Club News 2011

Brooks Westward X-Country League Meeting 3 Report (4th December 2011)

The third Westward League meet of the season, on December 4th at Exeter, incorporated the Devon County Cross Country Championships. It was a very successful event for City of Plymouth AC with the club winning 13 medals.

Emily Ackford, Poppy Tank and Victoria Weir won gold, silver and bronze medals respectively in the U15 Girls race and Plymouth won the category’s team event.

Gold medals were won by David Weir in the U17 Men’s race, James Blackford in the U15 Boys and Tom Blackford in the U13 Boys. Ashley Smith and Katie Burns both won silver medals in their U20 events. The vet team enjoyed some success with Simon Anderson winning the gold medal in the MV45, Suzanne Richards winning bronze in the FV50 and Adrian Millership and Stephen Blackford winning silver and bronze respectively in the MV50.

In the Westward league, David Weir and James Blackford are leading the U17 Men and U15 Boys respectively at the halfway stage while Tom Blackford and Emily Ackford are second and Victoria Weir third in their categories. Simon Anderson is leading the VM 45.

It was encouraging to see more new athletes turning out for Plymouth with Emma England and Kelly Lethbridge making an U13 girls team with Harriet Brocklehurst and Jonathan Cowling competing in the U13 boys.

The next event is at Bideford on Sunday 15th January which is traditionally a poorly attended event and hence an opportunity to accumulate important points. Full details are on the Brooks Westward League and COPAC calendars.


Plymouth and West Devon Schools Cross Country Championships (24th November 2011)

Well done to the following athletes who will be representing Plymouth and West Devon Schools in the Devon Schools Cross Country Championships on January 21st 2012.

James Smith   -   1st senior boy

David Weir       - 1st intermediate boy

Jim Blackford - 2nd intermediate boy

Victoria Weir    - 1st junior girl

Emily Ackford  - 2nd junior girl

Poppy Tank      - 3rd junior girl

Tom Blackford - 5th junior boy

Emma England - 1st Year 7 Girl

Tia Lymn, Izzy Hannon, Jess Strang and Jon Cowling also qualified.

Katie Burns and Rebecca Rogers have already been  selected for the Devon Schools Championships.


Brooks Westward X-Country League Report (6th November 2011)

The second Westward League of the season was at Newquay, a new course incorporating the Cornwall Championships. It was a bright sunny day with a brisk northerly wind making the going tough.

We had a good turn out with new athletes Liam Edwards (U13B) and the Simson family - Paula (ladies), Jade (U15G) and Clint (senior men).

Once again, we had eight Plymouth University students augmenting our senior teams’ points totals.

There was a superb individual performance from David Weir, who at the age of 15 won the U17M race, beating all the ladies in the process.

Jim Blackford again won the U15 Boys. Both David and Jim are leading their respective age categories. Emily Ackford and Victoria Weir came 2nd and 3rd in the U15 Girls, reversing their results from Redruth and Simon Anderson was once again first MV45 home with an impressive overall 11th out of 132. A special mention must go to Ashley Smith who completed the Plymouth 10k in the morning and then produced a good run in the senior men’s 9.560 K race in the afternoon.

The next Westward League at Exeter on Sunday December 4th incorporates the Devon County Championships and anyone wanting to take part in this competition should get their entries in by the 25th of November. Forms are available on the Cross Country Section of the COPAC website.

Brooks Westward X-Country League Report (October 2011)

A cloudy, windy day greeted the first Westward League of the season at Redruth on Sunday October 9th.

It was a good day for City of Plymouth with the regular cross country stalwarts being complimented by new athletes: Jodie Allen (SW), Harriet Brocklehurst (U13g), Callum Edwards (U15b), Jim Weir (VM), Tim Beattie (VM) together with no less than eight university students.

There were some excellent performances:

Jim Blackford held off Newquay and Par (&England) athlete Danny Old to win the U15 boys. Victoria Weir and Emily Ackford came second and third respectively in the U15 girls’ race. We would have a good chance of winning the U15 girls’ team event if we had one more girl running. David Weir came second in the U17 men’s race, Tom Blackford was second in the U13 boys and Simon Anderson was first VM45 to finish coming 14th overall out of 113 in the senior men’s race.

We can win medals in a number of the team events if we can get a few more young athletes to compete. So let’s get a good team out for the next event which is at Treverras School in Newquay on Sunday 6th November.

Full results for this fixture and full details for the next fixture are available on the Westward League website.


