The track opening times over the Christmas period are:
Wednesday 23rd December Track open as normal
Thursday 24th December No evening training. Track open during the day (staff on site 12-5pm)
Friday 25th December Park unsupervised
Saturday 26th December Park unsupervised
Sunday 27th December Track open during day (staff on site 10-5pm)
Monday 28th December No evening training. Track open during day (staff on site 12-5pm)
Tuesday 29th December No evening training. Track open during day (staff on site 12-5pm)
Wednesday 30th December No evening training. Track open during the day (staff on site 12-5pm)
Thursday 31st December No evening training. Track open during the day (staff on site 12-5pm)
Friday 1st January Park unsupervised
Saturday 2nd January Park open 9-5pm
Sunday 3rd January Park open 10-5pm (staff on site 12-5pm)
Monday 4th January Training as normal
If you do train at the track anytime from 24th December to the 3rd January, please remember that these are not club nights so you have to pay the Rangers for use of the track.
The throwing area is not to be used outside of supervised hours. Under no circumstances should throwing take place without first obtaining the authorisation of site staff.
We have now launched our online system, powered by PaySubsOnline.com, which will allow you to renew your membership online and pay using Paypal or Direct Debit instead of cheques and cash payments. In order to get the system fully functioning, we require all members and coaches to log in and update their details.
Every member should have received an email giving them the link to do this and set up a password to access the system. Those members who have already paid for 2015/16, coaches and Life members will only receive this first email. Those yet to renew their membership will receive a second email advising them that payment is now due.
Please note, there is no obligation to pay online but we do still need you to log in and update your records.
There will inevitably be corrections to make during the initial transfer stage of processing memberships online so if you have any queries, please contact Helen Walker, our Membership Secretary by email to email@example.com.
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Every time you shop on line, firstly go to easyfundraising.org.uk, log in and then shop by searching for your store through the easyfundraising website
On Saturday (14th) Dot Fellows competed in the 28th British and Irish Masters Cross Country International Championship representing England at Santry Demesne, Dublin. The conditions were testing coming on the back of the heavy storm Abigail.
Being wary of getting spiked early on, Dot started at the back of the field in a race which consisted of 3 x 2k laps. By the halfway point of the 1st lap Dot had forced her way to the front of the W70 female athletes and from then on she continued to pull away from the opposition and at the end of the race had a comfortable winning margin. She also spearheaded the England W70 team to team gold.
This win confirms Dot’s ranking as No 1 in the U.K. in the W70 age group. It is also worth pointing out that Dot actually competed in the 1st international held at Moss Valley Park, Wrexham in 1988.
Seventy three year old Cannock & Stafford AC athlete, Jeanne Bryan finished first in her age group in the Melbourne Marathon in a remarkable time of 5:25:06.
The senior men of Cannock and Stafford Athletic Club travelled to Newbold Comyn in Leamington last weekend to contest the first round of Division Two in the Birmingham and District Cross Country League and came away with a brilliant individual and team victory.
On a very wet and muddy course over two and a half laps, which included a short steep hill of about eighty metres, it was Chris Perrin who took up the lead on the first lap holding a comfortable gap over second place with club mate Aaron Brown in third and Phil Wolfe running in the top ten.
The second lap saw no real change in the order of these three but the rest of the squad were making steady progress through the field of two hundred and thirty six competitors made up from seventeen clubs.
With six to score for the team total it was always looking good for a top three place but with the conclusion of the race it was declared a brilliant victory with Chris Perrin holding first place and Aaron Brown in third. These two were then given great support from Phil Wolfe in ninth followed by James Perrin twentieth, Craig Pearson twenty first, Aidan McCormack forty seventh, Nigel Haycock sixtieth, Paul Thacker sixty second and Michael Smith eighty fifth.
This year could be the one when we finally get promotion back to Division One where several years ago we held a regular position in the top tier, boasting several international runners.
We are currently finalising work on a facility to enable membership payments to be made on-line.
For this coming season, membership fees have increased by £5, the first increase for a while. This increase is primarily as a result of England Athletics increasing the registration fee by £3 per person over the last two seasons.
Training fees will currently remain the same as at present.
The Committee hereby give notice that the AGM of Cannock & Stafford AC is to be held on 26 November 2015 at 8pm in the function room at Rowley Park.
The meeting will receive the annual report of the clubs activities in 2014/15, as well as the audited accounts. This will be followed by the election of members to fill vacant positions. These are Vice Chairman and Treasurer.
Please complete the nomination form on the attached agenda for anyone willing to stand for the vacant committee positions. Please note the Vice Chairman and Treasurer role is a 2 year tenure. As the Chairman and Secretary are half way through their term in office these positions are not up for election until the AGM 2016.
We are currently nearing completion of work on a facility to enable members to pay their subscriptions online. Although subscriptions became due on 1st October 2015, we have taken the decision to delay requesting payment until this facility is available. We are aiming to make it available within the next two to three weeks.
The Senior Men from Cannock and Stafford Athletic Club had a highly successful day last weekend when they travelled to Bramshall Park in Uttoxeter to contest the Midland Cross Country Relay Championships.
The Senior and Veterans age groups competed together with the race consisting of a team of four completing two laps each of the park which included four river crossings.
Aaron Brown made a great start for the senior team in a group of five which moved away quickly from the rest of the opposition with Brown ending the first leg in fifth place. Nigel Haycock was also placed in fifth place in the Vets category.
Leg two had Phil Wolfe going off for the seniors and he ran well to come back in third place with Paul Lester returning in fourth for the Vets.
On the third leg Chris Perrin ran another great race to chase down Tipton who were in second and overtake them before handing over to his brother, James. Despite running a determined race James could not hold off the late challenge of the fourth Tipton runner but a senior bronze team award was a great achievement.
Meanwhile Carl Dunne on the third leg of the Vets pulled back a deficit of 43 seconds to finish 15 seconds behind third place Wolverhampton & Bilston AC so it was up to Paul Thacker on the last leg to firstly overtake Wolves and then, just before the finish line, catch and pass Cheadle Running Club to record a brilliant silver Vets team award.
There were several outstanding performances from athletes from Cannock & Stafford Athletic Club when they travelled to Northampton for the first round of the West Midland Young Athletes Cross Country League. Both under 15 teams finished the day in the top three while individuals from the other age groups performed well.
The under 15 boys performed well to take a well deserved second place on the day with Bill Chesters finishing in eighth place followed by Josh Ward in eleventh, Harrison Hardy-Smith 14th, Declan Mann 19th, Tom Clayton 33rd and Connor Smith 37th.
The under 15 girls also finished in the top three with splendid runs from Jazmin Maddocks in twelfth followed close behind by Iris Davies thirteenth, Molly Shermer 23rd, Charlotte Harries 36th, Jessica Harrison 37th, Olivia Osborne 38th and Allegra Soutar in 57th.
On the individual front Ryan Ashforth a past champion in this league at under 11 and under 13 level achieved an excellent fifth place in the under 17 boys to set up a possible trophy at the end of the season, fellow team mate Sam Bagley finished a creditable 18th.
Newcomers in the under 11 age group saw Jasmine Lovatt cross the line in a fantastic ninth place and Lucy Richardson finishing a fine 18th.
In the under 11 boys Harrison Lovatt (Jasmine's younger brother) performed really well to finish in the top fifteen just scraping in in fourteenth place with Joe Clayton 93rd.
The under 17 girls had two runners with outstanding performances from Katie Lord in tenth and Pippa Nock in 26th.
Finally the under 13 girls ran well with Charlotte Williamson in 78th, sister Amany Williamson 102nd, Kate Clayton 107th and Lucy Payne 113th.
Congratulations to Dot Fellows who has been selected to compete for England in the British & Irish International Cross Country in the W70 age group.
