Whilst the juniors were strutting their stuff at the Mini League, some of our elder statesmen headed of to "The Windy City" aka Nuneaton for the Midlands Senior and U20 Champs. The "blowy" conditions blew the sprinters to some super fast times, but proved a little more challenging to those running all the way around the track. Despite this, Joss stormed to bronze in the 400m hurdles, Joseph won silver in the 800m boxing match (a somewhat messy race), Marc ran his second best ever 800m (2:06 and bits) and Coach Graham came fifth (last) in the 3000m steeplechase in a new pb. Coach of the Year, Nick Reade, officiated and helped make it all happen. Nice day out.
A very long but extremely successful weekend for Joss at the English Decathlon Champs in Bedford. Even after placing fourth in last year’s U17 event, Joss undertook his second ever decathlon in his new U20 age group just looking for a bit of experience and perhaps a pb or two.
"I love it when a plan comes together"
What a brilliant weekend of athletics for RAC. As ever, our juniors have excelled. Dan, Joss, Finn, Maya, James, Ed, Bella, Callum, Megan(s), Rebecca, Phoebe, Ella(s), Lucy, Kiera, Aoife, Mya, Imogen, Nancy, Hannah, Nathan, Dylan,Jess, Abi, Mara, Sarah, Mia, Thomas, Lucas, Trixie, Oscar, and all the others have done themselves and their club proud. We've seen some amazing performances and tremendous team spirit.
However, what set this year's County Champs apart has been the participation and success of the Men and Women of Rushcliffe. It makes me immensely proud to see multiple podiums filled with RAC athletes. We took clean sweeps in the masters 400m and 3000m and in the senior relays fielded the top 3 teams. My goal was always to have 12 athletes on the podium and as Mac so eloquently put it, "I love it when a plan comes together!"
The best bits:
- Blown away and inspired by the success of his junior athletes, former English Schools Champion, Mac, rolled back the years to compete again. Though pulling up injured in the 400m, he'll be back.
- Maya scoring double gold and English Schools qualifying times at both 800m and 1500m.
- Kathryn Mellor winning FOUR medals!
- Jo Davis making her WOR debut.
- Abi, Melissa, Nazen all medalling for the WOR.
- Marlon and Stevie D making their track debuts.
- Messers Maston and Wardle's joie de vivre!
- Quilty ROCKS the quarter mile!
- Usain Rendu!
- Dan Horner taking middle distance double gold.
- Joseph Tuffin, fresh from running 1.51 for 800m on Saturday, joining his clubmates for the U20m relay.
- Jack Brewington leaving the cricket to make up the relay team and winning a medal!
- Oscar for hanging round all day for the relay and winning a medal!
- Thomas, James and Ed for returning for the relay.
- Steve Parry being press-ganged into relay action.
- Lucy Rich for stepping in to ensure the U15B relay team got to run!
- Kev and Danny triple jumping!!!! ...and winning medals.
- The Scott brothers. Medals galore and THAT photo finish.
- But for me, RAC athlete of the champs is . . . Martin Phillips, winner of the M50-59 400m, Martin turns 60 next month and his time of 61.2 seconds would place him SECOND in the country! He is an incredible athlete and, together with Mac, is an inspiration to us all.
We are all members of a truly amazing club. I'm sure other clubs look at us with envy. We had a blast of a weekend, oh and by the way, we won SIXTY SEVEN county medals. Go Rushcliffe!
Seven of us have signed up to compete “higher claim” for our friends at Newark in the Northern League this season. This gives U17, U20 and senior athletes the chance to take part in some good-quality league action – perhaps something that RAC may enter in the next couple of years? Finn was away doing his doing his DofE walk, but the rest of us headed up for Cleethorpes for the day.
Joss kicked off proceedings with a fast 58.2 400m hurdles in difficult conditions. He then went on to jump 6 FEET! – 1.83m in the high jump (new club record) and a new pb in the 800g javelin. His dad lopped 20 seconds off his pb and club record to win the 3000m steeplechase and throw the spear. Marc Scott made 2:10 look easy at 800m before running a 200m pb in 25.1. Brother James was exactly a second quicker at 200m and also won the 400m hurdles B race before triple jumping and shot putting. James Melhuish was in sprint action over 100m and 400m before discus throwing and long jumping. Dan Horner warmed up with a comfortable jog around to win the 800m B race in 2.15 before a quick 4:18 at 1500m.
Joss, Marc and James M then formed three quarters of the winning 4x100m relay team before Joss and Marc joined Dan and James S to win the 4x400m relay by 100m, averaging 55 seconds per leg for a new club record... before being DQ’d for a foot infringement. Rules eh?!
All in all a cracking day out. Great warm up for next weekend’s county champs. A huge thank you to Newark AC for having us.
At the recent awards night, one stand-out athlete was omitted from proceedings because we thought he had left the club! After 3 individual wins plus a relay victory at Sunday’s Mini League he is clearly still very much a RAC athlete!!, so we must put right our mistake and celebrate his tremendous achievements from LAST summer:
He showed tremendous sprinting ability, consistently placing in the top 2 in the 80m and 150m at the ML, winning Track AOM and setting an U11 club record in the latter (which he bettered on Sunday).
He is also a budding decathlete, winning the chest push and long jump during the ML season, setting a new club record at long jump as well as picking up his second AOM award (FIELD) of the season! (He added a Mini League High Jump record on Sunday!)
So, with our sincere apologies, we would like to recognize the fantastic Louis Hallam with the “Criminally Overlooked” award! This hastily-fashioned temporary trophy will be replaced by a "proper" cup in due course.
A busy May Day for some of our juniors. Joseph and Maya headed 180 miles South West to Somerset for the British Milers Club PB Classic. Maya was competing at 800m – a distance she has already raced twice this season, setting 2 pbs and 2 English Schools qualifying times to place her 5th on the national U15G rankings! How could she top that? By knocking almost a second off her pb with 2:15.23!! – a time that places her SECOND in the country!
Next up was Joseph in the 1500m – our man on the spot (his dad) takes up the story: “On paper Joseph was the fastest in 4:04 but there seemed to be a couple of others with some good times at other distances. The pace maker was supposed to do two 63 laps but he only managed about 500 m. Joseph had barged through early on to sit behind him and took it on for the rest of the race. They went through 800 on schedule and with two lads just behind him they were 2:57 at the bell. At this point Joseph seemed to power on extending his lead and he finished in a new PB of 3:58.12. He seemed to recover pretty well and said he had more to give if it had been a faster race. A good finish to a nice weekend (making up for my personal worst in the Glastonbury 10k).”
Meanwhile, 270 miles further north, Finn and James were competing in round 4 of the English Fell Running Champs in Mytholmroyd, West Yorks. Both had solid runs over the tough course – a vertical start, deep bogs, stone wall barriers and crazy steep finish.
Well done to this talented quartet and everyone else who has been racing this weekend putting RAC on the map.