Weekend of 21 PBs & 4 UK rankings!

Congratulations to all those who picked up medals on the Weekend! As lead coach I am more interested in improved performances in terms of PBs & UK rankings. I am therefor delighted with the following outcomes from the Weekend:

Lancashire Combined Events:

Kate(2nd) and Jacob(1st) were the youngest athletes from the group competing in a Quadrathlon (50m/Standing Long Jump/400m/ mini Vortex). I'm so impressed with how comfortable they are with Competition from a very early age - as it should be, after all, it is just another training session and all they are doing is replicating what they do in training on a regular basis. I particularly liked the way they ran their 400s.

Natalie completed another Quadrathlon(75m/Standing Long Jump/600m/Turbo Javelin) achieving a very good PB in the 75m. Being one of only two U11s competing against U13s, she did extremely well across all 4 events. Daniel was another athlete doing a Quadrathlon, achieving two good PBs in Long Jump & 100m.

Josie completed her first Pentathlon and got a PB in the Shot, whilst Jonah impressed with his first Pentathlon, achieving PBs in 4 out of the 5 events. Harvey was yet another of our young athletes doing 5 events in a day,  for the first time and he achieved a PB in Shot. Harry's Octathlon, over two days, was another first and he achieved PBs in the Discus & Hurdles.

Last but not least, Annabel won her Quadrathlon, but more importantly she achieved two excellent UK rankings in Long Jump & 100m and gained valuable experience in her first 800m! Great progress.

Trafford Open Meeting:

Fantastic to have Ollie & Rhys back competing, with consistent, regular training these two lads will go from strength to strength over the season. I was very pleased with what I heard about Ella's 600m and the way she ran it and it was good to see that Alexa achieved a PB in her sprint. Grace has been training really well recently and so I am not in any way surprised that she achieved PBs in all three events she competed in. Libby got a PB in Long Jump and I was delighted for her and Mary achieving their first UK rankings. Libby in the Javelin & Mary in the Shot.

Lots of firsts, lots of great commitment & effort & lots of great learning and experience gained! Can't ask for more.

Trafford medal meeting 02.04.18

Our T&F season got off to a cracking start on Easter Bank Holiday Monday with 11 PBs in 7 different events. An excellent, genuine, multi-event start to the season, especially when you consider that we don't do T&F all the year round and the weather conditions on the day. Congratulations to Daniel, Mary, Natalie, Grace, Ella, Harvey, Josie, Alexa & Jonah for getting a really good early season Competition/training session in. Alexa won the U11G Long Jump Competition and Josie her 800m heat.

I'm delighted that Alexa & Natalie gained their first experience of outdoor T&F away from Woodbank and that Josie & Harvey competed in the sprint hurdles for the very first time. Progress is being made on a multitude of fronts by the group but there is so much more to come from everyone as we progress through the season.

I'd like to also give a mention to Harry, Sam & Luke who started their outside T&F season in atrocious weather conditions the week before in Blackpool. Harry got some much needed hurdling experience in, for the first time over the U17 hurdle height & distance and Luke led the 800m race from start to finish with Sam finishing in second.

Looking forward to our next T&F Competition and to some Warm dry weather to go with it!

Greater Manchester Cross Country Championships 2018

Grace, Mary, Libby, Daniel, Jonah, Harvey, Ella, Josie, Harry, Sam & Luke all competed in their County Cross Country Championships on Saturday. As a multi-event group to have 11 athletes out there competing in this gruelling, demanding, character building event gives me great pleasure and hope for the future. The attitude, understanding, commitment and maturity of the group, in general, is excellent. Technically & Tactically we can always improve but I can always see a lot of learning taking place and that is what is so important with young, developing athletes. From a performance perspective, all things considered (multi-eventing focus, training ages, training frequency, illness, injuries ......etc etc) I think those who achieved top 20 results have to be very pleased with themselves. They are competing in an event where early specialisation is very apparent and as such the pace is of a very high intensity throughout.

Extremely well done to you all! Looking forward to the Northerns in Leeds.

MACCL Race 3 - Kenworthy Woods

The group had 10 athletes competing at this event. Cross Country is one of the toughest events an athlete can put themselves through both physically & mentally. For that very reason, I am extremely pleased with the effort and commitment put in by Luke, Sam, Harvey, Jonah, Daniel, Josie, Lauren, Ella, Grace & Libby.

From a performance perspective, I am delighted that the group has two U17 Boys in the top 20 in the region in Luke (9th) & Sam (18th). I am also very impressed with Josie (19th) & Harvey (20th) who are in the first year of their age group and they have to be really proud of their top 20 positions as multi-eventers.

A final mention goes to Lauren who had far from an ideal preparation leading up to the race, but in true Lauren/group fashion got on with it and put in a really tough/gritty performance.

As Human beings we cannot always be at our best or perform at our best, for a vast range of reasons. Sometimes we need to use races as a means of getting back to full fitness, a training session at the highest intensity.

I'm sure the whole group is very proud of these really tough young athletes.

SHAC & MHAC Primary School Cross Country Leagues

Our Primary School group have been really busy this Autumn, with their 7th XC of the year taking place this Saturday at Woodbank Park. With this very young group, the priority is very much technique and learning. If we get the process right the outcomes will take care of themselves, over time, as we follow the LONG TERM ATHLETE DEVELOPMENT MODEL.

Dillon's consistency as a year 3 against year 4s is excellent and he is learning a lot in his first Cross Country season about running over longer distances. Jacob is getting technically/tactically better all the time and Kate produced a season's best in the last SHAC XC with a gritty, more determined effort.

I was delighted that Lily got her first Cross Country in at the last Woodbank event. In the same very tough conditions, Ava produced her best result of the season, which will help her tremendously with her main sport. Natalie is beginning to make some massive technical strides forward, as is Alexa. Alexa's consistency, in terms of results, as a year 5 against year 6s, bodes very well for the future. Jack is also doing very well off once a week training, achieving his best result of the season at the last MHAC race. His Athletic intelligence is second to none.

For a variety of different reasons the coaching group are very proud of this young group of athletes.