Cannock & Stafford AC have a small group of volunteer qualified officials who officiate at the club’s league meetings. Without officials, meetings can not take place and athletes would have no competitions to take part in.
The Powerof10 will not include results from meetings where there are an insufficient number of qualified officials in attendance.
At our YDL and Senior meetings, each official that we provide earns points for our club (up to a maximum amount). In last season’s YDL meetings, our officials earned more points for the club than the top individual athletes.
Due to the general shortage of officials across the country, the YDL have changed their scoring of officials this year to 8 points per qualified official and 4 points for non qualified helpers. Obviously, we are grateful for any help we receive on the day but it is more beneficial if we have qualified officials.
As I mentioned at the start, we have a small group of officials at the club. These officials cover all of the club’s meetings. In addition to the YDL and Senior meetings, our officials also cover our veterans league, County Champs and County School meetings. If we had a few more people who were willing to help, it would allow our existing officials to have the occasional meeting off. As Bob and myself are officials, anyone who could take our place occasionally would allow us to support the athletes that we coach.
The club can provide training for anyone who is willing to help as either a field judge, track judge or timekeeper. We do not expect anyone to be able to officiate at every meeting but, even if you can do two or three meetings a season, it would be a great help.
If you a parent, athlete or supporter and would like to help, please see either myself, Bob or Simon Evans or contact me through our website.
The English Schools Cross Country Championships took place in difficult conditions in Leeds on Saturday. Cannock & Stafford AC had nine athletes representing Staffordshire at the meeting.
In the Junior Girls race, Jasmine Lovatt and Lucy Richardson ran with Jasmine the first Staffordshire athlete to complete the course, finishing 141st out of the 353 girls who completed the race.
Thando Hart was part of the Staffordshire team that finished 11th in the Inter Girls race and Allegra Soutar was the second Staffordshire athlete to finish in the Senior Girls.
Tom Peters was also the second Staffordshire athlete home in the Inter Boys and, in the Senior Boys, C&S had four athletes taking part. Matt Bonney had a strong run to end as the fastest Staffordshire athlete in 106th and was supported by Bill Chesters and Connor Mills. Josh Ward unfortunately didn't complete the race.
Five Cannock & Stafford AC athletes represented Staffordshire at the CAU Inter County Cross Country Championships on Saturday (9th) at Prestwold Hall, Loughborough.
Giorgia Chattwood was the first Staffordshire woman home in the Senior Women’s race in 69th position. Allegra Soutar also had a good run, finishing 76th in the U20W race, helping her Staffordshire team to fifth place.
Jasmine Lovatt came 184th in the U15G event and Phil Wolfe 210th in the Senior Men.
Thando Hart was bought down by a fallen athlete in the U17W race and, after being accidently spiked down the back of the leg by others involved in the pile up, retired from her race.
Harrison Hardy-Smith competed as an individual in the event, which also doubled as the World Cross Country Trials, finishing 108th in the U17M race.
Tim Kelly came within four one-hundredths of a second of winning a bronze medal in the M45 3000m at the British Masters Indoor Championships at Lee Valley on Sunday. His time of 9:49.18 was a season’s best.
Stephen Terry-Short was also in action and just missed out on a place in the final of the M45 60m after finishing fourth in his heat in 8.01 secs on Saturday. On Sunday, Stephen ran 26.53 to finish fifth in his 200m heat.
Amy Pye and Charlie Peters were in action at the National Indoor Age Group Championships over the weekend.
Charlie ran a pb of 8.02 to finish 6th in her 60m heat. Amy came seventh in the 60m hurdles final in a new pb of 8.81 after finishing third in her heat in 8.85
Congratulations to Tom Peters who has been selected to represent the West Midlands in this years London Mini-Marathon after finishing sixth in the West Midlands trials last weekend.
Tom completed the three mile course in 17.14.
At what could possibly be the last Midland Indoor Championships to be held at the Arena, Birmingham, Cannock & Stafford AC won two medals, both in the same race.
In the meeting, which was incorporated into the City of Birmingham Games, Natalie Ainge smashed her pb by over a second to win gold in the SW 400m in a time of 55.97. For much of the race, Chloe Wilde pushed Nat hard and, although she faded slightly over the last 100m, Chloe still won bronze with a pb of 59.01.
In the younger age groups, there were 200m pbs in the U15G for Olivia Riley (27.78), Mia Wainwright (28.15) and Heather Law (29.19) and indoor pbs for Ross Goode (24.33) in the U20M race and James Malpass (24.36) in the U17M. Bethany Lewis also ran an indoor pb of 28.72 in the U17W race as well as 46.70 in the 300m.
In the City of Birmingham Games events, Olivia Riley came second in the high jump with a 1.40m clearance and jumped 4.23m in the long jump. Millie Mae John took part in the 60m hurdles (11.73) and long jump (3.59m) and Issey Kelly recorded 4.53m in the U20W long jump.
