AVEAC produce a clean sweep to win trophy

Some of the Amber Valley and Erewash Athletics Club squad are pictured after the final event in Derby last weekend.

Some of the Amber Valley and Erewash Athletics Club squad are pictured after the final event in Derby last weekend.

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Amber Valley and Erewash Athletics Club had a clean sweep of wins in this year’s Derbyshire Track and Field Mini League and lifted the league trophy for a further year at the fourth and final match on Saturday at Moorways in Derby.

The inter-club competition is part of the successful Derbyshire Mini League series for young athletes in county clubs in the U11, U13 and U15 age groups..

The Ilkeston-based club was totally dominant this season, winning all four matches, and over 130 different AVEAC members took part in at least one competition over the summer, the most ever in the league’s 12-year history.

Chesterfield and District AC finished runners-up, Derby AC in third place and Blackwell Young Striders, Buxton AC and Heanor RC taking the minor placings.

Despite being the holiday season 75 AVEAC athletes took the opportunity at the final match to run, jump and throw, including several new members having their first taste of Mini League.

Emily Coope has been totally dominant in the U15 girls sprint events all season and so it was that she had a brace of wins in the 100m, 200m and long jump.

There were shot wins for both Cara Brown and Alex Gillott (both U15) and jump wins for Poppy Brown (U11 long jump), Stan Dickenson (U11 high jump) and Sophie Meakin (U13 high jump).

Isabella Clark and Francis Higton demonstrated their versatility at both sprint and middle distance events by winning the U11 80m (Isabella), 150m (Francis) and then the 600m apiece.

Jack Berwick continued his dominance of U13 boys hurdling at county level with another league win, whilst brother Adam had an outright win in the 100m but had to settle for a three-way split on time for first place in the 200m, sharing the win with club newcomer Cyrus Clarke.

Six new league records were set this season and those athletes received commemorative ‘record breaker’ medals.

Isabella Clark, in her first competitive track and field season, took one such medal for her new record in the U11 girls high jump of 1.23m, while Francis Higton broke the U11 boys 600m record.

Niamh Emerson, in her final track and field Mini League match, went out with a bang setting a new record in the U15 girls 1500m.

The U13 boys javelin has been a new addition to the programme this year and William Collings set the marker in match two, only to add an extra seven metres in Saturday’s event to cement his record with a best throw of over 30 metres.