Midlands Women’s League Match 1 at Coundon Hall Park Coventry Sat 11th Nov 2017

Tamworth AC Ladies competed in the 1st Cross Country of the season with a great team for 2017-2018.

Out of 213 runners Katherine Bradley was 48th in 31:53mins

Lisa Stretton came 62nd in 32:43mins

Laura Lewis was 89th in 34:27mins

Kate Pearce came 95th in 35:00mins

Caroline West was 116th in 36:50mins

Tess Barnard 120th in 37:12mins

Sue Fairburn 158th in 40:42mins

Laura had to travel from Austria (where she now lives) to take part in the race so she was a little tired.

There were great debut runs from Kate, Tess and Sue in their 1st cross country for Tamworth AC

Katherine had a great run and had some great positive vibes which motivated the other ladies.

The Team manager Paul Tasker was feeling very positive with all the performances saying “we still have 6 runner’s to bring in to help boost the squad.”

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Left to right: Laura Lewis, Kate Pearce Lisa Stretton, Sue Fairburn, Katherine Bradley, Caroline West and Tess Barnard

Birmingham Sportshall League Round One. 14th October 2017

Saturday Oct 14th started Tamworth AC’s season of Sportshall athletics at North Solihull Sports Centre. In spite of there being a very small team due to various other events over the weekend the club had some good results.


U15 girls Hannah Evans and Amy Cook came 1st in the 8 lap paarlauf with a time of 115.9secs.

The U13 girls Lottie McLaren and Angelica Rakmee ran in the 4 lap with times of 53.4 and 58.3 secs and also in the 2 lap race with times of 25.8 and 27.5 secs respectively.

The U11 girls team Evie Taylor, Lottie Evans Sofia Farmer ,Ashton Adcock ,Harriett Livingstone and Freya Cole added some more good results with Ashton and Sofia coming 2nd in the 2×1 lap relay with 27 secs and Ashton came 1st in the soft javelin with a throw of 12m.

The U11 boys were the biggest team consisting of Finley Reeves, Braedan Walsh O’ Neill, William Newman, Jacob Fletcher, Samuel Williams, Alfie Sippetts, Adam Stokes and Jacob Williams. The 2×1 lap team of Braedan and Jacob Williams came 2nd.

All the teams fought hard against some good opposition from Solihull and Small Heath, Birchfield Harriers Halesowen and Sutton Coldfield athletics clubs.

The next meeting is to be held on 18th November.

Schools County Cross Country Selection

Each year the pupils from the Tamworth Schools of Landau Forte Qems, Landau Forte Amington, Rawlett, Wilnecote and Belgrave hold three cross country races for athletes to compete in the Staffordshire County Cross Country selection process culminating in the English Schools cross country competition which is held annually in March each year. Many of our top athletes have started their athletic careers by taking part in this process and representing one’s County is regarded as an honour..

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Eve Clawley

Eve Clawley of Landau Forte Qems has competed in 15 of these races starting in year 7 and finishing in year 11 and she holds the unblemished record of winning every one of the 15 races, she has gone on each year to represent Staffordshire and has won the County Cross Country Championship and place medals several times.  This year she will be joined by athletes from various schools in and around Tamworth who are also members of Tamworth AC who have also been selected to run for their County.

Tamworth AC members running for Staffordshire include

Natasha Lee and Lottie McLaren, Year 7.

Luca Bradley Year 7

Tegan Vickery and Emily Pearce Year 8/9,

Eve Clawley Year 10/11.

Tamworth AC members running for Warwickshire include

Abi Hamer and Libby Price year 8/9

James Stretton (Yr8/9) and Toby Wooton (Yr7)

They will all be representing their Counties at the Schools Inter County Cross Country Championships on 25th November at Moreton Morrell.

