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This is a message for any club members aged 14 or over. The club has secured some funding to be able to pay for an online coaching course for a number of individuals. Details of the Leading Athletics course can be found here;

This course is being run every couple of weeks, the next one is in the evenings of 12th & 14th Jan. If you would like to sit this course then please contact us at so that we can make arrangements to get you enrolled. There is no expectation for anyone to do any coaching unless you wanted to assist in our Academy.


In line with the new national lockdown all training is suspended until further notice. We will announce details of when we will resume on this website and on our Facebook page.


Please note our new training times of 6.30 until 8pm.

We continue to work within the Government and England Athletics guidelines, therefore, we have a number of questions that you must answer when requesting a space. We are also limited with regards to the numbers of athletes we can coach. Before you request a space please read the following terms of training and indicate in your email that you have read and understand them;

•Your child is free from a raised temperature, persistent cough or any other symptoms linked to Covid-19 and is fit and healthy to take part in an athletics training session,

•Your child is free from a raised temperature, persistent cough or any other symptoms linked to Covid-19 and is fit and healthy to take part in an athletics training session,

•Your child has not knowingly been in close proximity to a person with Covid-19 or showing symptoms of it,

•Your child has not been sent home from school so should be self-isolating,

•Your child has not returned, within the last 10 days, from a country which requires a period of self-isolation upon return,

•Should your child show any symptoms of Covid-19 following the session or have a positive Covid-19 test you will inform us immediately at the below email address or call Jon Baker on 07801 504 246.

In your email we will require the Athletes Name and very importantly an Emergency Contact Number. We will then confirm IF you have a space or not on the evening before the session. For parents wishing to remain and view our sessions please remain on the grassed bank between the floodlit football pitches and the track.

For those who wish to register for our sessions with the Academy on Tues 5th and/or Thurs 7th January please email the below address by 2pm on Mon 4th & Wed 6th respectively. You may request a space for both sessions at the same time, however, we would need this by Monday's deadline.

Please do not try to book spaces for any other sessions at this time, there may be a different registration process or details may change.


The club will be resuming it's sessions on Tuesday 5th January, however, in line with government guidance it will only be for those under the age of 18 whilst we remain in Tier 4. This does include those who were under 18 on 31/8/20.

With the exception of the Academy, coaches are making their own arrangements with their groups. Please do not attend without checking with your coach beforehand as we have to stick to strict guidelines with regards to group sizes. We will have no access to any indoor facilities, please make your way directly to the track.

For those unsure of their coach's contact details please email us at

We will advertise details of how to book onto Academy sessions every weekend.


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. To view more details about why Jo was named this year’s winner visit the England Athletics website at;

The club was well represented at the virtual awards ceremony as Shane Proctor was the runner-up in the Volunteer of the Year category.

2019/20 AWARDS

Around this time of year we’d normally be hosting our annual presentation evening. Unfortunately this year that’s not possible, however, a number of competitions did go ahead over the 2019/20 winter season and we’d like to recognise those individuals who excelled in a virtual presentation. To do this we are announcing the top 3 points scorers in the Derbyshire Sportshall League along with our Endurance awards; Most Improved, Best Mini League performance & Best XC performance.

The Best Endurance Performance goes to Will Tighe who in his first year as an U20 finished 25th in the UK Inter Counties which were held in Loughborough on 7th March 2020, Will was also the leading Derbyshire athlete in the race. Will was also the club’s leading finisher at the English National XC Champs in Feb where he finished 34th.

Finlay Grant, a joint winner of our Most Improved Endurance athlete in 2019, is our sole recipient in 2020. The previous year Fin finished in 2nd placed U15 in the North Mids XC league, however, at the end of this winter’s season he had won the U17’s in his first year in the age group. Fin was also our top placed finisher at the English School XC Champs in 94th place and he was 14th in the Northern Championships.

We will start our roundup of last winter’s action in the Derbyshire Sportshall league with the U11’s where the boys won their section and the club took the overall title ahead of AVEAC. Our top points scorers for the girls were Penny Blant in 3rd place, Chloe Staniland in 2nd and our winner was Ellie Oscroft. For the boys there was a 3rd place for Tyler Booth, in second was Mackenzie Crowther with Ezra Adetunji in first place. Our u15 girls also won their age group with our top 3 points scorers being Freya Lowe in 3rd place, Alicia Proctor was our runner up with Hannah Moody the winner. For the boys Gracjan Mazurek was our winner with Josh Turkington in 2nd & Ben Fogden 3rd. Our u13 girls and boys won their sections in Sportshall league. Our top 3 points scorers for the boys were JJ Bonsu in 3rd place, Nathanael Gaskin was the runner up and our winner was Max Marriott. For the girls our top points scorer was Charlotte Staniland, Lottie Hall was 2nd with Izzy Fellows in 3rd place. Well done to all of the athletes who turned out and scored the valuable points which led to us being crowned the league champions.

