17-01-23 Top Point Scorers 2022

Here are the list of the top point scorers in the Midland Senior League, Youth Development League - Upper Age Group, Youth Development League - Lower Age Group and Midland Veterans League from last season.

 

 

Midland Senior League        
Male     Female  
Name Pts   Name Pts

Alasdair Rigby

Martin Roberts

John Kirby

Tom Eustace

Darrell Wilde

Henry Heathcote

James Russell

Josh Blakesley

Shaun Ainge

Ryan Ashforth

109

79

62

36

33

30

29

26

23

18

 

Natalie Griffiths

Hannah Malpass

Sydney Davies

Issey Kelly

Mia Wainwright

Charlotte Hall

Chloe Wilde

Katie Burney

Allegra Soutar

Heather Law

170

89

72

65

62

60

37

19

16

13

 

Youth Development League - Upper Age Group  
Male     Female  
Name Pts   Name Pts

Henry Heathcote

Josh Blakesley

Jacob Smith

Tom Larkin

James Malpass

Shaun Gormley

Charlie Holmes

Louis Stratton

54

50

46

27

23

12

7

5

 

 

Mia Wainwright

Matilda Perry

Millie John

Ella Terry

Hannah Burney

Angel Wood

Lucy Wain

Abbie Pendlebury

Saskia Finazzi

Maddy Batchelor

54

49

40

27

26

25

24

23

22

20

 

Youth Development League - Lower Age Group  
Male     Female  
Name Pts   Name Pts

Thomas Stephens

Filip Cervienka

Vean Hay-Edie

William Cashmore

Jack Hadley

Tobias Mason

Charlie Cresswell

Luca Keeble

Alfie Loverock

Luke Cresswell

Noah Glover

36

28

22

22

21

18

18

18

16

12

12

 

Sapphire Wainwright

Freya Ryder

Beth Beeson

Sophie Hulse

Akilah Simms

Georgia Griffiths

Sienna Reay

Delilah Dempsey

Victoria Shrehorn

Ella Beeson

Ella Bowen

66

33

30

25

20

19

15

15

13

13

13

 

Midland Veterans League  
Male     Female  
Name Pts   Name Pts

Martin Roberts

Rob Law

Tunde Adeyemo

Mark Shepherd

Carl McMullen

Darrell Wilde

Shaun Ainge

Malcolm Down

Bob Hughes

Mitch Blundell

84

82

53

52

50

48

48

46

39

36

 

Emma Hollinshead

Ann Robinson

Vici Browning

Hazel Cane

Sue Kneill-Boxley

Natalie Boswell

Heather Bates

Christine Kilkenny

Sally Gray

Gill Russon

122

94

71

67

65

33

25

24

23

21

 

16-01-23 Weekend Cross Country Round Up

It was another full weekend of cross country action as our Senior Men and young athletes took part in their respective leagues.

 

On Saturday, in the Birmingham and District Cross Country League at Bromsgrove, our senior men came ninth on the day to lie tenth overall this season with one meeting remaining.

 

Tom Bill, making his debut for the Cannock & Stafford team, was our first athlete to finish in 36th place. Tom Eustace and Jon Biddle were close to each other at the end of the race in 45th and 46th respectively. They were followed home by Phil Wolfe (51st), Craig Pearson (54th), Lee Rogers (105th) and Paul Lester (136th).

 

Our young athletes competed at Nuneaton in the West Midlands Young Athletes League on Sunday.

 

Sam Mensing came 39th in the U17 and, in the U17W, Natasha Lee finished 16th and Angel Wood 43rd.

 

Will Hadley came 73rd in the U11B whilst his brother Jack was 31st in the U15B race. Also in the U15B, Jake Weavell finished 36th and Zach Bent 68th.

 

In the U13G, Beth Beeson is in 10th position in the overall individual standings after a 12th place finish on the day and Harriet Penn came 61st in the same race.

 

Alfie Blackett (70th) was our only U13B competitor whilst Georgia Griffiths finished second on the day and lies second overall in the U15G age group. Ella Beeson also competed in the U15G (38th) as did Delilah Dempsey (43rd) and Aimee Waters (45th)

 

16-01-23 Cannock & Stafford AC Presentation Evening

Our presentation evening took place at Stafford Rangers FC on 7 January.

 

During the evening, acknowledgement was given to the following, with apologies for any achievements that may have been missed.

