News & recent achievements

25 July - Athletes selected for Rio
Congratulations to the following club members who have been selected for the Rio Paralympics:

Pre-selected were:
Mel Nicholls T34 400m, 800m
Hannah Cockroft (Second claim Godiva) T34 100m, 400m, 800m

Newly added are:
Kare Adenegan T34 100m, 400m, 800m (Paralympics Debut)
Ben Rowlings T34 100m, 800m (European Record Holder 800m; Paralympics Debut)
Kylie Grimes F51 Club Throw (London 2012 Paralympian in Wheelchair Rugby. Has competed at Godiva Classic)

Plus two in other sports:
Lauren Rowles Para-Rowing. Formerly GB junior / England CWG 2014. (Paralympics Debut)
Charlotte Moore Wheelchair Basketball. Former London Mini Marathon Champ. (Paralympics Debut)


Alex selected for IAAF Championships
Congratulations to Alex Farquharson on his Long Jump selection for the GB team for the forthcoming IAAF World Junior (U20) Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland from 19 to 24 July.

The selection is a just reward for his consistent performances this year which have been a considerable step up from last year. This is a great credit to his hard work and the work of his coach, Andy Vincent.

He goes to Poland as GB number one. His record for the year so far being:





The last week of June saw Coventry Godiva athletes performing in the British Championships at Birmingham and wider afield.

Alex Farquharson competing in his first GB international in Mannheim, Germany having previously set a Godiva Junior record in the Long jump of 7.70m at Bedford, recorded 7.29m to finish 4th.

On the opening night of the British Championships the Godiva Under-20 4 x 100m relay team of Jordan Leith, Josiah Hyacyinth, Morgan Amed and Lyle Sargent scored a good victory to beat Birchfield Harriers and Rugby & Northampton with a time of 43.40 to 43.78 and 45.15.

Jordan Broome was up against the cream of British sprinting and finished 7th in his 100m heat in 10.74 secs. Rowena Cole ran a good heat of the women's 800m in a time of 2:03.57 to progress to the final but found that somewhat more difficult, to finish 8th in 2:06.54

Godiva's only other contestant was Katrina Wotton in the 5000m and after an injury strewn year posted 16:11.18 to finish 12th



Whilst the the higher level competitions were in evidence Club competitions were continuing:

June 26th - UK Youth Development League (Upper Age group) at Loughborough; the team result was:
1Charnwood AC 773
2Wolverhampton & Bilston759
3Coventry Godiva Harriers536
4Tamworth AC440
5Leicester Coritanian AC428
6Team Bicester Banbury377
7Solihull & Smallheath AC340
8Bromsgrove & Redditch183

July 2nd - Midland Senior Men's and Women's League at Worcester; the team result was:
1Worcester AC396
2Telford AC339.5
3Coventry Godiva316
4Leamington C & AC315
5Bromsgrove & Redditch306
6Gloucester AC278.5
This puts the Senior team narrowly in 2nd place with one fixture to go.


28th May 2016 - Alex jumps to club record

Congratulations to Alex Farquharson who set an outstanding new pb in the Long Jump at Bedford with 7.90m. This takes him to the top of the UK U20 rankings in that event for the year and is a World Junior Championship qualifying mark. It also improves on Nick Riley's senior club record set in 1988.

10th May 2016 - Multiple successes for Jen at the Invictus Games

Congratulations to Jen Warren who won 4 silver medals at the Invictus Games in Orlando today 100m,200m,400m & 1500m (1min PB!) See her story and interviews via links on the Wheelchair News page.

24 April - Double success in London Mini-marathon

Congratulations to Kare Adenegan, who won the U/17 girls wheelchair race in 13m 40s over the final three miles as part of the London Marathon, and to our new member Zien Zhou who won the U/14 boys wheelchair race in 17m 46s. Joel James achieved a PB of 16m 06s in seventh place in the U/17 boys wheelchair race.

Meanwhile, at senior level wheelchair, Rob Smith achieved 4th place in the IPC Marathon World Cup category T51/52 in a time of 2h 12m 16s, and Gary Cooper (T53/54) achieved a time of 2h 27m 32s on his first outing.

Well done to all!

28 February - Ben extends his distance

Congratulations to wheelchair athlete Ben Rowlings, who today tried his hand at the Coventry Half-marathon - a big jump from his usual 800m. He won the event in 1h 02m 46s.


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27 February - Toby rounds off his cross-country season

Toby Spencer capped a very successful cross country season with a tremendous 10th place in the Senior National Cross Country Championships at Donnington Park. Competition at the front was intense and Toby stepped up a notch with this run. The race was won by Jonathan Hay of Aldershot Farnham and Dist. in a time of 42:09 with Toby clocking 43:39.


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14 February - Champion show, Jake

Congratulations to U/11 Jake Minshull who finished the Young Athletes Cross Country season with yet another win. This, added to his two previous wins and two second-places, made him overall winner and Champion.

10 February - Rob Smith selected for IPC Athletics Marathon World Cup

Congratulations to Rob, who will be representing GB at this event in the T52 class, held during the Virgin Money London Marathon on Sunday 24 April.
Details are available on the British Athletics Website.


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23 January - Success for our youngsters

Congratulations to Monica, Ella, Eva, Eloise, Jake, Elliott, Tyresse and Jayden who were all selected to represent Warwickshire in the West Midlands sports hall finals. They all performed brilliantly on the day. The girls team came 2nd on the day and the boys team came first, to be crowned West Midlands champions. Well done to all - you did Coventry Godiva proud.

County Cross Country Championships

Coventry Godiva Harriers had a very good day on the 9th January 2016 at the Country Cross Country Championships held at Warley Woods, Birmingham

Nine trophies in total were won, with five being team trophies.

Full results can be found on the Warwickshire Athletics website http://www.warwickshirecountyaa.co.uk/ , but to summarise:

Under 13 Girls: 2nd Freya Bennett
Team: 1st Coventry Godiva.

Under 15 Girls: 1st Holly Cherry
Team: 1st Coventry Godiva

Under 15 Boys: 2nd Jack Harrison
Team: 1st Coventry Godiva

Under 17 Women: 3rd Bethan Hinnett
Team: 1st Coventry Godiva

Under 17 Men: 1st Alex Jolly 3rd Alfie Meade
Team: 1st Coventry Godiva

Under 20 Men: 3rd Oliver Paulin
Team: 2nd Coventry Godiva

Masters Women: 1st Paula Richardson

Senior Men: 2nd Toby Spencer
Team: 1st Coventry Godiva.

Masters Men: 2nd Scott Hazell