The Lake District hosted the 2021 British Championships up and down races and the 2021 World Championships Trials uphill only races over the weekend of 17-19th September. The uphill race took place in Keswick, running up Skiddaw on Friday afternoon, with Will Tighe finishing in 12th place overall but the first u20 athlete. As for the up and down races, these were staged in Sedbergh on Sunday 19 September. Another strong display from Finlay Grant saw him finish 3rd in the u20 men’s race.


In the last of the 4 races comprising the English Junior Championships there was another win for Finlay Grant in the u19 boys section. Fin took his 3rd win of the series at Ilam on 12th September, also securing the overall title having won 3 of the 4 races. In second place overall was Tom Spencer, who didn’t compete at Ilam. Congratulations to both for finishing 1-2 in the Country and on their England debuts the previous weekend at the British & Irish Junior Mountain Running Championships at the Mourne Mountains, Northern Ireland on Saturday 4th September where Fin finished 8th & Tom 10th in the u20 men’s race. In the u15 girls race at Ilam there was an =15th place for Gracie Fidler with Evie Blant 20th leaving them 15th & 23rd overall respectively after the 4 race series.


The club took 3 of the 6 medals on offer at the County U11 Quadkids competition on 12th September. There was a Silver medal for Zac Booth in the boys event with Samuel Smith finishing with the Bronze medal & Niamh Kilroy also scooped Bronze in the girls event. There was a 9th place for Lily Timperley with Daisi Davis 13th & Emily Ross 14th. In the boys Charlie Cottrell just missed out on a medal in 4th place and Oscar Melen was 6th just ahead of Thomas Hawkins.

The competition comprised of 4 events; starting with the 75m and followed by the Long Jump, the Howler and finally a 600m. Sam was the fastest on the day over 75m with Niamh being the 2nd quickest of the girls. In the next event, the Long Jump, Zac was the 2nd furthest jumper with Charlie Cottrell in 3rd. In the Howler there was a 3rd place finish in the girls for Emily Ross, Sam & Zac were the 2nd & 3rd longest throwers for the boys. Niamh was 3rd quickest of the girls in the 600m with Sam being the fastest boy with Charlie 2nd quickest. Full results can be viewed at


There was a busy weekend of competition at the Derbyshire County Championships on 11th & 12th September with numerous titles won by the club’s athletes, a number of other hard fought medals and a Championship Best Performance set by Mark Beer in the Masters over 35 High Jump with a leap of 1.60m. Mark also took Silvers in the Shot and Discus events. Bob Sims took the M60 title in the Shot and Steve Gascoyne took a Bronze in the M35 3000m.

Nathan Gavaghan took a hat-trick of titles in the u20 men’s events with wins in the 100m, 200m and 400m. Nathan Whyatt took Gold in the Javelin and Silver in the Shot and there was a Bronze medal for Oscar Cousins in the 800m. In the Senior men’s events Oliver Dakin took the 100m-200m double, Jacob Ludlam won the High Jump, Mark Wearing won the Discus but agonisingly was pipped for the Shot Put title by 1cm and Steve Gascoyne was back in the action in the 1500m taking a Bronze.

Sky Lamb took Gold in the U13 girls High Jump with Darcy Knight taking the Bronze. Darcy picked up another Bronze in the 800m where she was pipped by Ani Price who ran a pb for the Silver medal. Ellie Oscroft took Silver medals in both the 100m and 200m with Emme Devine taking a Bronze in the longer sprint. Emme also took a Bronze in the Shot with Layla Duke doing likewise in the 70m Hurdles.

There were a number of 1-2’s for our u15 girls; Lottie Hall & Izzy Fellows in the Shot, Izzy & Lottie in the Javelin and Lottie & Gracie Pell in the Pole Vault. Izzy also won the Discus & Pollyanna Wilmot won the Hammer. There was a Silver medal for Melissa Humphreys in the 100m and Bronze medals for Gracie Pell in the 200m and Lydia Griffin in the 300m. Ruby Higham took the u17 women’s Hammer title ahead of Ella Laban and there was a Silver in the Shot for Freya Lowe. In the u20 women’s Pole Vault there was a Gold medal for Beth Falconer. Charlotte Hickin was another Gold medal winner in the senior women’s High Jump, she also took Bronze in the Shot and Rebecca Wardle claimed Silver in the Javelin.

Ezra Adetunji Leapt to a new pb in the u13 boys Long Jump with 4.69m, he also took Silver medals in the 100m & 200m. In both the 100m & Long Jump Tyler Booth took the Bronze and he took another in the Javelin where Alex Fleming threw a huge pb to take Silver. Bradley Kirk took Silvers in the u15 boys Shot & Discus with Stanley Butler taking the Bronze medal in the latter event. There was also a Silver for Callum Stowell in the Javelin and Josh Dorward, who is still an u13, stepped up to the u15’s to compete in the Pole Vault where he secured a Bronze medal.

In the u17 men’s events there was a dominant win Josh Turkington in the Javelin. Also taking a Gold was Jacob Peers-Wain in the Hammer with Jacob also taking Silvers in the High & Triple Jumps. Ben Fogden won the 200m and he also took Silver in the 100m. Thomas Marriott took a pair of Silvers in the 400m and 800m.


