31-12-11 Wheaton Aston 10k and Fun Run - Wheaton Aston - 27 December 2011

Chris and James Perrin finished 4th and 5th respectively in this year's Wheaton Aston 10k race.


Chris finished the race in 33 mins 38 secs and James in 34:05. Philip Wolfe finished 8th, just over half a minute behind James. Aaron Houseman had a great first 10k race, finishing 20th in 36:56. Stuart Davies also finished in under 40 minutes (44th in 39:14)


James Lake completed the course in 43:03 and Gillian Russon was our first female athlete home in 45:43.


Veteran athletes Gordon Richards (45:49), Andrew Mayne (46.19), Dot Fellows (46:50) and John Bray (47:52) all ran respectable times and John's big improvement on last year's time helped him to finish ahaead of his daughter, Rebecca (51:40). Rebecca Cooke took a break from her hurdles training to finish in 54:49


Ryan Ashforth won the fun run by 12 seconds from Matty Mayne. Iris Davies finished a brilliant 6th with Charlie Peters two seconds behind in 7th. Alice Richards came 19th and Scarlett Richards 26th. Millie Peters came 35th.


21-12-11 Club Awards 2011

Eleanor Proud and Alasdair Rigby were the winners of the two individual club awards that were presented on Tuesday night.


Eleanor won the Most Improved Young Athlete award, finishing ahead of Emma Hamplett and Natalie Mukerji who were second and third respectively. Alasdair took home the President's Trophy which is awarded by Derek Fellows to the person who, in his opinion, has done the most to uphold the standards and traditions of the club.


Presenting Eleanor with her award, Derek commented "This year the athlete selected has made tremendous improvements in her performances throughout the season and thoroughly deserves this award. Natural talent will only take you so far in this sport, but with hard work and good coaching, athletes can improve greatly.


"The rise up the National rankings this year for the athlete selected has been phenomenal, in the 100m she has improved from 389th last year to 21st this year, an improvement of 368 places. In the 200m she moved from 195th to 10th, an improvement of 185 places and in the long jump she improved from 295th last year to 33rd, improving by 262 places.


"By any reckoning, these are huge improvements and, in my opinion, made the judging of this year's award fairly easy. So it gives me great pleasure to present the award for Most Improved Young Athlete of the Year for 2011 to Eleanor Proud"


Alasdair Rigby was presented with his award accompanied by the following comments from Derek. "I have been associated with Cannock & Stafford AC for almost 35 years, and in that time I have seen many multi talented athletes come through our system.


"As a former team manager I know the importance of "filling the gaps" and I have seldom seen an athlete who compares with the winner of this years award, for he appears to do any discipline and over the past couple of seasons this athlete has certainly done that and, as a result, he has been the leading points scorer for the various men's teams.


"To give you an example of this athletes' versatility, he sprints, hurdles, high jumps, long jumps, triple jumps and I believe he also pole vaults and for good measure, earlier this year he even ran the London Marathon. He is also a very popular member of the team that he represents as well as performing to a very high standard, so for all of the reasons that I have outlined, I have decided to award the Presidents trophy for 2011 to Alasdair Rigby.


11-12-11 North Staffs Cross Country League - Westwood High - 10 December 2011

Charlie Peters won her fourth consecutive race to take the U11s North Staffs Cross Country League title at Westwood High in Leek.


Supported by Jessica Harrison (4th), Alice Richards (11th), Millie Peters and Sarah Preston, Charlie also took gold in the U11 girls team event for Cannock & Stafford.


The Women's team gained promotion from Division 2 with victory at the final meeting. Catherine Hulme (16th), Teresa Hulme (19th), Sue Kneill-Boxley (28th), Rebecca Bray (30th), Sarah Hulme (31st) and Fiona Russell (102nd) made up the team.


With Stoke's Katie Holt not running, her team mate Amy Mellor won the Junior Women's individual title but Catherine Hulme and Teresa Hulme picked up the silver and bronze medals respectively.


11-12-11 Cannock & Stafford Christmas Party - CANCELLED

Unfortunately, the Cannock & Stafford AC Christmas party planned for Walton Village hall this coming Saturday (17th) has been cancelled.


The two awards due to be presented will now be given out after a training session prior to the Christmas break. The first award will be given to the Most Improved Young Athlete. This coveted trophy goes to the athlete, aged 17 or under, who the club's coaches have considered to have shown the biggest improvement over the last year. The second award is made by our President, Derek Fellows and is given to the person who, in Derek's opinion, has done the most to uphold the standards and traditions of the club.


28-11-11 British & Irish Masters Cross Country International - Glasgow - 26 November 2012

In the British and Irish Masters Cross Country International held at Bellahouston Park, Glasgow on Saturday 26th November there were two Cannock & Stafford members representing England. 


Dot Fellows had a tremendous run. She started strongly and just kept pulling further and further away from her opposition in the W65 age group.  Dot eventually finished two and a half minutes clear of the 2nd placed athlete and helped her team to the team gold.  Incidentally Dot’s winning margin was the biggest margin in any of the 15 age group categories (Men and Women) contested.


Malcolm Eustace found the conditions totally alien to what he wanted. The course was waterlogged and muddy and Malcolm admitted that he was struggling after only a few minutes of racing.  In what was probably the most competitive of all of the age groups (M50) Malcolm finished 10th but he admitted that he had ambitions to come a lot higher.


13-11-11 Birmingham & District Cross Country League - Newbold Comyn, Leamington - 12 November 2012

Thanks to the athletes who turned up mainly to ensure we entered a scoring team, Cannock & Stafford avoided automatic relegation from Division 1.


Disappointingly, the majority of athletes who helped us gain promotion last year were not available but the ones who did turn up performed admirably. James Houghton was our first athlete home in 94th position in a time of 40:17. Craig Pearson finished in 129th place, 2 minutes behind James and Stuart Davies produced an excellent run to finish 144th, the 10th Junior athlete to finish.


Michael Smith finished in 194th place and sprinter Jon Biddle a creditable 203rd in a time of 47:09. This was Jon's last run for the club before a self imposed break whilst he sets up his own business. All at C&S wish him the very best in this business venture.


Jamie Graham came 225th, Gordon Richards 250th and Andrew Mayne 263rd.


