Club News 2014

Brooks Westward League, October 12th, Plymouth

There was a very large turn out for the first Brooks Westward league cross country race at central park, Plymouth, with high quality fields in every category.

 There were 36 City of Plymouth athletes competing and some excellent performances. In particular, Poppy Tank and Victoria Weir were 2nd and 3rd respectively in the under 17 women and Tom Blackford was 5th in the under 17 men.In the senior men’s race, Simon Anderson was 25th and second MV50.

In the team events, our under 17 men are third and we are second in the senior ladies which includes the U17 women.

The next race is at Newquay on November 9th (Course Map) and it is likely we will take a minibus so please get in touch with Steve Blackford (email if you need transport. Full details of the event are on the Brooks Westward League website.


Brooks Westward League 2014/15

Cross Country season is here and the club has once again entered the Brooks Westward League,a series of six cross country races in Devon and Cornwall. The races are once a month and this is a good opportunity for track athletes to work on their endurance through the winter.

There are various age categories from under 11 (minimum age 8 years on the day) to seniors and vets. The first race is at Central Park Plymouth on Sunday October 12th so why not come along and give it a go!

It is important to register your interest (with no commitment to run).You can either email your name, gender and date of birth to or fill in the form on the clubhouse wall.

If you need any further information, please speak to Steve Blackford, email the above address or message Tracey Blackford on facebook.


Southern Sweatshop Athletics League Divison 3 South, Aldershot Military Stadium,12th July

A combined Team of City of Plymouth and Tavistock A.C. travelled to Aldershot with quite a strong Team although still short of a number of athletes who were attending English Schools Finals at Birmingham. This was one of the longer trecks for the team to make with an early start from Plymouth.

The outcome was satisfactory as Plymouth won their third League match of the four they have competed in this season with a small margin of ten points over Team Kennett keeping alive the prospect of winning the League this season, although Yeovil are still neck and neck.

The competition were Aldershot and Farnham , Salisbury , East Grinstead , Poole Runners and Team Kennett,

Final standings:


Plymouth/Erme Valley/Tavistock




Team Kennet




Aldershot, Farnham & District








East Grinstead




Poole Runners



 Final League match will be at Yeovil 2nd of August which could well decide the League.


Team Devon & Cornwall YDL, Milton Keynes, Sunday 29th June 2014

Team Devon & Cornwall Midland 2 Premier League Under 17 & 20 Men & Women is a composite team made up of City of Plymouth A.C., Erme Valley, Exeter, Tavistock, Cornwall and Newquay & Par.

The team travelled to Milton Keynes last weekend with a slightly weekend team due to a clash with South West Multi Events competition at Yeovil. Due to distance to the event the team stopped in Milton Keynes overnight to be fresher for the competition. Competing teams were Milton Keynes, Stoke, Cardiff, Wolverhampton & Bilston, Cheltenham and  Team Devon & Cornwall. It was a case of all hands to the pumps for most of the athletes to ensure we maximised points in all events.

Milton Keynes being the main threat for the league title and being on their home track was to be a challenge but at the end of the day, after some superb performances, Team Devon & Cornwall came away with a win by a margin of 7.5 points to stand top of the league with one match to go in Plymouth on the last Sunday in July.

Final Positions on the day :

Devon & Cornwall 666.5
Milton Keynes 659
Wolverhampton        554
Cardiff                      520
Cheltenham              372
Stoke                       228.5

League Standings:

1 Team DC 1994.5 17 match points
2 Marshall Milton Keynes 1933     16 match points
3 Wolverhampton & Bilston 1662    12 match points
4 Cheltenham & County H 1262     7 match points
5 Cardiff AAC 1250      6 match points
6 City of Stoke AC 1041.5 5 match points

Sweatshop Southern Athletics League Match at Braunton  21st June

With a number of athletes attending the South West Schools Competition at Yeovil this weekend the Team had a slightly different look to it with a number of the clubs Junior athletes introduced to provide a competitive side.

Unfortunately Salisbury had had travel problems with their coach braking down some 30 miles from Braunton which resulted in them missing a number of early events.

The home side North Devon, had very good numbers to cover most events and were very strong in the field events however Plymouth were able to muster up a few willing athletes to support main throwers Luke Sings and Kerry Smith Wightman which helped to cover any serious points losses.

