A first for Stockport Athletics Coaching!

On Wednesday 19th September four members of our group went over to Doncaster Athletics Club and competed in 1500m/2000m steeplechases for Stockport Harriers.


The training group has got to this point by following a LATE SPECIALISATION, LONG TERM ATHLETE DEVELOPMENT Model. We develop ALL 5 fitness components simultaneously with young developing athletes.


Harry Miller-Reedman (the ONLY U17 to compete in an Octathlon for the whole of the Greater Manchester Region; SHAC's number 1 Javelin thrower ........etc etc) was putting his endurance and hurdling skills to the test and came through this excellent experience & challenge very well.


Lauren Burgess (an U17 who throws U20 Javelin for the club at YDL, is the current Greater Manchester U17 Discus Gold medalist, has 7 UK rankings in very different events .......etc etc) achieved a UK ranking(109th) from this first time of competing in the event, in her first year as an U17.


The coaching group is very proud of these two young athletes who competed in this event as multi-eventers not specialised endurance runners.


Our U20 athletes come from two different backgrounds and were competing in the 2000m Steeplechase. Sam Johnson has a multi-eventing background (Derbyshire's Number 1 Octathlete last year; still competes in a number of events for SHAC at YDL; but his current main focus is the 400m Hurdles where in his first season as an U20 he was ranked 3rd in the Northwest and 52nd in the UK). He took this tough endurance challenge on, for all the right reasons, with great positive attitude. He continues to leave all options/opportunities open to himself for the future. Luke Farrant joined us just a year ago having specialised early in endurance at another club. As a coaching group we are trying to broaden his opportunities for the future and because of his open-mindedness, willingness to learn new skills and great attitude, he is responding extremely well. Due to the Speed work he has done since joining the group, he has a UK ranking in the 400m, he is SHAC's fastest 800m/1500m U20 runner and because of the hurdling work that has been introduced, he achieved an excellent, first time, UK ranking (62nd) in the Steeplechase - in his first year as an U20! Lots more to come from this young athlete as his Speed, strength, hurdling skills etc etc continue to be developed.


Stockport Athletics Coaching remain an independent, self sufficient, self funded training group with it's own unique training philosophy. I'd like to take this opportunity to thank all those who support the group for all that we stand for - the parent group; the coaching group (Crazy legs fitness being an inetegral part of it); Stockport Grammar School; Inspire Gym and Lifeleisure. Finally, as it is Steeplechase that we are celebrating successes in, a special mention to Bashir Hussain who continues to support and inspire the young athletes within our group in this event and across all that we do.

LAG YDL Promotion for a second year running!

Twelve young athletes from our group made a significant contribution to this years LAG promotion, over the course of the 4 matches. The group has a very healthy, positive, supportive philosophy towards Competition and that is why so many of the group are willing and able to compete for the club across a vast array of events when called upon to do so.

In the last match in Middlesborough, Ella, Grace, Josie, Daniel, Jonah, Rhys & Harvey were available & selected by the club to compete across 9 different events. A great credit to themselves and the group.

I was delighted with the progress made by Josie & Harvey in the Hurdles with two excellent PBs. Jonah & Rhy's PBs in the Javelin & 800m respectively were also a good step in the right direction. Ella joined in with two excellent PBs in the 800m & Javelin.

Improved performances come about through consistently, committed, regular, quality training across all events. A very good example is the last session Ella did with Stewart on Javelin. From the feedback Stew gave me I knew progress was about to be made.

If we want to be selected for next year's LAG / UAG teams by our excellent Team manager Carl (Guardiola) Doodson, we simply need to keep improving our performances through good Training & Preparation.

Congratulations to all involved in this great success for SHAC!

UAG YDL 2018 Report

Lauren, Harry, Matthew S, Troy, Luke & Sam have contributed extremely well to SHAC's third place in this league over three fixtures. They have represented our Training group Philosophy brilliantly and in so many different ways. When the Club was struggling to fill places on the teamsheet Troy & Matt S stepped forward to fill in where there was a lack of Power athletes in events such as Sprints/Relays, Long Jump & Shot. In my book, this is what is known as "PARTICIPATION" for all the right reasons and for the multitude of benefits that it offers individuals from a developmental perspective.

