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December 2017:

Four group members attended the final fixture of the 2017/18 Leicestershire Schools XC League. In the JB race, James Wardle was a comfortable winner, securing the overall league title in the process. In the Intermediate races, Lucca Watson-Quilter was 3rd in the Boys race, whilst Rachel Nealon was 3rd in the Girls race. Hayden Greaves completed our quartet with a 5th place finish in the SB race. In addition to James winning the JB overall, Archie Banks finished the League season as joint winner in the SB category. (02/12/2017)

November 2017:

Ben Dijkstra secured selection for the European XC Championships to be held in December with a commanding performance in the U20M Trial race at the Liverpool XC Challenge. Ben won by a comfortable margin, whilst Sam Stevens (7th) ran a brave race to finish just outside the automatic selection places. There were also impressive runs by Libby Coleman (U17W: 11th); Fynn Batkin (U17M: 17th); & Xavi Salcedo (U15B: 21st). (25/11/2017) 

Group members produced strong performances at the third fixture of the Leicestershire Secondary Schools XC League, held at Rutland Water, with Archie Banks winning the Senior Boys race, & Rachel Nealon finishing 3rd in the Inter Girls race. Our other two competitors  – Roman Watson-Quilter (4th) & Lucca Watson-Quilter (5th) – impressed in the Inter Boys race. (18/11/2017)

Ben Dijkstra, hot on the heels of his quick time at Mansfield, followed up with a comfortable race victory in the U20M race at the (British Athletics) Milton Keynes XC Challenge. Competing in the U17M category at the same meeting, Fynn Batkin produced a strong run, finishing as the 2nd Midlands’ runner in 16th place overall (11/11/2017)

A number of group members competed at the English National XC Relays held at Berry Hill Park, Mansfield: in the U20M race there were impressive performances by Ben Dijkstra, who dominated the opening 3K lap with an 8-43 clocking, whilst Sam Stevens (9-07) was the quickest on Leg 2; in the U17W race Libby Coleman covered the opening 2.5K in 9-15 to set her club up for the bronze medals; & in the U15B race three of our runners, James Wardle (6-44), Xavi Salcedo (6-46), & Roman Watson-Quilter (6-55) completed their 2K laps inside the 7 minutes benchmark. (04/11/2017)

October 2017:

Archie Banks (SB) & James Wardle (JB) record race wins at the latest edition of the Leicestershire Secondary Schools XC League held at Longfield School, Melton. In addition, Rachel Nealon was 6th in a competitive IG race. (28/10/2017)

Phillip Maddocks retained his Leicestershire Duathlon crown with a comfortable victory in the Bosworth Autumn Duathlon. On the same day, Hayden Greaves qualified for the 2018 ETU Duathlon Championships by placing 4th U20 (& 1st 15-16) at the Oulton Park Duathlon. (08/10/2017) 

At the National Young Athletes Road Relays (Sutton Park, Birmingham) our two representatives performed with great credit, clocking top 10 best overall times in their respective age-group races. The athletes were U15B James Wardle (12-45) & U15G Rachel Nealon (14-12). (07/10/2017)

September 2017:

Our U15B/U15G excelled at the Midland Counties YA Road Relays held at Sutton Park, Birmingham. In the U15B race Xavi Salcedo (13-02); Lucca Watson-Quilter (13-50); & Roman Watson-Quilter (13-18) combined to take team Silver for their club, whilst James Wardle (12-44) ran the 2nd. quickest U15B time of the day. In the U15G contest Rachel Nealon (14-42) contributed to team Gold, whilst Lizzy Edge (14-13) closed in for a team Bronze. Other notable performances on the day were recorded by: Fynn Batkin (12-15) (4th. quickest overall in the U17M race); & Archie Banks (19-45) (to assist his club to a top 10 finish in the Senior Men’s race). (23/09/2017)

Ben Dijkstra recorded another landmark performance by claiming individual Bronze in the Junior Men’s race at the World Triathlon Championships held in Rotterdam, Netherlands. This matched the bronze that Ben achieved at the 2016 World Championships, and cements his status as one of the UK’s brightest triathlon propects. (16/09/2017)

Three group members attended the opening fixture of the Leicestershire Secondary Schools’ XC League held at Charnwood College, Loughborough. In the JB race James Wardle was a comfortable race winner; Rachel Nealon finished 3rd in the IG race; whilst Archie Banks was 5th in the SB race. (16/09/2017)

Personal best performances in early September include: a 5K road best of 15-55 for Fynn Batkin at the Derby Midweek Races; & a 4-27.27 1500m best for James Wardle at the U15 Inter-Counties fixture at Nuneaton.

August 2017:

Ben Dijkstra recorded two comfortable Triathlon victories of note during the month of August. On Saturday (19/08) Ben won the ETU Junior European Cup in Lausanne, Swwitzerland; & followed up a week later (28/08) with the BTF Junior title at the BTF UK U20 Festival on home soil at Mallory Park, Leicestershire. (August 2017)

Other performances of note at the BTF UK U20 Festival included: a 4th place finish for Lizzy Edge (representing the East Midlands) in the UK Inter-Regional Championship in her category (Tristar 3); & a 10th place finish for Tom Hughes in the Youth Men category. (28/08/2017)

Late season track perforances during August include the following personal best performances: Archie Banks (800m: 1-58.07 / BMC Grand Prix Stretford); Fynn Batkin (3000m: 8-50.74 for Silver / Midlands U17M Championships); Hayden Greaves (1M: 4-57.5 / Corby AC Open); James Wardle (3000m: 9-31.41 / EA U15B T&F Championships); & Joseph Tuffin (1500m: 3-52.57 / BMC Grand Prix Stretford) & (1M: 4-15.3 / Tim Wealthall Mile, Nottingham). (August 2017)

Joseph Tuffin secured the Midland Counties U20M 3000m title running 8-48.00 at the ‘Coventry Classic’ meeting. This was Joseph’s 2nd Midlands title this year having won the 800m Indoor title last February. (12/08/2017)

Roman Watson-Quilter (800m: 2-08.12); Fynn Batkin (1500m: 4-13.23); & Edward Thomas (1500m: 4-46.40) recorded personal bests at the Charnwood AC (August) Open Graded meeting. Roman’s time consolidates his current top 10 East Midlands ranking in his age group (U15B) for the 800m.(09/08/2017)

July 2017:

With just over a month to go in the current (2017) track season six group members hold top 5 places in the regional (East Midlands) rankings: They are: Ben Dijkstra (U20M); Joseph Tuffin (U20M); Libby Coleman (U17W); Lizzy Edge (U15G); Sam Stevens (U20M); & Xavi Salcedo (U15B). In addition, Archie Banks (U20M), Rachel Nealon (U15G); & Roman Watson-Quilter (U15B) have a top 10 ranking. … Ben & Joseph top their respective rankings at 5000m & 800m respectively. (July 2017)

Group members have continued to produce personal best performances on the track throughout the month (as follows): Archie Banks (800m: 1-58.87); Harry Purdell (1500m: 4-17.0); Joseph Tuffin (3000m: 8-46.3); Lizzy Edge (1500m: 4-50.17); Lucca Watson-Quilter (800m: 2-22.4, & 1500m: 4-40.41); Rachel Nealon (1500m: 4-57.09); Roman Watson-Quilter (1500m: 4-27.93); & Xavi Salcedo (1500m: 4-24.40, & 3000m: 9-43.50). (July 2017) 

Ben Dijkstra (fresh from victory in the 3000m A race at the BMC Regional meet at Tipton earlier in the week) was a comfortable victor in the Jenson Button Trust Triathlon (Derby), winning the event for the third year running. (23/07/2017)

Harry Purdell, Libby Coleman, & Tom Hughes (representing the East Midlands Region Triathlon Academy) helped secure Team Silver for the Academy at the European (Junior) Mixed Relay Triathlon Championships held in Banyoles, Spain. (23/07/2017)

Libby Coleman finished 11th in the Inter Girls 3000m (10-04.01) at the English Schools T&F Championships (08/07); & followed up a week later (15/07) with a 17th place finish in the European Youth Triathlon Championships held in Lithuania. (July 2017)

Ben Dijkstra produced his best ever performance in senior competition in claiming the runner-up spot at the Holten ETU Sprint Triathlon Premium European Cup in the Netherlands. Competing against over 60 top international competitors – representing all the leading Triathlon nations – Ben beat all his competitors bar South Africa’s Richard Murray (4th at the 2016 Rio Olympics), who finished just 8 seconds ahead. (01/07/17)

June 2017:

Some additional June performances to note: U15 Boys, Roman Watson-Quilter (2-09.3) & Lewis Edge (2-16.1) ran 800m PB (2-09.3) at the BMC Regional Races at Tipton, Birmingham (20/06); whilst Joseph Tuffin finished 2nd in the 1500m A race at the Watford Open Meeting (28/06), in a time of 3-56.60.

