The Final Countdown.

Ready and waiting for Sunday’s Club Championships
As I write this there are just 66 hours before the first race at this year’s Club Championships. Paul Bearman sent me an email at 9.18 this morning and he was already 3 hours in to his day, as he and his team try to organise an event in 10 days that normally takes 5 weeks.

If any of you who attend the championships on Sunday have any photos, anecdotes or reports please send them to me for possible inclusion in the newsletter.

The weather is looking good, so be there or be square.

Bring ’em on.

Meanwhile, this week’s newsletter reflects on two Open events held last weekend.

On Saturday many of our juniors were performing above and beyond in Rugby and on Sunday it was the turn of some of our Masters athletes to perform at The Pingles Stadium in Nuneaton.

While compiling these reports I was struck by how, as a club, we once again seem to be punching well above our weight when it comes to the current UK rankings, where we are very heavily represented across all events and across all age groups.

Also last weekend, Lewis Byng came 2nd in the British Championships in Manchester despite the fact that he’s still only in the U20 age category. Well done Lewis.
Club Championships Update.





Regarding the new announcement made by the Government on reducing social gatherings due to come into force from Monday 14th September (the day after our championships), Sport England have confirmed that “while social gatherings of more than six people will be banned in England from 14 September, the government has confirmed that organised sports and activities that have been through return to play protocols can continue, as can organised outdoor sports and physical activity events. That’s because these sports and activities have stringent plans in place to reduce the risk of Covid-19, and because these venues are classed as Covid-secure given the measures they’ve introduced”.


The club’s stringent training protocols at the track have been revised to accommodate the increased number of people who will be at the track on Sunday to keep everyone as safe as we can. However, whilst we as organisers will do what we can it is an individual’s responsibility to take care of themselves and everyone else attending and to take all necessary precautions following government guidelines.


The reason for organising the modified champs is to give our athletes at least one chance to compete in this difficult summer and so we are asking that spectators are kept to a minimum to reduce the number of bodies moving around the track.

– Anyone showing signs of ill health or COVID-19 should not attend the competition, in any capacity.

– Anyone self-isolating because of ‘track and trace’ advice or suspected contact with an infected person should not attend.

– Anyone, who subsequently becomes ill post competition should contact the Covid19 coordinators (Nikki Hillard or Paul Bearman) who will have the details of attendees for Track& Trace.

Thanks for the entries so far and supporting the club over other activities. The offers of help on the day are appreciated; without it the champs wouldn’t be able to go ahead. Duties are still being allocated but a big thankyou to all our trained volunteer officials to lead the field events and our coaches to support them.


I’m very pleased to say we have met the rigorous England Athletics criteria and finally got the licence for the champs.


It takes an inordinate amount of volunteer time to put the champs together and we’ve extended the application date to Friday evening but that’s it, no late entries will accepted so that we can get all the “back office” stuff sorted for Sunday. Further details for athletes will be sent out in the next couple of days.


Please just send the entry form below via email (no manual forms can be accepted). Please keep a copy of your events for your reference.

Club Champs 2020 Entry Form Word doc

Club Champs 2020 Entry Form pdf

Club member Lewis Byng was in action at The British Championships in Manchester at the weekend. He finished in a superb 2nd place despite still being in the U20 age category, a category that he tops the UK rankings in and one that he is 2nd on the all time list.
Sam Plumb and Tessa Parkin, both of who were competing in Rugby at the weekend
Kettering and Rugby & Northampton AC Open Series.

Rugby – 5th September.

Report – David Jones.

Our junior members were certainly out in force at this Open meeting in Rugby last weekend, with 25 competing.

You will see from the results below that many were rewarded for their hard work in training during lockdown with multiple PB’s.

Several of these performances also saw some of them move up in this year’s UK rankings in their respective ages categories.

Alex McMillan is up to 6th in the javelin, Zach McKenzie is 15th in the long jump, Tom Weaver and Holly Newton move in to the top 30 in the javelin and it was double glory for Seb Hillard as he moves in to 12th place in the long jump and 3rd place in 75m hurdles.

