10 December 2014

Middle Distance Squad - North Midlands League Results

North Midlands League Results - Saturday 6th December.


Caelidh Ross triumphed at the latest North Midlands League race, which was held on Saturday 6th December at Shipley Park, Heanor. The U20 athlete won the Senior Women's 6k race in a time of 27:47 which was 8 seconds clear of 2nd placed athlete Lauren Davies-Berket of Chesterfield.

In the mixed U11 team, Jack Stretton led the way with a fantastic 5th place in 6:34. Wonderful runs and great team packing saw Destiny Nicholson and Elsie Robinson finish in 10th (6:52) and 13th  (6:57) place to claim second placed team on the day. The team are also in second place in the overall event with 117 points and just ahead of Charnwood, who have 122 points.

The Senior Men ran 9.5k, with Mark Powell heading the Coritanian team with his 5th place finish in 33:30. Rob Sheen was 51st in 37:42 and Dave Pearce was 80th in 39:31. 

Middle Distance Squad - Ben wins the vote by Athletics Weekly Readers

Congratulations to Ben Dijkstra, who wins Athletics Weekly Award


Ben Dijkstra won the accolade of Best British Junior Male after he was voted for by Athletics Weekly readers in their Choice Awards. Ben has had a tremendous season and frequent visitors to the site will be aware that he  also excels at Triathlon, where at the Youth Olympics in China earlier in the year, he won both the individual and team gold medals.

Ben has excelled both over the cross country and on the track and is unbeaten this season, which is incredible. He is currently ranked 2nd on the Power of 10 rankings in the 3000m with 8:23.08 and 6th in the 1500m with 3:56.5.

Taking 27% of the vote, Ben was ahead of David Omoregie (21.3%) and Thomas Somers (18.4%).

02 December 2014

Middle Distance Squad - Wolverton 5m Road Race

Ben's success continues!

Ben Dijkstra (U17M) continued his fine form with a 3rd place finish at the Wolverton 5m road race on Saturday. He was the top U17 finisher and his time of 24:39 was good enough to catapult him to the top of the 2014 U17 men Run Britain rankings and place him 2nd on the All Time rankings in this age group.

Middle Distance Squad - Liverpool Cross Challenge

Results from Saturday's Liverpool Cross Challenge


Caelidh Ross was the top finisher for the Coritanians at the Liverpool Cross Challenge which incorporated the trials for the European Cross Country Championships later this month in Bulgaria. Caelidh competed in the U17/U20 women's race over 4.4k where she finished in 53rd place in a time of 16:23.

Oliver Freer was 102nd in the U17 mens race with his time of 20:35 for the 5.5k course and Cam Hart was 118th in the U20 men's race which was 6.7k and his time was 25:03.

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:

U13g

'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

U15g

'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!