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  1. 2017 UK Final Report

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    Sportshall UK Final 2017 Round Up

    Saturday 22nd & Sunday 23rd April saw the top county teams from each of the English Regions joined by National Champions from Ulster and Wales descend on Sportcity, Manchester for the 2017 Sportshall UK Finals. In a change from recent years the Under 15’s All Rounder competition took place on Saturday with the Under 13’s Team Challenge on Sunday.

    Under 15’s Competition – Saturday 22nd April 2017

    The action on the track and in the field was soon under way after the opening ceremony which included some words of wisdom from the Sportshall Creator George Bunner, followed by some advice to the athletes from last year’s 2016 girls all rounder champion Amber Anning (Brighton, Coach: Stephen King) who has since gone on to represent England and finished 2016 ranked number 1 in the UK For the 300m and 4th in the Triple Jump.

    Narrowly beating Surrey the girls from Norfolk were victorious in the Team competition with 67 scoring athletes in the competition Norfolk’s girls all placed in the top half in a team victory which was clearly aided by the fantastic supporters who travelled with the Norfolk team.  Serena Grace (City of Norwich, Coach: Michael Utting) won both the 4 Lap Race and the Speed Bounce with Mia Hopson, City of Norwich, Coach: Keith Yellop) scoring the highest cumulative points score for Norfolk after an equal 6th place finish in the 2 Lap Race, throwing 10.36 in the shot to place 5th and jumping 58cm to finish 12th in the Vertical Jump.


    The individual competition was dominated by combined events Athletes with the eventual winner being Emily Tyrrell (Devon, North Devon AC , Coach: Gill St Barbe). Emily won the Standing Long Jump (2.62m) and was joined at the top of the podium in the 2 Lap Race by Molly Palmer (Leicestershire & Rutland, Charnwood/Notts, Coach: Nigel Kesteven).  Emily’s third event was the Shot in which she finished 8th with a throw of 9.55m which was good enough to hold onto the overall victory.

    The girls’ competition was challenged throughout by Iris Oliarnyk (Birmingham, Halesowen AC, Coach: Dominic McNeillis) and Mia Chantree (Essex, Chelmsford AC, Coach: Steve Mitchell) who finished second and third respectively splitting the top three by only 11 points. Iris was outstanding in the speed and power events finishing second in the Standing Long Jump and winning the shot with a throw of 12.67 putting an extra 13cm on her previous indoor best achieved at this year’s England Athletics U15 / U17 Indoor Combined Events Championships.  Mia threw 10.60 in the shot and was just short of her best of 10.69 achieved earlier this year and picked up a well deserved bronze medal in the Shot, finished 4th in the 4 Lap race and 8th in a competitive Vertical Jump.
    Donegal made their trip across the water worthwhile after taking the victory in the Under 15 boys Team competition for the second consecutive year ahead of Berkshire and Hertfordshire who were second and third respectively. Lughan Devenney (Donegal) was the highest scoring Ulster athlete representing the Donegal team and finished 2nd in the 4 Lap, 4th in the Speed Bounce and 10th in the shot with an overall score of 273 to finish 4th in the Individual All Rounder competition whilst supporting the team victory.

    Theo Adesina (Essex, Thurrock Harriers, Coach: Karl Sumun) qualified for the UK Final in his own right after a competitive East Regional event earlier in the year and was impressive throughout the day dropping only 4 points and scoring 296 of a potential 300 points. In winning the 4 Lap and placing second in the Shot and Standing Triple Jump Theo was crowned UK All Rounder Champion for 2017. Second and third were Charlie Williams (Norfolk, West Norfolk, Coach: Christopher Ely) and Harvey Darroch (Merseyside, Wirral AC, Coach: Pamela Green / Paul Waters). Both Charlie and Harvey put in some great performances throughout the day to earn their silver & bronze medals.


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    Under 13’s Competition – Sunday 23rd April 2017

    Sunday afternoon saw the Under 13 teams arrive at Sportcity ready for their team competition. Once again George Bunner, Creator of Sportshall took to the stage to share some of his experience with the budding young athletes from across the UK. The obstacle relay is always an exciting start to any Sportshall competition and the action was kicked off on Sunday with a series of extremely competitive races.

    In the Under 13 boys competition the eventual winners of the team competition were Berkshire. The Berkshire boys showed their strength across the day winning 6 individual podium places and victory in both the 4 x 1 and 4 x 2 lap relays. Running 20.0 in the 2 Lap race Adam Ulhaq took the title in what was a very quick time indeed.

