Official Recruitment

I have recently taken on the role of Athletics Officials Co-ordinator for the club. Officiating is obviously vital for the successful running of the sport and it is becoming increasingly difficult to provide the sufficient level of officials required to safely run an athletics meeting. This situation could become more difficult as I believe the governing body will be insisting that all officials will have to be qualified. If you are interested in getting qualified I can arrange for a course to be held, it will be free and will give you the basic knowledge to become a UK Athletics qualified official once registered with UKA.


As an official you will be able to help the athletes, the club and the sport as a whole to function. There will be no pressure to commit to any meetings, you will be invited to volunteer for whatever meetings you can, whether that be a couple of YAL matches or every meeting there is, it will be up to you.


The first step is to contact the club email address and these will be forwarded to me.


Please give this request consideration and ask friends and family if they would be interested. I am hoping to arrange the course in September when it might have stopped raining!!


I will put more information on the website as soon as I have any, in the meantime if you have any questions please contact the club and they will be forwarded to me. If you want to register your interest please provide contact details, preferably email address.



Simon Evans


01-07-07 National Junior Athletic League - DELL Stadium - 1 July 2007

The rain abated for the majority of a successful and enjoyable afternoon's athletics at the DELL Stadium for our junior athletes who were narrowly beaten into 2nd place by Solihull & Small Heath.


The field events got the meeting underway. In the men's long jump, Kieran Walsh jumped 5.27 to finish 4th in the 'A' whilst Adam Lampitt's 4.83m was enough to finish 3rd in the 'B'. Carrie-Ann Pearce putted the shot 7.21m to come 5th in the women's 'A' event and Anna Denning threw 5.68m to come 5th in the 'B'. These two girls had a busy afternoon in the field with Carrie-Ann also finishing 4th in the 'B' high jump with 1.35m and jumping 4.43 to finish 2nd in the 'B' long jump. Anna threw the hammer 13.30m to finish 6th in the women's 'A' and threw 15.75m in the discus (4th in the 'B').


The first event on the track was the 400m hurdles and Adam Smith ran 65.0 to finish 3rd in the men's 'A' race. Kieran Walsh won the 'B' race in 65.8 and later came 2nd in the 'A' 800m in 2:14.5. Adam also finished 7th in the 'A' 400m in 65.5 and scored useful points in the discus.


In the 100m, Leanne Jones came 4th in the 'A' in a time of 13.4. Leanne also came 4th in the 'A' long jump with 4.75 and then achieved a pb in the triple jump of 10.45m to win the 'B' event. In the 'B' 100m, Natalie Ainge came 2nd in 13.2, she also ran a pb in the 400m with 62.4 to finish 2nd in the 'B'.


In the men's 100m, both Guy Mayer (11.4 in 'A') and Josh Sutton (11.6 in 'B') came 2nd in their races. The pair ran again later in the afternoon in the 200m with Guy running 23.8 for 5th in the 'A' race and Josh 23.1 to win the 'B'. Jamie Graham ran 2:24.7 to finish 2nd in the men's 'B' 800 and Cally Read comfortably won the women's 800m in 2:16.4.


Adam Rigby jumped 1.85m to finish runner up in the 'A' high jump and Alasdair Rigby came 3rd in the 'B' with 1.50m. Adam also competed in the triple jump where he came 6th in the 'A' with 11.94m and the shot where 7.93m was enough to finish 5th in the 'A'. Alasdair finished 2nd in the 110m hurdles in 23.6 and 2nd in the 'B' 2000m steeplechase in 8:43.7.


In the 400m, Katie Leek finished strongly to win her 'A' race in 60.9. Adam Lampitt  ran 56.6 to finish 4th in the men's 'B' race.


In the 3000m, Sam Evans came 2nd in the 'A' in 9:13.6 and Ian McCann 1st in the 'B' in 9:32.8. They then both ran in the 1500m and this time Sam won the 'A' and Ian finished 2nd in the 'B'. Rachel Atherton was our only woman entrant in the 1500m and she ran well to finish 2nd in 5:04.


One of the most pleasing aspects of this meeting was the willingness of the athletes to compete in events that they do not usually do, all for the good of the team. After Chloe Boulter had finished 3rd in the women's 'A' high jump with 1.45m, she quickly made her way to the discus where she threw 17.36m to finish 7th in the 'A'. She had only just completed this event when she was asked, at extremely short notice, if she could run in the 'B' 200m. She did - and earned good points with a time of 28.0. Cally Read was moved to the 'A' 200m, also at short notice, and ran well to finish 4th in a time of 27.1.


Back on the field, our javelin throwers again performed well with Chad Barton throwing 50.02m to finish 2nd in the 'A' and Dan Lynn 44.17m to win the 'B'. Chad also scored valuable points in the discus. In the women's triple jump 'A', Gemma jumped over 11.00m three times and finished with a best of 11.14m to win. Ashley Bennett arrived late and missed his usual long jump event but he made up for it by coming 2nd in the 'B' triple jump with 11.70m, 2nd in the 'B' shot with 7.76m and 3rd in the 'A' steeplechase in 7:49.3.


The C&S women's relay teams performed magnificently, winning both of their races. The 4 x 100 team (Kate, Gemma, Leanne and Natalie) finished in 51.4 secs and the 4 x 400m team of Natalie, Rachel, Kate and Cally won comfortably. The men finished 5th in the 4 x 100 in 48.7 (Adam Rigby, Adam Lampitt, Chad and Josh) and the 4 x 400m team finished 2nd (Kieran, Adam Lampitt, Adam Smith and Sam)


29-06-07 ESAA Sainsbury's English School's Championships

A number of Cannock & Stafford athletes have been chosen to take part in the ESAA Sainsbury's English School's Championships at Alexander Stadium on the 13th & 14th July.


Congratulations to Chad Barton, Sam Evans, Guy Mayer, Elisha Bateman, Lucy Dubberley, Cally Read and Gemma Smith, who will all compete in the event which will be covered by Sky Sports.


28-06-07 BAL Cup 2nd Round Draw

The draw has been made for the 2nd Round of the BAL Cup 2007 - 10 in 100.


Both Cannock & Stafford men and women's teams have been drawn to compete at Blackpool on the 21st July 2007. The men are competing against:- Bingley Harriers AC, Blackpool, Wyre & Fylde AC, Bolton United Harriers, Dudley & Stourbridge Harriers, Telford AC and Trafford AC.


The Women's team are competing against Bingley Harriers AC, Bolton United Harriers, Telford AC and Trafford AC.


The top team in each of the six 2nd round matches will go to the final plus the top two second place teams.


27-06-07 C&S duo win Athlete of the Match awards

At last Sunday's YAL meeting at Alexander Stadium, two Cannock & Stafford athletes picked up Athlete of the Match Awards.


In the U13 1200m, Jade Bird smashed her pb to record a grade 1 time of 4:00.8 to win the Female Track Athlete of the Match. Jessica Leek won the Field Athlete award by winning a strong long jump competition with a leap of 4.42m, also a grade 1 performance and a pb.


26-06-07 Chris Harvey chosen in GB & NI team

Cannock & Stafford athlete, Chris Harvey has been chosen to represent the Norwich Union Great Britain and Northern Ireland team in the IAAF World Youth Championships in Ostrava, Czech Republic on 11-15 July 2007.


Chris is in a team of 13 men and 14 women and will compete in the 800m.


Congratulations Chris!


25-06-07 England AAA U20 Championships - Bedford - 23/24 June 2007

Fresh from their success at the Shugborough Relays as half of the winning C&S team,  Sam Evans and Chris Harvey travelled to Bedford to compete in the England AAA (Under 20) Championships last weekend.