 

We had a large number of medal winners at County and Area Championships last season – too many to mention individually but congratulations to everyone who won a medal in those events.

 

Cross Country

 

Our Senior Women’s cross country teams retained their place in the first division of the North Staffs Cross Country League with Sue Kneill-Boxley taking second place in the W50 age category. The Senior Men are currently battling to stay in Division 2 of the Birmingham and District Cross Country League but they did have some individual success last season with Chris Perrin finishing joint top scorer in the division.

 

In the younger age groups of the North Staffs League, Georgia Griffiths recently won the U15 girls competition and Finlay Stanton finished second in the U11 boys.

 

Five of our athletes represented Staffordshire at the English Schools Cross Country Championships, Ella Beeson, Natasha Lee, Georgia Griffiths, Jack Hadley and Luca Keeble.

 

Track and Field

 

In track and field, this year, we had three athletes who represented Staffordshire at the English Schools Track & Field Championships:- Tilly Perry, Mia Wainwright and Georgia Griffiths (so Georgia represented the County in both cross country and track & field)

 

Three of our athletes were invited to compete in either the British indoor or outdoor Championships Amy Pye in both and then Natalie Griffiths and Chloe Wilde in the outdoor Champs, although Chloe was unfortunately unable to take part due to injury.

 

Amy also won a silver medal in 400m hurdles in the National U23 Championships.

 

At veteran’s level, Carl McMullen, Mitch Blundell, Malcolm Down, Vici Browning and Emma Hollinshead all won medals at British Masters Championships and Tunde Adeyemo, Darrell Wilde, Malcolm, Carl, Mitch, Mark Shepherd, Sue Kneill-Boxley and Emma Hollinshead all represented their Areas in either the Masters Indoor or Outdoor Inter Area competitions.

 

Prior to presenting the awards to the athletes, our Chairman, Shaun Ainge, thanked the following.

 

Firstly, all of our coaches. They all give up their time and don’t get paid, in fact it costs some a considerable amount of money to come and coach our athletes. Also our Committee who keep the club going and our 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.

 

Shaun also thanked Alyson for her work in looking after all of our young athletes and senior track and field teams, preparing the numbers for each athlete and organising any changes on the day, as well as doing the results at the vets meetings.

 

Finally he thanked Sandi Thompson and Allee Rigby who organised the presentation evening.

 

 

The following awards were then presented: 

 

Men's Veteran's League Winners Trophy - Collected by Rob Law

Women's Veteran's League Winners Trophy - Collected by Emma Hollinshead

Veterans Male Athlete of the Year - Darrell Wilde

Veterans Female Athlete of the Year - Vici Browning

Young Athletes Lower Age Group, Leading Male Point Scorer - Thomas Stephens

Young Athletes Lower Age Group, Leading Female Point Scorer - Sapphire Wainwright

Young Athletes Upper Age Group, Leading Male Point Scorer - Henry Heathcote

Young Athletes Upper Age Group, Leading Female Point Scorer - Mia Wainwright

Senior League, Leading Male Point Scorer - Allee Rigby

Senior League, Leading Female Point Scorer - Natalie Griffiths

Senior League Division 2 Most Valued Athlete (voted by all of the division's team managers) - Natalie Griffiths 

 

AAA Certificates were also presented to Development Group athletes who had achieved them during the season.

 

 

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. 

 

Bob Hughes, presented the trophy to Rob Law.

 

Rob coaches with the Development Group on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, as well as working with a group of high jumpers before those sessions start. He also runs a sprint group with Stephen Terry-Short on Monday and Wednesdays and has co-managed the men’s vets team, along with Craig Pearson. Rob has also helped out officiating at a number of the club’s meetings over the last 12 months.

 

David Sunderland Memorial Award

Dave Sunderland was coach to a number of international athletes and was also a great supporter of schools athletics as well as being a coach at the club. When he died in 2014 we were given a trophy to present each year in his memory.

 

For his work with Staffordshire Schools athletics, both for cross country and track and field, the winner was Matt Mayne.

 

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. Sixteen coaches voted and the winner was Jack Hadley.

 

Jack has been a regular competitor for the club in both the YDL and cross country. He lowered his 800m pb by over 21 seconds from 2:34.8 in 2021 to 2:13.20 in 2022 and his 1500m improved over the course of this season from 4:56.6 at the start to 4:45.3 at the end.