Training Timetable

Mondays 6-7

Indoor Training:

U11’s & U13’s

Outdoor Training

U15’s &U17’s

Wednesday 6-7

Indoor Training

U15’s &U17’s


Junior Endurance Group

U/13’s & U15’s- Speak to your coach for more details

Senior Track & Field train outdoors on both evenings

Senior Road Runners meeting Wednesdays at 7

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Running Report 6/10/14

Shrewsbury Athletic Club runners have competed in the first fixture of the North Wales Cross Country League at Bangor on Saturday. The Club's rising star, Ben Ashcroft, opened his cross country campaign with an impressive 11th place, followed by Richard Jones and Steve Waters, each starting their Series with personal best placings of 17th and 28th. The team scorers were completed by Kevin Francis, 44th , Pete Savill 52th and Haydn Jones 59th, then Jon Ashcroft 75th and Chris Wakeman 77th. The Club finished 3rd in the Senior Men and Master's team events, with Richard Jones 1st Veteran Over 50 and Pete Savill 1st Veteran Over 60.  In the Womens' race, Emma Sheekey finished 94th, Sheila Richards 102nd and Anne Byrne 107th.

At the Lake Vyrnwy Half Marathon, Luke Butler trimmed three and a half minutes off his personal best time to finish in 29th place in 1/18/36 in a field of over 1,500 runners, Richard Jones was 41st in 1/20/54 and 2nd Veteran Over 50 and Haydn Jones 109th in 1/27/50 and 10th Veteran Over 50. Jon Ashcroft was 163rd in 1/30/13, Keith Austin 270th in 1/37/19 and Shaun Owen 305th in 1/37/09 and 3rd Junior Man.

At the Seven Bridges 10K, Gabe Morris stormed to 5th place in 37/05, with Pete Savill 19th in 40/58 and 1st Veteran Over 60 and David Rugman 45th in 44/26. Claire McCarthy won the Womens' Race in 42/45.

In the Breidden Hills Race, the first fixture in the Shropshire Hills Winter Series, the versatile Gabe Morris was 13th in 1/05/35 and Gill Evans 80th in 1/33/24 and 2nd Female Veteran Over 50.

Not to be outdone by son Luke, Pete Butler competed in his second marathon of the year, finishing in 3/49/59 in the Berlin Marathon, some 10 minutes quicker than in the London Marathon.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Message from SAC Member, Pete Middleton

Please see flier for an event at Shrewsbury School on Wednesday 15th October where we will welcome former Olympic champion and five-time world cross-country champion John Ngugi to address the audience on his career as a runner and coach.  He is here for a week as a Coach in Residence for our running squad here at the school, and the 'Evening with John Ngugi' should be a unique opportunity to hear from a runner who reached the very pinnacle of his sport.  Tickets are free but can be reserved on ticketsource.  I realise this clashes with club training on the Wednesday night, but if you are injured (or need an excuse to duck out of the session) it would be great to see as many of you as possible there.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Running Report 7/9/14

Shrewsbury Athletic Club runners have competed in the final fixtures of the Telford Sexarathon Road Race Series and Summer Fell Series. At the Harper Scarper 5K Race in Newport, Joe Brocklehurst capped a fine season with 5th place, clinching 1st Senior Male Runner for the Series and 2nd Male Runner overall. Next, Luke Butler's continuing rise through the finishing order saw him finish ahead of club rivals Gabe Morris and Matt Guilder, the three finishing 16th, 23rd and 26th. Guilder, however, pipped Butler for the Series, the pair finishing 9th and 10th Senior Male Runner for the Series. Father and daughter combo, Chris and Alicia Wakeman finished in 196th and 197th on the night with Alicia taking 7th in the Senior Female category with Chris 5th in the over 55s category. Kevin Francis was 16thVeteran Over 45 for the Series and Pete Savill retained his Veteran Over 60 crown for the second consecutive season.

