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.

A slow start to the day for Pendle athletes, having only a James Blackburn Silver for Triple Jump to show for the morning’s endeavours. However when the wind started to blow in the afternoon they appeared to feel more at home and the medals started to roll in.

Pendle were well served by Helena Leathley picking up a couple of Golds (including a Championship best in the 2k Steeplechase), as did Leah, with Joe Lonsdale adding Silver and Neng running well picking up Bronze in the 200m.

Again a  special mention goes to Derek and his throwers who picked up 4 Golds today with Zac (throwing a new club record of 47m+) and Gregan, following Leah’s example in the javelin.

If success is measured by the number of medals won, then the 14 Pendle athletes who competed this weekend returned home with a total of 21 medals 11 of  them giving the athlete the Lancashire title.

Well done everyone

Results: http://www.lancsaa.co.uk/

Derek Butterworth – arguably the most successful throws coach in Lancashire has got another gem in U15 girl Leah Hillman who threw the javelin to a championship best of more than 33m, and with Alan Plumb (still thowing for Pendle) picking up a Gold medal in the Shot Putt and Bronze in the Hammer, Derek must be sat at home tonight with a satisfied smile on his face.

Multi eventer Eleanor Markendale picked up Gold in Long Jump, and 2 Silvers in the short hurdles and Javelin. James Blackburn won Silver in the Triple Jump and with Helena Leathley finishing first in the 1500m, Pendle continued their early successes.

Championship new boy Spencer Phelan looking smart in his new trainers (bought especially so he could perform in the discus) failed to turn up on time for the event and was scratched by the officals “whoops”. However Spencer bounced back strongly, finishing just out of the medals in the U13 boys 100m Sprint and Shot Putt finals.

Daemon and Natrika were disappointed with their performances in their major events but both manged to PB in their respective sprints and with Tiarnen also getting a PB in the 1500m they all had something to take away from the Championships.

The blue riband event of the day was th U17 men 100m and Neng continued his early season form picking up Silver in a PB of 11.4s with only the IOM athlete denying him that elusive 1st position.

Joe Lonsdale is a boy in a hurry, obviously deciding second place wasn’t good enough for him as he registered just 31mins before his race ran a PB of 13.2s in his 100m and 30 mins later was on his way home with a Gold medal in his pocket. Stuff of comic book heroes.

And finally Leroy picked up a Bronze in the senior male Discus.

Results: http://www.lancsaa.co.uk/

A good Pendle turnout for the opening BOFRA race of the season.  Results will be on www.bofra.co.uk, probably later tonight.  The top result that I am aware of was Matthew Barnes who came 3rd in the U14 boys.

Apologies to those cheering parents and youngsters who I didn’t acknowledge on the hill during the race – probably indicates how tough it was!  Photos courtesy of Richard Marchant.

Entry forms are now required for all Bofra races for both safety and admin reasons.  These are on the Bofra website and if you fill them in electronically and print a number out you will save a lot of time.


The first YAL meeting of 2012 proved to be very entertaining and Pendle athletes left their supporters with smiles on their faces. I’m not sure what position we finished in at this stage but it didn’t matter as everone played their part. Many athletes were competing for the first time and they did Pendle, themselves and their parents proud.

I didn’t see all the action, but these are a few of my recollections – Neng & Joe and (Jordan too?)  winning their respective 100 & 200 sprints. Daemon 1.45 HJ, Spencer 4.17 LJ, Sophie winning her 200m, turning the tables on the athlete who beat her in the 100. Danielle jumping over 4m in competition and gaining a PB, Reece running and jumping well, Natrika performing admirably and I’m guessing Leah won all her events. There was so much to admire.

Thank you all athletes for the day’s entertainment.

Photos: http://www.whiteflyerphotography.com/events/ See Lucy having a bad hair day

I hope to see you all again at the same venue on the 20 May 2012 for YAL meeting 2.

YAL results should be on http://www.ukyal.org.uk/results.htm. Pendle are in N2 northwest.  However they aren’t there at the time of writing (Sat 12th May).

