It seems to have been an extremely long and busy year this year with the track and field club meetings not finishing until the middle of September and the Vets Cup Final taking place on the same date as the first North Staffs Cross Country League Meeting.
As always, I’d like to start by giving a massive thank you to all our volunteers who have helped in coaching, officiating, managing and running all of our teams and carrying out the administration of the Club. Without the unpaid time and dedication of these people we simply wouldn’t survive.
With regards to financial administration, unfortunately, over the last year, rising costs have caught up with us. A substantial rise in track hire costs have meant that we had to raise training fees for the first time in eight years. Also, an increase in England Athletics affiliation fees for all of our athletes along with increased competition costs have led the committee to propose a raise in membership fees of £5 for 2024, the first increase for seven years. I hope you can understand the rationale behind these increases.
On the track, encouragingly, the number of U13 / U15 athletes in the club continues to improve and we won our division in the YDL Lower Age Group this season before finishing fifth in the promotion match. The hope, over the next two or three years is that these athletes move into the higher age groups where numbers are currently significantly lower.
Turnout in the U17 / U20 YDL meetings remained around the same as last year and our team finished in third place in their division. Once again, numbers of girls competing far outweighed the number of lads.
I mentioned in last year’s report that I expected our Senior League team to yoyo between divisions in the Midlands League over the coming seasons, mainly due to the higher number of athletes that are available for selection at the ‘bigger’ clubs such as Notts and Rugby & Northampton. Despite being relegated from Division One this season, the number of our athletes turning out this season was actually higher than when we gained promotion the previous year.
I find the Senior League meetings are great for the development of our athletes. In my opinion, if the athlete is good enough, they are old enough and they should be encouraged to compete in this league. The team atmosphere at these meetings is excellent and I know that the athletes taking part for the first time this year have really enjoyed it.
At Veterans level, both our Men’s and Women’s teams retained their Midland Veterans League North Division titles. Congratulations to the athletes and well done to Craig Pearson and Rob Law who managed the men’s team and Emma Hollinshead who organised the women.
Away from the track, congratulations to our Senior Men’s cross country team who recently won the Midland 7 Cross Country Championships at Halesowen for which we believe is the first time in the Club’s history. The men also begun the Birmingham & District League season by having eleven athletes turn out to race at the first meeting.
However, our Senior Women’s Cross Country team will be relegated at the end of the season after failing to get four athletes out for the third meeting of the season in the North Staffs Cross Country League. This is a shame as the team has survived in the top division for a number of years now but we are currently extremely short of senior female middle / long distance runners between the ages 18-35.
Over the season, there were also a number of C&S athletes who achieved individual success. I apologise if I have missed anyone out. I’ve tried to mention all achievements at area level or above.
Nina Skilton was selected to represent England in the W55 age group in the British and Irish Masters Cross Country International in Glasgow. This is one of the very few Masters events where athletes have to gain selection to represent their country so well done Nina. Nina also won a silver medal in her age group at the British Trail Running Short Distance Championships.
Ella Beeson, Natasha Lee, Georgia Griffiths, Jack Hadley, Callum Pearson, Jake Weavell, Caitlyn Disley and Luca Keeble represented their County at the English Schools Cross Country Championships and Matilda Perry, Mia Wainwright, Sophie Hulse, Noah Glover and Olivia Riley were selected to represent Staffordshire at the English Schools Track & Field Championships at Alexander Stadium.
Sophie Hulse won gold and silver medals in the long jump and 200m respectively at U15 level at the Midland Championships.
In the veterans competitions, Carl McMullen won the M40 age group at the World Ultra Multi Events Championships in the double decathlon and Stephen Terry-Short, Malcolm Down and Emma Hollinshead all brought home medals as part of GB relay teams at the European Masters Championships.
Craig Carr, Darrell Wilde, Sue Kneill-Boxley, Vici Browning and Emma Hollinshead won medals at BMAF Championships and Stephen Terry-Short, Andy Weetman, Darrell Wilde, Mark Shepherd, Rob Law, Vici Browning, Ann Robinson and Emma Hollinshead all represented their areas in either the Masters Indoor or Outdoor Inter Area Competitions. A number of our athletes also won medals at the Midland Masters Championships.
