Club News from 2009

Brooks Devon County Cross Country Championships, December 2009

Congratulations to Victoria Weir on becoming the Under 13 Devon County Cross Country Champion.

Young Sportsperson of the Year Award 2009

Frankie Aldred (Plymouth AC member) to compete against World Diving Champion Tom Daley and  Olympic Tonia Couch for the title of Young  Sportsperson of Year!!!

No your eyes are not deceiving you! Frankie Aldred (prep 6) has been selected alongside world diving champion Tom Daley and Olympic competitor Tonia Couch to battle it out for Young Sportsperson of the year. The event is held by Heart's Pride of Plymouth.

This award recognises a young person or team (under 21 years of age) who have achieved significant sporting accolades in the amateur field.

They must demonstrate that against all the odds they tirelessly work to improve their performance or have benefited others through their endeavours.

Frankie Aldred  is one of the most focussed and determined children I have ever met. He is very unassuming in character and running is his passion. His strong will and determination leave me in no doubt that he will succeed and be a recognised name in the future.

Frankie is 11yrs old and he already competes at county (current champ Devon & Cornwall) and national championships for 800m, Cross country and long jump.

He lives and breaths running and is devoted to his training sessions at Plymouth AC and always give 100% no matter what the weather and gives more than he's got to give.  He dreams of making it as a professional runner and competing at the 2020 games.


Armada Teams Start Well in Sportshall League, October 2009

Four of the clubs from the Armada network took part in the first Devon Sportshall fixture held at Dawlish last Sunday. Despite having travel problems in getting to Dawlish, Plymstock Road Runners came out in overall first place and have a healthy 134 point lead over Ivybridge based, Erme Valley Harriers. Just behind them in 4th place were Plymouth AC and Tavistock finished in 6th place. The athletes range from 8 up to 15 and they compete in a variety of indoor athletic events based around the guideline of Sportshall Athletics.

The Devon Sportshall league is one of the best leagues in the UK and has always been a great introduction to young athletes to the more traditional track and fields events held in the summer months.

The clubs in the Armada network are reporting a recent influx of new recruits and this is expected to continue following the recent primary school Sportshall events organised by Lance Chatfield from the Sir John Hunt Schools Partnership in Plymouth. The winner from each area heat will go into a final on November 11th at the Mayflower Centre.   

The five clubs in the Armada network who offer Sportshall athletics are Plymstock Road Runners, Plymouth AC, Erme Valley Harriers, Tavistock AC and Saltash based Tamar Trotters. If you would like to get involved then contact any of the clubs and they will be able to give you more details. You can also contact the Armada Athletic Network co-ordinator Keith Reed on 01752 307008. For more details visit the Armada website The next Devon Sportshall league fixture is on Sunday October 25th again at Dawlish.

Stuart House wins Silver at the World Transplant Games, August 2009

Congratulations to Stuart House on winning Silver in the discus at the World Transplant Games in Brisbane, Australia. Stuart also came 6th in the Shot competition.

Under 15 AAA's at Bedford, August 2009

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Congratulations go to Brad Green who did fantastically well in the javelin event, achieving 6th place and a new PB with a distance of 46.54m



New Athletics Network Co-ordinator Appointed, August 2009

Keith Reed has been appointed as the Armada Athletics Network Club and Coach Co-ordinator.

Stuart House wins Gold and Silver at the National Transplant Games, August 2009

Congratulations to Stuart House on winning Gold in the discus and Silver in the Shot at the National Transplant Games and we wish him good luck in the World Transplant Games in Brisbane, Australia later this month.

Bobbie-Leigh Lenehan-Hodge Receives the Devon Schools Trophy, July 2009

Devon Schools Mike Gill TrophyBefore the Devon English Schools Team left for Sheffield Bobbie-Leigh Lenehan-Hodge was presented with the Mike Gill trophy for the best performance at Devon Schools for her throw of 40.02m in the Inter girls hammer.



City of Plymouth Athletes selected for National T & F Championships

Eleven City of Plymouth athletes are amongst those chosen to represent Devon at the forthcoming English Schools Track and Field Championships. Click here for list of Devon athletes chosen.

City of Plymouth athlete Michael King has also been selected as reserve for the senior boys discus.

City Athletes in SW Schools Champs, Sunday 21st June 2009

Plymouth based athletes competed in the SW schools finals in Exeter last Saturday, all aspiring to gain county selection in the English Schools Finals in Sheffield in July, where most events will take place in the Don Valley stadium. Athletes gaining National Standard are probables, whilst athletes with Entry Standard are possibles.

