National Young Athletes Road Relay Championships, Sutton Park, Sutton Coldfield

Sunday 13 October 2013

The U15 girls’ team took the opportunity to test themselves at national level in the YA road relay championships at Sutton Park. Despite the driving rain, Mary McCarthy made a good start with the leading group after the long climb, eventually finishing 23rd with a time of 15:00. Lily Fletcher ran strongly to finish 24th in 15:21. Imani Wilson gained 3 positions with a strong last leg to bring the team home in 21st overall.

National Road Relays, Sutton Park, Sutton Coldfield

Saturday 12 October 2013

The women’s team finished a very creditable 16th overall. Julia Jagger continued her return to form running 15:24, the fastest leg for the team, on the opening leg. Fiona Bell moved the team into 17th place with a time of 15:58. Hannah Fletcher, making her debut at the Nationals in the senior event, ran 16:31 for 20th. Nicky Squires gained 4 places with a time of 15:37 to bring the team home in 16th.

Photos available here.


Hi Everyone

Well at last Woodbourn Road (WR) is open. Sunday’s Open Day was well attended and the White H was well represented, so I would like to thank all Club members and Coaches who made it such a positive experience. Hopefully over the coming weeks many more of you will get chance to use the facility.

I know that a lot of you are upset at losing Don Valley Stadium (DVS) but unfortunately in tough economic times it was just not viable. So what does WR offer. The track is on the same “footprint” as DVS but without the seating capacity. The surface is certainly in better condition than DVS. Field Events will be re invigorated now that the throwers and jumpers will not be restricted. In essence the focus of WR is to provide athletes with a home where we are not “bottom feeders” being pushed out for computer fairs, rugby league, etc.

Ok so we have lost the indoor straight and the gym but both of these are provided by the superb facilities at EIS, so I am confident that no ones athletic aspirations will suffer in the current situation.

Many accusations have been thrown around as to the reason for the closure of DVS, but we as athletes bear some resposibility for not usuing it in sufficient numbers, so we need to get behind Sheffield Hallam University and ensure that WR does not go the way of DVS.

Lets get out there, train hard and put Sheffield back on the map as a top class sporting City.

Mike Theobald

Rebecca Wins Yorkshire and Northern Regional Biathlon Championships, York

Sunday 6 October 2013

Rebecca Dancer won the under 16 girls Yorkshire and Northern Regional Biathlon Championships to qualify for the British Biathlon Championships in Birmingham on 30 November and for the Schools Biathlon finals on 4/5 April 2014 at the Olympic Village (tbc) next year. Rebecca was 3rd in the swim but won the 1600m run in 5.46.08 to win by over 200 points. Rebecca has also been selected for the Yorkshire & Humberside Talent Squad for Triathlon.

Calli and Andy at the Notre Dame Invitational, Notre Dame, Indiana, USA

Saturday 5 October 2013

Calli Thackery made an excellent start to the cross country season in the USA finishing 11th in 17:18.98 at the high quality Notre Dame Invitational. Calli also helped New Mexico to 2nd place in the team competition.

Andy Heyes, representing Tulsa, looked to be on for an equally impressive start in another high quality field. Andy was in 4th place with only 400m to go before suffering from heat stroke, eventually finishing 61st in 25:25.08. Andy was taken to the medical tent and wrapped in ice and cold blankets to get his core temperature down. Fortunately, he has made a full recovery and was able to leave with the Tulsa team.

Northern Cross Country Relay Championships, Graves Park

Saturday 5 October

It was a very successful day at the Northern cross country relay championships with a large turn out across the age groups.

The men’s team finished 6th overall, winning the silver medal in South Yorkshire championships. Tom Bains got them off to an excellent start, finishing 4th on the opening leg in 10:05, the 9th fastest leg of the day. Zak Mellard looked strong taking 7th in 11:00 with Josh Dyball, after his initial nerves, ran well to finish 11th in 11:54. Matt Hobbs produced a strong last leg to finish 6th in 10:57.

The men’s V40 team won the Yorkshire championships, Darren Newbould was 2nd on the opening leg in 11:04. Carl Egdell moved into the leading position with a time of 11:04 and Dean Furniss maintained the position to take the gold medal in 12:07. Darren and Carl had the second fastest times of the day with Dean recording the 8th fastest.

