National Indoor Champion – Holly Mills

Holly Mills’ impressive early season indoor form continued last weekend when she was crowned the England Athletics National Indoor U17 Long Jump Champion at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield. Holly’s winning jump of 6.02m made her only the 4th bottom age female athlete to jump in excess of 6 metres and currently ranks Holly 9th in the world in the U17 age group and she still has another year in the age category.

Click for OptionsDespite having moved up to the U17 age group Holly was hopeful of a medal having won the U15 title last year plus she was ranked No.1 in the UK going into the event having won the South of England Indoor Championships in January with a PB jump of 5.91m. Competition was going to be tough though with last year’s U17 runner up Eleanor Broome, who had a PB of 5.93m, plus last year’s other U15 medallists in the 18 strong field.

Holly was drawn to jump immediately after Broome and having seen her opponent open with a jump of 5.74m Holly responded with 5.86m to take the lead in the competition. Neither athlete improved on these jumps in round two but Holly extended her lead at the halfway stage of the competition with a jump of 5.88m. The top eight athletes remaining in the competition then had a further three jumps to decide the medals.

There was no further improvement in round four from the leading duo of Holly and Broome who produced jumps of 5.79m and 5.74m respectively. However, in round five Broome closed the gap on Holly with a jump of 5.83m and with Lucy Hadaway also jumping 5.83m Holly needed a big jump to consolidate her position. Thriving on the competition and in determined mood Holly then produced her biggest ever and Championship winning jump of 6.02m to further extend her lead going into the last round. The final round saw Holly finish with another good jump of 5.90m whilst Hadaway move into second place with a 5.90m jump with Broome finishing third with a best of 5.83m. A great result for Holly and one that bodes well for the forthcoming summer season.

Holly was also in action the following day on the track in the 60m Hurdles where she had set herself a goal of reaching the final. With 50 athletes entered Holly was in the first of seven heats where she produced a new PB run of 8.79 in winning the heat to progress to the semi finals. Holly was in the third semi final and produced an improved PB performance of 8.70 to take her through to the final.

Holly was the only bottom age athlete in the final line up and with all the finalists posting good times in the semi finals this was going to be a close final. This proved to be the case with Holly taking 5th place in a four-way photo for 2nd place in yet another PB time of 8.66 behind the winning time of 8.51, with only 4 one hundredths separating 2nd and 5th place. This was a great performance by Holly as she improved her PB time by half a second since the start of the year.

Holly will now be focusing her attention on the forthcoming track and field season where she is looking forward to competing with senior athletes in the Southern League for Andover, whilst also competing in the Premier Division of the Youth Development League with current national champions Blackheath and Bromley AC.

There was one other Andover athlete competing at these Championships with Amy Jaramazovic taking part in the U20W 400m. With several of the leading athletes in the UK in the competition Amy knew that she would need a good run to reach the final. A 4th place finish in her heat was not enough to make the final, however, she was happy with her time of 57.61 as this was a new PB and an improvement of over a second since the start of the year. Again a performance that bodes well for the track season ahead.

Two South of England Indoor Titles for Holly

Holly Mills was in Gold Medal form at the weekend as she claimed two U17W titles and two club records at the South of England Indoor Athletic Championships at Lee Valley Athletic Centre.

View Holly Mills.JPG in slide showOn day one Holly was competing in the Long Jump and having just moved up an age group was one of the youngest athletes in the competition. Despite this she was still one of the favourites for the title following a successful 2014 season where she had finished ranked No.1 U15G in the UK.