    In the Under 13 Girls competition Surrey were crowned UK Champions after success throughout the afternoon with medals in all relays winning an impressive three of the four track relays and eight individual podium places including UK Champions in the Shot & Standing Long Jump. Elanor Trugg who jumped 2.40m to claim the Standing Long Jump title and Jenae James took the shot victory. Jenae threw an impressive 11.36m ahead of Adrienne Gallen (Donegal) took silver and also set a new Ulster Record of 10.87 beating the previous best of 10.75m set in 2013 by Naoimh McGranaghan.


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    The Sportshall team would like to congratulate all those who took part in the UK Finals and extend good wishes to all the athletes for their summer Track & field season which is already under way.

    For more information on Sportshall visit or email

    Photo Credits: Sportshall Associates (Benson, Lasseter, Wild & Cornelly)

  2. Sportshall UK Final

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    Top Young Athletes’ set to compete at the

    Sportshall UK Final


    Budding Young Athletes’ from across the UK are set to compete in the Sportshall Athletics UK Finals at Manchester’s Regional Indoor Athletics Arena on the weekend of April 22nd & 23rd  The most promising young athletes will battle it out to be crowned UK Champions at the flagship athletics development event of the year.


    Athletes such as Katarina Johnson-Thompson, Kelly Sotherton and Mark-Lewis-Francis took part at this event in previous years. Dina Asher Smith also competed in Sportshall and many other current members of the GB & NI Athletics Team experienced their first taste of Athletics through Sportshall competition. Morgan Lake, High Jump UK Junior record holder, won the Under 15’s Sportshall All Rounder competition in 2011 and so this is a chance to see the athletic stars of the future at the start of their athletic careers.


    Amber Anning, last year’s All Rounder Champion will attend to encourage those who are hoping to take her title. Jessica Lake, Mia Chantree and Yasmin Grovesnor are all in with a chance after putting in outstanding individual performances in the Regional Finals. The boys’ title is also up for grabs with Theo Adesina a strong contender having put in the season’s best performance in the Shot.


    Teams from across the UK will be looking to win titles. The Under 15 Boys’ team from Donegal will be defending their title after winning the competition for the first time last year whilst in the Under 15 Girls’ competition Surrey will be trying to hold onto their title to make it three in a row.


    Local teams from Greater Manchester, Cheshire and Merseyside will be taking part again and it is pleasing to see teams from Durham and Essex qualifying for a place in the final for the first time in many years, showing the continuing spread in popularity of Sportshall competition.


    Sportshall as a programme was created 40 years ago and now engages over a million children in athletics each year through club and school games programmes. The event is supported by Eveque Leisure Equipment, Eastlands Trust, the Amateur Athletic Association, British Athletics and all the Home Country Governing Bodies.



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    For more information including a full list of qualifiers or to attend the event please contact the Sportshall Team at or ring 01606 353 550


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    On the Saturday the Under 15 event will start at 12.30pm and Finish at 4.30pm.

    On the Sunday the Under 13 event will start at 12.30pm and Finish at 4.30pm.


    Sportshall is a competitive and fun introduction to athletics for children aged 9 to 15. The exciting indoor competition series involves ten regional finals for Under 13 and Under 15 year olds who compete in a variety of athletics disciplines including sprinting, standing long jump and shot. The top teams from each regional final progress to the UK Finals.


    Sportshall Athletics emphasises the importance of team competition, fair play and the fact that taking part and trying your hardest is more important than winning. The scheme was created in 1976 to introduce young people to athletics by making most athletic events possible within a sports hall environment. The fun and easy to master events encourage children to get active in a safe environment.



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    The Sportshall Association has lost two of its most dedicated supporters both of whom have given more than 30 years of outstanding service.


    Birchfield Harrier, Betty Downs was a prominent official for the Birmingham League and Orien Young, of the City of Portsmouth AC was a founder member of Sportshall and official for the Hampshire League.


    Their knowledgeable assistance and enthusiasm at Sportshall events from local and county through to UK Finals will be sadly missed.


  4. Updated School Games Resources now available for 2016 – 2017.

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    Sportshall Associates are delighted to announce the release of the 2016 – 2017 school games resources. Sportshall Athletics is now the largest participatory competition programme in the School Games and as England Athletics preferred delivery partner Sportshall Associates are delighted to say that we deliver a large number of the training, Level 2 & 3 competitions to support this.

