15th June 2013
Ever had the feeling
your life was going down the drain – I shall NEVER walk on a manhole
cover again !!
Thank you to the St John’s Ambulance, Sister Alison and
Nurse Karen for coming to my assistance in my time of need and thank
you to Spencer for his fishing skills in retrieving my shoe from the
sewer – stirling work all of you !!
Also a big thank you to Leah
(Snaphappy) who took most of the photos today (with trusty Richard the
camera) I know it must have been a lot of extra hard work for you!.
Thank you once again to all our officials, Alison, Karen, Sheila and
Now to the results …………
It was a day of two halves. If you
were on the right hand side of the track it was blowing a gale of
magnificent proportions making running and throwing a challenge. If
you were on the left hand side of the track it was a balmy summers day
where people sat and enjoyed the days events unfold !
We had a good
representation from Pendle Athletic Club with some memorable
performances from Kai Atkins in the 1500m where he managed to hold on
to his lead with a ‘sprint’ finish with a time of 5.01.60 – great
Another great performance came from Matthew Barnes in the
Male 3000m with 2nd place and a great PB of 9.44.00 – well done
His brother Timmy Barnes (AKA Tammy Barnes) also had an
outstanding throw in the U15 Girls Javelin of 32.95 – brilliant
throwing Timmy – it is for ‘one day only !’ as the results official had
unfortunately mixed his number up (624) with that of our fantastic Leah
Hillman (number 634) – should have gone to spec savers !!! Leah once
again came a brilliant first for Pendle Athletic Club. Leah also got
first place in her Shot Putt and Discus although no records broken
Saul Wilds had a great day for his second event for the Club.
He came first in the 100m in his heat finishing overall in 6th position
in a field of 28 U13 Boys 100m runners . He also came 2nd in his heat
of the 200m finishing overall in joint 4th position in a field of 16
runners – well done Saul.
Newcomers to eventing are Louis Taylor-
Bolshaw who did some great throwing in the U15 Boys Shot Putt. It was
a large field of 21 throwers at that age and he finished in 7th
position with a fantastic throw of 8.66 – brilliant for your first
Also newcomer Itsham Jabbar who took part in the U17 Men’s 100m
and came a very respectable joint 4th place. Also finishing in 3rd
place in the U17 Mens 200m with a great run in a time of 25.40 – well
Other PB’s for the day came from James Marchant in the 200m U17
Mens, Joe Lonsdale for a Javelin Throw of 18.18m in the U15 Boys , Ruby
Schofield in the U13 Girls Long Jump and Lynn Baker for her Drain
Dropping with a speed of 0 – 60 in 1 second ! (not to be repeated)
Altogether another successful day for Pendle Athletes.
Next event is
the Youth Development League at Hyndburn next Saturday, 22nd June. It
is one of our ‘local’ Clubs so we hope we see lots of you U13’s and U15’
Report by Lynn Baker
Lancashire Schools Athletics Championships
Robin Park, Wigan – 8th June
Several of our Pendle Athletes took part in the Lancashire
Schools Athletic Championships last Saturday at Robin Park Athletic
Stadium at Wigan.
It was a fine sunny day and our athletes gave 100%
to their chosen event with seven of them gaining Personal Best times,
four gaining a County Standard and two gaining an English Standard –
with Leah once again gaining another Championship Best Performance with
Neng Wildman (because he was a senior) was able to do two
events, the 100m and 200m. He got through to the final in both events
and finished 3rd in the 200m with a PB and an amazing lst in the 100m
equalling his PB and an English Standard hopefully now going through to
the English Schools Championships – brilliant running Neng. Needless
to say Neng was shattered when he got home !!
Leah Hillman gave a
remarkable display of pure power with her Javelin despite being the
last event of the day. She threw an incredible 34.52 m gaining another
PB further breaking her own Pendle Club Record and getting a
Championship Best Performance as well as qualifying for the English
Schools – well done Leah.
Other PB’s came from Matthew Dutton in the
800m gaining a County Standard, Josh Ingham who finished 2nd in the
1500m with a fantastic new PB of 4.25.8, Matthew Barnes who finished
2nd in the 1500m with a PB of 4.32.2 and a County Standard.
Metcalfe again equalled his PB of 1.60 gaining a County Standard and
Joe Lonsdale who (being at the younger end of the U15 age group)
finished an amazing 3rd place with a time of 25.2 gaining a County
Standard – roll on next year !