Chris came 5th in his 1500m heat in a time of 3:56.29 to qualify, as one of the fastest losers, for the following days final. Sam knew it would take something special to qualify for the 800m final but despite running another personal best time of 1:53.67 was unsuccessful, finishing 6th in the second of the two heats. The first heat had been quicker having contained the eventual Under 20 AAA champion and GB international James Brewer.


On Sunday, Chris travelled back to Bedford for the final where he came 7th in 3:53.97. These 2 athletes only turned 17 this year so they have performed very well and have 2 more years at this age group. Both will have gained experience at this level that should see them competing for the medals in the future.


Simon Evans - Cannock & Stafford AC


17-06-07 Midlands U20/ Senior Championships - Alexander Stadium - 17 June 2007

Another exhilarating race involving Chris Harvey and Sam Evans saw Chris win gold and Sam silver in the U20 Midland Championships 800m. This race was totally different to their Staffs AAA clash. In Sunday's race the first lap was run a lot quicker and, when Chris broke for home with 270m to go, Sam was prepared. The remainder of the field were broken and the two C&S athletes were left to compete for the top medals. With 200m left Sam had closed onto Chris' shoulder. Chris accelerated again with 125m left but Sam held on. For a while, it looked as though Sam may catch Chris but Chris held on to win in 1:53.98 with Sam gaining silver in 1:54.51 - a fantastic race.


They had both comfortably qualified from their heat with Chris finishing 1st in 1:57.85 and Sam in 1:58.42. In the Senior 800m, Craig Pearson missed out on the final by one position, finishing 6th in his heat in 2:01.1. In the SW 800m final, Stacey Johnson finished 6th in 2:16.39.


Adam Rigby finished 7th in the U20 high jump with 1.80m, but the competition was so close that, had he cleared the next height, he would probably have won a bronze medal.


In the sprints, Katherine Jones finished 2nd in her SW 100m heat in a time of 12.19. She also easily qualified in the 200m with a time of 24.79 in her heat (2nd) although she didn't start either final. Katie Leek finished 6th in her heat of the U20 400m clocking 61.06.


James Houghton ran a pb in the SM 1500m heat to finish 5th and qualify in 3:57.18. He then ran 4:02.56 to finish 9th in the final. Ian McCann ran a sb 4:16.07 to finish 6th in the U20 1500m.


16-06-07 Mason Trophy - Alexander Stadium - 16 June 2007

A number of C&S athletes were in action on Saturday representing their counties in the Mason Trophy at Alexander Stadium.


As usual, the hurdlers were first to compete and both Kieran Walsh and Adam Smith ran close to their best times with Kieran finishing 3rd in the IB 400mH 'A' race in 61.5 and Adam 2nd in the 'B' in 62.6. Elisha Bateman came home 4th in the IG 300mH 'B' race but later equalled her best time of the season in the 80mH when finishing 3rd in the 80mH 'B' race in 12.3. Harriet Thompson came home in 3rd in the 'A' 80mH in a time of 12.4


Guy Mayer ran 11.6 in the IB 100m, finishing 5th in the 'A' race, Lucy Dubberley ran 13.2 to finish 6th in the IG 'A' and later ran a sb 26.5 to finish 7th in the 200m 'A' race. Natalie Ainge came home 5th in the 'B' 100m in 13.4 and later ran 43.1 in the 300m to finish 4th in the 'B' race.


Our athletes performed well in the middle distance races. Cally Read finished 3rd overall in the IG 1500m in 4:45.0 and  Shanie Read finished 2nd in the JG 800m 'B' in 2:28.3. Rachel Atherton gained a sb in the IG 800m 'B' with 2:22.7 to finish an excellent 2nd and Raddick Bednarczyk came 2nd in the JB 800m 'B' in 2:11.8. In the IB 'A' 800m race, Hayden Carter almost broke through the 2 minute barrier but had to settle for 3rd in a sb time of 2:00.5 in a quick race. Rebecca Phillips, representing Hereford & Worcester also ran a seasons best time of 5:06.1 to finish 7th in the JG 1500m 'A' race.


In the IB 200m 'A' race, Josh Sutton smashed his pb in becoming the fastest 200m runner in the club when finishing 5th in 23.0.


On the field, Gemma Smith won the IG triple jump competition with a new pb of 11.38m. In the pole vault, Craig Ridgway once again equalled his pb of 3.30m to finish 1st in the IB 'A' and Sammy Witton vaulted 2.10 in only her 2nd competition to finish joint 3rd in the IG 'A'. Jane Bourne, representing Hereford & Worcester had a successful afternoon gaining season best performances in the JG Shot and Discus 'A' events, finishing 2nd in both with throws of 9.45m and 26.00m respectively.


Chad Barton and Daniel Lynn took part in the IB javelin, Chad finishing 2nd in the 'A' with 47.57 and Dan 2nd in the 'B' with 41.60m. Dan Millerchip threw both the hammer (33.54m, 3rd in 'B') and the discus (31.62m, 2nd in 'B') and Beth Denning finished 6th in the JG discus with a pb of 21.60m. Isobel Rogers and Leanne Jones took part in the IG long jump. Leanne, representing West Midlands, finished 1st in the 'B' with a pb jump of 4.83m and Isobel finished 2nd with the same distance. Chloe Boulter finished runner up in the IG 'B' high jump with 1.55m.


13-06-07 Midland Veterans League - Men - Northwood Stadium - 13 June 2007

The men's veterans team took part in the 2nd league meeting of the season and finished a very close 3rd (subject to scrutiny) behind City of Stoke and Royal Sutton Coldfield.


Andy Weetman started off the meeting in good fashion by comfortably finishing 2nd in the M40 200m in a time of 25.1. Terry Faulkner ran in the M50 200m and finished in 29.1. It was a busy evening for our over 60 year old athletes. Terry also ran in the M50 800m, Derek Fellows beat his own club record by throwing the javelin 22.62m and jumped 2.74m in the long jump before rushing over to the start of the 2k walk which he finished in 14:38.6. He also beat the existing club record for the discus, throwing 18.35m. Les Green competed in the 200m, completed the 2k walk in 15:50.2 and then ran 18:41.9 in the 3000m.


In the M40B 800m race, Paul Edwards gained an excellent pb, and came from 3rd to 1st down the home straight, in a time of 2:22.2. Brian Peacock finished 3rd in the 'A' race in a time of 2:25.8. The 3000m M35 race was won by Chris Hollinshead in a time of 9:28.0 and Dave Constance made his first appearance of the season and came 3rd in 10:28.3. On the field, Martin Roberts came 2nd in the shot with a putt of 8.24m.


The best, however, was saved until last. Terry Faulkner ran a great first leg of the 4 x 400m, despite giving away over 20 years to some of the athletes he was running against. Paul Edwards took over the batten and closed down the gap to the first three teams before passing over to Shaun Ainge. At this time, Stoke were lying in 4th with their two top runners to come. At the end of Shaun's leg, we were in 2nd place, around 10m ahead of Stoke who were lying 3rd, Telford were off in the distance at this point. Andy Weetman ran a brilliant last leg to hold Stoke's top sprinter down the home straight and help to smash the club record by 15.5 seconds, finishing 2nd in a time of 3:57.0.


10-06-07 BAL Cup 1st round - Cannock - 10 June 2007

Cannock Stadium hosted the first round of the BAL Cup on Sunday. With few of our senior athletes attending, the chance was given to a number of U20 athletes to represent the club and they didn't let us down.


In the men's event, C&S scored 60 points to finish 3rd behind Birchfield (108) and Tamworth (71). Although there were no individual winners, Chad Barton came 2nd in the javelin with a throw of 48.39m, Adam Rigby was runner up in the high jump with 1.85m and Guy Mayer also came 2nd in the 100m with a pb performance of 11.2 seconds. Ian McCann ran 4:19.2 to also finish runner up in the 1500m.


