Midland Veterans’ League North Division  Match 2 at Birmingham 7th June 2017

Track Events

In the 200m M35 Nathan Moore 4th with a PB of 26.4secs

In the 200m M49 race Dave Williams was 4th in 28.9secs

In the 200m M50 race Carlton McDonald came 2nd with a SB of 27.4secs

In the 800m M40 race Howard Bush was 3rd with a SB time of 2mins 25.5secs and in the 3000m M40 race he came 3rd with a SB time of 10mins 21.2secs

In the 800m M50 race Derek Bolton came 5t with a time of 2mins 39.6secs

In the 800m W50 race Sarah Jemmett came 2nd with a SB time of 2mins 57.3secs. In the 3000m W40 race she came 4th with a SB time of 12mins 44.4secs

In the 3000m M35 race Ben Evans came 2nd in a time of 10mins 2.5secs

In the 4 x 400m M35 relay the team of Nathan Moore, Adam Young, Carlton McDonald and Dave Williams came 3rd in 4mins 10.2secs

Field Events

In the High Jump M40 event Adam Young made it into 2nd place with a jump of 1.60m and in the Shot he came 2nd with a SB throw of 8.45m

In the Long Jump M50 Dave Williams came 3rd with a jump of 4.27m

Sarah Jemmett came 4th in the Shot with a throw of 5.42m

Greg Richards threw the Javelin 38.59m to take first place

After two matches the Tamworth AC men finished in an overall 4th place. The next match is at Burton on 28th June 2017.

YDL UAG at Telford 30 April 2017

At a very windy and blustery Telford Athletics Track Tamworth AC competed in the first match of the season for the Youth Developement League Upper Age Groups of u17 and u20.  After a series of injurys and with it being a Bank Holiday Tamworth were reliant on just a team of 11 athletes in each age group. They put out the best performances and are now leading the league against other teams from City of Stoke, Telford, Royal Sutton Coldfield, Tipton Harriers, Nuneaton and Harborough and finally Saffron AC.

Tamworth won 28 events on the day.

U17 boys

Dan Cartwright won his 100m and 200m races with times of 11.2secs and 23.1secs  and 3rd in the discus with a throw of 19.67m

Ben Hogan came 2nd in his 100m race with a time of 12.8 secs and 1st in the long jump with 5.47m

Max Kent ran the 1500m and 3000m coming 3rd with 4 min 47.02 secs and then 10mins 35.01 secs followed by throwing a javelin into 2nd place with 14.90m

Owen Sherriff took 2nd place in the 100m hurdles with 15.8secs and 1st  in the 400m hurdles with 57.5secs also getting the qualifying time for English Schools.


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The 4 boys then came 2nd in the 4 x 100m relay with 47.3secs.


Lucy Wheeler ran in the 100m and 200m coming 3rd and 1st respectively with times of 13.3 secs and 27.3 secs and then threw a shot into 2nd place with a throw of 8.89m

Omi Dixon took 1st place in her B race with a time 27.6secs in the 200m

Rachel West was 1st in her 300m with a time 46.5secs and then went onto win the high jump with 1.40m

Lauren Swindell won her B race in 300m with a time of 46.6secs and then went onto claim 1st in the long jump with 3.43m and 4th in the javelin with a throw of 20.54m

Eve Clawley ran the 1500m coming 2nd with a time of 5mins 11.06 secs and then went onto help the u20 girls secure points in the 200m with a time of 28.5secs and the long jump coming 4thwith a jump of 3 .11 m

Charlotte Vincent was 2nd in the high jump with 1.35m and 2nd in long jump with 3.94m

Emily Findlater ran 100m hurdles with a time of 16.7secs to come 1st and then went onto the 300m hudles with a 2nd place of 49.2secs. Emily then went on to help the u20 girls in the 400m with a time 64.1secs coming 1st

Charlotte Bush ran the 3000m coming 2nd with a time of 11mins  50.07secs and 2nd in discus with a throw of 11.98m

The 4x100m  relay team of Vincent, Bush, West, and Wheeler then came 3rd with a time of 54.1secs and the 4 x 300m relay team of Bush, Swindell, Clawley and West came 2nd with a time of 3 min 07.7 secs

The U20b started the afternoon off with a win from the 400m hurdles with Daniel James with a time of 67.3 secs he then went on to the long jump coming 2nd with 5.20m and the triple jump coming 1st with 10.75m

