Double win for Chesterfield athletes


Members of Chesterfield and District Athletics Club put in a determined display to bounce back from a narrow loss in the Sports Hall match series.

The athletes came second to Amber Valley and Erewash by a mere 12 points but were focused on turning it around in the second match up.

A boost in the number of athletes enabled Chesterfield to compete in most events - this, alongside sheer grit - saw them rewarded by winning the top spot by just 4.5 points.

It gave Chesterfield a total score of 495.5 points with Amber Valley taking second place with 491 points - the two teams seemingly locked in a battle to the finish line.

Chesterfield won four of the six groups - U11B, U13G, U13B, U15G - with a number of stand-out performances.

Caitlin Holmwood impressed in the U11G to earn herself a first in the 1 Lap, she took second in the Standing Long Jump and fourth in Speed Bounce. Fellow beginner Lily Hopkinson showed promise with a third in the 3 Laps and Speed Bounce and fourth in the 1 Lap.

Another newcomer in the U11B William Foot took three wins in the 3 Lap, Standing Long Jump and Speed Bounce. His outstanding efforts saw him rewarded with Best Performances in all three events - the first time in three years from a Chesterfield athlete.

The U11B pushed each other on to take the first four places in 3 Lap and three of the top four places in 1 Lap.

In the U13G, Nazhrah Simpson was first in 2 Lap, 4 Lap and Standing Long Jump. The U13G took three of the top four places in the 2 Lap and four of the top five places in 4 Lap.

Oliver Dakin in the U13B sprinted to a first in the 2 Lap and 4 Lap and was third in the Standing Long Jump. Not to be outdone, newcomers Joshua Young took top spot in Standing Long Jump with 2.24m.

It was the best by a Chesterfield athlete for three years and Jake Walton also took maximum points for Shot with a throw of 10.33m. The athletes will match up again at Queens Park Sports Centre on November 16 at 1pm.

Cross Country

The endurance coaches’ ongoing commitment to developing athletes once again came to fruition when 28 athletes, all aged under 15, took first place in the first cross country fixture of the season at Tupton Hall School.

The U11Gs finished third overall, with sterling performances from all 11 members of the team. Leoni Cragg did fantastically well to finish fourth.

Lily Hopkinson (11th), Esme Calder (12th), Caitlin Holmwood (13th), Daisy Williams (16th), Abigail Ward (17th), Gracie Shepherd (20th), Ella Laban (21st), Anja Raine (25th), Lilja Raine (26th), Lily Baines (27th). The U11B finished a close second place with just one point separating them from High Peak, who finished in the top spot.

Finlay Grant was beaten by a whisker to take second place, Harry Green (fifth), Henry Cutting (11th), Harry Snell (13th), Alex Partner (19th).

The U13Gs also finished in second place with the following individual results: Bronwyn Lessiter (fourth), Abbie Darnell (eighth), Faith Clark (12th), Mollie Stanley (14th), Rebecca Nield (18th), Keris Hurrell (21st). The U13Bs efforts matched that of the girls, also finishing in second place with the following results: Will Tighe (first), Robert Watkinson (fourth), Mikey Broomhead (ninth), Thomas Morley (11th). U15Gs took pole position on the day with strong performances from the team: Lydia Hudson (first), Libby Harrison (fourth), Abigail Turner (fifth). Alex Ediker (first), Elliot Meylan (second) and Jacob Buckley (fifth) put U15Bs in to pole.