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The first match of this year's mini league track & field saw a resurgent AVEAC take the win, with us finishing in 3rd place, on 13th April. There were some great season's openers for our athletes with many getting their first taste of outdoor athletics.

Christopher Devine hurled the howler over 35m to take the u11 boys event, where Kobi Barraclough took 7th, just ahead of Jenson Euchus-Coyle. Christopher & Kobi were 2nd and 6th in the 600m & Christopher was 5th in the long jump with Alexander Ganecki 6th. Alexander went on to take 2nd in the 150m, Lucas Melen was 5th & in the 75m Kobi & Lucas were 4th & 7th. In the u11 girls events there were a couple of 2nd places for Ruby Thomson in the high jump and 75m with Jessica Hayter 7th in the 75m. Jessica also took 4th in the 150m with Ruby 3rd in the 600m.

Bella Egley took the u13 girls 100m where Emily Hayter was 6th. Jessica Sanderson & Emily were 4th & 7th in the 200m. Honora Widdowson took 2nd place in the hurdles, where Jessica was also 4th, and in the 800m Honora was 5th with Martha Rose Smith one place behind. Jessica & Anya Clark were 5th & 6th in the LJ, Emily Ross took 2nd in the shot with Kyrie Turner 6th & in the discus the same athletes were 2nd & 5th.

Oscar Melen won the u13 boys discus & took 2nd in the shot, Philip Grzelak was 4th in the former & Tayo Kooner-Singhera 3rd in the latter. Charlie Cottrell dominated the HJ where Tobi Duke was 5th. Tobi won the 100m with Tayo 7th and in the 200m Tobi was 3rd with Oscar 7th. Charlie & Oscar Siderius were 4th and 6th in the 800m & in the hurdles Charlie was 4th and Tayo 5th.

Zac Booth took the u15 boys hurdles, Zachary Mayers was 5th in the 100m & 4th over 200m and in the LJ Zac was 4th & Zach 6th. Zac was also 4th in the shot. Marianna Owen won the u15 girls 800m by 11 seconds with Niamh Kilroy 4th. Macie Nightingale & Evie Curtis were 5th & 6th in the hurdles and in the 100m Antoniah Kinsiona and Sophie Kelley were 3rd and 4th. Marianna was 3rd in the 200m with Antoniah 4th and the u15 girls won their 4x100m relay.  On the field Evie & Freya Curtis were 3rd & 4th in the HJ, Mazie Taylor & Faith Baines were 2nd and 3rd in the shot and at the discus Holly Buckley was 4th with Niamh 5th.


The second Mini League match takes place on Saturday 27th April at Moorways Sports Village, Moor Lane, Derby, DE24 9HY. The first events start at 10am. All athletes in the u11, 13 & 15 age groups are invited to compete.

Team managers will be circulating emails about the match, please respond to them to confirm availability or not & to choose your events. Some of the events change at match 2; if you did HJ at M1 I'll be LJ at M2 and vice versa, 1500m instead of 800m, javelin instead of discus & u15's do 300m rather than 200m.

On the day please bring your £3 competition fee and meet our team managers by the club flag.


Entries are now open for the Derbyshire Track & Field Championships which will be held at Moorways, Derby on 11th and 12th May. Please note that the closing date is 19th April, no late entries will be accepted. Entry details can be found at info5298.pdf (

Alongside the County Championships is an u11 Quadkids event on Sunday 12th May. Details can be found at


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.


Following their successful runs at the County Cross Country Champs in Jan a number of the club's athletes were selected to compete for Derbyshire at the UK Inter Counties XC Championships in Nottingham on 9th March. Marianna Owen took 37th place in the u13 girls race and Evie Blant was 242nd in the u17 women's event. In the senior men's race Tom Spencer finished in 49th place with Ewan Spencer in 64th.


February has seen both the BUCS cross country and indoor athletics championships. It was cross country on 3rd February in Leeds where Tom Spencer was 6th in the men's short course race, 10 seconds ahead of his brother Ewan who was 8th. Both were competing for Cambridge University. 23-25 Feb was the turn of the indoor champs in Sheffield where Nathan Gavaghan, racing for Leeds Beckett Uni, was 3rd in heat 7 of the 400m in a time of 52.02secs,which was a seasons best. In the pole vault there was an 8th place for Beth Falconer, Sheffield Hallam Uni, with a height of 3.23m.


