About Telford Athletic Club

Telford Athletic Club is a friendly club catering for members of all ages and abilities.

We host a number of popular races and events such as The Telford 10K, Sexarathon Series, Telford Games Track and Field Meeting, Wrekin Fell Race, Cardington Cracker Fell Race, Caradoc Classic Fell Race and the Stretton Skyline Fell Race. To see all events details, entry forms and past results then go to the Races & Events pages.

During the Winter months the club takes part in five popular cross country leagues details of which can be found on the Cross Country pages.

About This Web Site
This site is a repository for information about the club, our events, entry forms, results and contact details. Real time news can be found on our Blog which is kept up to date by a selection of our members who have computers...

Joining TAC
If you are interested in joining the club, to compete or just to stay fit, then feel free to come and have a chat with one of the coaches at the track side 6pm Tuesday or Thursday.
Coaches and club officials can be found in the hut.
Track is at Oakengates Leisure Centre, New Road, Wrockwardine Wood, TF2 7AB.
FAQ For Parents of children interested in joining TAC
How old does my child have to be to join Telford AC? 
9 years is the minimum age.
Who should I contact to discuss my child joining the Athletic club?
Margaret Cooper tel 01952 550805 or fbriancooper@lineone.net for juniors or Paul Sanderson 0771 534 7587 or jpsanderson_tac@hotmail.com
Does my child have to be good at athletics?
No, ability is not a requirement but enthusiasm is :-)
Will my child have to specialise in one aspect of athletics e.g sprints,middle distance,throwing?
No, in the beginning all the range of athletics are covered and your child will have the opportunity to try them all.
Does the club enter teams in league competition?
Yes, the Club has teams in various leagues in the Midlands which caters for Under11,Under13, Under15, Under17, Under 20 and Senior athletes.
Lots more information about training sessions can be found on the Training page.

Under 11 : £10 ( no need to register with England Athletics )
Juniors/concessions : £25.00 Including £12 fee to England Athletics
Seniors competing on track : £35.00 including £12 fee to England Athletics
Associate member (non competing) : £5

Latest Membership form is available on the Forms page of this site.

Applications with appropriate fee, payable to Telford AC, should be forwarded to
Verone Wilkinson
59 Canongate
FAQs For New Members
How good do I have to be to join the athletics club?
The club accepts members of any age or ability, anyone is welcome. Members must be 9 years of age or older.

I am looking for someone I have been told to see, like a coach or a selector. How do I find them?
Ask someone nearby if they know where the person is. If they don't, go to the hut (the green hut at the top of the hill) and ask the person in there where the person you are looking for is.
Who is Verone Wilkinson, and where is the hut?
When you enter the athletics track, there will be a path going up a small grass mound on your left. At the top of the short path is the hut, a green crate. In the hut is the book, which you fill in after each training session. Ask the person at the desk in the hut for Verone Willkinson, and you will be directed to her. The hut usually opens at about 6.45pm. Verone Wilkinson deals with the club memberships and sells Telford AC kit.

When does the club train?
The track is open Tuesday and Thursday, 5.30pm-8pm. Most training sessions last one hour, and most begin at 6pm. For a list of training times for individual groups, see Coach Details. The track's address is Oakengates Athletics Stadium, New Road, Wrockwardine Wood, Telford, TF2 7AB. The track is on the rear car park of the athletics stadium.

How do I know where to go for training?


Under 11s                    Margaret Cooper  Primary School (9+)  Winter- indoors, Summer- track  6pm  e:fbriancooper@lineone.net
Distance (3KM +)  XC   Colin Lancaster    London Road Track, Shrewsbury  5:50pm  e:coachcolin@hotmail.co.uk
Distance (3KM +)  XC    Paul Ward  Seniors (18+)  The Stand  6:30pm  e:paulward17@hotmail.com
High Jump                  Graham Kelcher  Any Age (9+)  High Jump  6:30pm  e:grahamkelcher@gmail.com   
Middle distance (800m-1500m) XC  Malcolm Dawes Snr.   Winter-Indoors, Summer-Track  6:00pm 
Pole Vault                   John Bradley  Any Agr (9+)  The Stand  6:00pm 
Throws                       Shaun Reynolds  Any Age (9+)  Throws Cage  6:00pm 
Sprinter(100m-400m)  Eric Cartwright   Start  6:20pm 
Sprinter(100m-400m)  Richard Rubenis  Over 18  The Stand  6:30pm

Malcolm Dawes – Endurance
Malcolm coaches middle and long distance running on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Tuesday 6:00 pm to 6:45pm on the track.
Thursday – Summer months 6:00pm- 7:00pm on track 
Winter months 6:30pm – 7:30pm Meet in the leisure centre.
Assisted on Thursdays by Derek Vaughan.

