Match 4 of the Derbyshire Sportshall League saw us stretch our lead at the top of the table to 6 points with both Amber Valley & Erewash AC and Derby AC tied on 14 points in second place. We're also heading 3 of the 6 age group categories, u15 girls, u11 and u13 boys and are 2nd in the u11 & 13 girls sections.
Tyler Booth & Ezra Adetunji took 2 wins apiece for the u13 boys. Tyler won the 2 Lap, just ahead of Ezra who was 2nd, and took the win in the Shot where Zach Marriott was 3rd. Ezra took the Standing Long Jump (SLJ), just ahead of Tyler and also won the Speed Bounce (SB) with Zach in 2nd place in that event. Dylan Leong also competed in this age group and the 4 boys combined to win their 4x2Lap relay.
There was a win for Emme Devine in the u13 girls 6 Lap with Olivia Woodcock in 6th. Emme was also 2nd in the Shot where Mazie Taylor was 3rd, Mazie was also 3rd in the SB with Sky Lamb & Esme Wright tied in 4th place. Sky took 3rd in the SLJ just ahead of Verity Jones in 4th and in the 2 Lap there was a 2nd place for Layla Duke with Emme in 3rd. Masie Bridge, Mia Swinden, Lila Brailsford and Florence Taylor all competed in this age group, full results can be seen on our Facebook page.
Our u15 girls again won every event on offer, Melissa Humphreys taking the 2 Lap ahead of Charlotte Staniland with Charlotte then winning both the 4 Lap & SLJ, with Melissa 2nd in the SLJ and Pollyanna Wilmott 3rd. Isabelle Fellows dominated the shot ahead of Melissa and Gracie Pell comfortably took the SB win with Ella Boyland 2nd. Jenson Lee was our sole competitor for the u15 boys, winning the Shot and finishing 5th in the SLJ.
Zac Booth & Samuel Smith were our winners for the u11 boys, Zac in the 3 Lap, with Charlie Cottrell in 3rd, & Sam in the Hi-Stepper, with Charlie 4th just ahead of Thomas Hawkins. In the SLJ Zac was 3rd & Charlie 5th, Samuel was 2nd in the SB with Zach Kelly 6th having completed just the one more bounce than Kyzley Williams. Back on the track Samuel was 2nd in the 1 Lap with Zac 4th and Oscar Melen also in action in both of the track races.
Macie Nightingale share the win with Amber Valley & Erewash athlete Amber Powell in the u11 girls 1 Lap race where Niamh Kilroy was 4th. In the 3 Lap Macie & Niamh were 2nd & 3rd respectively, Macie took 4th in the Hi-Stepper where Romy Hopkins was 6th. Holly-May Grafton was 4th in the SLJ with Isla Jack 6th and in the SB there was a 2nd place for Niamh Kilroy with Lily Timperley 4th. There was a big turn out for the club in this age group with Bella Egley, Izzie Bridge, Evie Blackwell, Paige Woodcock, Lois Hopkins, Lilian Potter, Emily Ross & Beatrice Fenby all competing. Such are our numbers in this age group we were able to field 3 relay team, including the winning one. Results are on our Facebook page and will be posted at Sportshall County League Results - View and Download
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 race. 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 (you have to compete in all 4 matches to gain an overall place) 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)
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.
TEAM MANAGERS REQUIRED
The club is seeking team managers for our u11, 13 and 15 age groups for this coming track & field season (April onwards). Due to athletes changing age groups a number of our current team managers are looking to step down as their young athletes will no longer be in the relevant leagues. We urgently need to hear from parents who may have an interest in team managing, in an ideal world you would be able to work alongside our current team managers over the last 3 Sportshall matches.
If you're interested you can speak to any of our team managers about what the role involves or email us at email@example.com
If we don't get people into these roles we may not be able to enter competitions this season.
IMPORTANT REMINDER FOR INDOOR TRAINING
Due to the recent changes to government guidance we are being asked to wear masks, unless exempt, when inside at Tupton. This is just for moving around the building, once inside the sports hall or gymnasium athletes and coaches may remove them as they are participating in a sporting activity.
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.
THIRD PLACES AT CROSS COUNTRY
EURO CROSS TRIALS
Alex Ediker and Finlay Grant travelled to Liverpool for the British Athletics Cross Challenge and European Cross Country trials on 27th November. Alex competed in the senior race, finishing 31st of 190 competitors, Alex was also the 8th u23 over the line. In the u20 men’s race Finlay was 32nd of 111 finishers.
BRITISH ATHLETICS CROSS CHALLENGE
Alex Ediker contested the senior race at the second event of the British Athletics Cross Challenge at Milton Keynes on 13th November, finishing in 20th place of the 549 finishers.
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.
MOUNTAIN RUNNING TRIALS
The Lake District hosted the 2021 British Championships up and down races and the 2021 World Championships Trials uphill only races over the weekend of 17-19th September. The uphill race took place in Keswick, running up Skiddaw on Friday afternoon, with Will Tighe finishing in 12th place overall but the first u20 athlete. As for the up and down races, these were staged in Sedbergh on Sunday 19 September. Another strong display from Finlay Grant saw him finish 3rd in the u20 men’s race.
ENGLISH JUNIOR FELL CHAMPS
In the last of the 4 races comprising the English Junior Championships there was another win for Finlay Grant in the u19 boys section. Fin took his 3rd win of the series at Ilam on 12th September, also securing the overall title having won 3 of the 4 races. In second place overall was Tom Spencer, who didn’t compete at Ilam. Congratulations to both for finishing 1-2 in the Country and on their England debuts the previous weekend at the British & Irish Junior Mountain Running Championships at the Mourne Mountains, Northern Ireland on Saturday 4th September where Fin finished 8th & Tom 10th in the u20 men’s race. In the u15 girls race at Ilam there was an =15th place for Gracie Fidler with Evie Blant 20th leaving them 15th & 23rd overall respectively after the 4 race series.