Great Senior Performances X Country Update

Both Ladies and Men’s senior athletes made the journey to Betley Court, Crewe where the first fixtures of the respective leagues took place on Saturday.

The day started off with a combined race featuring the Ladies 1st and 2nd divisions running together, with RSCAC making its return to the top level following promotion back in the 2019/20 season. This also marked the first ladies cross country race since the sad passing of former team manager and inspiration of the ladies team, Roy Humpherson, which left a big hole in the assembled gathering from the club and brought emotions to the fore for many there on the day.

An enthusiastic team of 8 ladies took to the start line for the undulating two-lap course. With over 340 athletes in the multi-division race and 166 finishers in Div 1 , Olivia Harris led the team home finishing an impressive 30th overall (24th Div 1). Linda O’Connor and Jen Lloyd showed great teamwork on the final lap with only 5 secs between them at the finish. Linda, on her long overdue return to competition, was 87th (Div 1) and 24th (Masters), with Jen 89th (Div 1) and 25th (Masters). Gemma Sidaway brought the scoring team home strongly in 94th place. There were debut performances from Sky Mileto, 99th and Dale Lyons, 128th. Having turned her ankle during the race Annette Belcher showed great courage and commitment finishing 102nd and 34th (Masters). Georgia Delaney returning from injury finished strongly in 138th.

With 7 ladies unavailable for this first race the ladies team is going from strength to strength and the team spirit, support and encouragement both in training and on the race course is testament to Roy’s legacy. The enthusiasm of the ladies team in cheering on the men really added to the occasion.

Following swiftly on from the Ladies race, it was the turn of the men’s team in another combined divisions race covering three divisions with RSCAC taking its place in Division 2.

23 athletes stood on the start line for the club, the largest single turnout for the men in current memory, spanning back over 20 years. In a fiercely competitive race, Ollie Harradence was first home for the club finishing 32nd overall, but 2nd in the second division battle. Excellent debut performances for the club over the country saw Alex Seabridge, David Sutton and Andy Bradley make the scoring 6 along with Barry Lloyd and Richard Naylor rounding off the A team, which finished in 5th place on the day less that 40 points off the promotion places. The strength of the team, reflecting the ever growing training squad, was even more in evidence with the B team comprising of Chris Taylor, Ollie Sheppard, Sam Crawford, John Hayman, Shaun Hemmings and Fred Tremblay finishing in top place in the B team competition.

With other athletes who were unavailable for this fixture due to return for the next race in December, it is hoped that movement towards a promotion place can be made. Other runners making up the 23 were Russel Simpson, Paul Terleski, Dylan O’Rourke, Tom Lloyd, Matt Bennet, Iain Mackie, Josh Hughes and Paul Jenkins. Squad coach and Team manager Steve Marklew was also on hand to provide his usual words of “gentle encouragement” to his athletes around the course, particularly on the last climb to the finish line.

Having both Ladies & Men’s teams at the same venue helped create a great sense of combined team spirit, which was assisted greatly by an awesome array of home made cakes and cookies provided by various of the athletes in attendance and bolstered the post-race celebrations. The good news is that both groups ate together for the next two races so, in the words of the popular TV cooking program, “On your marks, get set, BAKE”

National Cross Country Relays 6th November Berry Hill Park, Mansfield

A small number of athletes competed in the National cross country relay championships at the weekend with some excellent results.

Despite being part of an incomplete under 13 boys’ team, Noah Homer came back 3rd on the 1st leg against 81 other teams. He completed the 2 km course in a time of 6.57, 6th fastest u13 boy of the day.

In under 15 boys,  Isaac and Joel Cartwright ran well with times of 7.22 and 8.05 respectively for the 2km course.

The under 15 girls came 53rd, Francesca Allen was on first leg (8.20)  followed by Olivia Allen (8.23) and Mariah Taha on 3rd leg in a time of 8.53 for the 2km course.

Under 17 girls finished 34th and were the 4th best Midland s team on the day. Bethan Homer was 18th on the first leg in a time of 9.25 for the 2.5 km course. On second leg Martha Wood completed the course in 10.23 with Charlotte Prince completing the final leg in 11.01.

Well done to all who completed in this very high standard prestigious event.

WMYACCL 14th November Warley Woods

The next cross country league race will take place on Sunday at Warley Woods (postcode B67 5LX).  Please make sure that you take your number from the first race to use again.

Below are the race time as well as the course map setting out the routes and distances for each age group, please liaise with your coach to find out the meet times to walk the course and warm up.

WMYACCL Newbold Revel 17th October

The first West Midlands Young Athletes XC league took place on the 17th October 2021 at Newbold Revel, Rugby.

It was fantastic to see so many athletes competing especially some of our athletes who were running in their first ever cross-country race. Overall, RSCAC came third on the day.