Ben Dijkstra won his third England Athletics (Age Group) title at the England Athletics U20/U23 T&F Championships held on a hot and humid afternoon at the Bedford International Stadium. Competing in the U20M 3000m Ben produced a blistering burst with just under 120m to go to dispatch his nearest pursuers (see video on home page) in a time of 8-27.56. Ben had previously won England Athletics Track Titles in 2013 (U15B 3000m) & 2015 (U17M 1500m). (17/06/17) 

Also competing at the England Athletics U20M Championships, Joseph Tuffin improved his 1500m best to 3-53.84 in the heats, qualifying for the final the following day. In the final Joseph missed out on a medal by less than 2 seconds in a slow, tactical race won by the 2016 European Youth 1500m Champion, Jake Heyward. (17-18/06/17)

A small group attended the Nottingham 1 Mile Race (held in conjunction with the Notts 10M Road Race) at Holme Pierrepont on Friday night. Running into a fresh ‘breeze’ along the fast, straight mile course, Archie Banks (4-43) produced a strong run to take his share of the prize money with a 2nd place finish. Following in Archie’s slipstream three other group members – Harry Purdell (4-52); Roman Watson-Quilter (5-02); & Tom Hughes (5-03) – finished inside the top 8 finishers. (16/06/17)

Five group members competed in their County Schools T&F Championships with all five claiming individual medals. At the Leicestershire Schools Championships, Rachel Nealon (JG 1500m) took Silver, whilst Archie Banks (SB 800m), Lucca Watson-Quilter (JB 1500m), & Roman Watson-Quilter (JB 800m) all took Bronze medals. At the Nottinghamshire Schools Championships, Xavi Salcedo claimed a Silver medal in the JB 1500m. On the same weekend, Joseph Tuffin took Silver in the Men’s 800m race at the Midland Counties U20 T&F Championships. (10-11/06/17)

Libby Coleman & Lizzy Edge continued to build upon their successful seasons by claiming comfortable wins at the Leeds Triathlon, in their respective events (Libby: Youth Elite Women; & Lizzy: Tristar 3 Women). At the same event, Tom Hughes grabbed a top 10 finish in the Youth Elite Men’s race. (10/06/17)

Libby Coleman qualified (at the Blenheim Triathlon European Youth Trials) to represent Great Britain next month at the European Youth Triathlon Championships to be held in Panevezys, Lithuania. (04/06/17)

Joseph Tuffin highlighted a very successful night for group members at the BMC Academy PB Classic at Milton Keynes. Six group members recorded personal best times, with Joseph winning the Men’s 1500 A Race in 3-55.36. There were also 1500m race victories for Xavi Salcedo (4-30.94) & Roman Watson-Quilter (4-31.22) with both now featuring in the current (2017) East Midlands’ top 10 ranking list for their age group (U15B). Our other athletes to record personal bests were: Archie Banks (800m: 1-59.82); Hayden Greaves (1500m: 4-20.82); & Lizzy Edge (1500m: 4-50.31). (03/06/17)

May 2017:

The positive start to the track season by group members is reflected in eight group members currently ranked in the top 8 in the East Midlands as of the end of May. They are: Ben Dijkstra (U20M: 5000m: 1st) / Joseph Tuffin (U20M 800m: 1st: & 5th at 1500m) / Libby Coleman (U17W: 3000m: 2nd) / Sam Stevens (U20M: 5000m: 2nd) / Lizzy Edge (U15G: 1500m: 3rd) / Roman Watson-Quilter (U15B: 800m: 6th) / Archie Banks (U20M: 800m: 7th) / & Tom Hughes (U17M: 3000m: 8th). (Ben, Libby, & Sam are also currently UK top 10 ranked in their best event) (31/05/17)

Three group members ran personal best 800m times at the Charnwood AC Open. Running in the A race, Hayden Greaves took the race victory in 2-06.59, closely pursued by Roman Watson Quilter (2-10.71), & Alfie Lowe (2-12.60). (31/05/17)

Ben Dijkstra just missed out on selection (at 5000m) for the European Junior T&F Championships when finishing 3rd (less than a second behind the winner) in the UK trials race, held as part of the BMC Grand Prix at Sports City, Manchester. Ben finished in 14-22.66 to record a personal best time. Also competing at Manchester was Joseph Tuffin who ran just outside his best for 800m with a 1-52.35 clocking. (27/05/17)

A small group attended the BMC Regional meeting at Tipton, Birmingham on Tuesday, May 23rd with 5 athletes recording personal bests. They were: U15B Lewis Edge (1500m: 4-41.1); U15G Lizzy Edge (4-52.1); U15B Roman Watson-Quilter (800m: 2-12.4); U17M Tom Hughes (3000m: 9-37.7); & U15B Xavi Salcedo (1500m: 4-36.1). (23/05/17)

Xavi Salcedo claimed bronze in the U15B 1500m race at the Leicestershire T&F Championships with a personal best time of 4-36.28.. Competing on the same day, Joseph Tuffin improved his 800m best to 1-51.94 at the BMC Grand Prix in Solihull. (13/05/17)

Libby Coleman continued her impressive start to the BTF 2017 Youth/Junior Super Series Championship with another win. Competing in Llanelli (South Wales), Libby won the Youth Women Triathlon to add to her National Duathlon win the previous month. (13/05/17)

Sam Stevens ran 5000m in 14-36.31 at the British Students T&F Championships to top the 2017 UK U20M rankings. On the same day at the BMC Academy meeting at Street, Somerset, Joseph Tuffin ran a 1500m personal best of 3-58.12 in winning the 1500m A race. (01/05/17)

April 2017:

Group members impressed at the Livingston Road Relays with six members (U20M: Edward Thomas, Harry Purdell, & Pascal Bouttier-Butler / U15B: Roman Watson-Quilter, & Xavi Salcedo / & U15G Rachel Nealon) contributing to team victories for their clubs. Harry’s time of 16-28 (for 3 Miles) was the joint fastest time by an U20 Man on the day. (30/04/17)

At the Charnwood AC Open meeting: Libby Coleman recorded an English Schools’ qualifying time of 9-58.01 (currently a 2017 top 5 UK time) at 3000m; whilst Joseph Tuffin won the 800m A race in 1-54.59. (26/04/17)

Group members sparkled at the Derby Midweek 1 Mile Race, filling five of the leading six places. Leading the way was Joseph Tuffin (4-30) who won by some margin, in the fastest 1M time recorded during the 2016/17 season of the Derby Midweek Races. Joseph was followed in by:  Harry Purdell (2nd: 4-42); Tom Hughes (4th: 4-55); Hayden Greaves (5th: 5-01); & Xavi Salcedo (6th: 5-01). All five runners recorded 1M personal bests. (19/04/17)

Libby Coleman continued her excellent 2017 season by claiming the BTF (British Triathlon Federation) National Elite Youth Women Duathlon title. Competing against the best of her age group, Libby controlled the race throughout to record a comfortable victory. Other strong performances at the National Championships – which were held in Bedford – were produced by Harry Purdell (Elite Junior Men: 13th) & Hayden Greaves (Elite Youth Men: 16th) (09/04/17)

Competing on the same day at Harlech in North Wales, Phillip Maddocks claimed a Senior Men’s Bronze in the Welsh Triathlon National Sprint Duathlon Championships. In a race which featured both a beach run and a finish involving a 250m climb of the steps to the top of the local castle, Phillip finished just over a minute behind the race winner. (09/04/17)

March 2017:

Other notable performances during the month of March included: a 1M PB of 4-58 for Edward Thomas at the Derby Midweek races (15/03); a 2nd. place finish in 17-20 for Phillip Maddocks at the Shrewsbury 5K Parkrun (25/03); & a 1st place U20 finish (& 7th overall) for Hayden Greaves at the East Leake Sprint Triathlon (26/03/17)

Sam Stevens excelled at the World XC Championships held in Kampala, Uganda. Competing in the U20M race, Sam was the first British runner to finish (& 2nd European) in 43rd place, with the race – run in stiffling temperatures of 27 degrees centigrade – dominated by African born runners. (26/03/17)

Ben Dijkstra completed a remarkable English Schools career with victory in the Senior Boys race at the English Schools XC Championships held at the Norfolk Showground, Norwich. This was Ben’s 4th English Schools XC title, and in the process became only the third male competitor to record victories at Junior, Internmediate and Senior levels. (In total Ben has now won 7 English Schools titles!). … Our other top performer on the day was Libby Coleman, who in finishing 11th in the Intermediate Girls race, missed an English Schools international vest by a mere three seconds. … Other notable runs came from twins Roman & Lucca Watson-Quilter who were the 1st & 2nd counters for the Leicestershire team in the Junior Boys event. (18/03/17)

Sam Stevens finished 4th in a hotly contested U20M race at the Inter-Counties XC Championships held at Prestwold Hall, Loughborough. With the race acting as the main selection race for the World XC Championships to be held in Uganda later in the month, Sam earned his place on the GB Junior Men’s team to compete in Kampala. In addition, this performance (coupled with performances earlier in the season) earned Sam a 3rd place overall in the British Athletics XC Challenge. (11/03/17)

