News from the Sussex County Championships

A busy and successful couple of days at this weekend’s County Championships. We had more athletes competing than has been the case for a few years and the number of medals which our athletes won at K2 was the highest for some time. Of course not all of our athletes were expecting to win medals – some went mainly for the experience with next year perhaps more in mind. As so often seems to be the case at K2 the wind came and went (as did the rain on Saturday) but more often than not the wind was blowing against the sprinters and sprint hurdlers.

Perhaps the best performance of the 2 days came at about 5 o’clock on Saturday afternoon when the under 15 boys 4 x 100 metres relay team sped round the track for a clear win in a great time of 48.9 seconds and a new club record. Oli Stuart gave us the lead on the first leg and Tom Dean, Jamie Osborne and Jamie Holme built on it to bring us home. (The girls under 15 relay team on the Sunday afternoon – with 3 first year under 15s in it – were not expected to repeat this performance but their run in 55.4 seconds earned them a very good fifth place.)

Abby Beswick entered 5 under 17 events over the 2 days and earned medals in 4 of them. On Saturday she had a straight final in the 80 metres hurdles and won in a new pb of 12.1 seconds – the English Schools entry standard. With a kinder wind she might have gone under 12 seconds. The same day she ran in the 100 metres. She won her heat in 12.9 seconds and, in a close finish, just sneaked second place in the final in 13.0 seconds. Then on Sunday she came back for another 3 events. An early start with a 200 metres heat which she won in 27.2 seconds was followed by a very busy 90 minutes in the afternoon. The long jump saw Abby no jumping a number of times but her best jump of 4.88 metres (from behind the board) gave her another second place. From there over to the 200 metres final where she just lost out on a medal with a fourth place in 27.3 seconds. And as soon as that was done she went to the javelin for her fourth medal as she finished third with 24.89 metres.

Tom Dean also had a busy weekend with 4 individual under 15 events over the 2 days. On Saturday he started with the 800 metres. He led the race from the start and held off a fierce challenge from the second athlete to win by 3 or 4 yards. However Tom was then disqualified for breaking too early at the end of the first bend – a horrible thing to happen. He showed great strength of character by going to compete in the long jump 15 minutes later. Here a couple of mediocre jumps didn’t look too good before a third jump – a pb of 5.36 metres – put him in front. Further improvements to over 5.40 and then 5.53 metres with his last jump gave him a clear win. Then on Sunday he returned for the 300 metres for a second place in 40.3 seconds and another second place with a pb in the high jump of 1.54 metres.  All this plus the sprint relay.

Jamie Holme and Jamie Osborne did both the under 15 sprints as well as the relay and Jamie H came home with 2 third places – 24.9 seconds in the 200 and 12.3 in the 100. Again the wind wasn’t very helpful. Jamie Osborne made the final of both sprints.

In addition to Abby’s hurdling success we had further medals in the other sprint hurdles. Ryan Spivey won the under 20 110 metres hurdles in a new club record of 15.7 seconds – beating his own club record of 15.8 seconds which he did three times last year. Mia Russell brought home third place in the under 15 girls 75 metres race and Oli Stuart added to his relay medal with second place in the under 15 boys 80 metres hurdles. Both Mia and Oli will still be under 15s next year. Ryan also earned a couple more medals. On Saturday he won the under 20 javelin with 47.77 metre and he came back on Sunday to take second place in the high jump with 1.85 metres.

In the heavy throws our hammer throwers were doing well. On Saturday Phil Spivey was very much the senior citizen in the senior mens event – a throw of 49.01 metres brought him a good third place. And then on Sunday we had another couple of second places in the female hammer throws. In the under 15 event Vicki Pellett was second with a big improvement to 38.18 metres, a long way over the English Schools entry standard, and Georgia Volrath-Dale also threw a pb of 28.59 metres for second place in the under 17 girls event. Vicki had also come third in the shot on Saturday, though she found the wet conditions difficult.

Among other performances it was good to see Harry Durgan making his under 15 1500 metres into a proper race. He went off strongly and stretched the field out. He couldn’t quite maintain the pace but a fifth place was a good performance in a big field.

From the Surrey Championships we had Sarah Rusling and Lois Drummie competing. Best performance came from Sarah in her under 20 triple jump where she was third with 10.40 metres.

We will put the full results up on the website when we get final confirmed details. But I’ll end by saying how good it was to see so many of our athletes taking part – well done to everyone who wore the blue and yellow vest. It’s also appropriate to thank those club members who helped in the judging over the weekend. Stella Gamble and Jenny Medcalf timekeeping on Saturday with Malcolm Green, Lester Medcalf, Teri Pellett and Vicki Pellett (in between her events) helping to judge the field events.

We continue to have a busy few days. Although it is half-term week we will be training on Tuesday and Thursday evening. On Wednesday we have, I think, 3 athletes at the Sussex Schools Combined Events Championships at Brighton – Abby and Tom keeping busy again, along with Naomi Insole. Then next weekend we have an under 13 and under 15 match in Hastings on Saturday and the next day the under 17 and under 20s are at Gillingham. Lots to look forward to.

 What’s happening over the next week ?

TUESDAY MAY 27th – training for all at Imberhorne School from 7

WEDNESDAY MAY 28th Sussex Schools Combined Events at Brighton from 12

THURSDAY MAY 29th – training for all at Imberhorne from 7

SATURDAY MAY 31st – under 13 and under 15 match at Hastings

SUNDAY JUNE 1st – under 17 and under 20 match at Gillingham



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