The event will be held on the 14th November at Santry Demense, Dublin.
For the third successive year, it was a glorious day at Blackpool for the Blackpool Open.
The first track race was the 800m where Natalie Ainge won the SW race in 2:30.9. Alasdair Rigby came 3rd in the SM race in 2:27.2 and Shaun Ainge 4th in 2:29.4.
Josh Blakeley won the U11 80m race in 12.3 and came 2nd with a 3.71m long jump. Ella Lindop came 4th in the U11 80m in 12.8. Josh Richards won both of his races, the 100m in 12.3 and his first ever 400m run in 54.0.
In the U17W 100m, Megan Davies came 1st in 13.0, Chloe Lindop 2nd in 13.1 and Chloe Wilde 4th in a pb of 13.5, despite the race being run into a headwind.
The 300m resulted in a 1,2,3 for our girls with all three running pbs. Hannah Malpass became the clubs second fastest ever 300m runner, winning the race in 40.7. Chloe Lindop and Chloe Wilde both knocked over half a second off their pbs, finishing in 42.0 and 43.0 respectively.
Olivia Osbourne knocked a 3 second chunk off her previous pb to finish second in the U15G 1500m in 5:22.3
We had two athletes in action in Combined Events meetings over the weekend of the 19th and 20th September.
Amy Pye represented Staffordshire Schools at the English Schools Combined Events Championships at Bedford. Amy began the day by equalling her pb in the 75m hurdles with 11.24 to put her in third position after the opening event. She then threw a pb of 9.01 in the shot and jumped 1.48m in the high jump to leave her in 11th place after 3 events. Amy finished the pentathlon strongly with a 5.01 long jump and 2:31.27 800m lifting her to an excellent final position of 7th out of the 38 competitors that started.
Jak Carpenter took part in his second decathlon at the BMAF Championships at Alexander Stadium. His 100m of 11.95 was followed by a big pb in the long jump of 6.22m. A shot of 12.47m left him in the lead after 3 events. Jak cleared 1.65m in the high jump and then ended the day with a pb of 54.19 in the 400m which maintained his overall lead.
The second day also began well with a pb of 17.46m in the 110m hurdles and a throw of 37.15m in the discus. A pole vault best of 2.50m was not as good as Jak wanted but this was followed by a 45.60m javelin throw. The dreaded 1500m was completed in 5:15.23 to give Jak a second place finish overall with a new pb of 5488 points.
Cannock & Stafford's attempt at the World Marathon Challenge will take place at Rowley Park on 4th October.
Schools and clubs across the world take part in this relay event where they aim to run a marathon as fast as possible. We previously took part in this event two years ago and we set the fastest time in the world with 1 hr and 42 mins and 22 secs!
Teams consist of around 30 athletes. The total race distance is 105 laps and 195m. We run this in 200m relay legs so each athlete will do about 7 x 200m with around 13-14 minutes recovery between each run.
If you wish to take part, please see Sandi Thompson (usually at the club on Tuesdays). We have entered two teams so don't get thinking "I'm not fast enough", come along and take part. We are also looking for volunteers to help run the event to do jobs such as lap counting etc.
We are asking athletes to try and raise sponsorship money (Sandi has the forms) and our chosen charities are the Midland Air Ambulance and CRY (Cardiac Risk in the Young). Any money raised will be split equally between these charities.
Chris Hollinshead won gold in the M45 category in Sunday's BMAF Half Marathon Championships in Wissey, Norfolk. He finished 30 seconds ahead of his nearest rival, winning the race in 1:17:22.
Gordon Richards came fifth in the M40 race in a time of 1:46:13 and Les Green won silver in the M75 category, finishing in 3:01:04.
As a team, Chris, Gordon and Les took bronze in the M35 category behind Kent AC and Ryston Runners.
Cannock & Stafford AC had three medal winners at the Sainsbury's School Games on Friday in Manchester.
Representing the North West, Bethan Rees won gold in the javelin with the last throw of the competition, 44.51m. Max Wyatt had earlier finished fifth in the men's event with a throw of 53.47m.
Megan Davies finished just outside the medals in her individual 300m race, finishing fourth in 40.16, but was later part of a thrilling 4x300m relay race which gained her a bronze medal. Meg tried her hardest to overtake two of the UK's top sprinters down the home straight on the last leg but couldn't quite make it, with 0.52 seconds separating the first three teams.
Hannah Malpass came 5th in her 200m race but then anchored the North West 4 x 100m team to a bronze medal, just holding off a strong challenge from the Scottish athlete.
Ryan Ashforth also finished 5th in his 1500m steeplechase race. Ryan stayed with the leading pack for the first 800m before dropping back slightly to finish in 4:42.42.
There were six C&S athletes in action at the weekend in the National U15 / U17 Championships at Bedford.
On Saturday, Megan Davies qualified for the 300m final by running 40.26 to finish second in her heat.
The following day, in miserable conditions, Hannah Malpass just missed out on a 200m final spot by five one hundredths of a second, finishing third in her heat in 25.66. Chloe Lindop ran her best time since mid June to finish fifth in her heat in 26.01.
Despite the wet conditions, Megan Davies smashed her own club record in the 300m, finishing just outside the medals in 4th place with a time of 39.61.
Katie Lord finished 11th in the 1500m steeplechase in 5:48.0 and Bethan Rees fifth in the javelin with a best throw of 37.84m. Amy Pye was our only U15 representative and she qualified through her 75m hurdles heat (2nd in 11.63) and semi (second in 11.36) to make the final where she ran 11.76.
As another athletics season drawers to a close, (I know there is still the England U15/17 Champs at the end of the month and the School Games, where the club will be represented and something happening in Beijing next week, where I don’t think we are), it is an appropriate time for me to recognise on behalf of the committee and members, the achievements over the season.
Team wise, it’s been a mixed season, champions in the senior MCAA league; I never fail to be impressed with the team spirit and dedication to the sport of everyone competing in this league. Our veterans team have also done well this year, winning both the men’s and women’s leagues. For our younger teams it has been a tough season, the Upper Age Group team were relegated from the Midlands Premier division, along with one of our neighbouring clubs; Wolverhampton & Bilston. It should be said that this was a strong division and we were up against the biggest clubs in the Midlands. The Lower Age Group team fared better, fighting with another local neighbour in Telford all through the season but finally finishing 4th to them by a single point.
Individually there have again been some notable successes, firstly one of the most recent, Chris Hollinshead, representing Team GB at the World Masters Championships and picking up a silver medal as part of the M45 half marathon team, running over 13 miles in a little over 76 minutes, not bad for someone born in the year of “they think it’s all over, it is now!!”
Another great year for Beth Rees, again Welsh Javelin champion in her age group and once again top of the UK rankings with a throw of 49.26m at an International meeting in Portugal. This throw set a new record for Welsh U17 women, I put it down to the England kit you were given for SIAB International. Beth was also one of a strong contingent of C&S athletes representing Staffordshire at the English Schools Champs last month, and along with fellow Javelin thrower Max Wyatt won the silver medals.
2 of our other young athletes have been winning on the track all season and appearing high up the rankings, Megan Davies 2nd U17 400m, 12th for the 300m and winning silver at the England Indoor Champs. Amy Pye has had a really busy season, 3rd at the England indoors over 60mH and appearing in the top 10 for a variety of events.
Another highlight of the season was again our young ladies, who back in June and July starred by winning the U17 Club Connect 4 x 100m relay at the Birmingham Diamond League meeting and again at the British Championships, if only the BBC could be bothered to show these instead of the endless drivel they make us listen to.
I know there have been many other successes, especially at the recent Midlands Championship for U15 and U17, well done everyone taking part and for those who have won medals, your success is appreciated and acknowledged by everyone connected to the club.
