05 November 2014

Middle Distance Squad - National Cross Country Relays

National Cross Country Relays Results, Mansfield

The annual National Cross Country Relays were again at Berry Park, Mansfield over the weekend and although the teams were depleted by illness and injury, the athletes still raced well to finish amongst the top 20 teams in the country in the majority of age groups.

Although not an individual event, special mention must go to Ben Dijkstra, whose time of 8:54.95 was the fastest leg of the day in the U17 men's race. With a combined time of 29:20.30  for the 3k course the team of Pascal Bouttier-Butler, Amrik Gill and Ben secured a 15th place finish.

The trio of Mari Smith, Jasmin Southam and Caelidh Ross completed the 2.5k course in 28:34.70 which was good enough for them to finish in 12th place overall in the Junior women's race.

Full results:


'A' Team 21st place 24:20.05 (3x2K)
Zena Challenger (32) 7:57.75
Emma Gascoigne (19) 8:03.60
Grace Smith (21) 8:18.70

'B' Team incomplete
Chloe Bubb (56) 8:17.65
Eva Walters (62) 9:02.50


'A' Team 18th place 23:11.50 (3x2K)
Neve Grime (8) 7:20.25
Rhea Cooper (11) 7:45.55
Megan Rowley (18) 8:05.70

'B' Team incomplete
Beane Moores (70) 8:10.35
Hannah Ord (53) 8:04.90

U17 women

'A' Team incomplete (3x2.5K)
Alex West (40) 9:50.55
Mikela Gilmore (40) 10:40.20

U17 men

'A' Team 15th place 29:20.30 (3x3k)
Pascal Bouttier-Butler (57) 10:20.05
Ben Dijkstra (8) 8:54.95
Amrik Gill (15) 9:57.80

'B' Team incomplete
Matt Griffiths (70) 10:48.45
Oliver Freer (52) 10:17.80

Junior women

'A' Team 12th place 28:34.70 (3x2.5K)
Mari Smith (18) 9:11.35
Jasmin Southam (17) 10:11.0
Caelidh Ross (12) 9:12.35

Senior Men

'A' Team 70th place 1:12.16.45 (4x5K)

Ashley Sabin (68) 17:00.10
Chris Jordan (52) 16:55.05
Mark Powell (41) 16:36.50
Craig Sabin (70) 21:45.0

14 October 2014

Middle Distance Squad - North Midlands League

U11 girls perform at North Midlands League!

The U11 girls team made their mark on the North Midlands League, Derby on Saturday in their first club competition.

Destiny Nicholson completed the 2k course in 4.18 and was the 2nd girl back with the winner only just pipping her by 1 second! Not only that but Elsie Robinson followed her in 4th place and just 4 seconds behind in 4.22.  Scarlett Lewin completed the team in 14th place with her time of 4.54.

The U11 race is run as a mixed race and both boys and girls can score for their respective club, so for the trio to finish in 3rd place is fantastic.

Full results:

U11g 2k
Destiny Nicholson 2nd place 4.18
Elsie Robinson 4th place 4.22
Scarlett Lewin 14th place 4.54

U17 men 6k
Amrik Gill 9th place 24.04

SM 9.5k
Mark Powell  9th place 33.28
Gordon Lee v45 15th place 34.13
Andy Robinson v40 38th place 35.46

Middle Distance Squad - Vote for Ben

Vote for Ben!

Ben Dijkstra has been short-listed by Athletics Weekly Magazine in the category British Junior Male. It is hardly surprising after the success he has enjoyed this year not only at the track and cross country but also in the sport of triathlon.

Regulars will know that Ben won the Youth Olympic gold medal in the triathlon, he won gold medals at English School's track and Cross Country and he won both the English National Cross Country and Inter Counties Cross Country. He remains unbeaten this season and that in itself is a rare feat.

Congratulations to Ben!

Voting can be completed via the following link and must be done by midnight on 28th November 2014.

Please vote for Ben!

06 October 2014

Middle Distance Squad - National Road Relays

Trio smash course record at ERRA National Road Relays

The U17 men smashed the course record at the ERRA National Road Relays at Sutton Park, Birmingham yesterday. The trio of Alfie Thompson, Sam Stevens and Ben Dikstra completed the 3.863 kl course in a collective time of 35:11 which was 20 seconds quicker than the previous record from 1999.

Alfie led the charge with his leg time of 12:13 which was the 18th quickest individual leg of the day and meant that he handed over to Sam Stevens in 7th place. Sam took up the mantle and ran the 3rd quickest individual leg (11:39) of the day to hand over to Ben Dijkstra in 1st place. Not one to hold back, Ben devastated the field with his time of 11:19 which is a joint course record from 1999 with the one and only Mo Farah!

Well done to everyone who competed but particular congratulations must go to the boys whose next target must be the National Cross Country Relays at Mansfield.