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Daniel Kelland Breaks Under 17 400m Club Record

Congratulations to Daniel Kelland on breaking the Under 17 400m club record in a time of 50.38 seconds at Yate on Sunday 4th September.

India Ibbotson Takes the 3rd Place Trophy in the Under 10 Girls 5 Star Pentathlon

Congratulations to India Ibbotson on winning the 3rd place trophy in the Under 10 Girls Newquay and Par 5 Star Pentathlon event held on Sunday 8th August at Par Athletics track.

New Club Chairman and Secretary Needed Urgently (July 2011)

Both Gary Sansom and Chris Carpenter intend to end their tenure as Club Chairman and Club Secretary at the coming AGM in March 2012. They are giving notice early to attract all interested parties as soon as possible to enable a smooth handover for the club. It would be useful between now and then for the incoming people to start as Vice Chair and Secretary for this period to ease them into the roll. Anyone who may be interested please contact Gary or Chris directly.

Coaching Legends Masterclass Weekend, 13th & 14th August 2011

Pete Sneary has organised a workshop on 13th and 14th August entitled 'A Coaching Legends Masterclass Weekend' to be held at Carn Brea Leisure Centre in Redruth. If any of our coaches are interested the cost is £40 and the club will pay for it, interested athletes who help out will be looked at on an individual basis. The weekend will consist of lectures and practical workshops with Tom McNab, John Anderson and Alan Launder with informal get-togethers and a BBQ each day.

For the first time three of the UK’s most respected coaches, who between them have coached over 300 international athletes including world record holders, will together share their knowledge and experience.

Participants will see teaching sessions for young athletes in:-

Hurdles,  Javelin,  Triple Jump,  Discus,  Shot Put,  and  High Jump.

 There will be coaching sessions for more established athletes in:-

Pole Vault,  Long Jump,  Sprints,  Triple Jump,  Javelin,  Hurdles  and Middle Distance.

Places are limited so book early.  Costs and further booking details will be available soon at the Cornwall A C website,

 Provisional enquiries and booking information:   01326 211415

Click here to view the Coaching Legends Masterclass Weekend Flyer.

David King Breaks Club Record at English Schools National Championships (1st July 2011)

Congratulations go to David King on breaking the club Under 20 110m Hurdles record with a time of 14.51 seconds in qualifying for the final. David came 5th in the final with a time of 14.63 into a minus 2 wind.

UCP Marjon Short Lecture Series 2011 - 2012

UCP Marjon are running a series of short lectures. The first is on Friday 1st July and is on Core Stability. Each lecture costs £10. If anyone is interested in attending any of these lectures they should complete the booking form.

Lecture Series Details

Core Stability Workshop Details

Booking Form

Nathan Higgins & Jade Simson Break Club Records at South West Schools Championships (June 2011)

Congratulations to Nathan Higgins on breaking the club U20 110m Hurdles record with a time of 14.61 seconds (wind assisted) at the South West Schools Championships held in Exeter. Congratulations also to Jade Simson on breaking the club U15 75m Hurdles record with a time of 11.48 seconds (wind assisted) also at the South West Schools Championships. This record had previously been held since 1976.

Former Plymouth AC Athlete Wins Gold at the Balearic Championships (June 2011)

Former City of Plymouth Athlete Matt Gilbert who is now based in Spain won a Gold Medal at the Balearic Championships with a leap of 1.93m in the High Jump Competition.

Club Fundraising Opportunity in Association with Barrett & Coe Photographers (May 2011)

Barrett & Coe are working in association City of Plymouth Athletic Club to offer the opportunity to purchase a Family Portrait Gift Experience worth £160 for only £24.95.

Your Family Portrait Gift Experience entitles you to:

  • A one hour family photography session (usually £75)
  • A viewing appointment showcasing the images from your session arranged at your convenience
  • One 8" x 6" framed portrait of your choice (usually £85)

All proceeds made from this offer will be donated straight to City of Plymouth Athletic Club.

To take advantage of this special fundraising offer call the local Barratt & Coe studio 01752 898 706 quoting City of Plymouth Athletic Club. Vouchers are valid for two months from the date of purchase.

Barrett & Coe, South Devon

Unit A4, Kingsley Close, Lee Mill Industrial Estate, Ivybridge, Devon PL21 9LL

Studio:    01752 898 706



Armada Athletics Network, Volunteer/Volunteer Co-ordinator Meeting (Monday 11th April 2011)

As a result of a previous meeting initiative, it was identified that the majority of Armada Network Clubs felt that their volunteer numbers within clubs were under resourced. This meeting was called to help clubs identify areas/methods of possible recruitment of new volunteers and appointing a club volunteer co-ordinator. The minutes of this meeting are available here.

