Club News from 2008

Cross Country Report Submitted December 2008

We have had two Westward Leagues & Jess has run in the English Cross Country Series in Birmingham where she was 5th Under 20 and the UK Cross Challenge at Gateshead where she was 14th Under 20.

St. Austell

Senior Women    Jess Burns 4th;    Emma Anderson 23rd

Senior Men         Will Strang 61;    Adrian MIllership 66;    Steve Burns 67

Under 17 Women    Jenny Anderson  8th

Under 17 Men    Jake Landers 2nd;    Chris Sykes 3rd;    Ashley Smith 13th;    Ben Anderson 16th

Under 15 Girls    Frederica 10th;    Katie Burns 13;    Emma Ridley 14;    Jodie Anderson15;    Katy Anderson 21st

Under 15 Boys    Josh Tack 22nd

Under 13 Girls    Jess Strang 13;    Fleur Millership 16th

Under 13 Boys    Sam Lane De-Courtin 12th;    Matthew Neyle-Opie 21st;    David Weir 24th


Bicton Arena

Senior Women    Jess 1st 

Senior Men    Will Strang 56th;    Steve Burns 60th

Under 17 Women    Jenny 8th

Under 17 Men    Chris 2nd;    Jake 3rd;    Ashley 16th;    Ben 18th

Under 15 Girls    Katie Burns 9th;    Frederica 10th;    Jodie 12th;    Katy Anderson 26th

Under 13 Girls    Poppy Tank 3rd;    Jess Strang 8th

Under 13 Boys    Sam 5th;    David 10th;    Matt 24th


City of Plymouth AC Awards Evening 21st November 2008

Trophy Winners 2008The City of Plymouth Athletic club recently held their awards evening at the Hyde park social club. Guest of honour for the night was veteran and international race walker Edmund Shillabeer.

Distance runner Jess Burns picked up the new special achievement cup along with the U20 cross country awards and a power of 10 rankings trophy  (11th UK 1500m, 16th UK 3000m) along with a club record award (800 m 2:10.5, 1500m-4:24.90, 3000m-9:42.14) and trophies for the English schools T&F  and cross country finals. National achievement awards went to veteran middle distance runner Simon Anderson for winning the UK vets 1500m and claiming silver in the 800m, and Stuart House who won the UK transplant games Discus and a silver in the shot. Stuart will now be representing the UK in the world transplant games in Australia next year.

Another athlete that picked up an award for power of 10 rankings and a club record was thrower Bobbie-Leigh Lenehan-Hodge with a Hammer throw of 37.69m that ranked her 9th in the UK, that was also a new club record. Bobbie who celebrated her first season in athletics by getting a shield for best u15 girl, and an award for making the English schools track and field finals in the Discus as well one for being the most improved female thrower, with the male trophy going to U15 Javelin thrower Bradley Green.

Two Under 13 girls who picked up Power of 10 awards were Fleur Millership who was ranked 6th in the UK in the 75m and 200m and 16th in the 100m with Sophie Mason who was 12th in the UK Javelin and 17th in the 100m. Fleur gained other trophies including the Plymouth Car Sound girls minors T&F Cup, and she was also awarded the Roadway trophy for U17M T&F and an English Schools finals award and the Trepole cross country cup, whilst Sophie picked up the Drake cup for U13girls T&F. Hurdler Matt Sumner was awarded a Power of 10 trophy after being ranked 10th in the U17 400m event and an English schools award.

Other Athletes that where awarded for making the English schools finals were Hayley Harvey (U17 300m), Tyler Johnson (U20 100M), Nathan Higgins  and David King, (U15 80mH) Suzanne Mcniff (U20w Hammer), Diane Neza (U20w Javelin), and Shawna Walsh (U15G 75mH).

Cross country athletes that were also given awards for making the ESAA cross country finals were: Ben Anderson, Katie Burns, Jacob Landers, Chris Sykes and Frederica Richards, who also picked up the Hoppys’ best newcomer plague. Athletes who were awarded for breaking club records this year were under 20 pole vaulter Kerry Mott (2.20m) and U15G Katie Burns who set the record for 3000m in a time of 11:23.57, whilst her Father Stephen will also be fighting for space on the Burns Family mantle piece for picking up the Senior men’s cross country cup. Other cross country trophies went to U13 David Weir, U15 Josh Tack, U17 Jacob Landers.

Southern League most points awards went to Katherine Endacott and Simon Anderson, Southern League cups to track athletes Dan Daley and Tamsin Gribble, the Team Endeavour cups went to Javelin throwers Annabel Bond (U15) and Jasmine Pearse  (U17).  The U20 ladies cups to Suzanne Mcniff, (Hammer +multi) and Kerry Mott (PV), U15 boys awards for David King and Nathan Higgins, (80H), U15 girl, Shawna Walsh (75H), U12G Jess Strang, U17w Hayley Harvey and Jess Driver (sprints), U17 Mens, Tyler Johnson (100m) and Matt Sumner (400mH), U13B Krystian Lane. The Roger and Maureen Harris best High Jumper cup went to Haydn Brown Williams, the Frank Coles’ minors cup to Hazel Crutchley.

