The rearranged Stafford Half took place last Sunday (15th) and, after the snowy weather that caused the postponement four weeks previously, conditions were a lot better for the athletes taking part.
Chris Hollinshead was the first Cannock & Stafford athlete to cross the line in fourth place with a chip time of 75.43 minutes. Phil Wolfe finished tenth in 77.49 minutes and Greg Beech also ran well to finish 42nd in 85.41.
Owen Hurcombe was the next C&S athlete home in 220th in 1:36.16 with Mark Green not far behind in 1:36.57 (247th).
Lisa Knight ran 1:42.13 (410th) to be the first of our female athletes to complete the course, Rhiannon Wallace came 752nd in 1:52.05 and Andy Weetman followed his recent 10 mile run with a 2:03.25 half marathon (1310th)
Congratulations to Beth Rees and Mark Pinner after Beth's selection to represent GB U23s at the European Throwing Cup in Leiria, Portugal.
Beth was one of only eleven GB athletes to have been selected and she threw a season's best of 44.03m to finish 8th in windy conditions.
There were thirteen Cannock & Stafford athletes representing their County in muddy conditions in the Inter County Cross Country Championships at Loughborough on Saturday (10th).
In the U20W race Katie Lord came 82nd, Giorgia Chattwood 107th and Becky Brown 158th.
Sam Bagley finished 114th in the U20M and Connor Mills (140th), Bill Chesters (156th) and Matthew Bonney (159th) ran in the U17M race.
Iris Davies (163rd), Allegra Soutar (164th) and Jazmin Maddocks (179th representing Shropshire) competed in the U17W race.
In the U13G, Lucy Richardson finished 297th, Luke Powell 210th in the U15B and, in the U15G, Thando Hart came 161st.
Carl McMullen won two gold and two silver medals at the British Masters Indoor Championships at Lea Valley at the weekend.
Competing in the M35 long jump, Carl recorded 6.14m to win the first of his gold medals and he won the triple jump with 11.71m. Carl also took home silver medals from the 60m hurdles (9.44) and the 200m (23.70).
Paul Edwards was another C&S medal winner with silver in the M55 60m hurdles in a time of 10.27. Paul also ran 63.15 in the 400m finishing 4th in his heat.
Stephen Terry-Short ran a 60m pb in the M45 heat, finishing 5th in 8.02 seconds. Stephen also recorded season's best times in the 200m (26.68) and the 400m (60.28). Tim Kelly just missed out on a medal in finishing 4th in the M45 3000m in a time of 10:03.05.
There were some excellent performances from our athletes at the Rhyl 10 Mile race, which doubled up as the British Masters 10 Mile Championships, on Saturday.
In freezing conditions, Chris Hollinshead took gold in the British Masters M50 age group with a chip time of 56:59 and Craig Pearson won bronze in the M35 category finishing in 58:33. Along with Owen Hurcombe (1:04:51), Chris and Craig also won gold in the team category.
Also recording excellent times were Pedro Havelock (1:09:05), Ann Robinson (1:31:20), Andy Weetman (1:34:46) and Andy Osgathorpe (1:35:04)
We had five representatives at the England Athletics Indoor Age Group Championships in Sheffield last weekend.
Charlie Peters and James Taylor were in action in the 60m, running 8.39 and 7.43 respectively. Megan Davies came third in her 400m heat in 58.85, Harrison Hardy-Smith came fourth in his 800m heat in a time of 2:02.95 in his first race indoors and Hannah Malpass made her first appearance after injury, also finishing fourth in her 200m heat in 26.21.
Matthew Bonney finished in 147th place in the U17M race at the English National Cross Country Championships at Parliament Hill on Saturday, completing the 6K course in 22:47.
This was an improvement on last year's race of over 100 places!
Bradley Haycock and Katie Lord both recorded 1500m pbs at the BUCS Indoor Championships at Sheffield last weekend.
Katie came 6th in her heat in a time of 4:49.31 lowering her previous pb by over four and a half seconds. Brad knocked over three and a half seconds off his previous best, finishing 7th in his heat in 4:18.55. He also finished fifth in his 800m heat in a time of 2:01.14.
Rebecca Brown came 5th in her 1500m heat in 5:14.50 and also ran in the 4x200m relay for the University of Central Lancashire. Megan Davies was part of the Loughborough relay team that finished fourth in the final and Jack Longmore took part in the mascot's race to raise money for charity. Hannah Malpass had also been selected to represent Newcastle Uni in the 200m but had to withdraw through injury.
Megan Davies and Olivia Walker took part in the British Athletics Indoor Championships at the Barclaycard Arena on Saturday (17th).
