The Cannock & Stafford Senior Men's team remain on course to gain promotion back to Division One after finishing third in the latest race held at Cofton Park on Saturday (13th).
Chris Perrin won the race by almost half a minute to makes it three wins from three so far this season and he was supported by Phil Wolfe (6th), Nigel Haycock (23rd), James Perrin (32nd), Craig Pearson (34th), Aidan McCormack (36th). Sam Bagley finished in 41st place, Tom Orton 62nd and Pedro Havelock 196th.
Nominations for the Sport Stafford Borough Awards can still be submitted until 26th January. So if you are a coach who has an athlete or an athlete who wants to nominate a coach you can submit your nomination at http://www.stokesentinel.co.uk/sport/ssba-nominations-634273
The categories are:
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 2017 in each age group are shown below.
Athletes from Cannock & Stafford Athletic Club were in action last weekend when they competed in the County Cross Country Championships at Sandwell Valley hosted by Tipton Harriers.
Several excellent performances were achieved by different age groups starting with the under 17 men who took the team trophy with Bill Chesters taking an individual bronze medal. Bill was given good support from fellow team mates Harrison Hardy-Smith 4th, Matt Bonney 5th and Connor Mills 6th.
The Under 20 Women were in outstanding form taking the silver team award with Katie Lord also taking silver in the individual category, with three to score for the team Katie was followed home by Giorgia Chattwood 4th and Becky Brown 8th.
In the senior men’s race Chris Perrin took an excellent silver individual medal and the team took the bronze team award with Philip Wolfe 9th, James Perrin 15th, Sam Bagley 17th, Craig Pearson 18th, Tim Kelly 32nd, Tom Orton 51st and Pedro Havelock 68th. Sam Bagley although running in the senior race also secured the under 20 individual title taking the gold medal.
The under 17 women had two competitors with Allegra Soutar taking a well deserved silver individual medal with Iris Davies 9th.
The senior women were fifth team overall with juniors helping the senior athletes. Katie Lord came 14th, Giorgia Chattwood 16th, Nina Skilton 23rd, Becky Brown 33rd, Sue Kneill-Boxley 37th, Dot Fellows 62nd and Jeanne Bryan 79th.
The under 13 girls just missed out on a team award finishing fourth with outstanding runs from Lucy Richardson 7th, Jasmine Lovatt 18th and Daisy Aspinall 21st.
Other athletes running well were Thando Hart finishing 5th in the under 15 girls, Luke Powell and Tom Brownsill 9th and 17th respectively in the under 15 Boys and Jamie Garner 21st in the under 13 boys.
The club's presentation evening took on Saturday (6th) at Stafford Rangers FC.
During the evening, acknowledgement was given to the following, with apologies for any achievements that were omitted in error.
In the veterans category, in track and field there were medals at British Championships for Carl McMullen and Paul Edwards at the indoors and Carl, Paul, Emma Hollinshead and Martin Roberts at the outdoor championships.
Chris Hollinshead took gold in the BMAF Half Marathon Championships in the M50 age group and Chris, Craig Pearson and Paul Lester took team gold.
Craig also won medals at the British Masters Cross Country and 10k Road Championships and the C&S team of Nigel Haycock, Paul Lester and Craig won gold in the team event at the 10k Road Champs.
Nigel was rewarded for his performances throughout the season by being selected as reserve for the England team in the British & Irish Masters International Cross Country event.
We also had a World Champion in the room. Carl McMullen won the M35 gold medal at the Icosathlon World Championships in Belgium. The Icosathlon is a double decathlon over 2 days and for those who worry about doing 3 or 4 events at a meeting, this is the list of events Carl had to complete:- 100m, long jump, 200m hurdles, shot put, 5000m, 800m, high jump, 400m, hammer, 3k steeplechase, 110 hurdles, discus, 200m, pole vault, 3000m, 400m hurdles, javelin, 1500m, triple jump and finished off with a 10000m.
Moving onto other age groups, thirteen of our athletes represented their county at the English Schools Cross Country Championships. Tom Brownshill, Iris Davies, Allegra Soutar, Katie Lord, Becky Brown, Libby Dunne, Rachael Jones, Bill Chesters, Connor Mills, Sam Bagley, Thando Hart and Josie Nelson represented Staffordshire and Jazmin Maddocks was selected for Shropshire.
There was success for our Senior Women’s cross country team as they won the Division 2 title in the Midland Ladies Cross Country Championship and Alice Burnhope won a silver medal in the U20 category and, just before Christmas, the NSCCL season finished and Nina Skilton won gold in the W50 competition.
Our Senior Men’s team were relegated to the second division of the Birmingham and District Cross Country League last season but are currently second this season and hope to bounce straight back up. Chris Perrin is first place in the individual standings at the moment.
