In Seventh Heaven.

Members of our victorious T&F team at Wolverhampton last Sunday.

Job done !
Paula Williams with her 7 gold medals from last Saturday.

Yep – 7!
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This week’s newsletter tends to be dominated by last weekend’s T&F events at Nuneaton and Wolverhampton.

I was fortunate to be competing at both. Despite the torrid conditions, our 5 members came away with 14 medals at the Midland Masters T&F Championships on Saturday with Paula Williams winning 7 golds.  On the Sunday the club achieved a stunning victory in our latest Midlands League T&F fixture. If only I could have bottled the camaraderie, atmosphere and pure enjoyment.

12 year old talented endurance runner Sam Plumb comfortably won the 5k Tysoe Windmill run. He was particularly delighted with his £10 prize money.

We have notification of the forthcoming Race Walking Championships to be held at our track on 10th July. For more information please contact Paul Hawkins.

There are a few more photos from the weekend. Those from Wolverhampton were taken by Team Manager Mike Sheppard. Quite how he managed the time along with juggling the team selection, cajoling and encouraging the team members and all of the other stuff he had to do, I have no idea.

Finally there is acknowledgement of the support we get, week in, week out, from The Stratford Herald.

Hopefully we will have a report next week on Wednesday’s Sphinx Summer 5. If you ran, please feel free to let me have a report. We do seem to be struggling to get road race reports, which is a shame.

Good luck if you are competing this weekend in the Two Castles or in the British Masters T&F Championship at The Pingles. Good luck to all of you competing anywhere

Take care

David Jones
Emma Bexson
Maddie Linfoot shouts encouragement to Jess Sheppard after handing the baton over.

Midlands Track and League Division 3 fixture.

Aldersley Stadium – Wolverhampton.

Sunday 5th June.


Report – David Jones.

The club recorded a truly remarkable victory in our latest Midlands League Track and Field fixture at Wolverhampton on Sunday. 

With traditionally well over half of our team still of school age there were many absentees due to exams and half-term holidays.

Team manager Mike Sheppard did a superb job in putting a competitive team together and with 55 events being filled by just 21 team members those who were able to take part found themselves competing in events well outside of their comfort zone. 

13 of the team of 21 competed in 3 or more events.

Chris Spriggs, the father of Caleb and Maisie-Joy, who were both competing, was contacted the night before the event and asked that, as he was bringing his children to the fixture, would he mind competing in 1500m and 3000m. He did so, winning valuable points for the club. Caleb was asked shortly before the race began if he could run the 400m hurdles, despite never having run it before. He did and he won comfortably!

Caleb competed in 5 events, the maximum allowed for his age, this included a simply stunning last leg of the mixed 4 x 400 relay, earning the club one of its 9 victories in what was arguably the most exciting race of the day. 

Sprint specialist Imogen Sheppard competed in shot, hammer and discus and club chairman Paul Hawkins found himself throwing the shot and discus with fellow Masters athlete Brian Gravelsons competing in both hammer and discus, as well as acting as an official timekeeper for the event.

Paula Williams competed in 6 events despite her 7 gold medal haul at the previous days Midland Masters Championships.

Winners on the day were:

Caleb Spriggs – 400m hurdles – A team 
George Fox-Rowe – High jump – A team
Alex Adams – High jump – B team
Acelin Smith – Shot put – A team
Maddie Linfoot – 1500m – B team
Vicky Sharpe – 100m hurdles – B team
Vicky Sharpe  – Triple jump – A team
Tilly Campbell – Triple jump – B team
Maisie-Joy Spriggs ,Taylor Stubbins , Jessica Sheppard , Caleb Spriggs – Mixed 4 x 400m relay.

The trick in a T&F competition is to have competitors in as many events as possible because literally every point counts, so although in the 55 events the club recorded just 9 victories, it was our ability to fill those events, despite a shortage of team members that allowed us to win the day.

We finished 1st out of 7 clubs competing with 359 points, 35 ahead of 2nd placed Bromsgrove and Redditch and 40  ahead of 3rd placed Yate.

If there had been an award for the most vocal supporters we would have won that as well.

We are currently in 3rd place in the league, just 27 points behind 2nd placed Yate with 2 more fixtures remaining.

We were, as ever, indebted to all of our officials, Brian Gravelsons, Graham Thompson, Emma Sparrow, Sandy Green, Alison Gravelsons, Imy Sheppard and Paul Hawkins, all of who helped make the day possible. It is worth noting that by officiating they also earned valuable points for the club.

