The senior Ladies of Cannock and Stafford Athletic Club were victorious on Saturday (17th) when they competed in the final round of the North Staffs Cross Country League Division 2 meeting at Stafford Common. The League which also takes in clubs from Shropshire and Cheshire.
Going into the match the team were eighteen points behind Telford Athletic Club but outstanding performances from all of the team saw them overhaul Telford to take the title to gain promotion to Division 1 for the 2017 season.
The team members were Katie Lord 3rd, Emily Upton 16th, Sally Gray 18th, Nina Skilton 21st, Rebecca Brown 27th Sue Kneill-Boxley 43rd and Fiona Russell 177th.
In the individual placings, Under 20 athlete, Katie Lord, not only took second in her own age group but also finished third in the Senior age group, a great achievement for her age.
Also celebrating individual awards in the Women’s Veteran age groups were Nina Skilton finishing second in the Vets 45 age group and Sue Kneill-Boxley taking the Vets 50 title.
The track opening times over the Christmas period are:
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Our Presentation Evening will take place at Stafford Rangers Football Club, Astonfields Road, ST16 3UF on 21 January 2017 from 7-12.
Trophy Presentations will take place at 7.30pm and these will be followed by a hog roast, disco and raffle. A bar is available. The awards available are the President's Trophy, the David Sunderland Memorial Award, The Most Improved Young Athlete Award, Veteran Athlete of the Year (Male and Female) and Top Point Scorer Awards (Male and Female) for the Senior League and YDL Upper and Lower Age Groups.
Tickets are £5 each and are on sale from 13 December 2016 from Sandi. Limited numbers are available so get yours early!
Any donations for raffle prizes are gratefully accepted. Please give them to the ladies (or Derek) on the signing in desk on training nights.
On Saturday (12th), Dot Fellows ran for England in the British & Irish Masters Cross Country International held in Tollcross Park Glasgow. This event is the only Masters event where athletes are actually selected to run for their country. All others are open entry.
Conditions were wet underfoot and weather temperature ideal for running. The race was 3 laps and, as is normal for Dot, she started at the back and worked her way through the field. Dot had built up a lead on the first lap and eventually came home first in the 6k race 42 seconds in front of her nearest challenger. Dot received solid support from her England team mates and, between them, secured the team silver medal.
Cannock & Stafford AC's AGM will take place in the Function Room at Rowley Park at 8pm on Thursday 1st December 2016.
The meeting will receive the annual report of the clubs activities in 2015/16, as well as the audited accounts. This will be followed by the election of members to fill vacant positions. These are Chairman and Secretary.
Please complete the nomination form on the attached agenda for anyone willing to stand for the vacant committee positions. Please note the Chairman and Secretary role is a 2 year tenure. As the Vice Chairman and Treasurer are half way through their term in office these positions are not up for election until the AGM 2017.
If you wish to make a nomination for either of the vacant committee positions, you can do so by using this form
The agenda is:
Emma Hollinshead qualified for the final of the W45 800m by finishing in the second automatic qualifying spot in her heat at the World Masters Championships in Perth in a time of 2:43.18. Emma eased up towards the line and was almost beaten to the automatic spot, finishing only one one hundredth of a second ahead of third place (although, as it happened, she would still have qualified as a fastest loser)
In Monday's (31st) final, Emma finished in 4th place in a time of 2:31.45. Later, on the same day, Emma competed in the 200m, finishing fifth in her heat in a pb of 29.56.
On Wednesday 2nd November, Emma qualified for the 400m final as a fastest loser by finishing third in her heat in 66.61 and on Saturday she came 8th in the final in 65.52.
78 year old Les Green took part in the first race of the Championships, on Wednesday (26th), coming 20th in the M75 Cross Country race in 1:16:53.51. Three days later, Les also came 16th in the 5000m in a time of 40:57.95.
Les was back in action on Wednesday 2nd November in the 10000m where he finished 9th in 1:35:40.54 and on Sunday (6th), the final day of competition, Les completed the half marathon race in 3:35:01 to finish 9th again.
Chris Hollinshead failed to finish his 10000m race but came an excellent 6th in the half marathon on the final day of competition to leave the Championships with a silver medal as part of the GB half marathon team event.
Congratulations to all three of our athletes who took part and well done to the organisers of the event who provided the results extremely quickly and their live internet video coverage was superb.
It was a successful day for the club at the Midland Cross Country Relay Championships at Wolverhampton last Saturday (22nd).
Our U17M team of Bill Chesters, Sam Bagley and Josh Ward won gold with Josh recording the fastest leg of the day.
Nigel Haycock, Jason Jones, Paul Lester and Paul Thacker won bronze in the Men's Masters race and the Senior Men's team finished 8th with Phil Wolfe, James Russell, Chris Perrin and Adam Blundell.
The Senior Women's team of Katie Lord, Nina Skilton and Sally Gray came an excellent 5th, as did the U17W with great runs from Giorgia Chatwood, Molly Shermer and Jazmin Maddocks.
The U15G performed well, with Josie Nelson, Thando Hart and Chloe Breslin coming home in 8th place and the U13B came a creditable 7th with Jamie Owen, Christian Roe and Edan Dollochin.
Another athletics season has ended and here is a summary of the club’s achievements:-
Both Men's and Women's Veterans teams (managed by Stephen Terry-Short and Sue Kneill-Boxley) won the Midland Veterans League North Division titles.
Our Senior team (Manager Bob Hughes) came second to Birchfield in Division One of the Midland Counties AA Track & Field League.
