30 SELECTED FOR DERBYSHIRE SPORTSHALL TEAM
30 of the club's athletes have been selected to represent Derbyshire at the Regional Sportshall Finals in Grantham on Sunday 15th March 2020. Congratulations to all of those selected! For the U11s we have: Ellie Oscroft, Penny Blant, Katie Rylance, Nicole Topham, Chloe Staniland, Emme Devine, Esme Wright, Layla Duke, Ezra Adetunji, Tyler Booth, James Sinclair, Mackenzie Crowther, Alex Fleming & Toby Barnett.
Selected U13s are: Melissa Humphreys, Evelyn Sas, Lottie Hall, Charlotte Staniland, Gracie Pell, Isabelle Fellows, JJ Asare Bonsu, Callum Stowell, Nathanael Gaskin, Max Marriott and Jenson Lee.
Our U15s to be selected; Hannah Moody, Freya Lowe, Ben Fogden, Reuben Sas & Gracjan Mazurek.
LONDON MINI MARATHON TRIAL
The trials for the East Midlands team for the London Mini Marathon on 26th April will be held at Leicestershire County Hall on Sunday 29th March at 10.30am. Entries are now being taken via the following web page; https://www.evententry.co.uk/lmm-east-midlands-team-trials. Successful athletes will be selected to compete over a 3 mile course at the London Marathon.
NORTH MIDS SUCCESS & STIRLING CROSS CHALLENGE
It was a busy day for the club's endurance athletes with events in Nottingham & north of the border in Scotland on 11th January. At the final North Midlands League fixture of the winter at Wollaton Park, Nottingham the club's u17 men's team and Finlay Grant were crowned champions. Finlay finished 2nd on the day in the u17 men's race which secured him the overall title ahead of club mates Tom Spencer in 2nd & Oscar Cousins in 3rd, Oscar having finished 3rd on the day with Tom 5th. Thomas Marriott was 19th in the u15 boys race and in the senior men's race Ewan Spencer was 20th overall (3rd u20) and Daniel Cresswell, who is in training for the London Marathon, was 61st of the 258 finishers.
Alex Ediker, running for the North of England, finished an excellent 6th in the u20 men's race at the British Athletics Cross Challenge event in Stirling, Scotland. Will Tighe, competing for the Midlands, was rewarded following the long journey with 28th place in the same race.
NORTHERN INDOOR CHAMPS
Day 1 of the Northern Athletics u17/20/senior Indoor Championships, which were held at the EIS in Sheffield on 11/12th Jan, saw Oliver Dakin dominate the u20 men's 60m Hurdles and take the win in a new pb & club record of 8.57 seconds. There was a silver medal for Hannah Moody in the u17 women's pole vault, where she equalled her pb of 2.80m, with Lottie Hall finishing in 5th place in a new pb of 2.60m. Alicia Barrett had a busy day, taking the silver medal in the senior women's 60m Hurdles and then finishing 4th in the 60m having won her heat. In the senior men's 400m heats Connor McQuade just missed out on automatic qualification to the semi finals, taking 3rd place behind last year's champion.
On day 2 the club's athletes secured a couple of further silver medals. First up was Lois Green who took 2nd place in the u20 women's pole vault with a 2.90m jump followed by Will Foot taking the runner up spot in the u17 men's vault. Josh Turkington, competing in his first Northern Championships, came 7th in the u17 men's shot with 8.41m which was just 3cm shy of his best ever throw.
COUNTY MEDAL CLEAN SWEEPS
The Derbyshire County Cross Country Champs were held at Shipley Park, Heanor on 4th January and saw 2 of the club's teams take a clean sweep of the medals. In the u17 men's race 32 seconds separated our 3 medallists with Finlay Grant taking the gold ahead of Tom Spencer's silver & Oscar Cousins bronze, the team also taking their gold medals with a perfect score of 6. It was a similar story in the u20 men's race where Alex Ediker took the win, Will Tighe securing the silver medal and Ewan Spencer with bronze and all taking team gold medals.
Jasmin Greveson took 6th in the u17 women's race, in the u13 girls there was a 16th place for Macy Helps and in the u15 boys race there was a 12th from Keyon Greveson and 16th for Thomas Marriott. Congratulations to all of those finishing in the top 8 who have gained selection for Derbyshire at the UK Inter Counties in Loughborough on 10th March.
CLUB RECORD BREAKERS
Congratulations to the following athletes who set Club Records in 2019; Hannah Moody, Isabelle Fellows, Lottie Hall, Jenson Lee, Ella & Alicia Barrett, Angie Fellows, Connor McQuade, Lauren Hill, Oliver Dakin, Will Foot, Kerry Baker, Mark Beer, Joanne Hall, Lyz Evans, Paul Oscroft, Steve Gascoyne and Shane Proctor. To view the club records go to our Results tab and select Club Records, could you set one in 2020?
INDOOR OPEN MEETS
Indoor athletics isn’t limited to Sportshall, the winter also sees a number of track & field events held at the English Institute of Sport, Sheffield on the indoor 200m track. For any athletes wanting to give it a try there's the Sheffield Festival of Athletics on Sunday 26th January which offers a wide range of events; https://www.race-results.co.
There are also the Run, Jump, Throw open meetings on Wednesdays 22nd Jan & 5th Feb and details of the events on offer can be found at the following link, https://www.race-results.co.
MINI LEAGUE XC FINALE
Macy Helps took 7th place in the u13 girls race at the final Mini XC League match at Derby on 14th December. In the u15 boys race Thomas Marriott was 10th with Thomas Bettney in 12th position. At the end of the 3 matches Macy & Thomas Marriott were 6th overall in their categories, no other athletes from the club competed in all 3 matches. Of the 7 competing teams we finished in =6th place.
ENGLISH XC RELAYS
There was an 18th place for our u17 men's A team on Oscar Cousins, Tom Spencer & Finlay Grant in Mansfield on 2nd November with our B team of Sam Allen, Isaac Helps & Joe Currie coming home 57th. Our junior men's team of Alex Ediker, Ewan Spencer & Jacob Buckley were 29th with Lydia Griffin, Macy Helps & Charlotte Staniland teaming up for 45th in the u13 girls race.
NORTHERN XC RELAYS
Oscar Cousins, Tom Spencer and Finlay Grant teamed up to finish an agonising 4th in the u17 men's race at the Northern cross country relays in Sheffield on 19th October, just 2 seconds away from a medal. Fin also ran the 6th fastest leg of the day. In the senior men's race there was a 22nd place for Ewan Spencer, Michael Brown, Jacob Buckley & Steve Gascoyne with our u13 girls team of Lydia Griffin, Macy Helps & Evie Blant coming home 34th.