NORTHERN BRONZE FOR GREEN

At the Northern Athletics u15/17 Champs, which were held in Liverpool on 17/18th August, Lois Green secured the Bronze medal in the u17 women's Pole Vault competition with a jump of 3.10m. Izzy Fellows & Lottie Hall stepped up from the u13 age group to compete against the u15's in the Javelin with Izzy finishing 4th, missing out on a medal by an agonising 9cm, with Lottie finishing in 13th. Lottie returned on day 2 to take 5th place in the u15 girls Pole Vault and there was a 12th place for Luke Ambrosioni in the u17 men's Long Jump.

SENIORS BOUNCE BACK

Our Northern League team secured promotion back to Division 2 in the final match at Boston on 10th Aug having suffered relegation last year. Lincoln Wellington took the league title with us finishing in 2nd place. The match was heavily affected by the high winds with the hammer & discus events as well as the high jump cancelled, however, there were some excellent winning performances with Dan Cresswell taking both the steeplechase & 1500m, Connor McQuade in the 400m, Lauren Hill the Javelin, Mark Beer the Long Jump and Will Foot & Rebecca Wardle the Pole Vaults. There was also an exciting win in the final event of the day, the men's 4x400 team of Will Prime, Ollie Dakin, Joe Houghton & Connor McQuade. There was a 3rd place in the 800m for Oscar Cousins with Sam Allen winning the B, Dan Burdett was 2nd in the Shot & Javelin, Jacob Ludlam won the B string Shot & ran his first ever 110 Hurdles race & won the B. Having retired in 2005 Kerry Baker made a comeback in 3 events and won the Triple Jump B where Lauren Hill, who competed in 5 events, was 3rd in the A and Rebecca Hattersley won the B string Long Jump. Congratulations to everybody who has competed for our seniors this year, it's been a great team performance from those aged 14 through to 60+.

LOWER YDL SAFETY

The final match of this year's u13/15 league saw us take a 2nd place and cement 3rd place in the division which means that we will remain in Division 1 in 2020. Ben Fogden took a sprint double for the u15 boys, Malachi Cooper won the High Jump with James Foot winning the B and the 3 linked up with Jacob Peers-Wain to win the 4x100m relay. In the u15 girls events Hannah Moody won the 300m, Pole Vault & High Jump with Alicia Proctor taking the B string Vault. Melissa Humphreys won a close u13 girls High Jump competition with top 3 places in the A strings for Olivia Taylor-Cox in the 150m, Gracie Pell in the 800m, Macy Helps in the 1200m, in the Hurdles and Shot for Lottie Hall & Izzy Fellows in the Javelin.

Jenson Lee took 2nd place in the u13 boys Shot, as was Thomas Marriott in the u15 boys 300m with top 3 A string placings for Thomas Bettney in the 1500m & Josh Turkington in the Discus and Javelin. There were other top 3 spots for Elizabeth Shand in the u15 girls 1500m and Lily Baines in the Javelin.

INTERNATIONAL HONOURS FOR WILL

Will Foot made his England debut in Swansea on 20th July against teams from Wales, Scotland & Ireland. Competing in the pole vault Will gained a Bronze medal with a jump of 4.16m and helped England to win the match.

MINI LEAGUE ROUND UP

The final match of this years Mini League saw our u11, 13 & 15 athletes finish in 2nd place on the day and overall at the end of the season, runners up to Amber Valley & Erewash. There were league records this year for Ellie Oscroft in the 80m & Izzy Fellows in the Discus and Javelin. On the day Ezra Adetunji & Tyler Booth were 1-2 in both the 80m and 150m for the u11 boys, Mackenzie Crowther was another winner in the 600m and High Jump with Alex Flemming 3rd in the Howler. For the u11 girls Ellie Oscroft won the 80m & 150m with Emme Devine 3rd in the 80m. Ani Price & Chloe Staniland were 2nd & 3rd respectively in the 600m with Chloe also taking 3rd in the Howler.

