Archive for April, 2012

National Junior Athletic League – 29 April

Posted: April 30, 2012 by RSCAC in Race reports

The 1st National Junior Athletic League match of the season took place at Tamworth on Sunday.  Gabrielle Kinney, Kieran Smith and Katie Ingle all had victories.  The results are available here.  Well done to everyone who took part.

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

Posted: April 28, 2012 by RSCAC in General Info

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

Posted: April 25, 2012 by RSCAC in General Info

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

YAL Website updated

Posted: April 22, 2012 by megsamaniac in Race Notices

If you’re competing in the YAL (Young Athletes’ League) this year (school year 6 – year 11) then you may wish to have a look at the updated website. We’re in Midlands 1 North East.

Click here for Venues.

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

Posted: April 22, 2012 by RSCAC in Race reports

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