Roy Humpherson 29/05/1943 – 17/08/2021

Tuesday 17th August, 2021 was a dark day for Royal Sutton Coldfield Athletics Club and in particular for the older generation of our club members both past and present.

Roy, as was usual, taking his training group out on a ‘warm up’ enjoying the scenery in Sutton Park when he suddenly collapsed. Despite ambulance, police and the calling in of Midlands Air Ambulance attending to Roy, who had had a heart attack, they were all unable to save him and he passed away without pain or discomfort, doing something he loved doing.

On the following training night, a very sombre and shocked group of senior runners met outside the clubhouse, trying to understand and accept what had happened and were joined by Roy’s children John and Jo. Shortly afterwards a group of about 40 or so athletes went out through the park to the place where Roy had collapsed, to pay their final respects.

The news of Roy’s passing quickly spread near and far, and enjoyable stories were being relaid by his colleagues. 

Roy had joined the club back in 1987 aged 44, competing in both Cross Country and Track and Field (Vets section), but since reaching 70 years of age, he became a permanent fixture in both the Masters and Veterans team competing in a wide range of events from 200m up to 3000m, and took part in the 2k walk to earn valuable points for the club. Since reaching 75 years of age, he currently holds 4 club records in 100m and 200m, Triple Jump and Shot Putt. As late as the week before his untimely death, Roy had taken part in a Vets Track and Field competition at Burton, participating in a sprint event as well as throwing again to earn the club valuable points.

He was always keen for members of his squad to take part in the Vets league. He even completed in the London marathon, back in 2009, achieving a time of 3hours 22mins.38sec (an excellent time for a 66 year old). Another of his attributes was to introduce new events to the club such as the Shugborough Relays (now known as Stafford Relays), and introduced a Grand Prix series to the senior athletes to include a wide range of different distance events in the locality.

He was a committed team manager for the ladies Cross Country team – persuading lady members of his group to take part no matter about their level of keenness, frequently involving picking them up from their homes to ensure they took part and generally arrived at each fixture with a car full. Recently, his team of girls achieved promotion to Division 1 of the Birmingham and District, probably the highlight of his job as team manager. He would listen to all their moans and groans about how cold/wet/hilly/muddy it was going to be and yet still he was able to run around the course shouting encouraging words for his athletes, regardless of what weather conditions prevailed at the time. It was Roy who took on the responsibility of ensuring the girls were at the start line in good time, carrying all their valuables whilst they raced, and everything he did was much appreciated by his girls. From their prospective, cross country won’t be the same, but the team will always have that voice in the back of their minds, encouraging them to keep going no matter how tough the going is.

Roy enjoyed other activities including cycling where he would join other like-minded athletes to take part in another sport, whilst recovering from other injuries. Long before he joined RSCAC he was a member of North Birmingham CTC cycling two or three times a week, doing as much as 50 to 60 miles each trip at a very respectable pace. He led rides regularly and as a result became a stalwart of the cycling scene. A matter of a few days before his untimely death, he led a club ride with no let up in his level of pace.

He was also a keen golfer where he played regularly at Seedy Mill Golf Course in Lichfield, where hitting a ball over 200 yards was not a problem to him.

Even with all these hobbies of his, Roy still found time to have an interest in classic cars and restoring them where needed.

He was a devoted family man and a devoted grandad. The club and particularly his cross country girls, his training squad, and his fellow cyclists will miss him a great deal.

He will be cremated at Sutton Crematorium, Tamworth Road, Sutton Coldfield on Tuesday 14th September, 2021 at 12.15pm

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.

100 CLUB JULY WINNERS

£50   no. 66   Derek Prince

£30   no. 33   Megan Evans

£25   no. 71   Angie Prince

£15   no. 17   Fay Pollock

£15   no. 37   Bridget Mills

£15   no. 3     Alison Evetts


Thank you to all 100 Club members for your support.
There are still numbers available at an annual fee of £16.20 a number. Interested – for further information email –  johnmills12@yahoo.com

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
28.56m

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

Great Performances at Schools Championships

Many of our athletes had great performances in the West Midlands (at RSCAC) & Staffordshire (at Stoke) Schools Championships. Performances included several podium places and some excellent personal bests.  Well done to everyone who took part.