Listed below are the results form the weekend. Apologies if I’ve got anything wrong. It has proved to be a bit of a challenge sorting thorough the results. Please let me know if you spot any errors

Under 11 Girls :

Amelia Peek – 75m 13.00 PB, 600m 2:17.5 PB
Alice Richards – 75m 13.4 PB, 600m 2:29.3 PB, LJ 2.9 PB

Under 11 Boys :

Joel Ledgard – 75m 12.4 PB, LJ 3.32 PB, 600m 2:02.1 PB
Sam Plumb – 75m 12.3 PB, 600m 1:57.7 PB, LJ 2.98 PB
Elfric McKenzie – 75m 11.9 PB, Long Jump 3.75 PB, 2:00.1 PB
Alex Wood – LJ 3.21, 600m 2:17.23 SB
Benjamin Fernandez – 75m 12.4 PB, Long Jump 3.05, 600m 2:12.9 PB

Under 13 Girls :

Ruby Edwards – 100m 15.00 PB, LJ 3.78 SB
Annie Silvers – 800m 2:46.6 PB, 200m 34.3 PB
Martina Grace – 800m – 2:44.5 PB
Tessa Parkin – 800m – 2:45.3 PB,200m 32.8 PB
Ella Peeke – 100m 15.6 PB, 200m 32.7 SB

Under 13 Boys:

Alex McMillan – LJ 3.19 SB, Javelin 26.75 PB, 100m 16.00 SB
Ruben Fernandez – LJ 3.12 PB, Javelin 13.08 PB
Charlie Perry – LJ 3.34 PB, 100m 16.00 PB
Seb Hillard – LJ 4.67 PB, 75m Hurdles 13.7 PB
Barnaby Richards – LJ 4.24 PB, 1500m 5:34.5 PB
Flynn Dathan – 1500m 6:04.7
Theo Skirvin – 1500m 5:05.9 PB

U15 Girls :

Issy Newton – Shot 8.64 PB
Holly Newton – Shot 8.16 PB, Javelin 27.26 PB
Maddie Linfoot – 1500m 5:32.3 SB, 300m 51.00 PB
Niamh Hillard – 1500m 5:17.4

U15 Boys :

Zach McKenzie – 200m 27.4 PB, LJ 5.6 PB
Tom Weaver – Shot 8.26 PB, Javelin 33.10 PB

Dave Wilson who was in action at The Pingles Stadium last weekend
Nuneaton Masters Open Competition.

The Pingles Stadium

Sunday 6th September

Report – David Jones.

Another day, another competition at The Pingles. This one saw 6 of our Masters athletes competing and like their junior counterparts at Rugby the previous day, there were PB’s to celebrate along with high UK rankings.

In the 100m M50 sprinter Dave Wilson was very pleasantly surprised with his PB time of 13.09, which moves him up to 11th in the UK rankings. Dave also ran a season’s best time of 27.03 in the 200m an event in which he is ranked 20th.

Simon Curran has been itching to compete in one of these open competitions for some time and he certainly did himself proud in both of his events. By winning his heat in the 100m in a time of 13.71 he enters the UK rankings in 16th place. In the 200m his time of 28.68 sees him in 30th place in the rankings. Welcome to the world of T&F Simon.

Dave Battersby his having a really good year on the track. In the 200m he ran a season’s best time of 26.29. He is currently ranked 27th. In the 400m, where he is currently ranked 14th, he recorded another season’s best time of 57.8.

Newish M65 member John Peacock ran his first 3000m on the track and his time of 15:08.02 sees him enter the UK rankings in 10th place. A great achievement.

Two of our number 1 UK ranked athletes were also performing on the day. Peter Coote, who holds the top slot in the M65 Javelin, threw 28.65. Paula Williams threw a PB in the shot put of 11.91m and in the javelin she threw 33.38. She currently leads the UK W45 rankings in both of these events, in the javelin by 10 metres !
September’s 100 Club Winners.
Dear all,
I hope everyone is well and safe

Our 100 club still continues and the draw was made on line by 3 of our coaches.

Septembers winner’s are

1st prize of £100 Kath lowe
2nd prize of £50 Deb Bearman
3rd prize of £25 David Jones

A huge congratulations to you all.

Don’t forget you can join the 100 club at any time just email on for more details. All of the proceeds minus the winnings are used to support the club.

Please stay safe and look after each other.

Jo Hutchinson