Thursday, February 13, 2014
Shrewsbury Athletic Club runners had to overcome exceptionally challenging ground and weather conditions when they competed in the final two fixtures of the North Wales Cross Country League at Lilleshall and Oswestry. In the wet and muddy conditions at Lilleshall, Joe Brocklehurst lead the side home in 6thplace, with Dom Kirby in 23rd place , and Tom Roo 29th. Next to score was Richard Jones, 42nd, Kevin Francis 47th, then a return from injury straight into the team scorers for Luke Butler in 52nd place. The energy sapping conditions took their toll, with the Shrewsbury Club slipping to 4th team on the day, but still 2nd overall in the Series. In the Womens' race, Ann Byrne was 52nd and Sheila Richards 53rd.
At Oswestry, a further two weeks of rain combined with gale force winds and torrential rain on the day made the going even tougher, with Pete Middleton able to return to lead the squad home in 7th place, followed by Dom Kirby, capping off his best season to date in 13th place. Tom Roo and Alan Dean, having bolstered the squad with their appearances in the final two fixtures, finished in 29th and 34th places, with Richard Jones and Club Captain Graham Jones completing the team scorers in 35th and 40th places. A great team effort all round, meant that the Club maintained their 2nd place overall in the Mens' and Masters' team series and in addition, Richard Jones was 2nd in the Veteran Over 50 category and Graham Jones 2nd in the Veteran Over 55 category. In the Womens' race Anne Byrne and sister Sheila Richards completed a consistent season in 50th and 51st places, with Anne Byrne finishing 3rd overall in the Female Veteran Over 55 category.
Lilleshall: 6 Joe Brocklehurst 35/31, 23 Dom Kirby 38/55, 29 Tom Roo 39/30, 42 Richard Jones 40/48, 47 Kevin Francis 41/13, 52 Luke Butler 41/29, 53 Angus Harvey-Smith 41/38, 57 Alan Dean 42/47, 70 Haydn Jones 44/20, 113 Derek Owen 51/23. Women: 52 Anne Byrne 40/57, 53 Sheila Richards 41/48.
Oswestry: 7 Pete Middleton, 13 Dom Kirby, 29 Tom Roo, 34 Alan Dean, 35 Richard Jones, 40 Graham Jones, 53 Haydn Jones, 103 Derek Owen. Women: 50 Anne Byrne, 51 Sheila Richards.
The County Cross Country Championships took place at Lilleshall in similarly challenging conditions, with Pete Middleton leading the side home in 7th place, Steve Waters 17th, Kevin Francis 22nd and Derek Owen 51st. Anne Byrne finished 50th in the Womens' race. In the Under 17 Boys' race, Daniel Hersee finished 7th and Shaun Owen 17th, while the muddy conditions were no barrier to the Club's fell star Ben Ashcroft, who stormed to a decisive victory in the Under 20 race.
Results: 7 Pete Middleton 39/52, 17 Steve Waters 44/15, 22 Kevin Francis 44/48, 51 Derek Owen 54/17. Women: 50 Anne Byrne 49/19. Under 17 Boys: 7 Daniel Hersee 23/05, 17 Shaun Owen 25/29. Under 20 Men: 1 Ben Ashcroft 39/15.
Friday, January 31, 2014
The 2014 Mad Jack's 5 Race will take place on Saturday 8th November at Attingham Park, nr Shrewsbury. Entries are now open. Enter online at www.runbritain.com or download the entry form and Information for Runners at http://shropshirerunnersnetwork.blogspot.co.uk Closing date for pre-entries - Friday 31st October. Entry limit - 550. Entries on the day available if entry limited not reached.
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Telford 10k, 15/12/13
There's a few things you look for when choosing a road race to enter and the Telford 10k ticks most, if not all of those boxes. It's relatively cheap, local to Shrewsbury, the course is fast with good PB potential, the field is strong (one of the strongest in the country) and it's well organised. For these reasons runners flock from all over the country to compete and this year saw a record turnout of just over 800 runners with about 200 in the Elite Race, and approx 600 in the Mass Race.