Margaret Cooper- Youngsters
Margaret trains the youngest members of the club, from 9 years old, to when they are ready to leave the group and specialise in one event, usually when they are 12 or 13. Margaret teaches the techniques of all events, from javelin, shot and the throws, to high jump, hurdling, running and long-jumping. She gives each child a taste of as many events as possible to see what they will be best at in the future.

Eric Cartwright - Junior Sprinters
Eric takes sprinters after they are promoted from Margaret Cooper’s group, usually when they are about 13. Eric trains athletes up to 17 years old. Eric concentrates on technique, giving the young athletes grounding on sprint technique which they can take with them into their seniors training. He also teaches speed, conditioning the young athletes for the training they will face at senior level. On top of this, he helps prepare the athlete mentally with useful tips on racing and how to deal with the pressure of a race.

What do the locations on the Coach Details page mean?
During the winter, some groups train indoors. This 'indoors' is often the Oakengates Leisure Centre, ask at the reception where the athletics club is training. The 'stand' for groups such as pole vault means the stand on the home straight, about 50m before the finish line. Many coaches' groups are based in there before they move to the track or field to train.

How often do I have to train?
Most groups train twice a week. Training is not compulsory, but the more you go the more familiar the coach gets with you, the more you learn and improve, and the higher your chances of being selected for competitions. When selections are considered, commitment to training can be a factor and someone who trains regularly is more likely to get picked than someone who trains once a fortnight.

What does it cost?
Training costs £1.20 to train on the track. Pay your coach or Verone in the cabin.

What do I need for training?
For kit, see KIT section. You should also bring a drink, preferably not fizzy. If you are doing a throws event, you should bring a small towel that you don't mind getting muddy. Don't drink much in one go but take sips as your body absorbs the water better, and your drink lasts much longer.

How difficult is training for...
under 14?
It is bad for youngster's bodies to do much training, so their sessions are kept relatively easy, as the club doesn't want to put them off the sport. They will have adequate breaks, and will not be pushed beyond what they are comfortable with.
As an athlete gets older, in the junior groups of secondary school age, they will have more difficult sessions but can sit out whenever they like, and have enough breaks.
over 18?
If you are new and looking to join a seniors group, our experienced coaches take the individual into account and won't make you train too hard, easing you into fitness and training. There is often a period when a senior first joins where he trains to be fit to train, before he joins in with the others in the group. Only a bad coach will push you when you want to stop, and athletes are free to stop any time.
What kit do I need?
You should always wear a t-shirt and shorts, with tracksuit top and bottoms over the top, regardless of the weather. If it is very cold you should bring warmer clothes such as a coat to go over the top as well. In the hottest summer days you can get away with no tracksuit over the top. Younger athletes can just bring trainers, but track athletes, from about 14 and above, should think about buying the relevant pair of spikes after a few training sessions. DO NOT buy spikes for a different event, as the spikes are all very different. If you don't know whether you want to do athletics or not, train for a few weeks in trainers and decide if you want to buy spikes.

Where do I buy kit?
17, Mardol

The Shrewsbury shop is owned by local runner Mo Hill, and is handily located right in the centre of Shrewsbury. Call in for friendly and expert advice on running and fitness shoes, clothing, and accessories; video gait analysis and shoe fitting, information on local races and training.

How do I get picked for competitions?
There are two types of competitions- individual and club competitions. For the club competitions, you have to be selected by the athletics club to be on the team. In individual competitions, you enter on your own. In most individual competitions, anyone can enter as long as they belong to an athletics club, but some have qualifying standards you need to get in.

How do I get selected for the club?
Each type of competition will have a different selector. For example, Charles Millar selects the team for the Junior League, and Verone Wilkinson selects the team for the BAL Cup. If you think you are good enough to compete for the club (if say you are the best under 15 javelin thrower) but haven't been selected, you can talk to the selector or speak to the junior rep (see Selector's List and Committee List)

What if I get selected and don't want to compete?
As a member of the club you are obliged to compete when asked. Unless you have a valid reason not to compete (which can include being on holiday, injury, other engagements) this may affect future selection.

How do I enter individual competitions?
Look on the athletics club Calendar for competitions, go to the website of the competition and print a selection form. There may be entrance forms in the club hut, but not for all competitions. You will have to provide your name and club, and sometimes your PB's, SB's or England Athletics number. You usually have to register for an event at least an hour before, so turn up with plenty of time in case you have to wait in a queue. Registering is when they tick your name off the register to say you are here.

What if I don't have an England Athletics number?
Every member of the club has an England Athletics number. If you don't know what yours is, contact Paul Sanderson. If it is easier, you can tell your coach or Verone Wilkinson and they can get your number for you instead.

I'm new, what do I have to do before my race on the day of a competition?
Turn up in plenty of time to register for your event (there may be big queues and you usually have to register an hour before your event) at the registration desk. The registrars will tick your name off the list and give you your number and supply you with eight safety pins. You must pin a number on the front and back of your vest (with the exception of high jump and pole vault, where you only need a number on one side) and you must use four pins for each number.

