Club News 2015

Southwest England Indoor Championships, 12th December, Cardiff

Congratulations to Emily Bee who competed in the under 15 girls and came away with 3 medals, bronze in the 200m with a new pb of 27.38s, silver in the high jump and Emily went one better in the long jump, claiming the gold medal for the second year running with an impressive indoor jump of 4.86m.


Abigail Daly Medals In Disability Sports Event

Abigail Daly entered her first ever Disability event at Brickfields on Wednesday 6th May 2015. She competed in 4 events and is pictured with 3 of her 4 medals she won. She competed in the T20 and events for competitors with learning disability running the 60m, 100m and 300m. She also won her F20 event doing long jump, but had to leave with her school party from Longcause Special school prior to getting the result of the event. She was advised that she also won that event for her age group.

Abigail has qualifying times for the Disability Sport Events Junior National Athletics competition in her 100m and Long Jump and is hoping to improve on her speed for the 2017 National Junior Games and also qualify for the 2017 Special Olympics Summer Games, the 2018 European Special Olympics and the 2019 summer world Special Olympic Games.

Devon Combined Events Championships

Congratulations to Emily Bee and Jenna Bierton who competed at Exeter Arena on Sunday 17th May. Emily came second overall in the u15 girls in a very strong field of 24 athletes with an impressive points total of 2805 which included three new pbs. Jenna also came second in the u20 women also with some great performances and a new pb in the 80m hurdles. Well done again as this was a long and hard days competion.

Southern Athletics League Andover 25th April 2015

City of Plymouth Athletic Club travelled to Andover for their first meeting of the Season after promotion last year to Divison 2 West with a rather small team, with athletes either unavailable injured or competing elsewhere. The ladies team was missing a number of athletes which meant the ladies would probably be called upon to compete in unfamiliar events for points. The club took the opportunity to include some of the younger athletes to make their debuts and they all performed well. The other competing teams were Andover & Overton, Oxford City  and Epsom & Ewell.

The meeting opened with the women’s hammer with sisters Liz & Chloe Edwards winning both the A & B String competitions gaining maximum points. They later joined forces for the discus with both finishing in 3rd spot. At the same time Kerry Smith-Wightman was taking top spot in the pole vault with a clearance of 1.9 m.

The men’s competition commenced with the shot and Luke Sings and training partner took 3rd and 2nd spot to add valuable points. The pair also faired well in the javelin with Connor winning the A and Luke winning the B event. The ever reliable Matt Gilbert cleared 1.78 m to take top spot in the high jump.

Lily Edmonds took 3rd spot in the A string long jump with debutant Courtney Weston U17 also taking 3rd spot in the B event. Lily moved straight from the long jump competition to race the 400 metre hurdles along with Team Manager Tamzin Gribble with both taking top spot in their races.

In the men’s 400 metre hurdles Alisdair Carpenter & Matt Bradley filled the empty spots for this event both coming through in second spot to ensure points kept coming. In the men’s hammer Luke Sings took second spot with hammer novice Conner Bolt coming 4th. Luke also won the discus competition.

Chloe Edwards & Kerry Smith-Wightman both achieved second places in the women’s shot and they also took 2nd and 3rd place finishes in the javelin. The women’s 100 metres had Courtney Weston Under 17 making her debut at senior level and she ran a creditable 13.00secs finishing 3rd in a very close race. Lily Edmonds having a very busy day also came in 3rd in the B Race. In the 400 metres Hayley Harvey and Jess Strang took top spot to keep the Club slightly in the lead with a third of the events gone. Jess Strang moved up to the 1500 metres taking 2nd position. Hayley then joined up with Courtney Weston over 200 metres with Hayley and Courtney Weston both coming 2nd.

In the men's sprints Tyler Johnson and Ross Evans took valuable points in the 100 metres then Tyler partnered his younger brother Bradley over 200 metres with Bradley running a personal best. The 400 metre pairing of Alistair Carpenter and Elliot Platt (U17) took 3rd and 2nd  with Elliot running a superb 54.00 secs in his first Senior run over the distance. The men’s distance races were covered by the ever present Simon Anderson with Chris Williams, Stephen Burns, Dean Smith, Matt Bradley and John Cooper. Over 800 metres Dean Smith & Simon Anderson both took top spot. Simon followed this up with a win in the 1500 Metres with Chris Williams 2nd. Steve Burns & John Cooper both claimed 2nd place over 5000 metres. Matt Bradley and John Cooper both won their respective 2000 Metre Steeplechase. The distance men Matt Bradley and Dean Smith showed their commitment to the team by also entering the triple jump just for points.

Not to be outdone Hayley Harvey and Tamzin Gribble entered the women’s steeplechase to keep the points moving. In the women’s high jump competition, Aimee-Leigh Clowes (U17) cleared 1.60 metres only finishing 2nd by countback and Lily Edmonds won the B String competition. Aimee also competed with Tamzin Gribble in the triple jump with a 3rd and 1st finish.