Hot on the heels of his performance at the England Athletics Indoor Championships on 25/02, Joseph Tuffin was selected to represent England at the Welsh Athletics Indoor International held in Cardiff. Competing in the U20M 800m, Joseph made a winning international debut recording 1-54.64, with his nearest rival nearly 2 seconds adrift. (05/03/17)

February 2017:

Midland Counties U20M 800m Indoor Champion Joseph Tuffin produced a remarkable performance at the England Athletics U20 Indoor Championships (held in Sheffield) to finish 4th in the 800m race, lopping nearly three seconds from his personal best with a 1-52.04 clocking. (This performance is notable as it has been achieved on the back of Winter training with no specific 800m work undertaken). (25/02/17)

Ben Dijkstra stormed to individual Silver in a pulsating Junior Men’s race at the English National XC Championships, held at Wollaton Park, Nottingham. Only a first year Junior, Ben was running his first ever 10K XC race, and only failed by 4 seconds to clinch the title against much more seasoned rivals. In the same race, Sam Stevens (suffering from a bad cold) held on to 21st. In the other age group races there was an excellent run from Midlands Champion Libby Coleman to secure a 10th place finish in the U17W category; whilst Archie Banks (U17M: 65th) & Rachel Nealon (U15G: 84th) secured top 100 finishes. (Archie also contributed to his club securing team bronze) (24/02/17)

Joseph Tuffin took the Midland Counties’ U20M Indoor 800m Gold in 1 minute 56.82 seconds to secure his first regional title. (11/02/17)

Ben Dijkstra secured the opportunity of recording a 6th English Schools title by winning the Leicestershire Schools (Senior Boys) XC title at the County Schools’ XC Championships. This followed a fastest lap run at the King Henry V111 Relays only three days previously, securing a first ever victory for Loughborough Grammar School in this prestigious Schools event. (04/02/17)

There were strong performances from our other group members at local County Schools’ XC Championships, with many gaining selection to run for their county teams at the English Schools XC Championships to be run in March. At the Leicestershire Championships performances of note included: Roman Watson-Quilter (JB: 3rd); Archie Banks (SB: 4th); Hayden Greaves (IB: 5th); & Lucca Watson-Quilter (JB: 6th). At the Nottinghamshire Championships, Joseph Tuffin finished 2nd. in the Senior Boys race. (04/02/17) 

Sam Stevens fine form continued with a 15th place finish in the BUCS (British Students) XC Championships held at Graves Park, Sheffield. Sam – representing the University of Nottingham – was making his debut in this event, and running 10K XC for the first time. (04/02/17) 

January 2017:

Group members produced strong performances at the Midland Counties XC Championships. Leading the way was U17W Libby Coleman who took the joint U20W/U17W race in emphatic style, despite being one of the youngest in the race. Strong (top 20) performances were also produced by: Archie Banks (U17M: 5th); Joseph Tuffin (U20M: 12th); Hayden Greaves (U17M: 14th); & Pascal Bouttier-Butler (U20M: 20th). Archie, Pascal, & U20M Edward Thomas contributed to team gold medals for their respective clubs. (January 28th, 2017)

Sam Stevens produced another excellent performance to claim 2nd spot in the U20M race at the Juan Mugertza Memorial International in Elgoibar, Spain. Representing a strong England team, Sam was the first English finisher, ahead of athletes who would claim Area (Midlands & North) XC titles the following weekend. (January 22nd, 2017)

Libby Coleman opened her 2017 Winter campaign with a comfortable victory in the U17W race at the North Midlands XC League fixture held at Wollaton Park, Nottingham. (January 14th, 2017)

Ben Dijkstra – running his first race since the World Junior Triathlon Championships in September – scored a comfortable victory in a competitive Senior Boys field at the final Leicestershire Secondary Schools XC League fixture of the season. Our other top 5 finishers on the day were: Lucca Watson-Quilter (JB: 2nd); Rachel Nealon (JG: 3rd); Roman Watson-Quilter (JB: 4th); & Archie Banks (SB: 5th). (Rachel & Pascal Bouttier-Butler have both been selected for the English Schools XC Championships by securing a top 3 league placing overall) (January 14th, 2017) 

Sam Stevens – representing Team GB – ran a strong race at the televised Edinburgh XC International. Competing in the competitive Junior Men’s 6K race, Sam finished 14th, less than half a minute behind the race winner, Noah Affolder, of the USA. … Sam’s next race will be in England colours at an International XC meeting in Spain, later in the month. (January 7th, 2017) 

Rachel Nealon (U15G) claimed individual Bronze at the Leicestershire County XC Championships held at Burbage Common. Elsewhere, Harry Purdell was 5th in the U17M race at the Nottinghamshire County XC Championships held at Wollaton Park, Nottingham. (January 7th, 2017) 

December 2016:

Harry Purdell led a 1-2-3 clean sweep for group members in the 1Mile race at the December edition of the Derby Midweek Races. Harry (4-47) led in Alfie Lowe (5-03) & George Alvey (5-09), with all three recording personal bests. There were also personal bests in the 5K race for: Tom Hughes (16-53); Xavi Salcedo (17-19); & Lucca Watson-Quilter (18-09). (December 14th, 2016)

Sam Stevens helped Team GB secure the Team Bronze in the Junior Men’s race at the European XC Championships held in Chia, Italy. Sam covered the fast 6.15Km. course in 18 minutes & 16 sexconds, a minute down on the individual medallists. Sam’s next race will again be at international level, representing the British team at the Edinburgh XC International on January 7th. (December 11th, 2016)

Alfie Thompson impressed with a comfortable victory in the Senior Boys race at the latest Leicestershire Secondary Schools XC League fixture held at Brooksby College. In the same Inter/Senior race there were also strong performances from: Archie Banks (SB: 5th); Pascal Bouttier-Butler (SB: 6th); & Hayden Greaves (IB: 6th). In the Junior Men’s race Lucca Watson-Quilter recorded his second successive Schools League victory, with his twin brother Roman following in hot pursuit. (December 3rd, 2016)

November 2016:

Sam Stevens gained selection for the Junior Men’s team to represent Britain in the European XC Championships to be held in Chia, Italy on December 11th. Competing in the Trials race held in conjunction with the Liverpool XC Challenge, Sam finished 6th to secure selection. In the same Junior Men’s race there was a strong performance from Alfie Thompson (38th); whilst in the U17M race, Archie Banks finished strongly to secure a top 30 place finish. (November 26th, 2016) 

Phillip Maddocks, competing for Loughborough University, finished 25th (from over 400 competitors) at the BUCS (British Students) Duathlon Championships held at Castle Combe, Wiltshire. (November 20th, 2016)

Lucca Watson-Quilter recorded a victory in the Junior Boys race at the latest fixture in the Leicestershire Schools’ XC League at Longfield Academy in Melton Mowbray. In the same race, Lucca’s brother Roman finished 3rd.. Our other top 5 finishers on the day were: Rachel Nealon (JG: 3rd) & Pascal Bouttier-Butler (SB: 5th). (November 19th, 2016)

Archie Banks (4-33) & Alfie Thompson (4-33) fought out the finish of the 1 Mile race at the November Derby Midweek Races, with Archie just getting the nod. Both were personal best performances at the mile. Our other runners in the same race to record personal best times were: Edward Thomas (5-00); Alfie Lowe (5-05); Roman Watson-Quilter (5-19); & Lucca Watson-Quilter (5-20). (November 16th, 2016)

At the Derby Midweek 5K race our five representatives all claimed personal bests on the night. They were: Harry Purdell (16-34); Tom Hughes (16-55); Xavi Salcedo (17-36); George Alvey (17-39); & Daniel Hopkin (17-40). (November 16th, 2016)

Sam Stevens followed up his fastest leg at the National XC Relays with a 2nd. place finish in the U20M race at the opening fixture of the British Athletics XC Challenge, held at Milton Keynes. In the same race Alfie Thompson performed with great credit to take 12th place; whilst Archie Banks was 19th in the corresponding U17M race. (November 12th, 2016)

Sam Stevens recorded the fastest U20M leg of the day at the National XC Relays held at Berry Hill Park, Mansfield. In a tight four way finish on the opening leg, Sam prevailed with an 8-30 clocking for the 3K XC course. There were also impressive 3K times from Alfie Thompson (U20M: 9-12) & Archie Banks (U17M: 9-23). (November 5th, 2016)

October 2016:

Alfie Thompson (1 Mile: 1st: 4-35) & Pascal Bouttier-Butler (5K: 6th: 16-36) both impressed with personal best marks at the October Derby Midweek races. Our other personal best on the night came from Hayden Greaves (5K: 17-53). (October 19th, 2016)

