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JUNIOR  RUNNERS  NEWS         Latest update :-   5th  December  2017


     Welcome to the Crowborough Junior Athletics Club

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.

For Junior Membership Application Forms ( four pdf pages )  Click Here      For further information please email Kevin Battell at    

Please meet our coaches :-


Kevin Battell
Head Junior Coach
& Junior Contact

Sharon Wheeler
Head Junior Coach

James Welbury

Mary Nightingale

Roger Stone
Assistant Coach

Sarah Hilliard
Assistant Coach

Russell 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.

In 2017 please note that the Club will not be running the Thursday evening junior sessions which ran from April to July in previous years.

Junior News

Race Results - Aren't we Juniors doing well !

In the Warren Hill Cross Country on November 12th 2017 Jack Bailey was first in the under 17s age group, and Georgia and Harriet Nichols were first and third respectively in the under 11s age group. Well done to Jack, Georgia and Harriet !

In the Bexhill 5K on July 26th 2017  James McCarthy's time was 18.39, Joe Harvey's time was 19.45 and Toby Whitehorn's was 21.04.

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.

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!

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.

In the Pett Cross-Country race on March 12th 2017 Jack Bailey was 1st U17 boy and Toby Whitehorn was 1st U15 boy.

In the Ashdown Forest Under 17 Cross-Country race on January 15th 2017 Jack Bailey was 4th and Toby Whitehorn 5th.

Junior News - Xmas 2016

Matt and James McCarthy 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 pb 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 pb 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 - October 2016 

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) 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 Roberts 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 - August 2016

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 - April 2016

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 - January 2016

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.