Following his excellent run in the English Schools National Cross Country Championships (see "Reports" page) and selection for the England team, WAC young athlete Declan McManus finished 9th (and 5th England runner) in the SIAB Schools Cross Country International held in Wales last Saturday. Well done Declan!
Two of Worcester AC’s young athletes continued the club’s record of doing well in the McCain UK Cross Challenge. Following the final race of the series at Cofton Park on 9th March Declan McManus was 6th overall in the Under-17 Men’s category after finishing 25th on the day and Nixie Turner was 7th in the Under-15 Girls (158th on the day). Well done to both of them.
There's an interesting article on the Birmingham Cross Country League website about the league races held during the big freeze of 50 years ago, and if you look at the Division 1 results from the 3rd and 4th races there are plenty of Worcester athletes competing.
Some names that you might recognise are Eric Austin and John Marshall in the senior race and Dave Walker in the youth race! It looks like we were still Worcester Harriers in those days too!
The link to the article is HERE.
The weekly Core Strength and Circuit Training sessions on the following Mondays have had to be cancelled:- 24th, 31st December, 22nd January, 11th February and 25th March. For more details click HERE.
The Liverpool leg of the McCain UK Cross Challenge Series, which doubled as the GB team selection race for the forthcoming European Cross Country Championships, was staged at Sefton Park last Saturday. With international vests up for grabs, the event never fails to attract strong fields and whilst GB’s Olympic superstars Mo Farah, Chris Thompson, Julia Bleasdale and Jo Pavey have opted to miss the European Championships this season, several Worcester athletes rubbed shoulders with many seasoned GB internationals when they took on the muddy course. Worcester AC’s highest finisher was Declan McManus, 18th in the under 17 men’s race, finishing a mere eight seconds outside of the top 10. In a tightly contested under 15 girls’ race Nixie Turner finished 33rd to edge seven seconds clear of club mate Maia Hawkins, who finished 42nd. Running in his RAF colours, multiple Worcestershire County Champion Sam Mitchell, who remains a second-claim Worcester AC member, finished 65th out of a field of 480 finishers in the senior men’s race.
WAC athlete Wendy Bennett, a member of WAC Vets Ladies team, is top of the 2012 UK National Masters rankings in the W45 2k Walk.
On Sunday 28th October the 2012/13 McCain UK Cross Challenge Series got underway at Bristol’s Ashton Court with four athletes flying the flag for the flag for Worcester AC. The series comprises five cross-country races, with the final leg being run in March. With a total prize fund in excess of £30,000, it is the UK’s premier cross-country series. As coach to the two previous champions in the Under 17 category, Dave Walker has an impressive track record with this series and his young charges fared well in the Bristol mud. The highest placing Worcester AC athlete was Nixie Turner, 8th in the Under 15 girls’ race. She was closely followed by Maia Hawkins who finished in 13th. In his first season in the under 17 category Declan McManus fared well against many older athletes and claimed some impressive scalps to place 16th. Also running in the Under 17 was club-mate Eli Gibney, who finished 30th.
Mcayla Johnston won the UKA U20 best female field athlete award for 2012, a medal and £500 cheque towards her development. The award was presented at the CP Nationals in Nottingham today where she also won a bronze medal in U20 discus with a PB of 14.33m (a 2m improvement) and acheived a second PB in the shot with 6.04m (an improvement of 38cm). See photo on Gallery page.
Read about McAyla Johnston's meteoric rise in the national rankings for Disability Sports athletes HERE.
To see a good review of the Pitchcroft 10K race by a member of Bournville Harriers on their club website click HERE.
The following WAC members have been selected to represent Hereford & Worcester schools at the English Schools National T&F Championships at Gateshead International Stadium on 6th/7th July - Alex Bradnick, Ella Gibbons, Siobhan Glover, Georgina Greenwood, Joe Lovell, Declan McManus, Olivia Merry, Heather Paton, Helen Reeves, Hakim Shepherd, Zoe Styles, Georgia Williams and Holly Wootten.
Well Done and Good Luck to all of them!
UKA has issued a document about Cardiac Screening for Young Athletes. Please click HERE to read the document.
A member of Worcester AC recently submitted an Inhaler Registration Form to UKA which was in an old format. If you need to register your use of an inhaler (which ALL athletes who use one must do) click HERE to download the new form.
For more information about the use of inhalers please click HERE.