13-11-11 Staffordshire AAA Cross Country Championships

The County Cross Country Championships take place at Sandwell Valley on 7 January 2012.


If you wish to take part, please see Bob Hughes and give him your entry fee of £2 if U13/U15/U17/U20 or £3 if senior or veteran.


Further info, timetable etc can be viewed here


13-11-11 Club Hoodies

If you are after an ideal Christmas present, Cannock & Stafford club hoodies are an excellent option.


We will be placing an order at the end of November to give time for manufacture prior to Christmas. The hoodies are £15 for junior sizes and £20 for seniors. This includes for lettering if required.


There is a chart with a wide variety of colours to choose from in the club room at Rowley Park. Orders can be placed in the club room (please see Sandi) on training nights and payment will be required in full before orders are processed


17-10-11 Coaches Required

It is just over three years since we made Rowley Park the sole base for Cannock & Stafford Athletic Club after losing Cannock Stadium.
In that time we've thrived at under-20, senior and veteran level but, year on year, we've struggled in the under-17s, where we were traditionally so strong. Although it's great to have success at the higher age groups, we have to understand that youngsters are the lifeblood of the club.
To this end, we are aiming to have a big push to bring in young athletes aged from 10 years old and above to strengthen our Young Athletes League squad. But before this we have to have a coaching structure in place to accommodate the influx we are hoping for.
The committee would like to invite any parents of young athletes - or indeed senior athletes themselves - to get involved as coaches.
We have a number of long-standing, experienced coaches across all disciplines but they need help and support.
As a club we would welcome anybody who would like to join the coaching set-up. Instead of sitting watching why not join in?
There are a number of courses, organised by England Athletics, which start at the bottom level to give volunteers an introduction to coaching on a one-day course. Following on from this is a two-day course to become an assistant coach, which allows you to work alongside an experienced, graded coach.
There is a charge for the courses but this will be met by the club, as long as those on the courses commit to coaching at Cannock & Stafford AC.
So, please give it some thought - if you think you would like to help secure the success of the club why not have a go? If we don't get this new, strengthened coaching structure in place it could have a very negative impact on our future.
Talk to Chairman Gary Denning or any other committee members about it. You can call Gary on 01543 371830 to have a chat.


16-10-11 C&S Veteran Athletes chosen for England Cross Country team

Three of our athletes have been selected for the British Masters cross country international race to be held in Bellahouston Park, Glasgow on Saturday 26th November.


Dot Fellows was selected in the W65 age group for the England team, Malcolm Eustace was chosen to represent the M50 team and Christine Kilkenny, whose season has been disrupted by injury has been selected as a reserve for the W55 team. 


Our congratulations go to all of our selected athletes.


08-10-11 BUPA Great Edingburgh 10k - 2 October 2011

Cannock & Stafford's Tom Humphries produced a magnificent run in the BUPA Great Edinburgh 10K on Sunday.


Tom was the top British athlete in the very wet conditions, finishing 3rd behind two Kenyan athletes in a time of 29.18.


02-10-11 BMAF 10K Road Championships - Devon - 2 October 2011

Two of our athletes made the long journey down to Exmouth, Devon to contest the British Masters 10k Road Championship.


With temperatures nudging 80 degrees both athletes ran strong races.  Malcolm Eustace in the M50 age group finally finished in the worst possible place, fourth, in a time of 35min 15secs.  Dot Fellows on the other hand completely dominated her age group W65 and eventually won the gold in a time of 46min 15secs.  Dots winning margin was just under 5 minutes.


23-09-11 Top Point Scorers

Alasdair Rigby and Natalie Ainge were, once again, the leading male and female point scorers for both Cannock & Stafford's Senior and Junior teams.


The results highlight the importance of some of our 'unsung heroes', the all rounders such as Beth Clarke and George Tyson who never moan when asked to cover events that no-one else will do. The Junior League results also indicate the contribution that our 2nd claim athletes from Worcester made towards keeping the team in the Premier League this season with Alex Bradnick finishing 2nd top male scorer and three of the women finishing in the top ten.


The top 10 scorers were:


Midland Senior League        
Male     Female  
Name Pts   Name Pts

Alasdair Rigby

Mathew Paynter

Neil Fox

Adam Smith

George Tyson

Guy Mayer

Paul Edwards

Jon Biddle

Jonny Anderson

Craig Pearson












Natalie Ainge

Chloe Boulter

Stacey Johnson

Becky Cooke

Natalie Edwards

Beth Denning

Alicia Clarke

Rebecca Bray

Gemma Smith

Katie Leek
















National Junior League










Name Pts   Name Pts

Alasdair Rigby

Alex Bradnick

George Tyson

Tyler Brown-Jones

Ashley Wickett

Aaron Houseman

Richard Stanley

Adam Johnson

Tom Halloway

Chris Morris

James McCann

Matthew Mayne














Natalie Ainge

Beth Clarke

Catherine Hulme

Zoe Styles

Alicia Clarke

Ella Gibbons

Beth Denning

Georgina Greenwood

Teresa Hulme

Becky Cooke












05-09-11 Presidents Report on Track & Field Season

Overall the season has again gone very well with the only downside being the performance of our young athletes’ team.  This is not a reflection on the athletes who competed for us in this league, but highlights the fact that there were not enough of them, this resulted in many gaps in the team during competition and is something that we as a club must address.


Our National Junior League team again performed superbly and maintained their position in the Midlands Premier League. Over the past 3 years they have competed brilliantly against much bigger clubs and have shown what a wonderful team spirit can achieve. There have been many fine individual performances.  Shaun Ainge as team manager can be very proud of the team's performances.


We now move up to our senior combined men and women’s team who have achieved promotion for a 3rd successive season and have now moved up to Division 2 in the Midlands.  Once again a wonderful team spirit has helped carry the team forward to their success with all athletes playing their part.  Congratulations must go to team managers Carol Denning and Bob Hughes for their continued successes, I know that others have stepped forward and assisted but Carol and Bob have born the brunt of the workload and what a fine job they have done.


After 8 years of being runners up to Stoke in the Veterans League (North Division) our men’s team finally achieved success winning the league at the final fixture at Sutton. There was much celebration after their win and it was well deserved, on the other hand our women have been showing the men how to do it by winning the league for the 9th successive season, a tremendous achievement. Unfortunately we had to relinquish our hold on the gold cup in the cup final at Worcester, losing out by 9 points to Rugby & Northampton Lions. We did have the consolation of finishing 2nd.


