Milton Keynes Marathon/Stratford Half Marathon – 29 April

A number of insane brave Sutton runners competed in atrocious conditions at the Milton Keynes Marathon and Stratford Half Marathon yesterday.  At Milton Keynes Paul Jenkins completed the course in 3.31 and Mark Rickards got a PB with a 3.37 finish – both great achievements given the weather.  At Stratford the weather was described as the worst in the 30 years of the event.  Andrea Deathridge was our 1st runner home in 1.31 (not far off a PB), with Clare Davis (2.18), Pete Wells (2.18) and Sarah Smewin (2.27).

RSCAC team kit

Really look the part at club competitions — order new club kit using the order form below. All items are branded with the ‘Royal Sutton Coldfield Athletics Club’ logo.

Please return the attached form, together with payment, to the coffee bar or Liz Bonner (Sprint Coach).

RSCAC kit order form

Practical Steeplechase Workshop – 2 May

England Athletics is holding a Practical Steeplechase Workshop at Royal Sutton on Wednesday 2 May at 6.15pm.  The workshop is open to all coaches and athletes and is being given by Spencer Duval (UKA, and former Royal Sutton athlete) and supported by Geoff James (ACM West Midlands). The workshop is free of charge and there will be a light training run before the workshop begins.  For further information contact Geoff James on

Matthew Pennant – UK Under 13 Boys Speed Bounce Champion!

Well done to Chrissie, Hannah, Kane and Matthew, who all performed superbly at the UK Sportshall Final which was held at the NEC yesterday.  Chrissie and Hannah both got PBs. Hannah (Under 15 age group) was 5th= in the Vertical Jump and 8th= in the Speed Bounce.  Bearing in mind that this makes her 5th and 8th IN THE UK, that’s most impressive.  Similarly, Chrissie finished 5th in the Under 13 shot.  Both Kane and Matthew came home with gold medals; Kane for his cracking leg in the Under 15 4 x 2 lap relay and Matthew for winning the Under 13 Vertical Jump with a massive leap of 71cm.  Well done to all 4 athletes. The Birmingham teams finished well overall; with the Under 13 Girls coming 4th, the Under 13 Boys coming 2nd, the Under 15 Girls were 2nd and the Under 15 Boys came 5th in a very competitive competition.

Full Results here.

London Marathon – 22 April

Well done to the twelve Royal Sutton athletes who completed the London Marathon today.  The 1st runner home for the club was Dave Long who finished in 2 hours 48 minutes, knocking a massive 4 minutes off his PB.  Russell Simpson, Mark Bridges and Colin McAuley (on his first marathon) all comfortably beat the 3 hour mark.  Kate McBrien was the first lady home in 3 hours 21 minutes.  The times for all our runners are shown below:

  • Mark Bridges – 2.50.10
  • Alison Evetts – 4.28.41
  • John Fletcher – 3.12.43
  • Clive Hackforth – 3.32.16
  • Dave Long – 2.48.29
  • Sarah McNulty – 5.10.16
  • Steve Marklew – 3.22.48
  • Colin McAuley – 2.54.56
  • Kate McBrien – 3.21.50
  • Russell Simpson – 2.49.14
  • Chris Taylor – 3.22.29
  • Paul Terleski – 3.18.20

Photo of Dave Long from ERRA National Road Relays courtesy of

Weekend round up – 14/15 April

We had athletes competing at a variety of events last weekend.  Adam Barnes showed some good early season form at the Peterborough Open recording times of 11.8 in the 100 metres and 24.0 in the 200m.  Results here

On Sunday our Masters athletes competed at the Midland Masters AC Relays at Donisthorpe Woodland Park and returned with a number of trophies.  Andrea Deathridge provided the highlight, running the fastest leg of the day in the women’s race.  We also had a victory in the M65 age group with Roy Humpherson, Doug Hyde and Clive Sayers being the successful team.  Our other athletes competing were Pete Parker, Bunny Kyd and Mike Stanley.  Full results available here.

Dave Liddall ran in the Worcester Marathon and finished 18th in a time of 3.20.54.  Results here.

National 12 Stage Road Relays – 14 April

A 43rd place finish for the Royal Sutton senior men at the National 12 Stage Road Relays in Sutton Park today.  This was a great performance given that we were missing 3 of our first team runners.  Well done in particular to Colin McAuley who ran well on the dreaded 1st leg and Simon Lees who had a great run on his 1st outing after a series of injuries.  Thanks also to Roy for acting as stand in Team Manager – even Fred turned up on time! 

Full results available here.  The individual splits were as follows:

43 RoyalSuttonColdfieldAC 4:48:49

  1. ColinMcAuley (67) 31:47
  2. PaulTerleski (65) 16:58
  3. NickCorker (54) 29:09
  4. SimonLees (53) 16:07
  5. MarkBridges (49) 30:23 3
  6. KieranSmith (48) 17:26
  7. RussellSimpson (49) 31:12
  8. JohnFletcher (48) 18:41
  9. SimonCorker (48) 31:59
  10. TonyHinchley (48) 17:14
  11. DavidLong (46) 30:40
  12. FredericTremblay (44) 17:13

Photos also available on Bryan Dale’s site here