Paul Bearman commented ”  A terrific team effort, all of who pulled together showing our club’s spirit.

Irrespective of the result the thing that makes my heart sing is the One Club One Voice –  with all parts of the club involved.

With exams hopefully out of the way soon hopefully we can go out with a stronger team next time.” 

With an age range of some 57 years between the youngest and oldest team members, it is certainly true to say that all sections of the club contributed.

Paul Hawkins added ” Absolutely remarkable result, thanks Mike. Much better than we could have expected given the number of absences! Promotion now? “

Sarah Bland said ” Massive congratulations to Mike Sheppard and all of the SAC team who went to Wolverhampton and pulled off a win!  A fabulous result given that we were short of athletes. I know from experience that everyone there will have run, jumped and thrown their socks off to get as many points as possible” 

Finally a justifiably proud Team Manager Mike Sheppard commented:

“This was an amazing win for Stratford. With so many regulars unavailable and cold rain sheeting down, it could have been a miserable afternoon but in the end the indomitable team spirit of our athletes and officials delivered an uplifting and memorable day.  With two matches to go we have given ourselves a real opportunity of promotion.”

The next fixture is on July 17th at Yate near Bristol.

For the full results please follow the link below:

The Golden Girls – Elaine Ledden, Paula Williams and Christine Coote.

Midland Masters Track and Field Championships

Pingles Stadium – Nuneaton

Saturday 4th June.


Report – David Jones


Five of our Masters Athletes, all aged 50 and over, turned up at a very wet and windy Pingles Stadium in Nuneaton for the Midland Masters T&F Championships last Saturday. They finished the day with a haul of 14 medals including 11 golds.

Star performer of the day was the remarkable Paula Williams. Paula competed in 7 events in her W50 age category and was rewarded with 7 gold medals. 

Her victories were in the shot put with a personal best throw of 12.04m, High Jump (1.29m). Long Jump (4.05m), Triple Jump (9.41), Javelin (32.45) ensuring her a victory by some 10 metres, 100m (14.33) and hurdles (13.93). Her current UK rankings for her age group in these events are 1st, 4th, 2nd, 1st, 1st, 4th and 1st respectively.

It was also a busy day for the club’s current Athlete of the Year Elaine Ledden who won gold medals in both 100m and 200m with times of 15.95 and 33.71. Elaine was particularly pleased with her bronze medal in the shot, with a personal best throw of 6.85m. 

Christine Coote was successful in both of her events, winning a gold in the 200m (39.71) and silver in the shot (5.91)

Paul Hawkins was delighted with his gold medal in the 2000m racewalk (14.18) as was David Jones with his bronze in the 200m (37.07), he also came 4th in the 100m (17.86).

The Tysoe Windmill Run
12 year old Sam Plumb about to cross the finish line in 1st place in Sunday’s 5k Windmill Run at Tysoe. 

Sam won comfortably with a time of 20.27, over 30 seconds ahead of the second placed runner. He commented:
 “It was the first time that I have run in The Windmill 5K race and it was really good fun! The best bit was being able to run fast all the way back down the hill – after the climb up to the Windmill”

Sam was particularly delighted with his £10 prize money!

Well done Sam.

John Butler also competed in the 5k, finishing in 27th place with a time of 36.15.

I know we had several members competing in the 10k race but unfortunately I don’t have a report on that.
For the full results please follow the link below:

We will be hosting the following Track Race Walking Championships on 10th July.

For more information please contact club chairman Paul Hawkins

M.C.A.A./M.A.R.W.A. Track Race Walking Championships 2022.

This year’s Championships will again be held separately and will take place on Sunday 10th.July 2022. 

The event will be held at the Jubilee Athletics Track, Stratford-upon-Avon High School, Alcester Road,

Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 9DG.

The start times of the first race will be as follows:

11.30am          Men’s    5km                    

And Finally
A few more photos from last weekend’s memorable T&F events
It was that sort of a day. Christine Coote and Elaine Ledden shelter from the inclement weather at Pingles Stadium last Saturday.
Our Famous 5 at Nuneaton – David Jones, Paul Hawkins, Paula Williams, Elaine Ledden and Christine Coote with former member Peter Coote.
Acelin Smith.
Caleb Spriggs on his way to victory in the 400m hurdles.
Taylor Stubbins’ pushes himself through the pain barrier!
George Fox-Rowe on his way to victory.
Caitlin Boyle
Maddie Linfoot sprints for the finish line.
And Finally Finally

Thanks are due, as ever, to the Stratford Herald for their continuing coverage of our activities. This week celebrating our weekend of T&F glory.