I hope you all have a happy and healthy Christmas and a successful New Year.
Information on the event can be found byclicking here. If you wish to enter, please give your entry fee to Bob. The cost is £7 for Seniors and Masters and £5 for U13, 15, 17 and 20s.
Please also see Bob if you are able to help out by collecting course markers at the end of the day etc
We should shortly be receiving confirmation of our one club place for the 2024 London Marathon. On the assumption that we will get a place, we will be holding a draw for it so, if you are interested in entering, please contact Shaun by 23.59pm tomorrow night (Tuesday 28th)
Anyone entering must have been a club member for at least the last 3 years and can't have won the club place previously.
The winner will still have to pay the entrance fee.
Sam Bagley's family would like to thank all of the club members who turned out, in club colours, to the Chasewater Park Run yesterday to celebrate the life of Sam.
Former C&S member Sam was only 23 when he lost his life in a motorbike accident last month.
A small collection was made on the day and given to Sam's parents. If anyone else would like to contribute, please give the money to Jon Ross on Thursday or to your coach to pass onto Jon. The donations will be used for naming a star in Sam's memory and to support the Nationwide Association of Blood Bikes.
Sam represented the club over nine seasons in cross country and track & field league meetings at both Junior and Senior level. He won gold medals in the steeplechase at both County Championships and County School Championships and represented Staffordshire on three occasions at the English Schools Cross Country Championships.
The Committee have proposed that Membership Fees are increased by £5 per person for 2024.
The increase, the first for individual membership since 2016, is mainly necessary to partly cover the costs of the additional amounts charged by England Athletics for athlete registration fees. These have risen by £7 over the same period, from £12 per athlete to £19. This amount is included within the membership fee that you pay the club.
Although the club have managed to avoid passing on the consistent hikes in England Athletics affiliation fees to date, this year's increase, coupled with a 33% increase in the registration fee the club has to pay EA in 2024 and increases in fees charged by the Leagues in which the club enters teams, have meant that we've had to make this unfortunate decision this year.
Congratulations to our Senior Men who won the Midland 7 Mile Championships for the first time in the Club's history last Saturday (18th).
In a race of 65 athletes who completed the course, we had three inside the first six finishers. Chris Perrin came second in 42.33, Tom Eustace fifth in 43.51 and Phil Wolfe sixth in 44.10. Ryan Ashforth was our next athlete home in thirteenth (46.35), Jon Biddle finished 20th (49.13), James Perrin 23rd in 50.22 and Craig Pearson 24th in 51.02.
The team finished with a total of 60 points, well clear of second placed Halesowen who scored 112.
Well done lads!
Cannock & Stafford had teams in action in the West Midlands Young Athletes Cross Country League, the Birmingham & District Cross Country League and the North Staffs Cross Country League over the last two weekends.
On the 11th November, our young athletes competed in the WMYACCL at Newbold Revell.
In the U11G race, Cora Beeson finished in 35th place. Her sisters, Beth and Ella also ran, finishing 20th in the U13G and 30th in the U17G races respectively. Also in the U17 race was Robyn Lee who finished 41st. In the U15G, Georgia Griffiths came 5th and Aimee Waters 33rd.
In the U13B event, Finlay Stanton finished in an excellent 4th place and was supported by Brandan Smart in 11th and Bertie Haskill in 65th. In the U15B race, Callum Pearson came 10th, Jack Hadley 15th and Zach Bent 54th.
On Sunday (12th), our Senior Men had their first race of the season in Cheltenham and came 6th overall on the day in Division 2.
Tom Eustace was our first runner home in 23rd, closely followed by Ryan Ashforth in 24th. Phil Wolfe (29th), Bill Chesters (49th), Mitch Blundell (55th) and Jon Biddle (72nd) were our next runners to complete the course. James McCann finished 94th, Craig Pearson 101st and Harrison Hardy-Smith, in his return for the club, 103rd. Matt Craen came 152nd and Tom Orton 180th.