The Senior athletes available put up a sterling job with Hayley Harvey the stand out athlete of the day with some very good performances, although not feeling very well she pulled in the points for the Club on the track.

In the sprints there were wins for Alex Beechey winning the 100 mtrs in 11.2secs and also completing the double with a fine performance over 200 mtrs in 22.1 secs.

Brook Adnit  secured second place in the 100 mtrs B Race with Ruben Gordon on his debut 3rd in the 200 mtrs

Kiah Rosenstein was 2nd in the A race over 100 mtrs with Katy Corbett winning the B Race.

Rosa Rich and Kiah took responsibility for the 200 mtrs with 3rd and 1st places respectively.

Again the team was stong over 400 mtrs with Dean Smith 1st in 50.8 secs and Travis Bramley 4th

The Ladies were not to be upstaged with Hayley Harvey and Kiah Rosenstein both coming out on top in the women’s 400.

Dean Smith and Ali Carpenter covered the 800 mtrs with the ever improving Smith secure 1st in the A Race with a time of 2.01.9 secs with Ali 2nd in the  B Race in 2.02.8 secs.

Hayley Harvey secured top spot in the womens’s 800 mtrs with Mille Atkinson 3rd in the B Race.

The same pairing also covered the 1500 mtrs securing valuable points for the team.

In the men’s race Simon Anderson and Tom Blackfor secure a 1st and 2nd spot to keep the team points rolling.

Veteran Steve Burns and Junior Will Daxs  raced the 5000 mtrs adding to the points total.

Ali Carpenter won the men’s 110 mtr Hurdles with Steve Blackford 3rd in the B Race with Steve  also racing over 400 mtr Hurdles with the ever improving young prospect  Owen Weymouth definitely one to watch for the future.

Team Manager Tamzin Gribble whilst supporting the team during the day also won the  A 400 mtr Hurdles  wilst also taking 2nd in the 100 mtr Hurdles supported by another debutant Becca Jenkins  2nd in the B String.

There were some excellent relays to complete the tarck disciplines with the team taking 3rd in the 4 x 100mtrs and 2nd in the 4 x 400 mtrs with the Men’s Team 3rd in the 4 x 100 mtrs with a very young team and 2nd in the 4 x 400 mtrs.

In the Field Luke Sings and Kerry Smith Wightman held their own with Luke 1st in the Discus 3rd in the Hammer and 2nd in the Javelin whilst Kerry won the A string Shot with Becca Jenkins winning the B String . Kerry also 2nd in the Discus and Javelin.

Katy Corbett won the Women’s Long Jump and Triple Jump to round off a near perfect day with other sound performances from Owen Weymouth winning the Pole Vault , Ruben Gordon 1st in B String High Jump and Elliot Platt 2nd in the A String Long Jump.

The final Result:




North Devon




Plymouth/Erme Valley/Tavistock















Depending on other results in the league the Team should be in the top 2 positions going into match 4 which is at Aldershot on 12th July


The Sandra Luke Memorial Trophy, Oxford, Sunday 1st June

Congratulations to Emily Bee and Mia O'Daly who both competed in the Sandra Luke Memorial Trophy event in Oxford. In a very strong field of 46 girlsin the Under 13 age group, both girls did fantastically well, with Emily coming away with a Gold Medal in joint first position and Mia gaining the Bronze Medal.

Both girls performed very well with Emily gaining a PB of 1.42m in the high jump and Mia gaining a PB in the 70m Hurdles of 13.13s.

Sweatshop Southern Athletics League Division 3 South, Salisbury, Saturday 17th May

This was the second league match of the season and with a number of team members unavailable to compete, a few of the younger athletes got their first taste of senior competition.

After a very enjoyable afternoon in glorious weather the team finished top of the pile again with a tally of 361 points ahead of Salisbury on 326, Bournemouth 223 , Bracknell 217 and Holland Sports 62.

The day got under way on the track with the womens 400m Hurdles with wins for  Carie Robertson (Erme Valley) and Tamzin Gribble (PAC). The mens followed with two 2nd places for Ali Carpenter and Veteran Steve Blackford.

The track results throughout the day produced some fine results with Tyler Johnson winning both the 100m in a time of 11.00s and the 200m in 22.00s. Tavistock Junior athlete Brook Adnitt was 3rd in the 100m B String in 11.8s. Matt Neyle Opie running a PB in the B String 200m in a time of 23.2s.

