New club record – U17 boys 4x100m relay

Our relay boys have done it again and broken a record that, before this year, had stood since 1993.  Representing West Midlands Schools in an invitation Under 17 Boys 4x100m Relay at the Olympic Trials at Alexander Stadium on Saturday, the Sutton quartet of Alister Breuns, Nicholas Mbewe, Kane Howitt and Paolo Odogwu scorched around the track to record a time of 45.55.  This improved the record they set earlier this year by 0.35 secs.  Congratulations to the team with special congratulations to their coach Tony Ashford.  The updated club records are available to view on the Performances page here
Report by John Topliss

Midland Track and Field League – 1 July

The senior team will be travelling to Burton on Sunday to compete in the 3rd league fixture of the season.  Following a victory in the last match at Wyndley the team will be looking to put in a good performance to maintain our promotion push. 

We are in need of a couple of qualified field officials to help us with two events:

  • 1300 – Long Jump (Men)
  • 14.20 – Shot Putt (Women) 

As points are awarded for officials we are really keen to fill these positions.  If anyone can help (Qualified or not) please contact John Topliss or Megan Evans.

Startrack athletics programmes for 8-14 year olds

Royal Sutton Coldfield AC and Birchfield Harriers will be running a series of Startrack athletics programmes this summer for children aged 8 to 14 years.  The courses are designed to give children a fun introduction to athletics – Jessica Ennis started her athletics career taking part in a Startrack event as a 10 year old!

There are four sessions in the series, each either 3 or 4 days in length, running daily 10am to 2.30pm and the cost is £30 for 3 days or £40 for 4 days.  The dates are as follows:

  • Royal Sutton Coldfield: Aug 6th-8th (3 days) – Wyndley Leisure Centre
  • Birchfield Harriers: Aug 14th-17th (4 days) – Alexander Stadium
  • Royal Sutton Coldfield: Aug 20th-22nd (3 days) – Wyndley Leisure Centre
  • Birchfield Harriers: Aug 28th-31st (4 days) – Alexander Stadium

To secure your place contact the club running the session you wish to attend:

Midland Veterans T&F League – 27 June

A small team travelled to Burton to compete in the 3rd Veterans T&F league match of the season.  There were some fantastic performances:
  • Janice Pryce leapt to exactly 10.00m in the W50 triple jump which would have been a new British record if a wind gauge had been available. Earlier on she had won the W40 100m and the W40 long jump.
  • Kevin Brown won the M35 Discus with a monumental throw of 51.08m to put him top of the British M45 rankings by a long way.
  • Graham Felton easily won the M60 100m and then set a new club record in the M60 Discus with a throw of 31.22m.  He also took second place in the M50 Shot.
  • Gordon and Beryl Chapman both won their age divisions in the 2000m walk with Gordon breaking his M80 club record by over 7 seconds.
  • Sandra McDonald sprinted away from the rest of the field to win the W50 100m.
  • Fleur O’Brien knocked more than a second of her W60 100m time and then set a new club record in the 400m before setting another PB in the Discus.
  • Nick Corker took the lead from the start in the M35 1500m and just kept increasing his lead with a superb piece of front running to record a great time of 4.14, which is also a PB in this age group.
Well done to everyone.  The final Veterans league meeting is on Wednesday 1st August at home so no excuses – lets have a great turnout!
Report by John Topliss 

Results round up

Well done to Katie Ingle who put in an excellent performance in the 3000m steeplechase at the Aviva Olympic Trials and UK Championships last weekend.  She worked her way through the field to finish in 10th place in a time of 10.36.85.  The race was won by Olympics bound Eilish McColgan.

There were a number of athletes in action at the BRAT open meeting/BMC races last Wednesday.  PBs were achieved by Luke O’Brien (150m and high jump), Kane Howitt (200m and 400m), William Bonner (400m), Theo Larcombe (1500m) and Megan McBrien (3000m).  Results for BRAT Open are available here.  Results for the BMC are available here.

The results from the National Junior League match at Derby are available here.  The standout performances came from Kieran Smith who won the 400m hurdles and 2000m steeplechase.  Well done to everyone who competed.

Aviva UK Trials – 22-24 June

The nations best athletes will be converging on the Alexander Stadium this weekend for the UK Trials.  Amongst them will be Katie Ingle who will be running in the 3000m steeplechase on Sunday evening.  We wish her all the best!

The event will be shown on the BBC as follows:

Saturday, 23 June – 1645-1830, BBC Two/online

Sunday, 24 June – 1700-1900, BBC Two/online

Young Athletes League – 17 June

Well done to all our young athletes who put in some outstanding performances at Wyndley last Sunday in the final YAL match.  The team dominated, winning by almost 250 points – this ensures we won the league and qualified for the promotion play off.  A full article is included in this weeks Observer.

Marc Kirsten took some great photos of the meeting.  If you are a club member and would like a link to the photos please email

Shugborough Relays – 21 June

The Shugborough Relays were held on Wednesday on the lovely Shugborough Estate.  Royal Sutton again excelled running 7 teams – 1 more than last year, with everybody saying that they will be back again next year.  We ran

  • 1 Ladies Vets 160 team
  • 2 Mixed Vets 160 team
  • 1 Mens Vets 160 Team
  • 2 Mens Vets 200 teams
  • 1 Mens Vets 240 teams

All teams excelled with the mixed vets team of Colin McAuley, Val Carter, Andrea Deathridge, and Russell Simpson winning their race in a time of 47 min 23 secs.  This put them 11 seconds in front of the second placed team. Colin and Andrea were our fastest male and female runners, with Colin  running 11min 05 sec and Andrea 11min 58 sec.  The Vets 240 team missed out on 1st place by 57 secs so must try harder next year!

It was pleasing to see runners who had not run in the relays before turning out for us and enjoying the great atmosphere – in particular those from Bunny’s training group.

Full results can be found here.  Photos available on Bryan Dale’s site here.

 Report by Roy Humpherson

Summer of Sport Exhibition – RBSA Gallery

An exhibition of paintings entitled the “Summer of Sport” is taking place at the RBSA Gallery, Brook Street, Birmingham from 21 June until 14 July.  The exhibition features some paintings of Royal Sutton runners.

The Gallery is open every weekday from 10.30 to 5.30pm, plus 10.30am to 5pm Saturday and 1pm to 5pm Sunday. Admission is free.

For further details contact Clive Sayer

Aviva England Athletics U23 and U20 Championships – 16/17 June

There were some excellent performances and two new club records set at the England Athletics U23 and U20 Championships at Bedford this weekend:

  • Katie Ingle won the U20 3000m steeplechase final in a time of 10.25.48, setting a new club record in the process.
  • Nick Pryce ran 49.23 in the 400m.  This is a new Senior club outdoor record, with the old one was set back in 1983 by Mike Clenaghan.
  • Kanisha Hector ran 25.29 in the 200m.

The full results are available here.  Well done to all!