In the 200m, Paul Beeson ran 24.6, Kieran Walsh ran 54.7 in a fast 400m race, Craig Pearson ran 2:01.2 in the 800m and the Medley Relay team came 3rd in 2:31.5. On the field, Gary Denning threw 10.47 in the shot and Ashley Bennett continued his progress with his second jump of over 5.50m in a week (5.52m)


The women's team also finished 3rd scoring 71 points, just behind Birchfield (84) and Tamworth (74). Individual winners were Cally Read in the 800m in a season's best of 2:15.1, Gemma Smith with 5.11 in the long jump and Chloe Boulter with 1.50m in the high jump. Carol Denning putt the shot 8.84m and threw the hammer 19.50m. Katie Leek ran a season's best 60.3 in the 400m, Stacey Johnson 29.3 in the 200m, Leanne Jones ran a season's best of 13.2 in the 100m and Rachel Atherton also ran a sb in the 1500m with 5:01.9. The Medley Relay team finished 3rd in 2:56.2


10-06-07 Midland Masters Track & Field Championships - Solihull - 10 June 2007

Nine Cannock & Stafford athletes took part in the Midland Masters Track and Field Championships at the Norman Green Stadium on Sunday and all came away with at least one medal.


Getting the meeting underway were the hammer throwers. Martin Roberts continued his consistent form with a throw of 43.95m which earned him silver in the M45 event. At the same time, Alison George was taking part in the shot putt and came away with gold with a throw of 9.14m. Alison also came 2nd in the W40 hammer with 26.76m.


First on the track were the hurdlers. Gary Myles won his M40 110m race in 19.0 seconds and Paul Edwards gained a silver in his M45 110m hurdles in 20.3. Both were in action shortly after in the 100m. Gary gained a season's best of 12.7 in his heat before going on to better that with 12.4 in a quick final. Paul ran 12.9 in his final. Andy Weetman also competed in the M40 100m and came away with a silver medal running 12.1 in both his heat and the final.


Paul Edwards completed his third event of the day when winning gold in the M45 400m hurdles in a time of 65.6. He also ran 26.1 in the 200m and 62.1 in the 400 later in the afternoon to finish a hectic and tiring meeting on another heat sapping day.


Andy Weetman gained his second silver of the meeting, running an impressive 24.9 in the M40 200m and Terry Faulkner won the first of his three gold medals in the M65 200m in a time of 28.8. Terry ran a tactical race to win the M65 800m in 2:47.1, saving himself for the M65 400m where he ran 66.8 seconds to win comfortably.


Shaun Ainge won gold in the high jump with 1.60m and, towards the end of the afternoon, broke his pb in the M40 400m with a time of 55.9, coming 2nd.


Sue Kneill-Boxley gained silver in the W40 1500m in 6:03.4 and Chris Rollason won gold in the W55 5000m in a time of 21:02.4 smashing Dot Fellow's Championship record by almost 3 minutes


02-06-07 Midland Men's League - Leamington - 2 June 2007

With injuries and holidays again causing the unavailability of a number of athletes, Cannock & Stafford's men's team struggled in the latest league meeting.


There were, however, some bright points. Chris Harvey, dropping down from his normal distances, won the 'A' 400m in a pb of 49.7. Sam Evans also gained a pb whilst winning a competitive 800m in 1:54.1. He also came home 1st in the 1500m in 4:12.2. Sam was well backed up by Craig Pearson who came 2nd in both races in the 'B' string in times of 2:02.2 and 4:19.0.


On the field, the only winner was Adam Rigby who, jumping close to his best, cleared 1.90m. Adam also competed in the javelin, throwing 27.39m and the long jump (4.93m)


Elsewhere, in the 100m, Paul Beeson ran 12.1 in the 'A' and Gary Myles 12.8 in the 'B'. Paul also ran 25.5 in the 'A' 200m and 56.7 in the 'B' 400m.


In the 'B' 200m Shaun Ainge ran a pb of 25.4. Shaun also competed in the 400m hurdles 69.8 (4th), Shot Putt 6.53m, Javelin 22.33m, Long Jump (4.72m), Triple Jump (10.10m) and Discus (19.46m) as well as the 4 x 100m relay.


Alasdair Rigby gained a pb in the triple jump with 11.00m and came 4th in the 'B' high jump with 1.55m as well as finishing the 400m hurdles in 75.0


Elsewhere on the field, Martin Roberts came 3rd in the hammer with 42.56m. He also threw the discus 25.75m and putted the shot 8.03m.


The 4 x 100m relay team finished in 50.6 seconds but a makeshift 4 x 400m relay team of Pearson, Harvey, Beeson and Evans performed well to finish 2nd in the last race of the afternoon.


29-05-07 Midland Counties U17/U15 Championships - Alexander Stadium - 26/27 May 2007

C&S athletes came home with eight medals from the MCAA U17 / U15 Championships at Alexander Stadium last weekend.


Cally Read won gold in the U17 800m on Sunday in a time of 2:16.09 after picking up a bronze medal on Saturday in the 1500m with a time of 4:43.75. Hayden Carter qualified for the final of the U17 800m in 2:04.26 and, in the final, a time of 2:02.10 won him a silver medal.


Gemma Smith picked up three medals, bronze in the high jump with 1.60m and long jump (5.17m) and a silver in the triple jump with a pb of 11.20m. Also on the field, Chad Barton finished 3rd in the U17 javelin with a throw of 48.39m and Daniel Millerchip picked up a bronze with a throw of 32.92m in the discus.


Elsewhere, Elisha Bateman qualified for the 80m hurdles final by running 12.5 secs in her heat. She then finished 7th in the final in 12.35 secs. Elisha also competed in the 300m hurdles where she ran 49.65. Rebecca Phillips just missed out on a medal when she finished 4th in the U15 3000m in a time of 11:22.59 and Shanie Read ran 5:15.33 in her heat of the U15 1500m.


In the U15 1500m, Sam Derry ran a seasons best of 4:37.50 to finish 6th and Ashley Wickett finished 9th in the same race with 4:46.55. Ashley also ran in the 800m (2:17.34). Jamie Graham competed in the U17 400 and 200m races finishing in 60.5 and 26.31 secs respectively.


Guy Mayer continued his recent form by qualifying for the U17 100m final with a time of 11.62 in his heat. He then ran marginally faster in the final to finish 5th in 11.56. In the U15 200m, Hollie Allen knocked 1/2 a second off her pb as she clocked 27.21 seconds in her race.


On the field, Dan Millerchip came 6th in the hammer with 34.15 and just missed out on adding to his bronze medal as he finished 4th in the shot with a throw of 10.85m. Jane Bourne threw the discus 21.56m to finish 4th in the U15 event and also finished 5th in the shot with a pb of 8.27m.


Chloe Boulter jumped 1.50m to finish 5th in the U17 high jump and Chad Barton also came 5th with a jump of 1.60 in the men's event. Craig Ridgeway pole vaulted to a new pb of 3.30m (4th) and Isobel Rogers continued her return to form in the U17 long jump with a jump of 4.99m to finish 5th.


In the U13 Quadrathlon, Callum Phillips finished 9th with 646 pts (100m - 16.6 secs, high jump - 1.23m, long jump - 3.57m, shot putt - 5.57m)


27-05-07 National Junior Athletics League - RAF Cosford - 27 May 2007

With the Midland Championships taking place on the same day, there was never going to be a massive turnout for this meeting. Persistent rain continued throughout the day making conditions difficult for those taking part. However, all those who did performed well.


