Midland Joint Track & Field League
Cannock Stadium to be
Improved Young Athlete of the Year
Staffs Cross Country League - Westwood High School, Leek -
13 December 08
Team Gold for Stacey Johnson in European Cross Country
Cannock Stadium Update
Stacey Johnson Selected for GB U23 Cross Country team
Stacey Johnson has qualified for
the Great Britain U23 cross country team for the
European cross country championships taking place
this weekend in Brussels.
The trial was at Sefton Park,
Liverpool, part of the UK series and the race was
combined with the Senior women's race consisting of
one small lap and 2 large laps, a total of 8.1km -
2km further than any race this season. The top 6
were to qualify and Stacey finished 5th in the U23s
and 16th overall.
Stacey said "I am absolutely
delighted as I have been trying to qualify for this
championship since I was an u17 in the respective
under 20 age group. I'd like to thank the club for
their support and also hope that I can help inspire
other athletes in our club to persist their
ambitions despite set backs such as injury and
illness as I have faced. It shows if you want
something badly enough you can do it, going through
all those set backs just made me stronger and made
me want it more! Believe in yourself and you can
Message from our President
This has proven to be a difficult
year for our club, the closure of Cannock stadium
has caused many problems which we are trying to come
to grips with. The training figures at Rowley Park
are proving very encouraging, and the ground staff
there, have made us very welcome.
We are losing some income on
refreshments, although once again things are slowly
picking up. We are still in need of volunteers to
help out, and in general most of the duties carried
out by our officials are being carried out by the
same few people.
We need people to come forward to sit
on our committee, during the past year our numbers
have dwindled and it is only the hard core of people
making all of the decisions.
On the track our only disappointment
was the failure of our young athletes to qualify for
either the main final or the auxiliary final. The
under 20s team competed very well in the premier
division for the first time and easily retained
their position for another season. Our senior men
and women’s team retained their position in the
Midlands League and our veteran teams again excelled
with our women’s team winning their division for the
6th successive season.
On an individual front, our two
shining stars are Tom Humphries (won the national
x/country championship, inter counties x/country and
was highest placed European in the world x/country)
and Stacy Johnson who set a string of personal bests
and won both Great Britain and England vests. We
also had several young athletes and veteran athletes
who competed at international level.
Special mention must go to Martin
Crutchley who went to Beijing and competed with
distinction, finishing 5th in the shot put for
athletes competing with cerebral palsy. Martin
became our 5th Olympian athlete.
One of the initiatives carried out by
our committee has been the introduction of the
“hoodies” and the young athletes in particular seem
keen to wear theirs with pride, I do know that there
are other things in the pipeline but more about
We always need to recruit more
coaches and officials and to help our needs our club
pays for any costs incurred. If you feel that you
may be able to help with these needs then please
approach any of the committee.
None of us yet know if we will be
able to compete with the best in the young athletes’
league, almost certainly we will not get the influx
from the Cannock schools that we have enjoyed in the
past, but we are determined to try. We have some
excellent talented young athletes at our club.
The decision on the Cannock stadium
should be known before our A.G.M. takes place, but
having seen at first hand how the ruling councillors
perform, I do not expect them to put our athletic
problems very high on their agenda.
I would like to take this opportunity
to thank all officials, coaches, athletes, helpers
and volunteers for their efforts over the past year
and to wish everyone a merry Christmas and a happy
and successful new year.
11th December 2008
The committee hereby give notice that
the AGM of Cannock & Stafford AC is to be held on
the above date in the Function Room at Rowley Park
The meeting will receive the annual
report of the club's activities in 2007/08, as well
as the audited accounts. This will be followed by
the election of members to fill vacant positions.
These are Chairman, Secretary, Social Secretary,
Road Running Team Manager. Please note that the
Chairman and Secretary is a 2 year tenure. As the
Vice Chairman / Treasurer are half way through their
term in office, these positions are not up for
election until the AGM November 2009.
Due to work pressure, our Vice
Chairman / Treasurer has had to stand down from
committee duties. Former club Subscription
Secretary, Carole Jones, has offered to take on the
Treasurer role and Dawn Jones has offered to take on
the Subscription Secretary's duties. These roles
will commence after the 2008 AGM.
Also, could I remind all members that
the club subscriptions became due on 1st October
2008. If you have not already paid, please forward
your fee to Dawn Jones.
Cannock & Stafford AC Secretary.
Stafford Veteran Completes 100 mile Stage Race
first week of November, Cannock & Stafford
veteran athlete, Les Green, completed a 100 mile
race in India.
100 mile stage race took place over 5 days. The
first leg started on Monday 3rd
November in Manebhanjang (6,600ft above see
level) and finished at Sandakphu (11,800ft), 24
miles later. The following day, the athletes ran
20 miles in a route that returned to Sandakphu
and took in views of four of the world’s five
highest mountains, Everest, Lhoste, Makalu and
day 3, the race took in the Everest Challenge
Marathon, a race within a race. The 26.4 miles
ran from Sandakphu to Rimbik (6,560ft). Day 4
saw a relatively short stage (13 miles) from
Rimbik to Palmajua leaving a 17 mile run on the
final day finishing back in Manebhanjang.
The whole race
consisted of nearly 18,000ft of climbing in
constant up and downs.
Les said that
on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday the surface was
loose cobblestones and rough rocks which killed
his feet. He commented that “The (descent) of
the marathon was exceedingly difficult with
steep rocky narrow paths which, because I was
still out after 5pm had to be picked over by
torchlight. It cost me a lot of time avoiding
injury and ensuring I followed the correct route
but this was about finishing”
time was 41 hours 50 plus minutes and, at 70
years old, he was the oldest finisher and is
believed to be the first man over 70 to finish
in the 18 years that the event has been going.
His training took place on the hilly side of
Cannock Chase and up and down the Wrekin. He
said “Now I need to use the rest of the winter
to get a base down for some track in April”.
Well done Les!
An amazing performance.
Staffs Cross Country League -
Stafford Common - 15 November 2008
athletes of Cannock and Stafford Athletic Club
continued their outstanding performances last
weekend when they contested the third round of
the North Staffs Cross Country League held at
Stafford Common and hosted by Stafford Harriers.
In the under
15 girls Teresa Hulme battled through the heavy
conditions of the common to score a brilliant
victory which now sees her overall leader in
her age group and she had excellent back up from
her sisters with Catherine finishing a splendid
fourth and Sarah fifth and along with Julie
Addison in sixth the team now have a massive
lead over their rivals.
athlete moving into the overall leader spot is
Becky Bray with her second successive victory
finishing well clear of her nearest rival who
was actually joint leader with Bray going into
In the Under
15 boys Ashley Wickett scored a third
consecutive second place but with different
winners from previous races he also leads the
overall lead with team mate Jack Lockett 5th.
Ridgway recorded an excellent second place in
the under 13 girls to secure second place
overall and with fellow club mates Danielle
Woodward 10th, Becky Wallace 14th
and Sara Dimmock 22nd the team
improved one place into second spot.
The under 17
men lead in the team event with outstanding
performances from Philip Pugh finishing third
with Sam Derry 13th, Stewart Davies 16th and
David O’Farrell 20th.
In the under
11 boys Ryan Ashforth finished third but retains
second overall while the under 11 girls lie in
fourth spot overall with Hannah Smith 8th Chloe
Preston 12th and Katie Wickett 17th.
British & Irish Masters Cross Country International -
Swansea - 15 November 2008
In the veterans international
cross country challenge held at Swansea on
Saturday 15th November, we had two
representatives from our club running for
Christine Kilkenny ran in the W55
age group and put in her usual gutsy performance
finishing 2nd on the day behind one
of her England team mates, she was rewarded with
an individual silver medal and a team gold
Dot Fellows was our
representative in the W60 age group and despite
running the first two of three laps with stomach
cramp she was to finish in 5th place
and help her team to team gold. Due to the
amount of rain the course was very heavy and
could best be described as testing.
WMYACCL - Newbold Comyn - 9 November 2008
The Cannock & Stafford U15 Girls and
the U17 Men both lead their respective team events
after the second WMYACCL meeting at Leamington on
Having won the County Schools
Championships the previous day, Jade Bird had
another successful run, finishing 3rd and lifting
herself up to 5th in the current individual
standings one place behind Rebecca Straw who came
8th on the day. Lydia Trow and Teresa Hulme also
finished in the top 20.
In the U17 Men's race, Philip Pugh
came 7th on the day to lie in joint 6th currently in
the individual competition. Chris Perrin came 11th
(9th after 2 races).
Hannah Smith was again our highest
U11 Girl's finisher in 35th place and Amelia Ridgway
came 7th in the U13's race (8th after 2 races).
Rebecca Bray came 11th in the U17's
race to lie joint 7th in the individual standings
after the first two meetings.
With a 9th place finish on Sunday,
Ryan Ashforth is in joint 3rd position overall in
the U11's Boys category and Jamie Ross was our
highest place finisher in 22nd place in the U13's.
Ashley Wicketts 5th place in the
U15's race was enough to lift him to 6th in the
overall individual positions and Alex Hunter came
18th in the same race to help the U15's team to
close the gap on Birchfield Harriers to just 5
points at the top of the team standings.
Congratulations to all of the other
athletes who competed at Leamington to enable
Cannock & Stafford AC to remain in the top four of
the overall team positions.
represents England - Mol, Belgium - 9 November 2008
Cannock & Stafford's Stacey
Johnson gained an international vest when she
represented England in the Senior Women's Lotto
Cross Cup in Mol, Belgium on Sunday.
In a quality field, over a distance
of 6400m, Stacey came home 24th in a time of 25mins
2009 London Marathon Places
Available - FINAL REMINDER
Cannock & Stafford AC are entitled to
apply for club entries to the 2009 London Marathon.
If any member would like to be considered for
one of these places, please contact Karen Moody by e-mail to
or by phone on 01543 685057
to register your interest by 14th November 2008 at the
latest. Normal entry
fees will be payable for these places.
Birmingham & District Cross Country League -
Senneleys Park - 25 October 2008
gave himself, and the C&S men’s cross country
team, a tremendous start to the Birmingham &
District Cross Country League season by winning
the Division 3 race at Senneleys Park by a 20
Pearson’s excellent third place and an
impressive 24th place for Hayden
Carter helped C&S finish 5th on the
day but they were also thankful to Dave
Constance (38th), Jamie Graham (76th)
and Brian Peacock (78th) without
whose performances we would have failed to
record a score.