Yesterday (Saturday 18th), the North Staffs Cross Country League held their third meeting of the season at Park Hall.
Disappointingly, our Senior Women were automatically relegated as only three athletes ran. Sue Kneill-Boxley came 51st, Caitlyn Disley 70th (3rd in the U20s) and Christine Kilkenny 86th.
The younger athletes had some very good performances. In the U11B, Lucas Stanton came 8th. Lily Crompton came an excellent 10th in the U13G. In the U13B, Finlay Stanton came 3rd, Brandan Smart continued his good form, finishing 4th and Charlie Cresswell came 7th.
Georgia Griffiths came 3rd in the U15G and, in the U15B, Callum Pearson came 4th, Jack Hadley 8th, Zach Bent 12th, Alfie Blackett 16th and Luke Cresswell 17th. In the U17M, there was a top 10 finish for Sam Mensing (8th)
Congratulations to Nina Skilton who was selected to represent England in the W55 age group at the British and Irish Masters Cross Country International in Glasgow on Saturday.
Nina finished in tenth place overall in her age group.
A selection race for the England Masters Cross Country team took place on Saturday (14th) in Derby. Up for grabs were automatic places to represent England Masters in the British and Irish Masters Cross Country International that will take place in Glasgow on 11 November.
The selection process meant that the first three athletes in each age category for women and for men aged 55+ automatically qualified as did the first four male athletes in age categories under 55.
Nina Skilton finished a brilliant second in the W55 race to gain her spot in the England team.
In the men's races, Malcolm Eustace came seventh in the M65 category, Malcolm Down eleventh in the M60 and Craig Pearson fourteenth in the M40.
The European Masters Championships is taking place at Pescara, Italy between the 21st September and 1st October and C&S have a handful of athletes competing for GB at the event.
Stephen Terry-Short was in action in the M50 100m on the first day of the competition, finishing fifth in his 100m heat in 13.04 (w/s -0.6).
On Saturday, Stephen ran in the M50 200m where he came 6th in his heat in 27.39 (+0.3) and on Monday he finished 5th in his M50 400m heat in a time of 62.31. Tuesday saw Stephen's fourth race in six days and saw him win a silver medal as the third leg runner in GB's M50 4x100m relay team as they clocked 47.98.
Emma Hollinshead and Vici Browning both made it to the final of the W50 800m after qualifying from their semi-finals. Emma came 4th in her semi in 2:49.38 and Vici 5th in hers in 2:46.66. In the final, Vici came fifth in a 12 athlete race in a time of 2:39.37and Emma eleventh in 2:55.14.
Sue Kneill-Boxley ran 3:03.88 to finish 12th in the W55 800m final.
Chris Hollinshead and Malcolm Down took part in the 10km Road Race on Thursday. Unfortunately, Chris did not finish the race but Malcolm came 10th out of the 25 athletes in the M60 race in 41:08 and won a silver medal as GB came second in the team rankings.
Emma and Vici were both selected to run in the 4x400m V50 Mixed Relay on Saturday and they won bronze by finishing in 4:06.93 behind the Italian and French teams.
On Sunday, Stephen Terry-Short won his second relay medal of the Championships as part of the M50 4x400m team that won bronze in a time of 3:47.69 and Malcolm Down won gold in the M60 4x400m after a very close race with the German quartet.
Well done all of you!
Our Senior Men finished 41st out of 115 complete teams that finished the Midland Road Relays at Sutton Park on Saturday (23rd).
Ryan Ashforth led the team off, handing over to James McCann in 61st place after a 20:23 leg. James ran 20:45, gaining four places in the process and Tom Eustace then ran our fastest leg of 19:40 to pick up another 8 places. Bill Chesters wasn't far behind Tom in terms of time and his 19:47 leg moved us into 38th. Phil Wolfe (20:48) and Craig Pearson (21:45) brought the team home.