The course is a fast and flat, 2 lap route around Telford Town Park, with a frantic, narrow, winding, downhill start and an out and back section along the Silkin Way with a bollard as a turning point. In near perfect conditions for running (only a slight breeze) Steve Waters, Alan Dean and Pete Savill represented Shrewsbury AC, competing in the elite race. First home for the club was Steve Waters (132nd), in a season's best 37.19. Alan Dean finished just inside the top 200 with a solid sub 40 min clocking of 39.43, while Pete Savill just missed out on a sub 40 with 40.13 as he once again dominated his peers in the MV60 category.
In recent weeks, Shrewsbury AC athletes have continued to take part in the local Shrewsbury Parkrun. Some using it as speedwork, others focused on lowering their 5k times. On 7th December, Joe Brocklehurst, following a great duel with Welshpool-based Richard Roberts set a new course record, 15.47. This was the first time the course record had been broken since the inaugural race in September and runner-up, Richard's time of 15.54 was the 2nd fastest over the course. In the same race the club's leading junior runner, Ben Ashcroft ran 17.21 for 5th and one-time Telford Parkrun winner, Luke Butler made his comeback from a knee injury with a solid 18.31 for 10th. Luke's performance was particularly impressive given he had spent the previous night intoxicated on some of Shropshire's finest ales. Super-Vet Pete Savill finished in 19.21, 17 seconds slower than his best performance over the course which ranks him 2nd overall in the Age Graded league out of over a 1,000 runners.
The previous week, Dom Kirby made a rare outing on the tarmac and continued his great form over the winter by breaking the 17 minute barrier in 16.56. He was followed home by the improving Steve Waters who enjoyed a breakthrough run clocking 17.56 (his fastest time in well over 3 years).
Most recently on 14th December, Matt Guilder finally succeeded in his quest for a sub 18 min performance as he romped round in 17.47 for 4th place. This was another great run from Matt following his 10k PB of 37.12, set 2 weeks previously at the Wesham 10k. Haydn Jones enjoyed a return to form in 7th, 18.47 narrowly beating Steve Turk, 18.49. Improving junior athlete, Shaun Owen ran his fastest time to date, 20.09.
Thursday, December 12, 2013
A large turnout and strong performances by Shrewsbury Athletic Club runners ensured one of Shrewsbury Athletic Club's most successful cross country outings for several seasons, when the third fixture in the North Wales Cross Country League took place at Wrexham. Spearheaded by a rare appearance together of the Club's top trio of Joe Brocklehurst,who stormed to 3rd place, Ian Haworth 7th and Pete Middleton 11th, the team were convincing team winners on the day and as a result, have risen up the table to 2nd team overall with three fixtures left in the Series. The 4th team placing went to Dom Kirby in a personal best 14th place, whose rapid rise through the finishing order now has him challenging for the top echelon of club runners. He was followed by Ashley Gray and Richard Jones in 30th and 36th places to complete the team scorers. There were successful debut performances by Angus Harvey-Smith, just missing out on team scorer in 39th place, Matt Guilder 45th and Pete Savill 71st.. The side also finished 2nd Masters team and had the winners in the Mens' Over 50( Richard Jones), Over 55(Graham Jones) and Over 60(Pete Savill) categories.
In the Womens' Race, Anne Byrne finished 76th in 31/58, with sister Sheila Richards close behind in 77th place in 32/09.
3rd Joe Brocklehurst 29/41, 7th Ian Haworth 30/09, 11th Pete Middleton 31/02, 14th Dom Kirby 31/16, 30th Ashley Gray 32/39, 36th Richard Jones 33/27, 39th Angus Harvey-Smith 33/34, 44th Steve Waters 33/51, 45th Matt Gilder 34/01, 46th Graham Jones 34/02, 53rd Kevin Francis 34/39, 62nd Grant Lloyd 35/31, 71st Pete Savill 36/05, 118th Derek Owen 40/56.
