News from last summer with Tony Crossley and from last weekend with Ryan Spivey

Over the summer of 2014 Tony Crossley took part in the English fell-running championships for over 60s. There are 6 races spread out over the summer and athletes have to compete in at least 4 of them. And as it’s fell-running all the races are in the North of England and Tony was the only athlete from the South of England. And there’s lots of running up hills (and of course coming down).

36 athletes met the qualifying standards and Tony finished 17th overall – he might have hoped to finish in the top 10, but injuries over the 2013/14 winter meant he wasn’t quite as prepared as he would have liked to be. He took part in 5 of the 6 races.

At Pendle the race was about 4.5 miles long with climbs totalling about 1500 feet. Coniston saw nearly 9 miles of running with climbs of over 3000 feet. Next was the longest race at Ennerdale with some 22 miles of running but also some 7000 feet of climbs (much more climbing than is needed to go up Ben Nevis). Sedbergh was about 14 miles and something over 5000 feet of climbs and then to finish with what must have seemed like a short sprint at Hodder Valley – only 4 miles of running with 1500 feet of climbs. And we think the hills at East Court are hard !!!

Well done to Tony as he tries his best to represent us soft Southerners !!

And as well as looking back to last summer running up mountains I can also tell you about some more traditional athletics with Ryan Spivey getting the indoor season under way over last weekend. Ryan is now as senior man – though it doesn’t seem that long ago that he was an under 13 – and last weekend he took part in the South of England heptathlon championships at Lee Valley. The competition included a number of international athletes. On the Saturday Ryan started with the 60 metres sprint in 7.84 seconds. The 2 jumps – long jump with 5.66 metres and high jump with 1.77 metres – were quite a bit down on his previous bests but, in his first shot putt competition with the 7.26k shot, he threw a healthy 10.44 metres. On the second day of the competition Ryan started with the 60 metres hurdles (first time he has been over the senior height hurdles) in 9.57 seconds. He followed with a pole vault of 2.95 metres but he was not able to make a start in the final event of the competition, the 1000 metres.

Just a reminder that there is no training at Imberhorne over the next couple of weeks – so the Tuesday circuits group and the normal Thursday evening sessions will not meet until January 6th for circuits and January 8th for everybody. However the Sunday morning sessions at East Court continue as normal and we will also have extra Tuesday morning sessions at East Court over the school holidays.

We wish all our members a Happy Christmas and, then when we get back to work in the New Year, we can begin to get ready for the 2015 summer season.

What’s happening over the next couple of weeks ?

Tuesday December 30 – training for all at East Court from 10.30 to 11.45. Please meet at mansion by 10.25 please. Bring trainers and spikes/football boots.

Saturday January 3 – Sussex Cross-Country Championships at Bexhill. Contact Tim Ivorson if you’d like to know more.

Sunday January 4 – training at East Court from 10.30 to 11.45 or so. Arrive by 10.25 please. Bring trainers and spikes/football boots.

Tuesday January 6 –first circuits session of 2015 for invited athletes. Meet 7.25 and we will train on the track.

Thursday January 8 – indoor sprints and hurdles at Horsham from 7pm.

Thursday January 8 –first Thursday evening session of 2015 for all athletes at Imberhorne.

Saturday January 10 –firstlong/triple jump session of 2015 at Imberhorne for invited athletes. Start at 10 am with 11.30 finish. (If you would like to be part of these sessions please contact Lester Medcalf.)



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