    Following an extensive review supported by schools, clubs and the national governing bodies in addition to a full trial during last season the resources for 2016 – 2017 include some modifications to the programme. The introduction of a standing start to races where a forward roll was previously the normal starting method is the main change within these races:

    • Obstacle Relay (Primary & Secondary)
    • Over/Under Relay (Primary)
    • 1 + 1 Lap Hurdles Relay (Primary – Year 3/4 only)


    In all of these races the first runner will start from a standing position and any further athletes in the race should be on their feet and can be moving at the point of changeover.

    All the new resources and full guidance notes are now available to download via the Primary and Secondary Sportshall pages at and the School Games organiser network has been provided with copies of the resources too.

    The specific changes are highlighted here – Track Guideline Alterations Sept 2016 Schools UPDATED

    We look forward to see news and results throughout the season and for any support with Sportshall athletics in your school or club feel free to contact the team via


  5. Sportshall Ambassadors for 2016/17 Season Confirmed

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    Once again Sportshall Associates are delighted to announce that both 2016 All Rounder Champions Radix Mulawarman and Amber Anning will act as Sportshall Ambassadors for the forthcoming season. The roles are being handed over from previous All Rounder winners Kaie Chambers-Brown and Ellie Hodgson.

    Our latest UK Final Under 15 All Rounder Champions will both act as role models at forthcoming Sportshall Schools and UK Championship events, presenting awards and inspiring young athletes to follow in their footsteps.

    Radix built on his impressive performances at the Welsh Sportshall Final in March, where he equalled the Welsh Speed Bounce record of 88 bounces whilst representing Dyfed. The Carmarthen Harriers athlete took the UK Final All Rounder title in April by taking Gold in a very hotly contested 2 Lap race. Radix also claimed Gold in the Standing Long Jump with another Welsh record equalling performance of 2.88m whilst improving on his Regional Speed Bounce performance to 90 bounces to now stand alone as a Welsh Record holder.

    Amber who has been competing in Sportshall since she joined Brighton & Hove AC at nine years old took her title with a Gold Medal in the 4 Lap and a Silver in the Vertical Jump. She ended her Sportshall county career in 2016 with an unprecedented 10 age group records out of a possible 18. At the final league match of the season she spoke to the county’s youngest club athletes and urged them to, “continue doing Sportshall until you are as old as me, because it is fun, skilful and great winter competition and some of the best athletes in the UK started out in Sportshall.”

    Outside of Sportshall Amber won the English Schools Junior 200m final in July and in August, competing up an age group, became the National Under 17 Champion over 300m, breaking Dina Asher-Smith’s record. Amber ran 38.73 seconds and became the first British U15 girl to ever run three successive 100 metres inside 13 seconds. Ambers goals this season are to medal over 300m at the English Schools and, if top two, gain international selection.
    We trust they both embrace and enjoy their new role as ambassadors and wish them a successful future for many years to come.

  6. UK Final Success for Amber & Radix

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    The weekend of April 15th and 16th saw the 2016 Sportshall UK Final take place one again at Sportcity, Manchester. With over 400 athletes involved across the weekend the competition saw the highest ranked individuals and teams from across the UK battle to be crowned UK Champions in both the team competitions and across a range of individual events.


    Saturday 15th saw the winners of the under 13’s Regional UK Championships events take to the track and into the field to work hard and earn points for their team. On their way to success in the girls competition Norfolk secured victories in almost half of the track events and performed strongly across the board in the field events too with a particularly impressive winning Speed Bounce performance of 88 from Ellie Morgan (Great Yarmouth AC). In other events Bekki Roche (Liverpool Harriers) was selected to compete in the Shot as the best individual from across all the Regional events that took place between January and March. Bekki threw an impressive 11.44m which was over a metre ahead of second place. Bekki now ranks 31st on the under 15’s Power of 10 All Timers list since moving up into the under 15 age group for this year’s track & field season.

    (Picture: British Athletics Mascot: Brit Bear with Two of the Student Sports Leaders from Southend High School for girls who support ed the delivery of the Under 13’s UK Final)


    Birmingham were victorious in the under 13 boys team competition winning both the Obstacle Relay and 4 x 2 lap relays in an emphatic style. Individuals who weren’t part of qualifying teams were selected for a number  individual events after outstanding results during the qualification events. Many of these showed their strength and justified their invitation including Marcus Austin of Surrey (Dorking & Mole Valley AC) winning the Standing Long Jump with an impressive 2.63m winning jump.

