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   Training nights are Tuesday and Thursday 7pm - 9pm at Chelmsford Sport and Athletic Center.

   U11's (for 9 & 10 year olds) session 5.30pm every Tuesday (except during School Holidays).  

10k Road Race - Sunday 20th November 2011 Results



Well done to the following for their achievement


Hayley Mclean & Jessica Judd for thier selection onto UKA Futures Programme


Chelmsford March Newsletter

Many thanks to Peter Smithdale for pulling together our newsletter for March.  Most of those who have joined the club this year will have been sent a copy via email.  This will help reduce costs for the club in copying and postage.  Please let the front desk know if you have not received a copy via email as some of the addresses did bounch back when the the email was sent.

Jack Petchey Award Winners

The following athletes have been awarded the Jack Petchey awards for the Jan - June period.

Each winner has the choice of how they spend £200 on behalf of the club.  The money may be spent in a number of ways, but in general it is used to benefit the club and not for individual personal purchases.  The selection has been based on their personal achievements and contribution within the club. If you have any queries please contact Steve Mitchell.

Hannah Smithdale U17 - sprinter

Alex O'Brien U17 - Multi-eventer

Jessica Judd U17  - middle distance

Jade Harding U17 - Sprinter/hurdler

George Perkins U17 - Sprinter

Nicole McKechnie - Sprinter / Jumper


Essex Indoor Championships March 12th/13th

This weekend saw many Chelmsford athletes demonstrate excellent indoor form.  With so many competing, I can only mention a few.  Do take a few minutes to look at the full result set, which is available from the Essex AAA website.

When you consider the winners included a grand total of 9 championship best performances, it emphasises how well our athletes competed.

Well done to the following Essex Champions:-

Robert Wood U20M Pole Vault - 4.10m

Ben Clark U20M Long Jump - 6.47m

Max Pavlin U17M High Jump - 1.91m CBP

Claire Mayo U20W 400m - 59.40

Rebecca O'Neill U20W 800m - 2.21.66

Ellie Besford U20W Pole Vault - 3.60 CBP

Chelsea Coker U20W Shot Putt - 10.79m

Hannah Smithdale U17W 60m - 7.67 CBP

Hayley Mclean U17W 200m - 25.47 CBP

Hayley Mclean u17W 300m - 40.53

Georgia Green-Muid U17W 60mh - 9.12

Nancy Epsly U17W Pole Vault - 3.20

Moesha Howard U15G 60m - 8.08

Moesha Howard U15G 60mh - 9.13 CBP

Nicole McKechnie u15G 200m - 26.10 CBP

Nicole McKechnie U15G 300m - 41.57 CBP

Nicole McKechnie U15G Long Jump - 5.08 CBP

Jodie Judd U13G 800m - 2.29.46 CBP





England U17 Multi Event Championships - Sheffield 5th March

In a nail biting contest, Hayley Mclean retained her title by beating off the strong opposition.  In a field of 26 athletes, Hayley got off to a good start by winning the hurdles.  She had a difficult high jump, which left her back in 5th place.  After the shot she slipped again to 7th.  Then a PB in the long jump of 5.49 pulled her back to 3rd place. Hayley's very strong 2.25s 800m meant she was unstoppable and took the title with 100 points to spare.

England U15/17/20 Championships - Birmingham NIA 26th/27th Feb

Another exciting weekend for Chelmsford athletes.  

In there hurdles Hayley Mclean smashed her personal best in winning the 60m hurdles. Her 8.64 time placed her 11th on the all time list.  Georgia Atkins ran 8.92 for a 6th place finish in her U20 final.  Moesha Howard in the U15 finished 5th in 9.55. Unfortunately, Georgia Green-Muid crashed into a hurdle and didn't finish her U17 race. Bradley Reed ran a seasons best to finish 5th in his U20 heat.

In the Pole vault Ellie Besford cleared 3.50m to take the Gold medal. Training partner Nancy Epsly in the U17 age group vaulted 3.20 for bronze and Liam Yarwood cleared 4m for 5th in the final.

In the long jump Nicole Mckechnie an under 15 rising star jumped 5.27 at her first national championships to take bronze, whilst Ben Clarke leaped 6.74 to set a seasons best in the long jump and a 8th place finish. 

