2017 - Presentation Evening

posted 17 Oct 2017, 14:09 by Spen A.C.

Presentation Night/Disco will be held on Friday 24th November from 7.30 p.m (members only) .  Raffle prizes would be appreciated.

Trophies to be returned by the 23rd October, so that we can get them engrave for the above night.

Change to Junior Training Times

posted 21 Mar 2017, 13:10 by Spen A.C.

The coaches and committee of Spenborough A.C. have decided for the safety of everyone using the track that junior groups training time will change to 6pm until 7pm. This will start as of the 3rd April. We ask that you be at the track and ready to start at 6pm.

Junior groups affected at Emma & Jake's (Under 11s) and Frank & Tracy's (Under 13s)

Thank you for your cooperation.

Spen Greenway 10k

posted 13 Oct 2016, 09:51 by Spen A.C.   [ updated 13 Oct 2016, 09:55 ]

A selction of photos from the Spen Greenway 10k held on 11th September 2016.


 Joe Sagar (Spenborough A.C.) pictured left, Winner of the Spen Greenway 10k. All photos from the race can be viewed on the Spen AC Flickr page here.

Northern Athletics

posted 1 Jun 2016, 08:39 by Spen A.C.

Spenborough's senior athletes gave a good account of themselves in the first athletics meeting of the season at the Princess Mary Stadium on Saturday 7th May. However the step up to division two of the Northern Athletics League will be a challenge and the team finished fifth of the six teams. It was in the field events where the Spenborough athletes preformed well with new members Darren and Fiona Thomas gaining valuable points. Darren won the discus and 'B' shot and came second in the hammer throw. Fiona won the women's shot and placed second in the 'B' hammer and discus throws. Nick Crimmen won the shot putt. Other throwers performing well were Charlotte Bell and Linda North who finished third in the hammer and discus throws respectively. Jake Darby won the 'B' hammer. Preparing for decathlons later in the summer Glenn Aspindle enjoyed a busy afternoon placing second in the pole vault and high jump and third in the javelin and long jump. Jason Newall also had a busy afternoon doing maximum number of events and contributing valuable points for the team. In the middle distance events Paul Davis (1500m), Simon Bolland (800m), Kevin Ogden (5000m) and Mollie Flannery (women's 800m) all placed third in their respective events. The next match is at Whitehaven in Cumbria on 5th June.
Holmfirth      379
Blackpool     374
Bolton          363
Seaton         323
Spenborough 301
Trafford         233

On Sunday 8th May leading Spenborough distance runner Joe Sagar placed fifth in the Leeds Half Marathon in a time of 73 minutes 40 seconds.

Pictures Nick Crimmen, shot putt winner
Joe Sagar (9861) at the start of the Leeds Half Marathon

2016 Northern Vets. Track & Field

posted 6 Apr 2016, 03:29 by Spen A.C.   [ updated 6 Apr 2016, 03:29 ]

This year's Northern Vets. Track & Field events are to be held on the following dates:
Wednesday 13th April @ Princess Mary's Stadium, Cleckheaton. Field H-S-HJ-LJ
Wednesday 8th June @ SportCity, Manchester. Field S-HJ-LJ-JAV
Wednesday 6th July @ Princess Mary's Stadium, Cleckheaton. Field H-D-S-TJ
Wednesday 27th July @ Leigh Sports Village. Field D-JAV-LJ-HJ

Track events up to 3000m. No 3000m at Leigh.

Events start at 7pm prompt (except for 5000m)
£4.00 for up to 4 events.
Three trials for field events.
NOTE: 5000m Champs at Leigh on 27th July 7.30pm start.

Please see Shiela Bolland for more information.

2016 Spen 20/Bradford 10k report

posted 6 Apr 2016, 03:16 by Spen A.C.   [ updated 6 Apr 2016, 03:17 ]

Spenborough Athletics Club hosted our annual 20 miles road race on Sunday 13th March. Cool sunny weather made ideal and pleasant conditions for the 200 plus runners tackling the hilly course around the Hartshead, Clifton and Robertown areas. Last years winner John Hobbs from the Leeds club Valley Striders was determined to repeat his win and hold on to the Yorkshire 20 mile title that is incorporated into the race. The early climb out of Cleckheaton up to Scholes usually sorts the runners out and here John and Mike Jefferies, also from Valley Striders, broke clear. Jefferies made a determined effort to stay with his team mate Hobbs but the champion proved the stronger and finished in a respectable time of 1 hour 56 mins 56 secs. The Spenborough runners were led home by veteran Martin Hall who was eleventh and first man over 55 years in the excellent time of 2 hours 06 mins and 04 secs. Other Spen runners were Gerrard Skippings in 32nd, John Turpin (45th), Edward Revell (53rd), Tony Bromley (59th), Graham Walsh 93rd, Simon Cragg 99th, Alex Boryslawski 139th and Lewis Bellwood 144th. Graham was first veteran over 65 years in a good time of 2hrs 35mins 16secs. In the women's race Hannah Oldroyd from Saltaire was the winner in a time of 2 hours 12 mins 30 secs. In 9th place and 69th overall was Spenborough's Jenni Muston.

