Wessex League Swindon 28th June

WADAC young athletes went to Swindon for the third Wessex League match of the season. We managed to finish 3rd overall team position behind Basingstoke and Swindon.

Under 13 Girls 2nd

                                                                                                                   The highlight of the day in this age group was the new club record set in the 4x100 relay by Lauren Fall, Gina Pethen, Amy Dawes and Serena Charles (pictured above) in the swift time of 56.8 beating the previous time of 57.5. There was an impressive sprint double by Lauren Fall in the A 100m & 200m with Gina Pethen winning 200m B. Serena Charles had a winning double in the 70metres hurdles and Shot. Alina Eichhorst won the Discus A and was also 2nd in the Javelin. There were further 2nd places for Amy Dawes Long Jump A & Emily Smith Long Jump B and Sophie Torrance Shot B.

Under 13 Boys  5th

Alex Miles had a fine double victory in the 75 metres hurdles A and Discus A events. He was backed up in the Discus B by Ben Thomas who also won. Iwan Wrey-Brown sprinted to 2nd place in the 100m.

Under 15 Girls 2nd

There were wins in the under 15 girls for Poppy Clements 800m B and Lucy Torrance Discus B. There were a host of second places also with Maddie Turner Long Jump A, 800m A and 300m B. Abigail Dennison 200m A & 300m A. Isla Allan High Jump A. Michaela Bettridge Shot A. Lucy Torrance Shot B.

Under 15 Boys 2nd   

Tom Gillespie ran well to win the 200m A in a Grade 1 performance of 23.8 and also won the 300m A. In the 200m and 300m B events Dan Thomas sprinted to victory in both races.  Thomas also jumped his way to victory in the Long Jump A with teammate Louie Power gaining 1st place in the Long Jump B. Joss Greig high jumped to Grade 1 win of 1.75m. There was also a win for Joe Hoff in the 1500m B race.

Under 17 men

Kanya Mtshweni threw to victory in the Discus A

Quad Kids

The under 11 Quad Kids were 4th overall with the best placed girl Olivia Busher in 6th place with 207 points, Billy Brackley was 8th overall in the boys event with 204 points.

Many thanks go to Kathryn Miles and Barrie Howe for team management and pre event organisation and to Lee Wrey-Brown for Quad Kids management. A big thank you goes to Gary Bettridge for his officials duties on the day and to the assistance given by Steve Pethen, Caroline Wrey-Brown, Sheryl Reid Jeff Dawes Mark Scriminger, Sarah Brown, Jenny Harrison and Simone Holley.

Steve Torrance


Sign up for our final YDL Match (school years 6-9) at Dacorum Athletics Track, Hemel Hempstead on Saturday July 18th

The Vale of Aylesbury Club is hosting the 4th and final YDL match of the season for athletes in school years 6-9 on Saturday July 18th at Hemel Hempstead.  We’re taking a team coach so travel need not be a problem and you can sign up now for a fun day out with some great competition.

We are extremely proud to be sitting in 2nd place in our division going into this match and need as many willing athletes to sign up as possible to try and at least keep us there.  If you haven't been in touch to sign-up already please let us know by 9th July whether you are able to make it or not.

What we ask of athletes wishing to sign up is to be:

·         a current member of WADAC with a vest
·         in school years 6-9 (inclusive)
·         friendly, polite and prepared to have fun
·         give 100% support to the rest of the team

Athletes are permitted to compete in a maximum of 3 events plus a relay.  Timetable for the day ( The events for the day are:

U13G (years 6 & 7)
70m Hurdles, 75m, 150m, 800m/1200m,  4x100m relay, shot, javelin, long jump, high jump

U13B (years 6 & 7)
75m Hurdles, 100m, 200m, 800m/1500m, 4x100m relay, shot, javelin, long jump, high jump

U15G (years 8 & 9)
75m Hurdles, 100m, 200m, 300m, 800m/1500m, 4x100m relay, 4x300m relay, shot, javelin, hammer, discus, long jump, high jump, pole vault

U15B (years 8 & 9)
80m Hurdles, 100m, 200m, 300m, 800m/1500m, 4x100m relay, 4x300m relay, shot, javelin, hammer, discus, long jump, high jump, pole vault