Under 17 Girls

2nd overall, just one point behind Tipton. Bethan Homer came back 3rd in the race and was well supported by Sian Duval (5th), Martha Wood (21st). An excellent start to the season.

Under 11 Boys

1st Overall with great individual performances with 4 athletes in the first 10. Will Seager won the race closely followed by his brother Sam Seager (5th), Yuvan Sidhu (8th), Jayden Bailey (9th) and Reece Barrows (13th). Well done to all the other Sutton runners.

Under 17 Boys

Overall, the boys came 4th overall with Ethan Patel a credible 3rd place. Also in the top 10 was George O’Connor (9th) with Ethan Cook (27th) the final counter.

Under 11 Girls

1st overall,  first back was Eliza Winmill (6th) closely followed by Sophia Potocka (10th), Isla Daly (11th), Aiza Ulhaq (12th) and the final counter Charlotte Newby (25th).

Under 15 Boys

Will Stead was first back in 18th supported by Isaac Cartwright (21st), Joel Cartwright (43th) and Frank Wildig (64th) finishing overall in 9th place club.

Under 13 Girls

The girls finished 4th overall, first back was Elizabeth Fleming (8th) followed by Gabrielle Daly (25th), Izzy Mason (34th), Evie Edwards (40th) and Amelie Leffler (45th) the fifth counter.

 Under 13 Boys

Overall 5th place team with Noah Homer home in 2nd place followed by Dan Smith (11th), Oliver Allen (30th), Leighton Ryde (43th) and fifth counter Oliver Wild (59th).

Under 15 Girls

The under 15 girls also finished 5th overall, first counter was Francesca Allen (15th) followed by Grace Besant (29th), Jorja Wright (36th), Amber Hoey (37th) and Elizabeth Warne (37th).

Well, done to all the other athletes that competed. The next Race is on the 14th November at Warley Woods.

A full list of results can be accessed at WMYACCL Series.pdf.

Race Report by Jo Homer

West Midlands Schools Trials 23rd October

Great news the West Midlands Schools Trials have been confirmed for the 23rd October. The race is at Sutton Park on Aeroplane Hill. The age groups and times are as follows –

10.00am Minor Girls (Yr 7) approx. 2.6K

10.20am Minor Boys (Yr 7) approx. 3.6K

10.40am Junior Girls (Yr 8 & 9) approx. 3.6K

11.00am Junior Boys (Yr 8 &9) approx. 3.9K

11.20am Inter Girls (Yr 10 & 11) approx. 3.9K

11.40am Inter Boys (Yr 10 & 11) approx. 4.8K

Coaches have already given me a list of athletes who want to run, however if you have not confirmed attendance please let me know by Tuesday by emailing

The race will act as selection to represent the West Midlands Schools in the Dave Sunderland Schools Inter County races on the 20th November.

Cross Country League Race – 17th October 2021

The first West Midlands Young Athletes Country Country League race is on the 17th October at Newbold Revell, Rugby, CV23 OTH.

Please find the course map below

The event times and distances are as follows –

Please liaise with your coaches to confirm the times to arrive on race day.

Full details of all league fixtures are available via the following link

WMYACCL – West Midland Young Athletes Cross Country League Sponsored by Sportswear Deals

Midland Road Relays Race Report

Midland Road Relays  Sutton Park 25th September 2021

Well, done to all the athletes that competed at the Midland Road Relays in Sutton Park 25th September 2021.  In total we had 39 athletes competing across U13 to Seniors.  A fantastic effort by all competing and putting on the RSCAC vest, especially those competing at the event for the first time.

The Junior athletes formed teams of 3, running over 3.88 Km across the a very challenging course which includes the infamous 3 stage hill.   

Senior teams formed teams of 4 for the women over 4.33 km and teams of 6 for the men’s competition running 5.88 km.

Some notable performances included Noah Homer (U13 boys), although part of an incomplete team he was 2nd fastest across all stages of the relay with a time of 13 minutes 23 seconds.  The Under 17 girls narrowly missed out on a bronze medal by just 5 seconds finishing in 5th place overall, well done to Bethan Homer (in 14:35  – 6th fastest overall on the day), Sian Duval and Beatrix Whistance.

A great performance also by Ollie Harradence in the Senior Men’s team  who returned back in 12th place in the 1st leg in a fantastic time of 18:28.

It was also great to see 2 teams in the Senior Women’s event. Our thoughts are with Roy Humpherson’s family, I am sure Roy would have been there proudly shouting on all the teams.

