Telford Games more results

Finally, the results from the Telford Games. Some excellent performances from Royal Sutton athletes on what started as a wet and windy day, making conditions difficult for the younger athletes in particular. As is normally the case with this competition, standards were very high.

For the u 11 girls, Caitlin Ralph achieved a silver medal in both the 60 metres and Long Jump and 4th position in the 150 metres. An excellent performance in what was Caitlin’s second track competition. Zara Buchanan won a bronze medal in the Long Jump with a new PB and was 6th in the 60 metre final.

In the u 17 men’s 100 metres both Ethan Brough and Cameron Kirkbride got through to the final, with Ethan running a new PB, in what proved to be a tough race. Both also ran well in the 200 m final.

In the u 15 boys 100 m, Cameron Harris ran well but just missed out on a place in the final. Cameron also performed well in the 200 m final. In addition to the achievements already outlined  in a previous report, Ryan Humphreys also achieved a new PB in the 80 m hurdles.

Connor Race, Evan Pritchard and David Iliffe battled it out in the u 13 boys 100m, with Connor achieving a PB in both the heats and the final. Evan and Connor also ran in the 200 m, with Connor again achieving a new PB and a place in the final. Both David and Evan performed well in the Long Jump.

Rachel Iliffe won a bronze medal with a new PB in the u 17 women’s triple jump and ran a new PB in the 100 metres final. Rachel also ran well in the 200 m. Hannah Smith set a new PB in the same race.

Jenny Hopkinson ran well in both the u 15 girls 100 and 200 metres, reaching the final in both events. Madeleine Shay set a new PB in the 100 m.

Freya Liddington won bronze in u 13 girls Long Jump and set a new PB in the final of the 100 m.

Elsa Buchanan just missed out on a medal in the 800 m and Long Jump, achieving 4th place in both events.

Well done everyone!

Presentation evening

Presentation evening 2015A note from John Mills following this years presentation evening:

“It was nice to see a packed Walmley Social Club for this year’s event, although ticket numbers were limited, for the second year running they went like hot cakes.

The atmosphere created from start to finish by the cheering and applause for all our winners made it one of the best nights we have had for some years.

This year we had to replace the trophies for the Clare Fancote Awards and we invited two former recipients of this award to make this year’s presentations. Our female presenter was Emily Hathaway who was a club member from 1991 to 2003, winning many medals and championships for 8oo metres and Cross Country. Frederic Tremblay received his award in 2014 for a number of successful appearances for his native France at World and European Track and Field Championships both Indoors and Outdoors. The prestigious Clare Fancote Awards are second only to the Club Person of the Year Award.

The club also awarded a Life Membership to Ruth Dobbins for her services as a timekeeper, not only to the club but to athletics in general.

The citation read as follows

Ruth joined the club in August 1998 along with some friends and work colleagues with the intention of running the London Marathon to raise money for the John Taylor Hospice and was coached by Gordon Chapman. I’m not sure whether the marathon was completed but I understand one or more half marathons were.

In the year 2000 Ruth took a Time Keeper’s course and I think from then on running took a bit of a back seat.

She has consistently supported the club both home and away and in particular the Young Athlete’s Track and Field League, often being asked at away meetings if she would take on the role of Chief Timekeeper. Having regular support such as this is very important because a lack of qualified officials can mean the loss of points from the team’s final score.

Ruth is now a Grade 2c and officiates more often than not as a ‘Chief’ at Club, County and Midland Counties Events. She can also be found at many major meetings working as a Backroom Official.

The club is very proud to award a Life Membership to Ruth Dobbins.

There was also this plea from the committee for volunteers –

I think many of the parents that are regular visitors to the clubhouse will have noticed the influx of new members, especially youngsters. This puts extra pressure on the daily and long term running of the club.

All Coaches, Club Officers and Committee Members are volunteers and we are always looking for more volunteers to help at the club. You may have skills that could be useful to the club or you may have a particular job in mind that you would like to volunteer for.

It could be serving at the coffee bar, raking a sandpit, collecting training fees, writing press releases, social media management, assisting a coach, these are just a few of many possibilities.

Your club depends on volunteers, as little as 2 hours a week or 2 hours a month would make a difference at the club – whatever spare time you think you may have, we could really use.

