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Tuesday, 31 May 2011

Sunday, 29 May 2011

Southern Mens League - 1st Fixture Success

 Colchester combined men’s team travelled to Luton for the first southern men’s league fixture of the season on the 7th of May. Preparation for the first fixture was hampered by late movement of the venue to Luton. This fixture was originally set to be at home, but due to health and safety issues with the hammer cage, it was unfortunately necessary for it to be moved. This undoubtedly caused disruption and inconvenience for officials, and athletes who had not planned to travel. It would have been perfectly understandable if this culminated in a sub standard team performance especially since for many of the athletes this is a critical exam period. However, this proved not to be the case as a largely young team full of new faces rose to the occasion. Colchester finished 2nd in this 4 team match with 102 points, to Luton’s 116.5. Some of the performances were so close it could have easily been a different story.
The day kicked off well with Matthew Rose gaining maximum points and a P.B in the pole vault. He achieved a vault of 3.30m. He also went on to win the 400m hurdles in 58.5 seconds, 110m hurdles in a very respectable 17.3 seconds. In addition to his wins he accrued valuable points for the team in a string high jump 1.71m (2nd), long jump 5.87m (2d b string), and B string shot 8.05m (3rd).
Ben Argent who is new to the southern men’s squad proved a great new addition and showed real promise posting 52.9seconds for the 400m. He also competed well in both relay disciplines.
Training team mate Tom Nind who is also a new face competed well in 100m and 200m sprints. He posted 12.0 seconds in 100m, and was 2nd in 200m with 24.3 seconds. Tom White was A string in the 200m and posted 25.0 seconds against a strong field.
 Ian Vickery and Rob Smith veterans to this squad accrued extra points for the day. Ian Vickery achieved first in the 800m A sting, and 3000m steeplechase A string. Rob Smith the ex 400m international specialist, turning out for his home club, gained 2nd in the 110m hurdle, 2nd in the high jump, 3rd in the triple jump, and 2nd in the 3000m steeplechase, all B string.
Connor Price produced good performances in 800m with 2min 08 seconds, a new P.B. Despite tired legs from his efforts in 800m, he later turned out for the 400m and produced 57.7 seconds. He also competed well in the 4x400m.
Away in the long distances, good performances were produced by Sam Clayton 1st in the A string 5000m achieving 16mins 52 seconds, and Eddie Costello 1st in the B string achieving 17mins 11 seconds. In the 1500m Rob Clarke and Rob Giles paired up. Rob Clarke posted a P.B of 4mins 36 seconds, and Rob Giles posted 4min 49 seconds.
John Gladwell produced good performances in long Jump, triple Jump, 100m and 4x100m relay. He was unlucky to come 3rd in the long jump with a giant leap of 6.14m. He showed great promise and with some proper coaching in his favourite discipline, he is sure to improve on an already very respectable performance. He showed good flat speed also in the 100m with 11.8 seconds to come third.
Away in the throws Rob Earle now in the veteran 50 age group, showed age to be no barrier. He won all three events he competed in at A string, posting 51.36m in the hammer, 40.73m in the discus, and 12.47m in the shot. Rob Earle continues to be one of our most consistent performers.
 Dan Moles also showed a good range of performances with 22.09m the B string hammer, 1st in the B string discus with a throw of 26.09m, and 3rd in the javelin with a P.B of 37.10m.
The day was only made possible with our volunteer officials who travelled at late notice, and turn out every year without any financial reward.  We owe them a great debt of gratitude.
The next fixture is on the 4th June at home, with such a good first team result posted away at Luton, the 2nd fixture looks promising.

Upcoming SML Matches
Colchester 4th of June
9th July-Watford
30th July-Cambridge
13th August-Bedford

Officials Wanted - for the home fixture on June 4th.  Please contact our chair/vice-chair if you are available to assist.

Tuesday, 24 May 2011

Ipswich 5 Road Race May 2011

At the Ipswich 5 mile road race in the Friday 5 Series
Colchester & Tendring athletes were in tremendous form,
the remarkable Margaret Deasy, just recovering from six 
months injury, looked as strong as ever as she stormed to 
victory in the Womens Section in 31m.01.