Holly got off to a good start in round one posting the longest jump of 5.57m, and in round two she went and bettered this with a new PB of 5.83m. Another 5.57m jump in round three was followed by Holly’s longest ever jump as she leapt out to 5.91m. A no jump in round five followed by a jump of 5.86m in round six completed the competition as Mills took the title with a winning margin of 64cms. Also competing in the Long Jump was Jasmine McClutchie who put in a good series of jumps to finish in 8th place with a best of 4.59m

On day two Mills was in action in the 60mH and had set herself a goal of reaching the final. However, things did not look good for Mills as in her heat she struggled with her hurdling as she hurdled off her wrong lead leg. She still managed to finish the race in 2nd place to secure a spot in the semi final. With only 45 mins to the next race Mills worked on her block set up and a change in feet placings seemed to do the trick as she ran a much better race to finish 2nd in a new PB time of 9.05 behind the favourite for the event Sophie Ellis (9.01). In the final Mills was drawn alongside Ellis and a good start saw Mills lead to the first hurdle. This was a lead she would not relinquish and with both girls putting in strong finishes off the final hurdle Mills held on from the fast finishing Ellis to claim the title in a new PB time of 8.95 with Ellis just behind in 9.0.

Andover’s strong U17W squad was also represented on the track at these championships by Jasmine McClutchie, Lizzie Butler-Clack and Darcie Henderson. In addition to the Long Jump,  McClutchie was competing in the 60m where she produced a PB equalling run of 8.16 in finishing 2nd in her heat and followed this with another good run of 8.17 in the semi final. Butler-Clack was also in action in the 60m where she also finished 2nd in her heat in a time of 8.23 and then produced another solid run of 8.24 in the semi final. Unfortunately, both girls times were not sufficient to make the final but they both showed good early season form.

Henderson was in action in the 300m, an event in which she has had limited experience, particularly on the tight indoor track. Despite this she produced a fine run in finishing 2nd in her heat with a new PB of 43.39. With just over an hour to the semi final there was little time to fully recover and this was evident as Henderson finished the race in 4th position in a time of 44.37 to miss out on a place in the final line up.

Road Runners – Pub Meal

Start 2015 with a meal at the Chalk Hill Blue

Come along and bring your partners to this social event with a friendly crowd

Friday, 16th January at 7.30 pm

Hawker Siddeley Way, Andover, SP11 8BF

It’s on the Andover Business Park just off the A303 at Hundred Acre roundabout

Add your names to the list at the Club

Andover & Overton Sportshall

Match 2 – Andover

Under 13 Girls

Andover Leisure Centre hosted match 2 of the Sportshall league with clubs from Southampton, Portsmouth, Winchester, Havant & Aldershot competing.  Despite the superior size of these clubs, little old Andover & Overton fielded a strong team made up new stars to Sportshall and seasoned veterans. For three of the girls, Ella, Alicia and Emile it was their first attempt at Sportshall.


Clara Nicholls, Ella Dobson, Caitlin Wiseman, Sarah Brett, Amelia Cairns, Alicia Matthews
Molly Wateridge, Emile Ivonciute

The track events started with a 2 lap sprint, Caitlin (28.8) and Amelia (28.0) secured a strong scoring start in 6th place whilst Alicia (29.6) & Molly (27.8) & Emile (32.1) contested as non scorers

Next up, the 4 lap sprint saw Ella (60.9) & Clara (64.5) finish in 4th place with Zara (66.9) competing as a non scorer

ImageIn the 6 lap time trial Sarah (90.7) & Alicia (100.5) finished third with Sarah recording the fastest time overall.

In the 4 x 2 relay Ella, Clara, Amelia & Zara finished in 6th place whilst in the 8 lap Parlauf relay Sarah & Molly were triumphant winners.

The field events were next where Caitlin (1.75m) & Alicia (1.64m) came 6th in the long jump with Ella (1.79m) as a non scorer.





Caitlin in the 2 lap sprint



In the vertical jump Ella (40) & Molly (49) did brilliantly in joint third place with Alicia (44) as a non scorer.

The Triple jump saw Molly (6.16) & Zara (5.46) finish a fantastic third with Emile (4.56) as a non scorer.

In the speed bounce Amelia (68) & Sarah (70) finished fourth with Clara (56) & Zara (65) as non scorers.