Harrison Hardy-Smith gained selection for the West Midlands team in the Mini London Marathon in April and, in November, Katie Lord was selected for the Midlands Junior team for the European U20 Cross country trials.
In the WMYACCL, Harrison Hardy-Smith finished third in the U15 boys competition.
Track & Field
On the track, at the National Indoor Age Group Championships, there was a bronze medal for Amy Pye in the U17W 60m hurdles and a silver for Megan Davies in the U20W 400m and, at the Outdoor Champs in Bedford, Amy took gold in the 300m hurdles and there was silver for Beth Rees in the U20W javelin.
Natalie Ainge, Chloe Wilde and Megan Davies were chosen to represent Staffordshire in the Senior Inter Area competition that was incorporated into the England Athletics Senior Championships.
We had eleven athletes chosen to represent Staffordshire at the English Schools Track & Field Championships:- Emily Belton, Megan Davies, Chloe Wilde, Becky Lawley, Katie Lord, Josh Ward, Jack Turner, Dan Fitzhenry, Bill Chesters, Bethan Rees and Amy Pye. And for the second year on the trot, we had two medallists: Beth with gold in the javelin and Meg bronze in the 400m.
Bill Chesters went on to represent the North at the Sainsburys School Games where he won a bronze medal in the steeplechase.
Beth also became the Welsh U20 and Welsh Senior Javelin Champion.
Apart from the veterans, there were three new club records during the season. They were Bethan Rees in the U20 javelin with a throw of 49.56m, Megan Davies in the U20W 400m with a time of 55.05 and Amy Pye who ran 41.96 in the U17W 300m hurdles.
Two of our athletes achieved international selection in 2017. Beth Rees was selected to represent both Wales U20s and the Welsh Senior League team and Megan Davies represented England U20s.
Before we start giving the awards to the athletes, I’d like to thank all of our coaches, officials and other volunteers for the work that put in during the season. Without them giving up their time, for no payment, we wouldn’t have a club.
Also, thanks were given to Alison George for massaging the niggles out of our athletes and to Sandi Thompson who, as well as officiating during the season, carried the large majority of work to make the presentation evening possible.
The standard of competition in the veteran’s league is getting stronger each season and the introduction of Notts into our league made the competition even tougher.
In a league containing Birchfield, Stoke, Notts, Telford, RSC and Tamworth, our women’s team finished as runners up to Telford and our men’s team finished as champions.
Stephen Terry-Short was called up to accept the League winners shield and he gave a short review of the season and made the award to the Veterans Male Athlete of the Year. Emma Hollinshead then gave an overview of the women's veteran's season and then presented the award for the Veteran's Female Athlete of the year.
The following awards were presented:
Veterans Male Athlete of the Year - Carl McMullen
2018 NSCCL V50 Female Winner - Nina Skilton
Veterans Female Athlete of the Year - Nina Skilton
Young Athletes Lower Age Group, Leading Male Point Scorer - James Malpass
Young Athletes Lower Age Group, Leading Female Point Scorer - Sydney Davies
Young Athletes Upper Age Group, Leading Male Point Scorer - Jack Turner
Young Athletes Upper Age Group, Leading Female Point Scorer - Chloe Wilde
MCAA Long Distance Hurdles Trophy - Amy Pye
Senior League, Leading Male Point Scorer - Jak Carpenter
Senior League, Leading Female Point Scorer - Natalie Ainge
David Sunderland Memorial Award - Again this season, this trophy was awarded to a longer distance runner, Josh Ward. Josh made it to the final of the National U17’s 1500m, dipping below 4 minutes for the first time in the process, as well as running under 2 minutes for the 800m seven times.
Most Improved Young Athlete of the Year – This award was voted for by seventeen of the club’s coaches and is presented to the athlete who, in the coaches’ opinion, has improved the most over the year. We had joint winners, Jack Turner and Becky Lawley.
Josh lowered his 800m pb by 2 seconds moving from 45th in the country in 2016 to 25th during last season and he took 12 seconds off his 1500m pb to move from 87th to 17th in the country.
Jack also had a great season and becomes the first athlete to have won this award twice. He moved up an age group last year and, despite using heavier weight implements, he threw significantly further in hammer, shot and discus and ranked as 17th in the country for the hammer and 35th for the shot.
Presidents Cup – This trophy was introduced by our past President, Derek Fellows, and is awarded to a person, or persons, who the President feels has provided great service to the club over the past 12 months. Our current President, Bob Hughes, presented it to Alyson Ainge for carrying out the match day management of the club's senior and youth teams throughout the season as well as providing assistance on training nights.
Bob then presented medals to winners from the County Cross Country Championships that had taken place earlier in the day.
Lynne Boulter then gave thanks to Steve Jones for his work with the development group.