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LEEDS PARKING DETAILS

For those travelling to Leeds for the Lower YDL match on Saturday 21st May please note the following with regards to parking; The match is at The John Charles Stadium (South Leeds Stadium), Middleton Grove, Leeds, LS11 5DJ.

There is parking around the stadium walls but this is limited to 3 hours and car owners are liable for fines if this time is exceeded. There is a large car park just off the roundabout at the top of Middleton Grove as you approach the main entrance to the site - only a 2 minute walk away.

TRAINING CANCELLATION - THURSDAY 2ND JUNE

Due to an inter counties match taking place on this day, as well as it being a bank holiday, we've had no option other than to cancel all training at Tupton on 2nd June.

COUNTY CHAMPS SUCCESSES

The Derbyshire Athletics Championships were held in Derby on 14/15th May and saw the club’s athletes claim a plethora of medals as well as a few Championship Best Performances (CBP).

The first of the CBP’s fell to Beth Falconer with her 3.10m in the u20 women’s pole vault where Hannah Moody claimed Silver. Rebecca Wardle threw 34.58m for a CBP in the senior women’s javelin. There was a flurry of CBP’s in the Masters events; Liz Duke broke the women’s over 35 100m record, Mark Beer the men’s over 35 high jump & Mark Wearing the over 35 discus.

Mazie Taylor took shot put Gold in the u13 girls age group with Verity Jones & Mazie claiming Silver and Bronze in the 100m, Esme Wright coming home in 4th place. Charlotte Abdy-McCall took a Bronze in the long jump and was 9th over 800m. Holly Buckley was 8th in the shot and there was a gold for the club in the 4x100m relay.

In the u15 girls events there were Gold medals for Gracie Pell in the pole vault and Sky Lamb in the high jump. There was also a Gold in the 4x100m relay. Gracie took Silver in the 75m hurdles & Sky a Bronze in the triple jump with Ellie Oscroft sprinting to 100m Silver where Layla Duke was 4th & Penny Blant 7th. Emme Devine claimed Silver medals in both the 200m and 300m with Layla 5th in the 200m final. Emme also took a Bronze in the shot. Evie Blant was 6th in the 800m.

Tyler Booth took Gold medals in both the u15 boys shot and discus with Josh Dorward claiming pole vault Silver. Tyler and Josh were also 5th & 8th respectively over 100m and Josh was 4th in the long jump. Zac Booth was a Silver medallist in the u13 boys shot and was 7th over 100m.

Jacob Peers-Wain was a Gold medallist in the u17 men’s hammer where there were Silver medals for Spencer Martin in the shot & Callum Stowell in the javelin.

The club’s athletes claimed a clean sweep of the u20 men’s sprint titles. Nathan Gavaghan taking both the 100m and 200m and Thomas Marriott the 400m. Ben Fogden took Silver in the 100m and Bronze over 200m. Josh Turkington took the win in the javelin, just ahead of Nathan Whyatt with Nathan then claiming Shot put gold. There was also a Gold for Will Foot in the pole vault. In the u20 women’s hammer there was a Bronze medal for Ruby Higham.

Oliver Dakin won the senior men’s 110m hurdles and took Silver medals in the 100m and 200m. Jacob Ludlam claimed Silver medals in both the high and triple jumps. In the 5000m Steve Gascoyne was 5th. In the Masters events Mark Wearing took the over 35 shot with Mark Beer taking Bronze in that event as well as the discus.

Charlotte Staniland gained Silver in the u17 women’s 200m and a Bronze in the 80m hurdles. There were also Silvers for Lottie Hall in both the shot and javelin. In the senior women’s events Ellie Simpson & Liz Duke took Bronze medals in the 100m and 200m respectively and Charlotte Hickin claimed Bronze in the high jump.