Charlotte Staniland won the 200m & 1500m for the u13 girls as well as placing 3rd in the Hurdles, Melissa Humphreys took 2nd in the High Jump & 3rd in the 100m, Izzy Fellows won the Javelin and finished 2nd in the Shot behind Lottie Hall. Max Holleworth won the u13 boys Javelin where Callum Stowell was 3rd, Jenson Lee won the Shot with Max Marriott in 3rd and Nathanael Gaskin was 3rd in the 200m.

Malachi Cooper was a double winner for the u15 boys in the High Jump & Shot, Josh Turkington won the Javelin, Ben Fogden was 2nd in the 100m & Thomas Marriott was 3rd in the Hurdles. Alicia Proctor won the u15 girls 300m, Lily Baines won the Javelin and was 3rd in the Shot and there were further 3rd places for Missy Briddon in the Hurdles & 100m and Emily Rogers in the Long Jump.

ENGLISH SCHOOLS SILVER FOR WILL

Will Foot took a silver medal at the English Schools track & field Champs in Birmingham on 12/13th July. Competing in the Intermediate boys pole vault Will followed up his silver last year as a Junior boy with 2nd place in his first year in the new age group and in the process sealed selection for the England team at next weekend's International match in Swansea against Wales, Scotland and Ireland. Will's jump of 4.20 equalled his pb which sees him currently ranked =4th in the UK. Also in action in Birmingham was Lois Green who was 6th in the Inter girls pole vault with a new pb, by 14cm, jumping 3.25m. In 13th place in the Junior girls pole vault was Hannah Moody with a best height on the day of 2.70m.

YDL UPPER PROMOTION

A successful final match in Scunthorpe saw our u17/20 athletes secure promotion back to Division 1 by taking second place on the day to a victorious Hull team who took the title. Ewan spencer won the U20 men’s 3000m & Michael Brown the steeplechase. For the u20 women Louise Cocking won the 1500m, Lydia Cresswell took the Hurdles, Aimee Fellows won the Shot & Lauren Hill took wins in the other 3 throws. For the u17 men there was a dominant display from Nathan Gavaghan in the 400m, Final Grant & Harry Cocking took the A and B steeplechase a couple of hours after completing the 3k with Will Foot & Ewan Horsley wining the A & B Pole Vaults and Luke Ambrosioni taking the High Jump. Beth Falconer won the u17 women’s Pole Vault, Rhianna Keighley took top 3 spots in the heavy throws events & Georgia Millington was 2nd in the 300m Hurdles, as was Jasmin Greveson in the 1500m. Joe Houghton & Will Prime competed in all 3 sprints for the under 20’s taking a number of top 3 places with Jacob Ludlam scaling a new personal best in the High Jump and Nazhrah Simpson ran the 2 shorter sprints for the u20 women. Isaac Helps was 3rd at 1500m & Triple Jump for the u17 men & Joe Currie scored valuable points in the 400 & 800m. Lois Green and Danielle Hutchinson were also good points scorers in the jumps.

DERBYSHIRE SCHOOLS REPORT

There was a Championship Record & English Schools qualifying standard for Hannah Moody in the Junior girls Pole Vault at the Derbyshire Schools Championships at Derby on 8th June. There was another Pole Vault win for Will Foot who also posted an English Schools standard in the Inter boys event & in the Senior girls Hammer Lauren Hill also achieved an English Schools standard.

Jacob Peers-Wain won the Junior boys hammer with Gracjan Mazurek taking Bronze in the 200m. Eva Kirkwood & Lily Baines were 1-2 in the Junior girls Javelin with Ella Laban & Ruby Higham taking the Silver and Bronze medals in the Hammer. In the Intermediate boys events Oscar Cousins & Sam Allen won the 800m & 1500m respectively, Luke Ambrosioni took the Long Jump title,  there were Silvers for Nathan Gavaghan in the 100m & Finbar Hayhurst in the 200m and Finlay Grant took 3rd place in the 3000m. Lois Green won the Inter girls Pole Vault with Beth Falconer taking the Bronze, Lizzie Webster won the 3000m and Leah Proctor secured Silver in the 100m as did Jasmin Greveson the 1500m. Will Tighe won the Senior boys 1500m with Jak Smith taking the Discus with Aimee Fellows winning the Senior girls Discus & Louise Cocking taking a Bronze in the 3000m.