Our U15 Boys team came 11th of 38 complete teams. Callum Pearson put the team in 25th after a first leg of 8:10 and the Jack Hadley (7:58) and Ben Allen (7:43) each gained seven places, Ben running the fifth fastest final leg out of all the competitors.
Georgia Griffiths handed over to Aimee Waters in 14th position after running 8:50 in the U15G race and Aimee came home in 16th place following a 9:41 leg.
Finlay Stanton ran the fifth fastest leg overall in the U13B race (5:20) and was supported by Brandon Smart who came home in fourth place after running 5:49.
In sweltering conditions at UoB on Saturday, our Senior athletes failed to avoid relegation despite scoring only 2 points less than their highest match score of the season.
The day started well with Jack Turner (48.64m), Martin Roberts (30.26m) and Shaun Ainge winning the hammer A, B & C strings respectively. This was followed with a second place for Natalie Griffiths in the 400m hurdles (66.96), a first place for Charlotte Hall in the 'B' string (74.85) and a first place for Allee Rigby in the men's 400m hurdles with a season's best 58.06. Cara Brown continued the good start with second place in the pole vault with a 2.30m clearance.
Chloe Wilde won the 800m 'A' in 2:27.42, Ella Beeson, making her Senior League debut, came second in the 'B' and Sue Kneill-Boxley second in the 'C' whilst in the men's 800m 'B', James McCann won in 2:04.11. After the early part of the meeting, we were well placed, lying second overall.
Allee and Nat were having a good day. Allee ran his quickest time for five years to win the 110m hurdles in 16.27, threw a pb of 25.29 in the discus and his best javelin for ten years (34.48m) whilst Nat ran a season's best of 59.92 to finish second in the 400m, came third in the 'B' triple jump and threw a season's best 20.19 in the hammer.
The 400m are usually a good source of points for us and, despite missing both John Kirby and Kyle Haycock through injury, this continued with Calum Haycock finishing second in a pb of 51.39, Henry Heathcote second in the 'B' in 53.06 and Craig Carr second in the 'C' with 54.73. In the women's races, Chloe Wilde and Hannah Burney were involved in an incredibly close race with the 'B' and 'C' strings running together. Both recorded the same time of 61.18, a season's best for Chloe and a pb for Hannah for first places in both strings.
Malcolm Eustace came within tenths of a second of breaking the M60 club record in the 800m in 2:27.40 and Darrell Wilde was less than a second outside his own M55 club record in the 3000m steeplechase. Tom Larkin and Chris Bennett were close to their 100 and 200m pbs with Tom clocking 11.48 and 23.11 and Chris 11.68 and 23.51.
Mia Wainwright first in the 'C' triple jump as well as jumping 5.01m in the long jump, Issey Kelly came third in the triple jump 'A' and Heather Law equalled her second best high jump performance with a 1.50m clearance.
Jordan Barrett and Ella Beeson doubled up in the 800 and 1500m races and Allegra Soutar did the same in the 1500 and 3000m.
Our 4x400m team of Chloe, Nat, Hannah and Mia were just pipped on the line to finish second in a season's best of 4:07.64 and our other three relay teams finished third in their respective races.
Katie Burney, Lucy Wain, Charis Farmer, Craig Pearson, Jez Redler, Tunde Adeyemo, Ross Goode and Stephen Terry-Short all contributed to the team performance but the day was marred slightly by a serious looking injury to Charis as she hit a hurdle and landed awkwardly.
Many thanks must go to Alyson Ainge for managing the team on the day throughout the season and to all the officials who turned out including Fiona, Simon, Jayne, Shaun, Bob, Pete, Rob, Gary and anyone else who volunteered to rake pits or retrieve implements. Without our officials, the club would not be allowed to take part in the league.
A number of our athletes are competing at the British Masters Championships in Derby this weekend.
Malcolm Down finished 8th in the M60 1500m with his best time for 5 years with 5:15.58.
Craig Carr just missed out on a medal in the M40 100m, finishing 4th in 12.09.