Harry Everitt coming back from injury came 1st in his 100m race  with a time of 11.8secs

Tom Randolph took 1st in the 400m with a time of 50.2secs and 2nd in the hammer with a throw of 8.27m

Jake Allman took 1st place in the 400m B race with a time of 51.7secs and 2nd in the 200 with a time 24.1secs

Tom Ainsworth took 1st place in the 100m B race with a time of 11.5 secs and then took 1st place in the 200m with 22.8 secs

The 4x 100m team of James, Allman  Randolph and Ainsworth then took 2nd place with a time of 48.3 even with Ainsworth pulling his hamstring and hopping across the line to score valuable points.

The 4 X 400M team of James, Allman, Sherriff and Randolph then took 1st place with a time of 3 min 48.0 secs.

The U20G started off with a win in the 400m hurdles with Isabelle Neville coming 1st with a time 65.1 secs a new PB she then went onto win the 100m B race with a time 13 secs and came 3rdin the javelin with a throw of 12.38m

Alice Mellor coming back from injury last year having broken her ankle and pulling a hamstring took to the track for the first time with a 100m and 200m coming 5th in both races with times of 14.3secs and 30.2secs

Charlotte Cornbill did both the 800m and 1500m coming 2nd with a time of 2min 58.7 and 1st with a time of 6min 25.06 secs and then 4th in shot with a throw of 4.62m

Hannah Tisdale in her 1st league meeting for the club also ran in the 800m and 1500m coming 1st in the 800m B race with a time of 3 mins 06 secs and 3rd in the1500m A race  with a time of 6 min 19.02 secs

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Hannah Tisdale

Beth Devonshire came 2nd in the 100m hurdles with a time of 19.7secs  and 400m hurdles  with a time of 74.8secs she then threw a discus 12.63m to come 4th

The 4 x 100m relay team of Cornbill, Neville, Devonshire and Mellor bringing them home with a win of 55secs

The 4 x 400m relay team  of Dixon, Devonshire , Findlater and Neville came 1st with a time of 4 min 28.9 secs

Tamworth AC did well to win this match with so few athletes and now look forward to keeping their lead at the next match to be held at Royal Sutton Coldfield’.s track on the 28th May.



Uttoxeter Half Marathon 30 April 2017

Report and photos by Ben Evans

Tamworth AC were in action again at the Uttoxeter Half Marathon on Sunday, the second round of the Burton and District Summer League. The team was heavily depleted by injuries, holidays and a focus on forthcoming Track & Field fixtures, so it was left to experienced veterans Dave Williams and the ever-present Derek Bolton to take on the particularly challenging half marathon course. Starting and finishing at Uttoxeter Racecourse the race took runners around the countryside with some demanding energy-sapping hills en route.

Despite some strong crosswinds on the day, conditions were good for running and the event saw a decent turnout of 270 runners from around the Midlands.

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Dave Williams was first home for TAC in 46th position overall and 3rd V55 in 1.32.36.

Derek Bolton Uttoxeter

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Derek Bolton came home in 82nd position overall and 6th V55 in 1.38.22.

The next race in the BDSL series will be the Burton 10 mile on 21st May at which we expect to see some of our absent athletes making their return to action.

London Marathon 23rd April 2017

Tamworth AC’s Ben Evans travelled down to the capital for the 2017 London Marathon this weekend. Making his first appearance in the UK and England Marathon Championships, he arrived well prepared and conditions on the day were perfect for racing.

He quickly settled into a comfortable pace and was running well as he passed the half way mark in 1:19:33. At 18 miles, Ben’s race was briefly disrupted by a sudden calf problem, but the pain quickly subsided enough for him to keep his rhythm and make a strong final push to the famous finish line.

Ben’s efforts were rewarded with a superb finish time of 2:38:35, smashing his personal best by nearly five minutes.

Afterwards a smiling Ben said “Today was the race of my life. I’m absolutely delighted with how I ran and of course the result. I thought it was game over when I felt my calf go, but I’m so relieved that it didn’t cause me any real problems. I’ve had incredible support from my club mates and this has played a huge part in what happened today.”