In the women’s
Midland Cross Country League race, Stacey
Johnson finished in 3rd place and
Chris Kilkenny in 53rd.
Staffs Cross Country League - Park Hall Country Park, Stoke - 18 October 2008
Cannock & Stafford AC
athletes are having a successful season to date
in the North Staffs Cross Country League.
In the meeting at Park Hall
Country Park, Ryan Ashforth came 2nd in
the U11 Boys race and currently lies 2nd in the
overall individual standings. James Russell was
our only U13 representative and finished 5th.
Ashley Wickett leads the way in the U15 boys
individual standings after a 2nd place finish on
The U17 men's team are currently
in 1st place lead by Philip Pugh (2nd and 2nd
overall), Sam Derry (12th), Stuart Davies
(13th), and David Farrell (17th).
In the U11 Girls race, Hannah
Smith (9th), Katie Wickett (15th) and Chloe
Preston (20th) helped the team to 4th place in
the current standings.
The U13's team lie in 3rd place
with Amelia Ridgway finishing 4th and Leanne
Dimmock a further place back. Alex Smith was
15th, Danielle Woodward 16th, Becky Wallace 25th
and Sarah Dimmock 27th.
The older girls are lining
themselves up for a haul of medals. The Hulme
sisters ensured the U15's stayed at the top of
the team standings with Teresa coming home 2nd
and Sarah 3rd. They also currently lie 2nd and
3rd in the individual standings. Catherine also
ran well to finish in 7th place.
Rebecca Bray won the U17's race
to lead overall and Rebecca Cooke came 3rd to
maintain her overall 3rd place position. Beth
Clarkes 5th place finish helped the girls to win
the team race on the day.
Sue Kneill-Boxley was our only
senior competitor taking part and she finished a
WMYACCL - Pype Hayes - 12 October 2008
Cannock & Stafford AC are second
in the table after the first WMYACCL race of the
2008-09 season at Pype Hayes.
The highest individual finish
came from Ryan Ashforth who was placed 2nd in
the U11 Boys race. Tom Osbourne finished 15th in
the same race.
In the U13 boys, Jamie Ross was
C&S's first athlete home in 15th place. The U15
Boys lie in 2nd place assisted by Ashley
Wicketts 9th place finish and Stephen Sutton
(18th). The U17 Men are currently first after
top twenty performances from Chris Perrin (8th),
Philip Pugh (10th) and Radek Bednarczyk (20th).
Our first U11 Girls runner to
finish was Hannah Smith in 28th place and Amelia
Ridgway came 11th in the U13 Girls.
Team performance of the day came
from our U15 Girls team who finished first
overall with four athletes in the top 20.
Rebecca Straw led the way in 4th place ably
assisted by Jade Bird (10th), Teresa Hulme
(15th) and Sarah Hulme (19th). In the U17 Women,
Rebecca Bray came 9th.
Congratulations to all of our
other runners who took part on Sunday.
Chosen to Represent Country
Two of our veteran women
have been selected to represent England
in the cross country international to be
held at Singleton Park, Swansea on the
Chris Kilkenny was
selected in the W55 age group and Dot
Fellows in the W60 category.
Athletics Officials Courses
If you are interested in
qualifying as an athletics official, please
find below details of forthcoming level 2
and 3 officials courses in the West
1st November 2008,
Alexander Stadium, Birmingham
Track, Field, Timekeeper,
Starter/Marksman 10am – 3pm
Level 2 is the course to
start with if you have a reasonable
knowledge of athletics. If you are connected
to Cannock & Stafford Athletic Club there
will be no cost to you for attending this
course. If interested in being an official
either contact me direct or through the
website e-mail address.
2nd November, Alexander Stadium,
Generic, Track, Field,
Timekeeper, Technology Modules: False
Start, EDM 9am – 5pm
Cannock & Stafford
British Masters Cross Country Relays - Mansfield - 4 October
On Saturday 4th
October C&S sent a team to compete in the
British Masters x/country relays which were
held in Mansfield. There were sixteen
complete teams contesting 3 separate age
groups though we were the only club to have
a team in the W55 age category.
Chris Rollason was our first
leg runner and with a time of 20.04 mins
she came back in 12th position
overall, Dot was our 2nd leg
runner and with a time of 19.08 mins she
lifted the team up to 10th, Our
final leg was run by Chris Kilkenny and
despite clocking the fastest time for our
team of 17 56 mins the team dropped back to
Whilst it was disappointing
that there was no-one to contest our age
group, the team took great satisfaction in
beating 2 teams in the W35 age group and 3
teams in the W45 age group, Their
performance in fact would have given them
the silver medal in the W45 age group.
Stadium Enquiry Results Delayed
The club have received a letter
advising that the result of the enquiry into the
Cannock Stadium closure, due at the start of
November, has been delayed until the 4th
Blackpool Open Medal Meeting - Blackpool - 28 September 2008
On a sunny day in Blackpool,
Cannock & Stafford's athletes enjoyed a day at
the seaside and came away from the Open meeting
with a number of medals and pb's.
Chloe Boulter and Alicia Clarke
were our first two athletes in action and both
came away with gold medals. Chloe won the high
jump with 1.45m and Alicia smashed her discus pb
by almost 6m, with a throw of 21.13m. Alicia's
sister, Beth, was our first track athlete and
she won silver in the 800m in a time of 2:39.5.
Adam Smith took part in his first
100m race and ran 12.2. Richard Evans finished
in 12.6 and Paul Edwards in a season's best
12.9. Chad Barton came 3rd in the SM Javelin,
throwing 55.29 and Matthew Paynter threw 33.83m.
In the U17 event, Daniel Millerchip finished 2nd
with a distance of 39.46m and Dan Timmis 3rd
There were six Cannock & Stafford
athletes in the senior men's 400m race. Jamie
Mills won the race overall in 52.2, Adam Smith
came 4th in 55.1 and Jamie Graham recorded a
time of 57.1. Close behind Jamie came Andy
Weetman with 57.4 who just pipped veteran team
mates Shaun Ainge (57.6) and Paul Edwards
In the women's 300m, Hollie Allan
won silver with a time of 45.0 whilst in the U17
men's discus Dan Timmis threw 40.35m to win his
second bronze of the day and Dan Millerchip
threw 36.43m. Matthew Paynter won the senior's
discus with 31.14m.
In the final event of the day,
the 200m, Beth Roberts recorded a time of 28.5 in the U15
girls race, and Hannah Greaves won a silver
medal with 27.8 in the seniors. In the men's
event, Jamie Mills won his second gold of the
day with a fantastic pb of 23.2, Jamie Graham
ran 25.8, Richard Evans 26.0 and Paul Edwards
26.1, equalling his season's best.
Conductive Education 10K - Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham - 28
Melanie Leek recorded a time of
50:09 to win the W45 category at the Conductive
Education 10K race in Cannon Hill Park on
Sunday. Mel finished 82nd overall out of a field
of 170. Martin Leek came home in 45th place
achieving his target of a sub 45 minute run,
finishing in 44:33.
Paralympics - Beijing - 2008
Cannock & Stafford's Martin
Crutchley finished in an excellent 5th place in
the F37/38 shot putt in the Paralympics in
His best throw came in the last
round where he recorded a distance of 12.72m. He
started the competition with a throw of 11.41m
and followed this with throws of 12.20, 12.49,
11.99 and 12.68m.
Well done Big 'Un. We're all
proud of you!
European Masters Games - Malmo, Sweden - 29 August to 7
At the European Master Games held
in Malmo Sweden , Alison George won 2 silver
medals, one in the Hammer with a season’s best
of 27.95M and the other in the Weight Throw,
again with a season’s best of 9.78M.
Unfortunately she had to withdraw
from her main event, the shot, due to a
This was the first ever European
Masters Games and is a multi sports event to be
held every four years. The Malmo event consisted
of 25 sports spread over 9 days of competition
and over 10,000 competitors were expected to
Games - Bath & Bristol - 28-31 August 2008
Louise Foster, Gemma Smith and
Harriet Thompson represented the West Midlands
in the UK School Games at the weekend in Bath.
The UK School Games is a multi
sport event, spread over 4 days, designed to
replicate the feel of a major event such as the
Olympics or Paralympics.
Louise was first to compete and
came joint 5th in the pole vault with 2.80m.
Gemma came 2nd in a close triple jump
competition with a best of 11.82m, just 5cm
behind the winner and 1cm ahead of the third
placed athlete. Harriet qualified for the final
of the 80m hurdles by winning her heat in 11.80
seconds. In the final, Harriet clocked 11.74
into a slight headwind to finish 4th.
Blackpool Open Meeting and Illuminations
Trip - 28 September 2008
On the 28th September, Blackpool
& Fylde AC have organised an Open Meeting at
Stanley Park. This is traditionally the last
meeting of the outdoor season that a number of
our athletes take part in.
John Turner has organised a coach
which leaves Stafford at 9am to get to the
meeting. After the meeting, there is a short
trip to the Pleasure Beach before leaving at
around 7pm to drive through the illuminations on
the way home.
The cost per seat is £12 (this
does not include entry fees for the open
meeting). If you are interested, please see John
Turner or arrange through your coach.
Entry forms for the meeting are
here. You will need to submit this form
yourselves by the closing date of 22nd
September. There are no entries on the
England Athletics Region West Midlands 2008 Awards Evening
The England Athletics Region West
Midlands 2008 Awards will take place in the
Directors Suite, overlooking the Villa Park
pitch, on 19th September 2008. Gemma Smith and
Bob Hughes have been shortlisted for awards.
The awards evening will be hosted
by BBC's Nick Owen and some of the West Midlands
top performance athletes, including 2008
Olympians, will be present.
Tickets for the event are £15
which includes a 4 course meal with wine and
there will be a pay bar. So why not go along and
support Gemma and Bob? Tickets are available by
contacting Zena Weeks at
firstname.lastname@example.org or on 0121 356
England Athletics U17 & U15 Championships
- Alexander Stadium - 9/10 August 2008
Gemma Smith recorded a best
triple jump of 11.78m to take silver in the
England Athletics U17 Championships at Alexander
Stadium. She was beaten to gold by Emma Pringle
of Gateshead who improved her pb by nearly 50cm
to win with a jump of 12.08m
Cannock Stadium Public Enquiry
and I went along to the public enquiry to
represent our club, the hearing lasted four
days. Also in attendance every day was our
hurdles coach Charles Harvey and on several
occasions there were parents of athletes,
athletes themselves and some of the stadium
staff in attendance.
started with the council producing some of their
senior officers and in our opinion they did not
give a very good account of themselves. In turn
they were followed by some councillors
themselves who seemed more intent on making
political statements then addressing the issue
on the table which was the planning application
to build houses on the stadium land.
who was conducting the enquiry intervened and
made it quite clear that he would not allow
political comment. There was a lot of technical
discussion regarding the planning application
before members of the public were allowed to
have their say, and 19 people had registered
their intention to speak. I can only recall one
person who was in favour of the planning
application with by far the majority against it.
