We will be BACK on Tuesday 13th April !
An ENORMOUS THANK YOU TO OUR WILLING VOLUNTEERS!!!
In anticipation of our training sessions starting again this next week, more than 20 volunteers came along and put in two hours of hard graft clearing, cleaning 🧹 and chopping back overgrown foliage as well as brushing sand off the long jump runways and litter picking. The whole area looks completely different and ready for training to start again next week. The ‘get on with it’ spirit was typical of the club that I have always experienced, since it was formed back in 1999.
Many thanks again and we look forward to seeing the athletes back next week and if you normally bring your youngsters down and then collect them later, why not stay and help out in one of many different ways - we can always find things for you to do!!! The club relies on volunteers - we really would love to have you join us!
Thanks and stay safe,
Athletes, coaches and supporter volunteers
The track is reopening next week and thus our sessions will start, as planned, next Tuesday 13th April. Please ensure you have been contacted by Janine as to which bubble you are in. If you have not been contacted please contact Janine yourself.
We are having a clean up session this Saturday, 10th April, from 9.30 to 11.30, all volunteers are welcome to help out!!! Please enter via the bottom gate near the long jump pit and we will sort out the various tasks.
We look forward to seeing everyone and hope to have some good sessions and also look forward to getting back to something like our normal way of working.
To all athletes
We know you have been back to school for a short period, but now the Easter break is nearly upon us and we hope that this will give you the time to do a little general fitness work, so that when we hopefully are able to commence training sessions again you will not be starting totally from zero! Just a bit of jogging/running and a few exercises will be really helpful and ensure you are able to get more out of the sessions, once we are able to start. We are still hoping this will be the week commencing 12th April. Watch this space!!!
As per last week, many thanks to those who have volunteered to help, whether it be with cleaning the track, coaching, supporting coaches, team managing or helping in other ways; we do still need more VOLUNTEERS, so don’t be shy, do please come forward and help.
Bob Boyd, Chair
Thank you to all those who have already volunteered to help out with a track clean up when we get the go ahead to have access for this.
We also have had some others indicating that they are prepared to become involved on the management side of the club - all really, really appreciated, BUT to ensure the club continues to thrive we are still looking for more people to come on board for various roles to guarantee a continuous upward spiral for the club.
Please come forward to volunteer and help us!
You can contact existing coaches or committee directly or you can just pop an email to firstname.lastname@example.org - and your email will be forwarded to the correct person. Please ask ANY questions / queries - we are keen for all volunteers to come forward!
The committee are in regular contact with Rutland and very much hope that we will soon be able to announce the restarting of our training sessions. All athletes should have received information about these sessions and potential bubbles; if you have not then please contact Janine Bonser
Keep fit and stay safe,
Bob Boyd, Chair
Athletes should now have received information regarding training bubbles for our (hopeful) return to training in a couple of weeks - if you have not received any info, please email:-
email@example.com and we will ensure this is provided.
With the track at Rutland potentially reopening in the week beginning 12th April the Club committee are meeting regularly (by zoom) in order to ensure that everything is ready for training sessions to resume.
Athletes have been contacted to confirm their choice of event bubble group.
We are also looking at the other ways in which we can be ready for the sessions to start again, ensuring we have enough Covid safety equipment and looking (from outside fence) at the state of the facility that may need a clear up following the recent poor weather and long period of closure.
Volunteers prepared to help with a clear up session should let us know, so don’t be shy!!! If you'd be interested in helping with the track tidy, please let us know by email at:-
or contact us via our facebook page.
In the meantime we hope that you stay safe, enjoy your return to school, college or work and manage to maintain an element of fitness.
If you have any queries do please get in touch using the email address above
Bob Boyd, Chair
This years Championship is a 'virtual one!' - Please follow the link to enter:-
ESAA Virtual Cross Country-Entry
We hope that all our members are managing to keep themselves at a basic level of fitness and have enjoyed the return to school this week.
The club committee have been making plans for a return to training and, hopefully, some competitions. We are anticipating returning to our bubble controlled sessions on the 12th April, although the reopening of the track has not yet been confirmed and the government may decide to change the currently published ‘roadmap’ dates.
