Rowley Park opening times over the Christmas period are:
25th December 2010 Closed
26th December 2010 Closed
27th, 28th, 29th, 30th, 31st December 2010 Open from 9am to 5pm. Closed in the evening
1st January 2011 Closed
2nd January 2011 Open 9am to 5pm
3rd January 2011 Open 9am to 5pm. Closed in the evening
4th January 2011 Open as normal
Please note that the track availability will depend on weather conditions. If you are training during the day, please note that these are not club training sessions so monthly training passes are not valid. Fees are payable to the park ranger - £1.10 for Juniors, £2.20 for Seniors.
Check with your coaches for times and location of organised sessions over the break.
Lucy Heap was awarded the Most Improved Young Athlete of the Year award at the Christmas party held at Wildwood Community Centre last Friday. The award is voted for by the club's coaches.
Last season, Lucy became the number one female javelin thrower at the club increasing her pb over the previous season by almost 10m with a massive throw of 38.56m at the Telford Games. She also recorded 6 other throws further than last season’s best.
Emily Fowler-Parkes finished as runner up after lowering her 100m best from 14.1 to 13.3 and her 200m time from 29.4 to 27.6, a massive improvement. In third place was Beth Denning whose throwing improved considerably this year. Her shot best increased from 7.79m to 8.56m, discus from 24.60 to 26.81 and hammer from 18.51 to 21.56m.
The club President, Derek Fellows, also presented the President's Trophy jointly to Natalie Ainge and Chloe Boulter.
The award is presented to whoever the President considers has done the most to uphold the standards and traditions of the club. Derek commented, "I arrived at two athletes who are both multi talented and when they compete it is with a smile on their faces. Also, between events, I have seen that they are both out urging on and encouraging their team-mates. I decided to award the trophy jointly to Natalie Ainge and Chloe Boulter for their continued high standards and sportsmanship."
James McCann of Cannock and Stafford Athletic Club made it four out of four last weekend when he competed in the fourth and final round of the North Staffs Cross Country League which was held at Westwood High School in Leek.
Adapting his front running style he soon built up a substantial lead and despite part of the course described as Killer Hill he was never threatened and he crossed the line well clear of the opposition to take the gold individual medal. Nathan Sabin of Stafford Harriers was a well deserved silver medallist.
With good support from the rest of the squad C&S took the team gold with Sam Nicholls fifth, Aaron Houseman seventh and James Russell thirteenth.
The under seventeen ladies took the gold team medals with sisters Catherine and Teresa Hulme also taking individual silver and bronze respectively after finishing in second and third place in the race. With third triplet Sarah in fourth on the day and fourth overall the team title was a formality.
The under 11 girls produced another silver individual medallist with Iris Davies and despite having a slight cold her seventh place on the day was still good enough. The team took the silver medals with Charlie Peters having her best run so far with an excellent second place with Rachel Wallace 14th, Alice Richards 15th, Sarah Preston 18th, Georgia Wallace 19th and Millie Peters 24th.
Ryan Ashforth took a well deserved third place overall in the under 13 boys with a fifth place in the race and with Callum Houseman in 32nd and Harry Peters 34th the team finished 7th.
The under 20 ladies were also in the medals with Becky Bray taking individual silver with Beth Clarke fourth. Sue Kneill-Boxley took the bronze in the Vets 40.
The under 15 girls saw Eleanor Mottershead taking the bronze medal (fifth on the day) with Amelia Ridgway fourth on the day. Chloe Preston was the sole runner in the under 13 girls finishing 23rd.
Finally the senior men were promoted from Division Two finishing second to Telford Harriers with Paul Lester 22nd, Craig Pearson 25th, Philip Pugh 39th and Jamie Graham 154th.
A number of Cannock & Stafford athletes competed in the McCain Liverpool Cross Challenge at Sefton Park on Saturday.
The event incorporated the European Trials and Tom Humphries produced an excellent run to finish in 4th place in the Senior Men's event.
Charlie Peters came 41st in the U11G and Ryan Ashforth 39th in the U13 Boys race. James McCann continued his impressive cross country campaign with a 10th place finish in the U15.
Amelia Ridgway came 45th in the U15G race. Catherine Hulme finished in 37th in the U17 with sister Teresa three places further back whilst Rebecca Bray was our only U20 competitor, finishing 55th.
On Saturday 13th November, Chris Kilkenny and Dot Fellows represented England in the masters’ home international cross country held in Santry Park, Dublin.
The course was flat with some heavy muddy patches and the race was held over four laps. By the end of the second lap Christine was lying 5th overall in the W55 age group. She had moved up to 4th by the end of the 3rd lap and moved into the bronze medal position after putting in a strong finish. Her efforts enabled the England team in her age group to win the team gold medal.
The W65 race was held over the same course and after a slow start Dot began moving through the field. The leader at this stage in Dots’ race was a veteran athletic legend (Pat Gallagher – Wales) who has broken multiple world records and held multiple world championships in the past. These days, Dot is no respecter of reputation and by the end of the first lap had built a 20 metre lead. Dot piled on the pressure on the second lap and extended her lead to over 100metres and by the end of the race was well over a minute in front. Pat was the first to congratulate her, the mark of a true champion. Though Dot has contested this international many times this was the first time that she had secured an individual gold medal. Her efforts enabled the England W65 team secure a team silver medal even though the team had been much depleted by injury and illness.
Overall these two athletes did both club and country proud and we in turn should be proud of them both.
Athletes from Cannock and Stafford Athletic Club were in action last weekend when they competed in the third round of the North Staffs Cross Country league at Stafford Common hosted by Stafford Harriers.
James McCann continued his excellent form with another emphatic victory in the under 15 boys race making it three victories out of three. With a course of two laps he soon moved quickly away from the rest of the pack crossing the line well over a hundred metres in front of his nearest rival. Nathan Sabin of Stafford Harriers was a splendid third place.
Giving James good support were Sam Nicholls in fifth, Aaron Houseman 12th, James Russell 16th and Adam White 25th. The team have a large lead over Crewe & Nantwich and the City of Stoke teams so barring a disaster the gold medals look a certainty in the last meeting in December.
The senior men are in a commanding position in the second Division with another victory that saw them stretch their lead over Telford Harriers. There were good performances from under 20 athlete Chris Perrin in sixth place followed by Craig Pearson in 18th, Paul Lester 24th, Philip Pugh 41st, David O’Farrell 70th and Jamie Graham 164th
The most exciting finish of the day was in the under 11 girls with two local athletes, the diminutive Iris Davies from C&S and Hannah Talbot from Stafford Harriers in a battle to the line with Talbot just prevailing by a couple of metres over Davies. The under 11 team have cut the points deficit held by Macclesfield AC to just seven points with Charlie Peters putting in a tremendous effort to finish fifth followed by Eleanor Cooke 9th, Alice Richards 21st, Rachel Wallace 23rd, Masie Drury 24th, Georgia Wallace 26th, Sarah Preston 28th and Millie Peters 36th. so a thrilling finale is expected in December.
The under 17 ladies were completely dominant in their race as the Hulme triplets again turned in excellent efforts to finish second, third and fourth with Catherine, Teresa and Sarah crossing the line in that order. The team gold now looks a formality.