The leader of
the council Mr Neil Stanley had requested that
he be allowed to speak last before the final
addresses by the legal teams representing both
sides. Both John and I feel that he was
discredited on several accounts and that his
testimony did his sides efforts more harm than
good. He finally admitted after more than two
years in denial that he did promise that they
would not close the track until there was a new
facility in place. He claimed that all the money
raised from the sale of the stadium land would
be spent on leisure facilities within the
district. He then revealed that some of the
money would be spent on improving housing stock
on some of the properties surrounding the
current stadium. He had to admit that the often
quoted figure of £1,000 per day to keep the
stadium open was in fact a greatly inflated
figure and included central office overheads in
the town council offices, which would still
remain if the stadium were closed or not. He
also revealed that there had not been no
planning application made to put the new track
down at Blake, Mr Lavender stated at this point
that it did cast doubts in his own mind as to
whether the council did intend to replace the
assured by the Q.C. representing the council,
that should planning permission be granted to
build on the stadium land, that there is a
legally binding document that the council must
provide the new facility, but they would not
commit to when that would be. Mr Lavender
undertook site visits to several sites to be
clear in his own mind what the various
discussions had been about, he visited our
stadium on Thursday 19th July and was
escorted round by John. He did report back to
the hearing on the Friday that he had made the
visit and was most impressed by what he had
Both John and
I are of the opinion that the save our stadium
campaign won the arguments hands down, but we
will have to wait probably several months before
a decision is made. We can only wait and hope.
Fellows - Club President
European Veterans Athletic Championships
Gary Myles ran brilliantly in
both his heat and the final of the M45 110m
hurdles to win a bronze medal at the European
Veterans Championships in Slovenia. After
finishing 2nd in his heat in a time of 17.54,
Gary went even faster in the final recording a
time of 16.87 secs.
Andy Weetman recorded a personal
best of 12.06 in the 100m heats. His third
place finish in his heat was good enough for him
to qualify for the semi-finals as one of the
fastest losers. In the semi final, Andy finished
6th in a time of 12.42.
Paul Edwards was in action in the
400m hurdles on Saturday. A brilliant season's
best of 64.08 was good enough to earn him 3rd
place in his semi final and to qualify for the
final. In Sunday's final, Paul finished 8th in a
time of 64.53.
Les Green, who turned 70 during
the championships, completed the M65 marathon in
19th place in a time of 5hrs 56 mins 26 secs.
I had many
emotional highs and lows coaching and travelling
through a 14 year Olympic and international
journey with my wife Clova. Good and bad. Up and
down, and not since those times have I had
similar to what I went through this weekend
Saturday - international success and a truly
Sunday - sad goodbye to a stadium,
performance winning the international title at
Bedford was one of quality, confidence and
maturity and after 4 successive silver medals in
championships nobody deserved this better ,and
to win your first major representing your
country is special, and to do it with 4 of the
leading 5 jumps in the country including the
best in the country is something to be very
proud of. Yes she was representing her country
but she was she also representing her club as
always. Cannock and Stafford can be proud of her
and her performance on Sunday it was fitting she
broke the stadium record but of course sadly
that is lost forever but memories are not. Both
myself and Clova have many memories of the
stadium and although we were with Wolverhampton
on the day we were also with you guys.
finish off with the lap of honour which was well
supported was good , and to finish Gem of
course got a dip in the water jump from her
Wolves training partners
Being both a parent and athlete I have many
great memories of Cannock stadium:-
John's booming voice, Numb bum and feet after 2 hours of
watching athletes going round and round,
Bob's cap (has he got any hair?),
Gary and Charlie's endless pursuit of hurdle
Negotiating a bend in ice and snow,
Not being able to see athletes in the back
straight for fog,
The great banter that goes on between the
Jamie's motivation and leadership,
To see my daughter (Nat) loving athletics
again, the list goes on....
But the one memory that will really last is a recent one....
'Super Kev's' (Sammons) wailing screams echoing around the
stadium when he finishes a race. Those who have witnessed it
will know what I
I can only echo Paul's
sentiment. Watching my son and then taking
up the sport myself, I found that it was
fantastic how two of my sons were welcomed
into joining in and competing for this
fantastic family club.
We have met some very
genuine people and despite its seemingly low
stature in the local sporting scene it has
provided a great source of talent and
rewarded many young people at a National
level and Olympics.
I have seen for myself the
hard work by the coaches and the progress
made by youngsters. I have also been
encouraged by fellow veterans and masters.
I must thank the following
people who I hope do not vanish from the
scene and continue to brave the elements
where ever they decide to don there spikes
or trainers, big John, Paul (boing boing)
Edwards and Shaun having watching you on
your knees after a training session
and thinking that will never happen to me.
I cannot forget to mention
my son Craig who has made me very proud,
encouraging me and all the young people who
have encouraged, cajoled and made me laugh.
Special mention to Jamie
Mills and Keiron, there are too many to
mention, I have enjoyed and hope to continue
training and competing in your great
Once again I thank
everyone who has smiled at me, encouraged me
and cheered me and anyone wearing the Green
vest of this fine club to the finishing line
KEVIN SAMMONS (M50)
English School's Championships - Gateshead
There were a strong contingent of Cannock &
Stafford athletes in action at the English School's
Championships at Gateshead.
Shanie Reed finished 4th in her Junior Girls
800m heat in 2:23.82 and Ashley Wickett 6th in his Junior
Boys race in 2:09.75. Tom Lake ran 54.63 to finish 6th in a
first round heat of the 400m.
Seven of our Intermediate Girls made it to the
Championships. Louise Foster just missed out on a medal in the
pole vault clearing 2.80m for 4th place but Gemma Smith won a medal on
Friday, finishing second in the triple jump by equalling her
pb of 11.63m. Isabel Rogers jumped 5.18m for 9th place in
the long jump and Jane Bourne threw a pb of 8.74m in the
shot to finish 17th.
Harriet Thompson made it to the final of the
80m hurdles by finishing as one of the fastest losers in the
heats in a time of 11.60 seconds. Elisha Bateman just missed
out, finishing 4th in her heat in 11.97 secs. Both of these
performances were personal bests. In the final, Harriet
finished 7th in 11.64.
Rachel Atherton progressed through the first
round of the 800m in 2:18.91 and went slightly faster in
round 2 (2:18.82) but, unfortunately, failed to make the
In the Senior Girls, Cally Reed comfortably
reached the final of the 800m in 2:12.17 and then came 7th
in the final on Saturday in 2:13.62. Sam Evans
also progressed to the final in the Senior Boys race by winning his heat in 1:53.92.
He ran slightly faster in the final (1:53.71) but ended in
Chad Barton smashed his pb in the Senior Boys
javelin and achieved an excellent 5th place finish with a
throw of 59.64m.
In the penultimate event of the afternoon,
Cally Reed & Lucy Dubberley both bought home bronze medals as
part of the Staffordshire Senior Girls 4 x 100m relay team
2009 London Marathon Places
Cannock & Stafford AC are entitled to
apply for club entries to the 2009 London Marathon.
If any member would like to be considered for
one of these places, please contact Karen Moody by e-mail to
to register your interest as soon as possible. Normal entry
fees will be payable for these places.
After two-and-a-half years of struggle and
heartache, we have finally lost the battle to keep
Cannock Stadium open. There seems no alternative to
the gates closing for the last time on July 31.
Much as we are angry and upset at the injustice of
it all, it is time to move on, look to the future
and ensure we keep our club together. Now is the
time for positive action.
With a replacement stadium two years away at the
earliest, we have been working as a committee to
bridge the gap and to keep the routine athletes,
coaches and parents are used to.
Our intention is to make our base Rowley Park in
Stafford. We believe this is the best way to ensure
the sense of unity and friendship which is the
cornerstone of Cannock & Stafford AC.
Ok, it's not the ideal solution and it will cause
logistical problems for some, but it's the best we
can do for the majority.
To maintain continuity, we have secured the use of
Rowley Park for training on Monday, Tuesday,
Wednesday and Thursday nights. Those who already use
Stafford can carry on with their normal Monday and
Wednesday sessions and Cannock athletes will be able
to use the facilities on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
There is obviously room for crossover and, if it
makes it easier, any athlete can use the track/field
on any of the four nights.
There are restrictions which we have to bear in mind
and that it is best we know from the start.
There is a long-standing arrangement with Stafford
Town FC that the hammer cage can't be used because
of the damage it does to the pitch. The other
problem with the cage is that it is taken down for
maintenance/protection from October to March. There
is also a health and safety issue that the
floodlights are for track training and not of
sufficient strength to allow throwing in safety. So
this virtually precludes using the cage. We, and the
council, are aware that this is not ideal and both
sides are hopeful the situation can be resolved next
year. Shot and javelin throwing are OK.
This new arrangement will start week commencing
August 4 - the Monday after Cannock Stadium
To help athletes and parents financially, the
committee has decided to set subs at £1.50 for
junior members and £2.00 for senior members with
non-members paying an extra £1.00. This is a
reduction on the charges we have had at Cannock
Stadium. This arrangement will stay in place as long
as we are taking enough each week to cover what we
have to pay the council.
For those who do not know Rowley Park, it is staffed
by extremely committed park rangers who take great
pride in it. They are delighted we are going to use
the track and field facilities for four nights and
they want to help us be successful.
So we ask you to remember the happy times we have
shared at Cannock Stadium and then to look to the
future, use Rowley Park and keep alive Cannock &
The coaches at Cannock have been fully consulted
about the move and are willing to give it their best
shot. We hope you, as athletes and parents, will
Training is from 6-9pm on each of the four nights.
There is a club room we can use to meet in and
toilet facilities in the adjoining block.
Directions to Rowley Park will shortly be available
on the club website. Maps will also be issued over
the next few weeks.
If there are any queries or suggestions please feel
free to talk to any members of the committee.
With your help and support, we can have a bright
ON BEHALF OF THE COMMITTEE
Track & Field Championships - Alexander Stadium - 5/6 July 2008
Several of our veteran athletes took
part in the British Championships at Alexander
Stadium last weekend.
