Sprint Team admin (2 of 2)

In May, due to the random nature of the training and the lack of people paying on Mondays and Saturdays, the senior team agreed to pay their subs monthly.

So, there were 18 sessions in May, so allowing for a few skips, everyone in the senior group owes the club £15. Please bring me a cheque for £18 payable to City of Salisbury Athletics and Running Club this week.


June’s bill will also be £15 for 18 sessions.

If you didn’t attend all the sessions in June or May and would like to pay less, you need to decide whether you would prefer to just stand the extra few pounds, or to explain to me why you aren’t attending all the sessions.

If you did attend all the sessions, you get three sessions free! Awesome.

Sprint Team admin (1 of 2)


My rules for my sprint group were clear from the first day. You all signed up to them, but I think I should remind you, just in case.

I have a big group, I have a lot of people who would like to join the group, but I have turned away.  I only have two real rules and they are as follows:

1. You must attend 75% of the training sessions. For the sprint group that is Tuesdays and Thursdays. For the Senior Group, that is Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday. If I have specifically given you an exception, then so be it. Some are just assuming it’s alright not to attend. It isn’t.

2. You must compete in league events. Higher events take priority. If you are on holiday or injured obviously you can’t compete. However, we only expect a few competitions from you per season in return for a whole years training. Just so you are forewarned, we are getting into holiday silly season and into clashes with senior competitions so we are in need of everyone to step up and compete where possible. If we get to the end of the year and you have competed in only one or less competitions, without very good reason, you will not train with the sprint team next year. This includes the hurdlers.

The fixtures are on the City of Salisbury website.

Sprint Team Performance – Wessex League Andover

Yet again, another raft of excellent performances for the Sprint Team.

So we had 12 1st place performances and one new club record from the U15 boys 4x100m team. (I had already left so I don’t know who ran – you’ll need to let me know so I can get the records updated).

There were also 13 PB performances.

100m 13.3 Joshua Davies

100m 13.8 Katie George

100m 14.0 Kitty Smithson

200m 26.4 Keith Cullen Bachiller

200m 24.1 Callum MacTaggart

200m 25.6 Alex James

200m 24.5 Jonathan Batchelor

200m 26.9 Dan Pereira

200m 27.8 Ellica Fillingham

200m 28.6 Kitty Smithson

300m 41.0 Josh Hole

300m 43.8 Alice Smith

300m 45.9 Megan Siddle

80H 12.9 Dan Pereira



Sprinting – the strength of the group

Track and field is an individual sport in the main and sprinting is an individual event.

However, training isn’t an individual thing and training is where most of the time is spent. It is in training where the strength of the training group is so important.

In our current group we now have the following statistics:

2014 County Athletics Champions: 9

Wiltshire Athletics Association Athlete of the year 2014: 3

Wiltshire Sport Young Sports personality of the year: 1

Wiltshire Athletics Association Records held: 6

City of Salisbury ARC records held: 41

Yes that’s right, the current sprint group holds 41 club records right now (once they are fully updated!).

The way a training group works is that it is a pyramid. The guys at the top set the standard and the kids coming through emulate what they do in training, how hard they work, the things that they do. That means the kids coming through have even more chance of becoming better. It is how talent hotspots are created. It is why Jamaica is so good at sprinting right now, because the guys at the top are so good, it pulls everyone else through. Warren Weir is in the same training group as Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake. He is young, but he is learning from the best in the world, the best there’s ever been. He may well overtake them in the end, because that is how it works.

And that’s how it will work for us. When Jake broke the records at Under 17, they had been around a long time. They only lasted a year and then Austen broke them again. Jon and Jacob might well break Austen’s next year. That’s how it is. That’s exactly how we want it.

You are in a great position in this group. Never look at the likes of Jake, Austen and Lizzie and think that couldn’t be you. At your age, they were looking at Rich and Nathan and Millie and thinking the same, but it is always because of the athletes that go before you, that you have the opportunity to be as good as you are. Jake has a great deal to thank Rich and Nathan for and he knows and really does appreciate what they did for him.