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.
March will see the club move from predominantly indoor training to everyone being outdoors. From Tuesday 3rd March we will no longer have access to the indoor facilities so please come dressed for outdoor training.
To help us prepare for the outdoor season, and the first Mini League T&F match on 4th April, we will be having Saturday morning sessions between 10.30 & 12 o'clock on the 7th, 14th, 21st & 28th March. This will give athletes in our Academy extra chances to try new events/familiarise themselves with one's they've not done for some time before our first outdoor competition. Although aimed at athletes in our Academy all athletes in the u11, 13 & 15 age groups are invited to come along and join in. Our usual £2.50 training fee is due at these sessions.
NORTHERN U13/15 INDOOR CHAMPS
Lottie Hall took the gold medal in the u15 girls pole vault on 2nd Feb at the EIS in Sheffield with a jump of 2.50m which is just below the pb set last month and ranks her 8th in the UK. In the same event Gracie Pell, who is still an u13, jumped a huge pb of 2.20m to take a 3 way share of the silver medal. Ruby Sayles just missed out on a medal in the u15 girls long jump with only 7 centimetres separating the first 4 athletes, Ruby missing the bronze by 1cm but she does have the consolation of smashing the club record dating back to 2012 with her 5.20m. Ruby also competed in the 200m, placing 2nd in her heat in a pb of 27.51 secs before finishing 5th in her semi final.
BRITISH UNI SILVER FOR ALEX
Alex Ediker made the long trip to Edinburgh on 1st Feb for the British Universities Cross Country Champs. Competing for St Mary's University in London there was an excellent silver medal for Alex in the men's short course race with Dan Cresswell finishing 162nd for Nottingham University in the same race.
NORTHERN SILVER FOR U20 MEN
Congratulations to Alex Ediker, who finished a tremendous 5th, Will Tighe in 16th & Ewan Spencer who was 32nd in the u20 men's race at the Northern Cross Country Championships with the lads aggregate score being good enough for the team silver medals. There was a superb 14th place for Finlay Grant in the u17 men's race where Tom Spencer was 24th & Oscar Cousins 49th. The first race of the day saw a 61st place for Jasmin Greveson in the u17 women's event & Keyon Greveson was 143rd in the u15 boys race.
TRAINING FEES COLLECTION
We'd like some help in collecting fees at training sessions. The job involves being free between 6.30 & 7 o'clock to collect £2.50 training fees and collate a list of athletes attending the session. If you could spare us just half an hour a month it would really help us. If you'd be interested in this role or would like further info please contact us at email@example.com
5 OUT of 5 AT SPORTSHALL
Sunday 19th Jan saw us take another win in this winter's Derbyshire Sportshall League. Charlotte Staniland put in the performance of the day when she broke the u13 girls 4 Lap record, she was also the runner up in the 2 Lap which was won by Melissa Humphreys. In the Shot Izzy Fellows held off Lottie Hall to take the win, Lottie going on to also place 2nd in the Vertical High Jump (VHJ) and Evelyn Sas was 3rd in the Standing Triple Jump (STJ).
There was a double win for Mackenzie Crowther in the u11 boys 2 Lap & Chest Push where Tyler Booth & James Sinclair were 2nd & 3rd. Ezra Adetunji was a winner in the STJ, Ezra also took =1st in the 1 Lap where James Sinclair was third and Mackenzie picked up 2nd in the VHJ. In the u11 girls 2 Lap race there was a 1-2-3 for Ellie Oscroft, Esme Wright & Penny Blant, Ellie had also finished =1st in the 1 Lap where Penny was third. Nicole Topham was 2nd in the Chest Push where Katie Rylance & Esme Wrihght shared 3rd and there was also a 3rd in the VHJ for Chloe Staniland.
Hannah Moody and Freya Lowe won the u15 girls 2 Lap & VHJ respectively and teamed up to win the 8 Lap Parlauf. Freya also took 2nd in the Shot with Hannah 3rd in the VHJ. Jedaiah Asare Bonsu was =1st in the u13 boys 2 Lap event with Max Marriott & Ethan Boden 1st & 2nd respectively in the Shot. Josh Turkington won the u15 boys Shot with Gracjan Mazurek 3rd and Gracjan took another 3rd in the 2 Lap.
There was a record equalling performance from our u11 boys relay team with the club winning all 5 of the relays contested on the day. We're now looking for 1 final push at the last Sportshall match on 23rd Feb to see if we can go the whole season unbeaten. A full set of results can be viewed at http://www.sportshall.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/Derbyshire-Mini-League-Rd-5.pdf
31 SELECTED FOR DERBYSHIRE SPORTSHALL TEAM
31 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, Jenson Lee and Kobi Adetunji.
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 u17/20 & SENIOR 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?
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.