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JUNIOR RUNNERS ' NEWS ( latest items first )
Latest update :- 1st June 2017
Welcome to the Crowborough Junior Athletics Club
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The Junior Club Coach and Club contact is Kevin
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Membership Application Forms ( four pdf pages )
Our club aims to provide opportunities to all young athletes regardless of ability and to make
sports fun. We would like all our young athletes to enjoy their training with us and make sports part
of their life. Our junior athletes receive coaching throughout the
year at our Saturday morning junior training session.
Please meet our coaches :-
Kevin Battell - Head Junior Coach
Sharon Wheeler - Head Junior Coach
James Welbury - Coach
Roger Stone - Assistant Coach
Mary Nightingale - Coach
Sarah Hilliard - Assistant Coach
Taylor - Assistant Coach
Junior Athletics Training
Our junior athletics training session takes place every Saturday morning
throughout the year at the Goldsmith Leisure Centre track at 9.45am. Please
arrive early to allow time for registration before the session begins. If you would like your child to
attend our junior training session, please contact either Kevin Battell (firstname.lastname@example.org)
or Sharon Wheeler (email@example.com),
our head junior coaches, for further information.
Our Club year (for both adults
and juniors) runs from 1 April to 31st March. The current junior
membership fee has been set at £30 for the year starting on 1 April 2017 and
ending on 31st March 2018, which includes a free tee-shirt for each
junior member the first time they join the Club. A junior membership application
form can be found here. Completed junior membership application forms, together
with a cheque for £30 made payable to Crowborough Runners, should be sent to
Please be advised that in 2017, the Club will not
be running the Thursday evening junior session, which ran for 16 weeks from
April to July in previous years.
The Junior News Section
News Item :- In the Hastings 5 Mile on May 7th 2017 Joe
Harvey and Toby Whitehorn achieved times of 34.32 and 35.21 respectively,
finishing well in front of their mothers !
News Item :- In the Tunbridge Wells Park Run on April 8th
2017 Jack Bailey and Toby Whitehorn came 1st and 2nd in the JM 15-17
News Item :- In the Pett Cross-Country race on March
12th 2017 Jack Bailey was 1st U17 boy and Toby Whitehorn was 1st U15 boy.
News item :- In
the Ashdown Forest Under 17 Cross-Country race on January 15th 2017 Jack Bailey was 4th and
Toby Whitehorn 5th.
Junior News from the Xmas 2016 Crowborough Runner
McCarthy brothers and Tegan
Matt and James had another successful weekend at
the Modern Biathlon National Championships in Solihull on 27th November with
Matt winning bronze and James finishing 5th in the U17 boys competition.
With both boys having raced at
their swimming club championships the night before, tiredness was a concern but
never really became an issue with Matt securing a small p.b in the 200m
freestyle swim and James just off of his own pb. The mile run was a
little frustrating for James who got boxed in at the start and trapped behind
slower athletes but eventually found his way back into the reckoning with strong
third and fourth laps to finish 7th out of the 16 finalists.
however, in his usual manner went straight to the front and stayed there where
he and an athlete from the West Midlands built a commanding lead over the rest
of the field. Matt eventually crossed the line in 2nd place with a new mile p.b
of 4:43 and a healthy time differential over the rest of the field which allowed
him to climb up to 3rd place overall.
Another of our Juniors, Tegan
Roberts also competed in the U13 girls competition and did the Crows proud with
a pb in the 100m swim and a solid mile run to finish 46th in a large field of
athletes. The equivalent British Schools competition is being held at
Crystal Palace in March next year.
Junior News taken from the October 2016 Crowborough Runner
Kevin and Sharon report that Juniors is going well, with a Saturday squad of about 25 between the ages of 8 and 16.
Twins, James and Matt McCarthy (pictured above
and during the run), have just competed at the world Biathlon finals in Florida. They finished 11th and 13th overall and collected a Bronze for team GB.
