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JUNIOR  RUNNERS ' NEWS    ( latest items first )     Latest update :-   7th July 2017


     Welcome to the Crowborough Junior Athletics Club

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The Junior Club Coach and Club contact is Kevin Battell.

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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 Sharon James

   Kevin Battell - Head Junior Coach
   Sharon Wheeler - Head Junior Coach
   James Welbury - Coach

Roger Mary Sarah Russel

   Roger Stone - Assistant Coach
   Mary Nightingale - Coach
   Sarah Hilliard -  Assistant Coach
   Russel 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 ( or Sharon Wheeler (, 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 Kevin Battell.
    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 Bexhill 5K on July 26th 2017  Joe Harvey's time was 19.45 and Toby Whitehorn's was 21.04.

News Item :- In the Heathfield 10K on June 25th 2017 the three Junior Runners' times were :- Joe Harvey 46.18, Toby Whitehorn 48.07 and Jack Bailey 55.16.

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 category.

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.
    Matt 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 final.
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
Matt McCarthy 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 Runner

McCarthy Boys win GB Bronze in Georgia

    Matt and 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 respectively.
    The boys’ running Coach, Dave Hynes said
    “Since joining 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
    Having 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 a year.
    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 20th June.
    Thanks again to Dave for his time and effort in coaching the boys, their improvement over the last 2 years has been quite remarkable !

    James 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.
    Both 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 Summer.
   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. A&L
   The 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 to Danni!!
   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 Easter Holidays.
   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 summer……
                               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.

                                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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