We will keep members updated as soon as possible and be in touch about which event bubble athletes wish to join.
We are also very keen to hear from volunteers who are prepared to help in any one of a number of ways, including:
Supporting coaching bubbles
Coaching - we can provide support to gain qualifications
Team management - we will provide mentoring
Officials - we can provide support to gain qualifications
The club is run solely by volunteers and we are always extremely keen to increase our team of volunteers to ensure a continued bright future for the club ahead.
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Two of the Clubs U15s travelled to Hull last Saturday to take part in a Young Athletes Open meeting.
Mae Jones had an exceptional Long Jump competition winning the U15 mixed group event. She leapt over the magical 5 metre mark for the first time with an excellent series and ended up with 5.18m. The distance recorded by Mae ranks her 18th in the U.K. and 6th best first year Under 15. In the Shot Put Mae recorded another PB with a good effort of 6.36m.
Imogen Laugharne took part in three events and she too produced a PB in the Shot with a 7.26m effort with the 3kg implement. She completed a busy afternoon finishing 2nd in the U15 100m in 14.77 seconds and returned another consistent distance in Long Jump recording 4.64m.
Seven AVEAC athletes made the trip across the Midlands to take part in an Open competition at Sutton Coalfield on Saturday and like the previous meeting a few weeks ago in Nuneaton several Personal Bests were recorded.
Joe Bennett improved his Javelin PB for the second time in the space of a few weeks with a good throw of 31.50m adding 44 centimetres to his previous best mark set at Moulton Throws Fest in September. Sister Grace was a bit down on her performance at Moulton, still recording a respectable 26.61m in the Women’s Under 17 event.
At Under 15 level there were PBs in the 800m for Mae Jones and Imogen Laugharne and also for Jasmine Ellis in the Long Jump. Mae made an excellent start to her first even run over the 2 Lap race with a 2.47.8 clocking; Imogen’s time of 2.49.2 knocked over 10 seconds off her only other run over the distance last year in a Heart of England league match. Jasmine broke new ground in the Long Jump with her first ever 4 metre jump with a distance of 4.00m exactly.
In the Long Jump a couple of centimetres separated Alexa Gordon, Mae and Imogen. Alexa recorded 4.56m while Mae and Imogen both broke the sand at 4.54m. Daisy Kaye who was feeling under the weather recorded 4.13m.
In the 100m sprints Alexa recorded 13.8, Mae and Imogen inseparable again on 14.2 and Jasmine was timed at 14.7 seconds.
During the Summer several of our young athletes took the opportunity to avail of the COVID secure Open Meetings held at the Pingles Stadium Nuneaton and in the process kept their competitive edge in tact during these challenging times. The final meeting in the series took place last Sunday and five of the club’s U15 Girls were in action.
There was some excellent Long Jumping from Mae Jones, Alexa Gordon and Jasmine Ellis who all recorded personal bests. Mae broke new ground with a magnificent effort of 4.94m beating her previous best of 4.85m set indoors at Sheffield in January. Alexa Gordon added a centimetre to her previous best with a 4.91m leap while Jasmine Ellis’s 3.94m effort added 15 centimetres to her best ever mark. What was even more remarkable about the distances was that they were achieved into strong headwinds.
Mae also went on to record a new best performance in the 100m recording 14.20 seconds and finished an excellent competition clearing 1.40m in the High Jump for her third PB on the day. Jasmine ran 48.03 for another PB in the 300m and finished a busy afternoon running 2mins 49.51 in the 800m
Imogen Laugharne and Daisy Kaye were also in action. Daisy ran a fine time in the 300m recording 45.07 in the very windy conditions and also cleared a highly respectable 1.40m in the High Jump, a centimetre behind her PB. Imogen had a new best ever Shot Put throwing 6.85m and dipped under 30 seconds in the 200m crossing the finish in 29.75 seconds.
Two of the Club’s older athletes, Javelin specialists Jessie Brown and Alex Arbon also competed. Alex’s throw with the 500 gram Javelin of 41.63m was a new best mark for the U17 athlete while Jessie recorded 35.18m with the heavier 600 gram implement in the U20 category.
