Club News 2013

Brooks Westward League, Exeter, 1st December 2013

The third Brooks Westward league cross country race was held at Exeter on December 1st and included the Devon County Cross country Championships.

27 athletes, including five university students, competed for City of Plymouth.

Emily Ackford, Victoria Weir and Poppy Tank came 1st, 2nd and 4th respectively in the U17 women’s' race and have extended their lead in the women’s team category.

In the men’s race, David Weir came 15th and Simon Anderson came 37th and was the first MV45.Our men’s team are still in fourth position.

Tom Blackford came 2nd in the U15 boy’s race and James Blackford came 4th in the U17 men’s race.

Full results are available on the Westward League website.

Congratulations to the following athletes who will be selected for Devon in the South West inter-Counties and National Inter-Counties Cross Country Championships.

Emily Ackford ,Victoria Weir ,Poppy Tank, Jess Strang, David Weir, Luke Honey, James Blackford, Tom Blackford and Travis Bramley.

Emily Ackford    Gold U17W

Victoria Weir       Silver U17W

Poppy Tank          Bronze U17W

Emily, Poppy and Victoria also won the U17 W team gold

David Weir           Gold     U20M

Tom Blackford     Gold U15B

Simon Anderson   Gold MV45


Brooks Westward League, Newquay, 10th November 2013

The second Brooks Westward league cross country race was held at Newquay on November 10th and included the Cornwall County Cross country Championships.

26 athletes, including eight university students, competed for City of Plymouth.

There were some great performances with Emily Ackford, Victoria Weir and Poppy Tank coming 1st, 2nd and 4th respectively in the U17 women’s' race.

In the men’s race, our first and second runners to finish were David Weir and Luke Honey who came 18th and 35th respectively. In the U17 men’s race James Blackford came fourth.

Brooks Westward League, Redruth, 13th October 2013

The first Westward league cross country of the season was at Redruth, home of Cornwall A.C. The competition was tough with a large turn out including over 120 competitors in the senior men’s race.

In total 22 athletes ran for Plymouth including 4 university students with the highlight being the Women’s under 17 category where Emily Ackford, Victoria Weir and Poppy Tank were first, second and third respectively. The three young ladies were running in the senior women’s race for the first time and are also winning the women’s team event as there is no separate team category for U17s.

David Weir and Luke Honey are now running in the senior men’s race and did well to finish 10th and 29th respectively. Together with Simon Anderson, who was first MV45, and 17th overall, they helped our men’s team to fourth position in a very competitive race. Our other winner was Tom Blackford in the U15 boy’s race.

Full results are available on the Westward League website.

The next event is at Newquay on the 10th of November. If you want to run and need further details or transport please contact Steve Blackford.


Southern Men’s and Women’s League Fixture at the Brickfields 20th April 2013

This was the opening match of the season for the cities club in Division 3 South.

Competing Teams : City of Salisbury , Poole, Newbury and Plymouth

With a few female athletes missing on the day the team performed very well to record 2nd place on the day with some very promising early season performances. Team Manager Tamzin Gribble pulled together a very strong men's team and a competitive ladies team with grit and determination.

The fixture got underway in glorious sunshine with the Mens’s Hammer competition with Luke Sings and Paul Stewart both throwing well to take 2nd places in the A & B String matches. Luke followed up with a very strong Javelin throw of 43.23 metres to win the A String with fellow athlete Matthew Campbell 2nd in the B String with a throw of 39.49 metres. Luke also came 2nd in the Discus with a throw of 37.86 metres with Matthew 1st in the B String with 37.15 metres. Matthew Gilbert on his return to the Club jumped 1.90 Metres to win the High Jump Competition. James Manthorp a track athlete performed well in the Triple Jump achieving 2nd place in the B String with 10.08 metres to add valuable points.

On the track Plymouth fielded a mixture of experience and youth. There were a number of noteable performances with Under 17 athlete Ben Gordon in his first competition running 11.9 secs  a personal best over 100 metres. The experienced Tyler Johnson won the 200 metres in a time of 22.1 secs to get his season underway and followed that up with a win over 400 metre in a time of 50.5 secs with Dan Kelland  winning the B String in 52.4 secs. Dean Smith and Ali Carpenter paired up for the 800 Metres with Dean Smith smashing his personal best in a time of 2.01.4 secs to take the A String with Ali recording a time of 2.06.0 secs. Ali had earlier taken 2nd place in the 110 mete Hurdles. David Weir after a really good cross country season returned to the track to race over 1500 metre and win in a time of 4.26.0 secs with fellow training partner Jim Blackford winning the B String in 4.32.3 secs. Simon Anderson returning from European Vets competition and coach to Weir and Blackford claimed 2nd place in the 5000 metres to show good early form for the coming season. In the 200 metre steeple chase John Cooper showed some real form winning in 6.29.00 secs with Matt Bradley taking 2nd place in 6.40.2 secs. Matt also teamed up with Jack Tonkin in the 400 metre Hurdles with both taking 2nd place in their races.