BRONZE for Vici Browning in the W50 400m in a time of 68.87.
BRONZE for Craig Carr in the M40 400m, just pipped for second approaching the line. He also ran a new club record, smashing the previous best by over half a second, finishing in 54.61
BRONZE for Darrell Wilde in the M55 3000m steeplechase in 12:12.67
Heather Bates came 5th in the W40 200m with a season's best 31.40 into a headwind of 1.6
Andy Cotterill smashed his pb, finishing 5th in the M45 800m in 2:13.99.
GOLD for Sue Kneill-Boxley in the W55 800m, coming home in 3:01.76
Emma Hollinshead came 4th in the W50 800m in 2:43.93
Despite the best efforts of our athletes, many of whom competed in multiple events, we narrowly finished last in the penultimate Midland Senior League meeting of the season leaving us one point from safety with the final meeting of the season to come at University of Birmingham in three weeks time.
Although our male athletes were relatively unaffected, holidays meant that we were missing a number of our female athletes. Fortunately, six of them covered 27 events between them to make up for the absences.
As usual, the men's hammer began the meeting and Martin Roberts finished third with a 30.86m throw. It was a good day for Martin as he later finished third in the 'B' discus and second in the 'C' javelin, both with season best throws as well as a season's best in the shot.
The long sprints have been productive for us throughout the season and that continued at this meeting. Running into a 1.8 m/s headwind, John Kirby finished brilliantly to win the 200m in 22.78. Henry Heathcote came second in the 'C' race in 23.96. In the women's 200m, Nisha Hector came fourth in the 'A' in 26.75, Mia Wainwright came third in the 'B' and Sydney Davies won the 'C'.
In the 400m, our male athletes all finished second in their races with John running 50.62 in the 'A', Kyle Haycock a pb of 51.19 in the 'B' and Callum 52.71 in the 'C'. In the women's 400m, Natalie Griffiths won the 'B' race in 61.14 and Chloe Wilde won the 'C'. In the 400m hurdles, Nat came second and Charlotte Hall won the 'B'.
Allee Rigby had been a doubt for the meeting after being ill all week but he won the 110m hurdles in 16.87. Allee also threw a pb in the discus (24.82m)
In the middle distance runs, Ryan Ashforth won the 800m 'B' race in 2:04.40, James McCann came second in the 1500m with 4:15.55 and Vici Browning third in the 800m 'B' whilst, on the field, Cara Brown equalled her season's best of 2.30m to finish second in the pole vault.
There were two veteran's club records. Darrell Wilde in the M55 age group after finishing third in the 2000m steeplechase in 7:54.03 and Malcolm Eustace, who beat the previous M60 record with a 18:56.37 run in the 5000m.
Our men's relay teams did really well as they came second both in the 4x100 (Henry, Calum, John, Tom Larkin - 45.30) and the 4x400 (Henry, Tunde Adeyemo, John and Calum - 3:39.30).
Jez Redler made his Senior League debut and Jordan Barrett, Craig Pearson, Tom Eustace, Shaun Ainge, Stephen Terry-Short and Caitlyn Disley all contributed.
Four Cannock & Stafford athletes competed at the Midland U15 / U17 Championships at Nuneaton at the weekend.
Sophie Hulse took gold in the U15 long jump with a pb of 5.02m. The long jump took place in between her 300m races where Sophie qualified for the final by winning her heat in 42.87. In the final, Sophie just missed out on a medal, finishing fourth with 43.38.
The following day, Sophie took part in the 200m, winning her heat in a time of 25.53 which was considerably faster than her previous pb albeit wind assisted (+4.2). She then ran 25.80 (+3.9) in the final to win silver.
Callum Pearson also had a good competition, finishing 5th in the 800m in 2:11.61 and 6th in the high jump (1.50m).
Ella Beeson ran 2:46.38 to finish fourth in the U17W 800m and her younger sister, Beth, took part in the U13G Quadrathlon where she finished 7th overall in a competition that included Long Jump (3.64m), 100m (14.62), 600m (1:52.35) and howler.
