47 medals and that’s a fact.

Some members of Team Stratford
This week saw the running of the unique Hilly 100 where we had 4 teams of 10 competing in what is a hugely challenging race. Added to the challenge of the actual race, this year competitors’ had to contend with typical British weather that included rain, storms and some intense heat for short periods.

Hard as it is to believe but almost 3 weeks after the event we still don’t have the overall results from this year’s Warwickshire County Champs. However we do have a report this week as the individual results are now up on Power of 10. From that we are able to calculate that we won 47 medals made up of 13 golds, 23 silver and 11 bronze. Hugely impressive.

A couple of weeks ago Karen and Robin Gisbourne ran the Worcester half along with Lisa Stevens while Ian Stevens opted for the full marathon.

It was a case of another week another medal for Phil Brennan. He eschewed the challenge of the Hilly 100 opting for the still challenging BMAF 10000m Championships near Oxford.

Ruby Edwards continued her successful year with PBs in both long and triple jumps at Milton Keynes last weekend.

Take care

David Jones.
Adam Linforth in full flight
Left: John Bettles and Emma Vickers
Right: Simon Penson and Graham Hill
Steve Batsford collects the baton from Donna Allen and hands it over to Emma Bexson 1:12.11 later. Well done Steve.
L to R : Kim Lee, Pip Bell, Bev Bridgen and Emma Vickers all looking pretty pleased with themselves.
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Hilly 100

Report – Hannah Osborne

Sunday saw the much anticipated Hilly 100 take place.

This 100 mile relay around the Cotswolds is a fun team day out.

There is much team banter as well as competition and Stratford had 4 teams competing, 3 were Mixed Teams who all set off in the rain at 5am, at 7am the competitive Men’s Teams were on their way and chasing the rest down. 

The day saw typical British weather with rain, storms and some intense heat for short periods. As the name suggested the course is very lumpy and a challenge for the legs. This year the club had many new faces joining the teams as well as those who come back to battle the hills year after year. 

There was support within the teams, laughter and competition with rivals and some interesting baton handovers!

A big plus was that no one got lost. Phew.

There is always tension before the day as everyone tests legs for fitness and form and we saw the usual team shuffles as reserves are pulled in and more members begged.

A special mention of thanks goes to Ian Stevens who was asked at 1pm if he could run the final leg of the men’s team starting at 4:30pm and he stepped up, although having just consumed a huge baguette for lunch may not have been the best race plan.

Fortunately he had driven leg 10 that day with his wife as Lisa was also running that leg for another team so he knew the route.

A nice ending to the day was them both finishing their legs at the sports club within a few minutes of each other. 

There are too many names and moments from the day to mention but Stratford AC turned up and everyone did the club proud. 

All of Stratford’s teams times can be found here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1sSfIT7JZDGa58Lg_Bnzq2WIqW_LXgVWpL3Pwi6YPVMc/edit?usp=sharing

Overall results:


1st.  Leamington C&AC.   9 hrs 34 mins 19 secs
2nd. Kenilworth                 10-28-56
3rd.  Spa Striders.              10-39-40


1st.   Spa Striders             12-43-00
2nd.  Kenilworth                 12-54-55


1st.  Northbrook                  11-17-05
2nd  Leamington C&AC.      11-51-26
3rd.  Stratford                       12-07-01

Mixed ‘B”:
1st. Northbrook                   13-09-42

A special word of praise to the Leamington Men’s time. It  was only c10 mins outside the course record set c40 years ago.
Warwickshire County Championships.

Crazily we are still awaiting the final overall results from these Champs but what we do know is the we had a large haul of 47 medals made up of 13 golds, 23 silver and 11 bronze. Pretty impressive.

Hopefully we might have the results next week, or the week after, or ……..
That’s what we like to see.
Otis Tustin, Mafileo Lesatele and Harry Hibbert.

