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Yorkshire Veteran Athletics Championship

posted 14 Oct 2014, 14:16 by Spen A.C.   [ updated 19 Jan 2015, 14:05 ]

Spenborough hosted the Yorkshire Veteran's Athletics Championships on Sunday (12th Oct). Our Catering Manager Sheila Bolland did much of the arrangements including gathering officials so late in the season. Sheila had time to win the shot, discus, hammer and triple jump in her age group. Our recently crowned European Veteran Champion Keith McGhie competed in the 1500m and 400m finishing second in both events in very respectable times of 4m 39.22s and 58.23s. Another distance runner to double up was Martin Hall who finished 3rd in both the 1500 m (4m 55.46s) and the 5000m (18m 21.03s). In the latter race the run away winner was our leading veteran distance runner Kevin Ogden who won in 16m 17.08s. Jason Newall also had an energetic afternoon competing in the high jump (1.50), the 200m (28.22) and the javelin. Other throwers in action were Jayne Lawrence winning the discus (30.97m) and finishing second in the shot 9.53m. Nick Crimmen enjoyed three victories in the throws with 12.09m shot, 30.86m discus and 40.36m.
Pictures from left: Keith running 1500m, Martin in the 1500m, Jason finishing the 200m, Kevin winning the 5000m and Nick preparing to launch the discus.


West Yorkshire Champs & Yorkshire Combined

posted 21 Sep 2014, 13:49 by Spen A.C.   [ updated 14 Oct 2014, 14:05 ]

There was a busy weekend of athletics at the Princess Mary Athletics Stadium when the West Yorkshire Athletics Championships and the Yorkshire Combined Athletics Championships were held. There were testing conditions for athletes and officials on Saturday with continuous rain and cool temperatures while Sunday the day was sunny and mild. Spenborough athletes had success with some sensational sprinting from under 20 athlete Leon Greenwood who won the West Yorkshire 200 meters in a time of 22.01 seconds which is a national standard grade one. Leon also won the 400 meters in 50.54 seconds. Simon Bolland won the West Yorkshire under 20 men's 1500 meters. In the Combined Events Championships Spenborough athletes Glenn Aspindle and Caius Lee finished first and second respectively in the under 17 men's Octathalon that involves competing in eight events over two days. Both athletes are multi talented taking part in a various events from throwing the javelin to running 1500 meters. Glenn is the West Yorkshire League Champion making him the best overall under 17 male athlete this season with Caius finishing eigth. Other under seventeen men competing were James Anthony who was 3rd in the 800 meters and Tobin Rhodes finishing 4th in the 1500 meters. Another Spenborough athlete in winning ways is under eleven athlete Natalie Groves. Natalie won the West Yorkshire 75, 150 and 600 meter races this weekend and finished third overall athlete in her age group. Not to be outdone by the girls under eleven boy Jack Quinn competed in the 75, 600 meters and long jump finishing 7th in all of them! Under 13 boy Kahlan Lee competed in the triatholon that involved the shot putt, long jump and 80 meters finishing 6th. For many athletes this is their final competition of the season but after a short break they will have opportunities to compete indoors during the winter while the distance runners will have cross country and road races to compete in.

Charlotte Bell
Charlotte Bell who who was 1st in both the Under 15 girls shot and discus at the Championship meeting on the 6th September 2014


posted 25 Aug 2014, 12:13 by Spen A.C.   [ updated 25 Aug 2014, 12:13 ]

Spenborough's senior athletics team travelled to Warrington for the fourth and final round of the Northern Athletics division three fixture. The men's distance runners performed well. Twin brothers Kevin (pictured) and Ian Ogden won the 5000 meter 'A' and 'B' races and in the 1500 meters Joshua Woodcock-Shaw was second in the 'A' race with Ryan Dransfield finishing 1st in the 'B' race. However in the women's distance races it was left to team manager Amanda Pearson to be our only representative in the 1500 meters and no one in the 3000m. Amanda also ran the 800 with Molly Flannery. Sprinter Erin Newsome took advantage of the warm sunny conditions on the unusual blue track winning the women's 100 and 200 meters races. Veteran athlete Keith McGhie defied his 55 years to record fine performances of 27.4 for the 200 meters, 57.3 in the 400m and 67.0 for the 400 meter hurdles. Glen Aspindle and Caius Lee performed well in the jumps with Caius coming second in the pole vault. However we were missing athletes in many events and it was such a contrast to the performances and happy feeling of the final match last season at Stockport when we were promoted. It is surprising that we finished fourth of the six teams on the day and have ended the season third in the league. While this is a good result following promotion last season as athletes in a club we do have some obligation to provide competition for athletes in other clubs.