The young Under 15 quintet are shaping up well as Multi-Eventers and have one more competition planned at Sutton Coalfield on Saturday 17th October.
In a year where there have been few opportunities for all our athletes to compete and train due to the Covid Pandemic, it was fantastic to see two of our senior internationals gain podium positions at the 2020 British Championships held in the Regional Arena, Manchester today.
Alex Knibbs qualified in 2nd place in his heat of the 400m yesterday afternoon and wasn’t favoured to get into a medal position having the fifth fastest qualification time. In the final the script was torn to pieces in what was probably the most exciting finish of the weekend proceedings. Entering the final 100 metres, he was well down the field quite a few metres behind the leaders. Those who have followed Alex’s career know what a finish he can produce and this was certainly the case today. A blistering final run-in saw him gradually claw back his competitors and he edged into first place a few metres from the finish line, taking Gold in a new personal best in 46.65 seconds. After the race his elation at winning was there to be seen in his interview with BBC reporter Jeannette Kwachi.
The final of the Women’s 400m took place immediately after the Men’s race and Jess Turner nearly made it an AVEAC double with a Silver medal behind fellow British international Laviai Neilson. Jess knocked two tenths off her previous best returning a time of 52.57.
AVEAC had two other athletes in action, at the championships, Tamsin McGraw and Niamh Emerson. Tamsin was very unlucky not to make the final of the 800m. Her 6th place heat time of 2mins 8.84 was just half a second outside her lifetime best and she narrowly failed to progress with the 9th fastest time overall in the heats with eight athletes going through. Niamh Emerson on her Heptathlon come back trail after injury last year finished 7th in the Shot final with a throw of 13.29m and in the heats of the 100m Hurdles she ran 14.44 in her first race for over fifteen months.
Finally our Club Coach Nisha Desai finished 8th in the 400m Hurdles final. Nisha representing her home club, Morpeth Harriers clocked 61.57 in her heat but found the final tough going and was a few seconds down on her heat time.
We have recently been the subject of a copyright infringement claim concerning a photograph that was uploaded to our website.
As a consequence of this all website and social media accounts have/are in the process of being screened and any images where we cannot verify copyright compliance have/are being removed.
Can anyone submitting images to our web/social media please ensure they comply with all copyright requirements.
In general, the safest images are those that you own!
Even a photo of a TV screen is, strictly speaking, copyright although in reality companies like the BBC will let it slip, however - if they do change tact, we would be liable.
If you are in any doubt, don’t submit an image without checking first.
Bob Boyd, Chair
After a highly successful virtual ESAA T&F competition the ESAA have decided to offer a similar opportunity to ESAA Combined Event athletes and Race Walkers.
Due to the nature of these events and the restricted access some athletes still have to tracks a whole month will be allowed to complete the individual events which make up a pentathlon, heptathlon, octathlon or decathlon or for race walkers to be able to access their local track.
The attached information letter ( download here ) contains the links to the two virtual competitions and also gives a detailed explanation of how to enter and the whole process of completing and submitting the event performances.
As we gear up towards a return to training, with our 'COVID Secure' trial invite-only sessions beginning this coming Saturday 22nd August, and also the prospect of some (albeit) limited competition opportunities appearing, members are reminded that Membership renewal forms will need to be completed.
If you are returning as part of our trial, and have not already completed your renewal, please bring the completed forms and payment in the form of a cheque OR exact money in a sealed envelope to your first session - please also remember we will require payment for ALL the trial sessions that you have agreed to attend. - we will ONLY be taking payment on the FIRST session.
Membership forms are available to download from the website.
Finally, when filling in your renewal form, could you please ensure everything is LEGIBLE - our team don't want to second-guess a letter/number - if errors occur, for example on email addresses (which are common!) you may miss out on Club 1nf0rmatIon. (can you see what I did there?!)
For those members who are not yet returning to training, but who need to renew, we are investigating electronic payments by bank transfer or paypal - an update will be posted very shortly.