Other Tamworth AC athletes who competed in their various schools cross country races are


Katey Harvey came 14th  in her year 7 race

James Walker came 10th in his year 10/11 race

Freya Cole came 1st in her year 5 race

Sofia Farmer is in year 5 but ran as year 6 and she came 4th in her race

Annie Boonham came 2nd in her year 6 race

Adam Stokes came 5th for year 5,



Birmingham International Marathon and Great Birmingham Run, 15th October 2017

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Howard Bush and Ben Evans

Around 22,000 runners took to the streets of England’s second city for the annual Great Birmingham Run Half Marathon and the inaugural Birmingham International Marathon on Sunday. Amongst those taking on the full marathon were Tamworth AC’s Ben Evans and Howard Bush.

The race started at the famous Alexander Stadium, taking in two laps in and around Birmingham before finishing in the city centre. The conditions were ideal for running, but the new and unfamiliar course presented some challenging inclines along the 26.2 mile route.

Just three weeks after his personal best performance at the Berlin Marathon, Ben Evans looked in good form again, settling in amongst the front end of the field from the start.  As the race drew on, Ben paced himself well, holding enough back to progress over the final miles from seventh to a fourth placed finish with a time of 2:38:25.

Speaking after the race Ben said “As we came around the second lap we started to pass a few of the runners at the back of the field and I lost track of my position, but knew I was somewhere in the top 10. When I approached the finish line and heard the announcer say I was fourth I couldn’t believe it!  It’s such an amazing way to end what’s been a really great season for me.  I’m truly overwhelmed!”

Howard Bush made his first appearance in a marathon since 2013, although he showed little sign of such a prolonged absence on the day. Despite expressing little love for the hills, Howard put in a fantastic performance to finish 11th in his age group with a time of 03:03:51; setting a new Men’s 45 club record in the process.

Shortly afterwards Howard said, “I knew it would be a big ask to finish under 3 hours again, with not really enough miles in my legs. But I gave it a shot and have to be pleased with the end result”

Following some well-deserved rest, Howard and Ben will soon be back in action with the rest of the Tamworth AC Cross Country Team.  Our first fixture of the Birmingham Cross Country League 2017/18 season will be at Telford on Saturday 11th November.

Tamworth AC were also represented in the Half Marathon that started from the city centre in the afternoon and followed much of the same route as the marathon with a single lap before returning to the finish line.  Malcolm Perry finished 12th in the Men’s 65 category with a time of 02:02:42 followed shortly by Tessa Barnard in 02:14:47.

WMYACCL Round One at Hatton Country Park 15th October 2017

A nice warm day with broken cloud provide the ideal setting for the Tamworth AC team to take part in their first Cross Country race of the season. At the finish of the day Tamworth’s Under 13 Girls team finished in a comfortable 5th place in the team positions whilst the Under 15 Girls and the Under 17 Women were 6th respectively in their Team positions. With four more rounds to go the Tamworth AC athletes got off to a good solid start.



Under11 Girls

Under 11 Girls

125 Runners

Team position at finish 10th (First Five in the Team count towards the team Score)

Freya Cole 36th

Bethany Metcalfe 46th

Penny Wileman 74th

Sofia Farmer 87th

Matilda Wileman 107th

Harriett Livingstone 109th

Robyn Lee 116th

Lottie Evans 122nd


Under13 Girls

Under 13 Girls

117 Runners

Team position at finish 5th (First Five in the Team count towards the team Score)

Tegan Vickery 21st

Lottie McLaren 23rd

Libbie Price 25th

Emily Pearce 40th

Natasha Lee 42nd

Ellie Gauntlet 47th

Angelica Rakmee 91st

Katie Harvey 94th


Under 15 Girls

Under 15 Girls

85 Runners

Team position at finish 6th (First Five in the Team count towards the team Score)

Abi Hamer 18th

Charlotte Perry 34th

Sophie Perry 46th

Sian Lewis 65th

Katie Stretton 68th

Morgan Wright 75th

Keira Richards 78th

Under 17 Women

63 Runners

Team Position at Finish 6th

Charlotte Bush 6th (Highest Placed Female Athlete)

Eve Clawley 8th

Emily Findlater 39th


Under 11 Boys

Under 11 Boys

129 Runners

Team position at finish 11th (First Five in the Team count towards the team Score)