Natrika Wildman did the Long Jump with
a jump of 4.60, Gregan Baker with the Javelin throwing 28.68 and Jordan
Isherwood running the 1500m with a personal best time of 4.54.0 all
gave credible performances on the day for Pendle Schools.
Pendle Athletic Club who have only recently started training were
Meisha Watson in the 200m who got a PB of 2.46.4 and Jack Endersby who
finished 2nd in the Shot with a throw of 10.65 – well done to you both
and we look forward to seeing you compete further for the Club.
done to all of you who took part at Wigan – you did your Club proud.
feel that I must also mention Luke Thompson – who took part in the
Yorkshire Schools Championships – he gave an incredible performance in
the 800m and qualified for English Schools – well done to you Luke too
Report by Lynn Baker
This has been a busy weekend for club athletes in all disciplines.
On Saturday a number of Club athletes competed in county schools T&F competitions for both Lancashire and Yorkshire. I hear on the grapevine that Neng Wildman was particularly successful and that Leah Hillman is making me update the club records again!
Also on Saturday there was the English junior FRA uphill only championship race. This is a particularly masochistic race 2 miles long with 242m of ascent up Winder Hill, Sedbergh. Thomas Marchant was our only runner and came a very creditable 8th.
Sunday saw the latest round of the BOFRA champs with a race at Kettlewell in Wharfedale. Unfortunately the ford across the Wharfe has been eroded and the narrow stream was 5ft deep meaning that a river crossing was too dangerous, however this made for a fast start up the road watched by the tourists. An obligatory swim in the river after the race is part of the ritual at fell races and the Pendle athletes joined in the fun.
Next Saturday sees the senior fell runners at the English champs race at Buckden Gala, just up the road from kettlewell. On Sunday there is the BOFRA Hawkswick Dash a real lung buster.
This is a photo of Club athletes who competed at the Lancashire champs. Some
athletes got too many to hold themselves so they had to enrol the help
of the non-medal winners to hold them !
Also there is a picture of the U13 Boys Cross Country team who were awarded a bronze medal by Pendle
Athletic Club as they finished 3rd in the Red Rose League this year.
Saturday 1st June 2013
glorious day for athletics with our little band of athletes who
ventured to Litherland for the second YDL meeting. It was a touch
windy but spectators enjoyed watching the day’s events unfold from a
little sheltered cluster of brightly coloured tents and chairs on a
bank overlooking the impressive athletics arena.
Again, our athletes
gave some incredible performances racking up an impressive 24 personal
best times, excellent to say there were only 18 Pendle athletes taking
Luke Thompson, Thomas Marchant, Kate Pritchard, Jamie Oldcorn,
Spencer Phelan, Sammy Taylor Bolshaw and Matthew Barnes all gained 2 PB’
s, while Ruby Schofield, a newcomer to the YDL League gained 3 PB’s,
well done Ruby. Other notable performances came from Gregan Baker
winning the 4k Hammer Throw which he did for the first time at that
weight, a PB for Kai in the Long Jump, an amazing jump and PB for
Natrika in the Long Jump of 4.89 and PB,s from the Barnes Bros for
their performances in the Hurdles !
Also making an appearance for the
first time in the YDL league was Saul Wilds and Alex Baker who gave
tremendous performances for the first time in this league. Alex got
herself a PB with a great Javelin throw of 14.66m and an encouraging
throw in the Shot Putt as well as a confident Long Jump and Saul did
the 100m, 200m and Javelin throw – where he finished in 2nd place in
the B Group, as well as doing the relay for the first time. Having a
try at different events enables the Club to gain valuable points and
several of our athletes gained their PB’s from doing just that so don’t
be afraid to give things a try.
Well done to the relay teams as we
managed to again field three teams with the U15 Boys 4 x 300m cruising
their way to victory.
Performance of the day must go to Spencer Phelan
who got a PB in his Long Jump finishing in lst position and also
managed to break a Pendle Club record with a magnificent Javelin throw
of 30.92 – a great performance which earned him a well deserved ice-
cream at the end of the day !
Thanks to all the Track Officials of the
day from Pendle Athletic Club, we were adequately covered so no
penalties, as far as I know, were imposed !
At the end of the day
Pendle Athletic Club finished in 2nd position with 476 points, 84
points behind Dash Athletic Club and 42 points in front of the 3rd
position Colwyn Bay Athletic Club. Our points for Fixture 2 were 39
points improved from the Stockport fixture and one can see the athletes
going from strength to strength.
Next athletic meeting is at Lancaster
on Saturday 15th June for the Mid Lancs League
P.S. DON’T FORGET YOUR
Report by Lynn Baker
(Again please let me know of any
errors – my mistakes are not intentional !)