In the under 20 race Rebecca Bray consolidated her second place behind Sarah Johnson of Trentham with another outstanding performance. Competing in the senior ladies race, she finished 20th overall. Beth Clark another junior was 53rd with over 40 veteran Sue Kneill-Boxley 37th.
In the under 15 girls Eleanor Mottershead again finished fourth to maintain her quest to be in the medals in the final race next month. Amelia Ridgway was the other C&S runner finishing in a splendid fifth place.
The under 13 girls remain in sixth place with fine efforts from Chloe Preston in 14th, Charlotte Mason 32nd and Katie Dowden 33rd.
The under 13 boys had Ryan Ashforth bidding for a medal place with a brilliant second to his main county rival James Fradley from Newcastle This run now sees Ashforth in third place overall. The team are in ninth place thanks to good runs from James Purchase 30th ,Callum Houseman 37th and Harry Peters in 42nd.
The under 11 boys race had Joe Garner in 27th place
Athletes from Cannock and Stafford Athletic Club were in action last weekend when they travelled to Western Coyney to compete in the second round of the North Staffs League and as in the first round they came away with individual and team successes.
Conditions were good on the day on a course that featured several steep hills and long periods on dirt paths ranging from one mile for the under 11s to six miles for the senior men
James McCann continued his good form with another victory in the under 15 boys race over two miles leading from start to finish crossing the line well clear of his nearest rival. Giving good support and helping the team to maintain their overall lead were Sam Nicholls in 6th, James Russell 11th, Aaron Houseman 12th and Tom Eustace 16th, they now lead Crewe and Nantwich by eighteen points.
The senior men consolidated their push to win promotion from the second division with a comfortable victory over their main rivals Telford Harriers with Paul Lester 25th, Craig Pearson 28th, Phil Pugh 44th, David O’Farrell 66th and Jamie Graham 183rd.
The under 17 ladies were another team in devastating form as the Hulme triplets took second, third and fourth places with Catherine once again taking lead position over Teresa followed by Sarah.
In the under 13 boys Ryan Ashforth remains in third place overall following a splendid fifth place on the day with the team in eighth place overall as team mates Callum Houseman finished 38th and Harry Peters 39th.
The under 13 girls are in sixth place with fine runs from Chloe Preston 22nd, Kate Dowden 24th and Charlotte Mason.
In the under 15 girls there were excellent performances from Amelia Ridgway in fourth place with Ellie Mottershead 7th.
In the under 11 boys C&S had only one runner in Joe Garner in 25th.
After winning the opening race in round one Iris Davies had to settle for third place in the U11 Girls this time but still holds the joint lead so with two rounds left it is still all to play for. The team remain in second place behind Macclesfield despite scoring the same points on this occasion with further outstanding performances from Charlie Peters in fifth place followed by Eleanor Cooke in 12th, Alice Richards 15th, Twins Rachel and Georgia Wallace in 24th and 27th respectively with fellow athletes Sarah Preston 31st, Millie Peters 34th and Hannah Marsden 35th.
The senior women’s race saw Becky Bray strengthen her second position in the under 20 section with a tremendous effort to finish 23rd in a strong field of seniors with Sue Kneill-Boxley in 29th and another under 20 Beth Clarke in 62nd.
The young athletes of Cannock and Stafford Athletic Club had a busy time last week end when several contested the Staffs Schools County Trials at Rowley Park to gain selection for the Inter County Schools match at Bridgnorth in Shropshire on the 20th of November.
Qualifying for the team were Ryan Ashforth who finished in an excellent second place in the year 7 race followed by Billy Hicks in 4th, Tom Walton in5th and Riley Hall-Woodcock crossing the line in 7th.
In the year 8 and 9s race combined there were splendid performances from Dannielle Woodward in 3rd followed by Ellie Mottershead 4th, Rebecca Hawkins 5th, and Chloe Preston in 6th.
The senior men of Cannock and Stafford Athletic Club got their Birmingham League Division Two match off to a flying start last weekend, when they travelled to Newbold Comyn in Leamington, with individual and team victories.
For the first meeting only, all three divisions compete at the same venue so C&S were in the company of the top teams in the Midlands. In no way were they overawed by their Division 1 counterparts, turning in a fantastic team performance with Tom Humphries taking victory in the Division 2 race.
Straight from the start Humphries and Birchfield’s Kenyan athlete Jean Ndayisenga took a big lead over the rest of the field and they stayed locked together until the finish where the Kenyan just managed to hold off Humphries by a few metres at the line.
The team were convincing winners scoring the lowest points score on the day with James Houghton fourth, Chris Harvey fifth, Chris Perrin (1st under 20) tenth, Phil Wolfe fifteenth with James Perrin seventeenth making the scoring six athletes. Backing these six were Craig Pearson in 33rd and Jamie Graham in 181st.
Two Ladies took part in the senior womens race with Dot Fellows having an excellent run with junior Beth Clarke also performing well.
A Sprints Flying Coach Workshop with Keith Fradley has been organised by the South Staffordshire Athletics Network. It will take place at Burton's Shobnall Leisure Centre on the 25th October from 7-9pm.
The workshop will focus on the importance of Planning, Periodisation and Preparing to train.
The workshop is free to attend and if you would like to go, please drop an e-mail to John Finney at email@example.com to register your name, contact details and club.
Both Christine Kilkenny and Dot Fellows have been selected in their respective age groups to run for England in the Veterans International cross country team.
Teams from Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and Southern Ireland will be contesting the International which will be held in Sawtrey Park Dublin on Saturday 13th November.
Malcolm Eustace has been chosen as a reserve in the M50 age group
Athletes from Cannock and Stafford Athletic Club got their cross country league season off to a flying start with individual and team successes.
On a two mile course being used for the first time in the league James McCann was a convincing winner in the under 15 boys finishing well clear of the Stoke athlete in second place. Aaron Houseman also had an excellent run finishing third just behind second and with James Russell and Matthew Pugh finishing 16th and 17th in a private sprint finish between the pair they helped the team take a well deserved victory, two points ahead of Stoke.
Another victor was nine year old Iris Davies competing in the under 11 girls in her first North Staffs league and she showed no signs of nerves as she quickly moved to the front straight from the start increasing her lead throughout the race to cross the line well clear. Giving Iris good support and helping the team to second place was Eleanor Cooke in 13th, Charlie Peters 14th, Sarah Preston 20th, Rachel Wallace 28th, Millie Peters 29th, Alice Richards 31st and Georgia Wallace 33rd.
The under 17 ladies saw the Hulme triplets dominate the team event with outstanding performances from all three with Catherine finishing second, Teresa third and Sarah fifth
The under 13 boys saw Ryan Ashforth who was joint winner last year in the under 11 boys, finish a creditable fourth place behind athletes twelve months older than himself so another good season is expected from Ryan again. Taking ninth place overall the team positions were complete with Callum Houseman 41st and Harry Peters 43rd.
The under 15 girls had only two runners, one short for the scoring team so Ellie Mottershead and Becky Hawkins were running for their individual placings and both athletes produced splendid efforts with Ellie finishing fourth just behind third place, so she will be in contention for a medal hopefully at the final meeting in December, while Becky finished in 11th.
The under 17 boys had one sole club member in Adam Johnson finishing in a fine 15th place.
The senior ladies race had three competitors with Chris Kilkenny finishing 23rdfollowed closely by Becky Bray in 24th and Sue Kneill-Boxley in 30th. Kilkenny leads the womens vets55 group while Bray lies second in the under 20 section.