Also taking part in long jump competitions were James Malpass (5.46m in the U17M) and Isaac Lewis, whose best jump was 5.41m in the U20M.
At the EIS in Sheffield, Hannah Malpass and Rebecca Brown were both in action in the BUCS Indoor Championships.
Hannah, representing Newcastle Uni, qualified for the 200m semi-final by finishing second in her heat in a season’s best 26.12. She then went on to run 26.40 in the semi-final.
Rebecca finished seventh in her 1500m heat in 5:20.24, whilst representing Central Lancashire Uni.
We are sad to announce that C&S life member, Roy Newton, has passed away. Roy was involved in the amalgamation between Cannock and Stafford, was a coach to young athletes and his two daughters, Clare and Emma both competed for the club. Our thoughts and best wishes are with his family.
The first part of the Midland Indoor Championships took place in the HPC at the weekend.
On Saturday, Charlie Peters was our only competitor in action and she jumped a season's best 4.92m to win bronze in the U20W long jump.
After competing at the British Championships on Saturday, Amy Pye took gold in the U20W 60m hurdles race on Sunday, lowering her pb to 8.82 in the process.
In the U15G 60m hurdles, Emily Pearce came second in her heat in 10.74 seconds and then lowered this time to 10.21 to finish fifth in the final. Charlie Peters was back in action in the 60m and, after finishing second in her heat in 8.15, she came fifth in the final in 8.17 seconds.
Harrison Hardy-Smith picked up a trophy for 6th overall in the U17M age group after finishing 12th in the final race of the season at Aldersley on Sunday (10th).
Delilah Dempsey had a good run in the U11G race, finishing 43rd out of the 129 competitors. Callum Watson came 50th in the U11B.
In the U13G race, Daisy Aspinall came 39th, Isla Fraser 71st and Isabelle Beckett 77th.
Thomas Lemmon finished in 31st place in the U15B with Henry Davenport 52nd.
Olivia Walker and Amy Pye competed in the 60m hurdles at the British Indoor Championships at the Arena, Birmingham this weekend.
Olivia came fourth in her heat in 8.75 and Amy seventh in her heat in a pb of 8.86
Our Men’s and Women’s Senior teams both comfortably retained their place in the top division of their respective cross country leagues following the weekend’s final meetings of the season.
In the Birmingham & District Cross Country League, Chris Perrin was, once again, the first of our athletes to finish, in 11th place. It’s been a promising first senior season for Bill Chesters who again ran well for 57th place. Matt Bonney came 64th, James Perrin 73rd, Phil Wolfe 88th and Craig Pearson 106th. Tim Kelly finished in 144thand Tom Orton 158th giving C&S tenth place on the day out of the sixteen teams in the division and eleventh place overall this season.
In the individual standings, Chris Perrin came tenth in the Senior men and Bill Chesters eighth in the Junior Men.
At the Midland Women's Cross Country League fixture in Gloucester, C&S came eighth on the day placing them ninth overall for the season out of the fourteen teams in the division.
Giorgia Chattwood finished in an excellent eighth position and had great support from Allegra Soutar in 35th, Emily Griffiths in 54th, Sue Kneill-Boxley 65th and Lisa Knight 99th.
Congratulations to Olivia Walker who won gold in the 60m hurdles at the Welsh National Championships on Saturday and to Megan Davies who won silver in the 400m at the Scottish National Championships.
Olivia ran her best time for five years in a straight final in Cardiff. Her time of 8.68 gave her second place in the race but won her the gold medal in the Championships as she qualifies through residency (and a bit of a Welsh accent).
The Scottish Championships have different qualification rules and Megan Davies took advantage as she won silver in the 400m in her first competition as a senior woman.
Meg won her semi-final in Glasgow in 58.32 and then came so close to grabbing gold in the final after a late charge in the home straight. Meg finished in 56.89, four one-hundredths of a second behind the winner.
The Midland Cross Country Championships were held at Newbold Comyn, Leamington on Saturday (26th).
In a race of 403 Senior Men, Chris Perrin finished in an excellent ninth place. James Perrin came 54th.
In the SW race there were 263 finishers. Sue Kneill-Boxley was the first of our athletes home in 62nd place. Emily Griffiths came 72nd and Lisa Knight 124th.
Allegra Soutar was fourteenth in the U20W race and Becky Brown 24th.
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 2018 in each age group are shown below.
Well done to Giorgia Chattwood who represented the Midlands Counties Senior Women in the Home Countries International Cross Country in Belfast on Saturday.
Giorgia came 41st in the race and picked up a team silver medal.
The club's presentation evening took place at Stafford Rangers FC on Saturday (19th).
