REGIONAL SPORTSHALL FINALS
There were impressive team performances from Derbyshire at the recent Regional Sportshall Finals with the county excelling themselves by winning 3 of the 6 age groups. The u11 girls, the u13 girls and the u15 boys all won their categories in Grantham on 17th March.
The u15 boys, with 3 of the 6 athletes coming from Chesterfield, dominated from start to finish. James Douglas won the 2 lap race, whilst Nathan Gavaghan finished joint first in the 4 lap race with Luke Ambrosioni a close 3rd. James then teamed up with Derby athlete Eddie Fenton to win the 8 lap paarlauf and the 4 x 2 lap relay, containing Nathan & Luke was again won by Derbyshire making it a clean sweep in the track events. Their domination then continued in the field where they won all but one of the events. Luke jumped to a second place finish in the standing triple jump with Nathan finishing 2nd in the speed bounce. There is also an individual competition at this age which is based on finishing positions in the 3 events, with Luke coming 3rd overall. They now progress to the National Finals that are to be held at Sport City Manchester, with a very realistic chance of a podium finish.
The under 13 girls, which included Chesterfield athletes Missy Briddon, Lottie Hall and Charlotte Staniland, also put in a great team performance to clinch top spot and also secure a place in the National Finals. Charlotte teamed up with Amber Valley athlete Louisa Upton to secure a fantastic first place finish in the 8 lap paarlauf: Charlotte had earlier ran a fine 6 lap individual race to record a third place finish. Missy was part of the 4 x1 lap relay team that secured another relay win for Derbyshire whilst she alsofinished second in the standing long jump. Lottie finished 6th in both the shot put and 4 lap race showing her versatility as an athlete.
The u11 girls team, where 7 of the 13 athletes were from Chesterfield, produced a superb all round performance to record another overall victory for Derbyshire. Alice Hall was equal first in the balance test and produced a superb jump to win the Standing Triple Jump. Megan Nichols won the vertical high jump, whilst Gracie Pell finished second in the speed bounce. Faye Hailey finished second in the target throw (having only previously done the event once before). Derbyshire dominated the relays winning 5 of the 8 events. Lydia Griffin & Ellie Oscroft combined to win the 2 x 1 lap relay and later Lydia teamed up with Gracie Pell to win the 6 lap paarlauf. Alice Hall, Gracie Pell and Isla Gratton then teamed up with Amber Valley athlete Isla Hiscocks to record in impressive win in the under/over relay and a team of Alice Hall, Isla Gratton and Megan Nichols once again teamed up with Isla Hiscocks to record an exciting victory in the Grand Prix. The final relay of the day was the 4 x 1 lap relay and a team of Ellie Oscroft, Megan Nichols, Lydia Griffin combined with Amber Valley athlete Esme Aikman to register yet another win. Special mention must be made to the girls baton changes that were far superior to any other team on the day.
The u11 boys also had a strong core of Chesterfield athletes, with 5 of the 12 competitors coming from Chesterfield. The boys dominated the track events coming first or joint first in 6 of the 8 events and only marginally missing out in the other 2 when finishing second. Nathaniel Gaskin, Seth Lowe, Ezra Adetunji, Tyler Booth and Mackenzie Crowther provided the backbone of the relay teams that culminated in a dramatic final 4 x 1 relay where Nathaniel ran a storming last leg to snatch equal first place on the line. There were some equally impressive individual performances in the field events. Ezra Adetunji won the vertical high jump whilst Seth Lowe finished 2nd in the Javelin. Nathaniel Gaskin finished 2nd in the standing triple jump and then went one better by winning the speed bounce. The u13 boys were once again well represented by Chesterfield, with Ollie Gratton, Reuben Sas, Gracjen Mazurek and Thomas Bettney making up 4 of the 9 athletes. Great individual performances saw Reuben Sas win the speed bounce with Thomas Bettney coming 4th. Ollie Gratton threw the shot 9.49m to finish second with Grajcen Mazurek finishing 5th. The u15 girls, provided 3 Chesterfield athletes with Hannah Moody, Madi Crowther and Georgia Millington teaming up with 3 Amber Valley girls. Hannah Moody teamed up with Amber Valley athlete Charlie Yates to secure an impressive equal 1st in the 8 lap paarlauf and Hannah also secured a 3rd place in the 4 lap race, where Georgia Millington finished 8th just over a second behind. Madi Crowther finished equal 3rd in the standing long jump. Both Madi and Georgia were part of the 4 x2 lap relay team that finished third.
