Supporting Athletics and Running

Calling Schools Combined Events Athletes!
Combined Events Team Managers John Ellis and Lucy Seaton are keen to hear from young athletes who would like to compete in the Regional Combined Events Championships in June. Full details. Please note that the deadline for nominations is the end of May.

Inter-Counties Mountain Running Championship
Team Captain Jason Williams has selected the following athletes for the 2022 Inter-Counties, which is the Llanberis Ridge Race on Saturday 7th May:
Men: Sam Pole (Fleckney and Kibworth), Sam Cleveland (Barrow Runners), George Seymour (West End Runners), Phil Chritchlow (Beaumont RC).
Ladies: Katie Hateley (Stilton Striders), Kate Perkins (Hinckley Rc), Jo Male (West End Runners).

Endurance Challenge Update
Tom Mahon’s win in the 10,000m has taken him to the top of the leaderboard for the county Endurance Challenge. After 2 events, he has 7 points and Tony Woodward’s second place has taken him to 4 points and joint second with Alistair Watson, who will race at the Night of the 10,000m PBs and missed the county event. Women’s standings remain as they were after the XC Champs, with a 1,2,3 of Justine Anthony, Emily Smith and Emma Richards.

County T&F Championships
It is with regret that we have taken the decision to cancel this year’s T&F Championships. Due to circumstances beyond our control, we are left with insufficient officials to satisfy the requirements of UKA and Po10. We are extremely grateful to those officials who made themselves availble, but changes to UKA procedures mean that we were left short of the numbers required.

Tom Mahon takes 10,000m Title
Congratulations to Tom Mahon of Wreake & Soar Valley, who was crowned County 10,000m in a well contested race at the Pingles Stadium. From the gun, Tom and Northamptonshire contender John Wayland led a strong pack of runners, including Mark Couldwell, former champion Gordon Lee and Tony Woodward. After a few laps the leading pair started to break clear. Around mid-distance, Tom established a small advantage, which he built to nearly a minute over the rest of the race. Behind him, there was a keen contest for the remaining Leicestershire & Rutland medals. Mark Cauldwell and Tony Woodward both held the upper hand for periods of the race, but in the end Tony proved stronger. Pascal Bouttier-Butler had a good race and at one point looked like he might close the gap to 3rd place, but Mark was able to respond and successfully defended his advantage to the line. Regretably, there were no female entries for the championships.
1. Tom Mahon, Wreake & Soar Valley, 32.49.1
2. Tony Woodward, Notts AC, 34.34.4
3. Mark Couldwell, Charnwood AC, 34.39.2
Full results.

Qualification for English Schools T&F Championships
To be selected, an athlete MUST (in the absence of exceptional circumstances) compete in the County Schools Championship on Saturday 11th June. To be eligible to compete in the County Schools Championship, athletes in years 7-11 must qualify through their performance in the Area Schools Championships (with the exception of pole vault and hammer). Senior athletes (years 12 and 13) should apply for entry to the County Schools Championship by using the link in the information document (which contains full and definitive information for all athletes). LRSAA selection policy for English Schools.

Liz Pearson
It is with a very heavy heart that we report the death of County Officials Secretary and Level 4 Field Judge Liz Pearson. Liz was universally respected in the athletics world, and her warmth and friendliness will be remembered by all who had the good fortune to experience it. Whether you were an international level official or a trainee taking your first steps at a local meeting, you were treated in the same friendly and supportive way. Our thoughts are with Jim, Tom and the family, and with her colleagues at Charnwood AC.

Shaikira King takes English Schools Title
Shaikira King added the English Schools Junior XC crown to the 1500m title that she won last Summer. Like the Inter-Counties, she took it out hard, but this time benefited from the dry conditions at Hop Farm in Kent and was able to use her track speed, staying clear to win by 3 seconds. Added to 4th at the Inter-Counties, 4th and Team gold in the English National with Wreake and Soar Valley teammates Zoe Gilbody, Imogen Saunders and Rebecca Van Aardt, and an age-group record for the mile, it has been a very successful winter campaign for the young athlete.

CAU Inter-Counties Cross Country Championships
Well done to all of our county athletes. A full report from the County Team managers is on the endurance page.

