VALHALLA VIRTUAL SHOT - PART 2
Monday 25th May saw a second virtual shot competition in which athletes throw in their back yards, local parks etc. with the measuring being done by family members. Results were then sent into and collated by the organiser. Four of the club's athletes took part with Josh Turkington throwing 9.50m in the u17 category, in the u15 girls Izzy Fellows threw 8.78m & Lottie Hall 7.50m with Jacob Peers-Wain managing 6.03m in the u15 boys. Athletes from all over the world took part, including America, South Africa & Namibia and perhaps most importantly £2000 has been raised for NHS charities over the 2 events.
UPDATE ON COMPETITIONS & TRAINING (13th May)
Last week saw England Athletics publish their current thoughts on the possibilities for competition for the remainder of the summer, starting mid July; https://www.englandathletics.org/athletics-and-running/news/update-on-competition-and-training-2020/. Alongside this they committed to review the current blanket ban on training which is currently in force until the end of May.
Following the government update on Sun 10th May England Athletics have released a further statement, https://www.englandathletics.org/athletics-and-running/news/coronavirus-statement/, confirming the intention to provide guidance to clubs as to how a return to training may be possible as the government relaxes 'lockdown' conditions and it becomes safe to do so.
We will publish further updates here and on our Facebook page as we learn more.
VIRTUAL SHOT COMPETITION
Although there’s no formal training or competitions at the moment the Valhalla Throws Academy organised a virtual shot put competition which took place on 2nd May. Four of the club’s athletes took part with each throwing their implements in gardens or parks with parents measuring for them. Makeshift lines were used instead of a shot put circle. The results were as follows; u15 boy Jacob Peers-Wain threw 5.14m, in the u15 girls category Izzy Fellows hoisted the shot out to 8.60m with Lottie Hall 8.04m & Josh Turkington threw 9.05m with the u17 men’s implement. Videos of some of the throws are on our Facebook page.
CORONAVIRUS CLOSURES (updated 29th April)
In line with the latest government policy & ensuing governing body advice we are currently closed for training until the end of May, a position which England Athletics hopes to update us on at the beginning of May. EA have confirmed that competitions will not be able to take place until at least July.
The Youth Development & Northern Leagues have decided to cancel all of their competitions for this year and the reasons behind this are given on their websites. It is hoped that once athletics is back up & running that local competitions can be organised and we will post details of these when we can. In the meantime we will post the dates of open competitions predominantly in the Midlands and Yorkshire areas as well as a few local fell races.
Also on our fixtures are the dates & venues for the 2020/21 North Midlands Cross Country League and Northern road & cross country relays.
2020 MEMBERSHIP RENEWALS
Thank you to those who have renewed their memberships. Due to Coronavirus clubs have been granted an extension by England Athletics to register athletes, therefore, there is no rush to pay us, we will resume taking forms when we return to training. For anybody who does wish to pay before we resume then we can accept a bank transfer, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
MULTI EVENTS UPDATES
Ruby Sayles took 14th position in the England Athletics u15 girls Pentathlon at the EIS in Sheffield on 15th March. Ruby’s score of 2769 points sets a new club record and placed her 5th in the Northern championships. En route to her overall score Ruby Long Jumped 5.25m, also a club record, which moves her to 5th in the UK rankings for that event.
On 23rd Feb it was Mark Beer's turn at Lee Valley in London at the British Masters Championships. In his last event as an M35 a Bronze medal was won with 2881 points.
Finlay Grant's 94th place finish helped the Derbyshire team to 7th place in the Inter boys race at the English School cross country Champs at Sefton Park, Liverpool on 14th March. In the Senior boys race Ewan Spencer was the first finisher for Derbyshire in 133rd with Oscar Cousins 142nd and Tom Spencer 187th. There was a 292nd place for Jasmin Greveson in the Inter girls race.