Jade Takes 3rd With a New PB at the National Sportshall Finals (April 2011)

Congratulations to Jade Simson on taking third place in the Under 13 Girls High Jump at the National Sportshall Finals, held at the NEC in Birmingham. Jade achieved this by putting in a personal best performance of 1.51m.

City of Plymouth Athletic Club Annual Presentation Evening (Saturday 19th March 2011)

2011 Presentation EveningThe City of Plymouth Athletic club held their Annual Presentation Evening last weekend to celebrate their athletes achievements in 2010. Katherine Endacott picked up a special award for her commonwealth games Gold and Silver medals as well as a power of 10 award for her being ranked 7th in The UK for 100m and 5th in the 60m. Katherine was also rewarded for the new club records that she set in 100m and 200m (11.44s & 23.56s). Other awards for new club records went to Matt Sumner for U20 400m hurdles (53.49s) and 110m hurdles (14.81), Dave King U17 100m hurdles (13.45), Marc Rowbotham 200m (21.8s), Victoria Weir U13 600m (1:48.7s), Liam Kelland U13 150m (20.3s), Jade Simson U13 70m hurdles (11.6s) and Pentathlon (2194 points), Sophie Mason U15 javelin (38.31m) and hammer throwers Chantelle Rowe U15 (38.09m) and Bobbie-Leigh Lenehan-Hodge for the U17 and senior records (45.58m).

2011 Presentation EveningLenehan-Hodge was also awarded with a salver from the AAA’s championships for a grade 1 performance and was rewarded with a power of 10 award for her being ranked 6th in the UK along with Sophie Mason 5th (U15 javelin), Matt Sumner 4th (U20 400m hurdles), Chantelle Rowe 6th (U15 hammer), David King 6th (U17 100m hurdles) and promising U13 pentathlete Jade Simson ranked 8th in the pentathlon and 7th for her 70m hurdles.

The following athletes were giving trophies in recognition of reaching the national English schools finals for track and field and cross country events:-


Sophie Mason, Matt Sumner, Bobbie-Leigh Lenehan-Hodge, Nathan Higgins, Dave King, Hayley Harvey, Fleur Millership, Haydn Brown-Williams, Ollie Wright, Dan Kelland, Tyler Johnson, Frederica Richards, Katie Burns, Ashley Smith and David Weir.

The following were also given awards for their achievements in the past year:-

Poppy Tank, Sam-Lane De Courtin, Rebecca Rogers, Chloe Bierton, Michael Quick, Liam Kelland, Steve Waldron, Steve Burns, Jessica Strang, Beth Parsons and best newcomer Emily Mousley.

One of the most popular awards went to Veteran athlete Simon Anderson for his magnificent performance in the World Indoor Masters Championships where he won a gold medal for the 1500m and silver in the 3000m veteran 45 category.

Coach Lynne Blank was rewarded on the night for her 50 years membership of the club as an athlete and a coach.

Club spokesman Gary Frost said “with Katherine’s and Simon’s International success along with 7 athletes being graded in the UK top 10 and 17 English schools finalists, 2010 was a very successful season for the club and a credit to all the coaches who have been involved with these athletes. Also a big thank you to all who work with the administration of the club, for without them there would be no club, and anyone who has volunteered their time in any way for COPAC”. 

Further photos available on the Photo Gallery page.

Jade Simson Selected to Compete at the National Sportshall Finals (March 2011)

Congratulations to Jade Simson who has been selected for the second year running to compete as an individual at the National Sportshall Finals to take place on 3rd April at the NEC in Birmingham. Jade has been selected for her performance of 1.5m in the high jump (a new PB) at the Regional Sportshall Finals which took place in February. Jade is also allowed to compete in one running event of her choice.

Ron Blank Presented with Award for Services to Coaching (8th December 2010)

City of Plymouth Athletic Club Coach was presented with an award for his services to coaching at the England Athletics South West Regional Volunteer Awards held on Wednesday 8th December at the Southgate Hotel in Exeter. Ron has been supporting and developing athletes for over 40 years. He coaches 5 times a week and this year he has helped a number of athletes achieve successes at the English Schools Championships and also been instrumental in developing other coaches as part of the Armada Athletics Network. He was also shortlisted for the national award.

Katherine Selected for the GB Bobsleigh Squad (7th January 2011)

Congratulations go to Katherine Endacott who has been selected for the Great Britain bobsleigh squad following a successful trial at the University of Bath.