David Gibbon showed his versatility with an excellent 
performance of even pace running to finish lst in 27m28.  Up
and coming 18 year old Sam Clayton produced a superb run
to finish 2nd in 27m34, Joe Gibbon gave a good account of
himself 25th in 30m46.; Roger Alexander set a PB of 
33m.28 and Lacey Bareham ran 38m.52.  In the
Junior race William Page came 14th 6m.06;  Sian Hicks
8th (Girl) - 6m18 and Bradley Hicks 9mins. 

Report by John Hyland
Pictures provided by Paul Hicks


Colchester & Tendring athletes were in high spirits over the weekend after having one of their best weekend results for a number of years, in the Southern Womens Track and Field Division 1 Fixture at Walthamstow the CAT's had a great team victory with the young and not so young performing to a maximum, in the U15 section Beverley Ibbotson and Georgina Ibbotson were in sparkling form in the sprints and field events, Isobel Duah looked razor sharp earning herself a new PBs in the 75 mt hurdles and Long Jump, Amie Fosker won her 1500mts; Hannah Lawrence scored valuable points  in the Long Jump and and another PB and 1st position in High Jump with Hannah Banks and Sian Hicks showing up well in the 800mts.

The 4 x 100mt. Relay team finished a brilliant lst with a new team PB of 45seconds thanks to  Bethany Ibbotson,  Georgina Ibbotson, Hannah Lawrence and Ant Adefolayu.   

In the Senior Womens section Helen Bloomfield was in top form in the field events; Lisa Crowhurst had a convincing win in her 400mts; Kundai Mataringe showed a good turn of speed in the 100mts; Sian Gifford had an amazing afternoon when competing in the 3000mts, 800, 200mts and Long Jump; Diane Wooler - the Clubs President -led by example to run in the 3000mts. Ellie Simmons did well in the discus whilst Jacqui Lawrence in her first competitive shot putt excelled.   
After a long day of participating in multiple events, the  4 x 400 senior squad had a glorious win consisting of Helen Bloomfield, Kundai Mataringe, Lisa Crowhurst and Sian Gifford. 

For full results go the Southern Womens Track and Field site at www.swtfl.co.uk.

Report provided by John Hyland

Monday, 23 May 2011

Mini-CAT's Competition - Winners and Results

After two weeks of great competition with our youngsters we can safely say we are looking at some stars of the future.  All the children gave their all and really impressed us with their enthusiasm.  Our winners are as follows:-

 Under 11 Boys
 1st Levi Williams
  2nd Finn O'Reilly
  Joint 3rd Luke Bracey & Luke Courtier

Under 13/15 Boys
                                                      1st Dominic Doherty
 2nd Thomas Hewes
3rd Adam Buckingham

Under 11 Girls
1st Izzy Myers
2nd Matilda MaCain
                                                      3rd Sophie Clinch

                  Under 13/15 Girls
              1st Caitlin O'Reilly
                  2nd Alexandra Leslie
                  3rd Emily Donohue

                   For more photos please CLICK HERE
      For full results of girls events please CLICK HERE
      For full results of boys events please CLICK HERE


Sunday, 22 May 2011

Mini CAT's - Results

We held our first mini-CAT's competition over two training sessions recently with events including 80m, 600m, long Jump and Shot Putt.  With over 70 enthusiastic young competitors the event was a resounding success with many positive comments from parents, young athletes and spectators alike.  Winners and results will be announced Monday evening at training and posted here asap.

Special thanks go to the coaches and older athletes who officiated and helped on the two evenings.  Everybody's help proved the club's wonderful team spirit and support we have for each other.

Again, CONGRATULATIONS to all who took part and many thanks to all who supported the event.  

We are always looking for and welcome volunteers at our great club, if you are interested please contact our chairman for more details.