Over the 3 matches in the Mini League Cross Country we finished in 6th place with their being some excellent individual performances. The winner of our Best Performance in this league goes to Macy Helps who was 6th overall in the u13 girls section.


Isabelle Fellows threw at Burton on Monday 12th & Thursday 15th October to finish her season off in excellent style. Monday saw her in Javelin action with a pb of 32.54m which ranks her 15th in the UK. She also threw 7.63m in the Shot on Monday and returned on Thursday for the Discus throwing 20.71m to add 7m exactly to her previous best.


At the Trafford multi events competition, on 3rd Oct in Manchester, Gracie Pell set 3 pb's on her way to an overall pentathlon best & 8th place in the u13 girls event. Gracie kicked things off with a pb of 12.33secs in the hurdles, followed by pb's in the long jump & high jump with 3.97m and 1.13m respectively. She then threw 5.64m in the shot & ran 3:01.1 in the 800m for an overall score of 1689 points. In the open events Thomas Marriott lowered his 800m pb with 2:15.7 for 3rd place in his heat.

For the second competition running Jacob Peers-Wain posted a High Jump pb with 1.35m at Nuneaton on 4th October. Jacob also competed in the Discus where he threw 14.89m.


There were pb's galore at the Trafford open on 26th September. Callum Stowell made his first appearance of the summer throwing 24.52m in the Javelin to add over 4m to his previous best. Gracie Pell set 3 pb's on the day with 12.4secs to win her 70m hurdles race, she the ran 11.46secs in the 75m & long jumped 3.86m. Ruby Sayles followed up her excellent indoor season with a 100m pb of 13.31secs knocking over a second of her previous best time. Ruby followed this up with a 5.11m Long Jump.


There was a flurry of pb’s for the club’s athletes in the Run, Jump, Throw open meeting at Doncaster on 20th September. Josh Turkington won his pool in the Javelin with a huge pb of 42.67m. Thomas Marriott knocked a massive 3 seconds off his 400m pb in wining his heat in 58.96 secs. Gracie Pell won her u13 200m race in a pb of 31.88 secs, Tyler Booth finished 3rd in 33.8secs which is an agonising 0.07 outside of his best. Gracie was 5th in her 100m race in a time of 15.48 secs, in his race Tyler ran 15.54 secs though all sprint races were into a headwind. There was also a pb for Jacob Peers-Wain in the High Jump with 1.30m. In the Hammer there was a throw of 17.07m for Ruby Higham and Mark Wearing threw 39.52m in the Discus. Down in Nuneaton, on the same day, at the Midland open competition Izzy Fellows threw 29.92m in the Javelin.

A couple of the club's endurance athletes made the trip to Manchester on 19th September and were rewarded with pb's. Finlay Grant knocked 10 seconds off his previous best 3000m time. Fin finished 3rd in his race in a time of 9:14.65. In the 800m Oscar Cousins was at it again, winning his race in 1:59.08. Gracie Pell jumped 2.10m in the pole vault at Sutton Coldfield for 4th place.


Mark Wearing spun the discus out to 39.21m to win the senior men’s event at Loughborough on 16th September. In the 800m there was a 3rd place finish for Oscar Cousins in a time of 2:01.82.


At the Trafford open there were 2 pb's for Gracie Pell. In the 70m hurdles Gracie won her race in 12.9secs & then ran 11.62secs to win her 70m heat. In the javelin Izzy Fellows continued her very consistent season throwing 31.74m.

Jacob Peers-Wain threw 20m exactly in the hammer, which is a new pb, at Leamington Spa. Jacob also threw 13.81m in the discus with Josh Turkington throwing 34.11m in the javelin.


Oscar Cousins posted 2 pb’s in an afternoon at Trafford on 6th September. In the 1500m Oscar knocked over 11 seconds off his previous best taking 3rd place in 4:05.62. Less than an hour later Oscar lined in in the 400m and ran 53.29secs, slicing almost 4 seconds off his previous best time to win the race.