It was a great day for Derbyshire and for us as a club and a big round of applause must go out to the parents who provided great support and also to the athletes who were a credit to the club both on and off the ‘track’.
ENGLISH SCHOOLS XC RESULTS
Alex Ediker excelled at the English Schools in Leeds on 16th March with an 8th place finish in the Senior boys race. In the same race Will Tighe was 59th, Ewan Spencer 126th and Elliott Meylan 179th, leading the Derbyshire team to 15th. Tom Spencer was in the Derbyshire team which finished 3rd in the Inter boys event, finishing in 34th place, along with Oscar Cousins in 112th. Also in the Inters race were Sam Allen & Finlay Grant who were 134th & 203rd respectively. Jasmin Greveson was 212th in the Inter girls race where Derbyshire were 38th. A full set of results can be found at http://www.esaa.net/v2/2019/xc/xc19intro.php
DERBYSHIRE TRACK & FIELD CHAMPS
This year's county championships will be held at Moorways Stadium, Derby on 11/12th May. Entries close on 19th April and the entry form can be found here; http://derbyshireathletics.org.uk/TFEntryForm2019.pdf
On Sunday 12th May there is a County Quadkids event for school years 4 & 5. A link to the entry form is at http://derbyshireathletics.org.uk/DerbysNottsQuadkids2019.pdf
EASTER FELL ADVENTURE
Lyz Evans has organised her annual fell run for Sunday 14 April. Meeting at Curbar Gap car park (pay and display, members of the National Trust and RSPB park for free), at 9 for a 9.15 start, Junior runners can join Lyz for an adventure run in stages, whilst older runners have a long run under the guidance of the U20 athletes. Parents are welcome to come and run. Please bring some refreshment to snack and share after the run and note that there are no toilets at the car park.
INTER COUNTIES CROSS COUNTRY
The club had a number of athletes selected to compete for Derbyshire at the UK Inter Counties at Loughborough on 9th March. Will Tighe continued his excellent recent form to finish 31st in the u17 men's race with Tom Spencer 92nd, Oscar Cousins 150th & Ewan Spencer 208th. In the u15 race Finlay Grant was an excellent 79th with Joe Currie coming home 138th and Jasmin Greveson was 201st in the u15 girls event.
An amazing campaign saw the club win every match and be crowned champions of the Derbyshire Sportshall League. In our final league match, we won three of the six age groups and took three second places, which was enough to take the overall title for the first time since 2013. It has been an immensely successful season, featuring many event winners during the matches, and the club had a record number of 26 athletes selected across the age groups to represent Derbyshire at the regional Sportshall finals in March.
The final match saw wins for Lydia Griffin in the u11 girls 1 & 2 Lap events, Megan Nicholls the Vertical High Jump (VHJ) and Alice Hall the Standing Long Jump (SLJ). For the u11 boys Ezra Adetunji took the 1 Lap & VHJ and Nathanael Gaskin was victorious in the 2 Lap & STJ. Both u11 teams won their relays. In the u13 age groups there were Shot wins for Lottie Hall and Ollie Gratton. Beth Falconer was a winner for the u15 girls in the VHJ, Hannah Moody took the 2 Lap then teamed up with Georgia Millington to win the 8 Lap Parlauf. Both the u15 boys & girls won their relays. In addition to winning the overall title our u15 boys and u11 boys & girls won their age groups.
