England U17 Indoor Championships – 26 February

Stefan Anderson set two new indoor PBs whilst competing at the U17 England Indoor Championships in Birmingham last weekend.  In the 60m he recorded a time of 7.36.  In the 200m he recorded a time of 23.28 and made it through to the semi finals.  Both were excellent performances, especially considering Stefan still has another year to go in the U17 age group.

Report by John Topliss

Sainsbury’s vouchers are now being collected at the coffee bar

Hi all,

Please bring all your Sainsbury’s vouchers to the athletics club so we can get some new athletics equipment. The vouchers are now being collected at the coffee bar.  Make sure you ask nans, grandads, uncles, aunts, cousins, friends and neighbours for their vouchers too!


Meg and the Management Committee

English National XC Championships – 25 February

An outstanding performance by the U17 women who finished in second place in the English National XC Championships at Parliament Hill today.  This tops an exceptional season in which they have already won the Warwickshire and Midlands Championships.  The individual placings were Katie Ingle (8th), Megan McBrien (21st), Rebecca Robinson (28th) and Gabrielle Kinney (42nd).

We also had runners competing in the U15 girls and boys age groups.  For the U15 girls Elemena Saunders finished in a superb 20th place, Elizabeth Ward was 196th, Molly Rees was 205th and Sophie Karksi was 210th.  The team was 20th.  For the U15 boys Alfie McBrien was 98th, Shaun Evans was 123rd and Jerome Austin was 197th.

Well done to all our runners.  The provisional results are available here.  Video coverage of the races is available on the athleticos website here.

West Midlands Young Athletes XC League / 2nd Midland Indoor Open – 19 February

Another busy weekend ahead for the club.  Our young athletes are in action competing in the final league race of the season at Perry Park on Sunday.  Overall, the team is currently in 4th place, only 77 points behind Halesowen A & CC.  A number of individuals and age groups are also in contention for top 3 finishes.  Race information is available here.

There is also indoor athletics taking place at the NIA on Sunday, with the 2nd Midland Indoor Open.  Details are available here.

For the armchair athlete there is some top quality athletics on TV.  The Birmingham Aviva Grand Prix is being shown live on BBC1 from 1pm.  Iplayer coverage now available here.

Good luck to everyone competing!

Indoor Athletics – 11/12 February

Some fantastic indoor performances at the weekend including a new British record and lots of PBs:

Midland Indoor Championships (NIA)

  • Nicholas Pryce  – 2nd place Senior Mens 200m 21.91 (PB)
  • Janice Pryce – 4th place Senior Womens TJ 10.31m (New W50 British Record)
  • Stefan Anderson – 7th place U17 60m 7.45  (PB). Time in 200m Heat 24.05
  • Nicholas Mbewe – U17 60m heat 7.54 PB (just missing the final).  200m heat 24.06 (Indoor PB)
  • Charmaine Riley – 5th place Senior Womens 60m 8.07 (PB)
  • Georgia Dodd – U17 60m 8.75 (PB)
  • Adam Barnes – Senior Mens 400m (52.05)

Day 1 results are available here. Day 2 results here.

Scottish Masters Championships (Kelvin Hall) 

  • Donald Brown M45 – 1st 60m 7.54; 1st 200m 24.59; 1st 60mH 9.04
  • Sandra McDonald W50 – 1st 60m 9.04; 1st 200m 30.52

Results are available here.

In addition, Nadine Okyere, who trains with Joe Caines group, took second place in the World Indoor Championships Trials in Sheffield in the 400m. Her time was inside the qualifying time to go to the World Champs.  Channel 4 coverage is available here – Nadine’s is the 1st event.
Report by John “The Tornado” Topliss