Adam Stokes 63rd

Jacob Fletcher 85th

Joseph Gorst 91st

Max Hamer 94th

Jacob Williams 97th

Alfie Sipperty 102nd

Samuel Williams 116th

William Newman 122nd


Under 13 Boys

Under 13 Boys

100 Runners

Team position at finish 8th (First Five in the Team count towards the team Score)

James Stretton 4th (Highest Placed male Tamworth AC athlete)

Toby Wooton 26th

Rhys Oxford 68th

Kai Buckley 69th

Kian Dickson 71st

Aedan Mason 79th

Michael Winter 85th

Jake Chyla 100th


Under 15 Boys

 Under 15 Boys

87 Runners

Team position at finish 10th

James Walker 38th

Ben Edwards 46th

Oran Au 82nd


Under 17 Men

65 Runners

Team position at finish 11th

Max Kent 23rd

James Oakley 24th

Berlin Marathon, 24 September 2017

Just a week after winning the Tamworth 5 mile, Ben Evans flew out to Germany for the 44th Berlin Marathon. The Tamworth AC distance runner has been in good form throughout the year and set high expectations with his performance at the London Marathon back in April


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Ben celebrating!

The wet conditions may have dampened the eagerly anticipated world record attempt, but Ben set out with a strong measured pace over the early miles, passing the halfway mark in 1:18:16. In the second half of the race Ben pushed on, digging deep in the final miles to register an impressive negative split and cross the line in 2:35:20; knocking a further 3 minutes off his marathon PB in London and finishing 45th in the M35 age group.
Afterwards Ben said “I’m delighted with the progress I’ve made over the summer since London and I gave it everything I had today. Of course, it would have been great to sneak under 2:35, but those extra 20 seconds will give me something to work on over the winter months. Berlin is a fantastic city and the marathon is fast and well organised. Definitely one I’d like to race again some time”.

Tamworth 5 Mile: 17th September 2017

Tamworth AC played host to the final race of this year’s Burton and District Summer League season, with the Tamworth 5 Mile on Sunday 17th September.

In perfect running conditions, nearly 200 athletes took on the undulating course that starts and finishes on the athletics track at the Tamworth Stadium.

On a great day for the club, Ben Evans put in his best performance of the series to win the race with a time of 27:22 and seal this year’s senior and overall men’s individual league titles.

After the race, Ben said “I really wanted to win this one and I knew I’d have to work very hard for it. I’d managed to open up a decent lead with about a mile to go, but I wasn’t taking any chances and kept pushing right to the line.  I’ll fly out for the Berlin Marathon this week in great shape and following a performance today that’s given me an extra boost in confidence.”

Scott Hudspith rounded off a strong season to finish in third place with 27:53 and comfortably claim the Under-25 men’s individual league crown.  For the ladies, Charlotte Bush was once again first of the Under-25s with a time of 33:19 and she also won her individual category for the season.

Also competing for Tamworth AC were Tom Orton (30:47), James Oakley (30:53), Max Kent (31:49), Andrew Woods (32:22), Steven Gunn (32:40) and Tom Ainsworth (34:16).


The start line of the preceding Junior 1 Mile race was notably awash with the green and white vests of Tamworth AC.

James Walker won the Boys race with a time of 05:49 and Toby Wooton finished third with 06:12.  In the Girls race, Abi Hamer was first to the line in 06:18, followed closely in second by Charlotte Perry with 06:20.

Completing the impressive field of Tamworth AC youngsters were Lottie Mclaren (06:31), Emily Pearce (06:38), Kian Dickson (06:39), Ellie Gauntlett (06:40), Sophie Perry (06:42), Adam Stokes (06:42), Tegan Vickery (06:45), Annie Boonham (06:55), Natasha Lee (07:02), Morgan Wright (07:33), Lillie Caswell (07:44), Sofia Farmer (07:52), Ben Godber (07:56), Keira Richards (08:00), Harriett Livingstone (08:08), Abigail Webb (08:08), Oliva Teague (08:10), Robyn Lee (08:32), Natasha Witcomb (08:54), Katie Hobbs (08:53), Charlotte Evans (09:30) and Sophie Godber (10:04).