Phillip Maddocks claimed the Leicestershire Duathlon Senior Men’s Championship title in winning the Bosworth Duathlon hosted by 1485 Triathlon Club. Phillip completed the 4K(Run)/21K (Bike)/4K (Run) course in 63 minutes & 09 seconds, over 2 minutes ahead of his nearest pursuer. … On the same day, Jamie Short finished 4th (from over 1000 competitors) at the Cambridge Town & Gown 10K, recording a 10K personal best of 33 minutes & 38 seconds. (October 16th, 2016)

Pascal Bouttier-Butler (Senior Boys) & Rachel Nealon (Junior Girls) recorded impressive race victores in the latest round of the Leicestershire Secondary Schools’ XC League held at Rutland Water. On the same day, there were impressive ‘good-for-age’ performances from Archie Banks (U17M: 12-22) & Xavi Salcedo (U15B: 13-18) at the National Young Athletes’ Road Relays held in Sutton Park, Birmingham. (October 8th, 2016)

September 2016:

Harry Purdell (16) & Hayden Greaves (15) produced excellent performances to finish 3rd. & 4th. respectively in the East Leake Sprint Triathlon. Competing in a mainly senior field of over 250 competitors, they were only beaten by two experienced competitors with previous international experience. (September 25th, 2016)

Sam Stevens (17-59), Alfie Thompson (18-50); & Jamie Short (19-29) all ran impressively (Sam winning the opening leg!) to help their club (LCAC) achieve a top 6 finish in the Senior Men’s race at the Midlands Road Relays at Sutton Park, Birmingham. In the same competition, Pascal Bouttier-Butler (20-08) was the quickest team runner for the LCAC ‘B’ team to help them finish the 3rd. best ‘B’ team on the day. In the corresponding Young Athletes’ races our star turn was U15 Boy Xavi Salcedo (13-31) who, despite being in the bottom end of his age group, ran the 10th. quickest age group time. (September 24th, 2016)

Rachel Nealon led the way with a 2nd. place finish in the JG race at the opening fixture of the Leicestershire Secondary Schools’ XC League held in Groby. Our other top 6 finishers on the day were Pascal Bouttier-Butler (SB: 5th); & Hayden Greaves (IB: 6th). (September 17th, 2016)

Ben Dijkstra capped his 2016 Triathlon season by taking the individual Bronze medal in the Junior Men’s race at the ITU World Championships held in Cozumel, Mexico. In temperatures of well over 30C., Ben was prominent throughout, attacking on the final run section to claim his medal. Ben was the only GB triathlete to claim an individual medal in the Junior & U23 category races. (September 16th, 2016)

Group members opened their Autumn campaign with impressive performances at the Derby Midweek Races. In the 1 Mile event there were personal bests for: Pascal Bouttier-Butler (4-45: 1st); Harry Purdell (4-48: 3rd); Alfie Lowe (5-09); & Rachel Nealon (5-42: 1stW). In a competitive 5K race Alfie Thompson finished 5th in 15-37, whilst there were personal bests for: Archie Banks (16-37); Tom Hughes (17-36); & George Alvey (18-02). (September 14th, 2016)

English Schools’ 3000m Champion, Sam Stevens stepped onto the roads to record a time of 30 minutes & 40 seconds to finish 6th. in the highly competitive Wilne 10K (Derbyshire). Sam’s time places him joint top of the U20M National (UK) RunBritain rankings for 10K. (Sam is one of five group members with a current -2016 – top 4 national age group ranking in one event or another!) (September 4th, 2016)

Our Triathletes completed their season in style with impressive performances at the National U20 Festival held in Strathclyde Park, Glasgow. In the Youth Girls event Libby Coleman finished 3rd. – beaten only by two ‘guest’ French competitors – to finish 2nd. overall in the ‘Super Series’. In the Youth Boys race Harry Purdell (6th.) & Tom Hughes (7th.) performed strongly for top 10 finishes; whilst in the younger age Inter-Regional Championships, Xavi Salcedo (representing the East Midlands) finished 10th.. (September 4th, 2016)

August 2016:

Group members have continued to post personal bests throughout August: Alfie Thompson lowered his 3000m best to 8 minutes 40.05 seconds at the Trafford AC Grand Prix in Manchester (09/08); Xavi Salcedo (1500m: 4-37.41), Alfie Lowe (800m: 2-15.49), & Rachel Nealon (800m: 2-31.00) improved their bests at the Charnwood AC Open (10/08); Tom Hughes (1500m: 4-25.39), & Hayden Greaves (1500m: 4-31.83) improved their bests at the Watford AC Open Meeting (24/08); Archie Banks recorded an 800m best of 2-02.7 @ the Tipton BMC Regional meeting (later improved to 1-59.98 @ the (07/09) Watford Open); & Rachel Nealon clocked a 3000m best of 11-00.33 at the Charnwood AC ‘Stars of the Future’ meeting. (August 2016)

Ben Dijkstra topped the 2016 UK U17M National 5M rankings with a 24 minutes & 45 seconds clocking in securing victory at the Coventry Autumnal 5M Road Race. In the corresponding Women’s race Alice Daniel finished 4th. in a time of 31 minutes & 37 seconds to place 3rd. on the 2016 UK U20W lists. Our other representative on the night – Jamie Short – finished 9th overall in a season’s best of 27 minutes & 11 seconds. (August 24th, 2016) 

Ben Dijkstra secured his place in the British team for the World Junior Triathlon Championships – to be held in Mexico in September – with an emphatic victory in the Junior Men’s elite race at the British Triathlon Championships held in Liverpool. Ben’s performance was remarkable in that only one senior competitor beat him in the joint Senior/Junior competition. At the same Championships, group members Libby Coleman (8th) & Tom Hughes (12th) produced strong performances in their respective Youth Championship races. (August 14th, 2016) 

July 2016:

Harry Purdell & Libby Coleman excelled at the Newstead Abbey 5K Road Race with: Harry (16-48) grabbing the Nottinghamshire County U18M 5K road title in finishing 6th overall; & Libby (18-17) finishing 2nd woman in a time that lists her 3rd on the UK National ‘RunBritain’ rankings for her age group. Our other representatives on the night both ran well with Josh Phillips (17-00) 9th overall, & Alice Daniel (19-20) finishing as the 6th woman finisher. (July 29th, 2016)

There were strong performances by Alfie Thompson (5000m A race: 2nd: 15-30.7) & Alfie Lowe (1M C race: 1st: 5-10.7) at the ‘Tim Wealthall Mile & Richard Belton 5K Memorial Races‘ at the Harvey Haddon Stadium, Nottingham on Thursday, July 28th (July 28th, 2016)

Sam Stevens & Ben Dijkstra produced excellent performances to finish 3rd & 4th respectively in the BMC Grand Prix 5000m A race at Oxford’s Iffley Road Stadium. Despite the exceptionally warm conditions, Sam (14-25.81) & Ben (14-29.37) produced times that place then 5th & 7th respectively on the 2016 UK National U20M rankings for 5000m. (July 23rd, 2016)

Alfie Thompson recorded a 5K road best of 15 minutes & 24 seconds in finishing 7th in the highly competitive Doncaster 5K Open race. Alfie’s time takes him to 3rd on the 2016 UK (RunBritain) rankings in his age group. Our other two representatives on the night  – Josh Phillips (17-00) & Pascal Bouttier-Butler (17-31) also produced strong performances. (July 13th, 2016)

Sam Stevens (representing Leicestershire) capped a memorable few weeks by taking the 2016 English Schools Senior Boys 3000m title. In windy conditions Sam positioned himself in the leading three throughout before unleashing a final surge over the closing lap to secure victory in 8 minutes & 24.91 seconds. Our other representative at the Championships – Libby Coleman (representing Nottinghamshire) – ran within three seconds of her best to finish 10th in the Inter Girls 3000m final. (July 9th, 2016)

Other notable performances during July (not noted above) included: a 1500m best of 4-41.02 by Xavi Salcedo at the Charnwood AC Open Meeting; & a race victory by Pascal Bouttier-Butler (17-25) at the Leicester City (July) 5K Road Race. (July 2016)

June 2016:

Sam Stevens and Ben Dijkstra produced superb performances at the 29/06 Watford Open Graded meeting. Competing in the 3000m A race Sam won in a new personal best time of 8-17.16 to move to 4th. on the current UK U20M rankings for the event. Three places down Ben (8-22.69) ran within 2 seconds of his best on his return to competition following a long injury induced break. Our other three representatives on the night: Alfie Lowe (1500m: 4-38.69); Hayden Greaves (1500m: 4-32.00); & Josh Phillips (3000m: 9-43.01) all returned home with new personal bests. (June 29th, 2016)

Alfie Thompson (representing England A) ran a highly commendable race to finish 11th (from over 60 competitors representing 16 nations) at the World Mountain Running International Youth Cup held in the Czech Republic. (June 25th, 2016)

Sam Stevens continues to impress as he dominated the BMC Regionals 1 Mile A race from start to finish at Tipton, Birmingham, to record a personal best time of 4 minutes & 12.o seconds (currently 2nd. U20M on the 2016 national UK rankings). In the same race, Josh Phillips impressed with a personal best of 4 minutes & 38.2 seconds. (June 21st, 2016)