To those who still have some events to go, best of luck and we look forward to hearing about more achievements.
It was a successful weekend for C&S athletes at the Midland U15 / U17 Championships with six gold, a silver and two bronze medals being won.
Day one began with the first of the gold medals as Chloe Wilde dominated the 300m hurdles from the start to win in 47.54. Bill Chesters won a bronze in the 1500m and Jasmin Maddocks a bronze in the U15 3000m.
Katie Lord ran brilliantly to win the 1500m steeplechase and George Bardell won silver in the U13 boys quadrathlon. Hannah Malpass just missed out on a medal, finishing fourth in the 200m despite running 25.5 and Sam Bagley competed in the 1500m. Cara Brown was unfortunate not to medal in the pole vault. With the starting height matching her pb, Cara went clear on her first attempt only to watch as the pole fell agonizingly against the bar to knock it off. She failed to clear the bar on her next two attempts.
Bethan Rees was an early winner on day two of the meeting. Her throw of 44.99 was enough to take gold in the U17W javelin. Rebecca Scott was 6th with 29.11m. Millie Peters took part in the U15 event.
Bill Chesters missed out on his second medal of the Championships but his disappointment at finishing fourth in the 800m was tempered by the fact that he ran a new pb of 2:08.82. Rebecca Brown was only a second off her 1500m pb and Charlie Peters ran a pb of 44.53 in the U15G 300m heat as well as taking part in the 100m and the long jump.
Amy Pye won two gold medals within 20 minutes during the latter part of the meeting. After winning both her 75m hurdles and 300m heats in the morning, Amy ran brilliantly in the finals, firstly by beating Emily Race (a girl who has recently beaten Amy on a couple of occasions) to win the hurdles in 11.28 and then to break the Championship record in the 300m with 41.60.
Megan Davies was our final gold medal winner, defending her title by winning her heat in 41.06 and then the final in her second fastest ever time of 40.05.
Not only did our Senior athletes beat Notts to ensure promotion to the top division of the Midland Senior League but Bristol / West and Yate's fourth place finish meant that Cannock & Stafford were promoted as champions!
Chloe Boulter and Natalie Ainge got the team off to their normal good start with Chloe finishing the long jump in 4th with 4.88m and Nat winning the B with 4.77m. Nat also went on to win the 400mH in 65.1 and the 200m, 100m hurdles, and triple jump B (9.85m) events. Chloe had second place finishes in the high jump (1.68m), triple jump (10.05) and the 'B' javelin.
Gemma Bailey won the 'B' 400m hurdles and threw a pb of 15.67m to finish third in the hammer. In the men's 400m hurdles, Allee Rigby came second with 59.2 and, in the 'B' race, Rodders Underwood ran a pb of 65.3 to finish 3rd. Allee also won the 'B' high jump (1.75m), came second in the 'B' pole vault (2.80m) and 3rd in the 110m hurdles. Rodders jumped a pb of 10.66m in the triple jump and came 2nd in the 400m 'B'.
Aaron Brown put in a monumental performance. His victory in the 3000m steeplechase (10.41.8) was backed up with second place finishes in the 800m (2:00.0) and pole vault (3.40m) and 4th in the 1500m. James Russell won the steeplechase 'B' in a pb of 10:45.8 and Jack Longmore the 'B' 800m in 2:02.3. Ryan Ashforth came second in the 'B' 1500m.
In the women's middle distance races, Pippa Nock came 2nd in the 'B' 800m, Sally Gray 2nd in both the 1500m (5:07.3) and 3000m (10:55.7), Nina Skilton 2nd in the 3000m 'B' and Amy Gorman ran a pb of 5:26.5 to finish 3rd in the 'B' 1500m.
Jak Carpenter threw a massive javelin pb of 54.44m to finish first. Jak also won the 110m hurdles 'B' with a pb of 17.9 and came second in the shot and discus. Martin Roberts threw a season's best of 40.06m in the hammer. Dan Fitzhenry won the high jump with 1.85m.
Nadescha Heine made her last appearance for the club before moving to Germany and she signed off in style, winning the 'B' high jump (1.45m) and finishing 3rd in the javelin (26.88)
Conditions were poor for sprinting, with a strong headwind, but our girls didn't mind as Gabi Burton won the 100m hurdles and came second in the 100m and Hannah Malpass came 2nd in the 200m and won the 100m 'B'. Megan Davies ran 57.4 to easily win the 400m and Chloe Wilde ran 62.7 to win the 'B' race.
Our women's relay teams easily won their races, as they have nearly all season. the 4x100 team of Gabi, Meg, Nat and Hannah came home in 49.4 and the 4x400 quartet of Nat, Chloe, Hannah and Meg won by 100m.
In addition, Sam Bagley, Carl Dunne, Steve Thompson, Josh Richards, Rebecca Brown, Grace Vaughan and Lynne Boulter all contributed to a brilliant team performance.
Cannock and Stafford AC had 6 athletes from it's development group competing in the Quad Kids event at Burton Athletic Club on Saturday (25th).
The athletes had to compete in 4 events: long jump (or standing long jump for the primary age children), a sprint, a middle distance race and a throw. Points were awarded for performance achieved.
In the year 3/4 girl's age group Eswen Stevenson came 6th with 147 points and Molly Grew came 7th with 146 points.
In the year 5/6 age group Josh Blakesley came 6th with 205 points, George Stephenson 14th with 139 points and in the girl's event Matilda Millinchip came 15th with 87 points. Billy Grew came 4th in the boy's year 7/8 group with 186 points.
Well done to all the athletes who all said how much they enjoyed the event.
On a day that started out very wet but gradually turned into a glorious afternoon, there were some great performances from C&S athletes at the meeting at a picturesque Much Wenlock venue.
Callum Haycock started the medal haul rolling with a gold in the U11 60m. After winning his heat, Callum ran 9.1 in the final.
Josh Richards ran 11.8 to win the 100m and also ran 24.5 to finish second in the 200m. Dan Fitzhenry gained a new Wenlock Olympian Games record of 1.90m when winning high jump gold and also added the triple jump title with a jump of 11.52m.
Stephen Terry-Short won the veteran's 200m in 26.1 and Penelope Hurst took silver in the U13G 800m in 2:47.2. Iris Davies also won a silver in the U15G 800m in 2:31.3 and Pippa Nock a bronze in the U17W race in 2:38.6.
There were three C&S athletes in action in the Senior Pentathlon events. Natalie Ainge took gold in the SW equalling her pb in the 100m hurdles (16.3) in the process. She also cleared 1.25m in the high jump, Jumped 5.02m in the long jump, threw the shot 7.16m and ran 2:33.1 in the 800m.
In a field of seven Senior Men, Allee Rigby took gold (100m 11.6, shot 7.15m, long jump 6.00m, high jump 1.80m, 800m 2:24.8) and Shaun Ainge took bronze (13.3, 6.57, 4.70, 1.53, 2:29.4)
Beth Rees and Max Wyatt both left Gateshead with silver medals and the chance to represent English Schools in Scotland.
Max's javelin was the first event of the competition and a throw of 61.55m earned him his silver medal. Beth also won a javelin silver with a throw of 44.44m to finish only 25cm behind the winner. This was despite having gone over on her ankle in one of the early rounds.
Hannah Malpass had a successful weekend. She qualified from her 200m heat by finishing third in 25.82 on Thursday. On Friday she returned to the track, finishing fifth in her semi final in 25.49 and qualifying for the final as a fastest loser. In the final, she came seventh, again running 25.82.
Amy Pye finished second in her 75m hurdles heat on Thursday in a time of 11.24, only one one-hundredth of a second outside her pb. In the final on Saturday, Amy came sixth in 11.28.
