News of the under 13s on Tuesday evening

Last Tuesday evening at K2 with the under 13s

An excellent turn-out from the club’s under 13 athletes last Tuesday evening at K2. The boys were able to fill all 10 of their events – both A and B strings – while the girls had only one gap with no B string in the 1000 metres.

And it was the longer races that, for once, proved to be our strong point. For the boys Callum Stone (3 minutes 14.2 seconds)  came an excellent second in the 1000 metres A string where the Worthing athlete was just a bit too strong for him (with Danny O’Sullivan third in the B string). In the shorter 600 metres run Ben Aubrey also came second in the A string with 1 minute 52.9 seconds.

But the girls did even better. In the 600 metres Erin Harnett ran a strong finishing lap to come home first in a new under 13 club record of 1 minute 50.8 seconds while about 14 seconds behind her Izzy Sims made it a double first by winning the B string. The 1000 metres saw Antonia Deeley taking the lead just after the bell and, despite one or two anxious looks behind, she held the lead to come home first in 3 minutes 35.1 seconds.

Callum added a further second place with his 5.64 metres shot putt with Eoin O’Donoghue third in the B string. The high jump saw a pair of third places from Danny O’Sullivan (1.20 metres) and Jack Sanders (1.10 metres) and the 75 metres hurdles also produced a pair of third places through Ben Aubrey’s 16.6 seconds and Toby Penlington’s 18.2 seconds. There was also a third place for Fin Denman in the B string discus (8.81 metres).

Good support for those first places in the longer races came in the hurdles with Olivia Aston third in the A string in 15.3 seconds and Issy Carrick second in the B string in 15.7 seconds. A pair of third places came in the high jump from Erin Harnett with 1.20 metres – immediately after her 600 metres run – and Hannah Plumb’s 1.10 metres. Hannah also came third in the A string javelin with 12.47 metres and Rosie Pumford gained second place in the B string discus and third in the B string shot.

The girls also produced a third place in the 4 x 100 metres relay and their time of 62.4 seconds was over 2 seconds faster than the boys relay team – something for the boys to work on at the next match.

The 2 Daniels – Wheeler and LeRoy – found the boys sprints hard work as they ran against bigger and older boys. And it was much the same story in the girls sprints with Freya Healiss and Olivia Hepburn in the 75 metres and Olivia Aston and Issy Carrick in the 150 metres all finding things hard. But they all finished and brought home some points as did the rest of the athletes – Lucy Rogers, Olivia Barton, Amy Ellis and the 2 Camerons, Wells and Neal-McInnes.

Not surprisingly Crawley were clear winners of the match with 227 points with Horsham on 194. All evening it was a close battle between ourselves and Haywards Heath for third place and at the end it was Haywards Heath on 152 points pipping us by 4 points. Worthing and Chichester were a long way behind us.

The next midweek match for the under 13s is some 6 weeks away – on Thursday June 18 at Horsham. The third match then follows on Thursday July 23 again at Horsham with the final match on Sunday September 6 back at K2.

This coming Saturday May 16 at Poole for under 17/20 athletes

Forthcoming exams plus the distant venue for this week’s under 17/20 match is having a severe effect on the number of East Grinstead athletes who are available for this coming Saturday’s match.

Sussex County Championships on May 23/24 at K2

We have a good number of athletes entered for the Sussex County Championship in a couple of weeks. We have also entered 4 relay teams and Phil Rogers will be looking to spend time at training with the teams to make the baton changes as smooth as they can be.

What’s happening over the next week ?

Tuesday May 12 – training for all at Imberhorne from 7pm.

Thursday May 14 – training for all at Imberhorne from 7pm.

Saturday May 16 – academy training at Imberhorne from 10.30.

Saturday May 16 – under 17/20 match at Poole.

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