Two athletes with National Standard are Ivybridge cc trained Javelin Thrower Anna Gower who won the junior girls with a throw of 34.16m and City of Plymouth Hammer Thrower Bobbie-Leigh Lenehan-Hodge who won the inter girls contest comfortably with a throw of 38.0m. Bobbie was also 2nd in the Discus (26.96m) and her training partner Suzanne McNiff won the Senior hammer competition with an es throw of 38.02m. Also in the Senior girls Jess Burns won a very tactical 1500m race in a es time of 4:39.5. In the senior boys sprints Tyler Johnson won the 200m in es time of 22.1 and came 3rd in the 100m in a time of 11.1. Hurdler Matt Sumner was runner up in the 100mh and 400mh in es times of 15.00 and 55.3 and in the high jump Haydn Brown-Williams won, jumping a height of 1.80m. In the junior boys competition Paul Wilkinson did a very impressive sprinting performance winning the 100m and a second place in the 200m in es times of 11.7 and a pb of 23.6, and Daniel Kelland was second in the 400m in an es time of 54.00. In the Junior girls Shawna Walsh gained a very impressive victory in the 75m hurdles in an es time of 11.6 and Javelin thrower Sophie Mason is hitting form at the right time coming third with an es standard throw of 30.72m in a high calibre contest. In the inter girls 3000m Frederica Richards came second in a time of 10:52.8. In the senior girls 400m Hayley Harvey came 4th in 60.6 but has run an entry time of 58.3 this season to be considered for the english schools finals. Junior boy javelin thrower, Bradley Green, should also be under consideration after missing the SW champs because of injury but has recently thrown an es standard throw of 44.11m.

Club coach Gary Frost said that “these athletes are a credit to their parents and coaches, many coming from the minors section of the club, with this mix of actively involved parents and good coaching we have a fertile compost for our athletes to grow in and bear fruit with a harvest of medals”

English Schools Entry Standard

Congratulations to Bradley Green on gaining his English Schools entry standard (he threw 44.11m, entry standard is 43m) today. That's now four of the throws group along with Bobbie-Leigh Lenehan-Hodge, Suzy McNiff and Sophie Mason who have achieved entry standard or higher.

New Club Records for Bobbie-Leigh Lenehan-Hodge,

Congratulations to Bobbie-Leigh Lenehan-Hodge on not not just breaking her club U17 Hammer Record but also now breaking the U20 record with a throw of 42.71m, at the Southern Women's League meeting at Eton on Saturday 30th May. This now takes her to 8th in the UK power of 10.

New Club Record

Congratulations to Bobbie-Leigh Lenehan-Hodge on setting a new U17 women's Hammer, club and Southwest league record of 36.09m on Sunday 19th of April at Exeter.

Early Season Success for Throwers, submitted Monday 30th March

City of Plymouth Athletic club’s throwers achieved early season success in a competition held at Carn Brae, Redruth last weekend. The competition came after a joint Devon and Cornwall training session where many of the South West’s best athletes and coaches, some with National honours under their belts met up to advise each others athletes and share training tips and information.

Hammer throwers Suzanne Mcniff (under 20) and Bobbie Lenehan-Hodge (U17) achieved their English schools entry standards. Suzanne threw 37.55m (es 37) and Bobbie threw a personnel best of 33.55m (es 32), these throws should put these 2 athletes into serious consideration to represent Devon in the English schools finals at Sheffield in July. Also throwing a personal best was Under 15 Javelin thrower Bradley Green who threw 38.74m, edging closer to his English schools es of 43m.

Their coach Gary Frost who took the Devon/Cornwall hammer group at Carn Brae said “ to achieve these results in their first competition of the year is very good news and shows that the hard work put in during the winter is already paying off. I am confident that these athletes can go onwards and upwards and secure their selection to the National finals in July”.

Westward League, Bovey Tracey, Sunday 8th February

Sunday 8th February saw the 5th fixture of the Westward League held at Bovey Tracey. Conditions were tough with the recent snow melted giving icy/muddy conditions underfoot. City of Plymouth AC had two individual wins and our Under 13 Boys were the overall winners in the meet.

Jess Burns won the Senior Women's  5000m in 19.07 with Emma Anderson 12th in 21.44.

In the Under 15 Girls, Freddie Richards finished the  4500m course 8th in 18.25 with team mate Katie Burns 9th in 18.31 Unfortunately our 3rd scorer Jodie Critchlow had to pull up during the race with a sore knee.

Both Poppy Tank and Jessica Strang ran well in the Under 13 Girls, Poppy finishing the 3000m course 3rd in 12.13 with Jessica Strang 9th in 13.31.

In the Senior Men, Steve Burns finished the 9300m course in 36th place in 41.28 with Adrian Millership 43rd in 43.15.

David Weir recorded his first win in the league finishing the 3000m course for Under 13 Boys in 11.20, Sam Lane De-Courtin 8th  in 11.52, Jim Blackford on his first league run finished an excellent 11th in 12.07 with Matt Neyle-Opie finishing strongly in 19th in 13.09. An excellent run by all four boys saw them win this meet.

The final fixture is on March 22nd at Redruth where our Under 15 Girls are hoping for a strong team turn out for a chance of team honours along with the Under 13 Boys.

Cross Country Report January 2009

Jess represented England Junior Women's team in the Elgoibar international in Spain on the 11 January finishing 4th.

Jess, Katie Burns and Sam Lane-De-Courtin travelled to Uxbridge to compete in the South of England Cross Country Champs on Sat 24th January. The course was was a mudbath and the conditions very tough. All three athletes gave their very best and the results are :-

 Under 20 Women 5000m                      Jessica Burns 4th 22.57

 Under 15 Girls  4000m                          Katie Burns  109th   17.32

 Under 13 Boys 3000m                           Sam Lane-De-Courtin  133rd 13.55

Well done to all, particularly to Sam in his first big race outside the South West.