In the men's events, Adam Rigby won the high jump with 1.85m and had solid performances in the long and triple jump. Huw Owens came 2nd in the 800m and Ian McCann returned an impressive 9 mins 19 seconds to win the 3000m.


For the women, Leanne Jones came 3rd in the 'A' 100m with 13.6 seconds and won the 'B' 200m in 28.2 seconds. She also performed well in the triple jump. Natalie Ainge won the 'B' 100m in 13.5, came 2nd in the 'A' 400m with 65.9 and was also runner up in the 'B' long jump with 4.42. Katie Leek ran 27.0 to come 2nd in the 'A' 200m. Isobel Rogers was the fourth member of the team and came 3rd in the long jump with 4.80m as well as scoring good points in the high jump.


The four girls then ran together for the first time in the 4 x 100m relay and finished in a creditable 2nd place


24-05-07 West Midlands Regional Championships for the disabled - Alexander Stadium - 20 May 2007

Members of Cannock & Stafford's disability squad took part in the West Midland's Regional Championships at Alexander Stadium last Sunday.


Ian Cope won three gold medals in the 200, 400 & 800m slicing up to 20 seconds off his pbs in the process. Coach, Dave Crutchley, also won three events. The Shot, discus and distance club.


11 year old Ben Gilbert won the discus and distance club for his classification. Steve Allen took part in a 4 x 100m relay team that won gold and Martin Crutchley continued his excellent early season form with victories in the shot and discus. Whilst winning the discus, Martin threw a new Cerebral Palsy national record of 29.17m.


The next outing for the team will be to Manchester in June for the English Open Championships.


13-05-07 Staffordshire AAA Championships - Northwood Stadium - 12 May 2007

Cannock & Stafford athletes came away from the Staffordshire AAA Championships at Northwood Stadium on Saturday with a large haul of medals.


Kieron Walsh was first to win gold, clocking a time of 63.2 in the 400m hurdles. Gemma Smith ran 12.8in the 100m to gain one of her two gold medals, the other being in the high jump with 1.50m. She also finished 2nd in the long jump with a jump of 4.99m.


In the other 100m races, Sophie Wood clocked 14.4 in the U15 race, Gary Myles 12.8 in the SM and Deborah Downer 14.7 to get bronze in the U20.


The 800m saw a large number of our athletes in action. Rebecca Cooke gained silver in the U15 with 2:31.7. Catherine Hulme 2:36,  Teresa Hulme 2:38.7 and Julie Addison 2:40.0 also took part in the race. In the U13 boys, Jack Bateman won silver with 2:53.2 and in the U15s Sam Derry ran 2:17.1 and Ashley Wickett 2:19.8. Cally Read won gold in the U17 women's 800m in 2:17.1 and Hayden Carter won the U17 mens race in 2:01.0.


The 800m U20 men's race was the one everyone had been looking forward to and the race didn't disappoint. Sam Evans and Chris Harvey ran a tactical 1st lap in, what for them, was an extremely slow time of 64 secs but, at the bell, Chris surprised everyone by upping the pace drastically. When the rest of the athletes reacted, Chris was away and won the race in 1:56.5. Sam came 2nd in 1:58.1. It's good to see that we have two young athletes of such quality at C&S.


In the 400m SM race, Jamie Mills gained an excellent bronze in a time of 50.7 secs. Shaun Ainge gained a pb in the same race of 56.1. In the U17 race Kieron Walsh came second in his heat with a pb of 54.6 and, only an hour later, ran 55.2 in the final, excellent running taking into account he had also won the 400m hurdles earlier. Jamie Graham ran 60.7 in the second of the heats. Katie Leek gained a season's best of 60.6 when winning silver in the U20 women's 400m and Natalie Ainge gained bronze in the 300m with 44.1. Natalie also just missed out on a medal on countback in the long jump with a distance of 4.55m.


In the U13's 1500m race, Jade Bird led from start to finish and eventually finished the length of the straight ahead in a time of 5:24.1. Shanie Read won a bronze in the U15's race in 5:07.7. Rebecca Bray was 5th in 5:27.6 and Sarah Hulme 6th in 5:37.7. Rachel Atherton ran a solid race to win bronze in the U17's 1500m with 5:10.8. Jo Harper finished with 5:05.9 in the SW final.


In the boys U15 1500m, Chris Perrin won silver with 4:34.4 and James Perrin finished with 4:52.6. In the 1500m final for U20, Chris Harvey gained a silver medal in 4:01.3 and Sam Evans won bronze in 4:04.3.


Elisha Bateman ran 12.8 to finish 2nd in the U17 Women's 80m hurdles in a race where the winner equalled the Championship record. Carrie-Ann Pearce won bronze in 13.8 in what was a busy day for her. Earlier, she had also won bronze medals in the high jump with 1.40m and the long jump with 4.55m. Gary Myles won gold in the 110m hurdles in a time of 16.3.


Jessica Leek won silver in the U13's 200m with a time, marginally outside her best, of 29.7. Jess also had a great result in the long jump, winning with a leap of 4.31m. In the U15's heat Hollie Allan qualified in a season's best of 28.0. She then bettered this in the final, winning bronze with a time of 27.9. Deborah Downer won the U20's race with 31.4.


In the men's 200m, Jamie Graham ran 26.5 in the U17 and Jamie Mills ran 23.4 to finish 5th in the SM.


On the field, Alex Pinner threw 31.22 to win bronze in the U13 javelin, Chad Barton threw 45.18 to win one of his two golds, the other being in the U17 high jump with 1.70m. Mark Pinner won the SM javelin with 49.91m. Sally Clague came 3rd in the U17 Women's javelin with 26.68


Finishing between Gemma Smith and Carrie-Ann Pearce, Chloe Boulter completed a clean sweep of medals in the U17 high jump with 1.50m.


Chris Tremayne had a rest from the pole vault to take part in a number of other events. In the SM long jump he won with 6.03m. He also came 3rd in the high jump with 1.65m and threw the discus 31.33m.


Alistair Rigby won silver in the U17's high jump with 1.60m and Adam Rigby silver in the U20's with 1.80m.


Dan Millerchip won gold in the shot and discus with 11.58m and 34.56m respectively and silver in the hammer with 36.86m. Veteran, Martin Roberts won silver in the SM hammer with a throw of 42.53m


10-05-07 Uffmoor Shuffle 10k multi terrain race - Halesowen - 6 May 2007

Cannock & Stafford had two athletes taking part in Sunday's race at Halesowen.


Out of 137 runners taking part, Sue Harper was the 2nd female to finish (19th overall) in a time of 43 minutes 47 seconds. Rachael Horsley finished 4th in the women's race and 29th overall in a time of 45 mins 10 seconds


09-05-07 National Young Athletes League Meeting - Cannock - Message from our Chairman

Many thanks to everybody who helped make the Young Athletes League meeting a great success at Cannock Stadium last Sunday.

It would be wrong to pick out individuals so a general thank you to all who worked on the results, refreshments and team management. Also those who helped as field, track and timekeeping officials, in the announcer's box and with all the organisation before the day.

It was all worth it because we won . . . and we can do it all again at Cannock on June 3rd.

Gary Denning


06-05-07 Great North Run

Cannock & Stafford have been granted two guaranteed places for the Great North Run on the 30th September 2007. If you wish to take one of these places, you must have achieved the following time criteria during the past 12 months for the half marathon: Men 1hr 25 mins; Women 1hr 40 mins.


Although these entries are guaranteed, you will still have to pay the entrance fee. If you are interested, please e-mail Karen Moody on kazmoody@yahoo.co.uk by 21st May 07.


