Weekly Update – 18th June 2023

It was another hectic week for athletes from Wolverhampton & Bilston AC with action on the track, the roads and the trails, there was so much going on that I needed eyes in the back of my head. Some results have taken their time to arrive but we’ve more of less got there but are still missing the Triangular League and West Midlands Schools details, and also the Midlands Masters Track & Field Championships and also the Midlands Vets League, we’ll try to catch up with these when/if they appear. We’ve got plenty to be going on with so let’s get straight into it.

The Staffordshire County Schools Championships took place at Stoke on Trent where Sebastian Darville placed 4th in the U20M 100m in 12.7, Seb also bagged a PB and a 3rd place in the U20M 200m with 25.1. Sienna Mincher placed 5th in the U15W 200m in 29.9. Quai Quintyne placed 3rd in the U17M 400m, Daisey Stewart-Cooney was 4th in the U17W 800m in 2.55.0 and Charlotte Higgins was 3rd in the U17W 80m hurdles in 13.8. 

There was more oval action at Loughborough in the BMC Grand Prix – World Athletics Challenger Meeting. Ella Semple placed 8th over 800m in 2.12.85, Amelia Samuels crossed the line in 2nd place in 4.20.37 chased by Isobelle Jones who was 3rd in 4.21.32 in the Womens 1500m B race. We were back at Loughborough again for a midweek BMC Regional Meeting were Louie Lambeth placed 6th in the 1500m C race in 4.14.93, Maddie Mastrolonardo was 8th in 4.46.05 in the 1500m E mixed race.

As a club we were able to claim two thirds of the podium at the Gnosall 10k with Dan Turner placing 2nd in 40.14 and Dan Maskew coming 3rd in 42.07, Rob Edwards was 31st in 53.46. We were amongst the prizes in the Barmouth 10k where Lucy Calrow claimed victory and pocketed £200 in vouchers coming home in 40.16 to take 28th overall, Darren Owen-Jones was 77th in 47.02 and Ceri Card was 129th in 50.58. Also over the same distance in the Aldridge 10k Pravesh Patel placed 9th in 38.08 just holding off poster boy Ashley “A” Atkinson who had a fantastic run finishing a place and a single second behind taking 10th in 39.09, well done lad. Brian Wright was 20th in 40.44, Paul Clarke placed 32nd in 43.51 and Leny Hall was 271st in 1.08.00.

There was a big group in attendance at the Shropshire 4, race number three of Telford AC’s Sexarathon Series. Jon Hart led the club home taking 13th place in 22.42, Dan Brazier was 31st in 24.08, there was a three way battle between clubmates with Chris Apperly coming out on top placing 38th in 24.51, Paul Dean was 40th in 24.59 and Lucy Calrow placing 41st in the same time, Dave Newport was 45th in 25.14, Derrick Milligan was 58th in 26.02, Phil Evans was 69th in 26.31, Brett Robinson was 74th in 26.46, Mark Judge was 77th in 27.00, Keith Carter 79th in 27.02, Dave Norman was 85th in 27.25, Adam Cotterill 88th in 27.32, Pete Hood 92nd in 27.38, Rob Edwards 97th in 27.47, Jo Lane 144th in 30.42, Craig Buggins 164th in 31.22 and Mark Perry 166th in 31.32.

The Stafford Showground Relays took place on the same night where the Wolfpack Whippets placed 2nd in the boys event in 46.39, less than 60 seconds off the win, with Aryan Kaur clocking 10.40, Seb Palmer 11.32, Rocco Hawley 11.45 and Theo Ulfig 12.26. There was a win in the girls category where the Happy Feet team came home in front in 51.35, with Alba Jones clocking 12.14, Ronni Read 12.21, Lila Pearce 12.27 and Macy Read 14.31, and the Running With Wolves team placed 5th in 1.01.39 with Amira Moulder recording 14.05, Amiyah Kaur 14.05, Belle Willoughby 16.06 and Kaleah Moulder 16.18.

And finally our marathon due were at it again, this time in Duisberg in Germany where Dave Joynson and Gill Mitchell took part in the Rhein Ruhr Marathon with Dave winning his age group in 54th overall in 3.19.28 and Gill placed 137th in 5.34.14.

Hopefully that’s it. I apologise if I’ve missed anyone as some results have been a little vague where clubs are concerned, and this combined with missing results has made it a difficult and long-winded job this week. With things coming thick and fast we just couldn’t leave it any longer and wait for results to catch up with us.

Dave Norman

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