At this very difficult and unusual time we sincerely hope that all the members of the AVEAC ‘family’ are keeping well, managing to stay healthy and fit and coping with the current difficult challenges that we are experiencing.
As you will be aware EA are starting to provide some basic advice about a return to ‘normal’ athletics, but with Rutland still closed and government restrictions still in force your committee are currently working on developing a roadmap forward towards some sort of normality.
Further updates will be posted in due course.
As your Chair I am currently still in self isolation (for family reasons), but if anybody is feeling worried about things and wants a chat feel free to give me a call on 07970 286351.
Bob - Chair
Ella Rush finished her indoor season in spectacular style by capturing another England Athletics national title at Sheffield on Saturday. On this occasion her Gold medal winning performance came in the U17 women’s pentathlon adding to the Long Jump she won last month. Her winning total of 3865 points was the third best all time at U17 level and also set an age 15 UK record.
Ella opened her account with a 9.12 clocking in the 60m Hurdles leaving her in 4th position overall after the first event. She then eased into the lead after a superb competition in the high jump clearing 1.63m. After two events she led by 29 points from Rhiana Burrell (Birchfield) who cleared the same height, 1656 points to 1627.
She increased that lead following a solid 11.88m Shot before jumping out to what was effectively a competition ending 5.86m in the Long Jump with the very first jump in her pool. Lucy Robinson (Stockport) was the next best Long Jumper with 5.70m so going into the final event Ella had 3116pts ahead of Rhiana on 2875pts.
In the final 800m, Ella positioned herself tactically in second place, clearly focussed on the job in hand and at the end of the four laps was a stride behind heat winner Lucy on 2 mins 25.60. That moved Lucy into second overall on 3608 points easing ahead of Rhianna’s final score of 3543 points. Ella’s 800m time, 2 mins 25.63 was a PB securing her the Gold medal and in doing so setting the new age 15 best ever performance.
In an interview with England Athletics about the record she said, “I’m amazed, that was a real shock. I knew the last two events were strong but I didn’t know I would go so well” she laughed, adding that she now has her eyes set on the Euro U18s this summer perhaps in the Long Jump or Heptathlon, “depending of course, if it goes on,” she added.
On Sunday Ryan Rawlinson showed what a talented young prospect he is by finishing 7th overall in the Boy’s Under 15 Pentathlon. He started the morning session placing 3rd in his 60m Hurdles heat returning a time of 9.30 seconds; just short of his PB and placing him 5th overall after the first event. He then went on to put together three more consistent performances with a 1.48m High Jump, a 8.98m Shot Put and a 5.30m Long Jump. His Long Jump was an indoor PB and just short of his outdoor best of 5.33m. Going into the final event he had maintained his 5th place overall. Despite running another indoor best ever performance in the 800m, finishing in 2 mins 26.93, he found himself up against some exceptional 800m runners and when the points were tallied up at the end of the day, he had finished in 7th position overall.
Ryan has had an excellent indoor season winning the Northern U15 sprint hurdles title and set several PBs and club records in the process; now he is showing that the can run, jump and throw with the best in his age group across the UK.
Our only other competitor at the CE championships was 12 year old Alexa Gordon who tackled the U15 Girl’s Pentathlon. The first year who was giving away eighteen months in age to many of the competitors finished 43rd overall on 1803 points; her best scoring events were the 60m Hurdles, setting a PB of 10.52 seconds and the Long Jump where she had a fine effort of 4.64m.
This competition in effect will be the last one for a while due to the Coronavirus. On Tuesday this week UK athletics and it’s regional associations have suspended all athletics activity across the UK. Initially the suspension will last until the end of April.
The last blog for a while then - keep well everyone 👍🏻
The sixth and final Mini League Sports Hall fixture took place on Sunday last at the Queens Park Sports Centre, Chesterfield and at the culmination of this year’s finale AVEAC Under 11 Girl's and Under 15 Boy’s emerged as champions in their respective age groups.
There has been a great turn out of Under 11 Girls this year and strength in numbers plus several outstanding individual performances and an excellent team spirit ensured a close victory over Chesterfield AC by 30 points.