05-05-07 Midland Mens League - Birmingham University 5 May 2007

A depleted Cannock & Stafford team travelled to Birmingham University for their first match of the season.


The fixture started well with Paul Edwards running a pb in the 400m hurdles in 63.7, coming 4th. Adam Rigby finished 2nd in the 'A' high jump with 1.85m and younger brother Alistair, making his senior debut, jumping 1.60 to finish 3rd in the 'B'.


Sam Evans and Chris Harvey appear to be alternating between the 800 and 1500m and it seems to be working. This week it was Sam who won the 800m in 1:55.0 whilst Chris won the 1500m in 3:57.1. They were well supported by James Houghton, who finished runner up to Chris in the 1500 in 4:04.1 and Craig Pearson who finished 4th in the 'B' 800m in 2:06.6.


Jamie Mills had an excellent start to his campaign running 50.8 in the 400m (2nd) and 11.7 in the 100m, also finishing in 2nd place. Jamie was supported by Paul Beeson ran 55.6 in the 400m 'B' to finish 2nd and Gary Myles who ran 12.9 in the 'B' 100m.


The 200m places were taken by Paul Edwards who ran 26.3 in the 'A' and Shaun Ainge who ran 26.1 in the 'B'.


The field events were missing the University students who were competing in another event on the same day. There was only one recognised thrower in Martin Roberts who threw 43.43 in the hammer to finish 3rd and also competed in the shot (7.96m) and discus. It was therefore left to Adam Rigby (javelin 29.33m, long jump 5.39m) Shaun Ainge (long jump 5.12m, triple jump 9.82m, shot 6.79m) and Alistair Rigby (javelin 12.79m, triple jump 10.32m) and Paul Edwards (discus) to fill the gaps.


The 4x100m relay team finished 7th in 48.9 but the 4x400 relay team of Mills, Houghton, Evans and Harvey ran brilliantly to win their race.


05-05-07 Midland Veterans League - Burton 3 May 2007

Cannock & Stafford veteran athletes made the trip to Burton on Thursday night and the male athletes created three new records.


The first record was created by sprinter Terry McAdam, on his debut, in the M35 100m. He ran 12.0 secs to finish 2nd behind the Stoke athlete. This was pretty much the storey of the night on the track. Andy Weetman was pipped to the line whilst recording 12.3 s in the M40 100m, Shaun Ainge ran 57.4 in the M40 'A'400m and Paul Edwards 58.5 in the 'B' race to both finish as runners up.


Elsewhere, Terry Faulkner ran 15.1 in the M60 100m and 66.1 in the M50 400m. Brian Peacock completed the 1500m in 4:58.4 and Les Green earned good points in the 2k walk and the 1500m.


Derek Fellows covered a number of events competing in the 2k walk, the shot and the high jump whilst his son, Peter, also making his debut, jumped 1.48m to finish 2nd in the M35 high jump.


The field events gave us two winners. Mark Pinner broke the League record for the javelin with a throw of 50.51m and Martin Roberts threw the hammer 42.67m.


The 4 x 200m relay team of Ainge, Edwards, Weetman and McAdam smashed the club record by almost 10 seconds to win in 1:39.6 to round off the evening nicely. 


30-04-07 National Junior Athletic League - Tipton 29 April 07

Cannock & Stafford athletes were in action at Tipton on Sunday in the first Junior League meeting of the season.


In the 100m, there were first places for Guy Mayer in the Mens 'A' event with a pb of 11.3 secs and Natalie Ainge in the Women's 'B' event with 13.2. David Ochiltree (12.0) and Leanne Jones (13.5) also scored good points in this event. Leanne also ran well to finish 3rd in the 'A' 200m in 28.4 with Elsiha Bateman also coming 3rd in the 'B' race in 28.3


A strong wind into the athletes faces down the back straight made the longer distances tough going. Kieron Walsh ran 57.7 in the 400m after earlier finishing second in the 400m Hurdles in 65.6 and Natalie Ainge finished her first 400m in 64.0. There were excellent results in the 800m with Chris Harvey (1:55.0 in the 'A' race), Ian McCann (2:08.2) 'B' race and Cally Read (2:16.6) all dominating their races to finish 1st.


The 1500m was easily won by Sam Evans who looked comfortable throughout his race and Rachel Atherton also ran a good race coming second.


On the field, Chad Barton won the javelin, breaking the 50m mark again with a throw of 50.39m. Adam Rigby came 2nd in the 'B' with 32.20m and also won the high jump with 1.90m. His brother Alistair also competed in the high jump clearing 1.60m.


In the Women's high jump, Chloe Boulter won the 'B' with 1.55m. Gemma Smith was 4th in the 'A' with the same height. Gemma also won the triple jump with 10.35m and gained good points in the long jump with a leap of just under 5m. In the Men's triple jump, Ash Bennett jumped 11.13m to continue his good start to the season (he also jumped 5.03 in the long jump) and Adam Rigby jumped 11.11m before retiring after the first round.


The relays were entertaining once again. The 4 x 100m were completed in 49.1s for the Men and 53.4s Women but the best performances came from the 4 x 400m teams (Men:- Ian McCann, Kieron Walsh, Sam Evans and Chris Harvey. Women:- Natalie Ainge, Leanne Jones, Cally Read and Rachel Atherton) who each finished 2nd.


23-04-07 Midland Women's League - Kettering 22 April 07

Cannock & Stafford took a small women's team to the league meeting at Kettering.


Highlight of the meeting was the U17 high jump where we achieved 1st places in both the A and B string through Gemma Smith (1.60) and Chloe Boulter (1.55m). Gemma also competed in her first 200m and came 3rd in the 'B' with a time of 26.9s.


The three Hulme sisters were in action in the U15 events. In the 800m Catherine finished in 2:38.0 and Teresa in 2:39.3. Sarah completed the 1500m in 5:25.3 whilst Julie Addison ran 5.42.7.


Leanne Jones (U17) performed consistently throughout the afternoon finishing 3rd in the 'A' 200m in 13.5, completing the 300m in 46.4s and jumping 4.54m in the long jump. Natalie Ainge (U17) improved her best in the 300m to 43.0, finishing 2nd in the 'A' race in the process. She also jumped 4.52m in the long jump.


Carrie-Ann Pearce (U17) ran well to finish 3rd in her 80m hurdles race in a time of 13.6s whilst Rebecca Cooke (13.7 - 4th 'A') and Rebecca Bray (15.4 - 3rd 'B') competed in the U15 75m hurdles.


Hollie Allen (U15) doubled up in the 100 and 200m finishing in 13.8 and 28.4s respectively and Rebecca Cooke ran the 'B' 100m in 14.3s.


Deborah Downer (SW) also ran the two shorter sprint distances in 14.4 and 31.2s and Kate Leek (SW) ran 13.5 in the 100m and 62.7 in the 400m.


In the throwing events, Carol Denning and Mandy Smith did most of the work. Carol threw 18.6 in the hammer, 11.23m in the javelin and 6.72m in the shot. Mandy threw 15.13m in the javelin and 6.20m in the shot.


In the U15 long jump, Beth Denning jumped 3.70m and Rebecca Bray 3.15m.


The highlight from the relays was a strong performance from the SW 4 x 400m relay team (Natalie Ainge, Chloe Boulter, Leanne Jones and Kate Leek) which saw Kate make up 10m down the home straight to snatch 3rd place.


18-04-07 On line petition to Save Our Stadium

An on-line petition has been set up on the Downing Street website in an attempt to save the Pye Green Stadium from closure.


To add your name to the petition, click on the link below



15-04-07 Charnwood Open - 15 April 2007

Cannock & Stafford athletes took advantage of the fantastic weather conditions to turn in good performances at Loughborough on Sunday.