Liv ran 8.85 in her 60m hurdles heat and Meg ran 57.54 in her 400m heat.
Gabi Burton was also invited to compete but was unable to accept because of ongoing hamstring issues.
Four C&S athletes took part in a truncated Midland Indoor Championships at the HPC last weekend.
Cara Brown was our only medal winner with a silver in the U20 pole vault after vaulting 2.10m.
Charlie Peters finished fourth in both the U20 60m and long jump events. Charlie ran 8.18 to finish second in her 60m heat before running a pb of 8.10 to just miss out on a medal position. She also jumped a season's best 5.00m in the long jump.
Isaac Lewis began his season with a long jump pb of 6.03m and Olivia Corcoran ran an U17W 60m hurdles pb of 9.47 as well as finishing the 60m in 8.57.
Our Senior Women's cross country team of Katie Lord, Nina Skilton, Becky Brown and Sue Kneill-Boxley successfully retained their place in Division 1 of the Midland Women's Cross Country League for next season.
Katie finished 18th of the 169 finishers and, despite recent illnesses, Nina (38th), Becky (53rd) and Sue (89th) all ran well to give C&S an eleventh place finish in the final meeting of the season at Aldersley.
Excellent job ladies!
Congratulations to our Senior Men's cross country team who gained promotion straight back to Division 1 with some great performances in the final meeting of the Birmingham & District Cross Country League at Cheltenham.
Chris Perrin took the individual title by completing the achievement of winning every race this season and was supported by Phil Wolfe in fourth and James Perrin who finished tenth. Craig Pearson came 25th, Aiden McCormack 36th, Tim Kelly 54th and Tom Orton 75th.
This gave C&S second place in the team positions on the day and was enough to put the team comfortably in the third promotion place behind Worcester and Telford.
Well done lads!
Athletes from Cannock and Stafford Athletic Club figured prominently at the County Schools Championships held at Rodbaston College with athletes hoping to secure a place in the All England Championships in March.
Following on from last year, when she won the Inter Girl title, Walton High pupil Iris Davies competing for the Stafford and District area moved up to the Senior Girl age group and took the Senior title with a determined performance. Not far behind Iris came clubmates and fellow Walton High colleagues Allegra Soutar, taking a well deserved silver medal, and Molly Shermer in seventh. Libby Dunne running for Cannock was ninth.
In the Senior boys race Connor Mills (Cannock) took a splendid silver with Matt Bonney (Walton) close behind in fourth, these two were followed by Sam Bagley (Cannock) in sixth.
The Inter girls saw another Walton pupil Thando Hart taking an excellent fourth place with Josie Nelson (East Staffs) eighth.
In the Junior boys there were good performances from Stafford Grammar school pupils Christian Roe in fourth and Tom Brownsill in tenth.
The Junior girls also had two outstanding performances from Stafford Jasmine Lovatt in fourth and Lucy Richardson in seventh.
Denstone College pupil Daisy Aspinall came a splendid sixth place in the Year 7 event.
The Year 7 boys competition had Harrison Lovatt in sixth while in the Inter boys race Luke Powell finished a creditable ninth.
It was a very successful day for our veteran cross country runners taking part in the Midland Masters Cross Country Championships at Aldersley on Sunday (21st).
There were individual golds for Nigel Haycock in the M45 category, Nina Skilton (W50) and Jeanne Bryan (W75), silvers for Craig Pearson (M35) and Dot Fellows (W70) and a bronze for Sue Kneill-Boxley.
Nigel and Craig, along with Tim Kelly and Pedro Havelock took team gold in the M35 age group and Nina, Sue and Dot took the team victory in the W45 age group.
A disappointing turn out from our athletes saw our U17 Men's and Women's teams fall out of contention for top three finishes but there were some fantastic individual performances from the C&S competitors who did make the journey to Northampton.
Allegra Soutar finished only two seconds behind the winner to come second in the U17 Women's race and Jazmin Maddocks came 15th.
Thando Hart is now up into 3rd position overall after a brilliant third place finish in the U15G race and, in the U17M race, Connor Mills came 8th and Harrison Hardy-Smith 15th.
Thomas Efford finished 53rd in the U11B, Isabelle Beckett 92nd in the U13G and Christian Roe 52nd in the U15B.
Our Senior Women's team did their chances of remaining in the top division of the Midland Women's Cross Country League no harm at all with a ninth place finish in the latest meeting of the season at Cofton Park.
Katie Lord finished in 29th place of the 191 competitors and was well supported by Nina Skilton in 44th, Rebecca Brown 64th and Sue Kneill-Boxley in 81st.
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.