James O'Brien came sixth in his 800m heat in 1:56.75 and also took part in the Senior Boys 4x100m relay that qualifified from their heat and came seventh in the final. Ryan Ashforth came 11th in the 1500m steeplechase in 4:38.68 and Dan Fitzhenry 14th in the high jump with a 1.82m clearance.
Chloe Wilde came 6th in her 300m hurdles heat in her second best time of 48.18. Megan Davies missed out on a fastest loser spot in the 300m final by one position, finishing third in her heat in 40.39 and Chloe Lindop missed out on a 200m semi final spot by 0.13 seconds, finishing fifth in her heat in 26.37.
The Staffordshire IG 4x100m relay team consisted of four C&S athletes, Chloe Lindop, Megan Davies, Chloe Wilde and Hannah Malpass but, despite running their second best time of 48.99, they failed to qualify for the final, finishing third in their heat.
Two years ago, Cannock & Stafford AC recorded the fastest time in the world in the World Marathon Challenge. We have decided to have another go this year.
The track is booked for 1pm Sunday 4th October and we must thank Stafford BC for providing the track at no charge so all money raised can go straight to the Save the Children Charity.
Simon has entered 1 any age mixed team (so far). Last time, as well as recording the fastest time in the world, we raised nearly £2000. If anyone has any great ideas on how to make this even better than last time let's hear from you. All we need at the moment are pledges to take part, see Sandi Thompson or Justine Burton to let them know you're in.
The idea is to run a continuous 200m relay until we reach the full marathon distance. Last time, we had around 30 athletes taking part. If there’s enough interested it would be good to see a second team or a team aged 13 and under (WMC category) entered, though this could be a 5000m challenge if more appropriate. More news to follow on this once we know there are enough interested to go for it!!
Tomorrow is the start of one of the most important and prestigious athletics championships in the country, the English Schools, I'm sure it's the largest in terms of competitor numbers.
Once again there is a strong contingent of C&S athletes representing Staffordshire and neighbouring regions. We wish you all well and hope you enjoy success, learn from the experience of the event, and of course have a good time in Gateshead.
I and everyone connected to the club are proud that you have made it there and all we ask is for you to do your best. Those of you who have been there before, don't forget to help and guide the ones who are there for the first time, I'm sure you will.
Best wishes, Simon.
Despite a number of late withdrawals from the team, the athletes that travelled to Bristol were awarded with a third place finish.
Natalie Ainge, Chloe Boulter, Jak Carpenter, Allee Rigby and Rodders all competed in their maximum seven permitted events. Nat won the 400m hurdles 'A' race and the 100m hurdles 'B' (pb of 16.3) and came second in the triple jump (10.58m) and long jump 'B'. Chloe came second in the long jump with a pb of 5.15m and the high jump (1.60m) and won the 'B' triple jump with 10.13m.
Jak Carpenter won the shot (12.59m) and discus (35.48m), threw a pb in the javelin of 47.46 to finish second and also finished second in the 'B' hammer and high jump events. Allee Rigby won the 110m hurdles (16.0) and came second in the 400m hurdles and high jump. Rodders came third in his first ever 400m hurdles race (68.5) and second in the 400m 'B'.
Gabi Burton won the 100m hurdles in 14.9 and ran a season's best 12.5 in the 100m to finish third. Katie Lord won the 400m hurdles 'B' in 69.6 and Chloe Lindop won the 200m 'B' in 26.2 as well as throwing a 17.37m discus pb.
Hannah Malpass ran her first 400m race, finishing second in the 'B' with an excellent 59.2 and having led for most of the race, Megan Davies was just pushed into third in the 'A' race in 58.3.
Martin Roberts won the 'B' discus (23.10m) and came second in the hammer and Shaun Ainge came second in the 110m hurdles. James Russell gained a new pb of 6:35.8 in the steeplechase to celebrate his 18th birthday. Amy Gorman knocked nearly 8 seconds off her 3000m pb and also ran in the 1500m. Jack Longmore came third in the 800m in 2:02.3. Nigel Haycock and Chris Jones both competed in their first 5,000m races with Chris also taking part in the 1500m, triple jump and 4x100m relay!
Carl Dunne doubled up in the 800 and 1500m races as did Pippa Nock in the women's events and Lynne Boulter and Alyson Ainge added useful points on the field.
Our relay teams were severely depleted but the women's 4x100m team of Chloe L, Gabi, Nat and Chloe B came within a whisker of winning their race, recording an excellent time of 49.9.
The Under 17s Womens relay quartet of Chloe Lindop, Megan Davies, Chloe Wilde and Hannah Malpass won the Club:Connect 4x100m relay at the start of the British Championships on Friday.
Their time of 49.09 was their second fastest of the season and they were presented with the winners cheque by GB sprinter, Richard Kilty.
Congratulations to Beth Rees, who last weekend (27th) in Cardiff became Welsh Age Group Javelin Champion for the 5th successive year.
Beth's winning throw of 43.58m was a new Championship Best Performance.
Ten Cannock & Stafford athletes have been named in the Staffordshire team to compete at the English Schools Championships at Gateshead next month.
Intermediate Boys - Ryan Ashforth, Dan Fitzhenry, Max Wyatt
Senior Boys - James O'Brien
Junior Girls - Amy Pye
Intermediate Girls - Megan Davies, Hannah Malpass, Chloe Lindop, Chloe Wilde, Beth Rees
In addition, Olivia Walker is attending as assistant girl's team manager and Steve Thompson as a young official.
Also, four athletes from Worcester AC, who compete for C&S as second claim athletes in the YDL, have been chosen to represent Hereford & Worcester. They are Daniel Binks, Oliver Gould, Cara Clarke and Rachael Baylis.
Congratulations to all on their achievements.
There were a number of Cannock & Stafford AC athletes in action at the Mason Trophy meeting at Alexander Stadium on Saturday.
The top athletes from ten counties compete for this trophy and our athletes performed well.
Ryan Ashforth won his Intermediate Boys 1500m steeplechase race in 4:41.12 and Bethan Rees finished top of the IG javelin throwers with a best throw of 41.75m. Megan Davies won her 300m race in 40.40 and finished second overall, as did Amy Pye in the 75m hurdles in a season's best of 11.34. Amy also came third overall in the 200m in 25.73.
Hannah Malpass came 3rd in the 200m in 25.80 and also ran 12.88 in the 100m and Dan Fitzhenry came 3rd in the high jump with 1.80m. Our U17W 4x100m relay team competed together and came third in 49.32.
Elsewhere, there were pbs for Callum Houseman in the IB hammer with 33.06 and Sam Bagley in the 3000m (10:04.04). Charlie Peters was just 2cm shy of her long jump pb, jumping 4.87m, Rebecca Scott threw 26.09m in the javelin and Chloe Wilde ran 48.88 in the 300m hurdles.
Katie Lord came 4th in the 1500m steeplechase in 5:43.38, Rebecca Brown ran the 1500m in 5:18.74 and James Taylor the IB 100m in 11.45.
In the 800m, Iris Davies ran 2:29.74 in the Junior Girls race and Pippa Nock 2:37.89 in the Inter Girls.
Cannock & Stafford athletes brought home a gold, three silver and two bronze medals from the Midlands Senior and U20 Championships on Sunday.
The gold was won by James Russell in the U20 2000m steeplechase. James ran a great solo race, knocking over 12 seconds off his pb to win in 6:42.75.
Jak Carpenter was the first medallist of the day, winning a bronze in the shot with a throw of 11.59m. Natalie Ainge then won a silver in the women's 400m hurdles with a new pb of 64.20 and, within twenty minutes, Allee Rigby also ran a 400m hurdles pb of 58.23 to win a bronze in the men's race.
Aaron Brown came 6th in the 800m in a time of 1:58.20 and James O'Brien ran his second fastest time ever to win a silver medal in the U20 800m in a time of 1:55.44. In the same race as James, Jack Longmore smashed his pb to finish in 2:01.87.