Phil Treadwell (U15) was first to compete and gave respectable performances in the 100m (15.0) and the 200m (31.1). Paul Edwards (M45)had driven from Tipton where he had already competed in the 400m hurdles, gaining an excellent time of 65.1, arriving in time to run the 100m in an impressive 12.7. Paul also ran the 200m in 26.0 and, amazingly, had the strength to complete the 400m in 59.0.


Jessica Leek jumped consistently well to easily win the U13's long jump with a best of 4.36m, just under her pb. She then ran superbly to finish the 200m in 29.6 (new pb). Natalie Ainge jumped a pb of 4.59m to win the U17's long jump and then gave an excellent performance in the 300m with a personal best of 43.5.


Martin Crutchley continued his marked improvement in the throwing events with 25.99m in the discus and a new pb of 12.56m in the shot.


The largest number of C&S athletes entered the 400m. Apart from Paul Edwards, Andy Weetman (M40) and Shaun Ainge (M40) both smashed their veterans pbs with 56.6 and 57.0 respectively.


11-04-07 Members Subs

With the 2007 track and field season fast approaching, there are still some members who have not paid their 2006 / 07 annual subs.


These must be paid:

a) to cover your affiliation to the MCAA

b) to allow you to compete in Cannock and Stafford colours.


With the majority of athletes having paid their dues, it is only fair that anybody who hasn't does so immediately.


You can hand in your subs at Cannock Stadium on training nights or post them to Carole Jones at 21, The Dell, Lichfield, Staffordshire, WS13 8AZ. (Membership Form)


If you have a query, call Carole on 01543 256116.


Thank You.


Cannock & Stafford Committee.


02-04-07 Level 1 / Level 2 Officials courses

At Alexander Stadium on 28th April 2007, there are courses for those wishing to become either Level 1 (Assistant Official) or Level 2 (Field Judge, Track Judge, Timekeeper or Starter / Marksman).


It is important, as a club, that we provide officials at meetings, as points are awarded to the clubs who provide their quota of officials. For example, if we don't provide enough officials for the YAL meetings, it could mean the difference between qualifying for the Finals at Alexander Stadium or not.


Having done the Level 1 course myself last year, I can confirm that it's quite an enjoyable course (and there's nothing too difficult in it!!).


If you are interested, please see Gary Denning or John Atherton at the track or e-mail Karen Moody on kazmoody@yahoo.co.uk.


Best of all, the course is FREE (as far as I know!)


02-04-07 Stoke AC Open Meeting - 29 March 2007

In the second Open Meeting at Stoke on Thursday, four more of our athletes competed.


Deborah Downer ran 31.5 secs for her 200min the U20 women. Paul Edwards completed the 200m in 26.3 and the 800m in 2:25.5.


Alistair and Adam Rigby both competed in the high jump. Adam got a pb with a leap of 1.86m in the U20 men and Alastair beat his previous best with 1.65m in the U17 men.


29-03-07 Stoke AC Open Meeting - 27 March 2007

In the Open Meeting at Stoke on Tuesday, a number of our athletes used the opportunity for some early season competition.


Georgia Hollins won her U11 75m in a time of 12.2 secs. Gemma Smith (U17) ran 13.3 in the 100m and jumped 4.76m in the LJ.


Sam Evans ran the mile in a time of 4:29.4 and Paul Edwards completed the 100m in 13.1 before laying down the marker for the vets 400m with a great time of 58.4


25-03-07 BMAF Cross Country Championships - Mansfield - 24 March 2007

The BMAF Cross Country Championships were held at Mansfield on Saturday. Conditions were dry but cold and blustery.


Cannock & Stafford athletes gained two bronze medals. Chris Kilkenny finished in third place in the W50 age group and Dot Fellows was just pipped to second place in the W60 age group.


19-03-07 West Midlands Young Athletes Cross Country League - Aldersley Leisure Village - 18 March 2007

The young athletes from Cannock and Stafford Athletic Club finished their cross country league season last weekend when they contested the final round of the West Midland Young Athletes League coming away with individual and team trophies.


With trophies going to the top six individuals and top three teams it was the Under 17 men who were the most successful winning the team gold medals and two individuals. Chris Harvey, who won the first three rounds with ease had to miss the fourth round in December due to a dislocated shoulder whilst playing football, returned for the final meeting and showed he was back to his best form winning this one from his main midland rival Greg Dival from Sutton Coldfield. Dival had beaten Harvey in their last two encounters in the inter Counties at Nottingham and the Nationals at Sunderland so this win was most satisfying.


Giving good support and helping the team to the gold medals were Sam Evans, who finished fourth on the day and taking fourth overall with Ian McCann taking sixth on the day and sixth overall with fourth scorer Hayden Carter 15th.


In the under 13 boys Ashley Wickett, winner of two races this season  scored a brilliant second place on the day just missing out on the overall title as he finished in second overall. The team took a well deserved third place with Jack Lockett 7th, Jake Neville 34th, George Smallman 58th, Jon Turner 60th and Dan Liggins 66th.


The under 11 boys also took team bronze with outstanding runs from Jamie Ross in 12th, Sam :Leather 15th, William Haycox 17th, Jasper Hall 34th, Mitchell Averis 42nd and Yash Shangovi 57th.


The under 15 boys finished 5th overall with splendid runs from Alex Jackson in 15th, Sam Derry 26th, Oliver Turner 41st. Andie Polykronakas 47th with Stewart Davies 80th.’


For the girls it was the under 17s that took team honours finishing second to the powerful Sutton Coldfield team with Cally Read who is still in her first year at this age group taking fourth place overall in the individuals. Helping the team were Jo Smith 12th, Charlotte Parker  20th and Laura Allan 29th.


The under 15 girls finished 5th overall with Rachel Atherton running well despite a fall early on in the race taking 5th place in the overall standings with team mates Rebecca Phillips 7th, Rebecca Bray 19th, Rebecca Cooke 20th, Bethany Clarke 44th, Chloe Boulter 45th and Hollie Allan 56th.


The under 13s finished fourth overall with good runs from Shanie Read 12th, Catherine Hulme 16th, Teresa Hulme 30th, Harriett Jones 36th, Jessica Boulter 63rd and Charlotte Barrow 65th.


Finally the under 11 girls finished in fifth place with Pascale Massey in 14th, Tara Thorpe 28th, Poppy Jones 34th, Taryn Beech 56th, Lucinda Thorley 72nd, Grace O’Connell 75th, Jessica Dunckley 76th and Sophie Swatkins 7th.

C&S finished second club overall out of the twenty competing just behind Sutton Coldfield on 31041pts to Suttons 32934pts.

Bob Hughes Team Manager


12-03-07 British Masters Indoor Track & Field Championships - Lee Valley - 3/4 March 2007

At the recent BMAF Track and Field Championships, held at the new Lee Valley Athletics Centre in London, C&S's Alison George came away with two silver medals in the Shot Put (9.65m) and the Weight (9.43m). Martin Roberts also won two medals, a silver in the discus with a throw of 28.26m and a bronze in the weight (11.26m).


Gary Myles ran well to gain a bronze in the 60m hurdles in a time of 9.03 seconds. He also competed in the 60m flat and came fourth in his heat in a time of 7.98 seconds.



11-03-07 Stadium latest

Along with John Atherton, I met Karen Bradford and Wayne Goodwin, senior officers at Cannock District Council, to discuss the future of the present stadium at Pye Green Road and the planned new facilities at Blake Valley Technology College.


We were concerned that the present track was not being maintained properly and that the council needs to invest before the 2007 season opens. We have been asked to compile a list of  what we believe needs doing – the track cleaned and repaired, the hammer cage mended etc – and to pass it on to council officers, which we will do this coming week.