Full results can be found on Power of 10; Results Lookup (thepowerof10.info)

The Derbyshire u11 Quadkids competition took place on Sunday 15th May and saw a Gold medal performance from Samuel Smith with a score of 226 points. In taking the title Samuel was the quickest athlete in the 75m and had the longest howler throw of the day. Oscar Melen took 4th place in the championships. In the girls event Lily Timperley was 7th, just ahead of Emily Ross in 8th, Bella Egley 11th & Olivia Dorward 13th.

Full results can be seen at Quadkids Derbyshire Results 2022.pdf (notts-minileague.co.uk)

BRITISH WIN FOR FIN

Finlay Grant was the first u23 home in the 2022 British Athletics Senior Inter-Counties Mountain Race in
Llanberis Ridge, Wales on 7th May. Competing for Derbyshire Fin was 4th overall leading the senior team to 6th position of the 21 counties to field a team. Fin was over 2 minutes ahead of his nearest u23 challenger. The full race report & results are available here; The British Inter-Counties Senior Mountain Race and Junior Hill & Fell Championships | Information for County Secretaries/Team Managers & Individual competitors (wordpress.com)

YDL LOWER - MATCH 1 REPORT

Well done to everyone who competed on 8th May at York. It was hard work against some of the top clubs in the north of England but there were lots of personal bests and many great individual performances with many athletes competing in events for the first time.

Dylan Leong won the u13 boys Shot in a new pb with Zac Marriott winning the B, also in a pb. In the 75m races Solomon Birkhill was 6th in the boys A race and for the girls Verity Jones & Sophie Kelley were 5th in the A & B race respectively. Over 150m Zac Marriott was 6th in the A race with Solomon 5th in the B, Macie Nightingale & Marianna Owen both taking 6th place in the girls races at this distance. Holly Buckley took 6th place in the 1200m, Marianna was 5th over 800m in the A race with Niamh Kilroy 6th in the B race. Over the Hurdles Verity set a new pb for 5th in the A race with Marianna taking the same position in the B. Zac Booth also set a pb in the Hurdles, finishing 3rd. There were more pb's in the High Jump for Zac Marriott who was 4th in the A, Solomon gaining 1st in the B and equalling his pb in the process. For the girls Holly was 5th in the A, Sophie was 5th in the B. In the Long Jump Mazie Taylor set a new pb in 6th place, Niamh also finishing 6th in the B. There were also pb's for Zac Booth & Dylan in the boys Long Jump. In the girls Shot Mazie & Holly both set new pb's, Mazie was also 4th in the Javelin with Holly-May Grafton 4th in the B. In the boys Javelin Zac Booth was 4th & Dylan 2nd in the B with a new pb.

Tyler Booth had a busy afternoon for the u15 boys, winning the Discus in a pb, finishing 3rd in the Javelin and taking 6th place over 100m. In the u15 girls events Layla Duke took 6th place in the 100m A race, Penny Blant placing 4th in the B and then Layla went on to set a pb over 200m in taking 5th place with Lydia Griffin also setting a pb for 5th in the B race. Over 300m Emme Devine was 6th in the A race with Ella Boyland setting a pb in the B race. Ella & Lydia were 5th in the A and B 800m races respectively and over 1500m Evie Blant took 13 seconds off her 1500m pb with Masie Bridge taking 4th place in the B race. Penny added 10cm to her High Jump pb to take 5th place, she was also 6th in the Long Jump where Layla set another pb for 6th in the B. Gracie Pell took 2nd in the Pole Vault and Pollyanna Wilmott was 3rd in the Hammer. Pollyanna & Lydia were 5th in their Shot, Emme & Pollyanna both set pb's in the Javelin. Emme & Gracie also both set pb's in the Discus.