Chloe Boulter only cleared her opening high jump height of 1.60m on her third attempt but she also cleared 1.65m to win silver.
Rodders was our final competitor and he ran a season's best of 24.09 in the 200m but failed to make the final.
Eight girls from our club mixed with some of the world's elite athletes when they took part in relay races at the start of the Diamond League meeting at Alexander Stadium last weekend.
Our under 15 and under 17 women's teams were selected to race against other clubs such as Birchfield, Marshall Milton Keynes, Rugby & Northampton and Cheltenham in front of a packed crowd in Birmingham.
The under 15s team of Roseanna Burton, Charlie Peters, Holly Till and Amy Pye ran together for the first time and produced some excellent handovers to finish second in 51.25 seconds.
Our U17W team went one better by winning their race following the disqualification of the Milton Keynes team. Chloe Lindop, Megan Davies, Chloe Wilde and Hannah Malpass recorded a time of 48.78 seconds to become the number one ranked team in the UK!
Congratulations must also go to our Chairman, Simon Evans, who was appointed Chief Timekeeper at this prestigious event.
It was a successful day at Gloucester on Saturday for our senior athletes as they won the second Midland Senior League meeting of the season.
The early field events saw Martin Roberts finish third in the hammer ‘A’ and Jak Carpenter second in the ‘B’. Meanwhile, Chloe Boulter came second in the long jump (4.85m) with Natalie Ainge winning the ‘B’ (4.75m) to give the team a solid start.
It was a productive day all round for Jak, Nat and Chloe. Jak won the shot with 12.13m and then threw the discus over 40m for the first time to win that event. Chloe won the high jump (1.60m) and came third in the triple jump, whilst Natalie finished second in the 400m hurdles (65.8), first in the triple jump ‘B’ (10.11m) and second in the 100m hurdles ‘B’.
Allee Rigby showed his strength over the hurdles, winning both the 110m hurdles (15.9) and 400m hurdles (61.8). He also came second in the high jump ‘B’ with 1.80m. James Russell came second in the ‘B’ 400m hurdles and third in the 3000m s/c and Dan Fitzhenry continued his development with victory in the high jump with a 1.90m clearance. Dylan Ottey came third in the javelin ‘B’.
Aaron Brown cleared 3.50m to win the pole vault and he also came second in the 800m and third in the 1500m. Jack Longmore won the 800m ‘B’ race in 2:04.9.
Katie Lord won the 400m hurdles ‘B’ in 70.4 and Gabi Burton came second in the 100m hurdles (15.1). Megan Davies was involved in the closest race of the day in the 400m, just holding on to win in 58.5 secs. Chloe Wilde again ran brilliantly to win the ‘B’ race in a new pb of 60.7.
Conditions were ideal for sprinters with a nice breeze on their backs and they made the most of it with Hannah Malpass, Chloe Lindop and Josh Richards all running times that bettered, or were very close to, their previous 100 and 200m personal bests.
Matty Mayne came third in the 400m and was backed up by James O’Brien who ran a pb of 52.4 in the ‘B’ race. Pippa Nock came second in the 800m ‘B’ string and Sally Gray second in the 3000m and third in the 1500m. Libby Dunne finished fourth in the 800m.
Rodders came third in the ‘B’ long jump but his most telling input was in the 4x400m relay where he helped the team to victory with Matty Mayne, James O’Brien and Aaron Brown running the other legs.
The women’s relay teams are in fantastic form this year and the 4x100m team of Chloe Lindop, Meg, Nat and Hannah won their race in an excellent time of 48.9. Nat, Hannah, Pippa and Chloe Wilde then ran away with the 4x400m, winning by over 8 seconds.
Allee Rigby finished in 19th position out of the 34 athletes at the National Combined Events Championships at Bedford over the weekend.
He began day 1 with a wind legal pb of 11.48 seconds in the 100m. A long jump of 6.07m left Allee in seventeenth position after the first two events. The shot is not Allee's best event and a best throw of 7.43m meant he slipped to 23rd place. The fourth event was the high jump and Allee recorded his best jump in a multi event of 1.85m. He finished off the first day of competition with an excellent 400m of 52.27 to lie in 20th place overnight.
An early start on day 2 saw Allee run his fastest 110m hurdles of the season (16.27 seconds) and this was followed by a pb in the discus of 24.59m. A 2.80m pole vault clearance preceded a javelin throw of 29.18m, which was some distance down on his best. The last event was every decathlete's favourite - the 1500m - and Allee finished in 5:06.29 to give him an overall score of 5258 points, a new pb.
There were 18 gold medals for Cannock & Stafford AC athletes at the County Championships at Northwood Stadium on Saturday.
Amy Pye recorded a new Championship Best Performance when winning the U15G 75m hurdles in 11.6 beating a record that had stood since 1975! Amy also easily won the 200m in 25.6 seconds, the fastest 200m time by any female athlete at the meeting.
Megan Davies equalled the previous Championship Best in the U17W 300m to win in 40.3. Hannah Malpass took home two golds from the U17W 100 and 200m (12.9, 25.9) and John Turner two golds from the shot and discus (10.80, 34.09).
Our long jumpers performed well. Natalie Ainge won the Senior Women's event with 5.05m, Steve Thompson the U20M with 5.60m, Charlie Peters the U15G with 4.66m and Billy Grew the U13B with a jump of 4.09m. Dan Fitzhenry continued his good form in the high jump, clearing 1.85m.
Katie Lord again stepped up an age group to win the U20W 400m hurdles in 70.1 and Libby Dunne won the U17W 800m in 2:31.8. Matty Mayne had a fantastic run in the SM 400m to win in 51.3 and Aaron Brown (SM) and James O'Brien (U20M) won the 800m races in 1:56.8 and 1:55.6 respectively
Dylan Wood had a good day, winning gold in the 200m (22.9) and silvers in the 100m and 400m (11.4 and 51.2).
Silver medals went to Iris Davies with a brilliant pb of 1:25.5 in the U15G 800m, Joe Porter in the U15B 100m and 200m, Chloe Lindop (U17W 200m), Natalie Ainge (SW 200m) and Millie Peters in the U15G javelin with a pb of 15.14m. Thando Hart took silver in the U13G high jump, Jak Carpenter in the SM shot, and Callum Houseman in both U17M shot and hammer.
Bronze medals were won by James Boote (U15B 800m), Holly Till (U15G 100m), Chloe Lindop (U17W 100m), Charlie Peters (U15G 200m) and Callum Houseman (U17M discus)
Cannock & Stafford AC athletes that competed in the YDL at Alexander Stadium on Saturday raised their game with a number of impressive results and some excellent pbs.
Ryan Ashforth smashed his 1500m steeplechase by almost 6 seconds to easily win the U17 race. Dan Fitzhenry achieved a long awaited 1.90m pb in the high jump to win the event and Katie Lord knocked a chunk off her 400m hurdles best to win in 68.37 despite stepping up an age group.
Megan Davies ran a season's best 40.29 to win the 300m by a distance and Bethan Rees and Max Wyatt easily won the U17 javelin events, Max with a pb of 59.12m.
Chloe Wilde obliterated her 300m hurdles pb to win in 46.75 and Chloe Lindop won both the U17W 'B' 100m and 200m races.
Our U17W 4 x 300m relay team of Chloe Wilde, Leah Aldred, Hannah Malpass and Megan Davies were the final C&S winners of the day, beating Birchfield by over 8 seconds.
As well as the above victories, there were a number of pbs to celebrate. Dylan Wood is improving at each meeting and lowered his best times in the 100m and 400m to 11.32 and 50.93 respectively. Hannah Malpass' 12.56 was her 100m pb, although wind assisted.