EAL RESULTS - Ipswich 8th May 2011

For full results from this match please CLICK HERE

Tuesday, 17 May 2011

Essex Track & Field Champs 2011 - Chelmsford

A number of Colchester and Tendring athletes were in medal winning form at the Essex Track and Field Championships held at Chelmsford over the weekend, the majestic 16 year old Sam Redgrave powered to a glorious win in the U20 800m in 2m.14.4.1 - English Schools entry standard time;  Sian Gifford displayed excellent technical awareness to win the Vets 400m in 65.7; consistent Helen Bloomfield was rewarded for her hard training with a Bronze in the Senior Womens 400m - just outside 60secs.  Georgia Ibbotson showed a nice turn of speed for a Silver Medal in the U15 300m - 43.6 with her twin sister Bethany a superb 3rd in the U15 100m to take Bronze,
Michael Porter displayed a gallant performance to take Bronze in the U17 800m with team colleague Joe Gibbon showing up well in the same race, David Gibbon, up against top opposition, did well in the Senior Mens 1500m - 4th in 4mins.02.82.  Joe Alexander produced a good run in the U17 3000m to finish in 9m.53 (PB), his father Roger continue to improve in each race finishing his Vet race in 5m.13 (PB)    Caitlin  O'Reilly U13 gave a good account of herself in the U13 75m 6th - 11sec15.  Hannah Lawrence was a good 5th in the High Jump, other  fine  performances came from Lisa Crowhurst in U17 100m; Hanna Banks u15 Girls 300m  Sian Hicks i U15 Girls 800m  and Lacey Bareham U20 Women 800m, William Page in the Suffolk Champs U13's shone to win  Silver Medal in the Long Jump 3m.39. 

Tuesday, 10 May 2011

Young CAT's Mini Competition

CONGRATULATIONS to the 70 children who competed in Stage 1 of our very first Young CAT's competition on Monday 9th May.  You all performed incredibly well taking part in the 80m, 600m and Long Jump.  Next Monday will see the second and final stage where you will all take part in throws, 150m and Long Jump for those of you who didn't get to jump in stage 1.

Please try and remember to bring your vest numbers with you!!!

We will announce results and winners the following Monday at the track.

It was great to see so many parents/carers supporting our young athletes at the track and we hope to see you all again next week.

You may already be aware, but for those of you who may be very new to the Club, CAT's take part in several leagues over the summer season, one of which is the East Anglian League (EAL) in which Under 11's can participate in 80m, 600m and Long Jump.  If you are/or have a young athlete currently at the club who would like to take part, please contact our EAL Team Managers Mandy or Paul Hicks on 07969497879.