At the Ragleth Fell Race, Gabe Morris was first home for the Club in 11th place, with Pete Savill 39th and 2nd Veteran Over 60 and Gill Evans 70th and 1st Lady Veteran Over 50 and looking certain to win the Lady Veteran Over 50 category for the Series. In the Ellesmere 10k, Haydn Jones finished 60th in 39.43 with improving club junior Shaun Owen clocking 41.31 for 77th place in his debut outing over the distance. Pete Middleton travelled to the Channel Islands to compete in the Guernsey Waterfront Marathon, producing an outstanding performance to finish 2nd in 2.47.58, behind the Kenyan international race winner.

Attention now turns to the forthcoming North Wales Cross Country season, with the first fixture taking place at Bangor on Saturday 4th October.

Harper Scarper Results:
5 Joe Brocklehurst 16/34, 16 Luke Butler 17/43, 23 Gabe Morris 18/16, 26 Matt Guilder 18/22, 45 Steve Waters 19/08, 49 Kevin Francis 19/23, 54 Pete Savill 19/55, 196 Chris Wakeman 27/15, 197 Alicia Wakeman 27/15

Ragleth Results:
11 Gabe Morris 32/23, 39 Pete Savill 38/53, 70 Gill Evans 45/12.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Running Report 19/7/14

Shrewsbury Athletic Club runners have continued their campaign in the Telford Sexarathon Road Race Series, competing in the Ironbridge 4 Mile and Vic Musgrove 5K races. There has been stiff competition among the leading runners throughout the Series, with club star Joe Brocklehurst, 4th at Ironbridge and 3rd in the Vic Musgrove race. The ongoing Club rivalry continued between Matt Guilder and Luke Butler, with Guilder 21st and Butler 22nd at Ironbridge, but Butler turning the tables in the Vic Musgrove race, with 21st place against Guilder's 22nd.

In the Summer Fell Race Series, Luke Butler proved equally at home on the hills, with 6th place in the Rodneys Pillar Race, while Steve Turk lead the side home in the Pontesbury Fell Race in 16th place and 2nd in the Veteran Over 45 category. In the Stiperstones Race, club captain Graham Jones finished 19th in 33/32 and 2nd in the Veteran Over 55 category. Gill Evans was 1st Lady Veteran Over 50 at Rodneys Pillar and Pontesbury.

Four of the Club's long distance specialists travelled to West Wales to compete in the unique Trail Marathon Wales, an arduous but spectacular course through the stunning trails and tracks of the world-renowned Coed y Brenin Forest in Snowdonia National Park. The marathon race was completed by Alan Dean in 41st place in 3/57/06 and Graham Jones 44th in 4/01/52 and 4th in the Veteran Over 50 category. In the half marathon race, Emma Sheekey finished 115th in the Womens' Race in 2/50/13 and Graham Parton 162nd in the Mens' Race in 2/30/41.

Gabe Morris was the Club's sole competitor in the Callow Race at Church Stretton, finishing 16th in 72/25.

The Club sent two teams to the Dearnford Relays at Whitchurch. The team of Luke Butler, Kevin Francis and James Hickinbottom finished 6th and Shaun Owen, Malcolm Metcalfe and Pete Savill 23rd, with Owen fastest Junior on the night.

Ironbridge 4: 4 Joe Brocklehurst 23.03, 21 Matt Guilder 25.22, 22 luke Butker 25.23, 43 Kevin Francis 26.45, 48 Pete Savill 27.03(1st Veteran Over 60).
Vic Musgrove: 3 Joe Brocklehurst 16.00, 21 Luke Butler 17.45, 23 Matt Guilder 17.48, 45 Kevin Francis 19.06, 49 Pete Savill 19.16(1st Veteran Over 60), 51 Shaun Owen 19.36.

Rodneys Pillar: 6 Luke Butler 25.08, 10 Gabe Morris 26.07, 13 Steve Turk 26.44(3rd Veteran Over 45), 65 Gill Evans 35.41(1st Lady Veteran Over 50).
Pontesbury: 16 Steve Turk 24.18(2nd Veteran Over 45), 21 Alan Dean 24.50, 22 Gabe Morris 24.56, 38 Haydn Jones 26.40(2nd Veteran Over 50), 84 Gill Evans 30.54(1st Lady Veteran Over 50).