Full results can be seen at  YDL 2019 (ukydl.org.uk) and Results (thepowerof10.info)

NORTHERN LEAGUE MATCH 1 REPORT

In the first match of our senior league on 30th April a fantastic 4th place finish (out of 8) was achieved with some excellent individual performances and a great team effort. There was a sweep of the A and B strings in the women's pole vault, Beth Falconer setting a pb to win the A with Hannah Moody taking the B. Charlie Yates won the women's triple jump and was pipped in the high jump on count back where she was 2nd with Charlotte Hickin 2nd in the B. In the long jump there was a 3rd place in the A for Katie Potts with Melissa Humphries winning the B. Melissa was also 6th in the 100m with Charlie taking 4th in the 200m. In the throws Rebecca Wardle was runner up in the javelin with Lottie Hall winning the B and Lottie was also 5th in the shot. In the hammer there was a season best for Ella Laban in 4th.

In the men's events Steve Gascoyne front ran the 3000m steeplechase to win comfortably, Steve then tackled both the 1500m and 5000m (5th in both) with Tom Topham 2nd in the 1500m B event & Ian Monaghan 5th in the B 5000m. Nathan Gavaghan took 2nd place in the 100m, behind a league record run, and was also 2nd in the 400m. Ben Fogden won the B string 100m and was 3rd in the B 200m with Ollie Dakin taking 2nd place in the A. Thomas Marriott was just outside his pb in the 400m B race taking 3rd place. Our 4 sprinters then teamed up for 2nd places in both the 4x100 & 4x400m relays.

Ben Pitts set 2 pb's in the field, winning the pole vault with 3.70m and finishing 4th in the long jump with 6m. Henry Knighton & Jacob Ludlam won the A & B high jump, Mark Wearing & Mark Beer doing likewise in the Shot. Henry was 2nd in the triple jump with Jacob winning the B, Mark Wearing 2nd in the discus with Mark Beer winning the B and Mark Beer also won the hammer. Due to injury and illness Henry and Jacob filled in the javelin, with Henry setting a pb for 4th in the A, despite them doing the triple jump at the same time. A full set of results can be found at 22NORTH_East-1S_M1.pdf (northernathletics.co.uk)

IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING CAR PARKING AT MOORWAYS, DERBY

With the imminent opening of the new Moorways Sports Centre and Swimming Pool in Derby, key stakeholders have been addressing the issue of car parking during busy times, ie. when there are competitions at the track. The new operators of the site are keen to ensure that both stadium and sports centre users have sufficient car parking provision.

The athletics season kicks off with Mini League on Saturday. Please note that the car parking spaces next to the stadium will be for officials, volunteers, and those with disabilities only.

Car parking for athletes and spectators will be in a Rolls Royce car park further along Moor Lane, sited on Victory Road. There will be directions to this car park. Local Scout groups will be manning this car park and charging a small fee of £2 per car, which they will keep as part of their fundraising efforts. This car park is an approximate 10 – 15 minute walk from the stadium along Moor Lane but there is a more direct pedestrian access which is a shorter walk, bringing athletes into the stadium area near the 200m start (on the far side of the track from the stand).  

Athletes are strongly advised to allow extra time for parking and the walk to the stadium.

Most of Moor Lane is ‘double yellows’ so road side parking is not possible.

There is a small lay-by a little way along from the main entrance and can be used for dropping off. Cars must not be left in this area please.

UPPER YDL MATCH 1 REPORT

Our u17 & 20 athletes kicked off their league season at Hull on 24th April with a flurry of pb's. For the u20 men Nathan Whyatt posted an English Schools qualifying mark, and set a new club record, with 12.81m to take the win. Also in the Shot was Harrison Davies-Bowler, taking 2nd in the B with 7.94m following his 22.86m in the Discus. Josh Turkington was just below the pb he set the previous week, winning the Javelin with 48.32m with Nathan taking the B win with 43.57m. There were pb's in both the 100m & 200m for Ben Fogden with 3rd & 2nd place finishes. Thomas Marriott took 3rd place in the 800m & 4th over 400m.