The U17 and U20s gained promotion in the UKYDL Upper Age Group (Managed by Shaun Ainge) by winning the Midlands Region North/East 1B Division.
The U13 and U15s finished 4th in the UKYDL Lower Age Group - Midlands Region North/East 1 Division (Manager - Bob)
It should be noted that Alyson Ainge was the match day manager for the Senior team and both of the YDL teams for all of the meetings this season - so she did all of the hard work. Well done everyone and a huge thanks to the team managers, coaches and officials.
On an individual basis we must acknowledge some achievements that we should all be proud of. This season saw 2 of our young female athletes gain their GB vests, Beth Rees and Megan Davies. Both were selected to represent the GB U20 team at an international in Manchester in August and, not only that, they both came home with silver medals. For Beth especially it has been another exceptional year, when she has won every championship there is, adding School Games and England Champs golds to her English Schools success. The success of these young ladies is down to pure hard work and dedication, coupled with excellent coaching from Mark Pinner and Shaun Ainge respectively.
There has been so much happening around the club in all the different age groups, championships and leagues it would be impossible to cover it all, fortunately we have great social media and a website that keeps us up to date. Good luck to everyone competing through the winter, on the country or road and for next year’s indoor season (yes the track will be down at the NIA, unlike this year, I believe).
14-10-16 British Masters Half Marathon Championships - Kikintilloch - 9 October 2016
Congratulations to Les Green who won a silver medal in the British Masters Half Marathon Championships in Scotland. Les finished the race in 3:19.23.
The Cross Country League season opened last weekend with meetings at Winsford for the North Staffs Cross Country League and Hatton Country World for the West Midlands Young Athletes Cross Country League.
On Saturday, our Senior Women finished 2nd in Division 2 of the NSCCL. Katie Lord, continuing the form shown during her track season, led the way, finishing the race in 11th place overall. She received great support from Sally Gray (20th), Nina Skilton (24th), Sue Kneil Boxley (72nd), Dot Fellows (127th) and Fiona Russell (198th).
In the U11 Boys race, Kerr Dollochin came 40th and Christian Rowe finished in 14th place in the U13B. James Boote was 9th in the U15B and we had two competitors in the Senior Men's race, Pedro Havelock (157th) and Andy Osgathorpe (267th)
Amany Williamson finished an excellent 13th in the U13G race and Lucy Richardson came 27th.
At the WMYACCL meeting on Sunday, our U17W came 2nd. They were led home by Iris Davies (6th) followed by Giorgia Chattwood (10th), Jazmin Maddocks (15th), Molly Shermer (17th), Allegra Soutar (18th) and Libby Dunne (32nd).
In the U11B, Ethan Smith came home in 18th place and Braden Webb 42nd. Connor Mills was our only U17M athlete (16th).
We had three competitors in the U11G race, Jessica Tilly-Moore (90th), Paige Brookes (98th) and Thailya Smith (108th) and Alicia Smith came 94th in the U13G event. Charlotte Harries (41st) and Katherine Lemmon (95th) were in the U15G.
Harrison Hardy-Smith achieved C&S's highest individual placing of the weekend finishing in 4th place in the U15B race and, in the U13B, C&S athletes were Christian Roe (20th), Tom Brownshill (24th) and Thomas Lemmon (34th).
Nigel Haycock added to his impressive performances this season with victory in the Midland Masters 10 Mile Championships at Rugby on Sunday (2nd) in the M45 category. He completed the course in 1:01.04 over two minutes ahead of C&Ss Paul Thacker in second place (1:03.24).
Cannock & Stafford also won team gold with Nigel and Paul ably supported by Paul Lester (1:05.59) and Carl Dunne (1:08.50)
Paul Edwards took his first National title on Saturday (17th) when he won the M55 100m hurdles title in 17.51 secs. Terry Faulkner also won gold in the M75 400m in a club record time of 80.97. On Sunday, Terry followed this up with silver in the 200m in 33.19, also a club record.
Emma Hollinshead won two medals in the W45 category. In the 400m on Saturday, Emma came 3rd in 65.10 and then, on Sunday, she ran 2:27.09 to finish second in the 800m. Both performances were pbs and new club records.
Martin Roberts took home a silver medal with a season's best throw of 46.10m in the M55 hammer and he also came 4th in the weight with a distance of 26.34m.
Other C&S athletes who competed at the Championships were Paul Lester who ran a M45 club record of 11:43.63 in the 3k steeplechase, Chris Hollinshead who finished 5th in the M50 5000m in 16:55.20, Stephen Terry-Short, who ran 12.56 in the 100m and 26.34 in the 200m and Sue Kneill-Boxley who clocked 2:49.87 in the 800m.
Cannock & Stafford's Amy Pye and Bethan Rees were chosen to represent the North West in the 2016 School Games at Loughborough.
Amy won bronze as part of the 4x300m relay team and Bethan added another gold to her collection with a javelin throw of 46.31m.
Bethan Rees won gold in the U17W javelin at the England Athletics U15/U17 Championships in Bedford. Her throw of 45.09 was enough to give Beth her first England Athletics title.
Amy Pye bounced back brilliantly from her English Schools disappointment by winning two medals. After qualifying second in her heat with 45.68, Amy broke her pb in the final to win silver in 43.36. In the 80m hurdles, Amy progressed to the final by running 11.62 in both her heat and semi final. The final was an extremely close race with only eleven hundredths of a second separating the first five athletes. Amy won bronze with 11.53.