ENGLISH INDOOR CHAMPS
At the u15/17/20 championships held in Sheffield on 23/24 February there was a 5th place finish for Will Foot in the u17 men's pole vault with a new pb height of 3.95m. Hannah Moody placed 10th in the u15 girls pole vault with 2.30m.
ENGLISH NATIONAL XC
Will Tighe finished an excellent 17th in the u17's men's race at the National cross country champs in Leeds on 23rd Feb with Oscar Cousins coming home 134th. There was another top 20 finish for Alex Ediker in the u20 men's race, finishing in 19th with Elliot Meylan 171st. Our u15 boys team finished a creditable 28th with Joe Currie 130th, Isaac Helps 154th, Harry Cocking 282nd & Thomas Marriott 297th.
Sunday morning sessions, 10.30-12, resume on 24th Feb with Hurdles & Discus followed by High Jump & Javelin on 3rd March, 10th March - Hurdles & Hammer, 17th March - High Jump & Discus, 24th March - Hurdles & Javelin with High Jump & Hammer on 31st March.
Aimee Fellows took an excellent silver medal at the Midland Indoor Champs shot put competition, held at Loughborough University on Saturday 2nd Feb with a throw of 9m.
BRITISH UNIVERSITY XC CHAMPS
Two of the club's athletes competed at the British University champs, held in Exeter on 2nd Feb. Daniel Cresswell finished 133rd in the men’s B Race, just over a minute ahead of Campbell Menzies who was 193rd.
NORTHERN U13/15 INDOOR CHAMPS
Congratulations to Hannah Moody who took u15 pole vault Bronze at the EIS on Sunday 3rd Feb. Hannah's jumped 2.50m, losing out on silver on countback. Lottie Hall also vaulted, finishing in 6th place with a height of 2.10m.
NORTHERN XC CHAMPS
12 of the club's athletes tackled the Northern Champs at Pontefract racecourse on 26th Jan. In the u17 men's race our team finished 8th led home by Tom Spencer in 26th with Will Tighe 31st, Oscar Cousins 47th & Ewan Spencer 72nd. Michael Brown also ran in the u17 race finishing 106th. Finlay Grant was first home for the club in 30th place for the u15 boys team which finished 10th. Joe Currie was 57th, Isaac Helps 86th and Harry Cocking 152nd to complete the team scoring, Thomas Marriott finished in 160th. Jasmin Greveson was 81st in the u15 girls race and Macy Helps was 151st in the u13 girls event.
NORTH MIDS SUCCESSES
Saturday 13th January also saw the final match of the North Midlands cross country league with a number of the club’s athletes having excellent runs and securing overall titles. In the u17 men’s race Will Tighe won, however, behind him filling places 2 to 5 were Oscar Cousins, Sam Allen, Tom Spencer and Ewan Spencer meaning that the club easily took the team title with the first 3 to score. Finlay Grant was 2nd in the u15 boys race and with Joe Currie 6th & Harry Cocking 18th the team were 2nd on the day. Jasmin Greveson was 7th in the u15 girls race and in the senior men’s race Dan Cresswell was 46th. Lyz Evans was 118th in the senior women’s race, however, this did secure her the overall title for the over 60’s. Also in the overall standings our u17 men’s team were clear winners and individually Oscar Cousins, Sam Allen & Ewan Spencer were 1-2-3 with Tom Spencer in 4th. For the u15 boys Finlay Grant was 2nd overall. All results can be found at http://northmidsxcleague.co.uk/
NORTHERN U17, 20 & SENIOR INDOOR CHAMPS
Will Foot claimed the Northern Indoor u17 pole vault title at the EIS in Sheffield on Sunday 13th Jan. Will jumped 2 personal bests to end up with a height of 3.90m and adds to the two u15 titles he claimed in 2017 and 2018. Also in gold medal winning form was Alicia Barrett who stormed to the senior women’s 200m title which followed a bronze medal for Louise Cocking in the u20 women’s 3000m. The previous day had seen Oliver Dakin take 3rd place in the u20 men’s 60m Hurdles, in a new club record time, and Lois Green also taking bronze in the u17 women’s pole vault. The busiest club athlete of the weekend was Leah Proctor who contested both the 60m & 300m events on the Saturday making the semi finals of both events.