Six Cannock & Stafford athletes represented the Midlands at the Masters Inter Area Competition at Nuneaton on Sunday (6th).
Rob Law came third in the M50 long jump with a best of 4.56m and sixth in the high jump, clearing 1.35m whilst, in the sprints, Emma Hollinshead came third in the W50 200m (31.14) and Vici Browning third in the W50 400m in a PB of 68.49.
Ann Robinson came fourth in the W60 800m in 3:30.26 and Nigel Haycock ran a season's best of 4:43.00 in the M50 1500m.
Stephen Terry-Short was a member of the M50 4x100m relay team that finished second in 52.24.
There were four club records broken last weekend.
Sophie Hulse ran 41.4 in the 300m in the YDL LAG meeting at Tipton to become the new U15 record holder.
At the Senior League meeting in Nottingham, Malcolm Eustace broke his own M60 3000m record, Darrell Wilde beat the previous M55 Steeplechase best and Natalie Griffiths, Kyle Haycock, Mia Wainwright and John Kirby broke the Mixed 4x400m record with 3:42.82.
Due to a massive rise in the amount that Freedom charge us for hire of the track, we will be increasing training fees to £2 for members and £3 for non members from the 30 July 2023.
This is the first increase in training fees for eight years but, unfortunately, is necessary to cover this increase in costs
Five Cannock & Stafford athletes represented Staffordshire at the English Schools Championships at Alexander Stadium last weekend.
Mia Wainwright ran 58.90 in her Senior Girls 400m heat before Sophie Hulse finished a fraction outside of her pb with 26.44 in the Junior Girls 200m.
Noah Glover ran 24.88 in the Junior Boys 200m and Matilda Perry 26.01 in the Senior Girls 200m.
On Saturday, Olivia Riley cleared 1.53m in the Senior Girls high jump.
Congratulations to all five on their selection.
Our Veteran athletes had a successful day at the Midland Masters Championships at Nuneaton on 11 June.
Vici Browning came first in both the W50 400m (68.90) and 800m (2:33.30) and third in the 200m with 31.33.
The 400m and 800m were particularly productive events for our athletes. In the 400m, Darrell Wilde ran a season's best of 61.61 in the M55 for silver, Malcolm Down 65.93 in the M60 for bronze and Emma Hollinshead 70.60 in the W50, also for bronze.
In the 800m, Andy Cotterill ran a pb of 2:17.63 for silver in the M45, Malcolm 2:35.60 for silver in the M60 and Darrell won gold with 2:22.24 in the M55. Emma took home another bronze in her age group, clocking 2:41.16.
Chris Hollinshead finished his M55 5000m race in 19:23.26 for bronze and, in the short sprints, there were bronze medals for Stephen Terry-Short in the M50 100m (13.11) and Tunde Adeyemo in the M40 200m (24.79)
As part of the Midland Senior League this season, an additional 'technical events' meeting was introduced and this took place yesterday at Nuneaton.
The meeting consisted of four track events - short hurdles, long hurdles, 3000m steeplechase and 400m - and four field events - pole vault, hammer, high jump and triple jump. All teams from all divisions were invited to send teams with the final results being sorted into a divisional scoring system and counting towards the league positions.
In addition to the scoring events, shot put and 100m were added into the timetable as non scoring events.
The track events began with the 100m hurdles with Natalie Griffiths finishing fifth overall.
At the same time, Cara Brown cleared 2.30m in the pole vault and Martin Roberts threw his best distance since since 2018 of 36.63 to finish second of all of the 'B' competitors. Also in the hammer, Jack Turner had to retire with injury after his second throw but still finished fourth of all the 'A' competitors with 45.92m. Natalie Griffiths threw 19.23 in the women's hammer.
The Men's high jump saw Alasdair Rigby finish fifth overall with a 1.75m clearance and Olivia Riley came second overall with 1.60m.
Issey Kelly jumped 9.63m in the triple jump and Mia Wainwright recorded 9.24m in the same event.
