24 March 2014

Ben signs off the cross country season with victory

Ben Dijkstra finished off his cross country season with victory in the Intermediate Boys race at the SIAB Home Countries International in Bolton on Saturday. The youngster has been totally dominant in his age group this season and this victory has proved to be the icing on the cake. 

Ben has won the English National Cross Country Championships, the Inter Counties, the English Schools Championships and the SIAB Home Countries International. Congratulations to Ben and best wishes for the track season, where he will surely make an impact!


16 March 2014

Gold rush continues for Dijkstra!

Ben Dijkstra looked supreme this weekend at the English Schools Cross Country Championships, which was held at Castle Donnington, when he won the Inter Boys race comfortably. The course was relatively flat and fast with a few tufty areas for the athletes to contend with. The main problem was the wind, which was made more difficult by low flying aircraft from the nearby airport.

With another year in the Inter Boys age group, Ben won the race with a time of 18.46 to beat silver medallist Jamal Lewis from Bedfordshire by 6 seconds and to win an England vest for next weekends SIAB's Home Countries International, which is being held in Bolton. With gold medals won at the English National Championships, Inter Counties and now at English Schools, Ben must surely want to round off his collection with another gold at the SIAB's.

Jordan Waine finished in a fine 10th place in the Junior Girls race and just missed out on an England vest by 5 seconds! The youngster completed her race in 10.32 and is a reserve for the SIAB's next weekend, where only the top 8 athletes are selected to compete.

Full results:

Junior Girls

Jordan Waine 10th place 10.32, Neve Grimes 69th place 11.13, Megan Rowley 308th place 12.22

Inter Girls

Caitlin Roper 51st place 13.54

Senior Girls

Rachel Borrows 188th place 18.26, Jasmin Southam 228th place 18.51

Junior Boys

Josh West 47th place 15.18

Inter Boys

Ben Dijkstra 1st place, 18.46, Alfie Thompson 41st place 20.25, Jack Thomson 155th place 21.27, Luke Beeby 213th place 21.54

Senior Boys

Josh Greaves 136th place 26.32, James Hatton 147th place 26.39, David Robertson 184th place 27.14, Harry Short 209th place 27.33

09 March 2014

Leicester Coritanians in action at CAU Inter Counties

Ben romps home with another title!


Ben Dijkstra won the U15 boys CAU Inter Counties title yesterday at Cofton Park, Birmingham, just two weeks after claiming the English National title. Ben has been in fine form and his win was never in doubt. The confident youngster was representing Leicestershire & Rutland, as were all of the athletes and he made easy work of the tough 4.5k course which he completed in 15.53. The u15b team won the gold medal for Leicestershire & Rutland and another key scorer in the team was Alfie Thompson, whose 19th place in 16.52 saw him as the third scorer for the team.

Jordan Waine finished the U15g race in a fine 24th place which was a huge improvement for her. Her time of 18.09 over the 4k course was pleasing to her and should make her more confident going into the English School's Cross Country Championships next weekend.

In the U13g race, Neve Grimes followed up her fine race at the English National's with a 22nd place. She completed the 3k course in a time of 12.15.

Full results:

U13g 3k
Neve Grimes 22nd place 12.15
Grace Smith 122nd palce 13.02

U15g 4k
Jordan Waine 24th place 18.09 
Caitlin Roper 41st place 18.41
Megan Rowley 179th place 20.42
Georgia Smith 218th place 21.17

U17w 5k
Caelidh Ross 30th place 21.06

U20w 6k
April Beeby 104th place 25.54
Rachel Borrows 113th place 26.20
Jasmin Southam 126th place 26.59

Senior Women 8k
Jo Bradford 213rd place 34.34
Louisa Buttonshaw 253rd place 36.31

U15b 4.5k
Ben Dijkstra 1st place 15.53
Alfie Thompson 19th place 16.52
Pascal Bouttier-Butler 54th place 17.23

U17 men 6k
Amrik Gill 130th place 20.46
James Hatton 146th place 20.57
Josh Greaves 161st place 

U20 men 8k
Kristian Edwards 123rd place 29.35
Harry Short 136th place 30.08


05 March 2014

East Midlands Mini Marathon Trials

Coritanian athletes qualify for East Midlands Squad for the Mini Marathon


Eleven athletes competed in the East Midlands Mini Marathon Trial races which were held at Loughborough College on Sunday. With the first six finishers in each race qualifying for the races in April, there are five Coritanian athletes who will be representing the East Midlands Squad.