Finally the senior men finished second overall in Division 2 with good performances from Paul Lester in 23rd Craig Pearson 33rd, Philip Pugh 52nd and Jamie Graham 167th.
There were fewer than usual Cannock & Stafford athletes taking part in the Blackpool Open Medal meeting but those who did performed well.
Sarah Preston was our youngest athlete in action and, in the U11G age group, she ran 13.6 in the 80m and 2.21.4 in the 600m.
Natalie Mukerji equalled her pb of 14.4 in the U13 100m, ran 32.0 in the 200m and jumped 3.71m in the long jump. Chloe Preston, in the same age group, ran a pb of 31.2 for the 200m, jumped 3.87 in the long jump and cleared 1.20m in the high jump.
Jack Mucklow came 4th in the U15 100m equalling his pb of 12.3. He then took bronze in the 200m with a pb of 25.0. Elliot Wooley ran 25.8 in the 200m.
Emily Fowler-Parkes equalled both her 100 and 200m bests with 13.3 (3rd) and 27.6 (4th) and Chris Morris came 4th in the SM 100m with a pb of 11.4. Chris also came 2nd in the 400m in 56.7. Finally, Dan Millerchip won bronze in the SM discus with a throw of 29.06m
The South Staffordshire Athletics Network have organised a FREE Mental Toughness Workshop with former Olympian and Cannock & Stafford athlete, Spencer Duval.
The workshop, aimed primarily at endurance runners, takes place at Marston's Sports and Social Club, Burton on 29 November from 7 to 9pm.
Spencer competed at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics in the 3000m steeplechase. His talk will cover:
How to approach training and racing
Mind tips and hints
Short, medium and long term goals to promote mental toughness and
How tough do you really need to be?
Marston's Sports and Social Club is in Shobnall Road, Burton, DE14 2BA (passing Shobnall Sports Track on your right, the club is on your left just before the A38 bridge)
If you are interested in attending the workshop, please contact me via e-mail and I will let the organisers know you are coming.
On Sunday 12th September the BMAF 10k road running championship was held on the outskirts of Wolverhampton with several of our members taking part. Pride of place must go to Christine Kilkenny and Dot Fellows who both secured gold medals in their respective age groups with Christine winning the W55 group in a time of 41.31mins and Dot recorded a time of 45.17 in winning the W65 age group.
Malcolm Eustace was just edged out of the medals in 4th place in the M50 category and Les Green also missed out in the M70 age group. The race also doubled up as the MMAC championship in which Christine and Dot emerged as champions and Malcolm had to settle for silver as the runner up.
Christine, Dot and Malcolm are now waiting to see if their efforts will be rewarded with selection for the veterans international to be held in Dublin during November, we wish them well.
There was a host of Cannock & Stafford athletes in action at the Telford Games on Saturday.
In the U11 age group, Sarah Preston qualified for the final of the 60m in 10.1. Tori Hamplett just missed out with a time of 10.3. Sarah finished 8th in the final. Tori, Sarah and Eleanor Cooke also took part in the 600m race and Tori took home a bronze medal from the cricket ball throw. Grace Johnson ran a time of 24.9 in the 150m.
Natalie Mukerji and Emma Hamplett both made the final of the U13 girls 100m with pbs (14.4 and 14.5 respectively). Chloe Preston won bronze in the long jump with a pb of 4.02m and Natalie also jumped a pb (3.99m). Emma Hamplett continued her successful day with a bronze in the discus and then gold in the javelin (32.04).
Ryan Ashforth just missed out on a medal in the U13 boys 800m, finishing 4th with a new pb of 21.28.9 but won bronze in the javelin with a throw of 23.93. Chris Mayne won bronze in the high jump with a new pb of 1.40m and Steven Thompson long jumped 3.80m and Peter Walker 3.34m for new pbs.
In the U15 girls, Georgia Walker ran a new 100m pb of 15.2. Emily Fowler Parkes finished 4th in both 100m and 200m but recorded a pb of 27.6 in her 200m heat.
Sam Nicholls and Aaron Houseman won silver and bronze in the U15 boys 800m, Tyler Brown-Jones won silver in the discus and Haydn Marklew bronze in the long jump and gold in the triple jump (9.88m).
Matthew Mayne ran a pb of 11.8 to take silver in his only 100m of the season and then repeated the position in the 200m with Nathan White taking bronze. Adam Johnson also took silver in the 3000m. Richard Stanley won bronze in the javelin.
Olivia Walker won gold in both the U17 80m hurdles (12.2) and 200m (26.6). Ruby Coates won gold in the triple jump with a pb of 10.22m. Lucy Heap massively increased her javelin pb to win the U17 competition with a throw of 38.56m
In the U20, Natalie Ainge won bronze in her only 100m of the season in 13.1 and then won the 200m with a pb of 26.3. Chloe Boulter won the high jump and recorded a pb of 27.1 in the 200m (4th).
Jonny Anderson ran 11.4 in the 100m final for a pb and 23.4 to win bronze in the 200m. George Tyson won a silver medal in the pole vault in his first ever event and Alex Pinner silver in the javelin. Mathew Paynter won bronze in the discus with a throw of 37.05m
In the main the past track season has gone very well with some outstanding results. In the young athletes league we are still suffering the effects of the closure of the Cannock track but our team managers have been able to stop the downturn in performance by our youngsters and there are signs that improvement is on the way. I must give great credit to the athletes and team managers for turning our fortunes round.
One of our great success stories has been the performances of our National Junior league team who continue to punch well above their weight and they have secured their position in the league for a third term. When you consider the quality of the opposition they have to compete against this is a tremendous achievement and again our congratulations must go to all of the athletes and team management. We had six of our athletes who compete in this league represent Staffordshire in the English schools championship and again our congratulations go to all.
Our senior men and women’s team also continue to go from strength to strength, just a few short seasons ago we were in division 7 of the Midlands track and field league, but successive promotions in the past 4 seasons will see us competing in division 3 next season, this team is a mixture of senior athletes, national junior athletes and a fair smattering of our veteran athletes. It is also heartening to see that such established athletes such as Tom Humphries and Stacey Johnson continue to support the club in our climb up the divisions. They are such an inspiration to our younger athletes. Yet again our team management must take a lot of credit in both team performance and in getting athletes to compete.
I do know that the team management of our disabled athletes are so proud of their achievements over the past season winning medals galore in both the regional championships at the Alexander Stadium and also in Blackpool at the National Championships, both Dave and Geoff put such a lot of effort into both coaching and managing our disabled athletes and it really is good to see their efforts rewarded.
The only group of athletes not highlighted so far are our veteran teams, who compete in the Northern division of the Midlands Veterans League (there are 3 divisions) Our women’s team have a stranglehold on the divisional league winning it for the 7th successive season whilst our men’s team keep getting pipped by Stoke, and we have finished runners up to them for the past 4 seasons. The top 2 teams in each division meet in a cup final and for the first time ever our men’s team were victorious, winning the overall men’s team championship from the previously untouchable Rugby Lions team with Stoke in third place. The final result was so close that every performance counted and every team member played a part, a great success. Our women’s team was much depleted due to holidays and work commitments with only 5 athletes competing, they did manage to accumulate enough points for the combined teams to finish 3rd overall, once again the team managers deserve great credit in getting athletes out to compete.
