Weekly Update 22nd June 2023

Let’s start this week’s update with some general housekeeping and some tidying up from last time to fill in the gaps.

Let’s start at Church Stretton where Mark Perry raced over 5k finishing in 38th place in 29.43, and over 10k there was a 107th place finish for Ivan Fletcher in 1.14.37 with Julia Condon not too far behind in 109th place in 1.16.22. 

In the West Midlands Schools Championships at Alexander Stadium in Birmingham there was a 3rd place finish for Joshua Welford in the U17M 100m in 11.85, Alesha Taylor was 2nd in the U15W 100m in 13.92, Josh also placed 1st in the U17M 200m heat 2 in a PB of 22.71. Brianna Sailsman was 6th in the U15W 200m in 31.40, Madison Farley placed 6th in the U17W 300m in 43.45, Macy Read was 5th in the 300 U15W in 47.92, James Crust was 4th in the U17M 400m in 56.29. Lucy Horton was first past the post in the U15W 800m in 2.25.05, there was a 1-2 for the club in the U15M 1500m with Oscar Davis claiming the win in 4.17.19 from Fred Jones who was runner up in 4.18.33, Megan White placed 4th in the U20W 1500m in 5.01.66, Ronni Read was 1st in the U15W 1500m in 5.15.65, James Neilson was 2nd in the U20 3000m in 9.18.16. Finley Powell was victorious in the U17M high jump clearing 1.80, James Crust was 8th in the U17M long jump with a leap of 4.12, Aisha Abdulla was 5th in the U15W long jump with 4.23 and also claimed 3rd in the U17W shot put with 8.10. Vienos Abdullah was 1st in the U17W hammer throwing 37.72 with Georgina Neilson throwing 33.65 to take 2nd place.

Although there is still no sign of any results for the Midlands Master Track & Field Championships however, I understand there was a gold a silver medal for Greg Asbury taking the win in the triple jump with a leap of 9.22m and a runners up spot in the 400m with a big PB of 57.89. Greg was also in midweek action in the Midlands Veterans League at Stratford finishing in 3rd place in the M40 100 with 13.1 and 5th in the M35 long jump with 3.78 metres.

There was more track action at Stoke in the Mason Trophy where Joshua Welford placed 1st in heat 2 of the 100m U17M with 22.76, Lucy Horton placed 8th in the 800 U15W 1 in 2.32.13, Oscar Davis was 2nd in the 1500 U15m 1 in 4.11.91, Fred Jones placed 1st in the 1500 U15M 2 in 4.19.81, Megan White was 5th in the 1500 U17W 2 in 5.06.50, Ronni Read was 7th in the 1500 U15W 1 with 5.08.55. In the jumps Finley Powell was equal 5th in the U17M high jump clearing 1.75 and in the throws Ethan Kendrick was 1st in the U17M hammer with 47.75, Vienos Abdullah was 2nd in the U17W hammer with 36.13 with Georgina Neilson throwing 30.37 for 4th place.

Sabrina Thomas took in the Battersea Park 5k on a trip to London coming home in 42nd place in 20.34 to placed 3rd F35. And a group travelled to Dolgellau to take part in the Trail Marathon Wales Half Marathon with Lucy Calrow following up last weeks win with a 3rd place and 33rd overall in 1.53.49, Dave Newport placed 49th in 1.57.16, Emily Simmonds was 103rd in 2.14.11, Russ Blair placed 212th in 2.42.04, Andy Dyall was 214th in 2.42.14 and Carl Morgan was 215th in 2.41.16.

Away from the competition but just as important to the club, some of our members have worked really hard to increase their knowledge to ensure that the coaching the athletes receive is at a high standard. Nicola Willoughby, Steve Ulfig and Lisa Johnson have worked long hours to qualify as level 2 UK Athletics coaches completing the taxing Coaching In Running Fitness (CIRF) course – well done. And a handful of club members completed an emergency first aid course with representatives spread across groups and abilities to ensure more of us know what to do in the event of an emergency.

Dave Norman

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