UK INTER COUNTIES
Held in Loughborough on 7th March the UK Inter counties cross country champs saw a number of the club's athletes competing for Derbyshire. In the u20 men's race Will Tighe came home in 25th with Ewan Spencer 60th. Oscar Cousins finished an excellent 30th in the u17 men's race where Finlay Grant was 56th & Tom Spencer 81st with the Derbyshire team coming a creditable 9th. Jasmin Greveson was 217th in the u17 women's event.
A fantastic final match saw the club take the overall Sportshall League title as well as 4 of the 6 age group wins. Our u13 & 15 girls and the u11 & 13 boys won their divisions with Amber Valley & Erewash taking the other 2 age groups. On the day our u11 boys filled the first 4 places in the 1 Lap, Ezra Adetunji winning ahead of Tyler Booth, Mackenzie Crowther and James Sinclair then in the 3 Lap there was another win for Ezra followed by Mackenzie then James. Mackenzie then won the Standing Long Jump (SLJ) and Toby Barnett was 3rd in the Hi-Stepper. The Speed Bounce (SB) saw Ezra take his 3rd win with Alex Fleming in 2nd place. The boys then won their relay in a new League Record.
Ellie Oscroft won both the u11 girls 1 Lap & Hi-Stepper with Penny Blant 3rd in the 1 Lap. Ellie was then 2nd in the 3 Lap with Emme Devine in 3rd and Penny returned to take 2nd in the SLJ. In the SB there was an =2nd for Mazie Taylor & Chloe Staniland and we were 2nd in the relay. Melissa Humphreys took the u13 girls 1 Lap and was 3rd in the SLJ, Izzy Fellows took the Shot with Lottie Hall in 2nd, Gracie Pell was 2nd in the SB where Izzy was 3rd and in the 8 Lap Parlauf our team of Gracie Pell & Charlotte Staniland was 2nd. The girls took 2nd in their relay.
For the u13 boys Jenson Lee & Max Marriott were 1-2 in the Shot, Max & Kobi Adetunji were 2nd & 3rd in the SB and there was a win in the relay. There was also a 2nd place in the 8 Lap Parlauf for Kobi who teamed up with Jedaiah Asare Bonsu. Hannah Moody won the 2 & 4 Lap races for the u15 girls, Freya Lowe finishing 2nd in the 4 Lap & Alicia Proctor 3rd in the 2 Lap. Emily Rogers won the SB with Alicia 2nd, Emily was then 2nd in the SLJ with Alicia in 3rd place and in the Shot Freya was 2nd with Ruby Higham 3rd and the girls combined for the relay win. Josh Turkington took the Shot for the u15 boys with Gracjan Mazurek 2nd, Gracjan was also 2nd in the 2 Lap as was Thomas Bettney in the 4 Lap. Josh & Thomas were then 2nd and 3rd in the SB.
A big thank you to everyone who turned out for us this winter and to our team managers for coordinating. We won all 6 Sportshall matches and the results for them all can be found at http://www.sportshall.org/resultsfixtures/results/county-league-results/results-county-league-results-county-league-results-2019-20
RUBY SAILS TO 4th AT ENGLISH CHAMPS
Ruby Sayles took 4th place in the u15 girls Long Jump at the England Athletics u15, u17 & u20 Indoor Champs on 22nd Feb at the EIS Sheffield. Ruby's jump of 5.19m was just 1cm shy of her personal best and she'll now move onto the England Athletics Pentathlon in the middle of March. In the u15 girls Pole Vault Lottie Hall took 7th place with a height of 2.50m, narrowly missing out on a pb of 2.65m. In the u20 men's 60m Hurdles on 23rd Feb Oliver Dakin finished 6th in his heat with a pb and club record of 8.47secs.
At a very windy Wollaton Park, Nottingham there was a superb 34th place for Will Tighe in the u20 men's race at the English National Cross Country Champs on 22nd Feb. Earlier in the day saw an excellent 39th place for Oscar Cousins in the u17 men's race where Finlay Grant finished 135th & Joe Currie 171st. In the u15 boys race Thomas Marriott finished 276th with Keyon Greveson 296th.