All of the age groups competed over a 3 mile course, which will replicate the race in London, where they will complete the final 3 miles of the marathon course. 

Neve Grimes (U13g), Caitlin Roper (U15g) and Alfie Thompson (U15b) all finished the course in 3rd place in their respective age groups. Both Jordan Waine (U15g) and James Hatton (U17b) finished in 6th place to take the last qualifying spots. 

Full results:

Neve Grimes 3rd place 18.01
Connie-Mae Roper 21st place 20.49

Caitlin Roper 3rd place 17.30
Jordan Waine 6th place 17.49

Alfie Thompson 3rd place 15.26
Josh West 9th place 16.08
Pascal Bouttier-Butler 12th place 16.33
Harry Freeman 13th place 16.35


Hames Hatton 6th place 15.28
Jack Thomson 11th place 16.03
Luke Beeby 13th place 16.35


23 February 2014

National Cross Country Championships

National Gold for Ben!

Ben Dijkstra won the U15 boys race at the English National Cross Country Championships which was held at Woolaton Park, Nottingham yesterday. The confident youngster bided his time before he broke away to win convincingly over Markhim Lonsdale, Crook & District Sports Ac by 15 seconds. Despite the weather of late, the course was exceptionally firm underfoot with only a few muddy patches and Ben made light work of the 4.5k course to finish in 13.55.

A top 10 finish was on the cards for Mari Smith who finished in a great 8th place in the U17 womens race. Mari completed the 5k course in 18:35 and was the first Leicestershire athlete to finish on the day.

There were some great performances from the athletes, some of whom were competing at the Nationals for the first time and all of the athletes must be congratulated on their achievements on the day. There were record numbers of competitors in the majority of races and places were not necessarily reflective of the times.

Full results:

Junior Men 10k
David Robertson 109th place 36.18
Jamie Short 117th place 36.37
Harry Short 138th place 37.31

Junior Women 6k
Jasmin Southam 106th place 28.05

Senior Women 8k
Catherine Robertson 415th place 39.28

U13g 3k
Neve Grimes 29th place 12.42
Emma Richards 103rd place 13.24
Grace Smith 188th place 14.00
Emma Gascoigne 246th place 14.23
Connie-May Roper 252nd place 14.25
Beane Moores 270th place 14.33
Zena Challenger 271st place 14.33 
Team 17th place 566 points

U15b 4.5k
Ben Dijkstra 1st place 13.55
Alfie Thompson 29th place 14.58
Josh West 125th place 15.56
Harry freeman 169th place 16.24
Oliver Freer 245th place 17.11
Team 10th place 324 points

U15g 4k
Megan Rowley 161st place 18.21
Jordan Waine 193rd place 18.40
Georgia Smith 224th place 19.01
Alex West 272nd place 20.06
Team 30th place 850 points 

U17m 6k
Josh Greaves 64th place 21.37
Tom Loring 101st place 22.07
Jack Thomson 119th place 22.21
Amrik Gill 141st place 22.44
Cameron Smith 228th place 24.35
Team 10th place 425 points

U17w 5k
Mari Smith 8th place 18.35
Caelidh Ross 31st place 19.34



10 February 2014

Mari Smith competes at the British Athletics Championships

Mari Smith competes at the British Athletics Indoor Championships at Sheffield


Mari Smith was invited to compete at the British Athletics Indoor Championships which was held this weekend in Sheffield in her favoured event, the 800m. Having never competed at the indoor track ,the whole experience was completely new to her. 