In addition to track and field club members also compete in various fell races throughout the north of england.  Fell shoes are advisable especially in wet conditions – talk to your coach.  Most fell races have events for aged 6 upwards, however check carefully and ask Paul if uncertain.  Youngsters must run in the correct age group even if they are capable of running the age group up.

BOFRA – these are traditional fell races often at village fetes and shows, many go back to Victorian times.  Typically short and steep, the adults usually run from the show field to the nearest hill top/trig point and back.  Very child friendly and a good day out.  The first event is at Sedbergh Gala on Saturday 12th May (watch out, adults run first!).  Details www.bofra.co.uk.  Membership is only required if you want to compete in the season long championship, entry on the day.

FRA – details on http://www.fellrunner.org.uk/.  Not all races have junior categories so check and as usual ask at the Club if uncertain.  A good start for the season would be Kildwick on Wednesday 16th May in the evening.

Others – there are some other fell races, often attached to events that aren’t Bofra champs or FRA races, some do appear in the Bofra calendar.  Of special note is Kilnsey Show which is on Tuesday 30th August 2012.  In my opinion this is a must do race for all ages over 12.  It is pre entry for adults but talk to Paul if interested to avoid complications!

The next mid lancs T&F meeting is at Witton Park, Blackburn on 2nd June.  Please note that there is no entrance to Witton Park via the main gate, alternative directions and order of events below:

Directions for access to Witton Park for Mid Lancs 2 June

Mid Lancs Track & Field Order of Events. 2012

A Club calendar for track and field was given to all athletes earlier this year, however we have lots of new members so I have posted another copy here pac-fixture-list-2012-no-highlights.

The Club competes in three main T&F leagues:

Mid Lancs T&F league – these are all entry on the day and there are only restricted numbers if we have lots of atheletes in one event (unlikely).   Turn up in good time and find the Club official who will give you a number which you keep for the summer.  Do have a go at some different events, they all score valuable points for the Club.  Age is U13 upwards (minimum age 11 on 31st August 2012) ie you can be 10 at the start of the season.  We have to provide officials to help the smooth and safe running of the meeting – all officials are volunteers.  If we don’t provide enough officials then we get fined and ultimately events may be cancelled.

Young Athletes League – a great introduction to track and field for younger athletes.  If interested talk to your coach because entries are restricted.  The Club provides transport to events that are some distance away for athletes and families; there is a small charge for this subsidised transport.  If you agree to attend then please turn up because you will be losing the Club points and may be taking the place of another athlete.

Northern League – for older athletes, talk to your coach.

I have included the details from the subscriptions page.  If you haven’t paid then you are one month overdue.  Please don’t risk the unpleasant experience of being asked to leave a training session!

Club subscriptions are set at the AGM each year.  Subs are then payable by the end of March.

This money goes towards general club costs including equipment, coach training, insurance and essential administration. In addition, for athletes over 11 years old, we have to pay a £5 fee to England Athletics that includes athlete and coach insurance.

We seek to keep our fees as low as possible to allow as many people as possible to participate.

No club officials or coaches are paid for their work.

In addition Pendle Leisure charge a fee for use of the track.  The Club does not receive any of this money.  There are three ways to pay this track charge: each time you use the track (£2.90 in Sept 2010), via a 6 month pass (£50 in Sept 2010) or through joining the Activo scheme as either a junior of full member (ask in reception for details and costs).

One of the least pleasant jobs for the committee members is chasing people for subs.  Ultimately we will stop people training because we are not insured and also this is not fair for those people who do pay their subs promptly.

The following membership categories apply (all subs are for 2012):

Young athlete – Year 4 primary school up to junior. £11

Junior – those athletes whose 11th birthday falls on or before 31st August in the current subscription year, up to age 20. £20

Senior – aged 20 years on 31st December in current subscription year or older £26

Family – two adults and all children (year 4 to 17 years of age) £47

Associate – parents and non competing members £6

In 2012 we have to pay £5 per athlete to England Athletics for all athletes junior and upwards.

Anyone who has difficulty paying subscriptions should approach the chairman or secretary in confidence.

Second claim athletes – for a senior where another club has paid the England Athletics affiliation fee £12

Membership application form  pac-MembershipForm A cheque payment is preferred payable To Pendle AC.

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