Eastridge Trail Race Report 7/7/14

Shrewsbury Athletic Club's first staging of their Eastridge Trail Half Race proved a great success, with overnight rain giving way to fine conditions for the start of the race. Starting from the historic mining village of Snailbeach, the route covered predominantly Forestry Commission land, comprising forest paths and tracks, taking in the Eastridge Woods and Stiperstones areas of the county. The race attracted a mixture of some of the County's top fell runners, club runners from in and outside the County, including a performance team from one of the race sponsors, TORQ Fitness Consultancy and many unattached runners. Although leading the race for most of the way, Mercia Fell Runners' Tim Davies was edged into 2nd place in 1.22.06 by Cardiff AAC's Michael Kallenberg, who won in 1.21.53, with Greg Smith, unattached, 3rd in 1.28.30. First woman home was Mercia Fell Runners' Emma Gould in 1.36.16, with TORQ Fitness' Great Britain Trail Running team member, Tracy Dean 2nd in 1.45.48 and Sarah Armstrong of Amazing Feet RC 3rd in 1.53.49. It was a successful day for the Mercia Club, winning the Team prize, from TORQ Fitness in 2nd place and Shropshire Shufflers third. There was praise from many of the competitors for the race, ensuring that it will be a regular fixture in the local trail running scene.

Race organiser, Graham Parton thanked the sponsors, Rybrook BMW, who donated a spot prize of a BMW for the weekend, TORQ Fitness Consultancy, who provided a free sample of their energy gel for each finisher, Cotswold Outdoor Shrewsbury, Montgomeryshire Natural Spring Water, Muller Limited and The Three Tuns Brewery, who all donated prizes, Tesco Shrewsbury and Sainsburys Shrewsbury who provided energy food for the runners and David Davies and Co Minsterley, whose donation covered the cost of the medical 4X4 support team. He also thanked the people of Snailbeach for letting the event take place in the village and all the landowners, without whose support and consent, the race could not have taken place.The prizes were presented by Peter Moss OBE of Cotswold Outdoor Shrewsbury.

Category Results:
Men: Senior Men, Michael Kallenberg, Cardiff AAC, 1.21.53, Over 35, Tim Davies, Mercia Fell Runners, 1.22.06, Over 40, Gareth Briggs, Staffs Moorlands AC, 1.28.59, Over 45, Andy Yapp, Mercia Fell Runners, 1.35.57, Over 50, Glyn Fletcher, Maldwyn Harriers, 1.50.37, Over 55, Edward Davies, Mercia Fell Runners, 1.40.49, Over 60, Graham Spencer, Mercia Fell Runners, 1.54.23, Over 65, Iain F C Day, Unattached, 2.17.53.

Women: Senior Ladies, Emma Gould, Mercia Fell Runners, 1.36.16, Over 35, Rachel Walmsley, Unattached, 2.00.17, Over 40, Tracy Dean, TORQ, 1.45.48, Over 45, Sarah Armstrong, Amazing Feet, 1.53.49, Over 50, Gill Evans, Shrewsbury AC, 2.02.34, Over 55, Kim Braznell, Mercia Fell Runners, 1.59.23, Over 60, June Clare, Unattached, 2.09.44.

Running Report 22/6/14

Shrewsbury Athletic Club runners have competed in the second and third fixtures of the Telford Sexarathon Series, the Phoenix 5K and Shropshire 4 Mile races, where the highlight of the Series so far has been the close rivalry between Shrewsbury's Joe Brocklehurst and Wrekin Road Runners' Paul Ward. After having to settle for 2nd place behind Ward in the first fixture at Lilleshall and at Phoenix, where he finished 2nd in 16.18, Brocklehurst turned the tables at the Shropshire 4,winning in the closest finish yet by just 4 seconds in 20.45. At Phoenix, Matt Guilder continued his successful debut season with 20th place in 18.01, Steve Waters 30th in 18.45, Luke Butler 37th in 19.00, Kevin Francis 40th in 19.09 and Pete Savill, last year's Veteran Over 60 winner, 48th in 19.28 and 2nd Veteran Over 60. At the Shropshire 4, Guilder was 23rd in 23.56, Butler 28th in 24.09 and Savill 45th in 25.37 and 1st Veteran Over 60.