McKinley is also running very well and recently ran
the Tunbridge Wells 3 mile Park Run in 19.56
(not bad for a 13 year old).
He also competed at the national Biathlon championships and won his age group in the Brighton Triathlon.
Another budding young CR junior runner is Tegan who also competed at the National Biathlon Championships.
“Sharon and I are really enjoying coaching Saturday Juniors. They are a really good group of enthusiastic athletes” – all credit to you two, Sharon and Kevin. Thank you for giving your time at the weekends to
run the Juniors and congratulations on getting such great results.
Does anyone else fancy giving coaching a go? Contact Sharon or Kevin to find out how you could get involved.
Junior sessions are now held every Saturday morning at Goldsmiths, form 9.45 - 10.45 am.
Junior News taken from the August 2016 Crowborough Runner
James McCarthy, 16 from Crowborough, who represents both Crowborough Runners
and Beacon Swimming Club, was recently
selected by Pentathlon GB to represent
Great Britain at the UIPM European Biathle Championships in Portugal, where
he collected a
silver medal to add to the bronze that he won at the World
Championships in Georgia last year.
With temperatures in the mid to high
30’s and with his first race being run at midday, the heat was always going
to be an issue.
However, James produced two great runs and a strong swim to
finish 6th in his qualifying heat with a time of 10:58.26 for the continuous
1.2k run, 200m open water swim and 1.2km run and book his place for Sunday’s
With temperatures slightly cooler on the Sunday and with the benefit
of a decent amount of recovery time, James took his place in the final
against a strong line up of athletes from countries including Russia,
Portugal, Austria and Italy. With the final being raced at a very high tempo,
James again rose to the occasion and produced another great performance
taking nearly 30 seconds off of his heat time to complete the course in
10:31.16 in 9th position.
With James being the 3rd Great Britain athlete
home, he collected a Silver team medal along with his Great Britain
team-mates for the second quickest cumulative team time.
Both James and
twin brother Matt will be competing at the National Biathle Championships in
Manchester later in July where they will be racing for selection places for
the Great Britain team at the World Championships in Florida where they hope
to repeat their successes of 2015.
Junior News taken from the April 2016 Crowborough Runner
The Junior section is up and running again for the summer season under
Katerina’s leadership and much fun is being had on the track on a Thursday
evening between 6.30 and 7.30.
Sarah and Russell are
supervising a game of “Amoeba” with the juniors having great fun chasing and
catching each other.Junior sessions normally have a game near the beginning followed by some skills sessions and
races organised by Katerina.Sarah
is a stalwart who coaches out most Thursdays while Russell helps out on a few
weeks when he is available.
Junior News taken from the January 2016 Crowborough Runner
Brooks Sussex Cross Country Championships
travelled to a very muddy Bexhill Down in January for the annual Brooks Sussex
Cross Country Championships where he represented Crowborough Runners in the U17
age group, which was run over a 5k distance. Despite appalling conditions made
worse by the fact that his race was toward the end of the days programme, Matt
made his customary quick start and established himself in amongst
the leading pack where maintained his position right to the end of the
race. Finishing 5th, Matt managed to knock 30 seconds off of his 5k Cross
Country pb and has automatically qualified to represent Sussex at the UK
Inter Counties XC Championships in Birmingham in March.
Junior News taken from the November 2015 Crowborough
McCarthy Boys win GB Bronze in Georgia
James McCarthy, 15, from Crowborough flew out to Georgia to represent Great
Britain at the 2015 UIPM Biathle World Championships in Batumi where they had
a very successful weekend, winning bronze medals in this Modern Pentathlon
discipline. The Twin brothers who study at Beacon Academy and who compete for
Beacon Swimming Club and Crowborough Runners were selected to represent Great
Britain after their success at the National Championships in Salford last
month and so, made the journey to Georgia
where over 500 athletes from 28 different countries were competing across a
number of age groups.
The boys were competing in the U16/U17 category where a
large field of qualifying athletes meant that unusually for an endurance
event, they had to first come through their respective heats if they were to
qualify for the final.
