Induction group for 7-9 year olds starts back this Thursday

The induction group for 7-9 year olds starts back this Thursday 26 February at 5pm (until 6pm). Hopefully now the nights are drawing out we’ll be able to venture into the Park for some of the session (weather permitting). The session costs £1.50. Please bring warm clothes and a water bottle. See you on Thursday!!!

Indoor Catch Up

Club Connect RelaysThere’s been lots of action involving RSC athletes at the Barclaycard Arena over the last two weekends. On 14th and 15th February we had athletes competing in the Midland Indoor Championships. Highlights included Nicholas Pryce winning a silver medal in the Senior Men’s 200m with a  time of 21.98 in the Final, whilst Freya Liddington had some great results in the U13 Quadrathon. There was a silver medal for Megan Evans who jumped just short of 5 metres in the long jump, while Mollie Darrock claimed a new club record with her time of 8.19 for the U17 60m.

It wasn’t just Mo Farah who was burning up the boards this Saturday. Our junior sprinters kicked off the action in the Club Connect Relays with U13, U15 and U17 teams doing the club proud in front of a packed stadium.

On Sunday we also had athletes competing in the Midland Counties Open. Ethan Brough in particular put in some decent performances in the 60m and 200m. Well done to everyone!!!

The results for the Midland Indoor competitions are available on the Midland County AA website. Click on the 2015 results page.

English National XC Championships – 21 February

DSCF0642A number of athletes got up with the birds on Saturday morning and took the long trip to Parliament Hill, London for the English National XC Championships. Competing against the best athletes in the country there were some outstanding performances. In particular, Georgia Curry finished in a superb 13th position in the U17 Women’s race, whilst Megan McBrien was 16th in the Junior Women’s race – fantastic stuff! Well done to everyone who ran.

RESULTS 

West Midlands Young Athletes XC – 15 February

16540908782_ae653fe6d6_o A fantastic day for our young cross country runners at the final West Midlands Young Athletes league match at Perry Park. There were some great individual and team performances. The highlight on the day was again provided by Georgia Curry, who recorded her second successive league victory winning the U17 women’s race by a comfortable margin. This placed Georgia fourth in the rankings across the season.

Shaun Evans completed a fantastic season with an excellent second place in the U17 men’s race – he was narrowly beaten in an exciting sprint finish. Shaun finished in the top three in all five races and won the overall individual title. The U17 men’s team won the race on the day, with Jerome Austin finishing seventh and Alex Jones finishing 13th. The team collected silver medals for their performance over the season.

The first runner home for the U15 girls was Ellen Humpherston in 23rd place, whilst Ben Horton was first back for the U15 boys in 29th place.

16354304018_743101c865_oThere were more medals in the U13 age group. Lewis Duval finished in fourth place on the day in the U13 boys race and won a bronze medal for the season. The U13 girls again packed superbly with Caitlin White, Rachel White and Grace Ballinger all finishing in the top 20. Overall the U13 girls finished third and collected bronze medals.

There were also medals for the U11 girls, who won team bronze. Elsa Buchanan was the star athlete across the season, finishing 6th in the league rankings. On the day there were also great runs by Hope Stirland (12th) and Maddie Hammond (17th).

The U11 boys narrowly missed out on a medal finishing 4th – Daniel Pitt and Ben Stewart were the top placed runners on the day, finishing 12th and 15th respectively.

Overall we finished in fourth place out of the 19 clubs in the league.

There are some great photos taken by Marc Kirsten which are available on our FLICKR page, whilst the results are available on the WMYACCL website:

MARC KIRSTEN PHOTOS

RESULTS

Birmingham Games – 7/8 February

Some of our sprinters and jumpers were in action at the Barclaycard Arena at the weekend:

  • Ethan Brough – 7.60 (U17M 60m)
  • Kane Howitt – 7.26 (U20M 60m)
  • Nicholas Pryce – 7.15 and 7.16 (SM 60m)
  • Fiona Ellis – 8.65 and 8.70 (SW 60m)
  • Ethan Brough – 24.15 (U17M 200m)
  • Nicholas Pryce – 22.04 and 22.40 (SM 200m)
  • Megan Evans – 4.65m (SW Long Jump)

Well done everyone! The full results are available below:

Day 1 Results

Day 2 Results

Senior XC Leagues – 7 February

DSC03009The final XC league race of the season saw the women travel to Wolverhampton and the men travel to Cheltenham. The highlight was great run by Katie Ingle who finished 12th in her first race for a number of months. Andrea Deathridge had her best run of the season to finish 27th, whilst Vici Richardson showed her marathon training is paying off with another strong performance.

Unfortunately there were no final day miracles for the men, with the team being relegated back to Division 2. Russell Simpson had a particularly strong run, whilst there was a return to form for Tom Chew.

Women’s Results

Men’s Results

Steve Marklew selected to represent GB at the IPC Marathon World Championships

Steve Marklew - Stafford 20Great news – Steve Marklew has been selected to represent Great Britain at this year’s IPC Marathon World Championships. This event, which is a qualifying event for 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, will take place in London ahead of the London Marathon on 26 April.

Steve is partially sighted and competes as a T12/T13 athlete. Despite being the UK record holder for the T13 category over the marathon distance (2 hours 36 minutes achieved at London 5 years ago) this will be Steve’s first international vest.

Subject to formal classification another club member, Russell Simpson, may be joining Steve at London to run as his guide. This will depend on whether Steve is classed as T12 or T13 with only the former category being eligible to run with a guide. Good luck with the training guys!!!

Photo from http://www.racephotos.org.uk

 

Laura and Ernie win at the Sutton Sports Awards

olympic-torchWell done to Laura Whittle and Ernie Eames who were both winners at the Sutton Coldfield Sports Awards. Laura won “Female Personality of the Year” following her great year which included a 6th place finish in the Commonwealth Games. Ernie was the deserved winner of the “Mytime Active Volunteer of the Year Award” for his contributions to the club. Well done Mr Royal Sutton!

Congratulations also to Katie Jennings, Daniel Mills, Rob Andrew, Donald Brown and Muninder Singh Hayer who were all shortlisted for awards.

Leg 2 - Laura Whittle