Christine Kilkenny dominated the W55
5000m race to win in a time of 19:55.96. Kristian
Lundby won a silver medal in the M60 long jump with
4.63m and bronze in the triple jump with 9.88m. He
also just missed out on a medal in the javelin,
Our throwers did well with Martin
Roberts and Alison George both winning two
medals each. Martin threw the hammer 42.92m and the
weight 11.11m for two bronze medals whilst Alison recorded a shot of
9.53m to win silver, just 2cm behind the gold medal winning put
and also threw the weight 7.79m for bronze.
Gary Myles took silver in the M45
110m hurdles in 21.31 and recorded a time of 13.22
in the heats of the 100m. Paul Edwards took a bronze
medal home after finishing 3rd in the 400m hurdles. Andy Weetman made the
final of the 100m by running 12.46 in his heat and
came 7th in the final in 12.73.
Road Championships - Loughborough - 29 June 2008
Dot Fellows gained a silver medal in
her age group at the BMAF 10k Road Championships at
Loughborough on Sunday.
The event doubled up as the Midland
Masters Championships where Dot again won the silver
Difficulties European Championships -
Sport City - 27-29 June
Jamie Graham represented GB in the
Learning Difficulties Open European Championships at
Sport City at the weekend. 22 European countries
took part along with teams from South Africa and
Jamie, at a few days short of his
17th birthday, was the youngest athlete to have
represented GB in any INAS World or European
As expected, the competition was of a
high standard and Jamie finished fifth in his heat,
despite recording a time of 57.15. He also ran the
first leg of the 4 x 400m where the GB team came 5th
in the final but were unfortunately disqualified.
National Junior League - Cannock- 28 June
Cannock & Stafford's U20s team
finished second to Birchfield in the latest Junior
League Midland Premier match at Cannock Stadium on
Sunday. This result lifted the club to 3rd in the
eight team League and guaranteed their survival in
the division for next season.
Again, the success was based on
athletes being willing to fill gaps in events that
they would not normally do. The pole vaulters
appeared for the first time this season and Louise
Foster and Sammy Witton went on to gain maximum
points in 'A' and 'B' vaults. Guy Mayer recorded an
amazing 52.8 in his first competitive 400m. Radek
Bednarczyk gained a pb in the 800m with 2:05.4 and
Chris Perrin, on his debut, beat his previous best
1500m time recording 4:15.8.
Adam Smith and Adam Rigby scored
heavily in their specialist events of 400m hurdles
and high jump as well as competing in a number of
Ian McCann and Becky Cooke doubled up
in 800 and 1500m races and Cally Reed ran 57.7 secs
in the 400m before winning the 1500m. Hollie Allan
lowered her best 400m time to 62.4 and Harriet
Thompson, also in her first meeting of the season,
came 2nd in the 100m.
Hannah Greaves competed in the 800m
before running 27.6 in the 200m and the 3000m
runners, Alex Jackson, Philip Pugh, Rebecca Phillips
and Rebecca Bray, had to endure torrential rain to
score well in the event.
Alasdair Rigby competed in the 110m
hurdles and steeplechase, two events where we
usually have no competitors and James Perrin also
made his debut in the steeplechase. Dan Millerchip
gained pbs in both discus and hammer, Chad Barton
won the 'B' discus as well as throwing the javelin
over 53m and Dan Timmis came 3rd in the 'A' shot and
'B' hammer. Jamie Hammond and Ashley Bennett scored
well in long and triple jumps and Isabel Rogers won
the women's long jump event.
Sally Clague threw a pb of 28.89m in
the javelin and Hannah Jones won the 'B' javelin and
also threw the hammer.
Jane Bourne and Anna Denning
contributed well in the throwing events and Chloe
Boulter showed her all round abilities by finishing
second in the high jump and triple jump as well as
running the 400m hurdles. Leanne Jones recorded a
season's best in the triple jump as well as
competing in the 100m, 200m and long jump and Elisha
Bateman finished her 400m hurdles run despite
struggling with a knee injury.
Masters 5k Road Race Championships - Horwich - 22 June
On Sunday, in Horwich nr Bolton, the
British Masters held their 5k road racing
championships. Once again our women were equal to
the challenge with Christine Kilkenny taking a
silver medal in the W55 category and Chris Rollason
finishing 7th in the same age group. Dot
Fellows missed out on a medal in her age group
finishing 4th with her race being won in
a world record time.
Our team combined to win the W55 team
gold, and put in such a strong performance they
would have secured 3rd place overall in
any age group.
Stacey Johnson wins Gold at England U23 Championships
Stacey Johnson ran a very controlled race
to win gold at the England Athletics U23 championship
1500m in a time of 4:31.3. She finished over 5 seconds
ahead of her nearest rival.
In the U20 men's 800m, Sam Evans
qualified for the final by finishing 3rd in his heat in
1:52.1. In blustery conditions in the final, Sam came
home 5th in a time of 1:54.25.
Cannock & Stafford Athlete nominated for
Today, UK Athletics nominated a team of
35 athletes for the British team for the 2008
Paralympics in Beijing and amongst them was Cannock &
Stafford's Martin Crutchley. Martin recently achieved
the qualifying standard in the F38 shot with a pb throw
UK Athletics Director of Disability,
“We are pleased to be able to nominate
such a strong team for Beijing, which is a real blend of
both youth and experience. Over half of the nominated
team are set to make their debut at the Paralympic
Games, in particular 8 of the 14 female athletes.
“UK Athletics set some tough qualifying
standards to ensure a high quality team, and it is
testament to the determination and talent of our
athletes that these were achieved and exceeded.
“It is important that a large majority of
the travelling team is capable of winning medals, and we
are confident that this will be the case in Beijing. We
all know that the Paralympics will be the real test, but
we believe the Paralympics GB athletics team is
exceptionally well prepared for the challenge ahead.”
Midland Masters T & F Championships - Solihull - 08 June 2008
On a scorching day at Solihull on Sunday,
a number of C&S's veteran athletes competed in the
Midland Championships and between them came away with a
haul of medals.
First to gain a medal was Alison George
who achieved a Championship best performance in the W45
shot of 9.54m. She was followed shortly afterwards by
Martin Roberts who won the hammer with 40.96m and Shaun
Ainge who came first in the high jump with 1.60m. Shaun
later won his second gold by winning the M40 400m in
Gary Myles and Paul Edwards won gold and
silver respectively in the 110m hurdles with Gary
recording a time of 17.6 and Paul 19.4. Paul followed
this with gold in the 400m hurdles in 64.9 and also
competed in the 100 and 200m before finishing off with a
great run of 58.8 in the 400m although, in a very
competitive M45 category, this was only good enough for
Considering the strong opposition, Andy
Weetman did well to qualify for both the 100 and 200m
finals in times of 12.1 and 25.7 seconds but just missed
out on the medals running slightly slower than his heat
times in the finals.
Kristian Lundby had a very successful day
in the M60 age group winning silver in the high jump and
following this with gold in the long jump (4.54m),
javelin and triple jump. Kevin Sammons, competing in his
first Midland Championships, ran in the 100m, 200m
(30.0) and 400m (75.0)
Christine Kilkenny was our second female
athlete to compete and she led the W55 5000m from start
to finish to win gold in 19:56.7.
Midland Men's & Women's Senior League - Solihull - 07 June 2008
C&S kept in the hunt for promotion by
finishing second to Solihull and Small Heath in the 2nd
Senior League meeting of the season on Saturday.
Guy Mayer won both 100m A race and 200m B
race in times of 11.4 and 23.4. Jamie Mills won his 400m
B race in 52.0 secs and Adam Smith won the 800m B race
in 2:18.8 soon after recording a pb of 61.3 in the 400m
hurdles. Alex Jackson ran brilliantly to win the 3000m
in a pb of 9:19.9 and also came 3rd in the 800m with
Steve Haywood stepped in at the last
minute to run the 3000m steeplechase and, with an
excellent performance, sprinted away from his nearest
rival at the final water jump to win. Richard Parker won
the shot put with 11.85m and came 3rd in the discus. He
was ably supported by Josh Tunnicliffe who came 2nd in
the 'B' in both events. Martin Roberts won the hammer
Hannah Greaves ran her best time of the
season to finish 2nd in the 200m (27.2 secs) and Cally
Reed ran the same time to win the 'B' race. Kerri
Genders won the 400m B race with 61.1 and later came 2nd
in the 800m. Rebecca Cooke won the 1500m in 5:07.6 and
Lucy Haywood won the 3000m in 10:25.5.
The women's shot putt was a successful
event with Alison George winning the 'A' competition and
Carol Denning the 'B'. Alison also won the hammer with
The women's 4 x 400m team of Cally Reed,
Becky Cooke, Natalie Ainge and Kerri Genders were the
final C&S winners of the day.
Praise must also be given to the clubs
younger athletes who competed for the club against
athletes who were sometimes much older than themselves
and never looked out of place at this level. They
include Josh Sutton, Alasdair Rigby, Sam Derry, Stuart
Davies, Daniel Millerchip, Chloe Boulter, Natalie Ainge,
Beth and Alicia Clarke and Anna Denning.
National Junior League - Tamworth - 25 May 2008
The Cannock & Stafford AC U20 team
finished fifth in the latest Junior League meeting at
Tamworth but were only ten points behind a second
consecutive third place finish.
A number of athletes had given up the
opportunity to compete in the Midland Championships to
take part in this meeting and their attendance was
greatly appreciated. Unfortunately, there were still
gaps, with nobody taking part in the pole vault,
steeplechase or sprint hurdles.
Events started on the field. Jamie
Hammond continued his excellent progress by finishing
2nd in the long jump with a pb of 6.02m and later
finished 4th in the 'B' triple jump with 10.99m. Ashley
Bennett won the 'B' long jump with 5.86m and came 4th in
the triple jump with 11.77m. In the hammer, Daniel
Millerchip threw 25.52m and was ably supported by Chad
Barton who threw 23.53m. Daniel later threw a pb in the
shot of 11.36m and came 4th in the discus with 29.94m.
Special mention must go to Chad who followed his hammer
throw with a first place in the javelin. After the first
three rounds of throws, Chad was lying in 3rd place.
Whilst all the other competitors decided to gain shelter
from the poor weather conditions, Chad continued and
made it pay with a throw of 49.79m. Josh Tunnicliffe won
the 'B' shot with 10.31m and came 2nd in the 'B' discus
with 27.78m. Hannah Jones threw a pb of 20.17 to finish
4th in the women's javelin.