Isla Hiscocks recorded a double at the final match, winning the Hi Stepper and Standing Long Jump and also placed 2nd in the 1 Lap sprint. Ellie Travis also had two 1st places in the 3 Lap Run and Speed Bounce, Eleanor Rigby was 3rd in the Hi Stepper and Standing Long Jump and there were 4th places and valuable points scored by Jasmine Shore in the 3 Lap Run and Hi Stepper and by Renee Seager in the 1 Lap Sprint.
Other members of the team who contributed to a fantastic overall performance, playing their part in the victory included; Jessie Jack, Eleanor Rigby, Freya Kirby, Molly Upton, Elena Quinn, Bella Storey and Jamie-Lee Scott.
Our small but select Under 15 Boys team of George Reynolds, Ellis Cameron and Corey Tatum ran out as overall title winners scoring 357 points ahead of Chesterfield’s 344 points. A big shout out to Corey who after playing a football match in the morning dashed up the M1 arriving slightly late for the opening events. He went on to score 15 points placing 3rd in the 4 Lap Run and 4th in the 2 Lap Sprint; if he hadn’t been there Chesterfield would have lifted the title by 2 points. Ellis took 1st place in the 4 lap event and was 3rd in the Standing Long Jump while George had a trio of 2nd places in 2 Lap Sprint, Standing Long Jump and Shot.
Nicole Bonser was our sole competitor in the Girl's Under 15 Match due to her team mate throughout this year, Mia Franco competing at the National U15 Championships in Sheffield. Nicole must have created some sort of record as she won the Shot for a sixth match in a row; this time her winning distance was 8.78m. Leaving the best to last this was her furthest throw during the league series and for good measure she also won the Standing Long Jump and was runner up in the 2 Lap Sprint.
Both the Under 11 Boy’s and Under 13 Girl’s teams finished 2nd overall in the League to Chesterfield. Under 11, Henry Jack placed 1st in the Hi Stepper while Barney Ponty finished closely behind in 2nd and was also 3rd in the Speed Bounce. Joshua Bailey placed 4th in the 1 Lap Sprint and Speed Bounce, Corey Fisher finished 5th in the 3 Lap Run and Jack Hislop taking part in only his second league match also did well in the Speed Bounce.
In the Under 13 Girl's match, Jasmine Ellis had a great afternoon recording a treble; she won the 2 Lap Sprint and had an excellent Standing Long Jump victory leaping 2.25m before teaming up with Daisy Kaye to finish 1st in the 8 Lap Parlauf. Imogen Laugharne won the Speed Bounce and took 3rd in the Standing Long Jump, Mae Jones was 2nd in the Standing Long Jump while Daisy followed up her Parlauf run by placing 3rd in both the 2 Lap Sprint and Shot. Other good performances were recorded by Mia Hogg and Katie Fitzpatrick who were 5th and 7th in the Standing Long Jump in a very large field of 20 competitors.
Luis Fravolini and Luca Mandiakis were the Club’s two representatives in the Under 13 competition. Luca won the Speed Bounce, placed 3rd in the Standing Long Jump and was 4th in the Shot. Luis placed 2nd in the Standing Long Jump and was 4th in the 2 Lap Sprint.
The club would like to express it's thanks to team managers, Nigel Hiscocks (Under 11), Sarah Kaye (Under 13) and Janine Bonser (Under 15) for their suppprt to the young athletes during this year’s campaign. Thanks as well to Trevor Jolly and his stand in at some of the matches, Karl Ponty, for managing the results between them throughout the season. A big thank you as well to the many parents who acted as officials during the matches ensuring that events ran smoothly for the enjoyment of all the young athletes.
Finally congratulations to Chesterfield AC who were crowned overall league champions.
Ella Rush produced an exceptional series of jumps on Saturday at the first day of the England Athletics Under Age Championships in Sheffield to take the Gold Medal in the Women’s U17 Long Jump with a huge winning distance of 5.97m.