Ben Evans London Marathon

Burton and District Summer League – Run in the Forest 5 Mile 9th April 2017

Report by Ben Evans

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Tamworth AC got off to a great start in the opening race of this year’s Burton and District Summer League, at the Run in the Forest 5 Mile on Sunday. Following a closely matched first 3 miles, Scott Hudspith pulled away to take the win with a time of 27:53, from Ben Evans in second with 28:24.

Howard Bush took first V40 Male with 29:53 and James Oakley, making his BDSL debut, was first Under 20 Male with an impressive 32:04. Derek Bolton came home in 35:03 to round off a fantastic day for the TAC team.

Following his victory on the hottest day of the year so far, Scott said “I had a great race on an even greater day. It’ll set me up nicely to drop down towards middle distances in the coming few weeks”.

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In the 1-mile junior race, Tamworth AC’s eight-year-old Charlotte Evans enjoyed a strong run to finish with a time of 8:40.

Tamworth Athletics Club 2016 cup and shield awards

DSC_8125 copyAnnie Boonham TAC academy best performance 2016. Annie gained many PB’s in the academy championships and did well in the cross country.

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Harriet Livingstone TAC academy most improved 2016. Harriet’s enthusiasm and her infectious personality makes it a pleasure to coach her.

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Toby Wooton WMYACCL 2016 Male. Toby was the highest ranking boy rom TAC in the West Midlands Cross Country League coming 6th in the u11 boys.

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Emily Findlater WMYACCL 2016 Female. Emily competed with excellent enthusiasm throughout the season showing that cross country could be fun and attended all the races for the u17 women’s team.

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Lisa Stretton Senior Ladies Cross Country. Lisa did 3 out of 4 league races. She improved on each one and was a good role model for the ladies team.

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Ben Evans with the Graham Lovell Trophy 2016 for road running over 10 miles.

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Sarah Jemmett Female Veteran of the year. Sarah got the most points in total across the season for the ladies totalling 22 in the 400m, 800m, 1500m and the high jump.

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Dave Williams Male Veteran of the year. Dave achieved 33 points for the men’s team being the highest scorer in 200m, 800m and 1500m.

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Sian Hubbard the N J Williams cup 2016. Sian was ranked 8 on the Power of 10 for the U13 girl’s pole vault with a height of 2.03m

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Tegan Vickery Heart of England girls 2016. Tegan PB’d in either the 1200m or 1500m at 5 of the 7 events. Always with a smile and happy to give any event a go. A credit to the club.

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Max Kent Heart of England 2016 boys. Max held a season long battle with James Sherriff in the 1500m with both achieving PB after PB.  Max just had the edge but James pushed him all the way in what was some of the most exciting competition we saw all season.

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U15 girls 4 x 300m relay team the M Showell Shield 2016. A strong U15 relay team of Lucy Wheeler, Sian Lewis, Eve Clawley, Hannah Evans and Katie Stretton. The team undoubtedly gave us the standout moment of 2016 with the final race of the day at Tamworth. Lucy and Sian led the team out with Hannah taking the third leg it came down to Katie to bring it home. They won by 100th of a second.  The most exciting race we have ever seen.

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James Stretton The Ridgewood Shield.  James achieved 8 PB’s throughout the season in sprints, jumps and distance running becoming one of the fastest 1500m runners where he improved his time from 5mins 35 to 5mins 19 over the season. He was consistently in the top 3 with his season’s best performance coming in the YDL at Tamworth where he won the event.

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Amy Cook the Junior Field Athlete of the year 2016. Amy achieved PB’s throughout the season with her Javelin throws breaking the u13 girls club record.

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Isabelle Neville with the Amy Adams Shield 2016. Isabelle was one of the few athletes to compete in all 4 matches, earning valuable points at every match for the team. She consistently gained 1st place in her events which included 300m hurdles, 200m, 300m and the relays 4 x 100m, 4 x 300m and 4 x 400m.


Jake Allman with the Tom Adams Shield. Jake was at every meeting and earned valuable points for the team in the200m, 400m and the relays of 4 x 100m and 4 x 400m.

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Myles Richardson Male Sprinter of the Year 2016. The season did not start well with Myles being disqualified in his first 100m race at Tamworth, but after he ran all four U20 YDL fixtures and all 4 Senior A team competitions. He broke club records in the U20 100m running 10.8secs on 2 occasions and the 200m record, running 22.2 secs on 3 occasions. Myles also competed in the 110m hurdles for U20 and seniors. He is the anchor leg of any 4 x 100m relay team that ran in 2016 and also part of the 4 x 100m relay team.