Several of our veteran athletes have secured medals at both Midland and National level on both road and track and continue to compete at a high level.
It will be difficult for our respective team managers to improve on this seasons achievements, but I have a lot of confidence in them all. They all work so hard and contribute so much to our club and we owe a great debt of gratitude to them.
Finally there is one group that I have not mentioned but without them we would struggle to achieve anything. All of our coaches willingly give up their spare time to help our athletes improve, and again judging by results they are all doing an excellent job, with athletes achieving P.Bs all over the place. All of these people are the backbone of our club so a very big thank you to all of you, I hope that you have all enjoyed the past season and long may the improvements continue.
The Cannock & Stafford men’s veteran team won the Midland Veterans League Cup Final at Leicester on Sunday when they beat Worcester by just one point.
The day started well on the field with Graham Middleton (38.68m) and Martin Roberts (48.29m) winning their hammer competitions. Andy Weetman came 3rd in the Pole Vault (2.00m) and Paul Edwards 4th in the M50 pole vault with a new club record of 2.10m. Andy also came 5th in the high jump, long jump and javelin, 4th in the 100m and 2nd in the 400m (59.8).
Paul Edwards came 2nd in the long jump, 100m and 200m (26.9) and won the M50 400m in 59.8. Kristian Lundby scored well in his M60 field events finishing 2nd in the shot (9.19m), 1st in the triple jump (9.55m), 3rd in the high jump and 1st in the discus with a pb and new club record of 34.28m.
In the middle distance events, Malcolm Eustace easily won his 800m and 3000m races in 2.15.4 and 9.44.4 respectively and Brian Peacock came 5th in the M35 800m and finished the 1500m in 5.32.4.
Les Green, who is 72 years old, finished the 1500m in 9.22.4 and the 3000m in 18.41.8. He also completed the 2k walk in 17.15.4. Shaun Ainge also competed in the walk, finishing in 15.05.2.
Terry Faulkner, who is 70 himself next year, came 6th in the M60100m in 16.7 and 5th in the 200m in 31.9. Gary Myles came 6th in the M35 200m in 27.4 and then broke the club record with an 11.08m triple jump.
Graham Middleton threw the discus 33.00m for 3rd and came 5th in the shot with 9.81m. Martin Roberts came 4th in the M50 javelin (23.42m).
The 4x100m relay team came 4th in 51.1 but the best race was saved for last when the 4 x 400m team of Weetman, Myles, Eustace and Edwards produced a magnificent effort to win the race and the Cup.
The women’s team were badly affected by injuries, work and holidays so credit must be given to Sue Kneill Boxley, Dot Fellows, Christine Kilkenny and Carol Denning for covering as many events as they did (not forgetting Fiona Russell who took part in the 4 x 400m relay team after time keeping all day). There performances helped C&S to finish 3rd in the joint men's and women's competition.
Many thanks to Angie Smith, Dave Blake, Derek Fellows, Fiona Russell, Carol Denning and Natalie and Alyson Ainge for their officiating on the day.
Natalie Ainge and Chloe Boulter were, once again, the leading female point scorers for both Cannock & Stafford's Senior and Junior teams. Alasdair Rigby finished as top male points scorer in both Senior and Junior competitions.
The results highlight the importance of some of our 'unsung heroes' towards the teams success this season. The top 10 scorers are shown below:
Cannock & Stafford’s U20 team came 6th in the final National Junior League meeting of the season at Mansfield on Sunday, a position that meant that they finished in 4th place in the Midland Premier League.
It was the final Junior League meeting for a number of our athletes. Rachel Atherton, Chloe Boulter, Sally Clague, Dan Millerchip, Jamie Graham and Guy Mayer were all making their final bow at this age group.
Our only victory on the day was provided by Olivia Walker who won the 100m ‘A’ race in 13.1 into a strong headwind. Olivia also came 2nd in the 200m.
Matt Mayne equalled his pb of 52.4 to take 3rd in the 400m, Dan Millerchip and Dan Timmis took 3rd places in the hammer ‘A’ and ‘B’ respectively. Dan Millerchip also finished 3rd in the ‘B’ shot. Allee Rigby came 3rd in the high jump and 2nd in the triple jump. Richard Stanley finished 3rd in the ‘B’ javelin.
Natalie Ainge ran 61.4 to finish 3rd in the ‘A’ 400m and then came 3rd in the ‘B’ 200m. Rachel Atherton took 2nd place in the 800m behind former team mate Cally Reed and Teresa Hulme came 2nd in the ‘B’ race as well as 2nd in the ‘A’ steeplechase.
Grace Rossiter came 2nd in the ‘B’ 1500m on her debut and Beth Clarke 2nd in the ‘B’ steeplechase. Chloe Boulter came 2nd in the high jump and Sally Clague threw 30.30 for 3rd place in the ‘B’ javelin. Lucy Heap threw 33.59m in the ‘A’ event. Jess Leek and Ruby Coates were both 3rd in the long jump and triple jump respectively.
The other athletes that contributed were James Lake (on his debut), Chris Morris, Jamie Graham, Ashley Wickett, Tom Baldwin, Stuart Davies, Alex Pinner, Megan Jones, Catherine Hulme, Becky Cooke, Beth Denning and Alicia Clarke.
As team manager, I would like to thank all the athletes that have turned out to represent the club this year and, occasionally, take part in events that they wouldn’t normally do in an effort to maximise the points earned for the team. Without these athletes, we would not have finished in the position we have for the past three seasons. Thanks also to Lynne Boulter for her help on meeting days and Bob Hughes, Angie Smith and the other officials who have given up their time to help out at meetings.
There were six C&S athletes that represented Staffordshire in the English Schools Track & Field Championships at Alexander Stadium on the 9th and 10th July.
Jess Leek equalled her pb in the IG long jump with 5.49m and, in a strong competition, this gave her seventh place. Olivia Walker ran 26.09 seconds in her IG 200m heat to finish 4th but, with only the first 3 definitely progressing, she missed out on a semi-final place by four one hundredths of a second.
Rachel Atherton qualified for the SG 800m final as her time of 2:16.24 in her heat gave her a fastest loser spot. In the final, she came 7th in a time of 2:19.25. Chloe Boulter came 5th in the high jump, clearing 1.63m and Gemma Smith came 5th in the triple jump with 11.55m.
Chris Perrin came 7th in his 1500m heat in a time of 4:02.37
The junior members of Cannock & Stafford's Disability Squad took part in the Disability Sports Events Nationwide Junior Athletics Championships in Blackpool over the weekend of the 3/4 July 2010 and came home with six gold, seven silver and two bronze medals between them.
Ellie Upton won four golds in the throwing events (dis club, prec club, prec bean bag and grip ball). Tyrone Williams won gold in his shot event and Jamie Graham ran 57.1 to win the 400m.
Daniel Bishop won three silver medals in the shot, 100m (12.9) and 200m (28.4). Jamie Graham added two silvers in the 200m (25.5) and the 800m (2:21.5) and Sarah Hickman and Richard Britton both won silver in the discus and bronze in the shot.
Cannock & Stafford's Martin Roberts won a silver medal in the M50 hammer competition at the national championships in Cardiff on the 4 July with a throw of 48.13. Martin also came 4th in the weight event.