In the women's hammer, Chloe Boulter,
throwing the implement for the first time, recorded a
distance of 16.82m to finish 6th. It was a busy
afternoon for Chloe who showed her versatility by also
running the 400m hurdles and coming 5th in the high
jump. Anna Denning came 5th in the 'B' hammer and also
scored useful points in shot and discus. Jane Bourne had
been hospitalised during the week but turned out to
finish 2nd in the 'B' javelin, 5th in the discus and 6th
in the shot.
Another all rounder, Adam Rigby, won the
high jump with 1.80m, came 4th in the 'B' 400m hurdles
and 2nd in the 'B' javelin. Sean Rich, competing for the
first time at this level, gained a pb of 1.70m in the
high jump and also ran well in the 400m hurdles. In the
women's 400m hurdles, Natalie Ainge won the 'B' race in
71.4, winning the race by almost three seconds in only
her second attempt at the event. Nat also came 3rd in
the triple jump with a pb of 9.84m and 5th in the 400m
with 63.1. Hollie Allan won her 2nd 'B' 400m in
succession in 64.4.
Isabel Rogers finished 2nd in the long
jump with 5.02m and had good support from Leanne Jones
who finished 3rd in the 'B'. Leanne also came 2nd in the
'B' triple jump and ran in the 100m and 200m. Natalie
Edwards also doubled up in the 100 and 200 and came 3rd
in the 'B' high jump with 1.40m.
Guy Mayer came 5th in the 100m in 11.7
and 6th in the 200 in 23.8. Josh Sutton, despite a
terrible start, came 4th in the 'B' 100m in 12.0 and
Kieran Walsh ran 24.2 in the 200m and gained a new pb in
the 400m of 52.8, just being beaten to the line by a
Notts athlete in the 'B' race. Sam Evans finished 2nd in
the 'A' 400m in a time of 49.7. The 800m saw two
debutants at this level. Radek Bednarczyk ran 2:08.4 to
finish 6th and Becky Cooke 2:27.7 to finish 4th. Jamie
Graham (2:17.5) and Beth Clarke (2:45.6) were the 'B'
runners. In the 1500m, Cally Reed came 2nd in a season's
best 4:47.6 and Beth Clarke came 3rd in the 'B'. In the
men's races, Ian McCann came 4th in 4:22.3 and Sam Derry
2nd in the 'B' in 4:44.9.
The 3000m women both performed
excellently with Rebecca Phillips coming 2nd in 11:29.5
and Rebecca Bray 2nd in the 'B' in 11:47.0
The men's and women's 4 x 100m relay
teams finished 4th and 5th respectively. It was the turn
of the women's 4 x 400m to out perform their male
counterparts by finishing second in their race (Natalie
Ainge 64.5, Hollie Allan 64.8, Becky Cooke 64.5, Cally
Reed 58.4) whilst the lads couldn't quite repeat the
heroics of Alexander Stadium finishing in 4th. (Radek
Bednarczyk 56.3, Ian McCann 55.5, Kieran Walsh 53.5, Sam
Midland U15/U17 Championships -
Alexander Stadium - 24 / 25 May 2008
Harriet Thompson raced to gold in the
U17W 80m hurdles at the weekend. With Elisha Bateman
unfortunately missing the event due to injury, Harriet
won her heat in 11.91 and then went even faster in the
final, winning in 11.84 secs.
Gemma Smith took gold on countback in a
very close long jump competition. She won with a
distance of 5.20m whilst team mate Isabel Rogers jumped
only 6cm less and finished 5th! On Sunday, Gemma gained
her 2nd gold of the weekend by recording 11.30m in the
Louise Foster and Sammy Jo Witton won
gold and Silver in the pole vault with jumps of 2.70 and
2.60m respectively and Craig Ridgway just missed out on
a medal finishing 4th with a vault of 3.50m.
Beth Denning took a fine bronze medal in
the discus with a throw of 22.71m and also took part in
the shot, finishing 8th with 8.45m.
Elsewhere, Craig Sammons made the final
of the U15 100m finishing 2nd in his heat in 12.43 and
came 7th in the final despite going faster (12.26). The
following day, Craig also reached the final of the 200m,
finishing 8th, by running 24.76 secs. Chad
Barton threw the javelin 55.10m for fourth place and
Chloe Boulter cleared 1.50m in the high jump for fifth.
Megan Jones competed in the 100m (4th in
heat in 13.43), long jump (4.32, 11th) and 200m where
she ran a new pb of 27.45. Megan
Humphries also ran the 100m (13.78, 6th in heat).
Chris and James Perrin both had to
contend with two 1500m runs in a day. Chris finished 8th
in the final in 4:26.44 whilst James finished 11th in
4:41.21, both times slightly slower than their heats.
Sarah Hulme ran in the U15G 1500m, finishing 5th in her
heat in a new pb of 5:11.36.
In the U15 800m, Shanie Reed reached the
final and came 6th with a time of 2:27.31. Catherine
Hulme ran 2:31.31 in the heats and Julie Addison 2:39.17.
In the U17, Rachel Atherton came 4th in her heat with
2:24.06. In the U15B 800m, Ashley Wickett finished 2nd
in his heat in 2:20.58 but unfortunately failed to make
In the javelin, Sally Clague finished 6th
in the U17 with a throw of 28.15m and Lucy Heap 11th in
the U15 with a throw of 20.19m.
Disability Sport Regional Athletics Championships -
Alexander Stadium - 18 May 2008
Martin Crutchley recorded a new National
record for the discus at the English Federation of
Disability Sport Regional Athletics Championships at
Alexander Stadium with a throw of 30.37m, beating his
personal best by over 2m.
In other events, there were gold medals galore for
C&S athletes. Ian Cope won gold in 100, 200 and 400m
(Wheelchair). Jamie Graham gold in 200, 400, 800m
and Ben Gilbert won gold in both Wheelchair Club and
Distance Club (Wheelchair)
The disabled athlete coach, David Crutchley won gold
in Distance Club and Discus and Kevin Ward gold in
Staffordshire AAA Championships - Stoke - 10 May 2008
Cally Reed took home
two gold medals from the County Championships on
Saturday but, after winning the 800m in 2:12.9, it was
her Championship best performance of 57.4 in the 400m
that stole the show.
Gemma Smith also recorded a Championship
record, and equalled her pb, whilst recording 11.55m in
the triple jump. This was also Gemma's third medal of
the day having won the U17 100m and gained silver in the
long jump behind team mate Isabel Rogers who won with a
leap of 5.19m.
Craig Sammons had a successful day in the
U15, winning both the 100m and long jump, and gaining
bronze in the 200m. Adam Phillips won the U15 shot and
came 2nd in both hammer and discus. In the U17 age
group, Daniel Millerchip won a full set of medals with
gold in the shot, silver in the discus and bronze in the
Adam Smith gained two pbs in winning the
U20 400m hurdles in 61.8 and finishing third in the 400m
in 53.9. Gary Myles won the 110m hurdles race to record
C&S's only senior men's gold.
In the U15 800m, C&S athletes filled the
top three places with Shanie Reed winning in 2:25.4
followed by sisters Teresa and Catherine Hulme in 2nd
Harriet Thompson won the U17 80m hurdles
and Chloe Boulter cleared 1.55m for the first time to
win the high jump. Sally Clague won the javelin with a
throw of 27.00m and Louise Foster headed a C&S 1-2 in
the pole vault with a height of 2.90m, Sammy-Jo Witton
getting the silver medal with 2.50m.
Leanne Jones won the U20 triple jump with
9.55m and, in the seniors, Katie Leek won double gold in
the 200 and 400m races recording times of 26.9 and 60.8
Other medallists were:
Silver: Jordan Barrett (U13B 1500m);
Charlie Low (U13B long jump); Jade Bird (U15G 1500m);
Rachel Atherton (U17W 800m); Josh Sutton (U17M 200m);
Jamie Hammond (U17M long jump); Craig Ridgway (U17M pole
vault); Hannah Greaves (U20W 100m); Natalie Edwards
(U20W high jump); Guy Mayer (U20M 100m); Paul Edwards
(110m hurdles) and Martin Roberts (hammer)
Bronze: Amelia Ridgway (U13G 1500m);
Grace O'Connell (U13G 200m); James Russell (U13B 800m &
javelin); Lucy Heap (U15G javelin); Jessica Leek (U15G
long jump); Ashley Wickett (U15B 800m); Richard Stanley
(U15B javelin); Isabel Rogers (U17W 100m); Natalie Ainge
(U17W 300m); Rebecca Bray (U17W 1500m); Chris Perrin
(U17M 1500m); Alex Pinner (U17M 200m); Hannah Greaves
(U20W 200m) and Jamie Graham (U20M 800m)
National Junior League - Alexander Stadium - 27 April 2008
Cannock & Stafford’s
Junior athletes excelled on Sunday at Alexander Stadium
to finish third in their first Junior League outing of
It was a day of
numerous personal best performances. Kieron Walsh and
Adam Smith both recorded their fastest 400m times for
the second meeting in succession (53.14 and 54.04
respectively) whilst Natalie Ainge (61.22) and Hollie
Allan (62.5) achieved best times in the women’s race.
Cally Reed shook off recent injury problems to win the
800m ‘A’ race in a pb of 2:11.64 and Sam Derry ran
2:19.04 for his best time in the 800m. Sam also ran in
the 1500m in his first event at this level.
On the field, Chad
Barton threw the javelin a massive 55.88m to beat his
previous best by almost 4m and Dan Millerchip threw the
shot 11.12m in his first competition with the heavier
weight, whilst Isabel Rogers won the long jump with
5.44m. Jamie Hammond achieved pbs in both long jump
(5.72m) and triple jump (11.42m)
Across the board, the
C&S athletes turned in good performances. Sam Evans
(1500m ‘A’), Alex Jackson (3000m ‘B’), Alasdair Rigby
(high jump), Chloe Boulter (400m hurdles ‘B’ and high
jump ‘B’), Natalie Ainge (long jump) and Gemma Smith
(triple jump) were other individual winners.
Guy Mayer, Josh Sutton
and Lucy Dubberley all doubled up in the 100m and 200m
to earn valuable points. Leanne Jones finished 2nd
in the triple jump ‘B’, 4th in the javelin
‘B’ and ran 13.81 in the 100m whilst her sister Hannah
threw the javelin 19.26m in her first competition.