In the Women’s competition over 100m and 200m Kiah Rosenstein took 2nd spot in the A Race of the 100m with debutant Rosa Rich 1st in the B Race. Carrie Robertson was 2nd in the A Race with Rosa Rich 3rd in the B Race.

In the 400 metres there were wins for Hayley Harvey and Kelsie Peters (Erme Valley) with Dean Smith and Matt Neyle Opie taking 3rd and 2nd spots respectively.

In the Men’s 800 Metres Dan Kelland now at Bath University won the A Race in a time of 1.58.1 secs and Ali Carpenter taking 2nd spot in the B Race. Not to be outdone Hayley Harvey and Kelsie Peters (Erme Valley) both won their individual races.

In the Sprint Hurdles there were wins for Carrie Robertson and Tamzin Gribble with Ali Carpenter and Matt Gilbert taking the men’s Hurdles.

In the Men’s 1500m David Weir and Junior Tom Blackford both took 2nd spot with Hanna Blair and Jodie Allen taking 3rd and 2nd. Hannah also competed over 3000m although she was suffering with a slight leg  injury but managed a great 2nd place in 10.47.7secs. Weir and Blackford teamed up in the Steeplechase and took valuable points with a 2nd and 1st positions.With a shortage of distance runners in the ladies team Hayley Harvey and Tamzin Gribble took up the cause and  both ran admirably taking 3rd and 2nd spots. Simon Anderson teamed up with an athlete that he coaches, David Weir and David took 2nd spot in the A Race with Simon 1st in the B Race.

In the Field competition Matt Gilbert Jumped 1.85m to win the A whilst Junior Owen Weymouth jumped a personal best of 1.60m on his debut to take 3rd spot. They then joined up at the Triple Jump to again accrue valuable match points. These two also covered for the Pole Vault with Matt 2nd in the A and Owen 1st in the B competition. Matt also took 2nd spot in the long jump with another junior debutant  Elliot Platt winning the B competition .

The Men’s throws were basically left to one athlete Luke Sings who as always gave his all finishing with 4th in the shot, 2nd in the Discus, 2nd in the Hammer and 2nd in the Javelin where he was accompanied by Sprints Coach Steve Endacott throwing as the B String competitor. We might add that a mighty throw of 20.8m from Endacott did not put him in last position.

Tavistock Athlete Aimee Leigh Clowes won the womens High Jump with 1.55m, with Tamzin Gribble taking 2nd spot in the B competition. Kerry Smith Wightman won the Women’s Pole Vault with Kia Rosenstein taking top spot in the B Competition. Kerry was also 2nd in the Hammer and 3rd in the Discus, Shot and Javelin with Aimee Leigh Clowes winning the Javelin B Competition.

As is normal in this competition the day finished with the relays and there was a great end to the day with the men 2nd in the 4 x 100m relay and winning the 4 x400m. The Women not to be out done won the 4 x100m and the 4 x 400m.


Sweatshop Southern Athletics League Division 3 South, Saturday 19th April

This year City of Plymouth AC, Tavistock AC & Erme Valley Harriers have a combined team competing in the league to create more competition for the athletes in the region.

On a very fine day at Plymouth a very strong team took on North Devon, Yeovil Olympiads, Team Kennet and Bournemouth. The only unfortunate thing on the day was that the Pole Vault competitions had to be cancelled as the height adjusting apparatus failed.

The home team got off to a very fine start with The Ladies Hammer with Liz Edwards & Kerry Smith Wightman taking top spot in both the A & B String events. At the same time in the Men’s Shot Jonathan Edwards threw 13.33mtrs to secure top spot in the A string with Luke Sings 2nd in the B String with a putt of 9.66mtrs. Matt Gilbert jumped 1.85m to win the A String with Owen Weymouth topping the B String.

In the Men’s Hammer there was a club record for Jonathan Edwards with a throw of 58.86m winning the A String with Luke Sings topping the B String with a throw of  32.20m. The club record was originally held by Geoff Whaley with a throw of 56.58m back in May 1990. Both Edwards and Sings also took top spot in the Discus.

In the Ladies Shot Katherine Endacott secured top spot with a putt of 9.97m with Kerry Smith Wightman taking 2nd spot in the B String with a putt of 8.30m. Under 17 Millie Green in her debut at senior level in the Javelin competition, threw 29.56m to win the A string and Kerry Smith Wightman secured top spot in the B String.