Last Ditch Throws Report posted 12th November 2008

City of Plymouth Athletic Club’s throwers completed their season in the last ditch throws competition at Par for their traditional end of season finale.  This competition has grown in recent years pulling in throwers from as far as Bicester (near Oxford), Bournemouth, Bath, Yeovil and South Wales with the guarantee of 6 throws being a massive draw.

Plymouth’s star of the day came in the form of 14 year old hammer thrower Bobbie-Leigh Lenehan-Hodge throwing a personal best and new club record of 37.69 metres making her 9th in the UK rankings.  Bobbie was awarded a gift voucher at the post competition meal for surpassing the existing Cornish record of 28.49m. Bobbie was also victorious in the discus (24.05m) and the javelin (21.25m). Fellow hammer thrower Suzanne McNiff won the U20 competition (35.98m) whilst still recovering from a virus, and the shot (8.79m), with Gesa–Roxanne Siemann, who is currently training with the Plymouth club whilst on a student exchange from Germany being runner–up (8.69m). However she was triumphant in the javelin (25.81m).

In the U 15 boys javelin Bradley Green pb’d with a throw of 34.30m to come second and Jasmin Pearse finished her first season by winning the U17 shot (7.70m), fourth in the javelin (23.52m) both of which were pb’s, and was third place in the discus (21.48m).  In the U13 girls Sophie Mason underlined her potential with second places in very high quality competitions in the shot (8.41m) , javelin  (26.65m) and the discus (15.03m).  U17 discus thrower Michael King was fifth in a very tough competition with a respectable throw of 34.85m.

Their coach Gary Frost said “It was a very good day followed by the traditional post competition meal with fellow coaches and athletes which helps make the South West throwers the friendly and successful group they are. I'd like to say thank you to those at Par for their hospitality and also to Bob Hodge, Kay McNiff, Jen Green and to all the athletes for all their help and support over the last season making it a successful one for our group.”

Congratulations  (21st September 2008)

Congratulations to Bobbie-Leigh Lenehan-Hodge on breaking the club Under 15 hammer record again! This time in the Last Ditch Throws event at Par with a throw of 37.69m. This now ranks her 9th in the UK (power of 10 for confirmation).

Congratulations  (20th September 2008)

Congratulations to Stuart House on his selection to represent GB in the transplant games in Australia next August in Discus and Shot. Any help with sponsorship would be greatly appreciated.

And Congratulations to Bobbie-Leigh Lenehan-Hodge on breaking the club Under 15 hammer record at Braunton last weekend with a throw of 36.49m that makes number 11 in the UK rankings (on power of 10 for confirmation).

South West Inter Counties 2008 Sunday 3rd August 2008, Exeter Arena

Many athletes from the City of Plymouth Athletic Club represented Devon in the SW Inter Counties at Exeter last weekend. Athletes from Devon competed against athletes from Cornwall, Dorset, Somerset, Avon, Gloucester and Wiltshire.

Jess Burns continued her good form with a victory in the 800m in a time of 2:14.5. U13 sprinter Fleur Millership claimed an impressive 3 gold medals in the 100m and 200m with times of 13.30 and 27.73, and she also gained a gold medal in the 4 x 100m relay with team mate Sophie Mason. Sophie gained a total of 5 medals in the championship winning the U13 javelin (26.24m); silver in 100m (13.3 secs ) and the long jump ((4.39m); and a bronze in the shot (8.17m).

An impressive sprint double gold medal performance came from came from Matt Sumner in the  U17 100m hurdles and 400m hurdles, with times of 14.05 and 58.00 respectively. Senior athlete Simon Anderson won gold in the 5k (15:38.43).

Suzanne McNiff displaying her u20 Hammer gold medal In the field gold medal performances came from Suzanne McNiff in the u20 hammer, throwing 37.84m despite not being able to train at Brickfields for 2 weeks due to a holed Hammer/ Discus Cage. Ollie Wright won the U20 high jump (1.79m) and U20 javelin thrower Diane Neza gained a silver as did Haydn Brown-Williams in the U17 high jump (1.74m), David King in the U15 80m hurdles and Katie Burns created a club record in the U15 girls 3k in a time of 11:23.57 to gain her Silver medal. Bobbie-Leigh Lenehan-Hodge continued her impressive season with a Bronze medal performance in the U15 girls javelin (21.32m) and Jack Arnott also won bronze in the u15 boys 100m. Kristian Lane won 2 bronze medals in the 100m and 200m (13.3, 27.88).