Finally in the shot put with Caitlin (5.33m) and Clara (4.99m) finished in 7th place.

The girls should be very proud of their achievements, the Sportshall league is all about team work, performing together and having a good time



Southampton Storm

10 + 10



City of Portsmouth (P)

9 + 9



Andover & Overton

8 + 6.5



Winchester & District

6 + 8



Southampton Thunder

7 + 6.5



City of Portsmouth (C)

5 + 5



Southampton Hurricanes

4 + 4




3 + 2



Aldershot, Farnham & District

0 + 3



Runners from Andover Athletic Club competed in November’s Hampshire Road Race League events. They were amongst 499 who completed the Lordshill 10 mile road race, mostly through peaceful scenic countryside, and 1604 who completed a new Gosport half marathon route, mostly along the sea front at Lee-On-Solent with many supporters and a band to cheer them on. Running conditions were good during both races, despite earlier heavy rain.

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Photo courtesy Paul Hammond

At Lordshill Kay Noyce led the ladies home in 1 hour 10 minutes and 9 seconds (1:10:09 and 5th in age category) followed by Caroline Bennett in 1:29:16. Matt Dewey led the men’s team home with a PB of 57:57, followed by Dougie Brisco (1:02:53, first over 60 and a new club record), Rob Cliffe (1:03:12 and third over 50), Archie McKellar (1:03:46, third junior and club record), Chris Dewey (1:03:50) and Tim Bennett (1:12:20).

At Gosport Matt Dewey again led the men’s team home with a PB of 1:15:15, followed by Dougie Brisco (1:22:58, first over 60 and a new club record), Chris Dewey (1:24:36), Rob Cliffe (1:30:29) and Tim Bennett (1:34:02). The ladies’ team was led home by Janey Parker (1:52:38), followed by Caroline Bennett (1:59:47) and Janice Cook (2:04:52).

Andover AC ladies are ninth in division 2 of the Hampshire Road Race League and the men’s team is second in division 2. Training, based at the clubhouse near the Charlton Athletic track, is at 6 pm on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. The next league event is the Stubbington 10K on 18th January.

Goodwood – Hampshire Cross Country League

Goodwood – Match 2
Hampshire Cross Country League

A small contingent of athletes made the journey to glorious Goodwood for the second round of the Hampshire Cross Country League. The hilly course is very exposed and the extreme wind made conditions tough for even the fittest.

First off the start line was the Under 13 girls team, all three athletes improved on their previous outing. The team was led home by a hardworking and tired Sarah Brett in 16th followed by Alisia Matthews 55th and Hannah Craggs 71st.

Star of the day was Lizzie Ball in her first ever outing over the cross country for the club. With limited long distance training under her belt this course was to feel like a marathon to her in the Under 15 girl’s race. She set off sensibly, maintained her position in the field and a fast finish secured her 71st, having recovered from her efforts she was able to take a lot of pride from her efforts.

Sole Under 15 boy was Jared Rolfe who was determined to outperform his last race. He set off quickly and this confident start put him in a big pack out of the strong wind. This tactic saw him better placed to work hard throughout race and improve his finish by an amazing 12 places in 27th. Jared is currently bottom of his age group and the manner in which he is now racing bodes well for his future.

Ben Reed and Archie McKellar in the Under 17 men’s race had a domestic battle tracking each other throughout the course. Ben who knew a good start was needed started by leading the battle but Archie was not going to make life easy for him. After several pushes Archie finally was victorious in 23rd and two seconds behind was Ben 24th.

Last race of the day was the Senior and Veteran Men’s race by which time the rain was beginning to set in making the temperature drop tremendously. Chris Neil despite a cold in the week that was affecting his asthma set out in a resolute manner and gave his all, his exertion resulted in an improvement from 40th in his last outing to 33rd this time around. Chris Dewey was the first Andover Veteran to cross the line 13th vet in an overall position of 77th. The undaunted Dougie Brisco was the 1st over 60 year old home in the field proving age is no hindrance to enjoyment in this sport; his overall placing was 81st thirteen places higher than his previous outing.