Harrison Hardy-Smith ran well to finish third in his 1500m heat on Saturday (4:19.56) and, the following day, he clocked 4:24.80 to finish tenth in the final.
Josh Ward was only one tenth of a second outside his pb when finishing sixth in his 800m heat (1:58.39) and Charlie Peters gained a non wind-assisted pb of 13.10 in her 100m heat.
Bethan Rees and Megan Davies were both selected to represent Great Britain U20s in the Manchester International.
The meeting consisted of Senior teams from England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, UK Armed Forces and a combined BAL/UKWL team as well as the GB U20's team.
Both athletes came home with medals. Beth threw 45.89 with the senior weight javelin to win silver and Meg also won silver as part of the 4x400 team that finished second to the England Senior team in a time of 3:41.45.
Nathanial Sackey and Harrison Hardy-Smith were gold medal winners at the Midlands U15/U17 Championships at Nuneaton. Both produced PBs to win, Nathanial cleared 1.66m in the U15 high jump and Harrison ran 4:16.66 in the U15 1500m.
Amy Pye came away with two silver medals. In the 200m, after winning her heat in 26.26, Amy ran a season's best 25.69 in the final to finish second. In the 80m hurdles final, Amy also came second in a time of 11.65.
Cara Brown came fourth in the pole vault, equalling her PB of 2.30m and Charlie Peters jumped 5m for the first time (5.03m) to finish seventh in a strong long jump competition.
In the 100m races, Daniel Gill ran 12.40 and Cameron Futers 12.30 in the U15 and James Pountney 12.23 in the U17. Charis Farmer ran 13.43 in her heat to finish second and qualify for the final where she ran 13.33.
James Taylor qualified for the final of the U17 200m by finishing second in his heat in 22.98 but then picked up a small hamstring strain in the final and had to limp home in 24.01. Also in the 200m, Cameron Futers came fourth in his heat in 26.08. Libby Moore ran 46.29 in the U17 300m.
Charis Farmer (12.50) and Sydney Davies (12.79) took part in the 75m hurdles and James Pountney qualified for the final of the 100m hurdles by running 14.95 in his heat and then ran 15.23 in the final.
Cannock & Stafford AC's Megan Davies and James O'Brien represented England Midlands at last night's Welsh International U20s meeting in Cardiff.
The meeting consisted of teams representing Wales, Welsh Schools, England North, England Midlands and England South along with selected guest athletes.
Megan Davies turned in a brilliant performance to pull away from the field down the home straight to win the 400m in 56.36 beating the home athlete, Melissa Roberts, who is above Meg in the UK rankings.
James O'Brien also ran a great race, correctly deciding that his best chance of success would be by running from the front. He took the lead on the home straight on the first lap, going through the bell in 57.42 and pushed hard to try and create a gap between him and his opponents. Whilst he was chased down and passed by guest athlete Jack Gooch in the last 50m, James hung on to finish top of the match scoring athletes
Wow what a weekend of sport we just had and I didn’t even see the football, anyway, time to catch up with how the club’s athletes got on at the ESAA Champs.
First I see our current top 2 middle distance athletes made it. Well done James O’Brien, getting through to his first national championships final in the SB 800m and in the IB 800m, Josh Ward in only his second season in the sport. In the SB High Jump was Dan Fitzhenry going out at 1.97 which would have been a new PB, well done, that’s way over my head! In the IB 100m was James Taylor making the semi-final in what is always a tough event. For the girls, the weekend began with a gold medal for Beth Rees in the IG Javelin, surprisingly her first ESAA title and cracking the 50m mark for the first time, amazing!! Another medal was achieved by Megan Davies, a superb third in the SG 400m, another very tough event, well done.
We also had Katie Lord in the SG 1500m SC in her first ESAA champs on the track. In her first season at 400m Hurdles Chloe Wilde ran a superb new PB to finish in 4th, that must have been some race, less than 0.3 between 4th and 8th places! Amy Pye, another of our up and coming hurdlers comfortably made another ESAA final but had a disappointing final, it happens to everyone Amy, just make sure you learn from it. In the SG 200m the club had 2 of the club connect winning relay team, Hannah Malpass and Chloe Lindop in the Senior Girls heats and Emily Belton (another ESAA champs debutant) in the IG heats. In the JG 75m Hurdles we had Olivia Corcoran but for some unknown reason her performance isn’t showing up, so not sure how she did.
To make the standard to get selected for these championships is no easy feat, it takes hard work and the support of family and coaches, so a huge well done to everyone who competed and the supporters who made the long trip up to Gateshead.
Finally, we were also represented on the officiating side by Steve Thompson, keep up the good work Steve, indoor world champs in Birmingham in 18months time, I expect to see you there!
It was an excellent Championships for Bethan Rees who finally got her hands on an English Schools gold medal throwing a pb of 50.12 in the Intermediate Girls Javelin after winning silver medals at the last two Championships. Her throw consolidated her place at the top of the UK rankings.
Megan Davies ran brilliantly to win bronze in the Senior Girls 400m. She qualified for the final by finishing second in her heat behind World Junior Youth athlete, Hannah Williams, in a time of 56.98. In the final, she earned her medal by running her second ever fastest time of 56.09.
Chloe Wilde was another C&S athlete who had an extremely successful competition. Chloe smashed her pb in the heat, qualifying in third pace in 64.56. In the final, she then knocked a further half a second of that time to finish in an excellent fourth place with 64.00.
