Lost Property in the Trackside Cabin
Girls Decathlon waterproof – pink
Adult size black waterproof coat
Black Sports top “Sport Solent ”
Salt Rock sweat shirt – purple
Salt Rock sweatshirt – grey with design on front
Adidas black baseball cap
Everlast black baseball cap
baby sun hat blue/pink
khaki camouflage baseball cap
Osprey black rucksack
Quechua pink rucksack
green black compression socks
To claim back: contact Diane – jdreavey@talktalk.net
Unclaimed items will be donated to charity at the end of September

Southampton ladies claim first vets league victory and join men in the finals!

The Southampton AC ladies team made history in Aldershot last night, claiming a third successive victory in the Hampshire Vets League and securing the league win, for the first time ever. Coming top of the league that has been dominated by Winchester ladies in the recent past, means they have booked their place in the Southern Counties Vets finals in Ashford, Kent in September, joining the Southampton men’s team who have been regular visitors to the event.

Despite missing key team players such as Nicci Blandford, Mary Axtell, and Dani Marshall, the team pulled together fantastically to beat 2nd place Winchester by 16 points.

There were stand out performances by Joy Wright in the 200m (first in 27.8 seconds) and 800m (first in 2.34.2) as well as a personal best for Astrid Mangel in the long jump (2nd V60 with 2.56m). Joy also came 4th in the V35 discus with 19.19m. Tracy Bezance made a superb return from injury to win the V50 200m in 30.6 seconds. Janet Dickinson made a clean sweep of first places with victory in the V50 shot (9.00m), 200m B string (28.3 seconds), V50 discus (26.12m) and V50 long jump (4.53m).

There was an excellent second place for Katy O’Dell in the V35 shot (8.34m) and Hannah Willson in the 2000m walk (12.41.6). Paola King came 4th in the walk with 14.54.8. Vicky Bright won the V50 pole vault with 1.20m and Claire MacErlean won the B string 800m in 2.41.0. Claire also secured second place in the 3000m with 11.27.0.

Despite nursing a hamstring injury, Caroline Barnfield managed 6th in the V50 800m (3.51.8) and 5th in the V50 3000m (17.17.2). Hannah Willson, who was also helping with officiating on the night, came third in the B string 3000m with 12.35.7. Jane Pitt came 5th in her first ever timed 400m with 47.7 seconds.

Final results:

Southampton AC 148 points

Winchester and District 132 points

City of Portsmouth 110 points

Aldershot, Farnham and District 95 points

Havant 71 points

Fleet and Crookham 63 points

Basingstoke and Mid Hants 49 points

Free PhD programme for athletes transitioning into senior athletics

Who am I?

My name is Karla Drew.  I am in the final stages of my PhD which I am doing at Liverpool John Moores university. I am also a GB athlete and have competed in track-and-field since the age of 10. I have represented Great Britain and England in Heptathlon and 100mHurdles. It is through these experiences as an elite athlete and through my research that I want to use what I have learnt to invest in and support younger athletes reach their potential.

What am I doing?

Based on my previous research, I have developed an intervention/programme to support young athletes making the step up into senior sport.  This transition can be an extremely challenging time for athletes. The project willprovide athletes with a tailored intervention to support them through this challenging period whilstmaking the step up from junior-to-senor level in athletics. The project aims to support athletes to make asuccessful transition by providing them with the necessary skills and education to negotiate the transition.

Why am I doing this?

The programme is looking to address the poor progression rates of British junior athletes. We all know a young athlete who has produced outstanding performances as a junior but fail to reproduce this when it counts at a senior level. I think this is because athletes are not given sufficient or the right type of support in helping them to make the transition. I have interviewed many athletes, ranging from Olympic champions to World Junior Champions, who have successfully and unsuccessfully made the transition. This has given me a great insight into what has helped and hindered athletes to make the transition.

What does the programme involve?

The programme is made up of 19 individual sessions, with sessions being run back-to-back on some days. The sessions cover a huge range of topics including sport psychology, performance lifestyle, nutrition, physiotherapy, coach and parent education, and a mentoring scheme. The programme is designed to educate athletes and give them the skills to help them reach their potential as a senior athlete. Each session is delivered by an expert in the field. The programme has world class presenters across all topic areas. The likes of Jessica Ennis-Hill, Toni Minichiello and several other GB athlete/mentors are supporting the programme by delivering a session. The programme will be delivered to 5-10 athletes, aged between 18-22. I’m hoping to create a close group of athletes who can learn from each other as well as the presenters on the programme.

A copy of the  programme content can be found on the following page.

If you want to get involved?