At times our U17 athletes competed in the U20 category to get points for the club. What superb attitude and team spirit! One really good example is Lauren throwing a heavier weight Javelin in the U20 age group. In this last fixture she got a PB and came 4th in the A competition!!! Our focus on Speed & Force generation, even with our endurance athletes, is coming along very nicely.

Luke & Sam as our U20s continue to produce performance that are a real inspiration to the whole group and are demonstrating how well our Long Term development philosophy is working.

In this last fixture Sam (as a previous Octathlete - Derbyshire's No 1) competed in 5 events for the Club - The ONLY athlete doing the U20M 400mH across all the teams present!!! plus High Jump, Discus, Javelin(PB) & the 4 x 400m relay team. Two days on from this superb run, jump & throw marathon effort Sam produced a 400m PB at Trafford. Do I need to say more!?

Luke has had an excellent first T&F season with us. His transition to Speed & middle distance events has produced PB after PB and there was more of the same in this last fixture, with a 6 second PB in the 1500m. Luke's background, unlike the rest of the group, is not in multi-eventing but in endurance and yet he too contributed to the overall team effort when there was noone else to do Power events such as Shot & Long Jump. He also made an outstanding contribution to the 4 x 400m relay team.

These young athletes are a great credit to themselves, their families, their training group & Club. The Coaching group is really proud of them and their achievements. The next thing we will be working on with them is correct Nutrition :-)

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Cheshire League - Round 2

Fourteen of our young Athletes contributed to another SHAC victory in this very successful T&F season. I was delighted that Harry RH made his debut for the club - in 4 events! and that Matthew S competed for the first time this Summer. The group competed across 14 different events, which demonstrates how our multi-event approach, as part of a Long Term Athlete Development model, is working extremely well in providing opportunity and keeping all future options open to our young group of athletes. An extremely good example is that when there was noone for U13 Boys Discus, two of our group Daniel & Rhys stepped forward to fill these places. Daniel is currently ranked 2nd at the Club in this event, as a multi-eventer.

There were numerous, well deserved PBs across the group and in many different events. Particularly impressive were Luke's massive PB in the 3000m, Rhys' over 4m Long Jump, Libby & Harry MR's PBs in their middle distance races and I liked Harry RH's first effort in the 800m and his time in the 100m.

As we get deeper into the T&F season, I am looking forward to reporting on many positive results, as we invest more training across a multitude of events. Some athletes made excellent progress over half term.

Congratulations Harry RH, Rhys, Sam, Matthew, Annabel, Alexa, Lauren, Libby, Harry MR, Harvey, Cameron, Daniel & Luke on your excellent contribution to the team and on your personal achievements!

UAG YDL - Match 2

Absolutely delighted with our performances & contributions to the Team on a Day that was not ideal from a weather perspective : warm, windy and rain at times!

Troy - doing a great job for the team as an U17 racing against U20s in the 100m/200m and achieving two PBs. The only Stockport Harrier Throwing Discus in the U17M age group!! That says it all and the coaching group is delighted with his attitude to competing for his local athletics club and the progress he is making through Competition.

Sam - 3 PBs out of 4 events!! Need I say more. Congratulations Sam! I should really: 400mH achieved in an uncompetitive race; 200m PB achieved in an absolute downpour; Discus PB off the back of very little training in the event and a near High Jump PB off even less training in it! Fabulous from Derbyshire's top octathlete from last year!

Lauren - An endurance athlete asked to do two 300m, a Discus Throw & Javelin throw with an U20 Javelin. Fabulous speedwork, strength work .......... LONG TERM ATHLETE DEVELOPMENT! Remains a great role model in so many different ways within the group.

Luke - Contributed team points in the Long Jump & Shot and in a very tactical race came second in the 1500m (an improvement of two places from round 1). Having a great first T&F season with the group and deserves every success because of his total commitment to train & compete!

Harry - The only U17 to be selected to compete for Greater Manchester this year in the Octathlon in the regional ESAA Combined Events regional finals, got a good Hurdles PB and gained points for the team in the Long Jump & Javelin. The Group is very proud of Harry. Being able to do 8 events to a good & getting better standard, is great credit to him!