We, as a club, must do more to encourage youngsters to join us, and we also need to recruit more parents into coaching, several of our coaches have big groups and possibly need assistance in helping to train athletes.


Once again I have been encouraged by the commitment of officials of the club to help move the club forward but we can never have enough volunteers.  So my thanks go to all the parents who have given of their spare time to help the club, without you it would be impossible to exist.


05-09-11 UK Schools Games - Sheffield - 3/4 September 2011

Two of our athletes were chosen to represent the Manchester area in the UK School games at Sheffield at the weekend.


Olivia Walker won a silver medal in the 80m hurdles event in 11.88 seconds. Matthew Mayne was a member of the 4x400 relay team that came 5th.


Congratulations to both athletes.


22-08-11 Stars of the Future Meeting - Loughborough - 21 August 2011

Ryan Ashforth ran a pb of 2.25.08 in the U13 800m to win bronze at the Stars of the Future meeting at Loughborough on Sunday as a number of Cannock & Stafford athletes enjoyed the hot weather.


Callum Houseman celebrated his 12th birthday with a pb of 7.20m to take victory in the shot competition and brother Aaron won the U17 3000m in 10.03.29.


Natalie Mukerji had a busy day and was unfortunate to finish 4th in both the 100m and 200m. After qualifying for the 100m final, she equalled her pb of 13.50 which was exactly the same time as the third placed athlete. In the 200m, she also qualified for the final and then ran a pb of 28.35 in a close battle for the medals.


Eleanor Proud stormed to victory in the U15 300m, winning by 6 seconds in a time of 41.99. Eleanor's time was also faster than the winner of the U17 race.


Natalie Ainge ran a season's best of 13.37 to win U20 100m bronze and there was double gold in the javelin for Lucy Heap (37.53m) and Richard Stanley (41.19).


Allee Rigby won the U20 high jump with 1.75m and just failed when attempting what would have been a new pb of 1.86m. He also took victory in the triple jump with 12.27m. He rounded off his day with his first 400m for a number of seasons, finishing 3rd in 57.68.


22-08-11 National U15 / U17 Championships - Bedford - 20/21 August 2011

Three of our athletes entered the National U15/U17 Championships at Bedford last weekend.


Jess Leek won a bronze medal in the long jump with 5.54m. Becky Straw ran a pb of 4.36.24 in the 1500m to finish in 5th place and Matt Mayne came 5th in his 400m heat with 51.32 secs.


22-08-11 Midland Senior League - Tamworth - 14 August 2011

Cannock & Stafford AC’s senior team gained their third successive promotion as champions of Division 3 following a second placed finish in the final meeting of the season at Tamworth.


Alasdair Rigby gained two pbs when winning the 400m hurdles ‘B’ (62.1) and coming 3rd in the 110m hurdles (17.5). Allee also won the triple jump with a season’s best 12.92m


Natalie Ainge also achieved two pbs in the hurdles races, winning the 400m hurdles in 70.0 and the 100m hurdles ‘B’ in 19.4. Nat also won the triple jump ‘B’ competition.


There was a welcome return to action for Gemma Smith who won the triple jump with 11.08m and the ‘B’ high jump with 1.60m. James Raynor, making his senior debut, won the long jump with 6.02m and the ‘B’ triple jump with a pb of 12.19m.


Adam Smith won the 400m hurdles in 61.7, Guy Mayer the ‘B’ 200m in 23.5 and Matt Mayne the 400m in 52.1. Mathew Paynter and Neil Fox won the ‘A’ and ‘B’ discus events and Alex Pinner threw 51.77m to win the javelin competition.


Stacey Johnson won the 1500m in 4.42.8 and also came 2nd in the 800m. Teresa Hulme won the ‘B’ 800m in 2.29.7. Another long term absentee, Isabel Rogers won the ‘B’ long jump with 5.07m


08-08-11 Midland U15 / U17 Championships - Alexander Stadium - 6/7 August 2011

Cannock & Stafford’s Becky Straw recorded a Championship Best Performance when winning the U17 3000m at last weekend’s Midland U15/U17 Championships at Alexander Stadium.


Becky recorded a time of 10:03.63 to win the race by 34 seconds from Katie Ingle of RSC. This was Becky’s second medal of the Championships after her silver in the 1500m on Saturday (4:41.49).


Jess Leek was another C&S gold medal winner. She won the U17 long jump with a best of 5.34m. Olivia Walker took home a silver medal in the 80m hurdles in a time of 11.92 secs into a headwind.


Poppy Jones just missed a medal in the U15 girls 800m. Poppy finished 4th in her heat to qualify for the final and then came 4th in the final in a time of 2:25.21.


Sam Nicholls and James Lake both competed in the U17 men’s 800m final. Sam finished 7th in 2:06.12 and James 8th in 2:07.46.


25-07-11 National Junior League - Cardiff - 24 July 2011

The Cannock & Stafford AC Junior League team travelled to Cardiff knowing that they faced a battle to maintain their Premier Division status.


At the end of a day in which the points total swung one way to another, an excellent fifth place finish for C&S was sufficient to relegate Charnwood and push Mansfield into the promotion / relegation match.


Alex Bradnick came 1st in the 200m (22.73) and 2nd in the 100m (11.33) into a strong headwind. Aaron Houseman won the ‘B’ 3000m race and Ella Gibbons the ‘B’ long jump with 5.30m.


Jess Leek came 2nd in the long jump with 5.32m and the women’s 4x100m team of Natalie Ainge, Jess Leek, Ella Gibbons and Zoe Styles broke 50 seconds to finish just behind the Birchfield team (49.91)


Catherine Hulme came 2nd in the 1500m ‘A’ race and 800m ‘B’, both in pbs (5:01.90 and 2:25.59 respectively) as she continued to show her improvement as a middle distance athlete.


Personal bests continued to flow throughout the day. Ashley Wickett ran 53.63 in the 400m and Sam Nicholls reduced his best 800m time to 2:04.56. Tom Halloway smashed his 3000m time by 20 seconds and his 2000m steeplechase by 13 seconds. Tyler Brown-Jones increased both his shot and hammer distances and George Tyson beat his previous best javelin throw. Jack Bates, making his debut, finished 3rd in the ‘B’ steeplechase race.