During the evening, acknowledgement was given to the following, with apologies for any achievements that were omitted in error.
In the veteran's (or Masters) category, Carl McMullen retained his World M35 title at the Icosathlon World Championships in Holland. The Icosathlon is a double decathlon over 2 days and Carl had to compete in the following events:- Day One - 100m, long jump (5.99m), 200m hurdles, shot put, 5000m (21 mins 4 secs). A short break for dinner then 800m, high jump, 400m (57.35 secs), hammer and a 3k steeplechase. Day two started with 110 hurdles, discus, 200m (24.42), pole vault, 3000m (12:41.92), dinner, 400m hurdles (65.72), javelin, 1500m, triple jump (11.04m) finishing off with a 10000m (48:42).
In September, Nina Skilton became the W50 English Fell Running Champion after competing in 2 races of 4.5 and 22.1 miles in the Lake District, a 9 mile race on the Isle of Man and a 4.7 mile race in the Yorkshire Dales.
In track and field there were medals at British Masters Championships for Carl McMullen and Paul Edwards at the indoors, Per Kristian Lundby and Carl at the British Masters Pentathlon Championships and Kristian, Paul and Martin Roberts at the outdoor championships.
Sue Kneill-Boxley, Chris Hollinshead, Paul Edwards and Terry Faulkner all represented the Midlands in the Inter Area competition in Solihull.
Dot Fellows was selected to represent England in the British & Irish Masters Cross Country International and came home with a silver medal.
Chris Hollinshead and Craig Pearson won individual medals at the British Masters 10 mile Championships and Owen Hurcombe joined them to win gold in the team event. In the 5k Road Championships, Dot Fellows won an individual silver and two C&S teams won medals. Craig, Chris and Tim Kelly in one and Emma Hollinshead, Natalie Boswell and Hazel Cane in another.
Moving onto other age groups, eleven of our athletes represented their county at the English Schools Cross Country Championships. Tom Brownshill, Iris Davies, Allegra Soutar, Giorgia Chattwood, Matt Bonney, Connor Mills, Sam Bagley, Molly Shermer, Thando Hart and Jasmine Lovatt represented Staffordshire and Jazmin Maddocks was selected for Shropshire.
Our Senior Women’s cross country teams retained their place in the first division of both the Midland Women’s and North Staffs Cross Country Leagues and, in the North Staffs League, Nina Skilton won individual gold in the W50 competition with Sue Kneill Boxley winning silver.
Our Senior Men’s team gained promotion to the First Division of the Birmingham and District Cross Country League last season by finishing third in Division Two and Chris Perrin came first in the individual standings.
In track and field, this year, we only had four athletes chosen to represent Staffordshire at the English Schools Track & Field Championships:- Bethan Rees, Amy Pye, Jack Turner and James Malpass. Beth won gold in the javelin.
Six of our athletes were invited to compete in either the British indoor or outdoor Championships – All female!:- Olivia Walker, Megan Davies, Natalie Ainge, Gabi Burton, Amy Pye and Beth Rees.
Beth had another good season. She won a bronze medal at British Champs and, during the season, she was also selected for GB U20 and U23s and Welsh Senior teams as well as taking gold at the England U20 Championships.
Chloe Wilde and Amy Pye represented Staffordshire in the Senior Inter Area competition and Chloe was also selected to represent England Midlands in the Welsh International.
Before presenting the awards to the athletes, our Chairman thanked all of our coaches, officials and other volunteers for the work that put in during the season. Without these people giving up their time we simply wouldn’t have a club.
He also thanked Sandi Thompson who, as well as officiating at almost all of the club's meetings last season, organised the presentation evening.
Thanks was also given to Derek Fellows who retired at the end of the track season. Derek’s been with the club for donkey’s years and has been the club President, team manager of the Women’s Senior team and team manager of vet’s team. He is also been a well-respected track official, often called upon to be the track referee at meetings. The club had already made a presentation to Derek appreciation was shown for his many years’ service to the club.
The club has a very strong group of veterans (or Masters) athletes and, this season, against Birchfield, Stoke, Telford, RSC and Tamworth, our men’s and women’s teams both won their leagues.
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 accepted the Women's League winners shield and then presented the award for the Veteran's Female Athlete of the year.
The following awards were presented:
YDL Upper Age Group Divisional Winners Trophy - Collected by Bill Chesters who appeared in each of the team's meetings last season.
Midland Senior League Division 2 Winners Shield - Collected by Alyson Ainge who looks after our young athletes and seniors teams, preparing the numbers for each athlete and organising any changes on the day.
