Cross-country (and a bit of indoor) news – updated for Phil Spivey’s weekend results

Catching up with happenings over the last couple of weeks

Quite a bit to catch up with from the last couple of weeks. We had Izzy and Madddie Sims taking part in the national Independent Schools cross-country races in Rugby at the end of February. Two excellent performances with Izzy coming fifth in her race (not entirely sure what age-group she was running in) and Maddie securing second place (again not sure what age-group she was running in).

Yesterday (Saturday March 12) was busy. Maddie was running in the Surrey Schools year 6 championships at Reigate – with a very heavy cold. There were so many runners that they had to run 2 races with finishing places being decided on times across the two races. Maddie came second in her race but, we think, she was third overall – to be confirmed in due course.

Also running cross-country yesterday was Callum Stone representing Sussex in the national under 13 championships at Crofton Park in Birmingham. A big field of 300 plus runners – but all running together. Callum was swallowed up at the start, but once the race settled down he picked his way through the field to end up in 41st place – he was the first Sussex athlete to finish.

Cross-country will continue next week with a south of England schools cross-country match in Hampshire – Maddie Sims (for Surrey) and Callum Stones (for Sussex) will both be running.

Phil Rogers and Phil Spivey were taking part in the British Masters Championships at Lee Valley over the weekend. On Saturday Phil R came third in his heat of the 60 metres in 8.04 seconds and was just squeezed out of a place in the final. The long jump didn’t go anywhere near as well as Phil would have liked with a best jump of 4.79 metres. Phil S picked up 2 silver medals on Sunday. He threw the 6k hammer 56.81 metres and then in the 11.34k weight throw he threw the weight 20.09 metres. (If you aren’t sure what an 11.34k weight is, then that’s what Phil has been practicing with on Thursday evenings in the shot putt area.)

Summer really is coming

From this week we will be training outdoors on both Tuesday and Thursday evenings at Imberhorne. Both evenings are 7 for juniors and 7.30 for older athletes.

Then next Sunday March 20 sees the first Open Meeting of the 2016 outdoor season – at K2. Perhaps a bit too early especially if the weather isn’t great. They have a second Open Meeting in a couple of weeks on Sunday April 3. And Tonbridge have an Open Meeting on Easter Monday March 28 – I can recall Tessa Martin triple-jumping in some thick snow at Tonbridge a few years ago in an Easter Tonbridge Open meeting!

Annual membership renewal time

A reminder that your membership needs to be renewed by 1 April. Fees for the new season are:

Senior athletes £43

Junior members: £38 (if you’re still at school or in full-time education)

These amounts include the payment to register you with the governing body for athletics in the UK. Please note that if you are not registered with the governing body you will not be allowed to compete.

Easter holiday training sessions

The school Easter holidays are not that far away. Just reminding you that we will be training on all the Tuesday and Thursday evenings throughout the school holiday period. And for under 13 athletes – those of you in school years 6 and 7 – we will be holding a session on the morning of Wednesday April 6 at Imberhorne with a charge of £5. We will give you more details of this extra training session during this coming week.

What’s happening over the next week ?

Tuesday March 15 – training for all at Imberhorne. Juniors from 7 and seniors from 7.30.

Thursday March 17 – training for all at Imberhorne. Juniors from 7 and seniors from 7.30.

Saturday March 19 – long and triple jump training at Imberhorne from 10 to 11.30.

Sunday March 20 – training at Imberhorne from 10.30 to 11.45.

Sunday March 20 – Open Meeting at K2

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