Southern 6-Stage: Women 18th

Our women's team were 18th today in the South of England 6-Stage Road Relay which was held at Milton Keynes. Real spring weather blessed this year's road relays and added to the traditional, fun, party atmosphere. Women ran 4 'short' legs of 5053m and 2 'long' legs of 7664m. Team Manager Alex Wardle had worked hard to get a competitive team out for this event and said pre-race that she would be pleased to make the top 20. 

Womens 6 Stage team 2019

(L to R) Lund, Phillips, McArdell, Gilbert, Wilby


Photos (by Alex Wardle)

Chloe Bradley 6 Stage 2019For our first (short) leg Team Manager Wardle selected our (notionally) fastest athlete, Chloe Bradley (left), who is a 1500m specialist on the track and preferred the shorter option. The choice certainly revealed that Chloe is in good shape as the track season approaches. She raced around to finish 6th out of the 34 starters in a time of 18mins 18secs - 59 secs behind Windsor's Chapman who was first over the line. It proved to be the 10th fastest time of the day on the short legs.

The second leg was long and it was tackled by Suzanne Phillips. Following on from Bradley proved a challenging task as Phillips was passed by 11 athletes as she clocked 31mins 51secs. Another track specialist, 800/1500m runner Becky Wilby, took the short 3rd leg and did well enough to fend off the opposition and overtake Belgrave Harriers. Her time was 20mins 53secs. 

On leg 4 Rachel Lund, who has had a fine season over the country, nonetheless lost 3 positions as we dropped to 19th. Her time over the long leg was 32mins 20secs. Making her senior debut on the short leg 5 was Louise Gilbert. The team was very pleased to have some more new, young blood and didn't expect miracles of the athlete who has been with us since she was an U13. Her job was really to hold things together and deliver a steady performance, which she did - she clocked 21mins 14secs for her leg as we slipped 1 place to 20th. 

And our anchor leg runner was Alicia McArdell, who has enjoyed her first uninterrupted season with the senior team after also coming through from the U13s. She ran a fine leg and pulled back 2 places as she recorded a pleasing 19mins 45secs.

The various team positions got mixed up during the day as 'long' athletes from Oxford and Colchester mistakenly ran short legs. The officials decided to allow them to rectify this by subsequent 'short' athletes running long legs. This was all rather unsatisfactory and possibly contributed to the fact that the teams left the venue without knowing the results.

But it must be said that 18th was a satisfactory team position for our team, so well done to the women and their manager.

Chelmsford AC's "Miles of Miles"

Chelmsford Athletics Club are to host a “Miles of Miles Festival” in August. This will be a series of 1 mile track races for all abilities. There will be races for both male and female athletes in all age groups starting from age 8 and above.

There will be many club athletes who have not had the opportunity to race over the iconic distance of 1 mile, so this is a great chance. You’ll receive an official 1 mile time, an individual certificate of achievement and an event t-shirt.......all of this for only £10.

When?  Sunday August 11th 2019

Where?  Chelmsford Sports and Athletics Centre, Melbourne Park, Chelmsford

What time? The first race will be at 11am 

Entries are now live!

There has been a lot of interest in this event so Chelmsford AC are encouraging you to enter early!

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UK Inter Counties CC, Prestwold Hall

Seven young athletes represented their counties in these championships, which had 320 runners in each race representing 42 counties/regions throughout the UK.

Coaches John Stow and Richard Thurston made the journey too, giving much-needed support to the athletes. We actually had eleven athletes selected but poor Jimmy Geller, Sam Sloan and Evan Johnson are sidelined with injury, while Kai Boggon was competing in Abu Dhabi in an international triathlon event.


From L to R: Abigail Reid, Tilly Major and friend Ruby Naughton of VPH (pic: Sally Chapman)

The main feature of the day was the strength of the winds blowing across the course. In fact, before the races started you could hardly stand up in the winds. However, the course was a lot kinder than last year, with reasonably good going for the runners, albeit there were a few muddy bits to negotiate.

Phil Sharkey RIP

We are extremely saddened to have to report the death, on Friday, 1st March, of Phil Sharkey, who managed our National Young Athletes team and was one of the founders of our "Wasps" section on Saturday mornings.


It was Phil and Steve Dunn's idea to add another training option for our Under 11s back in 1994-95. During the first few years training was irregular, but from 1998 it became more formalised, with membership fees and t-shirts, and the name "Wasps" was adopted.

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