Julia Jagger ran very well on the opening leg of the women’s race, finishing 3rd in 12:04, the 7th fastest time of the day. Hannah Fletcher ran strongly to move the team into 2nd place with a time of 12:41. Ruth Ross produced a typical gutsy run to bring the team home in 5th overall in 12:54 and secure the South Yorkshire silver medal.

Connor Milnes got the U17 men off to a fine start with 3rd place in 7:11, the 6th fastest time of the day. Tom Slack And Josh Walton both showed their continued improvement finishing 12th in 8:11 and 9th in 7:44 respectively. The team also won the bronze medal in the South Yorkshire championships.

Charlotte Slack made another significant step forward, finishing 2nd in 8:35 in the U17 women’s race, the 5th fastest time of the day. Ellie Crownshaw ran well on the 2nd leg to finish 6th in 9:13 and Rebecca Dancer showed great strength on the long climb to bring the team home in 5th in 8:59 and win the South Yorkshire championships. Lexie Wilson was 23rd on the opening leg for the B team in 10:44 with C. Trueman-Marsden moving up to 18th in 10:2 and Flora McNeil gaining a further 2 palces into finish 16th with a time of 12:19.

Cameron Bell, in his first race of the season, produced a fine run to finish 2nd on the opening leg of the U15B race in 6:55, the 3rd fastest time of the day. Jack Wells, making his debut ran well to finish 11th in 7:59 with Jack Price, also making his debut, running equally well to finish 10th in 7:32. The team were 2nd in the South Yorkshire championships. Reece Horsfall led the B team off to 27th place in 8:32 with Jack Crownshaw maintaining the position in 8:28 before J. Trueman-Marsden gained a further place to finish 16th in 8:17.

In the U15G race, Mary McCarthy ran strongly to finish 11th on first leg in 8:09. Lilly Fletcher gained 3 places with a time of 8:29 and Imani Wilson gained a further place to bring the team home in 6th in 8:17 and win the silver medal in the South Yorkshire championships. Aimee Hill got the B team off to a solid start finishing 22nd in 8:54, Megan Loombe moved up to 19th with a time of 9:04 and Caitlin Tevendale gained a further 3 places to finish 16th in 8:35.

David Lewis, on the opening leg of the U13B race, produced a well judged run to finish 17th in 5:59, Charlie Whitaker ran well to move through the field and up to 9th with 5:52. Victor Baycorft helded on to 9th position with a time of 6:03 and help the team to win the silver medal in the South Yorkshire championships. Kieran Loombe set off on the opening lleg for the B team, finishing 21st in 6:09. Peter Clayton recorded 6:50 for 22nd before Jakob Ryan brought the team home in 16th in 6:19.

Tilly Simpson set a fast pace on the opening leg of the U13G race, coming home first in 5:37 with the fastest time of the day. Eve Crownshaw managed to extend the lead with a time of 6:03. Saskia Huxham ran well to bring the team home 3rd in 6:11 to win the bronze medal in the Northern championships and the gold medal in the South Yorkshire championships.

The Under 11B team performed very well to take the silver medal in the South Yorkshire championships and finish 4th overall. Taylor Hill got the team off to a flying start, winning the opening leg in 5:00 and running the 2nd fastest time of the day. Mark Bennet was 2nd in 5:42 with Sam Payne in 4th in 5:37.

The U11G won the Northern and South Yorkshire championships in convincing style. Tatjanan Wilson put the team into the lead on the first leg with the fastest time of the day (5:13). Lois Blake and Jodie Hill maintained the winning lead with 5:52 and 5:24 (the 3rd fastest time of the day) respectively. Charlotte Birch led the B team out, running 7:11 for 20th. Claudia Turnell gained 7 places to move up to 13th with a time of 6:16. J. Evans-Mudie ran 6:14 to gain a further 2 places and bring the team home in 11th.

It was great to see so many atheletes from the club competing across all the age groups. Many thanks to our team managers—Louise Slack, Hannah Whitelam, Dave Archer and Dean Furniss—for all their hard work in getting the teams together.

Videos of the races by VincoSport can be found here.