Matt completed his heat finishing the continuous 1000m
run, 200m open water swim and 1000m run in 9:43.84 to take 7th place out of a
field of 22 to automatically qualify and then James duly followed suit by
also finishing 7th in his heat of 19 athletes in a time of 9:49.68 to secure
his passage through to that evening’s final.
The final proved to be a very
exciting affair and despite all of the athletes having only had a few hours
rest, was raced at a very vast pace. Matt and James both raced hard and were
the first two Great Britain athletes home, completing the course in quicker
times than their respective heats in 9:33.04 and 9:33.23 respectively. Whilst
the individual medals went to Egypt, Russia and Portugal, the boys’ finishing
times, along with fellow Great Britain athlete, Michael Sallis, did contribute
toward the Age group team competition where the three of them won the bronze
medal for Great Britain behind Russia and Georgia who won Gold and Silver
The boys’ running Coach, Dave Hynes said
Crowborough Runners two years ago both Matthew and James have made tremendous
progress. With improved fitness and running technique, both boys have
achieved a great deal in that time including gaining Cross Country caps for
Sussex, reaching National finals and now, International selection and medals.
With dedication to training and a desire to fulfil their potential, both boys
have proved what can be achieved by hard work and a willingness to succeed.
James and Matt have been an inspiration to the younger members of the Running
Club and what I find exciting is their future potential as they gain strength,
maturity, experience and knowledge in the sport of Athletics.
As their coach
I have no doubt they will continue to improve and with a more structured
training programme now in place the future looks very exciting for both of them”.
JUNIOR NEWS taken from the September 2015 Crowborough Runner
As we know Dave Hynes is unfortunately leaving the area and
moving to County Durham. Dave has done an amazing and inspiring job of building
up the Junior Runners and will be sorely missed by all of us. After careful
consideration Kevin Battell has agreed to take on Saturday juniors and this will
start again September. As ever, support from Crowborough Runners to help out
with the Junior Runners will be hugely appreciated.
James and Matt
won the 800 and 1500m events at a recent Schools competition, both James and
Matt McCarthy were selected to represent Ouse Valley Schools at the recent
Sussex Schools County Championships on 13th June. Whilst James had to
withdraw from the 800m due to illness, Matt was asked to run in the 3000m
intermediate (u17) boys competition which was a distance he hadn’t run for over
From the gun, Matt adopted his now favoured tactic and raced to the
front of the pack where he quickly settled into his rhythm and built a lead over
the rest of the field. By half way, Matt had built up a 200m lead over the
second placed runner and was able to run his own race and concentrate on getting
the job done.
Matt crossed the line in 10:07.01 a full twenty seconds ahead
of second place to claim the County Schools title and cap off a fantastic week
after having won a bronze medal for Great Britain in Italy the weekend before.
Matt will now represent Sussex Schools at the Inter Counties Championships on
Thanks again to Dave for his time and effort in coaching the boys,
their improvement over the last 2 years has been quite remarkable !
and Matt McCarthy competed in the National Biathle finals (U16 age group) at
Salford Quays on 2nd August when qualifying spots for the World and European
Championships were also up for grabs.
With Matt not having been able to
undertake much preparatory training due to illness and with both boys never
having swum competitively in open water before, neither were sure how they would
get on amongst a very strong field of competitors.
The first 1k run saw both
boys move to the front and after the first transition from run to swim, James
and Matt both entered the water in the top 3 places. The swim saw many
positions change hands and with some very strong swimmers making up time, the
second transition from swim to run saw the boys slip back a little before they
started their second run.
James and Matt put the hammer down in the last
section however and their endurance training started to show as they both picked
off a number of slower/tiring runners to force their way back into contention.
Ultimately, James crossed the line in 3rd place to claim the bronze medal and
Matt finished in 5th and was a tad unlucky not to finish 1 place higher.