There was a pb for Ruby Higham in the Hammer with 20.47m in 2nd place with Ella Laban winning the B in 20m exactly. Callum Stowell set a pb in the 100m with 12.67secs in 3rd place, he was also 2nd in the Shot & 3rd in the Javelin. Jacob Peers-Wain set a pb in the Discus, where he was 4th, following his 2nd place in the Hammer.

Lottie Hall added over 2m to her Javelin pb with a throw of 37.43m taking the win, she was also 2nd in the Shot. Melissa Humphreys was another athlete in pb shape jumping 4.37m in the Long Jump for 3rd place, Melissa also took 3rd place in the 100m. Full results will be posted at Results UAG (ukydl.org.uk)

MINI LEAGUE MATCH 1 REPORT

Saturday 23rd April saw the return of the Derbyshire Track & Field Mini League. It was a hotly contested match with us narrowly taking the win over a resurgent Derby by a mere 30 points. Out of the age groups we were the leading points scorers in the u15 boys, u13 and u15 girls sections. Full results are available at Results (thepowerof10.info)

Tyler Booth & Matthew Sagar notched a 1-2 in the u15 boys 100m with Matthew going on to win the 200m, with Freddie Cross in 3rd, and Tyler won both the Shot & Discus with Lukas Bridgeman-Smith taking 2nd places in both events. Ezra Adetunji took the win in the Long Jump where Josh Dorward was 4th.

Gracie Pell was a winner for the u15 girls, in the Hurdles, Sky Lamb took the High Jump, after her 4th place in the Hurdles, with Penny Blant 4th in the HJ and Pollyanna Wilmott winning the Shot with Emme Devine in 3rd place. Emme was also 2nd in the Discus where Gracie was 3rd. In the sprints Ellie Oscroft won the 100m with Layla Duke 3rd with Emme Devine taking 2nd in the 200m where Layla was 4th. In the 800m Evie Blant was 3rd and Masie Bridge 4th.

There was another 1-2 in the u13 boys, this time in the Hurdles for Zac Booth & Thomas Hawkins. In the 100m Solomon Birkhill & Zac were 5th & 6th with Solomon 4th at 200m where Thomas was 8th. Solomon also took 3rd in the HJ and there was also a 3rd in the Shot for Zac.

Esme Wright won the u13 girls 100m with Verity Jones in 4th. There was also a win for Mazie Taylor in the Shot, where Sophie Kelley was 5th, and Mazie was 2nd in the Discus where Holly Buckley was 3rd. Charlotte Abdy-McCall and Verity were 2nd & 3rd in the Hurdles, in the 200m Esme was 3rd and Macie Nightingale 6th, Charlotte was 6th in the 800m & Mazie was 3rd in the LJ just ahead of Niamh Kilroy in 4th.

Bella Egley won the u11 girls 150m and took 2nd place in the 80m, Romy Hopkins taking 6th in the 150m & Olivia Doward 4th at 80m. There were also wins for Alicia Lamb & Emily Ross in the HJ & Howler respectively, Lily was 3rd in the HJ with Alicia 5th with the Howler. In the 600m Lily Timperley was 3rd with Romy Hopkins 5th. Samuel Smith won the u13 boys 80m, Oscar Melen was 3rd in the 600m and in the Howler Samuel was 2nd with Oscar 5th.

SPORTSHALL CHAMPIONS

Sunday 27th March saw the club win the 6th and final match of the 2021-22 Derbyshire Sportshall league and in the process took 5 of the 6 individual age group titles; u11 girls and boys, u13 girls and boys & u15 girls. It also concluded a clean sweep, having won the previous 5 matches.

There was also a league record for Ellie Oscroft in the u13 girls 2 Lap, where Layla Duke was 3rd. Ellie also took the 8 Lap Parlauf, teaming up with Emme Devine. Mazie Taylor & Emme were 1-2 in the Shot, Mazie was 2nd in the Speed Bounce (SB) where Masie Bridge was 4th and in the Standing Long Jump (SLJ) Penny Blant took the runner up spot with Layla Duke in 3rd place.