Thanks goes to all of the volunteers who helped to make the event a success. Among the helpers at the end of the race was Spenborough's Joe Sagar who earlier in the morning won the Bradford 10km road race. Joe was first home from nearly 1000 runners in his biggest win to date.

Pictures: the start of the Spen 20 on the Princess Mary Stadium track. Joe Sager at the finish of the Bradford 10km, Spenborough helpers at the Spen 20 water station and Jenni Muston at the Spen 20.

More photos from Spen 20 & Bradford 10k can be seen on the Spen AC Flickr page on the following links: 

Start of Spen 20 Joe Sagar wins Bradford 10k
Spen 20 Water Station Crew Spen's Jenni Muston

2016 Grand Prix

posted 28 Feb 2016, 13:44 by Spen A.C.

Dewsbury 10k – Sunday 7th February
Liversedge Half Marathon – Sunday 14th February
Huddersfield 10k – Sunday 28th February
Wakefield 10k – Sunday 3rd April
John Carr Series (2nd race) – Date to be confirmed
Reindeer Romp – Date to be confirmed
Rock “n” Roll Liverpool Half Marathon – Sunday 29th May
Eccup 10 mile – Sunday 3rd July
Helen Windsor 10K – Wednesday 6th July
Todmorden 5k Series – Thursday 21st July
Fire Station 5 mile – Date to be confirmed
Greenway 10k – Date to be confirmed
Plusnet 10 mile (York) – Sunday 9th October
Abbey Dash 10k – Date to be confirmed

Annual Presentation

posted 30 Nov 2015, 14:16 by Spen A.C.   [ updated 30 Nov 2015, 14:53 ]

Fast rising decathlete Glenn Aspindle walked off with a lion's share of the honours from Spenborough and District Athletic Club's annual awards presentation last Friday.
Spenborough & DAC President Brian Ward presents Glenn Aspindle (right) 
with the Allat Memorial Trophy for the outstanding athlete of the year.

The event, staged at Cleckheaton Rugby, Cricket and Sports Club, brought together the cream of Spen Valley's track and field talent and 17-year old multi-eventer Aspindle received the Allat Trophy - for the "Outstanding athlete of the year", the Earnshaw Trophy for the best field performances, the most points in Junior men's track and field competition and a cash award for winning the Yorkshire Under-20s Javelin and Triple Jump titles.

Under-15 County Champion Charlotte Bell was not far behind after a season of steady progression in discus, shot and hammer, which took her and several of her clubmates to Italy and the Czech Republic durin
g the summer to represent Kirklees in the European Kids Games.

There were also trophies for Kevin Ogden (road and cross country) Linda North, Erin Newsome, Jason Newell, Jake Darby, Mason Smith, Sam Taylor, James Bell, Emma Rawnsley, Rosa McKie, Georgia Smith Calvert and Natalie Groves (all track and field); Joe Sagar, Rob Chaplin, Katy Gomersall and Joanne Burden (road running); Paul Davis, Jack Barrowclough, Harry Brackenridge, Olivia Reeah, Nicloas Brackenridge, Courtney Benson, Tobin Rhodes and Natasha Geere (cross country).

Club president Brian Ward was on hand to present the Spen Grand Prix titles - for a series of 13 mostly road races - to Ian Ogden and Jackie Carter, with Henry Carter and Courtney Benson picking up the junior awards.

Track and Field team managers Emma Rawnsley and Tracey Mitchell were jointly awarded the Presidents Cup for their behind the scenes work and Michael Dransfield, Richard Lee, Ian Whittaker, Nick Crimmen, Frank Reddington and Chris Drake all given life membership for long-standing services tot he club, in a couple of cases dating back to the seventies.

All Award Winners

Life Members

posted 15 Jun 2015, 13:46 by Spen A.C.

At the Spenborough committee meeting on Friday Sheila Bolland, Roy Bain and Marjorie Bain were made life members of Spenborough. All have been members since the early 1980's. Sheila was recognised for her vast contribution to the catering at the club. Sheila is also very good at getting officials from all over the north of England to come to Spenborough when we host or organise meetings. Roy has made a tremendous contribution to transport in the club at one time driving our own bus and now arranging them. Roy was also a long standing chair of the club and is still a pivotal figure especially in negotiations with Kirklees Active Leisure. Marjorie is our long standing secretary whose administration at the club has enabled us to be recognised within the athletics world as well as general sports administration as a safe, competent and well run club. Congratulations to all three.

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