James Taylor qualified from his 100m heat by finishing fourth in 11.25 seconds and then, in his semi final, he also ran his second ever fastest time of 11.15. Amy Pye reached the 300m hurdles final in her first year in the age group by running 44.07 to win her heat. Emily Belton, who is also in her first year of the age group and was taking part in her first English Schools Championships, ran 26.40 in the Intermediate Girls 200m and Olivia Corcoran, running for Hereford & Worcester, took part in the Junior Girls 75m hurdles.
Katie Lord took over 10 seconds off her 1500m steeplechase pb to finish ninth with 5:13.99 and Josh Ward finished fifth in his 800m heat with 2:03.11. Hannah Malpass, representing Shropshire, and Chloe Lindop ran 26.14 and 26.26 respectively in their 200m heats.
In the Senior Boys, Dan Fitzhenry jumped within 1cm of his pb to finish ninth in the high jump with a 1.94m clearance and James O'Brien came eighth in a straight final for the 800m in a time of 1:56.53.
In the relays, Chloe Lindop, Megan Davies and Chloe Wilde represented the Staffordshire Senior Girls team and they qualified for the final by finishing third in their heat in 49.78. They then improved their time to 49.11 to finish sixth in the final. The Staffordshire Inter Girls relay team included Amy Pye and Emily Belton and they finished second in their heat in 49.14 but, unfortunately, failed to make the final.
Congratulations to our athletes chosen to represent their Counties at the English School's Championships in Gateshead.
Hannah Malpass - Shropshire
Olivia Corcoran - Hereford & Worcester
Amy Pye, Bethan Rees, Emily Belton, Chloe Wilde, Chloe Lindop, Megan Davies, Katie Lord, James Taylor, Josh Ward, Dan Fitzhenry and James O'Brien - Staffordshire.
Also, we have Steve Thompson who will be officiating at the event.
A good night was had by our athletes, coaches, family and friends who took part in the Club:Connect relays at the British Athletics Championships at Alexander Stadium on Friday evening (24th).
The U15G team of Holly Till, Charis Farmer, Issey Kelly and Sydney Davies ran a season's best of 51.90 to finish fourth in their race. The U15B team also finished fourth with Billy Grew, Nathaniel Sackey, Cameron Futers and Joe Porter bringing the baton round in a great time of 49.85.
Leah Aldred, Emily Belton, Charlie Peters and Amy Pye knocked almost a second off their season's best to finish second in the U17W race in 50.65, following the disqualification of Coventry Godiva.
The U20W team of Chloe Lindop, Megan Davies, Chloe Wilde and Hannah Malpass beat their previous best time to win their race in 48.71, over a second ahead of the Birchfield team. They were presented with their winners cheque of £250 by GB Olympic bronze medal high jumper, Robbie Grabarz.
Seven of our athletes took part in the National U20/U23 Championships in Bedford over the weekend.
First in action was Chloe Wilde who knocked over two tenths of a second off her 400m hurdles pb in finishing fourth in her heat in a time of 64.98 seconds. Megan Davies then finished third in her 400m heat in a pb of 56.55 to qualify for Sunday's final.
Chloe Lindop and Hannah Malpass found themselves in the same heat of their 200m event on Sunday morning. Chloe just missed out on a place in the semi finals by 8/100 of a second, finishing in 25.82, just ahead of Hannah (25.98). Olivia Walker then ran 14.42, finishing fourth in her U23 100m hurdles heat.
Meg knocked a further second off her pb in the 400m final to finish fifth (55.57), a time which made her the fastest 17 year old in the country over that distance. Katie Lord also ran a pb, finishing 4th in the 3000m steeplechase final in a time of 12:05.50.
Bethan Rees also threw the 500g Javelin at the event and recorded a pb of 49.54m to move further clear at the top of the U17W UK rankings.
Megan Davies won double gold at the Midlands U20/Senior Championships at the weekend. She followed her pb of 56.87 in her 400m win with victory in the 200m in a time of 25.02.
James O'Brien also took home a gold medal, winning a very close 800m race in a pb of 1:55.24. Both Meg and James now have the opportunity to represent the England Midlands team at the Welsh International in Cardiff in July.
Chloe Wilde and James Russell both won silver medals. Chloe's came in the 400m hurdles in a time of 65.41 and James' in the 2000m steeplechase in 7:13.25.
We also had two more steeplechase bronze medallists. Craig Pearson in the 3000m steeplechase (11:55.10) and Katie Lord over the 2000m distance in a pb of 7:37.73.
There were pbs for Rebecca Brown in the 1500m (5:01.48) and Jamie Graham in the 5000m (20:04.49), Hannah Malpass made it to the final of the 200m by finishing third in her heat and then came fifth in the final with both runs under 26 seconds and Allee Rigby recorded a sb 53.78 in the 400m.
It was a successful day for our veteran athletes competing at the Midland Masters Championships in Nuneaton last Sunday (5th).
In the W50 800m, Sue Kneill-Boxley led until the last few metres when she was overtaken by team mate Tracey Bosworth. Tracey took the gold in 2:46.6 with Sue getting silver in 2:47.1. Also in the 800m, in the W40 age group, Emma Hollinshead also won silver with a new pb of 2:36.0.
In the 400m, Emma took gold in her age group with a season's best 67.4, Tracey Bosworth gold in the W50 in 72.4 and Paul Edwards ran his best time for almost 2 years to win gold in the M55 age group in 61.2.