Four club runners competed in the Wrekin Wrecker Race, producing another successful debut for Angus Harvey-Smith, this time over the fells, finishing 7th in 1/06/34(2nd Veteran Over 35), with Ashley Gray 8th in 1/08/04(3rd Veteran Over 40), Steve Turk 21st in 1/10/33(1st Veteran Over 45) and Gill Evans 113thin 1/29/30(1st Female Veteran Over 50).
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
The sun once again shone when Shrewsbury Athletic Club staged their sixth Mad Jack's 5 Mile Race, held in conjunction with and with kind permission of the National Trust, at Attingham Park on Saturday, with the turnout of 353 runners showing that the popularity of the event continues to grow.
There was success for the Shrewsbury Club with winners in the Mens and Womens races and additionally in the Mens' over 35, 50 and 60 categories. In the Mens' race, Joe Brocklehurst was comfortable winner in 30/16, with an impressive display around the picturesque course, made more difficult by the additional mud and flooded areas caused by recent rain. Next, John McFarlane of Thames Hare and Hounds was second in 30/54 and Shrewsbury AC's Dom Kirby third in 31/14. The Womens' race was won by the Club's Welsh International, Anna Bartlett in 36/17, with Telford Harriers' Jessica Harvey second in 38/01 and Eleanor Hartley, unattached, third in 38/16. The Junior Mens' race won by Arthur Charlesworth of Wenlock Olympians in 32/56 in 35/37.
National Trust General Manager at Attingham Park, Mark Agnew, praised the tenacity of the runners in taking on the muddy conditions and the many runners competing for the first time and thanked the organisers and helpers. Race organiser Kevin Francis praised the runners and the support of the race sponsors Rybrook BMW, Up and Running and Tesco. The prize of the weekend car, kindly sponsored by Rybrook BMW was won by Martin Wynn.
Men: Senior Men, Joe Brocklehurst, Shrewsbury AC, 30/16, Over 35, Dom Kirby, Shrewsbury AC, 31/14, Over 40, John McFarlane, Thames Hare and Hounds, 30/54, Over 45: Mark Griffiths, SY Tri, 35/17, Over 50, Duncan Beales, Shrewsbury AC, 33/35, Over 55, Kelvin Amos, Newcastle Tri, 34/37, Over 60, Pete Savill, Shrewsbury AC, 36/04, Over 65, Andy Galbraith, Shropshire Shufflers, 40/52, Over 70, Alan Morris, Shropshire Shufflers, 43/01, Junior Men, Arthur Charlesworth, Wenlock Olympians, 32/56.
Women: Senior Women, Jessica Harvey, Telford Harriers, 38/01, Over 35: Jacqueline Macey, Wrekin Road Runners, 40/52, Over 40, Anna Bartlett, Shrewsbury AC, 36/17, Over 45, Tracey Williams, Denbigh Harriers, 40/14, Over 50, Emma Collins, Denbigh Harriers, 38/33, Over 55, Menai Baugh, Denbigh Harriers, 41/02, Over 60, Sue Johnson, unattached, 52/03, Over 70, Kathy Ling, Wrekin Road Runners, 82/29.
Shrewsbury Athletic Club are staging an exciting new running event in 2014. Set in the stunning Shropshire countryside, the Eastridge Trail Half Race will take place on Saturday 5th July 2014 (10.30am start), a multi terrain hill race of 13.1 miles and with 2324 ft of ascent, starting from the historic mining village of Snailbeach, the route is predominantly over Forestry Commission land, mainly forest tracks and paths, taking in the Eastridge Woods and Stiperstones areas of the county. The race limit has been set at 300, with the first 100 runners to enter the race, getting a free T-shirt. Information and entry forms can be accessed on shropshirerunnersnetwork.blogspot.co.uk and online entries are available at www.runbritain.com.
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Shrewsbury Athletic Club commenced their North Wales Cross Country League campaign, competing in the first two fixtures at Bangor and Llandudno. At Bangor, in fine weather and uncustomary firm conditions underfoot, the team produced a solid performance, spearheaded by an outstanding run by Ian Haworth in 3rd place, followed by Steve Turk in a personal best placing in 36th place, Club Captain Graham Jones 41st, Steve Waters 46th, Kevin Francis 56th and Haydn Jones 61st and sixth team scorer in his debut cross country for the Club. Chris Wakeman was 106th and Derek Owen 119th. The team placed third in both the Senior Mens' and Masters' team events.
