It was great to be able to help with a training session for three individuals who have put so much into British athletics and have been so successful. Very inspiring for our young group of athletes.
Congratulations Evie on this excellent achievement from the whole of the group! Evie improved her Pentathlon points tally by 227 points by getting PBs in 4 out of the 5 events!! Her focus throughout the day, was absolutely brilliant. With all the changes Evie has had to make recently this is an extremely well deserved result. I know Evie is now really looking forward to the Outdoor Track & Field season and the Heptathlon. That is what it is all about making progress over time and looking forward to future challenges!
Overall Evie is ranked 8th in the Pentathlon Nationally.
On Wednesday 19th September four members of our group went over to Doncaster Athletics Club and competed in 1500m/2000m steeplechases for Stockport Harriers.
The training group has got to this point by following a LATE SPECIALISATION, LONG TERM ATHLETE DEVELOPMENT Model. We develop ALL 5 fitness components simultaneously with young developing athletes.
Harry Miller-Reedman (the ONLY U17 to compete in an Octathlon for the whole of the Greater Manchester Region; SHAC's number 1 Javelin thrower ........etc etc) was putting his endurance and hurdling skills to the test and came through this excellent experience & challenge very well.
Lauren Burgess (an U17 who throws U20 Javelin for the club at YDL, is the current Greater Manchester U17 Discus Gold medalist, has 7 UK rankings in very different events .......etc etc) achieved a UK ranking(109th) from this first time of competing in the event, in her first year as an U17.
The coaching group is very proud of these two young athletes who competed in this event as multi-eventers not specialised endurance runners.
Our U20 athletes come from two different backgrounds and were competing in the 2000m Steeplechase. Sam Johnson has a multi-eventing background (Derbyshire's Number 1 Octathlete last year; still competes in a number of events for SHAC at YDL; but his current main focus is the 400m Hurdles where in his first season as an U20 he was ranked 3rd in the Northwest and 52nd in the UK). He took this tough endurance challenge on, for all the right reasons, with great positive attitude. He continues to leave all options/opportunities open to himself for the future. Luke Farrant joined us just a year ago having specialised early in endurance at another club. As a coaching group we are trying to broaden his opportunities for the future and because of his open-mindedness, willingness to learn new skills and great attitude, he is responding extremely well. Due to the Speed work he has done since joining the group, he has a UK ranking in the 400m, he is SHAC's fastest 800m/1500m U20 runner and because of the hurdling work that has been introduced, he achieved an excellent, first time, UK ranking (62nd) in the Steeplechase - in his first year as an U20! Lots more to come from this young athlete as his Speed, strength, hurdling skills etc etc continue to be developed.
Stockport Athletics Coaching remain an independent, self sufficient, self funded training group with it's own unique training philosophy. I'd like to take this opportunity to thank all those who support the group for all that we stand for - the parent group; the coaching group (Crazy legs fitness being an inetegral part of it); Stockport Grammar School; Inspire Gym and Lifeleisure. Finally, as it is Steeplechase that we are celebrating successes in, a special mention to Bashir Hussain who continues to support and inspire the young athletes within our group in this event and across all that we do.
Twelve young athletes from our group made a significant contribution to this years LAG promotion, over the course of the 4 matches. The group has a very healthy, positive, supportive philosophy towards Competition and that is why so many of the group are willing and able to compete for the club across a vast array of events when called upon to do so.
In the last match in Middlesborough, Ella, Grace, Josie, Daniel, Jonah, Rhys & Harvey were available & selected by the club to compete across 9 different events. A great credit to themselves and the group.
I was delighted with the progress made by Josie & Harvey in the Hurdles with two excellent PBs. Jonah & Rhy's PBs in the Javelin & 800m respectively were also a good step in the right direction. Ella joined in with two excellent PBs in the 800m & Javelin.
Improved performances come about through consistently, committed, regular, quality training across all events. A very good example is the last session Ella did with Stewart on Javelin. From the feedback Stew gave me I knew progress was about to be made.
If we want to be selected for next year's LAG / UAG teams by our excellent Team manager Carl (Guardiola) Doodson, we simply need to keep improving our performances through good Training & Preparation.
Congratulations to all involved in this great success for SHAC!