If you’re interested come and have a chat in the Clubhouse – ask any questions, tell us what skills you have and fill in a contact form and we will be in touch. Alternatively, you can contact us through the website, as normal.

After the presentations there was a break for jacket spuds then Bright Lights Disco turned up the volume until the very enjoyable evening ended at 11 o’clock.”

The full list of prize winners is available here: Prize winners

Midland Road Relays – 19 September

get-attachmentThere were some great performances by RSC athletes at the Midland Road Relays on Saturday. The team positions were as follows:

  • U13 girls – A team 7th, B team 22nd
  • U15 boys – 14th
  • U15 girls – A team 17th, B team 29th
  • U17 men – 12th
  • U17 women – 17th
  • Senior men – 30th
  • Senior women – 16th
  • Masters men – 14th

The outstanding individual performance came from Melissa Woodward who ran the
2nd fastest time in the women’s race. Well done everyone!!!



Rob Andrew’s 4x800m team sets a new European Record

Rob Andrew, Mike Trees, Andrew Ridley, and Rob Webster
Rob Andrew, Mike Trees, Andrew Ridley, and Rob Webster

Hi Everyone, Just returned from Alexander Stadium where the GB Over 50 team recorded a time of 8.39.75 to set a new European and British record and narrowly missed out on the World record of 8.36.39 set by Canada in Toronto in 2012. Our Rob Andrew ran a super first leg and was well inside the old record schedule however due to injury there were changes to the original team and although the substitutes ran their hearts out they just missed out on the world record. Another attempt next year Rob?

All the best. John T

PBs galore at the Telford Games and Derby Athletics Festival

jasmine_walkerGraham Felton has sent in a report of some fantastic performances at the Telford Games and Derby Athletics Festival:

“Saturday’s Telford Games produced some excellent performances with a number of RSC athletes winning medals, here are the outstanding performances I saw:

Kane Howitt had a day to dream of winning double gold over 100 and 200 metres, both with Electronically timed PB’s. Jasmine Walker broke the club record with her first throw in the under-13 javelin competition  with a throw of 27.50 metres. She extended this to 27.92 metres with her 3rd throw, winning the competition and strengthening her position at the top of the West Midland rankings. She also is now placed in the top twenty of the UK rankings.
HannahRyan Humphries won gold in the High Jump taking his PB from 1.53 metres up to 1.60 metres. Hannah Smith won Silver in the U17 Discus with a new PB and Bronze in the Shot. Anna Short won Bronze in the U15 Shot with a new PB.
A small number of Sutton Athletes enjoyed great conditions and great success at the Derby Athletics Festival. Jasmine Walker threw 28.35 metres to win Gold which is the 3rd advance of the club record in 2 days. It extends her position as top of the WM rankings and puts her into 16th place in the UK rankings. Chrissie Prince won Gold in The U17 Shot and Discus and Bronze in the Hammer. Charlotte Prince (Chrissie’s little sister) won Bronze in the U11 600 metres in a new PB of 2.03 secs.”
 Chrissie and Charlotte AnnaRyan_Humphries

Taster session for 7-9 yr old returns on Thursday 17 September

The Taster Session, for 7 -9 year olds, designed to create a ‘club-like’ environment, to increase the children’s athletic ability as well as their confidence, returns for a new Autumn term on Thursday 17th September 2015 between 5.00 and 6.00pm

Those children who attended the Summer Term are invited back, but if they have not attended the first 2 sessions in the new term, they will be deemed not to want to participate any further. Currently, we have a considerable waiting list, and all ’empty places’ resulting from the above will then be allocated to those currently on the waiting list.

For those returning to the new session on 17th September, you are urged to arrive earlier, as parents will be required to complete new paperwork. For this, the clubhouse will be open as from 4.30pm.

Because of increase costs, we have reluctantly had to increase the training fee to £2.00 per person per session.

In fairness to all new children who have NOT previously attended, nor on the waiting list, they will not be allowed to take part, but must firstly be added to the waiting list, applying preferably by email to

Lucy, Max, Shaun and co look forward to meeting up with you again for an hour of running, jumping and throwing.