The Summer Fell Race Series continued with the Caradoc Classic and Batch Bash races, with a successful Club debut for Gabe Morris at Caradoc, finishing 13th in 28.05, with Haydn Jones 39th in 30.28 and 2nd Veteran Over 50 and Gill Evans 83rd in 35.12 and 1st Lady Veteran Over 50. At the Batch event, Steve Turk led the side home in 22nd place in 32.04 and 1st Veteran Over 45, Gabe Morris 23rd in 32.13, Alan Dean 28th in 33.05 and Gill Evans 109th in 42.26 and 1st Lady Veteran Over 50. In the Bluebell Run at Church Stretton, Steve Turk was 5th in 37.34 and 1st Veteran Over 45 and Gill Evans once again winner in the Lady Veteran Over 50 category, with 23rd place in 46.41.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Shrewsbury AC Running Report 10/5/14

The Telford Sexarathon Series has commenced with the staging of the Lilleshall 5 Mile Race. Joe Brocklehurst got his 2014 campaign off to a successful start with 2nd place in 26/36, with Matt Guilder 25th in 30/50, Luke Butler 40th in 32/07, Kevin Francis 42nd in 32/13 and Peter Savill, winner of last year's Over 60 category, 47th in 32/40 and 2nd Veteran over 60.

On the fell running scene, the Winter Fell Series concluded with the Wrekin Fell Race, with Angus Harvey-Smith 8th in 44/42, Steve Turk 22nd in 50/04 and 1st Veteran over 45 and Gill Evans 66th in 62/04 and 2nd Lady Veteran over 50. It was a successful series for the three, with Harvey-Smith 4th Senior Man overall, Turk 1st Veteran over 45 and Evans 1st Lady Veteran over 50.

The Summer Fell Series commenced with the Wrekin Streak Race, with Steve Turk 28th in 22/00 and 3rd Veteran over 45, Shaun Owen 44th in 23/29 and 4th Male Under 18 and Gill Evans 78th in 27/45 and 1st Lady Veteran over 50.

In the Sheinton Steeplechase multi terrain race, there were successes for club runners in a number of age categories. Gabe Morris had an outstanding performance, finishing 2nd in 21/35 in his debut appearance for the club, with club captain Graham Jones 6th in 22/37 and 1st Veteran over 55 and Steve Turk 8th in 22/47 and 2nd Veteran over 45.
Other Finishers: 12th Haydn Jones 23/23(1st Veteran over 50), 16 Kevin Francis 23/42(4th Veteran over 45), 33 Gill Evans 27/25(1st Lady Veteran over 50), 45 Adam Stockwell 29/33, 65 Gordon Trevor 41/05(1st Veteran over 60).

Monday, April 21, 2014

Marathon Round-Up

There was Shrewsbury AC action on the streets of London as Father and Son, Peter and Luke Butler represented the club in this year's London Marathon. For Luke Butler this race was his debut at the full marathon distance and after a solid block of marathon specific training over the last few months he was in shape to attempt to break the hallowed 3 hour barrier. Well supported by friends and family, Luke passed over Tower Bridge nearing halfway on the shoulder of the Sub 3 hour pacemaker and passed the half-way mark in 1.29.43. It was not until the latter stages of the race that Luke lost contact with the Sub 3 hour pacemaker and ultimately finished in a time of 3.01.00, which was a superb performance given it was one of the hottest races in recent years. Peter Butler, who enters the Vet 60 category in 2015 was on target for a Sub 4 hour clocking at halfway but slowed marginally during the 2nd half of the race to finish just outside 4 hours in 4.00.20 to round off a highly memorable day for the family.

On the previous weekend, 6th April, marathon-lover, Emma Sheekey competed in her 2nd Paris Marathon. After completing 2 marathons a fortnight apart last year, Emma sensibly opted to target just the one this year and was rewarded with a PB after a great run, crossing the line in 4.09.55. Her time was remarkably 24 minutes quicker than last year's. 

On the same morning, Shrewsbury AC's Haydn Jones competed in the Greater Manchester Marathon. 2014 saw the third running of the race, which starts and finishes at Old Trafford Football Stadium and claims to be flattest marathon race in the country. Haydn who has posted a number of impressive marathon times over a long period, finished in an impressive time of 3.23.45, placing him 822nd out of around 7,000 runners.