High Peak’s winning performances at second Derbyshire mini-league Cross Country race at Chesterfield
Despite the snow in Buxton, conditions at the second Derbyshire mini-league cross country race at Tupton Hall School, Chesterfield on Saturday 25th November were much sunnier, with warming performances from all the High Peak AC athletes who participated. There were race wins in the under 15 girls race for Sosseh Badjie and in under 11 girls race for Alice Tolley. They both have two wins out of two in the Derby mini-league series and head the individual league table for their age group going into the last race of the series in two weeks time. Also in the under 11 girls race Hannah Dunkin put 100% effort in despite not feeling 100%, to come in a very encouraging 11th place.
In the under 11 boys race there was yet again a fantastic turn out from High Peak, with really good performances from all the athletes: first HPAC athlete in was Xavier Morgan in 6th place, with the fast improving Josh Edlin in 8th place, followed by Samuel McGill in 11th, and Jed Burton in his first XC race coming in a very good 15th place. Xavier sits in 4th place overall after two races, so a real chance of grabbing a top 3 finish going into the last race in the series. The boys under 11 team also sit comfortably in second place in the team competition behind Derby Athletics Club, whilst the girls under 11 team are also lying second behind Amber Valley and Erewash Athletics Club.
Finally, two very good performances from the two under 13 boys competing for HPAC. William Stanway was a commendable 3rd place, and Gregor McGill performed solidly to come in 11th in a tough and fast race. William is sitting nicely in 3rd place in the individual under 13 boys league table.
With each race the HPAC athletes seem to be further improving – Well done everyone!
Next up on Saturday 2nd December HPAC are back in action at the 3rd North Midlands XC league competition at Shipley Park, Heanor, and the following week (Saturday 9th December) is the finale of the Derby mini-league XC at Derby Moorways where HPAC are in with a real chance of individual and team medal position finishes.
High Peak’s young athletes put in top performances at the North Midlands Cross country league race in Corby.
On Saturday 11th November a small but very keen band of HPAC junior runners travelled over 100 miles to Glebe Park in Corby for the second race in the North Midlands Cross country league series. However, it was well worth the journey! The conditions were perfect for cross country running, and there was success for HPAC in the very first race of the day, with Alice Tolley following up her win in the first race of the series in October by again winning the 2km under 11 girls race in a time of 8 minutes 32 seconds, 22 seconds ahead of the second placed girl.
Next up the under 11 boys 2km race, and there was a good HPAC turnout for this, with George Tweedie
coming in as first HPAC athlete in 15th place (8 mins, 58 seconds), followed closely by Xavier Morgan showing great finishing speed to come in 18th. Josh Edlin put in a a strong and well planned run to come in 25th, followed by Hamish Tweedie (29th), and our consistent performer Samuel McGill (31st). Hamish is the younger brother of George and is fast improving! The HPAC under 11 boys are a strong unit, and we really do have a lot of exciting talent in this age group.
In the under 13 boys race over an undulating 3km, William Stanway of HPAC came a very credible 10th in a high quality field, and is showing he is a quick learner in his first season of cross country. Elspeth Morgan ran for HPAC in the under 15 girls race also over the same 3km course, and showed true grit up against a very strong field to come in 30th.
High Peak’s young athletes put in star performances at North Midlands Cross country league season opener
High Peak Athletics Club took a team to Markeaton Park, Derby on Saturday 14th October for the first North Midlands Cross Country league race of the 2017-18 season. On a warm Autumn’s day that had the ladybirds out, there was a fantastic team spirit as always and some very hot performances
First up was the girls under 11 race run over a distance of 1.5km. On a flat fast course Alice Tolley of High Peak AC came 1st in a close race with Iris Clarke of Sutton Harriers. In the same race there were debuts for HPAC athletes Hannah Dunkin (20th) and Imogen Wilson (34th), who competed really well and showed much promise for the future. In the boys under 11 race (also over 1.5km) George Tweedie was the first boy in for High Peak in 13th, followed by Xavier Morgan in 16th, Josh Edlin 22nd, Samuel McGill 26th, with debut boy Hamish Tweedie coming 28th. All these boys ran really well in a fast race with very little distance between the first and last runner. The final race involving High Peak athletes was the combined boys under 13 and girls under 15 race run over 3.5km. The race was also run at a high pace throughout – in the boys race for High Peak William Stanway (also making his league cross country debut) came in 19th, with Gregor McGill 35th, and in the girls race, Sosseh Badjie performed very well to come in 3rd girl, with Elspeth Morgan showing great determination to come in 40th.
This is a very competitive league with kids competing from clubs from Leicestershire, Northamptonshire, Notts, Derbyshire, Lincolnshire – so a very well done to all High Peaks youngsters!
High Peak Athletic Club went to Moorways in Derby on Saturday 29th for the final of the meetings from the Derbyshire Track and Field Mini League.
On a cool, windy day HPAC arrived at Moorways with a smaller turn out of athletes than usual due to the summer holidays, but with determination and great hopes of retaining the trophy for the ‘1st placed small club without track training facilities’ an award they have won for the last 2 years.
All athletes worked hard and performed to their very best, and deservedly they finished in 4th place overall but more importantly they held onto the trophy for the 3rd year running!
The club only had two U11 boys on the day but both worked hard to show their talents in multiple events. Tom Boam who won the 80m with a clear margin and came 2nd in the howler javelin gaining new pb’s in both events, and Jed Burton, he came 3rd in the 150m and a respectable 6th in long jump. Both boys scoring high points for the club.
