A plea from one of the club’s new Life Members

A Life Membership – what a wonderful surprise! I thought I’d take this opportunity to appeal to some of you to come along and help us keep our family-friendly, competitive club running smoothly.
As well as being an athlete and coach, I am a member of the club committee, an official and a team manager. On this note, the club always needs officials for meetings to go ahead, and as the club gets points for providing them, officials are vitally important. So if you would be happy to do a one day officials course and help out at some meetings in the summer, please leave your details at the coffee bar. The same goes for team managing and coaching.
If you think you could volunteer your services for our lovely athletics club, please leave your details behind the coffee bar and myself or another committee member will get back to you. Who knows….you might be collecting your silver ‘Life Membership’ plate one day in the future!
Many thanks,
Meg Evans

Midland Road Relays – 20 September

Midland Road Relays - Katie IngleThere were some great performances by Royal Sutton’s distance runners at the Midland Road Relays in Sutton Park yesterday. The highlight was an outstanding performance by the senior women to finish 4th out of 79 teams, only five seconds off a medal. Katie Ingle ran the 6th fastest time off the day, whilst Larna Partridge, Kate McBrien and Andrea Deathridge all ran course PB’s. The senior men had three teams in action – they finished 28th, 43rd and 73rd out of 81 teams.

In the junior age groups there was a superb run by Lewis Duval in the U13 boys to record the second fastest time for his age group. He scorched round the course in a time of 14.02. The team, which also included Elliot Smith and Joseph Martin, finished in 11th place. The U13 girls also ran well with the A team (Caitlin White, Georgia Platt and Rachel White) finishing 8th whilst the B team (Lucy Corker, Katie Beresford, Emily Sambrook) finished 20th.

The U15 girls finished 14th, with great runs from Abigail Trevis, Ellen Humpherston and Melissa Adkins. Lois West and Lucy Ollerenshaw ran well in an incomplete B team. The U15 boys the team of Ben Horton, Luke Stoddart and Stephen Shirley finished 31st.

Midland Road Relays - U17 menThe U17 men’s team of Jerome Austin, Max Sellers and Shaun Evans finished 11th, whilst in the U17 women’s race Georgia Curry, who ran in an incomplete team, was 8th home on the 1st leg.

There are some great photos taken by Marc Kirsten which are available on our FLICKR page. There are also photos available on Bryan Dale’s excellent Racephotos website.

Senior Men

Senior Women

Young Athletes

Midland Road Relays - U13 girls

Daniel Mills wins medals at Special Olympics

Daniel_with_medalsWell done to Daniel Mills who won four medals at the Special Olympics at Alexander Stadium on Sunday. Daniel, who is trained by Graham Felton, competed in the 100m, 200m and Long Jump where he achieved pb’s and 3 Bronze Medals. He then won a Gold Medal in the 4 x 100m Relay. What makes this all the more remarkable is that Daniel is an U11 and was competing in the open age group against adults and much bigger and older athletes. 

Road Race Review

Mark Rickards getting tips off one of the locals after the GNR
Mark Rickards getting tips off one of the locals after the GNR

A number of athletes have been out on the roads over the past couple of weeks. We had four runners make the long journey to Newcastle to run the Great North Run. Rob Andrew and Mark Rickards both completed the course in 1:24, Matt Stenson ran a PB of 1:29:28 and Dan Musson ran 2:42.

Jon Higgins ran a 40 second PB in the Cardiff 10k completing the course in 36.41. Jon has made great improvements since joining in the Spring and will be a useful addition to our Road Race and XC teams.

The ever consistent Russell Simpson ran 1:19 at the Kenilworth Half Marathon to finish 9th.

At Lichfield 10k Andrea Deathridge returned to distance running after a summer of pole vaulting to finish as 2nd women.

Well done everyone!!!

Royal Sutton Grand Prix – The final standings

Steve Marklew - Stafford 20We’ve now compiled the final results for the 2014 Royal Sutton Grand Prix. Well done to Steve Marklew who was a convincing winner with six victories in the nine race series. 2nd place was won by Russell Simpson, with the ever improving Matt Stenson finishing in a close 3rd. Notable mentions also to Dean England and Matt Powell who finished in 4th and 5th place.