Lottie Hall scooped a silver medal at the England Athletics u15 pole vault championships on 28/8/21. Lottie jumped 2.61m to secure =2nd place.


Izzy Fellows threw 30.50m to take Javelin gold in Nuneaton on 21st August 2021. Throwing in the u15 girls category Izzy's best throw was almost 10m further than any of her rivals managed. Also taking gold was Steve Gascoyne in the M40 age group 3000m steeplechase at the British Masters Championships in Derby, held from 20-22 August. Steve's time of 10:55.58 was over a minute ahead of his nearest challenger.
Ellie Oscroft raced to double gold at the Northern Athletics U13/15/17 Championships in Hull on 14/15th August. First Ellie took the u13 girls 100m title with a pb of 13.87secs before returning to the track and setting another pb of 28.45secs in the 200m.
Also winning gold was Lottie Hall in the u15 girls pole vault. Lottie jumped 2.60m and was joined on the podium by Gracie Pell who vaulted 2.40m for the bronze. Hannah Moody was a silver medal winner in the u17 women's vault with a height of 2.80m.
There were bronze medals in the u17 men's events for Josh Turkington & Ben Fogden. Josh threw 44.85m in the javelin with Ben running 11.93secs in the 100m. Ben also competed in the 200m where he was 5th in his heat in 24.45secs.


Congratulations to Will Foot who took the Bronze medal at the English Schools Track & Field Championships in Manchester which were held 9-11th July 2021. Competing in the senior boys pole vault Will jumped a pb of 4.50m to seal 3rd place. There was also a pb for Isobelle Fellows in the junior girls javelin who threw 34.09m for 6th place. In the senior girls pole vault there was a 9th place for Bethany Falconer and Hannah Moody was 17th in the inter girls event, both jumping 2.80m. In the junior girls pole vault Lottie Hall and Gracie Pell were 4th & 7th respectively with heights of 2.40m and 2.20m.


Will Foot made the long trip to Bedford worthwhile by taking 3rd place at the England Athletics u20 championships on 19th June 2021. Will vaulted a new pb of 4.45m to secure the bronze medal


3 of the club's athletes competed in the Up the Nab fell race in Glossop on 13th June 2021. Finlay Grant & Tom Spencer were 1-2 in the u19 men's race, with Fin taking the win by 1 second, with both athletes beating all of the seniors for good measure. In the u15 girls race Gracie Fidler, competing for Derbyshire for the first time, was 25th.


There were some strong performances from the club’s athletes at the Derbyshire Schools championships on 12th June 2021, including English Schools qualifying standards from Ruby Sayles & Lottie Hall. Ruby took 2 wins in the Inter Girls (u17) events, the 100m in 13.51 secs & the Long Jump with an English Schools qualifier of 5.56m. Hannah Moody was another winner, jumping 2.90m in the Pole Vault, and also took silver in the 200m with 28.33secs. There was a 1-2 in the Hammer with Ruby Higham throwing 30.33m and Ella Laban 16.75m. In the 300m Freya Lowe secured Bronze in 44.90secs.

Lottie jumped 2.70m to win the Junior Girls (u15) Pole Vault, with an English Schools standard, and also threw the shot to 8.26m for a silver medal. Izzy Fellows won the Javelin with 33.79m, having thrown over the English Schools standard of 34m earlier in the season. Pollyanna Wilmott was another winner, throwing 21.44m in the Hammer. There was a silver medal for Gracie Pell in the Pole Vault with a jump of 2.40m & took a bronze in the 75m Hurdles in a time of 13.54secs. Melissa Humphreys placed 2nd in the 100m with 14.39secs with Georgie Pollard 6th in 15.36secs and in the High Jump Melissa took bronze with 1.40m where Georgie was 5th with 1.10m. In the 1500m Macy Helps was 8th with 5:50.96 with Evie Blant 10th in 5:58.98 and Ella Boyland ran 2:49.37 for 8th in the 800m.

Josh Turkington and Jacob Peers-Wain took golds in the Inter Boys Javelin and Hammer respectively, Josh throwing 44.77m & Jacob 20.19m. There was also a silver for Thomas Marriot in the 400m with 58.59secs. In the Junior Boys events there were silver medals for Callum Stowell in the Javelin with a throw of 28.54m, Jenson Lee in the Shot with 7.57m & Tyler Booth in the Discus with 16.40m where Jenson added a bronze with 16.35m. Callum was also 9th overall in the 100m with 13.73secs, Tyler was 11th in 14.82secs & Nathanael Gaskin 12th in 15.05secs. Nathanael ran 30.55secs for 5th in the 200m.


The weekend of the 12/13th June 2021 saw the area u20/senior champs take place. Rebecca Wardle took a bronze in the senior women's javelin at the Northern champs in Manchester. Rebecca threw 33.04m. In the men's discus Mark Wearing was 7th with 39.15m. In Nuneaton at the Midland championships there was a bronze medal for Will Foot in the pole vault with a jump of 4.20m.


Congratulations to Jo Wain who has been named the East Midlands Coach of the Year for 2020 for his work with the club’s throws group. The club was well represented at the virtual awards ceremony as Shane Proctor was the runner-up in the Volunteer of the Year category.