U11s Endurance Squad: WATER BOTTLES!!

We are aware that the weather has been very warm recently, to say the least! Some athletes have consequently begun to bring water bottles with them.

This is against the rules that were established when we returned to training after lockdown when, for Covid-related reasons, we stipulated that NO bottles were to be brought by athletes.

Some athletes bringing bottles is likely to cause problems with those that have adhered to the rules, and furthermore we do not wish to risk bottles being carriers of the virus.

There is sufficient evidence in the running world that hydration is not an issue with the length and type of training that we do.

During the day of training, it is imperative that parents ensure that their children are sufficiently hydrated in preparation for the session. If this is done, there should be no need for athletes to bring water.

In case ONLY of emergency, the coaches will have a bottle of water.

We thank you in advance.

U11’s Endurance Squad

The coaches have missed the opportunity to coach your athletes over the last few months and have been looking forward to having them return to the club, when safe to do so.

With that in mind we had a Zoom meeting last night (3/6/2020), wherein we discussed the possible return of some coaching sessions for the under 11’s endurance squad.  England Athletics now state that groups of up to 6 can train.

With the guidelines changing, the coaches and I have in mind to return on Tuesday 23rd June 2020. Depending on numbers we will initially run 2/3 groups, following strict social distancing guidelines, with one coach per group of maximum 5 athletes, but all groups within the same general area.

We need to establish numbers, to ascertain if there is any interest for the above proposal.  So could parents/carers contact either of the telephone numbers below?

If athletes are keen to return to training, then we encourage parents/carers to prepare them for the sessions by taking the athletes on some runs.

Once the first sessions have been put in place, these will be posted on the website, and will then operate on a first to reply basis. We would ask that no athlete should turn up if they have not had a training place confirmed.

Please monitor the Club website/Twitter, for any updates and changes to the regulations.

We all at RSCAC are looking forward to seeing you all again soon. 


Martin Phipps 07882 879976

Marc Kirsten 07785 727434


Storm Ciara fails to blow Royal Sutton Coldfield off course

Despite extremely challenging weather conditions, Royal Sutton Coldfield Athletics Club braved the increasingly appalling conditions, storming to a flood of great results at the fourth and final fixture in the West Midlands Young Athletes Cross Country League, held at a wet, windswept and muddy Aldersley Stadium on Sunday February 9th.

Medals galore were won by several teams and individuals, although, due to a technical hitch on the day, the athletes concerned will have to be patient before they receive them!

Where to start? On the day, 6 out of the 8 teams competing finished in the top 3 for their relevant age groups. For 5 of those teams, this cemented their positions in the overall league results, with team gold medals for the under 11 girls and the under 15 girls; and team silver medals for the under 11 boys, under 13 girls and under 15 boys. The under 13 boys just missed out on team bronze medals.

Adding all these impressive results together meant that the club as a whole came 3rd out of 21 clubs, beating heavyweights such as Birchfield Harriers, Coventry Godiva and Tipton Harriers.

Individual medals were also won by the following athletes due to their superb overall placings after the 4 races: Noah Homer(2nd), Zak Tisdale (3rd), and Dan Smith(4th) in the under 11 boys; Tiffany Latham(3rd); and Mollie Beeton(4th) in the under 11 girls; Sian Duval (3rd) in the under 15 girls; and Lucy Carey(3rd) in the under 17 women.

Well done to ALL the athletes who competed on a day which no-one will forget!

For full results please go to:   www.wmyaccl.com

For photos, check out our Flickr page.

Midland Cross Country Championships, Prestwold Hall, Saturday January 25th 2020

There were some impressive results across the board from Royal Sutton Coldfield Athletics Club athletes at the recent Midland Cross Country Championships held at Prestwold Hall on Saturday January 25th.

The Under 20 women’s team finished 1st, comprising of Ellen Humpherston(15th), Caitlin O’Connor(19th), and Emma Cavendish Tribe(21st).

There were 2 outstanding individual results that deserve highlighting.

In a field of over 360 athletes, Shaun Evans came 6th in the Senior Men’s Race. And Lucy Carey was 13th in the Under 17 women’s race.

The Under 15 girls team were an extremely creditable 5th, with Bethan Homer home first for the team in 19th, followed by Martha Wood(38th), Charlotte Prince(48th); Matilda Strachan(50th); Amaya Tisdale(53rd) and Zara Buchanan(63rd).

The Under 13 girls team were 7th, and included Evie Sandland (42nd), Emily Symes (47th); and Eva Cartwright (59th).

In the boys’ events, great team spirit and determination saw the Under 15 boys finish in 5th place, only 4 points from finishing 3rd. Ethan Patel (21st); George Hope(29th); George O’Connor(30th); and Ethan Cook (47th) made up the team.

The Under 13 boys team were an encouraging 7th, with Isaac Cartwright(38th), George Bromley(40th); and Adam Wilkinson (41st).

In the Under 17 men’s race, James Pentland was 33rd, whilst Tom Lloyd was 64th.