In a field of 22 competitors Ella opened her account with a distance of 5.91m just 2 centimetres short of her outdoor best. Her 5.97m came in the 5th round and cemented a truly remarkable performance which saw all her jumps in the 5.80m plus region with three in the 5.90s. In 2nd and 3rd places were Cleo Tomlinson (Horsham Blue Star) and Kikki Brown (Leeds City) with distances of 5.81m and 5.80m.
Ella’s winning leap is the 5th best ever distance recorded by a 15 year old indoors in the UK with only Katerina Johnson-Thompson, Morgan Lake, Holly Mills and Georgina Olapadapo who competed in the Long Jump at the Atlanta Olympics in 1996, jumping further.
On Sunday Ella picked up a Bronze medal in the High Jump clearing 1.67m behind Halle Ferguson (Trafford AC) who took the Gold, jumping 1.70m. To cap a fantastic weekend, she also finished 6th in the Shot with an indoor PB, throwing 12.20m.
Imogen Laugharne equalled her Personal best in the Girl’s U15 High Jump clearing the bar at 1.55m on her third attempt to finish a very creditable 6th. This was Imogen’s first taste of competing at national level and the Northern Championship runner up can be very proud of her achievement finishing only 4 centimetres behind the Bronze medalist. She will be in the same age group in 2021 and this time round was the second best placed first year in the competition.
Ryan Rawlinson and Corey Tatum competed in the Boys Under 15, 60 metres. Both ran personal bests with Corey recording 8.09 seconds in his heat, knocking two one hundredths off his previous best set at the Northern Championships last month. Ryan qualified for the semi final after finishing 2nd in his heat in a time of 7.66 seconds. In the semi final he finished 6th and had the consolation of sprinting to a new best ever time of 7.61.
Chris Turner was also in action on Saturday in the Men’s U17 Triple Jump finishing 14th on 11.92m. He was disappointed by the distance as he recently had jumped 12.41m when winning the Midland Championships and was hoping to break into the top eight.
Charlie Yates finished 9th in a very competitive U17 Women’s Triple Jump on Sunday. Her best jump was 10.81m and she just missed the cut for a further three jumps by 4 centimetres. The standard in Under 17 Women’s triple jumping has been on the increase this past few years. In 2015 AVEAC athlete Katie Rowe won this title with 11.67m; this year that distance would have placed her 5th.
Mia Franco and Cecilia Smyth took part in the heats of U15 Girl’s 60m Hurdles on Sunday. Both ran times just below their personal bests with Mia clocking 10.36 seconds in her heat while Cecelia’s time was 10 seconds dead.
Next up for Ella will be the English U17 Combined Events Championships in a few weeks time and going on her individual performances this weekend she should do well in the five event Pentathlon and will be hoping to go one place better this year having placed 2nd in the 2019 event. Also in action will be Ryan Rawlinson in the Boy's U15 Pentathlon who on paper is ranked 6th on previous best performances going into the event; Alexa Gordon will take part in her first ever Pentathlon and as a first year U15 will be looking to gain valuable experience for outdoor combined events later in the year.
Club Record for Tamsin at British Seniors
Our sole representative at this year’s British Senior Championships, held in Glasgow, also at the weekend was Tamsin McGraw competing in the Women’s 800m.
Running in the second of three heats she completed the four lap race in 2 mins 8.31 to finish 4th and with the winner of each heat plus the three fastest losers progressing to the final, she just missed out, having the 7th fastest time overall from the preliminary rounds.
Tamsin’s time was a new personal best and beat the existing Senior Women’s club record of 2 mins 8.76 previously held by Alex Turner since 2015.
It was a golden day for Chris Turner and Charlie Yates at the Midland Indoor Championships held at the HiPac, Birmingham on Saturday with both athletes coming away with regional titles.
Chris who missed three weeks training due to a bruised knee while playing Rugby at school only started back jumping again last week. He took the top podium position in the Men’s Under 17 Triple Jump in a tightly contested competition. His best jump of 12.41m was a new Indoor personal best and just edged first place, ahead of Alfie Wood (Cheltenham AC) on 12.38m.
