Short and Sweet.

Maddie Linfoot and Maisie-Joy Spriggs


You’ll be pleased to know that t’s a somewhat shorter newsletter than last week’s epic.

There are a few notices, the first of which is the return of the Annual Awards presentation, which will be on 12th November at Stratford School. It promises to be a great night. There is also an invitation for senior members to get involved in Track and Field. It really is the best fun ever and as a club we continually punch above our weight and the camaraderie is superb. There’s also a note concerning entries to next year’s TCS London Marathon. 

We have a couple of reports on members who competed in both the mini and full marathon last weekend.

There are the provisional results  of Wednesday night’s Track Hour and a couple of photos of our Junior Endurance runners training on the Welcombe Hills in preparation for the start of their XC season, which starts on 16th of this month.

Good luck this weekend if you are competing in either the Rugby 10 or Alcester Autumn 10k, indeed good luck to any of you competing anywhere.

Take care

Best Wishes

David Jones,

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Our annual Awards Presentation Evening is an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of the whole club and in particular our athletes and is always very popular. 


Apart from the major annual awards that includes Athletes of the Year, trophies and medals will be presented for the Club Championships and our successes in the various Cross Country, Road Running, Triathlon and Track & Field competitions we have been involved with which means that will probably cover most of our members.

A lot of preparation goes into making our awards a special evening for our athletes and we hope you will come along and enjoy the celebrations, so please be prompt in letting us know you will be coming.

The evening will be FREE and there will be goody bags for the young athletes. There won’t be a licensed bar and so you will need to take your own refreshments and snacks.

As usual we are anticipating a big turnout for the awards as we have so many members across the whole club and as space is limited we may have to limit numbers of tickets per athlete/family and it will be first come first served, so please reply early i.e. no later than 4th November



Please copy and paste the information below and e mail the following information to Carolyne Johnston at


FAMILY NAME :                     AGE GROUP : U11/13/15/17+/Senior/Triathlon





As with previous years we will be running a raffle of hampers made up from the generous donations of goodies from everyone, so please bring something along on the night. Thanks


We look forward to seeing you

SUAAC Executive


Senior Track & Field Initiative

Sarah Bland
We want to encourage more of you to dip your toes into Track & Field to see if you like it.

It is one of those things that seems like it is for ‘everyone else’ but it isn’t. You probably all did some at school, maybe it’s time to see what it is all about, if nothing else a session or two could really help your sprint speed and running technique, you can also try throwing, jumping and racewalking.

Every Monday at 6.30 and Thursdays at 6.45 there is a senior group who train together at the track, why not try it ? If you want to continue with endurance training on Mondays why not pop down on Thursdays?

Your brilliant coach will be Elaine Ledden and she will put together something to introduce you to sprinting and can chat about field events, throws and jumps for future options.

Just a word of caution if you are injury prone not to get carried away – sprinting puts considerable strain on many muscles and tendons…..

For further informations or for any questions you may have please feel free to contact our Elaine Ledden

If you’re 35 or over you can also contact our Vets Team Manager Hannah Osborne.

Maisie-Joy Spriggs
Maddie Linfoot

TCS Mini London Marathon

Report – David Jones

This mass participation event in London gave all children and young people from Reception to Year 12 a chance to cross the iconic TCS London Marathon Finish Line and receive their very own TCS Mini London Marathon medal.

The race was held the day before the full marathon and was run over a 2.6k route.

Two of our junior endurance runners competed, both having qualified to represent the West Midlands team of just 5 runners.

Maisie-Joy Spriggs finished in 54th place with a time of 9.16 and Maddie Linfoot was just 26 seconds behind her in 9.42 and 69th place.

It was a wonderful experience for both of these two talented young athletes who can now look forward to the forthcoming cross country season with complete confidence.

London Calling

Below are reports on 3 of our members who competed in London at the weekend.
If there were anymore of you please let me have a report on your race.
I’ve checked the official results and there are none of our club members listed but I’m sure there may well have been more of you.
Ian Greaves
Ian Greaves

Along with 42,000 other runners last weekend I headed to the capital for the 2022 edition of the London Marathon.

The forecast, right up until Saturday evening had been for rain and plenty of it but the day started dry and by the time the race was underway, the clouds parted and the sun came out.

This really is some event, with the very best of human nature on display, from the participants encouraging each other to the unbelievable crowds that line the route.

After tearing a hamstring at the start of the year, I would have preferred slightly more preparation time (wouldn’t we all!).  The first 15 miles of my race went well, my pace was as planned but it started to become heavy going as we headed out to Canary Wharf. I had to dig deep to get through the final three miles.

The support along the embankment was absolutely fantastic and the final turn past HRH’s palace, with the finishing line in sight, was emotional.

I managed 4hr 18mins, not my fastest but certainly just as satisfying and it just reinforced my belief that this has to be one of the best marathons to do.
Lindsey Skelton, Caroline Mann and Caroline Skelton
Caroline Mann and Caroline Skelton
Caroline Mann and Caroline Skelton both completed their first London Marathon at the weekend along with my Caroline Skelton’s daughter Lindsey.  Together they raised over £4,700 for two charities WaterAid and Guide Dogs for the blind. It was a fabulous day, full of excitement and very well organized.  
2023 TCS London Marathon entries
“As this year’s London runners crossed the line, the official ballot for TCS London Marathon 2023 opened.

In 2023 the event reverts to its traditional April slot and Stratford AC will have club places for our members. We will be offering our club places in a ballot later this year.  

If you are inspired to run the London marathon in 2023 and would like the chance of winning one of our club places here is how to qualify:

1. The club ballot will be open to all affiliated members for the year 2022-2023. 

2.  Anyone wishing to enter the club ballot must enter the official TCS London Marathon ballot. If this entry is successful, you will be ineligible to enter the club ballot.

3.  Once England Athletics officially confirms the club places we will email members to invite entry to our ballot and set out the timetable for the draw”
Shakespeare Race

The Track Hour

Wednesday night saw almost 50 members compete in the final Shakespeare Race of the year, the annual track hour with Max Ross leading the field and Maisie-Joy Spriggs being both first female and  first junior, finishing in a superb 9th place.

Please follow the link below for the provisional results. I emphasise that they are provisional.

Cross Country

Yes, it’s nearly that time of the year again.

With the 1st West Midlands Young Athletes Cross Country League fixture just over a week away, our junior endurance runners were hard at it again on the Welcombe Hills last Sunday, with over 30 of them working hard, in some instances watched over by a herd of cows!
I’m not sure the cows are keen on The Plank Tim. Maybe try fast Trotters next time.