Roundup of Recent Successes for Tamworth AC

Vienna Indoors Classic 26th January

On 26th January, Tamworth AC’s Hayley Mills represented England in the Vienna Indoors Classic. Competing in the 200m Hayley took 1st place with a cracking win and a new PB of 23.94 secs.

Sport City Manchester, 26th January

At Sport City Manchester on 26th January, Tamworth AC athletes competed in the open Vault event.  Amy Cook achieved new PB of 2m 41, and both Ruby Coldwell and Charley O’Neil also claimed new PBs of 2m 31 .  Isla Cameri vaulted 2m 91 and Sian Hubbard cleared 2m 51. Cameron Harrison vaulted 2m 81 to round off another set of cracking results for the Tamworth athletes. Both Isla and Cameron have qualified in the Pole Vault and also with Tamworth AC athlete Jacob Spencer for the Indoor Open Championships in Sheffield on 24th February

Midland Counties Open Indoor Series in Birmingham on 27th January

A very nervous Bethany Ostick was competing in the Midland Counties Open Indoor Series in Birmingham on 27th January. This was Bethany’s first 60m in the Under-17 age group and she was glad to escape the biting winds that day. She came away with a very respectable time of 8.53 secs.

Primary Schools Cross Country Series

In the Primary Schools Cross Country Series some of our youngest athletes produced fine results. In the Year 5 event Dominic Harper took 1st place, followed by twins Jack and Oliver Dolan in 3rd 4th. The lads have now qualified for the cross-country finals at Keele University in June.

Midland Counties Cross Country Championships, Newbold Comyn, Saturday 26th January 2019

The young athletes of Tamworth AC were competing in the Midland Counties Cross Country Championships on Saturday 26th January. Injuries and illness blighted the team that performed so well at the Staffordshire Championships earlier in the month, but a good turnout of Tamworth’s promising talent was still on display

The renowned classic championship course at Newbold Comyn, complete with ditch crossings and unforgiving climbs, is challenging for the most experienced of cross country runners. This combined with a strong wind on the day provided the young athletes with one of their toughest tests of the season.

The Under-13 Girls got the Championships underway in the 3km race. Lottie McLaren continued her run of good form to finish in 26th place with a time of 14:08. Also putting in a typically strong performance, Kirsten McLaren did herself and the club proud with an excellent 53rd place and time of 14:48. Natasha Lee finished things off for the girls in 78th place with another great time of 15:39.

The Under-13 Boys were next up to take on the 3km course. Luca Bradley impressed once again with a 15th place finish and a time of 12:45. Brother Jesse Bradley, one of the youngest in the age group, took 47th place with 13:29 and Joseph Gorst crossed the line on 15:39.

In the 4km Under-15 race, Tegan Vickery worked as hard as ever to finish in 82nd place for the girls with a time of 21:07. Ben Edwards took 40th place for the boys with 16:15.

The 5km Under-17 Women’s race saw the familiar pairing of Charlotte and Sophie Perry on the start line again. Charlotte was first back in 30th place with an impressive time of 23:57, followed by sister Sophie in 45th with 25:45.

Finally, in the Under-17 Men’s event, Max Kent put in a solid run to finish the 6km course in 40th place with a time of 24:49.

Team Manager Ben Evans reflected on another good day for Tamworth and said “I’ve run this course myself a few times, so I know exactly how hard these youngsters have had to work today. It’s a shame about the injuries. I know that those who had to miss this will be disappointed, but they’ll have plenty of other chances in future.”

The team will be back for the final fixture of the West Midlands Young Athletes Cross Country League season on Sunday 10th February at Wolverhampton.

Schools’ County Cross Country Championships 3rd February 2019

A number of Tamworth AC’s regular young athletes have been competing at the Schools’ County Cross Country Championships over the last few weeks, with some excellent results as always!
Well done all and a huge congratulations to those selected for the English Schools Inter County Cross Country on 9th March

Staffordshire

Year 7 Girls: Kirsten McLaren (3rd), Ella Williams (5th), Chloe Sharman (6th)

Year 7 Boys: Jacob Williams (23rd

Year 8/9 Girls: Lottie McLaren (6th), Phoebe O’Connor (13th), Natasha Lee (18th), Tegan Vickery (20th)

Year 8/9 Boys: Luca Bradley (9th

Year 10/11 Boys: Ben Edwards (4th)

Warwickshire

Year 8/9 Boys: James Stretton (3rd)

Leicestershire

Year 10/11 Girls: Charlotte Perry (16th), Sophie Perry (18th)

Congratulations to both Charlotte and Sophie who have been selected to represent Warwickshire in the CAU Inter Counties Cross Country competition at Prestwold Hall on 9th March.
Charlotte has been selected as part of the main U17s team, and Sophie as a reserve.

Chichester Priory 10K, 3rd February

Ben Evans kicked off his 2019 road running season making a 6-hour round trip to race with a highly competitive field at the Chichester Priory 10k. The veteran marathon runner, who has been working hard to regain his fitness after injury last year, clocked a new PB of 33:39; setting him up nicely for the British Half Marathon Championship in March and Brighton Marathon in April.

London Vault at Carshalton, 3rd February

The vault competition took place at the David Weir Leisure Centre in Carshalton where twoTamworth AC athletes Amy Cook and Sian Hubbard travelled down South. Sian cleared 2.62m and Amy. came away with another PB of 2m 52. Yet another wonderful result for Amy!
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