The 2nd Midlands Counties Athletics Association open meeting saw some fine runs and PBs galore for the sprint squad. For Tyrique Grant Fagan and James Griffiths, both u 13 boys this was their major indoor competition. In the first round, the boys ran together and came 1st and 2n respectively in heat 2 of the 60 m sprint. Tyrique's time saw him placed in heat 1 of the second round and James in heat 2. Both boys improved on their first round times, achieving 9 seconds and 9.16 respectively. Fantastic runs from both boys and I am sure there is more to come. Cameron Harris (u 17 men 7.82 seconds) and Rachel Iliffe (u 20 women 8.54 seconds) both set new PBs. Kane Howitt (u 23 men) recorded a time of 7.19 seconds, a new PB and Nick Pryce 7.08 seconds in their first 60 m run of the season. A surprise was in store when Cameron and Rachel unexpectedly met Mo Farah making a flying visit to Birmingham. They both managed a signed photograph and Cameron a photo with the man himself. In case you are wondering, it is Cameron in the foreground!
Royal Sutton’s young athletes finished the cross country league season in style winning a fantastic haul of medals at the final match of the season at Perry Park. The U17 women got the club off to a great start with Georgia Curry finishing 3rd in the first race of the day, with the team also finishing 3rd, with Lois West and Grace Stirland completing the scoring. The strong performances across the season meant both Georgia and the team claimed silver medals.
The U11 boys were next up, with the team finishing 2nd on the day with George Hope being the top runner in 6th place. Ben Stewart and Tom Smith both recorded top 20 finishes, whilst Pierce Odwyer and Jacob Thomas completed the scorers. The team was second also for the season and so returned back to Wyndley with team silver.
There were more strong performances by the U17 men, with Alex Jones finishing 6th and the team finishing 3rd on the day. Euan Cox (12th) and Alex Blackham (18th) both ran well and will be useful additions to the senior team next year. Alex Jones was ranked 4th in this age group for the season.
The U11 girls narrowly missed out on a team medal finishing 4th. There were strong individual performances on the day, with Hope Stirland finishing in 3rd position, and great support from Sian Duval, Mante Nausedaite, Amaya Tisdale and Martha Wood to complete the scoring 5. Hope also won the bronze medal for her performances across the season.
For the U15 boys the star performance came from Lewis Duval who finished 10th, with the team finishing in 8th position. There was good support in particular from Ben Horton and Ben White.
The U13 girls also were also in the medals with great teamwork resulting in a 3rd place finish on the day and bronze medals for the season. Ella Semple was the first runner home for the club on Sunday in 18th place, whilst there was great packing from Charlotte Hey, Elsa Buchanan, Lucy Semple and Lucy Corker.
The U13 boys also ran well with Will Cowley the first runner in 44th to bring the team home 8th out of 19 clubs.
The final race featured the U15 girls. Ellen Humpherston gave the top performance finishing 18th with the girls finishing 6th for the season.
Overall the club finished in 4th place for the season out of 21 clubs – well done to all the athletes and coaches!!!
Marc Kirsten took lots of fantastic photos on the day and there are more available on our FLICKR page.
The full results are available on the WMYACCL website.
A date for the diaries – this years Little Aston 5 mile road race and 2 mile fun run will take place on Sunday 4 September. Entry forms will be available on the website shortly.
The 5-6pm Taster Session for 7-9 year olds will take place this Thursday (18 February) as usual. There’s no break for half term. See you all there!!!
Well done to our senior XC team who won promotion back to Division 1 following a fantastic win in the final match of the season at Gloucester today. We packed our 6 1st team scorers into the top 39 places with Shaun Evans winning his second race of the season, Ollie Haradence 10th, Nick Corker 11th, Tom Chew 12th, Jerome Austin 28th and Dave Long 39th. Our other six runners battled manfully in tough conditions meaning the B team finished 3rd – well done Simon Corker, Fred Tremblay, Steve Marklew, Paul Terleski, Steve Semple and Matt Powell. This means that overall we finished in 2nd place for the season behind Cannock & Staffs. Well done to everyone who has competed this season. Special mention to 4 runners who have been the core of the team:
- Shaun Evans, who won the last two races and was the joint top individual runner for the season and top junior.
- Ollie Haradence, who was in the top 10 for the season.
- Tom Chew, who has improved every race and finished in a best ever 12th position today.
- Jerome Austin, who was the 3rd placed junior for the season.
Thanks to our supporters who braved the cold and wet yesterday and to Phil Pollock for doing our officiating duties. Full results are available here: RESULTS
Get training everyone – it’s tough in Division 1!
Next Friday (19th Feb) there will be no jumps and hurdles training. We are having a week off as it’s half term. Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday morning sessions will continue as normal.
U11s, U13s and anyone else who wants to join us are invited to and end of xcountry season meal at Jimmy Spices, Sutton Coldfield this Sun 14th February, 5-7pm. If anyone still wants to come please meet us there and bring £21 (to cover buffet meal & 2 drinks).
Saturday saw another busy Sporthall competition at the North Solihull Leisure Centre. Full results are available on the Birmingham Sportshall League website: http://www.birminghamsportshall.com/Calendar.asp
You will notice that there were many strong performances in all age groups. RSCAC are lying in 3rd place overall.
A special mention must go to the 3 RSCAC U11 stars who were picked to represent Birmingham in the area finals a few weeks ago. Aaron and Tyrique helped their team to finish 2nd overall and Isabel was part of the winning U11 girls team. Very well done!
There were some great performances at the Midland Championship at the weekend. Here’s Margaret’s report:
“The Midland Championships were held at a new venue, Prestwold Hall, Leicestershire, on Saturday. On a deceptively tough course, Royal Sutton Coldfield AC was well represented and there were some exciting performances.
In form Shaun Evans, had the best result of the day in the Under 20 men’s event. Always in contention he tracked the leaders until half way and ran on strongly to be rewarded with a bronze medal. He was also celebrating selection to race for Midland Counties in the Home Countries International which will be staged in Falkirk in March. Jerome Austin battled well in 26th place.
The club’s sole representative in the Under 17 women’s race, Georgia Curry, had a great championships crossing the finish in 7th position.
The Under 17 men packed well with Alex Jones impressing in 14th, Alex Blackham ran a determined race in 33rd and Tom Parkes completed the scoring with a strong run in 46th.
Under 15 Ellen Humpherston put in a mature performance to finish in 17th in her event.
The senior women put in a strong team performance to finish 7th overall, with Andrea Deathridge 32nd, Mel Woodward 40th, Lizzie Wignall 53rd and Rachel Thebridge 108th. For the senior men the first runner home for the club was Tom Chew in 60th place.”