Stephen Terry-Short doubled up and won silver in both the 100 and 200m M45 races (12.8 and 26.9 respectively) Emma won another gold in the 200m in 30.4 seconds and Paul Edwards bronze, also in the 200m, in 27.4.
It's been a good two weeks for C&S javelin thrower, Bethan Rees.
On the 22 May, she was chosen to represent Wales at the Loughborough International where she threw alongside Jess Ennis-Hill as well as three of the country's top four female javelin throwers.
Then, on Saturday (28 May) Beth took part in the UK Javelin Carnival and threw a pb of 49.43m to win the 500g competition to leave her just over 1.5m short of the GB qualifying distance for the European Junior Championships in Tblisi. She also threw a 600g pb of 44.41 to finish second in the competition at that weight.
In our first appearance in Division One since the combined Men and Women’s Senior League was formed in 2008, our athletes put in a magnificent performance to finish third at Yate.
On the hottest day of the year, there were individual victories for Natalie Ainge in the 400m hurdles A (65.6), Katie Lord in the 400m hurdles B (66.3), Sam Bagley in his first 2000m steeplechase in the B race (7:03.9), Megan Davies, equalling her 400m pb of 57.2 and Chloe Wilde in the B high jump (1.40).
Cara Brown equalled her pole vault pb of 2.00m and Chloe Boulter jumped a pb of 5.22m in the long jump as well as finishing second in the high jump A and triple jump B.
Allee Rigby helped himself to second place finishes in the 110m hurdles, long jump (6.17m) and pole vault B, David Underwood came second in the 400m hurdles B and Jak Carpenter came second in the javelin with 50.68m in addition to scoring good points in the shot, discus, hammer and pole vault. James Russell ran well in the 2000m steeplechase to finish second (6:55.0) and there were also second place finishes for James O’Brien in the 800m (1:58.5), Chloe Wilde in the 400m B and Natalie Ainge in the long jump B.
Nigel Haycock knocked over 30 seconds off his 5000m pb (17:42.9) and Paul Edwards, Jack Longmore, Josh Ward, Bill Chesters, Martin Roberts, Libby Dunne, Rebecca Brown, Sue Kneill-Boxley, Hannah Malpass and Chloe Lindop all put in good performances to ensure the third place finish.
Olivia Walker missed out on a BUCS 100m hurdles medal by two one-thousandth's of a second on Monday (2nd) as this picture shows.
James Russell knocked 10 seconds off his 3000m steeplechase pb, finishing in 10:36.00. Matty Mayne ran 53.28 to finish fourth in his 400m heat and Bradley Haycock came seventh in his 800m heat in a time of 2:08.23.
Our U17 / U20 team came second in their first YDL meeting of the season at Derby last weekend (1st May)
There was plenty of success on both track and field. In the throws, John Turner won both the shot and discus (33.87m) and came second in the javelin and Callum Houseman recorded four pbs in the hammer (39.38), shot, discus (27.35) and javelin. Bethan Rees won the U17W javelin with an impressive 47.96.
On the track, James Taylor recorded an impressive double by winning both 100 and 200m races, his 200m time of 22.72 was a pb. James also won the B discus in the U17. Josh Richards ran a pb of 24.05 to win the U17M B 200m and he also won the 400m A race. Chris Mayne recorded pbs in both the 200m (24.04) and 400m (53.56).
Chloe Lindop came 2nd in the U20W 100m in 12.91 and won the B 200m race in 26.15. Leah Aldred won the U17W B 200m and ran a 300m pb to finish 2nd in 43.98. Lauren Hedges came 2nd in the 300m, Faye Evans 2nd in the B 100m and Charlie Peters ran a pb of 27.49 in the 200m and also came 2nd in the long jump.
Megan Davies won a close U20W 200m race with a pb of 25.55 and won the 400m by almost 4 seconds. Rebecca Brown had a busy afternoon, winning the 400m B and finishing second in both the 800m and 1500m.
Our hurdlers won all the races in which they took part. Amy Pye came first in the 80m hurdles and moved to 6th ranking in the country after finishing her first 300m hurdles race in 45.80. Chloe Wilde and Katie Lord both ran 400m hurdles pbs in 65.42 and 66.09 respectively. Chloe also came second in the javelin with a pb of 18.99 and Katie ran won the steeplechase with a pb of 5:24.26.
Josh W continued his excellent start to the season with another two pbs, winning the 1500m in 4:11.89 and the 400m B in 55.47.
Bill Chesters also ran a pb to win the 1500m B in 4:26.61 and he came second in the 800m. Iris Davies and Jazmine Maddocks also came second in their 800m races and Jasmine Hesslegrave came third in the U20w B 800m in her first race for the club. Jazmine Maddocks won the U20W 1500m B race and Sam Bagley ran a 1500m pb (4:39.01) and also won the U17M steeplechase in 5:02.97.
Allegra Soutar won the U17W 1500m B with a pb of 5:31.77 and Molly Shermer came 2nd in the 3000m B with a pb of 12:17.27 after also finishing third in the 1500m. Libby Dunne added to the list of pbs, running 12:12.71 in the 3000m and Connor Mills came 2nd in the U17M 3000m with a pb of 10:20.85.In the jumping events, Dan Fitzhenry won the high jump with 1.85m and scored well in the long and triple jump, Cara Brown came second in the pole vault with 1.85m and Becky Lawley won the B long jump, recorded 8.14m in her first triple jump and threw a hammer pb.