Oliver Gould, a second claim member from Worcester, ran a 200m pb of 23.10 (again wind assisted). James Russell came third in the 1500m with a pb of 4:26.57 and Sam Bagley ran pbs in both the 1500m (4:51.74) and 3000m (10:31.01) in the U17 age group.
Rachael Baylis and Cara Clarke, another two second claim athletes from Worcester, achieved 80m hurdles pbs and Katie Lord achieved her second pb of the day in the 1500m steeplechase in 5:48.45 and Dan Fitzhenry jumped 5.98m in the long jump to better his previous furthest jump. Callum Houseman threw a pb of 26.27m with the 6kg hammer and Liam Duke 32.60m with the 5kg hammer. Dylan Ottey sportingly made way to allow Max Wyatt the chance to throw with the lighter javelin in the U17 age group and was rewarded with a great throw of 32.60m with the full weight implement.
Even though they were pipped at the line by the Notts 4x100m relay team, one of the most entertaining runs was by the C&S U17 team as they ran under 50 seconds for the second consecutive time to currently lie second in the UK rankings with 49.21
It started out as a fine sunny day for the 28th road relays held at Sutton Park on Saturday. Sally Gray was our 1st leg runner and came back in a fine 9th place recording 18min 43 secs and beating many of the top veteran female runners in the U.K.
Sally handed over to Emma Hollinshead who again ran strongly recording 21min 08secs and bringing the team back in 14th position out of the 75 teams entered in the 1st race.
The 3rd leg proved to be something of a disaster as Sue Kneill-Boxley who had passed someone in the opening phase of her leg pulled a calf muscle and was unable to continue, the team had been going so well. Nina Skilton never even got to run her leg, and a race that started with so much promise finally faded away. A disappointing end to a fine opening
Amy Pye came so close to breaking Catherine Jones' 16 year old club record for the U15 girls 200m at Alexander Stadium on Sunday. Amy's time of 25.46 was just 0.07 outside of the record. Amy also threw the shot 8.75m.
Hannah Malpass gained a new pb in the 200m by running exactly the same time as Amy, 25.46 in the U17W race.
In the U11G 75m, Molly Grew ran 13.72 and she also jumped 2.30m in the long jump.
In the U13G, Ella Sandy ran 2:57.74 in the 800m and 23.62 in the 150m. Chloe Breslin ran 2:59.73 in the 800m, 23.19 in the 150m and cleared 1.15m in the high jump.
Billy Grew won the U13B high jump with 1.25m whilst in the U15B, Bill Chesters ran an 800m pb of 2:17.11.
Pippa Nock and Rebecca Brown came 2nd and 3rd respectively in the U17W 800m (2:29.42 & 2:30.35). Rebecca also ran the 300m in 46.79.
Liam Duke and Callum Houseman were the our only two U17M in action. Callum came out on top in the discus and shot, winning both events (with 27.47 and 9.38 respectively). Liam finished ahead of Callum in the hammer, throwing a new pb of 32.29m and he also gained a new pb in the shot with 6.89m.
An excellent performance from a depleted Senior team resulted in a third place finish for C&S at Yate on Saturday.
Megan Davies broke her own U17 club record when finishing first in the 400m in 57.2. Chloe Wilde lowered her own pb in the 400m by over 2 seconds to win the B race in 60.9. and later came third in the high jump.
Allee Rigby won both the 110m hurdles and 400m hurdles races and finished second in the high jump and in the 100m B. Natalie Ainge had a superb day, winning the 200m B race in a pb of 25.9, finishing second in the 400m hurdles with a pb of 64.5 and also gaining a pb in the 100m hurdles. Katie Lord also did well in the 400m hurdles, finishing second in the B with a new pb of 70.2. She then came second in the B 1500m.
Dylan Wood, taking part in his first senior meeting, also had an extremely successful day. He ran a pb of 22.5 in the 200m before recording 51.1 in his first 400m race. Less than an hour later, he equalled his pb of 11.5 in the 100m. Josh Richards, also making his debut, recorded a pb of 24.5 in the 200m B race.
Chloe Lindop set seasons bests in both 100 and 200m (13.0 and 26.0 respectively) and Aaron Brown ran 1.59.1 to win the 800m and 4.14.3 to finish second in the 1500m. Jack Longmore came second in the B 800m race.
James Russell came second in the B 400m hurdles and third in the 2k steeplechase. Jason Jones and Carl Dunne put useful runs in in the 5000m and Nigel Haycock came third in the B 1500m.
Rachael Jones ran her best race of the season to finish second in the 800m in a time of 2.25.3 and Pippa Nock won the B 800m in 2.28.1. Libby Dunne came third in the 1500m and Nina Skilton came fourth in the 3000m as well as earning valuable points in the hammer and 100m.
Although he is currently unable to even jog due to an ankle injury, Jak Carpenter came second in the shot and earned good points in the discus, hammer, javelin and pole vault. Martin Roberts again almost reached the 40m mark with the hammer to finish fourth.
Dan Fitzhenry came second in the B high jump with 1.80m and third in the long jump B. Alyson Ainge scored points in the hammer, shot and long jump and Shaun Ainge came second in the 110m hurdles.
Once again the women's relay teams did fantastically well. The 4x100m team of Chloe Lindop, Meg, Chloe Wilde and Nat won in 50.3 seconds and the 4x400 team of Nat, Rachael Jones, Chloe Wilde and Meg won the 4x400 by a massive 150m (4.07.3). The mens 4x100 finished fourth and the 4x400 third.
Another sunny but windy day greeted our under 17 and 20 athletes at Milton Keynes on Saturday as they made their first appearance of the season in the Midland Premier North East Division of the UK Youth Development League.
Against top quality opposition in the form of Birchfield, Notts, Marshall Milton Keynes, Rugby & Northampton and Wolverhampton & Bilston, we had eight individual winners on the day.
Chloe Wilde was the first of these in the U17W 300m hurdles, beating her own pb to snatch victory in the last few steps in a time of 48.4. Megan Davies won the 300m in 41.08 and Rachael Jones came first in the U17W 800m in 2.27.43.
It was difficult conditions for the javelin throwers, into the strong wind, but Bethan Rees was the longest of the female throwers, winning the U17 event with a distance of 44.62m.
Dan Fitzhenry equalled his pb of 1.80m to win the U17M high jump and Ryan Ashforth won the 1500m steeplechase in 4:43.6 having earlier finished second in the 1500m.
Bradley Haycock won his first competitive race for the club in the U20 'B' 800m (2:10.20) and Callum Houseman won the U20 'B' hammer with 25.93m. Callum also came second in the U20M shot 'B'.
Once again, it was the relay races that had the Cannock & Stafford contingent on their feet. The U17W team of Chloe Lindop, Megan, Chloe Wilde and Hannah produced a superb display of batten handing to finish second in a brilliant 49.83. This time is currently also the second fastest in the country. The 300m team of Chloe Wilde, Leah, Charlotte and Megan ran a fantastic race to win in 2:57.90. Steve Thompson stepped out of his comfort zone and produced a spirited finish to catch the Milton Keynes athlete and help the U20M 4x400m team to fifth after good legs from Chris, James Russell and Aaron Houseman.
Katie Lord gained a new pb in the 1500m steeplechase, finishing third in 5:52.47 and also ran an excellent 400m hurdles to finish second. Dominic Tooth gained a new long jump pb of 5.36m and Chris Mayne a new 400m pb of 54.83. Liam Duke threw the hammer for a new pb of 32.26m and Steve Thompson was only 1cm off his long jump pb, jumping 5.77m. Dylan Ottey threw the 700g javelin 31.17m also gaining a new pb
John Turner was another thrower to record a pb with a shot of 11.36m. John also came second in the discus with 30.20m.
