A good set of results for our athletes in the various Schools County Championships and we wait to see how many will be chosen to go to the English Schools Championships on July 11th and 12th in Birmingham. A particular well done to Abby Beswick in the Sussex under 17 ladies 80 metres hurdles at K2. We’ve been waiting a little while for Abby to run under 12 seconds and she came up with a winning run of 11.6 seconds just holding off Jess Breach from Chichester (in 11.7 seconds). Not only a pb, not only a new club record but also a new championship record – the previous record was set in 1969.
Vicki Pellett also came up with a new pb when her hammer went out to 42.46 metres – an improvement of 4 metres over her previous best. As this was the first time that under 15 girls have thrown the hammer in schools championships this became a new championship record. And the third athlete we have high hopes of being selected for the English Schools – Tom Dean – also came up with a new pb (and new club record) of 2 minutes 4.5 seconds for under 15 boys 800 metres. However in this case he had to settle for second place behind one of many relatively unknown athletes from private schools – and Tom was just 0.2 seconds ahead of the third placed runner and only overtook him in the final 20 metres. Perhaps all 3 of these 800 metres runners will be selected for Birmingham ?
But back to first places. As well as Abby and Vicki we also first places from Chloe Hollamby and Ryan Spivey in the oldest under 20 age-groups – although in both cases the performances won’t be good enough to get them selected for Birmingham. Chloe’s win came in the 400 metres where there were only 3 runners. Chloe won easily in 60.2 seconds. Ryan’s win came in the triple jump where he won with the last jump of the competition – 13.20 metres.
Two more medals came our way. Dan Elliott jumped a new pb of 1.55 metres for second place in the under 15 boys high jump and Harry Durgan produced another good run in the under 15 boys 1500 metres to come third in 4 minutes 46.1 seconds.
In the Surrey championships Lois Drummie was fourth in the 80 hurdles. Having come through her heat in 12.44 seconds she ran 12.27 in the final. Another of our young hurdlers produced a fifth place – Mia Russell competing in the under 15 75 metres hurdles in the Somerset Championships at Yeovil. 12.76 seconds in her heat and a touch faster at 12.73 in the final.
Back in Crawley Sarah Hennessy was sixth in the under 17 discus (16.11 metres) with twin brother Matt 7th in the boys equivalent with 24.63 metres. Amber West produced a solid 4.34 metres in the under 15 long jump, but just missed out on a further 3 jumps. Jamie Holme and Jamie Osborne were both late additions to the championships and both made the finals of their under 15 events. Jamie H running 24.8 and then 24.9 seconds in the final of the 200 metres. Jamie O perhaps shouldn’t have taken part as he was plainly unwell. 41.2 seconds in his heat of the 300 metres was OK, but in the final he simply ran out of steam after the first 100 metres and struggled to finish.
Lottie Tobin in the under 15 girls 100 metres was a bit disappointed with her heat where she recorded 13.8 seconds. She then went home without realising that she had made the final – which she consequently missed.
Last Thursday evening our under 13 athletes had their second match of the season at Horsham and it was good to see a good turn-out – especially among the girls. I don’t have the full results as yet and so can’t say too much for the moment.
This coming weekend sees another busy weekend with matches on both Saturday and Sunday. On Saturday our senior team travels to Portsmouth for their third league match of the season. (On the same day some of our successful athletes from the Championships yesterday will be representing Sussex in an inter-county schools match at K2.) Then on Sunday our under 13 and under 15 athletes have their third match of the season when we go to the Central Park track in Dartford.
And this Tuesday we have our special sprint evening in memory of John Rogers who died earlier this year. We are hoping for lots of former athletes to attend as well as our current members. There will be a £2 charge for the evening and we hope to hold a raffle as well as a range of cakes and drinks. We hope that parents will stop for the evening (and maybe one or two might like to run alongside their children ?).
What’s happening over the next week ?
TUESDAY JUNE 17th – special sprint evening in memory of John Rogers at Imberhorne Upper School. Meet by 6.30
THURSDAY JUNE 19th – training for all at Imberhorne from 7.
SATURDAY JUNE 21st – match for senior men and ladies at Portsmouth. Meet at Portsmouth track by 11.15 at latest.
SATURDAY JUNE 21st – Inter-county schools match at K2.
SUNDAY JUNE 22nd – Under 13 and under 15 match at Dartford.