The National

Well done to all our athletes who braved the cold, mud and rain at the National on Saturday. The event took place at Wollaton Hall, Nottingham and saw our athletes competing against the top runners from across the country. The top performances came from Shaun Evans, who finished in 10th place in the Junior Men’s race and Georgia Curry, who finished 17th in the Junior Women’s race. The were great runs by all our other athletes – well done everyone!!!

The full results, reports and videos are available on the England Athletics Website.

Club Championships

Now the cross country is (almost) over we can finally wash those spikes and start thinking ahead to the athletics season.  To kick off the season Royal Sutton will be hosting its own Club Championships for U11s to U20s. This will be a great chance to try out a new event, check out your early season form or just have a lot of fun competing. The event will take place on Saturday 8 April at Wyndley. Entries to be submitted at the clubhouse before Thursday 30 March, with further details in the below Flyer and Entry Form. Get training!!!



XC Catch up – WM Young Athletes League (12 Feb)

Our young athletes finished the cross country season in style with some great performances in the final league match at Wolverhampton. Competing in cold and blustery conditions the team finished 4th out of 20 clubs on the day. The strong result meant we finished the 5 race season in 4th place overall. The outstanding performance came from Charlotte Prince who won her fifth consecutive race to claim the title in the U11 girls race. Well done Charlotte!!! The U11 girls secured bronze medals in the team event. There were further medals for the U13 girls (silver) and U11 boys (bronze).

A number of runners had excellent performances on the day. The following runners recorded top 20 finishes –
  • U11 boys – Ethan Cook (6th),
  • U11 girls – Amaya Tisdale (11th)
  • U13 boys – Jack Wakefield (10th), Ethan Patel (19th)
  • U13 girls – Lucy Carey (16th), Sian Duval (20th)
  • U15 girls – Charlotte Hey (6th)
  • U17 Women – Ellen Humpherston (12th)
More importantly lots of runners put in great performances across the season supporting the club and winning valuable points. Links to the results and Mark Kirsten photos are available below. Well done everyone!!!

XC Catch up – Senior Men’s and Women’s Leagues (11 Feb)

rscac-womens-tema-feb-2016For the first time this season, the men and women competed at the same venue in the season ending fixtures of their respective cross country leagues as they raced at Warwick University, Coventry on what was a damp and miserable day.

Racing first on a fast but muddy course the women’s team did themselves proud finishing 3rd on the day out of 26 teams competing. Finishing 1st for Sutton and 3rd overall Georgia Curry ran a superb race following Katie Ingle on the 1st lap and then moving coming through to beat her team mate by 4 seconds, a reversal of the previous league race.

Andrea Deathridge again competed strongly finishing 15th with Georgia Delaney having her best race of the season finishing 60th and scoring for the team for the 1st time. Emily Campion, Rachel Thebridge and Helen Elsoueidi ran strongly and completed the team.

At the season ended with Sutton finishing in 8th place overall out of 26 teams and without the early season injuries and illness could have easily finished in the top 3.

The men’s race followed, on a course that had been cut up by the earlier women’s race. Lying in 11th place at the start of the day, Sutton were fighting hard to ensure their First division survival with the bottom three of 16 teams facing relegation. Another excellent run by Shaun Evans, coming home in 7th place led the team to a respectable 10th place on the day with strong supporting runs from Ollie Harradence, Joe Spruce, Alex Blackham, Tom Chew and Simon Corker. This gave Sutton a final league position of 11th place ensuring top flight competition again next season.

Over the campaign, scorers for the first team have come from 10 different athletes reflecting the strength in depth within the squad with both Blackham and Corker scored for the first time this season, while Evans, Harradence and Chew scored in all 4 races.

The B team finished in 12th place in the second string competition with Rob Andrew, Mark Rickards, Fred Tremblay, Trevor Lewis, Paul Jenkins and Matt Stenson scoring while Matt Powel provided great competition for the final place finishing one place behind Stenson in sprint for the finish.

On an individual front, Shaun Evans finished the season in 6th place over all in the senior men’s competition and 2nd place in the junior men’s competition for athletes still under 20. Well done to Shaun and the club as a whole.