Kieron Walsh competed in the hammer and javelin as well
as his 400m run and Adam Smith also ran the 100m hurdles
and 400m hurdles (63.03). Daniel Millerchip came 3rd
in the discus and competed in the hammer and Adam Rigby
cleared 1.85m in the high jump as well as finishing 3rd
in the ‘B’ discus.
Ian McCann ran 9:19.41
to finish 3rd in the 3000m ‘A’ and Alasdair
Rigby showed his versatility by competing in the 400m
hurdles and 2000m steeplechase. Ash Bennett came close
to his pb’s in both long jump (5.98m) and triple jump
(12.31m). Rachel Atherton doubled up in the 800m and
1500m, finishing 2nd in the ‘B’ 800m and 5th
in the ‘A’ 1500m. Rebecca Bray (4th in ‘A’)
and Beth Clarke (3rd in ‘B’) ran well in the
3000m. Elisha Bateman ran her fastest 400m hurdles time
in a race where the league record was broken.
Jane Bourne, also in
her first competition at this level came an excellent 3rd
in the discus and also took part in the shot and she was
ably supported in the throws by Anna Denning who scored
useful points in discus, shot and hammer.
As always, the relays
finished the meeting in magnificent style. After both
the men’s and women’s 4x100m teams finished 6th
in their races, our excellent 4x400m squads took centre
stage. Natalie Ainge, Rachel Atherton, Hollie Allan and
Cally Reed came a comfortable 2nd behind
Birchfield with all four runners recording excellent
split times (62.3, 63.1, 64 and 57.5 respectively).
The men were involved
in a memorable race. Solid runs from Adam Smith (54.8)
and Ian McCann (54.1) and an amazing leg from Kieron
Walsh (53.2) who stormed through the field still left
Sam Evans at least 30m behind the Birchfield runner when
he was handed the batten. Sam steadily eat into the lead
and despite still being around 10m behind when rounding
the final bend he managed to pull alongside with 40m to
go and eased past to win in 3:30.77. Sam's spilt was
A fitting end to a
CP Sports Athletics Grand Prix - Harvey Hadden - 26 April 2008
At the CP Sports Grand Prix meeting at
Harvey Hadden on Saturday, Martin Crutchley threw a pb
in the shot of 12.93m.
Martin was one of four C&S athletes
taking part in the meeting. Jamie Graham ran season best
performances in both the 200m (25.61) and in the 400m
(56.03). Wheelchair athlete Ian Cope competed in the
100m (22.58), 200m (39.96) and 400m (77.89) whilst young
Ben Gilbert threw the discus 4.75m and the club 7.27m.
Midland Masters Road Relays - Sutton Park - 20 April 2008
On the 20th April the Midland Masters
Road Relays were held at Sutton Park and our W45
team of Chris Rollason, Chris Kilkenny and Dot
Fellows successfully defended their title of Midland
Chris Rollason went off first and was
opposed by Leamington ACs best runner and when Chris
came back 1min 18 secs in arrears, Christine
Kilkenny set off with great determination on the
second leg and turned the deficit into a lead of
3min 17 secs. Dot went off on the last leg and
eventually bought the team back with a victory
margin of 1min 58secs, It must be realised that all
of our team are over 55 years old and one is over
60. The Leamington team were all under 50 years old.
The only women's team to finish ahead
of the C&S trio, in any age group, were the
Bournville W35 team.
Charnwood Open - Loughborough - 20 April 2008
The conditions were against the sprinters
who took part in the Charnwood Open meeting on Sunday
but, despite this, there were some promising
performances by Cannock and Stafford athletes.
A strong wind blowing into the faces of
the runners in the home straight on a generally cold and
overcast day meant that times were always going to be
down against normal performances. Our first athlete to
compete was Adam Smith who ran 64.4 in the 400m hurdles.
Our veteran athletes led the way in the 100m with Andy
Weetman recording 12.6 and Paul Edwards 13.2. Olivia
Walker (U15) and Leanne Jones both finished in 14.2
seconds, Natalie Edwards 14.6 and Emily Fowler-Parkes
(U13) a personal best of 15.6. Olivia followed her fine
100m performance by completing the 75m hurdles in 14.4.
Jessica Leek is in her first year of
competing as a U15 athlete but the holder of the club
record for the U13 long jump looks set to carry on where
she left off last season as she recorded a pb of 4.93m
in the long jump competition. She also competed in the
200m where she recorded 29.3 seconds. Josh Sutton was
the fastest of our runners in the 200m with 24.8
followed by Andy Weetman (25.8), Jamie Graham (26.4) and
Paul Edwards in 26.7. Also competing in the 200m were
Leanne Jones who ran 30.8, Natalie Edwards (30.2), Emily
Fowler Parkes (33.6) and
Paul Crutchley (29.1).
Probably the best performances on the
track came in the longer sprint events. Natalie Ainge
won the 300m by 6 seconds whilst finishing in 43.2 secs.
Katie Leek won her 400m race with a strong last 100m in
61.4 and Adam Smith and Kieron Walsh both recorded pbs
in 54.3 and 54.2 seconds respectively. Jamie Graham ran
58.6 to follow on from his 800m performance of 2:24.2
and Paul Edwards finished in 59.1.
Officials for home meetings
The 2008 Athletics season is only a few
weeks away, would any officials who have received an
availability letter but have not returned it please do
so as soon as possible. It is vital that sufficient
officials are available to successfully hold the 4
matches that the club has agreed to host.
Those matches are:-
UK Athletics YAL
Midlands Vets League Stafford
National Junior League Cannock
UK Athletics YAL
Any officials who have not received an
availability letter or email please contact the club and
your details will be forwarded to Simon Evans, Officials
National Cross Country Championships - Bloxham - 29 March
Three athletes representing Cannock &
Stafford took part in the BMAF National Cross Country
Championships at the weekend and pride of place went to
Christine Kilkenny who not only won the W55 age group in
28min 40secs, she relegated Paula Fudge and Anne Ford to
2nd and 3rd in her age group. Paula and Anne are former
Great Britain internationals and tend to dominate in
their age group.
Christine made a strong start on the
first of three laps and had a good lead going into lap
two. With spectators telling Paula and Anne how far they
were behind they worked really hard to close the gap but
Christine had kept enough in reserve to earn a wonderful
win. Christine was well supported in the W55 age group
by Chris Rollason, who despite being out of an
individual medal place ran a strong race.
In the W60 age group we were represented
by Dot Fellows, who ran strongly throughout but had to
give second best to Angela Copson from
Rugby/Northants. Dot finished over 4minutes clear of the
At the awards ceremony we discovered that
out three athletes had in fact took the W55 team gold
award and were crowned the British W55 team champions
Sport by running 10k
Cannock & Stafford's Martin Crutchley
takes part in the Cerebral Palsy Grand Prix series and the
charity who runs the events has asked for his help by
looking for people willing to take part in one of two 10k
races taking place in Manchester in May.
Firstly, CP Sport has guaranteed places in the
Great Manchester Run on the 18 May 2008 if you are able to
raise £125 in sponsorship. Full details and entry form are
The B of the Bang 10k takes place on the 25th
May and is a race around the Sports City complex. An entry
form for this event is available
Johnson to represent GB
Stacey Johnson has been chosen to
represent GB in the World University Cross Country
Championships in Mauquenchy, France.
Stacey said "I am absolutely delighted, it is
my first GB call up of what I intend to be of many. I hope
that I can help inspire younger athletes in the club to
continue competing when faced with injuries as from Under 17
I have battled with several injuries which have hindered my
progression. Gaining selection is the ultimate reward and
makes all the hard training worth while."
Midland Combined Men's and Women's League
This season, the Midland League have
combined both men's and women's leagues.
Cannock & Stafford will compete in Division 5
against Solihull & Small Heath, Stratford, Worcester,
Leicester and Shrewsbury.
Inter Counties Cross Country Championships - Wollaton Park -
15 March 2008
Following his excellent recent victory
in the National Cross Country Championships, Tom Humphries
of Cannock & Stafford AC put in another impressive winning
performance in the Inter Counties Cross Country
Representing Staffordshire, Tom Humphries was
pushed on in the early stages by
Phil Wicks of Surrey but finally managed to finish 8 seconds
in front of his rival at the race at Wollaton Park in
The race doubled up as a trial for the World
Championships in Edinburgh at the end of the month and Tom's
selection was well earned.
For anyone interested in officiating
next season, there is a Level 2 course available on 12th
April at Alexander Stadium.
You will be able to choose from Field,
Starter/Marksman, Timekeeping or Track.
I understand that the fee will be covered by
Sport England so, in the first instance, please
contact me via
the website and Simon Evans will forward the relevant forms.
21 - Competitor's Comments - Milford 21 - 9 March 2008
As I sit here with
ice packs on my rather sore legs, thought I’d let people
know what a great race the Milford 21 is.
It’s not a highly publicised
race and doesn’t attract a massive field, allegedly due to
how tough it is. For a tortoise like me that made it a tad
daunting, normally on the start line I give a glance around
to see who I’m sure I’ll be in front of….. with only a
handful of women entered, all of those had single figure
body fat and well worn club vests, I feared my results may
not be too good! My target was just use it as training, not
to come last and to run the whole 21 miles.
The first couple of
minutes set the tone of the race as it’s a steep uphill
climb which certainly sorts the men from the boys. I was
amazed as I ran round they’d managed to find a route that
was 90% uphill, how did they manage that? The downs were so
steep, no advantage was made time wise as it was necessary
to watch your footing. It’s a mixture of sand, shale, mud,
track you name it we ran on it. The views are fantastic,
the course a real challenge (but fun), the marshals superb
and even a good amount of drinks stations.
My target of to run the
whole course was stuppered by a couple of fierce hills which
turned even the leaders into walkers with hands on thighs to
make the summits.
I was very pleased to see
Stuart (my other half) a mile or so from the finish as he
had finished over an hour earlier and had walked back to
encourage me up the final climbs. I dragged myself over the
finish line in 3.38 which was not in last place and
definitely earned me the mars bar we were given.
Anyone wanting to up the
miles with a marathon looming or to set themselves a
challenge I would strongly recommend doing this race run by
Cannock and Stafford Athletic club.
Perie Haddon - Derby Tri
I would just like to say a big thank
you to all involved in the Milford 21 on March 10 2008.