95th County Cross Country Championships
A huge thank you to Race Director John Heywood, President Phil Watts, Chief Marshal Ramon Howe, Referee Phil Drage and all the volunteers who worked so hard to stage a successful championships. Congratulations to County Champions Alastair Watson, Justine Anthony and all of the medal winners. A full report is on the endurance page. Results (V3: With correction to Masters Men).

Sportshall Athletics
Another successful County Sportshall League has drawn to a close and attention is now turning to the Regional Finals to be held in February. Congratulations to all of the athletes who competed and to the winners:

Under 11 combined winners were Charnwood AC
Under 13 combined winners were Ivanhoe Robins 
Under 15 combined winners were Ivanhoe Robins
 
Under 15’s individual competition
Girls overall winner was Evie Donnelly – Charnwood AC
2nd Place was Mia Hancox – Charnwood AC
3rd Place was Khara Bowlay-Williams – Charnwood AC
Boys overall winner was Samuel Smith – Ivanhoe Robins
2nd Place was Henry Carlile – Hinckley RC
3rd Place was Josh Cooling – HInckley RC
A big thank you to organisers Gary and Sharon Smith and all of the officials and volunteers who made it all possible.

County Success in England Athletics Volunteer Awards
A massive well done to award winners Hinckley Running Club (East Midlands Club of the Year) and Gary Smith of Ivanhoe Robins (East Midlands Coach of the Year). Congratulations too, to Rob Beers and Sharon Smith who finished runners up (Coach and Unsung Hero, respectively).

County 10K Road Race Championships
Congratulations to County Champions Jordan Rowe and Justine Anthony.  Race report

County Road Race Championships Oct 2021
Report

London Mini-Marathon
Congratulations to all of our county athletes who represented the East Midlands in the London Mini Marathon. Successes included a second place for Shaikira King, as the U15 Girls finished 3rd overall. Full results.

County 5000m Track Championships
Covid meant that we couldn’t hold a 5000m as part of our T&F Championships this year, so we are grateful to Sam and Olly Stabler for for incorporating a county 5000m event within their 5K Track Challenge. Report.

County T&F Championships
We apologise for the delay in posting results from the 2021 Championships. There were issues with both the output from photofinish and the entry provider. Results have been submitted to Power of 10 and are available here.

Ivan Taylor
We are greatly saddened to hear of the death of Ivan Taylor. Ivan gave great service to Charnwood AC as a coach to countless athletes, volunteer, and as a field referee and starter for their club and open events. Ivan wasn’t just a loyal club man, he was also a huge supporter of county athletics in all its forms, acting as starter for Sportshall, Quadkids, Schools Athletics, Disability Athletics, League fixtures and Championships. He was a reassuring presence as generations of young athletes took their first steps in competition, and athletes and colleagues alike, will all have fond memories of his dry sense of humour. He will be greatly missed and our thoughts are with his family and friends at this sad time.

News updates:
King Sisters’ Triumphs Featured in AW
AW (Athletics Weekly) reported the success of sisters Indienne and Shaikira King in taking their first English Schools titles. Article.

County Athletes Achieve Paralympic Selection
Congratulations to Richard Whitehead (T61 200m), Stef Reid (T64 Long Jump), Libby Clegg  (T11 200m and 4x100m Universal Relay), Sophie Hahn (T38 100m and 4x100m Universal Relay), Dan Greaves (F64 Discus), Jonnie Peacock (T64 100m and 4x100m Universal Relay), Thomas Young (T38 100m) and Luke Nuttall (T46 1500m) on their selection for Tokyo.

Inaugural County Fell Running Champs
A small but good quality field resisted the counter-attractions of an England semi-final and contested county medals at the Windmill race. Report.
 
English Schools T&F Champs 2021
Congratulations to our County athletes who competed in the championships (and their coaches): County results

2021 Livingston Relays
The Livingston Relays will not now go ahead on May 2nd as originally planned. A decision will shortly be made as to whether to seek an alternative date in 2021 or postpone to 2022.

County Road Race Championships
Dates have been agreed for the County 5K & 10K Road Race Championship (both to be organised by Race Rapid at Mallory Park). The dates are as follows:
Sunday, October 31st (31/10): County 5K Championships
Sunday, December 12th (12/12): County 10K Championships

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