News from the last few days

A much quieter weekend with just Chloe Hollamby and Lois Drummie in action over the weekend at the South of England Under 15 and Under 17 championships at the Julie Rose Stadium in Ashford in Kent – it did mean that I could sit down and watch the World Athletics Championships. (Where were all the spectators ? Maybe all major athletics events ought to be held in London !)

Chloe was doing both the 100 and 300 metres – the 300 heat was on Saturday with the final on Sunday, while heats and final of the 100 metres were both on Sunday. (If you’re wondering why Chloe didn’t do the 200 metres then the reason is that the heats and final were on the Saturday and didn’t fit in well with the 300 heats.) Chloe was a comfortable second in her 300 heat in a time of 42.64 seconds – and in the final on Sunday she produced a pb of 40.70 seconds (her previous best was 41.0 in the Sussex Championships in May) and this gave her an excellent third. And a new club record as well.

In the 100 metres heat Chloe came fifth in 13.36 seconds, but somehow this got her into the final which was to take place shortly after the 300 final. As you can imagine she wasn’t in the best condition for the 100 final and she came eighth in a time of 13.51 seconds.

Lois Drummie took part in the under 15 girls’ triple jump on Sunday. She produced a pb and went over 10 metres for the first time with a best of 10.17 metres for fourth place. Not only was it a pb but it was a new under 15 club record, beating the 10.06 metres jumped by Tessa Martin in 2007at Tooting Bec.

So well done to both of these girls. I think they both – along with Abby Beswick – expect to take part in the England Under 15 and Under 17 Championships in a couple of weeks at Bedford.

During last week a small group helped with the Ashurstwood Sports Day on Wednesday at the John Pears playing Field. Between them Malcolm Green, Janet Hollamby, Lester Medcalf, Lois Drummie and Cat Shin helped to organise 2 hours of various athletics activities for about 25 young boys and girls. Our thanks to them for making the event go well.

 What’s happening over the next few days ?

Tuesday August 20th – training for all at Imberhorne from 7

Thursday August 22nd – training for all at Imberhorne from 7

Bank Holiday Monday August 26th – Open Meetings at Crawley and Tonbridge


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