Pendle athletes were out in force on Saturday with many of them multi-eventing and picking up points for the Club.

Special congratulations to Alan Plumb who captured Pendle’s long-standing Shot Putt record of Frank Powell by throwing 12.47m.


James Blackburn raised his own triple jump record from 13m19 to 13m 88 at the northern meeting last weekend.  This just shows that Uni students can stay healthy and enjoying their athletics!

Danielle started hurdling tonight – didn’t look half bad either. Watch out for her at the final YAL.

Alex Baker had her first go at High Jump, cleared 1.04m and got her run up just right, (remember 8 x 15 feet Alex).

Dave’s sprint group continues to grow with a couple of female additions tonight.

Just been looking at the Pendle Open 100m records for U10 & U11 girls – the mums must have been putting something in their tea in the 80’s.

Please can you bring the attached list of lost property from Mid Lancs
League cross-country events in 2011 -2012 to the attention of your
Some of the items are expensive and in good condition. The owners’ last
chance to reclaim wanted articles is at the track & field event on 2nd
June, to which I will be bringing all the things.
Alternatively owners can phone me on 01253 721514 to register their
interest in retrieving their property.
After the track meeting all remaining items will be disposed of.

Dawn Lock


The Club was really succesful at recruiting new members through the link to 100 days to the Olympics, especially younger athletes.  However this has exposed our need for more coaches.

If you are interested in helping on an occasional or regular basis please talk to paul or christine.  For insurance purposes any regular helpers do need to be qualified and the Club will pay for the course.  This is normally the Coaching Assistant course.

Details of courses in the north of england this year are attached.  These courses are good fun and are targetted at parents who are offering to help on a voluntary basis.  They do not require previous athletics experience.

We don’t need people to commit every week.  For instance Paul has a regular meeting on a Monday night once per month and needs someone to deliver a programme to 9 to 13 year olds with other qualified coaches nearby.

pac uka coaching courses

Details of a special event being organised by Blackburn Harriers at Witton Park.  Note that it is pre entry only and that entries close on 1st june.…eeting2012.pdf

A lack of officials delayed the start of  track competition but this didn’t prevent the athletes fom putting on a memorable show on a pleasant day at Wilson’s Playing Fields. Several Pendle athletes were missing from the first fixture but replacements were drafted in and performed well for the club.

In the hurdles Sophie showed improvement and Kai managed to stay on his feet this time. Natrika brushed off the disappointment of the Lancs Champs and performed solidly – attempting (but alas failing this time) what would have been a 1.45PB in the HJ. Daemon, noticably had a smile on his face and jumped well (dad must have increased his pocket money).

All of Noel’s squad performed solidly with Matthew Dutton being my pick of the bunch.

From the sprints group I recall Joe running well and Spencer flying round the bend on the first leg of the relay but a special mention goes to Neng (I may be biased) as he put in a fantastic display of sprinting to win all the events he ran in.

I didn’t see many field events as I was a track official all meeting. I’d like to thank my new apprentice and think she’s now at the stage where she could manage by herself. Offers of help to perform as an official are always welcome as this eases the burden on everyone else.

Jordan had to goto hospital with a sore hip – let’s hope its nothing serious.

The last YAL meeting is 17th June at Bury- make yourself available and have a great day out.

Results for 6th May (being challenged):

Just a formal reminder that club athletes must compete in the correct age groups and not run below the minimum age limit for a race.  Parents often feel that youngsters will benefit from a longer distance or tougher competition, however the rules have been put in place for sound reasons.

In general young athletes are coached for speed rather than endurance, in line with their physiology as they grow up.  Some athletes may be capable of longer distances but others won’t be.  At younger age groups all coaches are targetting long term athlete development rather than short term success.  For me, if a youngster I still competing when they are 18 years old then that is more satisfying than lots of medals aged 11 and then dropping out of sport.

This post is because the Club has received a letter from the Fell Running Association advising us that a number of club runners competed recently below the minimum age for the race.  In fell running there are maximum distances for all ages up to 18.  Parents involved have been advised.

Athletes enter fell races as individuals but in situations such as this then the Club has to get involved.  Please do comply in the future.  Race organisers have been told that they have no discretion in this area.

The age limits were publicised on this website on the 19th February and 3rd March, with specific reference to the races involved.  Failure to comply invalidates the organiser’s insurance which is provided through UK Athletics and means that the young athlete has no insurance cover.



It’s getting hard to keep up with all the Club records that have been broken in the past week, and it is still only early in the season.

Starting with Zac Child who has increased his own senior mens javelin record to 47m06 from 45m26.  Also in javelin Leah Hillman has broken Nicola Alcock’s record that has stood since 1990 and is now 33m48.  Helena Leathley has set a record in a new event the senior womens 2000m steeplechase with 7.34.1.  All of these were at the Lancashire championships.

At the Trafford Medal Meet Gregan Baker threw the javelin 28m99 to increase his own U13 record by nearly 3m.  I know that Gregan is already looking to break the 29m mark.  This puts Gregan in 12th spot nationally in the power of 10 rankings.


Don’t forget to make yourself available this Sunday for the 2nd meeting in YAL. Athletes are encouraged to make themselves available to compete for their Club. Remember your coach spends hours of his time down at the track so he appreciates seeing his athletes competing in the 3 events organised in the YAL.

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