When do I need to warm up?
Take plenty of time before your race to warm up, the better your muscles are warmed up, the better you will perform, even in distance races. Even if it is a hot day, your muscles aren't warmed up. Many athletes take over an hour to warm up, and you should start your warm up at least 20 minutes before your race.

What do I do and not do in my warm up?
Stretching weakens your muscles in the short term, so don't stretch too much or you won't be as strong and they will be more likely to snap. Start off with a jog to warm up your whole body, then once you're loose start on your drills (movements specific to your event, which targets the muscles you will use the most and channels your brain into those movement patterns). After your drills, go through the motion of your event- if you are a discus thrower, pretend to throw a discus, if you are a runner, do some runs.

After you finish your warm up....
There is a second registration, just before your race at the start line or before you jump or throw at the site. All the athletes that registered for their numbers earlier will be ticked off the race list. If it doesn't say in your program or entry form when this registration is, it is usually about ten minutes before a race, so try to be ready to race before the second registration.

The Second Registration and competing
Listen out for your age group's competition. If the registrar calls out under 15 boys 800m and this is your age and event, go to the registrar and wait for them to call out your number. They will tick your number off a list and give you your lane or throw or jump order. If you are a runner, you may now go to your lane and practise starts until the whistle goes. When the whistle goes, you must stay still behind the line.

The race
You must stand two metres behind the line and the starter will shout "on your marks!". Your must get into your starting position here. If you are doing a standing start, stand relaxed at the line.
When everyone is settled in their marks, the starter will shout "get set!". Get into your set position here and stay in the set position until the gun goes. If you waver in the position, you could be called on a false start. If you are doing a standing start, put one foot forward and the opposite arm forward, for example left foot and right arm. If you are doing a crouch start, don't have your back leg straight as you can't produce power, keep it at 110-120 degrees, and keep your face looking at the ground, not up.
When the gun goes, react as quickly as possible but pace yourself for the race, don't start off sprinting if you are in a 1500m race. If you are in 400m or any distance shorter, you must stay in the lane you start in throughout the race.

I don't know any drills, and I don't know how to do starts
Your coach will teach you the drills you need to know for your event, teach you how to do the start you need for your event, and teach you the necessary techniques for your event. Telford athletics club has a coach for every discipline except for (at the moment) long jump, and this coach will teach you everything you need to compete.

What club competitions are there for...
Secondary School?
Athletes in the under 17, under 15 and under 13 age group compete in the Shropshire Young Athletes League and the National Young Athletes League. Good under 17 athletes may be picked for the National Junior League. Each league is once a month. Once a year there is the RAF Invitational for Shropshire.
Sixth Form?
Athletes in the under 20s age group (17-19), and sometimes athletes from the under 17 age group,compete in the National Junior League. The league is once a month. They may also be picked for the Midland Senior League. Once a year there is the RAF Invitational for Shropshire.
The Midland Senior League runs once a month. There is also the BAL Cup once a year, and the RAF Invitational Meeting.

What are the age groups?
The junior age groups are under 11, under 13, under 15, under 17, under 20.
The veterans age groups are over 35, over 40, over 45, over 50 etc.

What does junior and intermediate athlete mean?
In the English School's Championships, the age groups are called other things and they are sometimes informally called this in other competitions. Under 15s are sometimes called junior, under 17 are intermediate, and under 20 senior. However, young athletes age groups are under 17 and below, and the under 20 age group is often called junior. Sometimes when age groups are called out at a competition on the start line, the starter will say junior boys 200m, or intermediate boys 200m, or junior men 200m. They shouldn't call it this way, but if they do they will usually call 'boys' for under 15s and 'men' for under 20s, and the same for girls and women.

I dont understand the age groups classification.
The season officially ends on August 30. If you are 15 on August 27 2010, you are considered to be 15 throughout the 2010 season. If you are 15 a week later on September 1 2010, you are considered to be 14 for the 2010 season. The age groups are called 'under something', but unlike in football you can't be that age for that age group, you must be under the age. So if you are 15, you can't compete in the under 15 age group, you are in the under 17 age group. So if you are the athlete who is 15 on August 27 you are in the under 17 age group for the entire season, from May to September. If you are the athlete born a week later you are in the under 15 age group for the entire season. A competition held in September is still in the season of that summer, so the athlete born in September can still compete in September being 15 in the under 15 age group.
For under 20, the upper age limit is done from December 31, so you might have two years in the age group (if you are Sep-Dec) or three years (if you are Jan-Aug).

What are the standards all about?
The standards for young athletes are English School's Standard and National Standard. The English School's standard is the qualifying standard for the English School's Championships, if you reach this standard you can be selected for the competition by your county. The English School's standard is very high. The National Standard is even higher and it means you are a national level athlete if you hit this standard.
There is also a Grade 1, Grade 2 and Grade 3 standard. Grade 3 is a good club standard, Grade 2 is county standard and Grade 1 is regional standard (ie the Midlands).