Sunday, 8 May 2011

EAL - IPSWICH - Sunday 8th May 2011

EAL Meeting Report

From a sunny Ipswich the East Anglian League’ first event of the season. The U11 Girls started well with Beth Philpott and Caitlin Maklin-Williams running in the 600M finishing 1st and 2nd with times of 2:20.5 and 2:23.0 both PB’s.  In the 80M sprint Philpott 1st again with a time of 13.2s, Maklin-Williams 2nd in 13.3s and Sophie Clinch coming 3rd in 14.2s.  Philpott and Clinch in the long ump finishing 2nd and 3rd with distances of 3.17M and 3.16M.
The U11 Boys saw five boys running the 600M, Luke Blacey  finishing 2nd,  Finn O’Reily 3rd, Bob Longstaff 4th, Oliver Eaves 5th and Bradley Hicks 7th.  All five also competed in the 80M sprint . O’Reilly and Hicks in the Long jump coming in 2nd jumping  a distance of 3.45M and 4th at 2.09M.
The U13 Girls in the 70M Hurdles with Lucy Philpott putting in a good performance to finish 4th with a time of 15.5s and a strong performance from Alexandra Leslie finishing 3rd at 14.5s.  In the 800M Georgina Sturgeon putting in a strong performace to finish 3rd with a time of 2:51.4 and Emily Donahue finishing with a time of 2:56.4.  Philpott and Emily Haigh in the 1500M finishing 3rd in 6:29.1 and 4th in 6:38.6. In the sprint events starting with the 100M, Coutney Bland and Donahue coming 4th and 5th with a new PB for Donahue, the 200M events with strong performances from Bland and Donahue both finishing 4th in their races, Donahue with another PB of 34.3s, also a good perfomance from Haigh. The Shot Putt Caitlin O’Reilly and Isobel McKay both finished 1st in their groups with fine throws of 5.04M and 4.10M. Sturgeon finished 3rd in the Javelin with a great throw of 12.10M, McKay put in a good performance in the Discus. The high jump saw Sturgeon coming 4th jumping 1M with a good performance from Philpott. For the Long jump Leslie with a fine jump of 3.60M, Bland with a jump of 3.27M and Haigh jumping 2.96M.
Donhue, Bland, O’Reilly and Sturgeon with a great perfomance in the 4 x 100M relay.
The U13 Boys with William Page running a strong 800M to finish 5th with a time of 2:45.4 PB, Page and Frank Longstaff in the 100M finishing 3rd in 15.2s and 1st in 14.7 in their races. Longstaff and Page also in the long jump finishing 3rd jumping 4.0M and 2nd at 3.27M in their groups. The 1500M saw Domonic Doherty finishing 3rd with a fantastic finish and a time of 5:35.2 and Longstaff achieving a time of 7:24.7. Doherty also putting in good performances in the 200M and Javelin.
In the 100M Sprint for the U15 Girls with Antonio Adefolaju finishing 4th in a time of 13.7s and Kayleigh McKay coming in 4th in 14.2s, McKay in the 200M finishing with a time of 31.3s and Isobel Duah with a fine performance finishing 1st in 28.9s, McKay also in the 300M with a strong performance to finish 2nd in 50.8s. The 800M with Sian Hicks finishing 5th with a time of 2:48.7, Kiera Fitzpatrick, Duah and Hicks in the Discus throwing 23.90M, 16.05M PB and 11.0M. Fitzpatrick and Hicks also in the Javelin throwing 25.0M and 11.43M. Honor Crane thrw the shot putt 3.36 finishing in 4th place, Shae Fitzpatrick and Crane in the 1500M finishing with times of 5:41.8 and 5:57.9. The 75M Hurdles saw Hannah Lawrence finishing 5th with a time of 13.6s. Lawrence also leapt to 1st place in the high jump with a fine jump and new PB of 1.47M and Adefolaju putting in a good performance.  The long jump event with Lawrence and Duah coming 2nd and 4th with distances of 4:42 and 4:07M.
In the 4 x 100M relay a strong performances from Lawrence, Adefolaju, Duah and McKay finishing 3rd.
The U15 Boys events with Thomas Cunningham-Fahie, James Murrell and James Redman in the 80M Hurdles, an excellent finish from Fahie finishing 1st in 12.8s, Murrell 3rd in 15.0, Redman putting in a strong performance. Redman in the 800M finishing 4th in 2:34.5 and putting in a good performance in the 400M. The 100M with Dillon Ponty and Fahie finishing 1st in 12.8 s and 2nd in 13.5s their respective races. Ponty, Fahie and Luke Oscar putting in strong performances in the 200M with Ponty finishing 1st and a new PB of 27.1s. The shot putt saw Oscar finish 4th with a fine throw of 5.24M. Murrell and Redman put in good performances in the high jump. Hayden Eyers finished 2nd in the Discus with a fine throw of 19.95M and Oscar putting in a good performance.
U17 / Senior Women events with the 100M sprints Kundai Matringe finishing 3rd with a time of 13.1s and Lisa Crowhurst finishing 1st in 13.2s.  The 200M Matringe finishing 4th in 27.3s, Crowhurst and Ella Clarke in the 300M both coming 2nd in their respective races, with times of 45.4 and 46.8s. In the 400M Helen Bloomfield ran a fantastic race finishing 1st in 61.4s. Bloomfield also in the 800M finishing 1st with a time of 2:24.3 and Stacey Eyers finishing 3rd with a time of 2:29.9. Bloomfield also in the long jump finishing 3rd jumping 4.72M, Francesca Keith also 3rd in her event with a distance of 4.07M. Keith also put in a strong performance in the triple jump. Molly Ponty came in 3rd in the Discus throwing 16.12M with a good performance from Clarke. Keith and Ponty also in the Javelin came 3rd and 2nd in their respective groups throwing 20.52M and 13.75M.
In the Relay Mataringe, Crowhurst, Keith and Bloomfield ran a fantastic race to finish 2nd.
U17 /Senior Men with Bob Kimber in the Shot Putt putting in a fine performance throwing 4.47M. Jack Hurst in the 100M finishing 3rd with a time of 11.6s PB, also in the 200M finishing 2nd with a time of 23.5s PB and Michael Porter in the 200M with a time of 24.3s PB. Porter also ran the 400m finishing 1st with a time of 58.6s and in the 800M again finishing 1st with a time of 2:02.8, Jim Thomspson came in 2nd in the 800m with a time of 2:08.7 PB. Thompson also in the high jump jumping 1.25M and in the triple jump with a distance of 9.60M finishing the day of with his 3rd PB. Jack Hurst also achieved his 3rd PB in the javelin throwing a distance of 23.20M. Andrew Todd also competed in the 100 and 200M events with times of 12.9s and 26.0s. Tom Gifford put in a fine performance finishing 1st with a time of 2:02.4.