Another league record was set by Charlotte Staniland in the u15 girls 4 Lap, nocking a full second off the previous record. Melissa Humphreys & Charlotte were 1-2 in the 2 Lap, Lottie Hall & Melissa did likewise in both the SLJ and Shot. In the SB there was an =1st for Gracie Pell with Lottie Hall in 3rd.

Ezra Adetunji & Tyler Booth were 1-2 in the u13 boys 2 Lap, in the SLJ it was Tyler who won just ahead of Ezra. Tyler also won the Shot where Dylan Leong was 2nd & Ezra took the SB win where Josh Dorward was 4th.

There was a 1-2 in the u11 girls SB with Niamh Kilroy beating Lily Timperley by 1 bounce. There was also a win for Macie Nightingale in the Hi-Stepper with Niamh in 2nd place, Marianna Owen was 2nd in the 3 Lap with Macie 4th and Macie was =3rd in the 1 Lap along with Holly-May Grafton. In the SLJ Holly-May and Paige Woodcock were separated by a cm in 4th & 5th place respectively.

Samuel Smith won the u11 boys Hi-Stepper where Thomas Hawkins was 4th, Samuel was also 2nd in the SLJ & 1 Lap with Zac Booth 3rd in the Hi-Stepper and Oscar Melen 6th in the 1 Lap. Seth Lowe was 3rd in the SB, where Oscar Melen was 6th and in the 3 Lap Zac Booth & Seth were 4th & 5th.

Matthew Drew had a busy day for the u15 boys taking 2nd place in the SB, 4th in the Shot and 6th in the SLJ where Kobi Adetunji finished just ahead in 5th place. Congratulation to High Peak who were the winners of the u15 Category.

A full set of results can be viewed on the Sportshall website; SH-ML-2021-22-6_merged.pdf (sportshall.org)

EDIKER'S BRITISH UNI DEBUT

Alex Ediker made his debut for Britain at the World University cross country championships in Aveiro, Portugal on 12th March. Alex was 17th in the men's race, the second British man home, helping Team GB to 6th place.

INTER COUNTIES CROSS

Having been selected for the Derbyshire team the club’s athletes put in some terrific performances on 12th March at the UK Inter Counties cross country championships in Loughborough. In the u20 men’s race there was a 12th place for Finlay Grant with Tom Spencer 28th and Derbyshire taking the team Bronze medals. Will Tighe was 78th in the senior men’s race where Ewan Spencer was 102nd. Thomas Marriott was 248th in the u17 men's race.

MASTERS MEDALS & SILVER FOR BLANT

At the British Masters indoor champs, and winter outdoor throws, at Lee Valley, London on 5/6th March the club’s athletes bagged 4 medals. There was a Gold for Liz Duke in the w40 60m in a time of 8.30secs to better the Silver she picked up the previous day over 200m in 27.65secs. Also on the Saturday there was shot put Gold for Mark Wearing in the m35 section with a throw of 12.56m. Mark then took a second gold in Sunday's discus event with 40.48m.

At the 3rd and final match of the Derbyshire Mini Cross Country League on 5th March at Moorways, Derby there was an overall silver for Evie Blant in the u15 girls section by finishing 3rd on the day.

ENGLISH SILVERS

At the English National cross country Championships at Parliament Hill in London on 26th Feb the club’s u20 men scooped team Silver, finishing just 12 points behind Aldershot Farnham & District, to cap a great cross country season. Finlay Grant took 16th place with William Tighe 27th, Ewan Spencer 34th & Tom Spencer 35th, Ewan & Tom receiving the same finishing time.

SCOTTISH CHAMPS

Beth Falconer took a Bronze medal and set a pb at the Scottish u20 champs in Glasgow on 20th February. Beth jumped 3.19m on her second attempt for her 3rd place finish with Lottie Hall, still an u17, finishing 8th with 2.49m.