Spen Athlete - Kevin Ogden


posted 25 Aug 2014, 12:02 by Spen A.C.   [ updated 25 Aug 2014, 12:02 ]

What a turn around for Spenborough's senior athletes in the Northern Athletics league at Halifax on Sunday. After finishing fifth in the last league fixture and looking to avoid relegation the athletes turned out in force to win the match by one point from East Cheshire with Halifax just nine points behind in third. Ciara Flannery and Sasha Craig dominated the women's sprints winning the 100 and 200 meter 'A' and 'B' races while Leon Greenwood won the men's the 200 meters and the 'B' 100. While the women finished second in the 4 x 100 meters and 4 x 400 meters relays Leon anchored the men to victory in the final event of the afternoon the men's 4 x 400 meters relay. That win secured the match victory for Spenborough by one point after 37 events. There were strong performances from Spenborough's throwers with Chelsea Mitchell winning the women's shot and Nick Crimmen winning the men's shot. Eliot Griffin won the 'A' hammer throw with Nick winning the 'B' event. Spenborough's distance runners put in some good performances. Mollie Flannery won the women's 'B' 800 meters and Ryan Dransfield won the men's 'B' 800 meters. There were second places from James Anthony in the men's 800 'A' race, Becky Rowlands in the women's 800 'A' race, Joshua Woodcock-Shaw and Simon Bolland in the men's 1500 meters 'A' and 'B' races respectively and Kevin Ogden in the men's 5000 meters. Points were gained by athletes stepping into events they are not familiar with notably team manager Amanda Pearson gaining four valuable points in the women's 1500 meters and Chloe McCalskey making a rare Spenborough appearance in the sprint hurdles, finishing 2nd in the women's 100 m hurdles. Emma Rawnsley was the busiest athlete competing in five events with her best performance coming in the 'A' 400 meters where she finished 2nd. The fourth and final fixture is at Warrington on Saturday 9th August.
East Cheshire 15
Sutton St Helens 14
Spenborough 13
Halifax 11
Macclesfield 6
Deeside 4


posted 25 Aug 2014, 12:01 by Spen A.C.   [ updated 25 Aug 2014, 12:01 ]

Injuries and work commitments meant that a weakened Spenborough team travelled to Ashton-under-Lyme on Saturday for the second round of the Northern Athletics division three fixture. On a rain soaked afternoon the club's reliable throwers performed well in difficult conditions. Elliot Griffen and David Giblin won the 'A' and 'B' hammer throw. Chelsea Mitchell won the shot putt and came second in the hammer throw. Versatile athlete Glenn Aspindle won the triple jump, came third in the long jump as well as running in the 400m race and the relay . Kevin Ogden continues his fine form with a comfortable victory in the 5000 metres. Other track victories came by Mollie Flannery in the 'B' 800m and Rosa McKie in the 'B' 400m hurdles. Spenborough finished fifth of the six teams and lie fourth in the league. Credit goes to athletes like Mollie and James Anthony for performing well in throwing events as well as their running events and to Sheila Boland for running as well as her usual throwing. A few more athletes like Amanda, Jackie and Henry Carter who gained valuable points would have enabled us to beat Macclesfield who were only 7 points ahead of us. The distance award should go to Ian Ogden who ran nearly 16 laps of the track (1500 and 5k) and while I have not done all of  the maths Emma Rawnsley must have competed in most events and gained the most points for the club.        

It is unlikely that we will gain promotion this year but we have athletes such as Kevin, Elliot and Chelsea capable of competing at a higher level and we must strive to avoid relegation if we are to provide suitable competition for these and other Spen athletes. The next round is on Sunday 13th July at Halifax.

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