On to the new track at Blake – we were shown details of the various phases the council have drawn up for building the facilities.


Phase One is the construction of track and field facilities on playing fields at the rear of the school. This track would be surrounded by a security fence and would be fully floodlit.


Also within this phase would be a 200 seat covered grandstand with storage facilities built underneath. Initially, changing facilities would be in the main school along with the use of a room to meet and warm up as we do now at Cannock Stadium.


There are NO plans at the moment to build a club house on the site, which is something we need to give serious thought to as a club. We also need to ensure toilet facilities are built on the site during phase one.


As part of our ongoing involvement in the new facilities, club President Derek Fellows, Treasurer Clive Watson and senior coach Dave Sunderland were invited to accompany councillors and council officers to see the track and field facilities at Warwick University. The track there has been very recently laid and is similar to the one that Cannock Council is considering.


A report on this visit and any subsequent news about the new track will appear shortly on this website.


It has been a long haul trying to establish the exact details of the council’s plans but we now seem to becoming more involved. They have a tight timetable and, if it goes to plan, believe the new facilities could be in place by the end of October. Cross your fingers!


Gary Denning - Chairman



11-03-07 Milford 21 - Chairman's Report

The Milford 21 has come and gone again and was a great success. We had well over 200 entries for the 21 mile cross country race over Cannock Chase and this helped to make £1,370 for club funds.


Thanks to Mark Faulkner, John Bray and Chris Maguire for helping to mark out the course, Carol Denning, Sheila Denning and Dot Fellows for registration and to the small army of people, too numerous to mention, who acted as marshals around the course, caterers, at the finishing line and car park attendants. It was a horrible wet day but everybody did their bit for the club. See the link to the Milford 21 photos.


Thanks, too, to the park rangers and to St John Ambulance for all their support over the whole weekend.                


Gary Denning - Chairman



10-03-07 Keith Power

It is great sadness that we report the death of Keith Power, one of the club’s biggest supporters over the past couple of years.


Our thoughts are with Keith’s widow Sandra, his daughter Nicky and all the members of his family. Nicky is a member of Mark Pinner's javelin squad and trains at Cannock.


Several club members attended Keith’s funeral in Great Wyrley. He was only 63 and was always willing to help Cannock & Stafford AC. One of life’s true gentlemen.


Gary Denning - Chairman



05-03-07 Milford 21 - 4th March 2007

On behalf of all the runners who ran on Sunday, I would like to express my sincere thanks to Gary and Mark for organising this annual event, and to all those who helped on the day to make this run another great success.
Without the help of those willing volunteers, standing in the wind and rain, then the race could not happen. Thank you to you all.
John Atherton ( Fun Runner )

02-03-07 UK Cross Country Challenge - 24th February 2007
Congratulations to Chris Harvey who finished top of the U17s UK Cross Country rankings for 2006-2007 after coming 12th in the final race at Nottingham.


The final event was also the Inter Counties Cross Country Championships. Chris finished 54 seconds behind the winner of the race but it was enough to give him top spot overall.



25-02-07 Tamworth Heart 10k - 18th February 2007
C&S's England cross country international, Tom Humphries won the third annual Tamworth Heart 10k by over a minute and a half from the defending champion Martin Williams last weekend.


Stacey Johnson crossed the line 6 minutes behind Tom in 36:32 to win the women's race and Christine Rollason rounded off a great day for the club with victory in the F55 category.



20-02-07 Midland Indoor Championships - NIA - 18th February 2007
Sam Evans has started the season in fine form. Knocking almost 2 seconds off his time in last weeks Birmingham Games, he won the U20s 800m race in a time of 1.55.68. It was an extremely close race with only 0.3 seconds separating the first 3 finishers.


Jo Harper came 3rd in the Senior Women's 800m in a time of 2.20.37 and Terry McAdams came 3rd in his heat of the SM 200m in a time of 23.10.


Laura Simmonds finished 2nd in the triple jump with 10.78m



18-02-07 C & S Coach named Borough Coach of the Year
C&S coach, Bob Hughes, was named as the Coach of the Year for 2006 at the recent Sport Stafford Borough award evening at Staffordshire University.


Other awards made at the evening included:- Sports Performer of the Year; Team of the Year; Improved Sports Performer and U18 Sports Performer.


Considering the wide array of sports from which nominations could have been made, this is an excellent achievement. Congratulations Bob!!



16-02-07 BUPA Great Manchester Run - 20th May 2007
We have been given two guaranteed entries into the Great Manchester Run on the 20th May 2007. The entries are subject to the athletes having achieved the following time criteria over the race distance of 10k within the last 12 months:

MEN - 38 minutes

WOMEN - 44 minutes


If any athletes are interested in taking part and have achieved the times indicated, could you please e-mail Karen Moody on kazmoody@yahoo.co.uk as soon as possible and certainly no later than the 12th March 2007. Applications will be dealt with on a first come first served basis and although the entries are guaranteed, they are not complimentary.



14-02-07 Birmingham Games - 10th & 11th February 2007
Gemma Smith recorded the 9th longest jump in the UK so far this year in winning the U17W long jump with 5.25m at the Birmingham Games at the NIA. Gemma also came 5th in the high jump with 1.55m


Another of our jumpers, Henry Coley-Fisher, moved into the top 10 of the UK rankings for the U15M high jump with a leap of 1.60m to finish second.


The sprinters performed well. Laura Simmonds (U20W) won her 60m heat in 8.15 and came 2nd (with the same time as the winner) of her 200m heat in 26.35. Leanne Jones came second in her U17W 60m in 8.61 and 4th in her 200m heat in 29.00.


Both Natalie Ainge and Elisha Bateman came 2nd in their 300m heats with Nat clocking 44.57 and Elisha 46.59. Elisha also competed in the 60mH, finishing in 9.98. Gemma Werrett hit an early hurdle but managed to stay on her feet to finish in 16.81 in the SW 60mH.


In the 800m, Sam Evans recorded a quick time of 1min 57.64secs to finish 3rd in the U20m race and Jo Harper ran 2.25.11 to finish 4th.



07-02-07 Midland Indoor Championships - 3rd February 2007
Cannock & Stafford AC's jumpers competed very well in the Midlands Indoor Championships at Birmingham's High Performance Centre on the 3rd February, gaining 2 gold medals and new PB's.

First to compete was Gemma Smith in the Under 17's high jump. She was unlucky not to get a medal as she jumped 1.55m and came 5th, with 2nd,3rd and 4th position jumping 1.60m.

Then came the first of two gold medal winners. Laura Simmonds was competing in the Under 20's long jump and was 31cm clear of 2nd place with a winning jump of 5.34m

Back to the high jump and Henry Coley-Fisher was jumping in the Under 15's. He came a well deserved 4th place with a jump of 1.55m, just missing out on the bronze medal position.

In the Under 17's high jump, Alasdair Rigby jumped well to go over 1.60m and just knocked off 1.65m, which would of been a new PB. Ally came 6th overall

Yet another high jumper, this time Adam Rigby in the Under 20's. Adam came 5th, but only just missed out off the medals on count back. He equalled his PB of 1.85m.

Craig Ridgeway cleared 2.80m in the Under 17's pole vault, a new PB. Craig finished 6th.

The second gold medal came in the Under 17's long jump. Gemma Smith performed very well, as she did in the high jump, and won by 10cm with a leap of 5.24. The competition was close, but Gemma came out on top.

Overall, a very good day for the Cannock & Stafford athletes, and bring on the next competition


05-02-07 Staffordshire Schools Cross Country Championships - 3rd February 2007
The junior athletes of Cannock and Stafford Athletic Club were in action last week end when they competed in the Staffordshire Cross Country Championships held at Stoke University.