London Marathon 2015

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Jean has once again secured two places for Andover AC members. If you wish to be entered in the club draw for one of these entries, please complete the form HERE. Your request must be submitted by 30th November.

Andover Family Fireworks & Mile Fun Runs

Andover Family Fireworks, Saturday, 8th November 2014

This year’s Andover Family Fireworks is again being held at the Charlton Sports Centre, on West Portway Industrial Estate. This will be a fun filled night full of entertainment for all the family with the gates opening at 5.30PM.

A new innovation for 2014 will be a charity athletics event organized by the Andover Athletic Club. A series of one mile fun runs will be held on the athletics track, and everyone is encouraged to come and have a go, no matter what your sporting ability. Many will run for their chosen charity, and the last races will be for athletes affiliated to Andover Athletic Club, that showcases the athletic talents of these athletes.

There will be entertainment for all leading up to the fireworks event that starts around 8pm. The ‘Rookies’ music group will be the headline act again and will be amply supported by The Groove Room, a funk based band from Southampton

The Middle Wallop Military Wives Choir will be performing for the first time at this event.

There will be a demonstration of Zumba dancing with an opportunity for audience participation.

Walls Funfair are again providing a full choice of entertainment including a mini ferris wheel, carousel ride, mirror maze as well as a host of food and drink stalls, including roast chestnuts and toasted marshmallows.

Merlin Fireworks have again been contracted to provide the centrepiece of the evening, bigger and better than ever. The format has been changed to reflect the feedback following last years event.

Ticket prices are being maintained at the same level for the 3rd year running.

For Entry on the night tickets for a family of 4 are £20 (2+2 under 16). Individual tickets are Adult £6 and Children £5.

Advance Tickets are £15 for a family ticket, £5 Adult and £4 Children.

These can be purchased from The Foyer of Andover Leisure Centre, Ben’s Quality Cleaners, Crisp and Dry Cleaners (Weyhill Road) and the reception desk at The Lights Theatre.

A Family Ticket bought in advance will save £5 on the gate price on the night.

There is no charge for children under 3!

As this is a charity event all profits will be distributed to local Andover Charities.

The event this year will be produced and managed by Anton Rotary Club.

The event in 2014 is made possible thanks to the kind support of BELVOIR! Estate Agents.

Partnership Blossoms for U13 Girls

Andover & Overton Sportshall Partnership Blossoms for U13 Girls

The newly amalgamated Andover & Overton Sportshall team reaped the benefits of joining forces as the U13 girls finished 3rd in a highly competitive league against 9 other clubs. Despite there being sixteen under 13 girls on the Andover club register only 3 stood up to compete, but with amazing results.

First track event was the 2 lap race, where Andover initiates Jessica Robinson (23.8 secs) & Caitlin Wiseman (25.1 secs) finished in 4th place. Next in the 4 lap were Overton girls Zara Crapper (56.1 secs) & Georgia Vallis (57.6 secs) who came in 7th. The 6 lap time trial saw Andover’s Sarah Brett (79.5 secs) & Overton’s Molly Wateridge (83.9 secs) finish second, Sarah’s time second fastest by .2 second.

The field events were next, in the standing long jump Sarah (2.06m) & Jessica (2.04m) finished second. Again Sarah’s jump second longest and Jessica’s third, made even more impressive by 2 no jumps before Jess nailed her third. In the Vertical jump Molly (53cm) & Caitlin (45cm) finished in 3rd, with Molly recording the 3rd highest leap. The triple jump saw Molly (6.17m) & Jessica (5.88m) finish in second, Molly again third highest scorer. The speed bounce had Georgia (78) and Sarah (75) finish second, Georgia recording the 3rd highest score and Sarah the 4th . The final field event was the shot put, where Georgia (4.48m) & Zara (4.89m) finished in 7th.