Charlie’s Gold medal came in the Women’s Under 17 High Jump and she also added a Bronze in the Triple Jump. Entering the competition at 1.50m, she had first time clearances at that height and at 1.55m and then cleared 1.60m on her third attempt. She was the only athlete to clear 1.60m, an Indoor PB, and had three very good efforts at an all time best of 1.65m. On paper Charlie was the third best going into the competition and showed her competitive mettle by finishing ahead of a couple of athletes who have jumped higher in the past. Earlier in the day she came away with a Bronze medal in an excellent Triple Jump competition which saw the first four competitors jump beyond the English Championship qualifying standard of 10.80m. Her jump at 10.96m was a season’s best and just three centimetres behind the runner up Michelle Yalekhue (Notts AC); the winner Amy Warre (Swindon AC) jumped 11.28m.
Both Chris and Charlie are now part of the Derbyshire Institute of Sport’s Potential programme based at the University of Derby and have been benefiting from Strength and Conditioning sessions held there each Monday since October.
A third Triple Jump medal came by the way of Daisy Kaye who finished 2nd in the Girl’s Under 15 event. This was Daisy’s second ever Triple Jump contest and she improved her previous competitive best by 8 centimetres with a distance of 9.38m. Daisy who is a first year in this age group has been part of a Triple Jump Development Group this Winter and it was also good to see another member of that Group, Izzy Haworth (Rushcliffe AC) finish 3rd jumping 9.03m.
More jumping success in Sheffield
Two AVEAC athletes were also in action on Saturday at a Northern Masters competition in Sheffield that also included a number of ‘open’ events.
Ben Pitts added five centimetres to his previous best in the High Jump clearing 1.75m and was the best placed Under 17 in the competition. In the Women’s Open Long Jump Alexa Gordon’s 4.75m was a new Indoor PB and the best performance by an Under 15 athlete.
The latest Championship jumping successes at the Midland Championships this week, the Northern Championships last week plus many PBs in the past month at Indoor Opens has been helped by the athletes being able to avail of the Indoor jumping facilities at Harvey Hadden Sports Village, rather than having to train outside in what has been a terrible Winter. Thanks is due to our near neighbours Notts AC for allowing the athletes to train there several times a week since Christmas. It is certainly paying dividends!
Finally congratulations to Club coach Geoff Lowry, competing for Sheffield Running Club, who won the Northern Masters M55 1500m title in a time of 4min .49.0. at the same meeting.
The following decision has been taken by the committee following discussions over the suitability of specialist “invite” sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays to younger athletes.
Starting from Monday 10 February 2020, only children in Year 8 and above will be eligible for these invite sessions. There may currently be some athletes below this year group training on Tuesdays & Thursdays. From Monday 8th, these sessions will not, unfortunately, be applicable for athletes in years 7 and below. Any athletes affected can still continue with their training on Wednesdays & Saturdays only.
If required, Bob or another member of the committee, is willing to meet with any parents & athletes affected by this change to discuss the reasoning behind the decision & pathways for athletes going forward. However, we prefer this not to be on an ad hoc basis. If there are several parents/athletes who’d like to discuss this, we would be obliged if you could advise us by email to firstname.lastname@example.org and a meeting can be set up.
Joe Dickenson broke the Under 20 Club Record for the Indoor 60m sprint twice within the space of an hour at the Loughborough Open Meeting on Saturday.
Joe, now studying at Loughborough, is better known for his longer sprinting. He is the current Northern Under 20 Silver medalist at 400m and is now being coached by former GB international Graham Hedman.
Running two 60m graded races he clocked times of 7.22 seconds to win the the first race and 7.16 in the second race, finishing 4th against stronger opposition. He beat the previous club record of 7.30 which had been jointly held by Ed Barbour and Jack Allen. He is now looking forward to the British Universities (BUCS) Championships which will be held in Sheffield on the 15th&16th February.
Ella Rush also sharpened up her speed at the Loughborough Open in preparation for the English Under 17 Championships later this month with two personal bests in the flat 60m when she clocked 8.10 winning her graded race and then sprinting to 9.35 seconds in the Senior Women’s 60m Hurdles in 2nd place.
Scott Ram competed in his second Indoor Heptathlon within the space of a month when he travelled north to the Emirates Arena, Glasgow to take part in the Scottish Senior Championships on Saturday and Sunday.