The sprinters ran well, with  Hannah Smithdale running 7.85 to get 5th in the final, George Perkins 7.24 for 8th in his final and Ryan O'Sullivan 7.25 for 5th in his semi final. Moesha in the U15 girls sprints ran 8.19, very narrowly missing out on the final.

English Schools International and Eastern Championships

Our U17 medallists were back in action in Glasgow on Saturday in the home International.  Jessica Judd maintained her winning streak by taking the 1500m title, while Hayley Mclean brought home a couple of medals.  A silver in the 300m hurdles followed by a gold in the 4*300m relays.  Well done to both of them and the England team who were overall winners.

In the eastern championships there were top 3 finishes for Caroline Hill in the U20w 400m, Georgia Atkins in the U20w 100mh and LJ, plus Georgia Green-Muid in the U17w 80mh & 300m. More results will follow later.

English Schools - 8 Golds

The English Schools once again provided a truly inspirational weekend of Athletics with the Chelmsford Athletes taking pride of place by bringing home 8 gold medals and a Championship best performance to cap the day by Ellie Besford who pole vaulted 3.81 to take the senior girls title and CBP.

I don't think any club has ever had so many athletes represent their County at English schools and the medal haul must beat everyone else hands down.

Junior Boys : George Perkins 100m 11.25 - 1st Alex Woolnough 200m 23.80 - 7th in Semi final, James Mead Discus 30.12m - 14th in final

Inter Boys : Alex Short 3000m 8.49.55 - 6th, Ben Clark Long Jump 6.44 - 8th, Andrews Harrison 39.30 - 11th in Pool A, 

Senior Boys : Sam Bailey High Jump 2.09 - 1st, Lewis King Long Jump 6.36 - 10th

Junior Girls : Sophie Riches 1500m 4.31.15 - 1st,  Poppy Lake High Jump 1.69 - 1st.

Inter Girls : Jessica Judd 1500m 4.22.63 - 1st, Aimee Garnet 3000m 10.36.82 - 10th, Hayley Mclean 300mh 42.77 - 1st, Nancy Epsly PV 3.05 - 7th.

Senior Girls : Georgia Atkins 100mh 14.22 - 1st, Ellie Besford PV 3.81 - 1st, Chelsea Coker Hammer 43.88 - 7th.


As an extra reward for finishing in the top 2 of their events, both Jessica Judd and Hayley Mclean are selected to represent England in the home international between Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.  This takes place in Glasgow on 17th July.


The club then went on to compete in a Eastern Young Athletes meeting on Sunday 11th at Braintree.  On a hot day and with a team reduced slightly with many athletes from the English Schools resting, we achieved a sound 2nd position placing.  Currently, we are in 2nd place in the overall league standing with 2 matches remaining.



Super 8 Glasgow & weekend update

Louise Wood has been invited to compete in Glasgow tonight (Wednesday) in the Super 8 champs.  Louise has some excellent competition as Lolo Jones is one of her fellow competitors!!

A 2nd place finish at Guildford positions the Southern Women's in the top half of the premier table. Also, on Saturday the men were also in action and again doing very well, by winning their match and sitting in a strong promotion position.

On Sunday the club was away again at Woodford Green where the U20's had a tough day against the best in the premier league.  The girls finished in overall 4th, but the lads ended up in 8th, largely due to a very small squad of lads competing.  This was not surprise as we also had a Eastern Young comp match to support at Thurrock.  Good news in that we won that match and currently top the league!

World Juniors Selection

Congratulations go to Sam Bailey following his selection for the championships in Canada in late July.  Sam earned his selection by winning the U20 championships at Bedford last weekend and achieving the qualification mark of 2.15.


Essex Schools and English Schools Selection

Following a top quality Essex Schools event at Chelmsford, the selectors decided on their top 60 athletes from Essex.  They always have a tough job deciding as the standards are always very high in Essex.  This year the selectors have looked very favorably on Chelmsford athletes, with 17 achieving one of the coveted track and field slots.  The competition this year in on the 9th/10th July at Birmingham's Alexandra stadium and promises once again to see Essex challenging for the top spot.

Successful selection went to:

U15 Boys - George Perkins (100m), Alex Woolnough (200m), James Mead (Discus). u17 Boys - Ben Clark (long jump), Alex Short (3000m) and Andrew Harrison (Discus). Senior's - Sam Bailey (High Jump), Lewis King (long jump).