The mens 4x 100mtrs Team ran into 2nd place but won the 4 x 400mtrs in a time of 3.31.4 secs. The ladies also worked very hard for the team with Team Manager and athlete Tamzin Gribble racing the 400 metre Hurdles alongside Carrie Robertson with Carrie 2nd in the A race and Tamzin winning the B race. Carrie also took first spot in the 200 Metres and High Junp. Tamzin also teamed up with returning athlete Megan Hookins over the 100 metres and 100 metre Hurdles both matching times over both events and securing valuable points. Under 17 athlete Jess Strang took first place in the 200 metres and 800 metres to show good early form and gained a P.B. of 26.6 secs in the 200. Jess also joined up with Tamzin in the Triple jump and both secured maximum points. Jodie Allen won the B. Race. Poppy Tank also coached by Simon Anderson took first place in the 1500 metre with Lizzie Gard securing 2nd spot in the B race. Hazel Crutchley and Megan Hookins gained valuable points in the Long Jump, whilst injured Hayley Harvey and Kiah Rosenstein both competed in the 400 metres to gain points to ensure points were not lost. Plymouth University Student Hannah Blair raced the 3000 metres and competed in the shot competition alongside Liz Edwards who had started the day with an impressive win in the hammer with a throw of 36.98 metres. Liz also competed in the Discus with Rosie Crosby both securing 2nd places.

With a few athletes yet to open their season the Club is hopeful for a very competitive season.

Final Positions : Newbury 307  City of Plymouth 271  City of Salisbury 244 Poole 58

Next Competition for the Club is at Oxford next Sunday in the National Junior League.


National Sportshall Championships 2013

Congratulations to Jade Simson who came 3rd in the National Sportshall Championships all rounder competition. Jade achieved personal bests in both the shot and standing long jump competitions and also competed in the 2 Lap race at the NEC in Birmingham on Sunday 7th April.

Devon U13/U15 Regional Sportshall

Well done to the eleven City of Plymouth Athletes who represented Devon at the U15 & U13 Regional Sportshall Championships.

Chloe Bierton, Erin Spiller, Lauren Nelson, Megan Sidney, John Cowling and James Reader were all selected for the Under 13 teams and Jade Simson, Isla Golder, Hazel Crutchley, Ben Gordon and Reuben Gordon were selected for the Under 15 teams.

Devon came second in the U13 Girls, U15 Girls and U15 Boys, and third in the U13 Boys categories losing out yet again to Avon.

Jade Simson was awarded Gold as the best Female All Rounder and will now go on to the National Sportshall Finals in Birmingham in April.


Club Successes at the English Athletics Indoor Nationals

Congratulations to Dave King who became the Under 20 60m Hurdles Champion 2013, the UK Champion and 4th quickest ever in the UK.

Congratulations also to Jade Simson who came 4th in the Final of the Under 17 60m Hurdles.


Fun in Athletics Under 11 Regional Sportshall

Well done to the seven City of Plymouth Athletes who were selected to represent Devon at the Under 11 Fun in Athletics  Regional Sportshall Event at Torbay Leisure Centre.

Emily Bee, Jessica Mooney, Olivia Cross, Hannah Smith, Jack Thompson, Jack Skidmore and Riley Scott were all selected. Devon entered 2 teams in this event for both the boys and girls.


Children's University

City of Plymouth Athletic Club is now officially recognised as an accredited learning destination for the Children’s University. Children who have  a ‘Passport to Learning’ may bring them along to be signed at all training sessions.

Brooks Westward Cross Country League, Bovey Tracey, February 10th

The penultimate race in the Brooks Westward league series took place at Bovey Tracey on February 10th. The conditions were extremely muddy and unfortunately the rain came for the latter stages of the men’s race and the Under 15 girls and boys race.

David Weir won the Under 17 men’s race with Luke Honey coming 2nd and Jim Blackford coming 6th. David is currently joint leader of this category with Luke 3rd. The team is in third position but could win if all three are able to compete at the last race.

Poppy Tank won the Under 15 girls race with Victoria Weir coming third. Victoria is winning this category with Poppy and Emily needing to run one more race. Helped by Harriet Brocklehurst, the team are in first place.

Tom Blackford and James Reader came 5th and 11th in the Under 15 boys and Under 13 boys races respectively.

Paula Simson is winning the vet 35 category and Steve Burns is second in the vet 45.

In the men’s race, our top runner was Ashley Smith who came 8th with Matt Bradley and Steve Burns coming 20th and 28th respectively. Helped by two University of Plymouth students, the team increased their lead over 4th place Newquay and Par and should retain their third position if we get a good turn out at the last race which is at Central Park in Plymouth on March 17th.


South West Schools Cross Country Championships

Six City of Plymouth athletes took part in the south west schools cross country championships on February 2nd at Blaise Castle in Bristol.

Poppy Tank came third in the intermediate girls race with her team mates Victoria Weir and Emily Ackford coming 4th and 5th respectively. Together they helped the Devon girls win the team event.

In the senior boys David Weir finished 17th and Luke Honey 21st,while Tom Blackford came 24th in the junior boys.

South West Inter-Counties Cross Country, Bicton (6th January 2013)

Nine athletes competed at this event from City of Plymouth A.C.

Emily Ackford and Victoria Weir, both running for Devon, came 3rd and 4th respectively in the U15 girls’ race and helped the Devon team to win this category.Poppy Tank, who missed out on Devon selection due to injury, came 10th which should help her cause to be picked for Devon for the nationals.

David Weir and Luke Honey, both running for Devon, were 8th and 21st in the U17 mens’ race.

Simon Anderson was 28th in the senior men’s race and counted for the Devon team who won this category. Our other Devon runner was Jess Strang who came 19th in the U17 women’s race.

Travis Bramley was 33rd in the U15 boys’ race and Steve Burns was 66th in the men’s race.

Jim and Tom Blackford were both picked for Devon but were unable to run due to illness.