ENGLAND INDOOR CHAMPS 

At the England Athletics u15/17/20 indoor championships, held at the EIS in Sheffield on 12/13th February, there was a 5th place finish for Will Foot in the u20 men's pole vault. Will was ranked 5th in the UK before the competition & jumped 4.35m, narrowly missing out on an indoor pb of 4.50m.

BRITISH UNI XC CHAMPS

At the BUCS cross country championships, held in Greenford, London on 5th Feb, Alex Ediker led St Mary's University to the team bronze medals in the men's long course race. Alex was the first finisher from St Mary's in 8th place with Will Tighe, competing for Leeds Uni, coming home 62nd of the 280 finishers in the race. In the men's short course race Ewan Spencer was 13th and Tom Spencer 27th with their Cambridge Uni team finishing in

NORTHERN XC CHAMPIONS

Our u20 men won team gold in Pontefract at the Northern Athletics Cross Country Championships on 29th January. Led home by Finlay Grant who finished in 5th place followed by Will Tighe in 10th, Ewan Spencer 17th & Tom Spencer in 29th our team comfortably took top honours, bettering their 2nd place in 2020 when the event was last held.

NORTH MIDS FINALE

The final match of this winter's North Midlands Cross Country League was held at Berry Hill Park, Mansfield on 15th January and saw Finlay Grant finish 5th overall in the senior race, he was also the first u20. In the u15 girls race there was an 18th place for Evie Blant with Macy Helps in 23rd, at the end of the 4 matches Macy finished 9th overall in the u15 category and our u15 girls team were 3rd at the conclusion of the series. In the senior women's event Lyz Evans was 105th, finishing as the 2nd v60 at the end of the 4 matches. Full results can be found at North Midlands XC League - Home Page (northmidsxcleague.co.uk)

NORTHERN MEDALS

The club scooped 4 medals at the Northern Athletics u17/20/senior Indoor Championships in Sheffield on 15/16th January. Beth Falconer led a 1-2 for the club in the u20 women’s pole vault, taking the gold medal with a 3m clearance, with Hannah Moody taking the silver with 2.80m. In the u20 men’s pole vault Will Foot jumped an indoor pb of 4.45m to take the silver medal. Another silver medal was taken in the u17 women's vault, Lottie Hall securing that with a 2.50m clearance. Lottie also competed in the shot where she was 7th with 9.13m. In the senior men’s shot Mark Wearing was 5th with 12.96m. Nathan Gavaghan 3rd in his heat of the u20 men’s 200m in a time of 23.31secs & in his 60m heat ran 7.42secs, again taking 3rd place.

COUNTY CHAMPS GOLD RUSH

The club secured a number of medals at the Derbyshire County Cross Country Championships, which were held at Berry Hill Park in Mansfield on 8th January. Finlay Grant headed at Chesterfield 1-2-3 in the u20 men’s race with the club winning the team Gold, the Silver medal went to Ewan Spencer with Tom Spencer taking Bronze. In the same race Will Tighe was 5th. Alex Ediker secured the Bronze medal in the senior men’s race, as did Thomas Marriott in the u17 men's event.

There was also a Silver medal for our u13 girls team with Charlotte Abdy-McCall placing 9th, Olivia Woodcock 12th & Hollie-Rose Pointon 13th. There was a 5th place for Thomas Hawkins in the u13 boys race & Lyz Evans 6th in the women's v55 category. In the u15 girls race there was a 13th place finish for Evie Blant with Macy Helps just 2 places behind.

BRITISH BEST FOR BEER

Mark Beer made the trip to Lee Valley to compete in the Southern Athletics indoor multi events championships on 18/19th December. 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.

TIGHE'S ENGLAND APPEARANCE

Will Tighe finished 31st overall in the World Mountain Running Association Nations Cup in Italy on 31st October. There were 254 finishers in the race and Will was the 5th u23 home and first English u23 to finish.