U15 Girls - Sophie Riches (1500) and Poppy Lake (High Jump). U17 Girls - Jessica Judd (1500), Aimee Garnet (3000), Hayley Mclean (300mh & Relay), Nancy Epsly (Pole Vault). Senior's - Georgia Atkins (100mh), Ellie Besford (Pole Vault), Chelsea Coker (Hammer).



Summer Fixture List updated


Eastern Young Athletics League Match 2 - 6th June Chelmsford

A home match with a great turnout saw Chelmsford take top honours on the day. A comfortable victory by nearly 100 points helped keep Chelmsford in 2nd place in the league. The next round is at Thurrock on the 27th June, so support your team and compete for a winning team.


Senior Inter-Counties (CAU) - Bedford 30th/31st May

Top Chelmsford athletes were once again in action in support of the Essex team at this high quality event.  Louise Wood 13.70 to finish 4th in the 100mh, a time just off her best.  Young Georgia Atkins also competed hurdles finishing just outside a finals position with 14.39.  Sam Bailey jumped a few cms off his best in 2.05m.  Also competing was Hammer thrower Chelsea Coker who in blustery conditions threw 40.71m.  Ellie Besford, one of the countries top junior vaulters cleared 3.60, just failing to clear the next height of 3/80m.


South of England U15/17 Championships - Ashford 29th/30th May

Hayley McLean topped the bill with a golden double.  She raced over 2 days to pick up the 300m hurdles prize in 43.28, which was over a second improvement on her previous PB and places here top of the UK rankings.  Within two hours of winning the 300mh gold, she had raced in a heat and final of the 80mh and after a great start won the gold in a seasons best of 11.58 and into 2nd place in the UK rankings. Nice to see Georgia Green-Muid also making the 300mh final and running a PB in 47.04.  

Top endurance performers Jessica Judd and Sophie Riches also ran away with Gold's after their respective victories in the 1500m and 800m.  Jess running 4.29.90 and Sophie 2.11.66. Jess and Sophie top the UK rankings in 800 & 1500, which is an amazing achievement. Nancy Epsly who is working hard to get to grips with her new pole leaped 2.90 in second place.  Fellow vaulter Liam Yarwood finished in 7th with 3.60m.

Poppy Lake high jumped 1.60 to just miss out on a medal, finishing 4th.


Loughborough International 23rd May

Nice to see three Chelmsford Athletes competing at the prestigious event.  UK vests were worn by Sam Bailey won high jumped 2.15, which is a world junior qualifying mark.  Lauren Bouchard in her 400mh ran 61.96 and remains focused on getting her world junior mark of 58.5.  Youngster Jessica Judd run in a guest 1500m and ran a time of 4.18.38 to climb up the all time rankings to 6th, a massive well done to her.


Southern Women's Premier Lg & National Junior Premier 22nd/23rd May

The second match in the SWL brought out a better finish and a stronger team.  Notable performances were Nancy Epsly U17) clearing 3m in the PV and club mate Chelsea Coker (U20), who competed in all 3 throws - 10.62 shot, 35.61m Discus and 43.78 hammer.  Chelsea was supported by her coach and veteran throws athlete, Shirley Quinn who performed well in the discuss 29.59m and hammer 31.17m

On Sunday the National Junior league team 'The Saxons' made their way to Eton.  The team despite being under strength pulled together to a 7th place finish.  Top marks to Chelsea Coker, Katie Tuttlebury, Ellie Besford and Nancy Epsly who competed once again, after their Southern Women's match on Saturday.  Best performance and women of the match award went to Ellie Besford with her 3.80m pole vault. Hayley McLean won an impressive 400mh in a time of 62.61 and very close to her PB.


Watford Open 19th May

Out having a mid week run at the popular Watford fixture was Jessica Judd who run a strong 800m in 2.06.95, whilst fellow U17 Rebecca O' Neil did 2.20.77.  In the 1500m the highly promising U15 Sophie Riches ran 4.29.76. Also in the under 15 age group was Christie Dailly, who run the 800m in 2.20.65.

Essex Combined Events - Woodford Green 15th/16th May

Both Chelmsford competitors pulled out their best to triumph at their outdoor first combined events in 2010.  Ben Clark won his U17 men's heptathlon, with 4432 points, whilst club mate Hayley McLean won her first Heptathlon with 4218 points.