Beth Clarke got below 13 mins in the 3000m for the first time (12:49.2). She also ran pbs in the 100m hurdles and 400m hurdles races and came 4th in the ‘B steeplechase. Alicia Clarke threw 17.83m for a hammer best. Natalie Ainge ran season’s best times for the 100m hurdles and 400m hurdles and Matthew Mayne ran his second fastest 400m time (50.81) to finish 3rd.


Alasdair Rigby was the top individual scorer on the day with a tally of 27 points in pole vault, long jump, triple jump, high jump and 110m hurdles


James Rayner, James Lake, James McCann, Jordan Barrett, Alex Pinner, Zoe Styles, Bethan Roberts, Teresa Hulme, Sarah Hulme and Lucy Heap all made valuable contributions to ensure that their team will continue to compete at the top level next season.


25-07-11 Welsh U13/U15 Championships - Cardiff - 23 July 2011

Bethan Rees won a gold medal in the javelin at the Welsh U13/U15 Championships at Cardiff on Saturday (23rd).


Her winning throw of 25.12m was a Championship Best Performance.


17-07-11 International Schools Match - Cardiff - 16 July 2011

Congratulations to Olivia Walker who wore the England vest for the first time on Saturday (16th).


Olivia represented her country in the U17 International Schools Match against athletes from Ireland, Wales and Scotland at the Cardiff International Stadium.


In wet conditions, into a headwind of 1.5m/s, she came 4th in the 80m hurdles with a time of 11.97 secs finishing behind the other English and the two Irish athletes.


11-07-11 National Junior League - Derby - 10 July 2011

Cannock & Stafford’s U20s finished just one point behind Cardiff in the meeting at Derby on Sunday, a point that could have gone a long way to helping maintain their position in the Midland Premier League for next season.


The highlights of the meeting were a new club record for the men’s 4 x 100m team and a double race win for Catherine Hulme.


The 4 x 100m team of James Rayner, Matthew Mayne, Alex Bradnick and Chris Morris ran 44.0 secs breaking the U20 record that lasted for 29 years. Catherine Hulme won the 800m B race and then raced away from the field to win the A 1500m in 5.04.9.


There were individual victories for Ashley Wickett in the B 800m (2.05.3), Natalie Ainge in the B 400m (62.1) and Ella Gibbons in the A High Jump (1.55m). Natalie also came 2nd in the B triple jump and ran in the 200m and 100m hurdles.


Alex Bradnick came 2nd in the 200m in 22.6 and Chris Perrin 2nd in the 800m in 1.58.5. James Perrin and Aaron Houseman came 2nd in the 3000m A & B races respectively and Georgina Greenwood 2nd in the B high jump. Despite breaking the club record, the men’s 4 x 100m team also finished second as did the women’s quartet of Natalie Ainge, Georgina Greenwood, Ella Gibbons and Zoe Styles (50.8).


Beth Clarke had a busy day, competing in the hammer, shot, 400m hurdles, 3000m and 1500 steeplechase as did her sister Alicia, who took part in the four throwing events. Alasdair Rigby missed out on the sprint relay record as he was nursing an injury but he still managed to compete in the long jump, high jump, pole vault and 400m hurdles.


The other athletes, not named above, that contributed towards another excellent team performance were Matthew Mayne, James Lake, James McCann, Sam Nicholls, Tom Halloway, Tyler Brown-Jones, George Tyson, Bethan Roberts, Teresa and Sarah Hulme, Becky Bray, Ruth Hayes and Lucy Heap.


06-07-11 Midland Senior League - Stafford - Note from President

I would like to offer my congratulations to the team for their excellent result last Sunday, it was a fine team performance with many fine individual results. 


I would like to single out two athletes who in my opinion “came good” when the club needed them.  They are Alicia Clarke and Beth Denning who, apart from competing, spent most of the afternoon compiling the results and in my opinion they did a fine job.


Without volunteers like Alicia and Beth our club would struggle to meet its commitments, so a very big thank you to both.


Derek Fellows - President of Cannock & Stafford AC


02-07-11 English Schools Track & Field Championships - Gateshead - 1/2 July 2011 Day 2

Olivia Walker ran the fastest 80m hurdles race of her life to win a silver medal on day 2 of competition at the English Schools Championships at Gateshead. Her time of 11.56 moved her into second in the rankings in the country.


Eleanor Proud finished 7th in the Junior Girls 200m final. Having broken her pb in the heats, Eleanor ran another fast time in the final of 25.92 from lane 7.


Matty Mayne ran 51.18 in his 400m semi final, his second fastest performance outdoors following his pb yesterday.


Emma Hamplett came 8th in the Junior Girls javelin with 32.50m and Becky Straw 9th in the Inter girls 1500m final with 4:42.68.


Chris Morris took part in a Staffordshire 4 x 100m relay team that ran 43.11 in the Senior Boys Final and Jess Leek handed the batten to Olivia Walker during the Inter Girls relay time of 49.08 secs.


There was success for one of our second claim athletes as Alex Bradnick won gold in the Senior Boys 4 x 100 as part of the Hereford & Worcester team. Alex earlier came 5th in the 200m final. Olivia Merry came 9th in the Senior Girls long jump final and Zoe Styles 4th in her 200m heat with 26.41 secs

01-07-11 English Schools Track & Field Championships - Gateshead - 1/2 July 2011 Day 1

On the whole, it was a successful first day for our athletes at the English Schools Track & Field Championships in Gateshead.


Jess Leek jumped a pb of 5.66m in the Inter Girls long jump to earn herself a bronze medal and move to the top of the club rankings for the event.


Olivia Walker was third fastest qualifier for the final of the 80m hurdles, winning her heat in 11.75 secs. Eleanor Proud ran her fastest ever 200m to finish 3rd in her heat in 25.60 secs to qualify for tomorrow's final as a fastest loser. Running in by far the fastest heat, Eleanor was joint 4th fastest overall.


Becky Straw ran 4:41.34 to finish 3rd in her heat and also qualify for the final of the 1500m.


