13 January 2015

Middle Distance Squad - North Midlands League

Youngsters shine at North Midlands League


The final race of the North Midlands League series was held at Wollaton Park, Nottingham on Saturday 10th January. The U11 mixed team were in splendid form to finish second placed team on the day with their collective score of 34 points. 

The team of Destiny Nicholson (10), Jack Stretton (11), Elsie Robinson (13) and Scarlett Lewin (30) had raced consistently well throughout the League races which meant that they claimed the overall 2nd place team in the age group, just losing out to Nene Valley.

The U11 age group currently compete as a mixed age group with the first three athletes across the line counting as scoring team members but next year with the format changing to a more traditional race set up with boys and girls scoring separately, Leicester Coritanians should profit from this.

Not only did the U11's score in the team event, but top 10 runner on  the day, Destiny Nicholson, was placed 4th overall in the individual standings and was the highest placed girl with 26 points.

Full results:

U11 (mixed)

Destiny Nicholson 10th place 8:02
Jack Stretton 11th place 8:06
Elsie Robinson 13th place 8:11
Scarlett Lewin 30th place 9:12

U13g 3k

Samantha Dyson 24th place 15:45

Senior Men 9.5k

Mark Powell 7th place 36:18
Dave Pearce v45 53rd place 40:58



08 January 2015

Middle Distance Squad - Leicestershire & Rutland County Championship Results

Medal haul for the Coritianians at the Leicestershire & Rutland County Championships.

The Leicestershire & Rutland County Championships was held on Saturday 3rd January at Foxlands Farm, Cosby. The continual rain made for difficult conditions for athletes with them having to contend with an energy sapping course.

The Coritianians came away with 3 individual gold medallists in the shape of Neve Grimes (U15g), Ben Dijkstra (U17m) and Mark Powell (Masters Men). Emma Richards (U13g) and Caitlin Roper (U17w) won silver medals and Pascal Bouttier Butler (U17m) won a bronze medal.

Collectively, the athletes won medals in every race that a full team was entered with all but one of those medals being gold. The U13 girls team had to settle for the bronze medal in an extremely tight race where the top three teams were only separated by 2 points!

Thank you and congratulations to all those athletes who took part and supported the County Championships and also to their parents, family and friends - all of whom were wonderful in appalling racing conditions!

Full results:

U13g 3km

Emma Richards (2) 12.55
Grace Smith (7) 13.33
Zena Challenger (8) 13.37
Chloe Bubb (19) 14.50
Eva Walters (21) 15.31
Samantha Dyson (26) 16.07

Team - Bronze medal - 17 points

U15g 4km

Neve Grimes (1) 17.04
Rhea Cooper (5) 18.53
Megan Rowley (6) 18.55
Hannah Ord (11) 19.24

Team - Gold Medal - 12 points

U17w 5km

Caitlin Roper (2) 22.17
Alex West (5) 25.08

U20w 6km

Jasmin Southam (4) 30.04

Senior Women 6k

Jo Bradford (7) 27.23

U17m 6km

Ben Dijkstra (1) 21.42
Pascal Bouttier-Butler (3) 23.10
Oliver Freer (4) 23.47
Amrik Gill (6) 24.39
Alfie Lowe (10) 25.48
Edward Thomas (11) 26.18
Alistair Finlay (12) 26.27

Team - Gold Medal - 8 points

U20m 10km

Kristian Edwards (5) 41.31
Cameron Hart (8) 45.17

Masters Men 10km

Mark Powell (1) 36.45
Gareth Deacon (6) 39.31
Richard Whitelegg (9) 40.46
Andy Hart (10) 41.44
Ludvic Renou (13) 42.07
Dave Pearce (15) 43.17

Team - Gold Medal - 16 points

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