Paul Edwards warmed up for the European Championships with a bronze medal in the M50 100m hurdles in a time of 16.22. He also came 4th in the 400m hurdles event with 65.58.
Graham Middleton just missed out on a medal in the M45 hammer with a throw of 35.77m. Graham also competed in the discus (5th with 32.49m) and the weight (5th)
At our home track at Rowley Park, the U20’s team managed a 5th place finish to remain in third position in the National Junior League Midland Premier Division.
Richard Stanley gained maximum points in the ‘B’ high jump (1.70m pb) and javelin, Becky Bray won her second consecutive 3000m Junior League race and Chloe Boulter easily won the 400m hurdles ‘B’ race. Chloe also came 2nd in the high jump competition and 3rd in the 200m ‘B’ race.
Natalie Ainge was just pushed into 2nd place in the 400m although she was given the same time as the winner from Birchfield (61.0). Natalie also came 3rd in the triple jump with Ruby Coates 2nd in the ‘B’ event. Allee Rigby once again equalled his pb (1.85m) to come 2nd in the high jump. Alex Pinner came 3rd in the javelin and Dan Timmis 3rd in the shot (pb of 12.41m).
Olivia Walker came 3rd in the 100m and Rachel Atherton came 2nd in the 1500m. Charlotte Smith came 3rd in her first run over 400m in the ‘B’ race (63.3) and also came 3rd in the 1500m ‘B’. Beth Clarke and Jess Boulter came 3rd in the steeplechase ‘A’ and ‘B’ races, Alicia Clarke came 2nd in the ‘B’ discus and threw a pb in the shot and Megan Jones finished 3rd in the ‘B’ long jump. Chris Morris achieved a pb of 24.2 in the 200m and Jess Leek was just short of her long jump pb with 5.32m.
Much credit must be given to Adam Johnson, Jamie Graham, Talent Gukwe, Stuart Davies and Ashley Wickett who all competed in additional events to gain points for the team. Matthew Mayne, Sam Derry, Max Johnson, Richard Brittain, Beth Denning, Becky Cooke, Lucy Heap and Harriet Thompson were the other athletes who took part.
In hot conditions, the British Masters 5k road racing championships took place at Horwich (near Bolton) on Sunday.
Several of our veteran athletes competed. Christine Kilkenny contested the W55 age group and put in her usual gutsy run finishing in a time of 20min 21secs, this run secured the silver medal.
Dot Fellows was in the W65 category and in a time of 22min 32secs won the gold medal, this was Dots 34th British title.
Malcolm Eustace was disappointed with his run in the M50 age group claiming he ran the first 1k too quickly and eventually finished 8th in his age group with a time of 17min 07secs.
Paul Edwards won four gold medals at the Midland Masters Championships in Leicester in the M50 age group. He triumphed in the 100m hurdles (15.9), 400m hurdles (69.0), 200m (26.4) and 400m (58.4).
Sue Kneil Boxley took gold in the W40 1500m and silver in the 800m (2:46.6) and Chris Kilkenny won gold in the W55 5000m in a time of 20 minutes exactly. Les Green came 1st in the M70 5000m.
On the field, Alison George came 1st in the W45 shot with 8.88m and Martin Roberts won the M50 hammer with 50.78m.
Graham Middleton took home three medals in the M40 age group. He gained bronze medals in the hammer with 37.75m and discus (31.35m) and silver in the shot (9.60m).
Cannock & Stafford athletes won three silver and one bronze medal at the Midland Counties Championships at Alexander Stadium on Sunday.
In the high jump, there was a silver medal for Chloe Boulter who cleared 1.60m and a bronze for Alasdair Rigby who equalled his pb with a jump of 1.85m. Gemma Smith took second place in the triple jump with 11.19m.
On the track, Rachel Atherton also took home a silver medal in the 800m in a time of 2:19.22.
Our other athletes competing were Adam Smith (400mH - 62.67), Chris Perrin (1500m - 4:02.69), James Perrin (1500m - 4:07.97) and Jon Biddle (400m - 51.86)
A back to back promotion is certainly on the cards after victory for our Senior team at Banbury on Sunday.
Veterans Martin Roberts and Graham Middleton usually give the club a good start and this was no exception, Graham finishing 2nd in the 'A' and Graham winning the 'B' string. The women were also given an early boost with Jess Leek finishing 2nd in the long jump with 5.27m and Megan Jones winning the 'B' with a pb of 4.98m. Jess also came runner up in the 'B' 200m and Megan runner up in the 'B' 100m.
On the track, Becky Cooke came 2nd in the 400m hurdles with Chloe Boulter winning the 'B' race. Chloe also cleared 1.60m to finish 2nd in the high jump and came 3rd in the 200m and Becky came 2nd in the 'B' high jump and 3rd in the 100m hurdles 'B'.
Jonny Anderson ran a pb of 11.9 in the 100m and Jon Biddle finished strongly to win the 400m in 51.7. In the women's 400m, Kate Leek came 2nd in the 'A' race in 62.5 whilst Natalie Ainge won the 'B' in 61.9. Kate also came 3rd in the 100m and Nat came 2nd in the 'B' triple jump.
Gary Myles and Adam Smith came runners up in their 110m hurdles races, Adam also finishing runner up in the 400m hurdles. Alasdair Rigby came 3rd in the 'A' triple jump, 'A' high jump and 'B' 400m hurdles.
Tom Humphries won both 1500m and 3000m races and in the 3000m he was closely followed home by Chris Harvey who ran a pb of 8:33.3.
Stuart Davies ran a pb of 4:37.5 in the 1500m 'B' race.
Charlotte Smith continued her impressive season with victory in the 800m 'B' race and Teresa Hulme finished 2nd in the 'A'. Rachel Atherton came 2nd in the 1500m and Catherine Hulme ran a pb of 5:18.2 to win the 'B' race.
Craig Pearson dominated the 3k steeplechase and John Bray stepped in at the last minute to make his track debut at the age of 46 and finished the 800m with a respectable time of 2:31.7. Adam Johnson recorded a pb of 10.87 to finish 3rd in the 'B' triple jump.
The throwers also performed well. Mathew Paynter came 3rd in the shot and threw a pb of 40.17 in the discus. Dan Timmis finished 3rd in the 'B' shot, and won the 'B' discus. Beth Denning threw the discus 25m for the first time and finally won with 26.58m. Beth also came 2nd in the shot. Alicia Clarke had a superb day with pbs in shot, discus and hammer 'B' events finishing 2nd in each. Gemma Smith came runner up in the triple jump.
The women's relay teams again won comfortably in both 4 x 100 and 4 x 400m and the men's 4 x 400m team came 2nd in their race.
Ashley Wickett broke through the two minute barrier for the first time in his 800m race at the BMC meeting at Birmingham University on Wednesday night. After knocking on the door all season, he finally achieved the milestone with a time of 1:59.92.
Chris Perrin achieved a sub 4 minute 1500m for the first time at the same meeting with 3:59.10 and brother James also achieved a pb of 4:02.00.
Olivia Walker and Matthew Mayne both came away with bronze medals from the Midland County Championships on Saturday.
Olivia, taking part in her least favoured event, the 100m, ran 13.13 seconds to earn her bronze. She also qualified for the final of the 80m hurdles by finishing 3rd in her heat. In the final, Olivia just missed out on another medal, coming 4th with a pb of 12.35 seconds.