Matt Mayne ran a pb in the Inter Boys 400m. His time of 50.74secs put him 3rd in his heat and was enough to see him qualify for the semi-finals as a fastest loser.


Chris and James Perrin ran in the 1500m heats finishing in 4:01.77 and 4:09.35 respectively and Lucy Heap threw 29.40m in the javelin.


In the 4 x 100m relays, the Staffordshire Inter Girls team, which includes Olivia Walker and Jess Leek, qualified for the final in a time of 49.49 secs. The Senior Boys team, with Chris Morris on the 3rd leg, also qualified for the final with a time of 43.10 secs.

27-06-11 British Masters Track & Field Championships - Alexander Stadium - 25/26 June 2011

A gold, a silver and three bronze medals were won by Cannock & Stafford athletes at the British Masters Championships at Alexander Stadium last weekend.


Malcolm Eustace won the gold medal in the M50 5000m on Sunday in a time of 16:37.12. This followed a bronze medal in the 1500m on Saturday in 4:26.97.


Paul Edwards won two hurdles bronze medals. He ran his M50 100m hurdles race in 15.51 and a dip at the line won him the 400m hurdles bronze by two one-hundredths of a second.


Martin Roberts was the silver medal winner. His throw of 49.76m earned him his second place. Martin also came 4th in the weight.

24-06-11 Young Athlete of Match Awards

For each Young Athletes League meeting the League have provided prizes to be awarded to each club's best male and female performer. The 2010 winners received a tee shirt and the 2011 winners a spikes bag.


These awards are given based on performances against graded standards. No athlete can win more than one award per season.


The winners of awards for the last two seasons are:
    Male Female

2 May 2010

Alexander Stadium

Matthew Mayne

U17M 400m - 52.9secs

Jess Leek

U17W long jump - 4.95m

16 May 2010

DELL Stadium

Richard Stanley

U17M javelin - 43.81m

Chloe Preston

U17G high jump - 1.38m

20 June 2010


Chris Mayne

U13B high jump - 1.35m

Olivia Walker

U17W 80m hurdles - 12.2 secs

18 July 2010


Max Grosvenor-Hayes

U15B 400m - 55.4secs

Lucy Heap

U17W javelin - 34.28m









8 May 2011


Matthew Mayne

U17M 400m - 51.7secs

Emma Hamplett

U15G javelin - 32.11m

22 May 2011

Northwood Stadium

Billy Hicks

U13B 800m - 2.34.2

Olivia Walker

U17W 80m hurdles - 11.9secs

5 June 2011

Aldersley Stadium

Ryan Ashforth

U13B 1500m - 5.05.5

Eleanor Proud

U15G 200m 26.0secs &

U15G long jump 5.10m

19 June 2011

Moorways Stadium

Tyler Brown-Jones

U17M discus - 31.56m

Chloe Wilde

U13G high jump - 1.35m

If Billy Hicks and Max Grosvenor-Hayes would like to see me at training on a Tuesday or Thursday night they can pick up their prizes.

20-06-11 Tribute to Clare Skelton

Clare Skelton (nee Newton), who has died aged 36, was one of Cannock & Stafford's most successful runners, representing the club with distinction and going on to achieve international honours.

She  joined the club at the age of 11 in April 1986 and her love of running became a real family affair with dad Roy and mom Kate taking up coaching and sister  Emma running too.

Clare was part  of a very strong Cannock & Stafford squad and went on to pick up a large collection of individual and team honours for club, school and county. Her achievements included:

•   Winning the team National Cross Country Championships, beating Paula Radcliffe & Liz Yelling's team in the process. 
•   A member of the Staffordshire team which won the Inter-Counties title.
•   Running for England as a junior international.
•   Captaining the Midlands team to victory in the U.K. Inter-Regional Cross Country Championships.
•   Winning county cross country medals 14 years in succession.
•   Captaining Walton High School, Stafford to victory in the National Schools Cup.
•   Twice winning the Midland Women's Cross Country League individual title.
•   Captaining the winning Staffordshire schools team in the  All-England Schools Cross Country  
•   Winning individual silver at the U.K. Inter-Regional Cross Country Championships.
•   Setting a course record for the Stafford Half Marathon and the Staffs Knot 5 mile race. 
•   Winning the Midland Women's 10k road race.

For all her success, Clare was made a life member of  Cannock & Stafford AC, as were Roy, Kate and Emma for all their hard work and commitment to the club.

She was a well-known and respected runner across the Midlands and ran her last race for us in July last year, winning the 800 metres for the veterans.

Clare had been working over the past few months to raise money for the Race for Life charity. Her fund has already gone past £10,000, making it the best supported fund in the UK.

She had set her sights on running in the race but this, unfortunately, did not happen.

Anybody who would like to back the cause that was so  close to Clare's heart can click on the following link 
<http://www.raceforlifesponsorme.org/clareskelton2601>. Even if you don't wish to contribute, the page is a moving experience.


19-06-11 Midland U20 / Senior Championships - Alexander Stadium - 19 June 2011

The 1500m proved a successful event for C&S athletes at the Midland U20 / Senior Championships at Alexander Stadium on Sunday.


Stacey Johnson won a silver medal in the Senior Women's race in a time of 4:32.41 and Chris Perrin took home a bronze from the U20 men's 1500m in 4:08.76


Chloe Boulter cleared 1.65m to finish 5th in a high quality Senior high jump competition and Jon Biddle came 6th in his 400m heat in 51.89.


19-06-11 English Schools Track and Field Championships

Congratulations to the Cannock & Stafford athletes chosen to represent their Counties at the English Schools Track & Field Championships in Gateshead. They are:

Junior Girls - Emma Hamplett and Eleanor Proud (Staffordshire)

Inter Girls - Lucy Heap, Jess Leek, Olivia Walker (Staffordshire) and Becky Straw (Hereford and Worcester)

Inter Boys - Matthew Mayne (Staffordshire)

Senior Boys - Chris Perrin, James Perrin and Chris Morris (Staffordshire)


Also congratulations to three other athletes who have represented C&S in the Junior League this season as 2nd claim from Worcester AC. They are Zoe Styles (Inter Girls), Olivia Merry (Senior Girls) and Alex Bradnick (Senior Boys) all representing Hereford & Worcester.