The under 11 girls once again proved to be a very high scoring age group for the club, Bessie Morris came 2nd in the 80m with a new pb, only 0.08 seconds of winning the closely challenged race. She had another fabulous race over the 150m to come 2nd, Courtney Limer was only two places behind finishing 4th, Courtney also threw extremely well in howler javelin to secure her 3rd place.
Alice Tolley yet again proved she was not to be beaten in the 600m equalling the new meeting record she
had set at the last meeting; deservedly winning herself a competition medal for this achievement, she also scored maximum points in the long jump with a new pb, taking 1st place. Hannah Dunkin came 8th in both 80m and howler javelin, gaining more valuable points for the club, Martha Harris-wood, showed her strong determination in the 80m and the long jump. Eden Few-Finch in her first appearance in this age category showed her strengths in the 150m race and long jump. The girls relay team worked really hard together to come 2nd in the relay.
The U13 girls showed great talent in all events. Freya Hatcher, again did extremely well in the shot coming 2nd, she was also 4th in the high jump and 5th in the very tough 70m hurdles. Jaime-Lee Taylor threw the javelin with super talent and finished 3rd, she also finished 6th in both the 100m and shot. Not far behind her was Livia Heywood finishing 8th in shot, but also showing great promise in throwing events as she came 6th in javelin, she raced hard in the 200m coming an 4th place. All three girls contributed points at this meeting.
Two boys made up the team for U13 boys, Will Stanway ran very hard in both the 200m & 1500m races taking 2nd place in both, setting himself a big new pb in 1500m, he also came 5th at shot. Lewis Lingard worked hard in both his events, the 100m & long jump earning high points and showing great team spirit.
The U15 boys team consisted of 3 boys. Elliott Archibald returned to competition after recovering from a bad injury and he did so in his usually powerful style, winning both his 100m & 300m races, Eddie Fenton came 2nd in the 100m just behind his teammate Elliott, however the 300m race turned out to be a very exciting close race between the two friends, Eddie came 2nd losing out on the win by 0.01 of a second. Alex Needham in his first appearance on the track showed his great team spirit and determination in 100m, he came 4th place in the shot on his first ever competition!
The U15 girls had a good turn out with girls competing in every event. Katie Taylor, once again showed her talents in the throwing events coming 3rd in javelin, with a new pb and 5th in the shot. Also coming 5th in the 75m hurdles. Sosseh Badjie who always shines in the longer distances won the 1500m, and was 2nd in the 300m with a tough race and dipped finish narrowly missing out on 1st place. She had her first attempt at javelin in a competition and came 5th, closely behind Aimee Sweetmore who came 4th over all setting herself a massive pb, Aimee also ran in the 100m coming 7th, and she was 6th in shot. Ruby Burton ran strong races in the 100m, 300m and came 8th in long jump. While Nell Tolley is constantly improving in her sprinting coming 6th in the 100m and running a strong 300m she also competed in long jump. Megan Harris-Wood came 5th overall in a highly competitive long jump competition and ran hard in the 300m race.
Fraser Masterson who is now competing in the U17 age group and therefore unable to compete as a scoring athlete at this competition still attended the meeting to help and encourage his younger team mates, he shows great maturity and commitment to the club and his efforts are appreciated by the young athletes and coaches alike.
The excellent team spirit and good sporting nature always shown by all HPAC athletes at competitions was deservedly noticed by an official during this competition, who verbally praised the athletes for this.
The club wishes to thank and congratulate every athlete from the club who has competed hard and contributed points to the overall score throughout this whole competition, all helping to win the club the trophy once again.
The club will continue to train throughout the summer in preparation for the up coming Cross Country season and the winter Sportshall competition.
The annual High Peak Athletic Club Sports Day was held on Saturday 15th July at Harpur Hill school. More than 50 children from the club aged from 5 years upward turned out, and despite the drizzle the enthusiasm of the young athletes to compete in a fun and fair spirit wasn’t at all dampened.
The games were officially opened by the Major of High Peak, Matthew Stone, who manned the starting horn for the first event – the sprint races. Soon the first medals were being won in the under 9, 10-11 and 12 year plus age categories. The next event was the egg and spoon race. Over a testing 100m distance, some eggs were dropped but many of the young athletes showed great balance and co-ordination in getting to the end. The Major competed in the egg and spoon, his only event of the day, and had instant success coming home first in his age group! The children had the first opportunity to show how they could work in teams in the wheelbarrow race and later in the three legged race. Other events held at the sports day were the traditional sack race, the Howler javelin, the 800 metre race, and the backwards race, where some of the children demonstrated its possible to run as fast going the wrong way as it is going the right way! The tug of war event proved highly competitive, as was the parents sprint races. The games were rounded off by the messiest event of the day – eggthrowing, where teams of two attempt to throw a real egg to each other over an increasing distance. It was very hard to work out who won this event, but it was very clear from themess who had lost!
All in all great fun was had by the High Peak AC children and parents alike– this was a real opportunity for some of the children who are too young or don’t usually compete in the club competitions to show their athletic skills and maybe even win a medal, as well as impress the High Peak Major!
HPAC is an athletics club aimed at juniors aged 7-16, with the opportunity to compete in Track and Field, Cross cCountry and a Sports Hall competition. So if anyone would like to find out more about the club, then please visit the website https://highpeakac.com or turn up to a Saturday session from 9-10 am at the Buxton Community school.