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Stratford Summer 6

Posted by Danny Tolhurst, Thursday, 24th April 2014 @ 7:59am

  • Stratford Summer 6

    Saturday 28th June 2014 (7.30pm start)

    at Mary Arden's House, Wilmcote



    By kind permission of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust which cares for the Shakespeare Houses.

    Refreshments, toilets and free parking. Entry Limit 400

    here to enter


    One category only per competitor

    (All finishers will receive a memento)

    Men Ladies
    First 3 Senior First 3 Senior
    1st vet 40-49 1st vet 35-44
    1st vet 50-59 1st vet 45-54
    1st vet 60-69 1st vet 55-64
    1st vet 70+ 1st vet 65+

    Thanks to our sponsors 

    Declaration: I will abide by the rules of UKA & MCAA. I will be over 15 years of age on race day. I accept that the organisers will not be liable for any accident, injury, loss, damage, action, claim or cost of expenses that may arise as a consequence of my participation in this event. I will not compete in this race unless I am fit enough to run and in good health on the day. I compete entirely at my own risk.

    Cancellation Policy – If for reasons beyond our control, adverse weather or Health and Safety concerns, the race is cancelled, due to non-recoverable costs already having been incurred, unfortunately no refunds can be provided

    Portable Music Players – To ensure you are able to hear marshal advice regarding traffic the wearing of portable music players is not permitted

    Entry fee of £10 affiliated / £12 unaffiliated (+£2 extra on the day) 

    Entries only accepted on the day provided entry limit of 400 not exceeded

Stratford AC well represented at the London Marathon

Posted by Danny Tolhurst, Thursday, 17th April 2014 @ 9:05am

  •   (Malcolm Bowyer and Phil Howell)

    Warm weather, huge crowds and a relaxed atmosphere helped Stratford AC athletes achieve great things in the 2014 edition of the London Marathon.

    First to finish for Stratford AC was Chris Bacon (2:45.21). Chris was incredibly disciplined with his training in the build-up to this race and he was rewarded with a spectacular result. He finished 374th and took one minute 47 seconds off his PB (set in the Leicester Marathon in 2012).

    Chris started the race with a tight feeling in his left thigh, which unfortunately got steadily worse. He was aiming for 6 minutes per mile in the first half, with a view to dropping off a little in the second half. Frustratingly he had to stop and stretch out his leg at mile 9, 14 and 17 which meant he lost considerable time.

    The last few miles proved to be really painful, but knowing how close he was to his 2:45 target kept him going. Chris now has seven sub-3 hour marathons to his name, which is a remarkable achievement.

    His next planned event is a 44 mile ultra-marathon in Cornwall, from Lizard Point to Lands End. He is also hoping to have another crack at running inside 2:45 in the Leicester Marathon later this year.

    Rich Welburn (3:00.17) has only been a member of the club for a short time but he has already made a big impression with his performances.

    This was Rich's fifth marathon and his first experience in London. He started with a target time of 2 hours 59 minutes, planning to go through halfway in 1:28.30 allowing for a small fade towards the end. Rich was 2 seconds off target at the half way point and feeling quite hot in the spring sun.

    He took his third and final gel at 18 miles as he noticed his mile times starting to slow. For the last five miles Rich had tunnel vision of the road ahead and was oblivious to the crowds. Only later did he realise that he had run past the London Eye and Buckingham Palace!

    By 24 miles hopes of a sub-3 time were slipping away and as he approached the line he saw the clock tick over into 3 hours.  Rich was delighted with a seven minute improvement from his most recent race marathon.

    Malcolm Bowyer (3:05.13) completed his 19th London Marathon in great style. Malcolm started with Phil Howell and Wayne Vickers and the group ran the first three miles together. Wayne and Phil were clear by the eight mile stage.

    Malcolm continued to run at his preferred pace and after working hard in the middle third of the race he started to push on.

    At mile 23 he caught Wayne and one mile later he reached, and passed, Phil. Malcolm reported that it was ‘all in all, a good day at the office’ despite feeling for the first time ever that he might not finish.

    There have been many memorable battles between Malcolm and Phil Howell (3:05.35) and this proved to be another one for the scrapbook. Phil has been running well recently and he stood on the start line confident of another solid performance.

    He settled into a rhythm early on and he showed excellent determination and strength to stick to a fast pace. Phil was justifiably happy to finish one minute 21 seconds inside his 2013 time.

