RSCAC sprinting in B’ham city centre

This week, there will be a 60m sprint straight in Birmingham City Centre (outside the Town Hall – where the German Market is every Christmas).  To show the public how it should be done, R.S.C.A.C. have got use of the track from 2pm – 5pm today.  If you’re a RSCAC athlete/coach/official/supporter come and show your support. If you intend to take part, bring your club vest and spikes. We’ll do a training session of warm up, drills, sprint starts and sprints over a short distance. Then we’ll all get a timed 60m run in. (There is electronic timing).

I shall be getting the train in from Sutton. If you wish to join me, be at the Sutton ticket office at 1pm. We’ll be back at Sutton station at about 5:45.

100 club prize draw results – July

The July 100 club draw took place in the club house on Thursday evening.  The winners were:

  • 1st Prize   £50.00   Ann Brankin
  • 2nd Prize  £30.00   Richard Baker
  • 3rd Prize   £25.00  Bunny Kyd
  • 4th Prize   £15.00   Beryl Chapman
  • 5th Prize   £15.00   Steve & Ann Mason
  • 6th Prize   £15.00   Joyce Hinchley

Five new members took out balls in our July draw – however there are still plenty more available.  Anyone interested in joining the 100 club should talk to Phil Pollock. The next draw will take place in November.

Additional summer holiday athletics sessions now available

To coincide with the launch of the London Olympics, Royal Sutton is pleased to announce additional summer holiday athletics sessions for children aged 8-15 years.  The courses are designed to give children a fun introduction to athletics.

Royal Sutton will be running a free morning (9 am – 12 midday) or afternoon (1 pm -4 pm) of athletics on Monday 13 August at Wyndley.

The club will also be running two 3 day programmes, also at Wyndley Leisure Centre.  The first programme will run from 6-8 August and the second will run from 20-22 August.  The cost of the 3 programme is £30 and the course runs from 10am to 2.30pm daily.

You can book all sessions at Wyndley Leisure Centre  (0121 464 7742).  Places are strictly limited so book quickly before all the places are taken!

British Masters Track and Field Championships – 21/22 July

A British record and gold, silver and bronze medals for Royal Sutton athletes at the Britsh Masters Track and Field Championships at Derby last weekend.
Janice Pryce set a new British record of 9.92m in winning the W50 Triple Jump.  Janice has jumped further outdoors this year but with no wind gauge.
The good news is that there was a wind gauge at this event and the wind reading was minus 0.7m so the record stands.  She already holds the indoor record.
Other medals were won by Nick Corker, who won a silver medal in the M35 1500m with a personal best time of 4″13
and David Price, who won a bronze medal in the M70 javelin with a throw of 29m94.
The results are available here.  Well done to everyone who took part!
1st place 2nd place 3rd place
Janice Pryce
(W50 Triple Jump) BR !
Nick Corker
(M35 1500m)
David Price
(M70 Javelin)

Members of RSCAC meet the Jamaican Track and Field Team!!!

ImageEarlier today, 20 members of R.S.C.A.C. got to see a selection of athletes from the Jamaican Track and Field team. The Jamaican athletes’ training session was opened to carefully picked members of the public as well as the media.  Athletes present included: Dominique Blake (female 400m women), Shericka Williams (female 400m), Novlene Williams-Mills (female 400m), Jermaine Gonzales (male 400m), Edino Steele (male 400m), Errol Nolan (male 400m), Damar Forbes (male long jump) and Jason Morgan (male discus).

Seeing the athletes up close was amazing and their speed was phenomenal.  The atmosphere in the stadium was electric; with all spectators being given a Jamaican flag and reggae music blasting from the sound system.  Levi Roots of ‘Raggae Raggae Sauce’ fame was also on site to cheer the athletes along.

All the R.S.C.A.C members present now truly have the Olympic spirit and cannot wait for the games to kick off on Friday.

RSCAC coaches attend coaching conference with the USA Track and Field Team

Fiona and myself have just attended a coaching conference with the head coaches of the USA Track and Field team (Amy Deem and Andrew Valmon).  110m hurdler and world leader this year, Aries Merritt was also on the panel; telling us some of the secrets as to why he is so good.  It was an insightful evening. Thanks to the organisers and the Americans for giving up their time.  I’ll also now be cheering on Aries as well as team GB!



U15/U17/U20 Midland Championships – 14/15 July

A number of athletes won medals at the Midland Championships at Leicester at the weekend:

  • Megan McBrien was 2nd in U20 Women 1500m (Lizzie Farrow was 4th in the same event);
  • Kieran Smith was 2nd in the U20 Men 2000m steeplechase; and
  • Stefan Anderson was 3rd in the U17 Boys 100m and 200m.

Other RSC athletes competing were Theo Larcombe, Georgia Curry and Lydia Sergiew.  Full results are available on the Midland Counties AA website here.

Well done to everyone.

John Topliss

Worcester Pitchcroft 10k – 15 July

Royal Sutton’s senior men took the honours at the Worcester Pitchcroft 10k today.  Ollie Harradence won the overall race in a time of 33.00 minutes and Simon Corker won the Veterans race in a PB of 36.10.  Paul Terleski finished in 6th place and Colin McAuley also finished well up the field.  Well done guys!

Olympic event on at Wyndley this weekend

The two day Sutton Coldfield Community Games is taking place today and tomorrow (14th and 15th July) at Wyndley leisure centre and athletics track. It’s on from 11 am – about 9 pm each day. Throughout the 2 days there are opportunities to try loads of different sports. The athletics slots are 1 – 3pm on both days, when sprints and long jump are on offer.  For more info click here.

If you’d like to come and help Bunny Kyd, Katie and Hannah Jennings and Meg Evans with the coaching, please get to the track at 12:45 either on Saturday or Sunday. Any help will be appreciated.

Thanks.  Have a good weekend! Good luck to those competing in the Midlands Champs.