The final match of this winter's Derbyshire Sportshall league took place on 10th March and saw us remain undefeated this season, taking match 6 by over 100 points. We were also victorious in 5 of the 6 age groups overall, with AVEAC triumphing in the u13 boys section.

Jessica Sanderson & Martha Smith shared the spoils in the u11 girls 1 Lap with Martha then pipping Jessica in the 3 Lap. There was a win for Anya Clark in the Hi-Stepper where Jessica was 2nd. Anya also took the Speed Bounce (SB) with Martha 2nd. In the Standing Long Jump (SLJ) Francesca Mayers was 3rd with Arya Hadley-Swann 4th.

Tobi Duke & Enso Harbour were 1-2 in the 1 Lap for the u11 boys. Tobi also won the SLJ where Kobi Barraclough was 6th. Enso went on to winn the 3 Lap with Philip Grzelak in 4th and in the Hi-Stepper Tobi won with Philip =2nd. Philip was 3rd in the SB with Christopher Devine 4th.

In the u13 girls 2 Lap there was a 2nd place for Antoniah Kinsiona with Sophie Kelley 4th. Antoniah & Marianna Owen teamed up to win the 8 Lap Parlauf, Antoniah took the SLJ where Freya Curtis was 3rd. In the Shot Faith Baines & Sophie Kelley were 2nd & 3rd respectively with Lily Timperley taking the SB, Sophie Kelley & Niamh Kilroy shared 2nd place in this event. Zachary Mayers was 3rd in the u13 boys 2 Lap & 2nd in the SLJ where Zac Booth was 3rd. Oscar Melen was 3rd in the Shot, Zac was 5th and in the SB Caz & Oscar were 3rd & 4th.

Ellie Oscroft took the u15 girls 2 Lap with Jeanie Cadman 4th, Isobel Molloy & Emme Devine were 2nd & 3rd in the 4 Lap. Jeanie took 3rd in the SLJ where Grace Pollard was 6th. In the Shot there was a 2nd place for Mazie Taylor with Emme Devine 3rd. Mazie & Erin Forde were 1-2 in the SB. Tyler Booth took a hat-trick of wins in the u15 boys 2 Lap, SLJ & Shot. Solomon Birkill was 2nd in the 2 Lap, Dereck Berihuete was 2nd in the SLJ & 3rd in the Shot.


There was a Gold & a Silver for Liz Duke at the British Masters Indoor Championships, held at Lee Valley on 17-18th Feb 2024. Day 1 saw the 200m where Liz ran 27.20secs to take the Silver in the W45 category. In the 60m on day 2 Liz stormed to the Gold, with a pb of 8.27secs.


Bella Egley picked up a bronze medal at the Northern Athletics u13/15 Champs at the EIS in Sheffield on Sunday 4th Feb 2024. Having finished 2nd in both her heat and semi-final, setting pb's in both, Bella ran 29.70 seconds in the final to set another pb and take 3rd place. Another athlete in pb form was Marianna Owen in the u15 girls 800m. Marianna ran 2:24.2 to finish 2nd in her heat, taking 4 seconds off her pb, and then 2:23.04 in the final to knock another second off, finishing in 5th place. Emily Ross also set a pb with 6.66m in the u13 girls shot in taking 6th place. In the u15 girls shot Mazie Taylor was 9th with 8.23m.


Finlay Grant secured the silver medal at the Northern Athletics Cross Country Championships in Sedgefield, County Durham on 27th January 2024. Racing in the u20 event Fin upgraded from the bronze medal he won last year. In the u13 girls race Marianna Owen finished 6th, just 12 seconds behind the winner.


The club's athletes picked up 3 medals at the Northern Athletics u17/u20/senior indoor championships at the EIS, Sheffield. Beth Falconer took the silver medal in the senior women’s pole vault, also posting a pb of 3.30m. Competing in the senior men’s pole vault Nathan cleared 4.20m to also plunder a silver medal. Lottie Hall added over a metre to her shot put pb to take u20 women’s bronze.

In 60m action were Ellie Oscroft and Ben Fogden, both making the semi finals. In the u17 women's event Ellie ran 7.11secs for 3rd place in her heat followed by a marginally better 7.10 in her semi. Ben ran 7.39 in the senior men’s heats, also running faster in his semi with 7.36. Nathan Gavaghan was 5th in his heat of the senior men’s 400m with 52.39secs. Ben also competed in the 200m, running 23.06secs for 3rd place in his heat, qualifying for the semi finals where he placed 5th in 23.21.