Our relay teams were excellent winning five out of the 6 races in which we took part. The U17W, U20W and U20M 4x100 teams were all victorious as were the U17W 4x300 and U20W 4x400m. The time of 49.35 recorded by our U20W 4x100m team of Chloe Lindop, Megan Davies, Chloe Wilde and Amy Pye ranks them third in the country currently.
Our veteran athletes had a successful weekend at the BMAF Cross Country Championships at Bath and BMAF Indoor Championships at Lea Valley.
Nigel Haycock finished 6th in the M45 age group in the Cross Country Championships with Paul Thacker not far behind in 7th. With Paul Lester finishing around 30 seconds behind in 8th, the trio took gold in the team event.
With conditions bright and sunny and the going firm underfoot, Dot Fellows added yet another British title to her collection by dominating her age group (W70) and finishing three and a half minutes ahead of the runner up.
At the Indoor Championships at Lea Valley, Tracey Bosworth won a bronze medal in the W50 800m in a time of 2:51.60. Stephen Terry-Short finished fourth in his heats in both the M45 60m and 200m in times of 8.12 and 26.80 respectively.
A total of 12 athletes from Cannock and Stafford Athletic Club, eleven for Staffordshire and one for Shropshire, plus another under 17 girl who is about to join us, competed in the All England Schools Cross Country Championships at Wollaton Park in Nottingham.
The first race was the Inter Girls with the Staffordshire athletes Iris Davies returning in 269th, Libby Dunne 298th and Molly Shermer 304th. Jazmin Maddocks running for Shropshire came 236th. Georgia Chattwood, also running for Staffs, is arranging to attend training at Rowley Park.
The Inter Boys saw Josh Ward performing well to finish in 53rd with Sam Bagley 213th.
The Junior Boys again had two athletes with Harrison Hardy-Smith 143rd with James Boote close behind in 144th.
In the Junior Girls Thando Hart returned in 279th with Josie Nelson in an excellent 62nd. Josie, who has been training with Mike Shaw and once competed for the club, is now training at Rowley Park and about to renew her membership.
The Senior Girls had two club athletes with Katie Lord in 186th and Becky Brown 231st.
At the National Cross Country Champions we were able to field a senior men’s team which finished a splendid 34th in the final team standings.
In a field of 1730 athletes, we had outstanding performances from Chris Perrin 114th, Phil Wolfe 299th, Craig Pearson 416th, Nigel Haycock 461st, James Perrin 550th, Aidan McCormack 850th and Tom Orton 995th
The under 15 girls had three athletes turn out with Jazmin Maddocks 105th, Iris Davies 128th and Allegra Soutar 272nd.
One under 17 girl ran with Becky Brown crossing the line in 173rd.
A handful of our athletes were in action at the open meeting at the HPC last weekend.
Amy Pye ran the fastest 60m by a C&S female athlete of any age for over 8 years when she finished in 7.84 seconds. Charlie Peters long jumped close to her pb with 4.86m and Dan Fitzhenry jumped 1.85m in the high jump.
Cameron Futers recorded a fast 8.05 in the U15B 60m and Josh Blakesley 9.29 in the U13B 60m race
Olivia Walker won a silver medal in the 60m hurdles on the opening day of competition at the BUCS Indoor Championships at the EIS, Sheffield.
Olivia won her heat in 8.73 secs and her semi final in 8.78 secs. Her fastest time of the season (8.71) ensured the silver medal in the evening's final.
Four more of our athletes were in action on Saturday. Matty Mayne ran a strong 400m in 51.49 seconds to finish second in his heat and qualify for the semi finals as a fastest loser. Jak Carpenter threw the shot 12.55 which qualified him for Sunday's final in 10th place overall.
Jack Longmore and Aaron Houseman both finished seventh in their 1500m heats with times of 4:34.56 and 4:44.30 respectively.
On Sunday, Jak Carpenter came 9th in the shot final with a throw of 12.67m. Matty Mayne came 5th in his 400m semi final in 51.89 and then came close to winning a 4x200m relay medal as his Leeds Beckett team came 4th in the final.
The officials course, originally planned for 13th February 2016 at Northwood in Stoke, has now been rearranged for the 9th April.
If you are willing to help out with officiating at club meetings, this is a Level 2 course. If you take the course and help out with officiating at some meetings in which the club are competing then the club will pay the course fees.
The course at Stoke is for either field judging or track judging. If you are interested, please either contact Simon Evans or myself. If easier, you can email me here.
Without officials, we obviously wouldn't have any competitions. If you are already a qualified official, please note that the County Championships are in serious need of your help. If you are available, please contact Pat Lockley on firstname.lastname@example.org
Chris Hollinshead won M50 gold in the British Masters 10 mile Championships at Lytchett Minster on Sunday in a time of 1 hour and 10 seconds. Well done Chris!
Cannock & Stafford had four athletes competing in the National Indoor Championships at the EIS in Sheffield over the weekend.
On Saturday, Charlie Peters ran close to her pb in the 60m, clocking 8.33 seconds in the U17W heats and Sydney Davies ran 8.62 in her U15G 60m race.
Amy Pye won a bronze medal in the U17W 60m hurdles on Sunday. She won her heat in a new pb of 8.85, improved on that time in finishing second in her semi-final (8.83) and then improved yet further in the final to finish third in 8.79.
Sydney Davies qualified for the U15G 60m hurdles as a fastest loser in finishing 5th in her heat in a time of 9.89 and then ran 9.94 in the semi final. Hannah Malpass knocked almost a quarter of a second off her indoor pb, finishing third in her U20W 200m in 25.67.
