12th SEPTEMBER OPEN MEETINGS
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.
TRAINING - W/C 14th SEPTEMBER
Please note that there is a £1 training charge. With the light fading in the evenings we will be transitioning from the field at the park onto the pavements and the area at back of the car park.
We are now able to increase the number of athletes we are able to coach in a group, however, to do so we have a number of questions that you must answer when requesting a space. This is in line with Government and England Athletics requirements. Details of when/where we are training are below on this website/Facebook.
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 has not knowingly been in close proximity to a person with Covid-19 or showing symptoms of it,
- Your child has not returned, within the last 14 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 those who wish to register for our sessions on Tues 15th and/or Thurs 17th September for the Academy or for Endurance with Lyz please email the below address by 12 o’clock lunchtime on Mon 14th & Wed 16th Sept respectively. You may request a space for both sessions at the same time, however, we would need this by 12 o'clock on Monday.
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.
We’re afraid that at present we are not accepting any new members/beginners.
OUR TEMPORARY TRAINING BASE
We are unable to return to Tupton at present so have considered a number of public parks and have chosen The Avenue Country Park due to it’s relative quietness in comparison to other options. The venue details are as follows; https://www.derbyshirewildlifetrust.org.uk/nature-reserves/avenue-country-park
There are no toilet facilities but this is the same at all of the options considered, even parks with toilets do not open them at present. Please ensure that you visit the toilet before travelling. In view of this we are limiting our sessions to an hour to start with; for the Academy and for Lyz’s Endurance group it will be 6.30 until 7.30. Other coaches are making their own arrangements, some at the same venue but others elsewhere, and they are contacting the athletes they coach directly.
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.
BANK HOLIDAY OPEN MEETS
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.
2020 MEMBERSHIP RENEWALS
Thank you to those who have renewed their memberships. For those athletes who have not paid their memberships you will have received a reminder from England Athletics that you must do so by 31st August as your licence will then expire. This will mean that you will lose your insurance and be unable to compete.
You can arrange to complete a form and give it to us/your coach at training along with payment. For anybody wishes to pay by bank transfer, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Due to the lack of training and competition opportunities this year we will be offering discounted memberships to all of those renewing in 2021, however, you must pay for 2020 in full to remain eligible for training and competition.
RUN JUMP THROW OPEN MEETING
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.
OPEN MEETINGS @ NUNEATON & HULL
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.
OPEN MEETING ROUNDUP/UPDATE
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.
We will list open meetings on our Events Calendar as they become available.
RETURN TO TRAINING
We hope you are all keeping well at this difficult and unprecedented time that we are all going through. It's been a very difficult few months both physically and mentally for us all.
As a club we have had to follow very strict guidelines in regards to training, competition and anything athletics related, especially interaction between coach and athlete. Also our facilities at Tupton Hall School are not owned by us so we are governed as to when we are allowed trackside to resume training, at present this remains closed.
As a committee we have been working hard behind the scenes to find solutions to resume some form of training and a safe return for our athletes and coaches. Our first and foremost priority is the safety of our athletes and coaches.
As the lockdown restrictions enforced by the government have been eased over the last couple of weeks we have been able to consider a return to training. We are working closely with our coaches and are being led by them in regards to how they would like their groups to return and we hope to be able to update you later this week. At present we hope to resume training at an alternative venue w/c 15th June.
Finally again, we would like to reiterate the importance we place on health and safety for our members and for us we would not put our athletes and coaches in a position where they feel it unsafe to return.
VIRTUAL COMPETITIONS ROUNDUP
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.
MULTI EVENTS UPDATES
Ruby Sayles took 14th position in the England Athletics u15 girls Pentathlon at the EIS in Sheffield on 15th March. Ruby’s score of 2769 points sets a new club record and placed her 5th in the Northern championships. En route to her overall score Ruby Long Jumped 5.25m, also a club record, which moves her to 5th in the UK rankings for that event.
On 23rd Feb it was Mark Beer's turn at Lee Valley in London at the British Masters Championships. In his last event as an M35 a Bronze medal was won with 2881 points.
Finlay Grant's 94th place finish helped the Derbyshire team to 7th place in the Inter boys race at the English School cross country Champs at Sefton Park, Liverpool on 14th March. In the Senior boys race Ewan Spencer was the first finisher for Derbyshire in 133rd with Oscar Cousins 142nd and Tom Spencer 187th. There was a 292nd place for Jasmin Greveson in the Inter girls race.
UK INTER COUNTIES
Held in Loughborough on 7th March the UK Inter counties cross country champs saw a number of the club's athletes competing for Derbyshire. In the u20 men's race Will Tighe came home in 25th with Ewan Spencer 60th. Oscar Cousins finished an excellent 30th in the u17 men's race where Finlay Grant was 56th & Tom Spencer 81st with the Derbyshire team coming a creditable 9th. Jasmin Greveson was 217th in the u17 women's event.
A fantastic final match saw the club take the overall Sportshall League title as well as 4 of the 6 age group wins. Our u13 & 15 girls and the u11 & 13 boys won their divisions with Amber Valley & Erewash taking the other 2 age groups. On the day our u11 boys filled the first 4 places in the 1 Lap, Ezra Adetunji winning ahead of Tyler Booth, Mackenzie Crowther and James Sinclair then in the 3 Lap there was another win for Ezra followed by Mackenzie then James. Mackenzie then won the Standing Long Jump (SLJ) and Toby Barnett was 3rd in the Hi-Stepper. The Speed Bounce (SB) saw Ezra take his 3rd win with Alex Fleming in 2nd place. The boys then won their relay in a new League Record.
Ellie Oscroft won both the u11 girls 1 Lap & Hi-Stepper with Penny Blant 3rd in the 1 Lap. Ellie was then 2nd in the 3 Lap with Emme Devine in 3rd and Penny returned to take 2nd in the SLJ. In the SB there was an =2nd for Mazie Taylor & Chloe Staniland and we were 2nd in the relay. Melissa Humphreys took the u13 girls 1 Lap and was 3rd in the SLJ, Izzy Fellows took the Shot with Lottie Hall in 2nd, Gracie Pell was 2nd in the SB where Izzy was 3rd and in the 8 Lap Parlauf our team of Gracie Pell & Charlotte Staniland was 2nd. The girls took 2nd in their relay.
For the u13 boys Jenson Lee & Max Marriott were 1-2 in the Shot, Max & Kobi Adetunji were 2nd & 3rd in the SB and there was a win in the relay. There was also a 2nd place in the 8 Lap Parlauf for Kobi who teamed up with Jedaiah Asare Bonsu. Hannah Moody won the 2 & 4 Lap races for the u15 girls, Freya Lowe finishing 2nd in the 4 Lap & Alicia Proctor 3rd in the 2 Lap. Emily Rogers won the SB with Alicia 2nd, Emily was then 2nd in the SLJ with Alicia in 3rd place and in the Shot Freya was 2nd with Ruby Higham 3rd and the girls combined for the relay win. Josh Turkington took the Shot for the u15 boys with Gracjan Mazurek 2nd, Gracjan was also 2nd in the 2 Lap as was Thomas Bettney in the 4 Lap. Josh & Thomas were then 2nd and 3rd in the SB.
A big thank you to everyone who turned out for us this winter and to our team managers for coordinating. We won all 6 Sportshall matches and the results for them all can be found at http://www.sportshall.org/resultsfixtures/results/county-league-results/results-county-league-results-county-league-results-2019-20
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.