Matthew Mayne won bronze in the 400m in a time of 52.65 seconds. James Lake came 6th in the same race.
Richard Stanley's pb throw of 45.94m was enough to earn him 5th place in the javelin.
Jess Leek and Megan Jones took part in the long jump, Jess finishing 4th (5.15m) and Megan 11th (4.85m). Jess also came 7th in the 100m final. Sarah Gough was our other competitor taking part on day 1. She finished 5th in her 80m hurdles heat in 13.11 and ran 46.30 in the 300m.
On Sunday, we had three athletes in action. Ashley Wickett made the final of the 800m by finishing 2nd in his heat but, unfortunately, he could not repeat the performance in the final and came 6th. Sian Karleusa came 6th in the javelin and Ruby Coates recorded a pb of 10.08m in the triple jump to finish 6th.
On a scorching Welsh afternoon, the Cannock & Stafford U20 team produced another magnificent team performance to finish 3rd for the second consecutive National Junior League meeting.
It was a great day for the throwers and middle distance runners. Alex Pinner achieved 50m for the first time, finishing 3rd with 51.02 and Dan Timmis threw a pb of 42.19m in the discus and came 3rd in the shot with 11.76m. Dan Millerchip came 3rd in the hammer with a pb of 42.19m as well as winning the 'B' discus and Shot and 2nd in the 'B' javelin. Beth Denning was also on form with a pb of 8.38m in the shot and Alicia Clarke came 3rd in the 'B' discus.
Our women steeplechasers seemed to revel in the heat. Teresa Hulme finishing 2nd in 6:06.2 and Beth Clarke recording a pb of 6:31.7 to win the 'B' race as well as gaining a pb of 66.6 in the 400m. Teresa also reduced her 800m pb by 1.5 seconds (2nd in B) with Rachel Atherton finishing 2nd in the 'A' race. Charlotte Smith knocked an incredible 25 seconds off her 1500m pb to finish 4th in 5:05.3, Catherine Hulme taking 2nd in the 'B'.
Chris Perrin won the 3000m in a pb of 9:06.2 and James Perrin came 3rd in the 1500m. In the women's 3000m, Rebecca Bray lead from early on to win.
Alasdair Rigby equalled his best high jump of 1.85m to finish 3rd and also came 2nd in the triple jump. Gemma Smith ran a rare 100m in the 'B' race and came 3rd before winning the 'B' high jump and the 'A' triple jump (season's best of 11.74m). Natalie Ainge won the 'B' triple jump, came 2nd in the 100mH 'B' and 3rd in the 200m 'B'.
Becky Cooke came 3rd in the 400mH and Chloe Boulter 2nd in the high jump (1.60m) and also 2nd in the 'B' 400mH. Jess Leek came 3rd in the 'B' long jump.
Two athletes were making their debuts in individual events in the Junior League. Megan Jones came 4th in the long jump with 4.81m and Olivia Walker came 6th in the 100m (13.3) and 5th in the 200m (26.7).
Praise must also be given to Jamie Graham who came expecting to run a 400m but ended up competing in the 100, 200, 400 and both relays! The other athletes that contributed towards the high finish were Matthew Mayne, Ashley Wickett, Tom Baldwin, Stuart Davies, Phil Pugh and Adam Johnson.
Thanks to all the athletes that got up ridiculously early to make the trip to Swansea and performed so well.
On a truly memorable day for our disabled athletes who competed in our regional championships, they secured an unprecedented twenty two medals spread among seven athletes even more astonishing twenty one were gold and one silver (even then the gold medal winner came from our club)
Starting with our youngest competitor in these championships Eleanor Upton in the u15 wheelchair, she contested four events : distance club, javelin ball, target bean bag and precision club and came away with four gold medals.
Daniel Bishop contested three events in the u17 category winning gold in the 100m, 200m and shot put. Richard Britton in the same age group also contested the shot put and came away with the silver medal, he did gain some consolation by later winning gold in the discus.
In the u20 age group on the track Jamie Graham was in a class of his own winning gold in the 100m, 200m and 800m whilst on the field Tyrone Williams was adding another gold medal in the u20 shot put.
Ian Cope dominated his events in the Snr wheelchair winning gold at 200m, 800m and 1500m whilst the old man of the party, Dave Crutchley was looking after business, winning gold in the shot put and distance club field events
Just to round things off our team won gold in the 4x100 relay.
Dave and Geoff Phillips were justifiably proud of the teams achievements and there were a lot of proud parents at the end of the meeting.
Jamie, Daniel, Ellie, Sarah, Richard and Tyrone have all been selected to represent the West Midlands at the D.S.E. National Junior championships to be held at Blackpool on 3/4th July. Our best wishes go with them.
Level 2 courses have been organised by the RAF at Cosford on Monday and Tuesday 24th/25th May. These were closed courses for the RAF but are undersubscribed so have been opened up to non RAF personnel, but spaces are limited. Level 2 is the entry level in officiating for those who have some understanding of athletic events.
The programme is:
Generic, Timekeeping, Health & Safety
Track and Field
If you are interested in these and want further details you should contact Roger Doust direct via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
C&S’s U20 athletes made a great start to their Midland Premier campaign with a 3rd place finish in the meeting at Loughborough on Sunday.
There were individual victories for Chris and James Perrin in the ‘A’ and ‘B’ 1500m (both with pbs of 4.04.7 and 4.07.0 respectively) and Beth Clarke in the ‘B’ steeplechase but it was the all round team performance that was the most pleasing aspect of the day.
A number of U17’s were making their debuts for the Junior League team.
Jess Leek came 2nd in the ‘B’ long jump and ran 13.4 in the 100m, Ruby Coates gained a triple jump pb with 9.90m and Matt Mayne a 200m pb of 24.0. Ashley Wickett came 6th in the 800m ‘A’ and Tom Baldwin 2nd in the ‘B’ race and Richard Stanley threw a pb of 42.87m in the javelin to finish 2nd in the ‘B’.
Adam Phillips stepped in to compete with throwing implements well in excess of the U15 weights that he was used to last season and performed well with 3rd in the ‘B’ hammer and 4th in both ‘B’ shot and discus.
Other debutants included Adam Johnson who came 5th in the ‘B’ triple jump, Charlotte Smith 5th in the 1500m and Lucy Heap 5th in the ‘B’ javelin.
Rebecca Cooke impressed in her first 400m hurdles race, finishing 2nd in the ‘B’ in 70.9 and also came equal 3rd in the ‘B’ high jump.
There were top three performances from Alasdair Rigby (2nd in ‘B’ 400mH, 3rd in triple jump with a pb of 12.69m), Phil Pugh (3rd in 2000m steeplechase), Sean Rich (2nd in ‘B’ high jump), Natalie Ainge (2nd in 400m and 2nd in 100m H ‘B’), Rachel Atherton (2nd in 800m), Teresa Hulme (2nd in steeplechase and 2nd in 800m ‘B’), Catherine Hulme (3rd in ‘B’ 1500m), Chloe Boulter (3rd in 400mH and 2nd in high jump), Gemma Smith (3rd in both long and triple jump) and our 4x400m women’s team (3rd).