Alasdair Rigby (58.96) and Natalie Griffiths (67.38) each came second overall in the Men's and Women's 400m hurdles with Charlotte Hall winning the women's B race.
Darrell Wilde gained a 3000m steeplechase pb, finishing in 12:42.51.
We had four athletes in both the men's and women's 400m, with five of the athletes achieving pbs. Mia Wainwright ran a pb of 58.67 to finish first out af all the 'A' athletes and Hannah Burney finished top of the 'B' runners with a 61.45 pb. Chloe Wilde was first of the 'C' athletes with 62.15 and Lucy Wain ran a pb of 64.27 as a non scorer.
In the Men's races, Kyle and Calum Haycock both ran pbs (51.49 and 52.16 respectively), Henry Heathcote ran 52.61 and Tunde Adeyemo 56.15.
Martin Roberts threw 6.92 in the non scoring shot event and, in the non scoring 100s, there were pbs for Mia, Lucy, Calum and Kyle.
Cannock & Stafford had four athletes representing their universities at the BUCS Outdoor Championships last weekend.
In the 100m, Charis Farmer (representing Edge Hill) came 5th in her heat in 13.08 and Syd Davies (Staffordshire) ran 12.96 to finish 4th in her race.
Amy Pye (Bath) won her 400m heat in 57.50 on the Saturday and, the following day, qualified for the final after finishing 3rd with 57.08 in her semi. In the final on Sunday, Amy ran a season's best of 56.37 to finish 6th.
In the hammer, Jack Turner (Loughborough) threw 45.57m to finish in 10th place.
Congratulations to Nina Skilton who won silver in the W55 age group at the British Trail Running Short Distance Championships held in the Forest of Dean on Sunday (2nd).
Nina covered the half marathon distance course in 1:35.30 to finish tenth woman home of all age groups.
The Cannock & Stafford Senior Men's team came 22nd in Saturday's Midland Counties 12 Stage Road Relays at Sutton Park.
Matt Craen (29.25), Mark Shepherd (32.22), Tom Eustace (30.35) and Phil Wolfe (32.32) took on the responsibilities of the 'long' legs and handed over to Bill Chesters in 29th position.
Bill ran the first of the 'short' legs in 17.37 before handing to Chris Perrin in 27th. Chris then completed the sixth leg in 16.52 to leave us in 23rd place. From there, the team's position varied little until the end of the race. James McCann ran 17.45, Mitch Blundell 18.13, Andy Cotterill 19.40, Nigel Haycock 18.30, Craig Pearson 18.11 and Malcolm Eustace 20.08.
Stephen Terry-Short yesterday competed in the 200m at the World Masters Indoor Championships in Torun, Poland
In his heat of the M50 200m yesterday (30th). Stephen ran 26.80, just outside his season's best, to finish fourth.
On Monday, Stephen had also competed in the 60m where he ran 8.27 to finish 5th in his heat.
Congratulations to Natalie Boswell who was selected to represent Staffordshire in an Inter Area competition at the Knighton 20 last Sunday (19th).
Natalie ran 2:30.49 to finish 26th female in the race to help Staffordshire to second place overall.
Eight Cannock & Stafford athletes represented their Counties in the English Schools Cross Country Championships at Wollaton Park in Nottingham on Saturday (18th)
In the Junior Girls event, Georgia Griffiths was the second Staffordshire finisher in 64th place overall of the 338 that finished the race.
Jack Hadley was also the second Staffordshire finisher in the Junior Boys race where he came 146th. Callum Pearson finished 296th in the same race.
In the Inter Girls, Ella Beeson came 274th and Luca Keeble finished 157th and Jake Weavell 327th in the Inter Boys.
We had two runners in the Senior Girls race. Natasha Lee, representing Staffordshire, came 181st and Caitlyn Disley, running for Shropshire finished 278th.
Congratulations to the five young Cannock & Stafford athletes who represented Staffordshire at the CAU Inter Area Cross Country Championships at Prestwood Hall in Loughborough on Saturday.