Amy Bennalick secured valuable points in the A string Triple Jump, 2nd with a distance of 9.94m supported by veteran and Team Manager Tamzin Gribble who also took second spot. Katherine Endacott and Megan Hookins jumped well in the Long Jump finishing 3rd and 3rd in the competition. Jade Simson and Tamzin Gribble finished 2nd and 1st in their respective High Jump competitions.


Youth Development League

Club Athletes who are interested in the Youth Development League which is for Under 17 & Under 20 Athletes please let Steve Endacott know asap. This is a competition that we do with Cornwall AC, Newquay Par, Tavistock, Erme Valley and Exeter. Standard is very good and the trips are great. Please indicate your interest as soon as possible and if you can your event.

Southern Athletics League

A reminder that it's now only a month until the first Southern Athletics League. The league is for under 17s upwards. We need to cover all sprints, runs, throws and jumps between us so I'm hoping for a big turn out. The dates are: 19th April- at Plymouth, 17th May- Salisbury, 21st June- Braunton, 12th July- Aldershot, 2nd Aug-Yeovil. Please let Tamzin Gribble know if you are interested in competing. You'll also need to be registered with Plymouth A.C/ Erme Valle or Tavistock as your first claim club.

National Veterans Indoors Competition, 12th March 2014

Well done to Simon Anderson for his excellent runs at the national veterans indoors competition. A 1st in the 1500 and 3000.

Brooks Westward League, Central Park, Plymouth, 2nd March 2014

The final Brooks Westward league took place on Sunday 2nd March at Central Park, Plymouth. The conditions were extremely muddy and the weather was dry except for the men and U15 boys and girls who had to run in persistently heavy rain.

We had 26 athletes competing for the City Of Plymouth-eight of these were university students.

Jasper Johnson, William and Oli Hardiman and Chloe Gibbs competed well in the U11 race and Francesca Elliot and Kai Croft also ran well in the U13girls’and U13 boys’ races respectively.

Tom Blackford was 1st in the U15 boys race and Jim Blackford and Miles Pillage came 3rd and 8th in the U17 men’s event.

David Weir ran extremely well in the men’s race finishing 3rd with Luke Honey coming 17th. The men’s team, helped as usual by several university students, came second on the day.

In the women’s race, Kelsey Pillage was our top runner with Jess Strang (U17 W) and three university ladies also competing.

The overall positions for the season are:-

Emily Ackford 1st U17W
Victoria Weir 3rd U17W
Jim Blackford 3rd U17B
Tom Blackford 2nd U15B
Simon Anderson 2nd MV45
David Weir 6th Senior Men
Luke Honey 13th Senior Men

The senior ladies team finished 2nd. This was only achieved with the help of the Plymouth University students, whose points counted in the last two races.

The senior men’s team came 4th. This was an excellent result as more teams have entered the league this year.

U17 men’s team were 3rd. Jim was accompanied by Miles at Plymouth and these extra points were enough to secure the position.

February Newsletter

City pf Plymouth AC February 2014 Newsletter

Brooks Westward League and Devon Schools Cross Country

The fourth Brooks Westward League took place on January 12th at Westward Ho!, and as usual, was less well attended. The conditions were quite soggy as the course had been flooded by the sea the weekend before, but there were still some fine performances.

Emily Ackford won the U17W race and also was the first woman to finish. Having competed in and won four races, she is the U17W champion for this season.

James Blackford came 2nd in the U17M race despite, like Emily, loosing a shoe in the mud.

Tom Blackford finished second in the U15B race.

In the senior men’s race, Phil Benson was our first runner to finish at 14th. The team were third on the day and are currently in fourth position overall.

The Devon Schools Cross Country Championships was held at “The Big Sheep” near Bideford on January 18th. Twelve City of Plymouth athletes competed and eight have been selected to run for Devon in the South West Schools Championships on February 8th at Bournemouth. These were:-

Emily Ackford 1st inter girl
Victoria Weir 3rd inter girl
Poppy Tank 5th inter girl
Jess Strang 6th senior girl
David Weir 1st senior boy
Luke Honey 5th senior boy
James Blackford 7th senior boy
Tom Blackford 3rd inter boy

 Aegean and Travis Bramley and Maisie O’Leary are reserves for the Devon team and this is the most athletes we have had selected for some time.



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