There was a Gold & a Silver for Liz Duke at the British Masters Indoor Championships, held at Lee Valley on 17-18th Feb. 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.


Marianna Owen was the club's sole representative at the EA u15/17/20 Championships, held at the EIS on 10/11th February. Running in heat 1 of the u15 girls 800m Marianna finished 3rd in a personal best of 2:22.58, just missing out on a place in the final.


Bella Egley picked up a bronze medal at the Northern Athletics u13/15 Champs at the EIS in Sheffield on Sunday 4th Feb. 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. 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. 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.


Marianna Owen took a convincing win in the final match of this winter’s Derbyshire Mini XC League at Derby on 16th December. Competing in the u13 girls race Marianna won by over a minute from her nearest competitor. Marianna also stormed to the u13 girls win at match 3 of the North Midlands Cross Country League at Shipley Park, Heanor on 2nd December. Holly Buckley placed 17th in the u15 girls race with Evie Blant taking 13th place in the u17 women's race. Lyz Evans was 106th in the senior women’s race, which placed her 2nd in the W65 category.


Mark Beer took 3rd place in the European Police Athletics Championships held in Prague, the Czeck Republic from 28-31 August. A height of 1.75m secured Mark the Bronze behind the 2 Czech Republic athletes.

At the Young Athletes (u13/15) Inter Counties in Cudworth on 9th September a number of the club's athletes turned out in this annual fixture. There was a win for Marianna Owen in the u13 girls 800m in a pb time of 2:23.97. Honora Widdowson was 3rd in her heat of the u13 girls 70m hurdles and Zac Booth 5th in the u13 boys 75m hurdles. In the u15b high jump Ezra Adetunji was 3rd in the B with Jeanie Cadman 7th in the u15 girls event. In the u13 girls high jump Sophie Kelley & Lily Timperley both jumped 1.25m and Charlie Cottrell set a pb of 1.35m in the u13 boys event.

Aaron Kurian jumped 5.25m for 4th in the u15 boys long jump, Ezra took 4th in the B. In the shot Tyler Booth was 2nd in the B for the u15 boys, Mazie Taylor 6th in the girls A string & Faith Baines 2nd in the u13 girls B. Tyler was also 3rd in the A discus.

Back on the track Ellie Oscroft was 2nd in her heat of the u15 girls 100m before placing 5th in the 200m. Sophie Kelley was 4th in her 100m heat. Aaron Kurian placed 3rd in the 200m where Brogan Grego set a pb for 3rd in the B.


The final match of this year's Northern League saw the club finish in 6th place, however, with finishing 5th overall it will see us remain in Division 1 next year. Josh Turkington & Nathan Whyatt won the A and B javlelin with Rebecca Wardle taking the ladies event. Nathan was also 3rd in the shot where Jak Smith placed 3rd in the B to add to his 4th in the discus and pb in the hammer. There was a win for Nathan Gavaghan in the 100m with a pb of 10.8secs, Thomas Marriott took 4th in the B just outside his best ever time. Jill Lee-Liggett also set a pb in the 100m. Charlie Yates won the high jump and was 2nd in the triple with Grace Young taking 3rd place in the long jump. Charlie also won the B shot where Lottie Hall was 1cm short of her pb in taking 4th place in the A. Ben Pitts won the vault and took 2nd in the high jump.


A number of the club's athletes made the trip to Middlesbrough on the weekend of 12/13th August 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 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.


The fourth and final match of this year's Derbyshire Mini League was brought to an abrupt end by the weather on 15th July. As we have at the previous 3 matches we took 2nd place to Derby, who are this year's well deserved Mini League Champions.

The highlight of the match for ourselves was a Mini League Record run from Marianna Owen in the u13 girls 1500m. Marianna went straight into the lead from the gun, establishing a significant lead and stopping the clock at 4:58.49 which took almost a second of the previous record which had stood since 2004. Also in the race Honora Widdowson took 5th place. Honora also won the 70m hurdles with Niamh Kilroy 5th and in the 100m Sophie Kelley and Faith Baines were 3rd & 4th. Sophie was also 3rd in the 200m, with Faith 6th, and also won the high jump where Lily Timperley was 2nd. Faith & Emily Ross won the shot and javelin respectively, Emily was 5th in the shot as was Niamh in the jav. Zac Booth won the u13 boys hurdles and took 2nd in the javelin with Oscar Melen in 6th place. In the 100m Zachary Mayers was 4th & Tyrell Samuels 6th with the same athletes in 4th & 5th over 200m. In the 1500m Tyrell was 4th with Jamie Brown 5th. Zac was 4th in the LJ with Charlie Cottrell 6th. Zachary & Oscar were 4th & 5th in the shot.