Sam Stevens bettered a 30 year-old Championship Best Performance record in winning the Senior Boys’ 3000m at the Leicestershire & Rutland Secondary Schools’ T&F Championships. Sam’s time of 8 minutes & 37.3 seconds was powered by a sub 4-10 final 1500m after a rather pedestraian pace on the opening laps. Our other competitors on the day did well with most claiming individual medals. Our medallists were: Alfie Thompson (SB 3000m Silver); Hayden Greaves (IB 1500m Silver); Josh Phillips (SB 1500m Bronze); & Rachel Nealon (JG 1500m Bronze). (June 11th, 2016)

Libby Coleman claimed an individual national title in winning the National Girls’ Youth Aquathlon Championships at Leeds by 15 seconds from her nearest rival. Libby’s win was secured by an impressive run after 8 competitors emerged from the water together, with Libby’s 9-59 clocking on the hilly 2.5K course being the only sub 10 minute clocking in the Girl’s race. (June 11th, 2016)

Harry Purdell was a comfortable winner of the 11/06 Rushcliffe 5K ParkRun, recording a winning time of 17 minutes & 08 seconds. Also prominent was Edward Thomas, who clocked 18-16 in finishing 4th. in a record 460 strong field. (June 11th, 2016) 

Four group members improved their 1500m personal bests at the BMC Academy meeting at Milton Keynes on Saturday, June 4th. They are: Alfie Thompson (4-04.50); Archie Banks (4-09.09); Josh Phillips (4-17.24); & Harry Purdell (4-18.06). (June 4th, 2016)

Despite cold & blustery conditions, Sam Stevens (8-29.17) & Jamie Short (9-16.62) recorded 3000m personal best times at the Watford Open Graded meeting. Sam’s time is an English Schools’ qualifying mark. (June 1st, 2016)

May 2016:

Competing at local track meetings (Charnwood AC Open; BMC Regionals, Tipton; & the LSAC Open meeting) a number of group members have recorded 1500m personal bests in the past fortnight. They are: Sam Stevens (3-57.17); Josh Phillips (4-21.78); Alfie Lowe (4-38.77); Xavi Salcedo (4-42.51); & Rachel Nealon (4-59.70). Sam’s time is currently (27/05) 2nd. best on the East Midlands’ U20M ranking list, & Rachel’s time is the 7th. best in the equivalent U15G list. (May 27th, 2016) 

Following the Trials race at Sedbergh, Alfie Thompson has been selected to represent England in the World Mountain Running Youth Cup Championship to be held in the Czech Republic at the end of June. (May 21st, 2016)

At the Leicestershire & Rutland T&F Championships, Sam Stevens (14-56.70) stormed to an impressive victory in the Men’s 5000m race to not only take the U20M title, but to defeat the best of the Senior competitors in the process. In the same race an impressive performance from Alfie Thompson (15-27.67) secured Silver in the U20M race (& 3rd overall). Our other competitor in the race, Jamie Short (16-22.97) recorded a personal best. Our other 2 competitors at the Championships – Archie Banks (U17M 1500m: 4-13.82) & Rachel Nealon (U15G 1500m: 5-03.24) – secured Silver & Bronze in their respective races, with personal best times. (May 15th, 2016) 

There were impressive performances from our Triathletes/Duathletes over the weekend of May 14th/15th. At the National Super Series Triathlon in Llanelli, South Wales, Libby Coleman finished 3rd Woman in the Youth Girls category, whilst Harry Purdell (6th) & Tom Hughes (11th) were prominent in the equivalent Boys race. Elsewhere, Hayden Greaves comfortably won the Youth race at the Prestwold Duathlon (part of the East Midlands Super Series). (May 15th, 2016) 

At the Wymeswold 5M Road Race our representatives – all aged 17 – competed strongly with both a good class senior field, and unseasonably warm conditions. Leading the way was Alice Daniel who finished 2nd. woman in a time of 32 minutes & 20 seconds. Our top runner on the day was Edward Thomas who finished 16th overall in 31 minutes & 36 seconds. (May 8th, 2016)

Group members impressed at the Livingston Road Relays held at Braunstone Park, Leicester. Leading the way was Alfie Thompson (15-13), stepping into his club’s senior team, and recording the 4th fastest time overall on the day for the 3 Mile circuit. Another impressive performance was registered by Harry Purdell (16-04) who ran the quickest leg for his club as they took the U20M prize. Others to contribute to team winning performances were: Hayden Greaves (U15B: 17-44); Alfie Lowe (U20M: 18-19); & Rachel Nealon (U15G: 18-37). (May 1st, 2016)

April 2016:

Two of our leading members made impressive returns to competition at local (5K) ParkRuns on Saturday, April 30th. At Clumber Park Archie Banks scored a comfortable victory in 17 minutes & 10 seconds, whilst at Rushcliffe Alice Daniel was the first woman finisher in 19 minutes & 15 seconds. (April 30th, 2016)

At the Charnwood AC Open Meeting on the evening of Wednesday, April 27th our two (U17) representatives (Tom Hughes: 9-43.77; & Libby Coleman: 10-13.16) ran personal best times at 3000m. Libby’s time takes her to 7th on the current (2016) UK U17W lists, and is an English Schools’ qualifying mark. (April 27th, 2016)

Rachel Nealon headlined our performances at the London Mini-Marathon which doubled as the British Athletics Young Athletes Road Race Championships. Competing in the U13G category Rachel came through strongly in the latter part of the race to grab 6th place, covering the 3M course in 18 minutes & 01 seconds. Our other 2 representatives (like Rachel representing the East Midlands team) produced strong runs with Alfie Thompson 18th (15-01) in the U17M race and Xavi Salcedo 43rd (17-34) in the U13B category. (April 24th, 2016)

Three group members feature in the Athletics Weekly 2015/16 XC merit ranking for 2015/16. Leading the way is our European Junior XC Championship representative Ben Dijkstra who was ranked 3rd in the U20M category. Our other merit ranking athletes were: Libby Coleman (U15G: 10th) & Alfie Thompson (U17M; 11th). Unlucky to miss out was Midlands U20M Silver medallist & England representative Sam Stevens, who had to miss out on the end-of-season championship races. (April 2016)

A round up of results include: a victory for Alfie Thompson in the 3000m at the Charnwood AC Open (09/04); a 1500m PB of 5-07.14 by Rachel Nealon at the same event; strong Parkrun 5K performances from Alfie Lowe (Long Eaton, 16/04: 18-47: PB), Jamie Short (Leicester Victoria, 09/04: 16-32; 2nd), & Phillip Maddocks (Long Eaton, 16/04: 17-28: 2nd); & an East Midlands representative vest for Saskia Sharpe (33rd) at the AOC (Association of Colleges) National XC Championships in Newcastle on 16/04. (April 16th, 2016)  

Further to last weekend’s successes at the National Duathlon Championships (see below), Hayden Greaves & Xavi Salcedo both recorded comfortable victories in their respective races at the RAF Scampton Duathlon in Lincolnshire. (April 9th, 2016)

Libby Coleman (Elite Youth Girls) & Phillip Maddocks (20-24 AG category) claimed individual Silver Medals at the National Duathlon Championships held in Windsor Great Park on Sunday, April 3rd.. Our other representatives on the day – Harry Purdell (8th); Hayden Greaves (13th); & Tom Hughes (14th) – all performed strongly in the Elite Youth Boys’ race. (April 3rd, 2016)

March 2016:

Ben Dijkstra returned to competition – after a 3 month break – with a top 10 finish at the UK Inter-Counties XC Championships held at Cofton Park, Birmingham. Ben (an U17M competing in the age group above) finished 7th in the U20M race to lead in the Leicestershire contingent. Our other top performer on the day was Alfie Thompson who finished 11th in the U17M race to help Leicestershire secure the team title in that age category. (March 12th, 2016)

Phillip Maddocks recorded his 2nd. top 10 finish in the 2016 Leicestershire Winter Road Race League with a 10th place finish in the hilly Kibworth 6M Road Race. Phillip covered the demanding course in 34-46. A little further down the field Saskia Sharpe maintained her challenge for the leading U20W prize. (March 6th, 2016)

Eight group members represented their county teams in the English Schools XC Championships held at Wollaton Park, Nottingham. Leading the way were Alfie Thompson (2nd. county scorer) & Rachel Nealon (3rd county scorer) who helped their respective teams achieve team silver in the Senior Boys race, & ‘best eight counters’ in the Junior Girls race. Our highest individual finisher on the day was Libby Coleman (Inter Girls: 17th). (March 5th, 2016)

February 2016:

Alfie Thompson (U17M) & Libby Coleman (U15G) sparkled at the English National XC Championships held at Castle Donington on the Leicestershire/Derbyshire border. Both ran aggressive races to claim 6th place in their respective races. Other group members to produce strong performances were: Xavi Salcedo (U13B: 35th); Rachel Nealon (U13G: 47th); Harry Purdell (U17M: 76th); & Hayden Greaves (U15B: 81st). (February 27th, 2016)