Because the programme runs weekly, athletes will need to be located in the Sheffield area and/or willing and ready to travel to the English Institute of Sport for the sessions. Please look at the dates of the sessions and be sure you can commit to the programme before you apply.

If you are interested in applying just send me an email to: K.Drew@2016.ljmu.ac.ukand I will keep a note of all those who apply. I will then randomly pick 8-10 athletes to take part in the programme.


Course content


Session description.

Delivered by





Karla Drew




Talk: A Successful Transition by Jessica Ennis-Hill

Jessica Ennis-Hill




Talk: A Challenging Transition by Matthew Lambley

Matthew Lambley




Personality: Understanding your personality (Spotlight profile)

Karla Drew




Performance Lifestyle: Financial Advice/Planning

Phil Lumsden




Performance Lifestyle: Effective Time Management

Phil Lumsden




Sport Psychology: Coach-Athlete Relationship

Adam Bracey




Sport Psychology: Building Confidence

Adam Bracey




Physiotherapy: Looking after your body during the junior-to-senior transition

Alison Rose




Social Support: Creating a Support Network

Karla Drew




Mentoring: Learn from experienced senior athletes





Sport Psychology: Coping Strategies to Manage the Transition

Dr Robert Morris




Sport Psychology: Goal Setting for the Transition Period

Dr Robert Morris




Social Support: Supporting your Athlete through the Transition – Strategies for Coaches

Toni Minichiello




Nutrition: Fueling your body during the junior-to-senior transition

Hannah Mayho




Social Support: Supporting your Athlete through the Transition – Strategies for Parents

Louise Capicotto




My transitional journey into elite swimming by Jay Lelliott

Jay Lelliott




Performance Lifestyle: Achieving a Life Balance

Jay Lelliott




Sport Psychology: One-on-One Support

Dr Robert Morris

& Karla Drew




I would like to thank everyone who helped out at the race this year which ensured that it was another successful event and raised much needed funds for the club. There was a significant increase in support from the club and with the additional voluntary support from our friends at Itchen Spitfires we managed to ensure the race was fully marshalled.After 30 years organising this event the time has come for me to step down and for someone else to take over. Thank you to everyone who has supported me over the years Richie


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Thank you for everyone who helped out at the Southampton Athletic Club 10 K at The Royal Victoria Country Park last Sunday. We had a lot of very willing helpers which ensured the event went very smoothly and the funds raised will benefit all members. Thanks Again Richie

Success as Hampshire Champs for Officials too

Not only did the club’s athletes, coaches, parents and supporters see success at this weekends Hampshire Championships but the officials did well too. With positive feedback on the clubs officials and those being reported on Sunday received positive recommendations to advance in their officiating, Malcolm Wise to Level 2, Zoe Bond to Level 3 and John Stansfield taking the first step (1 of 6) towards possible Level 4.

Netley 10k help required

Dear Southampton runner, jumper, and thrower,
The Netley 10k means different things to each of us. It might mean more to you than you think!…..
For some, it is an important race in the Hampshire Road Race league. For some, it’s a fantastic 6 mile run through one of Hampshire’s prettiest parks.
For most of us in our great club, however, it is an important fund-raiser, that delivers over 35% of financial backing to our track and field teams, including BAL, UKWAL, YDL, SAL, and Sportshall. Being a hugely successful club does not come cheap! And as we work our way up the leagues, the travel costs rise too.
We’d love you to come and help out at the race. We need you to come and help out at the race! Having Southampton AC Athletes, parents, guardians, or relatives, marshalling at the race firstly means that we don’t have to pay other clubs and organisations to do it for us, and secondly makes for a fantastic team atmosphere. The sight of a group of shot putters cheering 10k runners is a sight to behold!
So please put Sunday 20th May in your diary, and contact Richie Pearson  richiepearson2372@gmail.com, and offer your support. It’s only for 2 hours in the morning (9-11am), and the sun always shines on the day!

Agreement regarding use of the track

Our agreement for use of the track has now been signed. SAC members have use of the track facility on the following days and times;

Monday – All day
Tuesday – All day (exclusive use for SAC and SAC coached groups between 6.30 p.m. and 8 p.m.)
Wednesday – Summer only (exclusive use for the Academy)
Thursday – all day
Saturday and Sunday – mornings

Track use outside of these times is chargeable and should be paid directly to Active Nation. Other clubs will continue to use the track and now have separate agreements with Active Nation. Random checks will be made at the track to ensure members have paid the correct membership fees. Please try and carry your membership card with you should you be asked for proof of membership. We do not wish to turn people away.