Last Saturday at Hastings (and now updated to include Sunday at Gillingham)


A couple of sunny warm afternoons over this last weekend with our under 13 and under 15 athletes competing at Hastings on Saturday and some of our under 17 and under 20s at Gillingham on Sunday. Full results from both matches are now on the website – look under the “Leagues” section.

The match at Hastings on Saturday saw many of our top under 15 performers continuing their good form from the County Championships over the previous weekend and this helped to push us up one place in the match when compared with the first match. It would have been even better if more under 13s had been able to attend the match – just 3 boys (Fin Gadd, Daniel O’Sullivan and Jack Sanders) and 2 girls (Hattie Doswell and Antonia Deeley).

Jamie Holme went a touch quicker in the 200 metres and won his race in 24.7 seconds, having come second in the 100 metres. Tom Dean won his 800 metres with 2 minutes 7.9 seconds – another little bit removed from his previous best – and later won the B string 300 metres (41.2 seconds) and long jump (5.07 metres). In these 2 latter events Jamie Osborne was the A string and earned 2 good second places – 40.3 seconds to equal Tom’s club record from last week’s County Champs and 5.13 metres for a new best in the long jump. Oli Stuart won comfortably in the sprint hurdles but was not under any great pressure. And the 4 lads combined again for a clear win in the relay. Next time they ought to have a go at the 4 x 300 relay as well as the 4 x 100 relay.

Harry Durgan took a big slice of just over 10 seconds off his previous week’s 1500 metres time to record 4 minutes and 45 seconds and he later did well in the shot and javelin – he had never done these events before (but he might do them again). Kiall Fellows avoided 3 no-throws in the hammer this time, but later had 3 no-throws in the discus. Jake Gadd earned a good second place in the B string 1500 metres and together with Luke Webb, Alistair Schofield and the enthusiastic Fintan Monge kept points ticking over.

In the under 13 boys events Fin Gadd (4.13 metres) and Daniel O’Sullivan (3.45 metres) were first and second in the long jump, while Jack Sanders again tried a mix of events, as did Hattie Doswell and Antonia Deeley in the under 13 girls events.

Among the girls the top performance came from Vicki Pellett in the hammer with a best throw of 36.25  metres – her second throw just touched the white line and was measured at over 40 metres, but was of course a no-throw. Mia Russell’s 12.8 seconds in the sprint hurdles and Lottie Tobin’s 13.2 seconds 100 metres run were also excellent performances. Lizzie Aronson is clearly benefiting from some solid work over the winter with further improvements in the shot and, especially, the discus – she may soon overtake Vicki in the discus. Naomi Insole competed in the Sussex Schools Combined Events championships during the week and then ran a strong 300 metres race at Hastings in 46.7 seconds. Amber West long-jumped a solid 4.14 metres and Emmie van Lieshout took some more off her previous best in the 200 metres. Maisie Gadd made it three Gadds for the afternoon with a good high jump. Hannah Sands and Tara Deeley also earned good points and Tara tried the javelin for the first time. She will probably be surprised to know that she is now the holder of the club’s under 15 javelin record with the new 500 grammes javelin.

The under 13/15 team’s next match will be on Sunday June 22nd at Dartford.

Onto the under 17 and under 20 match at Gillingham on Sunday. It was a rather quiet and flat match without too many athletes – I guess exams took their toll. For example we were judging the male hammer throw. We had only 5 athletes in total (there would be 21 in the unlikely event of each club fielding full teams) and none threw the hammer far enough to get an extra 3 throws – so it lasted about 15 minutes.

We are part of a joint team together with Lewes and Haywards Heath and we go under the name of Team Sussex. We were only able to provide one male athlete – Ewan Dallas who produced a PB in the 800 metres with a time of just over 2 minutes and 13 seconds – but we did better with female athletes with 6 young East Grinstead ladies taking part. While our athletes produced a number of first and second places there weren’t too many pbs – indeed I think 3 of the pbs came from athletes making their first attempt at an event.

Lois Drummie attempted the 300 metres hurdles for the first time, coming second in a very respectable 49.4 seconds (which beat the club record set by Chloe Hollamby a couple of years ago). Now that Lois knows that she won’t die at the end of the race perhaps she’ll be a little more aggressive next time and run even faster. Lois also won the shorter sprint hurdles, though in a not especially fast time.  Sarah Bentley tackled the 100 metres and the discus for the first time – and a throw of 15.58 metres is a useful start. She also equalled her previous best of 20.3 seconds in the 100 metres hurdles.

Sarah Rusling was the other pb with a throw of over 20 metres in the javelin – I think her 20.58 was her first ever throw over 20 ? She also earned first places in the A string triple jump (10.15 metres) and B string long jump (4.83 metres). Abby Beswick was close to her best in the 200 metres with 26.4 seconds, and backed this up with second places in the 100 (13.1) and long jump (4.94 off the wrong take-off leg). The long jump competition was notable for a winning jump by an under 17 of 5.78 metres – Diana Adegoke – second best outdoor long jump by an under 17 this year. And she lost 20 centimetres or so by not getting her backside through when she landed

Chloe Hollamby was not quite at her best – still with the remnants of the cold that stopped her competing at the Sussex Championships – but won both of her under 20 200 and 400 metres races. Georgia Volrath-Dale was close to her best with a 3k hammer throw of 27.84 metres and then putt the 3k shot 7.36 metres. In the last match Georgia took on the steeplechase and in this match she decided to have a go at the high jump – but the starting height of 1.25 metres proved just a bit too high for her.

The Under 17/20 team’s next match is on Sunday June 29th at Ashford in Kent.


What’s happening over the next week ?

TUESDAY JUNE 3rd – training for all at Imberhorne School from 7

THURSDAY JUNE 5th – training for all at Imberhorne from 7

FRIDAY JUNE 6th – Under 15 evening match at Horsham. Hammer and pole vault at 6, other events from 7

SUNDAY JUNE 8th – long/triple jump session at Imberhorne for invited athletes from 10 to 11.30

SUNDAY JUNE 8th – Academy at Imberhorne from 10.30


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