Gaining his second international vest in a month, Sam Stevens finished a close-up 4th in the Lotto Cross Cup at Rostelaar in Belgium to complete an England team victory in the U20M race. (February 14th, 2016)

Three group members secured places in the East Midlands London Mini-Marathon team at the Trials races held at County Hall, Glenfield. They were: Alfie Thompson; Rachel Nealon; & Xavi Salcedo. All three join group member Ben Dijkstra (last year’s Mini-Marathon winner) in the team for the London Mini-Marathon towards the end of April. (February 14th, 2016)

Six group members attended the Ivanhoe XC Challenge with all six claiming medals in the Y9& Above race. Leading the way was Archie Banks who recorded a commanding victory in the race. Archie was followed home by Hayden Greaves who took the Y9&10 prize. Elizabeth Mulvaney secured the victory in the Girls race; whilst Josh Phillips (3rd), Edward Thomas (5th), & Alfie Lowe (7th) won the team award for their club. (February 13th, 2016) 

Two more group members – Harry Purdell (Inter Boys) & Libby Coleman (Inter Girls) – sealed English Schools’ XC qualification by comfortably winning their respective races at the Nottinghamshire County Schools’ XC Championships. On the same weekend: Phillip Maddocks was the 1st U20M finisher at the Alsager 5M Road Race (recording 27-52 on a windy day); & Hayden Greaves was the 1st U20M finisher at the Mallory Park Duathlon. (February 6th-7th, 2016)

January 2016:

Three group members – Alfie Thompson (U17M); Libby Coleman (U15G); & Sam Stevens (U20M) – secured individual silver medals to highlight a set of very strong performances across the board from group members at the Midland Counties XC Championships held at Prestwold Hall, Loughborough. Our other top 20 finishers on the day were: Harry Purdell (U17M: 19th); Hayden Greaves (U15B: 19th); Pascal Bouttier-Butler (U17M: 18th); Rachel Nealon (U13G: 11th); & Tom Hughes (U15B: 14th). In addition – Alfie, Harry, Pascal, Rachel, & Tom – contributed to team gold medals for their respective clubs. (January 30th , 2016) 

Group members Phillip Maddocks & Saskia Sharpe featured prominently in the Barrow 6M Road Race, the opening race in the Leicestershire Road Running (Winter) League. Moving up to the senior ranks Phillip finished 10th overall in a new 6M best of 34 minutes & 20 seconds, whilst a little further down the 750+ strong field, Saskia was the 1st U20W finisher in a time of 47 minutes & 20 seconds. (January 24th, 2016)

Sam Stevens scores a stunning U20M victory at the Cardiff XC Challenge on his international debut. Following a head to head tussle with a fellow England representative, Sam prevailed by 4 seconds with the third placed athlete nearly a minute behind. Our other representative at the XC Challenge, Rachel Nealon finished 6th in a closely fought U13G race. (January 24th, 2016)

Alfie Thompson (Senior Boys: 2nd) & Alice Daniel (Senior Girls: 3rd) took individual medals at the Leicestershire County Schools’ XC Championships on a typically muddy & sapping course at Ratcliffe College. Our other top performers on the day, laying strong claims for English Schools selection, were: Hayden Greaves (Inter-Boys: 5th); & Pascal Bouttier-Butler (Senior Boys: 6th). (January 23rd, 2016) 

Three group members took part in the final race of the 2015-16 North Midlands XC League, held at Wollaton Park, Nottingham. In the U13B division, Xavi Salcedo finished 4th; whilst in the U17M race, Harry Purdell was 6th & Archie Banks 7th. (January 16th, 2016)

Six group members claimed individual County XC Championship medals at the Leicestershire & Nottinghamshire XC Championships. Leading the way was Sam Stevens who took the Leicestershire U20M title in commanding fashion by over 2 minutes (!). The quality of Sam’s performance was highlighted by the fact that only three senior athletes defeated him over the mud-drenched 10K course at Burbage Common. Also winning in similar fashion was Xavi Salcedo in the Leicestershire U13B race, whilst Rachel Nealon made it a trio of titles with a closely fought victory in the Leicestershire U13G race. Our other individual medallists were: Silvers for Alice Daniel (U20W) & Libby Coleman (U15G) (both Nottinghamshire); & Bronze for Alfie Thompson (U17M, Leicestershire). (January 9th, 2016)  

October to December 2015:

A number of group members finished their 2015 campaign with a bang at the December edition of the Derby Midweek Races. In the 5K race six group members made dramatic improvements in their 5K best with Alfie Thompson (3rd overall) breaking through the 16 minute barrier with a 15-46 clocking. Alfie was followed in in quick succession by: Phillip Maddocks (5th: 16-28); Josh Phillips (7th: 16-46); & Harry Purdell (8th: 16-52). A little further down the field 12-year-old Rachel Nealon (19-10) took over 40 seconds off her best, & was the first woman finisher on the night, whilst Maddie Freeman (21-46) took a similar chunk off her previous best. In the 1 Mile event Xavi Salcedo (5-17) & Libby Coleman (5-21) also recorded personal bests. (December 16th, 2015)

Ben Dijkstra making his debut in a Team GB vest at cross-country helped the Junior Men’s team claim team bronze at the 2015 European XC Championships, held at Hyeres in the south of France. Ben finished 19th (& 3rd Team GB counter) from over 80 competitors, being one of only 2 athletes born in 1998 to make the top 20. (December 12th, 2015)

Alice Daniel made a stunning Half-Marathon debut at the Milton Keynes Winter Half-Marathon, finishing 2nd Woman in a time of 84 minutes & 24 seconds. Alice’s time rockets her to 3rd place on the national UK ‘RunBritain’ U20 Women’s rankings for 2015. (December 12th, 2015)

Archie Banks (Inter Boys) & Sam Stevens (Senior Boys) secured County Schools XC League titles with victories in the final league fixture at a wind-swept Brooksby College. Our other top 6 finishers on the day were: Alfie Thompson (SB: 2nd); Elizabeth Mulvaney (SG: 3rd); Rachel Nealon (JG: 4th); Pascal Bouttier-Butler (SB: 5th); & Josh Phillips (SB: 6th). As a result of performances across the League Season … Archie, Alfie, Elizabeth, Rachel, & Sam have all secured their places in the County Team for the English Schools’ XC Championships to be held next March. (December 6th, 2015)

At the third fixture of the North Midlands XC League U15G Libby Coleman put herself in a strong position to win the League title with a comfortable race victory. Our other representative on the day – U17M Harry Purdell – ran well to place 5th. (December 6th, 2015)

Ben Dijkstra secured a place in the GB team for the European XC Championships with a commanding performance at the Trials race held as part of the British Athletics Liverpool XC Challenge. Despite being one of only 2 U17M in the 120+ strong U20M field, Ben was always with the leading pack & secured victory with a decisive move from 600m out. In the same race Sam Stevens continued his progression since his return to competition with a 20th place finish. Our other runners at Liverpool acquitted themselves with great credit in their AG races: U13G Rachel Nealon excelled with a 4th place finish; U17M Alfie Thompson ran a strong second half to secure 13th spot; & U13B Xavi Salcedo battled well to a 40th place finish. (November 28th, 2015)

Despite strong gusty winds a small contingent of group members achieved impressive performances at the Wolverton 5M Road Race in Milton Keynes. Leading the way was Alice Daniel who finished 2nd. woman overall (& 1st. U20W) in a time of 30 minutes & 33 seconds that places Alice 4th in her AG on the National (RunBritain) Rankings for 2015. Our other top performers on the day (all with 5M PB performances) were: Jamie Short (17th: 26-45); Josh Phillips (40th, & 3rd U20: 28-41); & Edward Thomas (60th, & 6th U20: 30-06). (November 28th, 2015)

Saskia Sharpe finished 2nd. in the East Midlands FE Colleges XC Championships held at Brooksby College, Leicestershire. Saskia now goes on to represent the East Midlands in the National FE Colleges XC Championships to be held in April 2016. (November 25th, 2015)

Phillip Maddocks (representing Loughborough University) finished in 24th place overall in the 400+ strong British Students’ (BUCS) Duathlon Championships held at Castle Coombe, Wiltshire. Phillip’s performance helped the Loughborough ‘B Team’ finish first in the B Team category. (November 15th, 2015)

Seven group members recorded top 4 finishes at the fourth fixture of the Leicestershire Secondary Schools XC League @ Charnwood College, Loughborough. Leading the way were Ben Dijkstra & Archie Banks who won the Senior & Inter Boys races respectively. Our other top 4 finishers on the day were: Sam Stevens, 2nd SB; Alfie Thompson, 4th SB; Elizabeth Mulvaney, 4th SG; Hayden Greaves, 4th IB; & Rachel Nealon, 4th JG. (November 14th, 2015)