Oscar Cousins made his 2020 track debut at Nuneaton on 28th August running an almost 4 second pb in the 800m. Oscar's time of 1:59.89 placed him 3rd in the A race.

At Trafford the following day Gracie Pell ran a pb to win the u13 girls 70m hurdles in 13.07 seconds. Gracie also took 3rd in the shot, her 5.82m also being a pb. Gracie threw a further pb in the shot at Charnwood on 30th August, 6.60m. She also ran in the 100m, finishing 6th in 15.05secs.

Jacob Peers-Wain threw pb’s in both the Hammer & Discus at Nuneaton on 30th August in the Midland Open event. Jacob’s 18.68m in the Hammer added over 2m to his previous best and in the Discus he improved by over a metre to 15.70m. Isabelle Fellows added almost a metre to her Javelin pb with a distance of 32.50m which currently ranks her 8th in the UK. Also in Javelin action were Josh Turkington who threw 35.76m and Lily Baines with 21.21m. In the 1500m Alex Ediker was a whisker away from his club record when he clocked 3:57.51 and Will Tighe also ran his second quickest time over the distance with 4:08.17.


At the event held at Doncaster on 20th August we had our first track athlete compete this summer. Gracie Pell raced in the 100m setting a pb of 14.81 seconds. There was also a seasons best from Mark Wearing in the Discus with 41.71m, his longest throw since 2014. We have listed a number of open meets on our Events Calendar should you wish to enter one and will continue to update this.


The last couple of weekends have seen the club’s athletes continue to return to competitions. At Nuneaton on 9th August Izzy Fellows threw a Javelin pb with 31.64m which moves her up to 5th in the UK in her first year as an u15. Friday 31st July saw Mark Wearing make the trip to Hull where he threw the Discus out to 39.74m. Details of open meetings which you can enter are on our Events Calendar page, there are planned events at Nuneaton, Doncaster & Kettering coming up.


Following the suspension of athletics competitions there have been a few pilot open meetings organised by England Athletics in conjunction with a number of clubs. These competitions have limited entry capacities and events are run within the current social distancing rules. A few of the club’s athletes have given them a go; in Nuneaton on the 19th July there were Javelin pb’s for Josh Turkington & Izzy Fellows. In the u17 men's event Josh threw 36.14m and also took part in the Shot where he threw 8.14m. Izzy threw an excellent 30.25m to win the u15 girls event. In Hull on the 25th July there was a 40.54m Discus throw from Mark Wearing in the senior men’s event.


Due to the situation with Coronavirus there have been no official competitions from March to June so a number of organisations have arranged virtual competitions with athletes throwing their implements in gardens or parks with parents measuring for them. The most prolific of these competitions have been for shot put and arranged by the Valhalla Throws Academy. On 2nd May four of the club’s athletes took part with u15 boy Jacob Peers-Wain throwing 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. Monday 25th May saw a second virtual competition with Josh Turkington throwing 9.50m, Izzy Fellows threw 8.78m & Lottie Hall 7.50m with Jacob Peers-Wain managing 6.03m. 5 of the club’s athletes threw in the third & final Valhalla virtual shot competition on 20th June. Mark Wearing has found lockdown pretty boring so has picked up his implements after 4 years away from the sport and recorded 12.80m with the senior implement. Josh Turkington threw 9.20m with Jacob Peers-Wain putting out to 6.04m & Matthew Drew 4.31m for the u15 boys. In the u15 girls category Izzy Fellows threw an excellent 8.56m.

Hot on the heels of the virtual shot competitions the UK Javelin Throw Association organised a virtual Javelin competition which took place on 20th June for which a couple of the club’s athletes did their socially distanced throws and submitted their distances for the final results. U15 girl Izzy Fellows threw an excellent 34.34m and in the u17’s Lily Baines threw 27.40m, both exceeding the distances they threw last year.

Finally although the English Schools Track & Field Championships were cancelled they did invite athletes to submit performances done between the 5th & 11th July from their own tracks or home/local park environments. In the Junior boys section Callum Stowell threw the Javelin out to 22.60m, Jacob Peers-Wain spun the Hammer to 16.98m and in the Shot put Matthew Drew threw 4.58m. Isabelle Fellows hurled the Javelin out to 34.37m in the Junior girls and in the Inter girls age group Ruby Higham threw the Hammer 24.77m with Ella Laban achieving 23.70m.