Other Plymouth athletes that had the honour of competing for Devon are: - Michael King (U15 discus) Bradley Green (U15 javelin) Luke Sings (U20 javelin) Shawna Walsh ( U15 75m hurdles) , Hayley Harvey (300m), Poppy Kirkup (U15 shot), Frederica Richards (U15 1500m) Ben Anderson ( U17 800m).

Club Coach Gary Frost said “there were some excellent track and field performances against some very tough competition and are a credit to the coaches and all the supportive parents at Plymouth. With more support from the council and the private sector many athletes have the potential to go very far in national or even international athletics.”

Southern Womens League 28th June 2008

The team travelled with only 2 Under 15 athletes which was very poor for a club the size of Plymouth. We ended 4th on the Day.

A very enjoyable day for all the athletes that did travel with Bobbie-Leigh Lenehan-Hodge throwing a P.B in the Discus and Suzanne McNiff a P.B. in the Hammer. Full results click here.

After this 3rd fixture we are lying in 7th Position but could have so easily been chasing the top two if we had more support from the Juniors.

Next Match is 26th July where we hope we will be able to travel with a more substantial junior team to support the Seniors.

City of Plymouth Athletes off to English Schools in July

Excellent news for the athletes and coaches having 10 Club Athletes selected for this major event:

Jessica Burns, Shawna Walsh, Nathan Higgins, David King, Matt Sumner, Dianne Neza, Hayley Harvey, Tyler Johnson, Suzanne McNiff and Bobbie-Leigh Lenehan-Hodge.

Two City of Plymouth Under 13 Athletes Amongst the Top Ten in the UK

Fleur Millership and Sophie Mason, both Under 13, have made it in to the top ten athletes from across the UK for their age group.

Fleur is ranked 2nd in the country for the Under 13 200m and 9th for the Under 13 100m.

Sophie is ranked 5th in the country for the Under 13 Javelin. Sophie is also ranked 10th for Long Jump, 12th for Shot Put, 12th for Discus and 15th for 100m.

Southern Ladies League 1 Match at the Brickfields Saturday 31st May 2008

This was a great day for the club in the second fixture of five league matches with Plymouth winning with 180 points, Thurrock second with 143 points, Oxford third with 128 points and Walton fourth with 70 points. Full results.

The best performance on the day went to Under 13 Fleur Millership Winning the Under 15 100m A Race in 13.2 seconds. This ranks her in the top 10 in the country for her age group. Fleur also won the 200m in 27.00seconds with Jasmin Inwood 2nd in the B Race.

Under 13 Sophie Mason won the Under 15 100m B race in 13.4 seconds. Sophie also won the second string Long Jump and High Jump.

Shawna Walsh came second in the Under 15 80m Hurdles in a time of 11.9seconds (an English Schools Qualifying time).

Bobbie-Leigh Lenehan-Hodge continues her prolific form in winning all three Under 15 throws competitions: Shot with a throw of 8.59m, Discus 23.91m and Javelin 22.22m.

Katie Burns and Katy Anderson competed well in the 1500m achieving 3rd & 2nd respectively.

Fredrica Richards ran the 800m with a personal best of 2.29.4 coming in 3rd.

The 4 x 100m relay team of Walsh, Inwood, Mason and Millership won in a time of 53.5seconds.

At senior level Katherine Endacott and Lucy Sings scored a double in the 100m.

Katherine won the 200m and the Shot Competition in which she threw a personal best of 10.95m with Kerry Smith Wightman winning the B Competition

Lucy Sings and Beth Anderson both won their respective 400m race with Jess Burns and Linda Lawrence winning the 800m.

Veterans Anne Luke and Jill Anderson pool valuable points in their first outings on the track this year in the 3000m both coming second with times of 11.01.1 and 12.14.0.

Veteran Tamzin Gribble won the 400m Hurdles and 100m Hurdles with fellow athlete Kerry Mott winning the B String 100m Hurdles.

Kerry Mott who is coming back from major knee surgery also came second in the Pole Vault as did Kerry Smith Wightman in the B String.

In the throws the ever improving Suzanne McNiff won the Hammer with a throw of 36.78m with Kerry Smith Wightman first in the B String with a throw of 32.12m

Diane Neza threw a personal best of 35.64m in the Javelin to finish second with Kimberley Eke winning the B String

The womens 4 x 100m team of McNiff, Sings, Driver and Endacott winning a tight finish with a time of 51.7seconds.

The womens 4 x 400m team of Burns, Anderson, Sings and Stus won in a time of 4.21.9.


South West League Division 2, Yeovil 25th May

Congratulations go to Nathan Higgins who broke the League Record in the Under 15 Boys 80m Hurdles Event on Sunday 25th May at the South West League Division 2 Meet in Yeovil. He achieved a personal best time of 12.60 seconds to take the record.