Mid Lancs League Medal Meeting – Blackpool

Saturday 26th August 2017


AWESOME ! – not only the weather (must have been the best day of the season!) but the amazing performances from our small band of Pendle Athletes.


Ten athletes competed on Saturday and all received medal winning positions.   It is the end of the season and most are getting ready for a rest and then on to winter training ready for next season.  We have had another fabulous year as a Club, although slightly diminished in competing athletes this year, the ones that competed have achieved some amazing goals.


To finish the Mid Lancs series in Blackpool, we had 10 athletes, 6 Gold Medals,11 Silver Medals and 3 Bronze Medals with a special mention to Michael Makram, U15 Boys, who competed for the first time on Saturday so unfortunately wasn’t eligible for medals, but finished 2nd in the Shot with an amazing throw of 8.35m and finished 3rd in the Discus with a throw of 22.98m – brilliant Michael – hope to see you competing again next year.


Joe Lonsdale (Senior Men) finished on a high with two golds and a silver in the 100m, 200m and relay.  He has had an amazing year once again beating Club Records, competing at the English Schools and Welsh Outdoor International in Cardiff, received selection a place at the Newcastle games


Daemon Metcalfe (Senior Men) gained a Gold in the High Jump and Silver in the relay. He too has had a fantastic year.


Greagan Baker (Senior Men) gained a Silver in Javelin, High Jump and relay – well done Gregan.


Jamie Oldcorn and Morgan Webster have competed all year for the U17 Men and have gone from strength to strength culminating in a Gold for Morgan in the 800m and two Bronze Medals and an equal PB for Jamie in the 100m  and 200m, Jamie was also the 4th member of the relay gaining a Silver Medal for the Club.


On to the Ladies, Anita Saunders, Senior Women, in the 100m powered on through to gain a Silver Medal and a PB along with a Silver Medal in the 200m and a commendable throw in the Shot just under her PB.


I was more than happy to receive a Silver and Bronze Medal in the Hammer and Discus and still maintain that the shot is flippin heavy !


Zoe Kidney (U17 Women) had a brilliant throw of 39.18m to take the Gold in Javelin with Alex Baker taking the Silver in Javelin, Gold in Shot Putt (being the top lady thrower of the day with a throw of 11.22m) and a Silver in Discus.  Both girls reached the English Schools this year and have both had an amazing year.


None of these events would happen without the Officials who turn out to every event.  We have struggled a little this year but got there in the end – a massive thank you to Derek Butterworth, Faye Holden, Daemon Metcalfe, Tim Lonsdale for Saturday and to all our other helpers through the year, Noel and David, Dave Oldcorn, Michael Webster, Bryan Wildman and David Hillman We are always looking for help to officiate and there are basic officiating coursed taking place which will be paid by the Club if anyone is interested in helping out.


Hopefully next year we can encourage a few more athletes to take part in the various competitions – it is fantastic to see how athletes develop over the years and my pride is like an inflatable ball ready to burst (had to have a buzz word – thanks Alex Baker !)


Onwards and upwards Pendle AC !


Report by Lynn Baker


Please see above details of forthcoming Officials Courses and Coaching Courses – if anyone is interested please let me or Christine know as the Club will pay the fee. Thanks Lynn

It was fantastic weekend at the English Schools Athletics Championships at the Alexander Stadium in Birmingham for our four Pendle Athletes and spectators alike.

Leah Hillman gained herself a Bronze Medal with a whopping PB of 44.18m and bagged herself an improved Pendle Club record and a National Standard.

Joe Lonsdale, although he finished fourth in the final of the Senior Boys 200m, he gained a PB of 21.75 and a new Pendle Club Record and also a place in the Newcastle Games.

Alex Baker (being the younger year) finished 10th in a field of 25 throwers for the Intergirls with a throw of 39.25m and an English Schools Standard and Zoe Kidney finished 15th with a throw of 36.75m and both really enjoyed the experience of competing at such a prestigious event.

Former Pendle Athlete, Tiarnan Crorken, did amazing also coming 2nd in the 1500m for the Senior Boys and gaining himself a Silver Medal.

The icing on the cake for us was that Joe and Leah were both chosen to be Team Captains in memory of Sheila Markendale who would have been so proud of them all this weekend.

Following that weekend, Leah Hillman and Joe Lonsdale went on to represent England at the Welsh Athletics Outdoor International in Cardiff on Wednesday 12th July for the 200m and Javelin with Joe winning Gold with a time of 21.75, just below the National Standard of 21.9 .and Leah winning Bronze.


Training for the Young Athlete group during the school holidays

As usual, training at Seedhill track on Monday and Wednesday 7 – 8 pm will continue throughout the school holidays with the exception of the dates below when coaches are on holiday and we can’t cover the sessions by moving athletes into other groups.

Monday 7 August
Monday 21 August and Wednesday 23 August
Monday 28 August is a Bank Holiday so Seedhill will be closed

Sorry but will have to postpone pics until next Monday (26th June) as there is an English Schools meeting tonight and on Wednesday night Leah and I have our big run at Bolton Abbey for Sue Ryder – The Summer Solstice Saunter – but if this weather keeps up I will rename it The Summer Solstice Slog !!

