News from Winchester on Saturday

A busy couple of days with the under 13 athletes at K2 on Thursday evening and the senior men and ladies team at Winchester on Saturday. It was good to see lots of under 13 athletes (and some under 11s as well) taking part in the Thursday evening match against some tough competition. I have only just got the full results and I won’t comment too fully on them for the moment. But very well done to everybody who turned up and did their very best. We finished 4th out of the 6 teams competing and we look forward to the next match on Thursday June 12th but this time at Horsham.

The senior team made an early start with the coach to Winchester leaving at 8.30 for the second league match of the season. With no great traffic on the way we arrived at the excellent facilities at Winchester at just after 10.30 to find a junior football tournament taking place in the sports field next door to the track. The men in particular had a few more athletes available than was the case in the first match with under 17s Matt Hennessy, Liam Rieley and George Martin making their first appearance – as did Sarah Hennessy and Lois Drummie for the ladies. The opposition was probably stronger than in the first match – in particular Yeovil and the home Winchester club were strong.

As so often is the case the mens hammer throw got us off to a good start with Phil Spivey (48.94 metres) and Eddie Vermeer (30.39) serving up a double first – though in the ladies hammer we again suffered from 3 no throws. And the first track event saw Sarah Killick-Bird win the 400 metres hurdles in the first of the many events she was to do during the afternoon. She later came second in the 100 hurdles with Sarah Bentley first in the B string in the shorter hurdles. Another notable first came from Ryan Spivey in the high jump. Not only did he jump a PB of 1.90 metres but it was the first time he had cleared a height over his own head height

Chloe Hollamby had her usual busy and effective afternoon – a win in the 200 metres (26.2) and 2 second places in the 100 and 400 metres. Her time of 58.9 seconds in the 400 metres beat her own under 20 club record from 2 weeks ago – and is only 0.1 seconds off the English Schools standard.

Matt Hennessy – in his first match for the senior team as I have already said – found himself unexpectedly in the long and triple jumps and then at the end of the day he volunteered for the 3000 metres steeplechase. I think he found it long and wet, but he kept going – and in the process became the first under 17 to run the 3000 steeplechase for the club – so a new club record. Will he try to go faster next time ?

Full results are on the website and we finished 4th out of the 5 teams competing – a long way behind Yeovil and Winchester, but not too far behind Horsham. Next match is on July 21st.

Coming up next weekend are the County Championships. We have more athletes than usual in the Sussex Championships at K2 and we will be looking for the boys 4 x 100 metres relay team to go a bit faster than they did last week at Gillingham. We also have Sarah Rusling and Lois Drummie in the Surrey Championships at Kingston and I expect that Lincoln Campbell will be running somewhere.

What’s happening over the next week ?

TUESDAY MAY 20th – training for all at Imberhorne School from 7

THURSDAY MAY 22nd – training for all at Imberhorne from 7

SATURDAY MAY 24th – Academy training at Imberhorne from 10.30 to 11.30

SATURDAY MAY 24th – Day 1 of County Championships

SUNDAY MAY 25th – Day 2 of County Championships



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