The final events of the day were the relays with the women’s team 2nd in the 4 x100 metres. The men’s teams were 3rd in the 4 x 100 metres and won the 4 x 400 mtrs 5 seconds ahead of Andover.

Final Standings:  Plymouth 194  Andover/Overton 181  Oxford City 174  and Epsom & Ewell Harriers 145.

Next meeting at Plymouth 30th May. Visting Teams will be Yeovil  Radley and Newbury.


South West Regional Sportshall Finals

Congratulations to the Devon U13 girls team who qualified for the national final in Manchester on the 25th April. It was a tremendous performance with several pbs and club records.

Three City of Plymouth AC athletes were selected for the Devon team - Darcey Reader, Mia O'Daly and Emily Bee, with Mia setting a new sportshall club record of 10.14m in the shot and Emily setting a new standing long jump record of 2.39m. Congratulations must also go to Paul Crutchley as joint Devon manager for his hard work and selection of all the Devon teams who all performed well against strong opposition on the day.

Overall nineteen City of Plymouth AC athletes were selected across all the age groups. The U15 girls, U15 boys and U13 boys all came second behind Avon. In the U11 Fun in Athletics competition, Devon teams came first and second in the U11 girls and first and third in the U11 boys fun in athletics.

Well done to all those who took part on the day and good luck to the Under 13 Girls for the national final in April.

January 2015 Cross Country Report

Our U17 ladies are having a very successful season with Poppy Tank, Victoria Weir and Emily Ackford coming 1st, 2nd and 3rd respectively in both Devon schools and Devon County Championships. Full details are below.

Devon Schools Championships at Stover School

Nine athletes from City of Plymouth competed at this event. Poppy Tank finished 1st senior girl, Victoria Weir was 2nd and Emily Ackford 3rd.

Travis Bramley was 6th in the inter boys race and James Blackford was 11th senior boy. Aegean Bramley and Dulcie Atkinson were 19th and 42nd respectively in the junior girls race and Maisey Oleary and Poppy Gribble finished 20th and 30th respectively in the inter girls race.

The following athletes have been selected to run for Devon Schools in the Southwest Schools Cross country Championships at Chippenham on Saturday February 7th.

Poppy Tank

Victoria Weir

Emily Ackford

James Blackford

Travis Bramley

Tom Blackford


Devon County Championships at Exeter

Eleven athletes competed in this championship. Poppy Tank, Victoria Weir and Emily Ackford finished 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the U17 girls’ race. They also won team gold for City of Plymouth A.C. David Weir and James Blackford came 3rd and 7th respectively in the U20 men’s race. Tom Blackford, Myles Pillage, Alex Pillage and Tom Bennet finished 6th, 11th, 12th and 15th respectively and won team bronze. Maisy O'leary was 11th in the U15 girls’ race and Aegean Bramley was 15th in the U13 girls’ race.


South West Inter Counties Championships at Bicton College

Our top performances were from Poppy Tank, Victoria Weir and Emily Ackford who finished 3rd, 5th and 6th respectively in the U17W category. David Weir came 6th in the U20 men’s’ race and Simon Anderson was 2nd MV50.


Brooks Westward League 2014/15

After four races out of this series of six Poppy Tank and Victoria Weir are both contending for victory in the U17 ladies category, together with Yoyo Barnsley of Cornwall A.C.

Tom Blackford is currently leading the U17 men and is likely to finish with a medal. The ladies including U17 women’s team are doing well and should medal if a full team competes in the final two races. The U17M are currently second in their team event.

It is good to see young City of Plymouth athletes competing with Jasper Johnson currently 4th U11 boy and Noah Jones 5th. Joel Barlow is running well in the U13 boy category. Also, we have had good support from the Plymouth College pentathletes.


Southwest England Indoor Championships, January 4th, Cardiff

Five city of Plymouth athletes travelled to Cardiff on Sunday 4th January to compete in the SW England Indoor Championships, all turning in impressive performances and collecting 7 medals between them.

Elliot Platt in the under 17 men gained a silver in the 400m and went one better in the long jump to claim the gold and new pb of 5.65m.  Erin Spiller in the under15 girls won gold in both the 60m, with a new pb of 8.27s, and the 200m with two strong performances in a strong field.  Emily Bee in the under 15 girls won gold in the long jump and silver in the high jump, also setting new pb in the 60m of 8.71s.  Mia O'Daly in the under 15 girls won bronze in the shot putt with a new pb of 9.32m, again in a strong field, and setting a new pb in the 60m of 8.95s.  Courtney Weston in the under 17 girls  turned  in two strong performances in the 60m and 200m respectively.


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