Ezra Edetunji took the u15 boys hurdles and was 2nd in the HJ with Zac Marriott 6th. Tyler Booth was 2nd and Zac 4th in the shot with Tyler also 4th in the javelin where Zac was 6th. In the 100m there was a 3rd place for Tyler with Ezra 5th. Ellie Oscroft was 2nd in the u15 girls 100m with Emme Devine 5th. Emily Marathalingam was 4th in the hurdles and over 1500m Edith Boam & Holly Buckley were 6th & 7th. In the LJ Jeanie Cadman was 4th, 1 place ahead of Sky Lamb. Mazie Taylor took 3rd in the shot with Holly in 6th and Katie Rylance and Mazie were 3rd & 4th in the javelin.

Martha Rose Smith took top honours in the u11 girls 600m with Kyrie Turner in 3rd. Jessica Sanderson took 3rd places in both the sprints, Martha taking 4th over 75m and Emily Molloy 5th over 150m. In the LJ Jessica was 2nd with Martha 6th and Kyrie was 3rd in the howler where there was a 5th spot for Olivia Dorward. Tobi Duke was =1st in the u11 boys 75m with Christopher Devine taking 7th. Tobi was 2nd in the 150m, where Philip Grzelak was 5th, and Tobi was 2nd in the HJ with Oscar Siderius 5th. In the 600m there was a 3rd place for Philip, Christopher finishing in 5th place before taking 3rd in the howler with Philip 6th.


At the English Schools Track & Field Championships at the Alexander Stadium, Birmingham on 30th June & 1st July 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 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.


At the Northern Inter Counties Championships in York there was a 4th place for Derbyshire out of the 10 counties in attendance. Aaron Kurian was 4th in his u15 boys 100m & 200m, Ellie Oscroft was also 4th in the u15 girls 100m and took 2nd in the 200m. Aaron was 3rd in the Long Jump. Emme Devine was also 4th in her u15 girls 200m race. In the u17 women's 3000m Evie Blant was 16th. Josh Dorward posted a pb in the u17 men's Pole Vault with Jeanie Cadman 10th in the women's vault. Bradley Kirk & Callum Stowell both threw pb's in the 17 men's Shot and Discus, as did Tyler Booth who took 3rd in the u15 boys Shot. Tyler also took 5th in the Discus.


There were some fantastic performances as the Derbyshire Track & Field Championships on the weekend of 13/14th May. Leading the way were our Championship Best Performance setters; Mark Beer in the M35 high jump and Dan Duke in the M50 discus. Our other medallists were;

Gold; Sophie Kelly (high jump), Emily Ross (javelin), Ellie Oscroft (200m),  Beth Falconer (pole vault), Charlotte Hicken (high jump), Liz Duke (100m & 400m), Aaron Kurian (100m, 200m & long jump), Ezra Adetunji (high jump), Tyler Booth (shot & discus), Josh Dorward (pole vault), Callum Stowell (hammer), Bradley Kirk (discus), Ben Fogden (100m & 200m), Jacob Peers-Wain (hammer), Sheridan Wilks (100m), Nathan Gavaghan (200m & 400m), Dan Duke (shot), u13 girls 4x100m & u15 girls 4x100m.

Silver; Sophie Kelley (100m & shot), Niamh Kilroy (70mH), Ellie Oscroft (100m), Jeanie Cadman (pole vault), Liz Duke (200m), Rebeca Wardle (javelin), Charlie Cottrell (75mH & high jump), Zac Booth (javelin), Callum Stowell (javelin), Thomas Marriott (400m), Nathan Gavaghan (100m), Oliver Dakin (400m), Mark Beer (shot) & u15 boys 4x100m.

Bronze; Emily Ross (70mH), Faith Baines (shot), Emme Devine (200m & shot), Kate Rylance (discus), Evie Blant (3000m), Charlotte Hickin (shot), Tyler Booth (100m), Ezra Adetunji (200m & long jump), Oliver Dakin (100m) and Mark Beer (discus).

In the Quadkids event on the Sunday there was a Bronze medal for Martha Smith. Kyrie Turner was 8th, one place ahead of Olivia Dorward. In the boys event Christopher Devine was 4th, Philip Grzelak 6th & Tobi Duke 7th.