The Warwickshire County Championships 

Report – Paul Bearman

The Warwickshire County Championships are very early into the Track & Field season but 120 Stratford upon Avon AC athletes, across the age groups but mostly juniors, descended on the Pingles Track in Nuneaton to pit their skills against the other clubs within the old Warwickshire County boundary, including Birmingham, Rugby, Solihull and Coventry.


A very impressive haul of 47 medals, 13 Gold , 23 silver and 111bronze medals saw a steady flow of Stratford’s athletes standing on the podium to receive their medals but as always it was the 4th to 8thpositions for athletes reaching the finals that massively help the club’s total points.

The team scores are still being worked out and so at this point we gave no idea how the club fared trying to retain the Warwick Vase for the best total of points scored by a club, but what we do know that with the track swamped over the 2 days by Stratford’s bright yellow vests we are hoping to be there or thereabouts trying to retain the trophy.

What is satisfying from a club point of view is that all the Stratford medallists and finalists were spread right across the age groups and events; sprints, middle and long distance and the jumps and throws This meant that there was a constant stream of athletes competing in all parts of the track virtually non-stop over the 2 days with the middle distance, hurdles and jumps groups in particular, who don’t always get the limelight, providing a continual source of point scoring and medal winning performances.

Twelve Under 11s, our new generation of young athletes, Tobias Freeman, Henry Cotton, Jacob Ford, Elsa Scott, Elsie Pipitone, Fflur Jones, Layla Sparrow, Lydia Mcleod, Matilda Hutchings, Megan White, Poppy West and Sara Clewer competed in the Quadrathlon , which is a multi event competition comprising of 75m, 600m, Howler throw and Long Jump. 

On what was a beautiful sunny and warm weekend, they all performed well and most importantly had fun and enjoyed the experience in what was their first time at such an event.

There were many outstanding individual performances in the championships although it’s the contribution from all the athletes, coaches and officials that makes the champs such a great event and occasion.

Full results can be found on  https://www.thepowerof10.info/results/results.aspx?meetingid=609897

Middle Distance

800,1500 and 3000m races

Report – David Jones

Many of our middle distance runners were in fine form despite the heat. For those who didn’t get on the podium there were several PB’s and all will have gained valuable experience and learnt a great deal from competing at this meeting.


In the U15B 800m Will Hovell finished in the gold medal position with a time of 2:12.42. In the U17M, James Day finished in 2nd place with a PB time of 2:09.38 and Josh Davies finished just outside the medals in 4th place with 2:09.46. This was another PB from Josh who has seen his PB improve from 2:27 this year. A big improvement.  U20 Noah Balchin also finished in the silver medal position with a time of 1:58.78.


In the ladies’ races U17 Annie Silver gained a second place finish with a time of 2:21.43, while in the U20 age category Onna Dowling grabbed the gold medal with a PB time of 2:51.13 with Tilly Campbell (3:08.17) finishing in the bronze medal position. In the Senior Women’s category Imy Sheppard (2:18.85) was the silver medal winner.


Moving up to the 1500m, U13B Robin Galllagher finished just outside the medals with a 4th place finish in his first official race at this distance with a time of 5:13.15. U15 Arthur Williamson picked up the bronze medal with a PB time of 4:40.97. The U17M in was the battle of the Lamberts, with Sam (4:15.99) picking up the silver medal and Zak (4:20.56) just outside the medals in 4th place. Both recording PBs.


In the U17 category, Annie Silvers ran a 30 second PB of 5:22.40 to add the gold medal to her silver in the 800m. In the U20 category we finished with 3 of the top 4 finishers. Maisie-Joy Spriggs  (4:56.94) was 2nd, Niamh Hillard (5:06.16) 3rd and Abbi Cooper (5:34.99) was just outside the medals in 4th place.