Report submitted by Paul & Mandy Hicks (Team Managers)

Frank Longstaff - Long Jump
Helen Bloomfield and Stacey Eyers Sen W 800m
Tom Gifford Sen M 800m

Lisa Crowhurst U17 100m 'B'
Kundai Mataringe 100m 'A'
Helen Bloomfield Sen W Long Jump

Fran Keith U17 Long Jump


Thursday, 5 May 2011

Tuesday, 3 May 2011


    Colchester and Tendring Athletics Club
     Newsletter May 2011

Chairman’s Comments

The 2011 Summer Season is now well upon us and as you may be aware CATs AC are competing in three leagues, the EAL, EYAL and SWL. We hope to field strong teams in all three leagues.  I am therefore asking all CAT’s athletes come forward and let the team managers know your availability and which events can be covered.  We are looking for competitors of all ages.   Below is a list of all our fixtures. With everyone’s support I am sure we can all look forward to a successful season for Colchester and Tendring A.C..

Regards Ian Kelly

Membership Update

Your renewal of the club memberships should have been completed by now, if you haven’t renewed your membership please return a completed membership form and payment as soon as possible. The membership form can be found on the blog (www.cat-ac.co.uk) for download or please see Helen in the refreshments hut for a membership form. Please note the gate fees for training are: Juniors £1, Adults and Students £2.
The renewal of the memberships this year includes competing at three meetings per season not including home fixtures (EAL and Colchester Open). Please see the league fixtures below and contacts. If you can contact the relevant person who will be able to give you full details of the meetings and events including times so you can arrange to compete.  

League Fixtures

EAL                                    EYAL                                        SWL
Ipswich Sun 8th May         Ipswich Sun 1st May                Newham Sat 30th April
Chelmsford 19th June      Watford 12th June                    Walthamstow 21st May
Luton 17th July                  Stevenage 3rd July                   Lee Valley 9th July
Colchester 21st Aug        Stevenage 24th July                 Braintree 20th Aug
                                           Braintree 14th Aug                   Huntingdon 3rd Sept

Team Managers

EAL Mandy or Paul       EYAL : Sam O'Reilly      SWL : Sian Gifford/Ellie Cumner
Hicks 07969497879     07717199418                 07718304340 / 07823774894 

All track locations can be found at the following website

Monday, 2 May 2011

Southern Womens League - Newham - 30th April 2011

Report by Sian Gifford - Team Manager

There was a really good team spirit from our limited team due to the extended Bank Holidays.  The events we covered, our ladies performed very strongly in. U17 Ellie Simmonds achieved a new PB in Triple Jump and earned the team valuable points by attaining 2nd place in the discus.  Francesca Keith achieved a first outing 2nd place in Triple Jump and both Fran and Ellie ran the 4x100.  Senior Ladies Helen Bloomfield won both her 200m and 400m races and jumped her way to 2nd position in the long Jump.  In the 800m,  CAT's ladies "A" string Ellie Cumner and "B" string Stacey Eyers won both their races. Stacey also ran to an impressive 2nd place in her 400m.  Also, Becky Adams strolled home in 1st position in the 3000m.  The senior ladies also ran a strong 4x100 earning themselves 3rd place.  However, it was the 4x400m which stole the day.  The ladies won this event by quite a margin. 
For the U15's 100m Anthonia  raced in at 2nd place with 14.3s.  Hannah Banks  ran the 200m and achieved an impressive 3rd position in her 800m event.

All our congratulations to those who took part and supported our club on the day.  We look forward to seeing a stronger team by numbers at our forthcoming events.  Please see Sian Gifford or Ellie Cumner as soon as possible for the next match.

Chelmsford Open Results - Amendment

With sincere apologies to Caitlin, there were two typos in our latest report on the Chelmsford Open.  U13 Caitlin O'Reilly did infact run her 100m in an incredible 14.83s and achieved 3rd place in the Long Jump with a new PB of 3.79m.  Well done Caitlin!!