Some notable performances in the West Midlands Schools include Isabel Thomas-male, 1st in the U17 100m in a time of 12.3 and the 200m in 25.3.  Charlotte Prince was second in the U17 800m in a time of 2:26.2 and was 3rd in the 300m 44.3 seconds.  Bethan Homer was 2nd in the U17 1500m in a time of 5.01.0

For the boys Issac Cartwright was 3rd in the U15 1500m in 4.41.1 and Ethan Cook was also 3rd in the U17 High Jump achieving 1.58m.

In the Staffordshire Schools Sian Duval achieved a PB in the 800m in 2.25.5 and Grace Besant was 3rd in the U15 800m in 2.35.6.

Well done to all our athletes who competed and our coaches, officials and volunteers who supported these events.

President Ernie Eames

Today we honoured our dearest Ernie by awarding him the position of Club President.  We were blessed with nice weather, great company and delicious cakes!  Ernie is one of the club’s founding members who has volunteered avidly for the club in many roles (coach, committee member, treasurer, official, team manager and competition manager) since the club’s inception in 1973.  Thanks for EVERYTHING you’ve done for RSCAC over your 48 years’ service Ernie.  And thank you Val for all the hours you’ve allowed Ernie to give up for our club.  

Night of 800m Nuneaton – 16th June 2021

Hi Everyone,

At Nuneaton on the 16th at the aptly Open meeting called “Night of 800m PBs” our athletes recorded seven PBs which is a fantastic result.

Sian Duval U17 2.26.31 PB (was 2.28.2)

Bethan Eve Homer U17 2.30.03 PB (was 2.31.10)

Martha Wood U17 2.30.40 Very close to PB.

Elizabeth Fox-Payne U15 2.33.88 PB ( was 2.42.3)

Eva Cartwright U15 2.40.73 PB (was 2.46.14 )

Elizabeth Warne U15 2.47.42 First ever 800m

Isaac Cartwright U15 2.17.74 PB (was 2.26.0)

Noah Homer  U13 2.22.03 PB (was 2.28.38)

William Stead U15 2.25.64 PB (was 2.37.38)

Congratulations to all our athletes and coaches .Well done to you all.

All the best. John T

Midland Champs 12/13 June

Midland Champs 12/13 June

Nicolas Pryce took second place in the 200m Senior Men’s Final in a time of 21.52 . This was a Season’s best having comfortably recorded 22.14 in his heat. He was disqualified in the 100m Final( I am assuming  a false start ) having  easily recorded 10.90 in his heat. 

Isabel Thomas-Male took third place in the Under 20 200m Final with a time of 25.04 having set an Under 17 CLUB RECORD of 24.90 in her heat . The old record was 25.20 set by her in 2020. Additionally, in the 100m Under 20 Final she took 4th place in a time of 12.52 having recorded 12.56 in her heat. 

Chrissie Prince recorded 46.96m in the Senior Hammer to break her own CLUB RECORD of 45.13m set in 2019 . Lorna Foster (W55) threw the 3K hammer 28.78m and the IK Discus 21.51m

David Iliffe set a new PB of 11.58 ( was 11.60) in his heat of the Under 20 100m 

Alex Jones recorded 4.24.20 in the Senior Mens 1500m . His first track race since 2019!

All the best . John T

Birmingham University Open 9th June

Some more fantastic results and PBs from our athletes

Florence Thomas-Male U13  100m 13.81 (-1.2)

Eva Cartwright U15 1500m 5.43.50 PB (was 5.51.2)

Bethan Eve Homer U17 1500m 4.58.64 PB (was 5.04.71)

Joel Cartwright U15 800m 2.24.88 PB (was 2.32.1)

Isaac Cartwright U15 1500m 4.45.76 PB (was 4.54.4)

Well done everyone. Great performances .

All the best . John T