After years of enduring Division 2 in the Birmingham Cross Country League, the senior men of Cannock and Stafford Athletic Club finally saw their perseverance pay off last weekend when, at the fourth and final round at Gloucester, they were crowned Division 2 champions.
With twelve athletes turning out the determination was evident as Chris Perrin, overall leader going into this final round, took the lead early on with two other runners and they stayed together for four of the five laps. Meanwhile, the rest of the squad were steadily working their way through the field of almost two hundred runners.
As they approached the finish, Perrin was just not quite able to maintain the lead crossing the line in third place but, with two previous victories in the earlier rounds, it was sufficient to earn him joint overall champion with Shaun Evans from Sutton Coldfield.
Good runs were needed from the rest of the squad to gain promotion and that's what we got as Phil Wolfe crossed the line in 15th followed by Craig Pearson 18th, Paul Thacker 36th, Nigel Haycock 37th, Paul Lester 38th, Steve Ward 45th, James Perrin 50th, Aidan McCormack 66th, James Russell 117th, Chris Jones 118th and Tim Orton 140th.
The club are hoping to strengthen the squad for next year in Division One as they take on all the top teams in the Midlands.
The young athletes of Cannock and Stafford Athletic Club enjoyed several successes last weekend when they travelled to Stoke University to contest the County Schools Cross Country Championships.
With selection to represent Staffordshire at the All England Schools Championships in March at stake, the athletes were determined to do well. All athletes are Stafford Schools unless stated.
Stafford and District took one team title, the Year 10/11 girls, with Iris Davies taking a brilliant silver medal and with Molly Shermer 5th, Isabel Dally 12th and Allegra Soutar 15th and Gabriella Lufton 20th the team finished well ahead of Newcastle schools. Libby Dunne (Cannock) was 7th.
Another silver medal was achieved by Tom Brownsill in the Year 7 Boys with club mates Christian Roe 5th and Toby Paterson 38th.
James Boote scored an excellent second in the Year 8/9 Boys race with Harrison Hardy Smith (Moorlands) 5th.
Collecting a splendid bronze medal was Katie Lord in the Senior Girls with team mate and training partner Becky Brown in 5th.
Another splendid bronze medal went to Joshua Ward (Cannock) in the Year 10/11 Boys. Sam Bagley (Cannock) finished 6th, Bill Chesters 9th, Tom Clayton 13th, Connor Mills (Cannock) 14th, Liam Edge 34th and Steve Beardmore 35th.
Another great performance, resulting in a further bronze medal, was Lucy Richardson in the Year 7 Girls. Fellow club mates Amany Williamson and Lily Pedley finished 8th and 26th respectively.
Performing well in the Year 8/9 Girls were Thando Hart in 6th, Jessica Harrison 10th, Charlotte Harries 11th, Taygen Pike 24th, Ella Sandy 26th and Jennifer Jones 42nd.
A number of our track & field athletes were in action over the weekend. For many, it was their first outing of the year.
On Saturday, at Loughborough, Gabi Burton ran her second fastest 60m hurdles time ever of 9.02 secs. Jak Carpenter ran 7.52 in the 60m, long jumped 6.19m and threw 12.99m in the shot.
At Manchester on Sunday, Olivia Walker ran a season's best of 8.84 in the 60m hurdles and 25.96 for the 200m.
Also taking place on Sunday was the Sheffield Festival of Athletics at the EIS where ten C&S athletes were in action.
James Taylor won double gold in the U17m 60m and 200m with PB times of 7.33 and 23.30 respectively and Josh Richards won silver in the U17m 400m and bronze in the 200m.
Chloe Wilde won a silver medal in the U20W 400m with a time of 60.72 and Hannah Malpass won bronze in the U20W 200m in a time of 26.16.
Allee Rigby achieved a PB in the Senior men's 200m with a time of 24.00. Meanwhile, Stephen Terry-Short came close to his PB in the 60m running 8.09.
Chloe Lindop's work over the winter appears to be paying off as she achieved an indoor PB of 26.22 in the U20W 200m.
Matty Mayne and Rodders ran 52.77 and 53.62 respectively in the senior men's 400m and Paul Edwards competed in the senior men 60, 200 and 400m.
Without officials, we obviously wouldn't have any competitions.
If you are willing to help out with officiating at club meetings, there is a Level 2 course being held on 13th February 2016 at Northwood in Stoke. If you take the course and help out with officiating at some meetings in which the club are competing then the club will pay the course fees.
The course at Stoke is for either field judging or track judging. If you are interested, please either contact Simon Evans or myself. If easier, you can email me here.
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 2015 in each age group are shown below.
The club's presentation evening took place last Saturday (16th) at Stafford Rangers FC.
A fantastic turnout acknowledged the club's athletes achievements during the past season.
In the veterans category, there were medals at National level for Emma Hollinshead, Chris Hollinshead, Paul Edwards, Paul Lester, Les Green and Dot Fellows and Dot represented England in the British & Irish Masters Cross Country Championships.
During the cross country season, Bill Chesters, James Boote, Ryan Ashforth, James Russell, Iris Davies, Jessica Harrison, Katie Lord, Becky Brown, Libby Dunne and Rachael Jones represented Staffordshire at the English Schools Cross Country Championships.
At the National Indoor Championships, there were medals for Amy Pye and Megan Davies.
On the track, Natalie Ainge & Gabi Burton were chosen to represent Staffordshire in the Senior Inter Area competition that was incorporated into the England Athletics Senior Championships.