The South of England cross country Championships - Parliament Hill 2010

The South of England cross country Championships took place at Parliament Hill on Hampstead Heath on Saturday 30th. Chelmsford Athletic club had a very successful day as the Under 13 Girls won their team event for the first time. Katie Solis, Jodie Judd, Millie Smith and Rosa Prideaux all finished in the top 30 out of the 300 strong field of runners and defeated strong favourites Aldershot AC and Bedford AC. Chelmsford is going from strength to strength in this age group as they are already Essex champions and three of the girls will still be in this age group next year.

 Jessica Judd was the clear winner of the Under 15 Girls race. The English Schools champion took up the lead at the top of the first hill and made light work of the muddy conditions to secure Chelmsford 's only individual win of the day. Her younger team mate and fellow Chelmsford AC 'Rising Star' Sophie Riches was 10th with another good performance.

  Also on Saturday Rachael Stark from the Chelmsford club finished 3rd in the Welsh Indoor track Championships over 300metres in a new personal best time of 42..25 seconds.


Essex Cross Country League - 28/11/09

The third round of the Essex League cross country was held at Hockley Woods on Saturday. The best runners in Essex were again doing battle and amongst the spectators was Olympian and London Marathon winner Eamon Martin. The Senior Men's race was won by Chelmsford Athletic Clubs Ryan Prout, one of three Chelmsford winners on the day. Ryan has been training hard in recent weeks and was duly rewarded with a comfortable victory on the twisting Hockley course. Ryan said after the race "Training has been going well for the last couple of weeks and I now want to put in some hard work before the Witham 5 Road race on Boxing Day and the Essex cross country championships in January."

Hayley Mclean - Selected for England Multi event Squad - 27/11/09

This weekend Hayley joins 3 other top English athletes to compete in the Kelvin hall in Glasgow for U15 Girls England team in the Schools International Pentathlon Hayley's selection came on the back of her successes this year in winning the national pentathlon title and English Schools titles. This will be Hayley's first England vest and we all wish her well.


Chelmsford 10k Road Race - 22/11/09

On Sunday Chelmsford hosted their annual 10k race from Melbourne Park . In blustery conditions the race was won by Springfield's Paul Molyneux in 31 mins 19 secs. Springfield also narrowly won the team race in a close battle with the host club and it was pleasing to see these two Chelmsford based running clubs dominating the race. Performance of the day was Harriet Scotts win in the Women's event. Harriet finished in 13th place overall out of over 300 competitors who braved the weather. Her time was 34 mins 53 seconds to put her almost 2 mins clear of the next female competitor. Harriet who trains at Chelmsford said "I found the race tough today. When I got to the course it was like a storm but my coach said not to think about that and just get on with the race. Once we started the wind seemed to be constantly against us but I was able to work through the race with a group of men and I am really pleased to have run a personal best." Chelmsford Ladies Hayley Pegg, Wendy king and Katie Tuttlebury won the team event.


South of England Cross Country Championships - 21/11/09


Chelmsford athletic clubs Jessica Judd won the U15 Girls south of England Inter Counties cross country championships on Saturday at Parliament Hill on Hampstead Heath. Jessica, the U15 British record holder over 1500metres was representing Essex and led from the start of the race. She never looked in any danger of being caught over the 4km hilly course. She crossed the line with a huge grin across her face, relieved that she has now completely overcome her illness of recent weeks. In second place was Sophie Riches, also of Chelmsford AC, a year younger than Jessica, Sophie is following closely in the footsteps of her teammate and is herself the second fastest U15 in Britain over 1500metres and 3km. Sophie trailed Bedford's Rebecca Murray for most of the race but caught and pulled away from the Bedford girl in the last 200metres to the delight of the Essex supporters.


Earlier Millie Smith from Chelmsford AC had finished a fine 10th in the U13 race and helped Essex to team victory. Katie Sollis, Maddy Gough and Rosa Prideaux were also all in the top 25 showing the strength of Chelmsford Athletic Club in this age group. Other Chelmsford athletes competing were Callum Charleston who finished 31st in his Essex debut in the U13 Boys race, Stephen Woodford was a very pleasing 12th in the U15 Boys and Katie Tuttlebury helped Essex to team victory in the U20 age group.