Ben Dijkstra has been voted the Best Male Junior Triathlete by the British Triathlon Federation in their annual awards for the second year running. Ben – who in 2015 has won the World Junior Duathlon Championship and taken an individual bronze in the European Junior Triathlon Championships – was the outstanding candidate in his category. (November 14th, 2015)

In extremely muddy conditions five group members acquitted themselves with great credit at the second fixture of the North Midlands XC League @ West Glebe Park, Corby: in the Senior Women’s race Alice Daniel finished 6th overall & 1st. in the U20W category; Libby Coleman was 2nd. in the U15G division; Xavi Salcedo was 5th in the U13B division; and in the U17M race Archie Banks was 4th, with Harry Purdell in 9th. (November 14th, 2015) 

Ben Dijkstra & Rachel Nealon excelled at the opening fixture of the British Athletics XC Challenge at Tear Drops Lakes in Milton Keynes. Ben (despite officially being still an U17M) stepped up to take on the IAAF Junior Men (U20M) field and narrowly failed by 1 second to take the race victory in a strong field. Rachel also claimed 2nd. place with a battling performance in the adverse weather conditions in the U13G division. Our other representative – Sam Stevens – was 12th in the U20M race, marking a step-up in his return to full fitness. (November 7th, 2015)

Sixteen-year-old Alfie Thompson showed that (young) age is not a barrier to success at the longer distances as he finished 2nd (from just over 500 competitors) in the off-road ‘Seagrave Challenge’. Alfie completed the 16 mile course in a time of 1 hour 44 minutes to finish less than 30 seconds shy of the race winner. (November 7th, 2015)

Jamie Short and Alice Daniel excelled at the Shepshed 7M Road Race with Jamie taking 3rd overall in 38 minutes & 35 seconds and Alice finishing 3rd Woman in 44 minutes & 12 seconds. On the same day Phillip Maddocks recorded the fastest time of the 3 race series in winning the 3rd Darley Moor Duathlon of 2015. (November 1st, 2015)

Ben Dijkstra added the 2015 World Junior Duathlon title to his 2014 Olympic Youth Triathlon title with a comfortable 12 seconds victory in the Championships held in Adelaide, Australia. Ben (who has yet to turn 17) defeated competitors up to 2 years senior than himself in claiming the title. (October 17th, 2015)

On the same day as Ben’s success (see above) Phillip Maddocks finished 2nd. overall in the Althorp Classic Duathlon held at Holdenby Hall in Northamptonshire. (October 17th, 2015)

Further successes for group members on the weekend of October 10th/11th. At the Lutterworth fixture of the Leicestershire Schools XC League six group members recorded top 5 finishes with the highlights being: a 1-2 finish in the Senior Boys race for Alfie Thompson & Sam Stevens; a win in the Inter Boys race for Archie Banks; & a runners-up spot for Rachel Nealon in the Junior Girls race. On the same day at the opening fixture of the North Midlands XC League at Derby, Libby Coleman was 2nd in the U15G race, whilst Xavi Salcedo was 5th in the U13B race. (October 10th, 2015)

A number of group members competed for their clubs at the National Senior and Young Athletes Road Relay Championships held at Sutton Park, Birmingham. The most significant performances were posted by: Rachel Nealon (who anchored her club to victory in the U13G race with the 5th fastest U13G time); Xavi Salcedo (whose opening leg – in the 16th fastest U13B time of the day – set his club on course for a top 10 finish); & Alfie Thompson (who was the 4th quickest U17M on the day, & set up his club for a top 10 finish). (October 4th, 2015)

March to September 2015:

Sam Stevens led a clutch of top performances at the second fixture of the Leicestershire Secondary Schools XC League (held at Rutland Water), with victory in the Senior Boys’ race. Our other top performers on the day were: Rachel Nealon (JG: 3rd); Archie Banks (IB: 4th); & Josh Phillips (SB: 4th). (September 26th, 2015)

Alice Daniel contributed to a team bronze – in the Senior Women’s race – for her club (Charnwood AC) at the Midland Counties Road Relays. Other significant contributions to team successes were made by Rachel Nealon & Xavi Salcedo in the U13 Girls & Boys races respectively. (September 19th, 2015)

Alfie Thompson (representing England) was the runaway winner of the U17M race at the Home Countries Mountain Running Championships held at Betws-y-Coed in North Wales. This was Alfie’s second international vest (having previously represented English Schools in 2013) and his fist international victory. (September 19th, 2015)

Ben Dijkstra recorded a top 10 finish (8th) in the Men’s Junior Race at the World Triathlon Championships, held in Chicago, USA. Ben’s performance was remarkable in the 70 strong race as the vast majority of his competitors were 2 years or more older than himself. (September 17th, 2015)

Group members made an impressive start to the Autumn XC season with three individual winners – Alfie Thompson (Senior Boys); Alice Daniel (Senior Girls); & Rachel Nealon (Junior Girls) – at the opening fixture of the Leicestershire Secondary Schools’ XC League. Also notable was the return of Sam Stevens after a long lay-off with a bold showing to finish 2nd in the Senior Boys’ race. (September 12th, 2015)

Libby Coleman & Phillip Maddocks highlighted a successful weekend of Triathlon running at both national and local level. At the Inter-Regional Championships – (effectively a UK-wide National Championships) held as part of the U20 Triathlon Festival at Mallory Park, Leicestershire – Libby dominated the Tri-Star 3 Girls category event to win by over 30 seconds; whilst, in the corresponding Tri-Star 3 Boys event, Hayden Greaves finished 7th. On the same day, Phillip won the overall title in winning the Market Harborough Sprint Triathlon by over 5 minutes, in a time of 63 minutes & 42 seconds. (September 7th, 2015)

A week after recording the fastest 5000m ever recorded by a UK U17 athlete (see below), Ben Dijkstra claimed another national title with a 3 minutes 56.85 second clocking in comfortably winning the English Athletics U17M National 1500m title at Bedford International Stadium. On the same weekend Rachel Nealon improved her 1500m best to 5 minutes & 07 seconds in winning her heat at the BMC Regional meeting at Tipton, Birmingham. (August 30th, 2015)

New group member Jamie Short took the men’s silver medal in the Leicestershire & Rutland County 10K Road Race Championship hosted by Hermitage Harriers. Jamie completed the challenging course in 34 minutes & 50 seconds. (August 23rd, 2015)

Ben Dijkstra produced the performance of the day at the BMC Grand Prix meeting held in Solihull. Making his debut at the 5000m distance, Ben stormed away in the final straight to take the B race by a clear margin from his nearest pursuer in a time of 14 minutes & 28.03 seconds. The time is the fastest 5000m time ever recorded by a UK U17M competitor! (August 22nd, 2015)

A number of group members completed their track seasons in style with 3000m personal bests at the Charnwood Open meeting. They were: Alfie Thompson (8-49.44); Phillip Maddocks (9-43.41); Josh Phillips (9-56.34); Edward Thomas (10-23.34); Alice Daniel (10-23.60); & Alfie Lowe (11-04.02). Alfie T. & Edward also won their respective races. Three days later – competing at Coventry – Alice grabbed a silver medal in the U20W Midland Counties 3000m Championship. (August 22nd, 2015)

Alfie Thompson secured selection for the forthcoming Home International Mountain Running Championships to be held in North Wales during September with a comfortable victory in the England U17M Trial Race held in the Lake District on Saturday, August 15th. (August 15th, 2015) 

Ben Dijkstra‘s preparations for the World Triathlon Championships continue at pace with another continental success as he wins the ETU Junior Triathlon Championship race at Tiszaujvaros in Hungary. Ben recorded a comprehensive victory with both the fastest bike and run legs on the day. (August 9th, 2015)

Sixteen-year-old Pascal Bouttier-Butler finished top U20 at the Huncote 5M Road Race in a personal best time of 28 minutes & 32 seconds. Three days later 17-year-old Josh Phillips improved his 5M personal best by nearly three minutes with a time of 29 minutes & 13 seconds at the Bassingham 5M Bash. As a result of these performances Pascal lies 12th & Josh 22nd respectively in the National UK RunBritain rankings for their age group. (August 8th, 2015).