COUNTY SUCCESSES

There were medals galore for the club's athletes as well as a number of Championship Best Performances (CBP) at the Derbyshire County Championships at Moorways, Derby on 11/12th May. Izzy Fellows won the u13 girls Javelin with a new CBP with Lottie Hall securing the Silver and it was the same 1-2 in the Shot. In the u15 girls events Hannah Moody took Pole Vault glory and took Silver medals in the 200m & High Jump, Lily Baines took Gold in the Javelin, Lottie Hall stepped up to the u15 age group to secure Pole Vault Silver, Ruby Higham swung the hammer to take Bronze & Izzy Fellows moved up an age group for third in the Discus.

Leah Proctor took 2 Silvers in the u17 women’s category, in the 100m & Pole Vault and Bethany Falconer won Silver in the High Jump & Bronze in the Triple Jump. Emma Botham broke the CBP in the u20 women’s Discus, Lauren Hill took double Gold in the Javelin & Hammer, Rebecca Wardle took Pole Vault Gold and Bronze in the Javelin, there was a Silver medal for Louise Cocking in the 3000m & Bronzes for Aimee Fellows in the Hammer & Discus. Joanne Hall took the Gold with a CBP in the Masters Shot with Angie Fellows doing likewise in the Hammer where Joanne was second.

Seth Lowe & Nathanael Gaskin secured u13 boys Silver medals in the Long Jump & High Jump respectively with Nathanael also taking a Bronze in the 200m. Thomas Marriott took u15 boys Silvers in the 300m & 800m, there was also a Silver for James Foot in the Hurdles, Bronze was taken by Gracjan Mazurek in the Shot and Jacob Peers-Wain plundered 4 medals; Silvers in the Hammer & Triple Jump as well as Bronze in both the High Jump & Discus.

In the u17 men’s Pole Vault there was a CBP for Will Foot with Ewan Horsley taking Bronze, there was a double win for Luke Ambrosioni in the Long & High jumps, Nathan Gavaghan won the 200m & took a Bronze in the 400m, there was a 1-2 in the 1500m with Oscar Cousins just getting the better of Sam Allen, Oscar also took Silver in the 800m as did Sam in the 3000m with Joe Currie & Finlay Grant taking Bronzes in the 800m & 3000m respectively. Ollie Dakin took u20 men’s Gold in the Hurdles & 200m along with a Silver in the 100m, Will Prime also secured Silver in the 400m with Will Tighe piping Alex Ediker to the 1500m Silver and the following day Alex reversing the positions in the 800m. There were also u20 Bronzes for Ewan Spencer and Jacob Ludlam in the 3000m & High Jump.

Connor McQuade won senior men’s 200m & 400m, Mark Beer took the Javelin with Shane Proctor in 3rd and Rob Sims was also in Bronze medal form in the Hammer. In the Masters men’s events Mark Beer won 2 Golds, in the Long Jump & Pole Vault, Steve Gascoyne tried the Triple Jump and it paid off with Gold, Jo Wain also took Gold in the Shot and Bob Sims took Shot Silver and Discus & Hammer Bronze.

ENGLISH SCHOOLS XC RESULTS

Alex Ediker excelled at the English Schools in Leeds on 16th March with an 8th place finish in the Senior boys race. In the same race Will Tighe was 59th, Ewan Spencer 126th and Elliott Meylan 179th, leading the Derbyshire team to 15th. Tom Spencer was in the Derbyshire team which finished 3rd in the Inter boys event, finishing in 34th place, along with Oscar Cousins in 112th. Also in the Inters race were Sam Allen & Finlay Grant who were 134th & 203rd respectively. Jasmin Greveson was 212th in the Inter girls race where Derbyshire were 38th.

INTER COUNTIES CROSS COUNTRY

The club had a number of athletes selected to compete for Derbyshire at the UK Inter Counties at Loughborough on 9th March. Will Tighe continued his excellent recent form to finish 31st in the u17 men's race with Tom Spencer 92nd, Oscar Cousins 150th & Ewan Spencer 208th. In the u15 race Finlay Grant was an excellent 79th with Joe Currie coming home 138th and Jasmin Greveson was 201st in the u15 girls event.

