Weekend news

A windy Saturday at Erith – but with, thank goodness, very little rain – saw the under 13 and under 15 athletes take part in the third league match of the season. The results have not yet reached us and so I can’t say too much for the time being. However a couple of points stand out – one good and one bad:

a) there were a lot of pbs for our athletes, especially in the throws. I’ll tell you more when we get the full results.

b) yet again we simply didn’t have enough athletes competing. This time it was especially bad for the boys. The under 13s were very badly-represented with just 3 boys – Oli Stuart, Scott Shephard and Alistair Schofield – this after we had about 10 boys for the first match. And after the large number of under 15 boys at last Friday evening’s match there were a  number missing from Saturday’s match.

However I can bring you news from the schools inter-county combined events match that took place at K2 over the weekend. Ryan Spivey was busy representing Sussex in the senior boys decathlon on both days. The 10 event competition normally starts with 2 of his less strong events but finishes with 2 of his strongest events – and this was no different. On Saturday he started with 12.3 seconds for the 100 metres before long-jumping 5.88 metres. The 6k shot went out to 11.72 metres and was followed by a 1.86 metres high jump. The last event of the first day saw the 400 metres where Ryan went round in a new pb of 52.5 seconds. Day 2 started with the 110 metres hurdles where for the third time this season he did 15.8 seconds. A pb in the discus with 35.64 metres was followed by a 3.10 metres pole vault. By this time Ryan was fourth with his 2 strongest events to come. A new pb (by 11 centimetres) of 48.53 metres in the javelin was followed by a strong 1500 metres run (with nobody pushing him) in 4 minutes 35.3 seconds. These last 2 events pushed Ryan up to an excellent second place with 6038 points – and a place at the end of season English Schools Combined Events Championships.

Lois Drummie was also taking part in the same combined events match, this time for Surrey in the under 15 girls pentathlon – 5 events held on Sunday. Those at training last Thursday evening will be aware that Lois fell when hurdling and hurt her left shoulder and arm. And though she did all 5 events she was clearly struggling with the arm, especially when she fell on it in the high jump – so she was not really at her best. 12.3 seconds in the sprint hurdles, 6.50 metres in the shot, 1.45 metres in the high jump – though she had to withdraw after falling on her arm – 4.57 metres from way behind the board in the long jump and 2 minutes 57.5 seconds in the event she dislikes – the 800 metres. All for a score of 2345 points.


What’s happening this week ?

Tuesday June 25th – training for all at Imberhorne from 7

Thursday June 27th – under 13 match at Horsham. Meet at Horsham by 6.15

Thursday June 27th – training for all except under 13s at Imberhorne from 7

Sunday June 30th – training for school years 4 and 5 at Imberhorne from 10

Sunday June 30th – match for under 17s and under 20s at Sutton Valence

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