In a round-up of other top performances during the month of July: Alfie Thompson (4-05.77) & Harry Purdell (4-28.38) recorded 1500m personal bests at the Charnwood AC Open T&F Meeting; Archie Banks bettered his 3000m best with a 9-15.5 clocking at the Corby AC OpenAlice Daniel finished 2nd. woman (& 13th overall) in the Notfast 10K Road Race held near Newark in a time of 39 minutes & 00 seconds; & Alfie Thompson recorded a top 10 finish (& a 2015 top 5 UK U17M ranking time) with a 27 minutes & 30 seconds clocking at the Notts 5M Road Race.  (July, 2015)

Representing the UK, Ben Dijkstra took individual bronze in a closely fought finish in the European Junior Triathlon Championships held in Geneva. With only three seconds separating the first five finishers, and places 2-4 given the same time, Ben came within a second of the winner despite being at least 2 years younger than all his main competitors. (July 11th, 2015)

Alfie Thompson claimed a strong finishing 8th place finish in the Inter Boys 3000m at the English Schools T&F Championships held in Gateshead in a personal best time of 8 minutes & 49.89 seconds. (July 11th, 2015)

Pascal Bouttier-Butler (17-04) & Josh Phillips (17-22) finished 1st & 2nd. at the Long Eaton 5K ParkRun. Josh’s time represented an improvement in his 5K personal best by more than 30 seconds. (July 11, 2015)

Our successes at local road races continued with massive personal best performances at the Holme Pierrepont 10K Road Race. Leading the way in the 400+ strong field was Pascal Bouttier-Butler who took a significant chunk off his best to finish 5th overall in 34 minutes & 59 seconds. Close behind came: Phillip Maddocks (11th: 36-11); Josh Phillips (14th: 36-45); Alice Daniel (23rd: 37-40); & Edward Thomas (69th: 40-50). The most significant performance of the night was that of Alice who with her run moved to 2nd. on the UK RunBritain rankings for the distance in her age group. (July 2nd, 2015)

Three group members attended the Watford Open Meeting on the hottest day of the year, and each produced new personal best times. In the 3000m A race Ben Dijkstra beat a field of seasoned senior athletes in 8 minutes & 21.01 seconds, a time that takes Ben to 7th on the UK U17M all-time lists. In the same race Alfie Thompson prepared for the English Schools T&F Championships by lowering his best to 8 minutes & 50.93 seconds. Finally, in one of the 1500m races, Archie Banks lowered his personal best for the second week running with a time of 4 minutes & 14.08 seconds. (July 1st, 2015)

Six group members took advantage of ideal conditions to record personal best performances at the BMC Regionals & Tipton Open Meeting in Birmingham. At 1500m: Ben Dijkstra (3-53.0); Alfie Thompson (4-06.6); Archie Banks (4-17.3); Josh Phillips (4-31.6); & Alfie Lowe (4-53.2) revised their personal bests. (Moreover Ben, Alfie, & Josh won their respective races). To round off the evening Alice Daniel recorded 18-04.0 on her 5000m debut to enter the top 10 2015 UK U20W Rankings for that distance. (June 23rd, 2015)

Three group members attended the Charnwood AC Open Meeting. Competing in the 3000m A race, Archie Banks (9-30.58) & Harry Purdell (9-45.55) recorded personal best times, whilst Rachel Nealon improved her 800m best to 2 minutes & 35.12 seconds. On the same evening at the Hinckley Town 5K Road Race, Rachel’s brother Chris Nealon reduced his 5K best by nearly 30 seconds with a 17-25 clocking in finishing in the top 10 overall. (June 17th)

Group members dominated proceedings at the Long Eaton Road Races in Derbyshire. In the 200+ strong senior 5M Road Race 17-year-old Alice Daniel was the 1st Woman to finish (& placed 7th Overall) in 30 minutes & 34 seconds, whilst 16-year-old Pascal Bouttier-Butler finished 2nd overall in 29 minutes & 23 seconds. In the 70+ strong 2M Junior Race our four representatives finished 1-2-3-4 with Josh Phillips (10-56) completing the course impressively at under 5-30 mile pace, and Rachel Nealon (12-52) running within 11 seconds of Alice’s course record. (June 14th, 2015)

At the Leicestershire Secondary Schools T&F Championships our four representatives all won individual medals. They were: Alfie Thompson (IB 3000m Silver: 8-55); Archie Banks (IB 1500m Silver: 4-21*); Chris Nealon (JB 1500m Bronze: 4-32*); & Rachel Nealon (Y7G 1200m Silver: 4-03*) (* denotes personal bests) (June 13th, 2015) 

A small contingent of group members attended the BMC Academy PB Classic at Milton Keynes. Highlights were: Ben Dijkstra stormed to the top of the national U17M rankings with a personal best 8-23.05 for 3000m; Alfie Thompson indicated a full return to form with a personal best 4-10.37 for 1500m; & 1500m personal bests were recorded by Harry Purdell (4-32.22), & Alice Daniel (4-49.82). (June 6th, 2015)

A number of group members have opened their 2015 track seasons with impressive performances. These included UK 2015 top 3 AG performances from Ben Dijkstra (3000m: 8-35.25 & 1500m: 3-54.2 (PB)), & an English Schools qualifying mark from Alfie Thompson (3000m: 8-54.1). Others to have record personal bests up to the end of the month were: Alfie Lowe (1500m: 4-54.1); Alice Daniel (3000m: 10-32.66); Archie Banks (3000m: 9-40.8); Chris Nealon (1500m: 4-34.44); Harry Purdell (1500m: 4-33.46); & Rachel Nealon (1500m: 5-14.73). (May 27th, 2015)

Weekend action saw: Ben Dijkstra qualify for the European Junior Triathlon Championships to be held in Geneva in July through a 2nd. place finish at the British Triathlon Gateway event held in South Wales; & Phillip Maddocks secured the U20M title in the Leicestershire Winter Road Running League with a top 20 finish at the West End 8M Road Race. (May 16th-17th, 2015)

Sixteen year-olds Alfie Thompson (2nd: 27-54); Pascal Bouttier-Butler (4th: 28-41); & Alice Daniel (12th: 30-34) stunned a 200+ field of local senior athletes with top class performances at the Wymeswold 5M Road RaceAlice‘s performance was the pick of the bunch, as she claimed the prize for 1st. woman finisher in a time that places her 3rd U17W at 5 Mile for the current year in the national (RunBritain) rankings. (May 10th, 2015)

Alfie Thompson (15-59); Pascal Bouttier-Butler (16-16); Josh Phillips (17-46); & Alfie Lowe (18-50) combined to claim the U20M category for their club (Leicester Coritanians) at the Livingston Road Relays on Sunday, May 3rd. At the same event group members Harry Purdell (16-58) and Rachel Nealon (19-33) were instrumental in helping their respective clubs win the U15B & U15G category races. In addition, Alfie recorded the fastest leg in the U20M race, & Harry recorded the fastest leg in the U15B race. (May 3rd, 2015)

Four group members (Alice Daniel; Alfie Thompson; Ben Dijkstra; & Rachel Nealon) represented the East Midlands Region at the London Mini Marathon (incorporating the British Athletics Age Group Road Race Championships). Our top performer was Ben who claimed another national title (& his first London win) with a new course record of 14 minutes & 00 seconds for the 3M course. Special mention also for Alice (17 minutes & 08 seconds) who ran an extremely competitive race to claim 15th place overall in her race, just a few seconds outside the top 10. (April 26th, 2015)

Seven group members recorded 5K personal best times at the highly competitive April running of the Derby Midweek races. Leading the charge was Ben Dijkstra who finished 1st Junior Man (and 3rd overall) in a sparkling time of 14 minutes & 59 seconds. Our other London Mini-Marathon bound runners also excelled, with Alice Daniel finishing 3rd woman overall (& 1st. JW) in 18 minutes & 16 seconds, & Rachel Nealon recording a personal best of 19 minutes & 51 seconds. Our other personal bests on the night were recorded by: Alfie Thompson (16-12); Harry Purdell (17-21); Josh Phillips (17-55); Chris Nealon (18-10); & Alfie Lowe (18-54). (April 15th, 2015)

Ben Dijkstra followed up his historic English Schools success (see below)with: victory in the ETU Junior Triathlon race at Quarteria, Portugal (22/03); and by securing another national title with victory in the British Triathlon Elite Duathlon Championships. (March 29th, 2015)

Ben Dijkstra recorded a hat-trick of English Schools’ XC Titles with victory in the Intermediate Boys race at the English Schools XC Championships held in Blackburn, Lancashire. In the process Ben became only the second boy (in the 65 year history of the Championships) to claim three consecutive titles, matching the achievement of Mike Tagg from 1963-1965. As well as taking the individual title, Ben led the county  team to victory in this age group. Instrumental in this team success were group members Alfie Thompson (27th) and Pascal Bouttier-Butler (94th). Our other representative on the day –Alice Daniel – overcame a first lap fall to record a strong 32nd place finish in the Senior Girls race. Alice was the 2nd counter for the County team, which finished 4th overall in her age group. (March 14th, 2015)

Eight group members represented their county teams at the UK Inter-Counties XC Championships, with Ben Dijkstra claiming the individual silver medal in the U17M race. Our other top performers on the day were Alice Daniel (U17W: 43rd) and Rachel Nealon (U13G: 73rd). (March 7th, 2015)

Three group members gained selection to represent the East Midlands at the London Mini-Marathon Trials held in Glenfield, Leicester. Ben Dijkstra was a runaway victor of the U17M race, whilst Alice Daniel (U17W) and Rachel Nealon (U13G) came through strongly on the final lap to finish 2nd. & 4th. in their respective races. Another three group members – Alfie Thompson (U17M); Harry Purdell (U15B); & Xavi Salcedo (U13B) – are first reserves, following battling 7th place finishes in their respective races. (March 1st, 2015)