Heart of England Match 1 – 21/05

The first of the three Heart of England meetings at a very warm Alan Moreton track at Stourport last Sunday.

Fantastic to see so many athletes and families there, with eight clubs competing in Division 2, now that the league format has changed from 4 divisions to 3 divisions.

Competing in a tough second division, Tamworth finished this first meeting in an excellent 4th place. Points were as follows;

BRAT 807
Kidderminster & Stourport500
Royal Sutton Coldfield463
Bromsgrove & Redditch416

As per previous posts, we have always had quality performances from Tamworth athletes at league meetings but sometimes a lot less athletes than other clubs, which has affected league position. At this meeting we had 39 ATHLETES competing compared to 24 athletes at the corresponding H of E meeting at Redditch last year, so an absolutely fantastic turnout. !!

A big thank you as well to all of those athletes competing in new events for the first time, in addition to their usual events. All of these events earn vital points for the club and are invaluable in achieving a higher league position.


One of the great things about the Heart of England league is that Under-11 age athletes can compete in them, and while not point scoring towards the overall league totals, they get vital experience of track and field competition against other clubs in a big event.

So a big well done to Dylan Thomas, Felix Farmer, Henry Rogers, Raylan Murray, Ella George, Relayla Murray and Freya Draycott for competing for us in the U11 events, a Heart of England debut for most of these athletes.

All results are now on the wall in the clubhouse and will soon be on the Heart of England website and Power of 10 website. It would probably take me until the next meeting to go through all results given the number of athletes and events that they did, but overall there were lots of fantastic performances and loads of PBs achieved.

Overall Event Winners

Tamworth did have athletes that won their entire event and were ‘Athletes of the Match’. These were;

  • U11 Female Long Jump – Relayla Murray with a jump of 3.37m
  • U13 Female High Jump – Emily Webb 1.29m
  • U13 Female Long Jump – Brodie Horler 4.20m (a titanic battle with Tilly Farmer who achieved a big PB of her own 4.08m, our 2 Tamworth athletes were the top 2 in the whole event!)
  • U13 Female 200m – Rosa Farmer 29.2s (again in this event our 2 athletes were top 2 in the whole event with Emily Webb running a time of 29.4s to win the B race)
  • U17/20 Female High Jump – Niamh Kilgallen 1.45m
  • U17/20 Female Long Jump – Niamh Kilgallen PB of 5.19m
  • Our U13 girls relay team (Brodie Horler, Emily Webb, Rosa Farmer and Ellie Lewis) also won their 4x100m race in 58.1 seconds

A great day all round and big thanks go to Team Manager, Matt Evans, this took a lot of coordinating with so many athletes doing so many events, Rob James for leading our officiating of events, all parents that helped Rob out with officiating on the day and, of course, all of the TAC coaches.

The next Heart of England event is at Banbury on Saturday 17th June. Here’s to another big turnout and seeing the quality performances that we saw last Sunday.

Come on Tamworth!

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