13-06-11 Midland Masters Championships - Leicester - 12 June 2011

"Those were the worst conditions I've run in on a track in 35 years of competing" was a quote from one of the athletes taking part in the Midlands Masters Championships at Leicester on Sunday.


It really was horrific conditions with teaming rain, combined with -5m headwinds making conditions extremely difficult for those taking part.


The veterans Championships operate in five year age groups so, with the possibility of only a few entries in each age range, as well as finishing in the top three, you also have to reach a certain standard to gain a medal.


Martin Roberts was the first medal winner with gold in the M50 hammer with a throw of 47.79m. He also came 5th in the shot with 8.31m. Shaun Ainge was beaten into second place in the M45 high jump after jumping 1.45m into a bed resembling a swimming pool but took gold as the winner was a guest from outside the Midlands area. After a 5 hour wait, Shaun then won a bronze medal in the 400m in 59.5 after being last of the five competitors coming into the home straight.


Paul Edwards gained a full set of medals winning the M50 100m hurdles, finishing second in the 400m hurdles and taking bronze in the 200m in an impressive 27.3 secs considering the conditions. Chris Kilkenny won the 5000m.


Kristian Lundby was the most successful of our athletes winning the M60 long jump (4.13m), high jump (1.20m) and triple jump as well as taking home a bronze from the discus.


12-06-11 Midland Senior League - Leamington - 4 June 2011

A fantastic performance from Cannock & Stafford AC's senior athletes gained them an important victory at Leamington to lift them to second place in the league.


Martin Roberts gave the team early momentum with a second place finish in the hammer and this was quickly followed by Shaun Ainge and George Tyson finishing 2nd in the 'A' and 'B' pole vault respectively.


Chloe Boulter (3rd in 'A') and Natalie Ainge (1st in 'B') both jumped season's bests of 4.90m in the long jump. It was a successful afternoon for the girls with Chloe winning the high jump and coming second in the 'B' triple and Natalie finishing 2nd in the triple jump (10.93m) and winning the 'B' 400m hurdles.


Alasdair Rigby was another revelling in the hot and sunny conditions. He won the 110m hurdles in his first attempt at the event and also won the long jump (6.17m) and triple jump (12.66m).


Becky Cooke won both 400m hurdles 'A' and 100m hurdles 'B' races and came 2nd in the 400m 'B' race. Natalie Edwards scored well in four events, the highlight being a pb equalling 1.50m high jump to win the 'B'.


Guy Mayer came 2nd in the 200m 'B' (24.1), Paul Edwards 2nd in the 110m hurdles 'B' and Craig Pearson took victory in the 1500m 'B'. James McCann, Sam Nicholls and Aaron Houseman all made an impression on their senior debuts with Sam gaining 2nd place in the triple jump 'B' and running a pb in his 800m race (2:07.1).


The throwers also fared well. Mathew Paynter won the discus, came 2nd in the shot and won the 'B' javelin, Neil Fox won both the shot and discus 'B' and Richard Stanley came 2nd in the javelin (43.26m). In the women's throws, Karen Moody came 2nd in the hammer, Carol denning 3rd in the 'B' and Alicia Clarke 2nd in the 'B' shot.


Harriet Thompson was 2nd in the 100m hurdles in 15.5 secs, Stacey Johnson came 2nd in the 800m and won the 1500m and Rachel Atherton won the 800m 'B' race. Becky Bray came 2nd in the 'B' 1500m, Sue Kneill-Boxley 3rd in the 3000m and Beth Clarke 2nd in the 3000m 'B'.


The four relay teams secured the points to ensure victory on the day.


26-05-11 Clare Skelton

It is with great sadness that we report that Clare Skelton passed away yesterday (25th May), aged 36.


Clare was well known in Staffordshire athletic circles and competed for Cannock & Stafford and, latterly, for Stafford Harriers. Our thoughts are with her family and friends at this sad time


15-05-11 Staffordshire AAA Track & Field Championships - Northwood Stadium, Stoke - 14 May 2011

It was a successful day for Cannock & Stafford athletes at the Staffordshire County Championships at Northwood Stadium in Stoke.


Olivia Walker, Emma Hamplett and Ryan Ashforth all achieved Championship Best Performances. Olivia won gold in the U17W 80m hurdles in 11.9 secs, equalling the record set by, among others, Denise Lewis. Emma threw 34.03m to win the U15 javelin and Ryan, best known for his middle distance running, broke the U13 javelin record with 22.71m.


Eleanor Proud won a hat trick of gold medals in the U15 100m, 200m (25.9) and long jump (4.85m). Both Eleanor (12.7) and Emily Fowler-Parkes (13.0) beat the highly rated Stoke athlete, Heidi Jackson, in the 100m to take the gold and silver medals.


The Cannock & Stafford javelin throwers had a profitable meeting with Lucy Heap, Alex Pinner, Adam Phillips and Bethan Rees, in addition to Emma and Ryan, all winning gold medals.


Steve Thompson won the U13 80m hurdles in a pb of 13.9 and there were victories for James McCann (U17 1500m), Ryan Ashforth (U13 800m), Paul Edwards (100m and 400m hurdles M50 height), Callum Houseman (U13 shot), Billy Hicks (U13 high jump), Chloe Wilde (U13 800m) and Chloe Preston (U15 high jump).


14-04-11 Race for Life

Many of you will know Clare Skelton (nee Newton) who has been involved with athletics within Staffordshire for a long time.

Unfortunately, last autumn, Clare was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form of ovarian cancer.  However, despite the weekly chemotherapy sessions, she is planning to enter the Race for Life on 12th July.

Please help Clare to raise money for this worthwhile cause by donating through her fundraising page: <http://www.raceforlifesponsorme.org/clareskelton2601>

01-04-11 Track Availability

The track at Rowley Park is unavailable on a number of nights during April / early May due to football finals taking place on the pitch in the middle of the track.


The dates when the track is unavailable are:

19, 21, 26, 28 April and

3,4,8 May


In addition, the track is not available for the next three Sunday mornings (3,10,17 April)


Please see your coaches for details of alternative training arrangements.


27-03-11 Schools International Cross Country Meeting - Antrim, Northern Ireland - 26 March 2011

Cannock & Stafford athlete, Rebecca Straw, made her International debut whilst representing England in the Schools International Cross Country meeting in Antrim.