Strong headwinds were once again against the sprinters but Charlotte Hall still managed to run a 200m pb of 28.40 and Lauren Hedges a pb of 15.19. Hannah Malpass performed well in the 100 and 200m races, as did Chloe Lindop. Chloe was representing the club for the first time in league competition and she came second in the 100m 'B' race.
Pippa Nock had an excellent race to finish second in the U20W 800m and Leah Aldred was just beaten in a race for second place in the 'B' 300m. Rebecca Brown ran well in both 1500m and 400m races and Sam Rigby earned valuable points in all four throws in the U20 age group. Libby Dunne finished third in the U17W 800m 'B' and Natalie Mukerji fifth in the 100m 'B'
The BMAF Cross Country Championships were held in Ruthin, North Wales on Saturday and we had 3 representatives.
Nina Skilton took part in what was probably the most competitive age group (W45) and ran strongly to finish 10th. Dot Fellows was competing in her new age group, W70, winning in a time of 31min 13secs with a gap of over 4 minutes to the second placed athlete. Les Green contested the M75 age group and finished in 7th place.
Each season, the top point scorers in the Midland Senior League, Youth Development League - Upper Age Group and Youth Development League - Lower Age Group, are presented with an award at the club's presentation evening.
The top 10 scorers for 2014 in each age group are shown below.
Cannock & Stafford AC had two medal winners at the England Athletics Indoor Age Group Championships at the weekend.
Megan Davies took home a silver medal after a brilliant run in the U17W 300m final, finishing in a time of 40.37. Earlier, Meg had won her heat in 41.02 to qualify as fourth fastest for the final.
Charlie Peters was also in action on the first day of competition and ran an impressive pb of 8.37 in the U15G 60m.
Day 2 started with a 200m pb for Hannah Malpass of 25.91. Hannah was just edged into third place in her heat and missed out on a place in the semi-finals by 0.02 seconds. Chloe Lindop, running in the same heat as Hannah, finished in fourth place with 26.53. Chloe also ran in the 60m on Saturday, recording a season's best 8.32.
Roseanna Burton went below 10 seconds for the first time, running 9.98 in her 60m hurdles heat and Amy Pye progressed to the final of the same event by winning both her heat and semi-final. The final of the 60m hurdles was the last event of the evening and it proved to be the closest finish. Amy finished strongly over the last few strides but didn't quite do enough to finish ahead of the two girls from Enfield & Haringey. Amy took bronze in a new pb of 9.00 and only one one hundredth of a second separated her from the winner.
Congratulations to Mark Pinner and Bethan Rees who were both winners at the Sport Stafford Borough Awards evening.
Mark deservedly won the Coach of the Year Award. In 2014, He was coach to the top ranked U15 and U17 female javelin throwers in the country (Beth Rees and Emma Hamplett) and also coached Harry Marshall to 12th in the U20 rankings and Max Wyatt to 15th in the U17.
Bethan was presented with the U18s Female Sports Performer of the Year Award. As well as becoming the All Time UK top U15 javelin thrower with the 500g implement, Bethan represented Wales in the Celtic Cup and won silver medals at both the English Schools Championships and England Athletics U15 / U17 Championships.
Amy Pye won a gold medal on day 2 of the Midland Indoor Championships at the NIA. Amy took the U15G 60m hurdles title, powering through to win in 9.08 seconds despite an indifferent start. Amy had earlier won her heat in 9.14. Roseanna Burton, taking part in the same heat as Amy, finished in a pb of 10.05.
John Turner came second in the U17M shot put.
The day started with Josh Richards in the U17M long jump. Unfortunately, Josh had to pull out of the competition after four jumps after injuring his hamstring. His best of 5.48m left him in fifth place.
Jak Carpenter was drawn in the same heat of the 60m as Olympic gold medal winner Mark Lewis-Francis. Jak ran a solid race, clocking 7.55. Gabi Burton and Natalie Mukerji both took part in the U20W 60m. Gabi ran 8.20, before withdrawing from the final, and Natalie 8.62.
Allee Rigby put in an amazing performance to run 51.05 in the 400m, beating his pb by two and a half seconds! David Underwood also ran a great race to finish with a time of 52.60.
There was another excellent performance from Pippa Nock who finished her U17W 800m in 2:27.36, a new pb.
Our last competitor in action was Rebecca Lawley who jumped 4.14m in the U15G long jump
There was a gold, three silver and a bronze for Cannock & Stafford athletes on the first day of competition at the Midland Indoor Championships at the NIA.
Gabi Burton was the first medallist in the U20W 60m hurdles. Gabi ran a pb of 8.97 seconds in the final to finish second, having exactly the same time as the winner but losing out on the photo finish. Gabi qualified for the final by finishing second in her heat in 9.17, despite clattering the final hurdle.
Charlie Peters had an excellent run to take bronze in the U15G 300m in 45.00, a new pb.
The U17W 300m runners had to contend with three rounds of competition. In the first round, Megan Davies won her heat in 42.17 followed home, in second place, by Charlotte Hall in 45.03. Meg then qualified for the final by winning her heat in 41.82. Charlotte was again in the same race as Meg and finished fourth in 44.30, just missing out on the final by one place. In the final, Meg was pushed all the way by Harriet Cooper from Charnwood, but led all the way round to win in 40.45 seconds.
Jak Carpenter beat his shot put pb for the third time this season. His 13.25m was enough to earn him a silver medal in the Senior Men's event. Allee Rigby jumped well in the high jump. His 1.85m clearance also won him a silver medal and it could have been better - his heels just knocked the bar off on his final attempt at 1.90m.
Elsewhere, James Taylor reached the final of the U17M 60m by finishing second in 7.42 secs and then lowered that time further in the final, finishing fourth in 7.34. Chris Mayne ran a pb of 24.76 in the U20M 200m and Bethan Rees took a break from javelin to run a good 60m in 8.77 secs.
Holly Till also ran in the U15 60m. Her heat time of 8.55 was good enough to qualify for the semi finals where she ran 8.64.
We had two athletes taking part in the 800m. In the U20M, Jack Longmore started the season with a pb of 2:04.07 and in the Senior Men, Aaron Brown ran two sub 2 minute races. A 1:58.30 in the semi final was followed by a 1:59.97 in the final but, unfortunately, this wasn't enough to put Aaron amongst the medals.
A handful of C&S athletes were in action on the second day of competition at the NIA on Sunday.
Charlie Peters ran 2:43.06 in the U15 800m, Charlotte Hall won her 300m race in 44.52 and Olivia Walker took silver in the 60m hurdles in a time of 8.86 seconds.
In the field events, Rebecca Lawley jumped 4.11m in the long jump and Dan Fitzhenry equalled his pb of 1.80m in the high jump.
It was a good start to the season for a number of our athletes on Saturday at the Birmingham Games.
Aaron Brown ran an excellent 800m in the SM race with his second best time since 2002 of 1:58.54. The U17 girls 800m saw Rachel Jones, Pippa Nock and Rebecca Brown competing against one another. Pippa amazingly matched her pb of 2:28.83, Rachel was just behind with 2:29.12 and Rebecca, suffering with a heavy cold, ran 2:32.52. Around an hour later, Rebecca was in action again, running 29.8 in the 200m.
Charlie Peters ran 28.22 in the U15 200m and Natalie Mukerji 28.89 in her first race as an under 20. Natalie also later ran in the 60m where she finished in 8.68.
Hannah Malpass won both her races with new pbs. In the 200m she ran 26.18 and in the 60m, 8.13 secs. Josh Richards also gained two new pbs with 5.73m in the long jump and 24.61 in the 200m. Allee Rigby joined in on the fun, recording a new 60m pb of 7.40.
As medals were only awarded in Senior events, Chloe Boulter was our only medal winner with a terrific jump of 1.70m in the high jump.