Also, without the contributions from the following athletes, we would not have finished in the position we did:- Jamie Graham, Stuart Davies, Dan Timmis, Alex Pinner, Max Johnson, Tom Smith, Becky Bray, Beth Denning, Alicia Clarke, Sally Clague and Megan Jones.
England Athletics have organised a series of consultation roadshows to gain views about the future direction of Athletics beyond 2012. This is an opportunity for you to have your say.
A roadshow has been organised for Staffordshire, Shropshire and Hereford and Worcester on:
Monday 10th May at Stafford Borough Council Offices, Stafford.
Buffet and arrival 6:30pm
Consultation starts 7pm
For more information please contact Nick Robinson (mobile 07803 671970 e-mail email@example.com) and please confirm your attendance with Nick by Monday 3rd May
The track at Rowley Park will be unavailable on the following training nights due to football cup finals:
Tuesday 27th April
Thursday 29th April
Tuesday 4th May
Thursday 6th May
Tuesday 11th May
Athletes will still be able to train on the grassed areas surrounding the track.
We desperately need qualified officials to help out at all of the meetings that we take part in. Officials are allocated points towards the team score and can mean the difference between reaching a final / promotion or not. If you are willing to help, please see below details of a course coming up this weekend.
Level 2: 10th April 2010, 10am – 3.30pm
Venue: Derby AC, Moorways, Moor Lane, Allenton, Derby, DE24 9HY
Generic Course plus 1 of the following - Track, Field or Timekeeper.
Course code: M0/0023
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 (or want to be) the cost will be refunded if you are willing to officiate for the club.
For any other information please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Malcolm Eustace was C&S's star performer at the British Masters Indoor Championships at Lee Valley last weekend.
At the age of 51, Malcolm ran his fastest ever 1500m in a time of 4:29.68 to win a silver medal. He also took home a gold after winning the M50 3000m in 9:34.28.
Martin Roberts is competing in his first season in the M50 age group and took home a silver in the hammer with a throw of 50.39m and a bronze in the weight. Fellow thrower, Graham Middleton, unluckily failed to win a medal in the M45 age group, finishing 4th in the weight, discus (31.41m) and hammer (37.03m)
Kristian Lundby won silver with a M60 triple jump of 9.55m and Alison George came 4th in the W45 shot with 8.83m.
Following our Division 5 title winning season last year, we have been promoted to Division 4 for the forthcoming Midland Senior League campaign.
We are against extremely strong opposition in Banbury, Bromsgrove & Redditch, Telford, Tipton and Royal Sutton Coldfield.
The fixtures are:
1 May Telford
6 June Banbury
3 July Rowley Park
1 August Still to be arranged
The young athletes of Cannock and Stafford wound up their league cross country competition last week end when they travelled to Perry Park in Birmingham and, as in previous years, came away with several individual and team awards.
The most successful age group this winter has been the under 17 boys with Chris Perrin taking the overall title in the young athletes league with another excellent victory, twin brother James finished in sixth place (which earned him the overall bronze medal), Philip Pugh ninth, Ashley Wickett 25th,Stuart Davies 28th, Michael Smith 31st and Sam Derry 32nd.
The team also secured first place overall with consistent performances throughout the season and this victory adds to their other winter successes including a splendid second place in the Midland championships and their outstanding eleventh place in the National Championships at Leeds recently where they won the trophy for being the highest placed Midland club at that meeting.
Back to the league. Ryan Ashforth in the under 11 boys saw his hopes for the overall title dashed in this final race as he went into this meeting level on points with Tom Randall of Tamworth but on the day he had to settle for second place and the silver medal overall. The outcome might have been different had Ryan not been sent the wrong way by the marshalls whilst leading by a long way in the second meeting at Wolverhampton leading to the loss of points by the three leading runners so only four meeting were calculated in the final points score.
Silver medals were achieved by the under 15 boys with excellent efforts from Alex Hunter 3rd on the day followed by Tom Baldwin 8th, Ryan Terry 17th, James McCann18th, Steve Sutton 20th, Will Haycox 27th, Aaron Houseman 28th, James Lake 37th Tom Eustace 43rd and Matt Pugh 45th.
The under 15 girls were also in the team medals with a splendid third place with fine efforts from Lydia Trow in 12th, Amelia Ridgway 23rd, Charlotte Smith 31st, Grace Rossiter 32nd, Hannah Trow 34th and Jess Boulter in 73rd.
The under 17 girls finished in 5th place overall with solid performances from Teresa Hulme in 12th followed closely by Becky Bray in 13th , Catherine Hulme in 28th and Beth Clarke in 35th.
The under 13 girls also finished in 5th place with good performances from Dannielle Woodward in 36th, Katie Wickett 51st, Chloe Preston 60th, Megan Bond-Gillick 75th and Catherine Smith 100th.
UK Athletics Coach and Team Manager
Please find below details of forthcoming level 2 Officiating course in this area.
Level 2: 27th March 2010, 10am – 4pm
Macclesfield Track, Cheshire cost £10
Generic Course plus 1 of the following - Track, Field or Timekeeper.
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 (or want to be) the cost will be refunded if you are willing to officiate for the club. If interested in being an official let me know and I will get the application forms for you or download them from:-
For any other information please e-mail email@example.com
Cannock & Stafford Officials Secretary
Gemma Smith jumped a pb 5.43m at the Midland Open Meeting at the NIA on Sunday to win the U20W long jump competition. Team mate Isabel Rogers also had a successful day. Her jump of 5.24m was her best since 2008. Isabel also competed in the 60m, finishing in 8.16 secs.
Chloe Boulter cleared 1.65m, for the second consecutive meeting, to win the U20 high jump competition and Alasdair Rigby jumped 1.80m to win the U20M.
Rachel Atherton won the U20W 800m race in 2:22.97 and Jenny Moore came 2nd in her heat in the U15G 60m in a time of 8.57 secs.
The senior men of Cannock and Stafford Athletic Club finished their final cross country fourth round match in the Birmingham League last week end and despite winning on the day they just missed out on promotion to the first division, finishing fourth just behind Kenilworth AC. This was due to injury and unavailability in the second round.
International athlete Tom Humphries, now studying at Art School in London, produced an impressive display of front running on a tough course on the side of the Malvern hills and with four laps of just under two miles he quickly moved to the front followed by team mates Chris Harvey, Craig Pearson, Phil Wolfe and James Houghton.
As the race progressed Humphries moved further away and at the finish he was well over two minutes ahead of his nearest rival from Worcester AC.
The team finished easy winners on the day with under 20 athlete Chris Harvey finishing in third place with Phil Wolfe 10th,Craig Pearson 11th, James Houghton 13th, Paul Lester 31st Hayden Carter 97th and Jamie Graham 167th .
Individually Humphries took the senior title with Harvey winning the junior under 20 title plus he also took the bronze medal in the senior age group as well.
Bob Hughes - UK Athletics Coach and Team Manager
Gemma Smith won gold in the U20 triple jump with 11.67m on the second day of competition at the Midland Indoor Championships at the NIA.
Ashley Wickett took an impressive silver medal in the U17 800m. After winning his heat in 2:08.6, Ashley ran a massive pb of 2:03.52 to finish 2nd in the final.
Guy Mayer made the U20 60m final by finishing 2nd in his heat in 7.21 secs and then finished 6th in the final with a slightly faster time of 7.19 secs.