Rebecca had a great race, finishing 7th in the Inter Girls.


20-03-11 IAAF World Cross Country Championships - Punta Umbria, Spain - 20 March 2011

Tom Humphries finished 2nd of the GB cross country runners competing at the World Cross Country Championships in Spain today.


In the race, won by Imana Marga of Ethiopia, Tom finished 64th overall.


20-03-11 Stafford Half Marathon - 20 March 2011

The weather was kind on Sunday morning as a healthy contingent of Cannock & Stafford athletes took to the streets of Stafford to compete in the half marathon race.


Malcolm Eustace finished 8th overall and took the M50 prize by completing the course in 1 hr 16.23. Adam Johnson, returning to fitness after a lengthy injury, ran 1:35.00. Gill Russon came 426th in 1:40.36 and Dot Fellows 25 places behind in 1:41.24, which won her the F60 title. Fiona Russell ran 2:10.34.


Les Green, who is now 72 years old, finished the course in 2:44.52


20-03-11 ESAA English Schools Cross Country Championships - Wollaton Park, Nottingham - 19 March 2011

In the scenic grounds of Wollaton Park in Nottingham, a number of Cannock & Stafford athletes represented their respective counties in the English Schools Cross Country Championships on Saturday.


Congratulations to Rebecca Straw, representing Hereford and Worcester, who finished 6th in the IG girls race out of a field of almost 350 runners. In the same race, representing Staffordshire, Amelia Ridgway came 188th and Grace Rossiter 288th.


In the IB race C&S athletes were James McCann (278th) and Jordan Barrett (311th).


We were well represented in the Senior Boys and Senior Girls races. Chris Perrin finished a creditable 37th with James Perrin (96th) and Phil Pugh (210th) also competing. Catherine Hulme was the highest of our finishers in the SG race in 121st with Teresa Hulme (125th), Rebecca Bray 142nd, Sarah Hulme 235th and Beth Clarke 250th.


Well done to all of our athletes who were chosen to represent their county.


12-03-11 BMAF Cross Country Championships - Perry Park - 12 March 2011

On Saturday 12 March, the BMAF open cross country championships were held in the park surrounding the Alexander Stadium in Birmingham.


Unfortunately due to injuries we only had one representative in the women’s race.  Dot Fellows contested the W65 age group and came away winning the gold medal. In a totally dominant display Dots winning margin was over 4 minutes. 


This was Dots 36th British title. 


12-03-11 BMAF Indoor Championships

Martin Roberts won a silver medal in the hammer in the recent British Masters Indoor Championships at Lea Valley. His throw of 48.97m in the M50 category earned him the second place finish. Martin also just missed out on a medal in the Weight, finishing fourth with 14.00m.


Another C&S medal winner was Graham Middleton. Graham earned himself a bronze medal in the discus with a throw of 31.81m.


28-02-11 Milford 21 - 27 February 2011

Congratulations to Ian Haworth of Shrewsbury AC who won the Milford 21 today in very testing conditions. Katie Latham of South Cheshire won the women's race.


Full Results


28-02-11 Sprints Workshops

The South Staffordshire Athletics Network has arranged a number of sprints workshops aimed at coaches of all levels.


The workshops will be led by Keith Fradley and will take place at:

Shobnall Sports Complex

Shobnall Road



The workshops are:

Monday 14th March, 2011, 7.00pm – 9.00pm – Strength & Resistance training.

Monday 4th April, 2011, 7.00pm – 9.00pm – Speed preparation for competition, race planning, introduction to blocks.

Monday 9th May, 2011, 7.00pm – 9.00pm – Block training and rules, “Do’s & Don’ts” on relay training.


The events are free but you need to reserve a place. To do so, please contact Jane Kracke on 07800 619841 or e-mail jkracke@staffordbc.gov.uk, leaving your contact number or email address.


13-02-11 Midland Indoor Championships - NIA - 12/13 February 2011

On the whole, it was a successful weekend for the C&S athletes that took part in the Midland Indoor Championships at the NIA.


On Saturday, the highlight was a gold medal performance from Matthew Mayne in the U17 400m. Matt cruised to victory in his heat and then ran a pb of 51.39 in the final to finish 1st. Chloe Boulter was also a medalist, winning a bronze medal in the SW high jump with a clearance of 1.60m


Tom Smith recorded a pb of 26.75 in the SM 200m and Jonny Anderson lowered his indoor best to 24.6. Jess Leek came 4th in her 60m heat with a pb of 8.54.


In the final of the U20 800m, Ashley Wickett just missed out on a medal, finishing 4th in a time of 2:08.96


On Sunday, there were two bronze medals for Olivia Walker who hardly got a rest on a hectic afternoon. Olivia had to run a heat, semi-final and final in the U17W 200m and a heat and a final of the 60mH. In the 200m, she won her heat and semi-final in 26.29 and 26.00 respectively and, in the final, Livie just lost out for the silver medal in a photo-finish with both girls recording 26.17. In the 60m H, Olivia came 2nd in her heat in 9.46 and then ran 9.39 in the final for 3rd place.


Emily Fowler-Parkes missed out on a medal by 5 one hundredths of a second in the U15 200m, although she smashed her pb by running 27.08. She had previously won her heat in 27.47. Josh Mason reduced his 200m pb by almost one and a half seconds in his heat to qualify for the final with a time of 26.05 secs. He also came 4th in the final with 26.7.


Natalie Ainge ran 61.77 in her U20 400m heat to finish 2nd and qualify for the final. She then finished 5th in the final with 62.42.


Guy Mayer came 4th in his 60m heat in a time of 7.37 and Jonny Anderson finished in a pb of 7.61 secs.


James Lake ran 2:16.12 in the U17 800m final and Amelia Ridgway qualified for the final of the U17W 800m where she finished in a new pb of 2:31.35.


Our representatives on the field were Jess Leek, who took gold in the U17W long jump with a fine series of jumps and a best of 5.32m and Alasdair Rigby who recorded 12.36m in the U20 triple jump.


13-02-11 Birmingham & District Cross Country League - Cofton Park - 12 February 2011

After a long wait of several years Cannock and Stafford Athletic Club have finally returned to the top flight in the Birmingham and District cross country league with another solid team performance in the fourth and final round of the competition.