Sign Up by 9th July

by emailing us to let us know your name, which age group you are in and which events you would prefer to do and any you’d be willing to do if there are spaces that need filling

U13 (boys and girls) email Gary Bettridge -

U15 (boys and girls) email Claire Woollett/Brendan Harnett -


Transport - Team Coach

We will be taking a team coach which will depart from Winchester about 8.30am and return about 7pm. Costs this year are £7 each. Let us know when you sign up how many places on the coach you would like.  If your child would like to come on the coach but you are not able to accompany them and you are struggling to find a volunteer to be their responsible adult please let us know and we will see what we can do to help.

The sooner you can get back to us the better but for information the team sheets will be sent out the weekend before the match

We look forward to hearing from you by 9th July!

Claire, Brendan and Gary
YDL Lower Age Group Team Managers



WADAC and the University of Winchester have hosted four athletics matches for as many leagues at Bar End Track in the last five weeks: a massive achievement, which could not have happened without the effort and skill of University Track staff, a host of WADAC volunteers, local officials and athletes and their parents. A big thank you to everyone. The latest of the almost-consecutive-matches was the third Youth Development LEague (YDL) match of 2015 for U17 and U20 young athletes on Sunday, 28th June. WADAC came 2nd to Hillingdon AC, whose large catchment and enthusiasm led to an almost complete team in every age group. This performance puts the Winchester club and Hillingdon joint top of their division with one match to go. Success came as much through athletes scoring points in non-specialist events, as it did through many great performances  in preferred events.

WADAC U20 winners at Bar End on Sunday included Hannah Knapton (800m A), Klara Lyne (800m B), Calum Upton (800m A), Matthew Harris (800m B), Andrew Mead-Briggs (Discus), James Wilson (Javelin), Charlie Maw (Pole vault) and Jack Messenger (400m B, High Jump B and 110m hurdles A). Jack, who has been selected for 400m hurdles at the International U20 meeting in Cardiff at the end of July, deserves particular mention: not only because he competed in five events, including two relays, coming first in four out of the five, but also because his sprint hurdles win was just a tenth of a second off the club record, despite the event being straight after his 400m, itself only just short of his PB.

Four U17s also won U20 events: Dan Stoller won U20 100m A; Glen Foster won High Jump A and Long Jump A; Kieran Horan won Long Jump B; and Emily Serridge, who trains for Javelin, won Discus B. U17 WADAC Men winners at their home match included Josh Goble (Long Jump), Harry Tosen (800m A), James Heneghan (1500m A), James Jackson (400m hurdles A), Dominic Ringrose-Voase (400m Hurdles B) and Edward Hill-King (both Discus and Hammer). Finally, several U17 Women won their events at Bar End: India Leon (200m A and 300m A), Jane Blackbourn (200m B), Camille McMillan (300m B), Florence Heap (80m hurdles), Izzy Gray (Long Jump), Elise Mathieson (Triple Jump) and Emily Serridge (Javelin).

The day was particularly successful for WADAC’s relay teams too, with WADAC winning four out of the seven they fielded teams in and achieving club records in both U17 Men 4 x 100m and U20 Men 4 x 400m. As well as these performances, many other WADAC athletes raced, jumped and threw well and scored points across the range of events.

The weather was not ideal, but the following achieved best ever performances in specialist events at the match on Sunday: Alex Toal (3rd, U20 3000m, 10min 11.6), Ed Hill-King (U17 Discus, 29.26m), Kieran Horan (U17 Triple Jump, 11.15m), James Jackson (U17 400m hurdles, 57.4 secs), Harry Tosen (U17 800m, 2 min 10.1), Emily Serridge (U17 100m B, 14.1 sec), Louise Cox (U17, competing in U20 200m, 31.8 secs), Camille McMillan (U17 300m B, 47.3 secs) and Harriet Spelman (U20 1,500m, 5 min 46.6). 

Thanks goes to all athletes who competed for extra club points. Some of the many notable non-specialist performances of the day included Dominic Ringrose-Voase, Jane Blackbourn and Emily Serridge in Discus, James Jackson in Shot, and most entertainingly, WADAC High Jumper Glen Foster in U17 1500m Steeple-chase. 


