Minithon success for future stars

Dacorum & Tring AC hosted its inaugural minithon for the youngest athletes within the club.

The highly successful Saturday course has been running for nearly two years and has seen some youngsters move to the main club groups and have success this year in the various competitions.

The coaching team headed up by Petra Carroll wanted our youngest athletes to experience a competitive environment and decided to host a minithon where they all took part in long jump and chose a throw and track event, with points being awarded for their performances.

The heat of the sun was matched with some blistering performances and the enthusiasm was outstanding. A very supportive and encouraging atmosphere was created by parents; the athletes committed 100% to all of their events and seemed to relish the competition environment even with the coaches and helpers melting in the heat.

Milly handed out medals and certificates to the young athletes

The athletes were lucky enough to have someone to inspire the athletes of the future. In addition to coach and current athlete Shaun Wall, one of our extremely talented U17 athletes, Milly Gall, was on hand to present the medals to the youngsters. Milly has had a very successful season in 2017, winning gold in the English Schools Championships, a bronze in the National Indoor Pentathlon and ranked #1 in the country in Long Jump and top-10 in 75m Hurdles and Pentathlon.

The medals were awarded as follows:


Isaac Barringer
Sam Heffernan
Marfa Laumets
George O’Brien


Ben Cresswell
Saffron Harding
Oliver Hunter
Xavier Niedziedzki
Ciara O’ Brien
Neve Tyson
Reece Wall


Chloe Bett
Tom Conway
Joshua Moody
Jack Rogers
Scotty Sawyers
Kasey Tyson
Aaron Wall

Four of our athletes were unable to attend the main event, so an additional day was put on for them and the results were

James Cummings GOLD
Angelina Ambridge BRONZE
Lyla Johnson BRONZE

It was a fun session with lots of games including buckets of water and water balloons, and culminated with a water fight, which I think was the highlight for the kids trying to get their coaches wet!

Thanks to Beth Moody who seemed to get the wettest trying to fill the water balloons before the games began!

Huge thanks to regular coaches Shaun Wall and Zoe Carroll for their continued involvement in this group. Also thank you to Coach Amber Carroll who, when not at university, developed the scoring system and assisted with the planning of this event.

I am also very grateful for D&T athletes Rhys Rowlands, Louis Jackson, Alex Jackson and Beth Moody who kindly volunteered to assist with the officiating for the morning.

The success of this year’s event means it will be a regular calendar feature for the future.

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About Catherine Davies

Catherine has been an active member of Dacorum & Tring AC Road Runners since 2007, and her three children have all passed through Mike Dunphy's Middle Distance squad.