Matty Mayne smashed his pb in the 400m at the NIA on Saturday to take gold in the U17 age group. His time of 52.51 beat his previous best by 0.7 seconds.
Chloe Boulter was another C&S medalist. After four years of waiting, she finally beat her high jump best, recording a height of 1.65m to take bronze in the U20 competition. Alasdair Rigby regained some form in the U20M high jump competition. His clearance of 1.80m was just 5cm under his best but, unfortunately, wasn't enough to put him in the medals.
In the U15 girls competition, Amelia Ridgway just missed out on a place in the final of the 800m after coming 3rd in her heat with a pb of 2:36.86. In the U20 800m final, Rachel Atherton tried to deny Birchfield a clean sweep of the medals but had to be content with 4th place with a time of 2:20.85. Becky Cooke finished 5th in the same race exactly 4 seconds behind Rachel.
In the U20 long jump, Gemma Smith came 4th with a distance of 5.30m.
The Alsager 5m race took place on 7th February and our club were represented by several of our athletes. Alsager is recognized as one of the fastest 5 mile races in the country, and always attracts a quality field.
Our own Tom Humphries was soon in the leading group of runners who broke away from the main field, unfortunately he could not sustain his effort and eventually drifted back to 7th position in a time of 23m 55secs. Further down the field Malcolm Eustace recorded a time of 27m 48secs to win the M50 age group.
In the women's’ race Christine Kilkenny was timed at 33m 25 secs to win the W55 age group and Gillian Russon, who is in training for the London Marathon, recorded 37m 08secs despite suffering from stitch during the race. Probably the best run of the day was by Dot Fellows who recorded a time of 35m 05secs which was the second fastest run by a W65 British athlete at this distance.
On Sunday 24th January the Midland Masters Cross Country Championships were held at Droitwich High School in Worcester.
Though the weather conditions on the day were favourable, the course could best be described as testing. We had 3 athletes contesting these championships. Sue Kneill-Boxley ran in the W40 age group and came away with a very creditable silver medal and I believe that this was the first time that she has contested this age group at these cross country championships.
Our other two stalwarts who competed were Christine Kilkenny (W55) and Dot Fellows (W65) and not surprisingly both were convincing winners of their age groups. At the medal presentation afterwards it was revealed that our 3 athletes had combined to win the female team gold medal. Congratulations to them all.
Derek Fellows - Club President
The Midland Cross Country Championships take place at Stafford Common on Saturday (30th).
The timetable is:
11 30 under 13 boys 3K
11 45 under 20 men 8K
12 25 under 13 girls 3K
12 45 under 15 boys 4K
1 05 under 17 women 5K
1 35 under 15 girls 4K
1 55 under 17 men 6K
2 25 senior women 8K
3 00 senior men 12K
Entries for Cannock & Stafford are:
U13 girls - Megan Bond Gillick, Poppy Jones, Jamie O'Connor, Chloe Preston, Katie Wickett, Danielle Woodward
U13 boys - Ryan Ashforth, Jamie Ross, James Russell
U15 girls - Jade Bird, Amelia Ridgway, Grace Rossiter, Alice Smith, Charlotte Smith, Rebecca Straw, Tara Thorpe, Hannah Trow, Lydia Trow, Rebecca Wallace
U15 boys - Tom Baldwin, Adam Coles, Tom Eustace, Will Haycox, Alex Hunter, James Lake, James McCann, Matthew Pugh, Stephen Sutton
U17 women - Becky Bray, Beth Clarke, Becky Cooke, Catherine Hulme, Sarah Hulme, Teresa Hulme
U17 men - Stuart Davies, Sam Derry, Chris Perrin, James Perrin, Phil Pugh, Ashley Wickett
U20 women - Rachel Atherton
U20 men - Jamie Graham, Chris Harvey
SW - Chris Kilkenny, Sue Kneill-Boxley, Sarah Terry
SM - James Houghton, Craig Pearson, Phil Wolfe, Tom Humphries
The entry fee is £4 and if you haven't already paid can you give your money to Bob Hughes as soon as possible please.
This was the first opportunity for some of our athletes to compete this year and Gemma Smith made a good start to the season with a pb of 5.40m in the long jump. Gemma also jumped 11.50m in the triple jump.
In the high jump, Simone Thompson-Smith cleared 1.40m, Chloe Boulter equalled last season's best of 1.60m and Sean Rich jumped 1.72m. Sean also competed in the triple jump and recorded a distance of 10.77m.
The Regional Finals of the Aviva Sportshall UK Championships take place at Perdiswell Leisure Centre on Saturday 6th February 2010.
Staffordshire have entered a team which consists of U13 and U15 athletes. If you have taken part in Sportshall athletics previously and wish to be considered for selection for the Staffordshire team, then please contact me (click for e-mail) and I will pass your details on to the organisers.
The sports hall at Shobnall Leisure Centre at Burton has been booked on the 31st January (10am to 12) for team practice before the competition the following Saturday.
There are three workshops remaining on the current programme of courses arranged by the South Staffs Athletics Network. These courses are free to members of participating clubs (C&S are one)
Strength and Conditioning - THIS Sunday 10th January, 11 - 1pm, Tamworth AC The workshop will focus on:
-Movement fundamentals for effective conditioning of young athletes
-Balance and Stability Assessment Trunk Conditioning Assessment
Hurdles Flying Coach Visit - Monday 11 January, 7 - 9pm at Cannock & Stafford AC, Rowley Park - Stafford. The flying coach visits have all been well received and beneficial to the coaches who have attended.
Fundamental Movement Skills - Monday 25th January, 7 - 9pm at Tamworth AC (FMS). The aim of FMS session is to provide some ideas and exercises designed to improve athlete efficiency and therefore performance, but also to help to reduce injury and prolong an active career. These exercises can be done as a session in themselves, as part of a warm-up routine, and as background "homework" for the athletes to do on their own.
If you are a coach wishing to attend any of the above courses, please register your interest with Catherine Pendlebury beforehand. Catherine can be contacted by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or, alternatively, by phone on 07800 619841. Please note that Catherine works Monday to Wednesday, although she will pick up phone messages outside of these times. It would be beneficial if you could complete the application form before attending if you haven't already done so.
The NIA have made the indoor track available for training between 1700 and 2100 hours on the following dates:
Monday, 08 February
Thursday, 11 February
Friday, 12 February
Monday, 15 February
Monday, 22 February
Thursday, 25 February
Whilst every effort is made to secure training dates and times, you should double check availability on the day by phoning (0121) 644 7134.
Individuals, clubs or groups, wishing to use the Arena for training will be requested to sign, pay and enter through the Community Hall, St Vincent Street. Pole-vaulters will have to enter via Stage Door (AF4) and then report to Community Hall. Please note that athletes from other clubs are also able to use the facilities at this time and that no shot putt is available on the above days.
Adults £3.00, Children U18 & OAP £2.00
Athletes who are part of the BOA passport system will be allowed to train free of charge. All others will have to pay. THERE WILL BE NO EXCEPTIONS.
Coaches will be required to show their UKA Coaching Pass. Failure to do so will result in the above prices being charged.
Note to all athletes:
1. All personal equipment should be removed after training and not stored under the track or in corridors.
2. The NIA will not accept responsibility for any loss or damage to such equipment.