A large number of parents and other volunteers helped on the day, without whom the match would not have been possible. WADAC wishes to thank everyone who helped, from the university team, officials who worked incredibly hard all day (including parent volunteers who supported them), Help desk and results runners, to athletes such as Izzy and Rosie Upton, supporting the club as they progress with their official training, as well as  Florence Heap, Jack Messenger, Matthew South, Glen Foster and James Jackson signing athletes in and setting up the club base. Mark and Theresa South, who so ably scored and posted results in record time on Sunday evening, and whose job was actually a three or four day one, deserve particular mention. 

WADAC hosts yet another meeting this Saturday at Bar End: the Southern Athletics League fixture.


Sign Up for LAst YDL Upper Match 26 July - U17s and U20s

Sign Up for Last YDL League Match at Ealing 26 July


Well done to athletes and volunteers at yesterday’s home YDL match. It was a great day with memorable moments and performances. A full report will be published shortly. Thank you to everyone who competed and helped.


We came 2nd yesterday and are now joint top of the division. If we take a large team to the final match, we have a chance of winning the division, a remarkable achievement for WADAC, so please make every effort to come if you are not on holiday. The team spirit has been amazing this year, with established athletes welcome new athletes to the team. It will be a fun day and chance to try new events and gain PBs in specialist events.


The final YDL Upper League match of 2015 is at Ealing and will take place on Sunday 26th July. A team coach will be available so no need to drive there or be accompanied by parents if they are not available. 


Who can compete?

The competition is open to all Under 17s (Years 10 and 11) and Under 20s (age at 31 st August 2015). 

We can enter 2 athletes for each track event (in each age category), 2 athletes per field event at U20 and 1 athlete per field event at U17.

U17s can compete as U20s.


Which events can I compete in?

You can compete in a maximum of 4 events including a relay at U17, 5 events including a relay at U20.

Events include: sprints, hurdles, middle distance, relays, long jump, high jump, triple jump, polevault, shot, javelin, hammer and discus.


How do I enter?

Please sign-up by Friday 10th July by email only to the team manager:


The team selection will be published by the 21st but you will get an indication of events you can compete in earlier than that.

Please provide the following details:

Name of the athlete

The event(s) that you would like to be entered for

Age group that you qualify for (U17, U20)


Entrance cost is met by WADAC. Coach to venue available for £7 per athlete

Team Manager is Caris Stoller


Wessex League Match 4 - Andover - 19 July

The final Wessex League match of 2015 is at Andover and will take place on Sunday 19th July (

Please note there is a Lower YDL match at Hemel Hempstead the day before the Wessex League match. Please support the YDL match where you can so that WADAC can try and win promotion to the next league. WADAC are currently 2nd in the league, only 23 points behind the leaders.

Who can compete?

The competition is open to all Under 13s (Years 6 and 7), Under 15s (Years 8 and 9), Under 17s (Years 10 and 11) and Under 20s (age at 31st August 2015). Note, there is a separate QuadKids competition for Under 11s.

We can enter 2 scoring athletes for each event (in each age category) and in the track events there is the ability to enter additional athletes as non-scorers (up to 5 non-scorers per age group, per event). There is a maximum of 2 athletes plus one non-scorer per field event (in each age category).

If necessary, we will give priority to those that signed up for the YDL but failed to make selection and those that weren’t able to do their preferred events at the previous Wessex League matches.
You must wear your WADAC vest in order to compete.

Which events can I compete in?

You can compete in a maximum of 3 events plus a relay.

Events include: sprints, hurdles, middle distance, relays, long jump, high jump, shot, javelin and discus.

U13s/U15s wanting to run middle distance can only compete in either the 800m or 1500m NOT both.

See the Wessex League timetable ( for a full list of events for each age group.

How do I enter?

Please sign-up by Friday 10th July by email only to the team managers: For the boys, email Kathryn on and for the girls, email Barrie/Steve on The team selection will be published by the 14th.

Please provide the following details:

Entrance cost is met by WADAC.

Boys Team Manager: Kathryn Miles -

Girls Team Managers: Barrie Howe and Steve Torrance –