James and Matt have now been selected to represent Great Britain at the
forthcoming World Championships and will fly out to Georgia in September with
the rest of the GBR team.
JUNIOR NEWS as published in the
May 2015 Crowborough Runner
Summer is just around the corner
(hopefully!) and the Junior section of the club has got in to full swing and
with it exciting news!
James and Matt McCarthy (age 15) having secured 4th
and 6th place in the Biathlon Trials at Millfield School Somerset over the
week-end and have been chosen to represent GBR in Italy and Portugal during the
summer. This is a fantastic achievement for them and they certainly deserve it
for all the hard work and effort they have put in. The club wish them all the
best in their quest to reach the European championship Finals in Turkey during
The end of April saw the beginning of the Thursday night young
group and there has been a steady turnout of 20-25 budding athletes. Now run by
Head Coach Katerina it has been very successful in terms of the number of
athletes and coaches attending and has had a positive response from all the
athletes. We have also had help from some of the older junior athletes with the
Thursday section of the club and is something we are trying to promote.
Saturday section of the Juniors is going from strength to strength and we had a
record turnout of 19 two weeks ago and now have 25 in the group. Danni Taylor
became the first girl from the new group to gain her county colours when she ran
brilliantly at Christ’s Hospital to gain a place in the County Squad. Well done
During the summer we will be attending Open Meetings at Tonbridge
as a group and although the last meeting was cancelled due to high winds well
done to Adam and Leanna Fee who both ran well in the Tonbridge Meeting over the
In the Junior section we can always do with extra help so if
anybody feels free to help out for an hour between 6.30-7.30 Thursday evenings
or between 9.45-10.45 on a Saturday morning then please feel free to rock up and
give a hand-it would be most appreciated!!
Happy Running to all during the
Dave (Head Junior Coach)
JUNIOR NEWS as published in the
March 2015 Crowborough Runner
With hopefully the worst of the bad weather behind us,
the juniors are once more in full swing. Encouragingly the number of young athletes joining the club increased during this
period with up to 20 athletes attending on a Saturday morning. Even more pleasing was the significant number of young female
athletes who have joined the club and the positive contribution this has made to the girls section.
The winter months saw an emphasis on XC and the start of 2015 witnessed
some impressive performances. Both Matt and James McCarthy represented Sussex County in the Schools Championships at Reigate.
Both boys (year10) were running in the main against older boys but put in solid performances and were a credit to Beacon School
and Crowborough Runners.
Over the same period some of the under 12s have been attending the
Tonbridge 1 mile XC races. Pick of the bunch performance wise has to go to Rory Gallagher who won the December race in a
staggering time of 6.08. given the conditions. Eleanor 3rd, Ellie 4th, Oscar and Elliott also put in some improved times during
the recent event at Tonbridge School.
March sees two more XC events – Year 7/8 at Christ’s Hospital and the
Primary Schools Sussex Championships where we have 5 runners from our club-Eleanor, Ellie, Victoria, Valeria and Rory. We only
have 1 runner McKinley entered for the year 7/8 at present but hope this will increase over the next week.
With the arrival of spring and the improvement (hopefully!) of our
track and field emphasis will turn to sprints, hurdles and middle-distance and we have several visits by experienced Flying
Coaches in prospect including the Sussex Athletics Coach of the Year.
The juniors will also be gearing
up shortly for the beginning of our summer Thursday evening group. This year
Katerina will be leading the sessions and our first meeting will be held on 12th
March at the Plough and Horses 7.30/8.00pm to discuss the forthcoming season.
OFF THE PRESS !!
Although the girls results have yet to come in Rory
Gallagher came 25th (in a field of 120) at the Sussex Primary Schools Championships representing North Wealden Area. He was also
the first runner home from North Wealden. In addition the following day he went over to Somerhill School to represent the club in
the Tonbridge Under 12 Mile XC races and came second in a time of 6.35.
Well done Rory !!!
Happy Running !!
Dave - Head Junior Coach
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