We had ten athletes chosen to represent Staffordshire at the English Schools Track & Field Championships:- Bethan Rees, Max Wyatt, Hannah Malpass, Amy Pye, James O’Brien, Ryan Ashforth, Megan Davies, Chloe Wilde, Chloe Lindop and Dan Fitzhenry.
Beth and Max went on to represent English Schools in the SIAB meeting and were also chosen to represent the North West at the Sainsburys School Games along with Ryan, Meg and Hannah. Beth also became the Welsh U17 Javelin Champion.
During the season, our U17W relay team of Chloe Lindop, Megan Davies, Chloe Wilde and Hannah Malpass won Club Connect relay races at both the Diamond League and British Championship meetings and lets not forget that we were the fastest team in the world to complete the World Marathon Challenge.
Aside from the veterans, three club records were broken during the season. Amy Pye broke the 300m record for U15s and Megan Davies broke her own club records in the 300 and 400m.
The following awards were presented:
The David Sunderland Memorial Award - Sally Gray
Veterans Female Athlete of the Year - Dot Fellows
Veterans Male Athlete of the Year - Stephen Terry-Short
Young Athletes Lower Age Group, Leading Male Point Scorer - Jack Taylor
Young Athletes Lower Age Group, Leading Female Point Scorer - Amy Pye
Young Athletes Upper Age Group, Leading Male Point Scorer - Dan Fitzhenry
Young Athletes Upper Age Group, Leading Female Point Scorer - Katie Lord
Midland Championships Inter Girls Long Hurdles Winner - Chloe Wilde
Senior League, Leading Male Point Scorer - Allee Rigby
Senior League, Leading Female Point Scorer - Natalie Ainge
Most Improved Young Athlete of the Year – This award is voted for by the club’s coaches and is presented to the athlete who, in the coaches opinion, has improved the most over the year. There were a number of strong candidates and, this season, it was awarded to Dan Fitzhenry. Dan improved his ranking in the high jump from 99th in 2014 to 20th in 2015. He improved his pb from 1.78m to 1.90m, was selected to represent Staffordshire at the English Schools Championships and broke the Wenlock Games high jump record.
Presidents Cup – This trophy is awarded by our President, Bob Hughes, to the person who he feels has made a significant contribution to the success of the club during the season. This season, the award was shared between Lynne Boulter and Carole Jones. Lynne earned her full ‘Athletics Coach’ qualification this season, an excellent achievement. She is the club’s Child Welfare Officer and an active member of the management committee
Carole Jones is the club’s treasurer as well as a coach in the Development Group. Both Carole and Lynne provided support to the development group athletes during their first experiences in competitions with the club.
Congratulations and thanks must also be given to Sandi Thompson who organised a great evening and also to Helen Houseman who produced the tickets for the event.
Congratulations to Olivia Walker who won bronze in the Northern Athletics Indoor Championships in the SW 60m hurdles.
Olivia's time of 8.91 secs was just one one hundredth behind the second placed athlete.
We had several of our women veteran runners contesting the Midland Masters Cross Country Championships held at Aldersley Stadium Wolverhampton.
Nina Skilton ran a very strong race finishing 4th woman overall and securing the silver medal in the W50 age group. Sue Kneill-Boxley also ran a good run finishing 3rd in the same age group.
Dot Fellows, as expected, won the W70 gold medal and, to round things off, Nina, Sue and Tracy Bosworth (a new recruit running her 1st race for the club) took the team gold.
Cannock and Stafford Athletic Club enjoyed a highly successful time last weekend when travelled to Sandwell Valley to contest the Staffordshire County Cross country Championships, coming away with a collection of gold silver and bronze awards.
On a very wet and hilly course it was the under 15 boys who took the limelight with a brilliant one-two. Joshua Ward took the individual title with team mate Declan Mann second. With Bill Chesters eighth, the team score was good enough to take the gold medals. Giving good support were James Boote in ninth and Connor Mills eleventh.
The under 17 girls achieved a well deserved silver team award with Katie Lord just missing out on an individual medal in fourth place. With Becky Brown ninth, Libby Dunne 13th and Amy Gorman 14th the medals were assured.
The under 15 girls took the bronze team medals with excellent performances from Iris Davies tenth, Molly Shermer 15th, Olivia Osborne 16th, Jessica Harrison 17th and Megan Roberts 33rd.
The under 13 boys also took bronze in the team contest with outstanding runs from Tom Brownsill in ninth, Christian Roe 11th, Jack Sandy 13th and Alex Kirsch 20th.
The senior men produced a brilliant bronze individual and team awards with Chris Perrin finishing in an excellent third place followed by Craig Pearson 22nd, James Perrin 24th, Phil Wolfe 25th, Nigel Haycock 30th, Bradley Haycock 40th, Carl Dunne 49th, James Russell 57th, Chris Jones 69th and Andrew Richardson 82nd. Competing in the senior race but as under 20s Bradley Haycock was 6th under 20 with James Russell 8th.
The veteran men also competed within the senior race and Nigel Haycock finished eighth, Carl Dunne 13th and Andrew Richardson 33rd.
In the veteran Ladies competition Sally Gray produced a great effort to take the individual bronze medal with team mate Chris Kilkenny in a creditable 20th.
The under 13 girls had a good result finishing in sixth place with Thando Hart 12th, Amani Williamson 21st, Ella Sandy 22nd, Jennifer Jones 27th and Charlotte Williamson 28th.
Finally Sam Bagley ran a great race to finish in fifth place in the under 17 men.