Online entries still being taken for the Little Aston 5

20596864423_345e5d652e_oThere’s just over a week to go until the Little Aston 5 Mile Road Race and 2 Mile Fun Run, with online entries available until 31 August. The race takes place  on Sunday 4 September (11am) and starts and finishes at Little Aston Primary School (Address: Forge Lane, Sutton Coldfield, B74 3BE)



Laura Whittle is an Olympian!!!

Screenshot_2016-08-17-18-08-35-1Well done to Laura Whittle who became an Olympian during the week when she ran in the 5000m. She capped off a fantastic season with a really gutsy performance finishing 10th in her heat in a time of 15.31. Great stuff – we’re all proud of you (and more than a little envious too!!!)

Presentation evening takes place on 7 October

Presentation evening 2015Here’s a message from John Mills regarding this years Presentation Evening:

Again we are at Walmley Social Club on Friday October 7th, starting promptly at 7.45pm.

As in previous years ticket numbers are limited by our hosts, the maximum number is 180 which has to include organisers and the DJs. Tickets will cost £6.50 each with a discount for 4 or more, price includes a jacket potato and fillings.

Tickets will be on sale in the clubhouse from 7.30pm on Tuesday September 13th and following club nights. They will be sold on a first come first served basis and payment at the time of purchase.

There will be no admittance on the night without a ticket.

This early information will hopefully help to avoid the disappointment of previous years when members/parents were asking for tickets the night before the sold out event.

We are continually looking for a larger venue with a capacity of 250 to 300 to enable more members and parents to attend what is usually a very enjoyable evening celebrating the achievements of our members young and not so young.

Jasmine Walker wins gold at the Midland Champs

jasmine walker midland u15 javelin champion 2016 (1)Here’s a report from Brian covering a gold for one of our rising stars at the Midland Champs last weekend.

Under-15 Royal Sutton AC athlete Jasmine Walker won gold in the U15 girl’s javelin competition last Saturday in the Midland Track and Field Championships at Nuneaton. Jasmine secured victory with virtually the last throw of the competition after a tense 6-round battle with the Midland’s top throwers in the age group. The throw was measured at 35.26 metres, breaking the club record and extending her lead at the top of the West Midland’s rankings and moving her into the top 20 UK rankings. Thirteen year old Jasmine is still at the bottom end of the age group and will be aiming for more success next year. She has already thrown the qualifying distance for the English National Championships and will be competing at Bedford later this month.

Also competing for the club in the under-13 girls’ quadrathlon competition last Sunday were Elsa and Zara Buchanan who finished 8th and 25th respectively out of a very large field of young athletes. In this event they had to display all-round ability, competing in the long-jump, high jump, shot-putt and the 100 metres. Notable performances included a high jump of 1.35 metres (a personal best for Elsa) and a shot putt of 5.50 metres by Zara.


Senior team wins promotion to division 3

27887547666_df00af58f7_oWOW, Super performances by everyone last weekend at Solihull. Check out the RESULTS and you can see how close it was, so well done to all of you because every point really counted. We finished in third place at Solihull  which in a very tight finish gave us second place overall after all 4 meetings.

The final places are:
  1. Abingdon 24
  2. RSCAC 18 (1518.5)
  3. Solihull and Small Heath 18 (1384)
  4. Kidderminster and Stourport 16
  5. Corby 14.5
  6. Charnwood 13.5
  7. Kettering 4
Four new Club records were set. They are
  • Chrissie Prince Under 20 Discus 31.52m .This breaks her own record of 30.98 set earlier this year.
  • Janice Pryce W55 Triple Jump 9.62m .This breaks her own record of 9.36m set earlier this year as well as being superior to the British record of 9.29m  but due to the absence of a wind gauge cannot be ratified as a British record
  • Graham Felton M65 Shot 7.26 Kg .8.50m. This beats his own record set in 2015 of 7.60m
  • Mens 4x100m Relay 43.7 secs( team of Kane Howitt,Ethan Brough,Shem Nelson and Nick Pryce). This beats the old record of 43.8 set in 2015 and 2016.
27887391396_ca5ca00b89_oWell done to Chrissie, Janice, Graham, Kane, Ethan, Shem and Nick. There were also 4 Personal Bests. They are
  • Georgia Delaney 1500m
  • Shaun Evans 3000m
  • Elliott Walker High Jump
  • Rachel Brown Triple Jump.
Check  out the Sutton Observer for a full report. In addition, there are some photos on the Abingdon AC FLICKR page. Once again well done to all you athletes with a special thanks to our officials as well as Graham as our acting Team Manager.
All the best. John T
PS Does Sunday’s performances mean that next year I should spend all of the season attending Weddings in Cyprus?

