• Events. We have hosted a WMYAL XC at Hatton / the Monty 5 / a Masters T&F / a senior league T&F / a YDL T&F / Club champs. The sun shone on [nearly] all of them. The team to do the Midland Champs XC in Jan 2019 has already met twice. New faces came on board.
  • Track & Field. Ben Hawkes 400m bronze medal at English Schools taking Les Barnett’s club record / Jai Sispal’s gold at English schools and silver at age group champs in 800m / Inter-counties selection for 9 young athletes / Cameron Stein Midland champion in pole vault and triple jump and selected to represent Midlands in pole vault at the school games / U15 boys 4 x 100 being selected to run at Alexander stadium Muller Grand Prix / Winners of the Midland Masters Athletics B Final – both men and combined teams.
  • Road / XC – County XC Champs – Men double win (Snr & Masters) Ladies Snr 3rd, Masters 1st. / Men’s Bham XC League – A Team highest ever finish, 7th in Div1. B Team highest ever finish in Div1 / Ladies Mid XC League – Highest ever finish, 4th in Div1 & Master Champs / Monica Williamson 11th consecutive England Masters XC Team Gold medal in Home International match / Spring Sutton Pk Road Relays – Highest ever finish (Men & Ladies) / Hilly 100 – First ever win by the LC&AC Ladies / Ladies winners – British Masters 10k Champs / Snr Men & Ladies winners of WRRL. We have expert team managers and coaches to thank for these results notably Jimmy, Sara, Alex and Les and Jim.
  • Coaching. Katharine Stein has established a dedicated jumps group, set up after Easter this year.
  • Additional dedicated throws groups have been set up by Dave Ashbourne. We are seeing positive results from several younger throwers.
  • Successful visit by top level visiting coach providing a javelin workshop and attended by athletes from U13 up to Senior.
  • The multi-events group on Tuesday benefitted from a weekly plan, providing three groups with two different athletics events each week.
  • U9s group has been steadily growing since spring this year. Coached by two of our young athletes the members of this group have taken part in Quadkids and the Club Championships. A number have already transitioned to the main training session on Tuesday evening.
  • Several athletes from our youth section have started getting involved in leading warm-ups and assisting coaches during sessions. They are also planning to take Athletics Leaders and Assistant Coach courses themselves. This is part of the strategy to grow the junior section of the club with the support of junior coaches.
  • One of the most important points within coaching is that we now have definite routes for transitioning U15 to U17 athletes to go whether that be endurance, sprints, jumps or throws.
  • Les Barnett mentoring James Joyce as new senior endurance coach.
  • WDC. We have a great partnership going at the moment in Ray Morgan LC&AC and Ann Hill of WDC – track cleaning and repairs, new lighting, upgraded outside toilets, new cage netting, gym improvements etc. Things aren’t perfect but you only have to go to a few other facilities to realise how lucky we are to have these two working for us.
  • Relations with our fellow track users are better. Long may that last; I encourage courtesy at all times.
  • Officials. Mary Hodges has done a really great job encouraging new officials and chivvying those who were already qualified to go higher. The long jump at Quad kids summed it up: young Lauren organising about 25 youngsters at one end of the runway, newly upgraded officials at the other end measuring and recording, a parent helper who she has encouraged to start the officials course on the plasticine [technical term – you endurance runners won’t understand it] and Mary doing the least popular job on the rake watching over us all.