I was impressed by the friendliness of the assembled
“condemned man” the cheerfulness of the marshals, which
pop up all over the course and in the strangest of place
and the St John Ambulance for their attendance, although
I had to turn down their offer of a lift. – Very well
Like your last competitor (Perie
Haddon) I too had targeted this race as a training run
after being off colour for about 3 weeks and with London
looming, Milford became a “do or die” attempt at getting
back on track. I managed to finish (be it rather slowly
in 3 hrs 39 min) but would wiling do it again for
another Mars bar? I too have never seen a course quite
like it, the only thing it hasn’t got is a ”flat piece”
and the series of back to back hills at around 11 miles
is absolutely sole destroying. If any runner needs to
test their mental strength, then I can strongly
recommend this event. The rewards are magnificent with
good views on the hills over looking Staffordshire and
flora and fauna be suiting a conservation area. Why
other runners choose to hammer out 20 miles in the other
tarmac race down the road is quite beyond me. Perhaps
they just like an easy life.
Many thanks again.
Andy Osgathorpe - Stone Master
Championships - Lee Valley - 23/24 February 2008
Andy Weetman qualified for the final
of his first event as a M45 athlete by winning his heat of
the 60m in 7.77secs. In the final, Andy finished 6th and
recorded a slightly better time of 7.73secs.
Athletics U15/U17/U20 Indoor
Championships - NIA, Birmingham- 23/24 February 2008
Three C&S athletes
took part in the England AAA U15/U17/U20 Indoor
Championships at the NIA at the weekend.
Sam Evans achieved
his first national medal when finishing third in the 800
metres at the Under 20s National Indoor Championships at
Birmingham on Sunday. These championships were an excellent
learning curve for Sam having to contend with both a
qualifying heat and final within four hours of each other.
Having qualified for the final by comfortably winning his
heat in 1:55.68, Sam found himself in last place at the
halfway distance in the final, having been tripped and
spiked early on. He demonstrated tremendous spirit and
determination in recovering from this set back and running
an excellent third lap before attaining third place overall
in a time of 1:56.30.
Gemma Smith jumped 11.42 for the second time
this season to
win a silver medal in the U17W triple jump event. Adam Rigby was our other entrant and he
recorded a height of 1.81m in the U20M high jump.
National Cross Country Championships - Alton Towers- 23
Tom Humphries of
Cannock and Stafford became the hero of Staffordshire when
he competed in the National Championships last weekend at
Alton Towers and took the title with an outstanding
performance leaving all of his rival’s way behind.
On a tough hilly 12000
metre course, close to the theme park, there were three laps
of four kilometres and straight from the cannon Humphries
was in the leading three athletes vying for first place with
almost two thousand runners behind. On the beginning of the
second lap he injected a faster pace to brake the following
pack and for a while only Phil Wicks from Belgrave could
muster any pressure but he soon started to lose touch with
Humphries as Tom kicked again on the third lap to take
complete control of the race.
The only anxious moment
came towards the end of the race when a mass of back markers
blocked his way on a steep climb giving Wicks a chance to
close in but a bit of physical contact soon saw Humphries
through and he went on to finish over thirty seconds ahead
of his opponent.
This was his first senior
national title but a second title following his under 17 win
five years ago.
C&S, for the first time in
years, finished a scoring six athletes in the senior men’s
race with Rob Little crossing the line in an excellent 58th
with James Houghton 109th, Craig Pearson 209th,
Dave Constance 691st and Tim Buss 1030th.
The team were 25th.
The senior women’s race
saw Stacey Johnson finish in a fantastic ninth place beating
some of the country’s top female senior runners to put
herself in contention for selection to the world champs in
March. Christine Kilkenny was the only other woman in 174th.
Another C&S star in the
making is twelve year old Jade Bird who, following her two
county titles at club and schools level produced her best
performance to date finishing a brilliant fifth place in the
under thirteen girl’s championship. In about twentieth early
on she rapidly moved through in the latter stages to finish
ahead of several fancied athletes. Giving Jade good support
were Rebecca Straw 56th, Tara Thorpe 138th,
Lydia Trow 163rd, Amelia Ridgway 186th
and Alex Smith 313th. The team were a splendid 10th
The under 13 boys ran
really well to finish 28th with Joe Bailey in 63rd,
Matthew Haywood 159th, Ryan Terry 202nd,William
Haycox 208th, Tom Childs 221st and
Jasper Hall 302nd.
The under 15 girls were a
fine 12th place with Catherine Hulme 94th,
Rebecca Bray 97th, Rebecca Cooke 102nd,
Teresa Hulme 139th, Rebecca Philips 187th,
Sarah Hulme 196th and Julie Addison 227th.
The under 15 boys were a
creditable 17th place with good runs from Chris
Perrin 47th, Ashley Wickett 105th, Sam
Derry 162nd, Jack Lockett 185th,
James Perrin 208th and Stuart Davies 293rd.
The under 17 men and women
had only one competitor each with Rachel Atherton 89th and
Hayden Carter 177th.
Bob Hughes, Team Manager
and U.K. Athletics Coach
Stadium Closure - Chairman's Letter to Council
The letter below was sent to the
Council earlier this week.
It is two years exactly since the decision was announced
that Cannock Stadium was going to close. As a club we fought
against the closure, frustrated that such an outstanding
facility would be lost. As time passed, we accepted the
stadium would go but have worked with you, the council, to
ensure it would be replaced with like-for-like facilities.
This, as you know, was coupled with a promise that there
would be no break in provision.
Two years on, one or two things have changed.
At our meeting in January, you told us of plans for a new
track and attendant facilities at Blake Valley. These sound
good. You also told us that to build the new stadium by
August 2009 the present Pye Green Road facility would close
at the end of July (at the earliest) this year. A promise
This gave us much to discuss at our latest committee meeting
and at a more recent open meeting for all club members.
Everybody was extremely disappointed that the council had
gone back on its 'seamless transition' pledge but, at the
same time, impressed and excited by the prospect of a brand
new facility by next summer.
To get to the point, we have voted to work with the council.
We want to be part of the planning process for the new
stadium at Blake and to ensure that the project is completed
next summer. In making this commitment, we expect to be
fully involved along every step of the way. As a committee
we have worked extremely hard to bring the whole club along
and we can't let them down.
To be frank, the members don't trust the council.
We need to go back to them with guarantees that the finances
are in place for the new stadium and that it will be built
by August 2009 – almost three-and-a-half years after this
UK Athletics and Sport England are fully up to speed with
where we are and they are monitoring the situation. They
have pledged their support to Cannock & Stafford AC and will
work with us to ensure there are legal guarantees in place.
The most vital thing for us is keeping the club together for
the year's gap. A break in provision for up to 13 months is
a real problem for us to manage. We run the risk of losing
athletes (many of whom could be good enough to make the 2012
Olympics), coaches, officials and helpers. The council has
already offered to help us bridge this gap – to enable the
club to continue training ready for the 2009 season, when we
will still be competing in league fixtures – and we will
need to call on this offer of assistance both practically
Our members have placed trust in us to guarantee the
delivery of the new facility on time and to ensure that we
have minimum disruption during the break in provision. Work
with us to make this happen. Involve us in discussions with
the architects and contractors and use our experience and
We have three meetings booked at the stadium in May, June
and July. These, we understand, will be OK to proceed.
I look forward to our meeting at 4pm on Tuesday, March 4.
Please feel free to contact me at any time.
Open Meeting - NIA -
The C&S field event athletes continued
their great start to the season at the final open indoor
meeting at the NIA.
In the high jump, Adam Rigby tied in first
place with a jump of 1.85m whilst his brother, Alasdair,
equalled his pb for the second time in a week to finish
third in the U17M with 1.80m. Gemma Smith jumped 11.31m to
win the U17W triple jump and Jane Bourne improved last weeks
bronze medal winning distance by almost half a metre with a
shot put of 8.29m.
Louise Foster gained a new pole vault pb of
2.60m and Sammy Witton cleared 2.30m in the same event.
On the track, Guy Mayer ran 7.37 in the U20M
60m to finish 3rd in his heat. Probably our busiest athlete
in the indoor events this season has been Megan Humphreys.
This week she ran 9.01 for the U15G 60m and 30.75 for the
200m. Liberty Thornton completed the 60m hurdles in 10.84
and then cleared 1.25m in the U15 high jump.
In Hollie Allen's first year at U17, she
completed the 400m in 65.51 secs.
Birmingham & District Cross Country League - Blackbridge,
Gloucester - 9 February
Rob Little completed his fourth
consecutive victory at Gloucester to finish as the leading
senior athlete in the Birmingham & District Cross Country
League Division 2. With James Houghton finishing as runner
up in the race and taking fourth place overall, it was a
successful season for them as individual runners.
Unfortunately, it was not as good for C&S as a
team. With athletes withdrawing close to this race, we were
unable to field our full contingent of six runners and
therefore failed to return a score. Of our other competing
athletes, Paul Lester finished in 25th place, Dave Constance
was 100th and Tim Buss 170th.
Midland U15 / U17 Indoor Championships - NIA - 9/10 February
Cannock & Stafford's pole vaulters won
a full set of medals at the Midland U15 / U17 Indoor
Championships at the NIA on Saturday. Louise Foster won the
gold in the U17W event, vaulting the same height of 2.30m as
team mate Sammy Witton but having fewer failures. Sammy took
home the silver medal. In the men's U17 pole vault, Craig
Ridgeway once again equalled his pb of 3.30m and this was
good enough to win him bronze.
Elsewhere in the field events, Alasdair Rigby
started his season in tremendous fashion by clearing a pb of
1.80m in the high jump to finish 5th.
On the track, Natalie Ainge's training over the
winter appears to be paying off as she ran within one tenth
of a second of her personal best in her 300m heat. Such was
the quality of the large field, her excellent time of 42.77
only gave her a place in the final as 3rd fastest loser. She
then ran 43.68 in the final to finish 6th with the winner
clocking an astonishing 40.43.
Megan Humphries also ran really well to record
a time of 29.00 in the U15G 200m heats. This was fast enough
to qualify her for the B Final when she ran 29.79 to finish
On the second day of competition, Gemma Smith
(U17) recorded the second longest triple jump in the UK so
far this year to win gold. Her jump of 11.42m was over half
a metre ahead of her nearest rival. Gemma was also
triumphant in the long jump where 5.17m was enough to win
Rachel Atherton and Rebecca Cooke competed in
the U17W 800m with Rachel winning bronze in a time of
2:22.87 and Rebecca finishing 5th in 2:24.63. Daisy Perry
ran in the 60m for U15 girls and achieved times of 8.83 in
her heat and 8.96 in the B Final.
Jane Bourne, in her first season as a U17
athlete, won a bronze medal in the shot put with a distance
Birmingham Games - NIA - 2/3 February
The media attention may well have been
focused on the return of controversial athlete Dwain
Chambers but Cannock & Stafford athletes put in some good
performances at the annual Birmingham Games at the NIA.