U13 Boys (incomplete team)

Noah Homer(1) 13:23, Christian Neal (5) 16:27

U13 Girls A (14th overall in 51.40)

Willow Mccarthy (16)16:16, Elizabeth Flemin (11)17:08, Katie Straw (14) 18:16
U13 Girls B (Incomplete team)
Imogen Neal(26) 17:55, Gabrielle Daly (28) 18:39
U15 Boys A (21st overall in 46.13)
Isaac Cartwright (25) 15:06, Joel Cartwright  (21) 15:41, William Stead  (21) 15:26
U15 Girls A (16th overall in 49.11)
Grace Besant(21) 16:31,Jorja Wright(18) 16:23, Amber Hoey(16) 16:17

U15 Girls B (25th overall in 52.43)
Elizabeth Warne  (27) 17:26, Mariah Taha(24) 17:22, Lucy Rigby (25) 17:55
U17 Girls A (5th overall in 46.12)
Bethan Homer(5) 14:35, Sian Duval (3) 15:28, Beatrix Whistance (5) 16:09
Senior Men A (23rd overall in 2:01:51)
O Harradence  (12) 18:28, B Lloyd (13) 19:32, A Seabright(13) 20:10, 
B Watkins (19) 20:56, P Terleski (22) 21:42, J Hayman(23) 21:03
Senior Men’s B (58th overall in 2:18:58)

A Bradley (81) 22:16, E Stead (78) 23:02, I Wood (72) 22:26, I Mackie (71) 24:41, D Orourke (65) 23:20, T Lloyd(58) 23:13
Women’s B (25th overall in 1.11.47)
Olivia Harris (20) 16:31, Gemma Sidaway (25) 17:51, Annette Belcher (21) 18:01, Jennie Lloyd (25) 19:24
Women’s A (52nd overall 1.19.17)
Caitlin O'connor (58) 18:50, Ellen Humpherston (65) 20:40, Lucy Carey  (60) 20:05, Katie Britnell   (52) 19:42

Lost Property & Unwanted Running/Sports Kit

If you have lost you favourite hoody or can’t find your winter running jacket please take a couple of minutes to look in the club house. All lost kit has been put on tables so please check and collect anything that belongs to you.

The club is supporting BBC Radio’s Make A Difference campaign – Kit Out the Nation to secure unwanted children’s sports kit and distribute it to children and teenagers who need it most. Any uncollected kit will be donated to this very worthy cause at the end of October.

If you have any kit at home that you no longer require or that no longer fits please feel free to bring it down to the club so that it can be donated to support the initiative. Please make sure your unwanted kit is washed and put in bags. All donations will be dropped off at one of the collection points during November.

British Masters 21st Augusts

Great results by our athletes at The British Masters Championships on the 21st August.
Janice Pryce took the GOLD medal in the W60 Triple Jump with 8.70m .She also took 4th place in the Long Jump with 3.69m which is a new CLUB record beating her own record of 3.60m.

Peter Ilo took the GOLD medal in the M60 400m with a time of 59.32 .

Kevin Brown  took the SILVER medal in the M55 Discus (1.5Kg) with a throw of 40.85m 

Lorna Foster took the BRONZE medal in the W55 Discus with a throw of 22.51m .She also took 4th places in the Hammer with 28.53m and the Shot with 8.65m which is a Seasons Best .

Well done to Janice, Peter, Kevin and Lorna. Super Stuff.

Warwickshire Championships, Nuneaton 31st July/1st August

Athletes from the club had some fantastic performances in the Warwickshire
Championships resulting in 24 medal positions.  It was great to see so
many of our athletes wearing the RSCAC vest across so many different
events.  A big well done to everyone but particularly Nicolas Pryce and
Noah Homer who came first in two events.

Athletes that were in 1st place include

Nicholas Pryce Senior Men 100m 10.64 and 200m 21.52.

Noah Homer U 13M  800m 2.22.07 and 1500m 4.50.63.

Ethan Cook U 17 M High Jump 1.55m

Lorna Foster W55  DT 22.51m and HT 3K with a throw of

Chrissie Prince Senior Women HT 4K 45.55m’

Charlotte Prince U 17 W 300m 43.67

Francesca Allen U 15 W 3000m 11.00.72

Florence Thomas-Male U 13 W  100m 13.25

Katie Straw U13 W Javelin 400 22.17m.

Tiffany Latham U13 W Discus 13.02m

Silver medalist’s include

Jack Lynch U 15M JT 400 32.57m  CLUB RECORD

Florence Thomas-Male U 13 W 200m  27.56

Bethan Homer U 17 W 3000m  10.49.80

Elizabeth Fox-Payne U15 W 200m 28.18

Mollie Beaton U 13 W 100m 13.52

Willow McCarthy- Brown  U13 W 800m 2.39.44

Amaya Tisdale U 17 W 800m 2.40.75

In bronze position

Lucy Carey  U 20 W 1500m 5.16.86

Bethany Connolly U 17 W 300m 45.85

Charlotte Prince U 17 W Pole Vault 2.60m

Olivia Allen U 17 W 3000m 11.58.02 SB

Martha Wood U 17 W 1500m 5.17.26

Molly Beaton U 13 W 200m 27.91

Tiffany Latham U13 W 1500m 6.01.97