The final track events started with the 4 x 2 laps relay with Zara, Georgia, Caitlin & Jessica finishing in 7th position. Finally Molly & Sarah finished in a gnats whisker second in the 8 lap Parlauf Relay.

Although individual performances matter it’s the collective points which decide the team outcome. The girls deserve a big “Thank you” for giving it their all, and a bigger well done for competing in all the events.

The second of only four Sportshall events is at Andover Leisure Centre on Sunday 23rd November. Your team needs you!

Also competing were the U11 girls who finished in a great 4th place out of 9 teams, comprising of Erin Pinchbeck, Becky Phelps, Amelia Gray, Sophie Rowe, Victoria Goldsmith, Jess Wateridge. Notable performances from Amelia Gray 4th in triple jump, Jess Wateridge 2nd in vertical jump and 1st in chest push, Sophie Rowe second in speed bounce & Erin Pinchbeck 4th in speed bounce & 5th fastest in 1 lap.

The U11 boys also finished in a superb 4th place out of 7 teams and comprised of Aidan Johnson, Matthew Johnson, Josh Martin, Joseph Goldsmith, Alex Wardle, Mackenzie Evison, William McDermott & Jago Evison. Notable performances from William McDermott, 2nd in the speed bounce, Mackenzie Evison 3rd in vertical jump.

Hampshire Cross Country League – Match 1 Farley Mount

Farley Mount was the venue for the first cross country event of the season for Andover Athletic Club. An undulating and wet course awaited all the nervous athletes itching to get their first race under way. The start of each race is always fast due to a bottle neck being only 100 metres away from the gun and then it is straight into the longest climb of the course, the older athletes completing many circuits over are always pleased when they reach the summit for the last time.

The youngsters always compete first and the Under 13 girls fielding a full team were spearheaded by Sarah Brett in 19th place who battled with stitch part way round so was pleased with her finish, next came newcomer Alicia Matthews in 66th and Hannah Craggs in 83rd.

The Under 13s boys fielded Myles Rolfe who showed his strength with a blistering start and hung on for 37th and a delighted Taylor Anstie who is only just 11 years old beating many older athletes for a fine 19th position.

In the next boys age group Under 15 Jared Rolfe again new to the age group and running against much older athletes finished strongly in 36th place.

Next out where the Under 17 mens team made up of Jacob Platt, Archie McKellar and Ben Reed. Archie postioned himself well at the start in mid pack whilst Jacob and Ben found themselves pushed out to the rear. Archie was able to run the race at a well judged pace whilst his team mates had the harder job of picking off athletes to make up ground. Jacob known for his speed on the track rapidly covered lost terrain and a supersonic sprint finish saw him overtake his team mate Archie on the line placing them 16th and 17th, with Ben following in 31st. Such is the determination of these young runners all to achieve even better results at the next match.

Andover’s senior ladies were back out in force, trying to emulate their success in the road race league but in the mud and mire that is cross country. First home was Kay Noyce in a fantastic 52nd position (17th vet), followed by a beaming Janie Parker in 96th (41st vet), rounding up the vets team in 111th (49th vet) Caroline Bennett. Returning to the club after a few years out in the wilderness was Carrie Power in 114th. The results put Andover women in a respectable 16th position overall and 9th in the veteran league.

The mens team were also out in force, with the talented Chris Neil flying around the 4 lap course to finish 40th overall. Next home was Steve Brett in 76th (14th vet) followed by Dougie Brisco in 94th (20th vet and brilliantly first over 60!). New to the club was Ben Lewis with a strong debut performance in 126th. After being gently coaxed into competing by his team mates, Tim Bennett finished in 161st, with James Coney rounding up the men’s team in 197th. The results put the mens team in 4th place in division 2, whilst the newly promoted veteran team sit in a respectable 7th place in division 1.

Next fixture is Saturday 8th November 2014 at Goodwood, Chichester.