Out of the four meetings, C&S produced two victories but, with a slight hiccup in the second round, they found themselves in fourth place overall going into the final round.


International runner Tom Humphries, who missed the two middle races due to GB call ups, returned for this race to give a big boost to the team to try and overturn a fifteen point deficit behind third place Wolverhampton & Bilston A C.


Straight from the start Humphries moved swiftly away from the pack and with three laps to complete he continued to increase his lead on each circuit crossing the line 2 minutes and 45 seconds ahead of second place. James Houghton having missed the second meeting through injury ran a brilliant race to finish third on the day outsprinting two other rival competitors on the run in.


The next two athletes were the Perrin twins Chris and James with Chris just ahead of his brother in 13th with James 15th ,this performance of Chris’s was enough to secure the leading under twenty title over the four races.


Next runner was Craig Pearson with a splendid run to finish in 35th and with another under twenty athlete Phil Pugh in 47th the victory and promotion was secured.


Giving good support to the team and backing up were Dave Constance in 175th and Jamie Graham in 190th.


With only a small squad the club are hoping that with this success they can start to build a team that can sustain their status in Division 1.


11-02-11 Birmingham Games - NIA - 5/6 February 2011

In the Birmingham Games at the NIA, Matthew Mayne significantly reduced his pb as he dominated the U17 400m race, winning in 51.61 secs.


Jonny Anderson and Tom Smith also achieved pbs, Jonny in the 60m with 7.72 secs and Tom in both 60m (8.21) and 200m (27.29). Jonny also ran an indoor best for the 200m of 24.75.


Two other C&S athletes in action in the sprints were Harriet Thompson, who ran 8.21 for the 60m and Olivia Walker who easily won her 200m race in 26.42. Harriet also competed in the 60m hurdles, finishing in 9.62.


Jess Leek was our only athlete in action on the field and she finished second with a long jump of 4.99m.


11-02-11 Jumps Workshops

The South Staffordshire Athletics Network have organised two jumps workshops aimed at jumps coaches of all levels.


The workshops will take place on Monday 21st February and Wednesday 23rd February at Shobnall Sports Complex, Shobnall Road, Burton from 7pm to 9pm. The workshops are FREE.


The subject of the sessions are 'Winter into Summer' and are led by Femi Akinsanya, who coached Gemma Smith for the period immediately before she left for America. The Monday session focuses on the long jump and the Wednesday covers the triple jump.


If you are interested in attending, please contact Andy Brittan at abrittan@staffordbc.gov.uk or call him on 07800 619841 by Tuesday 15th February


07-02-11 Alsager 5 - 6 February 2011

At today's Alsager 5, Tom Humphries put in a tremendous performance and was always in contention.  It was only in the closing stages that the eventual winner managed to create a gap with Tom finishing 2nd in a time of 23min 56secs. 


Contesting the woman’s race was Stacey Johnson who was coming back following a long injury, Stacey finally ended up in 6th position in a time of 29min 05secs.  Dot Fellows completed the course in 36min 06secs to win the W65 age group, our only other competitor was Gillian Russon, who is in heavy training for the London marathon, Gill completed the course in 38minutes after admitting that she started the race too fast.


It is nice to see some of our top athletes contesting this road race, which is recognized as being one of the quickest 5m races in the country.


07-02-11 Staffordshire Schools Cross Country Championships - Stoke University - 5 February 2011

Athletes from Cannock and Stafford Athletic Club were in excellent form last weekend when they contested the County Schools Championships at Stoke University.


With club members in direct competition for their schools areas there were team and individual successes for several age groups leading with the senior girls. With a team consisting of the Hulme triplets and school colleague Ellie Woodward the team title was theirs with Catherine taking the bronze individual medal, Teresa 4th, Sarah 5th  and Ellie 7th. Beth Clarke running for Cannock was 6th.


In the year 7 girls race there was a silver medal for Iris Davis as she helped the Stafford team to the title with Elisa Walker 6th, Ellie Baxter (Stafford Harriers)10th and Hannah Blackstad 14th. Cannock were runners up with Fran Morris 7th, Chloe Wilde 13th with Philippa Nock 21st.


The year 7 Boys saw a victory for Cannock with club members Billy Hicks 4th, Riley Hall- Woodcock 8th and Tom Walton 12th.


The Inter Boys had sole Stafford runner in first year James McCann finishing fourth while his Cannock team mates enjoyed the team title with Sam Nicholls 11th, Aaron Houseman 12th, Alex Hunter 13th and Jake Nicholson 17th.


In the junior girls there were excellent runs from Danielle Woodward in 8th, Eleanor Mottershead 9th and Megan Bond-Gillick 26. For Cannock there were two club members with Rebecca Hawkins 20th and Emily Fowler-Parkes 27th.


The junior boys for Stafford had James Russell in 17th and Adam White in 25th while Cannock had Ashley Daniel 13th and Connor Walton 41st.


The Inter Girls saw Cannock take the title with silver and bronze going to Amelia Ridgway and Grace Rossitter respectively and with Alice Fone 15th and Kelly Gamble 16th the team title was theirs.


The only individual champion was Chris Perrin in the Senior Boys with twin brother James third  and Michael Smith 6th all running for Cannock.


26-01-11 Midland Masters Cross Country Championships - Droitwich - 23 January 2011

On Sunday 23rd January, Midland Masters held their cross country championships at Droitwich High School. 


C&S had two club members contesting these championships, Sue Kneill-Boxley in the W45 age group and Dot Fellows in the W65 age category. 


It was a fine dry day with conditions muddy in places and the race was held over two laps. Sue made a strong start and quickly established herself as one of the front runners in her age group as the field started to spread and, following support from husband Mark and daughter Charlotte, Sue put in a strong finish and eventually clinched 2nd spot and a silver medal.


Dots’ race was much more straightforward and she comfortably won her age group by more than two minutes and took the gold medal. Unfortunately due to injuries we did not have a third runner and so we were unable to finish a team.


26-01-11 NIA Indoor Training Sessions

The NIA have made the indoor track available for training between 1700 and 2100 hours on the following dates:

Monday, 07 February

Thursday, 10 February

Friday, 11 February

Monday, 14 February

Monday, 21 February

Wednesday, 23 February

Thursday, 24 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.


Training Prices:

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.