Congratulations to Finlay Grant and Marianna Owen who took Derbyshire County Cross Country Championships wins at Bulwell Hall Park on 6th January 2024. Fin took the u20 men’s title by over a minute and a half from his nearest challenger. In the u13 girls race Marianna was 7 seconds clear of 2nd place. In the senior men’s race Ewan Spencer was 2nd, just ahead of younger brother Tom in 3rd. There was also a Bronze medal for Lyz Evans in the v65 women's race & in the u17 women's event Evie Blant finished in 7th place.


A number of the club's athletes made the trip to Middlesbrough on the weekend of 12/13th August 2023 for the Northern Athletics u13/15/17 Championships. Saturday saw Faith Baines finish in 5th place in the u13 girls Shot with a best put of 7.50m. Faith was also in action in the 100m & 200m where she was 5th in her heats of both events. There was a personal best for Marianna Owen in the u13 girls 800m, where she finished 7th overall. Aaron Kurian was 4th in the u15 boys 200m final and 5th in his heat of the 100m. Tyler Booth took agonising 4th places in both the u15 Shot and Discus, but had the satisfaction of throwing a pb of 34.47m in the latter.

There was more Discus action on the Sunday with Bradley Kirk taking 5th place in the u17 men's event. Gracie Pell took 4th place in the u17 women's Pole Vault with Lottie Hall taking 7th in the Javelin. Ellie Oscroft took 8th place in the u15 girls 100m final and finished 2nd in her 200m heat. Oscar Melen was 12th in the u13 boys 800m and was 8th in the Shot with a pb of 6.28m. Mazie Taylor took 10th place in the u15 girls Shot with a pb of 8.91m.


A third successive win was achieved by our u13/15 athletes on 22nd July 2023 securing promotion back to the Northern Premier division next year. There were wins for Dylan Leong in the hammer & Josh Dorward in the pole vault for the u15 boys. In the u15 girls events there was a double win for Ellie Oscroft in the 100m & 200m with Zac Booth taking the u13 boys hurdles and javelin & Oscar Melen winning the shot. Marianna Owen took the u13 girls 800m, Sophie Kelley the high jump, Faith Baines the shot & Emily Ross the javelin.


At the English Schools Track & Field Championships at the Alexander Stadium, Birmingham on 30th June & 1st July 2023 there was a pb for Tyler Booth in the junior boys discus. Tyler threw 34.42m to add over a metre to his previous best. In the intermediate boys discus Bradley Kirk took 8th place with 35.18m. Aaron Kurian was 14th in the junior boys long jump with a best distance of 5.48m. In the junior girls 200m Ellie Oscroft was 5th in her heat with 26.59 secs.


The weekend of 3rd/4th June 2023 saw the Northern Athletics U20/Senior Championships take place in Manchester over both days. There was a Silver medal for Beth Falconer in the senior women's pole vault, equalling her best height of the season with 3.10m. There were also Bronze medals in the u20 throws for Jacob Peers-Wain, with a pb in the hammer, and Josh Turkington in the javelin. There was also a pb for Nathan Gavaghan who broke 50 seconds for the 400m for the first time. Nathan's 49.85secs was good enough for a place in the final, where he was 7th.


Finlay Grant was the first British finisher in 5th place, behind a quartet of Ugandans, in the U20 men’s race at the World Mountain and Trail Running Championships in Chiang Mai, Thailand on 6th November 2022. In doing so Fin led the British team to Bronze medals, half a point behind the French team who took the Silver. Unsurprisingly Uganda took the team Gold. This caps a fantastic 2022 for Fin which has seen him collect a number of national titles on the fells and a couple of European medals.


Finlay Grant picked up an individual Bronze medal & led the British team to gold in the u20 men’s up & downhill mountain race at the European Off-Road Running Championships in La Palma, Spain on 3rd July 2022. Finlay took individual bronze by a five second margin from France’s Anatole Berthou. It was a tight finish to the contest as only eight seconds separated the top three. Fin earned the first international medal of his career, while solid performances from the rest of the quartet secured them the team gold as well.


Mark Beer made the trip to Lee Valley to compete in the Southern Athletics indoor multi events championships on 18/19th December 2021. Competing in the 7 event heptathlon Mark posted 7.94secs in the 60m, 6.08m in the long jump, threw the shot 10.41m & high jumped 1.81m on day 1 and followed that up on day 2 with a 9.54secs 60H, 3.66m pole vault and 3:19.2 1000m to post an overall score of 4601 points which is a new British record for M40's. This adds to Mark's record as an M35 which he set in 2015.