6th - Fergus Allison, 24th - Oscar Barbour, 31st - Jonathan Furey,
32nd - Murray Jackson
Team – 5th
6th - Tas Pope, 13th - Caroline Furey
14th - Josh Newman
21st - Sarah Wheeler, 23rd - Sarah Bland, 24th - Emma Bexson
41st - Emily Adams, 51st - Lisa Dallison, 54th - Emma Vickers
63rd - Sarah Odell
The Masters 'A' team finished 1st in the Masters competition: Sarah W, Sarah B, Emma B
The Masters 'B' team finished 2nd in the Masters 'B' team competition: 41st - Emily, Lisa, Emma V
25th - Jack McMullen
50th - Rob Minton
65th - Rob Ford
72nd - Wayne Vickers
94th - Malcolm Bowyer
99th - Ivan Sarti
103rd - Mike Sheppard
114th - James Deacon
126th - Mark Newman
136th - James Fidoe
149th - James Coy
151st - Brian Weetman
158th - Brian Gravelsons
160th - Larry Coltman
The Masters 'A' team finished 6th in the Masters competition - Rob M, Wayne, Malcolm, Ivan
The Masters 'B' team finished 5th in the Masters 'B' competition - Mike, James D, Mark, James F
Pictured at the top of the report -
- Agnes receiving her winner's prize for the Under 13 Girls race
- Agnes, Rebecca and Georgina (1st, 2nd, 3rd in the Under 13 Girls race)
- Sarah Bland, Emma Bexson, Sarah Wheeler (Masters Women 1st place)
- Brian Gravelsons, Larry Coltman, Brian Weetman (after competing in the Senior/Masters Men race)
The Power of 10 website run by British Athletics includes personalised results pages for all registered athletes. It also provides rankings per event to show how each athlete's best performances compare with the rest of the UK (overall and by age group).
The attached document lists all Stratford AC members who feature in the top 100 in their age group (and overall where applicable) for 2013. It's inspiring to see just how successful and versatile the club's athletes are.
In the Midland Women’s League, Stratford AC’s Masters Women (35 years old and upwards) won the Masters competition in thrilling fashion, holding off Wolverhampton & Bilston AC by just four points. Great performances in final race at Cheltenham clinched the title for the club.
The Senior Women were 8th on the day and 5th overall, behind four of the biggest clubs in the Midlands; Birmingham University, Birchfield Harriers, Loughborough University and Coventry Godiva Harriers. This was the club’s best ever result and is richly deserved.
The Men's team have also had a very good season in Division Two of the Birmingham Cross Country League. Finishing 10th in such a competitive division is a smashing result.
Andrew Pozzi travelled to Sheffield for the British Athletics European Trials & UK Championships as the 2nd fastest 60m Hurdler in Europe with a time of 7.58 seconds (just 0.01 seconds behind Balazs Baji of Hungary). Hopes were high of a gold medal and another fast time.
In his semi-final, Pozzi cruised to an easy victory in 7.62 seconds, inside the European Championships qualifying time of 7.65, and he was the fastest qualifier for the final. However, he decided not to line-up for the race as a precautionary measure.
The initial news in the stadium and the press was that Pozzi had injured his hamstring, but he said later in the day that this wasn’t the case.
When Pozzi was interviewed after the semi-final race he was looking forward to running a good time in the final and, while he didn’t feel he had run up to his best, he knew what was required to correct the minor errors.
Pozzi was happy with his reaction time out of the blocks but was less pleased with his speed to the first hurdle and it took him longer to get going than he would have liked. By hurdle three he began to gain some momentum and felt that it was another reasonable performance after his 7.58 in Birmingham.
Pozzi’s main aim for the short-term future is to stay healthy, put in some good training and avoid any further injury niggles.
Pozzi is set to take part in the Aviva Grand Prix at the NIA on Saturday 16th February where, all being well, he will line-up for a semi-final and a final. The action will be shown live on BBC One.
Stratford AC's Andrew Pozzi had a sensational 2012 including becoming the UK 110m Hurdles champion and achieving 4th place in the World Indoor Championships in the 60m Hurdles. At the Birmingham Games on Sunday 3rd February he showed the world just what kind of shape he is in with a tremendous demonstration of hurdling speed and technique.
In his heat, Pozzi looked razor-sharp and ran 6.58 seconds, the best time by a European athlete so far this year His time was just 0.02 outside the personal best he set last February when he finished just behind Liu Xiang, the World Indoor Championships silver medallist.
Pozzi wasn’t phased by the incredibly fast start of Jack Meredith a few lanes inside him. By the third hurdle Pozzi’s superior balance and power meant he had drawn level and only needed to stay tidy to gain a victory. He powered clear and gave 100% all the way to the line, putting himself at the top of the European rankings ahead of Konstantin Shabanov of Russia who ran 6.59 seconds in Moscow the same day.
Fortunately, by being so far ahead of his rivals, Pozzi was able to avoid the incident when the athlete in Lane 7 stumbled at the penultimate hurdle, careering head first into the final hurdle in Lane 8. The Lane 8 runner was left without a hurdle to jump and had to run off the track to avoid the stricken faller.
In the Final, Pozzi was once again the winner, but this time he stopped the clock at 7.91 after experiencing cramp. This was his slowest indoor race since the Aviva Grand Prix two years ago but with the earlier race in the bank there was much to be very pleased about.
The next event for Pozzi will be the European Indoor Trials and UK Championships in Sheffield on Saturday 9th February. Following that he is scheduled to appear at the Aviva Grand Prix at the NIA in Birmingham on Saturday 16th February.
Please note that the 2013 AGM of Stratford upon Avon AC will be held on Wed 27th February at the Sports Club starting at 9.00pm (after the usual Wed night training session) As per previous years food will be provided.
Members will be able to raise / discuss any item under AOB but if you want to include any item that may require a change to the constitution / rules (which would necessitate a vote by the members) then, in accordance with the the Club Constitution, this must be notified to me at least 14 days in advance of the meeting.
An agenda will then be circulated in advance of the meeting
The AGM will include election of officers for the next 12 months. (These positions are voted on by the members)
The current list of Office Holders is attached (I have removed those people who I am aware have already stepped down or are not standing for reelection)
An excellent club spirit exists and a lot of hard, but rewarding work, is required to make the club the success that it is. We are grateful to everybody who has contributed but we are always in need of additional volunteers.
If you are interested in becoming more involved either as an Office Holder or volunteer and would like to know more about what is involved please talk to any member of the Committee