Natasha Lee came 166th in the U17W race, Georgia Griffiths 90th in the U15G and Beth Beeson 163rd in the U13G.
In the boys races, Jack Hadley finished 206th in the U15B and Charlie Cresswell 163rd in the U13B.
Cannock & Stafford had five athletes representing their areas at the England Masters Inter Area Challenge at Lea Valley on Sunday (26th).
Stephen Terry Short, representing Midland Masters, came 5th in the M50 200m in 27.22 seconds and Andy Weetman (Welsh Masters) also came 5th in his 200m in 29.48.
Darrell Wilde (Midland Masters) came 7th in the M50 400m in 63.61 and Emma Hollinshead (Midland Masters) finished 3rd in the W50 400m in 71.16. Emma also competed in the W50 800m where she came 5th in 2:47.58 and Mark Shepherd (Welsh Masters) ran in the M50 800m, finishing 3rd in 2:19.38.
Masters athletes from Cannock & Stafford AC were in action at the British Masters Indoor Championships this weekend, with some great results.
At the British Masters Indoor Championships in Sheffield 4 athletes were competing in the 800m. In the W50 Emma Hollinshead ran an astute tactical race, tucking in behind the leaders before accelerating on the last lap to take gold. Vici Browning ran a fine race in the W45 800 to take a silver medal on day 1 before heading back to Sheffield on day 2 to run a gutsy 400m, taking bronze in a new pb of 68.86.
Andy Cotterill had his first experience of indoor competition and ran a great race to finish 7th in 2:19.48. Meanwhile Malcolm Down was in a highly competitive M60 race (a couple of the athletes had been in the record breaking 800m relay team earlier in the week) and finished 2nd in his race, 12th overall.
In the shorter distances Stephen Terry-Short finished 7th in the M50 200m in 26.71, faster than his previous race and great preparation for the upcoming World Indoor championships in Toruń. Stephen was also 6th in the M50 60m in 8.21. Andy Weetman was also in fine form over 60m, finishing 7th in the M60 final in 8.73 after running 8.63 in his heat. Meanwhile Paul Beeson looked strong in the M40 400m to finish 7th in 57.86 and also finished 8th in the 60m in 7.89.
Report courtesy of Chris Hollinshead
The cross country league season came to an end at the weekend as our Senior Men had a great meeting, finishing 4th on the day to avoid relegation whilst on Sunday, Georgia Griffiths secured second place overall in the U15G at the WMYACCL.
On Saturday, the final league meeting of the Birmingham & District Cross Country League took place at Burton Dassett. Our Senior men saved their best performance of the season until the last meeting, finishing fourth on the day and ninth overall for the season.
Tom Bill was our highest placed finisher in 18th and was supported by Jon Biddle (29th), Phil Wolfe (33rd) and Tom Eustace (39th). Mark Shepherd had an excellent run to finish first in his age group and 45th overall, Bill Chesters was 67th, Craig Pearson 70th, Jamie Price 78th and Malcolm Down 127th.
Our young athletes took part in the WMYCCL meeting at Aldersley on Sunday and Georgia Griffiths finished a brilliant second place overall for the season in the U15G after coming third on the day. Also in the U15G, Ella Beeson came 33rd, Delilah Dempsey 46th and Aimee Waters 54th.
Will Hadley came 61st in the U11B and Luna Dutton 33rd in the U11G.
We had two competitors in the U15B with Jack Hadley in 26th and Zach Bent 68th whilst, in the U13 age group, Beth Beeson finished 15th and Harriett Penn 57th in the girls race and Alfie Blackett came 65th in the boys.
Matilda Perry competed in the U20W 60m at the National Indoor Age Group Championships in Sheffield on Saturday (11th).
She qualified from her heat by running a pb of 7.97 to finish fifth. Having never previously ran below 8 seconds, later in the day Tilly repeated the feat with a time of 7.99 to finish eighth in her semi-final.
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.
Weekend Cross Country Round
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)
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.
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 LeagueWinners 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 - NatalieGriffiths
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.