A Highlights summary of the 2019 Track & Field Season

Stockport Athletics Coaching had a very Successful Outdoor T&F Season in 2019. Below are just some of the many highlights of the season:


  • The group coached 65 young developing athletes over this period of: varying interest; commitment & athletic ability. We remain a Non-elitist training group that is open to all. We continue to use the Long Term Athlete development Model (LTADM) for all our young athletes.
  • 32 members of the group proudly represented their local club Stockport Harriers Athletics Club (SHAC) in both Club & Open Competitions. Even greater numbers competed for their schools at local, regional & national events.
  • As a group our contribution to the two Club competitions (YDL & Cheshire League) was immense and outstanding. Two very good examples: We made up 37% of the Upper Age Group (UAG) team that gained promotion in the Youth development League(YDL) and we made up 35% of the Cheshire League team in the final match, which helped the team finish 4th overall in that league.
  • Due to the LTADM that we follow, our contributions were not just in one specialist event but across the majority of Run, Jump & Throw events.


  • Combined Events: The only 2 U17B Octathletes; 2 out of 3 U15B Pentathletes; The only 2 U17G Heptathletes and 2 U15G Pentathletes come from our group. The LTADM is being adhered to. 
  • Two out of three athletes who have run 800m under 2 mins have come from our group. They are both only 18 years old.
  • The only athletes doing Steeplechase are all from our group – 7 in total.
  • Athletes from the group are the best at SHAC in 40 events across all age groups. This is across a very wide spectrum of Run, Jump & Throw events.


  • Sam Johnson & Luke Farrant under 2min for 800m.
  • Luke Farrant, Evie Wild and Esther Hulley selected for English Schools T&F Championships: Luke Farrant 5th fastest time in 800m and Evie Wild 8th in High Jump.
  • Luke Farrant 3rd in 1500m Northern T&F Championships.
  • Esther Hulley Mason Trophy Champion 2019 U17G Steeplechase.
  • Evie Wild 6th U17G EA Combined Events Nationals & 9th U17G English Schools Combined Events Nationals.
  • Evie Wild, Harry Miller Reedman, Harry Reeder Hirst & Jonah Wall representing Greater Manchester at English Schools CE Nationals.
  • The multitude of UK rankings achieved by individuals during the season.

Evie 7th in the U17 National Indoor Pentathlon Championships!

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.


MACCL 2018/19 Success!

Congratulations to Luke & Sam for picking up a Team Gold medal in the U20 mens competition for SHAC in the MACCL! The only club to produce a team in this age group! It's about Longevity not early specialisation. Big Congratulations go to Luke who achieved an individual Silver medal - not bad for a lad who was 9th fastest over 800m at the indoor Nationals!!! As a group we are very proud of you both considering your main event focus is elsewhere at present. Congratulations also go to Lauren for picking up a silver team medal for SHAC in the U17 Girls Competition! Again only one of two qualifying teams in this age group!! Her second medal of the season as she was part of the Bronze medal winning team at the Greater Manchester XC Championships. Lauren's commitment to long term development is second to none and she deserves every success that comes her way. There is no substitute for HARD WORK & PATIENCE! Congratulations to all our athletes who competed in the MACCL this season for SHAC!!!!
I'm sure every individual, in our competitive training groups, will be committed to further individual and team successes in the rapidly approaching Outdoor T&F season!

A first for Stockport Athletics Coaching!

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.