Not only were there medals on offer but also athletes were running for selection to compete for Staffordshire in the All England Championships in Leeds on March 24th.

With C&S athletes running for their school districts and not clubs they found themselves as rivals between each other.

Stafford and District were highly successful in the team event with the year 8 and 9 girls taking gold with Rebecca Cooke in fifth, Rebecca Bray 7th followed by triplets Catherine Hulme in ninth with sisters Sarah tenth and Teresa thirteenth. Fifth scorer for the team in twelfth place was Julie Addison of Stafford Harriers who is a training partner of the above girls art Rowley Park.

On the individual front Shanie Read (Cannock Schools ) took an excellent bronze medal.

In the year 10 and 11 girls Rachel Atherton took a splendid bronze medal with Cally Read 4th, Chloe Boulter 18th and Laura Allan 26th.

The senior girls had Rachel Horsley in second place taking a well earned silver medal.

On the boys side in the year 8 and 9 race it was the Cannock team which took the gold medal with five C&S athletes in the scoring six with Chris Perrin 3rd, Radick Bednarczyk4th, Sam Derry 5th, Ashley Wickett 6th and Jack Lockett 12th. Other C&S runners were Stuart Davies 18th, Przemek Bednarczyk 21st, Harvey Wain-Williams 35th and Jake Neville 39th.

Rowley Park athlete Nick Greaves of Stafford Harriers was 30th.

In the year 10 and 11 boys  Hayden Carter was 5th with Alex Jackson 9th.

Senior boy Chris Harvey in his first year at this age group finished second behind Alex Derricott of Stoke which was expected as the Stoke runner is a year older and former National champion

Yours in Sport

Bob Hughes   Team Manager and U.K. Athletics Coach


23-01-07 Stadium Latest
Following various rumours regarding plans to build a new track at Blake Valley Technology College, we, as a committee, wrote to the relevant councillors and to the local newspapers to voice our concerns over a proposal to make the new track only six lanes.


We impressed on them that an eight lane track is absolutely essential and that they are duty bound to provide exactly what we have here at the new venue. Without the proper facilities, we can not operate properly as a club and, without us using the track, it would be a waste of money.


As a result of the letters and the ensuing publicity, we were contacted by Councillor Mick Grocott, the councils Head of Leisure, at the weekend. He said that the council cabinet had instructed officers to draw up plans for a eight lane track with ten lane straights. They are also to include plans for a 200 seat covered grandstand.


Apparently, a track similar to the above has been built in Warwickshire and the council has said it will take two or three members of our committee to see it. A date has yet to be decided.


We have welcomed the council's latest announcement and we will follow up with another letter stressing, among other things, that the present stadium in Pye Green Road must remain open until any new facilities are built. We will also make the point that we want changing and toilet facilities, a club room, storage space and full disabled access at the new track.


We will report back as soon as there are any further developments.


Gary Denning - Chairman


23-01-07 Midland Masters Cross Country Championships - 21 January 2007
The Midland Masters Cross Country Championships were held on Sunday at Perry Park, Birmingham.


C&S athletes came away with two gold medals with Christine Rollason winning the W55 race and Dot Fellows winning the W60 race. Congratulations to both athletes.


16-01-07 Birmingham & District Cross Country League Div 2 - Wyken Croft Park - 13 January 2007
The senior men of Cannock and Stafford Athletic Club were in excellent form last weekend when they contested the third round of the Birmingham and District Cross country league at Coventry.

Lying in sixth place before the start the team were determined to improve their position as they look to gain promotion to Division 1 for next year so a good team effort was needed and that is what they got as every squad member gave all they could.

Chris Powner who had finished second on both of the first two rounds ran a superb race but again he had to settle for second place behind one of Birchfield’s many Kenyan runners but as none of the previous winners have done all three meetings Powner now finds himself a clear leader for the overall title.

Giving Powner good support and just outside the overall leader’s standings was Rob Little crossing the line in a splendid eighth place with Craig Pearson 21st out sprinting club mate and training partner James Houghton in 22nd. These two were then followed in by Paul Lester in 36th with sixth and final  scorer Wesley Southall in 69th with further support coming from Dave Constance in 92nd, Ben Morgan 122nd and Simon Maxfield 152nd.

On this performance the team have moved up to third overall and an automatic promotion place and with one race left the team are highly confident that they can maintain their position and compete in the First Division next year.

Bob Hughes U.K. Athletics Coach and Team Manager


10-01-07 Rowley Park athletes Kosmin test results
Under coach Andy Weetman, C & S athletes training at Rowley Park have been using the Kosmin test as a means of improvement measurement over the winter.


The Kosmin test consists of athletes running for 60 seconds around the track and a marker is placed at the position reached. They then have 3 minutes recovery before starting from the marked position and running for a further 60 seconds. The total distance covered in the two runs is then recorded.


Andy's group results for Rowley Park are shown on the link below. If any other C & S athlete wants to attempt the test and have their results added to the list, please get permission from your coach and ask them to e-mail the results via the website.

Rowley Park results


09-01-07 County Cross Country Championships Report
The junior athletes of Cannock and Stafford Athletic Club enjoyed a highly successful day last Saturday when they travelled to the Westwood High School in Leek to contest the annual Staffordshire Cross Country championships coming away with individual and team medals.

With the course situated near to the range of hills known as the Roaches it was a true test of strength and stamina with severe hills covering almost the entire course.

The under 13 girls proved the most successful with the title going to Shanie Read who ran a superb race being in contention throughout the race and as she entered the final half mile she was able to pull away to cross the line way ahead of her opposition. Giving Shanie good support were newcomers Sarah and Catherine Hulme, who have only recently started training with C&S at Rowley Park,  but with both giving excellent performances they finished just outside the medals with Sarah fourth and Catherine fifth.

Julie Addison of Stafford Harriers who finished seventh is also a training partner of the girls above.

With only three to score in each age group they won the team gold beating main rivals Stoke by a massive nineteen points.

The under 13 boys also produced the champion from C&S as Ashley Wickett again showed the rewards of the squad training on Milford Common most Sundays as he powered away from his rivals on the part of the course known as Killer Hill to finish as Read did in the earlier race well clear.

The team took a brilliant silver medal place with training partners Jack Lockett fourth, Harvey Wain-Williams 14th, Matt Coombes 15th,  Ryan Kenny 21st and Jake Neville 22nd.

The under 15 girls showed their determination and although there were no individual medals they took a fantastic first team place with Rachel Atherton in 5th place followed by Rebecca Cooke in ninth, Rebecca Bray in tenth and Hollie Allan in 16th.  The last three athletes are only in their first year at under 15 so their achievements are even more remarkable.

The under 17 men took a well deserved third team place with Sam Evans 8th, Ian McCann 11th, Glyn Owens 19th and Jamie  Graham 22nd.

The under 15 boys just missed out on team medals in fourth place but they all ran with great credit with Sam Derry in 6th, Radick Bednarczyk 11th, Huw Owens 12th  and Stuart Davies 19th.

The middle distance squads of C&S are proving most successful under the guidance of Club Coaches Bob Hughes and Terry Faulkner

The senior men had one competitor on the day with Rob Little running a splendid race to finish fourth overall.

Yours in Sport

         Bob Hughes    U.K. Athletics Coach and Team Manager


01-01-07 Timetable for County Cross Country Championships
The timetable for the Staffordshire Cross Country Championships is:

12.15    U13 G & U13 B

12.40    U15 G & U15 B

1.20      U17M , U17W, U20W, Sen.W. Vets W

2.00      U20M, Sen M , Vets M