It’s been a busy weekend

Matches over the weekend at Poole and Erith

A busy weekend with two matches on Saturday. And with it being the end of half-term week (and for the seniors the long journey down to Poole) we had a number of athletes unavailable. And of course having 2 matches meant that our judging capabilities were stretched.

The senior team at Poole had 7 men and 7 ladies and, as usual, everybody pitched in to make the most of it all – but that number of athletes simply isn’t enough to be in with a chance of a reasonable final position.

Once again Abby Beswick produced a series of excellent performances. She started with a winning long jump of 5.46 metres and went straight over to the 100 metres where, in a very tight finish, she just got home in first place in a new pb of 12.4 seconds (which equals the overall club record). Then later in the afternoon she was pushed all the way by the athlete who pushed her hard in the 100 but Abby just got home to win in 25.1 seconds. In that long jump Sarah Rusling won the B string with 4.68 metres, and later went on to win the B string high jump with 1.40 metres.

Sarah Bentley picked up 2 B string wins in both hurdles races and in the B string triple jump Sarah Killick-Bird got a bit closer to 10 metres with a winning jump of 9.89 metres – when she jumped off the 9 metre board. Sarah Rusling was second in the A string triple with 10.07 metres.

Tara Deeley took on both the 800 and 1500 metres races and threw a little bit further into the wind in the javelin while Sarah Hennessy was busy all afternoon throwing things – and then helping with the judging (along with Joan Rusling and Julie Beswick) when she wasn’t throwing things.

For the men it was good to see Ryan Spivey back in action. And he’s now a senior man – it only seems a couple of years ago that he was an under 13. In particular Ryan ran in the 110 metres hurdles – his first time over those very high hurdles that senior men have to hurdle – and he went well by winning the race in 16.6 seconds. This is a new senior mens club record – though the overall club record is 16.1 seconds from Louis Burns when he was an under 20. Ryan was also busy in the long and high jumps with the javelin and discus in there somewhere as well – plus both relays at the end.

For the men it was mainly a case of some second and third placings at best, while Tim Ivorson ran in more or less all the track races   to make sure some points came in. But we ended up in fourth place out of the 5 teams – some way behind North Devon, Team Dorset and St Marys – but ahead of Poole Runners.

The next match is rather closer to home when we go to Wimbledon on Saturday June 20 – and, I hope, we will have more athletes available to compete.

Meanwhile the under 13s and under 15s were busy at Bexley AC’s track in Erith. Half term activities had an effect on our team – and in particular the under 15s where we had 4 boys and 4 girls, which did at least mean that we were able to field a relay team in those age-groups. The under 13s were able to fill most of their events, with just the odd gap.

Henry Aronson continues to impress with another new pb when he won the under 15 800 metres in 2 minutes 7.7 seconds – the English Schools entry standard is 2 minutes and 6 seconds – and he went on to make it a double first by winning the 300 in 40.6 seconds. Also in the longer races under 13 Callum Stone went under 5 minutes for the first time in the  1500 metres and Antonia Deeley took another couple of seconds off her own under 13 1200 metres club record.

Mia Russell was a bit disappointed with her hurdles and high jump, but then set a new pb of 4.55 metres in the long jump. Or Shay added a few centimetres to his previous javelin best and James Hulme ran a fast pb of 12.1 seconds to continue the form he showed in last week’s Sussex Championship sprints.

In the first match we did well to finish third but we knew this match would be harder – because of the effect of half-term – and so it proved. This time we came 6th of the 8 teams. However we hope to have more athletes for the next match on Sunday June 21, especially in the under 15 age-group.

Match this coming Friday evening June 5 at Horsham

On Friday evening we have a Sussex Under 15 league match at Horsham. The league is a very easy-going one with lots of opportunity for non-scoring – so this is a good place to perhaps dip into events that you don’t normally do. Or for those of you who haven’t yet competed it might be a good place to start.

Sussex Masters Championships on Sunday June 7

Eddie Vermeer and Phil Rogers will be looking to continue the successful time we had at the County Championships last weekend when they take part in the Sussex Masters Championships at Ewell on Sunday.

What’s happening over the next week ?

Tuesday June 2 – training for all at Imberhorne from 7pm.

Thursday June 4 – training for all at Imberhorne from 7pm.

Friday evening June 5 – under 15 match at Horsham.

Saturday June 6 – academy training at Imberhorne from 10.30.

Sunday June 7 – Sussex Masters Championships.

Sunday June 7 – pole vault training for invited athletes at Imberhorne from 10.

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