Full results:

'A' Team 15th place 46:55
Emma Gascoigne (17) 15:19
Maisie Elliott (10) 15:24
Grace Smith (15) 16:12

'B' Team (Incomplete)
Zena Challenger (16) 15:18
Chloe Bubb (20) 16:00

'A' Team 25th place 46:09
Neve Grimes (18) 14:39
Megan Rowley (32) 16:05
Rhea Cooper (26) 15:25

U17 women
'A' Team 25th place 47:04
Caitlin Roper (17) 14:41
Mikela Gilmore (33) 17:04
Alex West (25) 15:19

U17 men
'A' Team 1st place 35:11 (New Course Record)
Alfie Thompson (7) 12:13
Sam Stevens (1) 11:39
Ben Dijkstra (1) 11:19 (Joint Course Record)
'B' Team 33rd place 40:44
Amrik Gill (52) 13:35
Pascal Bouttier-Butler (39) 13:11
Oliver Freer (33) 13:58

23 September 2014

Middle Distance Squad - Midland Road Relay Results

Glorious gold at Midland Road Relays!

The U17 men were unbeatable at the Midland Road Relays at the weekend. The team of Sam Stevens, Alfie Thompson and Ben Dijkstra were just too strong for the competition as they charged round Sutton Park.

Leading from gun to tape, the trio's recorded time of 35.47 meant all three were in the top 9 fastest legs in the age group with Sam Stevens running the fastest leg time with his clocking of 11.36 and Ben following behind with the 2nd fastest leg.

The Masters Men also won gold on the 6 stage relays in 2:01.17. Gordon Lee led the team off to hand over in 2nd place to Richard Whiteleg. Gareth Deacon moved the team into pole position with Andrew Robinson and Rob Sheen maintaining the lead and leaving Craig Austin to take victory on the final leg. Gordon and Craig recorded the 2nd and 3rd fastest legs in the age group.

The other age groups were depleted due to illness and injury and in several age groups we were unable to field complete teams.

Individually Josh West U15b ran the 3rd fastest leg, whilst Neve Grimes was the 5th fastest in her U15 age group. Emma Gascoigne was 10th fastest in the U13g race. 

Full results:

'A' Team 5th place 47.04
Zena Challenger 15.39 (6) Grace Smith 15.38 (6) Emma Richards 15.47 (5)
'B' Team 6th place 47.47
Emma Gascoigne 15.36 (5) Maisie Elliott 15.39 (5) Chloe Bubb 16.32 (6)

'A' Team 6th place 45.57
Megan Rowley 15.28 (14) Neve Grimes 14.38 (4) Rhea Cooper 15.51 (6)
Incomplete team
Jordan Waine 15.09 (10)

Incomplete team
Josh West 12.50 (2)

U17 women
Incomplete Team
Alex West 15.35 (10)

U17 men
'A' Team 1st place 35.47
Sam Stevens 11.36 (1) Alfie Thompson 12.27 (1) Ben Dijkstra 11.44 (1)
'B' Team 18th place 41.57
Jack Thomson 15.01 (27) Amrik Gill 13.46 (21) Pascal Bouttier-Butler 13.10 (18)
'C' Team 21st place 43.02
Matt Griffiths 13.27 (15) Oliver Freer 14.38 (19) Alfie Lower 14.57 (21)

Senior Men
'A' Team 20th place 2:03.11
Ashley Sabin 18.17 (6) Chris Jordan 19.11 (9) Matt Poynton 20.25 (11) David Robertson 21.09 (15)
Phillip Maddicks 20.57 (16) Craig Sabin 23.12 (20)

Masters Men
'A' Team 1st place 2:01.17
Gordon Lee 18.58 (2) Richard Whiteleg 20.37 (2) Gareth Deacon 20.39 (1) Andrew Robinson 20.45 (1) Rob Sheen 21.07 (1) Craig Austin 19.11 (1)

16 September 2014

Middle Distance Squad - Charnwood Open Meeting results

Results from the 'Stars of the Future' Charnwood Opening Meeting at Loughborough on Sunday 7th September.

There were some fine end of season performances from the young athletes who competed at the Charnwood Open Meeting on Sunday 7th September.

Full results:

Rhea Cooper U15g 6th place heat 2 2:33.59
Emma Gascoigne U13g 2nd place heat 1 2:37.23
Chloe Bubb U13g 6th place heat 1 2:50.76
Zena Challenger U13g 4th place heat 1 2:34.26
Emma Richards U13g 5th place heat 1 2:37.73

Scarlett Lewin U11g 6th place heat 2 2:08.26

11 September 2014

Middle Distance Squad Results - Watford Open Meeting

Results from the Watford Open Meeting - Wednesday 10th September

Amrik Gill finished his track season with a personal best performance in the 800m with a time of 2:09.70. This was an improvement of 2 seconds. Matt Griffiths was just outside of his personal best with 2:09.65.

The results of those athletes who competed in the BMC races (which are incorporated in the Open Meeting) will be entered on the website as soon as they become available.