Just moving into the U20 age group this track season, Mari was mixing it with athletes of all ages and abilities (including the likes of Jenny Meadows and Laura Muir) and she gave  a good account of herself to finish 6th in her heat with a time of 2:15.08.

Midland Championships

Midland Indoor Championships, Birmingham

Elliott Powell had a busy few days at the Birmingham Indoor Championships this weekend which resulted in a gold and silver medal. His gold medal came in the U20 men 400m where he clocked 49.72 after winning his heat in 50.66. His silver medal came courtesy of his 22:07 clocking in the 200m.

Not to be outdone, Iquan Silcoctt also came away from the Championships with matching medals. His gold medal was in the U17 men triple jump where he won with his leap of 12.82m. He followed this up with a silver in the long jump with 6.20m.

Another youngster with the same medal tally was Jack Woodward who won the U15b 300m with a time of 37.90 and he followed it with silver medal in the 200m with his time of 24.22.

A gold medal was also won by Forrest Francis in the U20 men shot put with his throw of 13.74m. Silver medals were won by Caitling Harding in the triple jump in the U17 women's event with her leap of 10.73m. Rowan Powell was 2nd in the U17 men's triple jump with 12.46m and Taisha Thompson-Gregory followed suit in the U20 womens long jump with 5.46m. Natasha Gilliam also claimed a silver medal in the u17 women's long jump with 4.98m. 
Takudzwa Dirikwe, Dan Boydon, Natasha Gilliam and Mitchell Kirby claimed bronze medals in the shot put, 60m hurdles, pole vault and triple jump.

There were some fine performances which saw a lot of the athletes just outside of the medals. Congratulations to all those athletes who took part, it is certainly a great start to the season!

Full results:

U15 girls

Shot Put  
Takudzwa Dirikwe 3rd place 9.71m 
Kirsty Finlay 6th place 8.48m
Hannah Morris 4th place h3 29.13 
Hannah Morris 6th place h4 11.00
Shivani Sood 7th place h4 11.46

U15 boys

Kyle Calhoun Final 7th place 7.99 and 5th place h2 8.18
Dan Boydon Final 3rd place 9.93
Jack Woodward Final 2nd place 24.22 and 2nd place h2 24.23
Jack Woodward 1st place 37.90

U17 women

Natasha Gilliam Semi-final 5th place SF1 8.28 and 4th place h1 8.29
Caitling Harding 6th place h2 8.42
Rosie Cheyette 8th place h4 9.16
Natasha Gilliam 3rd place h2 27.07
Rianna Kidd 5th place h1 48.84
Caitling Harding 2nd place 10.73m
Natasha Gilliam 3rd place 2.35m
Natasha Gilliam 2nd place 4.98m
Caitling Harding 8th place 4.64m

U17 men

Rowan Powell Final 6th place 7.35, Semi-Final 3rd place SF1 7.40, 1st place h3 7.36
Luke Thompson 5th place h6 25.13
Alistair Finlay Final 6th place 55.21 and 3rd place h1 52.98
Wais Kaire 5th place 2:18.36

Iquan Silcott 2nd place 6.20m
Rowan Powell 4th place 5.66m

U20 women

Amreen Chaudhary 6th place h19.53
Taisha Thompson-Gregory 2nd place 5.46m 

U20 men

Elliott Powell Final 2nd place 22.07 and 1st place h1 22.09
Elliott Powell Final 1st place 49.72 and 1st place h1 50.66
James Hatton 3rd place h2 2:02.77
Forrest Francis 6th place 5.65m
Iquan Silcott (U17) 1st place 12.82m
Rowan Powell (U17) 2nd place 12.46m
Forrest Francis 4th place 1.65m
Forrest Francis 1st place 13.74m

Senior Women

Katie Birks 5th place 4.84m

Senior Men

Chris Norman 5th place h5 7.36
Mitchell Kirby 3rd place 14.06m