News from Friday and Saturday matches

Another busy couple of days with the Sussex Under 15 league at Horsham on a very bright and sunny Friday evening followed by the senior mens and ladies match at Crawley’s K2 on Saturday – with 3 athletes competing in the inter-county schools match at Basingstoke.

However I can’t bring you results from Horsham as yet as we are still waiting for them. But it was a great evening with lots of our athletes there – especially the boys. I can’t remember the last time I saw 4 of our athletes in the same 1500 metres race, with 2 doing non-scoring. I’ll bring you news when I have it.

The senior match at K2 was a rather flat affair, not helped by the rather blustery wind blowing against the sprinters and the coming and going of the sun. There were 4 teams in the match – Belgrave, Chichester, Poole and ourselves – and the league really ought to have matches with 5 teams in and not 4. But Poole had only a few athletes and Chichester didn’t have many, but those they did have had to work very hard. Indeed one of their athletes – Charlie Roe – took part in 11 individual events winning 8 of them. And I suspect he did both relays as well. (And Belgrave had 2 very busy female athletes with Jodie Favell winning all 6 of her individual events and Rachel Basford winning 7 of her 8 events.)

It was good to see Hannah and Ellie Peadon competing again and they doubled up in the discus which Ellie won with 21.02 metres (and it was good to see Amanda Lord sneaking into a non-scoring triple jump). Another couple of wins came in the triple jump with Cat Shin’s 10.02 metres winning the A string and Sarah Rusling’s 9.84 metres winning the B string. Sarah also had B string wins in the long jump and the 400 metres. Sarah K-B won the opening 400 metres hurdles track event – again dipping under 70 seconds in 69.9 seconds – and was still running round in the final 2 events – the steeplechase and the long relay.

Georgina Tasker ran for us for the first time in both the 1500 and 3000 metres races – and I hope she hasn’t been scared off of them – and Gemma Hayes threw a hammer for the first time under the tutelage of Tessa Martin (who threw her hammer a very respectable 16.00 metres). Tessa also ticked off another event on her list when she got round the steeplechase. Hannah Jones and Sarah Bentley were their usual very helpful selves – not moaning about the events we asked them to do and giving of their best when competing.

For the men it was an excellent start to the meeting and an even better finish. In the 100 metres (run into the wind) Nori Ishii again showed his recent sprinting form by winning the A string in 12.1 seconds – surely worth 11.5 or so if the wind had been friendlier. He later added a few more centimetres to his triple jump with 11.40 metres and then was part of an excellent and smooth winning 4 x 100 metres relay team along with Lincoln Campbell, Ryan Spivey and Daniel Rusling in 47.0 seconds. Otherwise Ryan Spivey won the B string discus with just under 30 metres – and with 2 relay runs his hamstring injury from last week seems to be better than we feared. Dom Parker and Lee Clark worked hard in the longer races and Eddie Vermeer did 3 of the throws with the help of Lincoln Campbell and Phil Rogers. Like Gemma Hayes Phil Rogers had his first attempt at the hammer – I’ll let Gemma tell you who threw furthest.

With the points added up it was a clear win for Belgrave with 319 points. We came second with 235 and finished ahead of Chichester’s 198 points with Poole only picking up 25 points. There’s a bit of a gap to the next match. July 20th when we will go to Salisbury – by coach.

And those athletes at a very wet and windy Basingstoke for the inter-county match ? Chloe Hollamby was just beaten into second place for Sussex in the 300 metres with 41.9 seconds and Ellie Killick-Bird was closer to her best with 1.53 metres in the high jump. Lois Drummie went to the match as a non-scoring hurdler for Surrey. However the Surrey A string athlete had to drop out late on and Lois was put into the race as the B string. Both A and B strings were run together and Lois beat them all to come first. Running into a strong wind the time wasn’t great – 12.2 – but the performance was. (Incidentally at the Friday evening match at Horsham Lois won the hurdles in 11.9 seconds.)


What’s happening this week ?

Tuesday June 18th – training for all at Imberhorne from 7

Thursday June 20th – training for all at Imberhorne from 7

Saturday June 22nd – match for under 13s and under 15s (school years 6 to 9) at Erith.

Sunday June 23rd – training for school years 4 and 5 at Imberhorne from 10


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