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Omolola Dixon Female Sprinter of the Year 2016. With times of 12.2secs for the 100m and 25.5secs for the 200m and 40.01secs for the 300m, she is the fastest lady in the club, with only Liv Woodward running faster in the 400m. Omy took gold in the Warwickshire Schools  where she took300m and followed that up with an excellent gold at the Mason Trophy also taking bronze in the 4 x 100m relay. This was the first time for years that TAC had a winner at the Mason Trophy Inter County competition.

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Alexander Berrow Field Athlete of the Year 2016. Alex won all his hammer competitions for the Senior A team with a best of 51.1m. He was also first in all of his shot competitions and most of his discus events. He even threw the javelin when a certain athlete got his dates mixed up. As well as for Tamworth he took gold in the hammer and shot in the Police Sports UK Championships. Alex is an athlete that always gives his best and will never let the team down. He has promised to do a steeple chase if required this season.

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Caydon Fairburn Male Indoor Athlete of the Year 2016. Caydon was a consistent member of the Sportshall team attending all five fixtures and gaining valuable points in all his events including runs, throws and jumps.

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Lucy Wheeler Female Indoor Athlete of the Year 2016. Lucy continued TAC’s fight to stay at the top of the all-rounder competition and did it magnificently gaining top marks in her 2 lap races and vertical jump and finished 2nd overall in the all-rounder competition this year.

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Olivia Woodward with Dorothy Beech Award 2016. Top points scorer in the ladies Sen A team, scoring valuable points in 400m, high jump, shot, javelin and 4 x 400m relay. Also a full card again being the highest point scorer in the U20 YDL competition, competing in 200m, 400m, high jump, shot, discus, javelin and 4 x 400m relay.DSC_8161 copy

Doug Stark with the Ray Rodgers Trophy 2016. For the second year in a row Doug has been the highest male point’s scorer in the Senior League. Competing in the 110m hurdles, high jump, pole vault, triple jump, shot, discus and javelin he is the most versatile athlete in the club.

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Gordon Densley with the Volunteer of the Year Stevenson Cup 2016. Gordon consistently motivated athletes to attend senior league meeting and persistence paid off as the senior team got promoted for the 2nd year in a row this year … we would like to add that we have been promoted once again and are now in the premier league.

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Best Performance at ESSA 2016. Dan Cartwright, Lucy Wheeler, Isabelle Neville, Omolola Dixon and Tom Ainsworth got to English Schools. With Omy finishing the highest ranked TAC athlete in 11th place after finishing 3rd in her heat just missing out on the final.

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Doug Stark Presidents cup, Best Athlete of the Yea 2016r. Top points scorer in the Division 2 winning team. Gaining first place in most events competed in. Every athlete and official at these meets score valuable points, but the massive point’s tally he contributed to the Team helped secure promotion to the top Division in the Midlands. Great performances from a top class athlete.DSC_8167 copy

Tom Randolph with the Martyn Naunton Memorial 2016. Tom was the highest ranked U17 in the 800m and 1500m on Power of 10 and gained a PB of 1min 55.52secs in the 800m.

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Sian Hubbard with the female Nathan Woodward Award 2016

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Dan Cartwright with the male Nathan Woodward Award 2016

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Matt Hargreaves with the Chairman’s Award 2016.



Midland Woman’s XC Lg Race#4 Saturday 11/February 2017 Warwick University, Coventry

Report by A Wright

Tamworth senior woman fielded a depleted team at the 4rd fixture of the Midland Woman’s XC Lg.
In a large field of over 350 starters, Katherine Bradley, Lisa Stretton & Laura Lewis all ran extremely well over the very testing and wet the two lap, undulating, 6Km course. Running within reach of one another for much of the race the trio worked hard off each other to produce very good performances. Katherine Bradley was first counter home in 63rd place, just ahead of Lisa Stretton in 71st place and ably backed-up by Laura Lewis in 90th place. ‘All three girl’s should be very pleased with their performances over the season’ team manager Paul Tasker commented, “I am really happy for the girl’s with their performances, all three of them worked so hard together in the races and rewarded for hard work in training over the winter”.
Unfortunately, the ladies team were unable to finish a team in all races and therefore were not rewarded with an overall league position for the season.