It’s a very busy time with events more or less every day !! (updated with details of Saturday at Wimbledon and Sunday at Gillingham)

Day 1 of club championships last Tuesday evening

Good to see lots of athletes taking part – especially among the under 11 academy athletes.

Under 13 match at Horsham last Thursday evening

I don’t yet have the results from last Thursday evening, but we had lots of athletes and parents helping to make it a good evening. We think we came third out of the 6 teams. I’ll write more when I do get the results.

Next match in this league is on Thursday July 23 again at Horsham.

Senior match at Wimbledon on Saturday

For once we had a lot of male athletes at Wimbledon and were able to cover all the events except for the longer track races. However we only had 7 ladies which left them with lots of gaps – in particular we had no athletes in the 400 metres and above.

Roisin Bell made her first appearance in the senior ladies team and probably surprised herself by winning the B string 100 metres in 13.6 seconds. Later she was second in the B string 200. Abby Beswick continued her winning ways by winning both of the A string sprints in 12.4 and 25.3 seconds. Sarah Killick-Bird had earlier got us underway with a win in the 400 metres hurdles.

Cat Shin long-jumped 4.81 metres and then reminded us of her shot-putting abilities by winning the event with 9.39 metres. And it was good to see Jade Brennan back when she did a non-scoring triple jump. Her best jump of 9.26 metres would have won her the B string – though in the event Sarah K-B won the B string with 9.62 metres  –  with Sarah Rusling coming second in the A string triple with 9.79 metres. The 2 scoring triple-jumpers must have set some sort of record for no-jumps – Sarah R did 4 no-jumps and Sarah K-B beat that with 5 no-jumps.

But perhaps the highlight for the ladies – and perhaps for the team overall – was a very quick run in the 4 x 100 relay where we won by about 50 metres and set a new senior ladies record for the club of 51.8 seconds. Well done to Cat, Abby, Sarah R and Roisin. However the overall club record is 51.5 second set by an under 17 team in 1996. So still something for the current squad to aim for.

We also had a new senior mens club record when Ryan Spivey ran 0.1 seconds faster than the record he set at Poole in the 110 metres hurdles with 16.5 seconds. (Like the ladies relay record this isn’t the overall fastest hurdles time. In the mens case the overall fastest time over the senior height hurdles is 16.1 seconds by under 20 Louis Burns in 1993.)

It was good to have Wayne Gadd back competing – after a winter’s illness – and Sam Havers made his first appearance in the senior team. As we might have expected the 2 South London clubs – Hercules Wimbledon and Kingston & Polytechnic – had lots of fast sprinters and so the sprints were hard work. One of these lads was timed at 45.9 seconds for his leg of the 4 x 400 metres relay !!

Our only first places for the men came in the B string throws – Eddie Vermeer in the B string hammer and Wayne in the B string javelin.

And we were the only club to field a non-scoring 4 x 100 relay team !! Not that we got any extra points for that. At the close of play we were fourth with 168 points, only 8 points ahead of Salisbury – though we were only 11 points behind third placed Aldershot. One or two more ladies and we might well have come third.

Next match for the seniors comes along very quickly on Saturday July 4 at Portsmouth.

Under 13/15 match at Gillingham on Sunday

It was disappointing to find many athletes unable to make the journey to Gillingham – fathers day seemed to be the common reason, though I would have thought that most dads would have been quite happy to spend the day watching their children taking part in some sort of activity like athletics.

However there were a number of excellent performances as well as a great spirit among the athletes and parents who came down to the match. Perhaps the star performances for me came from Henry Aronson and Emmie van Lieshout. Henry ran a powerful 800 metres race where he lead from the gun and won by about 50 metres. He was just outside his previous best with 2 minutes 6.9 seconds – and if he’d been pushed rather harder he might well have got closer to 2 minutes and 5 seconds. Then later in the day he went under 40 seconds for the first time in the 300 metres – setting a new under 15 club record of 38.8 seconds. (And he wasn’t finished as his first attempt at the long jump saw a solid 4.68 metres.)

In Emmie’s case she started her day in the under 15 200 metres which she won in a new pb of 27.5 seconds. And then later in the day she at last went under 13 seconds in the 100 metres with a time of 12.9 seconds.

We also saw Erin Harnett coming away with some under 13 pbs – with a couple of newer events for her. A touch taken off her previous 800 metres best with 2 minutes 33.9 seconds and then a very healthy long jump of 3.99 metres and a javelin throw of 16.69 metres. Among the under 13 boys Daniel Wheeler went under 30 seconds for the 200 metres with 29.0 seconds with Ben Aubrey also a bit quicker than before in the 800 metres (2 minutes 32.1 seconds). Ben Beard and Or Shay both added a few more centimetres in the shot – Ben now over 9 metres with 9.18 and Or just under with 8.98 metres – and they each included a sprint alongside Ethan Carrick.

Lots of other pbs from Issy Carrick, Olivia Barton, Toby Penlington and Jack Sanders and I’ve probably missed out others of you who did your best to make up for missing athletes.

At the end we came sixth out of the 8 teams taking part. The next and last match in this league is on Saturday July 18 at Lewes – let’s hope for a much bigger team this time.


Still to come

While we have had a busy few days over the last week we continue to be busy over the next week. On Thursday evening June 25 we have the second night of the club championships – you need to meet by 6pm and please bring the numbers you wore last week.

Then on Saturday June 27 there is the Sussex Under 13 Championships plus quadkids championships for under 11s. This takes place on Brighton’s track.

The next day Sunday June 28 our older under 17 and under 20 athletes go to Kingston for their third league match of the season.

To be followed on Tuesday June 30 by our Sprint for John evening in memory of John Rogers.

And I nearly forgot – this coming Wednesday June 24 evening there is an Open Meeting at Crawley for those of you who need some extra athletics !!!


What’s happening over the next week ?

Tuesday June 23 – training for all at Imberhorne from 7pm.

Wednesday June 25 – open meeting at K2

Thursday June 25 – Day 2 of club championships at Imberhorne. Meet 6pm.

Saturday June 27 – Sussex under 13 championships plus under 11 quadkids championships

Sunday June 28 – under 17 and under 20 match at Kingston

Tuesday June 30Sprint for John evening at Imberhorne from 7pm.








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