News from Brighton and Kingston

Under 11 Quadkids and Under 13 Sussex Championships last Saturday

A great day for the athletes who took part in these championships at Brighton with 2 medals coming back to East Grinstead. In the under 13 boys 1200 metres the runners were split into 2 races with the medals awarded on best times over the 2 races. There were 2 fast lads in the first race who seemed to have tied up  the first 2 places. However Callum Stone was in the second race and he stormed round to not only win the second race, but also to go quicker than the runners in the first race – 3 minutes 44.85 seconds which beat our previous club record by 20 seconds.

The under 13 girls 800 metres race was also run on similar lines, only this time with 3 races. Erin was in the third and fastest race and she came home an excellent second in 2 minutes 35.22 seconds. Erin was also close to a medal in the 70 metres hurdles but she was squeezed into fourth place in the final in 12.33 seconds (having run 11.96 seconds in winning her heat).

Elsewhere there were pbs for Antonia Deeley in the under 13 1200 metres, and both Ollie Dallas and Issy Carrick in their 800 metres races. Cameron Wells got those long legs up to a new pb of 1.25 metres in the high jump and Lucy Rogers added a couple of centimetres to her previous best long jump with 3.26 metres.

The under 11s had 4 events to do in the day and there were over 40 girls and over 50 boys taking part. So Talullah Sullivan did very well to come sixth overall in the girls event – with the other under 11s – Thomas Poole, Ella Brown, Bethany Fox, Larissa Cochrane, Isabel Cooper and Devon Moffat – all doing well in their first competition against athletes form other clubs.

Under 17/20 match at Kingston on Sunday

A rather flat meeting on Sunday at Kingston – with some rain in the middle – saw us have 7 athletes competing as part of Team Sussex alongside athletes from Lewes and Haywards Heath. The team’s previous match had been 125 miles away in Poole in the middle of the exam season and there was perhaps valid reason for there being no EGAC athletes there. With this weekend’s match much closer to home and exams largely over I was disappointed that we had only 7 athletes competing.

However it was good to see Hannah Jones competing again after her string of injuries this year. Perhaps not surprisingly she suffered a bit in the second half of the 400 metres, while she later won the under 20 B string triple jump.

For once the throws provided most of the high spots. Abby Beswick putt the shot 9.24 metres – a PB by 3 centimetres – to win the under 20 A string event while Sarah Hennessy earned 2 B string first places – in the hammer and discus. Abby added a couple of A string second places in the 100 metres (12.4) and 200 metres (25.5) as she continues to build towards the English Schools Championships. Sarah Bentley again found herself trying to do the 400 hurdles and shot putt at the same time – with the shot putt circle as far away from the hurdles start point as it is possible to be. Roisin Bell damaged a hip in her 100 metres and had to pull out of the 200 and sprint relay team.

Among the males Jamie Osborne found himself competing as an under 20 in the shot and therefore having to putt the 6k weight – 6.41 metres – to add to the 100 and long jump. Jamie Holme did the 100 (12.3 seconds) and 200 (24.1 seconds) with Ewan Dallas at the other extreme running in the 3000 metres in 10 minutes 9.8 seconds.

Matches over this coming weekend

Friday evening sees the under 15s at Horsham for their second match of the season. Imberhorne School have decided to send all of their year 9 students to Wales for the week and they won’t be back until about tea-time on Friday – not sure how many of them will be feeling like running, jumping and throwing. We are hoping that some of our under 15s will have a first go in a pole vault competition.

Then on Saturday the senior team go to Portsmouth for their fourth league match of the season against teams from Havant, Bracknell, Sutton and Chichester. For a large variety of reasons most of our senior female athletes are unable to make this match – and we will therefore be looking for the men to field a strong team to make up for the points that the ladies won’t be able to score.

What’s happening over the next couple of weeks ?

Tuesday June 30 – Sprint for John evening. Everybody sprints in memory of John Rogers. Register at 6.30.

Thursday July 2 – training for all at Imberhorne from 7pm.

Friday July 3 – under 15 evening match at Horsham.

Saturday July 4 – Senior match at Portsmouth.

Saturday July 4 – no academy training this week.

Tuesday July 7 – training for all at Imberhorne from 7pm.

Thursday July 9 – training for all at Imberhorne from 7pm.

Friday July 10 – day 1 of English Schools Championships at Gateshead.

Saturday July 11 – Day 2 of English Schools Championships.

Saturday July 11 – academy training at Imberhorne from 10.30.

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