Match report – Midland Vets League

Here’s John’s report from the Vets meeting held at Wyndley at the end of July:

“Hi Everyone, I have had a chance to go through the results in a little detail and there were two club records set by Lorna and Graham and quite a few personal bests. The details are .

  • Lorna Foster W50 Discus 24.28m .This beats her old record of 22.75 set in 2015.
  • Graham Felton M65 Hammer (5Kg) 25.84m. This beats his old record of 24.39 set in 2015
  • Helen Elsouedi W40 200m/800m/3000m
  • Kate McBrien W45 800m/3000m
  • Fiona Smith W50 2000m Walk
  • Lorna Foster W50 Hammer
  • Paul Baker M35 200m/800m
  • Stephen Pitt M45 200m/3000m
  • Paul Jenkins M50 200m/
  • Daniel Musson M35 800m/3000m
  • Jim Greenwood M40 3000m
Well done everyone.
All the best. John T”

100 Club Draw – July


Here are our lucky July winners !

£50     no.90    Trevor Brown

£30     no.48    Linda Lord

£25     no.39    Gaynor Sergiew

£15     no.4      Richard Lewis

£15     no.71    Angie Prince

£15     no.82    Nicola North

Congratulations to all our winners and thank you for your support.

Next draw in … November..

There are numbers still available, only £16.20 a number.

Interested?  See John Mills.

Success at the Cotswold 24 hour relay race – 23/24 July

Catch up on some great Team long distance racing which happened on the 23rd and 24th of July.

An  intrepid group of our Senior distance squad ventured out furtheDSC03258r & longer last weekend as they entered two mixed teams of 6 in the 24 hour relay event near Cirencester.

Running over a 5.6 mile multi terrain course the 1st team won the mixed team event setting a new record distance for mixed teams and finished an impressive 2nd overall completing 37 laps just one lap behind an all-male team of 8 and.

The 2nd team ran 33 laps to finish 7th overall and 5th mixed team. Each runner ran either 5,6 or 7 laps over the 24 hours covering 28 – 39 miles each !

Congratulations to Ollie Harradence, Simon Lees, Steve Marklew, Andrea Deathridge, Dean England, Russ Simpson (1st team); Dave Long, Paul Terleski, Chris Taylor, Gemma Sidaway, Matt Stenson and John Fletcher.

Special mention to Ollie who ran all his legs under 36 mins, ran the events fastest leg of the weekend & who also organised the event for the teams plus Andrea, who was the most consistent runner of the weekend.

Time to rest now…before looking to those autumn half or full marathons!


More info about the race can be found here.

Report by Steve Marklew (Senior Long Distance Squad Coach).

A message from Laura Whittle as we wish her well at the Rio Olympics

Thanks very much for the card from everyone at RSCAC!

I was delighted to receive it!

Best wishes,


Laura Whittle
Laura is representing Great Britain in the 5000 metres at this year’s Olympics.

The 5000 metre timetable is:

  • Tuesday 16th August round 1 at 09.30
  • Friday 19th August Final at 21.40

Information taken from official Athletics Timetable.

Times are Rio time, UK time is 4 hours ahead.

Please check nearer date for any changes to the above info.