Early news is that Matthew Dutton came a fantastic 4th place in a field of approx. 1200. More details to follow.
All rounder Alex Baker added Cumberland Wrestling to her list of sports on Thursday night alongside fell running, track running, throwing and ballet dancing! The Pendle AC vest made a welcome addition to those of various wrestling academies.
Elsewhere the Marchants, Bakers and Wilsons enjoyed the sunshine with fell races, handicapped track races (on grass and measured in yards), sack races etc
LANCASHIRE A.A. TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS
SATURDAY 25TH AND SUNDAY
26TH MAY 2013
Well, what can I say about last weekend ! Small Club
but a huge effort from all our athletes and AMAZING results.
The sun was definitely shining for Pendle Athletes and all the spectators who
enjoyed two days of sitting in the sunshine watching the weekend’s
All and everyone representing and supporting Pendle
Athletic Club should feel immensely proud of the achievements of our
From what I can calculate Pendle Athletes accumulated
7 Gold Medals, 11 Silver Medals, and 7 Bronze Medals as well as 22
Personal Best Performances, 4 New Pendle Records and 3 Championship
Best Performances – Wow – you can’t get better than that !!!
First to mention, Leah Hillman – a credit to the Club and her family – She
attained Golds for Javelin, Hammer, Discus and Shot in the U15 Girls
and achieved Championship Best Positions for Javelin, Hammer and Shot
as well as breaking the Pendle Athletic Club Records for Discus,
Javelin and Hammer – brilliant results Leah – well done.
Also in the attaining 4 Silver Medals in the Long Jump, Javelin, 100m and Discus
for the U13 Boys and also breaking a Pendle Club Record for the Discus
was Spencer Phelan – a fantastic all rounder – keep up the good work
Other Gold Medal performances came from Kai Atkins in the
U13 Boys 1500m, Luke Thompson in the U15 Boys 800m, Matthew Barnes in
the U15 Boys 3000m all giving Personal Best Performances – fantastic
Our Silver Medal performances came from Kai Atkins in
the U13 Boys 800m, Natrika Wildman in the Long Jump U15 Girls and the
Javelin U15 Girls. Timmy Barnes in the U13 Boys High Jump, Luke
Thompson in the 1500m U15 Boys, Darius Boardman for the U17 Men 1500m
and Neng Wildman in the U20 Men for the 100m – a great achievement for
you all – brilliant.
Our Bronze Medal performances came from Matthew Thompson in the U15 Boys 1500m and the U15 Boys 800m, Daemon Metcalfe
in the U15 Boys High Jump and the U15 Boys Long Jump (with an amazing
jump of 1.60m in the High Jump and 5.05m in the Long Jump – outstanding
jumping Daemon !), Joe Lonsdale in the U15 Boys 200m – well deserved –
great result Joe – PB’s for both your 100m and 200m, Neng Wildman for
this U20 Mens 200m and Natrika Wildman for a Bronze Medal in the U15
Shot (her third medal of the weekend – well done Natrika)
Personal Best performances were also achieved by Gregan Baker in the U15 Boys
200m, and James Marchant in the 3000m U17 Men.
Other athletes competing were Thomas Marchant who had a great U15 Boys 1500m run, Alan
Plumb in the Hammer Event who unfortunately sustained a slight injury
to his back, Matthew Dutton who ran a great U17 Men’s 800m Final and
Alex Baker, U13 Girl, who competed for the first time in a BIG athletic
event. She didn’t manage to get a medal at the weekend but got herself
2 PB’s in Discus and Javelin and a medal at Trafford on Monday !
Thanks must also go to our Team of Officials who spent two days over
the weekend giving their time, Faye Holden who spent two days
recording, Karen Hillman who was a Track Official and Sheila Markendale
and Derek Butterworth who were officiating the Field Events not
forgetting Noel who came to support his boys – crutches ‘n’ all –
wishing you a speedy recovery Noel.
There we go for another year – give yourselves a great round of applause – still plenty of competing
to be done throughout the summer the next event being the Youth
Development League at Litherland on Saturday, 1st June.
I apologise for any errors or any Club Records missed – please let me know of any
amendments, any mistakes are not intentional !
Report from Lynn Baker
The timetable is attached lancstimetable. Please note that this is pre entry – if you haven’t entered you are too late.
There is no parking inside the arena itself but there is still parking in the Leisure Centre car park and along parts of the perimeter of Stanley Park.
No Club sessions at the track, which will be closed. Training as normal for the rest of the week.