    Sunday 16th April saw the under 15’s descend on Manchester for their UK Final. Under 15’s compete for their team but also in the All Rounder competition in which they choose one track event, one jump and one of either Shot or Speed Bounce. Former all rounder champions have gone on to achieve international success in Track & Field Athletics including Morgan Lake (Windsor Slough Eton & Hounslow) who has recently represented Great Britain in both the High Jump and Heptathlon.

    With almost 80 athletes competing in the under 15 girls competition the strength of Birmingham was ever-present across the board with five of the six scoring athletes being placing in the top ten individuals. Birmingham and Donegal took the team titles respectively in the girls and boys competitions and Radix Mularwarman of Dyfed and Amber Anning of Sussex (Brighton & Hove AC) took the girls titles. The boys’ competition was closely run with Radix narrowly beating William Adeyeye (Thurrock Harriers). In the girls competition Amber took the title ahead of Cassie Ann Pemberton from Birmingham (Birchfield Harriers) Since the UK Final Amber has moved into the under 17’s for this summer’s track and field season and is currently ranked in the top 10 UK rankings for 100m, 200m & 300m.   

    Almost a month on from the UK Final we look forward to witnessing many of the successful Sportshall UK Final competitors from this year and previous years compete in athletics across the summer Track & Field Season. England Athletics Championships take place in Bedford during August and we have no doubt there will be representation during the English Schools Track & Field Championships in July at Gateshead Stadium.

    Details of the 2017 UK Championships will be available during the summer months and the Sportshall development team are also looking forward to heading back to Manchester in August where teams from the local area will be invited to compete in an outdoor version of the Tom Pink Relays. This will take place before the brand new England Athletics Manchester International match which welcome teams and elite international athletes’ from England, Scotland and Wales.

    For more information on the Sportshall Athletics programmes contact the development team via

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  7. Top Young Athletes’ set to compete at the Sportshall UK Final 2016

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    Top Young Athletes’ set to compete at the

    Sportshall UK Final


    Budding Young Athletes’ from across the UK are set to compete in Manchester’s Regional Indoor Athletics Arena at the Sportshall Athletics UK Finals on the weekend of April 16th & 17th. The most promising young athletes will battle it out to be crowned UK champions at the flagship athletics development event of the year.


    Many current members of the GB & NI Athletics Team experienced their first taste of Athletics  through Sportshall competition including High Jump UK Junior record holder Morgan Lake who completed her Sportshall career winning the Under 15’s All Rounder competition in 2012. Athletes such as Katarina Johnson-Thompson, Kelly Sotherton and Mark-Lewis-Francis also took part at this event in previous years. Dina Asher Smith also competed in Sportshall and is now amongst a strong generation of young British sprinters.


    William Adeyeye (Essex, Thurrock AC) unfortunately couldn’t attend last year after a strong regional performance so will be looking to replicate his dominating display in taking the East Regional under 15 Boys title with particularly impressive performances this year. We will see a new Under 15 girl take the All Rounder title this year after Ellie Hodgson (Hampshire, Southampton AC) bowed out in 2015 after winning two consecutive titles. There are some strong contenders for the girls title with Amber Anning (Sussex, Brighton & Hove AC) amongst those in with a chance after recording the best Vertical Jump this season!


    Teams from across the UK will be looking to win titles and after combined Yorkshire & North East Competitions in previous years it was great to see the establishment of separate events for these regions in 2016. It is particularly pleasing to see teams from Merseyside and Leicestershire & Rutland qualifying for a place in the UK Final. Both these teams have not previously been represented at the UK Final for many years.


    In the Under 13’s Team Competition, Greater Manchester will represent the North West after their best result for a number of years. They will be challenged by teams from across the UK including a Hampshire Girls team aiming for their fourth successive title and an Avon Boys team searching for their fifth win in sixth years. There is no doubt Donegal will also be looking to challenge for the Under 13 boys title after seeing two new Ulster Records in their qualifying competition.


    Sportshall as a programme was created 40 years ago and now engages over a million children in athletics each year through club and school games programmes. The event is supported by Eveque Leisure Equipment, Eastlands Trust, the Amateur Athletic Association, British Athletics and all the Home Country Governing Bodies.