ENGLISH NATIONAL XC

Will Tighe finished an excellent 17th in the u17's men's race at the National cross country champs in Leeds on 23rd Feb with Oscar Cousins coming home 134th. There was another top 20 finish for Alex Ediker in the u20 men's race, finishing in 19th with Elliot Meylan 171st. Our u15 boys team finished a creditable 28th with Joe Currie 130th, Isaac Helps 154th, Harry Cocking 282nd & Thomas Marriott 297th.

NORTHERN XC CHAMPS

12 of the club's athletes tackled the Northern Champs at Pontefract racecourse on 26th Jan. In the u17 men's race our team finished 8th led home by Tom Spencer in 26th with Will Tighe 31st, Oscar Cousins 47th & Ewan Spencer 72nd. Michael Brown also ran in the u17 race finishing 106th. Finlay Grant was first home for the club in 30th place for the u15 boys team which finished 10th. Joe Currie was 57th, Isaac Helps 86th and Harry Cocking 152nd to complete the team scoring, Thomas Marriott finished in 160th. Jasmin Greveson was 81st in the u15 girls race and Macy Helps was 151st in the u13 girls event.

NORTH MIDS SUCCESSES

Saturday 13th January also saw the final match of the North Midlands cross country league with a number of the club’s athletes having excellent runs and securing overall titles. In the u17 men’s race Will Tighe won, however, behind him filling places 2 to 5 were Oscar Cousins, Sam Allen, Tom Spencer and Ewan Spencer meaning that the club easily took the team title with the first 3 to score. Finlay Grant was 2nd in the u15 boys race and with Joe Currie 6th & Harry Cocking 18th the team were 2nd on the day. Jasmin Greveson was 7th in the u15 girls race and in the senior men’s race Dan Cresswell was 46th. Lyz Evans was 118th in the senior women’s race, however, this did secure her the overall title for the over 60’s. Also in the overall standings our u17 men’s team were clear winners and individually Oscar Cousins, Sam Allen & Ewan Spencer were 1-2-3 with Tom Spencer in 4th. For the u15 boys Finlay Grant was 2nd overall. All results can be found at http://northmidsxcleague.co.uk/

COUNTY XC RESULTS

Will Tighe led a clean sweep of the medals for the club in the u17 men's race in the Derbyshire Champs in Nottingham on 5th Jan. Will took gold ahead of Ewan Spencer & Sam Allen with the team gold also secured. Also in the u17 race were Tom Spencer in 6th & Oscar Cousins in 7th. Alex Ediker took the u20 men's title by over half a minute and our u11 girls team won silver led by Lydia Griffin in 2nd with Gracie Pell 6th & Darcy Knight 9th.

Another team gold was won by our u15 boys with Finlay Grant taking the individual bronze, Joe Currie in 4th & Isaac Helps 10th. Other u15's competing were Harry Cocking in 12th & Thomas Marriott who was 15th. Bronze medals were secured by Jasmin Greveson in the u15 girls race & by Lyz Evans in the women's over 55 category. Louise Cocking was 5th in the u17 women's race, Macy Helps 14th in the u13 girls & Thomas Bettney was 15th in the u13 boys event. A full set of results will be published on the County website.

MINI XC LEAGUE FINALE

Congratulations to Finlay Grant who won the u15 boys overall title in the Derbyshire Mini XC league following the third match at Derby on 15th December. Finlay finished 2nd on the day but his consistency, having finished 2nd at the first 2 matches too, paid dividends. The u15 boys team were 2nd on the day, with Joe Currie in 4th & Harry Cocking in 7th, & overall at the end of the season. Also in the race were Isaac Helps in 11th & Thomas Marriott in 13th.

There were also excellent 2nd places overall for Jasmin Greveson, who finished 3rd on the day, in the u15 girls & Lydia Griffin in the u11 girls. Lydia was 2nd at Derby with Gracie Pell in 8th & Annie Price 12th, the girls taking 2nd place on the day and overall. In the u13 girls race Macy Helps was 13th and Daniel Bennett raced for the u13 boys finishing 17th. Congratulations to Derby AC who won the league with us finishing in 3rd place.