At Llandudno, in the absence of Ian Haworth, away on a school trip in Kenya, Dom Kirby rose to the occasion to lead the side home in 28th place, followed by club debutant Richard Jones 38th in his first cross country for the Club, Steve Turk 46th, Graham Jones 48th, Steve Waters 54th ,Haydn Jones 81st and Derek Owen 131st.
The Womens' team were represented in both events by sisters Anne Byrne and Sheila Richards, finishing 75th and 81st respectively at Bangor and 95th and 98th at Llandudno.
On the fell running scene, Dom Kirby won the Brown Clee Burn, a tough multi terrain 10K race in South Shropshire with steep climbs and long descents in a time of 42/15. In the Breiddens Fell Race, the first race of the Shropshire Hills Winter Series, Ashley Gray finished 18th and 7th Veteran over 40 in 64/10, Steve Turk was 23rdand 2nd Veteran over 45 in 64/57 and Gill Evans 110th and 4th Female Veteran over 50 in 85/07.
Team Photo Llandudno:
Back: Derek Owen, Graham Jones, Richard Jones, Haydn Jones, Chris Wakeman, Dom Kirby, Steve Waters, Luke Butler
Middle: Sheila Richards, Anne Byrne
Front: Steve Turk
Thursday, October 17, 2013
The Club's Annual General Meeting (AGM) will take place on Wednesday 27th November 2013 at 8.15pm at the Telepost Club, Railway Lane, Abbey Foregate, Shrewsbury. SY2 6BT
The AGM will receive Reports from the Club's Officers and will elect the Club Officers and General Committee members for the succeeding year.
The AGM will deal with any other business placed on the Agenda by the General Committee or by an ordinary member.
Any member wishing to submit items for the Agenda shall forward such in writing to the Secretary at least fourteen days before the date of the meeting.
All members over the age of thirteen years on the first day of September prior to the AGM shall be entitled to vote.
Mrs D. Jebb, Honorary Secretary, 27 Pensfold, Bicton Heath, Shrewsbury. SY3 5HF
Friday, September 20, 2013
Shrewsbury Athletic Club's Joe Brocklehurst finished the Telford Sexarathon Series in style with victory in 16/16 in the final event at the Harper Scarper 5K Race, making it five victories out of the six races and overall winner of the Series. The race proved successful for the other Club competitors, with season's best placings for Luke Butler 12th in 17/59, Steve Waters 20th in 18/23, Peter Savill 43rd in 19/43 and 1st Veteran Over 60, and Pete Butler 90th in 22/15. Luke Butler and Peter Savill were rewarded for their consistent season performances, with Butler 8th overall for the Series and Savill 1st in the Veteran Over 60 Category. Evergreen veteran Brian Williams finished 3rd for the Series in the Veteran Over 70 Category, despite being unable to compete in the final event.
Junior Fell ace Ben Ashcroft finished his successful Summer Fell Race Series with 7th place and 1st Under 18 Male in 30/21 in the Ragleth Fell Race, finishing an outstanding 4th place overall for the Series and 1st in the Male Under 18 category. Ashley Gray finished 6th overall for the Series and 2nd in the Veteran Over 40 category and Jon Ashcroft was 8th overall in the Veteran Over 45 category.
Steve Waters produced an impressive display in the Wolverhampton 10K Race, finishing 7th in 38/15 in a field of over 260 runners.
Three Club runners travelled to Tywyn in West Wales to compete in the Race the Train Challenges, Sheila Richards finishing 85th and 1st Female Veteran Over 60 in 57/08 in the Dolgoch Challenge and Derek Owen 67th and 2nd Veteran Over 60 in 52/26 in the Quarry Challenge. Megan Potts finished 49th and 5th in the Female Under 13 category in 23/18 in the Tynllwynhen Challenge in a field of 170 runners.
Attention now turns to the forthcoming North Wales Cross Country season, with the first fixture taking place at Bangor on Saturday 5th October.