    Wayne Vickers (3:07.34) had suffered from a chest infection in the week building up to this race and he deserves a lot of credit for taking part and for recording such a fast time. Wayne managed to stick to his target of between 6.40 and 6.50 per mile until about 17 miles when ‘the wheels came off and they are still sat dumped by the side of the road in Canary Wharf’.

    Wayne reported that for the final nine miles he found it really hard going. In fact he struggled so much that he described the last four miles as ‘a crawl’. However, on reflection, Wayne was pleased with how he was running until he was forced to slow his pace.

    Rob Ford (3:21.00) only stepped in to run this race with one week’s notice, taking the place of a friend who was unable to make it. Running so well with such short notice shows just how good Rob’s fitness is at the moment. The aim was to work on his pacing ahead of the Worcester Marathon and it proved to be a worthwhile exercise, as Rob has now decided he isn’t suited by anything further than 20 miles.

    A fantastic run in the Barcelona Marathon, where she ran 3:02.43, gave clear evidence of Kate Wright’s ability over this distance. Kate’s legs were still feeling the effects of that race during her run in this event and by the 10km point (42.01) she knew that she wouldn’t be in line for another PB time.

    Despite having to slow considerably in the second half of the race she still revelled in the atmosphere, along with the rest of the Stratford AC representatives. Kate’s finishing time was 3:31.40.

    It was a case of third time lucky for Phil Groom (3:38.01) as he had entered the race in 2012 and 2013 but was forced to withdraw due to injury and illness.

    Phil experienced a difficult winter of training so didn’t feel fully prepared or in the shape to run a satisfactory time. However, as he set off Phil decided to be optimistic and he aimed for a time of 3:45.

    When he looked at his watch as he crossed the finish line he was really surprised and pleased with his time. As it turned out he only missed a PB by 20 seconds.

    Emily Adams (3:44.37) ran another excellent and consistently-paced race to knock more than 18 minutes off her personal best. Emily had a great run until the 14 mile mark where she was unfortunate to suffer a fall. She was able to compose herself and refocus and held her pace well before she had to dig deep with four remaining.

    Emily was delighted with her performance and she can now look forward to the Berlin Marathon in September with her confidence sky-high.

    Mark Newman (3:51.06) thoroughly enjoyed the weekend and the excitement that accompanied the race itself. Mark’s run was a little down on his PB, but he knew he had given everything he could and was happy with his performance.

    Mark’s early mile splits put him on target for a time of three and a half hours, but he sensibly took his foot off the mid-way through the race to ensure he could cover the final 10km a fair pace. Having struggled with a variety of injuries over the winter

    Mark feels he probably didn't have enough miles in the bank to achieve a PB. He summed the race up by saying ‘marathons are hard’.

    Andy Turner (4:14.31) beat last year’s time by more than three minutes. His build-up this time around was assisted by a solid prep-race in the Ashby 20 four weeks previously and his stamina was never in doubt. Andy is a very versatile runner, equally at home over any distance from 5km through to 26 miles 385 yards.

    After a training schedule that was peppered with injury niggles, Maria Haslam (4:21.29) can be very proud of herself for producing a fabulous run on her marathon debut. She appreciated the support she received from her family just before heading over Tower Bridge and ran consistently well throughout the race.

    Despite saying she underestimated how tough the final 6 miles would be, Maria showed her commitment and fitness by actually increasing her pace in the closing stages. The relief she felt at seeing the ‘800m to go’ marker quickly ebbed away when the run to the finish line ‘seemed to go on for an eternity!’

    Maria admitted she is considering giving this marathon another go, but probably not for a few years.

Wright Hassall Regency 10km - 7th April 2014

Posted by Danny Tolhurst, Tuesday, 8th April 2014 @ 10:11am

  • Stratford AC took Leamington Spa by storm at the Regency 10k race. Twenty two of the club's finest runners rose to the challenge of this popular race and achieved excellent results.

    Zoe Chandler won the 1st Lady prize, finishing 27th in a time of 37.43. Malcolm Bowyer was the first of the Stratford AC men and finished 3rd in the M50 category (46th, 39.05).

      Emily Adams and Zoe Chandler

Stratford Summer 6 Road Race

  • Saturday, 28th June 2014 at 7:30pm
    Location: Mary Ardens House, Wilmcote, Warwickshire


Midland Road Relays - Sunday 16th March 2014

Posted by Danny Tolhurst, Saturday, 22nd March 2014 @ 3:17pm

NTRIX 2014 Results Now Available

Posted by Chrisbacon73, Sunday, 19th January 2014 @ 5:16pm

  • Here are the NTRIX 2014 Results. Well done to all the athletes. Click here for the results.