Moving up to 3000m, U15 Joel Ledgard (10:28.81) was 2nd, while in the U17 age category Tom Fisher claimed gold medal in his first official run at this distance with a superb time of 9:46.74, with Henry Wheeler finishing just outside the medals in the U20 category, claiming 4th place with a time of 10:17.42. An 11 second PB. Marijka Tear-Verweij ran her first official race at this distance and claimed gold in her U15 category with a time of 11:14.81.


A shout out for W50 Kathryn Woodcock, one of our few Senior members to be competing on the day. Her 16:11.01 earning her a 7th place finish

Left : Charlie Wilcox, Joel Milner, Otis Tustin and Mafileo Lesatele.
Right : Toby Ledgard, Toby Wilkinson and Keenan Stratford
On the podium. Left: Ruby Edwards and Lucy Lane.
Right : Niamh Hillard.
Olisa McKenzie
Left – Martha Silvers
Right – Maggie Silvers with Martha Edwards.
Louie Newton
Rob and Karen Gisbourne with Ian and Lisa Stevens
Rob Gisbourne – Looking good.
Tempo Worcester Marathon and Half
Report – Karen Gisbourne

Once again, I let myself be talked into doing another event that isn’t on my bucket list, no horses, no trains, no coastal path! Even more so when other club members were making comments like “YOU DO KNOW THAT’S REALLY HILLY and NEVER AGAIN”!

Can’t be that bad can it!

The day dawned and what a glorious morning it was and off we went with the lovely Mr and Mrs Stevens who had decided to come along for a jolly and support me as Rob had dumped me in favour of running the full marathon, not the half as initially agreed. 

By the time we got to Worcester around 8.30 it was already scorching and as we lined up for the start, I did question why I needed to accompany his highness on all these runs? FOMO!

We set off up a hill and then onto another, and another and it was at this point I decided I had had enough.

Being ill for most of the previous week and clearly dehydrated I told Lisa that I didn’t think I could do it. Her response was to give me some water and tell that she wasn’t have any of that kind of talk!

I ran to the first water stop and once I started to rehydrate felt much better.

To say the run was moderately undulating would be a huge understatement. The heat and repeated hills were really challenging and 2 miles from home I looked at Lisa and said we just need to get this done and upped a gear for the mostly downward stretch home.

Ian was at the finish cheering us in and said he thought it couldn’t be us as we were running too quick. I think it was a compliment.
Rob followed us in after a really good run looking pretty fresh.
Sometimes I just want to slap him!

Rob Full Marathon in 3.38

Ian HM 1.32
Lisa HM 2.21
Karen HM 2.21

It was a really well organised event, the marshals were fantastic, and if nothing else it is a great training run!

Oh, nearly forgot, thank you Sarah Bland for the motivation at the end. Your comment of shut up and get on with it in response to me moaning about the amount of hills, made me laugh all the way back! 
Phil Brennan – another medal – whatever.
The BMAF 10000m Championships

Horspath near Oxford

Report – Phil Brennan

I decided some time ago that the Hilly 100 was too much for me, and I’m delighted for the club’s turnout at that event.

I did however find  another appointment that I’d forgotten about  – Really Stupid Idea. 26 May.
26th May –  BMAF 10000m Champs at Horspath near Oxford.

It did not attract a massive entry: running 25 laps of the track in hot and humid conditions for some reason doesn’t appeal to many.

Basically, it was a time trial: I was on my own for the whole race feeling the effects of last weekend and thinking “I’ll quit next time round”.

I finished in just under the hour, which was outside my target but enough to take the title, and my last triumph before being reduced to the M80 also-rans by some upcoming youngsters, including Pete Giles.
U17 Ruby Edwards continued her successful season at Milton Keynes last weekend where she encountered baking hot temperatures, drizzle, wind, sunshine, showers, thunder, lightning, hail, hot sunshine and more rain. Despite this she achieved 2 PBs. Her long jump of 4.94 ws an improvement on her previous best jump of 4.89 at last year’s Club Championships. Her triple jump PB of 10.69 beat her previous best of 10.62 at Gloucester 12 months ago.