    Twitter – @SportshallUK  Facebook – SportshallUK


    For more information including a full list of qualifiers or to attend the event please contact Mike Frost at or 01606 353 550

  8. World Marathon Challenge Success

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    2015 World Marathon Challenge

    Images from the London Leg of the World Marathon Challenge (Above)

    On Wednesday October 7th headline events were held in London, Manchester & Birmingham with teams from across the UK and the rest of the world joining in running a complete marathon in 200m sections.

    Currently at the top of the Any Age leader board are the team from Rushcliffe AC Antelopes who completed their marathon challenge on Tuesday 6th October during their training session clocking a time of 1:50.08. The under 13’s who completed the marathon were also joined by seven teams of 8 athletes who took on the role of pace makers for the Under 13’s whilst completing their own 5000m challenge with the fastest team completing the 5000m in 16:20.

    The race between London & Manchester is always exciting and this year saw Thomas Tallis & Southend (London) finish within 40 seconds of each other. The race was well and truly neck & neck all the way and the encouragement provided by Teachers, Students and staff at Lee Valley Athletics Centre was inspirational. Thomas Tallis are currently the fastest school team in the world having clocked 1:51.11 beating Southend who clocked 1:51.45. It was particularly pleasing to see new teams competing in London and in Manchester. Helsby High who have been involved in the World Marathon Challenge since its inception clocked yet another fast time finishing in 1:55.04.

    Outside of the UK teams from Ireland, Estonia, France, Czech Republic & Canada have already completed their Marathon Challenge and results are still coming in.

    There is still time to submit your results for the World Marathon Challenge which is simple and inexpensive to set up. Here’s how the event works:

    • Stage your event on a running track or field. The marathon distance is divided into sections of 200m.
    • Teams are made up of 26 to 36 runners – each person completes up to 9 sections.
    • Results are logged on our World Leader board.
    • The challenge: try to beat the world marathon record!

    You can keep up with the results and news by sharing your photos and race results on social media @EvequeWMC & @SportshallUK using the hashtag #WMC on both Facebook and Twitter.

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    The World Marathon Challenge is supported by the AAA’s and there is still time to submit your results throughout October online at For clubs and schools where it may be tricky to get a full team of Under 13’s there is the option available to compete in the Any Age category.


  9. School Games Update

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    We have been busy over the summer months updating and refreshing our resources and with the proven popularity of the Sportshall of Fame for the Primary Competition we are excited to now be offering a Secondary Sportshall of Fame which will be updated with all the 2016 Level 3 Secondary results.

    The website is undergoing continual improvements and has been updated with the new resources for the coming season. To help teachers and SGO’s all the resources are now available at  and the new quick links page has also been added to the site to assist with usability.

    In the first part of the season we still have some availability for events and leadership/teacher training. After Christmas we still have limited dates available for schools and SGO’s wishing to book Level 2 Primary or Secondary Sportshall competitions in addition to any of our other exciting programmes including Sportshall infants and inclusive Sportshall competition for all abilities.

    FAQ’s Are also now available here to help with common queries or alterntively please dont hesitate to Contact Us should you wish to enquire about a booking or Sportshall Services.

    We are looking forward to another fantastic year of School Games Competition & Activity across the UK.


  10. The 2015 World Marathon Challenge is Coming!

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    Simultaneous International Race: 7th October 2015

    Join hundreds of other schools & athletes around the world and enter the World Marathon Challenge, a simultaneous relay in which teams of 26-36 children race against each other over the full 26.2 mile marathon distance. The World Marathon Challenge is aimed at Secondary Schools with a separate 5000m Challenge specifically for Primary Schools.

    World Marathon Challenge

    The World Marathon Challenge and the 5000m Challenge events are easy to organise and fun to take part in. Choose a date to suit your school or join teams from 40 countries around the world for our simultaneous grand finale on Wednesday 7th October 2015.

    Both the marathon challenge and the 5000m version help young athletes know how it feels to run at the speed required to run a world class marathon or 5000m time. The races also provide opportunity for teams to qualify for a British Athletics Endurance Team Award.


    ‘The highlight of the year and one of the best things I have done with my students. They went out of their way to raise money. I was very, very proud.’ 

    Andy David, Sir John Colfox School British Athletics PE Teacher of the Year 2012


    In 2013 over 50,000 young people were involved from over 50 Countries so join us today and help us make the World Marathon Challenge the biggest children’s run in the world and enter your teams and set up your event today by visiting visit