    If you competed, and have any queries about the results please click here to email us.

Warwickshire Cross Country Championships

Posted by Danny Tolhurst, Monday, 6th January 2014 @ 10:01am

  • Stratford AC had a fantastic day at the Warwickshire Cross Country Championships which took place on a wet and very muddy course at Halesowen AC on Saturday 4th January.

    The Under 13 Girls team won the team prize and achieved a superb clean sweep of the medal positions:

    1st - Agnes McTighe, 2nd - Rebecca Winn, 3rd - Georgina Mitchell.

    16th - Imogen Sheppard, 17th - Daisy Musk, 21st - Edie Hutchinson, Poppy Butler

    U13 Boys
    11th - George Vahey, 16th - Archie Musk, 32nd - Matthew Vickers

    Team – 6th

    U15 Girls
    4th - Agatha McTighe, 19th - Hannah Bexson, 20th - Harriet Flynn, 21st - Jessica Sheppard

    Team – 5th

    U15 Boys
    6th - Fergus Allison, 24th - Oscar Barbour, 31st - Jonathan Furey,
    32nd - Murray Jackson

    Team – 5th

    U17/20 Women
    6th - Tas Pope, 13th - Caroline Furey 
    U17/20 Men
    14th - Josh Newman 

    Senior/Master Women
    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

    Senior/Master Men

    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)

'Rags or Riches' Christmas Party

  • Friday, 13th December 2013 at 7pm - 11:30pm
    Location: Stratford Sports Club

    Its party time again, Christmas Dinner and Dance at the club.

    • 43 people attended

'SimplyRun' Not the Roman IX

  • Sunday, 19th January 2014 at 11am
    Location: Knight's Lane, Tiddington, Stratford upon Avon

    A 12Km Road Race over the old Roman 9 course

Welcombe Races 2013 - results

Posted by Danny Tolhurst, Sunday, 13th October 2013 @ 3:52pm

  • Here are the results of the Welcombe Trembler (5k) and Welcombe Wobbler (10k).

    Welcombe Races Results 2013.xls

    Well done to everyone who took part and thank you to all of the race marshals, officials and helpers.

    We hope to see you all again next year.


Welcombe Wobbler (10k) and Welcombe Trembler (5k)

  • Sunday, 13th October 2013 at 11am - 11am
    Location: Welcombe Hills Country Park, Stratford-upon-Avon

    Welcombe Wobbler (10k) & Trembler (5k)
    Sunday 13th October 2013…

British Athletics 'Power of 10' rankings

Posted by Danny Tolhurst, Tuesday, 16th July 2013 @ 9:42am

  • 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. 

    Happy reading!

    Power of 10 rankings.doc

    For further information and to see if you have a page on the Power of 10 website please visit -

Press reports

Posted by Danny Tolhurst, Tuesday, 28th May 2013 @ 9:21pm

  • All Stratford AC reports that have featured in the local press in 2012 and 2013 have now been uploaded. They are located in the Press Reports folders in the Files area of this website.

Recent GP Race Results

Posted by Chrisbacon73, Tuesday, 21st May 2013 @ 10:08pm

  • The most recent GP Race Results have now been released below:

    Race 8a - Stratford Half

    Race 8b - Stratford Full

    Race 9 - Leicester Big 10k

Stratford 220 Triathlon

  • Sunday, 12th May 2013 at TBD
    Location: Stratford Leisure and Visitor Centre, Bridgefoot, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, CV37 6YY
    Stratford 220 Triathlon

    The Event
    The Stratford 220 Triathlon is a fun but challenging…

Stratford Summer Six Road Race

  • Saturday, 20th July 2013 at 7:30pm


Shakespeare Race 13th March 2013

  • Wednesday, 13th March 2013 at 7pm
    Location: Stratford Sports Club

    Hi all

    Please find attached the route for the next Shakespeare race which will be on…

    • 1 person attended

Cross country success

Posted by Danny Tolhurst, Tuesday, 12th February 2013 @ 7:20pm

  • 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.

Pozzi runs 7.62 at European Championships Trials

Posted by Danny Tolhurst, Tuesday, 12th February 2013 @ 7:12pm

  • 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 upon Avon AC AGM

  • Wednesday, 27th February 2013 at 9pm

    The 2013 AGM of Stratford upon Avon AC will be held on Wed 27th February at the Sports Club…


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