On the opening day, Jamie Hammond, starting his
first full season for the club, gained a pb in the U17M long
jump, leaping 5.70m to finish 7th out of a field of 14. Guy
Mayer ran well to record 7.42 in his heat of the 60m,
Megan Humphreys (U15G) and Lucy Dubberley,
competing in her first season as an under 20 athlete, ran in
both the 60m and 200m events. Megan gained her fastest 60m
time of the season (8.71) before running 29.41 in the 200m.
Lucy came 2nd in her 60m heat in 8.36 secs and then won her
200m race in 27.42.
Jo Harper came 6th in the 1500m SW final with a
time of 5:07.22
On day 2, C&S had three competing athletes.
Liberty Thornton (U15G) completed the 60m hurdles in
10.94seconds and then jumped 3.71m in the long jump. Chloe
Boulter (U17W) cleared 1.45m in the high jump and Hollie
Allen ran 47.3 seconds in the 300m, although it was recorded
that the athletes in that event ran over distance due to
incorrect track markings.
General Meeting to be held 7 February
The club is hosting an Extraordinary
General Meeting on Thursday February 7, 2008, starting at
7pm at Cannock Stadium to discuss the future of the stadium.
Here is some background detail and the options we face as a
It was in February 2006 that Cannock District Council
announced it planned to close down Cannock Stadium and much
has happened over the past two years.
Our initial reaction as a club was to fight the
closure and, for about six months, we launched a robust
campaign to do just that.
There was a 6,000-name petition, letters to MPs, to party
leaders, to the sports minister and to the 2012 Olympics
Committee. The council knew they were in for a fight. By the
summer of 2006, it became obvious that the council was
determined to close the present stadium but, because of our
lobbying, had promised to build a like-for-like facility in
the district. They also said that the new stadium would be
built before the old one was closed, ensuring a 'seamless
transition' from one to the other.
That was a crucial time in the whole process. We could have
stuck our head in the sand and fought to keep the present
stadium or go with the council's plans to make sure any new
provision was suitable. After careful consideration, we
chose the latter route and for the past 18 months we have
tried to work with the council to get the best deal for the
It's been a lengthy and frustrating period involving a
succession of meetings with council officers. The council's
preferred choice has always been Blake Valley, just five
minutes from our present base, but it's been a long road to
where we are now. The council has brought in architects and,
from what we have been told, their design includes a covered
grandstand with toilets, changing rooms and a clubroom
overlooking the track. There are also plans to build a fence
around the whole facility to maximise security, which was
one of our big concerns. So the replacement facilities look
and sound promising and the council has invited us to work
with them to thrash out the fine detail. To fund this new
stadium, however, Cannock Council says that this summer it
has to sell the land on which the present stadium stands.
This, they say, will free up the cash to start the new
facility in early 2009 and finish it by August 2009.
With Pye Green Road earmarked to close at the end of July
2008, this obviously will leave a gap of around 13 months
where there are no track/field facilities in Cannock.
So the council has gone back on its 'seamless transition'
promise but has stuck to its pledge to provide a
'like-for-like' stadium. They have also promised that, if
there is a break in provision, they would help the club
financially to bridge the gap from summer 2008 to summer
Outline planning permission is due to go before the
council's planning committee on January 31. The next council
cabinet meeting is on February 21.
Accept the council decision to apply for planning permission
on January 31, sell the land to a developer and close the
Stadium in July at the end of the school year. We then work
with the council to agree a new track, grandstand, clubhouse
and other facilities at Blake School to open August 2009.
If the developer land banks, or does not start to develop
straight away, then the council will "lease back" the
stadium and keep it open.
We will continue discussions with the council to agree what
help they can provide to ensure C&S AC has training
facilities during the period when the stadium is closed.
We fight the council's decision to close the stadium and
seek to enlist the help of UK Athletics and Sport England
to block planning permission.
No training facilities in Cannock for track, throws and
jumps; athletes, coaches and parents drift away from the
sport, or they move to other clubs. C&S AC lose the
position it has achieved over the years i.e. Premier League
status for Young Athletes and U20s.
No place for potential new members south of Stafford to
visit, train and hopefully join.
We may end up with marvellous new facilities but a much
smaller club base.
If we fight the council we will be frozen out of any
involvement regarding the development of Blake and any help
towards funding training facilities during any gap in
If, with backing from UK Athletics and Sport England, we try
to block planning permission and the sale of the stadium the
council finances are in a mess and the council may close
the stadium as a cost-cutting exercise with no money to
invest in other facilities.
Sport England have advised us to be pragmatic and to work
with the council for the future and get the best facilities
we can. This view has been endorsed by UK Athletics.
We either go with the council, which means we are full
involved in the plans for Blake School and that they will
fund alternative arrangements for the potential 13-month gap
in provision, or we try to fight it, which could mean the
stadium closes in July and no new facility is built.
C & S AC COMMITTEE
Indoor City Challenge - Manchester - 27 January
C&S athlete Sam Evans took part in the
uk:a Indoor City Challenge at Sports City, Manchester on
Representing Team Birmingham, Sam came 3rd in
the 800m in 1:55.13 against athletes from Sheffield,
Newcastle, Manchester, Edinburgh and Glasgow.
Birmingham came 2nd overall behind Sheffield
and have qualified for the final to be held on 17th February
Midland Counties U20 / Senior
Indoor Championships -
NIA - 20 January
Cannock and Stafford Athletic Club were again amongst the
medals this weekend when they contested the Midland under 20
and senior championships at the National Indoor Arena in
Although only four athletes competed all of them gained
medals with one gold, two silver and one bronze.
gold medal went to Sam Evans who was defending his 800 metre
under 20 title and with a splendid piece of tactical running
he successfully took this years crown as well.
four laps of the two hundred metre track to run he stayed
with the opposition for the first two laps and as they
entered the third lap he injected a fantastic burst of speed
that none of the other competitors could match and even
though he finished in a time of 2 minutes and two seconds
(ten seconds outside his personal best) he still won by over
two silvers went to the two female athletes competing which
were Stacey Johnson in the senior 800 and Cally Read in the
under 20 800, both being in their first year in their
respective age groups in a three year span and both finding
older opposition just slightly stronger than themselves.
Johnson finished in a time of 2 minutes 14 seconds with Read
returning with a time of 2.17, both times just outside their
outdoor personal bests.
bronze medal went to Adam Rigby in the under 20 High Jump
with a height of 1 metre 90 cms
Bob Hughes Team Manager
and U.K. Athletics Coach
Birmingham & District Cross
Country League -
Wyken Croft Park - 19 January
The senior men of
Cannock and Stafford were in action last weekend when they
contested the third round of the Birmingham and District
Cross Country League at Coventry.
to unavailability and injuries the team only managed ninth
on the day but the highlight again was another victory for
Rob Little who leads the Division in the individual race
with a great performance over a very wet and muddy course of
four laps to complete he soon had only one other athlete
from Sphinx Athletic Club from Coventry for company but an
injection of pace going into the final lap was enough to
gain a comfortable victory which sees him leading overall by
Giving good support was James Houghton with a vastly
improved run from his second race to finish in sixth place
with Craig Pearson 7th, Junior Ian McCann 52nd,
Dave Constance 115th, Brian Peacock 160th
and Tim Buss 178th.
Bob Hughes Team Manager
and U.K. Athletics Coach
Midland Masters Cross
Country Championships - Perry Barr - 20 January
Midland Masters held their cross
country championships at Perry Barr today on a soggy course
in steady rain.
The C&S women performed excellently. Christine
Kilkenny was 1st in the W55 age group with Chris Rollason
In the W60 age group Dot Fellows was beaten
into 2nd place but our 3 athletes combined to win the W45
team gold, Centurian took the silver.
Staffordshire AAA Cross
Country Championships - Lyme Valley Parkway - 5 January
Stafford Athletic Club enjoyed a highly successful time at
the recent Staffordshire County Championships which were
held at Lyme Valley Parkway in Newcastle Staffs coming away
with two individual champions and six team awards including
one gold, two silver and three bronze.
On a three mile course
with a demanding hill Stacey Johnson put in a superb
performance in the senior competition controlling the race
from start to finish taking the gold medal with a final
burst over the last hundred metres.Giving Stacey good
support and helping the tem to a splendid third place was
Chris Kilkenny in 16th, Dot Fellows 25th
and Sue Kniell-Boxley 29th.
The latter three of
Kilkenny, Fellows and Kniell-Boxley also took an excellent
silver in the Veteran team award.
The other individual gold
medal came in the under 13 girls where Jade Bird continues
to improve with each race as she stormed to an impressive
victory finishing over twenty seconds ahead of her nearest
rival. The team scored a fine bronze award with Amelia
Ridgway 11th Alex Smith 17thand
Alice Fone 19th.
The under 15 girls were
the only team to take gold medals with the Hulme triplets
taking the first three scoring places for the club with
Catherine in 7th, Sarah in 10th and
Teresa in 11th with team mates Julie Addison 12th
and Rebecca Bray in 14th.
In the under 17 Girls C&S
only had one representative in Rachel Atherton finishing in
a splendid 6th place.
The under 13 boys finished
in a creditable third place with Joe Bailey 5th,
Ryan Terry in 8th, Oliver Harris 23rd,
Josh Craig 24th, Matthew Haywood 25th, James
McCann 28th, Jasper Hall 30th, James
Lake 39th and Tom Eustace 43rd.
The under 15 boys had
Chris Perrin in a bronze third place with team mates
following up in 7th place with Jack Lockett,
Ashley Wickett 8th, Sam Derry 9th,
Radick Bednarczyk 10th, James Perrin 18th,
Liam Brazier 20th, Michael Smith 21st
and Stuart Davies 24th. The team took a well
earned second place ending up just behind City of Stoke.
The under 17 men had two
competitors with Ryan Bromley in 11th and Alex
In the senior men’s race
James Houghton ran well for 14th place with Craig
Pearson 19th and Tim Buss 104th.
Bob Hughes Team Manager
and UK Athletics Coach
Norwich Union Grand Prix tickets available - 16 February
Members can purchase special tickets
for the above event at the following rates. Adult £16,
Concessions (U16, NUS, OAP) £10, Family (2 adults, 2
Simon Evans is the contact for organising tickets and orders
and payment should be with him by 16th January at the
you are interested please either contact me on
, contact Simon direct or see Gary Denning or John Atherton
on training nights at Cannock.