News from yesterday’s schools county championships

We had a number of our athletes taking part in the various schools county championships yesterday, with most at the Sussex Championships at Crawley’s K2. As a club we have no say in who is chosen to represent their areas and there were one or two surprising omissions.

Chloe Hollamby was once again in good form, and indeed secured our only first place, in the Sussex under 17 300 metres. She already had the entry standard for the English Schools Championships to be held in Birmingham in July and finished very strongly in her race yesterday to win by about 15 metres in a time of 41.9 seconds.

Our two hurdlers, Abby Beswick and Lois Drummie, were both hoping to find a little extra in their races to get the necessary entry standard – and they suffered similar fates in that both finished third. Abby needed to record 12.1 in her under 17 80 metres hurdles race at K2 and up to the last hurdle she was one of three athletes very close together. However Abby hit the last hurdle and finished third in 12.3 seconds – the first two girls each recording 12.1 seconds. And at Kingston Lois won her under 15 75 metres hurdles heat in the Surrey Championships in 12.09 seconds, and then needing 11.8 for the entry standard, she was squeezed into third place in the final in 11.83 seconds. (Abby has another year in this age-group, while Lois will move up next year.)

Another third place came the way of Vicki Pellet in the Sussex under 15 girls shot where she produced a season’s best putt of 8.46 metres – 5 of her 6 throws were over 8 metres. She has another year in this age-group.

A couple of second places also came our way. Ellie Killick-Bird high-jumped 1.51 metres in her Sussex under 17 event, but a failure at an earlier height ultimately cost her a first place. And in Cambridge Elric Doswell was second in their under 17 triple jump with 12.28 metres.

Although out of the medals perhaps the best performance of the day came from Nori Ishii in the under 17 mens 100 metres at K2. He was second in his heat in 12.0 seconds to equal his pb, but then went quite a bit faster in 11.7 seconds for fourth place in the final.

Hannah Jones was disappointed with her run in the Sussex under 17 800 metres and I’m sorry to tell you that Ryan Spivey, hoping to find a few more centimetres into the stiff wind in the triple jump at K2, damaged his hamstring in his first jump and had to pull out. Let’s hope the injury isn’t as bad as it looked – but hamstrings take a lot of mending.


What’s happening this week ?

Tuesday June 11th – training for all at Imberhorne from 7

Wednesday June 12th – committee meeting at Imberhorne from 7.30

Thursday June 13th – training for all at Imberhorne from 7

Saturday June 15th – match for senior men and ladies at K2. Our home match.

Saturday June 15th – schools inter-county match at Basingstoke

Sunday June 16th – training for school years 4 and 5 at Imberhorne from 10


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