News from last week’s Open Meetings – where were our East Grinstead athletes ?

(This report has been updated to include details of Ryan Spivey’s decathlon in the international match at Manchester. See the third paragraph for more.)

We’ve had 3 open meetings over the last week and it was extremely disappointing that so few of our athletes took part. I can’t blame you too much for not competing last Monday at Tonbridge as it rained all day long, but Harry Durgan, Lois Drummie and Abby Beswick were there and got very wet while competing. And both Lois and Abby threw new pbs in the javelin. Then on Wednesday evening Naomi Insole was our only athlete down in Brighton – and she came away with a new pb in the long jump of 4.38 metres. Yesterday’s Open Meeting at Horsham was held in warm sunshine and yet only 2 of our athletes were there – Lois Drummie and Roisin Bell. I don’t have the results from yesterday to hand, but Roisin did the 100 and 200 metres while Lois threw the javelin even further than she did at Tonbridge on Monday with just over 31 metres.

Vicki Pellett and Abby Beswick both took part in the All England championships at Bedford over the weekend. Vicki’s best hammer throw of 39.19 metres wasn’t quite good enough to get her an extra 3 throws as she came 10th.  In Abby’s under 17 80 metres hurdles there were 3 heats with the top 2 and the 2 fastest losers going into the final. Abby was squeezed into fourth place in her heat in 11.74 seconds, the same time as the third athlete. In one of the other heats another girl had also run 11.74 seconds for third place. There was space for only one of these 11.74 girls in the final and unfortunately it wasn’t Abby. When the final was run one of the girls who had made the final didn’t start.

Ryan Spivey has been representing England in an international under 20 decathlon at Manchester against athletes representing Wales, Scotland and Ireland. We’ve become used to Ryan setting a number of new pbs during his various decathlon competitions, but in this one he was slightly below par with only one pb – 51.9 seconds in the 400 metres. Most of the other events saw him just below his best but he ended up third in the match (although a non-scoring athlete beat all the competing athletes). If Ryan had repeated the 6673 points he scored in the South of England Championships he would have come first – but his score this time was 6326 points. But nevertheless very well done to Ryan. He has one decathlon left – at the English Schools event in Boston on September 20th and 21st (Abby Beswick will be doing the under 17 heptathlon as the same meeting).

This coming weekend sees our last 2 matches of the season. On Friday evening the under 15s will be competing in their Sussex final while the under 13s will have their final on Sunday afternoon. Both these matches will take place on Brighton’s Withdean track. We wish our athletes well and hope that lots of them end the season with pbs.

And while these are our last matches of the season the following weekend – September 13th and 14th – sees the Sussex and Surrey Combined Events Championships at Sutton. There’s still time for you to enter.

What’s happening over the next few days ?

Tuesday September 2 –– training for all at Imberhorne from 7.

Thursday September 4 –training for all at Imberhorne from 7.

Friday September 5 – under 15 final at Brighton. First event at 6.15.

Saturday September 6 – last long/triple jump training session of the year. At Imberhorne from 10 to 11.30

Saturday September 6 – academy training at East Court.

Sunday September 7 – under 13 final at Brighton.

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