Rodders had a great run in the 400m, finishing in his third fastest time ever with 52.81.
The young athletes of Cannock & Stafford Athletic Club were in action last weekend when they contested the Staffordshire Schools Championships at Stoke University.
With some athletes running for Stafford Schools and some for Cannock Schools there was rivalry between club members as they attempted to gain individual and team success. With selection to the All England Schools Championships at stake the rewards were high.
In the year 8 / 9 girls race Iris Davies ran a superb race to finish in the silver medal position and there was more success for the Stafford team with Jessica Harrison finishing eighth, Isabelle Kelly ninth, Alice Richards thirteenth, Charlotte Harries fourteenth and Isabel Dally twenty second all helping Stafford to be worthy winners, beating Moorlands by 25 points. Both Davies and Harrison qualified for the National Champs.
In the year 10/11 girls, four athletes have qualified for the Nationals with Rachael Jones in an excellent third place followed by Katie Lord 5th, Libby Dunne (Cannock) 6th and Rebecca Brown 7th all qualifying. With Amy Gorman ninth and Hannah Malpass seventeenth the Stafford team finished second with Dunne helping the Cannock team to the title.
The Year 10/11 boys race had Ryan Ashforth helping Stafford to third place with a splendid third place and selection to the Nationals. Sam Bagley (Cannock) was 14th.
The year 8/9 boys had two qualifiers with Bill Chesters just outside the medals in fourth and James Boote in sixth. Along with Tom Clayton in 11th they helped Stafford to the team award. For Cannock, Declan Mann 9th, Bradley Hammond 14th and Tom Holloway 17th helped Cannock to finish second.
In the year 7 girls, Stafford finished second with outstanding runs from Ella Sandy 6th, Jennifer Jones 19th, Charlotte Williams 21st, Katie Nall 26th, Chloe Breslin 27th and Megan Chesters 35th.
Finally, James Russell qualified for the Nationals in fifth place in the Senior boys.
The Midland Masters Cross Country Championships were held today at Aldersley Stadium Wolverhampton and we had great success throughout the age groups.
Chris Kilkenny took gold in the W60 age group, Dot Fellows gold in the W70 age group (her first race in that age group) and Les Green took gold in the M75 age group. Chris and Dot teamed up with Sue Kneill-Boxley to capture the W45 team gold
Cannock & Stafford AC held their annual Presentation Evening at Stafford Rangers FC on 10th January 2015.
The first award to be presented was the David Sunderland Memorial Award. This was presented by Dave's wife, Ailine, to Dot Fellows.
Dot first started to represent the club in the late 1970s when she was already a veteran. In 1986 running at the old Cosford indoor track Dot broke the W40 1500m world record and in 1990 she broke the world record for the 3000m, again at Cosford. She has represented England on many occasions. Since 1985 Dot has won 42 British titles made up of 15 road, 12 track, 9 cross country and, along with Chris Kilkenny and Chris Rollason, 6 relay titles.
The awards for the top league point scorers in the various age groups followed. The winners were:
U13/U15 Female - Amy Pye
U13/U15 Male - Josh Richards & John Turner
U17/U20 Female - Megan Davies
U17 / U20 Male - Callum Houseman
Senior Female - Natalie Ainge for the sixth consecutive season
Senior Male - Jak Carpenter for the second consecutive season
Megan Davies was also the winner of the Most Improved Young Athlete Award. Megan improved her 300m ranking of 87th of all ages last year to 12th this, lowering her time by almost 2 seconds to 39.9. In the process, she beat Keri Maddox’s club record that had stood for 25 years by 1 second! She also took another of Keri’s records in the 400m running a remarkable 57.6 and over the season she won 26 out of 30 races competing in U17, U20 and Senior races at 200, 300 and 400m.
Bob Hughes' Presidents Trophy was awarded to Sandi Thompson for all the work she puts in at the club. Sandi helps Shaun by timekeeping his group's training sessions on Tuesday, officiates at club meetings, is an active member of the management committee and organised the presentation evening.
Congratulations to all winners and to all athletes, coaches, helpers and parents who make this club what it is.
Cannock & Stafford's Allee Rigby and Jak Carpenter took part in the Senior Men's Heptathlon at the National Combined Events Championships at Sheffield on the 10th and 11th January.
Both athletes were in the same heat of the first event, the 60m. In an amazing finish, the first five athletes, including Allee, all finished with an identical time of 7.48 secs. Jak ran 7.58.
In the long jump, Allee jumped 6.15m whilst Jak recorded a pb of 5.87m. Jak then smashed another of his pbs in the next event, the shot, by throwing 12.53m and Allee threw 7.38m. In the last event of day 1, Allee cleared 1.73m in the high jump and Jak another pb of 1.64m. This meant that Jak went into Day 2 in 24th place overall with a 144 point lead over Allee.
Day 2 began with the 60m hurdles and Allee and Jak both recorded pbs of 9.13 and 9.50 respectively. Disaster struck for Jak in the pole vault as he no heighted, allowing Allee to move past him overall by clearing 2.81m.
The 1000m was the final event and despite a late fight back from Jak, Allee held on to run 3:02.11 against Jak's 3:02.59.
Allee finished 24th of the 41 competitors with a total points tally of 3,910. Jak was 28th with 3,659.
Staffordshire Athletics Network have organised a workshop to look at current concepts on running biomechanics, footwear selection, injury prevention, running and running re-education.
The workshop will take place on Friday 6th February from 7 to 9pm at Stafford Harriers Base at the cricket club, Brian Westhead Pavilion, Riverway, Stafford, ST16 3WB.
The presenter is Andrew Caldwell who is a Consultant Sports Physiotherapist and during the session, you will learn about:
The cost of the workshop is £5 and if you are interested, please email Catherine Pendlebury on firstname.lastname@example.org
Athletes from Cannock & Stafford Athletic Club enjoyed a highly successful day last weekend when they travelled to Wolverhampton to contest the Staffordshire County Cross Country Championships achieving both individual and team success.
In the under 13 boys there was gold and silver success as James Boote and Harrison Hardy-Smith moved quickly away from the rest of the field. It soon became a contest between the two and so it was right to the finish with James just getting the better of Harrison. Because of illness to the rest of the team they were the only finishers for the club so a team victory eluded the club on the day.
The under 15 girls continued their promising start to the season with a brilliant team victory over Wolverhampton and Bilston A C by one point and, although there were no individual medals, Iris Davies and Rachael Jones ran an excellent race together to finish fourth and fifth respectively and with Libby Dunne in 13th and Molly Shermer in 18th the gold medals were assured.
The under 17 girls were another team that performed with great determination to take a splendid second place overall with Becky Brown 8th, Katie Lord 9th, Amy Gorman 10th and Philippa Nock 11th.
The under 13 girls also took silver team medals with outstanding efforts from Jessica Harrison 6th, Thando Hart 9th, Olivia Osborne 10th, Ella Sandy 15th, Alice Richards 23rd and Jenny Jones 30th.
In the senior ladies the team finished a creditable fifth place with Sally Gray 7th, Christine Kilkenny 28th, Ruth Woodridge 33rd, Gillian Russon 34th and Dot Fellows 52nd. But within the senior race there is also a veterans category which saw the team take second place with Gray taking the individual bronze medal.
The under 15 boys just missed out on a team award finishing in fourth place with fine runs from Bill Chesters 11th, Sam Bagley 14th, Tom Clayton 15th and Bradley Hammond 16th.
Finally the senior men also finished fourth with solid performances from Chris Perrin 7th, Aaron Brown 14th, James Perrin 23rd, Philip Wolfe 26th, Paul Lester 33rd, Craig Pearson 47th, Michael Smith 50th, Nigel Haycock 53rd, Bradley Haycock 59th and James Russell 62nd.