I have now taken delivery of my new vest and hoodie order and can now cover all sizes if anyone is requiring any new kit.
The vests are £17.50 ( or £15 if you give your old vest back for Club spares). The Hoodies are £16 each for Juniors Ages 7/8, 9/11 and 12/13 and £18 for Adult Small, Medium and Large.
I have a bag in the back of my car if anyone would need to try any for size. I only have a maximum of four of each size (apart from the larger hoodies where I have two) so first come first served !!









OUTSTANDING !  How can 12 athletes amaze me so much, once again, the talent in our Club is insurmountable!


The weather was sunny for most of the time with a cheeky favourable wind which seemed to swirl in all directions!


Statistics for the weekend were:-


12  Competing Athletes (including Morgan Webster at the Yorkshire


14  Personal Bests

9    Lancashire Championships Gold Medallists

5    Silver Medallists

6    Bronze Medallists

and a Championship Best Performance from no other than Leah !


Starting with the youngest, U15 Girl Ella Atkins, put in a tremendous performance in the 100m earning herself a PB and a place in the final. She went on to do the 200m and 300, proving her potential but narrowly missing out on further PB’s.


In the U17 Men, Spencer Phelan, threw an exceptional 42.49m in the Javelin for a Silver Medal, got a PB in his Shot with a whopping 10.37m and gained a further PB in his Discus claiming a Bronze medal (and two MacDonalds on the way home !)


We also had – Morgan Webster, was the sole Pendle Athlete at the Yorkshire Championships and gave a very commendable performance in a tough 1500m field – well done Morgan.


Alex Baker and Zoe Kidney, for the U17 Women, could not have made me more proud, both throwing the Javelin in excess of 38 metres, earning a Gold and Silver Medal and exceeding the English Schools standard of 37 metres – superb throwing girls.


In the U20 Men, we had Daemon Metcalfe in the High Jump, jumping and incredible 1.75m, smashing the opposition for a Gold Medal ! – well he would have done if there was someone ! Gregan Baker – get in training – let’s have a Gold and Silver next year !


Daemon then went on to claim himself a fabulous PB in the Long Jump, landing a 6.14m jump- fantastic Daemon – keep up the good work.


Gregan, just coming up to the U.20’s, had a great throw in the Discus and finished with an OPB of 27.21m and a Bronze medal.  He earned himself a PB in the Javelin and in Triple Jump he had another PB and finished in Bronze medal position.  We won’t talk about his Long Jump – but it wasn’t that bad !!


Also in the U20 Men – Joe Lonsdale, what can we say about Joe ??

Awesome, amazing, a credit to the Club, smashing the English Schools qualifying standard in both 100m and 200m and it won’t be long before we see him demolishing more Club Records !


For the U20 Women we have Leah Hillman – a star in her own right with Gold Medals in Hammer, Shot, Discus and Javelin – shamazing throwing Leah – you know what to do and you do it in style !  She annihilated the English Schools qualifying standard of 37m by throwing an incredulous 41.98m – earning herself a Championship Best Performance – you rock girl !


I feel proud to say that I was the only competing Senior Woman – never thought I would make it to the Lancashire Championships podium – never mind twice !!  Incredibly proud of my two Bronze medals in Hammer and Discus and getting myself 3 PB’s in Hammer, Discus and Shot in the process. Thanks to the continued support from my fellow Senior buddies !


For the Senior Men, we had Joshua Ingham who ran a tremendous 5000m in hot conditions finishing in a brilliant 6th place and Alan Plumb who earned himself 2 Silver medals in Hammer and Discus and a Bronze medal in Shot – fantastic throwing as always Alan –still thought you were missing your sidekick Andy for that little bit of extra competition !!  We certainly missed his cakes !!


A special mention must go to Derek Butterworth, the Throws Coach.

The team of throwers he has coached over the years are all going from strength to strength.  How many Coaches can say that they have three English Schools qualifiers from one Competition and as a Club we are especially proud to boast 4 qualifying athletes with Joe.  Unbelievable achievement out of 12 competing Athletes – let’s hope the selectors give them all a chance !


I have said it before but I think it is important – The talent of our Pendle Athletes is limitless, but it is not all about their achievements it is also about the friendships that are created and the bonds that are built between their buddies, making pals along the way from other Clubs, as they support each other through the highs and lows of their training and competing – a big well done everyone.


Report by Lynn Baker



















































Please see links below for the timetables for this weekend.


Burnley U11’s Open Medal Meeting
Sunday 16th July 2017
This is a lovely Open Meeting aimed at the children in Daemon’s group – several youngsters have taken part in the past and really enjoyed the day.
The closing date for Postal Entries is Wednesday 12th July 2017 although online Entries will continue until Saturday 15th July.
Let’s see if we can get a good Pendle turnout so we can support each other.

FIRST MID LANCS THIS WEEKEND – BLACKPOOL – Further details on the Mid Lancs Website

Saturday 29.4.17

Please please – if you are thinking of competing at the weekend could you try and let me know and pay your subs so we can get you registered with English Athletics before then.

Thank you

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