Medals galore for AVEAC at county championships

Amber Valley and Erewash Athletics Club U15 girls' winning and record breaking 4 x 100m relay team.
Amber Valley and Erewash Athletics Club U15 girls' winning and record breaking 4 x 100m relay team.

Members of Amber Valley and Erewash Athletics Club were in fine form as they took part in the annual Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire County Championships in Nottingham.

The event took place at the city’s Harvey Hadden Stadium over a warm and sunny weekend, with a big event atmosphere, medals, a ‘county champion’ crown and the possibility of breaking a Championship Best Performance (CBP) spurring athletes to personal bests and fine performances.

Of the 17 new Derbyshire CBPs set at the championships, four of them came from Amber Valley & Erewash AC athletes.

Perhaps the most stunning came from the U15 girls 4 x 100m relay quartet of Tamsin McGraw, Niamh Emerson, Katie Rowe and Emily Coope.

They combined to take half a second off the previous record that had stood since 1983, and was one of the longest standing CBPs in the record books.

Also at U15 level, Cara Brown set a new CBP in the hammer and took shot and discus golds.

Two of the club’s higher-performing athletes hurdlers, David Feeney and Jessica Turner. bettered their own CBPs in the senior men’s 110m hurdles and junior women’s 400m hurdles respectively.

Leading the medal charge was Niamh Emerson with three further golds in 800m, 1500m and high jump, while Emily Coope took the U15 sprint double titles and Katie Rowe was the perhaps surprise winner of the U15 long jump with a big personal best.

Jethro McGraw took both the U17 men’s 800m and 1500m golds and there was a further double gold from Adam Berwick in the U13 boys 100m and 200m.

The U17 men 4 x 100m relay quartet of Ed Barbour, Jack Nicholson, George White and Jack Allen removed the previous club record in this event, held since 2006, with a swift lap to take team gold.

A full list of results from the weekend can be found on

Amber Valley and Erewash Athletic Club welcomes young athletes of all abilities and experience from age 8 years.

The club’s training base is at the Rutland Sports Park, Ilkeston. with training and competition in track and field, cross country and sportshall athletics open to all.

For more information, visit the club’s website at