Chelmsford 10k Road Race - 22/11/09

Link to photo's 


Georgia Atkins - Selected for World Schools in Doha - 20/11/09

England are taking just 6 of their best male and female athletes to this major world games in December.  Georgia has been selected to race in the 100m hurdles and relay.  Already this year Georgia has seen competed in Tallinn, as a representative of her school and Tampere, as a member of the GB youth team. So the very best of luck in your first World games.  website



Essex Cross Country League - 14/11/09

The second round of the Essex League took place at a wet and windy Hylands Park on Saturday 14th November. The organisers had set up the course on Friday only to find much of it blown away by the strong winds that arrived Friday evening and Saturday morning.


Athletes from Chelmsford Athletic club provided four individual winners as well as three team victories to show that the club is one of the strongest in Essex across all age groups.  The U13 Girls got proceedings off to a fine start by comfortably winning the team race with Katie Solis 2nd, Rosa Prideaux 3rd, Jodie Judd 4th and Natasha Fisher 7th. Chris Waltham won the U13 Boys individual race. Jessica Judd easily won the U15 Girls event and led Chelmsford to team victory. An England International, Jessica had been suffering from a virus for the two weeks preceding this race. "I wanted a confidence booster before the South of England Inter Counties cross country next weekend, I am happy with my performance and should get back to full strength over the next few days."


Stephen Woodford and Sam Robinson were a fine 2nd and 3rd in the U15 Boys event and led their team mates to another win. Alex Short ran one of the best races of the day to win the U17 Boys race; he was always in the leading group and made his move into the wind on the second lap to pull strongly away for a fine victory. Katie Tuttlebury was 3rd in the U20 women’s race while Havering AC's Harriet Scott made light work of the strong wind and heavy rain to easily win the Senior Women’s race. Harriet commented "It was so windy out there at times it was difficult not to end up being blown backwards. I wanted to race here as  Hylands   Park is like a home course for me and I enjoy racing here."  The final race of the day saw a terrific tussle with two Chelmsford athletes featuring prominently in the lead group of four until the final stages. Lee Pickering had been at or near the front on the first lap although towards the end only Ed Messer and Ryan Prout were still in contact with the leaders. Messer made a strong effort with 400metres to go and no one was able to go with him, Prout was 4th and with Messer only 2nd claim for Chelmsford these days the team was 3rd, hopefully with some athletes to come back from illness and injury and others hoping to progress into good form, the Chelmsford men can go on to do very well this winter.


This weekend several Chelmsford athletes are representing Essex in the South of England Inter Counties cross country at Hampstead Heath (21st November). Essex is a strong county at cross country running and hopefully will have considerable success. Some Chelmsford athletes will be in the hunt for individual honours whilst for others it will be a great learning experience.


Indoor & Winter Fixture Lists Updated - 13/11/09

The latest dates for indoor competitions have been added.  Note that you will need to access the links and enter yourself independently.


National Road Relays

Sutton Park near Birmingham was the venue for the annual National Road Relays. Chelmsford had an U13 Girls and U15 Girls team running, unfortunately there were no other age groups entered this year. The teams will gain great experience from running this tough and high standard event. 

In the Under 13 Girls race on Sunday Millie Smith produced a strong performance on first leg finishing in 11th position. She was the fastest of the team although Christy Dailly moved them up to 8th which was held by Rosa Prideaux on the final leg. Both Millie and Rosa have another year in this age group.  The Under 15 Girls race was always going to be quite a close race. Chelmsford were up against 40 teams including the reigning champions Aldershot AC, also Bedford AC coached by Alex Stanton who guided Paula Radcliff to the top, and Bracknell AC, another strong club. Sophie Riches went on first leg for Chelmsford and continuing her current top form she came in 10 seconds clear in what was to be the 2nd fastest run of the race. Sophie Croft took over on the second leg. Her year has been interrupted by problems but she is returning to full fitness, despite running strongly for the first 2k of the 3.8k race Sophie found the hills towards the end quite tough and came in 9th. Jessica Judd attacked the last leg in her usual dominant way and passed every team apart from Aldershot who were still 27 seconds clear at the end. Jessica ran the fastest time of the race. To put into perspective this achievement, Aldershot AC won every female race from U13 to Senior Women. The y have performed at this level for nearly 10 years, so the Chelmsford girls can be extremely pleased with their debuts in this event.


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