NEWS FOR ENDURANCE ATHLETES
Trials for the East Midlands team for the 2019 London Mini Marathon will take place at County Hall, Glenfield, Leicester on Sunday 31st March. The first 6 in each race (U13, U15 and U17) will earn the opportunity to represent the East Midlands in the London Mini Marathon which takes place on the morning of the Marathon itself on 28th April. Further details & an entry form can be found at; http://lran.org.uk/virgin-money-giving-mini-marathon-trials-2019
COUNTY XC RESULTS
Will Tighe led a clean sweep of the medals for the club in the u17 men's race in the Derbyshire Champs in Nottingham on 5th Jan. Will took gold ahead of Ewan Spencer & Sam Allen with the team gold also secured. Also in the u17 race were Tom Spencer in 6th & Oscar Cousins in 7th. Alex Ediker took the u20 men's title by over half a minute and our u11 girls team won silver led by Lydia Griffin in 2nd with Gracie Pell 6th & Darcy Knight 9th.
Another team gold was won by our u15 boys with Finlay Grant taking the individual bronze, Joe Currie in 4th & Isaac Helps 10th. Other u15's competing were Harry Cocking in 12th & Thomas Marriott who was 15th. Bronze medals were secured by Jasmin Greveson in the u15 girls race & by Lyz Evans in the women's over 55 category. Louise Cocking was 5th in the u17 women's race, Macy Helps 14th in the u13 girls and Matthew Taylor & Thomas Bettney were 11th and 15th respectively in the u13 boys event. A full set of results will be published on the County website.
MINI XC LEAGUE FINALE
Congratulations to Finlay Grant who won the u15 boys overall title in the Derbyshire Mini XC league following the third match at Derby on 15th December. Finlay finished 2nd on the day but his consistency, having finished 2nd at the first 2 matches too, paid dividends. The u15 boys team were 2nd on the day, with Joe Currie in 4th & Harry Cocking in 7th, & overall at the end of the season. Also in the race were Isaac Helps in 11th & Thomas Marriott in 13th.
There were also excellent 2nd places overall for Jasmin Greveson, who finished 3rd on the day, in the u15 girls & Lydia Griffin in the u11 girls. Lydia was 2nd at Derby with Gracie Pell in 8th & Annie Price 12th, the girls taking 2nd place on the day and overall. In the u13 girls race Macy Helps was 13th and Daniel Bennett raced for the u13 boys finishing 17th. Congratulations to Derby AC who won the league with us finishing in 3rd place.
NATIONAL XC RELAYS
ENGLISH ROAD RELAY CHAMPS
Saturday 6th October saw the national road relays held at Sutton Park in Sutton Coldfield. In the u17 men's race our team of Ewan Spencer, Will Tighe & Sam Allen were 19th. Our u15 boys team of Joe Currie, Finlay Grant & Isaac Helps finished 31st.
SCHOOLS SILVER FOR EDIKER
Congratulations to Alex Ediker who took the Silver medal at the English Schools Fell Running Championships held in Settle in the Yorkshire Dales on the 23rd September. Alex was racing in the year 12/13 (under 19's) category.
NORTHERN ROAD RELAYS
Sunday 23rd Sept saw the annual road relays in Manchester where we were represented by 3 teams. Our top finishing team were our u17 men who were 10th with Will Tighe leading off, followed by Ewan Spencer then Michael Brown. Will’s time for the lap was the 10th quickest of the race. Joe Currie, Finlay Grant & Harry Cocking combined in the u15 boys race for 14th place. In the u17 women’s race our team of Louise Cocking, Faith Clark & Rebecca Hattersley finished 18th with Louise clocking the 7th fastest lap of the race.