The Loughborough student started Day 1 with PBs in the opening events the 60m and Long Jump. A 7.59 sprint time knocked three tenths of his previous best and he got out to 6.15m in the Long Jump adding two centimetres to the mark set at the English Championships in early January. A 8.74m Shot Put and a solid High Jump of 1.76m left him in 8th place at the conclusion of the first day.
Scott usually makes up ground on Day 2 with two of the three events being among his stronger ones. His 60m Hurdle time of 9.09 seconds was the sixth fastest of the day and a consistent Pole Vault of 3.17m kept him in touch with the top six. The second fastest run of the day in the final 1000m of 2 mins 50.87 moved him into 6th place, a very creditable performance indeed against several more experienced multi-eventers.
Scott has been a member of the club since 2010 when he competed as an Under 11 in the Mini League and Charnwood Opens. He has trained consistently over the years and worked hard, going out of his way to learn events like the Pole Vault. It is great to see him transitioning to senior athletics and still enjoying the sport.
Seven of the Club’s athletes were in action on Sunday at the Northern U15 Championships held at the Sheffield Arena. All of them posted a series of excellent performances and it was a particularly good afternoon for Ryan Rawlinson and Imogen Laugharne who came away with Gold and Silver medals.
Ryan’s Gold came in the U15 Boy’s 60m Hurdles. Qualifying easily to win his heat in 9.44 seconds, he then went on to knock almost three tenths of a second of that time by clocking 9.17 in a closely fought final edging out James Harney (East Cheshire). His winning time was a new Club record beating the previous mark of 9.81 seconds held by Michael Feeney which had stood since 2006. This was a fantastic performance by Ryan who only took up sprint hurdling last Summer and suggests that he will be one to watch over the longer 80m event outdoors this season. He also reached the final of the 60m flat finishing 6th in 7.83 seconds after posting times of 7.68 to finish 1st in his Heat and 7.78 in the Semi Final placing 2nd.
Imogen sailed to new heights in the Under 15 Girl’s High Jump to take the Silver medal behind Thea Brown (Sale Harriers), clearing 1.55m, an improvement of 2 centimetres on last year’s outdoor best. Imogen who is a first year Under 15 and is eligible again next year for this age group, had three very good attempts at 1.60m and it should only be a matter of time until clears that milestone. Later in the day she also reached the Semi Finals of the 60m Hurdles finishing 6th in 9.99 seconds having ran the exact same time when qualifying from her Heat. Another PB came in the Long Jump with a 4.44m leap that placed her in the middle order of a 36 strong field.
Cecilia Smyth battled her way to the final of the 60m Hurdles recording times of 9.88 and 9.90 in her Heat and Semi Final. In contention for a medal in the final, she clipped the last barrier knocking her off her rhythm, eventually finishing 7th in 9.98 seconds.
Nicole Bonser also performed well reaching the final of the Shot Put. Qualifying with a personal best of 8.61m, she was slightly below that in the final where her 8.56m throw placed her 8th. Nicole also returned a time of 8.81 seconds in her 60m Heat finishing 6th and recorded 4.39m in the qualification rounds of the Long Jump.
Corey Tatum had a busy day qualifying through the heats to reach the Semi Finals of the 60m and 200m. He finished 6th in the 60m Semi and 4th in the 200m. His 8.11 second heat time in the 60m was a PB and a 26.15 timing in the 200m Heat was a Season’s Best. He finished the day just failing to make the final eight in the Long Jump placing 9th on 4.82m.
Alexa Gordon finished 10th overall in the U15 Girl's Long Jump. Her 4.61m effort was an indoor PB and was the second best distance recorded by a first year in that age group. She also ran a personal best in her Heat of the 60m Hurdles, placing 6th, timed at 10.57 seconds.
Mia Franco, our seventh athlete in action also competed in the 60m Hurdles, finishing 4th in her heat in 10.27 seconds, a hundredth of a second behind her best ever.
This Saturday the Midland Indoor Championships will take place in Birmingham and there will be a small group of AVEAC athletes taking part.