Veterans Male Athlete of the Year - Geoff Kitching
Veterans Female Athlete of the Year - Natalie Boswell
Young Athletes Lower Age Group, Leading Male Point Scorer - Tom Larkin
Young Athletes Lower Age Group, Leading Female Point Scorer - Lucy Richardson
Young Athletes Upper Age Group, Leading Male Point Scorer - Jack Turner
Young Athletes Upper Age Group, Leading Female Point Scorer - Chloe Wilde
Senior League, Leading Male Point Scorer - Allee Rigby
Senior League, Leading Female Point Scorer - Natalie Ainge
Chloe Wilde and Amy Pye were presented with a memento for being part of the winning U20W 4x100m relay team in a race at the Birmingham Diamond League meeting. Charlie Peters and Hannah Malpass were the other members of the winning quartet.
David Sunderland Memorial Award
Dave Sunderland was one of the country’s top middle distance coaches and a great supporter of schools athletics. It was again decided to award this trophy to a longer distance runner, Allegra Soutar. Allegra raced at every one of the club’s U20 and Senior meetings, more often than not in more than one race. She made big improvements in her performances over the year, knocking almost 2 seconds off her 800m time, over 6 seconds off her 1500m and a massive 22 seconds off her 3000m time.
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. Seventeen coaches voted this year.
This year there was a clear winner - Jack Turner.
It’s been a fantastic season for Jack achieving no less than 13 pbs in the throwing events this year. In his main event, the 5kg hammer, Jack increased his distances consistently over the season improving last year’s pb by over 7m to 59.31m (moving him to 8th in the UK rankings). He also improved his discus by over 4m and made his debut for the C&S Senior team where he threw with a 7.26kg hammer but still won with over 45 and a half metres!
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, made the presentation to Helen Walker and Steve Jones.
Helen does a great job as membership secretary, sorting out any problems with England Athletics and keeping me and Bob up to date on who has paid their membership so we can select them for competitions.
Steve has taken over the organisation of the Development Group from Lynne Boulter. He attends a lot of school meetings in search of any new talent and also coaches a long jump group before his main Thursday sessions.
This weekend, our athletes were in action in the Midland Women’s Cross Country League, the Birmingham & District Cross Country League and the WMYACCL.
In the third meeting of the Midland Women’s League at Burton Dassett Hills in Warwickshire, our senior women came tenth. Nina Skilton was the first of our athletes to complete the course in 31st place and was well supported by Allegra Soutar (45th), Emily Griffiths (57th), Sue Kneill-Boxley (61st), Rebecca Brown (72nd) and Lisa Knight (97th).
Our senior men raced at Abington Park in Northampton. Chris Perrin finished in 17th place to currently lie in 6th in the overall individual standings. Bill Chesters is 6th overall in the Junior Men’s positions after coming 62nd. Josh Ward was close behind in 63rd and with James Perrin in 94th, Phil Wolfe 102nd, Craig Pearson 129th, Connor Mills 135th, Tom Orton 170th and Sam Bagley 199th, the team finished 12th of the 16 teams in the division.
On Sunday, also at Abington Park, there was a poor turnout of C&S athletes for the WMYACCL fixture. Isabelle Beckett came 99th in the U13G, whilst Harry Beckett finished 40th in the U13B. Emily Pearce was 58th in the U15G race.
We now have a club mobile phone app through Teamapp.
To get this app, go to your app store and download Teamapp. Search for Cannock & Stafford and then sign up with your email. If you are a club member, you can request access to one or more of the available groups.
There was a large turnout of C&S athletes at the County Cross Country Championships at Stafford Common on Saturday with success in both team and individual events.
Our U20M team came first with Bill Chesters finishing 2nd, Matt Bonney 3rd and Sam Bagley 11th and our Women’s Veteran team also won with Sally Gray in 6th, Nina Skilton 7th, Sue Kneill-Boxley 8th, Natalie Boswell 21st and Dot Fellows 33rd.
The U20 and Veteran athletes races were incorporated into the Senior races and Bill (9th), Matt (11th) and Sam (39th) helped our Senior Men to third place overall with Craig Pearson finishing 18th, Phil Wolfe 23rd, Tom Orton 37th and Geoff Kitching 98th.
Our Senior Women also came 3rd with an excellent third place in the individual classification for Giorgia Chattwood (2nd in the U20W category), Sally 16th, Nina 18th, Sue 20th, Emily Griffiths 24th, Rebecca Brown 30th, Natalie Boswell 39th, Lucy Berry 45th and Dot 52nd.
Thando Hart was a bronze medal winner in the U17W race and our U15G team of Jasmine Lovatt (8th), Olivia Ball (9th), Lucy Richardson (11th) and Dawn Riley (22nd) also came third.
Thomas Lemmon (13th) led our U15B team to bronze, supported by Christian Roe (14th), Thomas Brownsill (18th) and Harry Davenport (22nd) and Ethan Eisenhauer finished 23rd in the U13B race.
Louise Gathergood finished 12th in the U13G race with Lucy Wain 29th and Isabelle Beckett 31st.